Speakers at Eco Innovation Forum 2012


Graydon Smith, Manager, Venture Capital Funds, AusIndustry

Graydon Smith is the manager of the Australian Government's venture capital co-investment funds, with total capital commitments exceeding $644 million. Graydon's team supports over 30 funds and their fund managers and an industry based governance body, the Venture Capital Committee of Innovation Australia.

On behalf of the Government Graydon has worked with a range of organizations and individuals to action a number of strategic national initiatives. He has expertise and experience in governance and administration and in contemporary innovation, economic, industry and regional development issues.

Graydon was born in Sydney. After working in the electrical and electronics industries, he completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong, and a Master of Public Policy (with Chancellor's Commendation) from the Australian National University. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Gareth Dando, Managing Director, Southern Cross Venture Partners

Gareth Dando is a founding Managing Director of Southern Cross Venture Partners, with 10 years venture capital experience. Previously he was CEO of Uniseed, a special purpose venture capital fund dedicated to investment in technology from three of Australia’s leading universities, which he co-founded and built over 6 years. He had primary responsibility for many of its investments including Wedgetail/ Vintela, Fultec Semiconductor, and Xerocoat.

Prior to Uniseed, Gareth spent 10 years as a strategy consultant in the UK, France and Australia with two major international firms. In London and Paris he was a consultant with OC&C Strategy Consultants, where his assignments covered a wide range of industry sectors including consumer goods, telecommunications, chemicals, transportation, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, chemicals, transportation and engineering.

In Australia he helped to found the Melbourne office of LEK Consulting, and as a Senior Manager specialized in financial issues, including valuation and shareholder value analysis. His assignments covered the IT/ telecommunications, energy and resources, consumer goods, and infrastructure sectors. He began his career as an IT systems consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Gareth holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MA in Physics from Oxford University, and a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Council of the Australian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (AVCAL)


Philip Galloway, Investment Manager, CVC Ltd

Philip Galloway is Investment Manager for CVC Ltd and CVC Sustainable Investments, which he joined in mid 2010.

Philip has a track-record in developing and leading companies in the energy and cleantech sectors. This includes establishing an ASX listed oil and gas company and a private green energy development company.

He has also held senior positions at BHP Billiton, Esso Australia, Credit Suisse First Boston and CRA Ltd. At BHP Billiton he was a global Vice President in both the aluminium and petroleum divisions. He was also part of the team that merged BHP with Billiton and he led the transaction to outsource BHP’s power operations.

At Credit Suisse First Boston, Philip led a number of large transactions in the power and energy sector and was an advisor in the privatisation of Victoria’s electricity industry.

Philip trained as an engineer, and the first five years of his career were spent in design and project management roles at mine sites in Australia and Papua New Guinea with CRA Ltd.


Ann Bowering, Chief Executive Officer and Director, SIM Venture Securities Exchange

Ann is the CEO and an Executive Director of SIM Venture Securities Exchange (SIM VSE). She is also a Director of National Stock Exchange of Australia and a member of the executive team of Financial & Energy Exchange.

Ann worked for KPMG for over 10 years with tenures in the Melbourne, Sydney and Houston offices, in the Audit and Transaction Services divisions. Ann left KPMG in 2007 after accepting the position as Head of Business Development and Operations for the boutique systems consultancy firm, Lucsan Capital, before moving on to work with her fellow directors in the development of SIM VSE.


Scott Bouvier, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Scott Bouvier advises on commercial dealings and disputes with intellectual property and technology. Scott was recognized as one of the “World's Leading Patent and Technology Transfer Licensing Lawyers” by Intellectual Asset Management magazine in 2010 and 2011.

In the 2011 survey, Scott is described as "always focused on getting the deal done. Well established at the vanguard of Australian patent and technology licensing, he assisted CSIRO on global licensing agreements for its Ultrabattery technology.”

Scott's practice includes R&D and IP commercialization transactions for a leading University, a National Research Institution and ANLEC R&D, including R&D funding, research collaborations, patent licensing and start up/ VC companies.

Over the last two years, Scott's practice has primarily involved low emissions and renewable energy technologies. He also advises on the IP aspects of M&A and venture capital transactions.


John Rivett, Founder and Group Managing Director, Kixstaart Innovation Group

John has degrees in Commerce and Law and wide experience in starting up new ventures for himself and for others. He has been starting businesses since he was 15 years of age, and by the year 2000 had started over 20 businesses in various industries. Most were successful - some were not.

Since 1999 he has developed and operated the Kixstaart group of companies which assist startup ventures to raise equity capital for the commercialization of Australian technologies. He has also developed the "AusFirst" branded Portfolio Companies that raise funds from investors and invest in a portfolio of shares in startup ventures.

Through Kixstaart he has developed a methodology for raising capital and mentoring, promoting and marketing new ventures to profit. Kixstaart has attracted over 15,000 investors who have invested in over 30 Kixstaart Supported Ventures and six associated AusFirst Portfolio Companies. Over 90 directors work in the companies. Fund raising and "support services" are provided by 18 business incubators in Australia and Asia Pacific.

As well as being a busy company director, he practices part time as a barrister and acts as an advocate in a variety of causes and cases that interest him.

John was the president of Mooloolaba Chamber of Commerce, and the founder of Lifeskills Academy - a not for profit organization that provides an interface between skilled adult mentors and 15-25 year olds seeking to develop their Lifeskills and join the workforce or go into their own business.


Steve Torso, Managing Director, Wholesale Investor

Steve Torso is the Managing Director of Wholesale Investor, Australia's largest private investment platform, which has showcased over $500 million in private opportunities.

Through a quality magazine, CEO Interviews, live investor events and online distribution, Wholesale Investor provides investors with direct access to companies seeking to raise capital.

As a corporate finance specialist, Steve has raised capital for SMEs including a winner of the 2007 My Business Award, a BRW Top 100 Fast Starter, two former winners of ABC’s New Inventors Program and consulted to a European Bank.

In the last few years, Steve has been a regular speaker at universities, industry events and business seminars on the subject of capital raising, and has featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, BRW, Financial Review, Smart Company, Startup Smart and on Sky Business News.


Paul Niederer, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Small Scale Offerings Board

Paul Niederer is Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Small Scale Offerings Board (ASSOB), a pioneering capital raising and listing platform for unlisted companies. In this role, Paul leads a team that efficiently and effectively shepherds businesses through the usually complex and frustrating capital raising process. As a member of ASSOB's Admissions and Listings Committee, part of Paul's daily job is viewing and assessing applications from businesses seeking to raise capital.

A big believer in small business peer to peer lending and investing, Paul supports high growth companies and investors in this area, and often writes about this in his blog at CapitalUnderdogs.com

In recent years ASSOB has raised around $130 million dollars for over 220 businesses. At any one time there are 40 or more businesses listed on ASSOB and around 30 in either Preview or Early Bird that have yet to go live.

Paul is no stranger to managing growth businesses, having spent the past few years as CEO of both ASX and NSX listed businesses, which taught him the importance of a strong strategic focus.

Before joining ASSOB in 2008, he worked for a range of organisations, including Pearl Healthcare, MYOB, Quicken and a number of overseas organisations including an international book publisher.

Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accountancy and has spent a large part of his career running and growing businesses in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Middle East and South East Asia.


John West, Chief Executive Officer, BioGill

In 2007, John West attended a presentation on a new nano-particulate membrane technology at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and was so impressed he stayed on to meet the research team and learn more about the invention.

Over the next two years, John negotiated with ANSTO for the exclusive rights to license and commercialize the technology, now known as BioGill, and established clean-tech company BioGill Environmental Pty Ltd, as the vehicle to commercialize this award-winning technology.

Today, the company has manufacturing facilities in Sydney and agents in Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada.

BioGills are a ground-breaking, Australian innovation in water cleansing technology. BioGill works by gravity feeding wastewater and grey water through above ground Nano-Ceramic Membranes, which provide oxygen-rich conditions for bacteria and fungi to multiply: resulting in accelerated treatment and with considerably less energy usage than conventional wastewater treatment systems.

The company recently secured significant investment capital to help take the technology to the global marketplace.

Prior to establishing BioGill, John founded Watershed West - a water, solar and energy saving company. Under John's leadership, this company doubled sales every year and won large contracts. John's business experience and his ability to work with and motivate people have assisted him to drive revenue growth for many organizations.


Gregory Paxton, Head of Technology, Nova E Plus

Greg completed his tertiary education and commenced his career in the mining industry in the early eighties focusing on the construction of high voltage transmission lines and related energy infrastructure. He has over thirty years of industry experience and has traveled the world negotiating energy related contracts such as the construction of power stations.

Greg is a shareholder in various energy related companies and is on the board of two energy companies in Australia and the USA. He is Director, Global Power & Water Inc in the USA, and Managing Director, Into Green Energy Limited in Australia.

Greg was recently awarded a post graduate certificate in Carbon Management from Bond University, making him qualified as an Energy Data Officer under the Federal Government's new Carbon Reduction Program.


Andrew Stead, Founder, Ignition Labs; & Director, Business Development, ATP Innovations

Andrew Stead is a business development professional who has first-hand experience of building businesses and attracting investors and buyers. He has 15 years experience in the information technology and telecommunications sector where he has worked in senior operational and strategic roles and served on several boards.

Andrew is the founder of Ignition Labs, a clean technology accelerator, and co-founder of Sydney Angels, an early stage investment group. He is the Director Business Development at ATP Innovations, Australia’s largest community of technology entrepreneurs, a Startmate mentor and lectures in entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney.

Prior to his current role, Andrew was responsible for commercializing technologies at University of New South Wales. One of the key achievements was selling a search technology to Google. Previously he held roles at UXC, Telstra and started his career as an Officer in the British Army.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Sydney, an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, is a graduate of the Royal Military College Sandhurst, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2009.






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