David Ovadia is a geologist who began his career in 1978 as a research scientist at the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, before moving to the British Geological Survey in 1991, where he became the Director of International until his retirement in 2011.
He is currently Chairman of a spin-out company called “BGS International” and a Board Member of Coburg Group plc, a mining investment fund. He was previously the Chairman of South East African Mining (SEAM) Ltd and a non-executive Director of the Rainbow Seed Fund.
He has worked in over 20 countries around the World, including Afghanistan, Botswana, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe, on various aid agency and World Bank sponsored projects. He studied geology and physics at Liverpool University and postgraduate research at Birmingham University. He has served as a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent and the Open University. He is currently an advisor to an EU project on minerals and has been a consultant for the World Bank. He was awarded the MBE for services to science in the New Year’s Honours List 2010.