Pawlitschek - Geologist - Moncloa - Aravaca, Madrid, Spain

Martin Pawlitschek

Moncloa - Aravaca, Madrid, Spain




A seasoned exploration professional with a broad international experience gained in Australia, South East Asia, Africa and Europe. Expertise in the search and evaluation of gold, copper, silver-lead-zinc, diamonds, nickel and iron ore deposits.

Can add value at each stage form new business development, due-diligence, target generation, drill testing, resource drilling and feasibility studies. Familiar with the latest cost-effective geological, geochemical and geophysical tools available.

Leadership skills for small to large teams. Have managed teams of up to 300 personnel located across different remote projects. Equally at home in the field, office or in front of investors or government personnel. Have been involved with start up companies, junior listed explorers, emerging producers and multinational mining houses.

Experience with building and upgrading teams and associated geological workflow processes. Familiar with health-safety-environmental and community standards required by large and small companies. Able to manage and motivate divers multicultural teams in remote high pressure environments.

Work History

Chief Exploration Officer

Multi Commodity, Africa

From January 2013

wide). Private Equity Firm, Madrid Spain.

Key Responsibilities;
• Generate, review and prioritize opportunity flow for the companies project
• Initiate negotiations for priority opportunities.
• Exploration program design and budgeting.
• Close interaction with board and investors
• Liaise with in-country teams, senior government officials, investment fund
technical teams and consultants.

Key Achievements:
• Rapid evaluation of large number of opportunities
• Established a system for assessing, recording and prioritizing opportunities.
• Re-balancing of portfolio from a large number of high-risk, long term grass
roots projects to advance opportunities.
• Negotiation and completion of four HOA's over advanced opportunities
capable of delivering short term success (Iron Ore, Au, Cu-Pb-Zn, Cu-Co).

Exploration Manager

Gold Exploration

October 2010 - January 2013

Teranga Gold, Dakar-based, Senegal

Key Responsibilities:
• Manage a large exploration program covering 11 permits, 3 camps and over 1500Km2 of prospective geology in Eastern Senegal.
• Resource delivery
• Exploration Programs, Budgets and operational responsibilities for cost- effective executions.
• Annual budgets were up to USD 30 million, including a substantial part for resource drill outs.
• Up to eight direct reports managing up to 300 personnel and at times 16 drill
• Drafting of exploration updates and quarterly reports, 43-101's etc
• Investor presentations and tours
• Supervision of geological resource modeling

• Contributions to mine lease evaluations and reserve conversion programs

Key Achievements:
• Rapid and cost-effective ramp up of exploration activities
• New discoveries and significant resource and reserve addition
• Maintained discovery costs below international averages.
• Completion of regional data acquisition, anomaly and target generation
• Continual re-evaluation and prioritization of drill targets.
• Rapid team and corresponding camp expansions
• Alignment with mine-set safety, finance and camp standards
• Incident free management of many challenges such as illegal miner
invasion and interaction with authorities

Exploration Manager

Gold and Mineral Sands

August 2007 - October 2010

Exploration, Mineral Deposits Limited, Dakar-based, Senegal

Key Responsibilities:
• Manage the company's gold and mineral sands exploration assets in
• Exploration Programs, Budgets and operational responsibilities for cost- effective executions. Budgets varied from 1 to 10 million per year.
• Three direct reports managing up to 50 personnel and at times 2-3 drill rigs.
• Manage deep aquifer hydrogeology bore holes for mineral sands project
• Drafting of exploration updates and quarterly reports, 43-101's etc
• Investor presentations and tours

• Discovery of a small high grade resource
• Re-organization and strengthening of MDL's exploration team and resultant
increase in motivation levels and operational efficiency, particularly with respect to field logistics.
• Securing additional key ground holdings through joint ventures and new
applications - almost doubling the company's exploration holdings.
• Set up of exploration relevant safety and environmental standard operating
procedures and emergency response plan.
• Improved regional geological, structural and regolith maps.
• Systematic definition, follow up and prioritization of targets. Discovery of several new prospects.
• Improved database management and QC procedures. Implementation of a
new database system, chain of custody and 43-101 reporting compliance.
• Management of JV partner and government relationships.
• Keeping team motivated and programs moving forward under severe
exploration budget constraints during the final phase of the mine
• Completion of three deep hydrological test bores at mineral sands project.
• Contributing to corporate reporting - drafts for stock exchange updates,
drafts for 43-101 reporting, compiling and delivering investor presentation.
• Successful spin-off of gold assets into a new Canadian company

Exploration Manager

Diamond Exploration

April 2005 - August 2007

primarily for kimberlite pipes, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gravity
Diamonds Ltd.

Key Responsibilities:

• Manage all aspects of Gravity Diamonds' exploration program in the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Exploration Programs, Budgets and operational responsibilities for cost-effective executions.
• Exploration budget USD 12million per annum.
• Up to four direct reports managing up to 100 personnel in based out of several remote heli-supported camps
• JV negotiations
• Government relationships and in-country fiscal compliance
• Investor presentations and tours
• Stock exchange updates and news releases

• Completion of the first phase of stream sediment sampling within 12
months, in a remote part of DRC.
• No major safety or community incidents.
• Building a capable exploration team, consisting dominantly of DRC
nationals and a small number of expats.
• Set up and training of personnel in elementary safety SOPS and implementation of a comprehensive emergency response plan.
• The sampling program allowed identification of four major diamond target
areas, allowing major reduction of ground holdings.
• Completion of aeromagnetic survey and first round of target drilling.
• Identification of significant Gold and base metals plays from the regional
• Key role in completion of Gravity- Mwana Africa merger as funding for green-fields diamond projects dried up towards 2001.
• Integration and hand-over of Gravity's DRC assets and teams after the completion of the merger.

Principal Geologist

Diamonds, Africa

June 2001 - April 2005

based BHPBilliton

Key Responsibilities:
• Africa-wide review and prioritization of diamond exploration and development opportunities.
• Internal funding proposals and due-diligence reviews
• Securing of ground positions either via direct applications or JV negotations
• Assessment of country specific risks
• Participate in external funding solutions

Key Achievements:
• Compilation of large amount of historic data for Botswana which led to the identification of a significant exploration opportunity involving new
• Major Botswana ground position secured and private equity placement of over UD25million achieved.
• Strategic alliance formed between BHPB and major South African producer to deploy new geophysical technology to key South African kimberlite
provinces. More than USD10million committed to the venture.
• Sourcing and compilation of extensive historic data sets for Angolan
kimberlite exploration.
• Securing of major kimberlite JV in Angola, which led to the discovery of many diamond-bearing kimberlite pipes.
• Securing of a major land holding of kimberlite prospective ground in DRC on implementation of new mining code.
• Reconnaissance surveys carried out in DRC and data used to achieve a
USD20million equity raising on ASX via Gravity Diamonds Ltd.

Senior Project Geologist

Gold, Base

January 1994 - June 2001

-Metals and
Kimberlite Exploration on many projects in Australia and South East Asia,
Perth and Brisbane-based, BHP Minerals

Key Responsibilities:
• Field Work - Mapping, Sampling, Drill Supervision, Logging, trenching etc
• Data interpretation including regional airborne geophysics
• Data QC and Management
• Internal and Statutory Reporting
• Land Holder Liaison including traditional owners
• JV Meetings and Reports
• Budgeting and internal presentations
• Project generation and permit applications
• Environmental and safety compliance
• Contractor Management

Key Achievements:
• 1994 - Execution of drilling programs for gold in Western Australia,
discovery of new prospects and successful farm-out to other industry
players as companies target size was not met.
• Generation of a number of new sediment-hosted gold plays, ground
acquisition and completion of first phases of work, discovery of new
prospects and subsequent JV farm-outs
• Country-wide gold reconnaissance and target generation in Laos.
• Base metals project review and definition of new targets in NE Australia
• Review of kimberlite exploration potential of Australia, farm-in on a number of joint ventures.

7. Geological Technician, for 9 months in 1992, underground gold mine, Cue,
Western Australia,

• Duties comprised underground grade-control/production sampling, mapping,
diamond core logging and updating of the geological database, level and stope plans.

• Production of detailed underground geological maps and stratigraphic
subdivision of host dolerite sill.
• Rapid re-logging of a large amount of diamond core, resulting in a revised
mine sequence.

Qualifications & Certifications

Masters Petroleum Engineering

University of New South Wales


University Medal


University of Technology

Chemical Technology

Meadowbank College of Technical and Further Education

Bavaria, Germany

High School in Bavaria

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