Our Board

Dr Stephen Rodda, Chair

Stephen is Executive Director: Innovation and Commercial Partnerships at The University of Adelaide.

 

He has 16 years of experience in scientific research, research management, technology commercialisation, investment management and corporate governance. 

 

Stephen has a successful track record in Australia, the US and Europe for attracting funding, publications in peer reviewed journals and generating patentable innovations for commercialisation. He has been involved in technology commercialisation at every stage of the process including implementation of technology development and intellectual property (IP) strategies, capital raisings and executive management in early stage companies.

 

Paul Atkins, Director

Paul is CEO of ZEALANDIA, a world-first fenced urban eco-sanctuary in Wellington.  In addition to being a director of Ferronova Pty Ltd, he chairs the board of directors of Boutiq Science Ltd, a nanotechnology company; Mevo Ltd, New Zealand's first electric car share company; and the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, a national network of top New Zealand materials scientists.

 

Paul holds an MSc and has post-graduate qualifications in both business and marketing management.  He is a Chartered Physicist and member of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and, until late 2015, was inaugural Chair of the New Zealand Smart Grid Forum and Vice-chair of the IEA’s Demand-side Implementing Agreement.

Dr Viraj Perera, Director

Viraj is the CEO of UniSA Ventures – the wholly-owned technology transfer company of the University of South Australia (UniSA). He was previously the CEO of PlaTCOM Ventures – the national technology commercialisation platform of Malaysia, Government of Malaysia.

 

His expertise lies in technology transfer, innovation and commercialisation of early-stage technologies. He has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field by  working for elite organisations such as the University of Oxford and University of Warwick as well as organisations in the private sector.

 

Viraj holds a PhD in Molecular Biotechnology, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology. 

 

Bruce Tilbrook, Company Secretary

Bruce  is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of UniSA Ventures.

 

He has over 25 years experience in commercial management, finance and corporate governance areas including board experience, both in an executive and non-executive capacity, across a range of technology businesses.

 

Bruce is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and represents UniSA Ventures in its capacity as a shareholder in a number of its investee companies.  In his role at UniSA Ventures, Bruce has established 14 new spin-out companies, overseen investment in a further 12 early stage businesses and exited six investments.