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The Inner Chief

Aug 22, 2018

In this episode we talk with Ausenco CEO Zimi Meka on resilience, honesty and the importance of good people.  


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Zimi Meka is one of the founding directors of Ausenco Limited and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director in 1999. Zimi’s background includes senior roles in engineering and operations companies prior to the formation of Ausenco in 1991.

He has over 25 years' experience in the design, construction and operation of a wide range of processing plants and infrastructure in the minerals industry in Australia and internationally. He is the Queensland University of Technology’s 2008 Alumnus of the Year, was awarded the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s 2009 Institute Medal and is one of Australia’s top 100 most influential engineers as awarded by Engineers Australia. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Other career highlights include:

  • Listed by Engineers Australia as one of the country’s Top 100 most influential engineers in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015
  • Awarded Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s Institute Medal 2009
  • Queensland University of Technology Alumnus of the Year 2008
  • Fellow of Engineers Australia
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Director, Carube Copper Corp. (May 2018 - )



  • In the early years of Ausenco, how did you develop resilience?
  • What was the most important thing that you did as a business early to ensure growth?
  • How do you attract good people?
  • How do you keep learning?
  • How do you lead thoroughbreds?
  • What is the most important skill leaders need but don’t tend to develop?
  • What advice would you give someone who is stuck in their career?