Patrick is an independent consultant with over 20 years experience working in a professional advisory capacity with companies ranging from start-ups to multi-national listed businesses in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and throughout Asia.
He has worked across a number of industries within both the private and public sectors, operates well in complex and ambiguous environments and specialises in quickly identifying critical issues and challenges a business is facing, developing hypotheses and structuring a path to validate and implement innovative solutions.
His experience includes the transformation of a multi-national FMCG business after it entered the Australian market (capturing portfolio expansion, establishing a new business unit, implementation of a more effective and efficient NPD process, integration of new brands), design of an electricity utility’s capital management and approval process, development of a business improvement framework for a listed mining company and program management of a supply chain optimisation project.
Patrick works effectively with stakeholders at all levels, taking account of key requirements to deliver against the businesses needs and targets across multiple functions and locations.
Industry Sectors: FMCG, Energy, Agriculture and Food, Mining, Heavy Industrial and Transport
Expertise: Corporate Strategy, Strategy Development – from conception to implementation, New market entry, Innovation, Business Planning, Change Management, Transformation and Performance Improvement
Maysoon El-Ahmad is an experienced strategic thinker spanning over 20 years in both senior executive roles and most recently in management consulting. Maysoon had an extended career in retail working for Australia’s largest retailer across roles in operations, innovation, business transformation, merchandise, buying and marketing, strategy, insights and customer experience. She recently made a switch to management consulting applying her strategic thought leadership across industries in health, financial services, aged care, professional services, FMCG, QSR, media and not for profit government organisations.
One of Maysoon’s strengths is her ability to look at problems with curiosity along with a critical eye aimed at finding solutions grounded with a deep understanding in consumer behaviour, cultural insights and the changing market.
Maysoon holds a master’s degree in Commerce with majors in strategy and innovation from the University of Sydney. She is also a part-time lecturer at Tafe NSW and the University of Sydney. She also runs industry training in strategy and marketing.
Industry Sectors: Retail, Financial services, Health, FMCG, Professional services, Government, Aged Care, QSR
Expertise: Business Consulting, Strategy, Research (qualitative and quantitative), Data and Insights, Customer experience, Journey mapping, Trend watching and analysis, Project and client engagement management
Being a lifelong enthusiast for computer security and emerging technologies, Holger started his IT Security career in the German army in 1997. Since then, Holger has continued to strengthen his professional skill set by being involved in many security projects around the globe. While working with industry leaders such as Microsoft, he’s had several years of experience running his own IT Security business. Holger has always been passionate about innovating and developing new security solutions, and this has led him to Telstra where he is the Principal Security Domain expert at the Centre of Excellence, Technology & Innovation, where he works on futuristic and real-world security intelligence analytics solutions in the fields of IoT and Cyber Security. Besides his role in Telstra, Holger is a founder Cydalics PTY LTD and a SME consultant with EarlyBirds.
Key Skills: high analytical, design and problem solving skills, detail and quality oriented, dedicated to develop and maintain high security quality standards.
Expertise: Technology Innovation focusing on security analytics and enforcement technology innovation and design
Tony is an experienced innovator, with 15 years as an entrepreneur across four countries and now an innovation consultant.
Tony has launched three products in regulated markets. Tony’s role is defining the opportunity space, analysing the market to create a business case for investment, interviewing customers, validating products, digital marketing, and organising teams for growth.
Tony’s strengths are futuristic, strategic, and communicator. These strengths play together to anticipate risks in new ventures and also bring clients on the innovation journey.
Tony holds an MBA and an Economics degree from the University of Sydney. He is a guest lecturer and facilitator in innovation at the University of Sydney. Tony is active in the startup ecosystem, and has worked with dozens of teams on commercialisation and strategic growth.
Sectors: Health, e-commerce, fintech, non-government sector, venture capital, crowdfunding.
Expertise: Lean Design, Product Validation, Insight to Opportunity frameworks, Customer Experience Research (qualitative and quantitative), Board Communications, Business Case Development, Key Driver Analysis and Forecasting.
Danielle is a commercially minded, adaptable Chartered Accountant with Private Equity, Corporate Advisory and Wealth Management experience. An analytical thinker and problem solver, telling stories with data to support and facilitate business decisions.
Danielle has diverse experience from working in a variety of organizations from SME and start-ups to multinational companies both in Australia and abroad. She has lived and worked in South Africa, London and Sydney and have also lived in Shanghai.
A natural connector, Danielle is a people’s person with a strength for creating and nurturing opportunities for people and businesses to work together for their mutual benefit.
Danielle is passionate about giving back and supporting women and girls. She has founded and lead a South African Women’s Network in Sydney and is a volunteer with Josephite Refugee Services supporting young Sudanese women transition to tertiary education.
Danielle is a mother to three teenage boys and when she is not working she loves bush walking, running, cooking, reading, painting or enjoying a cup of coffee with family and friends.
Dr Greg Adamson
Greg is a cyber security expert with a strong history in health, critical infrastructure, and financial services. He established Medibank Private’s secure gateway environment, in 1993 was the first CISO for Australia’s Quarantine service, and established the operational risk practice for ANZ’s Transaction Banking business unit (trade, payments, correspondent banking). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Digital Health, and of Engineers Australia.
Greg’s experience ranges from project management (AIPM Project Director) to academia (University of Melbourne Honorary Associate Professor). His PhD examined online business challenges, and he is completing a Master of Commercial Law with the Melbourne Law School. He is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Club Melbourne Ambassador.
Greg has a strong understanding of advanced technologies as a data communications engineer, a 7-year specialist in blockchain business architecture, leads an initiative on digital identity with the IEEE Standards Association, and is a global authority on engineering professional ethics.
He has worked with the Asian Development Bank in Azerbaijan, with Fujitsu in Ukraine, consulted for the BBC, Telstra, and the Scottish NHS, and presented research across the world including Beijing, Sarajevo, Bengaluru, Singapore, Dublin, and Washington.
Marcel has over 20 years’ experience in the IT security industry. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering degree and an MBA from UTS. He is also a CISSP, CISM, CISA, CCNA, MCDBA, MCSE, ITIL qualified professional as well as a baseline and NV1 security clearance.
After completing a Bachelor of Engineering degree, Marcel began his IT career in 1993 as a graduate trainee. Marcel became an IT Manager before his interest in Security began in 2000 when the Internet exploded onto the scene and Security became a key issue. Since then Marcel has assessed, implemented, managed and advised many organisations on the state of their security and provided recommendations on building secure environments. After receiving an MBA in 2005, Marcel became interested in Security Strategy and Management and began to develop ideas and philosophies to deal with the ever-growing challenges facing Security.
Marcel is currently the founder, owner and director of Securify, an organisation that provides top line security management consulting. The focus is to provide strategic and management consulting services as well as delivery across all lines of Information Security Services.
Marcel has presented at Gartner’s Security Conference as well as other security and risk conferences. He was also part of the CISM Quality Assessment Team as well as participating in the Inaugural Australian Executive Security Forum and the Inaugural Technology Leaders Forum. Marcel has also been confirmed as a subject matter expert (SME) reviewer of the deliverables produced by the Framework Committee and the COBIT 5.0 Task Force for the development of COBIT 5.0.
Joann is an experienced strategic leader in management consulting, public service and ICT spanning small and large environments. Joann had an extended career across state to federal government agencies and was the CIO at the Attorney-General’s Department Australia. One of her strengths is the ability to switch her mind to many diverse technical and business problems at the same as shaping strategic direction and guiding operational outcomes.
Joann’s expertise includes:
Business Consulting, Strategic Planning, Business Process Reviews, Board Level Strategic Advice, Program Management, Not for Profit Sector, Federal and State Government, Risk Management, Governance, Technical Consulting, Procurement, IT Strategic Planning, Systems Reviews, Systems Roadmaps.
Nitesh is an experienced Strategy Consultant in both senior executive roles and strategy consulting roles. Nitesh has consulted CEOs globally working at Deloitte M&A, Accenture Strategy and Operations, KPMG (Strategy Manager) and at elite law firms such as Herbert Smith Freehills. Nitesh has focused on in finance, HR, supply chain, IT transformations, operations, business strategy and digital transformations. Nitesh has also started 3 startups mainly focusing in the Internet of Things and Block Chain. Furthermore, Nitesh has also worked in a number of NFPs acting as the Chief Strategy Officer.
Education: Nitesh has a Masters in Management (ALM) from Harvard University – attaining a perfect GPA (4.0/4.0). Nitesh received a university medal and the Katie Yang International Student University medal for the highest GPA across all management and finance students internationally. In addition to this Nitesh also have a Bachelor of Commerce (88%) from Bond University majoring in Finance (with a major / post graduate certificate in Strategy from Harvard in Strategy (4.0/4.0 GPA)). Furthermore, Nitesh is near to completing his Law Degree.
Expertise: Nitesh is a cross-functional Strategist, having worked across all industries including telecommunications, banking, resources, government, health and start-ups. Nitesh’s core expertise is creating upfront diagnosis via design thinking aligned to hypothesis driven frameworks, developing actionable next steps executed via stress-tested roadmaps. The above is backed by evidence and logical business financial models to ensure projects are delivered with the highest accuracy. Nitesh also has deep expertise in Mergers and Acquisitions due to his mentoring from Macquarie Bank and working with CFOs globally.