Mark Jones

Mark is the Founder and CEO of Riskloop. After a career as a Partner starting and growing the Business Transformation practice of PWC based in Amsterdam, Mark returned to Australia, as an investor in a variety of startups. His career has been focused on businesses that enable people transforming their ability to "do the job better faster easier" through the adoption of proven technologies. 

Mark was introduced to the work of Significance Systems whilst engaged for the startup of up of METS Ignited, a growth centre for the Australian Federal Government. He was impressed by the power of the tool suite, and its ability to quickly, cheaply and effectively identify the key unmet needs in the market. The team used the findings to  de-risk the investment the growth centre was planning to make to accelerate Mining Equipment Technology and Services, an $86bil sector within the Australian economy. 

Mark has been an advisor to Governments, NGOs and Leading Brands. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. 

Our Scientific Advisory Board includes the following members:

Dr John Ricketts

John is a joint founder of Significance Systems. With Darrell Berry, John invented the earth.ai platform and Social Media (Forbes).

John has been an advisor to Governments, NGOs and Companies – in particular, NICTA (Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence) and IBM.

John is a serial inventor, John holds a number of patents in applied science and communications. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Birmingham UK.

Darrell Berry

Darrell is joint founder of Significance Systems. together with Dr. John Ricketts, he invented the earth.ai platform, and Social Media (Forbes).

Darrell has consulted to Fortune 500 companies, Government and NGOs, and designed media analytics technologies with the world’s largest media and research groups. 

As a photographer, his work has been published internationally, including by Vogue Italia, and A Magazine.


Dr Chris Beare

Chris is joint founder of Significance Systems. 

He has diverse experience as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, investment banker, chief executive, and independent director. Chris has both led and been involved with numerous venture capital funded companies including Wizard Home Loans (later acquired by General Electric), and Radiata, which he led from two people to a successful sale to Cisco Systems for $595 million in 2000. 

Chris has a Ph.D. and MBA from Harvard University.


Dr Michael Hitch

Michael heads the Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices at UNSW and is a registered professional engineer and professional geoscientist. 

His research interests centre on the mine of the future.  This notion challenges one to consider not only the traditional aspects of mine design, extraction and closure but also aspects of greenhouse gas emissions and the social implications of mine operation. 

Dr. Hitch’s research considers operational efficiencies through the lens of sustainability and appropriate extraction that seeks to provide a platform for local prosperity and sustainable livelihoods for all actors.

Michael served on the board of directors and as a technical advisor for several TSX and NASDAQ companies. and has had senior executive roles at Ivanhoe Mines, AngloGold Ashanti, and Western Hemisphere for Echo Bay Mines.


Aldo Grech

For over 30 years, Aldo has been at the forefront with leading high-growth IT icons in multiple geographies.

He is the ChairMan of Airdata, founder of Voltwall, Amano Auto, and Executive for a variety of technology firms around the world including ACER and Tech Pacific

Aldo is an award-winning leader, who following a cancer-scare and having re-evaluated his life, now spends most of his time giving, travelling around the world, speaking and writing about Essential Leadership – a journey from head to heart.