Global Leadership Coach for women in male-dominated workplaces (STEM)


DR Patience Mpofu’s ACHIEVEMENTS

We believe that DR Patience Mpofu’s credentials and experience speak for themselves, so, we’ll let them.

Patience has turned these challenges into grit and ambition, propelling her career from lead metallurgist to senior roles across disciplines. She is an accomplished sustainable development strategist with more than 25 years’ experience working in the mining and metals industry. Prior to founding her businesses, she was Vice President Corporate Affairs Africa of a global Australian mining company. Using her experiences and relationships in these high-level roles, she works towards closing gender gaps in the hope of achieving the United Nations for Sustainable Development Agenda goal 5 by 2030.

In 2017, Patience was invited by the United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women to be a member of the UN Women Global Innovation and Coalition for Change (GICC) (2017–2019), focused on accelerating and removing barriers to the advancement of women and girls in STEM. In 2019, Patience was the winner of both the CEO Most Influential Woman in Mining in Business and Government in South Africa and southern Africa. In 2020, she was again awarded the CEO Global Most Influential Woman in Government and Business in the mining sector for Africa. Patience has spoken at key global events such as the Mining Indaba, where she launched the first Women in Mining luncheon in 2017, attracting industry influencers and keynote speakers including the Minister for Women in the Presidency and Senator for Western Australia. She was also a panellist at this luncheon, discussing challenges of diversity and inclusion in mining. She is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion in the mining industry and helping women navigate the often-complex mining work environment to advance in their professions.

Mining Expert

Its Sustainability (ESG) Mining Thought Leader. G100 Global Chair Sustainable Mining (ESG)

Patience now spends her days as a sustainable development mining expert, helping to advance critical sustainable development goals for mining companies, ensuring they meet ESG metrics, and as an executive leadership coach for women in STEM. Her mining experiences have sparked a love for using her trials and tribulations to help other women have the same opportunities as their male counterparts. She uses her voice as a global sought-after speaker to get more women and, more so, male champions to help women in STEM unleash their superpowers. As part of her IWF Fellows Program Legacy Project, she successfully launched a 100-day campaign that attracted over 30 successful women in STEM and interviewed them on what it takes to succeed in a male-dominated work environment. The inspirational women included an astronaut who spent over 180 days in space and a global leader who met Mandela. This book is part of her IWF Fellows Program Legacy Project.

IWF Legacy Project

IWF Fellows Program

No 1 International Best Selling Author

IWF Fellows

Patience is the founder and CEO of Peak Performance Executive Leadership Coaching. She is also a director and partner of the mining consulting firm Insight Mining Experts, a global platform that connects technology experts to help solve sustainability issues in the mining industry and help them meet their ESG commitments.

Patience holds an Advanced Management Program from INSEAD and an MBA from Wits Business School. She has published over 10 peer-reviewed international papers and presentations on sustainability in reducing water consumption in the mining industry.
“You need to unleash something extra to be the change you want to see in the world. Its about stepping out of your comfort zone, using your voice to inspire other and be a catalyst for Change.”