The Committee 2019/2020
President – Ashley Irving
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.
Vice President – Paul Dodd
Country Director, Infinity Financial Solutions
Originally from Chester, England and have started in the financial services industry back in 1995.
I have been living and working in Cambodia since 2008 as the Country Director of Infinity Financial Solutions (Cambodia) Limited, specializing in corporate and individual medical and general insurance needs along with expatriate financial planning.
I am also a member of Britcham since 2009 and joined the board in 2016, serving as Vice Chairman. Adding to that, I am also the Vice President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and I am very active in the organisation of many educational, charitable and social events in Phnom Penh.
Committee Member – 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
Moeun Morn is the Head of Business Development and Policy of the Fertility Clinic of Cambodia and partly consulting projects for the group’s portfolio such as Asia Medwell Co., Ltd. Currently, he also serves a social affiliation as the Administrator of Project Management Association of Cambodia. With more than 10 years of experience working for various international organziations such as IRI, BBC, WWF and UNDP, Morn transitioned to private sector in 2018 taking up top management role with Stanford American School after serving as Executive Director of the Australian Alumni Association of Cambodia for over two years. Morn holds a master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne and an executive master in development policies and practices from the Graduate Institute of Geneva.
30 years professional experience in commercial and professional service organizations. Has both technical knowledge and practical experience in financial reporting, Budgeting, cash management, strategic planning, process improvement and change management, mergers & acquisitions, IFRS & GAAP, developing Corporate Governance frameworks and risk management strategies as well as internal and external audit skills. Extensive international accounting experience has been gained from working with a diverse array of businesses around the globe in Cambodia England, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. Member of the Executive committee of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia for 9 years and its Treasurer for the last 6 years.
Business Manager – Julie Littlejohn
Julie 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.
Comittee Member – Kim Chilcott
Executive Chef & Manager, BBQ Steak Restaurant
A chef by trade with 3 generations of Chefs in his family
My extensive Career has spaned over 4 decades with Previous Career Positions, Kim has been an Executive Chef, General Manager, Director of Food and Beverage, International Culinary Judge and Chef Owner Operator of 4 Award winning Restaurants on the Gold Coast Australia, Foundation Life Member of the Australian Culinary Federation and a Dual Culinary Olympic Gold Medallist. Before coming to Cambodia to Open Pacow Beef BBQ Steak &Grill, Kim was Group Executive Chef for the Alfresco Group of Restaurants in Vietnam controlling the kitchen operations of 55 restaurants.
Committee Member: Chris Robinson
Chris is a partner at DFDL. 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 – Ayden Darmenia – Australian Embassy, Cambodia
Committee Member – Todd Smith, Ripple Effect Consulting Asia Pacific
Todd 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.
We have been working in the region, training managers and teams for over 22 years. We provide great team building, management/leadership and sales training, management and team retreats as well as other company/culture building experiences. We have been doing this since 1999 for many top Fortune 500/Global 2000 companies in SE Asia, such as Coca-Cola, Chevron/Caltex; Prudential, DHL; Laurelton Diamonds/ Tiffany& Co.; Dragon Air; HongKong Land/Jardine Matheson, the Hogg Robinson Group, many funding agencies (USAID, the EU, The Asia Foundation; the Swiss Agency for Democracy) and many financial institutions (BRED; ANZ, PPCBank, Canadia Bank; Phillip Bank; Clik; Kredit; Wing; Pi Pay; First Finance) to name some.
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. Would love to bring The Ripple to you and your people too!
Committee Member – 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.
Ruwan’s personal goal is to contribute in very small ways to the redevelopment taking place in Cambodia, and he enjoys walking in Phnom Penh’s green spaces when weather permitting.
Committee Member – Geetha Yoga
Geetha Yoga is the Chief Operating Officer of Hagar International and has an extensive management experience across finance, HR, operations, governance and IT management. She has worked with organisations including the ANZ Australia, White Lion, Aruluen, Open Family and YMCA. Following a successful career in the Australian banking and finance sector which spanned more than 16 years, Geetha transitioned to a senior corporate services role in the Not-For-Profit (NFP) sector in 2010. She has also served on a range of boards.