About the Management
Our leadership team upholds our mission, core values, develop a diverse & inclusive workforce, and deliver sustainable value to our clients. Our diverse leadership team is made up of highly experienced and talented professionals who are passionate about the business.
ESC’s organisational structure is built upon our strong culture of integrated teamwork and collaboration, and this is reflected in our “1-Enterprise” approach in leading and managing our business.
Our Executive Leadership is responsible for setting and implementing the overall strategy of the enterprise and works jointly with our Senior Management Team to deliver our clients’ projects seamlessly across our practice areas and our geographies.
Leadership Team Members
Group Director, Country Director Singapore
Founder and Managing Director of ESC, Andrew has worked within the Asian environmental industry since 1994.
He has gained extensive experience as an environmental specialist within industry, government and consulting organisations. Andrew’s broad expertise covers solid waste management, planning and impact assessments, air quality management, due diligence and compliance assessments, where Andrew has advised on EHS risks for the acquisition and divestiture of global businesses.
With experience from project inception, development and planning through operations, Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and practical insights to all his consulting projects.
Geographically, Andrew has advised on EHS risks, liabilities and compliance for government and private sector clients in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, India, China, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Germany.
Frank has 36 years of experience working in Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region within the environmental and engineering consulting and professional services industry. He has been in senior executive leadership roles for the past 23 years mainly for large international firms.
In 2007, he established and grew a successful Australian-based environmental consulting and advisory practice (E3 Consulting Australia) which was eventually acquired by CDM Smith Inc. in 2011.
His recent role was as the Group Manager and Managing Director of CDM Smith Inc.’s Asia-Pacific region, in charge of approximately 960 staff looking after design, construction, engineering and environmental projects across private and public sector markets as well as for the multilateral lending agencies. He has a proven record of strong leadership, strategy development and implementation, training and developing executive managers, and delivering results. His valuable understanding of the intricacies of combined Asian and Western modalities of business allows him to lead, communicate and be trusted across cultural boundaries effectively and successfully.
Frank has assisted and mentored CEOs, boards and senior executives in strategic development, effective change and leadership, delivering strategic goals and business development. He joined the ESC Group as our Group Chief Executive in April 2019.
Senior Management Team
Country Director – Indonesia
Toby is Country Director for ESC Indonesia with over 15 years professional experience. He has a diverse range of environmental and social consulting skills largely developed on working with Sponsors and Lenders to secure International Safeguards compliance in countries such as Indonesia, Viet Nam, Myanmar, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Georgia and Bangladesh. His current and most recent focuses have been assisting client with meeting lenders environmental and social safeguards compliance for renewable energy generation and distribution Projects in challenging settings, requiring focus on environmental performance, information disclosure, securing community support and addressing impacts associated with land acquisition. Within Bangladesh this included being engaged as social specialist by the ADB to undertake in-country and desk-top works on the Spectra Solar Project in Manikgonj district. More broadly, this has included included working closely with the ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department (PSOD) in its due diligence processes for the Tolo I Wind Farm in South Sulawesi, 25MW of Solar Projects throughout Lombok and North Sulawesi, and the Rantau Dedap 90W Geothermal Project in South Sumatra Province. Regionally, Toby has also acted as Project Manager and Lead Technical Consultant for ESIA related documents for the 40MW Dam Nai Wind Farm and 21MW Phuong Mai situated within Vietnam (both successfully reaching financial close within international lenders). Through these, and other significant, recent Projects, Toby has developed close working relationships with multiple lenders within the region.
Previous professional roles covered a range of sectors (including thermal energy, mining and metals processing, petrochemicals, waste management and oil and gas, and providing advisory services for social, health safety and environmental policy and procedure development, compliance assurance, project planning and management, and contractor oversight.
Zai Abdul Rahman
Country Director – Malaysia
Zai has over 20 years of environmental consulting experience. The majority of her work has been for oil and gas, petrochemical and infrastructure clients throughout Asia and the Middle East. She has managed and coordinated numerous biodiversity, baseline and environmental impact studies, as well as EHS and labour audits, for merger and acquisition, and IFC projects. She is also experienced in intrusive sampling techniques for soil and groundwater.
As a trained ecologist, she is knowledgeable in flora and fauna surveys as well conducting and developing biodiversity surveys and assessment as well as collection of terrestrial baseline information.
Currently managing the Malaysian operations for ESC, Zai is experienced in providing regulatory support, sustainability and biodiversity consulting, environmental management support as well as preparing environmental management plans and monitoring programs for a variety of sites, across different industries including for oil and gas, industrial, infrastructure, agriculture and agro-forestry clients.
Zai was an ISO14001 Certifier under ERM CVS, and has also successfully completed several courses on site and asset auditing. She is a registered EIA Consultant with the Malaysian Department of Environment and National Resources and Environment Board of Sarawak.
Development & Waste Management
Nigel has over 15 years of experience in International Development projects, both as a strategic manager and as a technical specialist. His technical expertise focuses on water resources planning and management, irrigation engineering, agricultural planning and development, solid waste management, rural development, institutional capacity building, livelihoods development, and post disaster early recovery planning and management.
He has managed and led a number of projects in developing countries, situated in post-disaster and post-conflict environments, including ETESP and NSIASP in Aceh, Indonesia, and the ELWDP Command Area Development Project in Eritrea, Africa.
Jessie is a Project Management Professional (PMP) registered with PMI and has more than 16 years’ experience in carrying out environmental impact assessment, environmental engineering & management and civil engineering, including road and infrastructure or utilities projects.
Her experience varies from broad level studies and master planning to detailed engineering and construction; including environmental impact assessment (EIA), environmental monitoring & management plan (EMMP), strategic environmental assessment (SEA), wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste engineering and management, waste recycling, Occupational Environmental, Health & Safety (OEHS), landfill design, air and noise pollution control, risk assessment, environmental planning and management, water resources studies, eco/green and sustainability features for industrial parks and resorts, and sustainable development.
She has successfully delivered several gold-plated EIA and EMMP for floating solar panel PVs projects in Singapore and in the region, as well as ABD and WB’s donor projects in the region to comply with Equator Principles, IFC Performance Standards and ADB Safeguard Policy Statement. Her extensive experience in EIA and solar panel PVs projects will benefit this project particularly. (DO NOT INCLUDE, TOO SPECIFIC)
Jessie also has hands-on experience in project management for infrastructure detailed design and construction projects include roads development, water pipelines, drains, sewers, general civil engineering, as well as landfill etc in Singapore. Geographically, she is familiar with the environmental laws and regulations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Oman, Qatar, India, China, South America and more.
Mahrizal is currently an Operations Manager (Projects) for Malaysia and Indonesia operations at EnviroSolutions & Consulting Sdn Bhd & PT.
Previously, he was a Social Consultant with more than 10 years experiences in stakeholder mapping and engagement, social and land mapping, facilitation and participatory mapping, resettlement and economic displacement, livelihood restoration plan, indigenous people assessment (including its development plan, community development, and grievance mechanism), IFC Performance Standards, ESIA and EIA/Amdal (mainly for social section, baseline social survey, socio economic analysis) and in the field agroforestry and social forestry.
Before joining ESC, Mahrizal worked for several research institutions and NGOs (ICRAF – the World Agroforestry Centre, University of Arkansas, Irish Red Cross, Care International, International Catholic Migration Commission). He led and established dynamic links with local governments, NGOs, communities and other relevant stakeholders to support the project’s activities, designed and implemented communication strategies to share success stories and lessons learnt from development and improvement of community agroforestry and nursery systems.
Mahrizal was also involved in advocacy, psychosocial, community development and agricultural development programs. He also conducted an extensive research on cocoa and smallholder farmers, published several articles on reputable peer reviewed journals, and presented at international conferences.
Arjen van Schaijk
Arjen has 25 years of professional experience working as an Environmental Consultant. He has held Senior Management positions with technical, operational and financial accountability since 2005 and has on the ground project experience in Africa, Europe and most Asia Pacific countries.
His broad expertise covers site investigation, human health risk assessment and remediation, due-diligence and compliance assessments, solid waste management, impact assessments and planning and air quality management.
Arjen brings a wealth of knowledge and practical insights to all his consulting projects. In fact, he has led several multi-year site investigation and remediation programmes and numerous complex scientific, technical and environmental due diligence programmes, including site characterization, remediation options and costing analysis and remediation action plans valued at over $10million.
Sabine is a Managing Principal specializing in Industrial Safety and EHS Management, being responsible for the development of the Safety, Health and Risk business area in Singapore and Southeast Asia. In this role, she provides high level technical and scientific support regarding complex environmental, health, safety and risk projects and studies throughout Asia. She is also responsible for ESC’s digital solutions.
Sabine has 20 years of experience in the field of Industrial Safety, Environment, Health and Risk, which includes Safety Case Studies for Major Hazardous Installation. As part of the Safety Case Studies, she has set up numerous of Safety Management Systems and provided support to companies EHS teams with regards to behavioral or cultural change. She was also part of the SCIC WG to review SS506: Part 3 and align to the new ISO45001.
Furthermore, as the Managing Principal, Sabine leads the teams who are executing the technical aspects of the EHS and risk work. She has extensive experiences with specific computer modelling software to perform a variety of risk studies including DNV’s Phast/ Safeti and TNO’s Effects/ RiskCurves and air quality studies using CERC’s ADM software.
She recently completed the training for the Major Hazards Department (formerly SRMC) in Singapore, to train the graduate officers in the field of QRAs.
During her working career in The Netherlands, she also performed environmental due diligence and research studies in the field of transportation of hazardous substances via road/rail and waterway for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. Her technical expertise and professional experience is complemented with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Environmental Engineering (With Distinction), and several post-graduate studies in the safety field.
Geographically, Sabine has advised on EHS, risk and safety studies for government and private sector clients in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, China, and The Netherlands.
Hoang Phong Pham
Phong is Senior Environmental and Social (E&S) Consultant with 10 years of experience and presently based in Vietnam. He has significant in-country experience in Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Taiwan and Australia in a variety of sectors. Previous professional roles covered a range of sectors including thermal and renewable energy, petrochemicals, oil and gas, mining and metals processing, waste management and recently, urban planning and climate change adaptation. He has deep knowledge and skills in a range of E&S disciplines.
Experience includes vender and lender E&S due diligence, construction and O&M monitoring/auditing and advisory services (including gaps analysis for land acquisition and livelihood restoration activities, labour and working conditions and influx management, worker accommodation and EHS monitoring).
The core areas of expertise include E&S Impact Assessment, E&S Management Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (e.g. labour management and planning, stakeholder engagement plan and grievance management procedure, resettlement action plan and livelihood restoration plan, community development plan/ strategic social investment plan).
Principal Consultant, India
Prashant Karkare is an urban planner with over 20 years of diverse experience. He works in the urban space cover project formulations and appraisal, urban governance, institutional development, project development, municipal finance and capital investment planning. Specifically, he has been mainly involved in all aspects of project management covering urban water supply and sanitation investments in Asia region funded by several International Financial Institutions.