Leadership team

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Steinmann

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Paul Steinmann has 30 years of experience as a senior executive, operational and technical manager within the Oil and Gas, shipbuilding and marine equipment sectors.

Paul is a proven marine technology innovator, having founded a naval architecture consultancy to finance the

internal product development, IP protection, and strategic market plan of what is now the VEEM Gyro product range. The technology was acquired by VEEM Ltd in 2011. Paul stayed on to lead the technical and commercial development of the product range, and assisted the company to list on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:VEE) in 2016.

Paul began his career as a research scientist testing and developing keels, winglets and rudders for America’s Cup yachts. He then spent time in the fast ferry ferry industry, ship stabilisation systems, FPSO developments, and subsea construction.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from The University of Melbourne and an MBA from The University of Western Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and a Chartered Engineer.

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Michael Andrewartha


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Michael Andrewartha holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture and a PhD in Numerical Hydrodynamics of hydrofoils.

Michael is an experienced and proven expert in the fields of mechanical engineering and fluid dynamics.

Michael's previous role was as Principal Engineer for VEEM Engineering where he led the successful design, and development of the Marine Gyrostabiliser product line.

Michael is a co-inventor of the ENAUTIC WaveDrive and manages the engineering design of the WaveFlyer along with

the company’s intellectual property portfolio.

Head of Development

Joshua Cribb


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Joshua Cribb is an innovative mechatronics engineer with an impressive track record in novel and renewable technologies. He has a background in product development and rapid prototyping, specialising in electrical and mechanical systems for electric boats, aircraft, hydrofoil craft, and stabilisation systems.

Joshua's career has involved programming and testing industrial control systems for mining and automated vehicles and in commercial yachting operations and building.

He has worked for world-class racing teams like Sail GP, and collaborated with numerous winning America's Cup designers, run international engineering teams making novel technologies, and built remote prototyping facilities for ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

His work on the WaveFlyer development at ENAUTIC has resulted in several global engineering awards.

Prototyping Manager

Phil Kaiko

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Phil Kaiko is an experienced Naval Architect, composite boat developer and marine professional. He began his career in the early 1980’s and focussed his career mainly on America’s Cup Yacht Design since 1985.  

Phil has been a key team member in several America’s Cup campaigns in senior technical leadership roles extending as far back as 1987. He was a designer for three America’s Cup campaigns before becoming Principal Designer and Design Coordinator for four Americas Cup Teams.  

In his various roles in America’s Cup Teams teams, Phil has established several composite yacht building facilities from scratch and delivered world leading vessels out of those facilities within tight schedules and constrained budgets.

For the last 4 years, Phil has owned and managed a small composites factory in Henderson, WA, focussing on bespoke and production projects large and small.

VP of Sales

David Bell

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David Bell has 15 years of focused experience in marine technology and leisure craft sales, particularly in electric hydrofoil and submersible watercraft.

David previously represented Fliteboard eFoiling systems in Western Australia before the company was acquired by Brunswick Corporation for an estimated US$120M.

Flight Control & Autonomy

Dr. Tristan Perez

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Tristan Perez holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics, Systems and Control Theory from the University of Newcastle. Tristan is a thought leader who works across strategy, research, innovation, and customer engagement. He is a problem solver with a unique blend of experience founded on 25 years of technical capability in system theory, dynamic optimisation, artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, and decision science.

Tristan brings trans-disciplinary leadership to teams focused on customer solutions. As an Associate Technical Fellow in Autonomous Systems at the Boeing Company, Tristan’s current work at Boeing covers collaborative autonomous systems, resilience in command & control, verification & validation of autonomous system behaviours, explainable AI, battle management systems, and mission planning optimisation.

Tristan is a Boeing Designated Expert in autonomous systems. Tristan was previously full Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems. He worked in ship-motion control, renewable energy, econometrics, system identification, autonomous ground robots, underwater vehicles, surface ship modelling, modelling & simulation, motion control, and propulsion, and complexity in warfare.

Through his consulting company, Tristan is a key advisor to Electro Nautic in the internal development of flight control systems and autonomous navigation.

Catherine Bian

Financial Controller

Eoghan Kilbridge

Fluid Dynamics Engineer

Shami Mohdar

Electrical Engineer

Board of Directors

Joshua Portlock

Innovation Director & Co-Founder

Brendon Westerhout

Non-Executive Independent Board Member

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