The Committee

President – John McGinley


John McGinley is a Managing Partner at Mekong Strategic Partners, an investment and advisory firm focused on Cambodia and the countries of the Mekong Region. Resident in Cambodia since 2003, John has a deep knowledge of the finance sector and the local and international business communities in Cambodia. John has served on the Auscham committee for 10 years.

Prior to establishing Mekong Strategic Partners, John worked for ANZ Bank for 7 years as the Head of Strategy for the Greater Mekong Region, covering Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand.

Other roles undertaken by John
– Investment Committee Member – Clean Energy Fund for South East Asia
– Board Director – AMRET Microfinance
– Co-Founder and Vice Chairman – M’Lop Tapang – Cambodian Child Rights NGO
– Director – Mekong Strategic Infrastructure
– Chairman – Mekong Sustainable Finance Working Group

stephen higgins_bCommittee Member – Stephen Higgins

Current: Partner at Mekong Strategic Partners

Stephen was with ANZ for 18 years, and most recently as CEO of ANZ Royal Bank, one of the largest banks in Cambodia.

Prior to joining ANZ Royal Bank, Stephen was ANZ’s Group Head of Investor Relations, responsible for ANZ’s global investor relations program and for the management of ANZ’s relationships with investors, brokers, ratings agencies, and market regulators. This role worked closely with the Board, CEO, and CFO of ANZ, along with other key executives across the bank. During this period, ANZ was rated by fund managers and analysts as the best in Investor Relations in Australasia for three consecutive years.

Prior to joining Investor Relations, Stephen had roles in Corporate Banking and Esanda Finance, ANZ’s leasing subsidiary.

Other roles undertaken by Stephen include
– Chairman, ANZ Laos, 2010-2012
– Chairman, Wing Cambodia, 2009-2011
– President, Australian Business Association Cambodia, 2008 – 2011
– Member of ANZ’s Group Corporate Responsibility Committee 2010-2012
– Vice Chairman, Association of Banks Cambodia, 2010


Retail and Commercial Banking, People leadership, Finance



Treasurer  – Paul-Adair-c-2014_bwPaul Adair
Education: Victoria University of Wellington
Paul has had 24 years professional experience in commercial and professional service organizations. He has both technical knowledge and practical experience in financial reporting, implementing IFRS, developing Corporate Governance frameworks and risk management strategies as well as internal and external audit skills. His international experience has been garnered from working in a diverse array of businesses around the globe. Before arriving in Cambodia he gained extensive international accounting experience working in Australia, England, Ireland and New Zealand.


Business Manager –  Julie Littlejohn

Screenshot 2015-07-01 09.02.51Julie was the Executive Director of the New Zealand – Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok for 8 years prior to moving to Phnom Penh in September 2014.  Her prior experience was in the banking and finance sector with Bank of America in London, Sydney and Singapore, in a variety of positions including: loans administration, finance and management reporting.  An Australian citizen, Julie lived for 8 years with her family in Sydney.






Committee Member: Anna- Maria Nugent

anna-maria_picture Anna-Maria is the Marketing Manager at Red & White International which is a niche orientated marketing and export consulting company.  It provides solutions to key players in the Beverage Industry through-out Asia Pacific.  Previously she was the Business Manager for Auscham.






Committee Member – Stephen Evans

Stephen Evans Oct 2015Stephen is an architect by profession (B. Arch Hons from UTS) and a property development professional by experience.  He is currently with Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone as the Owner’s Representative leading preparing for the IPO in January – his focus is on business management and corporate structuring. Previously, Stephen was based in Vietnam for eight years, four years with VinaCapital as a senior development director initially in Hanoi and then HCMC, where he also runs his own development consultancy, Compass Asia Pacific. Stephen has lived and worked in property development in Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Vietnam and now Cambodia. He has long experience as a corporate professional as well as being an independent property consultant.  Stephen is married with two young children, and for recreation enjoys martial arts for fitness and motorbikes for fun.

Committee Member: image2Chris Robinson

Chris is a partner at DFDL Cambodia. He advises investment funds, large corporations and financial institutions on acquisitions, divestment, joint ventures, fundraising and restructuring projects in the Asia-Pacific region, most recently in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. Prior to moving to Asia in 2008, Chris served as the General Counsel for several listed Australian companies.  He started his legal career at Hunt & Hunt Lawyers and was previously a member of the board of the Sydney Kids Committee, which raises funds for the Sydney Kids Hospital.



Ex Officio Member – Kate Wilson

Second Secretary
Australian Embassy, Cambodia

Kate holds a Masters of Arts in Asia Pacific Policy Studies from the University of British Columbia and qualifications in international development and public policy from the University of Queensland. She worked in the not-for-profit and local government sectors in Queensland before joining the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) in 2011. In addition to working on the Australian Government’s aid program to Cambodia since 2012, Kate’s past academic and professional work has focused on community relations in mineral extraction sectors, urbanisation and city planning, and disability rights in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.


Kate’s responsibilities at the Australian Embassy include business engagement and trade policy.


Committee Member –  Ashley Irving, Principal, ACE

AshleyAshley joined ACE in June 2012 as Principal. A native Australian from Melbourne, Ashley holds degrees in mathematics, business and linguistics as well as an International Diploma of Language Teaching Management from the University of Queensland (RSA/Cambridge ESOL).

After a twenty-year career in corporate banking culminating in a position as Associate Director at Rothschild Bank, Ashley decided that ELT would be more fun. Since then he has worked in the ELT industry for twelve years, including a two and a half-year stint in Brazil and Argentina where he learnt that he just can’t dance.

Before taking his position with ACE, Ashley was Director of Studies and Admin Manager at the Access Language Centre in Sydney, and Teaching Centre Manager with AMES in Sydney.



Committee Member – Todd Smith, Ripple Effect Consulting

Todd-SmithTodd comes to us from the beautiful paradise of New Zealand and has lived in the beautiful paradise of Cambodia since January 1999.He has over 24 years of leadership experience working with adult leaders, youth leaders, teachers, managers, staff, mentors and young people in New Zealand and Cambodia.  He has carried a wide range of roles and responsibilities involving teaching, training, leading, management and staff development, mentoring/coaching and energising & motivating, while relating to people of all ages, especially adult and young leaders.

His professional and personal achievements centre on a desire to see people reach their potential and use their skills and abilities to do and be the best they can, both personally and professionally.  This is the ‘ripple effect’ in action.

Todd created and leads Ripple Effect Consulting Asia Pacific which specializes in the growth of people and the enhancement of their companies, their teams and their projects.  The Ripple Effect has been working alongside individuals and organisations in Cambodia and Asia Pacific since January, 1999.

Ripple Effect believes that training is effective when it is a creative, fun and participatory.  Ripple Effect Consulting Asia Pacific specializes in the design and delivery of tailor-made, creative, interactive and participatory training experiences/training packages, ranging from workshops, small group work, coaching, round table training and follow ups which are participant-centred. Their forte also includes curriculum development, leadership/ management development, training of trainers, motivational and inspirational input sessions, succession and strategic planning, project evaluations and running corporate/team conference, retreats, sports events & fun days.

Ripple’s approach centers on effective application and outcomes, towards supporting personal, professional and organisational/business growth and development.

Ex-Officio – Moeun Morn – Executive Director  AAA-C



Moeun Morn received his Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne and an Executive Master of Development Policies and Practices from the Graduate Institute of Geneva. Since 2005, Morn has been working with various international organizations such as International Republican Institute, BBC World Service Trust, World Wildlife Fund, and the United Nations Development Program. In April 2016, he took the role as the Executive Director of the Australian Alumni Association of Cambodia, AAA-C



Committee Member Advisor – Ruwan Hulugalle


Ruwan Hulugalle’s professional experience in Cambodia spans government, business, and education. Ruwan formerly worked as economic and commercial advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh where he supported American businesspeople and investors in their dealings with Cambodian businesses and the government and produced various assessments on the economic, political and commercial climate in Cambodia. Ruwan received various commendations from the U.S. Ambassador for improving economic and commercial relations between countries and held a “Top Secret” security clearance. Ruwan decided to leave government service for the private sector and founded Ruwan Hulugalle & Company (RHC), a consulting company which currently has heavy emphasis on education.

Ruwan received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Hawaii and also received degrees from the University of San Diego and Georgetown University. He also is certified in Pacific-Asian Legal Studies from the University of Hawaii and in Mediation from the Mediation Center of the Pacific, and has attended various U.S. Government-sponsored professional training programs including ones on security and economic development.

He is also an Honorary Fellow (FCMA) member of the Australian Institute of Certified Management Accountants, which he is also helping to introduce to Cambodia.

Ruwan’s personal goal is to contribute in very small ways to the redevelopment taking place in Cambodia, and enjoys walking around Phnom Penh when the weather permits.

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