Top 10 inspirational women in mining 2016

It’s no secret that the mining industry is male-dominated and because of this, women in mining are often not considered as influential, or are disregarded (as with many other male-dominated industries). Women in Mining, a champion of gender diversity has drafted an impressive list the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.

Below is the top 5 list of inspiring women in mining. For the full list, click on the link at the bottom of the page.

Inspirational Women in Mining

Dr Sarah Gordon

Dr Sarah Gordon is the CEO and founder of Satarla, a risk management consultancy based in London and Johannesburg.  Sarah oversees the company’s risk management across a number of sectors, including mining. In 2004, prior to starting Satarla, she worked with Anglo American. Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow and a PhD in the composition of primitive meteorites.

Noleen Pauls

Noleen Pauls, Project Operations Manager at MSA Group,  has worked with the Geological Survey of Bophuthatswana, working within 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

Wing-Yunn 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 at international events and conferences.


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Italia Boninelli

Executive Vice President, People and Organisational Development at AngloGold Ahshanti, Boninelli leads the full HR functionality – looking after around 63000 employees – across a number of countries, including:

  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Tanzania
  • Mali
  • DRC
  • Australia
  • USA
  • Colombia
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Italia developed the Women’s Leadership Programme for Standard Bank, an initiative that oversaw an increase of women at senior management level from 16% to 21%, and at executive level from 7% to 11% in just under two years.

Emily Moore

Moore took up her position as Managing Director, Water and Tailings Management at Hatch Ltd,in 2012 and now leads a global team of specialists focusing 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 200 engineers developing mining and energy projects around the world.

For the full list here’s the rest of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.

[Source: Mining Global: Top 10 Inspirational Women in Mining]


In a male-dominated sector, these women ignore and break any gender boundaries that exist and concentrate on getting the job done! 🙂