Board of Directors

Dr Graeme Barnett, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Graeme is a co-founder of Qponics who brings more than 30 years’ experience in positions of leadership in biomedical and biotechnology business including strategic planning, partnership management, overseeing financial and quality management, and researching, developing, and bringing new health-related products to market.


Prior to founding Qponics Limited he served more than five years as Vice President for R&D and New Technologies with Panbio Limited, a multinational diagnostic biotechnology company that completed a successful IPO during his tenure, and five years as CEO, Managing Director, and co-founder of BioChip Innovations Pty Ltd, a private unlisted molecular diagnostics biotechnology company that developed and patented a novel PCR test platform. His experience also includes medical microbiology and virology, intellectual property management, business development and marketing planning in the biomedical and biotechnology sectors. Graeme is therefore competent in overseeing all scientific and business aspects of Qponics’ operations.


Graeme holds degrees in medical microbiology including a PhD from the University of Newcastle faculty of Medicine (Australia), (now integrated into the College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing) and an MSc, Dip. Sci and BSc from the University of Otago (New Zealand). Prior to his biotechnology career he held a senior health management and research position as Scientific Director of Virology at the Hunter Area Pathology Service in Newcastle, New South Wales (now part of NSW Health Pathology).

Mr Peter Wetzig. Executive Director, CFO, Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary.

Co-founder of Qponics, Peter is a chartered accountant, corporate lawyer, and a Chartered Governance Professional with more than 30 years’ experience with stock exchange-listed and unlisted companies. He has considerable experience in start-up technology companies in financial management and advisory roles.


Peter has led a number of boards of directors of Australian companies, many start-ups in the emerging and developing technology field, to embrace and implement a best practice corporate governance structure and culture to provide a platform where shareholder value can be unlocked and safeguarded.


Since 2003 Peter has provided professional services and advice as a governance and board consultant. Prior to 2003 he held executive positions including General Manager – Commercial of ASX-listed Metal Storm Limited, Company Secretary, Queensland Rail, and prior to that, he held a number of executive positions in financial and later company secretarial roles, with Pauls Limited (at that time a top 20 ASX listed Queensland dairy foods company) over a 17 year period.


Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Queensland), Postgraduate Diploma of Corporate Management (ICSA), is a Fellow, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (FCA), Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA), and Chartered Governance Institute (FCG [CS, CGP]) and he is admitted as a Barrister, Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia

Dr Swaminathan Detchanamurthy. Director and Chief Technical Officer.

Swami is both a process chemical engineer and an algae bioprocessing specialist, and provides scientific and technical advice to the Board as a Director and as honorary Chief Technical Officer.


Swami is presently president and co-founding Director of Seagrass Tech Private Limited in India, and Seagrass Technologies Australia Pty Ltd in Australia. These companies design, optimise and install raceway ponds for microalgae farms. He is also Lead Research Scientist with an Australian company developing strategic plans for production of biofuels from microalgae.


Previously, Swami was Senior Scientist at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, leading research into microalgae cultivation, harvesting and processing at lab and pilot-farm scale, working closely with Qponics.


Prior to emigrating to Australia, Swami was an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Sriperumbudur, India. He was also Scientific Advisor with Alga BioPro, and algae company in Christchurch New Zealand. He has also held postdoctoral positions at the University of Mississippi and the University of Florida in the United States in the field of bioprocessing.


Swami holds a B.Tech in chemical engineering, and an M.Tech in industrial biotechnology from Indian universities, and a PhD in chemical and process engineering from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). He also holds a Diploma in Materials Management and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Petroleum Exploration.


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