Dr. Darren Cundy
Dr. Cundy is currently the Director of Business Development & Technology Transfer at the University of Tasmania. A specialist in licensing, new business creation and the commercialisation of intellectual property generated from Universities and research institutes, he has a background in life sciences and early-stage venture capital. Darren has a PhD. in organical chemistry from Queensland University, a Masters Degree in Commercialsiation of Science and Technology (Adelaide Univeristy).
Mr Shahridan Faiez
Dr. Shahridan Faiez is the Managing Director for Ever Nexus and also President and CEO of Lobster Aqua Technologies, the company responsible for developing and managing the Integrated Lobster Aquaculture Park (iLAP). Dr. Faiez has a PhD from Cambridge University in natural resources management. His passion is sustainable development, which he has applied in the international development arena as a senior technical specialist at the World Bank for 13 years, and as an entrepreneur in the aquaculture sector for the last 7 years. He returned to Malaysia on the request of the Malaysian Government and helped Khazanah Nasional start- up a shrimp aquaculture company, Blue Archipelago, which became the model for the NKEA in aquaculture. Subsequently he set-up Ever Nexus Sdn Bhd to focus on developing sustainable projects in the aquaculture, food security, and urban livability sectors. Dr Faiez has worked in more than 22 countries and sits as a director on the board of the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA).
Mr Rizal Faris
Rizal Faris is a Gen-X with strong credentials. He is passionate about economic development and has a strong track record on this count. He has extensive social capital and has strong relationships with the Malaysia Business NGO Networks, Malaysian national trade organisations. More importantly he is successful entrepreneur with Global business acumen.
Prof. Brigid Heywood
Prof Heywood in the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Tasmania, and has been involved in numerous early stage technology start-ups emerging from publicly funded research Institutes.
Mr Sharizal Shaarani
In addition to his role as Director: UTAS Nexus Aquascinces Sharizal is one of the founders and principals of Ever Nexus Sdn Bhd which has Focused on Sustainable Development Solutions.
With a strong passion for sustainability and how sustainable agriculture can transform the lives of people in rural areas, this former executive with Blue Archipelago Bhd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional) is actively involved in the government's Economic Transformation Program. He was the Lab Leader for the Agriculture NKEA that helped designed the economic transformation blueprint for Malaysia's agriculture sector to contribute towards Malaysia becoming a developed nation by 2020. He was instrumental in creating a RM1.6 billion government grant program for the nationwide promotion of the Aquaculture industry within the Agriculture NKEA