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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Ahmed is based in Canada, He has BSc/MSc in computer science and worked for TD Wealth, Scotiabank Platform Core Team, CGI, Wipro, Cognizant and RubyLife Inc.
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. ‘
Alishia works at Maven Water & Environment in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She collaborates with industry-leading scientists to design innovative semi-passive water treatment systems. These include: bioreactors, treatment wetlands, and in-situ source control methods. Projects are global in the following: mining, oil & gas, and industrial sectors. Alishia also assists in prototype testing for software and model development. Educationally she has a BSc in Natural Resources with Soil Science minor from the University of Saskatchewan. She has a farm agriculture background and a practical skill set from growing up on her families mixed farm (crops and cattle) which is certified organic.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jean Claude Ishimwe is a Mining Engineer graduated from University of Rwanda and is pursuing a master’s degree in Mineral Economics in University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). He is Cofounder and Director of Mining Access Window Rwanda Ltd, a licensed company delivering mining services in Rwanda. He worked as Digital Record Administrator for Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board and he is the 3rd Winner of Fallings Walls Lab 2018 Rwanda. Besides, Jean Claude is a human rights activist and serves as Global Peace Ambassador at Global Peace Chain in Rwanda. Jean Claude is happy to serve IWiM.
Jessica is a Communication Specialist with more than 15 years experience in both Corporate and Non-governmental organisations. She has been responsible in creating, implementing and managing communication strategies that aimed to break barriers, bring a ROI with upward profits and initiate change. Her current focus is communication for development (C4D) with an aim of being part of a team the improves peoples livelihoods.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the United States International University (USIU).
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Karen has experience in mineral exploration and geological modelling and has delved in M&A processes as well as database management. 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.
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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).
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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Lesego Caroline Mokae is a rural entrepreneur passionate about skills development, rural entrepreneurship empowerment, making a difference in the lives of those crosses paths with. She started her career as a brand ambassador for Capitec bank and worked her way up to branch manager level leading a team of amazing people, She later resigned in order to pursue business interests.
She saw a gap in the mining and automotive sector and founded Lfa Mining and Automotives, which is a 100% female youth-owned company that specializes in supplying and manufacturing steel related products for the mining and automotive sector. Her 5year plan includes providing employment to at least 80 youths and having a skills academy with 150 students or more.
Her love for rural empowerment and to help minimize socio-economic problems of the community she co-founded an NPO that mitigate the effects of poverty by providing care, assistance and support to disadvantaged, vulnerable, orphaned children and aged people.
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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.
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.
In her IWiM Membership role she has been tasked with increasing the global membership base.
Mira is a soon-to-be law student interested in environmental justice and women’s rights. She holds a BA in psychology and environmental studies from Franklin & Marshall college, where she was deeply involved in sustainability initiatives on campus and conducted research on the relationship between socioeconomic status and perceived environmental responsibility. She is also currently volunteering with a United Nations program dedicated to women and mining in Ecuador and is very excited for the opportunity to work with IWiM.
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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.
Mweene is passionate about environmental protection. She has 6 years professional and academic work experience and is currently working at Citizens for a Better Environment (CBE) in Kitwe, Zambia as Director – Social and Economic Research. CBE advocates for sustainable environmental management and poverty alleviation with special focus on the mining industry.
Mweene holds a Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering), M.Eng. and B.Eng. (Environmental Engineering) from Voronezh State University of Engineering Technology (VSUET), Russia. She also holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Economics and Enterprise Management from VSUET.
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.
Shobini Singh is a talented, versatile and driven mining professional with more than 15 years of experience working for multi-national mining companies (BHP, AngloGold Ashanti and South32, her current employer). She was one of a limited number of candidates accepted into the BHP Billiton Southern Africa Development programme, the aim of which was to fill skills shortages in technology management and innovation within the mining industry. Since then she has consistently demonstrated her positive contribution as an innovation catalyst to the organisations she has worked for. She is a strategic thinker with a holistic approach and ensures implemented improvements strikes a positive balance between financial benefits and environmental and community impacts. She has developed extensive capability as a Planning and Business Improvement professional focused on optimising minerals and metallurgical processes to be economically feasible, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly. Her technical capability is complemented by her leadership skills and business planning, change management and risk management expertise. She is respected by colleagues for her record of delivering high-quality outputs, excellent communication skills and ability to manage diverse projects.
Shobini strongly believes in continuous learning both academic and experiential. She holds B.Sc, MBA, and MSc degrees and a Six-Sigma Greenbelt accreditation. She obtained distinctions on both her post-graduate dissertations which were focused on industry-related topics. Her inner strength comes from her family unit and she is a proud wife and mother of 2 children who have taught her many valuable life lessons.
Shobini’s unique value proposition lies in the fact that her technical capability in this competitive and demanding industry is complemented by her strategic mindset, adaptability and innovative approach that allows her to ensure multiple variables are managed in a way that complement each other to support an entire ecosystem. She is also passionate about mentoring new and aspiring entrants to this industry and inspiring a belief that one individual, regardless of their position, can make a difference through their actions and attitude.
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.
Her 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. Sueli’s 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.