Olivia Green

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: NGO
Job title: Project Coordinator, Responsible Mining
Subject of study: Politics and International Relations / Mining Environmental Management
Year of graduation: 2022
Type/Level of study: Postgraduate Taught, Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name


What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Since finishing both my undergraduate , and master’s, degree at Exeter I have begun my role at Pact working as a Project Coordinator for their Responsible Mining Team. The first project I have been working on is the ‘Illuminating Small- scale Mining in Rwanda’ project, which aims to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the lighting and energy systems in Rwanda’s mines. Within the first month of the role I was able to visit the team in Kigali, Rwanda.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I wanted to utilise the unusual combination of a social sciences and technical mining academic background that I earned while studying at Exeter, to make positive change in the world. Specifically, I want to support the energy transition by improving the lives of small- scale miners.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Based on the Penryn campus, I was president of CSM golf club for the year of 2021-22. I also played competitively for the CSM badminton team, in the women’s A team.

Were you part of the Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme at any point during your studies?


What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

The biggest highlight of my MSc was the exposure to exciting opportunities with support from Exeter and CSM.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The student community.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

A beautiful campus, close community, and access to opportunities.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Public speaking, project management, critical thinking

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Never be afraid to reach out to those in your network, or to make new connections.

What are your plans for the future?

Continue working in the international development sector, building greater positive change for the mining industry worldwide.


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