Dr Derek Fisher has been instrumental in the development of mines and processing facilities in Australia, Mongolia, and Armenia, and project assessment and exploration on all continents. He began his career with the NSW Geological Survey as a trainee geologist in 1966 and following graduation from the University of New England, Armidale NSW, he moved into the mineral exploration and mining industry working with Inco in Australia, the Solomon Islands and Canada. During the 1970’s he undertook doctoral studies at the University of Toronto, Canada, gaining his PhD in 1979. In the 1980’s and 1990’s he was a founder or co-founder of several companies listed on the ASX and TSX. Dr Fisher is an honorary life member of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, having spent 13 years on the council including 4 years as president.