Christo Visser
ARD President

Christo is Senior Vice President – Global Origination, DRA Global.

In his DRA Global role, Christo will implement DRA’s growth strategy in Australia, South East Asia, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Christo holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA (International Business), from The Central Queensland University in Australia, and brings with him extensive industry experience. Previously, Christo has guided organisational Business Development, at a senior level, for major players in the industry.

Alexey Goncharov
ARD Secretary

Alexey is a Research Scholar at the Australian National University.  He is trained as a geophysicist and has a PhD in this field from the St-Petersburg Mining Institute in Russia, where he worked until 1994, when he moved to Australia with his family. Alexey has worked at Geoscience Australia until 2018. He led a number of major geoscience projects in Australia: onshore in Mount Isa, offshore on both North West and Southern Margins, and in the Australian Antarctic Territory (cooperatively with Russian scientists). Alexey is the Science Coordinator of the Australian National Ocean Bottom Seismograph Fleet, a new to Australia high-tech research capability. Alexey sees overcoming stereotypes in the perception of Russia in Australia, and of Australia in Russia as a key challenge for the ARD and he is willing to work on dismantling the existing stereotypes.

Olga Sudnitsin
ARD Treasurer

Olga is a very experienced business and technology visionary professional playing pivotal role in business and technology partnering and alignment between critical business operations, technical functions (especially Centres of Excellence) and broader technology across both digital and non-digital scopes.  She orchestrated many successful business and technology partnering models that are currently yielding results within BHP and other organisations.  Olga’s background is very diverse and strong in Mining sector, Oil/Gas and Capital Delivery, Infrastructure and Technical functions support roles with base tertiary qualification in Engineering and IT.  She is a great team player, able to work very effectively with wider direct and virtual teams.  Fully capable of managing multidisciplinary diverse teams, managing stakeholders’ expectations, establishing assurance systems for framework, continuously improving business services and drive system utilisation/uptake and efficiency metrics in an agile manner to deliver business outcomes required.  

Dmitry Taschev
Committee Member

By my background I am a professional diplomat with Ambassadorial rank (rtd.) who worked in the Kremlin for a decade from 1990 for Soviet and later Russian Presidents and Prime Ministers and at the turn of XXI century decided to become a businessman by joining British Petroleum Russia as its VP for GR (until 2006). 
Since that time I am an independent expert and interact with many partners, one of whom is my alma-mater the MGIMO University; my MBA, anyhow, is from the State Academy for Foreign Trade. Spheres of my interest  are: facilitation of trade, investment, economic cooperation between Russia and its major partners. I concentrate on energy-related projects in the first place, continuing search for mutually beneficial solutions and projects in “green energy”, hydrogen, natural gas, LNG, new ecology-friendly technologies and materials.
I currently live in Moscow, and  was elected as a Committee member in early 2016 to promote ARD activities in Russia and to attract new members to our organization and proliferate dialogue between businesses of the two countries. I see good potential in this direction. 

Leonid Skoptsov
Committee Member

Leonid has more than 20 years of resource exploration, development and operational experience in Russia. He became a Director of Ovoca Gold Plc in June 2006 and later became Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2009. Leonid was also Chairman of OAO Pervaya Gornorudnaya Companiya, a zinc-lead asset developer, from 2001 to 2005 and Chairman of OAO Volganeft, a mid-tier oil producer in Russia which was successfully sold to Russneft, from 2000 to 2004. Until 2017 Leonid worked as Government relations Manager, Tigers Realm Coal.