Mining team

Yawen Cao

Chief Geologist

Mr Cao has over 29 years of experience in the mining sector, of which 12 years in BHP Billiton’s base metals division in various senior roles, including as a General Manager of the JV of BHP Billiton and Jinchuan Group, and JV of  Billiton and Yunnan BGMR, where he led the team to the discovery of a large Pulang porphyry copper deposit in Yunnan, China. Prior to taking over as Chief Geologist for Origo and Kincora Copper, one of Origo portfolio companies, he served as Senior Geoscientist in Santiago, Chile overseeing copper porphyry exploration in the Andes. Mr Cao’s expertise covers all facets of discovery and project management, with extensive experience on copper porphyry, magmatic sulfide nickel-copper, and other base metal deposits.