Robert graduated with a BSc Eng (Extractive Metallurgy – Minerals Processing) in 1995 and completed his postgraduate MBA in 2003. While completing his studies, he spent eight years gaining experience with the Anglo American Corporation in South Africa before moving on to join the De Beers group of companies. Over the next 16 years, he moved up through the ranks from graduate trainee to Research Officer, Senior Plant Metallurgist, Process Engineer, Metallurgist and Senior Analyst, working mainly in Southern Africa. He also spent a year in Canada’s Arctic where he was involved in a new mine development project.
In years between 2007-2012, he worked for the the Bateman Group in positions as a Senior Process Engineer, Technical Manager, Chief Consultant, Engineering and Process Manager, and finally Director: Technology. Between 2009 and 2012 he obtained invaluable practical experience in the Russian mining environment whilst working in the Bateman Engineering Moscow office. Following this, Robert lead a successful, flexible and specialized engineering and project development company "ULS Mineral Resource Projects" as the company's CEO in South Africa.
In 2015 he held the position of VP- Engineering within a gold mining company in Russia. Prior to joining Exore Mining, Robert has been running his own consultancy and projects development company working for a diverse spectrum of clients and industries within and out of mining sector.
Robert has hands-on experience in mining project development, and various types of technical studies. His project specific experience covers copper, nickel, gold, coal and diamond commodities for new and existing mining operations. Other specific areas of expertise may be grouped into the following:
• Process engineering, modelling and design;
• Project management and project engineering;
• Economic evaluation and bankable studies;
• Process plant efficiency and process stream sampling;
• Team leadership and strategy development, implementation and execution.
Robert is a registered fellow of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) as well as a professional engineer (PrEng) with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).