Our most important resource: our team of world-renowned experts in chemistry, engineering and geology. We’re from all over the globe, bound together with one goal in common: decarbonising the transition to electric vehicles. Meet the Vulcan Zero Carbon Lithium® team.
Founder of Vulcan Zero Carbon Lithium® Project. Lithium industry executive since 2014. Previously Executive Director of ASX-listed Exore Resources Ltd.
Three discoveries of JORC Lithium Resources on two continents including Lynas Find, now part of Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora Project in production (ASX:PLS).
Management & Executive experience in resources sector on four continents; bilingual; dual Swedish & Australian nationality.
PhD & BSc (Hons) in Exploration Geology & MBA in Renewable Energy.
Dr Horst Kreuter
Co-Founder & Executive Director – Geothermal Expert
CEO of Geothermal Group Germany GmbH and GeoThermal Engineering GmbH (GeoT). Co- Founder of Vulcan Zero Carbon Lithium® Project.
Successful geothermal project development & permitting in Germany and worldwide.
Widespread political, investor and industry network in Germany and Europe.
Based in Karlsruhe, local to the project area in the Upper Rhine Valley.
Chair – Investment Banking Expert
Executive Chair/CEO positions of two companies that grew from start-ups to the ASX 300. Extensive international investment banking experience.
Investment banking Director of HSBC with senior multi-regional roles in investment banking, legal and compliance functions.
Currently Chair of Resource and Energy Group and principal of Viaticus Capital.
Previously Non-Executive Director of Iluka Resources, Alexium International Group and Rowing Australia.
Non-Executive Director – Communications Expert
Founder of Impact Group International. A communications strategist, focused on amplifying the work of companies that have a positive social or environmental impact.
Experience in working across media markets and for high profile people, including one of Australia’s leading philanthropists, Andrew Forrest and Australia’s then Foreign Minister and former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.
Was personally behind the global launches of the Walk Free Global Slavery Index, which reached more than 1 billion people.
CFO / Company Secretary
Robert is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with over 20 years experience, predominately with ASX and AIM listed resource and oil and gas exploration and production companies.
He has extensive experience in financial and commercial management including experience in corporate governance, debt and capital raising, tax planning, risk management, treasury management, insurance, corporate acquisitions and divestment and farm in/farm out transactions.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Curtin University, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia and a Graduate Certificate of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia
World-Renowned Geological,Lithium and Chemical Engineering Expertise
Dr Katharina Gerber
Lithium Product Manager
Awarded her PhD on lithium chemistry magna cum laude (with great distinction) at the University of Bonn.
Most recently focussed on lithium extraction from geothermal brine at the California Energy Commission (CEC). Participates in “California Lithium Valley” initiative.
Prior to joining the CEC, she conducted research developing and characterizing new electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries.
Unique combination of expertise in lithium chemistry and lithium extraction from geothermal brine.
DR. THOMAS AICHER
Chemical Engineering Lead
Chemical engineering expert Dr. Thomas Aicher is part of Vulcan’s project development team in Karlsruhe, Germany. Dr. Aicher has 25 years’ experience in chemical process innovation and industrial scale-up across a range of industries.
Awarded a PhD and MSc in Chemical Engineering from the world-renowned Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Dr. Aicher was also a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Dr. Aicher was Head of Group at Fraunhofer Institute, one of the most prestigious organisations of applied sciences in Europe, and Process Engineer at Fortune 500 engineering company Fluor Inc.
DLE Technology Expert
Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy 2020
Co-founded Lilac Solutions, one of the world’s leading direct lithium extraction technology companies, which raised $20M from Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy Ventures.
Geothermal Plant Engineering Expert
Expert in geothermal and drilling technology, with more than 25 years of professional experience.
Thorsten is Technical Manager of the German Geothermal Association (Bundesverband Geothermie e.V.) and he is well connected in the German geothermal industry. Mr. Weimann has a diploma in Engineering (Technical University of Munich) and an MBA (Universities of Augsburg and Pittsburgh).
Vice President – Business Development
Vincent was previously Executive Director – Corporate Strategy at Infinity Lithium Corporation, where Vincent led the project to become the first to secure EU funding. Vincent was also appointed as a Lithium Expert by the European Commission.
He previously worked at IHS Markit where he led the lithium and battery materials research team covering the entire industry’s supply chain from raw materials to E-mobility. When he joined IHS Markit he first focused on chemical trading and led the EMEA Chlor-alkali team.
Earlier in his career, he worked for Talison Lithium located in Perth, Australia, tracking the lithium industry in China and Europe. He also worked for Roskill, an international metals and minerals research and consulting company.
Mr Ledoux-Pedailles is a regular speaker at various industry events across the world presenting at chemical, mining, and energy related conferences.
Mr. Ledoux-Pedailles holds a Business Masters in Risk Management and International Purchasing from ESDES Business School in France. He wrote his master’s thesis on the development and deployment of electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries. He has also studied at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Marshall University, US.