Meet Maya Donevska, Head of Corporate Affairs, Asia at BHP

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Tell us about your business

BHP is a world-leading resources company. We extract and process minerals, oil and gas, with more than 80,000 employees and contractors, primarily in Australia and the Americas. Our products are sold worldwide, with sales and marketing led through Singapore and the US. Our global headquarters are in Melbourne, Australia. We are among the world’s top producers of major commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal and copper. We also have interests in oil and gas.

What’s your role all about?

I’m the Head of Corporate Affairs for BHP for Asia – the region is home to our commercial function here in Singapore and also to 80% of our customer countries – China, Japan, India and Korea. My team and I are responsible for protecting and enhancing the Company’s reputation and creating social value. That includes leading our integrated stakeholder relationship strategy, which encompasses government relations, some of our sustainability initiatives, external positioning and community investment.

What’s the hot topic in your sector right now?

Sustainability and the future. If we look at a transition to a world where warming is limited to no more than 1.5 degrees, BHP can create significant value. In a Paris-aligned scenario, we expect a more than doubling of the amount of copper and a quadrupling of the amount of nickel demand over the next 30 years, as was produced over the last 30. Demand for steel will almost double on this basis, and potash will be vital for more efficient agricultural practices. And, as the shift to cleaner energy sources occurs, the world will still need oil and gas to power mobility and everyday life on its pathway to decarbonisation. Those are all commodities in BHPs portfolio.

Why are you a member of AustCham in Singapore?

As a recent joiner, I’m keen to tap into a network of professionals to share experiences and knowledge, explore opportunities to work together, meet new people and widen my local business network.

Where are your favourite places to go to relax in Singapore?

Anywhere I haven’t been before. I love exploring new neighbourhoods and places to eat that friends have recommended. I love getting lost in the areas of Singapore I’m not familiar with and experiencing the diversity and energy of each new place.

What are your predictions for the next 12 months?

As we all get vaccinated, hopefully a return to some travel and seeing loved ones overseas, and a move from a pandemic status to endemic in all countries. Business wise, I am hopeful we will see a steady economic recovery as investment ramps up and all sectors start to rebuild. The Economist tells me that throughout history we have seen people spend more and take more risks after a pandemic, which bodes well for the next 12 months.

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