James Banyard


Geology Manager
First Quantum Minerals

James has nearly 15 years experience of greenfields and brownfields exploration across copper porphyry and sediment-hosted copper deposits. Having started out working for junior exploration companies in South American and Europe he joined First Quantum in 2014. Whilst with First Quantum he has worked in Zambia, Chile and Argentina exploring some of the world's premier mineralised basins and arcs. Since 2023 James has been setting up First Quantum's exploration activities in Kazakhstan.

Plenary session 2 (MINEX Kazakhstan’24)
17 April 2024 / 11:30 - 13:00 | Sary Arka 2-3

First Quantum Minerals - From Africa to the World

The history of First Quantum as a mine and project development company, from our roots in the Central African Copperbelt, expansion through acquisition and discovery in Latin America, through to our first steps into Central Asia in Kazakhstan.