Ben Lawson

Ben Lawson

Managing Partner (Infrastructure, fossil and renewable energy)

Ben Lawson has been involved in the Indonesian coal and mining industries for more than 15 years. He first came to Indonesia in 1996 for infrastructure projects in S.E. Asia. In 1998 the company he  was  with  closed  its Asian  offices  due  to the  “Asian  financial crisis” and in 1999 he co-founded PT. Motus Gemilang, which is active in the bulk commodities trading and business development consulting sectors.

Mr. Lawson now acts as Chief Operating Officer at PT. Sanaman Coal  Indonesia  with  coal  mining  concessions  in  the Indonesian Provinces  of  East  Kalimantan  and  South  Sumatra.  He  is  also currently the Vice-Chairman of both the Djakarta Mining Club and the  Coal  Club  Indonesia,  founded  by  mining  industry  magnate Caterpillar.

Mr. Lawson was Expert Staff for energy affairs to the RI Minister of Small & Medium Enterprises, and has been a speaker and/or chairperson at the most prestigious coal and energy related conferences.  In  addition,  he  has  done  televised  interviews  with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and print interviews / editorials for UBS Bank, Wood Mackenzie, CoalAsia Magazine,  Mining  &  Engineering  Journal,  the  Indonesian  Coal Report and others.

Mr. Lawson has acted as Expert Witness in coal related arbitration  cases  under  International  Chamber  of  Commerce
(ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and
Singapore High Court proceedings. Mr. Lawson fluently speaks Indonesian, both reading and writing at a contractual/legal level of proficiency and he is blessed with long-standing  personal  relationships  with  many  of   Indonesia’s most prominent public, and private sector individuals.