Australian Superyacht, Marine Export & Commercial Marine Conference Speaker Ryan CarmichaelChief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, The Whiskey Project Group
Ryan built a formidable career in Defence and the Public Sector, including more than 15 years of highly accomplished service as a Clearance Diving Officer with the Royal Australian Navy. He has worked globally across complex environments with both government and industry, leading cross-functional teams to deliver practical outcomes and highly effective business solutions.
An Executive Level professional, Ryan’s experience has primarily been focused in the areas of command and leadership, operations, plans, project implementation and capability management roles. He also served distinguished tenures with the Australian Special Forces (2nd Commando Regiment) and the Royal Navy (UK). He is known as a specialist in the areas of maritime autonomous systems, ship handling and navigation, counter terrorism and mine warfare and clearance diving.
Ryan excelled across a diverse range of roles, and particularly forged a reputation for his capabilities in leadership excellence. This led to his appointment by the Chief of Navy in 2016 to establish and command Australia’s first operational maritime autonomous systems unit. Overcoming immense organisational and technological challenges to introduce emerging technology into military service, Ryan led by example with focus and innovative thinking which ultimately resulted in his team’s highly commended actions. Ryan is still recognised by the Navy as one of the key subject matter experts in the field of Unmanned Surface Vessels and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and continues to be consulted on related projects.
Originally from South Australia, where he spent weekends with his grandfather building timber boats on the Murray river, Ryan now lives in Sydney’s Northern Beaches with his wife Katrice, and three young children.