Peng (Rod) Zhang

Peng (Rod) Zhang


Peng (Rod) Zhang holds an MBA degree from China and is a certified economist in China. He has extensive experience in investment and funding and over the past years has provided significant support to Minjar Gold with getting funding from the parent company Jinan Hi-tech Development Co. Ltd. Mr Zhang also assisted Shandong Tianye Group (STG), the former controlling shareholder of Minjar’s parent company, with obtaining funding for the successful acquisition of the Barto Gold Mining Project.

Rod has previously worked at STG and currently holds the position of Director and Deputy General Manager of Jinan High-tech Development Co. Ltd.

Max Ji

Max Ji

Vice Chairman / Chief Executive Officer

Max has over 20 years of experience in finance and investment. He has worked in mainland China, Hong Kong, USA, Singapore and Australia. Max came to Australia in 2008 as the STG representative and later took the role of CEO of Shandong Tianye Australia Group (a subsidiary of STG). From 2011 to 2014, Max was the CEO and Director of Minjar Gold. During this period, Minjar commenced gold production and was successfully transferred from STG to its current parent company, Jinan Hi-tech Development Co. Ltd. 

Most recently Max (GAICD) held the role of Chairman of Minjar Gold before the Board restructure in June 2019, with a particular focus on company strategy and business development and the main achievement during this period includes acquisition of Pajingo and Barto Gold Mining operation, and recapitalization of an ASX listed Triton Minerals Ltd. Max is currently the Chairman of Triton Minerals Ltd.

Yuhai (Hyman) Zhao

Yuhuai (Hyman) Zhao

Deputy Chief Executive Officer / Director

Yuhuai (Hyman) Zhao holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering, is a certified Senior Mining Engineer in China, has nearly 30 years of work experience in mine operations and management, and has previously worked on many large Chinese mining projects. 

Hyman joined Shandong Tianye Mining Co (a subsidiary of STG) in April 2008 as the Deputy General Manager and during the past decade has assisted Shandong Tianye Mining Co with several due diligence and M & A mining projects in locations across South Asia, Africa and Australasia.

Hyman is highly skilled in management of mining operation and is particularly experienced in managing coal, iron ore and polymetallic mines with excellent skillsets and leadership.

Joanne Kong

Joanne Kong


Joanne holds a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance, is ACCA qualified and has over 12 years of experience in auditing and finance. Joanne worked in an accounting firm in the UK and prior to joining Jinan Hi-tech Development Co. Ltd, Joanne worked for Ruihua CPA (Jinan Shandong) as the auditing manager for nearly 10 years. 

Joanne joined Jinan Hi-tech Development Co. Ltd in 2017 as the Senior Financial Manager and has been assisting Jinan Hi-tech with auditing/financial matters in relation to its overseas assets (including Minjar Gold). Joanne’s main responsibility is to ensure the financial report of any overseas assets also meets the Chinese accounting/auditing standard and any asset valuations accurately reflect the fair and true value. Joanne is currently the CFO of Jinan High-tech Development – Mining Sector reporting to Finance Division as well as the non-executive director of Minjar Gold.