Kim A.A. Hein
BSc (Hons), PhD
Associate Principal Structural Geologist
Kim is an exploration, mine and research geoscientist who has held field, project, research and senior geology positions with major mining companies operating in Australia and Africa. Her experience includes process geoscience, project management, and geoscience education. She has specialised in regional field mapping/validation, applied structural geology, structural geophysics, and exploration and mining of Archaean and Proterozoic gold and manganese deposits in Australia, South Africa and the West African craton. She has also been active in Kenya (gold), Zambia (emeralds), Botswana (nickel) and Suriname (gold, bauxite).
Kim is a published author in international science journals, and Associate Editor of Ore Geology Reviews. As a research scientist she has been involved in the AMIRA WAXI P934 project (West Africa Exploration Initiative) since 2006, and the World Bank sponsored PADSEM project since 2015, which seeks to map key regions of Burkina Faso.
Kim is a graduate of the University of Adelaide (Australia) with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Economic Geology, and was the 1989 recipient of the Ralph Tate Medal for Geology, the 1989 Homestake Prize for Economic Geology. She gained her PhD from the University of Tasmania (Australia) in 1995 and undertook research at the Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands from 2000 to 2004. In 2004 she accepted the Chamber of Mines Chair and Professorship of Mining Geology
at the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg and was appointed Professional Professor
at Wits in 2012. She also received the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Transformation Individual Award.