AAMEG is pleased to be working with an esteemed panel of judges for its second annual AAMEG Africa Awards. Representing an extraordinary calibre of expertise across mining, ESG, sustainability, finance and business consulting, this year’s panel will bring a diverse array of perspectives and a commitment to forging mutually beneficial outcomes for the Australian-African minerals and energy industry.

Dr Muza Gondwe

Project Manager Association of Women in Mining in Africa 

A partnership facilitator specialising in mining and sustainability, Dr Muza Gondwe has several years’ experience in designing, delivering and evaluating international capacity building programs for government, academic, civil society and industry representatives from Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Indonesia, Philippines, Zambia, Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, Guyana and Peru.

She has been involved in programs funded by the World Bank, United Nations Development Program and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Passionate about diversity and inclusion, Dr Gondwe volunteers for International Women in Mining as Senior Project Advisor and Association of Women in Mining Africa.  She holds a PhD in Science Communication from the University of Western Australia and Bachelors in Biochemistry from Imperial College, UK.

Dr Gondwe has also worked as the Managing Editor for a World Health Organization Project TropIKA.net, where her role involved developing workflows and managing online collaborative software.  She has also been involved in HIV/Aids project management in Malawi and the Caribbean.

Fred Soale

Hon Consul – Consulate of the Republic of Ghana in Perth

Fred Soale is the Honorary Consul for Ghana in Perth and the Executive Director of Hestech Pty Ltd, a Perth-based engineering consultancy engaged in training, occupational health, risk and safety and business consultancy services.

He brings to the panel a wealth of experience in the mining industry with regard to sustainability and corporate social responsibility, having spent 12 years working as a regulator with both the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum and the Department of Environment, in the areas of occupational health, safety and environmental pollution prevention.

Prior to his relocation to Australia 36 years ago, Fred spent time working as a chemical engineer in Germany. He also worked as an environmental education consultant for the Asian Development Bank in Indonesia and also recently as a business development consulting lead engineer in the area of risk, safety and environment. His current interests include research in West African economic development and international relations.

Tania Constable

PSM, Chief Executive Officer – Minerals Council of Australia

Tania Constable, PSM, joined the Minerals Council of Australia in July 2018 as Chief Executive Officer where she is proud to promote and advocate for a strong, vibrant and innovative minerals industry in Australia.

Prior to this, Tania was Chief Executive Officer of the CO2CRC (Collaborative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies) a leading global research organisation testing carbon capture and storage low emission technologies in Australia.

Tania previously worked as Chief Adviser in the Personal and Retirement Income Division of Treasury, working primarily on tax-related matters. She has had a long association with resources and energy, holding various senior executive roles in the Australian Government, including her role as a senior adviser to the Minister for Industry, working across oil and gas regulation, exploration and development and sustainable mining activities.

She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2014 for outstanding public service in the development of Australia’s liquefied natural gas and other resource and energy industries.

William Witham


Currently the CEO of AAMEG, William has held senior executive roles across the Australian and African resources sector for over two decades and has worked directly in Namibia, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Egypt, Niger and Kenya. He has further experience in member-based organisation leadership, including with the Chamber of Minerals & Energy WA (Government Relations and Policy), National Party WA (Corporate Director) and South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. (Chair).

William’s experience spans corporate leadership in resource development in Africa, senior roles in resource sector representative bodies and direct experience in Government lobbying and negotiating at the State and Federal levels.


Ben Gargett

Vice-Chairman of AAMEG

A partner in PwC’s Melbourne office and one of the key instigators of the AAMEG Africa Awards, Ben Gargett specialises in financial assurance services to resources industry, primarily mining, but also oil and gas.

Ben’s focus on the mining sector led to the development of PwC’s Australia-Africa Practice, which he leads nationally. The Australia-Africa practice connects Australian companies with PwC’s leading African network with the aim of advancing the capacity of the sector and maximising investment opportunities.

Ben has extensive experience in providing audit and related services to the resources sector globally, working with iconic Australian companies such as Fortescue Metals Group, Newcrest, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, large multinationals such as Newmont, Shell and Exxon Mobil and a range of companies across the junior and mid-tier mining sector. Ben was appointed Vice-Chair of AAMEG in November 2016 and continues in this role.


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