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Mr. Jeffrey Watkins

  • Forename: Jeffrey
  • Surname: Watkins
  • Primary Position: Senior Diamond Exploration Geologist
  • Secondary Position: Brazilian Expert

Brief CV

Jeffrey Watkins offers thirty-one years with the De Beers Group operating in some of the worlds most important diamond provinces. He has held the positions of Chief Geologist, Exploration Manager South America, past President of De Beers exploration companies in Brazil, Bolivia and Venezuela as well as extended service in Angola, also in RSA/Namibia. A brief resume of his career and key skills; - Diamond Exploration and Mining Geologist and Consultant. - In depth knowledge of diamond exploration/mining/pipeline systems in a variety of regions/countries. - Senior representative on visits / studies/ work on diamond deposits and mines in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Ghana, China, Brazil, Guyana, Uruguay, Venezuela, Canada. - Proven skills of operating in difficult environments with sensitivity to local cultures. - Experienced negotiator/facilitator and bridge builder with companies and Governments to senior levels of management/public office. - Participation in Kimberley Process certification Scheme in Brazil. On international Roster of Experts for KPCS Review Missions. - Fluent in English and Portuguese with a working knowledge of Spanish. CAREER OUTLINE 1969 – 2001 DE BEERS 1969 – 1970 - South Africa, Namibia – Diamond exploration. 1970 – 1975 – Angola – Regional Manager diamond exploration, Condiama. 1978 – Angola – Re-evaluation and rehabilitation of Endiama diamond resources and reserves. 1976 – 2001 – Brazil – Diamond exploration. Exploration Manager, South America during 10 years. President of diamond exploration companies in Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia. Manager of Itapena alluvial diamond mine, Juina – Mato Grosso. Participation in primary and secondary diamond deposit studies in China, Ghana, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Angola and South America.


  • B. Sc (Hons) Geology - University of London, UK - 1969 C. Eng. Chartered Engineer - Engineering Council, UK - 1980 B. Sc Geology - University of Brasilia, Brazil (revalidation) - 1982

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