Over more than 35 years of my career I managed companies, projects and people. I served as an executive Director on boards of companies listed in London (Angus & Ross) and in Australia (Strzelecki Metals), as well as of private companies (KGHM Polish Copper, Norwest Corp). I am a holder of a Diploma in Company Directorship issued by the Institute of Directors in London.
While working on scoping and feasibility studies of mineral exploration and mining projects in Greenland, China and Poland I developed the complex skill of financial modelling of such projects. I had built bespoke models with multiple revenue streams, commodities and tax regimes, debt and equity financing and hedging with futures. I also trained in financial modelling on specialist courses.
In the course of my work I had to evaluate many projects as potential acqusition targets and ‘defend’ the projects I worked on at investment analysysts’ metings. As a Chairman of the Association of Mining Analysts in the 1990s I took analytical interest in many projects being presented by their onwers to the AMA. I’m familiar with mirco (project level) and macro (GDP-commodity cycle) analysis. I attended a PhD course in mineral economics at Luleå University, Sweden.
I have a first-hand experience of commodity trading, both physical and through futures and derivatives on the London Metal Exchange. I traded copper cathodes, zinc & lead, gold & silver, as well as concentrates of copper and zinc-lead. Through the projects I worked on I also got familiar with markets for tantalum, niobium, molybdenum, tin and tungsten. I have some familiarity with the coal market, coal bed methane and underground coal gasification. I am familiar with the Oil & Gas sector as well.
While working for KGHM Polish Copper in London, I trained over 50 staff from the parent company. I subsequently went on to run commodity training courses for Euromoney and trained UNCTAD staff in Geneva and at thier regional workshops in Kazakhstan and Thailand.
Communication, Presentation & IR
Since the KGHM’s IPO in London in 1997 I have been actively involved in Investor Relations activities of the companies I worked for. I delivered roadshow presentations during our fundraising campaigns, took part in TV interviews, presented at more than 50 conferences. I designed and published corporate newsletters for shareholders, wrote feature articles for the Mining Journal and other publications, and published a book on environmentlay and socially responsible mining (published by UNEP and available for download from here).
During my freelancing years I acquired significant consulting and research experience working in the UK, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, France, and South Africa for clients such as the World Bank, UNCTAD, UNEP, McKinsey & Co, Mining Journal, Euromoney, CRU, US Department of Energy, Raw Materials Group, World Gold Council, SASOL, and many industrial and mining equipment companies.
I am a native Polish speaker and have a reasonable command of Russian sufficient to read professional magazines and listen to presentations at conferences without the aid of an interpreter.