Since the summer of 2014 I have been providing consultancy services under my bespoke research boutiqe brand Marketeye.org. While remaining faithful to the natural resources sector, I have branched out to management consultancy in a wider field. Although this is expanding my knowledge base, I would love to return to an executive role in the mining and metals industry. Contact me on andrew [at] zemek.com.
2009-2014: Exploring for Metals in Poland
This 5-year period covers two employments: 2009-2011 as a Director ofOperations, Europe (Board position) with Strzelecki Metals Ltd listed in Sydney (ASX), and 2011-2014 with the New York City based Electrum Group (private equity) as a Senior Adviser. In both cases my work concentrated on all aspects of mineral exploration in Poland: applying for mineral concessons, dealing with government departments; preparing exploration programs and supervising day-to-day operations of two local companies there. I was also involved in fundraisng in Australia and takeover negotiations.
2005-2009: Preparing to build a Zn/Pb mine
in Greenland + exploration + fundraising
For over 4 years I was the Chief Operating Officer (Board position) of Angus & Ross plc (A&R), a London-listed (AIM) mineral exploration junior. The company had exploration properties on 5 continents, but my main focus was on Greenland, where A&R was preparing to re-open the legendary Black Angel zinc-lead mine. Apart from the day-to-day running of the company, numerous fundraisings, supervising exploration programs, and dealing with the Government of Greenland I was closely involved in preparation of a Bankable Feasibility Study for the project. I was also involved in A&R’s gold exploration JV in China.
2002-2004: Selling Technical Services
In 2002 my colleague Richard Thompson and I opened and ran the London office of the US/Canadian technical consultancy NorwestCorpoartion Ltd. The company offered technical consultancy services to the metal and coal mining sectors, oil sands and oil shale sector, governments etc. I was a Director of the London Office performing a sales role and looking after the accounts of the company.
1999-2002: Analyst, Lecturer, Journalist
During this 3.5-year period I worked as a freelance consultant within the metals and mining sector. My assignments came from clients like the World Bank, US Government (DoE), McKinsey & Co, major mining equipment manufacturers, the Mining Journal Research Services, United Nations, Raw Materials Group, World Gold Council, CRU and others. I was the Chairman and (later) Management Committee member of the Association of Mining Analysts, I wrote country reviews for the Mining Journal, and I lectured on commodity trading courses run by Euromoney. I also developed a commodity hedging software for a metal trading client and wrote a book on environmentally and socially responsible mining published by the United Nations (a free PDF download is available through this link).
1992-1998: Trading LME Futures & Cathodes
For over 6 years I worked for the London office of a large Polish copper and silver producer KGHM Polish Copper. I started as a CopperTrader progressing to the Managing Director of the London operation. During that time I acquired an intimate knowledge of hedging withfutures on the London Metal Exchange (1000s of positions) as well as physical commodity trading of copper, silver & gold and metal concentrates. I was in charge of £600m+ turnover company and trained many junior traders.
1987-1992: Supplying UK industry with ball
bearings and steel products
In 1987 I was seconded by Warsaw-based import-export company IMPEXMETAL to take up a Sales Manager position in London. I was supplying ball bearings and other steel products to UK and Irish clients including major manufacturers of cars and agricultural machinery. This position gave me a good exposure to the precsion engineering sector.
1978-1987: Importing 13,000 types of ball
Between 1978 and 1987 I worked in Poland, my coutry of birth. As a Sub-Department Manger I was in charge of imports of over 13,000 different lines of ball bearings and similar products required by the Polish industry.
This page provides a brief career history. You can download a PDF of my detailed CV here, and visit my LinkedIn profile by clicking the box on the right, or on thislink.