In this episode we chat to Kurt Budge, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Beowulf Mining, a London and Stockholm-listed junior exploration and development company, predominantly focused on the Nordic area, with an interest in exploration in Kosovo, and who have exposure to iron ore, graphite, base and precious metals.
We talk about working for major mining company vs junior miners, and the challenges in the junior market when it comes to fundraising, resources, time, money, people, plus much more.
- The coal industry was all about operations, man-management, dealing with communities and authorities. It was a very hands-on experience that educated in many pursuits.
- In the world of venture capital, one of the most important lessons is that in a turnaround situation, there is a need for necessary violence. Taking action preserves cash, which is fundamental.
- Building successful relationships in business comes down to your personality, your engagement, your demonstration of commitment, and delivering upon your promises.
- Mining in Sweden has generated much of its wealth, and is therefore seen as an industry that needs to be protected, even in the wake of the COVID effect.
- Mining gives us the opportunity to make a very real, and very meaningful difference to the world. Those who work in the industry love the challenge, the people, and the opportunities.
‘Mining is definitely in the blood’
‘Private equity is about great flexibility and unconstrained thinking’
‘It’s problem or challenge after another that just need solving. Solutions need to be found’
‘We cannot give up. We cannot walk away. That would not be the right outcome’
‘I’m a sucker for a challenge’
Beowulf Mining – https://beowulfmining.com/team/kurt-budge/
Kurt Budge LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/kurt-budge-b75287/?originalSubdomain=uk
ABOUT THE HOST
Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight to peoples experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.
Rob is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. We source, headhunt and discover new and top talent talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients organisation in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.
This episode features Pavel Galchenko of Halmek Lithium. Most investors and many analysts following the lithium industry can’t name a Russian producer; however, Pavel is well known by major lithium companies because of the many industry partnerships Halmek has had for distribution, toll production and providing an outlet for low quality lithium carbonate that Halmek has learned to convert into high quality lithium hydroxide.
Pavel and his partners at Halmek have made step by step progress from distributing FMC Lithium (Livent) product and US DOE stockpile hydroxide to building their own plant producing industrial grade hydroxide from sourced carbonate to now making battery quality and high purity hydroxide for local and international markets. At some point in time Halmek has also partnered with SQM, Albemarle and Toyota Tsusho/Orocobre.
We discuss the history of the Russian lithium market, the difficulties producing high quality hydroxide and the many challenges entering the lithium battery supply chain.
Pavel can be found on Twitter @PYasev.
This episode was brought to you by Zelandez.
In this episode WiMSA Deputy chair Petro du Pisani speaks to fellow committee members Briony Liber and Lindy Scott about their recent experiences at the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba.
The Mining Indaba is the world’s largest mining investment event and takes place each February.
A number of WiMSA committee members attended this year’s Indaba, some of their tickets generously sponsored by the organisers of the event, the Hyve GrouP Plc.
This year Briony and Lindy recorded some insights from delegates at the event.
In this podcast we mix together Briony and Lindy’s reflections with those of the delegates recorded at the event.
You will hear the voices of the following delegates:
– Holly Bridgwater, Unearthed Solutions
– Jeannette Hofsajer, Minerals Council South Africa
– Keitumetse Lekaba, Quartile Capital Holdings
– Kesia Kariko, Dundee Precious Metals Inc.
– Koketso Busang, MMS Africa
– Olebogeng Sentsho, Simba Mngodi Mining Incubation Fund
– Raksha Naidoo, AMIS
– Tatiana Zamorova, Du Pont Sustainable Solutions
– Zenzi Awases, Women in Mining Association of Namibia
At the Indaba WiMSA hosted a panel on gender diversity sponsored by Webber Wentzel and AMIS confirmed their sponsorship for WiMSA’s mentoring programme.
In our next episodes we will talk more about WiMSA’s Future Fit and mentoring programmes.
Find out more about the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba here: https://www.miningindaba.com
Thanks to Webber Wentzel for sponsoring the WiMSA breakfast www.webberwentzel.com
Thanks to AMIS for sponsorship towards WiMSA’s mentoring programme. https://www.amis.co.za/
Music : Faith by Vibe Tracks
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