Skills and experience

Dirk van Soelen is the Vice President of Global Initiating Systems at Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL), the parent company of Dyno Nobel – a global leader in commercial explosives and blast design.

Dirk holds an Electric & Electronic Engineering degree and an MBA, and has been working in the mining and explosives industry for 20 years.  His experience includes executive, senior technical, compliance and operations leadership roles, such as the Executive of Technology and Compliance for AEL Mining Services and Chief Operating Officer for DetNet South Africa. Dirk also served as a director on the board of DetNet, a world leader in the development of electronic initiation systems.

Specialising in leading and managing change in technical innovation, Dirk is currently responsible for setting the Initiating Systems global growth and technology strategy and new product introduction for Dyno Nobel.  Dirk is also responsible for the mining application technology strategy and related products and value offerings.

New technology development continues to change the way Dyno Nobel is delivering practical innovation on the ground to exceed customers’ expectations and improve the safety and efficiency of our industry.