About Us

Board of Directors

Mr Iggy Tan B.Sc MBA GAICD

Executive Chair

Mr Iggy Tan, a trailblazer of the modern Lithium industry was one of the first Australian mining executives to identify the significant opportunity within the emerging lithium-ion battery sector when he spearheaded Galaxy Resources Limited (Galaxy). Mr Tan is looking to replicate the success with Lithium Universe, having built Galaxy’s Mt Catlin Spodumene Project and the downstream Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate project. He also acquired the James Bay Spodumene Project in Canada and the Sal de Vida Brine Project in Argentina for Galaxy. When he started at Galaxy the company’s market capitalisation was less than A$10 million and rose to A$2.5 billion when the Company merged with Orocobre Limited in August 2021. Iggy previous experience working with Lithium dates back to the early 1990s when he briefly managed the Greenbushes Lithium Mine and commissioned the first Lithium Carbonate plant for Gwalia Consolidated.

Mr Tan has over 30 years’ chemical and mining experience and been an executive director of a number of ASX-listed companies. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Cross, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently CEO and Managing Director of Altech Batteries Limited.

Mr Patrick Scallan OAM

Non-Executive Director

Mr Scallan’s extensive experience in the lithium industry is a valuable addition to the LU7 Board. With over 25 years of management experience at the world-class Greenbushes Mine, he is a seasoned veteran. Greenbushes is the largest lithium hard rock mine globally, also hosts the highest-grade orebody in the world. This makes Greenbushes a unique anomaly, and no other lithium deposit worldwide compares to it.

Mr Scallon oversaw the mine’s many expansions, increasing annual output from 200,000 in 1997 to 1,400,000 tpa today, and navigated numerous ownership changes during his tenure. He is a specialist in hard rock mining and spodumene concentrating, with downstream relationships with major spodumene converters worldwide.

Pat is also highly skilled in managing local community relationships, having acted as shire councillor for nearly 20 years during his time at Greenbushes receiving his Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his community and Local Government contribution. His previous roles include management positions at Capel and Eneabba Mineral Sands in Western Australia and Western Deep Levels Gold Mine in South Africa.

Dr Jingyuan Liu PhD AAICD

Non-Executive Director

Dr Jingyuan Liu is widely regarded as a leading technical expert in the lithium industry. He previously held the position of General Manager of Development and Technologies at Galaxy Resources Limited, where he was responsible for overseeing the construction and commissioning of the Mt Cattlin Spodumene Project and the world-renowned Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate plant. Jingyuan also played a key role in designing the flow sheet for the Sal de Vida brine project. Following his work with Galaxy, he has acted as a special adviser to various lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide projects globally, including the Lithium Hydroxide Plant operated by Tianqi in Kwinana, Western Australia.

Dr Liu has over 30 years’ experience in project management, process and equipment design for minerals processing and in the chemicals, non-ferrous metals, iron & steel and energy industries, both in Australian and internationally. He was awarded a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has worked in senior chemical engineering roles with leading companies such as Hatch Engineering and Metso Minerals in Australia and Malaysia.

Dr Liu is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Altech Batteries Limited (ASX:ATC) developing high capacity silicon anode lithium ion batteries.

Mr Gernot Abl

Executive Director

Mr Abl was previously a strategic Managing Director with a vast experience in business management, operations and investment for some of the fastest growing industries in the world. After gaining over 15 years of corporate experience, Mr Abl lead the only pure esports play listed on the ASX, Esports Mogul Limited. Mr Abl has a proven background in business management and commercial intuition, initially from working as a management consultant for both Deloitte Consulting and Deloitte Corporate Finance in Perth and Melbourne. As well as this, he lead the restructure and turnaround of a financially distressed ASX listed media company and currently hold directorships for a range of start-up companies, offering corporate advisory, project management and commercial negotiation advice to multiple businesses.

Mr Abl has a degree in Law and Commerce with Hons in Finance and Accounting from the University of Western Australia.

Mr Fadi Diab BBus MBus

Non-Executive Director

Mr Diab was the former Head of Global Payroll at Commonwealth bank of Australia where he managed the global payroll team who are responsible for 55,000 employees across 15 countries. Mr Diab is an accomplished Senior Executive recognised for leveraging strong team leadership and development to drive forward progress. Mr Diab has a background in Human Resources having held the role of of Executive Human Resource Manager at the Commonwealth Bank. Mr Diab currently runs an Investor Relations company.

Mr Diab has Bachelor of Business, Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations from the University of Western Sydney and a Masters of Business Management from University of Technology Sydney.


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