Varant Meguerditchian joins the AUA Center for Responsible Mining to run the Mining Legislation Reform Initiative (MLRI), a multi-year project funded by the Tufenkian Foundation. Varant is from Sydney, Australia, and brings with him significant stakeholder engagement, government relations and policy development experience across multiple sectors of the economy including technology, energy, and natural resources. Prior to joining AUA, he was General Manager Stakeholder Engagement at Australia’s national standards organization, Standards Australia. He was also the first Executive Director and President of the Armenian National Committee of Australia between 2010 and 2012. His interests lie in the development of policies that support sustainable communities. Varant holds a Masters in Management (2010) from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and a Masters in International Relations (2014) from Griffith University.
Carl Ulbricht is an international consultant, specialising in legal and administrative reform in a variety of sectors. Currently, he is advising on Armenian and international mining legislation at the MLRI. Carl has more than 20 years’ experience on projects in Armenia and Central Asia, focusing on public and private sector reform. He trained in law in London and worked initially as a commercial lawyer in the UK and Italy.
Siranush Harutyunyan has been with the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment as grants manager since July 2017. In her position, she supports grant and proposal writing, manages grant requirements and reporting, reviews project budgets, and handles their accounting to ensure that grants are implemented according to the operational and financial needs of the Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from AUA. Previously, she was the program coordinator at the AUA Turpanjian Rural Development Program, has worked at the ICHD think-tank and at the Human Rights Defender’s Office of International Cooperation and Strategic Development.