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Richard Schodde

Adjunct Associate Professor

School of Earth Sciences - Centre for Exploration Targeting


Contact details

MinEx Consulting Pty Ltd
49 Surrey Road
South Yarra 3141
Melbourne, Australia

M: 0418909769


30 years of experience in the resources industry with a unique mix of business evaluation skills across a wide range of industries (mining, energy and chemicals) and along the entire value chain (from R&D and exploration through to project development, strategic planning and mergers & acquisitions).

Internationally recognised as a leader in mineral economics through his public speaking engagements, extensive publications, and high-level consulting and other industry experience.


Publications/ External Presentations

Schodde RC, "Long-term forecast of Australia’s mineral production and revenue - The outlook for gold: 2017-2057", Oct 2017 Long Term Production Forecast Report 16 Oct 2017

Schodde RC, “Recent Trends on Gold Discoveries”. Keynote speech for the NewGenGold Conference, Perth, Nov 2011

Schodde RC, "Recent trends in Mineral Exploration – are we finding enough?", Presentation to the RMG 8th Annual Exploration & Mining Investment Conference, Stockholm, November 2011

Schodde RC, “Submission to the Government Inquiry into greenfields mineral exploration and project development in Victoria”, Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee, Victorian Parliament, Melbourne 22Aug 2011

Schodde RC, “Recent Trends in Australian Exploration”. Presentation to the AMEC 2011 National Mining Congress, Perth, June 2011

Schodde RC, “Overview of the Nickel Industry with special focus on exploration trends”, Presentation to the Standard Chartered Earth’s Resources Conference, Hong Kong, June 2011

Schodde RC, “Copper Market Outlook”. Presentation to the Australian Copper Conference, Brisbane, Marchn 2011

Schodde RC, “Giant Ore Deposits: Why they are important!”. Presentation to the 2010 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank on Searching the Deep Earth: The Future of Australian Resource Discovery and Utilisation organized by the Australian Academy of Science, Shine Dome, Canberra, August 2010

Schodde RC, “A short- to medium term overview of the uranium market”. Presentation to the Australian Uranium Conference, Fremantle, July 2010

Schodde RC, “How does Australia’s discovery record shape up to the rest of the world?”. Presentation to the AMEC 2010 National Mining Congress, Perth, June 2010

Schodde RC, “Setting the Stage: Global Context for Mining and Extractive Industries”. Keynote speech for the First International Mining Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, May 2010. Organized by the United Nations Development Program

McKeith T, Baltis E & Schodde RC, “Analysis of Gold Exploration Industry Trends”. Society of Economic Geologists Newsletter, April 2010

Cairns C, Hronsky J and Schodde R, “Market Failure in the Australian Mineral Exploration Industry: The Case for Fiscal Incentives”. Discussion paper prepared for public release by the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, April 2010

Schodde RC, “The Declining Discovery Rate – What is the Real Story?”. Presentation to the AMIRA International’s Exploration Managers Conference, Yarra Valley, Victoria, March 2010

Schodde RC, “Global Discovery Trends 1950-2009: What, Where and Who found them”. Presentation at the Exploration Discovery Panel Discussion Session at PDAC, Toronto, March 2010

Schodde RC, “The key drivers behind resource growth: an analysis of the copper industry over the last 100 years”. Presentation to the Mineral Economics & Management Society (MEMS) session at the 2010 SME Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona March 2010

McCuaig TC, Guj P, Hronsky JMA & Schodde RC, “Exploration Targeting in a Business Context”.Keynote presentation at the Fennoscandian Exploration and Mining Conference, Rovaniemi, Finland, Dec 2009

Schodde RC & Trench A, “Next Generation Uranium Supply: A Case of When the Going Gets Tough? Presentation to the Australian Uranium Conference, Fremantle, July 2009

Schodde RC & Trench A, “Benchmarking Uranium Projects – How do the next generation of mines compare to current operations?”. Presentation at the AusIMM International Uranium Conference 2009, Darwin June 2009

Schodde RC, “The Way Forward for the Junior Sector – what can we learn from the survivors of the last downturn”. Presentation to the AMEC 2009 National Mining Congress, Perth, May 2009. Note: The study was also later presented at a Technical Meeting of the Melbourne Branch of the AusIMM, July 2009.

Schodde RC, “The challenges facing exploration – and the way forward !”. Presentation to the Mineral Exploration Roundup, Vancouver, February 2007

Hronsky JMA & Schodde RC, “Exploration history of the Yilgarn Craton: From the nickel boom to today” In SEG Special Publication No.13 (Nickel Deposits in the Yilgarn Craton), December 2006

Whiting TH & Schodde RC, “Why do brownfields exploration?”. Paper for the AusIMM/CMI International Mine Management Conference, Melbourne, October 2006

Schodde RC, “What do we mean by a world-class deposit? And why are they so special?” Keynote presentation at the Association of Mineral Exploration Companies (AMEC) Conference, June 2006

Schodde RC & Hronsky JMA, “The role of world class deposits in wealth creation”, Keynote paper for the Society of Economic Geologists Centenary Conference, Keystone Colorado May 2006 (subsequently published in SEG Special Publication No.12 - Wealth Creation in the Minerals Industry)

Schodde RC, “Discovery performance of the western world gold industry over the period 1985-2003”, PACRIM 2004, Proceedings, Adelaide, South Australia pp367-380, September 2004

LaNouze RD and Schodde RC, “Managing technology development in a changing business environment”, Society of Mining Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, Feb 2004

Schodde RC and Cao Xian-Zhen, “Long term trends in exploration and the likely future of the Australian exploration industry”, Journal of China Geology & Mining Economics, Vol. 16 (11), Nov 2003

Schodde RC, “Quantitative analysis of the risks and rewards in Australian gold exploration”. Australian Institute of Geoscientists Conference on Risk Management, Perth, Australia, 21 November 2003

Schodde, RC, “Impact of taxes on the profitability of projects”. China Mining Taxation Workshop – Organised by the Australian Canadian Mining IndustryWorking Group (ACMIWG), Beijing, China, September 2003

Schodde, RC, “Long term trends in exploration and the likely impact of the investment climate” Presentation to the AusIMM technical meeting, Melbourne, April 2003

Schodde, RC, “Long term trends in exploration and the likely impact of the investment climate”. Keynote paper presented at the Australian Institute of Geoscientists Exploration Conference, Perth March 2003

Schodde, RC, “Impact of Kyoto on the cost structure of the world’s resource industry”. Mineral Economics; Management Society (MEMS) Annual Conference, Golden Colorado, April 2003

Taufen P, Baker P, Kelley D and Schodde R, “Enhancing and effectiveness in modern exploration”. Journal of Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment and Analysis, Vol. 3, 2003 pp79-84

Schodde RC, “How to value an exploration project “. China Mining Association – Minerals Exploration Branch Annual Conference Kunming, China, December 2002

Schodde RC, “Impact of WTO and other factors on the economics of exploration in China”. China Mining Conference, Chongqing, October 2002

Schodde RC, “Disclosing geological data: an investors view”. China Mining Conference, Xian, Sept 2001

Schodde RC, “Impact of taxation and country risk on the economics of mining and exploration” Presentation at a workshop for government ministers organized by the World Bank, Washington DC, April 2001 Brain P, Marks RE, Swan P, McLennan P, Schodde R, Johnson DT, “The cost of Australian carbon dioxide
abatement “, Energy Journal, Vol. 12(2) 1990 pp135-152