Alfred Baku, Executive Vice President and Head of West Africa for GOLD FIELDS: Digging For Success In West African Operations.

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Rob Tyson

In this episode we chat to Alfred Baku, Executive Vice President and Head of West Africa for GOLD FIELDS, who are a globally diversified gold producer with a focus on mechanised underground and open-pit mining. They are currently the world’s seventh largest gold producer and nine operating mines in Australia, Peru, Ghana (including the Asanko JV) and South Africa

Alfred is a mine engineer by background has a wealth of mining expertise having worked in Australia before taking the helm for Goldfield nearly 14 years ago. We chat how Goldfields has developed as a company and in particular their Ghanian operations with reference to technology, major project implementation and how they coped with the pandemic plus more.

KEY TAKEAWAYS We can make sure that our careers operate at their full potential by always giving our best. Hard work and diligence will be noticed, and promotions will come as a result. Cultural differences can be tricky to overcome, especially those that teach their youth not to approach their elders with problems or challenges. Goldfields are the seventh biggest mining operation in the world. In the West African region it accounts for 37% of production in the region. Flexible working has been introduced in order to allow Goldfields people to still work and operate, but safely. Goldfields is always looking for ways to change the landscape.

BEST MOMENTS

‘They were looking for “high fliers” and I was one of the lucky ones’

‘Goldfields is a global company that operates in four different regions’

‘We have to up our game in terms of efficiency and productivity’

‘Our people are everything’

VALUABLE RESOURCES

Alfred Baku LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/alfred-baku-11a5a51b/?originalSubdomain=gh

ABOUT THE HOST

Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight to peoples experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics.

Rob is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first world to third world countries from Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. We source, headhunt and discover new and top talent talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients organisation in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.

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