Kalpana Maharage is an accomplished Mining Engineer. She was selected for Rio Tinto’s graduate program in 2009, and within a year of completing the program achieved a promotion to Superintendent with Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Greater Paraburdoo mine operations. At this time she was the youngest operational Superintendent on site at 26 years of age.
In the year between finishing her graduate program and progressing to Superintendent, Kalpana undertook the role of Shift Coordinator where she managed a production crew of 30 male Operators. She was not only the first female to undertake this role, but again was also the youngest to do so at age 25.
In addition to her role as a frontline operational leader, Kalpana has established herself as an active community member in the remote Pilbara town of Paraburdoo, where she resides on a permanent basis. Kalpana’s work ethic and leadership style clearly demonstrates and aligns to Rio Tinto’s core business values of respect, integrity, accountability and teamwork. She has demonstrated throughout her career to date that she isn’t afraid to take on new challenges, and takes every opportunity to learn from others.