Ihor Kunasz is a world expert on lithium resources and has been involved in the industry for 45 years. He started his career with a doctoral thesis at the Pennsylvania State University on “Origin of Lithium of Clayton Valley, Nevada,” where Foote Mineral Co. produced the very first lithium carbonate from brine. As chief geologist of Foote Mineral Co., he evaluated most global lithium deposits and brought the two lowest-cost lithium reserves in the world, Silver Peak, Nevada, and the Salar de Atacama, Chile, to the project development stage. Dr Kunasz has been a resource consultant with the TRU Group of Canada and a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ team that compiled the first comprehensive review of lithium reserves and resources of the world. He is active in the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Geology (SME) and, in 1998, became president of the society.