Dr Hadi Zulfiqar BEng(Hons), MBA
Dr Hadi Zulfiqar BEng(Hons), MBABusiness Development Manager
Hadi joined Newcastle Innovation in 2011 with a primary focus on the engineering, energy and resources areas of the University.

Prior to Newcastle Innovation, Hadi has held operational roles in industrial process plants and project consulting roles in a multinational engineering consulting firm.

He was involved in a number of engineering projects including a waste water treatment plant upgrade and commissioning, solar hydrogen plant design and post-combustion carbon capture pilot plant.

He enjoys working with researchers to identify IP opportunities and foster relationships with research institutes and potential commercial partners.

Hadi holds a PhD (Chemical Engineering) in co-firing of coal and biomass for power generation. He is also a volunteer at the Engineers Without Borders.

Renee Butcher
Renee ButcherPersonal Assistant
Renee has been in support roles with Newcastle Innovation since 2001, making the transition from Reception/Administration Assistant, to Executive Secretary and now Personal Assistant.

Renee provides executive support to the Director and Business Development team in addition to responsibilities for the management of the University of Newcastle’s IP database and contract management.

She is a key liaison with UON researchers and research offices, linking external enquiries with the relevant unit and plays a key role in coordinating NI events.

Ian Dick BE, MIEAust, CPEng
Ian Dick BE, MIEAust, CPEngDefence Business Development
Ian provides business development and project management for the support of the University of Newcastle Defence and Security Research & Innovation Hub and supporting other tasks required by Newcastle Innovation.

With his recent work over the last five years, as the Hunter Defence Project Director and recently including the Advanced Manufacturing role with HunterNet Cooperative supporting, promoting and advising SMEs, University, TAFE and stakeholders in the Hunter Central Coast region, he has excellent knowledge and experience with all levels of Defence, industry, government and tertiary organisations in a regional, national and global market.

He has many years of experience in Defence and Industry, and the work included:
• Managing Director with ID & Associates involved with Defence and industry,
• Contract Consultant for Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO),
• Logistics Manager for G.H. Varley, for the Joint Strike Fighter Project,
• Defence Project Officer with the Hunter Business Chamber,
• Manager with TUNRA (The University of Newcastle Research Associates Limited now Newcastle Innovations) Industrial Electronics contracting to Defence Primes, Defence, global telecommunication organisations and industry for projects and development,
• Workshop Manager at Ampcontrol, and
• Electronics Engineer in the RAAF for over 20 years involved with many different aircraft, systems, logistics and processes.

Gregory Ryan BEng (Chemical), LLB
Gregory Ryan BEng (Chemical), LLBBusiness Development
Greg is a Process Engineer with extensive experience in the coal and minerals processing industries, and a particular interest in the environmental, contractual and research-related areas of extractive and process industries.

Noted for his strong analytical and communication skills, Greg has detailed, first-hand knowledge of engineering and construction project schedules and organisational structures, and experience working with small and large clients within Australia, China, Indonesia, India and South Africa.

Further strengths lay in his understanding of regulatory assessment, with knowledge of legislative interpretation and application and the ability to assess regulatory compliance in a range of applications.

He is a peer-reviewed author and co-author on several publications and has co-edited a handbook for the Australian Coal Preparation Society.
Greg has also recently completed a Bachelor of Laws, focusing on Environmental Law, Intellectual Property and Contracts and has begun a Masters of Business Administration at UON.