Dr Andreas Friese has been involved in the mining and exploration industry of South Africa for the past 33 years while previously employed with Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Co. Ltd., Anglo American plc and SRK Consulting, and self-employed as independent consulting geologist. He holds a MSc. Degree in Geology from the JohannWolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Germany and a PhD degree in Geology from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg/South Africa.
Dr Friese founded the Johannesburg-based consulting firm Terra Explora Consulting in 2006 and has been working as an independent consulting geologist on a wide range of mining and exploration projects across Africa and Southeast Asia. Terra Explora’s main focus is the application of structural geology to the understanding of mineral deposits and the processes of ore formation, either in mining or exploration projects. The company emphasizes problem-solving, lateral and innovative thinking, and the application of
modern techniques in the fields of structural interpretation and economic geology.
The primary expertise and experience of Dr Friese include a variety of geoscience disciplines, with main fields of interest and research being applied structural geology, economic geology, global palaeo-/neotectonics and geodynamics of the Earth and their practical applications to mineral (precious, base and rare metals, kimberlites) and groundwater exploration and target generation, in-mine geotechnical hazard assessment
of open cast and underground mines, and project evaluation. Furthermore, his focus is on 3D geological ore body modelling, as well as geomechanical modelling (stress mapping technology) to generate exploration targets for structurally controlled hydrothermal ore deposits, alkaline intrusions (kimberlites, carbonatites, etc.) and fractured aquifers.
In 2019, Dr Friese joined Badger Mines Nigeria Ltd. in the capacity as Director of Geology and Exploration and has since been managing the company’s multi-commodity mineral exploration across several states in southwestern and central Nigeria.