Board of Directors
Nomingerel Enkhbold is currently the HR Partner at Sandvik Ulaanbaatar Office.
In the past, she worked for major Mongolian Corporations namely Khan Bank, TavanBogd Foods as well as for foreign-invested companies operating in Mongolia.
In addition, Nomingerel has years of experience of working with key international development organizations, including Asian Development Bank, Millennium Challenge Account and UNDP.
Serving as the new chairperson of AustCham’s Board of Directors is an incredible honor and I look forward to being a part of the Chamber as we navigate through these uncertain times. As the new chairperson I will strive to continue enhancing the good reputation of the Chamber and provide value added benefits to our membership as well as advocacy for the voice of our business community.
Wayne has been a member of the AustCham board for over a year and is currently the Project Support Service Manager at Worley Engineering LLC. He has been in Mongolia with his family for 3 years working with the OT Project.
Wayne has spent the last 17 years on Oil & Gas and Mining projects in 7 different countries of Africa, Europe, and Asia. 20 years working in Upstream Oil & Gas and Mining sector covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia primarily in Information, Technology, and Business support roles.
In addition, Wayne is a British Computer Society Fellow, Chartered Management Institute Fellow, and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.
"I can bring a wide range of experience in innovations, technology and Community Support to the group to support discussions, issues and opportunities." - Wayne Thomson
Tsendmaa is a Tax and Legal Services Director of PwC Tax Mongolia. She has over 25 years of tax professional experience, the last 18 years of which have been spent on Mongolian taxation.
Prior to joining the firm, she had worked at the General Department of the Taxation in Mongolia as a Head of Mineral Resource Taxation Division, where her role was to lead administration of tax compliance issues of Mongolian mining sector.
Tsendmaa has experience in providing tax consulting, tax compliance, tax litigation and tax due diligence services both to local and multinational companies in Mongolia.
She advises on a broad range of sectors including financial, telecommunication, mining, construction, energy and trading.
Businesses face challenges in an ever-changing competitive environment in which they do business. Having joined AustCham, I would like to try making positive changes in the business environment by combining teamwork and joint efforts.
Senior Associate at Minter Ellison LLP
Batmandakh is a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison. She is an experienced corporate and finance lawyer with over 8 years' of relevant experience advising international clients on their Mongolian investments.
Batmandakh has been involved in a number of high-profile mergers and acquisitions and cross-border financing transactions.
She has been educated in both Mongolia and the United Kingdom. She is also a registered securities market lawyer.
"By joining the board of directors of AustCham Mongolia, I aim to strengthen the advocacy efforts of AustCham Mongolia and contribute to developing legal positions on issuesaffecting interests of our members and their businesses."
Managing Partner at Melville Erdenedalai (M&E) LLP
Prior to founding his own firm, Melville Erdenedalai LLP (M&E), Chris Melville was the Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells (Mongolia) LLP.
Based in Mongolia since 2012, he has developed a broad-based legal practice in the country, including advising
foreign investors, Mongolian clients and the Mongolian government on corporate and M&A, joint venture, banking and finance, and infrastructure projects.
Chris has extensive experience of emerging market jurisdictions, having advised clients on cross-border investments relating to the Russian Federation for over 10 years prior to relocating to Mongolia, including a two-year period spent in Moscow with Hogan Lovells CIS.
Recognized as a leading lawyer by several major legal directories, Chris is a regular contributor to the De Facto Gazette, an English language biweekly publication on Mongolian politics and the economy.
"I am impressed with the platform that has been created by AustCham over the past 3 to 4 years in terms of outreach, influence and profile raising. Having been in Mongolia for over 8 years as one of the well-regarded lawyers in the market, with over 20 years’ experience at major international law firms working in UB, London and Moscow, I believe I can bring a wealth of experience to support AustCham and its members in terms of both our positioning and advocating for a better environment for FDI, especially in the mining sector, where Australian companies are most prominent. I believe AustCham can and should be looking to make a difference at a policy level in the mining sector, and would be delighted to count on your support to try to move that needle."
Executive Director of MSM Group LLC
David Reiner is a founding partner, shareholder and a Board Member of MSM Group LLC. He has over 20 years' of experience in service and distribution industry. David has served as the Chairman, CEO, COO and CFO of MSM Group, and is an exclusive corporate partner in Mongolia for John Deere, BASF, Daimler Benz, Chrysler, Ford, Boart-Longyear and Moet Hennessey, among other globally recognized brands.
He is an active contributor in the Mongolian political arena - being instrumental in improving the regulatory environment for business, both Mongolia and foriegn alike. In addition, David is a founding Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ulaanbaatar, and served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Board of the International School of Ulaanbaatar. He is a qualified lawayer with a Juris Doctorate Law Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science / Economics. David is also fluent in English, Japanese, Mongolian and Spanish.
"I believe my expertise and experiences will be of a value to the Australian Chamber of Commerce Mongolia (AustCham Mongolia). I am certain that there are many aspects of MSM Group’s close ties and representations with Australian business interests – partnerships with BASF Mining Chemical Division, BoartLongyear, Fero Industries, Water Treatment Services and Australian Muds Company among others – will be mutually beneficial in promoting business interests in Mongolia."
General Manager Procurement at Oyu Tolgoi LLC
Derrick Hansen is an experienced commercial and operations leader with over 36 years in mining and related sectors, including over 19 years with Rio Tinto Group.
Extensive experience in maintenance / operations, procurement and supply, including managing multi-billion dollar spends and complex supply chains. Including a career inclusive of leadership of global teams overseeing significant business improvement and functional transformation. Holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Southern Queensland and am qualified as a Six Sigma Black Belt.
"Key focus is to provide a platform for the further growth and capability in the Mongolian supplier market through encouragement of innovation and partnership from suitably qualified and motivated international suppliers. AustCham is a great platform to deliver on this opportunity for Mongolian and Australian suppliers alike."
Program Manager of Australian Awards Mongolia
Enkhee has been working as a manager in Australia Awards in Mongolia for 13 years. She is responsible for alumni engagement with our Australian alumni each of whom are working in various sectors of business, government and civil society.
"I am aware of the importance of AustCham and its ability to contribute to the benefit of alumni (creating an employment opportunity on return from Australia) and the many Australian citizens who work in Mongolia (adapting to the local culture, businesses and networking).
I believe my experience in business, stakeholder engagement and business development will enable me to make a significant contribution to AustCham.
Mongolia has much potential and offers tremendous opportunity to interested Australian entities. "
Principal Advisor HR at Oyu Tolgoi
Fiona is an international lawyer with experience working across Asia, Europe, and Australasia.
Since relocating to Ulaanbaatar in 2019, Fiona has held a Human Resources leadership position in the Oyu Tolgoi venture, focusing on the multi-billion dollar underground development. Prior to joining Rio Tinto in 2016, Fiona worked as an employment lawyer for over a decade, both in private practice and as in house employment counsel for the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Bank.
Fiona is passionate about international development and supporting Australian businesses enter, and expand, in the Mongolian market.
"I’m very happy to be working alongside such a diverse and talented chamber team. Together, we will continue to build strong partnerships and connections for the Australian-Mongolian business community."
Director & Principle of O2 Mining and Engineering Services
Julien founded and is presently leading a growing Mining Services business (www.o2mining.com) headquartered in Hong Kong with an office, multiple
subsidiaries and ongoing investments in Mongolia.
Julien has extensive experience in mining project development throughout Asia which includes developing a number of coal, gold and industrial minerals projects in Mongolia and base metal projects in the Philippines, China and Kazakhstan.
Julien previously commissioned the first coal project for TerraCom in Mongolia and played a key role in strategically positioning the business for growth through acquisitions, operational expansion and marketing. Through O2, Julien also led TerraCom Australia to successfully ramp up production and profitability of the Blair Athol Project.
Julien is a qualified Mining Engineer graduating with first class honours from the University of Queensland. Julien also is a qualified Project Manager completing a Masters degree in Engineering Science specializing in Project Management. Julien is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
"I look forward to working with the Board and the staff to continue the great work that has been done in developing Australian-Mongolian business community."
Geology & Development Manager at Terra Energy LLC
Reece has worked for over 17 years in Australia and internationally in the mining industry in a variety of roles from corporate to operations. Reece has also held other roles outside of mining spending 9 years working in Human Resource, management and running his own business.
Reece has resided in Mongolia for 7 years working for Terra Energy LLC where he was instrumental in the development of the BNU Mine in the South Gobi along with providing corporate strategic direction, project lead and due Diligence to the parent ASX entity in Australia.
Reece holds a Bachelor of Science (Geo) from the University of Newcastle a Diploma in Business from Newcastle College and is a member of the Australia institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AUSIMM).
"I strongly believe in the relationship between Australia and Mongolia and the synergies that exist for both countries. I believe in building a strong business and cultural relationship between both countries." .
First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Mongolia
Alex moved to Ulaanbaatar with his family in June 2019. His duties at the Australian Embassy include political and economic reporting, and managing the Australian aid program.
Following a decade as an academic specialising in international relations of the Asia Pacific and Japan, Alex joined the public sector in 2010 as a trade specialist working on the Indonesia desk at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), being part of the team that laid the foundation for the recently signed Indonesia-Australia Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). Since then Alex has accumulated nine years’ experience in DFAT across various issue areas such as Australia’s relations with North Asia, as well as Trade and Multilateral policy.
Prior to Mongolia, Alex has worked in Indonesia and Cambodia.
I am delighted to be involved with AustCham Mongolia and believe the Chamber will provide a clear, focused voice on behalf of Australian commercial interests in Mongolia. The Australian Government through its Embassy in Ulaanbaatar looks forward to working closely with the Chamber on matters of mutual interest.