Harold brings to Ripper Corporation more than thirty years of experience as a respected independent strategic advisor in the Australian innovation space. He was a founding board member of ILAB (the Queensland State Government’s business incubator now owned by the University of Queensland), which has started over 500 companies and helped to raise hundreds of millions of dollars since 2001; and the $80 million Creative Industries Precinct at the Queensland University of Technology.
In recent years Harold was a board member of the Australia China Council (now the National Foundation for Australia China Relations), a government advisory body, and is a China specialist with commercial, cultural, and political networks inside China dating back to 1985. He is adept at providing independent, well-researched, market-ready advice to Australian businesses or not-for-profit organisations seeking to extend the reach of their products or services into a particular global market.
His expertise gives Ripper the ability to build on long-term relationships that enable partnership opportunities in the drone space and facilitate strong commercial outcomes in Australia, China and the rest of the world.