Our team of world-renowned experts in geology, chemistry and engineering is supported by a Board with decades of leadership and expertise in the lithium industry, geology, and investment banking.


Dr. Francis Wedin

PhD & BSc (Hons) Geology & Mineral exploration, MBA in renewable energy

Executive Chair

  • 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.
  • Management & Executive experience in resources sector on four continents; bilingual; dual Swedish & Australian nationality.
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Gavin Rezos

B.Juris, LLB, BA, Law, Economics, International Politics

Non-Executive Deputy Chair

  • 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.
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Cris Moreno

Managing Director & CEO

  • Mr Moreno has leveraged his expertise from the energy and chemicals industry with over 20 years of global
    experience in successfully delivering major, unique and challenging capital projects, including in the
    lithium chemicals, cathode and LNG sectors. In the LNG sector, Mr. Moreno held leadership roles with
    Santos, Woodside, and Shell, including working on the Browse, Gorgon and Prelude LNG projects, with
    experience mainly in the execution phase, financially responsible for budgets over USD 1 billion and
    leading teams of up to 1,000 personnel.
  • Prior to joining Vulcan, Mr. Moreno worked in the lithium chemicals and battery cathode sector
    in Europe, as Senior Director Programs for Northvolt –Cathode Active Material (CAM) Business Unit, and
    Vice President – Engineering and Development for Aurora Lithium, Northvolt’s lithium hydroxide refinery
    Joint Venture with Galp in Europe.
  • Mr. Moreno’s experience in driving downstream lithium chemicals projects and the synergies of Vulcan’s
    project to integrated upstream and downstream oil and gas projects makes him ideally suited to drive
    Vulcan forward during the Company’s next phase toward commercial production of carbon neutral
    lithium and renewable energy.
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Annie Liu

BEng Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Former Tesla Head of Battery and Energy Supply Chain.
  • Led and managed Tesla’s multi-billion-dollar strategic partnerships and sourcing portfolios that support Tesla’s Energy and Battery business units including Battery, Battery Raw Material, Energy Storage, Solar and Solar Glass, including raw materials sourcing efforts such as lithium for battery cells.
  • 20 years’ experience with Tesla and Microsoft.
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Dr. Heidi Grön

PhD Chemical Process Engineering, Dip. Chemical Engineering

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Dr. Grön is a chemical engineer by background with 20 years’ experience in the chemicals industry.
  • Since 2007, Dr. Grön has been a senior executive with Evonik, one of the largest specialty chemicals companies in the world, with a market capitalization of €14B and 32,000 employees.
  • At Evonik, Dr. Grön is currently responsible for:
    • Global product Safety including impact assessment and development of solutions for the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability;
    • Management of Evonik’s major investment volumes and production network.
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Josephine Bush

CTA, MA (Hons) Law CFA, ESG investing, Sustainable Finance Certification

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Member of the EY Power and Utilities Board.
  • Led and delivered the EY Global Renewables and Sustainable Business Plan and spearheaded a series of major Renewable Market Transactions.
  • Successfully advised on the first environmental yieldco London Stock Exchange listing, Greencoat UK Wind PLC.
  • Ms. Bush is a Chartered Tax Advisor, holds an MA Law degree from St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and brings a wealth of experience in ESG strategic advisory.

Ranya Alkadamani

BA Media, Communication, Media Studies, MA International Relations & Affairs, MA International Communications

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • 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.

Dr Günter Hilken

PhD in Organic Chemistry, Master’s Degree in Chemistry

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Dr Hilken is a Senior Advisor to Macquarie Asset Management and is a Director of Currenta.
  • President and Chairman of the Board of the German Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (VIK).
  • Previously CEO of Currenta for 9 years, held senior executive roles with Bayer in Germany, the US, Canada and Asia and was a Director of RWE Power AG.
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Mark Skelton

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Mechanical Engineering

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Nearly 30 years at BP in various Project Director and operational leadership roles,
  • Over six years at Fortescue as Project Director
  • Project Advisor to various industries and infrastructure projects including a major lithium hydroxide development in Western Australia.

Board Advisors

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Dr. Horst Kreuter

PhD Engineering Geology, MSc Applied Geology

Co-Founder & Board Advisor

  • Ex-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.

Julia Poliscanova

BA (Hons) Politics, French. MSc Energy

Special Advisor

  • Senior Director with the EU’s Transport and Environment.
  • Instrumental in shaping policies around EU vehicle CO2 standards & sustainable batteries.
  • On the steering committee for the Battery CO2 Passport program of the Global Battery Alliance.
  • Previously worked for the Mayor of London and in the European Parliament following EU legislation on renewables, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.