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Shifting Perspectives: Men as Champions for Change in Gender Diversity - with Jan Kwak

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In this episode we chat to Jan Kwak who is Managing Director of Australia and Asia at Hatch, who are a global multidisciplinary leader in engineering, operational and development company with projects in metals, energy and infrastructure across the globe.

With more than three decades of experience at Hatch, Jan has cultivated a hands-on approach to the business, playing a pivotal role in its growth to its current state and is a strong advocate of inclusive cultures in engineering and the workplace. He believes that all who show passion and dedication to their vocation should have a chance to grow and thrive.

We discuss the growing gender diversity in STEM industries, gender pay gap as well as emerging industry trends. What women in our industry need to do excel and what men need to do to encourage more inclusivity in the workplace.


  • Gender diversity and inclusion in the mining industry are crucial for innovation and competitiveness.
  • Men play a significant role in creating an inclusive culture and normalising diversity in the workplace.
  • Women need to be confident and assertive to break through into higher positions in the industry.
  • Industry organisations like Women in Mining provide essential support and mentorship for women in the field.
  • The energy transition and adoption of AI in the mining industry are key areas for growth and innovation in the coming years.


"The mining industry is in a period of rapid change, and we need new ideas, new ways to serve society's needs at the highest level." 

"Men need to create space and be inclusive to normalise an inclusive culture for women to succeed in the industry." 

"The gender pay gap is a measurement of the lack of women in senior roles. It'll be zero when women are just as likely to be in high-paying roles as men." 

"It's time to start innovating again and try new things in the mining industry to stay competitive and adapt to change." 

"I really hope the circular economy becomes real and that companies start trying new, real options for energy transition in 2024." 


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Web:        http://www.mining-international.org



Rob Tyson is the Founder and Director of Mining International Ltd, a leading global recruitment and headhunting consultancy based in the UK specialising in all areas of mining across the globe from first-world to third-world countries from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. We source, headhunt, and discover new and top talent through a targeted approach and search methodology and have a proven track record in sourcing and positioning exceptional candidates into our clients' organisations in any mining discipline or level. Mining International provides a transparent, informative, and trusted consultancy service to our candidates and clients to help them develop their careers and business goals and objectives in this ever-changing marketplace.




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Rob Tyson is an established recruiter in the mining and quarrying sector and decided to produce the “Dig Deep” The Mining Podcast to provide valuable and informative content around the mining industry. He has a passion and desire to promote the industry and the podcast aims to offer the mining community an insight into people’s experiences and careers covering any mining discipline, giving the listeners helpful advice and guidance on industry topics. 

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