Key Personnel

The key personnel of EER are:  

Gary Davis – Founder, Executive Chairman & CEO  

Gary-Davis3Gary has over 30 years experience focussing on the commercialisation of early stage companies throughout Australia, the US, the UK and the Asia Pacific region.

He has participated extensively in investment review committees for groups such as Souls Private Equity Limited, Kamisha Film Limited and Capital Finance Corporation Limited.

Gary has extensive experience in driving early stage companies to profitable exits for investors, having established extensive support relationships in the USA with VCs, Broker Dealers, Investment Bankers, Corporate Advisory and Legal organizations.              


Nicholas Union BA, MIPS – Founder, Executive Director, Chairman of Advisory Board

Nicholas UnionNicholas graduated with a B.A in Economics and Politics, and has over 30 years experience as a successful entrepreneur in media, entertainment, production and international trading.

He was awarded a Masters Degree in International Policy Studies by LaTrobe University, Melbourne in 2010. In recent years Nicholas has worked for Political Media (Australia) Ltd (a company founded by Gary Davis) as a consultant and advisor on policy and marketing strategy.

His role with Enhanced Energy Recovery Inc is to Chair the Advisory Board and advise the Management Board on policy and business development in the international context.              


Mike Loftus –  Director

Mike Loftus2Mike Loftus has been involved with start-ups for over 20 years. His senior leadership roles with young companies, has resulted in six of those ventures being acquired by Radius,, Texas Instruments, Microsoft, IONA and AT&T for a cumulative USD$380M.

Mike is CEO and Founder of The Glue USA, which advises early stage companies while also mentoring Australian companies through the ANZA Technology Network, helping create the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders through SAGE Global.

Mike has earned degrees in business and computer engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, completed the Executive MBA program at Stanford University and completed the Franklin Covey Leadership Program.    


Malcolm Beville –  Director

malcolm-bevilleMalcolm is a former Macquarie Group banker and co-founder of the SMILE Foundation (Supporting Medical Innovation for Life Enhancement); a charitable children’s medical foundation. Malcolm has held directorships of both private and public companies. He has experience in strategy and implementation from early stage through to full commercialisation for a number of venture capital projects ranging from funds management to biotech businesses. The Beville Group has recently focused on owning and managing shopping centres such as the Marrickville Metro, sold to AMP and the repositioning of the Darling Harbour Harbourside complex subsequently sold to Mirvac for some $250m. Malcolm holds a BCom (UNSW) and completed a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy.



Professor Ibrahim Banat, BSc, PhD, CBiol, FIBiol – Scientific Advisor

Prof. Ibrahim BanatProfessor Ibrahim Banat is a Professor of Microbial Biotechnology. He completed his PhD at the University of Essex (UK) in 1982, and has over 30 years’ experience in industrial microbiology and its biotechnical application in research, industrial and academic establishments in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Italy and the UK. At present, Professor Banat holds a Professorship Chair at the University of Ulster (UK).

He has participated in numerous research projects supported by academic, research and industrial establishments. In addition, he has published over 175 papers and review articles in peer reviewed international scientific journals worldwide.

His main areas of interest and expertise are microbial bio-surfactants’ production and biotechnological and industrial application, microbial enhanced oil recovery, bioremediation, fermentation and biofuel production.        


Associate Professor Steven L. Bryant BE, PhD Chemical Engineering - Scientific Advisor

steve bryantAt the University of Texas, Austin, Dr Bryant holds the J. H. Herring Centennial Professorship in Petroleum Engineering and the George H. Fancher Centennial Teaching Fellowship in Petroleum Engineering. He earned degrees in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt (B.E.) and from UT-Austin (Ph.D).

He worked in industry research centers at BP and at ENI for a decade before taking a research scientist position at Rice University, then joining UT-Austin in 2002. Dr Bryant’s research interests range from grain-scale models of geologic processes to the role of methane hydrates in the Earth’s carbon cycle.

He has published more than sixty papers and one textbook with applications in production engineering, reservoir engineering and formation evaluation. He served as Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2001-2.      


Richard Hobson, LLB, BA, MBA - Corporate Governance Advisor

Richard HobsonRichard is an experienced business adviser and director with over 30 years experience as a commonsense commercial lawyer. He founded Linchpin Legal Management Pty Ltd in 2006 as a legal business advisory service specialising in corporate governance, risk management and compliance as well as general commercial law. Richard has been Company Secretary and General Counsel for a top 100 ASX company, with operations in Australasia, North America, Asia and Europe.

He has had various management roles in other public companies and has been Chief Executive Officer of a medium-sized law firm where he undertook a wide-ranging change management program.

A person of professional standing, integrity and intellectual authority, Richard has considerable experience in a wide range of commercial law areas, including corporate governance, company law, trade practices, risk management, contract law, employee share plans, finance and securities. He is on the Committee of Australian Corporate Lawyers Association - Victorian branch (ACLA) and represents ACLA on the Department of Justice’s Civil Procedure Advisory Group. Richard is also a member of the Law Institute of Victoria (on the Trade Practices Committee) and a member of the Australian Legal Practice Management Association.  


Larry Jackson - International Development Advisor

Larry JacksonLarry has over 25 years’ experience in International Business having worked for a number Private and  Publicly Listed Multi-Nationals in Australia and Japan.

Having lived and held Senior Management Positions in Australia, Asia and North America and lead Global Trading Operations, Larry has extensive hands on operating experience in managing end to end Multi-National Business Units in complex markets.

He has completed Post Graduate Studies in Management at Melbourne Business School – University of Melbourne.  




Dr. Barry Ferrier B.A., B.Litt (Hons.),  Dip. Mus. (Comp.), Dip. I.T.   -  Media Consultant  

Barry FerrierBarry supervises the implementation of all marketing material, and he designed and manages the website for EER.

He was previously Assistant Professor of Multimedia at Bond University.

Barry is advising the board on IT integration and internet optimization strategies.