Owen Hegarty is the Managing Director and CEO of successful Australian mining company Oxiana Limited. Owen was one of the founding directors of Oxiana and has taken what was a small exploration company 10 years ago, to what is today a $5 billion dollar company poised to become a major mining house. Oxiana was the third best performer in the ASX 100 for 2006. Owen has over 35 years direct experience in the global mining industry including 25 years with the Rio Tinto Group, where from 1988 to 1993, he was Managing Director of its copper and gold mining and smelting business unit. He became Managing Director of Oxiana in 1995. He is a Director of the Minerals Council of Australia, Toro Energy Limited and Range River Gold Limited and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM). In 2006 Owen was awarded the AusIMM Institute Medal for his leadership and achievements in the mining industry. We are delighted to have the opportunity to host this significant event, and we hope you could join us for this special occasion.