Business Leaders of Southeast Asia
Matt StanelosOperations Director of Veolia Singapore
Matt is responsible for the operational activity Veolia business in Singapore, currently focused on two business lines, hazardous chemical waste collection and treatment services to the major manufacturing, port and general industrial sectors of Singapore, and on-site water services to industrial clients.
Matt has over 20 years of experience in technical, business line and construction project management in the environmental services sector.
Matt joined the Veolia business in Australia in 2002 in an environmental technical role, from which he progressed through operational, project development and business development roles in waste collection and treatment infrastructure activities.
In 2015, Matt transferred to the Veolia Singapore business, since early 2017 has assumed the role of Operations Director responsible for all waste activity in Singapore and in 2021 added the water business to his operational portfolio.
Mohammed Akhir AhmadCountry Representative, Veolia Malaysia
Akhir was appointed as the Country Representative for Malaysia in August 2021. In this role, he is in charge of the coordination of development and operation activities of the Veolia Group (currently confined to Veolia Bioconversion business only with the exception of the subsidiaries which are part of Veolia Technologies and Contracting). He is currently also the Managing Director of Veolia Bioconversion Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a joint venture company between Veolia and Entofood.
Akhir joined Veolia in December 2000 and shortly became the Managing Director of CGE Utilities (a subsidiary of Veolia) responsible for the Operations and Maintenance of 26 WTPs in the Klang Valley serving 5 million inhabitants. He was also a Director of Veolia Water Dungun, a company supplying water to Petronas Industrial Park in Kerteh Terengganu, Malaysia. Upon the cessation of the above contract, Akhir expanded the O&M activities in Malaysia by signing contracts with Konica Minolta Hard Disk in Melaka, Pharmaniaga Utilities Management, Permanis WWTP, Emery Oleochemicals WWTP BOT contract, Sg Terip WTP O&M, Petronas PAMER raw water transfer O&M and the iconic WWTP O&M of the Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur.
In 2017, he was assigned to develop the first bioconversion project for Veolia to be located in Malaysia. The first 150ton/day bioconversion plant was successfully designed, built, commissioned with products validated in late 2020, with the support of the Group local and in-house experts with close collaboration with our technical partner; Entofood. Since early 2000, Akhir was an active member and was appointed as a Director of the Malaysia French Chamber of Commerce until 2017. Prior to joining Veolia, he worked in the Oil and Gas Industries and served as the General Manager with a Suez subsidiary in Johor before joining Veolia in 2000.
Djoko SunarjoCountry Representative, Veolia Indonesia
Djoko Sunarjo started his career at Veolia in 2000 with Vivendi Water/CGE as a director of PT Taman Tirta Sidoarjo, water supply concession in Sidoarjo, East Java Indonesia. He is in charge of developing municipal water supply concessions with the intensive study of almost 8 big cities in Indonesia.
In 2017, Djoko moved from municipal water and ventured into rPET business. He developed a new rPET factory with a capacity of 25000 T/y at Pasuruan Regency, East Java. Since August 2021, he is Veolia’s Indonesia representative, developing the Energy and Utilities business in Indonesia.
Djoko holds both Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MT), University of Indonesia, Jakarta and Master in Business Administration with the European University. He is a member of the PII (Indonesian Engineer Association) and
AFEO (Asean Federation of Engineering Organization) Registered Asean Engineer.
Jerome Le BorgneCountry Representative, Veolia Thailand , VP Business Development SEA
As the Business Development Director for South East Asia Jerome is leading the business development activities of all Veolia activities ( Decarbonisation, Depollution, and Resources Management). In his capacity as country representative Jerome Le Borgne is in charge of the coordination of development and operation activities of the Veolia Group in Thailand.
Before the Merger, Jerome has successfully led the development of several waste treatment projects in the region such as the Energy from Waste Chonburi Clean Energy and a circular polymer plant with High-Quality PCR in Thailand and various other projects across Asia and Africa.
Jerome has been in Asia since 2004 including 8 years in China before moving to Bangkok in 2012.
Jerome has a master’s degree in engineering from ParisTech Arts et Metiers in France, a finance certificate from Columbia University, and is an accredited and certified director from Thai IOD.
Mike JohnstonDirector, T&P of Veolia Southeast Asia
Mike Johnston joined Veolia in the late 1990s as a project manager supporting the business development teams in the Asia region.
A Chartered UK Civil Engineer, he has worked continuously in Asia since 1996, initially supporting the development of the water concessions and BOTs in China, Deputy Managing Director for North China from 2002 to 2010, Project Director for Malaysia and Project Director supporting development in South East Asia.
With his extensive experience, he has most recently taken on the role of T&P Director for the South East Asia organisation.
Rebecca LeeChief Financial Officer of Veolia Southeast Asia
Rebecca Lee is appointed the CFO of Veolia South East Asia from 1 July 2022. Currently, she is also Project Finance Director for Veolia Asia, in charge of Asia investment control and financial reviews of growth and M&A activities.
Rebecca joined Veolia in 2004 as the Financial & Management Accountant in the Water O&M business of Australia & New Zealand. In 2008 she joined the Asia team in Hong Kong, as the Financial Controller in charge of the Water business of China Industrial and South East Asia.
From 2013-2016 during the One Veolia merger of the Water, Waste and Energy divisions, she was in charge of China Finance country-level change management projects, including rolling out of management control framework, establishing a finance data warehouse, putting in place the country performance analysis framework, and valuation of major investments in China.
In 2016, she became the Finance Director for Industrial China. While serving as the finance business partner for the business line, she remained actively involved in the country's Finance change management projects, including as part of the key team to successfully implement ERP to all controlled scope, and leading the transversal community of financial controllers in China.
In November 2020, she became the Managing Director of Operations for China On-site Services Small-Scale projects, overseeing the operation and commissioning of several Industrial Water projects in the Chemical ZLD and Automotive sectors, a role she carried on for a year in parallel with her next appointment.
Since July 2021, she is the Project Finance Director leading the Project Structuring department of Veolia Asia, supporting Asia-level investment control and financial reviews of growth and M&A activities.
Rebecca is a member of Certified Practicing Accountant Australia (CPA Australia).
Jimmy TayDirector, Human Resources of Veolia Southeast Asia
Jimmy Tay is the Human Resources Director for Veolia Southeast Asia who is responsible for formulating, developing and implementing the company’s human resources strategy for the organisation.
Jimmy joined Veolia in 2015 supporting the Waste Business line and his role has extended to the Water & Energy business lines within Southeast Asia.
Jimmy holds a master degree from Murdoch University where he majored in Human Resource Management and he has over 25 years of broad-based working experience in human resources management. He is an ACTA certified trainer and has been certified by the Institute of Human Resource Professionals in Singapore as an iHRP-Senior Professional.
Wendell HarmsDirector, EHS of Veolia Southeast Asia
Wendell Harms has 26 years of experience in the Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) field, including in the pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries. Leading EHS development in Veolia South East Asia, he drives program implementation in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, providing direction to dedicated EHS resources in the respective countries.
He started in Veolia as a Senior EHS Manager for Singapore and was subsequently promoted to EHS Director. He eventually took on an expanded geographical role covering South East Asia, a role which he currently holds. Wendell has been with Veolia for 6 years. He has extensive experience in various fields like risk management, industrial hygiene, incident investigation and training. He places particular emphasis on building a strong health and safety culture through programs like behaviour-based safety. He believes in a ground-up approach to building good health & safety performance, advocating a consultative rather than transactional style of leadership.
He has represented the Ministry Of Manpower (MOM) and the Singapore Institute of Safety Officers (SISO) as a member of several SPRING and MOM working groups developing Singapore Standards and guidelines on workplace health and safety. He is also currently a member of the Registered Industrial Hygienists Board and the Chair of the Working Group to review Singapore Standard SS 603 on Hazardous Waste Management.
Ivan ChuaDirector, IS&T of Veolia Southeast Asia
Ivan joined Veolia in October 2018 as IS&T Director, where he was responsible for leading the IT team to ensure that all of the IT operations are executed smoothly, setting up IT policies of best practices, and optimising the organisation's resources. Furthermore, he is responsible for implementing IT projects (networks, applications, data, security, etc.) and coordinating changes, while ensuring efficient use of the budgeted resources.
In the digital realm, Ivan will have to determine and develop new digital strategic initiatives, collaborate with key stakeholders, and lead and execute select business/functional projects and initiatives, including Proof of Concepts (POC) of new emerging technology. Additionally, he ensures that the budget is managed effectively through review, tracking, and assessing delivery results in accordance with the business plan. In the area of cybersecurity, Ivan is the appointed CISO for Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, liaising with corporate headquarters. As part of his role, he is responsible for managing cybersecurity strategies, both short- and long-term, and for managing risk assessment programmes for future and existing systems to ensure that effective controls are put in place for areas where the greatest cyber risk exists. Besides these areas, he is also responsible for developing and executing cybersecurity awareness training.
Ivan has contributed to a variety of Veolia projects such as DiMA, Move to the Cloud (M2C) where Singapore’s Data Center (DC) was decommissioned and the setup of an end-to-end solution for the Hazardous Waste (HW) Plant. Aside from that, he has also helped set up infrastructure and security for the plants in Malaysia and Indonesia. At the moment, Ivan is working on the DataDesk project with Paris, and he is also evaluating the next-generation finance system for SEA countries, together with the project team.
Béatrice BlakeleyGeneral Counsel - Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
Beatrice has been the General Counsel for Hong Kong and Singapore since 2017. Her role was expanded to Southeast Asia in 2022 to accompany the Group’s growth in the region.
Beatrice joined Veolia in 2009 and worked as the Group’s Head of Legal for Corporate Finance based in Paris, prior to joining the Asia Zone in 2015.
Beatrice is a French-qualified lawyer (CAPA), trained in France (Paris X, DEA and MIEJA), Germany (Potsdam, LL.M) and England (King’s College, LL.M) with work experience in Asia, Australia and France.