Directors & Advisors 2017-05-09T10:57:06+00:00

Board Of Directors

Warwick Grigor – Non Executive Director and Chairman

Warwick Grigor is one of the leading minerals and metals analysts in Australia with an extremely deep understanding of the global graphene marketplace. He was previously Executive Chairman of Cannacord Genuity Ltd and retired to return to Far East Capital Limited, the private investment banking company that he originally formed together with mining entrepreneur Andrew Forrest in 1991.  He has degrees in both law and economics and was an inaugural inductee into the ANU Economics and Commerce Hall of Fame in 2002.

Warwick Grigor

Simon Bird FCPA FAICD – Non Executive Director

Simon has a 35 year history as a global finance professional and director. He has had senior roles at PWC, in resources, IT, financial services, property, infrastructure and agriculture, including CFO roles in Stockland, GrainCorp, Wizard Mortgage and BNP Funds Management. He is non-executive director at Mount Gibson Iron Ltd [ASX:MGX] and Pacific American Coal Ltd [ASX:PAK]. He was Chairman of Rawson Resources [ASX:RAW], Director of King Island Scheelite Ltd [ASX:KIS], Sovereign Gold Company Ltd [ASX:SOC] and Non-Executive Director of CPA Australia. He is director of several private companies involved in IT training software and Childcare.

Simon Bird - Director

Chris Gilbey – Director and CEO

Chris Gilbey is a serial entrepreneur specialising in Intellectual Property businesses. He was CEO of digital signal processing company, Lake Technology (ASX), which developed patented technology that was licensed to Dolby Laboratories. Subsequently Dolby acquired the company and he then took up a consulting role for Dolby as global consumer strategy advisor. He formed an internet video metrics company, Vquence, which he sold in 2013. He has been Entrepreneur in Residence the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science at UOW for the last four years and led the development of a successful spin out using water splitting technology.

Chris Gilbey - CEO

Jamie Green – Non Executive Director

Jamie has over 30 years’ experience in commerce and law, both in investment banking and private legal practice. He has studied and worked in Australia, London and Belgium. He is currently Managing Director of Primary Markets Advisory. Previously he was Head of M&A Advisory at Patersons Securities and prior to that Head of Corporate Finance at Phillip Capital (formerly Austock Securities). Jamie has a deep understanding of all aspects of corporate finance, specialising in providing corporate and strategic advice to private and public companies in relation to equity capital raisings including IPO’s and MBO’s, sell-downs, takeovers, mergers, acquisitions and divestments, venture capital and capital management. Jamie has held numerous board positions in both listed companies and private companies. He is a past President of the NSW Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Greg Smith – Non Executive Director

Greg Smith is a director of several early stage companies and is the chair of a not-for-profit organisation. He has deep experience in high technology commercialisation and new venture developments. Greg spent 17 years in the USA and Europe prior to returning to Australia in 1999 to co-found Sci-Ventures Investments Pty Ltd. He was Director of Alcoa’s technical centre in Pittsburgh and before that Vice-President of AlliedSignal’s corporate research laboratories. Previously, he was an executive with Exxon Chemical Company with assignments in Australia, Belgium and USA. The SciVentures PreSeed Fund, which he ran, was a key investor in a number of Australian early stage global growth-oriented start-up companies that were based on fundamental research in materials and device-related technologies from Australian universities, CSIRO and CRCs. In 2000, Greg was awarded the Washington-based Industrial Research Institute’s prestigious Maurice Holland award for his work at AlliedSignal and Alcoa on “front-end innovation”. Greg served as a member of the Australian Federal Government’s IR&D Board and its Advisory Council for Intellectual Property. He chairs the board of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility NCRIS platform and is a director of Cohda Wireless Pty Ltd. From 2013 to 2016, he served as the one international member of the investment committee of KiwiNet in New Zealand. Greg holds a PhD in Materials Engineering from Cranfield University (UK) and BSc (Hons.) and MSc degrees from the University of Melbourne.

John Bell – Company Secretary

John is a globally experienced finance, strategy and operations executive with experience over a wide range of IP based industries including audio technology, medical devices, and renewable energy and has extensive experience in manufacturing.  John spent four years with a major investment bank as an analyst covering communications and technology and has been involved in capital raising in the US, UK, Europe and Asia and via IPO’s in Australia and UK. John has a BSc (Hons) from Aston University, is a Fellow  of both CIMA and CPA Australia and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

John Bell – Company Secretary

IP Licensing Advisory Panel

Ed Schummer (Chairman IP Licensing Panel)

Ed is one of the world’s leading experts in developing licensing business models. He was Senior Vice President of Dolby Laboratories where he developed their much replicated licensing model. He has served on a number of patent pool boards and has extensive networks within the consumer electronics and high technology industry worldwide.

Ed Schummer (Chairman IP Licensing)

Scott T. Brisbin

Scott is a highly respected transactional lawyer with over twenty-five years of experience representing prominent institutional and individual clients around the world. He is rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubble Peer Review Ratings for the “highest level of professional excellence” for legal ability and ethical standards. He has variously represented: The Rolling Stones, Walt Disney Records, Hollywood Records, Inc. and A&M Records, Inc., Metro Goldwin Mayer Pictures, Inc., Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd. (Japan), New York Shanghai Management Co. Ltd. (China). He lives in California. 

Ed Schummer (Chairman IP Licensing)

Noric Dilanchian

Noric has extensive experience in intellectual property, technology and knowledge assets. He has international experience in business structuring, human resources, trade practices, commercial law and dispute resolution.

Noric Dilanchian

Scientific Advisory Panel

Aki Goto (Chairman of Scientific Advisory Panel)

Mr. Goto was President and Chief Executive Officer of SANYO Semiconductor Corporation after having served as Executive VP (1983 – 1993). After retiring from SANYO, Mr. Goto joined Takumi Technology Corporation, a venture backed semiconductor company based in California, which he led until its sale in 2011. Mr Goto has a B.S. in Electronics Engineering from Tamagawa University in Japan and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University, California, USA.

Aki Goto (Chairman of Scientific Advisory Panel)

Professor David Officer

Professor David Officer is a leading research scientist. He leads research into solar projects at the CRC for Polymers and is a member of the management committee. His research expertise is in dye sensitized solar cells, porphyria synthesis, and the functionalization of carbon nanotubes. He was Director of the Nanomaterials Research Centre, set up to develop “intelligent materials” building new materials from the bottom (i.e. molecular level) up.

Professor David Officer (Scientific Advisor)

Jun Chen PhD

Dr Chen is a Full Professor at ACES/IPRI, AIIM, University of Wollongong. Professor Chen is a Chief Investigator of The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), with extensive skills in materials science and sustainable energy, and demonstrated experience in High-Tech spin-off companies. He was awarded a PhD in Materials Chemistry in 2003 by The University of Wollongong. His research interests include: Synthetic Energy Systems, Electro-/Bio- Interfaces, Nano/Micro- Materials, and Device Design and Fabrication.