Wendy Treasure is a specialist resources lawyer, project manager, lecturer, researcher and occasional journal editor. She has a background in native title law in Canada and Australia, established a mining law and policy education project in Ghana, and more recently has published on the comparative impact of mining on heritage and customary law in Ghana and Western Australia and whether mining law can unlock the potential of women [in Malawi and Sierra Leone specifically, but across Africa in general].
For the past 3 years, Wendy has been Director of Research and Academia with International Women in Mining (IWiM). This is a global volunteer organisation that connects with and supports WIM groups in over 45 countries. IWiM aims to implement initiatives that improve worldwide gender balance in the mining industry and foster the professional development of women in mining. Wendy is Director of Academia and Research. IWiM’s focus includes developing a robust body of information outlining the economic benefits of women in mining, identifying legal frameworks around women working in mining sectors, and tracking the level of female inclusion as speakers and panellists at mining conferences.
Current research is on the impact of mining legislation and policies on women in mining in Sierra Leone and Malawi specifically, and across Africa in general. Wendy’s own interest is in mining operations in West Africa, Australia, and emerging industries in North Africa, with a specific interest in developing domestic-owned mining companies in Ghana and elsewhere in [West] Africa. Her research firm, EVE Enterprises, seeks to create an adaptable, replicable model to support local entrepreneurs start and build successful junior mining companies, delivering the specific skills necessary to form companies, seek out JVs, and begin exploration, extraction, and sale of resources. Wendy is an active member of the Accra Mining Network, WIM Ghana, WIM(UK), WIMWA (Western Australia), Australian Indigenous Women in Mining (AIWIM). She lectures in law at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.