Peter Tsolakides (Founder and Chairman)
Peter became interested in cryonics after reading Robert Ettinger’s book The Prospect of Immortality in late 60s. He thought by now cryonics would be widely available, but this is sadly not the case. He has degrees in Science (chemistry) and Business Administration.
Peter worked in the marketing organization of a major international oil company for over 30 years, with 24 years of overseas assignments including Thailand, Singapore, Japan and the US, where he held progressively more senior management roles. His main career path has been in strategic planning, project development planning and major project implementation management. Before leaving to progress his own business activities in 2008, Peter managed a gate-keeping team of high level executives in the US that vetted global capital projects totalling one billion dollars and other projects (e.g. divestments) valued at a further billion.
Since then, Peter has owned and managed a private consulting firm. He is currently progressing his own projects to make cryonics more accessible and widespread.
Mark Milton (Founder)
Mark became interested in cryonics as a result of researching longevity.
He spent the first half of his career in diverse jobs from Police Officer, Carer for intellectually disabled, factory foreman… you name it. For the last 20 years he has been in IT and management.
He was a Senior Programmer and Systems Analyst at Price Waterhouse, and has had contract positions with KAZ, the Office of the Board of Studies, and Chubb Security.
He was a Team Leader in ING's IT department, managing problem resolution for Australian operations, and his last role was Global Production Support Manager for NightHawk Radiology, managing 40 staff in 3 countries servicing 1500 hospital and radiology clients on a 24 x 7 operation.
Mark's current primary interest is setting up a cryonics facility in Australia.
Matt Fisher (Secretary)
Matt is a software engineer and jack-of-all trades.
He studied mechatronic engineering and computer science at the University of Adelaide and then worked for five years as an officer in the Australian Defence Force. He currently works as Director of Engineering at an educational technology web startup.
When he found out about cryonics and researched it enough to conclude it could potentially work, Matt realised that he was part of the last generation who could consider death inevitable.
There is a good chance that medical technology will advance quickly enough that he will never need to be cryonically suspended, but Matt wants his parents to have the same opportunities he does for many extra years of healthy life.
He wants to bring everyone with him into the future.
Marta Sandberg (Advisor)
Marta Sandberg contributes to SSA in an advisory role. As a director of the Cryonics Institute in the US, she has a wealth of experience and knowledge about managing a cryonics organisation and cryonics in general.
Marta was born in Sweden in 1955, in a town that straddled the Polar Circle. She immigrated to Australia as a teenager and went from the freezing north to a hot desert mining town.
It was there she met her husband Helmer. They shared twenty-three years together until he died of a pituitary brain tumour. Although Marta had been interested in cryonics since she read an article about the Dora Kent case, it was Helmer's illness that rekindled her interest. After spending several years investigating cryonics - and then more years trying to convince her husband - they both signed their contract with CI.
Helmer is currently suspended at CI and one day she plans to join him. This gives her a very personal interest in securing the future of cryonics and safeguarding her and her husband's next life.
Marta actively promotes cryonics whenever she has a chance and has frequently appeared on TV, newspapers and magazines in Australia and Sweden. Her and Helmer's story has been touted as the The Love Story of the Century and Australia is the only county where most of the magazine articles on cryonics have been published in women's magazines.