Birgit is a strategic professional with over 18 years of experience in roles spanning across mineral resource management (MRM), project management and techno-economic analysis. She has worked 12 years in the Canadian North on exploration projects (green and brownfields) and at mining operations; thereafter she spent 5 years in southern Africa. Recently she founded Rock Solid Solutions and has been working as Associate with Satarla Ltd in Risk Management and Assurance and with Otrade, a socio-economic development firm specialized in designing and implementing customizes solutions in corporate social responsibility for the extractive industry. She holds a Master’s Degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Quebec in Montreal, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. Birgit possesses advanced process mapping and optimization skills in addition to a natural flair for strategic and operational business management. She has a consistently proven ability to add exceptional value within roles requiring strong technical competency, business skills, critical thinking, teamwork and organisational skills. She was recognised as one of 100 Inspirational Women in Mining – 2015 (Women in Mining UK; global nominations). She volunteers with International Women in Mining (IWIM) as southern African liaison / coordinator. She has lived and worked in locations such as Germany, France, Canada and South Africa.