Welcome to EESTech, an innovator of sustainable mineral resource processing.
EESTech’s team of highly skilled professionals is dedicated to innovation and sustainability of the mining and mineral resources industry. EESTech is a leader in Post Anthropocene engineering and design, with a commitment to excellence and a passion for protecting our environment.
EESTech delivers an industry disruptive, paradigm shift in how strategic mineral resources are processed, setting next generation benchmarks for profitability and environmental sustainability.
EESTech’s team is dedicated to providing unparalleled services and products to our valued Customers and Shareholders.
EESTech Inc., is publicly traded company on the American OTC markets, trading symbol: EESH.
DIRECTORS / EXECUTIVES
Chairman / Director / Chief Executive Officer
Murray was a founding investor of EESTech in 1999, becoming a Director in 2006. Murray is an acknowledged entrepreneur with extensive technical skills in systems engineering and technology development. Murray has managed research and development collaborations across New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the United States, where he worked in the US Aerospace Industry.
Murray’s extensive technical skills and process driven background, led to EESTech’s development of Economically Environmentally Sustainable Technologies for the world’s mining and minerals processing industry. Murray has been the primary driving force behind the capabilities being promoted by the company today.
Director since 2005, with a history of 27 years in the oil and chemical industry. His specific expertise is in plant design, project management, plant operations and quality control.
Has managed, development and delivered complex engineering and infrastructure projects.
Dr. Patrick Caragata
Ph.D in Mineral Economics and Foreign Policy, University of Toronto,1981. Senior International Economist at Toronto-Dominion Bank in charge of the country risk analysis group (1983-1988). Chief Economist NZ Ministry of Energy (architect of petroleum royalty regime in place since 1989.
Former Chief Tax Policy Advisor and Special Adviser Taxation Economics with New Zealand Inland Revenue Dept (1991-97), Founder, Director and Head of R&D of credit rating agency, RapidRatings Inc. New York since 2007.
Recognized globally as the pioneer of the world’s first software-based global corporate credit rating system.
Chief Commercial Officer
25 years of senior international corporate experience in both private and publically listed organizations, most notably new venture companies with an emphasis on technology commercialization.
He has extensive experience financing company growth, managing merger, acquisition and divestment initiatives.
Chief Technologies Officer
20 years systems engineering, new product development. Conceptualizing, prototyping, process design, international patents.
Products and processes include polycrystalline plastics, specialized thermal forming, composite injection molding, specialized cyanoacrylates, nano thermites, jelled hydrocarbon fuels, particle shaping, combustion technology, mineral extraction, chemical binding, cold and thermal agglomeration of recovered minerals.
GM Project Deployment (South Africa)
Bringing over 30 years’ EPCM/LSTK project delivery experience in the Mining, Power, Water and Petrochemical industries in Sub Saharan Africa. Has direct “hands on” experience in process engineering, procurement and construction management, commissioning, and contracted operations.
He holds an extensive working knowledge for all aspects of key performance – operational metrics in the operation and maintenance of industrial process facilities.
This is supplemented with a comprehensive understanding of South African requirements for BBBEE (Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment).
Manager Engineering Oversight
With over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry, having been engaged in various capacities on a wide variety of large-scale infrastructure projects.
Responsible for administration of EPC Contractor charged with delivering two 30 MW biomass cogeneration power stations, scope of works included 66 kV switching station to facilitate export of energy to grid. As a process engineering analyst, he held key project management responsibility for process integration and supply chain logistics for the following projects, to name a few; Hong Kong Airport Control Tower, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong. KLCC Central Park and Petronas Towers Infrastructure Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Multi-story car parks and roadworks at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Continuous Smelter, BHP, Bell Bay, Tasmania. Port Lincoln and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals, South Australia. 2 x 600 MW Coal fired Power Station, Port Augusta, South Australia.
ADVISORY BOARD – CORPORATE AND FINANCE
Don Bartlem – Industrial & Corporate Relations
Associated with EESTech since 2004 and Director from 2012-2023. Don has over 30 years experience in negotiating complex salary outcomes for mining companies such as BHP, Argyle Diamonds & Newmont.
Participated in international government sponsored trade missions promoting the iron ore and coal industries, studying process operations in Japan, Republic of Korea and Venezuela. Appointed by WA Government to participate in a major planning and development study of the Pilbara region in Western Australia and was appointed to the board of Pilbara Development Commission.
Don has held board positions on educational institutions and was chairman of BHP Iron Ore Employees Superannuation Fund.
Honorable Steven D. Symms
The Honorable Steve Symms is a former United States Senator from Idaho, serving in the United States Senate from 1981 until his retirement in 1993. During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Senator Symms served on the Budget, Finance, Armed Services, Environment and Public Works and joint Economic Committees.
Prior to being elected to the U.S. Senate, Senator Symms served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1981, representing Idaho’s First Congressional District. During his years of public service, Senator Symms was selected to receive the U.S. Marine Corps “Iron Mike” award and the National Guard’s “Minuteman of the Year” award, in addition to awards from such groups as the national Federation of Independent Business, the Freedom Foundation, the American Security Council, the Watchdog of the Treasury, Americans for Constitutional Action and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Since his retirement from the U.S. Senate, Senator Symms has provided federal government relations consulting services to a wide variety of clients. He is a partner in the firm of Parry, Romani, DeConcini & Symms.
Honorable James W. Ziglar
Mr. Ziglar has over 50 years of experience in law, investment banking, corporate management, government, and academia. Mr. Ziglar served as Assistant Secretary for Water and Science of the U.S. Department of the Interior, with oversight responsibility for the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Reclamation.
He also served as Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate and as Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service before retiring from federal service in 2002. He was CEO of Cross Match Technologies, Inc. and spent 16 years as an Investment Banker on Wall Street, and 17 years as a practicing lawyer.
He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School, and a Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics. Mr. Ziglar has served on numerous boards including the Division of Earth and Life Studies of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), the Water Science and Technology Board of NASEM, the Board of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan) and is a member of the Presidents’ Circle of the NASEM. In 2008, he was named a National Associate of the NASEM, and was a 2018 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
K. Brian Keegan, B.A & M.B.A.
Mr. Keegan is an accomplished investment banker, corporate director, and investor. In 2018,Mr. Keegan launched KB Keegan & Advisors LLC, a corporate finance advisory practice specializing in optimal capital structure and debt capacity attentive to counter-party risk and credit ratings. Previously, he led the corporate finance and rating advisory teams at J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch. In his 35-year career in investment banking, Mr. Keegan led numerous teams deliver actionable corporate finance solutions for institutional clients globally as well as select sovereign states. He is a trusted advisor to senior executives and leaders across numerous industries and countries because of his proactive, consultative approach to solving problems and broad international perspective.
Throughout his career, Mr. Keegan has been particularly active with financial institution clients working extensively with regulators, government officials and executive management during the course of the Financial Crisis of 2008. Mr. Keegan led the team that structured the European Financial Stability Facility which thereafter became the European Stability Mechanism. Mr. Keegan advised J.P. Morgan’s CEO and CFO on theircredit rating matters pursuant to the acquisitions of Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual.
Mr. Keegan serves on the boards of EESTech Inc., a licensor of environmentally sustainable technologies, The Afranie Group, a middle market investment firm focused on aerospace, aviation and defense and of Monolith Capital, a real estate-focused private credit firm. Mr.Keegan is also a Senior Advisor to PJT Partners, global advisory-focused investment bank; Science for Development (Sci4D), a Brussels-based international development NGO; and Mizizi Africa Consumer Holdings, a Delaware holding company that invests equity capital and incubates African-inspired consumer brands.
Mr. Keegan received his B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles and his M.B.A. from New York University Stern School. He speaks fluent French and Portuguese as well as conversational Spanish.
James W Campbell
BSc in Math/Physics, MA Man Engineering
James Joined Anglo American in 1975 as a management trainee in the finance division of coal, moved to marketing in 1979, specialising in metallurgical coal products and applications. Became senior marketing director in 1988 and deputy managing director in 1991 before taking up a 5 year assignment with de Beers in 1993 as managing director of its Industrial Diamond business.
In 1997 he returned to the coal industry as Chairman of Amcoal, where he was responsible for internationalising its business with acquisitions in Columbia and Shell’s coal assets in Australia. He became a director of Anglo American and de Beers in 1996 and the Chairman of Namakwa Mineral Sands in 1997. With the formation of Anglogold, was appointed as a non-exec director in 1998. With Anglo American moving its domicile to London in 1999, became an executive director of Anglo PLc and Chairman of Anglo Coal and Anglo Base businesses and joined the Board of Anglo Platinum. As chairman of Anglo Base, he became responsible for Anglo’s return to the copper sector in Zambia and lead the initial refurbishment of Konkola Copper Mines and other operations.
After 26 years of service, James resigned from the Anglo /de Beers group in 2002 only to returned to corporate life again in 2005 as a non-executive director of Evraz Plc, an integrated coal, iron ore, vanadium and steel group when it listed as a GDR in London. Retired from Evraz Plc Board in 2009 and join Vallar Plc as a founding executive, a LSE listed SPAC company focused on the resource sector/s with some GBPs800 million raised from worldwide investors.
James resigned from Vallar in 2012 to pursue his private commercial interests, including the management of the family’s game farm open with South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park.
Dr Willem Van Niekerk
Ph.D, Pr.Eng, FSAIMM, GAICD
Willem Van Niekerk has nearly 40 years’ experience in the metals and minerals industries.
From 2012 until his retirement in June 2021, he was SVP Strategy and Business Development, SVP Business Transformation, and SVP Technology & Saudi Arabia at Tronox, the world’s largest vertically integrated TiO2 producer. Prior to that from 2001 until 2006 he was GM (Technology) and MD (Zincor) whilst at Kumba Resources (South Africa). This was followed by a stint in Australia as MD Exxaro Australia Mineral Sands (2006-2008) and EGM Services at Exxaro Ltd in South Africa from 2009 to 2012.
Willem holds a PhD (UP) in Metallurgical Engineering, an MBA (Henley Business School) and a BCom (UNISA). He served at numerous subsidiary boards of Exxaro and Tronox, including Chifeng Hongye Zinc in China. Currently he is a non-executive director at Tronox Mineral Sands in South Africa. He served as President of the Southern African Institute in Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) from 2005/2006 and was recently elected as an SAIMM Honorary Life Fellow. He is also a Fellow of SAAE (South African Academy of Engineering) since 2004.
Willem has published more than 20 international conference and refereed papers.
A specialist in intellectual property., Penelope has over 20 years’ experience working with international technology companies during growth, investment raising and acquisition.
Before setting up her own consultancy, Penelope had been a founding member of technology start-ups, served as corporate main board Director during a six year period of ten-fold growth and pioneered new monetization models for intellectual property.
Focussing on digital and ‘green’ technologies, Penelope constructs and manages intellectual property portfolios for private clients. She also undertakes advisory roles for research organisations (advising on novelty and international technology transfer) and government ministries (advising on innovation investment, strategy and policy). Her work with the Chinese Academy of Sciences contributed to new intellectual property practice in China and her work in the UK for high growth potential, ‘portfolio’ technology start-ups helped to add billions to national economic growth and was cited as ‘best practice’ by the UK government.
She has managed research collaborations across Europe, the USA and Australasia, working with around 45 universities, research institutes and corporations worldwide. She has been a guest speaker at international conferences since 2013, including Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conferences on ‘green’ technologies and has recently authored two reports (2020, 2021) relating to new models of sustainable development for indigenous peoples to protect natural resources and leverage their intellectual property rights.
ADVISORY BOARD – RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Dr Patrick Glynn
Adj. Professor (Griffith University)
Over 40 years’ experience in electrical/electronic process engineering research, including advanced micro-controller engine management systems, working 16 years with the Philips Electrical (Holland) Group in research and development. Also research into advanced thermodynamic alternative energy systems applied large power generating plants.
Patrick has a diploma in electrical engineering, a master’s degree in technology management and a PhD. in electrical engineering (Doppler Radar System Proximity Detection) for automobile and mine vehicle use.
Fifteen years CSIRO, specialised in mine health and safety projects, including four Australian Coal Association Research Programme (ACARP) projects relating to mine haul truck proximity detection using RFID and Doppler radar techniques also four projects relating to acoustic agglomeration of sub micron dust and diesel particulates for underground mine vehicles. Received a research excellence award from ACARP in 2007 for work in collision avoidance.
Patrick has nine patents, published a book on collision avoidance for large mine haul trucks, plus numerous articles and conference publications, has chaired, workshopped and presented at over seventy conferences in the last 15 years.
Dr. Ir. Ron McDowall
Chartered Professional Engineer. CPEng. UN Scientist (Dangerous, toxic and nuclear contaminated waste chemicals). Adjunct Professor The University of Waikato School of Engineering. BBS/Sc (Physics) MPhil (Chemical waste destruction), D.Phil (Systems Engineering), PhD (Complex Systems – Chemical industry Waste). Distinguished Fellow Eng NZ, Scientific Member Royal Society NZ.Ron has more than 40 years of industrial consulting engineering and senior company management experience with many industry sector groups.
He has consulted internationally to more than thirty governments along with the World Bank and most United Nations agencies. Ron is a senior (Adjunct) lecturer at the University of Waikato Engineering School and teaching in the AUT MBA program and is a Director of the Rutherford Business Institute. His teaching and research focuses on complexity and chaos, resilience, decision/judgment theory, strategic foresighting/backcasting, sustainability, governance and ethics. Ron is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a registered international Ingenieurand is a past Board member of Institution of Professional Engineers NZ (Distinguished Fellow) and Youthtown Inc.
Ron has recently been appointed as an International Director of a Chinese/Hong Kong JV technology company. He was awarded the ONZM (OBE) for services to Science in 2010. He also received an award from the Government of France for service in the field. His international experience with world agencies includes facilitating interagency negotiations, conferences and workshops.
Ron was a specialist scientist engineer working in the area of sustainable development in developing countries on more than 140 major UN Food and Agriculture Organisation missions.
Dr Johan Zietsman
Pr. Eng. MSAIMM MTMS
Dr Johan Zietsman has more than 20 years of experience in extractive metallurgy, both in industry and academia, as well as software engineering related to extractive metallurgy.
He is founding shareholder and managing director of Ex Mente Technologies (Pty) Ltd, an extractive metallurgy consulting and systems development firm. He has an honorary appointment at the University of Pretoria, as Glencore Chair in Pyrometallurgical Modelling. His interests include pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes, thermochemistry, computational modelling, new process development, design and development of software related to information systems, process and financial modelling, advanced process control, and applied industrial research methodology.
He has a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, and has published several papers at peer reviewed conferences and in refereed journals.
Dr Tim Johnson
Over 30 years’ experience in plasma arc technologies for the processing, extraction and recovery of metals and materials, remediation of wastes, and waste to energy applications.
Technical Director, Project Manager, and Principal Process Engineer responsible for the development of plasma arc devices, the specification and design of 21 plasma systems, and the commissioning of 14 plasma installations. Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and Fellow of the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Over 120 publications in the fields of plasma technology and advanced materials, including 5 patents and 67 refereed journal and conference papers, with 32 presentations at international conferences.
Johan van der Waals
Director of Terra Soil Science (Pty) Ltd (specialist environmental consulting). 20years experience in academic soil science and soil chemistry research, environmental consulting and environmental compliance matters.
Has a wide environmental science interest with application in a range of fields, from wetland management and rehabilitation to dealing with mining wastes and residues.
Developed a proprietary floating wetlands system for industry water treatment.
Dr Graham Harris
Internationally recognized environmental scientist, holding many executive positions in Government Research, retiring after term as a CSIRO Fellow.
Establish own company, ESE Systems Pty. Ltd. Held positions as Affiliate or Adjunct Professor at a number of leading Universities. Chairman of Australian Antarctic Division Research Advisory Committee and member of Commonwealth Department of Environment and Heritage Threatened Species Committee. Specialising in ecosystem modeling and management, emphasis on natural resource management.
Numerous awards including CSIRO Chairman’s gold medal and Australian Centenary Medal for services to environmental science and technology. published more than 140 papers (75 in refereed journals) plus 3 books and monographs.
Dr Hongming Yan
BE, PhD, RPEQ, CEng & FIChemE
Over 30 years’ comprehensive experience as a Principle/Senior Process Engineer / Project Manager in coal science, coal gasification, coal combustion, CPP and process modeling, including as an academic (up to Professor) in chemical engineering at Australian universities, an Elected Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE) by Engineering Council in UK, a Corporate member (MIChemE).
Over 100 publications including 82 refereed journal and conference papers, 4 keynote speeches, 30 presentations at international conferences including over 10 reports on CPP Design and simulation.
Dr Daoyong (Tony) Yang
Internationally recognized authority in CO2 EOR and storage, reservoir modelling and simulation, production optimization, artificial lift methods, interfacial interactions in EOR processes, and heavy oil recovery.
Authored, co-authored over 50 refereed journal papers and conference papers. Member of the Petroleum Society of CIM, SPE, and APEGS. Recognisted by the international science community, held positions as Professor, Chairman, Director, Executive and Consultant, to many International science and industry research initiatives.
- Ph.D., Petroleum Systems Engineering, University of Regina, Canada
- Ph.D., Petroleum Engineering, University of Petroleum, China
- B.Sc., Petroleum Engineering, University of Petroleum, China