- Violet Bawuah is currently the Director, Career Development, Chaplaincy and Counseling at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). . For more than two years she managed the GIMPA Extractives Industries Centre and had oversight of Global Program Development initiatives and Training involving several country collaborations in mining. Prior to this she was the Director at the GIMPA Public Services and Governance School, The Gimpa Gender Center and the Centre for Management Development (CMD) at the GIMPA Business School handling Executive Education Programs, with a responsibility for Training – program planning, research & development, marketing, sales and service
- She has over 30 year’s professional experience in Business Development, Training, Government Relations, Practical Coaching, Mentoring, Customer Relationship Management, Private Banking, Marketing, Sales and General Administration. She has translated this knowledge and experience into her passion for working to empower and help others, especially women.
- A very goal driven, People centered and Customer focused person, her interests currently revolve around all Women issues, especially in the Extractives Industries. Her innate passion and ability in assisting individuals (both men and women ) with their career related decisions , job searching activities educational planning, and of course Life pathway counseling are totally confidential and very personalized. This has lead her on her current mission EMPOWER ALL WOMEN .Her vision is to offer transformational counseling through conversation and research to ensure equity and equitable distribution of resources among “Deprived and Challenged” women . She makes it fun and enjoyable to discover yourself and to take advantage of new opportunities in your career, your relationships and your life especially in challenging situations and communities.
- Ms Bawuah has a BSc. in Development Planning from KNUST Ghana, an MBA from Birmingham University UK, an MSc. Information Systems – DePaul Univ. USA. And several certifications in her portfolio …including but not limited to Women on Transformational Leadership in the Extractive Industries, Public/ Private Sector Dialogues on Mining Governance, Resource Governance, Regional Development & Mining, Development and Implementation of Advocacy plans in Mining and Investing in African Mining for Sustainable Regional development, Growth in West Africa: impacts of the extractive industry on women’s economic empowerment in Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana. Violet is an Alumni of IM4DC and participated on an Action Research Report “Rapid Assessment Framework for Mining and Regional Development in collaboration with University of Western Australia and University of Queensland in 2015. She is currently beginning an advanced research – a comparative three country study on real women’s experiences and paths of life in the Extractive Industries.
Ing. Mrs Ruth A. N. Menz (MGhIE)
Large Scale Mining
- Ruth Afua Nuerkey Menz (Mrs) is currently a Senior Mining Engineer at Ghana Manganese Company Limited, situated at Nsuta in the Western Region of Ghana. She has also worked with AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine, Tarkwa as Senior Mining Engineer and Golden Star (Bogoso/Prestea) Limited, Bogoso as a Mining and Project Engineer for approximately five years in total.
- The humble, adorable and hardworking Mrs. Menz is a graduate of University of Mines and Technology, with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering. She also holds a Master of Science in Mining Engineering from the same school. She is the first lady engineer to do a Masters progress in engineering and sponsored by Mrs. Vicki Bradford (an Australian geologist).
- She is a member of Ghana Institution of Engineers and a member of Women in Engineering (WINE) of GhIE. The western regional representative of Women in Mining (WIMGH), A council member of West African Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (WAIMM), Executive member the Women’s Wing of Ghana Mine Worker Union (TUCG), member of Accra Mining Network (AMN), she is a Project Management Professional (PMP), President of Manganese ladies association and a member, Ladies in Mining and Allied Profession in Ghana (LiMAP-Gh).
- Ruth loves playing golf and reading & teaching when she in not in the pit. She is a devoted Christian and happily married to Ralph Menz, the CEO of adFocus Support Systems, a Multimedia company based in Takoradi. They have four Children. She is a Guan from Abiriw, Akuapem-Akropong in the Eastern region of Ghana.
- She would like to encourage more ladies to read engineering or science and says, “Mathematics is not a difficult subject you just have to follow the principles of it and you can’t go wrong”.
Large Scale Mining
- Florence Ansere-Bioh is the Community Affairs and Public Relations Manager of Gold Fields, Tarkwa Mine. She is responsible for ensuring that the communities around the mine get sustainable benefits from the mine and also ensures that the negative impacts are minimized. Prior to joining the Gold Fields, Florence had worked in other mining companies such as Perseus, Newmont, AngloGold Ashanti and Pelangio in different capacities for the past twelve years.
- Before Florence joined the mining sector, she worked as a Rural Sociologist and Research Scientist at the Crops Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for over a decade characterizing farmers’ circumstances and screening grower recommendations for social acceptance and economic feasibility.
- Florence’s work has always been in the communities but she has also had a stint in the corporate world working as a Human Resource and External Relations Manager for a reputable book selling company. Florence has vast experience in Community relations and communication, exploring local people’s perspectives, land access and use, mitigation programs for farmers, sustainable local development and conflict management.
- She attended Aburi Girls and Saint Louis Secondary Schools for her Ordinary and Advanced Levels respectively. She holds Master of Philosophy and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology from the University of Ghana.
- Florence is passionate about gender and environmental issues. Florence is married with children.
ASM, Small & Medium
- Amina Tahiru is a small-scale gold mine owner and represents women members at Ghana’s National Association of Small Scale Miners (GNASSM).
- Madam Tahiru is the Managing Director of Zenon Investments
- She is an advocate who believes in recognition, fairness and equity in representation in the mining industry
- She urges all women in mining to encourage more women to get involved in the industry’s work as they are capable of making the performance in the industry great through their knowledge and expertise.
Communications & Advocacy
- A passionate and committed communicator, with over 20 years’ experience in Corporate Communications, Rosaline founded Lindiwe Corporate Services (LCS) Ltd in 2008. LCS is a boutique agency which offers Public Relations and Media Management services as well as Government and Corporate Affairs support to a range of companies across a variety of industries.
- Rosaline worked for AngloGold Ashanti from 1996 for over 10 years in various capacities in the Corporate Affairs, Investor Relations and Marketing departments of the organisation in both Ghana and South Africa. Her role required her, on a regular basis, to work at the company’s mining operations in Mali, Guinea and Tanzania. Currently representing a South African gold refinery, Rand Refinery, in Ghana in addition to working in a consulting capacity for the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Rosaline has a good working relationship with most of the key stakeholders in the local Mining Industry and the Extractives sector.
- Educated at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal, at South Bank University in the UK and at University of Cape Town in South Africa, Rosaline is a member of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana.
Projects and Research
- Miss Saviour Alomatu is currently, a Senior Seismologist and only female at the Seismology Division of Ghana Geological Survey Authority with M.Sc. in Applied Earth Science (specialization- Geological Hazards). Major roles include Seismic monitoring, geological mapping, geo-hazards assessment and mapping, geo-hazards awareness education for schools (primary to tertiary).
- Volunteer and current Head of Projects & Research Team of Women in Mining (WIM) Ghana. A member of the Geology & Seismology working group on the Siting Committee of Ghana Nuclear Power Programme and, Australia – Africa Women in Leadership Network (WILN). Also, an alumni of Australia Awards, Minerals & Energy for Development Alliance (MEfDA), and Emerging Leaders in African Mining (ELAM) 2016.
- I encourage girls and women to maintain focus, be self-motivated, learn and share ideas, be resilient, strategic, determined and, identify and maintain connection to your source of strength. Let your goal motivate you to pursue it, for it is possible to excel in a male-dominated career and bring change in all aspects.
Esther Nana Osafo
- Mining companies seek to operate within defined laws and regulations in order to mitigate their impacts on the environment and the community as a whole. Esther, having had her basic education in Mining engineering is well abreast with modern means and techniques of mining to maximize output.
- She completed the University of Mines and Technology in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining. With her experience within the industry for the past six (6) years, she has enriched herself with skills in open pit operations contributing to the success of the Kinross Chirano
- Gold Mines Limited where she specialized in short term mine planning. The need to mine with the environment in mind motivated her to pursue a postgraduate programme in Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham in the UK. This has therefore broadened her knowledge and understanding of existing technologies and the appreciation of the economic, social and legal aspects of the environmental challenges. She has also developed the skills in harmonizing the activities of the industry and other businesses with the protection and enhancement of the environment.
- Esther is looking for a firm that will afford her the opportunity to combine the knowledge and skills gained over the years to be channeled into the provision of sustainable environmental, social and economic impacts within the mining, energy, environmental (Water and Sanitation) and processing sectors
Hamdiya - Orleans Boham
WIM Social Group
- Had her Internship at Golden Star Resources Ltd
- Jun 2016 – Aug 2016,Wassa-Akyempim were she worked as a plant lab technician, also at the crushed session and as the Mill Operator
- Hamdiya has learnt how to operate a Back-Hoe and the rock breaker
- Diana Nkrumah a results-orientated accounting professional with 13 years of experience in a deadline-driven environment. Proven track record in consistently and effectively delivering accounting services that enhance the company’s purpose and profitability.
- I am currently working with Georgette Barnes Limited as Finance Manager and previously worked with Corstor Ghana Limited, Sandvik Mining and Construction, Client Solutions Limited. All stated companies are Mining service and supplies company.
- I am a volunteer Treasurer for Women In Mining Ghana.
- I would like assisting WIM GH in educating, encouraging and empowering more women working in the mining sector.
- Ellen Korley has rich administrative and finance experience both locally and abroad for the past 12years and more especially in the mining industry. She had solid foundation as an Administrator and Banker.
- Ellen previously worked with Castle Minerals Ltd, a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (Ghana Office) as the Admin/Finance Manager for 5years and currently with Star Goldfields holding the position of Office Manager.
- She also worked with HSBC Bank PLC (London) for 4years and GT Bank (Ghana) in 2012 and holds an MBA in Finance and Business Administration as her 1st degree.
Donkor sandra abena abuaa owusuaa
School Mentoring Volunteer
- Donkor sandra abena abuaa owusuaa was a Trainee Geologist, Formation Evaluation, Reservoir Quality Analysis, Seismic Interpretation at GNPC
- A student member at the Ghana institution of engineers
- Sandra was also an Intern Engineer at Ghana Highways Authority
- She is an enthusiastic person, target oriented and a good player who is always willing to acquire and impact knowledge and skill
Georgette Barnes Sakyi-Addo
International Relations & Regional Integration
- Selected as one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women In Mining by Women In Mining – UK, Georgette Barnes Sakyi-Addo has consistently founded and managed startups and small and medium business entities in the mining sector, and sought to give of herself and make an impact on others in the mining community.
- When asked at her first job interview in 1993 by the CEO of International Gold Resources (IGR) in Accra, why she should be hired as Administration Assistant in an exploration firm when she had no prior experience, she replied: “I’ll never get any experience unless someone first tries me.” IGR tried her. She went on to establish an IGR office in Burkina Faso, and travelled all over West Africa to assist with Concessions acquisition and also actively giving other young job seekers a chance.
- She was subsequently the first hire at Resource Services Group (RSG) where she established its new offices as head of administration. But she went beyond duty and took interest in the core business, and for the following 10 years she worked with the Team on projects throughout West Africa.
- In 2004, She became Founding Managing Director of Corstor Ghana Limited, a mining supplies firm headquartered in Johannesburg. Under Georgette’s direction and leadership, the mine support business caught the attention of an Industry Giant which acquired the Corstor group including it’s Ghana branch.
- She also represented Westernex in Ghana and the West Africa sub region as non-executive director.
- She has also established her own locally-owned Drilling & Mining supplies company, Georgette Barnes Ltd, representing known sector brands such as Australian Mud Company, Breithaupt, RIDGID and Westernex.
- To top it all, she is sharing her knowledge and experience by establishing Women in Mining Ghana and volunteering as co-ordinator. Georgette is also a volunteer and Co-founder of Accra Mining Network (AMN) dedicated to people working in all aspects of the mining industry in Ghana to “meet, learn & earn”. AMN currently has an on-line presence of over 650 people.
- She studied for a BA in French and Linguistics, and a Graduate Diploma in Communications at the University of Ghana. In 2005 she earned a diploma in Accounting/Finance; and in 2015, received a Certificate in Mining Law & Policy(University of Ghana) and another for Proficiency in Principles of Mining Engineering and Surface Mining Operations from UMaT.
- Her Interests include local content & diversity in the mining sector and small- scale mining. She has co-authored 4 publications in artisanal and small-scale mining.
International Relations & Regional Integration
- Julia Djan Sampson has worked in customer care and people management for close to 20 years. Entered the mining environment as Admin/HR manager for RSG Global and Coffey Mining where she worked for 10 years. She’s currently working in a Consulting firm that offers HR Advisory services.
- She believes the place and importance of women in the society is obvious and should not be a matter of debate.
Nana Akua Ohene Adu
WIM Obuasi Team Lead
- Nana Akua Ohene Adu is a social enterpriser with a passion for human development. A natural facilitator with multi-cultural experiences in Science, the Humanities and Business, Nana is an expert in mentorship, coaching and training. She has a proven record of an ability to give confidence and direction to others and keen to steer people towards common objectives.
- With a well developed organizational and people’s skills she has co-founded the LEAP Group of companies comprising of the LEAP schools, a Lend-a-Book reading NGO for mentoring the youth (especially girls) and a Business Center for entrepreneurship and management training. With LEAP, Nana has the vision of adequately blending both informal and formal education which develops children and adults with life skills to empower themselves, their communities and their cultures. She has an ongoing girls’ mentoring project which main intent is to economically empower girls in mining communities by supporting them to develop alternative livelihood through vocational skills. She does youth motivational events and community talk shows presenting on various socio- economic issues and views on children and women.
- Having worked with AngloGold Ashanti Ltd for 21years and risen through the ranks from Chemist to top management as Senior Specialist/Project Manager – ONE Engagement (Business Improvement Change Management), she has gained very good and well developed analytical, social, managerial and leadership skills.
- Nana has a postgraduate Diploma in Management Development from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, a degree in Biochemistry/Food Science from the University of Ghana and various certificates in management including one in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She attended Holy child High school, Cape Coast Ghana where the motto of ‘Actions not words’ stuck with her. She has attended various leadership seminars in West Africa, Europe and Asia.
- Coming from a family with a background of members as outstanding teachers in Ghana, she has strong ties to her roots as well as spreading her wings with worldwide educationists such as US based education psychologist Lea Waters .
- he participates in alumni groups (HOPSA, AFHAS) and is a member of the Adansi Traditional Council (ADAB), Ghana Quality Organization (GQO), Women in Mining (WIM) Ghana and the Accra Mining Network (AMN).