John Saunders

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Dr John Saunders FTSE, B.Sc.(Hons) Sussex, Ph.D. UNSW "is based in Sydney as director of The Carbon Pool Pty Ltd and Chairman of The Linden Group Pty Ltd.

"In both Australia and Asia, Linden participates in the origination of investment and in the structuring and development of new industry projects and infrastructure in property and utilities, environment and technology, energy and resources. It has structured a number of major projects in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

"He is Chairman of Yilgarn Infrastructure Limited, Mosaic Sourcing Pty Ltd and the Sydney Film School Pty Ltd. He was, in 1994-1995, Chairman of an Asian Infrastructure Task Force for the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

"Dr Saunders was the Chief Executive of the Office of Economic Development for the New South Wales Government until 1994. From 1990 to 1994, he was Coordinator General for the Government and responsible for a number of senior inter-governmental infrastructure-related committees, negotiating investment, environmental and planning approvals for major projects. During this time, he sourced US$7 billion in project and infrastructure investments in R&D infrastructure, IT and telecommunications, resource processing and private infrastructure financing.

"Dr Saunders was in 1987-1989, the Deputy Managing Director of the Australian Trade Commission, responsible for internal audit and a number of key organisational and administrative functions in an organisation operating 66 international offices in 51 countries and providing market intelligence and project consultancy support to Australian clients and foreign investors.

"He has wide experience in the private and public sectors covering high level corporate advice and strategic planning, new business development and project structuring, and international negotiations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.

"Until September 1987, he lead John Saunders & Associates, working with a number of large energy and resource clients, including:

  • The Government of Western Australia as Chairman of the Energy Policy and Planning Work Party.
  • Special Advisor to the Commissioner of the State Energy (Electricity and Gas) Commission, and on the Joint Committee for North-West Shelf Gas Utilisation.
  • From 1980 to 1982, as a Senior Consultant of the major Australian management consultancy W.D. Scott & Company, he developed the new Resources and Energy Planning Studies Group leading multi-disciplinary teams of economic, marketing, engineering and technology-based professionals on assignments for corporate and public sector clients.

"Dr Saunders is a Chevalier of the l'Ordre National du Merite, France, and an Australian Centenary Medallist. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He is Chairman of the Asia Pacific Council of Macquarie University." [1]

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  1. John Saunders, carbonpool, accessed April 19, 2009.