David Smirk

David Smirk


Managing Director

David Smirk

David is the Founder and Managing Director of Phibion, a global advanced tailings management company with offices in Chile, Brazil, Jamaica and Australia. He has over 30 years’ experience managing tailings all around the world. 

David’s professional journey began on graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Physics and Computer Science with First Class Honours in Environmental Science from Murdoch University in Western Australia. David also has a Graduate Diploma in Business from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia

Based on David’s early research, Phibion provides AMC and MudMaster® technology to the mining industry. Prior to starting Phibion he had an extensive career working for Rio Tinto, Alcan, Alusuisse - Lonza and Alcoa. He is the author of many scientific papers and international patents in the management of tailings.

His areas of expertise/research and personal focus are improving the management, sustainability and re-use of tailings for not only mining companies but the communities in which they operate.

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