Namrata Thapar – “For me, learning by doing is key!”

May’s Monthly Profile Namrata Thapar has led the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Mining team since 2015 playing a powerful role in developing its mining business with a focus on sustainability and development impact. For her, making a contribution beyond the monies — $924.37 million mining portfolio as of December 31, 2016 — given by the […]

Isabel Cartolin Navarro – “Mining has changed my life for the better”

April Profile / Perfil de Abril English / Español Peruvian artisanal miner, Isabel Cartolin Navarro, is breaking the mold as one of just two women miners working underground at the Cachihuancaray salt mine. The mine in San Antonio de Cachi is close to her home and has been exploited since the time of the Incas […]

Dr Alyson Warhurst – “Don’t let anyone put you off achieving what you think is important”

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Professor Alyson Warhurst was drawn to mining from an early age inspired by weekend visits to ancient mine sites with her archaeologist father. She’s had a long career spanning the academic and business worlds and won awards along the way for her work in social and responsible mining. She set up […]

Euridice González – “The most important thing is to recognise when you don’t know how to do something and to want to learn”

Mexican Euridice Salome González Robles is helping shape change in her country’s mining sector and is keen to get women’s voices heard and included in the debate. For her, women complement men’s activities in the workplace. With women on board, there’s not just 50% of possibilities because it’s only the men’s perspective — the world […]

Dr Chandrani Prasad Verma – “Come what may, do not stop!”

January Profile Dr Chandrani Prasad Verma, India’s first female mining engineer, has opened up the path for other women in the country to take up mining careers, taking large steps for everyone. From a young age she decided she would follow in her father’s footsteps although women were not allowed to take mining degrees in […]

Ana Maria Aranibar – “You have to be a fighter!”

November Profile For over 40 years Ana Maria Aranibar has been involved in the mining sector in Bolivia, sharing information, creating networks and building communities. She started out in the state sector in communications and rose through the ranks. Then 20 years ago she created her consultancy which is dedicated to pursuing social and corporate […]

Lita Calenzani – “The better prepared you are, the more opportunities you’ll have and the more likely you are to achieve your goals.”

October profile | Perfil de Octubre – Español Peruvian Lita Calenzani has spent 30 years in the mining industry and says if she had to live her live over and choose where to work, she would choose mining again. She took the opportunities that were offered to her and moved from roles traditionally held by women […]

Marianne Harvey – “As a woman the more you believe in yourself the better; self-promotion is key and that is all about being confident”

September profile Australian geologist Marianne Harvey is pushing at the boundaries as she prepares for an all-female science voyage with Antarctica as the backdrop. Come December she’ll spend 20 days on a boat headed to Antarctica as part of the Homeward Project. She couldn’t pass up the opportunity, not only because of ‘the cool rocks and […]

Zandile Buthelesi – “The sky’s not the limit, your mind’s the limit… Success is in the palm of your hands”

August profile South African, Zandile Buthelesi, is General Manager Projects at African Exploration Mining and Finance Corp. Her motto is: "if you are somewhere that does not serve your purpose then you leave and you go and find it somewhere else". This is something she has done in her career. A passionate advocate of women [...]

Cristina Echavarria – “Look at any activity you are involved in and ask: who has access to the benefits?

July Profile Colombian Cristina Echavarria has been an advisor working in mining and sustainability challenges since the 1990s. Plain speaking and outspoken, she says the mining sector likes this and she’s never adapted to fit into the industry. Her work has focused on communities and on artisanal and small-scale mining – she was instrumental in […]

Tiguidanke Camara – “Don’t be silent, start making a noise”

As the Chairman and CEO of junior mining companies, Tigui Mining Group and Camara Diamond Gold Trading Network, Tiguidanke Camara’s first contact with mining was through jewellery while she modelled. The model turned mining entrepreneur is about to see her first project go into production in the Ivory Coast. Tiguidanke is in mining for the long haul as she looks to expand her operations across West Africa.

Nezha Zouaidi – “Mining’s an adventure without limits, with opportunities and challenges”

Moroccan Nezha Zouaidi came to mining by chance in 2009, since then her journey has led her to Africa and to Tanzania where she’s the owner of a gold and diamond company, Golden Connection Ltd. Captivated by the mining industry’s dynamic and diverse environment, it’s not always been an easy ride.

Claudia Monreal – “Mining is not a field that is prepared to allow women to get to the top”

Chilean Claudia Monreal has worked across South America, Canada and Australia as a mining engineer/geo-statistician fulfilling her passion to understand geology. Being abroad has also taught her how much mining has in common across countries and cultures. A mother of three, she chose consultancy to better manage time with her family. But she says there are many inequalities against women in the industry.

Urica Primus – “Be yourself, wherever you go, in whatever you do. Acceptance not adaption is needed”

Guyana’s Urica Primus has been an agent of change since an early age. The 25-year old president of the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO) is an unabashed workaholic who campaigns hard for diversity and to break the stereotype that women can only hold menial positions in the mining sector.

Ngonzi Kiiza – “Don’t assume or imagine why someone would not want to talk to you, bite the bullet and go and ask.”

Ugandan Mine geologist Ngonzi Kiiza has proven herself to be resilient to whatever challenges have been put in her way. For her, xenophobia, racism and gender intolerance are a reality in the mining industry but you should not give them too much face time. “Once you identify it deal with it, confront it or walk away.”

Rodalee Ofiaza – “Every experience is a learning opportunity. Be flexible; develop new skills, work on your strengths.”

Rodalee Ofiaza took a leap of faith and became a mining engineer having originally considered a career in chemical engineering. She’s never looked back and believes she’s right where she wants to be.

Raijeli Taga – “If anyone will change the mining sector in Fiji, it will be women”

Dr Raijeli Taga, Chief Environment Officer at Fiji’s Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resource, always knew she didn’t want a normal “women’s” day job in Fiji. She wanted to do something different, no desk job for her but something considered a job for a man.

Chantae Lessard – “If you don’t ask it will never happen and sometimes you need to ask more than once!”

Mining has been in Chantae Lessard’s family for generations; four generations to be exact. Growing up, Chantae says a career in mining was never considered but as fate would have it she landed a role as a paralegal/health, safety, environment executive assistant at Kennecott Utah Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah, and that role changed her life and her career.

Clara Chan – “Once you decide to do something you have to give it your very best”

Hong-Kong based Clara Chan has over 20 years of experience in the non-ferrous metals industry. She is among the small minority of women in the metals sector in China. She grew up spending holidays in her father’s small alloying plant. The family run firm has grown and evolved, listing in 2006 under her guidance.

Jody Cellar – “Be genuine, reliable and courageous”

Jody Cellar knew she wanted to become an engineer from the age of 12. She took on her first paying job at 13 – assisting in a recreation program for disadvantaged children over summer breaks and cleaning private homes throughout the year.

Pauline Tahi – “It is a real pleasure to leave your mark wherever you go”

Pauline Tahi came to mining by chance some 22 years ago. Since then, she has been involved in the commissioning of every mine in her home country of Ivory Coast. Although she was often a victim of discrimination during her career, she says attitudes are changing and are much better today towards women.

Linda Dufour – "Why should a woman have to be like a man?"

With 20 years’ experience in the mining industry in North America as a process engineer and metallurgist, Linda Dufour believes mining needs to do a lot more to encourage women to come into the sector; be promoted and not be tempted to leave by the lack of opportunity.

Juliana Andrade – “You can do it, you can make a difference"

Teamwork, discipline and focus drive this young project manager, skills she’s learnt from dancing ballet since she was six years old. Juliana Andrade says that mining has welcomed her with open arms. “So I have no words of warning. All I can say is: Welcome you are part of the team.

Rebecca Brosnan – Invest in yourself

The Managing Director of the LME’s Asia Business, Rebecca Brosnan, was instrumental to the take over of the London Metal Exchange by the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEx). She says there is no replacement for expertise. Know your stuff!

Catharine Farrow – Rocks, People and the Arctic Adventure

Catharine Farrow is a professional geoscientist with more than 20 years of mining industry experience. What drew you to the field of geology? My Grandfather, a psychiatrist, had always been interested in rocks and geology. He gave me my first Estwing hammer when I was 11 and I was hooked.

Tiguidanke Camara – “Don’t be silent, start making a noise”

As the Chairman and CEO of junior mining companies, Tigui Mining Group and Camara Diamond Gold Trading Network, Tiguidanke Camara’s first contact with mining was through jewellery while she modelled. The model turned mining entrepreneur is about to see her first project go into production in the Ivory Coast.

Razia Adam – Helping women from surrounding communities get a job in mining

Razia Adam is Chief Geologist at South Africa’s Middelbult Colliery and Shondoni Mine. With just seven years under her belt she’s set her eyes on where she wants to be and is shaping out her future aided by her all-important mentors.

Erica Smyth – “I don’t want women to fail”

Erica Smyth has almost 40 years’ experience in the mineral and petroleum industries and loves geology. Originally she thought she would become a chemist, but realised after a year of studies that she didn’t want to be in a white coat, stuck indoors in a laboratory for the rest of her life.

Vanessa Torres – “Our job is to resource the world out of poverty”

“Our job is to resource the world out of poverty,” says Vanessa Torres, Head of Investments and Value Management at BHP Billiton. A Brazilian with Australian citizenship, she believes that mining is in her blood.

Ruth Ives – “This is all I know and all I am”

Mining – “This is all I know and all I am,” says Canadian Ruth Ives, who has spent some 20 years in the industry feeding her love of underground mines and engineering. But it didn’t begin that way.

Elizabeth Lewis-Gray – “Regard your female skills as an advantage”

Elizabeth Lewis-Gray is co-founder and Chairman of Gekko Systems, based in Ballarat, Victoria. She is Chair of Austmine, the largest industry body representing the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector in Australia. Elizabeth was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame in 2000

Ebony McGee – “Women can do everything men can do”

After graduate school Ebony McGee worked for a consulting firm as a contract planner. During her time there, she was offered a promotion – working on mining permits with the County of Riverside. As a SMARA Planner, she was required to use her vast planning knowledge and make it applicable to natural resource planning.

Maria Laura Barreto – “What makes us strong is ourselves”

Since 1982 Ms. Barreto has been continuously active in the field of environmental law and the extractive industries in more than 20 countries. Her career has involved three major phases of activities that correspond to her different locations in Mozambique, Brazil and Canada.


Virginie Bahon – A helicopter view of engineering, marketing and communications

Virginie Bahon leads the communications for Rio Tinto Guinea and its iron ore project Simandou. It will be the largest mining/infrastructure project in Africa. She has more than 15 years-experience in the extractive industries where she has held a variety of marketing and communications roles working in France, the UK, Italy and the Republic of Guinea.

Anne Oxley – From being lead to metallurgy to leading in metallurgy

Anne Oxley was encouraged to head towards metallurgy by an inspirational chemistry teacher, Mr David Miller, who changed her views on what might be possible as a career. She was always very good at sciences but until then had been directed as are many girls in that situation towards medicine.