Lawrence is the Head of External Affairs at Rio Tinto. He is responsible for shaping Rio Tinto’s public policy advocacy and partnerships with host countries and EA strategy for the company globally.
He previously led Rio Tinto’s external affairs, media and communications, and community relations efforts across Europe, Africa and the Middle East as Vice-President Corporate Relations EMEA.
Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Lawrence was a Senior Director at the Albright Stonebridge Group and ran his own commercial diplomacy consultancy. Lawrence started his professional career at the United Nations. He worked at the United Nations headquarters in New York, but also at UN offices in Kenya, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At the UN Lawrence was in charge of peace-making efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Lawrence holds a BA in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and an MA in international Political Economy from the University of Warwick, UK. He is also a recipient of the French Medal for National Defence with exceptional honours.
Lawrence Dechambenoit is also a member of the EITI Board.