Gabi Knesel

Senior Vice President (Head of Locus Mining)

Sector: Biotechnology

Member Since, August 2, 2023

Open To Work

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  • I am open to working remotely Yes
  • I am open to being contacted by employers and recruiters Yes

About Me

Mining and Chemicals executive with a combined 20 years of academic and industrial work in the resources industry. I have lived and worked across the globe in South America, Australia, Europe, and North America holding roles spanning technical, operational and commercial.

I lead Locus Mining Solutions, part of Locus FS, where we supply the mining industry with carbon-neutral biosurfactant additives to boost mineral extraction, including from low-grade ores.

I am a triple citizen of the USA, Italy and Brazil with additional rights to work in Australia and New Zealand (through marriage).


  • PhD, Geochronology, Geochemistry and Petrology (2007 - 2012) The University of Queensland

    Grade: 4/4 Doctoral Advisor: Professor Dr Paulo M. Vasconcelos Key Analyses: 40Ar/39Ar spectra for mineral grains and whole rock (Mass Analyser 215-50 noble gas mass-spectrometer), ICP-OES for major-elements, ICP-MS for trace-elements, JEOL JXA-8200 EPMA (Probe) results for mineral compositions.

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance, General (2015 - 2016) Rome Business School

    MBA Thesis Advisor: Professor Melanie Miller Marketing, Human Resources Management, Corporate Strategy, Economics, Accounting, Finance, Quantitative Business Methods & Decision Techniques, Entrepreneurship, Mergers & Acquisitions and Multinational Financial Management. Average of all subjects 28/30 Written Final Project 30/30 Cum Laude Oral Presentation 30/30

Work & Experience

  • Locus Fermentation Solutions (2022 - Present ) Senior Vice President (Head of Locus Mining)

  • Locus Fermentation Solutions (2022 - 2023 ) VP Mining and Minerals Processing

  • Locus Mining Solutions (2022 - 2023 ) VP Mining and Minerals Processing

  • Ecolab (2021 - 2022 ) Global Mining Business Development

  • Lhoist (2013 - 2021 ) Various Roles (R&D, Exploration, Mine Management & Sales)