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Stakeholder Engagement

 

Varant Meguerditchian General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement

As General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Varant oversees national and international stakeholder management functions at Standards Australia.

In this role he is responsible for engagement with legislators, Commonwealth and jurisdictional government departments as well as industry, business and professional organisations to address various issues of Australian public interest. He is also responsible for Australia’s international engagement with at the ISO and IEC.

Varant has made representations to government and worked to influence and shape key policies across a number of sectors including: information technology; communications; e-health; and business. He has also developed media strategies to effectively communicate policy development outcomes. He has led Australian delegations in a number of regional and international settings in Australia, the Asia-Pacific, Europe and South America. 

Varant previously served on the Board of ANC Australia as President and Executive Director (2007 - 2012). At ANC Australia he developed and managed relationships with government institutions, media outlets and community-based organisations. He worked closely with federal and state legislators to develop and shape public policy on a broad range of community issues. He was also responsible for the operations, human resource and financial management of the organisation. 

Varant additionally has several years’ experience in the banking industry having most recently held the position of Commercial Bank Finance Manager at Westpac Banking Corporation (2007 - 2009). 

Varant has a Master of Management from the Macquarie University Graduate School of Management and a Master of International Relations from Griffith University. He holds a Diploma of Lending and Certificate of Financial Management from FINSIA. Previously, while completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney, Varant served as an Infantryman in the Australian Army Reserve (2001 - 2003). 

Phone: +612 9237 6119 

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Damian Fisher Senior International Development Manager

Damian Fisher is a senior member of the Standards Australia team. He is responsible for coordinating and managing international standards work and leads the organisation’s capacity building and institutional strengthening program. Damian has also led a number of AANZFTA STRACAP and APEC SCSC sponsored projects. He is a member of ISO’s Developing Countries (DEVCO) Chairs Advisory Group and the immediate past Chair of the Specialist Regional Bodies Forum.

Damian has extensive experience in international business, project management and business consulting. He has more than 28 years’ experience in international business and is a former senior Australian trade diplomat. His postings included appointment as Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner based in Turkey.
 
Damian also served with the Australian Embassy in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he was accredited as Counsellor (Commercial) and Senior Trade Commissioner for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. He is also a co-author of a number of publications including a book, Export Best Practice: Commercial and Legal Aspects, The Federation Press, Sydney.
 
Phone: +612 9237 6098
 
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Daniel Chidgey National Sector Manager
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Daniel is responsible for stakeholder engagement and standards development work in the Oil & Gas, Steel, Plumbing, and Manufacturing sectors.

Daniel has experience in representing the collective interest of State & Territory Governments and the Commonwealth for the purpose of ensuring that documents are consistent with regulatory needs expressed through Intergovernmental Agreements and the Council of Australian Governments guidelines. He also has extensive knowledge in the management and preparation of standards through managing stakeholder input and project management methodologies.
 
Daniel is Standards Australia’s representative on the Plumbing Code Committee.
 
Daniel holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Canberra, and is currently undertaking a Masters in Strategic Communication at the University of Canberra. 
 
Phone: ​+612 9237 6041
 

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Aldina Aljukic National Sector Manager
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Aldina Aljukic is a National Sector Manager at Standards Australia. In this role, Aldina is responsible for stakeholder engagement and standards development in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Transport sectors.  

Aldina has an extensive public affairs background developing communications strategies, providing insight into policy decision making processes and cooperating with a wide range of stakeholders. Prior to joining Standards Australia, Aldina was an Associate Corporate Affairs Manager at a global pharmaceutical providing reputational insights and strategic counsel to the company.
 
Aldina holds a Bachelor of Economics (Economics and International Business) from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Strategic Public Relations from the University of Sydney. 
 
Phone: +612 9237 6081
 
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Jonathan Avery National Sector Manager
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Jonathan Avery is a National Sector Manager at Standards Australia. In this role, Jonathan leads standardisation initiatives with a particular focus on energy and electrotechnology, environment and quality management sectors. Jonathan holds the secretariat for the IEC Australian National committee in addition to IEC TC 36 Insulators. 

Jonathan has extensive operational experience in standardisation, having spent 4 years in the standards development team, both leading a team of project managers and managing the delivery of his own projects, including AS/NZS 3000 Wiring Rules. 
 
Jonathan previously served in multiple project manager/engineering roles in Australia, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa delivering civil infrastructure projects in telecommunications, mining and public works. 
 
Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of International Relations.
 
Phone :+612 9237 6185
 
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Torrin Marquardt Public Affairs Officer
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Torrin Marquardt is the Public Affairs Officer at Standards Australia. Her role is to plan and execute Standards Australia's media strategy as part of the Stakeholder Engagement and Public Affairs team.
 
Torrin began her career working for a non-profit organisation with a focus on global leadership for women, where she gained experience in development, communications and administration. After moving to Australia, she held various roles in the health and travel industries before joining Standards Australia.
 
Torrin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies with a Minor in French from the University of California: Berkeley.  
 
Phone: ​+612 9237 6159
 
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