Commercialisation Advisory Committee

At the time of the NCEDA’s closing in September 2016, the following people were members of the Commercialisation  Advisory Committee:

Mr Larry Lopez (Chair)
Principal Consultant, Australian Venture Consultants

Larry croppedLarry Lopez is a Partner at Perth based Australian Venture Consultants, a solution driven strategic consulting practice focused on creating successful commercial outcomes for innovative projects, companies and institutions. AVC provides its clients with a unique service based on the insights it has acquired through hands on experience and engagements in the global innovation ecosystem.

Mr Lopez has extensive experience working with knowledge based companies in Silicon Valley, Europe and Israel. Since coming to Perth in 2006 he has been focused on the intersection of technology and the resources industry, and prior to this he spent 17 years at SVB Financial Group, a publicly traded US financial services company (NASDAQ: SIVB) specializing in technology finance. During his tenure at SVB he was the founder of the Bank’s international venture capital practice and responsible for the Bank’s activities in Europe, Israel and Australia. Mr Lopez has served on a number of boards, and is currently a director of several organisations.

Mr Jan Dekker
Principal, CleanTech Ventures

Jan Dekker is a career cleantech investment professional. He has been employed in a variety of senior executive roles within the cleantech arena for over 20 years. Prior to founding Cleantech Ventures, Mr Dekker was the Managing Director of the Centre for Energy and Greenhouse Technologies, an early stage venture fund manager targeting new sustainable energy technology investments. Previously he was an Associate Director at the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) in NSW where he was responsible for managing its renewable energy business units (solar, wind, co-generation, waste coal mine gas, green power and bio-energy), and the company’s Renewables Investment Fund – a project investment vehicle. Mr Dekker has also held positions with Sydney Water, the NSW EPA and as an environmental consultant.

Mr Dekker holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Law from Sydney University, a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Science from Macquarie University and Graduate qualifications in Applied Finance from FINSIA. He serves on the boards of several investments.

Mr Tom Pankratz
Editor, Water Desalination Report

Tom PankratzTom Pankratz is one of the most familiar identities in the world desalination industry, well known as editor since 2005 of Global Water Intelligence’s international weekly Water Desalination Report.  Tom, who now also works as an independent desalination consultant, has been involved in the desalination industry since 1979.  He has participated in the development of some of the world’s largest and most technically complex desalination projects as a former CH2M Hill vice president and before that director of corporate projects for US Filter (subsequently Veolia Water).

He has written five water-related books and is a chapter author of numerous others.  He has been co-chair of the WHO desalination technology committee, a member of the Middle East Desalination Research Centre’s research advisory committee and is a past member of the US National Academy of Sciences desalination roadmap review committee.  Tom has a keen interest in new desalination technology and is well known as convenor of Technology Idol where new desalination technologies are showcased and critiqued at the annual GWI Global Water Summit.

Mr Ricky Osborne
Business Development Officer, Ngarda Civil and Mining

Ricky Osborne is the General Manager of Corporate Services for Ngarda Civil & Mining, the largest Indigenous owned contracting company in Australia. Mr Osborne  has extensive experience in advocacy, management, leadership and coordination of relationships between commercial interests and Indigenous communities, government and non-government agencies and other stakeholders.  The development, delivery and evaluation of adult education, training and employment policies and programs have been a particular focus of his career. Mr Osborne brings with him substantial experience and a unique insight into the realm of Community Development including some 13 years as an Academic and Manager with the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University of Technology. In addition he has undertaken several management and leadership roles such as the Community Relations Manager for the New Future Alliance Strategic Housing and Infrastructure Project, Northern Territory, and Managing Director of the Pilbara based Meta Maya Aboriginal Corporation, a community-based not-for-profit organisation located in Port Hedland.

The practical experience that Mr Osborne has acquired in a variety of commercial, government and non-government settings is complimented through his studies at undergraduate level through a B.A. (Legal Studies) La Trobe University Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma (Management) and Master of Commerce (Human Resource Development) both at Curtin University in Perth.

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