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Mark Griffin – Chair

Mark Griffin is originally from the United Kingdom and has been in Laos since 2012 as the General Manager of Lao Coca-Bottling Company Limited (LCBCL), Coca-Cola’s newest international market. Prior to managing LCBCL, he was Commercial Vice President of Coca-Cola Limited in Thailand. Mr. Griffin has also worked with Allied Breweries in the United Kingdom and Inchcape in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. He became Chair of the Lao Chapter in June 2015.

 

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Dilip Jesuthasan

Dilip Jesuthasan is originally from Sri Lanka and works as the General Manager of Lao Ford City, the sole authorized Ford dealer in Laos. He has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing in the automotive, insurance and telecommunications industries. Mr. Jesuthasan began work in Laos in 2004 starting with Millicom Lao and oversaw its ultimate rebranding to Vimpelcom Lao (Beeline). Currently, through Lao Ford City, he offers fleet solutions and vehicle modification for the sectors of emergency and rescue, aid and development, mines and industry, in addition to retail vehicle sales.

 

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Robert Allen Jr.

Robert Allen Jr. is the General Manager of Theun-Hinboun Power Company in Laos. He was previously the General Manager of Country Affairs for Phu Bia Mining, a subsidiary of PanAust, which is a publicly listed mining company on the Australian Stock Exchange. Previously, Mr. Allen was a legal adviser at DFDL. He serves as Chair of the Hydropower Working Group of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr. Allen was trained as a lawyer at Columbus Law School and as a mechanical engineer at the University of Maryland. He is married with two daughters and enjoys cooking and golfing in his free time. 

 

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Briana Olson

Briana Olson is originally from Wisconsin and has been in Laos since 2013. She is a Legal Adviser with DFDL, specializing in corporate and commercial work. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a law degree from Northeastern University and a Master of Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School. Prior to working in Laos, Ms. Olson has also served as a legal fellow with the Human Rights Law Network in Delhi, India and as an attorney with the Prisoners’ Rights Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

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Rick Reece

Rick Reece is the Founder and Executive Director of Village Focus International (VFI), the first and only international non-profit created in Laos.  VFI was founded in 2000 and is now a national leader in two sectors: land and natural resource rights, and the fight against human trafficking.  Mr. Reece is an active expatriate in Vientiane, serving for six years as a Trustee for Vientiane International School (VIS) and a member of the inaugural management team of AMCHAM.   Mr. Reece and his wife have two children: Alan, a culinary student in the US and Annabella, a primary school student at VIS.

 

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Anna Linden

Anna Linden is head of Sciaroni & Associates in Laos. She has over ten years of experience in advising companies on market entry. She holds two law degrees from universities in Germany and Sweden and a Master of Laws degree from  the University of Stockholm. Prior to joining Sciaroni & Associates, Anna served as In-house Counsel to the German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, advising on a wide range of commercial and regulatory issues. Ms. Linden has significant experience in the fields of company creation, joint ventures, product and market regulations as well as labor employment issues.

 

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Mike Carroll

Mike Carroll has worked in the non-profit, government and private sector, in Asia, for over 30 years. Nineteen of those years have been in Laos. He is currently a consultant with non- profit organizations, Clear Path International and owner of Asian Natural Products of Florida, USA. Previously, Mr. Carroll worked for the US Embassy in Laos for eight years with Narcotics and Criminal Justice Programs and with CARE for nearly twenty years in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and China. He started as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand.