Donald Hector has extensive experience in large-scale industrial processing and the evaluation and commercialisation of new technologies. He is a director and co-founder of Gelion Technologies Pty Ltd, a start-up company developing novel battery technology invented at the University of Sydney. He was managing director of Dow Corning Australia and the executive director responsible for the Australian/New Zealand, ASEAN and Indian subsidiaries of Dow Corning Corporation, a high-technology, American multi-national company. He was also managing director of Asia Pacific Specialty Chemicals Ltd, an ASX-listed specialty chemicals and food-additives company. He is a former non-executive director of Engenco Ltd (ASX-listed) and several private companies and not-for-profit organisations. Donald has a PhD in engineering and is a Fellow and former vice president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (London), is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a vice president and the immediate past President of the Royal Society of NSW.