Durval Tavares, Chief Executive Office
Mr. Tavares is CEO of Aquabotix, which he co-founded in 2011, and has served in that capacity since its inception.
Mr. Tavares has over 30 years of successful business and entrepreneurial leadership experience in technology, defense and finance organizations in both the private and public sectors.
Mr. Tavares has logged over 20 years working with underwater technology, including AUV, ROV, submarine and torpedo systems development for advanced defense projects and private contractors. His work at the Naval Underwater Warfare Center on submarine technology included several patents in his name.
While at Fidelity Investments for 10 years, Mr. Tavares was a senior executive responsible for leading new product development for the financial services giant.
Mr. Tavares earned his BSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, graduating first in his class. He has made frequent presentations to technical and motivational forums and is active in mentoring programs.
Brendan Martin, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Martin brings extensive experience in the Australian financial and industrials sectors across the Australian market.
Most recently Mr. Martin was General Manager Strategy & Investments at Broadspectrum Ltd, which was acquired by Ferrovial Servicios in May 2016 for an enterprise value of A$1.3 billion. Prior to Broadspectrum, Mr. Martin ran Bergen Asset Management’s Australian office, and held banking and advisory roles with Investec Bank and Citi. Mr. Martin began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the insolvency and valuations practices.
Mr. Martin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney, is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from FINSIA/Kaplan
Hon. Jay M. Cohen, Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Ret.), Director
Admiral Jay M. Cohen is a former Chief of Naval Research (United States Navy) and has served as the Department of the Navy Chief Technology Officer.
Admiral Cohen is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He holds a joint Ocean Engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Master of Science in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT. Earlier in his career, he commanded USS Hyman G. Rickover and served on the U.S. Atlantic Fleet before commanding the submarine tender USS L.Y. Spear including a deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm.
Admiral Cohen was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1997 and reported to the Joint Staff as Deputy Director for Operations responsible to the President and Department of Defense leaders for strategic weapons release authority. In June 2000, he became the 20th Chief of Naval Research. He served during war as the Department of the Navy Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the $2B+/year Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology (S&T) Program. Unanimously confirmed by the US Senate, he was sworn in as Under Secretary for Science & Technology at the Department of Homeland Security in 2006. Since leaving government, Admiral Cohen serves on corporate boards and is an independent consultant for science and technology in support of U.S. and international defence, homeland security and energy issues and solutions.
Peter James, Director
Mr. James has over 30 years’ experience in the Technology, Telecommunications and Media Industries, and has extensive experience as Chair, Non-Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer across a range of publicly listed and private companies. He is currently Chair of ASX-listed companies Macquarie Telecom Ltd, nearmap Ltd, Dreamscape Networks Ltd and DroneShield Ltd.
Mr. James has recently completed 12 years as a Non-Executive Director for ASX-listed iiNet, Australia’s second largest DSL Internet Services Provider, chairing iiNet’s Strategy and Innovation Committee. iiNet was recently acquired by TPG Telecom for A$1.56B.
He is a successful investor in a number of technology businesses in Australia and the US.
Mr. James is an experienced business leader with significant strategic and operational expertise. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of the Australian Computer Society and holds a BA Degree with Majors in Computer Science and Business.