Christina Fahl

TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AWARD

Brief info

Research & Development Program Manager – Alcoa Australia

Christina Fahl was inspired to work in the mining and resources sector some 30 years ago, when she encountered a female metallurgist on a Year 10 trip to Kalgoorlie-Boulder. After completing high school, Christina headed to Curtin University’s WA School of Mines Kalgoorlie campus where she completed her own degree in metallurgy.

At Alcoa, Christina has been the lead for one of the company’s greatest technological innovations – designing, prototyping and successfully commissioning a sophisticated process to remove a chemical impurity in the production of alumina. This innovation has delivered benefits of approximately $20 million per year and is being considered for adaptation to other impurities.

Christina has been the lead for Alcoa’s Calcination Community of Best Practice for five years, facilitating the sharing of crucial information across six global refineries and showing that women have a seat at the table. In addition to mentoring other women – both formally and informally – Christina has been strongly involved in the Alcoa Women’s Network and is a pledged Alcoa Catalyst For Change, helping enable women to prosper and develop their careers.