Exploration & Geology
Dr John Ward
Dr John Ward is an experienced, strongly field-oriented geologist with a proven ability to work in difficult terrains from desert to equatorial settings in Africa. Together with this experience, a long-acquired knowledge of the post-Gondwana and Karoo geology is used to search for economic alluvial diamond deposits and primary (mostly kimberlite) sources in Africa.
Dr Ward has acquired a few scientific awards along his extensive career and had two Cainozoic fossils found in the southern Namib Desert named after himself. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 publications about his approach of bringing alluvial deposits to economic realities since 1981. He has also contributed to the Continuing Education Course for post-graduate students and industry delegates: “Diamonds and their Primary and Secondary Sources” run at the University of Pretoria (2012 - 2014).
Dr John Ward qualifies as a competent person for various commodities including diamonds and gold and is a member of a number of professional societies including a fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa, a life member of the Geological Society of Namibia and a life member of the Southern African Society for Quaternary Research.