We believe in the power of entrepreneurship
to transform individuals and communities,
to create economic opportunity,
and to address global challenges.
Through hackathons, online challenges, and a technology accelerator,
Unearthed creates opportunities for entrepreneurs
and helps improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the resources industry.
Board of Directors
Zane has over 10 years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry in a variety of international positions. As a startup founder, he built the next generation of data distribution services for all forms of resource data. In addition, he is an active member of the Australian technology startup community, including founding board member of StartupWA, past Lead GovHack Perth Organizer and co-organizer of the Ruby on Rails Oceania group.
As Wireline Account Manager at Schlumberger, Zane was responsible for all day to day account management for Conoco Phillips Indonesian electric line contract including activity and sales planning, solutions sales development, sales growth, relationship management, and competition analysis. In 2011, he stabilized the account and grew the account revenue by 87% year-on-year with an effective account strategy. Zane was Managing Director of DataResource, where he worked to make the discovery and acquisition of oil and gas data for the Australiasia region simple and easy with the largest industry database. As founder of Advance Oilfield Applications, Zane built next-generation tools that integrate oil and gas operational experiences into a knowledge platform for engineers. As lead organiser, Zane grew GovHack Perth (govhack.org) into the first successful GovHack event held in Perth with over 60 developer participants and 40+ government observers.
Justin is recognized as a leader in Perth’s growing tech startup ecosystem. He started technology company Synaptor in 2011 with a vision to use technology to keep people safe at work. The company has introduced new mobile and web tools for managing safety, and is currently working on a project to use big data to predict workplace accidents. Justin grew Morning Startup into the premier group for tech entrepreneurs in Perth, with more than 2000 members and growing. Justin is an accomplished speaker and mentor. He has presented for such organisations as DET CRC, AIMEX, IMARC and MINExpo. He mentors at Startup Weekend and Founder Institute. As a founding director of StartupWA, WA’s peak body for tech startups, Justin advocates on behalf of the growing sector with government and private stakeholders.
As a consultant to oil & gas companies in Russia and Australia, Justin has led communications, training, and technology projects to improve safety outcomes. Justin previously worked in the Silicon Valley, where he wrote documents on enterprise management software solutions.
Paul is CEO of Mine Vision Systems, one the fastest growing mining-related tech companies in the world today. He is non-executive Director of METS Ignited, an Australian Federal Government initiative into innovation in the mining sector. Paul was previously VP for Technology and Innovation for Gold Fields, one the largest global gold mining companies.
Paul has considerable experience in the mining sector including involvement in several large M&A due diligence projects ranging from $100M through to $2.1B USD where he was the lead on engineering and energy. Paul also has experience in leading large transaction contracts up to $800M. Paul also has experience in working with innovation consulting firms such as VCI and regularly peer reviews papers and submissions in relation to mining technology research and developments. This includes providing advice to Jolimont Capital, a resources-tech focused venture capital fund. Paul is an active supporter of Austmine and well known in the mining technology and innovation space where he is well regarded for his TED style talks at mining conferences such as IMARC and Austmine.
Mikey Kailis has over 6 years experience in a marketing, communications and management capacity since graduating with an undergraduate BArts at the University of Notre Dame and a postgraduate MCom from the University of WA and RMIT. Mikey previously coordinated the Asia Pacific tech startup program: OzAPP Awards and worked as a journalist for Seven News & GWN. Since joining Unearthed, Mikey has grown an international community of startups driving innovation in the global mining & resources sector. Mikey is also a fanatical Manchester United fan & avid traveler.
As industry lead, Chris is working closely with our industry partners in finding and defining relevant challenges within their businesses. Chris has over 10 years experience in the mining, energy and heavy machinery sector. Prior to his current position with Unearthed, he has lead the Australian mining division of construction and mining equipment manufacturer BAUER AG, where he previously worked as Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager. Chris grew up in Germany in a events organisation family business and has also worked as Business Development Manager in the Australian Construction Industry. As an avid free diver and kite surfer, there is a good chance you will find him somewhere in or on the ocean.
Eunice moved to Perth four years ago to pursue an Honours degree in Media and Communications at The University of WA, a period when she was also actively involved in college activities. Prior to her move from Singapore, Eunice worked as Public Relations Assistant at a PR agency and also had stints of work experience in organisations such as Citibank, Singapore Press Holdings, and Singapore Economic Development Board. Eunice is curious about future technologies and enjoys exploring the world.
Marketing & Communications, Brisbane
Hannah is an innovative, efficient and solutions driven marketing and communications specialist with nine years professional experience in the marketing and advertising industries and a conjoint bachelor degree in commerce (marketing) and arts (French). Hannah is committed to developing and implementing effective marketing strategies, fostering strong relationships along the way, with a refined attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and a tenacious, enthusiastic attitude.