WIM: Women’s Month Interview – Ashanika Perimal CA (SA) 

This week we are introducing Ashanika Perimal CA (SA), the second of three interviews with women at the top of their careers in the mining and related fields. This is in celebration of the achievements of highly successful women in the African mining sector. Our goal is to showcase the opportunities available and to inspire women to reach their dreams despite any odds.

Poster with photo of Ashanika. Poster reads: Meet Ashanika Perimal CA (SA)! She is the Head of Finance and Business Control (CFO) of a multinational mining company. She has been awarded various prestigious accolades which recognise her leadership skills and innovative abilities.

We would like to introduce Ashanika Perimal CA (SA) – Head of Finance & Business Control (CFO) at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. She is a SAICA Top 35 Under 35 Finalist and through sheer resilience and fortitude, she has conquered attaining executive positions at Multinational organisations, at a very early age. Her commitment and passion towards leadership, innovation and achievement was recognised on a global platform. She was presented the prestigious award of Woman in Finance of the Year at the Future of Finance Award & CFO Summit, in London this year. This saw her featuring as a cover story in the Accountancy SA magazine, signifying her ability to ambassador young South Africans, & especially South African women globally.

Interview with Ashanika Perimal

What do you love most about your job?

I thoroughly enjoy people’s culture, team spirit, collaboration, and the strategic involvement. My role empowers me to realise the benefits of having a bird’s eye view of the overall business performance and using my expertise to guide its growth. As a leader in a multinational organisation, handling the demands of spearheading regulatory compliance as well as financial performance continues to keep me on my toes, from a technical standpoint.

My job has cemented the advance of my business expertise, enhancing skills on large scale team mentorship including talent management & recognizing the prominence of customer-centricity.

I also enjoy the focus we have on Africa as a continent and this as definitely augmented my business acumen on doing business in Africa.

What do you think are the most important attributes of successful women today?

Women are always able to add a dynamic to the workplace that is multifaceted. We display characteristics of strength, bravery, compassion, empathy, leadership, and intelligence.  There is no doubt of the skills and competencies of women in the workplace – in fact, our additional roles within society allow us, with little effort, to create a sense of home, of belonging and to naturally encourage excellence.

What can women in leadership positions do to support others in the industry?

Women must realize we need to empower each other and celebrate our success. Don’t be another woman’s critic. Women must not make it harder for women to succeed in business and society, there is enough with the battle of the sexes. On the contrary, supporting platforms where women are networking, sharing best practices and creating safe spaces for learning and honesty are certainly ways to drive us forward.

What advice can you give that can help women achieve a more prominent role in their organisations?

My advice is, be willing to learn, be yourself, always keep your integrity and perform at your personal best. Create your own unwavering personal brand.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help, at work or even in your personal life. Value the people that are within your network personally and professionally as they shape your journey.

Believe in yourself, invest in yourself, love yourself, and most importantly give back.

What do you predict for the future in mining for women?

Legislation continues to make strides in addressing and redressing the role of women in mining.  There are efforts from the industry as well, placing emphasis on the transformation of the role of women in mining to become an industry in which we thrive. It is admirable that focus is shifting from a numbers game, to value add, career development and leadership. Whilst there are inroads to make, the future of women is bright, and the starting point should always be that we should embrace these opportunities with everything we have.

Thank you to Ashanika for taking the time to speak to us. 

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If you missed last week’s interview with Raksha Naidoo click HERE.