The Team

Our team is composed of very talented individuals who are very passionate about what they do.


Barbara Dischinger
Founder & Director – London, UK

Barbara Dischinger is passionate about the advancement & promotion of women. She set up Women in Mining UK in April 2006  and International Women in Mining in November 2007. Barbara worked in executive search for 15 years of which 9 years in mining prior to  joining the WISE Campaign (Women in Science and Engineering) in 2015 to advance her knowledge of Diversity & Inclusion. She also sits on the steering committee of Women in Rail


Adwoa Abban
IWiMSpeakUp, Forum Moderator – Perth, Australia

Adwoa is the Principal Quantity Surveyor at Quantum Phases Consortium; with over 15 years’ experience as a Quantity Surveyor across Ghana, UK and Australia. She has worked with clients in the construction, engineering and mining industries to provide them with cost savings advice for their projects. She has a Degree in Quantity Surveying and Master’s Degree in Construction Law and Arbitration. She enjoys networking with women working in the above industries and supporting projects that empower women.

Ahmed Mohammed
Web Manager – Toronto, Canada

Alicia Polo y la Borda
Liaison with WIM groups in USA – Denver, USA

Asa Borssen

Åsa Borssén
Liaison with WIM groups in Africa – Hanover, Germany

Åsa is a research officer at the German Development Cooperation program Extractives and Development (hosted by the Federal Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR). Her main area of focus is governance in the mining sector, working with a World Bank-lead project called Mining Investments and Governance Review (MInGov). In addition, she is involved in finding innovative new projects and concepts for the Extractives and Development program. This currently includes human rights risk assessment studies in the Andean countries, bringing together industry experts and human rights experts to jointly analyze human rights risks. Before joining BGR, she worked as a Senior Industry Analyst at SNL Metals & Mining (previously Raw Materials Group). Her research focused on mining legislation, minerals policy and environmental impacts, both in advanced and emerging countries. Her work involved reviewing national minerals policies, analyzing minerals legislation and mining companies’ social license to operate. Ms Borssén has a J.D. in International Law (Uppsala University, Sweden) and M.I.A. in International Security Studies (The George Washington University, US). She was a member of WIM Sweden before moving to Germany in 2015.


Barbara Mantebea Owusu-Konadu
Head of Membership – Aberdeen, Scotland

Barbara is a MSc Project Management student at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, UK. She previously worked for Kaltire Mining Tire Group with experience in Technical Support and Earthmover Tyres Management. She possesses a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa, Ghana. Barbara has a passion for volunteering. She is an International volunteer with IVHQ and currently volunteers for RGU Go Green in Aberdeen as an Energy Ambassador, APM Aberdeen as a Committee Member, Royal Voluntary Service as a Befriender and is also the founder and director of SOAR Global Foundation, an NGO in Ghana seeking to establish libraries in rural communities in Ghana.

Birgit Rameseder

Birgit Rameseder
Liaison with WIM Groups in Southern Africa – Johannesburg, South Africa

Birgit is currently working as a Senior Techno-economic Analyst at De Beers Global Services in Johannesburg, South Africa, involved in the business planning process for all of the Group of Companies operations and strategic projects along the diamond pipeline. Prior to moving to “Jozzi” in 2013 (original assignment as Sr. Mineral Resource Management Specialist responsible for the company’s resource and reserve reporting) she worked for De Beers for 12 years in the Canadian North at its Victor Diamond Mine in northern Ontario (Chief Geologist) and at a variety of diamond exploration projects (project manager). Originally from Germany, Birgit completed her maîtrise in Geology at the University of Caen, France and holds a MSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada, as well as a MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada.


Camila Reed
Head of Social Media – London, UK

Camila owns a digital media consultancy and has strong links to the mining sector forged during her career as a multi-media journalist and broadcaster. She was the Global TV Editor Commodities & Energy for Reuters News, and covered metals and mining globally for many years as a journalist and editor at Reuters and Metal Bulletin. She has experience in text, TV,  video-on-demand and radio, having worked for the BBC World Service and a variety of magazines.  She also trains business professionals and journalists and provides companies and individuals with advice on how to use social media effectively. Camila develops digital media campaigns through the use of video, blogs, forums and all aspects of social networking.

At Thomson Reuters she was on the editorial management team and helped set up and run a mentoring programme for women. She was part of the flexible working, diversity and women’s groups for EMEA. Camila now mentors journalists in developing nations as part of a programme run by the charity Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) and is also the Editor of TRF’s Global Journalism Mentoring Programme.

Deborah Craig

Deborah Craig
Women on Boards, Fundraising, Head of Africa Team, Board Director – Stockholm, Sweden

Deborah began her professional career in banking before moving to the executive management of mineral exploration companies. She currently provides advisory services within the mining sphere to private industry, government, development agencies and NGOs. Deborah has a special interest in African mineral development and women’s economic empowerment, and has been instrumental in building up IWiM’s outreach to African WiM groups. She is also a gemmologist (FGA, DGA) and an advocate for transparent, responsible mine-to-market gemstone supply chains.


Elvia Torres Morales
Liaison with WIM groups in North America – Saskatchewan, Canada

Elvia is currently working as a Service Contract Coordinator II at Mosaic Potash Esterhazy in Saskatchewan, Canada, responsible to direct, supervise, and manage service contracts for the identified Potash site capital and expense contracts. Prior to moving to Canada in 2010, she worked in the Chemical, Oil and Gas industry for eight years in different roles such as Planner Scheduler, Project Controls lead and Project Engineer. Originally from Mexico, Elvia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Madero and completed the MBA from ITCM Division Estudios de Postgrado as well as the Professional Leadership certificate from University of Regina, Canada. Outside of work, she advocates for people with disabilities and participates actively in fundraising campaigns with the MS Society, among others.


Emelia Chalker
Marketing Advisor – Brisbane, Australia

Emelia is a passionate, talented and versatile marketing and communications specialist. Armed with over 14 years’ industry experience, she has the proven ability to ensure that brand messages, standards and communications are both well-understood and effectively implemented. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce and a Postgraduate Diploma in Media Studies ad Public Relations. Emelia is results-driven and her passions include strategy, project management, content management, digital marketing and event management. She is currently Marketing and Communications Specialist at highly esteemed Brisbane engineering consultancy MEC Mining.


Flavia Livacic
Translations: Spanish, French – Chile

Flavia is a Chilean professional Spanish-English-French translator, major in mining. Over a career spanning 20+ years, she has worked as a Professor at the Catholic University of Santiago (where she earned her degree), and worked on site at an international mining company in northern Chile. Since September 2003, she has been freelancing, combining her translation duties with consecutive interpretation and whispering; transcription and translation of audio files and videos (for dubbing and subtitling); elaboration and revision of documents, updates, language standardization and cultural bridging, editing, abstracts and glossaries, note-taker and minutes-taker. She has also participated in the arrangement of events and coordination of foreign guests.

Gargi Mishra

Gargi Mishra
IWiMSpeakUp – Johannesburg, South Africa

Gargi is the founder of Mining Innovation Portal. As a founder, she is Championing an innovation hub for the mining sector in Africa. Gargi is actively involved in the promotion of open innovation and the internet of things in the mining environment. She is passionate about creating an enabling environment for Mining Innovation in Africa, coaching, mentoring, delivering lasting impact for operation improvements. Mining Innovation and women empowerment are two topics close to her heart. Gargi is a seasoned exploration and mining geologist with more than twelve years of field experience in various countries; Angola, DR-Congo, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Canada and India. She holds a Ph.D. in Geometallurgy from the University of Johannesburg. Her research is published in Mineral Engineering, a well reckoned International Scientific Journal and were also presented in several National-International conferences. She is also a member of SAINE (South Africa Innovation Network). She is busy writing a memoir style book based on field experience to inspire young girls to adopt geology and mining as a career. She wants to tell this story to inspire young girls and tell them there is nothing impossible when we determine to chase our dream.

Gladys Smith

Gladys Smith
Head of Latin America Team – Colchester, UK

Gladys started her career in the mining industry in London more than 20 years ago, when there were few women in the business. She received her training as a Trader in Minor Metals while working for a Peruvian producer in the UK. She owns Sanab Limited, which was founded 20 years ago. She has experience in negotiation, operations trading and does consultation work. She was a member of the board of the Minor Metals Trade Association for 8 years, and has been a speaker at conferences in China and India. Gladys is from Peru and will be liaising with all Spanish speaking WIM groups.


Harsh Patel
Web Manager – Toronto, Canada

Harsh is an Electronics and Communication Engineer currently enrolled in the Mobile Application Development program at Canadore College, Canada. He has extra ordinary knowledge and more than a year of experience in the development of electronics, IT and software products. A philanthropic person who is self-driven, motivated and very enthusiastic to fulfill dreams.

Karen Chiu

Karen Chiu
Social Media – Toronto, Canada

Karen is a Field Geologist at Century Iron Mines Corp. She has experience in mineral exploration and geological modelling and has delved in M&A processes as well as database management. Prior to this role, she completed her MSc at the University of Toronto in Geodynamics, modelling mantle-crust interactions within a tectonically active collision zone, and has a BSc in Geological Sciences from Queens University.

Kathy Sole

Kathy Sole
Editing – Johannesburg, South Africa

Kathy obtained her PhD in metallurgical engineering from the University of Arizona, USA. She has more than 30 years’ hydrometallurgy experience, with specialist expertise in solvent extraction, ion exchange, and electrowinning. Her commodity exposure includes copper, cobalt, uranium, nickel, zinc, titanium, vanadium, PGMs, and gold. After working for many years for Mintek and Anglo American in South Africa, she now consults independently. Her clients span six continents, and she has worked on mine sites and operations in Zambia, DR Congo, Kazakhstan, Namibia, USA, Chile, Australia, and South Africa. She is the co-author of Extractive Metallurgy of Copper, the benchmark industry textbook, and chairs the Copper Cobalt Africa conference. Kathy has been awarded the Silver Medal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) and the Bronze Medal of the South African Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3).

Leisa Westerman
Liaison with WIM groups in Australia & New Zealand – Mackay, Australia

Leisa is a human resources professional with the majority of her experience being in the mining sector. She has spent the last 17 years working in remote locations across Australia within both the mining and hospitality sectors. Originally from Brisbane, Leisa has worked in various commodities in both open cut and underground mines in locations such as Roxby Downs – South Australia, Tom Price – Western Australia, and is currently located in Moranbah in Central Queensland. Whilst the majority of her roles have been in a generalist Human Resources capacity, she has also worked in Training and Development roles and is currently employed as a Facilities Management Superintendent.


Mia Trina
Head of Admin – Toronto, Canada

Mia is from Canada. She has worked as a RRSP, Mutual Funds and Commodities Administrator for TD Waterhouse, CIBC World Markets and Canaccord Capital.


Muza Gondwe
Photo Project Lead – Perth, Australia

Muza is the Alumni Co-ordinator at the Minerals and Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA). MEfDA (formerly International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC) is a partnership of University of Western Australia and University of Queensland. MEfDA facilitates an integrated program of capacity building on resource governance for emerging economies. Muza is responsible for coordinating activities of the Mining and Energy for Development global community, maintaining ongoing alumni engagement through M4DLink, the online community of practice; following up alumni return to work plans and providing alumni with further opportunities for training and capacity building.

Nondumiso Mathenjwa

Nondumiso Mathenjwa
Liaison with WIM groups in Africa – Witbank, South Africa

Nondumiso studied Mining Engineering at the University of Johannesburg. She is a Production Superintendent for a Glencore mine in Middelburg, South Africa. She is also the Co-Founder and Chairperson of Education for All, a non-profit organization providing scholarships and mentorship to underprivileged children. She is a believer that “Your background does not define your future”.


Rao Bilal
IT Manager – Toronto, Canada

Rao is a certified IT and projects management professional. He started his career in technology and developed ERPs for Textile and Media Management Softwares. He has expertise in Business Intelligence and Information Systems. With over a decade of diverse experience in IT, media, banking, manufacturing and food sectors, he has successfully lead multiple initiatives and added business value and agility to corporations, utilizing state of the art IT tools and best practices. He holds international certifications in ITIL, PRINCE2, COBIT 5 and SAP.


Resa Furey
Liaison with WIM groups in North America – Denver, USA

Resa is a market analyst at MWH and specializes in mining market research and analysis, which she uses to strategically improve business outcomes. She is an experienced facilitator with a gift for focusing groups on what’s important. She has published widely on tailings, water and women in mining.


Rudo L. Gwenanguruwe
Women on Mining boards & IWiMSpeakUp – Harare, Zimbabwe

Married with two children, Rudo holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from National University of Science and Technology and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor. Since March 2013, she has been the Superintendent Information Systems & Technology for Murowa Diamonds, a diamond mining company in Zimbabwe, formerly a member of Rio Tinto. Before joining Murowa she worked for seven years at Lafarge Cement as a Systems Administrator and then as Systems Manager. She was a key member of a team implementing enterprise-wide systems and internal controls review throughout the company’s financial and operational systems and processes. Before joining Lafarge she was with Finsys Zimbabwe Pl, a regional IT company specialising in provision of computing solutions to the financial services sector. There, she held the roles of Systems Developer and Implementation Consultant for two and a half years. She also did her traineeship with then Zimbank for a year before going back to complete her studies at NUST.


Silvia Del Carpio Ruiz De Castilla
Women on Mining Boards – London, UK

Silvia is a passionate and diligent leader with over seven years of experience in mining working on process improvement projects in Xstrata’s Canadian Nickel division (now Glencore). She has experience in operational efficiency, change management, negotiations, energy management and environmental compliance. She holds a B.Eng in Materials Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and an MBA from London Business School in London, United Kingdom. Silvia is interested in women’s advancement in the mining sector. She formerly volunteered at Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) where she organized fundraisers and science events. At International Women in Mining (IWiM), Silvia collaborates in the Women on Boards initiative.

Sarah Shannon
Web Manager – Toronto, Canada


Simone Ivanov
Operations Manager – Hunter Valley, Australia

Simone is a Senior Strategic Planning Engineer for Glencore in charge of delivering the Life of Mine and Budget plans, NGERS and undertakes pit shell and strip design optimisation for one of the biggest Glencore sites in Australia producing approximately 15MT coal and 70MBCM waste annually. She graduated from the University of Newcastle with a double degree in a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons 1) and a Bachelor of Surveying (Hons 1), has a Certificate IV in Frontline Management and has obtained statutory qualifications as an Open Cut Examiner. She currently volunteers as a mentor in a local program called HunterWISE which helps promote STEM pathways to girls in high schools around the Hunter Valley region.

Valerie McDowell
Translations: Spanish – Puerto Rico

Valerie is retired and have free time to help any organization such as IWiM. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Certificate in Spanish-English Translation from the University of Toronto. As a freelancer, she translated for a Law Firm, the University, and have done volunteer translations for various organizations.


Vani Nukala
Web Manager – Toronto, Canada

Vani is passionate about learning new technologies. She is a Bachelor of Technology Degree holder in Information Technology at CVR College of Engineering, Hyderabad. She worked at Hewlett Packard for three years as a SAP ABAP Developer. Presently she is the General Secretary at J&F Home Child Care Services in Toronto. She is a 3Rs Ambassador Volunteer organised by the City of Toronto for Solid Waste Management.

Wendy Treasure

Wendy Treasure
Director of Research and Academia

As Director of Research and Academia for IWiM, Wendy initiates, conducts and promotes academic research and work on issues related to women in mining and mining legislation. She collaborates with international research organisations and IWiM colleagues on publications and reports. Wendy coordinates student research staff and projects. Current IWiM research projects include the impact of mining legislation on women in Malawi and Sierra Leone; gender diversity in mining education internationally; the different priorities, approaches and outcomes of Women in Mining groups in Africa; and getting girls and young women into mining education; legal frameworks and economic benefits around women working in mining sectors.

Wendy is a resources lawyer, project manager and occasional journal editor. She has a background in native title law in Canada and Australia, and recently established a mining law and policy education project in Ghana. Wendy has a focus on mining operations in West Africa, Australia and emerging industries in North Africa, with a specific interest in developing the Libyan mining industry and domestic-owned mining companies in Ghana and elsewhere. Current research projects include the comparative impact of mining on heritage and customary law (Ghana and Australia); gender diversity in mining education internationally; legal frameworks and economic benefits around women working in mining sectors. She is an active member of the Accra Mining Network, WIM Ghana, WIM(UK), WIMWA (Western Australia), Australian Indigenous Women in Mining (AIWIM), and of course the International Women in Mining Community. Her next major project is creating a domestic mining company model for countries that currently rely on foreign owned resource companies.


Barbara Dischinger
Founder/Director – London, UK

Barbara Dischinger is passionate about the advancement & promotion of women. An entrepreneur with an international background, she has divided her last 9 years between her women in mining work, her independent executive search boutique and being a mother of two. Barbara finds mining fascinating and truly global and is very happy of the nudge she received in 2005 to move into covering the mining sector. She set up Women in Mining UK in April 2006  and International Women in Mining in November 2007.

To advance her knowledge of Diversity & Inclusion, Barbara joined the WISE Campaign (Women in Science and Engineering) as Membership Manager in January 2015.

Andrew Cheatle

Andrew Cheatle
Board Director – Toronto, Canada

Andrew Cheatle is the Executive Director of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). As a Professional Geoscientist, he has worked extensively in the exploration and mining industry from the rock face, to the boardroom, with indigenous communities and into the halls of Government. His 25-plus-year career has encompassed both the senior and junior mining sectors as an exploration geologist, mine geologist, manager and mining executive. He has also volunteered with not-for-profit organizations, notably as past-president of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario. Prior to his role at PDAC, Andrew was President and CEO, Director at Unigold Inc., where he oversaw the delivery of the company’s initial mineral resource of two million ounces of gold at its flagship property in the Dominican Republic, and successfully partnered the project with the International Finance Corp. (a division of the World Bank). His career started as a deep-level gold mine geologist in South Africa. He subsequently worked as Vice President Exploration at Treasury Metals Inc., Principal Geologist at AMEC plc, Chief Geologist at Goldcorp Inc./Placer Dome Inc., and Mineral Resource Manager with Anglo American Corp.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology from the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College London, and a Master of Business Administration from Capella University. He has built a strong reputation as an advocate for a responsible minerals industry—an industry that he believes has the ability to build prosperous communities and develop nations.


Beatrice Opoku-Asare
Board Director – Denver, USA

Beatrice has been with Newmont since May 2010 in roles of increasing responsibility on the Africa Human Resources team. Before moving to Denver in 2016 to take up the position of Global Director, Inclusion and Diversity, she was the Regional HR Manager in Ghana with responsibility for talent management, inclusion and diversity, global mobility, HR technology, talent acquisition, and facilities. Her expertise in Talent Management as well as her operations knowledge is a strength as the organization progresses its Global Inclusion and Diversity strategy with an emphasis on systems, behavior change and business integration. Prior to joining Newmont, Beatrice worked with K-NET Limited, Golden Star Resources, and the Environmental Protection Agency in Ghana. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management and is currently pursuing an MBA from Leicester University, UK. Beatrice is passionate about people and how leaders can bring out the best in their teams.

Deborah Craig

Deborah Craig
Board Director – Stockholm, Sweden

Deborah began her professional career in banking before moving to the executive management of mineral exploration companies. She currently provides advisory services within the mining sphere to private industry, government, development agencies and NGOs. Deborah has a special interest in African mineral development and women’s economic empowerment, and has been instrumental in building up IWiM’s outreach to African WiM groups. She is also a gemmologist (FGA, DGA) and an advocate for transparent, responsible mine-to-market gemstone supply chains.

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