|Christopher Jacobs is a Vice President and senior consultant in mineral economics with Micon International Limited, based in the Toronto head office. He received his B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Geochemistry from the University of Reading, England in 1980 and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, RSA in 2003. Chris has over 25 years’ direct experience in the management of mineral exploration, project development and mining operations, and more than 12 years working as an independent consultant. He a chartered engineer in the UK, with professional membership of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IoM3), and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
Since joining Micon, Chris has undertaken due diligence and Independent Engineer assignments, and participated in a variety of mine evaluation assignments, scoping, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies involving gold, silver, nickel, copper, cobalt, lead, zinc, iron, bauxite, tin, chromite, vanadium, diamond, platinum, lithium and rare earth deposits.
Having started his career in field exploration and mining geology, Chris moved into management of exploration and mining operations with junior miner Cluff Resources plc, and later headed Anglo American plc’s gold division in Zimbabwe through a period of rapid and profitable growth. Subsequently, Chris joined the strategic planning team of Anglo Platinum in Johannesburg, responsible for the technical and economic evaluation of several open pit and underground mining operations and development projects. During this period, he was also involved in corporate/business development work, including successful joint venture negotiations.