Ananda’s Directors have Management, Investment and Operational Expertise.
Our research and development advisers include Professor Dedi Meiri who runs world leading cannabinoid research laboratory at the Technion in Israel. Our Head Grower was previously Head Grower for BOL Pharma in Israel.
Charles Morgan, Chairman
Charles Morgan is a resources and technology venture capitalist who has identified emerging sectors and acquired early stage and strategic positions in a wide range of ventures around the globe. He has a proven track record in identifying early stage commercial opportunities and acting as a corporate catalyst, acquiring strategic assets and positions, partnering with regional and technology experts, securing teams of appropriate executives and funds to build and develop projects and companies.
Mr Morgan started his career in futures broking in London with M.L. Doxford & Co and left to join merchant bank Morgan Grenfell Limited in Sydney, Australia before moving to broking with ANZ McCaughan Dyson Limited in Melbourne and London. He then joined BZW Securities Limited in London before going back to Australia to form Morgan McFarlane a licensed securities dealer which raised equity funds for (mainly) Perth based mining and oil exploration companies.
Mr Morgan is involved in investing in various businesses and start-ups in the UK and San Francisco including Neuro‐Bio Ltd (discoverer of cause and potential drugs for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease), TGMatrix (shipper and transport matching engine), Brytlyt (GPU based data base analytics), PensionBee (gathering people’s various pensions into one), Teamable (social media based employment) and Headnote (de‐chequing legal firms in the US).
He is currently Chair of both Grand Gulf Energy Limited and Whitebark Energy Ltd.
Melissa Sturgess, Chief Executive Officer
Melissa Sturgess holds a BSc and an MBA and has more than 20 years of experience as a director of UK and Australian Stock Exchange quoted companies, mainly focused on the acquisition, structuring and financing of natural resources deals across Africa. Miss Sturgess commenced her listed company career as a member of the Executive Committee of Aquarius Platinum Limited, the most successful Australian/UK dual listed company and a miner of platinum in South Africa and Zimbabwe. She was also founding director of Sylvania Resources Limited and a number of other companies operating in the metals and mining sector throughout Africa and listed on the AIM Market in London. During her career Miss Sturgess has raised significant amounts of capital and in 2017 she spearheaded the £50m financing for the acquisition of a building materials business in the Channel Islands. After a short break, her interest in the cannabis sector commenced with a trip to Israel to review the medicinal cannabis research in that country. She subsequently founded UK based, AQSE quoted Ananda Developments Plc to invest in the sector and is its largest shareholder. Melissa is also the founder of premium CBD brand Montana (montanawellness.co) and was the recipient of the Executive of the Year at the Malta Cannabiz Awards in November 2019. She is also a director of Lexington Gold Limited, an AIM quoted gold exploration company and a director of Imperial X plc which is seeking a quote on the Standard List of the London Stock Exchange.
Dr. Inbar Maymon Pomeranchik, PhD, Executive Director
Dr. Inbar Maymon-Pomeranchik is a Scientist and Biotech investment consultant expert, specializing in Life Science, Biotech, Ag-Tech and a particular expertise in the global medical cannabis industry. She holds a PhD in plant sciences molecular biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a multi-disciplinary post-doctorate from the Weizmann Institute, combining drug biochemistry with plant science. Inbar brings more than 15 years of experience in molecular & genetic research as an R&D researcher and project leader in the Biotech industry in large, small and start-up technology corporates. Due to Inbar’s vast knowledge, you will often see her speaking at global conferences, sharing her knowledge and exposing investors to insights, various opportunities and key industry topics. As an investment consultant, Inbar was responsible for the scientific DD and achieved a major goal by introducing & contributing to the closing of investments in highly promising companies.
John Treacy, Non-Executive Director
Mr Treacy is an experienced London-based small cap financier who specialises in working with growing companies. He qualified as a solicitor in the London office of a major international law firm where he specialised in Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions. From there he moved on to practice corporate finance in the advisory teams of several prominent UK brokerages where he acted as an adviser to a number of AIM companies and advised on numerous IPOs, acquisitions, debt restructurings and placings.