Richard Unwin, Chairman, profoundly experienced businessman, who has built and sold several significant companies, regarded as having strong entrepreneurial flair. Experienced in several industries, to include: solar cell technology and renewable energy (JV with Government of Kingdom of Brunei) composite materials, hazardous waste science. Specialist in trade development. Export consultant to several major companies. Lived and worked in the Middle East and Asia. Is at home in USA, Switzerland and some EU countries and familiar with many Pacific & Indian Ocean islands.
Enjoys an exceptional ‘address book’. Able to open doors.
Appointed Charge d’affaires to Government of Solomon Islands, Brussels 1995/1997.
Sat on African, Caribbean & Pacific Committee (ACP).
Honorary and active member of Association of Economic Representatives London www.aerl.org.uk (Forum of senior diplomats of all London Embassies)
Founder member (1995) Commonwealth Partnership for Technology Management www.cptm.org. Awarded Companionship in December 2015.
Currently, International Adviser to The Royal Mint.
Former Commissioned Army officer and Freeman of the City of London.
Life Patron of NSPCC
Founder of Hives Saves Lives Africa www.hivessavelives.com
Poverty alleviation project created in 2008. Sustainable beekeeping to generate income through sales of honey, beeswax etc. HSLA has its own self sufficient training centre in Uganda
Member of IOD and Royal Commonwealth Society and Travellers Club, MCC.
John Sellens, Director. With a background in Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, John brings with him expertise and vast experience having had a long early career with Thorn EMI Electronics. Initially working in design and trials of high tech products at home and overseas including the Middle East, Europe, South America, and Asia and Pacific where he became Manager of International Sales and Marketing. He then went on to manage Thorn EMI Electronics Corporate office in Riyadh Saudi Arabia where he lived for a number of years.
Having held a number of senior positions related to the Defence industry John’s career success moved on into the Fire and Security Systems business initially with Thorn Security and Kidde and becoming Managing Director of United Technology Corporation(UTC) based in the U.A.E.. Here John was responsible for trade development for Group Fire and Security business in the Middle East, Central Europe, North Africa, Central Asia, Russia and the CIS, he led a motivated international team to significantly increase business for the Group . John identified and helped negotiate a number of Joint Ventures for UTC in the Middle East and Russia and has successfully worked in some 100 territories globally.
Dr Timothy Nielander, Director, is a solicitor and international legal practitioner, working on global cooperation and transactional projects for the past 20 years. He specializes in multinational development projects entailing coordinating across the private and public sectors. He has advised multinational companies, in export and licensing transactions for innovative technology and intellectual property assets.
He currently advises international cooperation projects in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Central America. He holds a PhD from the University in Geneva, Switzerland in international law, focused on Public-Private Partnerships. He is a founding member of the GP3 Institute, a global public-private partnership advisory network and serves on NGO Boards and advisory groups focused on maternal health.
Chris Kassner, European Director. Chris studied chemistry and graduated with a PhD in atmospheric chemistry in 1994 at the German Ruhr-University in Bochum. Together with a partner he founded his own consulting company LEOMA GmbH for environmental protection and occupational health and safety in 1999. The company has now 20 employees and is working all over Europe for its customers, mostly international companies. Using a strong network in Germany, France, Benelux, Austria, Switzerland and East Europe a wide range of opportunities will be applied for the benefit of the clients of MAINSTRATEGY. With this background Chris can connect valid contacts and direct support into the European market for several purposes, including the complete process. Commences with finding the right location and/or partners for a European branch, up to achieving the environmental permit for a production site and using national/ EU conveying funds.
For Non-EU companies he can provide the EC conformity of the machinery and the EU office address which are both needed to import machines and products into the EU market concerning the EU directive of the Machinery 2006/42/EC. Very supportive post Brexit.
He is also a public licensed expert (German Chamber of Commerce) for plants with water pollutant substances (chemical plants and processes, storage tanks, galvanizing plants, paper mills e.g.) and a lecturer for this theme at the University of Applied Science in Nordhausen, Germany.
Mainstrategy and trade development will benefit from the use of the German office office in Hattingen (near Duesseldorf Airport, 30 min ) as European branch with 250 m² and two conference rooms (one for 20 persons, one for ten persons). Chris has other regional offices.