About me

I am an investment professional focused on natural resources in Latin America and Australia, and I moved to Sydney in 2012. I am passionate about connecting people, great assets, and investment; it all starts with the connection!

I completed a specialisation in Finance from UNSW in 2014. Shortly after, I became an Associate member at FINSIA, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an Associate of AusIMM.

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Me with Daniel Meilan, Argentina’s Secretary of Mining and Scott Humphries, Synergy’s Chairman. Argentina Mining 2016 in Salta, northern Argentina

Right before graduating, I co-founded Synergy Resource Capital, a boutique investment firm with a group of local and international investors. We work jointly with Canadian, American and Australian investors to identify, acquire and develop assets in Latin America and Australia, mainly in lithium, cobalt, gold, copper, silver, as well as technology and real estate.

Previously, I was a partner at Rojas & Asociados, reputed Argentinean consulting firm focused mainly on managing exploration projects for foreign companies (such as Silver Standard, Lumina Copper, McEwen Mining, Pan American Silver and many more). The firm also organises the main international mining convention in the country, Argentina Mining, which takes place biennially since 1996; I managed the event for many years, now it is in my brother’s very capable hands, Javier Rojas.

Finalizando Argentina Mining 2008. Parte del equipo de Rojas & Asociados

Part of the team at Argentina Mining 2008 in Mendoza

My first role ever was a summer internship at BHP Minerals (now BHP Billiton) where I guess somehow my fate was sealed, best three months of my college years. I finished my Architecture degree in Tucuman, and then I practiced architecture for a couple of years, discovering marketing and business development while finishing my degree. That eventually led to joining my family in the consulting practice. My first major assignment there was coordinating our first Argentina Mining convention, which had changed hands -from an American publishing house, Intertec, who created the event in 1996, to Chilean firm Editec, publishers of Mineria Chilena & Latinomineria-; my family became partners with Editec in 2004 and years later acquired full equity ownership.

You can read more about my career on my LinkedIn profile.

On my father’s side, I come from a long line of miners. From my great-grandfather, Dionisio Rojas, to my grandfather Constantino, my father Nivaldo, and uncles -they were all either geologists or miners-, I am the 4th generation involved in this industry, along with my brother and a few cousins. So you could say it was to be expected.

On my mom’s side, I recently discovered that at least recent ancestors came from UK  and France, setting sail to South America around 1830-1850, and one of their descendants was a naval engineer. That may explain the fascination with the English & French language from a young age and my passion for sailing too!

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Twilight racing in beautiful Sydney Harbour, onboard Baltic Lady

The travel bug I think I get from both my parents though. Getting to know people while traveling to conferences has been very exciting, and I owe it to my job. Because of this, and my previous work, I am very well connected in the sector in Latin America, as well as Canada and Australia. I am regularly consulted by international media regarding Mining in Latin America and Argentina in particular (Mining Journal, The Northern Miner, Global Mining Finance to name a few), and I am happy to provide my insight.

During my spare time I enjoy many things, but mainly sailing, being part of the crew of Baltic Lady from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (I have passed the Competent Crew course!), and more recently singing with Singing Sydney school. I am also an architect (which is now a hobby), love travel, fashion & design and everything cat related.

Check out some of my media presence or contact me if you have something to discuss.

Cheers!
Paola Rojas

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