Joseph Sie Collins is an Exploration Geologist with 23 years of professional experience. Nineteen years of that period were spent working in Ghana and partly in Eastern Cote d’Ivoire, where he played a leading role in the Ahafo gold deposits taking it from grass roots to mine development. He was also involved in a second discovery called Akyem, also currently being mined by Newmont.
Upon completing the University of Liberia with the graduating class of 1989, the civil war took him to Ghana where he began his career with BRGM, the French Geological Survey West Africa branch; Gencor, a former South African Mining house; Normandy Mining, a former Australian Mining group; and Newmont Mining West African operations in Ghana. He spent a year working on epithermal gold in Queensland, Australia as well as an extensive working tour of the Yilgarn belt in Western Australia.
He began working in Liberia in 2009 with Konblu Bumi Incorporated and for the past two years serving as Country Exploration Manager for SEMS Exploration, a West African Exploration Service Provider with branch head offices in five West African Countries, of which Liberia is the latest. He currently serves as part -time lecturer in Mineral Exploration with the University of Liberia’s Department of Geology. Joe, a Pan Africanist by orientation, is married to a Ghanaian and commutes between home in Acrra and work in Liberia and other parts of West Africa for SEMS occasionally.
With good working knowledge of French and Akan and for languages, He blends this with his passion for mentoring youth and find fulfillment in this area by working with young geologist in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia. He believes in a high level of respect of local culture and tradition and emphasizes the need for Education and sensitization on exploration and mining as a means to eliminate the misconceptions and above all managing expectation.