Updated: Sep 14
Masy Consultants is delighted to announce its official Board for 2021-23
“I commend the team at Masy on their commitment to improving water, sanitation and hygiene outcomes in the Philippines, and to ensuring that projects are delivered in an inclusive way. I'm impressed with the range of skills and knowledge of the Philippines context, that the Masy team and board has." ~Melita Grant, a member of the 2021-23 Masy Consultants Advisory Board, comments during the first quarterly Advisory Board meeting of the year.
After an especially trying period of uncertainty and struggle, the world begins to rebuild itself after the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Masy Consultants is no different, having experienced its own challenges due to the world coming to a standstill in 2020. However, the team remains resilient and moves forward with a positive disposition with the support of its experienced advisory board.
Masy Consultants is pleased to announce its official Advisory Board for 2021-23, a group of six diverse and extremely skilled individuals based in Australia and the Philippines. Veteran members of the board include Chairman MR Khunapong Khunaraksa, MS Elizabeth Dayao and MR Raoul Creencia, in addition to Masy newcomers MR Daniel Lambert, MS Melita Grant and MR Julian Brangwynne-Smith.
After much project planning and internal restructuring, the Masy Consultants team had only just conducted its first meeting of the year in early February. Discussing projects such as the tentative collaboration with the ASEAN Foundation and the flagship PDSP Consortium, the team addressed the company’s strengths, past achievements and roadmap for the future, which are all driven by Masy’s passion and dedication to the greater cause of creating a better world for many, not just a select few.
The first advisory meeting of the year focused on creating strategies that would adapt to the “New Normal”, and how Masy would safely address the financial and operational challenges that many other similar organisations have faced due to Covid-19 over the past year.
Board Chairman Khunapong channels his passion for innovation into helping those that need it most, no matter where they are. He has provided business strategy, project management and advisory services to corporations, not-for-profit organisations and governments to test and scale WASH initiatives in seven Southeast Asian countries as well as Australia and the USA, most notably having worked with Water.org and Gravity Water. His work has not only empowered thousands of people across the region, but earned him recognition as the ‘Community and Advocacy Winner’ of the 40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards.
Having such diverse experiences has no doubt provided our chairman with unique insight into the work that needs to be done, and how to trudge through difficulties.
Elizabeth actively utilises more than 30 years of experience in corporate services management and over 10 years of experience as a senior executive in providing guidance to our team, actively pursuing bigger projects. Working as the First Senior Vice President at Global Business Power Corporation (GBPC), Elizabeth played a pivotal role in the company’s growth until her retirement in 2018. However, she continues to find ways to give back to the community and its youth: Elizabeth established the Joy of Service Enriching People’s Lives (JOSEPH) Foundation to fund scholarships for poor but gifted children, as well as conducting outreach programs for marginalised communities in Manila.
As the Managing Partner of CCV Law, Raoul has amassed large experience in leading public infrastructure projects across energy, agriculture, transportation and water sectors. Having studied in both the Philippines and Australia has imbued him with an understanding of both countries and their cultures, solidifying Masy’s efforts to bridge the gap between the nations. His time as the Government Corporate Counsel at the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) has allowed him to share valuable insights into working closely with governing bodies, especially those in the Philippines.
Daniel’s vast experiences have made him a perfect fit for Masy, committing to our goal of providing sustainable health and sanitation programs for challenged communities. As the Australasia Water and Urban Renewal Business leader for Arup, he has delivered water and sanitation projects across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and South America. His desire to strike change, as well as a knack for problem-solving, earned him an award from Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s ‘Most Innovative Engineers’.
He is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a member of the National Urban Water Reform Steering Committee, a Technical Expert on the Australian Water Association’s Asian PPP Expert Advisory Committee, and a recent appointee to the International Water Association Strategic Council.
Melita’s years of experience in the public, education and civil society sectors has helped her cultivate a specialisation in health and sanitation, and integrated water resources management (IWRM) in international development, with a focus on inclusion. She has demonstrated this in Australia, Southeast Asia and South Asia.
Melita currently leads a multi-year GESI research project in Timor-Leste and Indonesia, and is a Research Principal for the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney, as well as leading a number of research initiatives focused on rural water governance in Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia.
Working as a Program and Project Director for over 30 years has given Julian large amounts of international exposure, from the UK to the Middle East, in delivering significant public infrastructure. He has played an integral part in multimillion-dollar collaborative and integrated infrastructure programs across numerous multidisciplinary project management challenges, including a Transport Network Reconstruction Program that reconnected communities with freight and agriculture during the devastating South East Queensland floods in 2011.
Julian is a master of developing enduring connections across diverse teams and with key stakeholders, working to deliver meaningful outcomes that leave sustainable legacies. His ability to connect, lead and inspire will directly aid Masy’s vision, helping to usher in projects that can enhance the well-being of disadvantaged communities.