Our team

Industry Pioneers

MW boasts a seasoned team of experts with extensive knowledge and experience in various disciplines crucial to effectively tackle the unique challenges of various projects.

Our team comprises professionals with backgrounds in forestry, geology, biology, engineering, and science, complemented by a finance group that has successfully secured substantial funding for projects globally.

To ensure the successful execution of each project, we assemble a customized team of experts with relevant experience and expertise to address the project-specific challenges.

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Industry Pioneers

MW boasts a seasoned team of experts with extensive knowledge and experience in various disciplines crucial to effectively tackle the unique challenges of various projects.

Our team comprises professionals with backgrounds in forestry, geology, biology, engineering, and science, complemented by a finance group that has successfully secured substantial funding for projects globally.

To ensure the successful execution of each project, we assemble a customized team of experts with relevant experience and expertise to address the project-specific challenges.

The MW team has founded, invested and managed many projects including:

01
ASX listed mining company Perpetual Resources Limited
02
ASX listed agriculture exporter Wingara Ag Limited
03
ASX listed baby formula company Wattle Health Australia Limited
04
ASX listed technology company Connexion Media Limited
05
ASX listed technology company Fatfish Limited
06
Australian licenced medicinal cannabis company One Life Botanical
07
Waste to energy gasification company Recovered Energy Australia
08
Australia’s largest independent canning factory Blend & Pack
09
Large scale house, land and apartment construction projects

Meet our team:

Mal Michael – Managing Director

Mr Michael has been described by The Guardian Newspaper as one of Papua New Guinea’s “living national icons”. He is most notable for his successful professional Australian Football League career. Since his retirement from professional football, Mr Michael has forged a successful business career in mining and corporate consultancy. He predominantly deals in the natural resource sector in Papua New Guinea and has represented land owner incorporated companies to help them develop their timber, mining and petroleum assets.

Ian Olifent – Executive Director

Ian has over 40 years experience in business ownership, management and investment in Australia and the Asia Pacific. His principle areas of focus at this time are:

  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Mutual Wide Corporation Pty Ltd (MWC)
    • MWC has a clear mandate to develop projects in PNG that deliver long term value to the nation and local communities.
  • CHAIRMAN – Agribusiness Asia Group Co., Ltd. (AAG) – Thailand & Cambodia.
    • AAG specialises in large-scale commercial maize production to supply the stock feed industry in South-East Asia
    • AAG has introduced SMART farming technology into rural communities to improve productivity and support small holder farmers and local industries.
  • CHAIRMAN – Xepon Mining Company., Ltd (XMC) – Lao PDR
    • XMC has a long term concession agreement with the Lao Government for mining an epithermal gold asset in Savannakhet Province.
  • CHAIRMAN – AUSLAO Group Company., Ltd (Auslao) – Lao PDR
    • Auslao is a privately funded Lao PDR registered company providing UXO clearance services to a broad range of communities and customers throughout Lao PDR.
Eric Jiang – Chairman

Eric Jiang has over 20 years of experience as an adviser in the financial services industry providing advice to retail and corporate clients. Eric has sat on the boards of ASX listed companies Wattle Health Australia, Wingara Ag, Perpetual Resources and Connexion Media. He was President of The Chinese Community Council of Australia which is the peak body representing the interest of Chinese Australians.

George Karafotias – Chief Financial Officer

Mr Karafotias is an Accountant, holding a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide. He has many years experience as a business proprietor and has served as a director on the board of many ASX listed companies. He is currently the CFO for ASX listed Wattle Health Australia. He also provides corporate advisory services to listed and unlisted companies, focusing on restructuring and refinancing.

Simon Penfold

Simon has over 30 years of experience in the Australian forestry industry and has experience in executive management and all operational facets of developing, maintaining, harvesting and exporting plantations. Simon has worked for forestry companies including, Hancock Victorian Plantations Pty Ltd, Victorian Plantations Corporation, The Department of Conservation & Land Management (WA) and Willmott Forests. Simon is a member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Andrew Grant

Andrew is a proven entrepreneur having founded, built and exited several businesses for over 30 years. Andrew has extensive knowledge in design and manufacturing of automated machinery. He has won awards for his design – including the 1999 Young Entrepreneur Award through the Weekly Times and the Hugh McKay Innovators award (NRE excellence in Science) for his design, development and work.