Team Members

Dr Noel Dunlop

Dr. Noel Dunlop
CEO & DIRECTOR

Received his doctorate from The University of Melbourne in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Also has an MBA in international management. Director and Owner of Dunlop International. Has also 20 years experience in translation of science and engineering products and processes both nationally and internationally. He has worked for multinationals in SME in Australia and Internationally these include Orica, Rio Tinto and Kilfrost Group UK.

He has been responsible for a number of start-ups and advised numerous others. Has successfully run multi discipline research projects for businesses that have utilised research providers around the globe such as Melbourne Monash, ANU, UQ, York UK, Oxford, Imperial UK, UCL UK, Chicago, Argon National Energy Research Laboratories US, CSIRO, Durham UK, to successfully develop products and processes to drive business outcomes.

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JANE NIALL
COMPANY SECRETARY

Jane was a former Deputy Secretary Victorian Department of Industry, Innovation and Regional Development, Board member Micro and Nanotechnology and has had experience as a VC in biotechnology. She was an active member in Premier and Cabinet to help obtain the Melbourne Airshow and in the Melbourne bid for the Olympic Games in 1996. Jane led the Victorian State Government biotechnology and nanotechnology  that was instrumental in establishment of the Australian Synchrotron, the Melbourne Centre for Nanotechnology and Bio 21.

Jane has been VP Asia Pacific Commercialisation Education Foundation (MANCEF), founding member Asia Nano Forum, and is currently is a Council Member Presbyterian Ladies College

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BRIAN POWER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Brian has 30 years of experience trading globally in advanced manufacturing technologies; operating businesses turning over tens of millions of dollars; running sales, marketing and service teams previously with offices in Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney; Brian is former chairman of the Innovation and Technology committee of the Howard governments Advanced Manufacturing Action Agenda and also a former chairman and director of the Australian Nano Business Forum and founding director of AMTIL.

The experience as the ANBF chair gave him deep insights into the issues associated with the introduction of a disruptive technology into existing industries and enabled him to build relationships across the global advanced manufacturing and research sectors. Brian has been involved in a number of start-ups and has been an early adopter and translator of technologies to market.

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MICHAEL WILKINSON
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Chairman, major shareholder and co-founder of Minifab, a $60 million dollar microfabrication facility that sells both nationally and internationally with large US customer base supplying micro fluidics sensors into the Bio-medical devices and environmental markets.

Michael is also former Chairman and founder of Small Technologies Cluster (STC) and incubator designed to encourage high tech start ups. STC continues to support entrepreneurs translate research into entrepreneurial businesses through numerous programs and the provision of incubation spaces. Michael has also served as an advisor for both State and Federal governments in emerging markets.

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JIM WALKER
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jim is passionate about alternative energy solutions. His career has encompassed senior executive roles in insurance, technology and professional services. He has held senior executive and partnership roles with KPMG Canada & Australia, IBM Canada & Australia and SAP Australia.

In his current capacity as a commercial director of the leading technology advisory and solution development firm- Thoughtworks, Jim is responsible for innovative commercial relationships with strategic partners.
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MATT WAGENFELD
GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS

Matt brings to ANT outstanding skills acquired through working for more than 30 years in leadership roles in Australia, Germany and China mainly within first tier automotive industry suppliers, such as Bosch and Denso.

The roles undertaken were as diverse as having the responsibility for the engineering and quality systems required for safety critical component exports to Mercedes Benz, Mazda and Audi or creating a R&D Centre for a large State-Owned enterprise (SAIC) in Shanghai.

Matt has professional qualifications in engineering as well as in applied statistics and operational research, with extensive experience and a passion for enterprise excellence and advanced manufacturing.

Over the years Matt has acquired an in depth working knowledge in lean manufacturing, lean product and process development, as well as advanced quality planning techniques.

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DR. JOE VARGA
GENERAL MANAGER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

As part of the ANT Solutions Research & Development program, Joe is leading the Commonwealth Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) consortium.  The objective of this project is to develop the next-generation electrolyser that will be used as part of a greater ANT system, delivering a hydrogen-based renewable energy solution.

Joe has previously worked in strategy and business development for the Research and Development Sector in both private and public spheres and has recently completed his Ph.D in Chemistry at the University of Melbourne, having investigated the chemistry associated with photovoltaics.