Owen Hegarty

Owen Hegarty

Executive Chairman, EMR Capital

Owen Hegarty has nearly 50 years’ experience in the global mining industry. This includes 24 years with the Rio Tinto group where he worked in most of their commodities and companies, and ultimately was Managing Director of Rio Tinto Asia and the Australian copper and gold business.

Owen was the founder and Managing Director of Oxiana Limited, where he led the growth of Oxiana from a junior explorer to a major Asia Pacific base and precious metals producer. Oxiana became OZ Minerals which remains one of the top performing resources stocks over the past 25 years. Owen was Chairman of the Tigers Realm Minerals Group and until end of 2016 was Vice Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group. He also served as Vice Chairman of two Hong Kong listed mining companies with assets in Asia, Australia, and Pacific.

Owen is a co-founder and currently the Executive Chairman of EMR Capital, a specialist mining private equity group. EMR has some US$3 billion funds under management and has multiple mining projects and operations worldwide. He is Chairman of EMR’s 45% owned copper company 29Metals which recently IPO’d on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Owen holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Monash University, is an Honorary Fellow and former Director of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AUSIMM), and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Owen has served and continues to serve as a member of a number of Government and industry mining advisory bodies; and is the recipient of a number of awards and citations for his achievements and leadership in the mining industry, including the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the June 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to the mining and minerals sector.