Top 10 inspirational women in mining 2016


Dr Sarah Gordon

Dr Sarah Gordon, the CEO and founder of Satarla, a risk management consultancy based in London and Johannesburg. As CEO, Sarah oversees the company’s risk management tools which are utilised in a number of sectors, including mining. Prior to starting Satarla in 2004, she previously worked with Anglo American across the UK, Brazil and South Africa. Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow and a PhD in the composition of primitive meteorites.

Noleen Pauls

Project Operations Manager at MSA Group, Noleen has worked with the Geological Survey of Bophuthatswana, working heavily in exploration and geotechnical investigations for suburban development. Noleen has also worked with West Rand Consolidated as a mine geologist and played a key role in the exploration of the Kalahari Goldridge Gold Mine. Noleen now works with MSA Group, in which she joined in 2014. She currently sits as Chairperson for WiMSA and has been influential in the South African mining industry.

Wing-Yunn Crawley

Biodiversity at ArcelorMittal Liberia Ltd, Crawley has extensive experience in expeditions and long-term surveys in remote parts of the Phillipines and Sierra Leone. Hired by ArcelorMittal Liberia in 2011, she created a biodiversity offset programme which examined the impacts of mining in mountainous tropical rainforests.  Recognised as a key ambassador for developing better appreciation for a balanced relationship between mining and the local environment, Crawley represents the programme on a global level at international events and conferences.

Italia Boninelli

Executive Vice President, People and Organisational Development at AngloGold Ahshanti, Boninelli leads the full HR functionality across South Africa, Ghana, Guinea, Tanzania, Mali, DRC, Australia, USA, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil – around 63,000 employees. Italia developed the Women’s Leadership Programme for Standard Bank, an initiative that oversaw an increase of women at senior management level from 16 percent to 21 percent, and at executive level from 7 percent to 11 percent in just under two years.

Emily Moore

Managing Director, Water and Tailings Management at Hatch Ltd, Moore is a leader in product development, technology delivery and innovation management in the mining industry. Moore took up her position within Hatch in 2012 and now leads a worldwide team of specialists that focus on water issues across the mining industry. She was also recently appointed the Director of Hatch’s Greater Toronto Area hub, which is a collection of over 2,00 engineers developing mining and energy projects around the world.

Vanessa Torres

Vice President Production, Logistics and Infrastructure, Vanessa Torres has worked in strategy planning, valuation, technology, transactions, operations and projects across six countries over the last 23 years. After moving to BHP Billiton in 2007, Vanessa takes charge of all port, rail, utilities, infrastructure and remote operations of BHP’s iron ore business. Vanessa is also the chief financial sponsor of an NGO: Projeto Colmeia (the Beehive Project) which is a centre aimed at providing free development activities to children from disadvantaged communities.

Pippa Jeffcock

Exploration professional, Pippa Jeffcock, discovered a gold deposit in Ecuador and brought it to production with her company Revenge Mining – the first independent foreign company in Ecuador to open a mine. During the eight years, she spent in Ecuador, Pippa was elected as the first woman director of the Ecuadorian Chamber of Mines. Elsewhere over her 30 years’ experience in the industry, she has spent time working with AngloGold Ashanti in the DRC and BHP Billiton in Guinea, as well as 10 years doing mining analysis and project evaluation in London.”

Sheila Khama

Director African Natural Resources Centre for African Development Bank, Sheila Khama has been a “champion of sustainable resources development.” Khama was once the Compliance Head for Anglo American, and then the CEO of De Beers in Botswana. Then came a stint as the Director at the African Centre for Economic Transformation in Ghana and a member of the executive team at First National Bank, Botswana. A member of the Technical Advisory Group of Oxford University’s Natural Resources Charter and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network on Extractives and Land Resources. Sheila also chairs the board of AGAMAL, a non-profit entity financed by the Global Fund to contain malaria infection in Ghana.

Veronica Nyhan Jones

Global Head, Sustainable Business Advisory, International Finance Corporation, Veronica Nhyan Jones is “redefining how mining companies think about sustainability”.

Veronica previously worked with government and civil society, including the world bank institute, the US Department for Health Services and even the White House.  Following a refocus on sustainability in mining, Jones has worked with Rio Tinto Alcan Deloitte, to pioneer a new financial valuation tool. She established water ‘round tables’ in Mongolia and Peru, which allows mining companies to develop better strategies and approaches to water stewardship through collaboration.

Anna Wiley

General Manager of Tom Price and Marandoo at Rio Tinto, Anna Wiley has been working with Rio Tinto for over 13 years spanning operations, engineering, projects and business development.  Anna has worked in London and Australia, before moving to Tom Price for her current role where she oversees the operation of four mining areas and three processing plants. Wiley is the most senior Rio Tinto employee living locally, and this supports her position on the board of the Nintirri Centre, which develop [s community programmes.  Anna now focuses on improving the percentage of female supervisors and presence within BHP Billiton.



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