Mr. Wayne Sharpe
Chairman and Founder
Wayne is a pioneer in the digital age, utilising the internet’s global reach to link people with products through electronic exchange platforms. Before the creation of eBay, Alibaba, Airbnb or Freelancer.com Wayne designed and built a global business based on the premise that the internet can unlock unrealised economic value and create new markets.
He founded the listed company Bartercard Ltd (ASX:PBS) now the world’s largest non-cash marketplace where members exchange goods and services on credit not cash via a unique alternative ‘currency’. Bartercard has operated for over 23 years and in 20 countries and has completed over US$40 billion in transactions. Bartercard’s fully electronic online auction platform predated eBay by 3 years, and its online wholesale/retail shopping mall predated Alibaba by 4 years.
After selling Bartercard’s flagship operation in Australia in 2007 ($25.5 million), Wayne attended the UN climate change conference in Bali, and shifted his technological and entrepreneurial skills to the global challenge of climate change. For the past 15 years Wayne has devoted himself to bridging the nexus between financial markets and the environment, creating marketplaces and platforms that make it simple, secure and transparent for finance to achieve environmental outcomes.
Wayne created Global Environmental Markets after successfully launching the world’s largest voluntary exchange platform Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX).
Wayne is now focused on expanding the reach and use of the GEM trading platforms to assist environmental and emerging markets and new products.
GEM provides these various exchange platforms under license to exchanges and market operators internationally.
Stephen van der Mye
Non-Executive Director of GEM Global Pty Ltd
Extensive background as Executive & Non-executive Director in multiple sectors: banking and financial services; biotech, life sciences; manufacturing; agribusiness; mining and mineral processing; infrastructure and utility services; retail and wholesale services including Chairman Management Consultancy International Pty Ltd (2014+), Chairman of Audit & Risk Committee (2015+) Director Online Education Services Pty Ltd and Representative in Australia for the Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited (2012-2015). Also Adjunct Professor of Business Law.
Chief Operating Officer
Lee has spent the last 20 years managing Exchanges and Exchange Technology.
Before joining Global Environmental Markets as COO in March 2016, Lee was managing new Exchange technology projects and operations at Carbon Trade Exchange (CTX).
She was previously a Director and Executive Manager for Bartercard International and has over 18 years’ experience managing multiple Exchanges and exchange technology development.
An extremely efficient person capable of implementing and driving a wide range of business critical initiatives and programmes.
She also managed the project to take Bartercard public in its currently ASX listed vehicle BPS Technology Systems Ltd.
Debbie provides support and assistance to the management team internationally.
Her experience is derived from owning and managing businesses over the past 20 years. Debbie possesses a Degree with Honours from Griffith University, Australia.