Directors & Management

Directors & Management

Directors and Management

Executive Chairman

Mr Edward Michael Byrt – LLB

With over 40 years’ experience in commerce, corporate governance and international business, Ted Byrt is a specialist strategic advisor for major development and infrastructure projects within Australia and offshore.

Ted has been a business advisor and Board member of several leading organisations in South Australia including Presiding Member of the SA Development Assessment Commission and Chairman of the China Cluster. He is chair of The Australian Advanced Manufacturing Centre Pty Ltd and SMAC Technologies Pty Ltd, a Board Member of the Aboriginal Foundation of SA Inc., as well as numerous technology start-ups. He is also a member of the Company’s Audit Committee and has been a Director of Papyrus since 2004 and chair since 2010.

Ted’s past board positions include:

  • Senior Partner and Chairman at Norman Waterhouse Lawyers (Partner 1975-2007, Chairman 1987-2007)
  • The Australia China Business Council Ltd (Director 1994-2005 and National Vice President 2000-2004)
  • Australian Pulse Traders Pty Ltd (Director 2005-2008)
  • Bedford Industries Inc. (Director 1994-2009)
  • Bedford Industries Co-operative Housing Association Inc. (Chairman 1995-2009)
  • Business SA – Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Director 1995-2007)
  • Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Council (Member 2003-2007)
  • Jigsaw Services Pty Ltd (Director 2003-2006)
  • Port Adelaide Football Club Ltd (Director 1995-2007)
  • PAFC Foundation Ltd (Director 1996 – 2003)
  • SirsiDynix Pty Ltd (Director 2007-2011)
  • South Australian Housing Trust (Board Member 2007-2011)
  • South Australian Affordable Housing Trust (Board Member 2006-2010)
  • Director of Treyo Leisure & Entertainment Ltd (TYO) (ASX listed 2008 – 2015)

Managing Director

Mr Ramy Abraham Azer – MSc Tech Comm, MSc (Eng), Grad Dip Bus, B Eng (Mech)

Founder of Papyrus, Ramy was responsible for the initial development of Papyrus’ technology. His combination of business and engineering degrees gives a solid base for creating a successful company based on innovative engineering.

Ramy has lived and worked in Egypt, Germany and Australia, and has been a regular guest lecturer and speaker on issues including sustainable business development and innovation.

Ramy holds a:

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (1994) from the University of South Australia
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Enterprise (1996) from Adelaide University
  • Graduate Certificate in Small Business Management (1996)
  • Bachelor of Engineering Project Management (1990-1993) from the Higher Technological Institute, Egypt
  • Masters of Engineering Science with Adelaide University (1999)
  • Masters in Business & Technology Commercialisation from Adelaide University

Executive Director – Government Relations

Kerry Chikarovski – AM

With 12 years of Parliament experience at senior levels of government, including Leader of the Liberal Party from 1999 to 2002, Kerry brings a detailed understanding of public policy, regulatory environment, infrastructure and planning to the Papyrus team.
Kerry’s strong track record of negotiating at all levels and an in depth understanding of the machinations of government and bureaucracy, see her perfectly positioned to advise Papyrus in government relations, community engagement and stakeholder relations.

Kerry’s professional experience includes:

  • Founder and Director, Chikarovski & Associates (2003-current)
  • Leader, Liberal Party NSW (1999-2002)
  • MP, NSW Parliament (1991-2003)
  • Minister for Consumer Affairs/Education (1992-93)
  • Minister for Industrial Relations/Women (1993-95)
  • Deputy Leader, Liberal Party NSW (1994-95)
  • Shadow Minister for Corrective Services (1996-97)
  • Shadow Minister for Environment (1997-98)
  • Lecturer, College of Law (1987-1991) (Director 1995-2007)
  • Private legal practice (1981-1986)
  • Solicitor, Priddle Gosling (1980-1981)

Kerry’s board experience includes:

  • Our Watch (NED)
  • Humpty Dumpty Foundation (NED)
  • Adopt Change (NED)
  • NSW Waratahs (NED)
  • NSW Women’s Rugby Union (Chairperson)
  • Road Safety Education (NED)
  • Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (Ambassador)
  • Carbine Club (elected member)
  • Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium Trustee (non current)
  • Rugby Youth Foundation (non current) (1981-1986)
  • Fitness Australia (non current)
  • Step to the Future Foundation (non current)
  • University of Sydney Union Foundation (non current)
  • Deputy Chairman, Council of St Johns College, University of Sydney (non current)
  • YWCA NSW Ambassador (non current)
  • Eggtober Foundation (non current)

Executive Director

Pascal Gouel

Pascal is an accomplished professional with over 25 years global experience in operations, top tier management consulting and investment management including 10 years spent working in the Middle East in Egypt, Kuwait, KSA and UAE.

Pascal has worked for firms such as Booz Allen, Qantas, British American Tobacco as well as number of Family Offices out of Kuwait and Germany. Recently, Pascal was an Investment Committee member of a Industry Superannuation Fund, responsible for deal origination, due diligence and execution of various global private equity deals.

With an educational background in Bch. Chemical Engineering, Masters of Engineering Management and an MBA, Pascal is well equipped to assist the senior executive team and the Board in implementing the global commercialisation strategy of Papyrus Australia.


Mr David Attias – MBA Banking and Finance

Driven by business opportunity, David brings a solid financial, analytical and technological background to the Papyrus team.

David is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and successfully managed e-commerce and hospitality businesses which are now profitable under management.

He is currently a Director at L39 Capital, a non-executive director at Creative Food Australia, and has held a prior funds management position in a Blockchain Technologies Investment Fund.

David’s experience is ultimately a reflection of his passion for property investment and portfolio management.

Non-Executive Director & Company Secretary

Mr Vincent Peter Rigano – BA Accounting, CPA

Vince is a CPA with over 25 years’ experience in corporate accounting, management consulting and company secretarial. Vince was Company Secretary for a number of years for Papyrus.

Vince provides management accounting and consulting services to a variety of industry sectors including start-ups.

General Manager

Daniel Schmidt

An established business leader, Daniel has 15 years’ experience in procurement and operational management from his time in the Australian mining and metals industry.

He brings a strong background in continuous improvement program management, team development and aligning functions for best business outcomes.

Chief Executive Officer – Papyrus Egypt

Heba Nayil

Heba graduated from Cairo University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Engineering, Construction and Architecture.

After owning and operating her own banana growing business in Egypt for six years, Heba became a valued customer of banana veneer which was produced at Papyrus Australia’s facility at Walkamin.

In 2010 Heba started a new public unlisted company in Egypt to enter into a Joint Venture with Papyrus Australia. The new JV company called Papyrus Egypt owns and operates a factory in Sohag, Egypt, utilising technology and equipment supplied by Papyrus Australia.

Heba was instrumental in establishing the banana plantations waste processing factory in Sohag, Egypt, and remains a cornerstone in Papyrus Australia’s commercialisation journey.

Manager Engineering and Business Development

Mr Peter Rostig

Peter brings technical knowledge founded on study and developed understanding – he has earned, over time, a Bachelor of Engineering: Electrical & Electronic (Hon), FIEAust, CPEng, and APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) – though his insights and experience are derived from practice.

Working with a diverse range of individuals and organisations, national and international, Peter has held executive and non-executive roles with accountability to Chief Executive Officers and Executive General Managers.

Most recently, Peter was a senior manager reporting to the Executive General Manager of Liberty Primary Steel, and held various senior positions within the Whyalla steel industry and managed annual operating budgets between $30 million to $150 million.