INTERVIEWS

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3,500

Attendees

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1,500

m² Exhibition Space

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800

Delegates

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250

Exhibiting Companies

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100

Industry Expert Speakers

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30

Countries Represented

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16

Conference Sessions

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5

National Country Pavilions

Talumba Katawala Interview

Talumba Katawala

• What more can be done to promote opportunities available for women in the work place?
To tackle gender biased employment would be like filling a hallow bucket with sand. There’s way too many underlaying social and cultural issues that should be understood and changed/improved before we can discuss opportunities available for women in the work place.

• What piece of advice would you give to women starting their career?
Take all the no’s you can now, to prepare you for the future! Read everything and write everything down.

• Who was your idol growing up?
When I started my career in the industry in 2007 we had H.E. Esperanca Bias as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, and I had many run-ins with her in meetings and public forums, such the Gas Summit, and throughout these years it’s always been a goal of mine to get a few words in with her to let her know where I am , and what obstacles and triumphs I’ve been having and I always get encouraging words from her. So I suppose she’s someone I seek approval from, and therefore idolize.