THE BLUGLASS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MR. JAMES WALKER
Non Executive Chair
B-Comm, FCA, GAICD
James is an experienced leader in commercialising technology in new markets, with roles as a Non-Executive Director and various executive roles of ASX-listed and UK AIM-listed companies; as well as executive roles in other high growth companies.
He is currently Non-executive Chair of BluGlass (ASX: BLG) and Native Mineral Resources (ASX: NMR) as well as Non-executive Director of Digital Wine Ventures (ASX: DW8).
James has over 25 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant and company secretary of various high growth private companies. James successfully completed the ASX-IPO of thedocyard (ASX: TDY) and DroneShield (ASX:DRO) and before that was the CFO of Seeing Machines Ltd (AIM: SEE), an AIM-listed company that utilises advanced algorithms for detection of driver fatigue and distraction.
James thrives on commercialising technology and building new global markets, with extensive experience across a wide range of international high growth businesses, including data-driven customer experience, sensor systems, mining technology services, automotive, aviation, biotechnology, hotel telemarketing, drone detection and security sectors. Through his roles Mr. Walker has completed M&A transactions, IPO listings, follow-on share placements and other capital raisings for private companies as well as ASX and UK AIM listed companies.
MR. GILES BOURNE
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
B.A. (Hons), MBA, FAICD
Giles is a senior executive with over 20 years of international business development experience gained in the clean-tech, technology and manufacturing sectors. He is a specialist in developing offshore business opportunities, securing inward expansion investment, setting up domestic and international partnerships, JV's and licensing deals for Australian corporations.
Giles' focus at BluGlass is to provide leadership as well as developing sales and marketing structures to support the commercialisation of BluGlass' LED and solar technology.
During his time at BluGlass, Giles has lead the team to secure a strategic partnership with global semiconductor equipment company SPTS Technologies, secured more than $25M in Government and Private Investment and supported the technology team to its proof of concept milestone.
In 2014 Giles was invited to be part of the Judging Panel of the prestigious Australian Technologies Competition (www.austechcomp.com), Australia's premier technology acceleration program and an initiative supported by the Australian Federal government. . Giles has been a member of the panel for the past three years.
MR. VIVEK RAO
Non Executive Director
Vivek Rao is a semiconductor capital equipment specialist with more than 21 years experience in the global industry.
Vivek has held a number of technology leadership and mangerial roles in the industry in the UK and Silicon Valley, and is presently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of SPT Micro-technologies. He is also the Managing Director of international subsidiaries in Germany, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia for SPT Micro-technologies a division of Sumitomo Precision Products .
Prior to his current role, Vivek was the Vice President and General Manager of Thermal Products Division of SPTS Technologies and formerly the Vice President of Product Management – products included batch furnaces, APCVD and single wafer Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) system for Aviza Technology.
Vivek has published two technical papers and been awarded a patent in the area of device fabrication.
MR. STEPHE WILKS
Non Executive Director
Mr Wilks is a professional company Director, with a long record leading successful global technology companies in high growth and disruptive industries. He has headed several Australian and international technology companies as Regional Director (Asia & Japan) – Regulatory Affairs for BT Asia Pacific, Managing Director of XYZed Pty Ltd (an Optus company), Chief Operating Officer of both Nextgen Networks and Personal Broadband Australia, and as Consulting Director of NM Rothschild & Sons.
Mr Wilks is Chair of Speedcast International Limited (ASX:SDA) and serves on the Board of Australia’s largest private IT services company, Interactive, as well as Salus Aviation – one of New Zealand’s leading aircraft maintenance and repair organisations.
Stephe’s extensive technology leadership, strategic finance, M&A and governance expertise are an important contribution to the development and implementation of the BluGlass commercialisation strategy.
Mr Wilks has Science and Law degrees from Macquarie University and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.
MR. JEAN-MICHEL PELAPRAT
Non Executive Director
Mr Pelaprat brings deep photonics industry expertise, with over 30 years’ experience establishing, commercialising and scaling laser and semiconductor businesses. As co-founder and Director of Nuburu - a US-based company recognised as a pioneer in blue GaN lasers for industrial, medical, display and 3D applications - Mr Pelaprat helped steer the business over the past six years from start-up to a recognised industry leader.
Before founding Nuburu, Mr Pelaprat held numerous leadership positions in high-growth photonics businesses, including President and CEO of Vytran, a fiber optics capital equipment company supplying optical communications, fiber lasers, medical devices, sensing and aerospace applications. He led the business to growth and profitability during the 2009-2010 recession and served on the Board of Vytran’s parent company, NKT Photonics.
Other senior roles include Chair and CEO of Novalux, Inc. a start-up developing red-green-blue (RGB) semiconductor laser sources for the projection display industry, and Director of Nuvonyx, a pioneer in infrared high-powered semiconductor lasers. He is also the founder of A2E, a consulting and advisory firm in Silicon Valley, assisting photonics, semiconductor and deep tech businesses with strategic restructures, merger and acquisition management, and revenue transformation.
Mr Pelaprat holds a degree in Physics from the University of Montpellier, France (USTL) and has undertaken Sales Management and Finance education at the Wharton School of Business and studied Strategic Marketing for the High-Tech Industry at Stanford University. He previously served as the Chair of the Corporate Associates committee for several years and a Director of the Optical Society of America.