Mr Kirwin is a highly regarded geologist with 45 years' experience, mainly in the Asia-Pacific region. He was the exploration Executive Vice-President of Ivanhoe Mines and was Managing Director of International Geological Services Pty Ltd. Mr Kirwin has also held several senior positions with Anglo American and Amax.
Mr Kirwin holds a Master of Science Degree in mineral exploration from James Cook University in Australia. As a member of the joint discovery team of the Hugo Dummett Deposit at Oyu Tolgoi, Mongolia, he was co-recipient of the PDAC inaugural Thayer Lindsley medal awarded for the most significant international mineral discovery in 2004 and was the Society of Economic Geologists International Exchange Lecturer for 2006. Mr Kirwin served as the Vice President of the Society of Economic Geologists from 2009 until 2011. In 2015 Mr Kirwin receive the Alumni of the year award from James Cook University, where he is currently an adjunct research professor.