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."

Nomin-Gerel
Vice-Chairperson

Nomingerel Enkhbold

HR Business Partner at Sandvik Mongolia LLC

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 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.

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.

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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."

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Chris Aitchison

Project Director, Underground at Oyu Tolgoi LLC

Chris Aitchison joined Oyu Tolgoi in 2014, leading the development of the Feasibility Study in support of the OT Phase 2 Underground Project being approved in 2016. Post-Approval he was accountable for Construction delivery in the role of Deputy Project Director and then in November 2018, led the Underground Mining team as the General Manager Underground. In January 2020 he was appointed as Project Director, Oyu Tolgoi Underground Project.

Chris has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry, including the last 12 years with the Rio Tinto Group after joining in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from the University of Western Australian School of Mines.

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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Derrick Hansen

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."

 

Enkhtuvshin
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 IoT)

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!"

Wayne Thomson
Wayne Thomson

Project Support Manager at Worley Engineering LLC

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

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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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