Congratulations to the inaugural M4DLink Women in Resources Mentoring Program alumni

Congratulations to the inaugural M4DLink Women in Resources Mentoring Program 2018 alumni! The finale event to celebrate and close off the six month mentoring journey for 14 alumni took place during the “Resilient and Empowered Women in Resources  - the past, present and going forward” Asia-Pacific Alumni Forum in Lae, Papua New Guinea in August 2018.

The program, the first of its kind, was developed due to an increasing demand to provide a formal and structured mentoring program to alumni women working in the global resources sector. The goal was to empower women that involved in gender diversity programs to become influential leaders and catalytic change agents for gender diversity in the sector.

The 14 alumni were rigorously matched with influential males and females from the sector. They have received training and gone through a heavily structured framework.

Mentees coordinated approximately 6-7 mentoring sessions online over the six month duration of the program (Feb-August) and were continually supported throughout the program with coaching, regular touch point check ins and educational fact sheets to maintain engagement.

Some of the outcomes of the mentoring journey include:

The mentoring program has been an excellent opportunity to improve my own skills to lead a team, to organize myself better and to understand how important it is to think about my future in short and long terms.”Yohannaliz YazminVega Auqui, Director of the Department of Prior Consultation, Ministry of Culture, Peru


Another major point of this program is the personal development that I benefit from my mentor in terms of self-confidence, public speaking, networking, etc. I hope this is the beginning of the program and that more women in the resources sector will experience this impactful journey.” Binta Traore, Technical Advisor to the Minister of Mines and Petroleum & Member of Board of Directors of YATELA mine, Mali


While I expected to have a great mentor, who will share his valuable experiences and insights with me to help me grow professionally, what I didn’t expect, which was a delightful surprise was a group of strong, encouraging, brave, ambitious and supportive women, whom I have become close friends with and whom I always greatly cherish.” Purevdulam (Puje) Lkhagvasuren, Environment Officer, Aspire Mining, Mongolia

Thank you to the mentors for sharing your time and expertise!

  • Carol Kiangura, Confederation Development Advisor (Africa), Oxfam
  • Nelia C. Halcon, Executive Vice President, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines
  • Caroline Ngonze, Programme Specialist, United Nations Development Programme
  • Donna Frater, Masters Candidate at the London School of Economics & Ex Principal Geologist Geosoros
  • Toni Aubynn, Lead Partner, African Institute for Extractive Policy
  • Glenda Kasonde, Head Environment & Sustainability Assurance, Konkola Copper Mines plc
  • Oyuntsetseg Oidov, Head of the Development Horizons Foundation
  • Neville Plint, Director, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland
  • Nick Cotts, VP External Relations and Social Responsibility, Newmont Mining
  • Thomas Mitro, Co-Director Graduate Certificate in Global Energy, Developmemt and Sustainability, Universtiy of Houston
  • Felizardo, Jr. Gacad, Chief Science Research Specialist Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Fiona Robertson, Non-executive Director, Heron Resources Limited
  • Jeffery Haworth, Executive Director Petroleum, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
  • Carolyn Oldham, Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Western Australia

Congratulations to the mentees: Aline Providence Nkundibiza, Rwanda; Christine Logbo-Kossi, Ivory Coast, Fenosoa Razanakolona , Madagascar; Georgette Barnes-Sakyi-Addo, Ghana; Ikfi Miranda, Cameroon; Noormaya Muchlis , Indonesia; Ousseini Fati Halidou, Niger; Oyundelger Nansaljav, Mongolia; Keron Kilip, Papua New Guinea; Purevdulam Lkhagvasuren, Mongolia; Wendy Enid Perez Grecco, Peru; Yohannaliz Vega Auqui, Peru; Binta Traore, Mali; Grace Ofori-Sarpong, Ghana. You can read more about the mentees in the M4DLink Women in Resources 2018 Mentee Profiles.

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