MSA (ANU), BE Hons Phys, BA (Syd)
Founder and Director, Jnana Australia
Karel has been managing Jnana since 2010.
Notable projects Karel has, or is managing, include; development and provision of software, mobile apps and support for government timebanking projects in urban and rural regions, an international study into complementary currencies, the 2013 federal election campaign for the Australian participatory democracy political party Senator Online, development of participatory democracy models, online product and service directories, and plans for online trading for EcoDirectory Australia.
He has undertaken extensive research into community currencies, banking (particularly investment and e-banking), e-commerce, the virtual economy, ethical consumption, participatory democracy and collaborative project management.
Advised on multiple mergers and acquisitions.
Undertaken market research and business development projects, consortium formation and proposal writing, networking, training and relationship building.
Prior to this Karel lived in Cambodia managing The Provision of Experts for the Development of Securities Sector in Cambodia, a unique consultancy style project using volunteers. The scope of the project was to draft the regulations for the securities and exchange commission of Cambodia (SECC), rules for the Exchange, rules for a dealers association and recommendations for wider legislative change. A prominent steering committee was established to oversee, and prominent organisations have partnered with, the project.
He also co-ordinated the feasibility studies, negotiated with the Cambodian Government and together with consultants designed the project.
This was preceded working for a small Canberra based NGO managing international aid projects in Cambodia, Vietnam, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. Projects covered the ﬁnancial, legal, education, health, environmental and IT sectors.
Karel has worked with Amnesty International Australia. He was involved in campaigns aimed at achieving financial equality for all, disseminating information about anti-terror laws, Guantánamo Bay, CIA rendition flights, indigenous rights and conditions in Darfur, Sudan.
In the late 1990s he worked as a mechatronic engineer on a robotic system to calculate the friction on airport runways where he developed good project management skills. He has also had experience with the United Nations and was involved in the handover ceremony at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA.
Karel has a Masters of Strategic Affairs from the Australian National University. A Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering with an Honours thesis in physics and a Bachelor of Arts in studies in religion and asian studies. He also worked on a special project into an interpretation of quantum mechanics. Other qualiﬁcations include business and risk management.
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Karel’s hobbies include politics, social and economic development, physics and meditation. He is a certified leaders wilderness first aider and enjoys spending time with people.
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