We are a team of motivated environmental and purposed-based individuals spread across Australia. The founders of the company have a love for the ocean and they both have a lifetime of commercial and recreational maritime experience.

Core Team

                   Marc Kuhl
                   Managing Director


Marc has extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of marine operations with a longstanding history working in both the commercial industry and private sector. He has formerly held the ranks of Captain with both Master Class 4 and Chief Engineer MED II – qualifications.

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                   Prof Richard Banati
                   Strategic Research & Development

 

Richard is a senior scientist (Distinguished Researcher Fellow) at Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and full professorship at the University of Sydney, where he’s the Foundation Chair of Medical Radiation Sciences. He is internationally recognised for his work on the biological mechanisms of disease, injury and environmental exposure on the brain’s innate immune system. His research interests include the up-take of microplastics by marine life, their environmental impact and the traceability of associated toxins in the oceans. He is pro bono Chair & Medical Director of Mothers Milk Bank Charity, Australia's first community-based milk bank since 2009. Here, too, his focus is on improving emergency and disaster readiness.

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                 David Guthrie
                 Research & Development

Dave has lived and worked all his life along the water’s edge of Sydney Harbour and has in-depth experience as a marine industrial sand-blaster and painter, working on historic Cockatoo Island.  He is responsible for developing the Sucoil Sponge and executing new products along with planning, organising, controlling and coordinating research and development activities within SOR.

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                   David Doust
                   Strategic Advisor 

 

David is Managing Director Dado Designs - proving Client management, project management and construction management.  Also involved in commercial design. Previously Mayor of Strathfield. Served 10 years as a Municipal Councillor, serving on a number of committees relating to Municipal management and Governance. He brings experience in planning, conflict of interest, Governance, Town planning, conflict resolution.

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                   Chris Kiprovski
                   Creative Director/Business Connector

 

Chris has a strong love for the ocean and has seen the damage first-hand pollution has done over the years growing up near Sydney's Lane Cover River. He is an award-winning Creative Director based in Australia with over 15 years of experience in the branding and advertising sectors. Chris works with a multitude of brands to better our world for the future. He also is a natural connector and is relationship-focused in his approach to life, people, and business.

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                   Evan Kerivan
                   Program Manager/Environmental 
Scientist

 

Evan is an environmental scientist, with a masters degree from the University of Sydney, specialising in estuary science. Prior to joining SOR, he worked for NASA as a dropsonde scientist. He also has extensive project management experience, consulting on projects across major state government infrastructure and large retail developments.

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Awards

SOR is a Global Finalist of XTC 2022. Xtreme Tech Challenge is a non-profit organization behind the world’s biggest startup competition that aims to help startups change the world for the better. In our quest, we are supported by leading corporations, VCs, foundations, policymakers, universities and tech conferences.

 

SOR was an Australian national finalist of ClimateLaunchpad which is the world’s largest green business ideas competition.

 

Working with

Cockatoo Island Marine, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour 

 

Memberships

SOR is a member of the Queensland AI Hub.

SOR is a member of the Marina Industries Association.

Currently Sponsoring 

SOR is currently a sponsor of Ocean in Motions.