Executive Team

PROFESSOR HEINRICH HORA

HEINRICH HORA, Dr.rer.nat., D.Sc., FAIP, FInstP(London), FRSN
Edward Teller Medal, Dirac Medal, Ernst Mach Medal


SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR

Scientific Director of HB11 Energy, Professor Emeritus in Theoretical Physics of the University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Heinrich Hora is a renowned physicist who has made contributions to solid state physics, optical properties of plasma with relativistic and quantum effects and nonlinear dynamics with applications of lasers for producing nuclear fusion energy. It was Heinrich who in the 1970s predicted that the HB11 approach would become viable when laser technology evolved to its current state. BIO

DR. WARREN MCKENZIE

WARREN MCKENZIE, Ph.D., CMatP, FRSN

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Managing Director of HB11 Energy, Warren McKenzie, PhD (Materials Science / Nanotechnology) is a science entrepreneur, materials scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales. He has held two post-doctorate research positions, at Trinity College in Dublin and at the University of NSW. Warren has considerable experience establishing large scientific collaborations and transforming them into companies. In addition to his role at HB11, he is Director and CEO of Advanced Alloy Holdings and former CEO of Indee Labs Australia. Warren has been acknowledged as a finalist for the prestigious 2020 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award conducted by Business News Australia. BIO

JAN KIRCHHOFF

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

Financial Director of HB11 Energy, Jan Kirchhoff has a background in investment banking and investment fund operations, with a broad knowledge of regulated and unregulated investment vehicles and fintech companies. With a deep understanding of global energy markets he is responsible for market strategy as well as all financial and legal aspects of HB11. BIO

DR. ADI PATTERSON

ADI PATTERSON, PH.D

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Non-Executive Director of HB11 Energy, Adi Patterson, PhD (Engineering) is Principal of Siyeva Consulting, who brings experience in energy policy, systems and technology, and innovation. He served as CEO of Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) from 2009-2020 where he developed Australia’s formal relationship with iTER. He was recognised as Professional Engineer of the Year (Sydney Division) in 2012 and is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia. BIO

ELLEN GORISSEN

GENERAL MANAGER COMMERCIAL

General Manager Commercial of HB11 Energy, Ellen Gorissen has an outstanding track record in strategy and business development, technology commercialisation and innovation spanning more than 20 years. Ellen was Head of Commercialisation at CSIRO and Investment Director at IP Group plc. BIO

EXECUTIVE SCIENTIFIC TEAM

PROF. DIMITRI BATANI

lead scientist

Currently works at The Intense Lasers and Applications Center (CELIA) at the University of Bordeaux where he’s conducting research in Plasma Physics, notably the study of Shock Ignition physics for inertial confinement fusion. BIO

SERGEY PIKUZ

LEAD SCIENTIST

Research specializing in experimental high energy density physics with high-power optical lasers, X-ray free electron lasers and X-ray plasma diagnostics. BIO

PROF. THOMAS A. MEHLHORN

LEAD TARGET DESIGN

Adjunct Professor at Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences Department, University of Michigan BIO