As the Chairman and CEO of junior mining companies, Tigui Mining Group and Camara Diamond Gold Trading Network, Tiguidanke Camara’s first contact with mining was through jewellery while she modelled. The model turned mining entrepreneur is about to see her first project go into production in the Ivory Coast. Tiguidanke is in mining for the long haul as she looks to expand her operations across West Africa.
Moroccan Nezha Zouaidi came to mining by chance in 2009, since then her journey has led her to Africa and to Tanzania where she’s the owner of a gold and diamond company, Golden Connection Ltd. Captivated by the mining industry’s dynamic and diverse environment, it’s not always been an easy ride.
Chilean Claudia Monreal has worked across South America, Canada and Australia as a mining engineer/geo-statistician fulfilling her passion to understand geology. Being abroad has also taught her how much mining has in common across countries and cultures. A mother of three, she chose consultancy to better manage time with her family. But she says there are many inequalities against women in the industry.
Urica Primus – “Be yourself, wherever you go, in whatever you do. Acceptance not adaption is needed”
Guyana’s Urica Primus has been an agent of change since an early age. The 25-year old president of the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO) is an unabashed workaholic who campaigns hard for diversity and to break the stereotype that women can only hold menial positions in the mining sector.
Ngonzi Kiiza – “Don’t assume or imagine why someone would not want to talk to you, bite the bullet and go and ask.”
Ugandan Mine geologist Ngonzi Kiiza has proven herself to be resilient to whatever challenges have been put in her way. For her, xenophobia, racism and gender intolerance are a reality in the mining industry but you should not give them too much face time. “Once you identify it deal with it, confront it or walk away.”
Rodalee Ofiaza – “Every experience is a learning opportunity. Be flexible; develop new skills, work on your strengths.”
Rodalee Ofiaza took a leap of faith and became a mining engineer having originally considered a career in chemical engineering. She’s never looked back and believes she’s right where she wants to be.
Dr Raijeli Taga, Chief Environment Officer at Fiji’s Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resource, always knew she didn’t want a normal “women’s” day job in Fiji. She wanted to do something different, no desk job for her but something considered a job for a man.
After opening Flotation ’15 this morning in Cape Town it was my very pleasant duty to present Elizabeth Whiteman of Xstrata Process Support (XPS) Consulting and Testwork Services, Canada with the MEI Young Person’s Award for 2014.
BHP Billiton in partnership with the Minerals Council of Australia, the national body representing exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, is seeking outstanding engineering students to apply for our Women in Engineering Scholarship.
New range of personal protective equipment for women miners showcased The Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC) unveiled a range of personal protective equipment (PPE) specifically designed for women mineworkers at its recent Women in Mining conference, in Johannesburg.
Chantae Lessard – “If you don’t ask it will never happen and sometimes you need to ask more than once!”
Mining has been in Chantae Lessard’s family for generations; four generations to be exact. Growing up, Chantae says a career in mining was never considered but as fate would have it she landed a role as a paralegal/health, safety, environment executive assistant at Kennecott Utah Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah, and that role changed her life and her career.
Women are roughly 50% of the population; yet, they are still considered a ‘minority group’. Women receive this infamous title not because they are outnumbered, but because they tend to have less power and privilege than their male counterparts.
THE challenge of being involved in the inner workings of the world’s largest thermal coal producer is the one of the most rewarding parts of Michelle Lawson’s job. Equally rewarding is seeing other women prosper in what was once a male-dominated industry.
Hong-Kong based Clara Chan has over 20 years of experience in the non-ferrous metals industry. She is among the small minority of women in the metals sector in China. She grew up spending holidays in her father’s small alloying plant. The family run firm has grown and evolved, listing in 2006 under her guidance.
After graduate school Ebony McGee worked for a consulting firm as a contract planner. During her time there, she was offered a promotion – working on mining permits with the County of Riverside. As a SMARA Planner, she was required to use her vast planning knowledge and make it applicable to natural resource planning.
Virginie Bahon leads the communications for Rio Tinto Guinea and its iron ore project Simandou. It will be the largest mining/infrastructure project in Africa. She has more than 15 years-experience in the extractive industries where she has held a variety of marketing and communications roles working in France, the UK, Italy and the Republic of Guinea.
Anne Oxley was encouraged to head towards metallurgy by an inspirational chemistry teacher, Mr David Miller, who changed her views on what might be possible as a career. She was always very good at sciences but until then had been directed as are many girls in that situation towards medicine.