Board of Directors

Julien
Chairperson

Julien Lawrence

Director & Principal of O2 Mining and Engineering Services

Julien founded and is presently leading a growing Mining Services business O2 Mining and Engineering Services 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 honors from the University of Queensland. Julien also is a qualified Project Manager completing a Master's 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."

Batmandakh
Vice-Chairperson

Batmandakh Bayarbat

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."

Tsendmaa
Treasurer

Tsendmaa Choijamts

Executive Director of PwC Mongolia LLC

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.

Brad
Brad Clarke

Managing Director at Sandvik Mongolia LLC

Sandvik Mongolia LLC has an excellent reputation for supporting and participating in the AustCham business objectives, particularly supporting Mining company/members interest within the industry.  

“I would be proud to continue this legacy as a Corporate Plus member and personally as a Board Member in AustCham.
My view is the mining sector has the potential to drive social and economic development within Mongolia, I plan to support initiatives that support our member participation in this growth, advancing economical and responsible mining investment and policies within and outside the chamber.
I endeavour to represent all Members interests in executing my responsibilities on the board if successfully elected”
Chris Melville
Chris Melville

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." 

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David Reiner

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."

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Enkhtuvshin Lunden

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. "

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Michael O'Malley

Founding Director Infrastructure Services Group (ISG Holdings)

Michael O'Malley is the Founding Director of the Infrastracture Services Group (ISG) Companies including ISG IoT in Mongolia.

  • Design, Engineering & Project Professional Services
  • Electrical, ICT & Automation Services and Solutions
  • Electrical Switchboards, Panel & Box Building Manufacturing
  • Building Manufacturing Hybrid Renewable Energy Solutions

"As an Australian Citizen residing in Mongolia, fellow business owner, member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce – Mongolia since 2012, and former Director of AustCham, my primary focus (if elected to the Board) will be to serve as an advocate for its Members to better equip the Chamber in providing our collective voice and value of services to the wider local and foreign Business Network Community whilst further enhancing our ties with Australian and Mongolian professionals alike.  We are all challenged by the current economic and social climate – together we must unite!"

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Munkhzul Boroldoi

Chief Operations Officer at RJE Mongolia LLC

Munkhzul (Zula) currently works as the Chief Operations Officer at RJE Mongolia LLC, Australian –Mongolian Joint Venture company that provides engineering and construction services to resource and mining industry in Mongolia.

Her background includes 10 years living in Adelaide for senior schooling, University and working for RJE Global in South Australia. She also has extensive experience in Project Management for Khan Bank.

Holding a degree in Information Technology from Flinders university in South Australia and exposing her to technical side of the world, however her further education and work experience has been in project management.

"“Most of my life has been shaped in Australia, and having a role in my organization being a bridge between Australians and Mongolians to bring the two different cultures and values together, and I believe this will be relevant to AustCham Mongolia’s mission. I look forward to supporting AustCham Mongolia through my advocacy and hope to bring a positive influence, progressive attitude, and most importantly, value to AusCham Mongolia."

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Philip Abraham

General Manager HSES - Oyu Tolgoi

Phil Abraham joined Oyu Tolgoi in August 2020 as General Manager Health, Safety, Environment and Security (HSES). He is responsible for implementing and promoting strategies that support a positive HSES culture and drives continuous improvement in Oyu Tolgoi HSES performance. Prior to joining Oyu Tolgoi, Phil was the HSE Business Partner for Rio Tinto Copper and Diamonds with accordingly for Argyle Diamons, the Winu copper project and central Copper and Diamond functions.

Phil joined Rio Tinto 2015 at Argyle Diamonds as the HSE Superintendent before becoming the HSE Business partner in 2017. Prior to working for Rio Tinto, Phil worked for BHP in various HSE in the nickel, copper and uranium businesses. He is passionate about developing people and building inclusive teams. Phil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biological and environmental science.

He has an interest in Australian businesses and advocating for the improvement of foreign direct investment environment. As he has an extensive experience in HSES, he will provide contribution to health and safety initiatives with Mongolian businesses. 

Sam Bowles
Samuel Bowles

Chief Operating Officer - Aspire Mining Limited

Sam holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the University of New South Wales, and passionate about creating sustainable benefits in communities hosting the development and operation of mining projects.

Since early 2020 Sam has been working as Chief Operating Officer for Australian listed Aspire Mining Limited, who through its wholly owned local entity Khurgatai Khairkhan LLC is working to develop the Ovoot Coking Coal Project.

Prior to this Sam has lived and worked full-time in Mongolia since early 2010 with various Australian and Mongolian owned businesses including Leighton Mongolia LLC, Mongolian Mining Corporation and TerraCom Resources Limited.

 

"As was the case 12 years ago when I first arrived in Mongolia, there remain tremendous opportunities for collaboration between Australian and Mongolian businesses. Such collaboration can clearly benefit the respective businesses, whilst also producing tangible direct and indirect benefits for the broader population in Mongolia. I am passionate about creating such benefits through development and operation of responsible mining projects, but recognise that there are many other sectors of industry where similar benefits can be realised. I look forward to supporting AustCham Mongolia in its efforts, which aim to benefit both member organisations and the broader community. "

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David Preston - Ex Officio Board Member

First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Mongolia

David joined the Australian Embassy Ulaanbaatar with his wife Rosemary in May 2021. David manages the Australian development cooperation program to Mongolia and is responsible for political, economic, trade, and defense reporting.

Before joining the Ulaanbaatar Embassy, David was the development specialist for Sri Lanka and Maldives section in Canberra. He was responsible for the development of the program's COVID-19 Development Response Plan which set out Australia's strategic policy for its engagement with Sri Lanka, as part of the Australian Government's Partnerships for Recovery: Australia's COVID-19 Development Response. At the same time, David was responsible for a range of political, trade, and economic programs and supported colleagues at POst in Colombo with Australia's overall engagement in Sri Lanka.

David's most recent posting (2015-2019) was to Islamabad in Pakistan where he was First Secretary of Development Cooperation. During his time in Pakistan, David managed the Pakistan program's economic Growth portfolio. David played a significant role influencing key stakeholders for desired outcomes by building networks with the government, civil society, and private sector. He collaborated with the Government of Pakistan to instigate and develop a Memorandum of Understanding on the water between Australia and Pakistan and established the Water Donors Group, representing Australia's interest and taking the lead role in harmonizing development support in the water sector in Pakistan. 

"I am delighted to take up this role with AustCham Mongolia. The Chamber provides an important focus and voice for Australian commercial interets in Mongolia. The Australian GOvernment through its Embassy in Ulaanbaatar looks forward to continuing its strong association with the Chamber on matters of mutual interest"

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October 15 @ 6:30 pm - October 16 @ 1:00 am

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