Speakers

Speakers Bios for all the Graphene+ conference speakers.

Omer Gozen - Bio

I find startups and make investments in new materials, renewables, packaging, sustainability, advance manufacturing and predictive data analytics globally in Silicon Valley. I also run startup accelerator programs to aid startups grow and Fortune 500 companies with their external corporate innovation strategy.

Global experience in business strategy, product management, product commercialization and technology development with an entrepreneur mindset.

MS and PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, MBA degree in Entrepreneurship and Global Business.

Prof Bronwyn Fox

Professor Bronwyn Fox is Director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, which is strategically positioned at the intersection of design, business, engineering and science.

Professor Fox is a recognised industry leader with over two decades’ experience in composites and advanced manufacturing. She is translating this industrial research expertise into the development of a new Industry 4.0 manufacturing capability, focusing on the challenging automation processes associated with the construction and curing of composite structures. She has delivered major research projects in collaboration with industry both nationally and internationally.

Professor Fox was a co-founder of the Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University – a $100 million research precinct development in Geelong focused on advanced materials and manufacturing. Professor Fox was the inaugural Research Director at Deakin’s Carbon Nexus facility, working with international teams to develop new approaches for carbon fibre production.

Prof Anita Kocsis - Bio

Prof Kocsis is Director of the Design Factory Melbourne (DFM), which operates as part of the wider Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) of 23 design factory innovation hubs in universities and research organisations in five continents across the world.

Her leadership experience over the last 10 years across academia and enterprise has been fundamental to the development of the DFM methodology and its successful application to scholarship and industry engagement in diverse partnerships. As one of the three core founders of the Design Factory Global Network (DFGN), Kocsis has led Design Factory Melbourne to become a global influencer in the network.

Through her role at DFM, Prof Kocsis has led trans-disciplinary, industry-engaged projects at Swinburne and with Australian and international partners. She currently leads a cohort applying human-centred design methods to explore how culture and mindset enable new research for products, services and systems.

International industry-led partnerships through DFM local and International teams include Stanford University (USA), Aalto University (Finland) and CERN (Geneva).

Selected industry partnerships include start-ups, SMEs, MNCs, research institution CSIRO and business and industry.

Prof Peter Middendorf

Peter Middendorf is Professor and Institute Director at the Institute of Aircraft Design at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and Geodetics in the University of Stuttgart. He has a PhD in Aerospace engineering from the University of Munich.

Middendorf’s current role sees him working across the specialist fields of lightweight design, aircraft structures, composite materials, textile technology, testing technologies, and composite simulation. Most of his professional career has been working in the fields of structural analysis and design, lightweight design, and the global implementation of structural and integration programs.

He is currently acting Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and Geodesy. As one of the founding members he is also Chairman of the Research Director’s Board of the Research Campus ARENA2036.

Dominik Rohrmus

Dr. Dominik Rohrmus has worked at Siemens in Germany, in different functions in the area of manufacturing and production development, since 2005. In 2009 he founded the company’s sustainable production engineering program and deployed a number of project company-wide with a focus on energy efficient production.

Since 2013 he has been the head of the Manufacturing Systems research group at Siemens Corporate Technology, responsible for shop-floor equipment development and standardisation of the future for Siemens factories worldwide.

Since 2016, Dr Rohrmus has been the managing director of Labs Network Industrie 4.0 e.V. (LNI4.0). LNI4.0 is a non-profit and pre-competitive German association established by a strong alliance of major companies, industry associations, policymakers and researchers. LNI4.0 is a legal arm of the German Plattform Industrie 4.0. The goal of LNI4.0 is to support the pioneering work of SMEs in the area of digitalisation.

Dr Rohrmus is initiating use cases and testbeds among SMEs and test-centres in the area of Industry 4.0, focusing on regional developments.

Chris Gilbey - Bio

Chris Gilbey has been a pioneering entrepreneur in Australian IP-based businesses for more than 40 years.

Gilbey co-founded Imagine Intelligent Materials with a group of materials scientists and engineers in 2014, with a vision of developing graphene-based coatings and compounds that would enable the manufacture of sensing, communicating materials. He is now the CEO and Executive Chairman of Imagine.

Imagine is developing Versatile Programmable Sensing Materials using graphene. Imagine’s first commercial product, imgne X3, was launched in 2017 in Australia and delivers inexpensive leak detection for tailings dams.

Prior to Imagine, he was Entrepreneur in Residence at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of Wollongong and Honorary Principal Fellow at the Sydney Business School. During that period he was instrumental in spinning out and raising capital for Aquahydrex, a water-splitting technology company.

Before that Gilbey was CEO of Lake Technology Limited which was acquired by Dolby Laboratories in 2004. He then became global consumer strategy advisor to Dolby, with a focus on building the company’s revenues within the consumer electronics industry.

Prof Linda Kristjanson - Bio

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO has been Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne since May 2011.
Kristjanson guides Swinburne’s vision to be a world-class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation to consolidate Swinburne as an internationally recognised university that delivers quality research and teaching excellence.

She is the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Development at Curtin University. She has an extensive research career in palliative care. She was the inaugural Chair of Palliative Care, funded by The Cancer Council of WA at Edith Cowan. She also served on the National Health and Medical Research Council
Kristjanson has held seats on a number of Cooperative Research Centre Boards. They include the CRC for Spatial Information and Australian Biosecurity CRC for Emerging Infectious Disease. She was a member of the Board of the International Centre for Radioastronomy Research. It aims to support the development of Australia’s radio astronomy capability.

In 2002 Kristjanson was named the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year. In 2007 she was awarded the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Balfour Mount Professorship in Palliative Medicine. In 2012 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Bethlehem Griffith Research Foundation. In 2017 Professor Kristjanson was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Elina Ollila - Bio

Elina Ollila is a seasoned User Experience (UX) design professional focusing particularly on games, entertainment, innovation. She runs her design agency UX-fit inc in Southern California and has worked for large customers such as Nokia, Microsoft, King.com (of Candy Crush fame), and Daybreak Games, and also smaller companies in the vibrant SoCal startup scene.

Elina is an active member in the UX community and is board member for UX Speakeasy, the San Diego chapter of IxDA (Interaction Design Association). She holds a number of patents and have created innovations on novel interaction mechanisms. Elina is also contributing regularly to publications and conferences in review and organizing committees. Some of the current and past publications include ACM Computers in Entertainment, ACM Mindtrek, SAGE Simulation and Games, and others. Follow her on Twitter @skuirrel.

Volkmar Doericht - Bio

Volkmar Doericht has been with Siemens since 1999 in various positions across technology and innovation. In 2009, under the title “Strategic Visioning – Future of Business”, he created and published an approach for the systematic development of future technological and economic developments. He is one of the leading experts for strategic vision and strategic foresight within Corporate Technology at Siemens AG.

In his role, he is responsible for building know-how on innovation strategy and coordinating internal, national and international projects. He regularly gives lectures at scientific and industrial conferences and is involved in many international programs and organisations. Since 2010, he has been driving the vision of ‘Green Cycles’ with Siemens business units and external partners.

Döricht supports the strategic orientation of Corporate Technology at Siemens AG in the area of the Internet of Things.

Prof David Officer - Bio

Professor David Officer is Professor of Organic Chemistry, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute Program at University of Wollongong (UoW), where he is also ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) Electromaterials Theme Leader and Leader for Organic Synthesis in The Materials Node, The Australian National Fabrication Facility.

After 15 years on the lecturing staff at Massey University, New Zealand, Officer became Professor in Chemistry in the Institute of Fundamental Sciences at Massey in 2001 and founding Director of the Nanomaterials Research Centre, a research centre set up to develop ‘intelligent materials’ using the tools of nanotechnology, building new materials from the bottom (molecular level) up.

Professor Officer joined ACES at UoW in 2007 continuing to develop new materials such as spiropyrans, porphyrins, polythiophenes, graphene and graphene/polymer composites. Until 2017, he led the Polymers for Solar Cells Program in the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers.

Officer has obtained more than A$25 million in research funding, published over 180 papers and 20 patents in the areas of porphyrin and conducting polymer chemistry, nanomaterials and solar cells.

Amanda Barnard - Bio

Dr Amanda Barnard is a Chief Research Scientist in Data61 at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). She received her Ph.D (Physics) in from RMIT in 2003, followed by a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory (USA), and the prestigious senior research position as Violette & Samuel Glasstone Fellow at the University of Oxford (UK) with an Extraordinary Research Fellowship at The Queen’s College.

She joined CSIRO as an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellow in 2009, and now leads research developing structure/property relationships using computational physics and chemistry, machine learning, deep learning and artificial intelligence.

Dr Barnard is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and currently the Chair of the Australian National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS). She sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Centre for Biomedical Data Visualisation (BioViS) at the Garvan Institute.

She has been recognised for leadership, including as a 2017 Woman of Achievement from the Black & White Foundation, as a Finalist for the 2015 Daily Life Women of the Year, and was named as one of the Top 10 Business Women in Australia by the Huffington post in 2015.

Mike Zammit - Bio

Dr Mike Zammit is a Patent Attorney and a Principal of Shelston IP. Zammit has an undergraduate degree in industrial chemistry, a PhD in polymer chemistry, and 15 years’ experience in Intellectual Property.

He specialises in all aspects of the patenting process, including IP audits; drafting, filing, and prosecution of patent applications here and abroad; and opposition proceedings. He also regularly advises his clients on patent validity and infringement issues.

He has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in diverse fields of technology, such as surface coatings, welding technology, building products, medical devices, mining methods, and laboratory instrumentation.

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