MENTOR – Anna Sloboda

Anna Sloboda – mining industry expert

“We … established the goals and … KPI’s and agreed on the program and the ways we will monitor the performance. I also opened certain professional networks for my mentee”

Anna is a mining entrepreneur, explorer and an experienced senior executive with a strong focus on business planning, finance modelling and value crystallization. She has deep expertise across a number of industries including mineral resources, oil & gas and energy, engineering, banking and finance. Currently, Anna is a Managing Director of Red Citadel Resources Pty Ltd, an offshore phosphate mining venture. She is also a Principal of Gambosch Consulting Pty Ltd, a boutique advisory firm, that is focusing on the development of the new strategies, processes and project costs optimization, operational and financial modelling and market entries. Previously, she was a founding principal of Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd, an offshore iron sands mining company in New Zealand, where she was responsible for strategic planning, marketing and commercial activities of the company, focusing on offtake agreements with Chinese steel producers. Prior to that, Anna has held a number of senior financial roles in top tier international and Australian corporations – Clough Ltd and Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Merck KGaA, Deloitte & Touche and JV Lehman Brothers/ Tishman Speyer in Europe.

Anna holds an Executive MBA degree from Melbourne Business School and Master’s Degree in Economics from Belarusian State University. She is a Graduate member of the AICD, a Fellow of FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia) and a Fellow of Chartered Secretaries Australia.

Anna dedicates her private time to a number of philanthropic activities. She is passionate about the development of Museum of Western Australia, where she serves on a Community Fundraising Committee, ARTEFACT. She is also a Director of a non-for-profit organization, BlueBird Mental Health Inc., that assists people with anxiety and depression.

In 2015, Anna participated as a mentor in the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) WA Mineral and Energy Resources Pilot.

Why did you participate in IMNIS program?

In my opinion, IMNIS is an excellent initiative to support emerging talents, in particular in WA, and an opportunity to bring the industry and academic research together. There are indisputable benefits of that program (improved quality of high education, utilisation of the scientific research to increase the value of the individual businesses and introduction of the new industry standards). It is great way to give back the quality time and efforts to the community.

Do you have a mentor (s)? Yes, during my professional career I was privileged to have mentors.

What is the most crucial aspect of this professional relationship to you?

I value their independent and unbiased way of thinking and resolving the problems. Without their strong emotional support and unquestionable belief in me I wouldn’t be able to learn, to grow and to achieve.

How often did you meet with your mentee and did you prepare for these meetings?

We had 3 meetings, however my mentee has found a job and relocated, so the personal interactions were difficult. During the first meeting, we have established the goals and main KPI’s and agreed on the program and the ways we will monitor the performance. I also opened certain professional networks for my mentee.

Would you recommend participating in the IMNIS program to your colleagues?

Yes, both sides could learn a lot during the program. It is also a very emotionally rewarding activity.

What was the most rewarding aspect of the IMNIS program for you?

The most rewarding aspect was the professional success of my mentee.

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