Han Ilhan


CEO and Director of the Board
Aldridge Minerals and Tethys : Trans-Eurasian Gateway

Mr. Ilhan currently is the CEO of Aldridge Minerals with an advanced stage development property in Turkey (Yenipazar Project- Polymetalic Deposit, Au, Ag, Cu, Zn, Pb). He is also Board Director of Tethys : Trans-Eurasian Gateway, a leader in empowering sustainable and responsible sourcing of Critical Raw Materials.

Mr. Ilhan is a recognized executive manager in the mining industry and natural resource development. His experiences span the entire mine life cycle from Project Finance, scoping, exploration, reserve validation, feasibility, licensing & permitting, design, construction, supply chain, commissioning, financial management, management of operations, maintenance, and reclamation. He is a recognized leader as a subject matter expert (SME) for Project Finance, Business Planning and Risk Management, and Business Partnerships through his wide global contacts.

Mr. Ilhan’s Project Finance experience and in-depth knowledge covers all types of financial instruments such as debt, streaming, offtakes, equity, convertibles, royalty, NSR, NPI etc. He has been instrumental in accessing capital including, Banks, Private Equity firms, Streaming firms, Offtake providers, Hedge Funds, Equity Investors, and Wealth Funds. He has worked closely with financial institutions in North America, Europe Middle East and Asia. Mr. Ilhan has wide experience in strategic business planning and implementation, and has formed partnership with large global organizations. He has in-depth knowledge on the structure, operation, and governance of Publicly Listed Companies. His knowledge also covers Company/Project valuations through detail Financial Modeling, Enterprise Risk Management, and Detailed Due Diligence. 

Mr. Ilhan also served for more than 25 years as the Vice President and Director of Global Mining at URS Corporation one of the largest consultancy and construction and a 500 NYS listed company. At URS, Mr. Ilhan was responsible for URS’ global mining business over 20 countries and 5 continents. Business with global mining companies included a wide spectrum of firms from top 40 global to mid-cap and junior mining companies.

Plenary Session 4
19 June 2024 / 16:20 - 17:30 | Grand Ballroom

Derisking the CRM Initiatives through Strategic Partnerships

  • CRM Need is urgent across the world
  • Multiple Strategies are in place, but appears not fully aligned
  • Multifaceted Derisking, including Technical, EHS, Financial, Project Finance and Country/Jurisdiction, is essential for future development of CRM Projects
  • Bi-lateral Agreements for the purposes of securing CRMs, should also consider broad win/win scenarios to include investments on the downstream side by/with the ultimate end-users