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. 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. He grew Morning Startup into the premier group for tech entrepreneurs in Perth, and mentors at Startup Weekend and Founder Institute. Justin is an accomplished speaker and presented for such organisations as DET CRC, AIMEX, IMARC and MINExpo. Justin’s first technology startup built mobile, web, and predictive tools for keeping people safe in operational workplaces.
Justin previously worked in the Silicon Valley, for both a large networking computing company and one of the first companies commercializing artificial intelligence.
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.
Industry Lead – Crowdsourcing
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.
Accelerator Program Director
Kathy is an experienced and practical business professional who has worked in the mining industry for over 13 years. Before joining Unearthed, she was General Manager People, Innovation & Information at Iluka Resources, an international mineral sands mining company. While at Iluka, Kathy was involved with developing a culture and practices to build capability and capacity, drive safe and proactive production, diversity and innovation to ultimately deliver Iluka’s strategy.
Kathy’s role included ways to find ways for people and technology to improve, grow and transform Iluka, the mineral sands industry and the resource sector. She is passionate about developing people to achieve their full potential. As the Unearthed Accelerator Program Director, Kathy will take this experience and share it with the start-up community to guide sustainable and hopefully even some disruptive change not even imagined. Kathy is also a passionate supporter of creating opportunities for young people, and has brought a youth coding hackathon – We Connect The Dots (WCTD) to Australia. The WCTD program supports digital literacy and enterprising skills amongst high school students and drives the importance of science, technology, engineering, arts and math to match the demands of industry.
Industry Lead – Crowdsourcing
Holly has over 9 years of experience in the resources sector, as both a geologist and technical manager. She now assists our industry partners to leverage the power of the crowd through international competitions.