David Humphreys

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Honorary Lecturer


David Humphreys is an independent mining sector consultant based in the UK.

David was chief economist of the London-based mining company, Rio Tinto, for eight years up to 2004, and chief economist of Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s largest mining company, until the end of 2008. He has also been a non-executive director of UK-listed Russian gold miner, Petropavlovsk plc. David has written and lectured extensively on the economics of the mining and metals industries. He has authored some two hundred articles and papers and a book, The Remaking of the Mining Industry. He has been a visiting scholar at the Colorado School of Mines and at the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, and Bosch Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington DC. He has a bachelor's degree and PhD from the University of Wales.