Chief Executive Officer, Global Venture Consulting
2020 Medal of Merit Recipient
Emily King is the CEO of Global Venture Consulting and Founder of Prospector, a new search engine for the mining industry.
Prior to founding Global Venture Consulting and Prospector, Ms. King was the Director of Natural Resources for an economic development task force in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). In this role, Ms. King oversaw a $40 million per year mineral resource exploration and investment promotion for the Pentagon, in partnership with the Afghanistan Government and the U.S. Geological Survey. Her team conducted exploration on fifteen mineral deposits throughout Afghanistan and tendered four copper and gold exploration assets. For her leadership of this program, Ms. King was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Global War on Terrorism Award.
Global Venture Consulting (GV) is a natural resource consulting firm specializing in bringing technology solutions to emerging and frontier markets with a focus on Afghanistan and Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Since 2013, GV has worked with clients and partners to accelerate innovation and incorporate disruptive technology into the collection and interpretation of geologic data.
Most recently after seeing a glaring need for a way to digest publicly available but extremely cumbersome technical data on mining projects, King founded Prospector to present the results in a highly intuitive and searchable interface. Prospector turns this unwieldy data into market intelligence contained within a user-friendly search engine that even non-traditional mining investors can use and understand – putting a list of global mineral assets that fit investors' investment criteria at their fingertips.
In July of 2020, Prospector was acquired and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Analog Au, a private mining investment company with projects in Mexico. With the acquisition, Ms. King will continue to lead Prospector as Chief Innovation Officer of Analog Au.
King holds leadership positions in industry organizations and at the board level, including the Afghanistan Mining Think Tank, Women in Mining USA, and Director of VVC Exploration.
King earned a Degree in Geology and Government & Legal Studies from Bowdoin College. She is co-author of scientific publications including: “A Major Light Rare – Earth Element Resource in the Khannneshin Carbonatite Complex,” “Southern Afghanistan; Summary of the Kundalan Copper and Gold Area of Interest,” and a "Summary of the Zarkashan Copper and Gold Area of Interest,” and has contributed to articles for Economic Geology and Geology for Investors.
Mine Manager, Cortez Operations
Barrick Gold Corporation
Jonathan (Jaz) Jazwinski holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from The University of Arizona. He began his career with SRK Consulting in 2003, as a Field Engineer on the BHP Closure Project in San Manuel, Arizona.
With copper on the rebound, he moved on to Freeport-McMoRan’s Sierrita Operation, working as a Mine Engineer and Mine Operations Supervisor. He had the opportunity to work in a variety of roles including construction and demolition projects, mine planning and in leadership. In 2011, he was promoted to Chief Mine Engineer and then Mine Operations Superintendent at the Bagdad Operation.
Continuing his upward career path, Jazwinski was then transferred and promoted to the Morenci Mine as Mine Planning Manager in 2015. He quickly advanced to Mine Operations Manager in 2016 where he and his team lead 1,100 employees at the largest open pit mine in the United States in terms of annual production. Earlier in 2020, the mine was operating 141 haul trucks (260-ton) and 13 electric shovels and was responsible for moving 900,000 tons per day and producing a billion pounds of copper per year.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Jazwinski attended Brophy College Preparatory where he excelled in Math, Chemistry, Physics and English (writing). Outside of school, he played guitar, was active in mountain biking and developed his love and passion for weight training which continues to this day. He met his wife, Eva, at The University of Arizona and they began their married life together in Tucson in 2006. While living in Bagdad, they were blessed with their two children Jenna (9) and Jacob (6). In September 2020, Jazwinski became the Mine Manager at Barrick Gold's Cortez operation in Nevada.
Jonathan now resides in Nevada with his family. He is a generous blood donor with over 40 gallons of red cells, platelets, plasma, and granulocytes sent to patients in need all over the country including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Banner Cardiac Center and the Mayo Clinic.
Jazwinski is an active member of SME and serves on the advisory board of Aeris Copper. The company’s mission is promoting the anti-pathogenic properties of copper to reduce disease transmission.