Gold Winner: Ahlam Mohamed Lemine Chah, Mine Engineer, Tasiast

Ahlam joined Kinross in 2017 as one of six recent graduates hired from amongst 1,200 candidates, entering Tasiast’s two-year graduate program where her potential was quickly recognized based on her ability to deliver results.

During Ahlam’s internship, she was tasked with preparing an ‘end-of-year project’ to find efficiencies at the mine site. Ahlam designed a new shortcut from West Branch 4 South to the East Waste Dump that was verified and implemented by the continuous improvement team at Tasiast. The project has now saved the Company more than $1 million per year on hauling time, and the ramp has been named ‘Ramp Tavilat’ which translates to ‘Ladies’ Ramp’  as a tribute to Ahlam.

Over Ahlam’s five years at Tasiast, she has gained a variety of experiences working across the continuous improvement and mine planning departments where she maintains a focus on cost-savings and sourcing efficiencies. Most recently, she has worked with the mine operations department to implement daily plans and short interval controls (SIC) to reduce delays on equipment by identifying the main causes of sourcing delays then analyzing and providing mitigation plans to help implement solutions with supervisors and operators.

Aside from Ahlam’s commitment to financial discipline, she is an advocate for women in mining and is passionate about excelling as a woman in a male-dominated field. Ahlam is a mentor to young female miners and encourages them to take on new challenges, such as working the night shift when necessary to avoid any shortages of staff that may impact production.

Ahlam’s passion for women in mining had her named to the Women in Mining Peer Networking Program at Kinross in 2021, as one of three female employees from Tasiast named to the program.

“Ahlam is the prime example of the ideal mining engineer we strive to have both at Tasiast and across our global operations,” said Mansour Ba, Human Resources Business Partner, Tasiast. “She is a professional and diligent mining engineer with an excellent track record of delivering strong results alongside a commitment to continuous improvement and responsible mining.”

Gold Winner: Ahlam Mohamed Lemine Chah, Mine Engineer, Tasiast
Ahlam accepts her LOVA award from Gavin Ferguson, Vice-President & General Manager, Tasiast
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