Donald Carroll – Chairman
Don has extensive experience in the international resources business and has expertise in the development and marketing of most mineral and energy products. In a career spanning 29 years, initially with Rio Tinto and then BHP Billiton; he has held a number of senior positions including President BHP Billiton Japan, President BHP Billiton India, Group General Manager BHP Billiton Power and Group General Manager Marketing Asia and Vice President Investor Relations for BHP Billiton. He has experience in the merger and acquisitions sector including the merger of BHP with Billiton. Don holds a Degree in Mining Engineering from Sydney University and is a long-standing member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Nicholas Wakim – Founder & Group CEO
Nick brings over 26 years of commercial experience and has enjoyed entrepreneurial success in diverse business undertakings. A dedicated investor with a background in building companies and developing technology across sectors such as cleantech, corporate advisory, investment banking and IT services. He has previously advised Australia and Saudi Arabia on trade negotiations and acted as special advisor for international corporations and ruling family members from the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Stephen Romic – Non-Executive Director
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial advisory industry and is the head of Investment Research and a Principal of DFS Advisory and Portfolio Solutions. He has established strong networks in the investments and funds management industry, with institutional relationships built up over many years. He is recognised as an industry leader and participates in many forums and advisory boards. Stephen holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Degree in Banking and Finance from Victoria University.
Arnold Wolf – Director, Project Execution
Arnold has extensive experience directing overall efforts for large and medium sized industrial Capex projects, including process conceptualization and design, project development and, industrial site operation and optimisation. His project portfolio spans 25 years and includes projects executed on 4 continents for companies such as Sulzer, Lyondellbasell and Rockwood Lithium. His process expertise includes chemical refining, geothermal exploration, geothermal power plant design, mineral brine extraction and concentration, potash process design and lithium purification and conversion. His most recent Capex portfolio addition included overall leadership, from design conceptualisation through final commissioning of Rockwood’s new 20,000 MT lithium carbonate facility in La Negra, Chile. Arnold holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and professional certificates in Engineering, Process Safety Management, Project Management and Lean Six Sigma.
Michael O’Connell – Head of Engineering
Mike has over 27 years of experience in the Telecommunications, IT, Construction and Renewable Energy industries. His proven design, testing and project management experience encompasses small and large-scale product development through to multi-million dollar projects, including Telstra’s successful Y2K networks programme. He is a past president and former board member of the Alternative Technology Association. Mike holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering from Victoria University.
Peter Urwin – Head of Design
Pete brings over 25 years of experience to the team and possesses skills in aeronautical engineering, product handling, prototype development and process system diagnostics. He has worked internationally on a range of projects including design and development of fully automated material-handling systems, their installation and commissioning.
Glenn Rees – Designer & Drafting Manager
Glenn brings over 25 years of experience in the field of prototype design and manufacturing and possesses strong skills in system diagnostics and design optimisation. He has been a key contributor to a wide range of engineering projects in Australia and abroad, in which he has performed various roles, ranging from designer/draftsman to project manager. His design work has been acknowledged by the presentation of a number of awards from his industry peers.