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Providing Capital & Management Solutions for Private & Public Companies & Sophisticated Investors


Dr Saliba Sassine
Founder and Managing Director

Dr Sassine is a highly experienced executive across corporate finance, merchant capital as well as serving as Chairman or Managing Director of a number of public and private companies across biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, natural products and resources. Dr Sassine has served as Senior Ministerial Advisor at State Government level and was also advisor at National level. He chaired a number of government working parties and committees, including representing Western Australian on the National Prices and Incomes Advisory Committee. He has served on the Senate and Council of two universities in Western Australia and served as Chairman of the Perth Theatre Trust which controlled the major performance venues in the State with around $1 billion in assets. Saliba has a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Western Australia and is a Doctor of Philosophy from the same university.

Samantha Tough
LLB, Chair – Mandate & Advisory Committee

Samantha is a professional company director with senior executive experience as well as a number of Chairman roles in ASX listed and unlisted companies.  She has deep experience and expertise across a number of industries including oil & gas and energy, mineral resources, engineering, banking and finance and agriculture.  Presently, she heads Australian Grain Champions and is a Director of Saracen Mines. Samantha is a former General Manager North West Shelf, Woodside Limited.  Ms Tough is a qualified lawyer and worked as a Barrister for a time.  She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Katharine Arnold
Executive Assistant to Managing Director

In addition to the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director, Katharine is also a senior administrator and company secretary.  She is experienced across a number of industries including corporate finance, property, biotechnology and natural products.

Laurie Ziatas, B.Juris. LLB EMBA MMedConflRes
Director & General Counsel

Laurie is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Western Australia, South Australia and the High Court of Australia who has had over 38 years’ experience in business, including about 20 years in full-time legal practice mostly as principal of a medium size legal firm specialising in mineral resource company start-ups and listings.

Laurie’s experience includes Start-ups, M&A, Strategic Marketing, IPO/RTO, Consolidation and Integration in several industries.

Laurie holds law degrees and an Executive MBA from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the University of South Australia.

Dr Valeriy Tsupko
Director – Business Development Former Soviet Union

Dr Tsupko is a high experienced company director and executive with a background in resources, mining and international trade. Dr Tsupko is a graduate of the Moscow Mining Institute where he was awarded his Ph.D. in complex underground mining and mineral deposits. Dr Tsupko spent 20 years in the Russian coal industry and engineering in senior management and executive positions. He also worked at the executive joint ventures in Europe and Canada for Gerur Gmbx and Alco Canada Inc. In addition, Dr Tsupko is a senior advisor to S&A Capital in international commodity transactions and cross-border trade. Dr Tsupko has deep understanding and contacts in Russia and the FSU and brings a deep knowledge to BlueMount Capital.

James Wearing-Smith
Director Business Development – Asia

Based in Bangkok, James is an experienced capital markets and finance executive with career experience spanning over 20 years. James departed Perth, Western Australia after graduating from Edith Cowan University and moved to Japan where he started his career. He has worked for various financial services companies including Maruso Securities and Commerzbank (formerly Dresdner Kleinwort Benson) in Japan, Macquarie Bank and AsiaVest Partners in Hong Kong, Commonwealth Bank and Paterson (formerly Paterson Ord Minnet/J.P. Morgan) in Australia. James held various trading licences when working on exchanges in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia dealing with a wide range of trading instruments including equities, bonds, convertible instruments, warrants and derivatives.  James also worked as a licensed fund manager in Hong Kong with special interest in managed investment funds and a focus on taking mainland Chinese companies to IPO listings on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Elias Michael Farah, B.Eng.
Director S.E. Asia & Middle East

Mr Farah is BlueMount Capital (WA)’s specialist in the energy and mineral sector, bringing a wealth of experience to the investment banking team.  He is an accomplished commercial and globally experienced Business Leader with a verifiable 38-year track record of success progressing to Vice President level in game-changing commercial business development and project leadership roles.

Mr Farah has proven abilities in shaping and executing high-yield growth strategies; combining deep industry insights and technical acumen with exceptional commercial skills. Experienced in leading matrix teams across Malaysia, UAE and Australia; balancing risk and reward to deliver ground-breaking contracts and drive revenue/EBIT growth beyond expectations amidst challenging market conditions.

Mr Farah has worked at QP/BP in the Middle East and Chevron in Australia, predominately in project management and development.  He also worked for Technip, Bumi Amada and NPCC, managing tendering and commercial activities for mega-projects around the world.

Gabi Ghasseb
Director – Operations & Special Projects

Mr Ghasseb is an experienced business executive with special interest in earlier stage companies and innovation.  His private investment background over 30 years covered property, agriculture and equities.  Gabi is a JP, has an MBA from Deakin University and is a former Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia.  Mr Ghasseb is responsible for Special Projects.

Bradley Denton
Director – Business Development

Mr Denton is a business development professional with over 20 years of commercial experience in the financial services industry, capital raising, private equity funding, pre-IPO, venture capital, real estate, mining, M&A, management consulting and project execution.

Mr. Denton has been a director and advisor to Australian, Asian and African companies’ growth and development opportunities with a history of creating internal and external long-term value in a broad range of industries.

Mamunul Chowdhury
Director – South Asia

Mr Chowdhury is a highly experienced business executive with a wealth of experience in trade finance, bond market, equities, securities, banking, funds management and M&A.

Mr Chowdhury has been involved as a founder entrepreneur of textile, milling, mild steel pipe manufacturing, IT Products and essential commodities trading for nearly 15 years.  Mr Chowdhury has worked extensively in the South Asia markets with deep experience and connections in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Yuan (Sophia) Gao
Investment Manager

Ms. Gao is an experienced investment manager in China previously filling that role at CITIC Medical & Health Group Co. Ltd. where she was mainly engaged in medical and health investments.  Prior to that she was Vice President for Marketing and Risk Control at CCB International (China) Limited.  She was also a Senior Associate at Chum Investment Corporation, one of China’s most successful privately-owned merchant banks. Ms Gao started her career as an Assistant Manager in the Audit Department in KPMG Beijing.  She is a graduate of the School of Management at Renmin University of China and the Central University of Finance and Economics.

Giancarlo (John) Meazzo
Director – West Coast USA

Based in Los Angeles, Giancarlo is a highly experienced finance executive having serviced as CFO and Director of Finance at a number of Fortune 500 Companies in the USA.  Giancarlo has worked across a number of sectors, including hospital and medical care and a large hospital chain with more than US$2 billion in revenue.  He has also worked in insurance for multi-billion dollar group Great American Insurance Company.  Giancarlo has been involved in corporate and finance structuring and financings, including corporate finance work for American Funds Service and the Investment Company of America Group of Mutual Funds.  He has A.A. and M.A. degrees in accounting and management.

Hao Zeng
Senior Associate

Hao’s responsibilities include corporate advisory, business development, commodities brokering and deal generation. He has held past roles in venture capital and private equity. Hao holds a Bachelor of Economics and Graduate Certificate of Commerce from the University of Queensland and is pursuing a Bachelor of Law (Honours) at Queensland University of Technology.