Grant Anderson

Chief Executive Officer, ANCA Pty Ltd

Grant Anderson was appointed ANCA CEO in July 2010 after providing consulting services for strategic and business planning, and lean manufacturing management. During his time as CEO ANCA sales have doubled.  

Grant has over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing sector. This experience encompasses engineering at the level of executive, CEO and managing director for a number of public and private companies. Most of these companies have operated internationally.

An experienced non-executive Director and Chairman, both in Australia and internationally, Grant is a Director of ANCA Pty Ltd and a number of its subsidiaries, including Chairman of Techni Waterjet Pty Ltd.


Doron Ben-Meir

Executive Director of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, University of Melbourne and CEO, University of Melbourne Commercial Limited

Mr Ben-Meir has extensive experience in the venture capital industry and commercialisation more generally.In April 2010 Mr Ben-Meir was appointed by the Australian Federal Government as the inaugural CEO of Commercialisation Australia and, from July 2014, was further appointed as the Director of the Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme.  Since 2010, Mr Ben-Meir has led the establishment of a national portfolio of over 550 companies including 4 successful exits and several substantial capital raisings.

In June 2015 Mr Ben-Meir was appointed the inaugural Executive Director of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation at the University of Melbourne and CEO of University of Melbourne Commercial Limited, with overall responsibility for all research funding, external commercial engagements and the commercialisation of University generated intellectual property.

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Michelle Brown

President Australian Industry & Defence Network, Victoria

Michelle Brown studied Mechanical Engineering while working with Hawker de Havilland on the MD Explorer Helicopter fuselage. Once Hawker de Havilland became part of Boeing, she continued working through the Lean Manufacturing, Quality and Logistics departments on a number of projects, including F/A-18 E/F flaps, 777 Rudder and the 787 trailing edge assemblies. Michelle joined TXM Lean Solutions 6 years ago to bring Lean Manufacturing, business process improvement and problem solving skills to small and medium sized manufacturing companies in Melbourne and across Australia. After joining the AIDN-Victoria Executive Committee in 2010, she spent some time as Secretary before becoming President in February 2015.

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Paul Bruno

Pepperl + Fuchs

Paul Bruno has more than 25 years of experience in industry, spread across the food business to automation and manufacturing. Having briefly worked in Government and then large multinationals such as Campbell Soup and now Pepperl+Fuchs, he has broad knowledge and experience that stretches a number of different functions and departments from accounting, marketing, human resource and I.T. From the humble beginnings as an accountant to CPA, he has now assumed the role of General Manager of Pepperl+Fuchs in Australia which recently through acquisition, diversified it’s operations in Australia manufacturing Explosion Protection Equipment and providing customised solutions to the market. Paul has a refreshingly common sense approach to business with a firm belief that people are the single most important asset of any organization. Paul is married, with 2 teenage boys, and is a passionate football tragic, supporting his beloved Hawthorn Hawks.


Jennifer Conley

Executive Director – Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council

For more than 20 years Jennifer Conley has advised on strategic communications at the highest level of federal and state governments and to ASX 200 companies. Her career pathway includes several years in Los Angeles and Singapore. In Singapore, she was a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce where she led business input to the US-Singapore FTA. 

As Principal – Conley Communications 2008- 2011, she helped lay the groundwork for the Australian government’s business capabilities investment: Asialink Business.

More recently Jennifer has turned her attention to supporting industry-wide strategic initiatives for Australia’s future manufacturing leaders. Her talents are focussed on driving cutting-edge organisations to achieve even stronger competitive advantage in the global market place.

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Paul Curnow

Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Paul Curnow heads the Firm’s Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Industry Focus Group. Paul is ranked as one of Australia's foremost energy lawyers and globally as a market leader in climate change.

He specialises in renewable energy, power and environmental project development and mergers & acquisition transactions. Paul’s key focus is advising on all issues associated with the development and financing of renewable and clean energy projects and global carbon and emissions trading markets.

He has worked for over 12 years on Australian and cross‑border transactions. He has particular experience advising European companies on their renewable energy investments in Australia. 


Liliana D’Ambrosio MP

Minister for Industry and Minister for Energy and Resources

Lily D’Ambrosio is the Member for Mill Park. She is also the Minister for Industry and Minister for Energy and Resources. Lily grew up in Fawkner in what was then an outer northern suburb and knows first hand how challenging it can be for families to make ends meet and the role governments can play in helping families along the way. In 2002, Lily was elected to Parliament representing the Lower House seat of Mill Park. As of November 2014 with the election of the Andrews Labor Government, Lily has been appointed as Minister for Industry and Minister for Energy and Resources and is committed to ensuring we do all we can to support local manufacturers.


Dr. Eckhard Franz

Director External Economic Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi Germany)

Dr. Eckhard Franz was appointed Director-General “External Economic Policy” in 2014. From 2002 to 2014, he acted as Director-General “SME Policy”. He joined the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in 1991. 


Peter Freedman

Founder & Managing Director, RØDE Microphones

The 2014 Ernst & Young Industry Entrepreneur of the Year, Peter Freedman, is the founder and Managing Director of RØDE Microphones. As one of Australia’s most innovative manufacturers, RØDE exports 95% of all its products to more than 100 markets globally and has been consistently recognised with international product accolades such as the European Red Dot and Australian Good Design Awards.


Michael Freyny

Executive General Manager, Siemens Australia

Country Division Lead for Digital Factory / Process Industries and Drives – since moving to Australia in October 2014. Prior to coming to Australia, Michael was Head of Sales of the CE (Control Components and Systems Engineering) business unit of Siemens AG. He began his career in 1992 in Energy Distribution R&D after completing his studies at the Technical University of Berlin. He is a Master of Electrical Engineering. Over the past 23 years, Michael has held senior positions in Germany, USA and now in Australia.


William Hutchinson

Chairman, Thomas Global Systems

William Hutchinson is Chairman of Sydney, Australia based aerospace & defense technology group, Thomas Global Systems. Thomas Global Systems is a diversified supplier of display technology and electronic systems solutions for global aerospace, defense and commercial markets. 

Since joining Thomas Electronics in 1986, William has been instrumental in the transformation of Thomas Global Systems into an international leader in cockpit display systems, and a leading supplier of defense systems, simulation and technology support. With a 59 year history of product innovation and reliability, Thomas Global Systems’ customers include major defense forces and prime contractors, over 50 international airlines, MROs and electronics OEMs.

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Ron Koehler

Chief Executive Officer, Schenker Australia Pty Ltd

Ron moved to Sydney in 1985 as an Export Manager for Schenker Australia. In 1995, Ron became Branch Manager for Schenker NSW. He retained his position until 1998 and his achievements granted him a position on the Board of Management for Schenker Australia in 1999. In 2001, Ron was appointed as Managing Director of Schenker Australia and New Zealand. During 2006, Schenker’s shareholder DB (Deutsche Bahn - General Railways) acquired the Global Logistics provider Bax Global. Ron was then appointed as CEO of the new joint company under the name of Schenker Australia Pty Ltd. 

Schenker Australia is also a founding member of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and one of the Premium Partners of the Chamber. In 2004, Ron became a member of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. His active involvement and commitment lead to his success in 2007 of being appointed as Chairman of the German-Australian Chamber and he holds this role to date.


Tobias Marchand 

Chairman & Managing Director, Senior Bayer Representative, Bayer Australia and New Zealand

Tobias Marchand was appointed as the Senior Bayer Representative and Managing Director Bayer CropScience Pty Ltd in March, 2015.

He joined Bayer as part of its business management training program in 1982. From Monheim, Germany, he was posted to the Philippines where he held different positions including Deputy to the Division Head of Crop Protection and Country Head Crop Protection until he returned to Germany in 1994 to take charge of cereal herbicide global product management. 

In 2002, Tobias took on the Bayer AG role of Regional Coordination for Latin America and Mexico. He returned to CropScience in 2004 as Country Head of Germany and Austria in March 2005, until his move to Singapore in 2011 where he was Head Region Asia Pacific.


Scott Moffat 

Managing Director, Pilz Australia & New Zealand

Scott Moffat is the Managing director of both Pilz’s Subsidiaries in Australia & New Zealand.  A senior executive with over 20 years’ experience and extensive knowledge in the automation, safety, energy, mineral processing and petrochemical industries and possesses a unique blend of engineering background and corporate finance coupled with strong business acumen and customer focus.

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Christoph Petzoldt

Managing Director Australia / New Zealand, Simon-Kucher & Partners

With more than 15 years of management consulting experience Christoph is a leading expert in the areas of product portfolio optimisation, pricing and sales. He is heading Simon-Kucher’s Oceania practice since 2011, before that he was responsible for telecoms and media in South East Asia and Middle East.

Christoph has a board global experience with more than 80 consulting projects across various industries in over 16 countries. In addition he is an expert on Hidden Champions – a concept invented by Prof. Simon - the founder of
Simon-Kucher & Partners - and researched local Australian Hidden Champions since a few years.

Christoph studied business administration at the University of Kiel and at the School of Business and Commercial Law Gothenburg, Sweden. He majored in Innovation Management and Marketing.

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Professor Penny D Sackett

Strategic Advisor and Principal

Penny D Sackett is a physicist, astronomer and strategic advisor. A highly-cited researcher who has held academic positions on three continents, she led the rebuilding of ANU’s Mt Stromlo Observatory after the 2003 bush fires, re-establishing it as an international centre for research, training, and high-tech instrumentation.  While Chief Scientist for Australia, she provided independent advice to the government on science and innovation, and was a vocal champion of evidence-based decision making.  She is Deputy Chair of the statutory ACT Climate Change Council and holds an Adjunct Professorship at the ANU Climate Change Institute.


Andrew Stevens

Chair, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Center 

Andrew Stevens is a Non-executive Director and was formerly the Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand. 

Andrew was appointed as the Chair of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre in March this year and is also a Director of MYOB Group Limited, Thorn Group Australia Limited, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and CEDA. He is an Honorary Member of the Business Council of Australia and is also a member of the Advisory Executive of the UNSW School of Business.

Andrew is a member the Male Champions of Change, a group of CEOs and Company Directors working with the Sex Discrimination Commissioner to make gender equality a reality. He is also a member of the Chief of the Australian Defence Forces Gender Equality Advisory Board.

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Dr John D White

Chairman ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Australia 

John has been Executive Director of Ignite Energy Resources Limited (IER) (formerly Victoria Coal Resources) since 2006. IER has integrated leading-edge low-emissions technologies to convert surface-minable lignite into high-value energy (oil and coal) and biological-fertiliser products for domestic use and export. Until 2009, John was the Chairman of Global Renewables which pursues greenhouse gas reduction opportunities by providing solutions for waste recycling. John had extensive involvement with Woodside’s North West Shelf Offshore Gas and LNG Development from 1978 to 1984. John has been a director of a number of publicly listed Australian companies, was formerly chairman of the Federal Government’s Uranium Industry Council, was a member of the Federal Government’s Defence Procurement Board, was a member of the DefenceSA Advisory Board, co-reviewed the AWD Program, co-founded the Nuclear Fuel Leasing Group, and is chair of the Gippsland Resources Infrastructure Development (GRID) Group, the Direct Injection Carbon Engine Network (DICEnet) and the Birdon Group Advisory Board.


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Dr. Oliver Wolst

Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd

Dr. Oliver Wolst is leading Robert Bosch’s Automotive Electronics division in Australia with a portfolio ranging from power diodes manufacturing to product development of body computers and secure gateways for global automotive OEMs. He is holding a PhD in Physics from the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen (Germany) and pursued postdoctoral research on UV emitting laser diodes at XEROX’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) at Stanford, California. After joining Bosch in 2004 as a Management Trainee in Stuttgart he was driving research on electrochemically activated high temperature semiconductors for automotive exhaust gas sensing. In 2007 he took over the responsibility for engineering and manufacturing of laser based distance measurement tools within the business unit Power Tools. Mid 2010 he relocated to Singapore for heading the Corporate Research and advanced engineering activities of the Robert Bosch group in Asia Pacific. Dr. Wolst is a Feodor-Lynen-Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation.