As the only international platform for women in mining globally, International Women in Mining (IWiM) operates as a virtual organisation.

IWiM is managed by a Board of Directors and relies for its work on a team of volunteers and supporters without whom it could not achieve any of its objectives; like IWiM’s Directors, they are based all over the world and bring different perspectives to the organisation.

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Alex Atkins

  • Director
Perth, Australia
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Alex Atkins
  • Director
Perth, Australia
Alex is a Non-executive Director of Perenti Global Ltd (ASX:PRN), Founder of Alex Atkins & Associates (a mining risk consultancy), Director of Global Mining Sustainability (Toronto) & Director of International Women In Mining (London). In 2018 Alex was named one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining by WIM(UK) in London and in 2019 she was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.
Alex holds two Bachelor of Engineering 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 Western Australia & Queensland, has an MBA(Finance) from the Australian Institute of Business, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow CP(Mining) of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM) and is a Fellow CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE of Engineers Australia.
Alex’s mining career started in 1986 in Kalgoorlie, WA. She has 25+ years’ multi-commodity experience through the full mining value chain across Australia and PNG in roles that find, design & run mines, regulate mines & in the Big4’s auditing mining companies. In her early career, Alex worked in various roles in the mining industry, including as a Geologist for Australian Consolidated Minerals (Wirralie & Pajingo), Mining Engineer for Mt Isa Mines Ltd, Underground Miner/Airleg Miner for Plutonic Resources (Mt Morgans), Underground Miner, Mine Engineer/ Deputy Mine Manager and Geotechnical Engineer for Placer Dome Asia Pacific (Porgera JV, Kidston & Osborne Mines), Mining Engineer for Murchison United (Renison Mine), Construction Project Engineer at Cairns Regional Council and Senior Mining Engineer for AMC Consultants. She has also worked as a District Inspector of Mines for the WA Department of Mines & Petroleum, Principal Mining Consultant for Optiro, Chief Advisor at Sustainability, COO at PETRA Data Science, Manager at Deloitte in Corporate Finance and Risk. Through her company, Alex also works for Alternate Futures as Principal Mining Engineer and at the University of Western Australia as Visiting Lecturer on mining risk.
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Andrew Cheatle

  • Director
Toronto, Canada
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Andrew Cheatle
  • Director
Toronto, Canada

Andrew Cheatle (P.Geo. FGS, MBA, ARSM) is a seasoned CEO and director within the mining industry. As a 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. Based in London, UK and Toronto, he is a sought-after advisor to the minerals industry, specializing in technical assessments, corporate development, ESG application and investments globally with a recent focus on opportunity and M&A in Africa for Allied Gold Corp. In addition, Mr. Cheatle is a Non-Executive Director with Condor Gold plc. and a Director with Troilus Gold Corp., chairing the Technical Committee for both companies, and is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees (Condor) and Governance Committee (Troilus).

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Barbara Dischinger

  • Director
London, UK
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Barbara Dischinger
  • 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, role she held for 4 years. She also sits on the steering committee of Women in Rail in the UK.

Since January 2019 she is Managing Director of IWiM and IWRMP Programme Director dividing her time between the international mentoring programme she helped develop and delivering IWiM’s growth strategy.

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Beatrice Opoku-Asare

  • Director
Denver, USA
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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.

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Gillian Davidson

  • Director
Edinburgh, UK
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Gillian Davidson
  • Director
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.

Gillian is the Chair of the IWiM board.

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Jon Samuel

  • Director
London, UK
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Jon Samuel
  • Director
London, UK

Jon Samuel is Group Head of Responsible Business Partnerships for Anglo American, based in London.  This new role builds on the work Jon has led on the Ethical Value Chains and Thriving Communities elements of Anglo American’s Sustainable Mining Plan. Jon’s work focuses on continuing to ramp-up our socio-economic development work, pursuing financing opportunities in the sustainability space, and building on Anglo American’s leadership position in responsible mining standards. Jon also leads the company’s engagement with socially responsible investors investors and is Anglo American’s lead representative at the International Council on Mining & Metals.  Jon previously led the Social Performance team, with responsibility for the development and delivery of policies, strategies, community development programmes and professional development relating to the company’s host communities, and for liaison with key external partners engaging on the mining and sustainability agenda.

The team’s work has included leading development and implementation of: the Anglo American Social Way, the company’s highly regarded management standards for social performance; the mining industry’s first standardised stakeholder complaints and grievance procedure; the Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox (SEAT), Anglo American’s award-winning guidance manual for community relations practitioners; and the company’s strategy for socio-economic development.  Jon was also a part of the core team that developed Anglo American’s new Sustainable Mining Plan, which includes ambitious targets in a range of sustainability-related areas.

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, International Women in Mining and the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance.

Jon is an economist by training and studied at University College London and the University of Cambridge.  He lives in London with his wife and two young daughters.

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Ludivine Wouters

  • Director
France
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Ludivine Wouters
  • Director
France

Ludivine Wouters is co-founder and managing partner of Latitude Five (www.latitudefive.com) where she is in charge of the mining practice. Ludivine is a mining policy and regulation expert with almost 20 years’ experience including 12 years as strategy and governance consultant focusing on the mining sector in emerging markets. She primarily assists exploration and mining companies in the conduct of corporate development programmes including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestment, restructuring and equity or debt fundraising, as well as title and commercial negotiations. She also works with select mining services firms expanding their business across Africa and on technical assistance programmes for African States, focusing on mining policy, governance and taxation.

Ludivine has experience in political risk insurance within a Lloyd’s insurance syndicate, and significant legal experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets with leading international firms in Paris; she also worked for an emerging markets investment bank in London, focusing on metals and mining clients, particularly African juniors.

Ludivine Wouters holds a Master in Business Law from Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II) and a JD in Business Law from Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I). She is called to the bar in Paris. In 2013, she was nominated by her peers to be one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.

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Alexandra Comaniciu

  • Volunteer
Germany - Liaison with Academia
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Alexandra Comaniciu
  • Volunteer
Germany - Liaison with Academia

Alex is interested in mine automation and design. She is a current Masters student in Mining Engineering at the Camborne School of Mines, UK. And she recently graduated from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany with a degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences. She is passionate about the integration of ESG standards in both upstream and downstream sections of the mining industry. She is the founder of MineCo Robotics as well as co-founder of WIM Germany. Both organizations have sustainability and equality as core values, despite being focused on different mining environments. ‘

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Astrid Escobar Lillo

  • Volunteer
Chile - Inclusive Workplace Design
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Astrid Escobar Lillo
  • Volunteer
Chile - Inclusive Workplace Design
Astrid Escobar is an Industrial Engineer from the University of Santiago de Chile with postgraduate studies and a diplomat in “Logistics and Operations Management” from the University of Chile and another diplomat in “Programme for Management Excellence” from the Adolfo Ibañez University. She is currently a student of the MBA Executive Master Business Administration at ESE Business School of University of Los Andes.
Within her professional career, she has specialized in the Supply Chain area, working for more than 10 years in supply areas in Mining and Oil companies. This is one of the areas where her enormous capacity in negotiation, third-party management and interpersonal relationships have stood out.
However, this is not the only area where Astrid has excelled, because we must highlight her leadership on issues related to inclusion and diversity. Astrid is one of the women certified in the National Registry for Directories by the Ministry of Women and Gender Equality, which seeks the goal to increase the participation of women in high responsibility positions.
Between 2018 and 2020, she was the Director of the NGO
“Women in Mining Chile”, a non-governmental organization that
promotes the inclusion of women in the mining industry and the access to
leadership positions, also where she had the opportunity to be one of the authors of the book “100 Women and their stories in Chilean Mining”. In addition to this, she is one of the founders of the Copper Women group of colleagues at AngloAmerican, working on gender inclusion and
diversity in this company; Astrid is also a member of the international network “Women Leaders of the Americas”, an organization present in 24 countries. Last but not least, she is an Ambassadress in “Inspiring Girl Chile”, where she works in order to help girls develop and grow without limits and biases; currently, she is the LATAM’s Project Leader in International Women in Mining (IWIM), an organization that, in its project area, convenes female leaders and referents of the Mining Industry worldwide.
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Bioantika Manurung

  • Volunteer
Indonesia - IWiMSpeakUp
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Bioantika Manurung
  • Volunteer
Indonesia - IWiMSpeakUp
Bioantika is based in Indonesia and she graduated cum laude from Sriwijaya University, Indonesia with degree in Mining Engineering and currently working at Vale as Global Trainee (Jr Mine Engineer). During her undergraduate degree, she won several competitions in debating and Model United Nations that brought her to many countries in Europe, America, Africa, and Asia. She did her first professional internship at SCG, Thailand. 
As much as she loves working in a team and leading some initiatives, she also enjoys generating new ideas and devising feasible solutions to broadly relevant problems. With her, the keys to success are hardworking, discipline, and persistence.
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Brenda Chan

  • Volunteer
London - IWiMSpeakUp
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Brenda Chan
  • Volunteer
London - IWiMSpeakUp
Brenda has over 15 years of diverse experience in academic research at Imperial College, London and industrial research at a global mining company, applied innovative thinking to create sustainable solution and improve climate risk management through different projects for coal, power, water and mining industries across Europe and China. She has great passion on environmental management in particular water and biodiversity. She shifted her focus on ESG and corporate reporting two years ago and took great interest in climate risk scenario analysis, social and governance in particular in the mining sector.
She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, PhD in Carbon Chemistry in Iron Production and BSc in Chemical Engineering from Newcastle University, UK.
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Brenda Grados

  • Volunteer
Peru - Project Analyst
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Brenda Grados
  • Volunteer
Peru - Project Analyst

My name is Brenda Escarleth Grados Cuba, I am 25 years old and I was born in Lima – Peru. I am a graduate of the professional career of Geological Engineering at the National University of Engineering. Throughout my college years, I got involved in different student chapters like the SEG and the AAPG. In 2016, I participated in the Work and Travel Program, where I had the opportunity to stay in the US for three months, which allowed me to develop independence and get to know adifferent society from my country. I did my first pre-professional internships at the REPSOL Exploraciones Company. Then, I started my professional path as part of the SAMPLING OK consultancy for two years, where I learned many aspects about mining. In November 2020, I was selected to be part of the WIM Peru Mentoring Program as a mentee, a program from which I am learning and absorbing the experiences of my mentor, as well as my colleagues. Currently, I have joined the Hochschild Company as a professional intern, where I hope to develop my full potential. Through my path in the mining sector, I have felt that getting involved with associations like WIM is important and necessary, both for my personal and professional development, as well as that of the industry.

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Chilenye Nwapi

  • Volunteer
London - Research
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Chilenye Nwapi
  • Volunteer
London - Research

Head of Research

Dr Chilenye Nwapi has over 15 years’ research, teaching and donor-funded technical assistance project implementation experience on law and policy issues relating to mineral resource development. As a Legal Adviser in the Oceans and Natural Resources Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, he helps to implement the Secretariat’s technical assistance programmes on deep sea mining, land-based mining and oil and gas development in Commonwealth member countries. He assists the countries to review and/or draft relevant policies, laws and regulations to maximise the benefits of resource development in an equitable, socially and environmentally responsible and business friendly manner. His sphere of activity criss-crosses multiple jurisdictions, including Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Island. He is also an Advisory Director of the Global Mining Sustainability, Canada as well as a Fellow in the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research, Lusaka, Zambia.

Research excellence is closely tied to the improvement of society and this has been a profound driver of Dr Nwapi’s on-the-ground advisory work in the mineral resources sector. He has an impressive track record of research in mineral resource policy, governance and regulation and spent several years conducting postdoctoral research in the Canadian Institute of Resources Law, University of Calgary, Canada where he held the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. With a demonstrated interest in gender perspectives to mineral resource development, his research seeks to understand how mineral development can contribute to public welfare improvements in developing countries where regulatory and accountability mechanisms are weak. His research has been published widely in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals around the world.

Dr Nwapi holds a PhD in resource extraction, business and human rights from the University of British Columbia, Canada, a Master of Laws in natural resources and environmental law and policy from the University of Calgary, Canada, and a Bachelor of Laws from Imo State University, Nigeria. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

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Claudette Brocklebank Schwartz

  • Volunteer
South Africa - Project Analyst/Research Contributor
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Claudette Brocklebank Schwartz
  • Volunteer
South Africa - Project Analyst/Research Contributor
Claudette is level headed, efficient, orderly, family oriented, determined to succeed, and motivated to leave a lasting impression.
She is excited when her contribution adds long term value. She has 11 years of post article experience in the construction and mining environment.
She has been involved in a number major projects during her career. These include the setup of new companies as part of an employer’s to expand their footprint in Africa, major new ERP implementations, company restructures and acquisitions.
Claudette completed high school in 2010 as a provincial Top 10 student. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 2005 and subsequently completed her Accounting Sciences Honors degree and Theory of Accountancy Post Graduate Certificate all at the University of Pretoria.
Following the completion of her articles at PriceWaterhouseCoopers , she qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009.
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Deysi Olarte

  • Volunteer
Peru - Project Analyst
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Deysi Olarte
  • Volunteer
Peru - Project Analyst
I am from Peru, department of Huancavelica from which I feel identified with my Chancas roots.
I studied Mining Engineering.
I am a woman dedicated to my career, I chose it because it is a fascinating world, at the same time a challenge for me as a woman I assumed various responsibilities in my University life, I am currently as an Intern at Nueva Recuperada in the area of Mining Operations.
I see myself projected as an outstanding woman in my country and country, to be an example for other women in the Mining Industry.
I like reading, classical music, teaching.
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Dr. Ebelia Manda Mvula

  • Volunteer
Zambia/China - Researcher
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Dr. Ebelia Manda Mvula
  • Volunteer
Zambia/China - Researcher

I am a Mining Engineering Lecturer and researcher at the Copperbelt University in Zambia. First female Zambian Mining Engineer to have graduated from the University of Zambia. Currently pursuing a PhD at China University of Mining and Technology in China. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Zambia and a Master’s of Science degree in Mining Engineering from University of Exeter, Camborne School of Mines, United Kingdom. I have 8 years of work experience in both underground and open pit copper mines. I have worked for Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) and for Barrick Gold Mine in Lumwana, Zambia. My research interests are, Mine technology, Slope Stability analysis, Mineral economics- Mineral taxation systems, Blast optimization, Mine Health and Safety, Environment assessment of mining operations, Ventilation design and optimization, Artisanal and Small Scale Mining and Gender issues in the mining industry. I am a professional member of Engineering Institute of Zambia.

 

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Esther Harris

  • Volunteer
Perth - Research
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Esther Harris
  • Volunteer
Perth - Research

Research Team

Esther Harris has BSc and MSc (Geoscience) degrees from Monash University and 20 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry and in geoscience research.

She has spent the last decade supporting Australian companies operating in North and West Africa as an exploration consultant and working closely with local geological surveys and mining ministries. During this phase of her career, she acquired an interest in geoscience for development particularly in the areas of geoscience knowledge infrastructure and gender in mining.

She is currently researching a PhD at Murdoch University in collaboration with Women in Mining West Africa.

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Flavia Livacic

  • Volunteer
Chile - Translations into Spanish
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Flavia Livacic
  • Volunteer
Chile - Translations into Spanish

Flavia is a Chilean professional English-French translator, major in mining.  Over a career spanning 20+ years, she gained experience working on site for an international mining company in northern Chile for a 3-year period.

Since September 2003, she works free-lance, 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.  Flavia has participated in the arrangement of events and coordination of foreign guests. She has also performed as note-taker and minutes-taker.

Early in her career, Flavia was a Professor at the Catholic University of Santiago, where she earned her degree.

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Gladys Smith

  • Volunteer
UK - Head of Latin America
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Gladys Smith
  • Volunteer
UK - Head of Latin America

Head of Latin America Team liaising with all Spanish speaking WIM groups

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.

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Harriet McMicking

  • Volunteer
Australia - Jobs Platform Manager
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Harriet McMicking
  • Volunteer
Australia - Jobs Platform Manager

Harriet (Haddy) McMicking is a courageous and compassionate leader, who is passionate about building high performing diverse teams in the global mining industry. Haddy currently works for BHP in the Pilbara, Western Australia. With over 8 years of experience working in challenging and remote oil & gas exploration and mining (gold and iron ore) operations in Australia and Papua New Guinea, Haddy has a global perspective and pragmatic approach to leading and delivering results. Her roles at BHP, Barrick Gold, Newcrest and Talisman Energy have spanned across business improvement, project and portfolio management and financial analysis.

 Haddy holds a Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Business (International Business) from the Queensland University of Technology.

 Her values include compassion, integrity, performance, adventure and impact.

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Kathy Sole

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Johannesburg - Interview Series
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Kathy Sole
  • Volunteer
Johannesburg - Interview Series

Responsible for our Interview Series

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).

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Lara Smith

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Israel - Membership Manager
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Lara Smith
  • Volunteer
Israel - Membership Manager

Lara has been an analyst for over fifteen years, starting her career as an equity analyst at Foord Asset Management and then as the lead analyst as for the Steinmetz Group, Group, where she was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and evaluating potential mining acquisitions in Africa and the Baltic regions.

In 2009, she independently authored three in-depth studies that formed the inception of Core Consultants: the first two provided outlooks for the lithium market and the third was on the global coking coal industry.

In June 2009 Lara founded Core Consultants in South Africa as the first dedicated commodity market consultancy in Africa.  Since this time, under the auspices of Core Consultants Lara has completed over 70 market studies for an array of commodities including base metals, bulk commodities, soft commodities, critical metals and rare earths. She was the first person to introduce the topic of battery minerals and rare earths at the African Mining Indaba when she gave a keynote address on critical metals in 2010. Core Consultants was also the first Western Company to track and analyse rare earths on a monthly basis which culminated in Lara being asked to speak at the Chinese Rare Earth Convention held in Beijing in 2011, where she presented on the Western view of China’s rare earth hoarding.

An internationally recognized expert in the field of mining analysis and a well-known speaker, Lara has a BSc in Chemistry, Statistics and Economics and a BComm Hons in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town.

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Mariem Maiga

  • Volunteer
Mali - Marketing Manager
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Mariem Maiga
  • Volunteer
Mali - Marketing Manager
Mariem works at Epiroc West Africa, based in Mali, as Regional Business Partner Manager.
She was first hired out of college, after graduating in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, in France and quickly moved to managerial positions within the company, Atlas Copco at the time. In 2015, she moved to the US, to work at the Production Center, as a Marketing Engineer – Technical, working closely with the engineering department. She had the opportunity to pilot the Agile for Mechanical Design project where she was able to develop her leadership skills.
Back in Mali in 2019, she is now in charge of the Indirect Sales Channels in West Africa.
Born and raised in Mauritania, on the iron ore mine of SNIM, mining has been in Mariem’s blood since birth. She is a strong advocate for women empowerment, most particularly in the mining sector. She has been lucky enough to be working with a company that shares the same values and has been supporting any initiatives related to diversity. Her focus is on advancing young African women in an industry that remains very male-dominated.
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Monica Caballero

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Peru - Project Analyst
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Monica Caballero
  • Volunteer
Peru - Project Analyst
Monica Caballero is a graduated of Geological Engineering from the National University of San Marcos. During her university stage, she was a teaching assistant for the Optical Mineralogy course and a member of the SGA student chapter that is an international scientific society that promotes the science of mineral deposits geology.
She got a scholarship to the International Congress of Mining Students (CIEMIN) where had the opportunity to meet students of careers related to mining and received mentoring, coaching and conferences of representatives of mining companies.
She was part of the Petromineralogy Laboratory team at Geological, Mining, Metallurgical Institute (INGEMMET) where learned different techniques of mineral identification.
She is passionate about enjoying nature while exploring for mineral deposits and has a curiosity and admiration for minerals.
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Muza Gondwe

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Perth - Senior Projects Advisor & Research
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Muza Gondwe
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Perth - Senior Projects Advisor & Research

Senior Projects Advisor

Dr Muza Gondwe is a partnership facilitator specialising in mining and sustainability. She holds a PhD in Science Communication from the University of Western Australia and is employed at Curtin University, Australia as the Curtin-BHP Alliance Manager.

Muza has been involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of resource governance capacity building programs for emerging resource economies. She derives fulfilment from supporting communities of learners take the knowledge, skills and networks to deliver meaningful impact.

She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and volunteers for International Women in Mining as Senior Project Advisor and Association of Women in Mining Africa as the AWIMA Jewellery Project Manager. She maintains close connections with Malawi, where she is from, organising annual fundraising events to support education and health programs.

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Pamela Yupa

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Peru - Project Analyst
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Pamela Yupa
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Peru - Project Analyst

I am a graduate of Geological Engineering from the National University of Engineering in Peru. I consider myself a person with a high sense of responsibility, commitment and honesty, easy to work in a team, always willing to learn and take on new challenges in search of strengthening my skills, expanding my knowledge and meeting my goals. I am focused on economic geology and I have a special interest in geology applied to the exploration and production of mineral deposits, I have experience in the field of prospecting and geological exploration, mine exploration, ore control and QA / QC. I am currently part of the III Mentoring Program of WIM Peru, an association that seeks to promote the participation of women in the mining industry and improve diversity and inclusion in the sector.

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Paola Ferreira

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Switzerland - Project Analyst
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Paola Ferreira
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Switzerland - Project Analyst

Paola Ferreira has more than 15 years of experience in the financial area, in several segments (budget, financial analysis, corporate finance, business/company valuation, ESG, etc) and served as a board member of some prominent brazilian firms. Paola has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Finance and General Management.

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Sueli Tang

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Panama - Head of Operations
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Sueli Tang
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Panama - Head of Operations

Sueli Tang is a law and political sciences professional (lawyer) with 12 years of experience in permitting, land acquisition and resettlement in the mining industry.

My career has been mainly devoted to the Cobre Panamá mine where her efforts contributed to the exploration and construction of the first copper mine of this scale ever been built in the country. My responsibilities implied leading a small team of professionals responsible for a wide and complex range of permits required for the exploration, construction and part of the operation of the mine, its industrial components and other ancillary facilities. The work extended also to the land acquisition of the mine’s footprint, right of way of linear infrastructure and resettlement of families following international best practices and standards.

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Tábatha Chávez Matus

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Chile - Academia Liaison
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Tábatha Chávez Matus
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Chile - Academia Liaison
Tabatha Chavez Matus is a Mineral Processing Specialist working at BHP. She has been an active member of different movements that aims to promote gender equality, being a member of Women in Mining Finland since 2018.
Tabatha holds a Master degree in Mineral Resources and Sustainable Mining from the University of Oulu, Finland and a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Federico Santa Maria Technical University, Chile. She has working experience as a project researcher and project engineer.
Tabatha is currently working in the research team of International Women in Mining and she is passionate about keep working for a more inclusive and diverse industry.