Raphael Baiden

Director, Johannesburg
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Raphael Baiden
My role as the mining and metals lead for South Africa includes understanding the project delivery challenges faced by our mining clients and helping my team develop realistic and sustainable solutions for these challenges. Our approach is underpinned by an ability to provide a solutions, which often draw from global experience, giving us the edge ahead of our competitors and considering the issues associated with diversity and inclusion.

My experience comes from supporting clients across Africa and the Americas, and providing advice across a number of large and complex mining and processing projects. This has not limited me to any particular type of mining methodology, approach or commodity. I‘ve held a number of key roles within the Turner & Townsend Africa mining and metals team, managing teams across various mining projects in South Africa as both a senior/lead quantity surveyor and as an associate director. I’ve also had the privilege of serving on the Chairman’s Group as the Africa representative and also on the Turner & Townsend Global leadership programme.

Q. What attracted you to join Turner & Townsend?

A. It was largely the idea that I could work for a global organisation that is well respected and works on some of the most amazing projects.

Q. Which project are you most proud of being involved in at Turner & Townsend?

A. I‘m most proud of being a part of our work at the Eland Platinum mine project in South Africa.  We served as part of the client's owner's team over a period of six years, with me successfully managing a ten man team on this ZAR 3.5 billion project. We were also the last of the project team to be demobilised only because the mine went into care and maintenance.

Q. How do you see your career progressing at Turner & Townsend?

A. I see myself continuing on as a key contributor to Turner & Townsend achieving its ambitions in Africa and becoming the leading consultancy amongst our peers. Over time I hope to become a partner in our business, ultimately leading our African business as a Managing Director, or serving in a similar capacity in one of our other regions globally.   

Career highlights

  1. Joined Turner & Townsend

  2. Worked on the Pascua Lama Project

  3. Global Leadership Programme

  4. Working on the Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper Mine Project