CarbonScape Team

The Board

Tim Langley, Chairman

Chairman of CarbonScape, Timothy Langley is a human services professional and clean technology investor with considerable experience in senior management, strategic leadership and corporate governance in New Zealand and Australia.

Tim has a BTheol from Otago University. A founding director of the CarbonScape Group, Tim is responsible for the overall strategic direction of CarbonScape and focuses on working closely with the CEO Oliver Foster, clients, staff, investors and other key stakeholders.

Dr. Benjamin Pak-ping Chen, Director

Dr. Ben Chen, of Ignatius Capital in San Francisco, has made a distinguished career in the global biotech industry with two biotech start-ups, an IPO and acquisitions.

Ben was previously Managing Director, Merchant Banking at Burrill & Company, a global life sciences investment firm. He was a director of Burrill Malaysia Life Sciences Fund, which has made significant multi-million dollar investments in the New Zealand clean-tech industry. Ben was also a founding member of the Burrill China Group.

Dr. Suki Harding, Director

Suki has over 25 years of international business, technology investment, strategic leadership and R&D experience in New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan and Sri Lanka.

Her previous roles include: NZ Trade Commissioner Indonesia and Taiwan, Manager TechNZ and Director Commercialisation at the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology, General Manager Business Development & Commercialisation at Industrial Research Ltd and General Manager Business Development at e-commerce start-up SouthFresh Ltd.

Suki has a BSc Honours (First Class in Chemistry) from Massey University, a PhD in Chemistry from Victoria University of Wellington, and a MBA from Victoria University of Wellington. She also completed the Entrepreneurship Development Program at MIT in Boston.

Michael Ashburn

Mike Ashburn is an Asia-based clean technology investor and one of the co-founders of ClearWorld Energy, a leading developer of carbon reduction projects in China. He has experience in infrastructure project development, electric power technology, M&A in China, construction contracting, fund-raising and technology start-ups.

Now based in Singapore, Mike manages Clearworld’s investment portfolio, which includes Carbonscape and several other innovative companies. He also serves as a Director of Cenergi (SEA) Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian government-owned clean energy development company and works with National University of Singapore, School of Enterprise, on technology commercialization. He has a BSc (Hons) First Class in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester.

Oliver Foster, CEO and Director

Oliver has over 17 years of experience as a petroleum geologist, resources analyst and in corporate finance. Oliver’s oilfield experience was gained working as a petroleum geologist on various exploration and production rigs offshore Australia and Asia. Following this, he spent 10 years as an oil and gas analyst and Executive Director of a boutique Australian natural resources investment bank before moving into energy corporate finance.

Oliver has significant experience in analyzing, marketing and raising equity for various ASX listed energy companies, raising more than $1bn in new equity during his tenure as an analyst.

Oliver holds a BSc Geology (UWA) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment with the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA, now FINSIA).

Technical & Operations

Greg Connor, Head of Research & Development

Greg has over 14 years of RF, microwave and electrical engineering experience, and seven years chemical engineering experience.

Greg has been with CarbonScape Ltd since inception, working closely with co-founder Timothy Langley, science advisors, engineers, and members of the board to develop biomass conversion technology and a broad range of intellectual property.

Prior to joining CarbonScape Ltd in 2008, Greg was the RF & Microwave Heating Systems Technical Officer, Design Officer and Production Manager for 7 years at Keam Holdem Associates Ltd. of Auckland.

Dr. Jochem Roelvink, Electrical Engineer

Jochem is an electrical and electronic engineer with a BE and PhD from the University of Auckland.

From 2008 to 2011 he was a Design Engineer with Microwave NZ Ltd in Auckland, which specializes in industrial microwave/RF heating and sensing.

From 2011 to 2014, he was a Visiting Scientist (Research Electronics Engineer) with the Dielectrics Group, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Georgia, USA, where he worked on the development of microwave sensors for measuring quality attributes of agricultural products.

At CarbonScape Ltd, Jochem has been modelling new microwave continuous flow concepts to convert biomass into high-quality activated carbon and graphite.

Mireia Marques, Industrial Engineer

Mireia is an Industrial Engineer, majoring in Industrial Chemistry. She also has a M.Eng. in Engineering and Environmental Management.

She has more than six years of experience in industrial engineering, process management and operations improvement.

Since first joining CarbonScape in 2013, Mireia has researched and contributed to CarbonScape’s hydro-treatment technology development and intellectual property.

During the last two years, she took part in several European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Climate-KIC) Programs focused on creating new products, services and strategies to address Climate Change and work towards a Low Carbon Economy. She was also a Guest Research Fellow at University of Bologna studying the use of biochar in Agriculture.

Peter Colenbrander, Operations Controller

Peter is responsible for the mechanical operation and maintenance of the activated carbon and graphite pilot plant. Peter cleverly applies a wide range of problem solving and practical skills he has learned in various industries.

He trained as a horticulturalist and has many years of experience in the marine engineering industry, notably on vessels of 100ft or more and successfully owning and operating his own Water Taxi fleet in Picton, NZ.

Peter can be relied on for the creative thinking and resourcefulness under pressure that the bespoke CarbonScape Ltd technology requires while retaining responsibility for Health & Safety systems and compliance.

Advisors to CarbonScape

Dr Ian Miller

Chief Chemist & Technical Advisor

Lead Science Advisor to CarbonScape, Ian is the owner of Carina Chemical Laboratories Ltd and lead science advisor to CarbonScape Ltd. With a PhD in Chemistry, Ian had a senior role in the Chemistry division, DSIR up to 1986, when he left to set up Carina Chemicals. Ian has over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers and patent applications, many in the field of high temperature/high pressure biomass conversions.

Professor John Abrahamson

Technical Advisor

Professor John Abrahamson (retired) of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand has an ME in Chemistry and a PhD in Chemical Engineering and over 30 years’ experience in the development of advanced carbon materials, continuous process arc reactors and plasma sources. John is one of the founders and a principal of the innovative carbon fibre electrode start-up, ArcActive Limited.

Tony Hewitt

Investor and Engineering Advisor

Tony Hewitt is a Chemical Engineer with over 30 years of international experience in process/project engineering and project management in the energy industry. His relevant experience includes detailed design of processing facilities, commissioning process plants, plant management at both senior and operational levels and health & safety audits, reviews and reports. Tony lives locally in Marlborough and is a shareholder in the CarbonScape Group.

Gary Hook

Investor and Advisor

Gary began his 36-year corporate career graduating as an industrial chemist with NZ Steel. He quickly moved from technical roles in manufacturing to senior management roles spanning steel manufacturing, minerals mining and building and construction marketing. A career manager with BlueScope Steel (formerly BHP Steel and New Zealand Steel), he has experience in business leadership and governance in multinational settings given senior management roles in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Pacific Islands region. Gary retired from BlueScope Steel in 2013, accepted the CEO role for Metals NZ for 3 years and has taken up private consultancy.

Professor Chris Turney

Co-Founder and Advisor

Co-Founder, Inventor and Advisor to CarbonScape, Professor Chris Turney is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor of Earth Sciences and Climate Change at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. In 2009 Chris received the Geological Society of London’s Bigsby Medal for services to geology and in 2014, the Australian Academy of Science announced he was the recipient of the Frederick White Prize for research of intrinsic scientific merit for the understanding of natural phenomena. Chris is an international specialist in elemental carbon and was a founding director of the CarbonScape Group.

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