The Team

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


Barbara Dischinger
Founder & Managing 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. Since January 2019 she is working full-time as MD of IWiM.


Ahmed Yousri
Web Manager – Toronto, Canada

Ahmed is from Canada, He has BSc/MSc in computer science and worked for TD Wealth, Scotiabank Platform Core Team, CGI, Wipro, Cognizant and RubyLife Inc.

Birgit Rameseder

Birgit Rameseder
Liaison with WIM Groups in Southern Africa & IWiMSpeakUp – Zambia

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
Director of Communications – 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.


Fiona Childe
IWiMSpeakUp – Toronto, Canada

Fiona began her career as an exploration geologist working throughout the Americas and transitioned to senior management roles with exploration and mining companies internationally. For the past several years she has consulted to the exploration industry and has taken an active role in volunteerism. She was previously Vice-Chair of the Board of The Period Purse, a non-profit organization based in Toronto, Canada.

Fiona holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geology from the Mineral Deposit Research Unit at the University of British Columbia and M.Sc. (Geology) and B.Sc. (Chemistry) degrees from McGill University.

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.

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
Interview Series – 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).


Margaret O’Malley
Membership Manager – Queensland, Australia

Margaret joined Downing Teal in September 2011 and enjoys a dual role in both consulting and leading the National Executive Research Team. She has a wide network within the Queensland Construction Sector with her being a regular speaker at NAWIC events as well as holding the position of Chair for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Events Committee. She is in her second term as a mentor for the NAWIC Queensland mentoring program and in her third term as a mentor for the AWRA (Australian Women in Resources Alliance) e-mentoring program. She is also an active member of WIMARQ (Women in Mining & Resources Qld) & WIS (Women in Safety) where she has chaired events & is a regular guest speaker for Women in Safety. As Membership Manager of IWiM she has been tasked with increasing their global membership base.

Margaret is passionate about building awareness across the Downing Teal Group with her focus on increasing the number of women in operational roles. She is able to provide top tier clients with talent mapping across all level of roles & engages with gender equality groups nationally. Margaret is dedicated to delivering search capability at the executive and professional level in the construction, defence and resources sectors.

Mia Trina
Head of Admin – Toronto, Canada

Mia is from Canada. She has worked for TD Waterhouse, CIBC World Markets and Canaccord Capital.


Alex Atkins
Director – Perth, Australia

Alex’s purpose is to promote value-creative cultures & prevent value-destructive events in mining. She holds 2 BEng degrees from the University of Queensland and WA School of Mines qualifying her as a Mining Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer & Geologist. She holds First Class Mine Manager’s Certificates for WA & Queensland, has an MBA (Finance), is a graduate of AICD and Chartered Professional Fellow of The AusIMM. Alex has 25+ years’ multi-commodity experience through the full mining value chain in roles that find, design & run mines, regulate mines & in the Big4’s auditing mining companies. Alex is a NED of Ausdrill Ltd (ASX:ASL), Founder of her own consultancy & Director of Global Mining Sustainability. In 2019 she was made a Fellow of Engineers Australia. She is also the devoted mother of two beautiful teenagers.

Andrew Cheatle

Andrew Cheatle
Director – Toronto, Canada

Senior Vice President, Africa for Forbes & Manhattan, Andrew Cheatle (P.Geo. FGS, MBA) is a mining industry executive, professional geoscientist and graduate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London. His 30-plus-year international career has encompassed both the senior and junior mining sectors as a mine geologist to Chief Executive Officer, former Executive Director of PDAC, and he was most recently appointed to the Board of Condor Gold plc. Mr. Cheatle also volunteers with not-for-profit organizations, notably as past-president of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario. He also sits on the advisory councils of the Development Partner Institute, the Canada-International Finance Corporation Africa Local Economic Development Partnership and as a Director of International Women in Mining.


Barbara Dischinger
Director – London, UK

Barbara 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. Since January 2019 she works full-time as IWiM’s MD.


Beatrice Opoku-Asare
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.


Gillian Davidson
Director & Chair – Edinburgh, UK

Gillian is a leader in sustainability, corporate social responsibility and responsible supply chains with extensive experience in the extractives and natural resources sectors. She is currently a sustainability advisor to global mining companies and international organisations. She is a Non-Executive Director at New Gold Inc and Lydian International, both gold development companies, where she also chairs the Sustainability Committees of the Board. Gillian previously served as the Head of Mining & Metals at the World Economic Forum and Head of Social Responsibility at Teck Resources. Gillian is a member of the Boards of the Global Battery Alliance and Cobalt Institute; a fellow of Chatham House, The Royal Society of International Affairs; a co-chair of the Resolve Natural Resources and the Energy Leadership Council. She holds a PhD in Development Economics and Geography.


Jon Samuel
Director – London, UK

Jon is a Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, a trustee of the Anglo American Foundation and a Director of the Development Partner Institute. In 2012 he was recognised by Business in the Community (BITC), one of Prince Charles’s charities, as one of 150 leaders who had made a significant contribution to responsible business practices in the UK in the thirty years since BITC was founded. Jon is an economist by training and studied at University College London and the University of Cambridge.

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