Management

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.

Rod Chittenden

Project Director – Nachu Graphite Project

Rod has 40 years of experience in the Minerals industry across Africa, Australia and South America, both in executive management roles and metallurgical project development roles from exploration to production.

Rod has largely resided in Africa for more than a decade and was CEO for Magnis when the Nachu Graphite Project was discovered, spearheading initial geological and metallurgical programs. Rod also played a key role in the commissioning of Paladin Energy’s (ASX:PDN) Langer Heinrich and Kayelekera projects. Prior to that Rod has worked for major miners including Newcrest (ASX:NCM) and Barrick Gold (NYSE:GOLD).

Rod is currently Non-Executive Director of ASX Listed Adavale Resources (ASX:ADD).

Julian Rockett

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary

Julian is an experienced lawyer and corporate adviser, having provided In-house Legal and Company Secretarial support to more than 20 ASX listed companies.

Dr Jawahar Nerkar

Director of Battery Technologies

Dr Nerkar has nearly 20 years of experience in Lithium-ion batteries, electrochemical energy storage devices and supercapacitors. He obtained his M.Sc. Tech degree from TuDelft, in The  Netherlands. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Newcastle, through a fellowship from The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. 

Dr Nerkar was one of the co-investigators of Australia's first pilot facility to produce commercial graded Lithium-ion battery cells established at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He has strong expertise in the development, scalable production and testing of next generation, high performance Lithium-ion battery materials including cells and battery packs. He has coordinated several commercially funded research projects directly by industries and indirectly under Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program (AUTOCRC, IMCRC) on advanced Lithium-ion battery chemistries with a focus on cell and pack designing, prototyping and testing.

Dr Nerkar is also currently serving as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry & Physics, at QUT.

Aran Nagendra

Corporate Development & Investor Relations Manager

Mr Nagendra has spent nearly 15 years in the funds management and financial services industry in Australia. His experience covers investment strategy and due-diligence, capital markets, portfolio management trading and investor relations.

Aran is also director and co-founder of India Avenue, an Australian domiciled funds management business providing investment solutions to Australian and New Zealand investors seeking to access India's financial markets. He previously worked at MLC Asset Management one of Australia's largest multi-asset funds and prior to this held roles in investment research at ING Investment Management and ANZ.

Aran is a CFA charterholder, a globally renowned qualification for expertise in advanced investment and financial analysis, accompanied with a strict emphasis in ethical practice. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Science majoring in Finance and Mathematics from the University of New South Wales, Australia.