Australian CleanTech delivers its services through a network of employees and associates with specialist skills that are suited to meet the needs of the project. Some of these people are profiled below.
John O'Brien, Managing Director
|Joe Cho, Partner
Joe (Hyunbum) Cho is an experienced investment professional who has worked across venture capital, property, construction, resources and international investment markets in Australia and Korea.
Joe’s background in Korea included an investment analyst for a venture capital company and as a Property Development/ Marketing manager for a major property consulting firm where he conducted feasibility reports for more than $600 Million worth of residential and mixed use development projects.
Joe also worked for one of Korea’s largest construction/development companies, POSCO E&C (one of Subsidiaries of POSCO Group) where his roles were managing, contracting, negotiating and divesting of commercial properties.
Since moving to Australia in 2006, Joe has worked as an investment consultant for a leading property investment company and founded, APICO, an international investment and trade consulting company.
Joe’s recent work has included facilitating investments into Australian property, resources and renewable energy projects primarily from Korean investors. He also assisted Australian companies enter the Korean market and Korean companies enter the Australian market. Joe has also published a book in Korea on the Australian Property market.
He has a Master of Engineering degree from the Seoul National University of Technology in Korea. Also he is a Certified Investment Advisor for shares, bonds, futures and options in Korea and a Registered Land Agent/Auctioneer (SA) and Building Supervisor (SA) in Australia.
Mr Chris Chong, Associate
BE Hons (Adelaide), FIEAust
Mr Chris (Chow Pang) Chong has more than 40 years of experience in power generation and allied fields beginning with an early career with the National Electricity Board of Malaya, and subsequently in founding one of Malaysia’s leading power generation consulting firms.
In the 1980s, Mr Chong was one of the founders of Tenaga Ewbank Preece Malaysia, which was initially partly owned by the global engineering consultancy, Ewbank Preece. Mr Chong sold his stake in the company in 2001 and the company continues to be a significant player in the Malaysia and Asian energy market under the name KTA Tenaga sdn bhd.
In the early 1990's, Mr Chong was the pioneer of the IPP (Independent Power Producer) Government Policy in Malaysia. He convinced YTL Corporation on the IPP concept and was appointed as the Project Director of the IPP Project, responsible not only for the design and specifications of the Combined Cycle Power Project (CCPP) but also in the team negotiation with the Government and the Bankers and the other parties. Mr Chong then launched the US$1 billion, 1200MW CCPP project in 1993. Mr Chong is still retained by YTL as an advisor.
Based on a proven track record in project management, particularly in spearheading the adoption of new technologies, Chris is able to assemble diverse and highly specialised teams to undertake new initiatives. This is facilitated by an extensive network of international contacts in government, business and education and the ability to communicate effectively in several languages, particularly English and Mandarin.
Kate O'Brien, Business Manager
Kate is an experienced corporate lawyer who has been an integral part of the growth and evolution of Australian CleanTech. She ensures that the business functions run seamlessly and also provides input into the company’s strategy and overall direction. She also manages the accounting and legal operations of the business.
Previously, Kate worked for top law firms both in London and Adelaide and has provided case preparation advice to barristers for cases in courts in all jurisdictions. Her areas of specialty include:
• Corporate structuring
• Intellectual property
• Contract law
• Commercial litigation
Kate now applies this knowledge and experience to ensure that Australian CleanTech, its partners and its clients all build strong lasting relationships that create value for all involved.
Kate holds a law degree from the University of Oxford and is a registered legal practitioner with the Law Society of South Australia.
Katie Xiong, Associate
Katie (Qi) Xiong is a project manager with extensive international experience gained with one of China’s leading energy companies. She has strengths in understanding issues, creating solutions and then managing and delivering the project implementation.
Katie previously worked for China Southern Power Grid, which is ranked 227 in the Fortune Global 500. Her responsibilities included bidding for international power plant projects and included investigation and analysis of international electricity markets, construction and operations cost estimation, strategy development and implementation, public relations and document preparation.
Katie worked on more than 3,600 MW of power plant projects in countries such as Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Oman, Tanzania, Yemen and Macao. For these projects she managed contractors such as Alstom Power, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shanghai Electronic Power Generation Group and the Harbin Electronic Power Generation Group.
Katie is now leading Australian CleanTech’s engagement with clients in China. This work has included work with wind, solar and construction companies as well as assisting individual and corporate investors to assess cleantech opportunities in Australia.
She has Bachelor Degree in North China Electric Power University (Beijing) and Master of Accounting and Finance in the University of Adelaide.
|Sarah Tritsch, Associate
BEc, MCom, MBA, FFin
Sarah is a management consultant who provides strategic and practical business advice to innovative companies. She has a strong interest in China and Australia’s cleantech sectors, particularly energy efficiency and green building. Sarah has advised clean energy, resource and biotechnology companies on commercialisation, business growth and capital raising.
Sarah has a solid understanding of how government works and the way it interacts with the business sector. She has diverse government experience in NSW and federally. In NSW, Sarah was the state development team leader in the Cabinet Office and advised the Premier on state development issues and innovation-related industry strategy. She previously worked as a senior financial analyst in NSW Treasury responsible for government property, water and human services agencies including the Sydney Cove Authority, Sydney Water, Hunter Water and NSW Housing.
Prior to joining the NSW Government, Sarah worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where she was an economic analyst and organised high-level commercial projects. She worked in the Minister for Trade’s office and was posted as a diplomat in greater China and Indonesia where she provided economic advice, participated in international aviation negotiations, managed significant projects and represented Australian interests overseas.
Sarah holds postgraduate economic and financial degrees and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. She is also a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Sarah has advanced Mandarin language skills.
|Ian Jamieson, Associate
BA (Acc), CA, FFinsia
Ian is a Director of Spurling Jamieson Corporate Pty Ltd, with skills and experience in the areas of Transactions, Business Planning and Projects.
He has led teams for the acquisition or divestment of companies in the rail, water and renewable energy sectors. The acquisitions have involved the negotiation of complex project finance and joint venture arrangements.
Ian has assisted companies in strategy development and business planning which has included a significant element of change management to create sustainable competitive advantage.
He has also taken a leading role in a start up renewable energy project and his skills in project financing and structuring have been applied to favourably position a number of other projects for evaluation by investors and financiers.