The Team

Dr Peter Zawada

Managing Director

Geologist with 27 years of experience. Previously Executive Manager Regional Geoscience and Mapping at the Council for Geoscience, South Africa, where he was responsible for national and commercial international multi-million dollar programmes and capacity-building initiatives. He has experience in reform and restructuring of National Geological Survey Organisations e.g. Botswana and Algeria.

Dr Bill McCourt

Technical Director

International geologist with over 35 years of professional experience. Previously Head of International for BGS (British Geological Survey) and responsible for delivering multi-million dollar geothematic programmes. Extensive overseas geoscience management and mapping experience including: Latin America, SE Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He currently manages projects in India, Kenya, and Burkina Faso, amongst others.

Mr Antony Benham

Chief Operations Officer

Economic Geologist with more than 20 years of experience in industry, governmental research and academia. His industrial experience includes working as a mining and exploration geologist on the Witwatersrand and Bushveld Complex in South Africa, and later as a short-term associate for SRK (UK) Ltd. Prior to joining IGS, he worked on several international projects at the BGS including PGE exploration in the UAE, an artisanal gold mining project in Ghana, and as a Deputy Project Leader on a major DFID-funded project in Afghanistan. At IGS he currently manages another DFID-funded project in Afghanistan and previously managed a project in The Sudan.

Dr Frik Hartzer

Senior Project Geologist

Frik has over 35 years of experience in all aspects of geological mapping in Africa, specialising in the execution and supervision of international geological programmes. He previously worked at the Council for Geoscience in South Africa, and has also worked as an independent consultant to the minerals and mining community, particularly on several World Bank-funded projects in Africa. He currently manages projects in Cameroon, Lao PDR, and DR Congo.

Dr Christoph Dobmeier

Senior Project Geologist

Christoph is a highly experienced structural mapping geologist with extensive overseas experience including Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, Russia, Southern Africa, India and Switzerland. He was involved in creating the first comprehensive 3D structural model of the Mt Fubilan Cu-Au-Ag porphyry deposit at OK Tedi in Papua New Guinea, and more recently has been involved in training and capacity building at the Afghan Geological Survey in Kabul.

Ms Kathryn Kavanagh

Senior Minerals Geologist

Kathy is an experienced Chartered Geologist with extensive overseas experience, including work in Suriname, DR Congo, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa. Fluent in French, Kathy is also qualified to teach English as a foreign language, as well as being a qualified librarian and information scientist. At IGS, Kathy is a Project Leader of a major DFID-funded project in Afghanistan.

Mr Peter Pitfield

Associate Principal Economic Geologist

Peter has over forty-five years’ experience as a professional geologist including forty years at the British Geological Survey. He is an experienced structural and thematic mapping geologist in a range of geological settings from Archaean to Quaternary and an expert in basement and metamorphic/igneous geology. Peter has wide ranging experience in the management and implementation of geological surveys and mineral exploration technical assistance programs in Africa, Latin America and Asia, including Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Bolivia, Ecuador, Tanzania, Thailand, Egypt, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

Mr Edward Lewis

Senior Geologist

Edward Lewis is a geologist with over nine years’ international, multi-commodity experience from grassroots to a pre-feasibility level working in the aggregate, mineral, coal and hydrocarbon industries. His international work has included Australia, Greenland, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Namibia, Jordan, and Chile.