- Trisha Naidoo is a chemical engineer who has spent thirteen years in the mining industry covering the entire spectrum of mine development from scoping study to plant commissioning and optimisation.
- She obtained a BSC Hons degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal in 2003 and began her career at Anglo Platinum as a bursar. During that time the company went through an expansion phase and this provided invaluable experience in plant design and commissioning including associated infrastructure i.e. water and power supply. Responsibilities included plant optimisation, operational management, commissioning of new operations and flowsheet development/studies for both greenfield and brownfield projects in excess of 250 million USD each. Following the nomadic years spent commissioning, Trisha moved into the consulting environment with the global service provider AMEC (then known as GRD Minproc) in 2008. Experience was acquired in a number of commodities including iron ore, copper, platinum group metals, nickel and uranium processing with a specialist focus in comminution circuit design. She has written articles for Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly magazine pertaining to optimum processing routes for magnetite and also comminution circuit design.
- More recently, just over four years were spent at Ivanhoe Mines as Manager Metallurgy. The company is currently developing three world-class projects: a copper project and a zinc project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and a platinum group metal project in South Africa. The Company objective is to discover and develop exploration mining projects across the globe and then demonstrate the economic value of production by conducting feasibility studies to attract international investors, especially blue-chip companies who would be interested in the operation of mines with a long-term view of production. The main functions of the metallurgy team (which she headed) are to attempt to economically extract the ore (following feasibility studies) and optimise recovery of valuable minerals to a final or intermediate product.