Simi Ramgoolam


Job Title: Executive head of people & organisation

Company: Kumba Iron Ore, Anglo American


Dr Simi Ramgoolam is the executive head of people & organisation at Kumba Iron Ore, Anglo American. She first joined the mining company in 2017 as head of organisational effectiveness and in 2022 was appointed to her current position.

Prior to that she was at Rand Merchant Bank in the role of head of organisational effectiveness. She has held a number of high ranking positions such as Strategy, Change & Transformation Consultant at IBM, Head of HR: Capital Markets at Investec to mention a few.

She holds a PhD in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a Masters in Organisational Psychology from the University of South Africa and Certificate in Fundamentals of Neuroleadership from Neuroleadership Institute (NLI) in New York.

2022 - Present           Executive head of people & organisation, Kumba Iron Ore, Anglo American
2017 - 2022                Head of Organisational Effectiveness, Kumba Iron Ore -Anglo American
2016 - 2017                Head of Organisational Effectiveness, Rand Merchant Bank
2014 - 2016                Head of Organisational Effectiveness, Kumba
2012 - 2014                Strategy, Change & Transformation Consultant, IBM
2009 - 2012               Head of HR: Capital Markets, Investec
2007 - 2009              Change Management Specialist: Business Improvement, Holcim Schweiz / Suisse /
2006 - 2007              Change Management Consultant, IBM
2004 - 2005              Organisational Development Consultant, Edcon
2002 - 2004              Change Management Consultant & Member of City Manager's Transformation
                                     Team, City of Cape Town
2001 - 2002              Organisational Development/HR Intern, BHP Billiton
2000 - 2000             Communications Officer, City of Cape Town


2014 - 2016         Doctor of Philosophy - PhD, Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of
2018 - 2018         Certificate in Fundamentals of Neuroleadership, Neuroleadership Institute (NLI), New
2003 - 2005         MA, Organisational Psychology, University of South Africa
1999 - 1999          BA Honours, Cum Laude, Organisational Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal
1996 - 1998          BA, Summa Cum Laude, Drama & Organisational Psychology, University of

About Kumba Iron Ore, Anglo American: Kumba Iron Ore is a supplier of high-quality iron ore to the global steel industry, focused on creating and sharing value with a range of stakeholders. It is the fifth largest iron-ore producer in the world and the largest in Africa.

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