External recognition


  •  Best Mining Performance Certificate of Excellence: awarded to PanAust's Lao registered company, Phu Bia Mining, by the Laos Ministry of Energy and Mines.   


  • Lao Business Leader Award 2022: recognising PanAust's national socio-economic contributions.
  • Winner of the 4th ASEAN Red Ribbon for Outstanding Workplace (ARROW) Award: recognising PanAust's Lao registered company, Phu Bia Mining's HIV and AIDS workplace and community initiatives. The Government of Laos’ 2022 ARROW Awards panel nominated Phu Bia Mining, in recognition of its good practice HIV and AIDS initiatives targeting its employees, contractors and local communities in Xaisomboun Province. 


  • Lao Special Award in Skill Development: for PanAust’s Lao-registered company, Phu Bia Mining's contributions to human resource and skill development within the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
  • Best Taxpaying Company Certificate of Excellence: awarded by the Ministry of Finance for the Government of Laos' 2020 fiscal year.


  • Caterpillar 5-star Contamination Control (CC) ratings: retained for PanAust’s Lao-registered company, Phu Bia Mining's mobile maintenance workshop and supply warehouse at Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation and mobile maintenance workshop at Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operation. PanAust's facilities are two of three workshops worldwide to receive the maximum 5-star rating, and were the first to achieve this milestone in a developing country.


  • Austmine's Mining Innovation & Exhibition Miners Innovation Award: PanAust recognised as an innovator in the mining industry for its diesel backloading project.
  • ASEAN Business Awards: PanAust named runner-up for the 'Best Practices in Sustainable Minerals Development - Metallic Mineral Processing Award'.
  • Australian and New Zealand SAP Best Run Business Awards: PanAust named as a finalist in the data and analytics category, acknowledged by SAP for its work to improve operational efficiencies. 


  • ASEAN Business Awards Friend of ASEAN Award: acknowledging PanAust's continuous and increased commitment to growing its presence in Laos and thereby positively impacting  the Laos economy.
  • Lao ASEAN Business Awards Friend of Laos Award: recognising PanAust's contribution to the socio-economic development of Laos, and highlighting PanAust's outstanding safety performance .
  • 19th Annual ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network (OSHNET) Conference Excellence Award: recognising PanAust's outstanding safety performance.


  • Austmine Mining Innovation Conference & Exhibition Miners Innovation Award finalist: the nomination recognised PanAust's inventive solution to simplify and improve the maintenance of its primary excavator fleet in Laos.
  • Government of Laos' Lao PDR Labour Order Class 1 Medal: recognising PanAust's outstanding contribution to upgrading the road infrastructure in the Khammouane Province, and its contribution to broader socio-economic development in Laos.


  • Caterpillar 5-star Contamination Control (CC) ratings: PanAust's Phu Kham Copper-Gold and Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operations achieved the maximum rating for their mobile maintenance workshops and associated supply facilities.


  • CDP Australian Climate Leadership Awards for Most Profitable Carbon Reduction Activity: recognising a range of energy-efficiency initiatives PanAust has established at its operations in Laos that delivered significant financial benefits.


  • Caterpillar 5-star Contamination Control (CC) ratings: PanAust's Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operation in Laos received a five-star rating from Caterpillar Inc. for its mobile maintenance and mobile warehouse facilities. The rating is one of only six worldwide and the first in a developing country.
  • Mines and Money Hong Kong Asia Mining Awards Project Development of the Year: recognising PanAust's outstanding project management for the development of the Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operation.
  • Asia Mining Congress Sustainability Leadership Award: recognising PanAust's  program to create and support business opportunities within the villages closest to their mining operations in Laos.


  • Government of Laos' Labour Medal Class One for the ‘Best Development in a Rural Area: The award is presented once every five years and recognised PanAust's outstanding contribution to rural socio-economic development and poverty eradication in Laos between 2006 and 2010.
  • Ethical Investor Sustainability Award, Community and Social: recognising PanAust's  Livelihood Improvement Program.
  • Asia Mining Congress Best Community Development Initiative, Southeast Asia: recognising PanAust's Technical Trades Training Program.


  • Asia Mining Congress Best Community Development Initiative: recognising PanAust's  Livelihood Improvement Program.

Mr Lei Feng

Non Executive Director

Mr Lei Feng has over 20 years of financial management experience in various sectors including printing, packaging, shipbuilding, grain trading, mining and finance.

Mr Feng began his career in 2004 as a Financial Accountant at C & C Joint Printing Co., (Guangdong) Ltd., after completing a Masters of Business Administration degree between 2002 and 2004 at Sun Yat-Sen University.

After five years, in 2009, Mr Feng was appointed as Financial and Executive Manager at Heshan Innopak Co., Ltd. Since 2013, Mr Feng has held senior financial positions with various Guangdong state-owned companies regulated under the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

In 2013, Mr Feng took up a new appointment as Financial Controller, at Guangxin Shipbuilding and Heavy Industry Co., Ltd and was appointed in 2016, as the Financial Controller with Donlink Group Co., Ltd.

In 2018, Mr Feng joined Guangdong Rising Holdings Group Co. Ltd., (GRHG) as the Deputy General Manager of the Finance Department and later in 2020 he was appointed as General Manager of Finance. In early 2022, Mr Feng took on his current position of General Manager of Guangdong Rising Investment Development Co., Ltd, with GRHG.

Mr Feng became a Non-executive Director of the PanAust Limited Board of Directors on 10 May 2022.

Mr Daling Zheng

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
MCom, MBA, PGDip

Mr Daling Zheng is PanAust Limited’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He has 20 years of experience in asset management and investment in China and internationally and holds a Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) from the University of Queensland, an MBA from Murdoch University, and a postgraduate diploma from the Queensland University of Technology.

Prior to joining PanAust Limited, Daling worked for Shenzhen Zhongjin Lingnan Nonferrous Metal Co. where he was involved in mergers, acquisitions, and the asset management of international mines.

Daling’s previous experience includes as an investment approval officer in the Investment Management Committee of the China Ping An Group where he was responsible for the acquisition of global-listed companies and commercial banks, underwriting, investing in corporate bonds, and participating in Moody and Standard & Poor’s credit rating on Ping An Group. He has also been responsible for corporate banking at the China Minsheng Bank, and was an analyst in the energy and nonferrous metal industry at CITIC Futures.

Daling was appointed an Executive Director of PanAust Limited on 27 August 2018, Chief Financial Officer on 15 January 2019 and Deputy Chief Executive Officer on 23 July 2020. In 2022 Daling was appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PanAust Limited.

Mr Shu Yao


Mr Shu Yao is a Mining Engineer with over 30 years’ of experience in mining operations and management.

Mr Yao joined Shenzhen Zhongjin Lingnan Nonfemet’s (Nonfemet) Fankou Mine – one of the largest lead and zinc producing mines in Asia – in 1989 as a Mining Technician. He would later serve as the Mining Manager, General Manager of the Mining Department, and Assistant General Manager during his 26 year tenure with the Mine.

In 2015, Mr Yao transitioned to work directly for Nonfemet as the Assistant President; General Manager of the Mineral Resource Department. While with the Company, Mr Yao would go on to hold the roles of Deputy President and Director, and Executive Deputy President and Director.

In 2020, Mr Yao transitioned to his current role of Chairman of Guangdong Rising Investment Development Co. Ltd; a first tier subsidiary of Guangdong Rising Holdings Group Co. Ltd.

Mr Yao became the Chairman of PanAust Limited on 11 May 2021.