About the Team

The Team

The EITI policy project is an interdisciplinary collective of UBC graduate students with expertise in Asia pacific policy, mining engineering, regional planning, natural resource governance, public health and applied policy analysis, as well as extensive experience working in Mongolia and the broader Asia Pacific region. This project in overseen by Julian Dierkes of the Institute of Asia Research and Dirk van Zyl senior faculty at UBC


Julian Dierkes, Ph.D

Dirk van Zyl, Ph.D


Students (2015 Project)

Bulgan Batdorj, MASc Mining Engineering

“Bulgan is a Mongolian!”

Bérangère Maïa N. Parizeau, MAAPPS

“Maïa is an environmental activist, photographer, emerging filmmaker, and published author.”

Carlos da Costa, PhD Mining Enginnering

“To utilize by strong financial background to develop a greater understanding of mining policy and EITI reporting standards for my PhD research. “

Christina Toepell, MAAPPS

“Environmental global governance enthusiast with an interest in Chinese foreign and social policy, background in economics.”

Debbie Prasad, MAAPPS

“Vancouverite by birth, Debbie is interested in Human Security Issues, state and non state violence in particular. Undergraduate degree in History and Post Baccalaureate Diploma in International Security and Conflict Simon Fraser University.”

Harry Li, MAAPPS

“Harry is an Inner Mongolia and he is super excited to work with the project team!”

Jocelyn Fraser,Ph.D Mining Engineering

“Interested in social risk, social responsibility and efforts to enhance transparency and create shared value in the mining sector.”

Jon Brasnett, MAAPPS

“Born and raised in Montréal, Québec, Jon has developed an interest for Chinese language, culture and international affairs during his undergraduate studies at McGill University and continues to research security issues in the Asia Pacific at UBC.”

Justin Kwan, MAAPPS

“Proud Torontonian with an avid interest in Greater China politics and questions of ethnicity, identity and nationalism. UofT alumni, Political Science and Asia Pacific Studies.”

Lotus Ruan, MAAPPS

“Journalism background, trilingual writer, social Media savvy, freelancer for Foreign Policy/Tea Leaf Nation, policy student with research interests in the Great China Region.”

Mario Ramirez, MASc Mining Engineering

“Born in Guatemala, very interested in policy development and implementation. Mongolian example could help me to advice similar policies in south America.”

Stephanie Zimmerling, MASc Mining Engineering

“Background in Mechanical Engineering, very excited to be working on topics in Mongolia!”



Students (2014 Project)

Saadeg Ahmadiani, Ph.D Candidate Mining

Alexandre Bastien, MAAPPS

Bayanzul Davaasuren, M Eng.

Dulguun Davaanyam, MASc Mining

Solongo Bumtseren, M Eng

Christopher J. Carter, MASc Urban and Regional Planning

Ben Collins, MASc Mining

Lauren Galacia, MAAPPS

Damdimyam Gongor, MASC Mining

Gregoire Legault, MAAPPS

Ian McDonald, MAAPPS

Marc McCrum, MAAPPS

Garth Thomson, MASc Mining

Zhuoxiang Wang, MAAPPS




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