About AGIA

AGIA was formed in 2017 with the twin objectives of:

  • Acting as a catalyst for graphene-positive industry initiatives and investments including the establishment of a distributed centre-of-excellence for the commercialisation of graphene and graphene-related products.
  • Linking key government, academic and investment interests for the express purpose of increasing the volume and value of graphene-related innovation and commerce.

AGIA seeks to make the case to government, industry and academia for investment in a globally relevant centre for the commercialisation of graphene-enhanced or enabled products. 

Achieving this will position Australia as a relevant participant in Industry 4.0, providing a stronger foundation for a vibrant advanced manufacturing industry while facilitating the connections necessary for the domestic industry to create and commercialise graphene-enhanced or enabled products.

The AGIA Board

Simon Savage

Executive Director and Interim CEO, Ionic Industries

Simon has been a senior executive at Ionic Industries over a number of years, supporting the company’s strategic planning and partnership initiatives. 

Simon has deep experience in business and project management, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement enabled Ionic Industries to become a leading technology company commercialising newly discovered graphene enabled technologies in water treatment andenergy storage applications.

Chris Gilbey

Executive Chairman, Imagine Intelligent Materials Ltd

Chris is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Imagine Intelligent Materials Ltd, a company that has developed large scale surface sensing using graphene. Until recently he was also a non-Executive Director of Ionic Industries Limited, a developer of graphene membranes and supercapacitors

Chris chairs the management committee of Swinburne University’s Graphene Certification Labs and contributes to a Standards Australia technical committee on graphene. and was Entrepreneur in Residence at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electro-materials Science.

Professor Bronwyn Fox

Director, Swinburne University Manufacturing Futures Research Institute

Bronwyn is the founding Director of Swinburne University’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute where her mission is to support transition of Australia’s industries into Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution.

Bronwyn is an internationally recognised expert on carbon fibre and composite materials. She was the co-founder of the Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University.
She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Stephen Wee

Founder and Managing Director, GrapheneX

Stephen is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for developing and commercialising technologies in support of a more energy efficient and low emission future – particularly in areas where high-value carbon and renewable energy intersect.

He has been strongly involved in supporting research into the creation and commercialisation of innovative new technologies with environmental applications at their core.

Josie Reynolds

Strategy and business consultant

A 21-year career with leading consulting firm, Accenture, culminated in Josie heading up business operations for the organisation’s Asia Pacific communications, media and technology group.

Now at management consultancy Third Horizon, Josie combines extensive commercial acumen with expertise in leadership, critical thinking, decision making and problem solving to drive strategy development and implementation. She specialises in risk identification, performance improvement and the delivery of sustainable business solutions

David Wilson

Director and Acting Chief Operating Officer, Sumitomo Australia

As a senior executive of one of the world’s leading industrial companies, David has deep experience in both the supply chain and sales sectors of the automotive industry. At various times during his career, he has managed the sales and marketing, logistics, production and investment arms of Sumitomo Australia. He brings an international, large-scale industrial perspective to the AGIA Board.

David is a recognised expert in Japanese Australian business relations, merging local knowledge and skill to complement the acumen of Sumitomo management to create new opportunities.

Craig Nicol

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Graphene Manufacturing Group Pty
Ltd (GMG)

After working with Shell International for over 20 years, Craig founded GMG to create the world’s finest graphene using a proprietary extraction process he had developed over a number of years of research. GMG now works with advanced manufactures to take advantage of the unique strength, hardness and conductivity of graphene to deliver paradigm shifts in product performance.

Craig has an Honours Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and a Business Marketing Degree from the Queensland University of Technology..

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