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Full name(s) and surname:
Simone Jade Naicker

Metallurgical Engineer

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?
I aim to provide SAIMM and the YPC with a sustainable plan for exposure and reach. The environment in which media finds itself today will require us to do more and operate differently to the conventional and traditional. I aim to contribute and assist in making intelligent partnerships that align with our vision and empower our membership growth and sustainability.

Interactions/activities that you currently participate in within the SAIMM (if applicable):
YPC Talk Tuesday – speaker and host

BEng(Chemical Engineering) – University of Pretoria

Brief career history:
Process Engineer at Exxaro Resources
- Process Development
- Production Engineering
- Plant commissioning

Date and place of birth:
13 July 1993 in Durban KwaZulu Natal

Other industry body affiliations?

What are your views on the 4th industrial revolution?
An exciting journey that we must upskill to remain relevant for. Conversion from traditional analysis and engineering to automated processing and higher order skill requirements. I see the fourth industrial revolution as an exciting opportunity to pioneer and innovate.

If you were a precious metal what would you be and why?
Palladium – given the major application in catalytic convertors, I resonate with this metal as I consider myself a catalyst for positive energy and productivity.

How do you think industry bodies such as the SAIMM can better equip young professionals such as yourself?
Allow a platform for integration and knowledge sharing – YPC talk Tuesdays was a great idea.
Soft skill training regarding common issues facing young professionals

How do you see young professionals making a significant change in the industry?
A fresh perspective allows for incremental change and maintenance of systems whilst upgrading and automating. Young professionals today will carry on their shoulders the responsibility to initiate and implement digital strategies and lead the 4IR transformation.

What gets you up in the morning?
My alarm… despite my terrible sense of humour, what keeps me going is gratitude. I practice thankfulness and it makes me excited to see what the new day has in store.

Social media links or information:
Instagram & Twitter: @tiara_hardhat


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