The Directors

Fred Sundermann

Fred Sundermann has a lifelong interest in design and innovation. In his early career, Fred used his skills to develop new farm machinery including off-set discs, rake and harvester. Fred has been developing the water turbine for many years and believes it has the potential to provide a sustainable energy source for both remote and established communities.

Ulrich Hartig - Director

Dr. Ulrich Hartig has over 35 years of professional experience in Australia, France, Germany, South Korea, Brazil and Canada. He is a chemical engineer and was a senior manager of the BASF Group.

He successfully assisted a large number of companies with investment projects and exports during his time with the Australian Federal Government in his role as the Investment Commissioner Europe and Senior Trade Commissioner Paris. His international exposure has provided him with the practical experience in dealing with the bureaucracies in many countries, as well as the cultural context of achieving business deals.

Ulrich spends part of each year in Australia and in Europe providing advice to companies on business processes, corporate structure, policies and strategies as well as with the market introduction of new products and processes. He is fluent in English, French, German and Portuguese.

John Mitchell - Director

John has a strong business/governance background in local government, water, sewerage and resource management and community governance.

John is a self employed having operated his own Consulting business since 2008. Previously John has held the positions of Chief Executive Officer with large Regional Local Government Authorities ; Managing Director of a Regional Water Authority responsible for the provision of water, sewerage , and prescribed solid and liquid recovery services . John has also held the positions of Director, Chairman and Acting CEO of the Australian Sustainable Industry Research Centre (2002-2009)

In these roles John has had extensive experience in dealing with large industries (oil/gas/power generation and timber/paper sectors), small/medium enterprises, community groups, environmental and educational organisations and regulatory authorities.

John is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow , Local Government Professionals Inc.; He is currently a Director of two Boards , President of the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund , and Chairman of a Regional Executive Development Forum.