CEO & Founder, Dale Schilling, has over 20 years’ experience in natural resource development and operations management across Australia, Japan, the US, Germany, Singapore and Indonesia.
Hillridge is the result of Dale's desire to arm the farming community with financial tools to better manage their weather risks, having witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of extreme weather on his family’s wheat & sheep farms in the Millewa and the Eyre Peninsula.
Prior to Hillridge, he steered oil & gas projects and operations for Mitsui & Co, Ltd, a large Japanese trading company, and later, led The Boston Consulting Group’s global mining operations topic. He has an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Economics from Kyoto University.
Co-founder Technology & International Strategy, Dai-Kyu Kim, has over 30 years’ experience in finance, fintech, blockchain/DLT, IoT, systems integration, product strategy and business development across Australia, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, the US and France.
In 1998, Dai-Kyu co-founded Quicken.com.au and launched QuickBroker, one of the first Australian online stockbrokers. The following year Quicken merged with its sister company Reckon and listed in an IPO on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:RKN).
He has held executive roles in Citibank, National Australia Bank, PwC, HP, Hyundai Information Technology, Intuit and multiple startups, as well as a board membership of two ASX listed companies.
Qunying is Hillridge Technology’s Chief Agronomist, with over 30 years’ professional experience in China and Australia. She is a world-class agronomic researcher, having authored over 60 academic papers covering agro-ecosystem modelling; the impact, adaptation and mitigation of climate change on agriculture; agrometeorology and ecophysiology; and the integration of crop modelling with remote sensing and plant breeding. She has a PhD in Agronomy from the University of Adelaide, specialising in agrometeorology.
Community Manager, Nicholas, has family roots in the rice, wheat and sheep farms of the Riverina Region. He has worked on their farms, digging ditches, hand-starting siphons, and marking lamb. Nicholas has experience working in the climate research sector of DPI and as a research and analytical assistant for Sustainable Soils Management, an agricultural consultancy company. His family are actively involved in the agricultural communities around NSW. He is passionate about talking to farmers about the current issues they are facing.
Design Technologist, Natalynn, has experience working in research and software development. She obtained her Bachelor of Economics and Computer Science from New York University, and is currently pursuing her Masters at the University of Sydney.