The WAIMM has dedicated the months of March and April 2022 to celebrate and highlight our women industry professionals as our appreciation to strong, committed, professionalism, courageous and resilient women across the sub-region and globally. The recognition is to raise awareness of gender inequality, diversity, and inclusion needed in the industry and also celebrate the successes of some of our women industry professionals who are making a change in the sector.
WAIMM is happy to celebrate and share in the success of Winifreda Adusei-poku, a mine planning engineer and database professional who has been providing services to the mining industry in Ghana for more than 15years.
Winifreda Adusei-Poku has over 16 years’ experience in the mining industry and has been involved in mine planning, drill and blast, mine to mill optimization, mine plan execution, managing and developing engineers in both technical and leadership skills and mentoring females.
She holds a Bsc Chemistry (2005) from the University of Cape Coast – Ghana and an MSc Mining Engineering (2017) from the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa – Ghana.
Winifreda started her career as a Project assistant at African Mining Services on the Ahafo South drilling Project in 2006 and later joined Newmont as a Database Engineer responsible for blasthole drilling data and reports. She moved through the ranks from 2007 to 2021 as a Drill and blast Engineer responsible for blast pattern design, firing sequence, drill and blast KPI improvements, lead of the short-term planning team, General Foreman (Mine Captain) in charge of Mine Dewatering and Project, road construction and maintenance, crushed waste production, pit dewatering and other mine projects and is currently a Chief Mining Engineer in charge of Technical Services at the Newmont’s Ahafo North site.
She is happy at the recent progress and development of women professionals in the mining industry although there’s still more room for improvement. She believes this will serve as a motivation for the young and upcoming female industry professionals since they will have wide range of opportunities involving Mentors and female leads to learn from and to inspire them as compared to the past.
Winifreda is of the firm resolve that “Greater things are achieved in teams and every team is made up of individuals with different set of skills to complement each other”. Therefore, when one has focus, stays positive and commits to self-development, one can achieve set targets no matter how impossible it may seem.