Douglas J. Kirwin, B.Sc, M.Sc, FSEG
Doug Kirwin is an independent geologist with 45 years of international exploration experience. Doug has held senior positions with Anglo American and Amax during the 1970’s and was managing director of a successful international geological consulting firm during the 1980’s and early 1990’s.
In 1995 he accepted a role as Vice President, Exploration for Indochina Goldfields and subsequently became the Executive Vice President for Ivanhoe Mines Limited until 2012, after which Ivanhoe was acquired by Rio Tinto. Doug was also a director of South Gobi Energy, Jinshan Gold and a founding non-executive director of Ivanhoe Australia Ltd.
As a member of the joint discovery team for the Hugo Dummett deposit at Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, Doug was a co-recipient of the PDAC inaugural Thayer Lindsley medal awarded for the most significant international mineral discovery in 2004. Other mineral discoveries made by his exploration team include the Jelai-Mewet and Seryung epithermal deposits in northeast Kalimantan, the Eunsan, Moisan and Gasado gold mines in South Korea, the Moditaung gold deposits in Myanmar and the Merlin Re-Mo deposit in Australia.
In 2006 Mr. Kirwin was the International Exchange lecturer for the Society of Economic Geologists where he made presentations at Hokkaido and Tokyo Universities and served as the Society Vice President during 2007 to 2010. He has previously been an industry advisor for the Society of Applied Geologists and China Mining and a board member of the Economic Geology Research Unit at James Cook University. Doug holds a Master of Science degree in mineral exploration from James Cook University, Australia, where he is currently the adjunct professor.