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Len McDowall
Chairman Sydney

Mr. Len McDowall (CA) was inaugural Chairman and Managing Partner of Bird Cameron, Chartered Accountants, which employed 1000 people in 50 offices in Australia and Hong Kong. He established Bird Cameron’s mergers and acquisitions division in 1987.

He has extensive experience in all areas of financial management with a particular emphasis on structuring and negotiating joint ventures and capital raisings. Mr Len McDowall and his partners established the Integral Capital Group (a predecessor to BlueMount Capital), which specializes in mergers and acquisitions, public floatation’s, the creation of financial management strategies and capital management.

Mr. Len McDowall is an expert in capital and debt raisings and has a proven ability to source funds from a wide range of investment and finance industry sources.

He is a respected, syndicated author of articles as diverse as investment, capital raising, private equity funding, pre-IPO opportunities, IPO plans and wholesale investing.

Richard Hemingway

Richard has decades of experience at CFO level with large listed corporates, principally in the infrastrucure, engineering and resources sectors. As a seasoned financial executive, he has extensive experience in the valuation, financing, acquisition, divestment and post acquisition of implementation of complex businesses.

Since leaving corporate life, Richard established Mandanex Group in 2014, an advisory business with operations across the region. He has successfully assisted a wide range of clients with strategic growth planning and valuations together with a full range of transactions based advisory work.

Richard is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Business Valuer and approved advisor with the Advisory Board Centre. He has lived and worked throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand

Outside of business, Richard has spent over 10 years in governance in the education sector. He passionately believes in the contribution each and every young person can make. He acts as mentor for younger CAANZ members.

Kashif Amjad

Kashif has held senior finance and general management roles over the last 25 years, specialising in telecoms, media and digital businesses. Kashif has worked at large corporates in senior finance roles at Optus, Woolworths and Pepsico, as well as being the Managing Director at the telco start up Slimtel he led for 12 years and most recently as CFO Australia and New Zealand for rideshare provider Ola.

A strategic trusted finance and general management leader, Kashif expertise is in cost reduction, procurement and transformation of finance functions, including data processing management. Kashif has managed business planning processes for large and small organisations to set them up for future growth and success, cost optimisation and margin improvement. This has included restructured finances for many organisations saving them millions.

Kashif has experience in digital start ups, and high growth organisations setting them up for success, especially in consumer-driven businesses. Kashif also has keen interest and expertise in Payments and Fintech.

Marcello Bonora

Marcello is a well-rounded executive with over 20 years’ professional experience within the finance, strategy and supply-chain, one third spent in the consultancy and advisory field and the balance in the corporate environment.
Marcello worked and trained across different regions: APAC (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and India), Middle-East (UAE, Israel), Europe (Italy, Switzerland, UK, Belgium and Russia) and the US as well as within the North-African Region (Senegal, Gambia & Mauritania).
Marcello has a broad knowledge of, and know-how in, different industries, jurisdictions, and various business practices. I has held senior roles from international SMEs to MNCs and covered various assignments within the Infrastructure, Automotive, Pharma-Medical and Digital, Logistics, Manufacturing, Retails/Wholesales, Banking and Government sectors.
In 2007 Marcello moved to Australia permanently, while leading Financial Operations based in the APAC region as CFO/FD/Head of Finance as well as sitting in their Boards as director and/or company secretary. He has been able to deal with confidence in a multicurrency environment with different financial instruments and derivatives (Bonds, LC/SBLCs, Forwards), managing multi-site teams. From 2016 he has been involved in the start-up and scale-up environment, where different stages of investments and operations are implicated with Family Offices/VCs/PEs.
Marcello moved back for a few years in Europe and back to Australia in 2019, where he covered positions from International SMEs/MNCs as CFO/COO, moving more into the operations side of the organizations.
Marcello’s approach, whether as an external consultant or as a company executive, has always been directed on maximizing profit and cost saving, assisting structural and sustainable growth, while being focused on implementing strategic, financial and operational business process improvements.
Marcello holds a Global Executive MBA in Strategy from Wharton, an MBA in Finance, Accounting and Controlling, a postgraduate qualification in Statistics and Six Sigma training from Australia.

Kutlu Karayol

Kutlu’s multinational experience that straddles public and private markets reaches up to more than 15 years, giving him a 360 degree perspective into investment strategy, risk management and portfolio optimisation.

Kutlu started his career as a stock market trader and after pursuing similar roles as a trader and a risk manager he moved to private equity investments in growth markets. During his tenure at private equity investment strategy and risk management, he played an instrumental role in significant medium and large size buyouts and M&A transactions, and was actively involved in capital raising for multi-sectoral/regional private equity funds.

Kutlu graduated from METU in Turkey with BSc in Civil Engineering, and holds an MBA in Finance from Baruch College in New York.

John Katsiris

John has worked in the areas of Innovation, Business Analysis and Project and Portfolio Management within Professional Services, Telco, Finance, IT, Computer/ Electronics and Manufacturing Industries for over 20 years.

11 years of John’s early career was spent with IBM in Manufacturing & New Product Development and then as part of the Asia Pacific Head Quarters leadership team guiding the Asia Pacific region. John has successfully negotiated key strategic projects for IBM and driven Business Transformation and Innovation initiatives. Most recently John has worked with the Optus Business Senior Leadership team (MD and VPs) as an Advisory Director and Consultant within the Professional Services Team at Optus. John managed transformational change to create new growth opportunities in emerging markets including IoT and Cyber Security. John specifically works with clients to earn their respect, build their trust and guide them to improve their business through the adoption of Innovative and Transformational solutions.

John is the founder of MYbrainwave®, an Innovation Management Company helping people make their ideas real. John is a Thought Leader in Innovation Practices, coaches and mentors start-ups and growth focused organisations; preparing them for investment as well as building innovation cultures and delivery capability for larger corporates. John has a Patent Pending for a Mobility Aid; Registered trademarks, is a Judge for the Consensus Software and Innovation Awards and has been recognised in the book “ 50 Unsung Business Heroes, Great Australian Success Stories” .
John was the founder, Past Chairman and President for the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) Australia and has served 5 years as a Director for the Project Management Institute’s Sydney Australia division committed to Communications and Certification. He is proud of his contribution to the not for profit sector.

As a trusted advisor, John has passionately assisted organisations to focus on capability development and delivering to strategic objectives. He is a seasoned executive, technology guide, public speaker, management consultant, engineer, educator and coach.

Ian Lee

Ian has extensive experience in banking and capital markets, having begun his career at ANZ where he held a variety of roles in sales, operational risk and compliance, transaction banking and global markets. He then worked for BNY Mellon as Vice President, assisting issuers with their corporate trustee requirements across debt capital markets and securitisation.

As an admitted lawyer, he has been the sole legal counsel for M-DAQ, a Singaporean fintech, up until completion of its Series C funding round. He also has experience in energy and regulated infrastructure assets, currently being a senior counsel at an electricity transmission network operator.

At BlueMount Capital, Ian’s focus is on bridging meaningful engagements between the buy-side and the sell-side, with the aim of broadening investor engagement between Australia and the ASEAN markets.

Ian is based in Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, as well as a postgraduate certificate in applied finance.

Simon Maughan Wright

A strategy advisor to corporate clients, Simon has skills in corporate finance including M&A, turnarounds, transformations, law, real estate development, investment and asset management and data application. He has experience as a CEO, in problem -solving and innovation, financial analysis, business & company valuations.

He has been in M&A advisory for 20 years and prior to that, he was CEO of a real estate development & asset management group for 10 years. He marketed three, mid-market M&A practices Australia wide, marketed businesses overseas and manufactured products in Asia for markets in UK, Europe, and the USA. He has advised clients in Dubai and Baghdad, established the debt acquisition industry in Australia and has numerous finance model innovations to his credit.

He is an experienced company director, a Fellow of the AICD and currently deputy chair of an NFP community housing provider and chair of its Development Committee. Prior to that he was a director of a substantial NFP aged and family care group with $2bn in real estate assets and a revenue budget of $610million pa and was chair of its Finance, Audit & Risk Committee. He has been a member of numerous other boards in wine, finance, hotel, credit and real estate companies.

Simon is qualified in Law with a Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations and the Law from the University of Sydney, an MBA from the AGSM/University of NSW with a Post Graduate Certificate in Digital Management, is a graduate of the AICD Director’s Course and a qualified real estate agent.

Ross McDowall

Ross is a member of the senior management team of BlueMount Capital and Director of Sydney Funds Management, with 25 years commercial and management experience.

Ross has extensive experience in project management, fund management, eCommerce, fintech, information technology and specialises in assisting companies in seeking public listing, merger and acquisition and capital raising in both domestic and international capital markets.

Ross holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, a Graduate Diploma of Business & Technology from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology from the University of Technology Sydney.

Craig Mowll

Craig has 30 years global Asset and Wealth Management experience specialising in growing businesses in Private Debt, Private Equity, Infrastructure, Property (Real Assets), Credit and Equities.

Craig was General Manager, Asset and Wealth Management of MyState Limited for three years, and CEO of TPT Wealth Limited, a Non-ADI Lender with $2B in assets focusing Private Debt. He was also Chairman of the TPT Asset and Liabilities Committee, Investment Committee and Divisional Risk Committee.

Craig developed his career by growing the companies he worked for. He advanced through St.George Bank managing several divisions and subsidiaries including; General Manager: Asset Management, Margin Lending and its Online Trading business tripling the assets to $24B over 5 years. He later moved to Credit Asset Management as a Director to lead the Distribution, Product and Marketing teams growing assets from $11B to $34B during his tenure focusing on Alternative and Private Market assets to Institutional, Wholesale and Retail Third Party markets.

Craig joined Certitude Global Investments as Chief Executive Officer for 5 years leading one of Australia’s largest Hedge Funds managers later becoming the Managing Director of Asset and Wealth Management for Aura Group focusing on Private Equity, Venture Capital, Property and Private Debt.

Craig has held several Key Responsible Manager roles for Australian Financial Services Licenses (‘AFSL’) and Australian Credit Licenses.

Steve Penrose
Director, South East Asia

Steve has held senior commercial, financial and management roles with multinational operations both in Indonesia and Australia. His experience includes the commodities trading, mining and mining services industries. Steve is an expert in the Indonesian and broader Asian resources sectors and consults to clients globally in that area.

He is an Australian qualified chartered accountant, and has undertaken numerous M&A transactions, capital raises and project financing deals across a range of industries.

Steve enjoys facilitating bi-lateral opportunities for in-bound and out-bound investment between Indonesia and its trading partners. He is currently based in Jakarta.

Michael Inder
Senior Advisor

Over the last 28 years Michael has worked as a business consultant and business mentor with hundreds of businesses and organisations, from small owner operated businesses and start-ups, through to larger mid market and Government clients.

His current portfolio of clients is spread across a wide range of industries from software, manufacturing and distribution, through to construction and engineering.

To complement this, he has worked as an M&A advisor with a leading mid market advisory practice, Mandanex Capital, for the last five years. He has successfully completed numerous transactions in the manufacturing, wholesale distribution, hospitality and professional services sectors. He has acted on sell side and buy side mandates for clients.

Jim Rains

Jim is an experienced company director, lawyer and management consultant. He has a demonstrated history of working in corporate advisory, law, governance, compliance, risk management, funds management, property development, quantity surveying; and construction.

Jim has an MBA from Macquarie University, DipLaw LPAB LEC (University of Sydney), is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute Australasia F Fin, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course GAICD ; and is a member of the Law Society of NSW.

He commenced his career in construction and project management, he has a B Build degree (UNSW), is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors MRICS; and AAIQS CQS.

Aditya Saxena

Aditya has been a corporate strategist for over a decade in India and South East Asia market, he was last working with Essel group in India as a Vice president and head of strategy and M&A. His core area of strength is creating opportunities of growth through M&A, Joint-venture, Partnerships and new business launches. He has worked in many sectors however his expertise lies in sectors covering Infrastructure, mining, thermal power & transmission, roads, solar, waste-to-energy, City gas distribution, power utilities, digital media broadcasting, new-age technologies involving Blockchain, IoT, IaaS, Electric vehicles and Smart Cities.

He is an engineer in computer science from Agra University, MBA in finance from ICFAI University and an LLM in commercial law from Singapore Management University. He has leadership experience in handling high ticket transactions involving cross-border investments and was successful in executing M&A deals worth AUD 750 million and capital raises worth AUD 300 million in the last 5 years. He has an interest in investments in technology startups and had earlier co-founded a mining consulting services company in India in 2010.

Eric Sun

Eric Sun has extensive experience in providing corporate advisory and investment banking services to companies in various sectors. He specialises in assisting Asia-based particularly Chinese companies in seeking public listing, merger and acquisition and capital raising in both domestic and international capital markets.

Prior to joining BlueMount Capital, Eric worked for the investment banking division of a diversified financial group in Australia. He had also been involved in media investment management in China where he worked for GroupM, the media investment arm of WPP (LSE: WPP, NASDAQ: WPPGY).

Eric is fluent in Mandarin. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Science from Fudan University and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of New South Wales.