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Kourosh Tabandeh Founder and CEO
(Msc. Agricultural Economics)

Entrepreneur with an over 20 years experience in business development, sales and marketing of FMCG’s, telecommunication, agricultural technologies and products in The Middle East and Australia.

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Dr. Tara Hussieni Head of Process Engineering

Dr Tara Hosseini is a Research & development Process Engineer, with an extensive experience in the project management and supervision in both academia and industry. She is currently working at the University of Adelaide. She obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Monash University in 2016 and after that she has been working in academia mainly working on development of new methods for waste utilisation and valorisation. She has been involved in many projects related to conversion of bio-based wastes into clean bio-energies. She is expert in process design, simulation, optimisation and techno-economic analysis with experience of developing new technologies from development of the raw idea to commercialisation. She has received several grants as a leader and chief investigator from Future Fuels CRC and also from industries.

Prior to joining The University of Adelaide, she worked as a research fellow on a couple of industry-linked projects at Monash University. She developed a patented process to produce high-purity magnesium oxide/metal from Victorian brown coal fly ash. The demonstration plant is under construction in Latrobe Valley with an initial capacity of 3000 tonne per year of magnesium metal. In addition to experience of working as a lecturer and researcher, she has worked in the industry as a process Engineer and project manager in the oil and gas industries. She has designed several chemical plants in the basic and detailed design phases as a process engineer and she has managed two projects in the detailed design phase. She has been recognized as a Professional Process Engineer by Engineers Australia and she is the Associate member of IChemE.


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Dr. Ehsan Abbaas Nejad Head of Automation

Dr. Ehsan Abbasnejad is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML) and a Principal Researcher at the Centre for Augmented Reasoning (CAR) at the University of Adelaide. He was awarded his PhD degree in 2017 in Computer Science from the Australian National University (ANU). He has extensive experience in deep learning for a range of applications of machine vision and language in agriculture, mining, defense, etc. He has been involved in multi-million dollar projects in agriculture, one of which was featured at BBC in 2021. He has been a research scientist and founding member of DeepSightX who won the second prize in the global mineral discovery challenge in 2019. His past experience in industry includes Microsoft, Xerox and NEC Labs America.

Dr. Hooman Nikmehr, Head of Engineering

In my previous job, between September 2018 and July 2020, I worked as a Senior Research Fellow with the School of Computer Science on a DSTG funded project, exploring possible solutions to automatically translate the legacy C/C++ code of selected image/video processing applications into SWaP-C optimised code for offloading onto reconfigurable computing platforms such as the FPGA, via the ‘High-Level Synthesis’ toolchains.

In addition to academia, I worked as a shift ‘Electronic Engineer’ at ‘Esfahan Petrochemical Complex’ between 1993 and 1994. I would manage a maintenance group consists of one senior and two junior technicians working under my supervision responsible for keeping all electronic and electromechanical instruments, within two out of 18 units of the complex, up and running. As part of my job, I would identify, prioritise and manage daily projects/tasks, monitor their progress and develop strategies to ensure that they are accomplished by their deadlines. This also included generating and updating the inventory of instruments and materials used and/or associated with each task. I would report to the Maintenance Supervisor during night/evening shifts and to the Head of Maintenance Department on the day shifts.

In 1991, I had an opportunity to work at one of the pioneer ICT manufacturing firms in Iran, ‘Team International Company’. I was first hired as a ‘Circuit Board Designer’ but later promoted to the ‘Production Line Supervisor’. In my new position, I would run regular meetings with the circuit board assemblers and tester where I would address a variety of issues identified during the production process. I would either help them to figure out the solution or report the complex problems (orally or in written) to the ‘Production Line Manager’ to be resolved on-site.