Prof. Dr. Murray Hunter
Prof. Murray Hunter has been involved in Asia-Pacific business for the last 30 years. He first entered the cosmetic industry in the 1970s with a joint venture with the Andrew Jergens Company (US Fortune 500 Company). He then took over the position as export manager for the family group and opened up markets in South-East Asia, the Middle East, and Pacific region building sales to just above USD $ 20 million per annum from a zero base. Murray in 1980 moved to Jakarta Indonesia to set up a factory and marketing organization for PT Hunters Jaya Indonesia for the family group. Upon returning to Australia, Murray became a director of a public listed company at the age of 26, responsible for the household division turning over more than AUD 75 million per annum. In 1988 Murray formed his own company New Approach Products Pty. Ltd and within his third year of operations was ranked 5th in the BRW-Price Waterhouse Fast 100 list, a very good accomplishment considering most of the top 10 companies were involved in the ICT industry. Murray returned to South-East Asia in the mid 1990s and set up Hunters Brands Sdn. Bhd., as a subsidiary of Hunters Brands Pty. Ltd. Australia, now manufacturing in China and exporting back to Australia and Malaysia, with a current turnover of approximately AUD $20 million per annum. He assisted the Krauch Family in Brazil. In Malaysia Murray has consulted to Sime Darby Marketing, Bejaya Group, and Dietheim/Harpers Group. Murray introduced Tea tree or Melaleuca alternifolia to Malaysia in the early 1990s. He currently works as an associate professor at the University Malaysia Perlis, spending a lot of time consulting to Asian governments on community development and village biotechnology. Murray is the inventor/author of three boos and a number of chemistry patents in Australia and as a researcher was the first to report many new natural compounds in international journals like the prestigious Journal of Essential Oil Research.