Biographies for our Committee members
Ruanna Segal (Trustee)
Since leaving a well paid job as an Administration Manager with Telecommunications in 1990, Ruanna has delved deeply into esoteric studies, opened the ‘Metaphysical Healing Centre’ in Kyneton, Victoria and today runs her own successful ‘Tarot in Action’ business and shop in Melbourne, Australia. At Tarot in Action, Ruanna offers a variety of programs and services including Tarot, Western Astrology, Numerology, One on One Counseling and Spiritual Development Programs. Reiki Master as well as a Wellness Advocate with doTerra Essential Oils and now an Author of ‘Tarot Distinctions.’ Ruanna used her admin skills towards worthy organisations such as; Before Its Too Late – created System Manual Rotary Melbourne and Rotary Preston – fundraising for the 15,000 sick children in Victoria every year Board Member of the Tarot Guild of Australia – help organize International Tarot Conference in Victoria Australia Dans Martial Arts – created system manual and fundraise for the club Trustee of the GENI Foundation – admin, financials, newsletters, mailouts and fundraising Ruanna travels regularly throughout Australia delivering her programs, presenting seminars, conducting readings at the Mind Body Spirit Festivals and Psychic Mind Body Expos and at corporate events. Since 2010, Ruanna has been consistently invited back every year to teach Tarot Masterclass and Numerology programs in Singapore. She has also been invited to speak at various engagements such as: SEEK - breaking the cycle for troubled Teenagers Tarot Guild of Australia - Topics included ‘Tarot and the Business World’ and ‘How to run a Tarot Business successfully today’ International Feng Shui Convention Singapore and Melbourne – Topics included ‘Numerology’ and ‘Tarot and Wealth’ Martial Arts was another love, which gloves beautifully with her esoteric studies and in 2011 achieved a Diploma of Sports in Coaching and Development. Achieved gold medals at State and National level Competitions and today is a Taekwondo Instructor and holder of two Dan belt certificates, 4th in Taekwondo and 1st in Kyusho Jitsu.
Charles Kovess (Trustee) LL.B. (Hons), LL.M., CSP, MAICD
After 20 years of high level legal and business experience, Charles Kovess turned his back on the law in 1993 to share success strategies as a professional speaker, educator, facilitator and coach. Charles has provoked, enthused and inspired many companies and individuals to achieve world-class results by harnessing passion, and is known as Australasia's Passion Provocateur. He is the Founder and CEO of Kovess International, a Past National President of the National Speakers’ Association of Australia, President of the Australia-Hungary Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Trustee of the Global Energy Network Institute, CEO of an innovative manufacturer of industrial hemp processing machinery, Past President of the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club, Past Councillor of the Law Institute of Victoria, and a Certified Speaking Professional. Amongst a broad range of interests, Charles has promoted sustainability practices and philosophies since 1976, and challenges his audiences to passionately promote the need for sustainable behaviours, both personally (by being healthy!) and globally (by keeping our planet alive!) Charles has authored two inspirational books, ‘Passionate People Produce’, and ‘Passionate Performance’, and is the co-author of ‘The 7 Heavenly Virtues of Leadership’. Charles is not only passionate about the power of passion: he is also passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation and sport! He is currently competing in his 33rd consecutive year in triathlons; he qualified as an international water polo referee, played A Grade Amateur Football, and has completed nine marathons. He is the father of five children, aged from 35 years down to 6 years.
Peter Meisen (B.S.) President and Director GENI U.S.
Mr. Meisen comes from San Diego CA, and considers himself a global citizen having flown around the world several times delivering his work. He graduated from the University of California at San Diego, with an engineering degree in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences. For the past 30 years he has worked in social engineering and sustainable development (Click here for information about GENI Speakers.) Peter was fortunate to have met Buckminster Fuller twice and followed Bucky's advice to read "Critical Path." This changed his life and inspired him to found the Global Energy Network Institute (aka GENI) to conduct research and education on Bucky's premier global solution -- the interconnection of electric networks between nations with an emphasis on tapping abundant renewable energy resources around the world. Peter is a member of the following professional associations: IEEE Power Engineering Society, World Affairs Council of San Diego, Union of Concerned Scientists, United Nations Association, and is an Honorary member of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club. In 1983, he co-founded S.H.A.R.E. (Self Help and Resource Exchange), North America's largest private food distribution program.
Alex Sprunt - Dip Civ Eng. Post Grd Dip Risk Management
Alex spent 10 years with GHD Engineers as a water and wastewater construction engineer, before becoming a director and chairman of VRJ Risk Engineers, one of Australia's leading risk consultants. Past member of the Risk Engineering Branch IEA (Vic), Past Chairman of the Road Safety Sub-committee IEA (Vic). Persistence, integrity, determination and team work are qualities that stand out in Alex. He’s been a champion in individual sports, but prefers to inspire others and cause them to excel beyond their personal belief to achieve their best. In 1992 he was introduced to the teachings of ‘outlaw designer’ and futurist R Buckminster Fuller and the humanitarian work of Werner Erhard. In 1995 Alex founded Venue Finders a national conference broking service. After a good friend died from a sudden heart attack Alex wrote his first book on creating healthy habits titled Fit to Walk and Talk and Live! To promote the book Alex walked 2000kms up the east coast of Australia from Melbourne to Brisbane in 30 days. Alex also noticed that small businesses, sole traders, sporting clubs and non profit groups were under increasing pressures in a ‘dog eat dog’ competitive business environment. Alex looked for a solution to the problem, and founded Your Healthy Planet, a new cooperative platform designed to connect, promote and reward everyone who is doing something good and bring prosperity and abundance back into communities around the world.
Willem Oudyk - Problem solver
A very capable Information Technology (IT) practitioner who can analyse business requirements, translate them into technical design documentation and ultimately implement them to the standards required by the business. With more than 30 years computer mainframe and PC programming experience across many disciplines, he has been able to develop excellent communication skills, problem solving and motivational skills and is effective as a team leader and team player. He is a good trouble shooter and functions efficiently under stressful situations. Next to his professional career, he has numerous interests including: Family, Tennis, Comedy, Art & Music, 4x4 camping adventures, Travelling, Chess, Woodwork, Geodesic Domes (invented by Buckminster Fuller), Oral and Maxillofacial surgical research into Lingual nerve, Peripheral nerve & Inferior Alveolar nerve repairs. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for which he has published a treatment manual (written by Dr. Fred Warwick - ISBN 978-0-9923257-1-8).
Malcolm Green - Electrical Engineer
Inspired by the books of Buckminster Fuller, and encouraged by friends and family, plus the personal desire to have a ‘career’ and earn a living, I studied electrical engineering back in the 1990s. Soon after graduation I became involved with the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) in Melbourne. With them we built the 'Energy Mobile' that displayed renewable energy technology and toured throughout Victorian towns and suburbs. Further with the ATA, back in 1993, we went on to install Australia’s first grid-connected solar energy system, at CERES Environmental Centre, in East Brunswick. With an eye to mass-scale deployment of renewable energy I went on to propose and promote the idea of a 20MW solar-thermal power station in Whyalla South Australia. We gained some significant funding toward this project, and the idea was to incorporate sea-water desalination- making use of the waste heat of energy transformation from thermal to electrical. A Pre-feasibility Study was performed by Professor Stephen Kaneff, and the results looked pretty good with power generation possible at the price of 7.5c per kWh. However this project has not yet been realised. Current supply issues in South Australia make this project more viable again. Currently I run my own solar consultancy and we design solar energy rooftop PV systems, residential and Commercial, and look for opportunities to propel the mass use of solar and renewable energy, in support of the integrity of eternally regenerative Universe.