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Lara Smith

Managing Director
Core Consultants

Lara Smith is the Founder and Managing Director of Core Consultants (established in June 2009). Lara and her team at Core Consultants are committed to supplying high quality commodity market research, analysis and valuations to global institutions. Core Consultants has been actively involved in more than sixty Market Balance, Pre-feasibility and Feasibility studies for an array of commodities. Their most recent work includes a feasibility study for a bauxite deposit in Guinea, sourcing an ethical cobalt producer in the DRC on behalf of a global mobile telecoms manufacturer, and advisory work on the DRC cobalt industry and on European fertiliser supply chains. To complement the feasibility and due diligence service offerings across Africa in particular, in Q4 2016, Lara co-founded Core Africa with David Creamer a former Barclay’s Africa Director. In respect of ferroalloys in particular, Lara has conducted research and in-depth market studies and valuations on behalf of international ferroalloy producers and allied industries. In 2011 she started the Quarterly Ferrochrome Participant meetings for the South African ferrochrome industry, and self-published a quarterly ferrochrome and stainless steel report, which has become an industry reference and today is subscribed to by all major ferrochrome producers. Lara is the primary author of two other Core Consultants’ reports including the “Core Consultants Monthly Rare Earth Report “and the “Core Consultants Monthly Manganese Report”. An internationally recognized expert in the field of mining analysis and a well-known speaker, Lara holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, Statistics and Economics and an Honours Degree in Commerce in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management, both from the University of Cape Town.

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