* Canyon Coal Board of Directors are arranged in alphabetical order.
lan Gillespie is Managing Director of Mercuria Energy Trading South Africa, a position he has held since 2009. He has over 20 years’ experience in commodity trading and managing investments in mining assets. He has extensive international experience. While based in London he worked for the likes of Duke Energy Merchants, Williams Energy and Tradition Financial Services. Before joining Mercuria, he spent several years at Cargill South Africa.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Jason Jianyun Sun
Jason Jianyun Sun is Mercuria Energy Group’s Chief Investment Officer in Asia. He also represents Mercuria on the investment committee of Canada-China Global Natural Resources Fund, a $10bn fund approved by State Council to promote outbound investments from China to North America.
Since he joined Mercuria, he has been working on the introduction of a Chinese strategic investor, ChemChina, into Mercuria as a shareholder. He also helped Mercuria develop new businesses in China, especially in metals, coal, gas and oil products.
Before joining Mercuria, he worked in Bank of China International, Macquarie Capital and McKinsey in Hong Kong focusing on natural resources sector and on helping Chinese clients access Hong Kong capital markets and conduct cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
He holds a BA and MA in Economics from Peking University.
Mehboob is a hands-on businessman. He started his career in selling hardware goods in a humble shop in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. He grew the business to be the most revenue earning branch of Campwell Group in less than 10 years. After the group was sold to a JSE listed company he grew his capital with the investments in real estate and resources. He is actively involved in coal, limestone and stone quarry operations and projects in Mpumalanga and North West provinces.
Rudzani has diverse experience in the environmental management field. In 2006 he joined the Department of Mineral Resources where he worked until 2011. He was exposed to wide range of areas in environmental management including: Evaluating the Environmental Scoping Reports, Environmental Impact Assessment, Closure Reports, Environmental Management Plans and Programs for Prospecting, Mining Permits and Mining Rights Applications. In 2011, he started his own business and in 2012 he joined Canyon Coal as a partner.
He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences from the University of Venda.
Dr Sakhile Ngcobo
Dr Sakhile Ngcobo is a long-serving executive in the mining industry. His extensive experience covers a wide range of areas including corporate affairs, mineral trading and community development. He worked for Anglo American for the period of 18 years, 10 of which he was the Head of Corporate Affairs for Anglo’s De Beers Consolidated Mines. He sits on the board of Africa Thunder Platinum, a mining and exploration company. Dr Ngcobo is a director at Sibambene Coal.
Vuslat Bayoglu is the founder and executive chairman of Canyon Coal, a mid-tier coal mining company. He is the managing director of Menar Capital which has controlling stakes in Canyon Coal, Minerano Resources, Zululand Anthracite Colliery and Sitatunga Resources. He has an honours degree in mechanical engineering and 16 years’ experience in the mining industry. He is a hands-on investor and his investment company focuses on developing mines through exploring greenfield/brownfield projects and acquiring operational assets.