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Lindiwe Nakedi
WIMSA Committee

Lindiwe Nakedi is Owner and Managing Director of Gubhani Exploration. She has 7years experience in running the surface core drilling company within the mining industry. Lindi is a multidimensional entrepreneur with a drive and passion for optimization and strategy in business. She has experience in human resources, marketing and communications, brand development and business management
She also co-founded a successful and influential recruitment agency within the Supply Chain Management industry – The People Shop.  And she is founder of an NPO called Shekinah Academy of Arts which is an arts extra mural activities school teaching dance, music and fine arts in Soweto. This is a “heart” project for her as it’s a part of her life’s passion to expose children in the townships to the arts.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Industrial Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand and completed the New Managers Program from Wits Business School focused on Business Management

Lindi has been married for twelve years and is a mother of two and this role she considers her most important role over any other as family is the reason for all her pursuits. She believes her purpose is to leave a legacy and give back to the next generation the resources and skills to take them to the next level of achievements possible.

Noleen Pauls
WIMSA - Committee

Noleen is an independent consultant working in the mining industry, concentrating on exploration project- and mineral rights management. Noleen received her degrees in geology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Noleen’s first job was in the Geological Survey of Bophuthatswana (an independent homeland which was subsequently incorporated into South Africa) where she was involved in exploration and geotechnical investigations mainly for suburban development. She continued with the Council for Geosciences, based in Mafikeng, on the reintroduction of Bophuthatswana into South Africa.

She then joined West Rand Consolidated, which later merged with Harmony Gold. While with them, she was both mine geologist at Kalahari Goldridge Gold Mine and part of the exploration team who discovered the platinum deposit close to the mine. Her position with Harmony took her to Peru where she investigated gold opportunities in South and Central America. After moving back to South Africa in 2007, she moved into consulting, first with The Mineral Corporation as a senior technical advisor, and in 2014 she joined The MSA Group (Pty) Ltd. She has managed large scale exploration projects in Africa and South America for a wide range of commodities. Her specialties are data and project management, leadership development, coaching and mentoring, and women’s advancement within the mining industry.

Noleen has been involved with WiMSA since its inception in 2010 and was the chairperson from January 2014 to December 2016. She is currently the liaison between the WiMSA committee and the patrons. She is an active mentor to young females in the mining industry and works towards highlighting the need for women’s advancement through media and conference presentations. These include the 2014 South Africa Mining Lekgotla, the United Nations’ African Women Business Linkages Forum in Kenya, Women in Mining Conferences, Mines and Money in London and the Mining Indaba in Cape Town. Noleen was named one of the Top 10 Global Inspirational Women in Mining for 2016.

Desray Clark
WIMSA - Research

Desray is a leadership development specialist, with a focus on advancing women in the workplace. Her ability to combine her analytical and conceptual skills, combined with her deep theoretical understanding of the issues surrounding women in the workplace. Desray has the following qualifications :- MBA cum laude (Gordon Institute of Business Science); Dean’s List, BSc (Maths and Computer Science) and HED from University of Pretoria, Diploma in Project Management from the School of Project Management.
She is currently a Principal Specialist at Anglo American’s Centre for Experiential Learning where she is  responsible for designing the team effectiveness components of all Business Improvement initiatives across the group.  Previously Desray was divisional manager of the systems continuity division for a listed IT company. Her division consisted of 150 consultants and she was responsible for the entire business delivery of the division. Prior to joining the listed company she spent 10 years in an IT maintenance environment where she performed numerous technical roles progressing through the ranks to senior departmental manager for large logistic systems until her resignation. She is a part-time lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. Her specialties are team effectiveness, leadership development ,  women’s advancement , coaching and project management.
She holds the research portfolio for WIMSA, and her desire to contribute to WIMSA stems from a firm belief that in order to make real change in systems we need the data to support the change. In addition the mining industry is a fundamental building block of our country and as such any positive change in our industry has the potential of rippling throughout the entire country.

Paula Hopp
WIMSA Youth Chapter

Paula is a mining engineer working as a Solution Lead at Datamine. My main focus is to understand Datamine clients needs and make sure Datamine software development for our mine planning solutions meets their expectations.Paula has a Mining Engineer Degree from the University of São Paulo. She has worked as a junior consultant at Datamine and as part of the short term planing team at Geita Gold Mine, AGA. She primarily works with open pit mines, she assist in software development, customer care and business development. Portfolio & Desire to contribute to WIMSA :- She holds the Youth Chapter for WIMSA. Her desire is to make sure young women feel they have a future and a bright career in mining. She does feel that young women can bring innovation and new energy into the industry.

Siobhan Millward
WIMSA - Membership

Siobhan is a geologist with a focus on resource geology and data management at South32. Siobhan completed her BSc. Geology Honours degree at the University of Pretoria and went on to further her academics to include a GDE through the University of Witwatersrand and later completed the Citation Course for Applied Geo-statistics through the University of Alberta. Siobhan is a geologist with over 11 years’ experience and has held a number of positions in Mining Consultancies since 2016 including that of Divisional Leader: Resource Geology with Golder Associates Africa. She has a keen interest in corporate governance and data analysis and loves solving challenging problems. She holds the Membership portfolio for WIMSA, and her desire is to reach out and empower women in the mining industry. It is important for women to understand their valuable contributions that they make to the mining industry.

Petro Du Pisani
WIMSA Social Media and Entrepreneurship

Petro has experienced the Mining Industry from various perspectives. She started her career as an exploration geophysicist for a large corporate, after which she spent time as a consultant in a small consulting firm providing services to the mining industry. She then worked in a research company doing research in the mining environment. She is currently back in the corporate environment working in Business Improvement and Change Integration. She is a world traveler, adventurer and gardener.

Petro has the following qualifications :- MSc (Earth Science Management & Practice), University of Pretoria – cum laude; Certificate in Sales & Marketing (Damelin) –first class; Experienced Change Practitioner (Prosci); BSc (Exploration Geophysics & Mathematics) – cum laude. She is currently a Principal Business Improvement Manager taking care of Integration (including Change Management) for the roll-out of Anglo American’s new Operating Model. She was integral in the design of the roll-out of the Operating Model and does in-house consulting in the application and configuration of the Model across all of Anglo American’s assets. Prior to this role she was part of multi-disciplinary teams doing asset and operational reviews in order to identify business improvement opportunities. Previous roles include leading multi-disciplinary research projects in underground mining, senior research geophysicist (CSIR) and exploration geophysicist (Billiton).

Her specialties are change management, business improvement, lean six sigma, programme management and the management of R&D projects.

Petro leads the  Social Media strategy portfolio on the WiMSA committee and also contributes to the Entrepreneurship portfolio. It is her desire to create a platform where women’s voices are heard within the mining industry, and that mining companies are made aware of the importance of gender diversification and that this hold the key to achieving sustainable success in the industry.

Tiyani Majoko
WIMSA - Committee

Tiyani is an attorney by profession and entrepreneur by purpose. She is the co-founder of Lawgistics Legal Consultants a legal consultancy and the founder of The African Emancipation Foundation, which is a non profit company that supports entrepreneurs. She has 6 years’ experience in the mining sector, doing work in South Africa, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 
Tiyani is a sought after speaker and has graced many platforms before diverse audiences in South Africa and other countries. She has presented professional informative content before professional audiences. Tiyani is known for mobilising individuals and teams in driving exciting ,innovative and sustainable programs which uplift others as well as help build communities. Tiyani was born to lead and ignite the passion to live and stir up the flames of hope in others. She is also a blogger, writing for various platforms including her own called Conteympo where she shares her views on various topics with her signature wit. Her life motto is “none of us were meant to be common, we were born to be comets.”

Nonkululeko Hope Dire
WIMSA - Mentorship

Nonkululeko Hope Dire is an energetic young woman in the mining industry. She is a very diligent, committed and passionate individual which enables her to succeed in anything she sets her mind too. She is also very analytical and pays attention to detail. Hope holds a BSc Honours degree in Geology, a National Certificate in Rockbreaking: surface excavation (Blasting ticket) and various other certificates. She has been working in the explosives industry from 2013 to present. She specialises in blast optimisation projects and advanced blasting technology where she has worked with various mines around South Africa. Some of her achievements include a Certificate of first class for Geology (2010) – University of the Witwatersrand, NRF Honours Innovation Award (2016) – University of Pretoria and a Merit Honours Equity Award (2016) – University of Pretoria. Hope lives by a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”. She has dedicated her life to learning new things and grasping opportunities as they come. Hope is now a committee member of WIMSA and is responsible for the mentoring program. She believes in empowering women and young people.