Dr Shalini Divya - Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Shalini is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of TasmanIon. She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2020, from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her Ph.D. was based on non-aqueous aluminium-ion batteries. Her discoveries in novel cathode materials for aluminium ion batteries are a core part of TasmanIon's intellectual property. Dr Divya completed her BSc in Chemistry with Honors from Delhi University, and her MSc in Chemistry from Birla Institute of Technology, India. 
 
Prof Thomas Nann - Co-Founder & Chief Scientist
Thomas is one of the founders and Chief Scientist of TasmanIon. Thomas is passionate about transforming the world into a circular, sustainable global economy. He believes that energy storage is the key to achieving this goal. Thomas leads the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia, and the Nanomaterials Research Group at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER). He has many years of experience in the areas of electrochemistry and nanomaterials research, documented by a significant number of scientific publications, patents and successful industrial collaborations.
 
Wellington Univentures - Commercialisation Advisor

 

Wellington UniVentures is the technology transfer arm of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and co-founder of TasmanIon.

 

With significant expertise in technology commercialisation, Wellington UniVentures has been incubating the aluminium ion technology since 2018 while the core technology team completed their academic commitments. Wellington UniVentures has provided TasmanIon with a wide range of incubation support including IP strategy development and protection, contract and commercial management, team identification and sourcing (including identifying independent directors with energy storage experience), marketing and branding support, and access to grant funding to support technology development.

 

Wellington UniVentures will continue to work closely with TasmanIon to facilitate the transfer of relevant IP assets and work with the core team during the early stages of technology development and provide governance support.

 
Hamish Findlay - Commercialisation Advisor

Hamish Findlay, General Manager Commercialisation at Wellington UniVentures has an extensive background in governance and commercialisation. This diverse experience makes him a valuable addition to the TasmanIon board.

 

Hamish has held a variety of governance roles in various not-for-profit and deep tech start-ups, including Avalia Immunotherapies, Ferronova,  X-Frame, and STRmix. Having completed the week-long Company Directors Course from the Institute of Directors New Zealand, as well as extensive practical know-how, he is well-positioned to add value to a variety of governance issues, including capital raising, audit and risk issues, and reputation management.

 

Previous key roles at Otago Innovation, the KiwiNet Investment Committee, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) means he is well connected in the science and innovation ecosystem within New Zealand.

 

As an active angel investor and having worked closely with numerous deep-tech start-ups in his various commercialisation roles, Hamish has a unique understanding of the start-up landscape both in New Zealand and offshore, positioning him well to support growth from a governance perspective.