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Meet the Team: Patricia Navarro dos Santos

Patricia Navarro dos Santos
Senior Mining Technician

Experience: Patricia holds a technical degree in Mining from CEFET-Goiás, in Brazil, and worked for a small mining company in the neighbouring state of Tocantins before joining Horizonte in 2008.

Hobbies: Photography – taking pictures of the natural environment, particularly birds and plants

Tell us about your role at Horizonte.
My role has enabled me to work across many of the different teams at Horizonte during my 13 years with the company. My work is very diverse and allows me to see different areas of the business. Central to my role is the organising the logistics and human resources for field work and collecting and recording samples and mapping for both our projects. As a result I am predominately based in the field, which I love. However, in recent months I have been focussed on collating and inputting all project information into our new Project database.

What excites you most about Horizonte’s projects?
Great colleagues and our strong relationships with the local communities. Horizonte is continually encouraging our professional development and promoting our core values, which results in a very dedicated and collaborative team, of which I am very happy to be part of highlighted by my long tenure with the company! As my work is predominately in the field I naturally have a lot of contact with our local communities. This relationship is very special and one which we all work hard to maintain. Understanding how both of Horizonte’s projects will promote opportunities and enhance socioeconomic development in the communities is very exciting.

What made you want to work in the mining industry?
I was born in Crixás, in Goiás state, in Brazil. My city was discovered by the ‘Bandeirantes’ in early 1700s, when they found gold deposits. ‘Bandeirantes’ were explorers carrying the Portuguese flag, who were largely responsible for Brazil's great expansion westward. The gold was initially extracted by artisanal miners, followed by professional mining, with AngloGold Ashanti currently operating in Crixás. Since I was a child, I was interested to understand how they discovered the gold, which motivated me to study mining in such a way I could also become an explorer.



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