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Dr Warren Mayes has 14 years experience working with industry, government, media and academia in East Asia including 6 years as community relations specialist for a global mining operation and 3 years managing World Bank safeguards

Warren is a knowledge manager and strategist recognized for leading innovative thinking, building organizational culture, facilitating growth and sustainability
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Area of Expertise:
  • Communications, IT, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
  • Environment, Climate, Energy, Water, Sanitation
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
Professional Experience:
Senior Social Development Specialist, The World Bank (Aug 2014- current)
Environmental and social sustainability standards and safeguards application in design and implementation of mining, energy and infrastructure projects in East Asia and the Pacific
Social safeguards coordinator for East Asia and the Pacific assessing project-induced risk to portfolios and allocating resources

Sustainability Specialist, Community Relations, MMG Sepon Gold and Copper Operations (Aug 2012 - May 2014)
Project management, contractor procurement, project design, resourcing, technical participation, RAP prefeasibility, community survey, FPIC training, ESIA public consultation strategy, mine planning risk analysis, land stewardship process modeling, community standards review, compensation register study, government and community consultation meetings, localisation coaching, local area employee mentoring, fieldwork visits: Equatorial Mining (Borneo, Indonesia), Theun Hinboun Hydropower Damn (Khammuan, Laos), Cadelco Copper (Sewel, Chile)

Acting Manager, Community Relations Department, MMG Sepon Gold and Copper Operations (Dec 2011 – Aug 2012)
Managed 70 staff, created strategic plan, managed budget, achieved reduction on spend to forecast, initiated department restructure for localisation, established stakeholder engagement unit, improved grievance mechanism, resolved employee grievance cases, delivered advice influencing operations leadership

Social Sustainability Superintendent, Community Relations, MMG Sepon Gold and Copper Operations (Dec 2008 - Dec 2011)
Created cultural heritage management plan, established site cultural heritage workshop, community traffic safety plan, community development participatory planning, community resource mapping, ISO 14001 audit, water use survey and delivery programme, biennial household survey, UN Habitat town sanitation, village water supply, community census, intangible heritage video register, Katuic Mon-Khmer audio dictionary, cross-cultural educational tools: brou cosmology, swidden cycle process and change, ancient mining recovery process, cultural heritage management guidance presentation for senior operations management, artefact chance finds process, population distribution map, ethnic distribution map, district administrative map, land impacts and exploration map, literal place name map

Superintendent, Community Relations Asia, Oxiana Resources & Oz Minerals, Vientiane Office (Feb 2008 – Dec 2008)
Assisted design of charter and chairing of corporate Social Mitigation Group, participated in ESIA and public consultations for copper expansion project, designed and implemented Mother and Child Health Survey of 37 villages, drafted education development report and support strategy paper, drafted internal publication 'Our Neighbours at Sepon' booklet, conducted critical assessment of community development programme, site visit: Matabe Gold Project (North Sumatra, Indonesia)

Research Officer, State, Soci
PhD Anthropology
Australian National University (2003-2007)

Honours Sociology
Australian National University (2000)

Bachelor of Arts (History, Philosophy, Sociology)
Australian National University (1997-1999)
Affiliations and Achievements:
Australian Anthropological Society: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association: 2009, 2010
Sir Raymond Firth Prize for Excellence in Anthropology 2006

'Cultural heritage and local participation in the management of a modern mine' in Social Responsibility in Mining 2013

'The Mechanics of Belonging: Urban Minorities and the Italian Scooter in Laos’ in Andrew Walker (ed) Tai Lands and Thailand: Community and State in Southeast Asia. NIAS: Singapore (2009).

‘Unsettled post-revolutionaries in the online public sphere’ in SOJOURN, 24 (1) pp. 89-121 (2009).

‘Lao scholars abroad seeking worldliness at home: education in the West as pilgrimage from post-revolutionary Laos’ in South East Asia Research, 15 (1) pp. 89-118 (2007).

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
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    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Lao, Thai, Katuic Mon-Khmer
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