Keynote Title: What are you trying to Change with Geophysics?
Principal: Change Management & Integration – Anglo American Operating Model. (Group Business Improvement)
Petro du Pisani studied Exploration Geophysics at the University of Pretoria, graduating with an Honours Degree (cum laude) in 1994. She also has a Masters in Earth Science Practice and Management (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria. Furthermore she has qualifications in Sales & Marketing, Lean Six Sigma and is an Experienced Change Practitioner (Prosci certified).
Petro has worked as an exploration geophysicist (Billiton), research geophysicist (CSIR), writer (Naspers), teacher (high school kids) and in-mine geophysics technology integrator (Anglo American) and her career has taken her from the realm of science to business improvement to change management. In 2011 she started participating in multi-disciplinary operations reviews, which eventually lead to her programme managing a “new way of working” for Anglo American. She has become passionate about Change Management (the people side of change) in the past couple of years, since the benefit of some new technology or a new way of working is only realized when people embrace and use this new technology or methodology.
She served as the SAGA president from 2007-2008 and is currently on the committee for Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA).