About Us



Justin Richard

Managing Director/CEO


Mr Richard is an accomplished corporate lawyer and business manager who has played a key role in helping build and maintain Alara’s international joint venture relationships. He has been the Company’s General Counsel since 2011 and in 2013 took up residence in Riyadh as Alara’s Country Manager for Saudi Arabia. The Company later expanded his role to include management of Alara’s joint venture companies in Oman.

Prior to joining Alara, Mr Richard worked as Senior Commercial Officer & Contracts Specialist with Bateman Engineering (Australia), Corporate Counsel and head of legal for UGL Limited’s resources division and as a lawyer in Minter Ellison’s Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure group.

Before entering the legal profession, Mr Richard enjoyed a successful career in private enterprise as Managing Director of Irrigate Australia.

Mr Richard has attained an Executive MBA from London Business School, a Bachelor’s degree in Law from University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Atmavireshwar Sthapak

Executive Director

BASc, MTech (Applied Geology)

Mr Sthapak is a geologist specialising in mineral resource exploration and evaluation studies. He joined Alara in 2011, making valuable contributions to the Company as an Exploration Manager and a Study Manager based in Muscat, including discovery of large VMS copper mineralisation extensions at the Washihi project in Oman.

Prior to Alara, Mr Sthapak’s career spanned 10 years with ACC / ACC-CRA Ltd, and 10 years with Rio Tinto (Australasia) where he was awarded a Rio Tinto Discovery Award in 2009. He has worked on world class deposits, including Mt. Isa type copper deposits in Australia, and copper, gold and diamond mines on four continents.

Dinesh Aggarwal

Chief Financial Officer

FCPA, CA, CMA, FTI, DipFS (Advanced)

Mr Aggarwal has over 20 years of experience in Accounting, Finance and Business Management in top corporate positions, both in Australia and overseas, and is the Managing Director of Fortuna Advisory Group. Fortuna is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary practice with specialised divisions in Tax & Business Advisory, Legal Services, Mortgage Broking and Financial Planning.

Mr Aggarwal advises clients in Australia and overseas on tax matters and business services, and advises the Australian operations of several multi-nationals. He also handles tax disputes with the ATO including appeals to the AAT. He is the former Chairman of the Public Practice Committee of CPA Western Australia and is currently a member of the National Public Practice Advisory Committee of CPA Australia.

Named as one of Australia’s top three SME Tax Advisers in 2015 by the Tax Institute, Mr Aggarwal has also won the prestigious CPA Australia 40 Under 40 Young Business Leaders Award for 2012 and 2013. In 2016, he was awarded the ISWA Personal Excellence Award. In 2018 Fortuna is a national finalist in the Australian Accounting Awards for Best Business Advisory Firm – which will be decided in June. The Fortuna Group also has a philanthropic arm - Fortuna Foundation.

Tina Newbon

Office Manager

Adv. Dip. Accounting, Adv. Dip. Business Administration

Mrs Newbon joined Alara in 2011 as Executive Assistant to the CEO and has since been involved in many aspects of the business including office administration, human resources, corporate affairs, finance, leasing/relocation, ASX requirements and IT management.

Mrs Newbon is a highly experienced administrator with over 15 years of administration, finance and project experience including BGC Blokpave, Shell Australia, WA Gas Networks and BHP Billiton.

Rexin Kamilas

Finance and Administrative Manager

M.Com, Tally

Mr Kamilas is an experienced administrator who has been working for over eight years in Oman. He joined Alara in 2011 as an Administrative and Accounting Assistant and has since been involved in business procurement, auditing, leasing, travel, insurance, banking and payroll for the company’s projects in both Saudi Arabia and Oman.