Eden Paki, ARD President

Eden is a business executive with more than 20 years’ experience in the Mining, Explosives and Services industries, in the fields of General Management, Sales, Operations, Commercial, Marketing, Manufacturing, Finance, Estimating and Mining Engineering. For the past 12 years, Eden has worked across the globe, living in Australia/New Zealand, the Middle East, Europe and most recently in Russia as Vice President Nordics, Baltics & CIS for Orica Limited. Now based back in Australia, Eden is the Head of Marketing EAA for Orica Limited, responsible for strategic development in emerging markets across Europe, Africa and Asia. Eden is excited to lead the ARD team and revitalise the dialogue, to support its members and key stakeholders through providing a vehicle to facilitate growth in bilateral relations between Russian and Australian industry, education and cultural sectors.


Denis Kurochkin, Committee Member

Denis is the Chief Financial Officer tor ASX listed Tigers Realm Coal Ltd (ASX: TIG), focused on developing coking coal resources in Far Eastern Russian province of Chukotka. He has strong Russian and international finance and resource industry experience gained at other major resource companies. Prior to joining TIG Denis held a number of senior financial positions with the companies in oil and gas exploration and oil-field services sector, including Russian privately owned Gazprom Drilling (Russia Gazprom’s oilfield service contractor), Investgeoservice (Russia Novatek’s oilfield service contractor), ALCOA and TNK-BP, as well as CFO role for a Russian focused London listed oil and gas resource development company. Prior to these roles, Denis spent 8 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a chartered certified accountant and is a graduate of the Far Eastern State University in Vladivostok. He is fluent in Russian, English and Chinese (Mandarin).


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Dmitry Taschev, Committee Member

By my background I am a professional diplomat with Ambassadorial rank (rtd.) who worked in the Kremlin for a decade from 1990 for Soviet and later Russian Presidents and Prime Ministers and at the turn of XXI century decided to become a businessman by joining British Petroleum Russia as its VP for GR (until 2006). 

Since that time I am an independent expert and interact with many partners, one of whom is my alma-mater the MGIMO University; my MBA, anyhow, is from the State Academy for Foreign Trade. Spheres of my interest for past 20 plus years are evident from my previous record while working with the Government: facilitation of trade, investment, economic cooperation between Russia and its major current & future partners (EC, USA, China, Japan, Asia-Pacific region). I concentrate on energy-related projects in Russian Far East and Siberia and Trans Pacific area in the first place, continuing search for mutually beneficial solutions and projects in gas, LNG, new ecology-friendly technologies and materials, – consulting both sides on feasible efficient business solutions and possible Government support. This also includes following agendas of G-7\8, G-20, B-20, APEC, BRICSA, SCO & EurAsia dimension – as well as bilateral activities  -  and supporting ongoing projects in high tech and energy areas. 

I keep an eye on ARD since its establishment some 5 years ago, and I was elected as a Committee member in early 2016 to promote ARD activities in Russia, attract new members to our non-government organization and proliferate dialogue between businesses of the two countries and in the Asia Pacific region generally. I see good potential in this. I currently live in Moscow. 


Leonid Skoptsov, Committee Member

Leonid has more than 20 years of resource exploration, development and operational experience in Russia. He became a Director of Ovoca Gold Plc in June 2006 and later became Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2009. Leonid was also Chairman of OAO Pervaya Gornorudnaya Companiya, a zinc-lead asset developer, from 2001 to 2005 and Chairman of OAO Volganeft, a mid-tier oil producer in Russia which was successfully sold to Russneft, from 2000 to 2004. Until 2017 Leonid worked as Government relations Manager, Tigers Realm Coal. Leonid currently lives in Moscow.


Alexey Goncharov, ARD Secretary, Committee Member

I am a Principal Scientist at the Resources Division of Geoscience Australia, an Australian Government Agency with a broad mandate in all spheres of the Earth Sciences.  I trained as a geophysicist and have a PhD in this field from the St-Petersburg Mining Institute in Russia, where I worked until 1994, when I moved to Australia with my family. I have led a number of major geoscience projects in Australia: onshore in Mount Isa, offshore on both North West and Southern Margins, and in the Australian Antarctic Territory (cooperatively with Russian scientists). I am the Science Coordinator of the Australian National Ocean Bottom Seismograph Fleet, a new to Australia high-tech research capability. I see overcoming stereotypes in the perception of Russia in Australia, and of Australia in Russia as a key challenge for the ARD and I am willing to work on dismantling the existing stereotypes.

Stuart Miller, Committee Member

Stuart is Regional Representative, Moscow, Orica Ltd.