One of Ghana’s foremost communications experts in the mining industry, Adiki Ayitevie’s has been recognised internationally for her contribution towards the growth of the sector globally.
Adiki, the Communications and External Relations Director for Newmont’s Africa, has been adjudged one of world’s 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining for 2015 at an award ceremony held in London recently.
Adiki’s nomination comes as no surprise to many miners and communications experts within the industry. A passionate communications expert, she has experience in providing internal and external communications solutions, and has considerable experience working in extractives, financial and utility sectors of the country.
“The younger generation in Ghana and Africa should be inspired and encouraged to give it their best shot. My being named to this list provides hope for the hundreds of up and coming African women who wonder what value they can bring, and shows them they can make it to the top with hard work, courage and a dash of boldness,” she said after the award.
“This recognition gives credence to Newmont’s Global Diversity and Inclusion programme of increasing the representation of women and nationals across the organization and I am pleased w with it.” She added.
Adiki Ayitivie has been a Director at Newmont Ghana Gold Ltd since June 2007. She was the primary voice of Newmont Ghana in getting two significant mines – Ahafo and Akyem – up and running amidst daily national media attention.
Powered by a drive to change the face of communications in the Ghanaian mining industry starting, in her words, “at my small corner in Newmont Africa”, Adiki works relentlessly to improve communication across the mining industry. Her efforts to instill responsible mining practices have delivered real and sustainable impacts.
Colleagues know her as an outstanding strategist in the area of mining communications and external affairs, and a strong role model for women in an industry still dominated by men.
Adiki sharpened her skills in communications while working for the SG-SSB bank, and was previously an award-wining journalist with the acclaimed advocacy newspaper, Public Agenda.
In a congratulatory message, Jeff Couch & Jennifer Wyllie both officials of BMO Capital Markets, lead promoters of Global Inspirational Women in Mining said: “It is with great pleasure that we introduce The 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2015.
“Gender diversity is a subject that raises passion and it is fantastic to be involved in the promotion and recognition of successful women in the mining sector.
“In such a difficult time for the industry, when People are having to take tough decisions, why should we continue to talk about women in mining? Put simply, gender diversity is vital to the success of our businesses.”
The mining sector has had a poor record in attracting and promoting women. In part, this is understandable: Historically, mining was a male-dominated industry that required physical strength.
The skills needed in the mining sector today have changed dramatically, but mindsets have taken longer to shift. Women, as much as men, have needed persuading that mining is an attractive sector with lots to offer.
The list of inspiring women in mining shows that real progress is being made. There are now multiple role Models who prove that women can and do succeed in building interesting and rewarding careers in mining.
This celebrates those who have already begun to make a difference. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each of the women included in this book. Their talent and achievements are truly exceptional and we hope that their successes will inspire many more women to follow in their footsteps.
100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2016
WIM (UK) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the employment,retention and progress of women in the mining industry. Created in 2006, WIM (UK) has a dynamic membership of over 1,500 members, who participate in most mining-related businesses and professions.
Part of WIM (UK)’s role is to speak for women in the mining sector, informing industry participants and decision-makers of the challenges and opportunities women are finding in pursuing careers in mining companies and other mining-related businesses: this entails participating in market meetings and industry bodies and constantly increasing the visibility of our organisation.
Another aspect is to promote the mining sector as a career choice to women in all professions, through our work with universities and other organisations.
The network aims to serve as a means for individual members to come together, and also to partner with WIM groups worldwide, and exchange ideas and information, creating connections that allow our membership to support raise the profile of women in the mining sector, both locally and globally.