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Full name(s) and surname:
Graham Vaughn Marsden

Position:
Process Engineer – Anglo American Platinum

What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?
I believe I have a good understanding of the fundamentals of engineering and the business of mining. This allows me to have honest conversations about the industry (and the profession) from a strong and well informed basis.

Interactions/activities that you currently participate in within the SAIMM (if applicable):
I attend Webinars when possible

Qualifications:
BSc. Chemical Engineering (UCT)

Brief career history: Only Anglo American Platinum (11 years)
1. Anglo Graduate Development Program (Mogalakwena Concentrator, Waterval Smelter and Concentrator.
2. Metallurgist (Base Metals Refinery (Ni + Cu), ACP Acid Plant)
3. Process engineer for projects (New acid plant in Polokwane and Mortimer, New Slag Cleaning Furnace at Rustenburg)

Date and place of birth:
Johannesburg, South Africa. 21 January 1988

Other industry body affiliations?
Professional Engineer (ECSA)

What are your views on the 4th industrial revolution?
The 4th industry revolution should be embraced. It will allow for significant improvement in the way we operate and monitor all aspects of the Mining and Metallurgy fields. It is however important to understand the potential for increasing the size of the gap between the larger and smaller companies in the different sectors, as those with access to more capital will be able to implement this “revolution” faster and as such see the benefits sooner.

If you were a precious metal what would you be and why?
Gold – A quick polish and I will be shiny and as good as brand new. This is an analogy for making mistakes and bouncing back quickly and better than ever.

How do you think industry bodies such as the SAIMM can better equip young professionals such as yourself?
Sharing knowledge and information is vital to being a good young professional. SAIMM is in a place to share technical advancements and innovations but also best practice when it comes to fundamentals within the different operating environments.

How do you see young professionals making a significant change in the industry?
Young professionals really embrace innovation. Innovation is one of the areas that will enable the Mining and Metallurgy fields to make step changes in safety, operating performance and costs. This innovation combined with the wealth of knowledge in the field already, could provide fantastic returns.

What gets you up in the morning?
Knowing that by making a difference at work today I am looking after my family forever. I can do my best at work and those around me will benefit but also my family and home.

Social media links or information:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/graham-marsden-58712229

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