Board

Frank Poullas

Executive Chairman - MAICD

Frank Poullas has spent over two decades working in the technology, investment banking and engineering sectors. Over the last 15 years Frank has been involved with assisting a number of public entities with funding, strategic direction which has resulted in increased shareholder value.

Frank is currently a director of several companies and continues to consult to public companies involved or looking at entering the Lithium-ion battery material sector.

Mona E. Dajani

Non-Executive Director

Mona has over 20 years of practise experience as a dual qualified lawyer in the US and England and as a licensed professional engineer. She serves as a lead lawyer in complex acquisitions, dispositions, financing and project development transactions involving energy and infrastructure facilities in the US and around the world. She is co-leader of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s Energy and Infrastructure Projects Team and also leads the Renewable Energy practice.

Mona focuses her global practice on project finance, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, sustainable finance, portfolio acquisitions, tax equity, construction and/or restructuring for government and private clients involving energy and infrastructure projects. In over 20 years of practice, she has led numerous financing and acquisition/disposition and project development transactions involving solar, wind, hydrogen, hydroelectric, geothermal, biomass, waste to energy and Net Zero disruptive technology, such as connectivity, autonomous driving and e-mobility, as well as gasification, transmission lines, and oil and gas pipelines. Mona has substantial experience with respect to syndicated loan and debt capital markets transactions, sustainable finance, ESG, syndicated commercial bank debt, commercial paper programs, and arranging capital for new and established energy and infrastructure companies. She has represented a wide variety of commercial and public institutions, sponsors, utilities, financial institutions, underwriters, energy and clean technology companies, private equity funds, investment banks and multilateral agencies in transactions throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Mona has had numerous professional highlights in recent times she was recognized as a leading lawyer by A Word about Wind Legal Power List, featured as a “Power Player” in Financier Worldwide’s 2021 Distinguished Advisors Project Finance & Infrastructure special, winner of Law360’s MVP 2020 award in the Project Finance category, 2020 Environment and Energy Leader 100, a leading lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America (2013–present), The Legal 500, IFLR1000, Rising Legal Stars, Law360 and a number of other publications.

Mona has written many articles for external journals and has had numerous speaking engagements. She is a regular contributor and commentator for International Financial Times, CNN Radio, POLITICO, Bloomberg Energy, FOX News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio and USA Today, among others.

Mona is an advisor to the Biden Administration and the US Department of Energy and is a Board Member for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), ABANA - the preeminent US organization for finance professionals and institutions with interest in the Middle East and North Africa, the Energy Lawyers Network, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago

Zarmeen Pavri

Non-Executive Director

Zarmeen has over 25 years' experience within the financial services sector, specifically in funds management, impact investing, ESG and international development areas. She has a wide range of experience both locally and overseas and has a multidimensional background across strategy development, investment, risk and compliance governance, product development and commercialisation and organisational transformation. She has significant hands-on experience and an accomplished track record in growing, transforming and scaling up investment businesses and has been committed to mobilising capital to solve environment and social challenges. She is particularly strong and apt in understanding businesses, driving transformational change that ensures alignment of corporate strategy with its social license to operate, enabling long term value creation for all stakeholders.

Zarmeen has held senior leadership roles within AECOM International Development, Pengana Capital, MIR Investment Management, JP Morgan Chase and BT Portfolio Services and ran her own impact advisory consulting business, advising some of Australia’s leading investment firms on integrating impact and investments. 

Currently, Zarmeen is a Non-Executive Director of UEthical Investment Management, Chair of the Apostle Ethical Balanced Fund Advisory board, Advisory Board member Bio Capital Life Sciences Fund (Life Sciences)and sits on various advisory committee panels. She is a Partner at SDGx - a technology venture capital and advisory group, focused on solutions that address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and represents the Oceania Region for The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). She is a qualified Australian Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce(sub major Law) degree from University of Western Sydney.

Richard Petty

Non-Executive Director

Richard has been an adviser on significant projects and investments in Asia. He has served on the faculty of several business schools and remains active in academia as an academic board chair and visiting professor.

Richard is a former member of the B20 and served on the B20 Finance and Infrastructure taskforce, a former Board Member of International Federation of Accountants, a former Chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong & Macau and former Chairman of CPA Australia. He has been author or co-author of many academic and professional works and has been awarded as a researcher, an editor of academic works, and as an educator. He has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Richard is senior adviser to several investment firms and has served on the boards of other companies, both publicly listed and privately held. he holds several degrees including a PhD and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mugunthan Siva

Non-Executive Director

Mugunthan possesses an impeccable career spanning three decades in the finance industry both locally and overseas specialising in funds management.

Currently Mugunthan is the Managing Director and co-founder of India Avenue, which is a business focused on providing advice and delivering client focused investment solutions to investors seeking to access India's strongly growing capital markets. The business is focused on Australian and NZ based investors within Institutional, Family Office/High Net Worth, Financial Planners and Retail segments. His role as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer involves responsibility for the investment process and performance whilst overseeing all aspects of investment strategy and portfolio management. He also has the responsibility of raising assets for the firm and leads the sales/marketing initiative for the business to build its brand and increase awareness of Australian and New Zealand investors towards the virtues of investing in India’s fast growing economy.

Mugunthan has held senior roles spanning multi-asset portfolio management, tactical asset allocation, investment manager selection, sell-side equity research and buy-side portfolio management. He has extensive knowledge of International Equities, Emerging Markets and Alternative Assets.

Most recently, Mugunthan was Head of Portfolio Management for ANZ Wealth, where he was responsible for investment strategy and portfolio construction. Prior to that he held the role of Investment Strategist at ING Investment Management Australia and was Chief Investment Officer for ING Investment Management India. Mr Siva has also worked for Westpac, Macquarie Bank, ING Bank and Retire Invest.

Peter Tsegas

Non-Executive Director

Peter has over 15 years of experience in Tanzania (10 years as a resident). He has worked to engage both the private and government sectors on a number of projects. Peter was founder and Managing Director of Tancoal Energy Ltd. which he successfully took from an exploration company through to a JV with the Tanzanian government and then into production. A number of consulting roles to the Tanzanian government have been undertaken, including the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. He has also consulted to a number of mining companies including Rio Tinto.

Professor M. Stanley Whittingham

Non-Executive Director

Professor Whittingham has over four decades of experience in the Lithium-ion battery industry and is best known for being a key figure in the invention of the Lithium-ion battery technology which has earned him a Nobel Prize in Chemistry that was recently announced in October 2019.

During his illustrious career Professor Whittingham has headed large projects for the US Department of Energy, Exxon and Schlumberger.  He has 16 US patents and has been involved in writing over 240 pieces of scientific and engineering literature.

Currently, Professor Whittingham is a professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at Binghamton University which is part of the State University of New York. Professor Whittingham is also Director of the Northeast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES), which is an effort being led by Binghamton University, and includes as partners Rutgers University, Stony Brook University, Cambridge University, MIT, University of Michigan, University of California at Santa Barbara and University of California at San Diego. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2018.