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MBD Energy Limited has drawn together an exceptionally strong team with a proven capacity to deliver across specialist fields of scientific research and development, engineering and project management and the leadership of major industrial companies and enterprises. The company has also invested in establishing a world-leading centre of excellence around its R&D facility and a rigorous Graduate Vocational Training Program.

Led by former BHP Chairman, Jerry Ellis, the MBD Board embodies a great deal of relevant leadership and industry expertise. The Board includes Robin Batterham, ex Chief Scientist of Australia, Graeme Wood, entrepreneur and philanthropist and a representative from Anglo American.

MBD's Research and Development teams based at James Cook University, are leaders in Australia, and are at the forefront internationally, in the production of algal biomass for large-scale production of algae-based commodities.


Managing Director

Andrew Lawson is a qualified Civil Engineer with strong experience in managing major projects and delivery across both the public and private sectors. He has a thorough understanding of project development, management and construction processes to deliver multi-million dollar projects.
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Chief Financial Officer

Alastair Beard is an accounting and finance professional with extensive experience in asset and property funds management.
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Communications Director

Peter Cassuben has a wealth of leading edge communications experience after 25 years of key roles in media, government and corporate and marketing communications.
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Chief Research and Development Officer

Dr Arnold Mangott is responsible for planning and directing the company’s Research and Development Program. The main focus of the R&D program is to create blue-prints and assist in the roll out of MBD’s commercialisation projects...
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Senior Project Manager - Nutrition

Roger has over 35 years of senior management and operational experience in the specialty chemical industry with global companies engaged in minerals processing, algae production and manufacturing.
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Operations Manager – Bioremediation (Asia)

Dan has 20 years’ experience in senior operations and project management positions across engineering, industrial ‘waste-to-biomass’ and major property development projects. Dan’s initial responsibilities at MBD included development from initial planning, design and construction through to successful operations of the following projects:
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