Li Zhaoyuan

Li Zhaoyuan


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Li has experience in business process improvement, leadership and strategy. He is analytically-driven, pragmatic and brings rigorous methodology on strategy development and operational performance improvement. He has developed these skills in various roles in engineering, operations management and private equity across the Asian Pacific Region. Li holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD.

Influential work

  • Led fundamental market research for the global autonomous vehicle sector for a private equity firm in China and the research advised an investment on a US$2B US-based company in the sector
  • Managed engineering and operations of a mineral processing plant with an asset value of US$250M for a mining company and led initiatives to continuously improve asset efficiency
  • Led a two-year process improvement program at a global mining company, saving US$1.6M per annum through lean practices and operations efficiency improvement
  • Analysed complex quality data and garnered buy-in from marketing team for new product quality levels, increasing annual revenue by US$2M for the processing plant
  • Developed and implemented a business case for an innovative production key performance indicators (KPIs) monitoring system for the mining company, allowing stakeholders to access compiled KPIs generated from multiple data sources.

Outside of Nous

Before Nous, Li completed a one-year intensive MBA program at INSEAD and worked for a private equity firm in Shanghai. Prior to that, he worked at Iluka Resources, a global leader in mineral sands mining, and was promoted as the youngest senior engineer and production manager in the company. He works closely with Clontarf Academy and mentored indigenous teenagers to help develop their careers.

In his spare time...

Li enjoys cooking and photography. He likes Korean film, hiking and road trips.