Board of Directors
Dan Fitzgerald B. Comm. (Finance), M. Applied Finance
Non Executive Director
Dan supports innovators and investors to make the best contribution they can to the world.
His vision is one of harmony and connection for all life, and brings his extensive knowledge and skill-base from working in the conventional finance sector to create smarter, wiser decisions with the purpose-driven businesses he works alongside today.
After a career as an investor and analyst for Macquarie Bank and UBS, Dan began to question the contribution he was making to the world and the systems he was working in. He embarked on a personal journey, along with his wife Leanne and daughter Frankie, to seek out more meaningful work where his inner world aligned with his outer contribution. The journey led him to Small Giants, a family office that invests in businesses working towards empathy and the next economy, where he finds great fulfilment working as their Chief Investment Officer.
Dan is privileged to serve as a director of Impact Investment Group, ATEC Biodigesters, and is the Chair of MBD Industries. Dan is a member of the Investment Committee of Impact Investment Group, the Force for Good Fund and is a Founding Partner and Investment Committee member of The Drawdown Fund. He also serves as a strategic advisor to Full Cycle Bioplastics.
Based in Lennox Head in the Northern Rivers of NSW, Dan and his family love riding waves, snorkelling and sharing home-cooked meals with their local community.
Sam Bastounas B. Sc. Hons. (Chemistry), MBA
Chief Executive OfficerSam is an experienced executive who has worked across Australia, New Zealand and Asia in companies including Dulux, Orica and Nuplex. Most recently he was the inaugural CEO of Axieo, a leading supplier of products for the food, life sciences, agriculture, performance plastics and specialty chemicals sectors. Sam built a highly engaged workforce that produced great results for its business and customers while also completing several successful mergers and acquisitions. Sam is a former President of the industry body Plastics and Chemicals Industry Australia (PACIA).
Maria Mitris-Honos B. Bus.
Non Executive DirectorMaria has been involved in the Mitris family businesses for most of her career, commencing in the gaming industry with Olympic Video Gaming. There, she gained her first practical experience learning the various aspects of finance and sales alongside her Managing Director father, Nick Mitris. The family sold the business in 1997 and soon after, their interest focused on the opportunities sustainable aquaculture offered. The Ayr based prawn aquaculture facility, Pacific Reef Fisheries Group (PRFG) was purchased by the family in 1998 and since then, it has gone from strength to strength with Maria and her father Nick, at the helm. Originally focusing on finance and marketing, Maria’s involvement in the business has since expanded to managing operations where she is responsible for farming, processing food safety and product marketing.
With the recent acquisition of the PRFG by MBD, Maria and the team at Pacific Reef are passionate about progressing the business to the next level. Plans are underway to become one of the largest supplier of premium quality aquaculture product in Australia, commencing with the expansion of PRFG’s Guthalungra facility located south of Ayr.
Graeme Wood B. Econ., M. InfoSys.
Non Executive DirectorGraeme Wood is a digital entrepreneur of over 30 years’ standing. In 1999, he founded the online travel website Wotif.com and he remains happily involved with a number of start-ups. He also founded Wotnews, which evolved into We Are Hunted, a music recommendation website that was sold to Twitter in 2013.
Graeme provides support through the Graeme Wood Foundation. His philanthropic interests include environmental sustainability, the arts, and public interest journalism through Guardian Australia.
He is passionate too about the transformative power of the arts for young people. In 2011, he founded Artology, whose goal is youth development and social change through the arts. Combining his interests in conservation and youth development, Graeme founded the Brisbane based not-for-profit Wild Mob, giving young people the opportunity to participate in conservation work and environmental education while experiencing some of Australia’s most iconic wilderness destinations.
Graeme was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012. He was Suncorp Queenslander of the Year in 2008, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Economics from the University of Queensland in 2011.
Ditta Zizi B. Arts, M. Music, Grad. Dip. (Applied Corporate Governance)
Non Executive Director
Ditta Zizi has held senior executive positions, committee and board roles in both the private and public sectors. Areas of expertise include public sector policy, industry development, innovation, governance, research and national research infrastructure.
Her public sector experience includes Commonwealth agencies such as the Departments of Industry, Innovation and Science, and Education and Training, the ABC, Airservices Australia and internationally with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Her private sector experience includes a senior role with the peak industry body Medicines Australia as well as a board member of a number of arts and community organisations. Ditta is currently a Non- Executive Director with the Board of the Public Funding Regulatory Association.
Ditta is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Governance Institute and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Ben Krasnostein, B. Comm., B. LLB (Commerce, Economics, Law)
Non Executive DirectorBen Krasnostein is Principal and Managing Director of Kilara Capital, an investment origination and funds management business. Kilara’s vision is to transform food and energy production systems to ensure that they are resilient, regenerative and ecologically responsible. Kilara aims to achieve this vision by creating and pursuing investment opportunities in low carbon infrastructure, which includes soil, water and energy.
Ben has circa 20 years of experience across corporate advisory, legal advisory, commercial transactions and deal structuring in a variety of industry sectors.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce LLB, Commerce, Economics, Law from Monash University.