Jeffrey is the co-founder and Managing Director of Clean Technology AustralAsia Pty Ltd. (Cleantech AustralAsia) He is also an Associate Consultant for Greenard Willing and Sustain Asia Australia providing specialist advice in the areas of sustainability, environment, strategy, commercialisation and climate change.
Jeff is an internationally recognised expert on the cleantech industry. Jef has built Cleantech AustralAsia to be recognised and acknowledged as one of the premier specialist consulting companies in the areas of cleantech, sustainability and climate change particularly as they relate to government economic development mandates and industry development and uptake of clean technology solutions. Jeff is a regular feature speaker at conferences around the world.
With his specialist knowledge and commercial acumen he helps clients to accelerate clean technology solutions into the commercial market and brings corporate businesses, industry, government and investment partners together for green projects, strategies and policies for growth. He provides specialist consulting services to corporations and governments at all levels on environmental and climate change policy, corporate strategy, sustainability, clean energy and finance that drive clean technology solutions into the market for sustainable development and economic growth.
He has 15 years professional experience as a successful business entrepreneur, establishing and building numerous profitable technology companies in Canada and Australia. He was the co-founder of the Cleantech Forum conferences in Australia (acquired by Terrapinn) and India. He was a founding Director of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors in Australia (acquired by Bloomberg). Jeff has also held executive positions in: Global Knowledge Ventures, Carmanah Technology and Research, 4-D Models Technology Inc, SheerKnowledge Inc and Cleantech Capital Partners.
Presently Jeff is engaged to lead the Queensland Government’s Green Industry Diversification Project with the Regional Economic Development Corporation in Mackay. He is preparing a strategy for implementing major projects that apply clean technologies in commercial scale projects with industry. The initiative is directed by a Committee with representatives from the coal, sugar, mining, tourism and property industries, as well as all levels of government.
Jeff is also engaged by the Australian Dairy Enterprise to prepare and implement a sustainable business model which serves to revolutionise the Australian dairy industry to be a global leader. He is working with Sidney University, CSIRO, DPI (VIC and NSW), EPA and major industry partners. The initiative includes the utilisation of a suite of clean technologies for robotic milking, renewable energy, water and waste treatment and fodder production. The project involves investment and a series of large property acquisitions.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Land Use Policy and Economic Geology of coal and oil from Deakin University, Melbourne and a Masters Degree in Business Management and Sustainability Performance Measurement and Reporting from Royal Roads University, Canada. Jeff’s work is of the very highest quality and he is covered under the Australian Financial Services Licence of Greenard Willing.
Michele has been the Commercialisation Manager with Cleantech AustralAsia for five years and has been integral to the success and growth of the company. In addition to a key role in helping to build the Cleantech Forum events into the premier forum on Cleantech in AustralAsia, she was the co-author of the “Victorian Cleantech Industry” report, including Australian Cleantech sector classification. Michele leads market research projects and business planning services for cleantech companies, including SWOT analysis, competitor analysis and risk assessment.
Michele is the founder of Eco-efficient Sustainable Strategies and Environmental Advisory services, established for over 6 years and has advised governments and businesses on international best practice and leading environmental management and corporate sustainable business strategies. She has also worked with Monash University in research and development of sustainable curriculum and climate change initiatives under the Department of Business Law and Taxation. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University, a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management from Monash University and Associates Degree in Business from Clark College, USA
Since 1994, Geoff has worked extensively within the financial services industry, both as a funds manager for AXA involved with the formation, structuring and distribution of various investment products, and as a corporate trustee, supervising $2.4 billion of retail investors funds, invested across domestic and international equity, fixed interest and property sectors.
For five years from 1999, Geoff’s focus was on corporate advisory work for Credit Suisse within the Asia Pacific region. He has spent considerable time working on property, infrastructure, and financial services projects throughout New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and China, undertaking a variety of M&A roles and providing clients with a number of debt and equity solutions for their projects.
Geoff is a Director of Greroc Advisory Partners which is a boutique private advisory firm established in 2006 with a specific focus on investment opportunities that arise from Australia and New Zealand’s vibrant and broad unlisted direct property funds management and associated clean technology sectors. Grenroc is a specialist adviser and manager in unlisted direct property investment funds and associated built environment clean technology. Grenroc advises on mergers, acquisitions, divestments and capital raisings for unique, scalable and competitive growth opportunities including businesses whose products and services have the potential of gaining niche or dominant market share.
Grenroc forms part of a specialist partnership of advisory firms providing coverage throughout the East Coast of Australia, New Zealand and Asia, all of whom work together with the one common interest of achieving success for their client’s projects.
David is an experienced CEO for an ASX listed company, non executive Director, and a successful Marketing and Communications Executive. David has held several director positions in early stage companies and managed and implemented successful commercialisation strategies. David has utilised his expertise and experience to assist companies plan their business to be successful and sustainable. With insight to what it takes to raise capital in difficult times, and across global markets, David advises companies on structure, quality management, and capital requirements for pre IPO readiness, IPO where appropriate and exits. He is a specialist in Change Management; Business Restructuring; Expansion & Growth capital raising.
David is a Partner and Managing Director of SustainAsia (Australia) Pty Ltd which is a joint venture with Sustain Asia (Hong Kong) that provides local expertise and advisory services to investors and companies from the Cleantech and Eco-efficiency sectors, as well as independent assessments of investments and market opportunities. SustainAsia provides professional, realistic and competent management advisers who can assist with broad business solutions for SME’s, owner managed businesses, and corporations involved in the cleantech and sustainable sector. As a joint venture with SustainAsia Hong Kong we have strategic and direct links to significant Asian investors; private equity funds and industry research. Sustain Asia provides companies a means of accelerating their growth in China and South East Asia.
Yes Bank Ltd: India
YES BANK, India’s new age private sector Bank, is an outcome of the professional entrepreneurship of its Founder, Rana Kapoor and his highly competent top management team, to establish a high quality, customer centric, service driven, private Indian Bank catering to the “Future Industries of India”. YES BANK is the only Greenfield license awarded by the RBI in the last 14 years, associated with the finest pedigree investors. YES BANK has fructified into a “full service” commercial Bank that has steadily built Corporate and Institutional Banking, Financial Markets, Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, Business and Transaction Banking, Retail and Wealth Management business lines across the country, and is well equipped to offer a range of products and services to corporate and retail customers.
YES BANK is the exclusive India partner to Clean Technology AustralAsia to provide investment banking services to Australian cleantech companies for Indian markets. Cleantech Capital Partners client’s will benefit from accelerating market entry strategies, joint ventures and capital raising in partnership with YES BANK.
YES BANK has a vision to champion ‘Responsible Banking’ in India where the concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability are embedded in the DNA of the organization and integrated in its Business Focus.
YES BANK is committed to adding long term value to society, to differentiate itself in the marketplace based on a strong 'sustainability mandate' and to build in flexibility and openness as part of its core strategy. The Bank has engaged with global thought leadership forums like the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI) and the AustralAsian Cleantech Forum. YES BANK has recently become the first Indian Bank to become a signatory with the United Nations Environment Programme (Financial Initiative).