Owen Hegarty has more than 40 years of experience in the global mining industry. This includes 25 years with the Rio Tinto group where he was Managing Director of Rio Tinto Asia and Rio Tinto’s 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. Owen is also Chairman of the Tigers Realm Minerals Group and until end of 2016 was Vice Chairman of ASX listed Fortescue Metals Group (FMG). Owen is a Fellow and Former Director of the AusIMM, a Fellow of the AICD and a member of a number of Government and resources industry advisory bodies.
In 2006, Owen was awarded the AusIMM Institute Medal for his leadership and achievements in the mining industry, in 2008 he was awarded the GJ Stokes Memorial Award for his distinguished service to the mining industry, and in 2019 he became an Honorary Fellow of the AusIMM.
Owen is founder and currently the Executive Chairman of EMR Capital, a specialist mining private equity company. EMR has some US$2.5 billion funds under management and has 8 mining projects and operations worldwide.