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The Grameen Australia Board is made up of a Group of Business People and Professionals who are intent on making a difference through sustainable solutions. The Board includes:

PHunt_PhotoPeter Hunt AM, Chair

As an investment banker Peter advised local and multinational companies and governments in Australia for nearly 35 years. Major assignments included the Westpac takeover of St George Bank,  the AMP demerger and recapitalisation, the Government’s privatisation of Telstra and the establishment of long term funding arrangements by James Hardie for people suffering from asbestos related diseases. Over his long career Peter advised companies operating in most sectors of the Australian economy and both Federal and State Governments.

Peter established one of Australia’s leading investment banking advisory firms, Caliburn Partnershipin 1999 and was Executive Chairman of the Firm until its sale to Greenhill Inc (an American investment bank listed on the New York Stock Exchange) in 2009. After the sale Peter continued as Chairman of Greenhill Australia before resigning from the Firm in 2018 to concentrate on his philanthropic activities.

Peter was a member of the Advisory Panel of the Australian Securities and Investment Commissionbetween 2009 and 2012 and was a founding panel member of Adara Partners. Peter chaired Cambooya Services Pty Ltdwhich runs the Family Office for the Vincent Fairfax Family from 2010 to 2017.

Peter is an active philanthropist involved in funding, developing and scaling social sector organisations which seek to empower disadvantaged people and create a better and fairer world. He established Women’s Community Shelters, is Chairman of So They Can and Project Rozana and is an Advisory Board member of the Monash Sustainable Development.

Previous social sector roles have included Chairman of the AMP Foundation, Chairman of the Australian String Quartet, Trustee of St Vincents Clinic Foundation (medical research), Trustee of theAnindilyakwa Indigenous Mining Trust (for the traditional owners of Groote Island) and a director of OdysseyHouse (drug rehabilitation) and TheEthics Centre.

Peter was made a member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Queens Birthday Honours List in 2010 for services to the philanthropic sector.

 

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Joe Capra, is a qualified Actuary and has more than 20 years of global experience providing Private Equity, Venture Capital and corporate advisory services to companies in Australia, the UK and Europe. Joe’s experience includes investment due diligence, corporate advisory, financial structuring, project finance, debt structuring, equity raising and public listings.

Joe is the founding Principal of Lennoxgrove Capital (a Private Equity and Venture Capital Investment House) and was previously Head of Co-Investments at Macquarie Bank for 6 years.

Qualifications & Memberships:

       Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

       Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (FIAA)

       Fellow of FINSIA (FFin)

       Master of Applied Finance, Macquarie University (MAppFin)

       Bachelor of Economics (majoring in Actuarial Studies), Macquarie University (BEc)

 

Lindley Edwards, is the Group Managing Director of AFG Venture Group (www.afgventuregroup.com) and its various subsidiaries. The Group provides corporate advisory services that include mergers, acquisitions, divestments, capital raisings, strategic consulting, licensing and joint ventures. AFG Venture Group operates throughout the Asean Region, with full offices in India, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

Previously Lindley was a State Manager (Vice-President) with Citibank. Prior to this position she spent nine years with Macquarie Bank and was an Associate Director with the Corporate Banking Division.

She is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. Lindley holds two undergraduate degrees one in Accounting and the other in Banking and Finance. She also holds postgraduate qualifications in Corporate Governance and in various Financial Services regulatory courses and is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy

 

Version 2Dr Masud Isa. Masud worked with the Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. He was the head of Grameen Bank’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Planning Department, and was one of the key members of the senior executive team that oversaw the planning, financing, expansion and consolidation of the Bank’s operation in the 90s. He also worked as a microfinance consultant for DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and Grameen Trust. As a microfinance expert, Masud participated as a Resource Person in training programs, workshops and seminars in various countries. Currently, he is engaged in consultancy, research, and teaching in the areas of microfinance, entrepreneurship and development finance.

In addition to being in Grameen Bank, Masud was on the Board of Directors in several companies of Grameen Group in the areas of telecommunication, textile, agriculture, fisheries, education, health care and asset management. He led several Grameen Group of companies as the Managing Director and CEO. These included Grameen Kalyan (a venture capital financing company), Grameen Telecom, the pioneer of village phone operation that led an IT revolution in Bangladesh by rolling out the cellular network to connect the remote areas in partnership with Telenor of Norway, Grameen Knitwear Limited (an export oriented composite knitwear manufacturing company), and Grameen Uddog (the manufacturer of internationally acclaimed Grameen Check) in Bangladesh.

In Australia, Masud worked for The Business for Millennium Development (B4MD), a Melbourne-based independent not-for-profit organisation, as Director of Projects during 2009 -2012. He also worked as Senior Private Sector Development Specialist in The Foundation for Development Cooperation; a Brisbane-based international development organization before joining B4MD in 2009.

 

Munzurul Khan, is the founding lead partner and Chair of Keshab Group as established since 2008, including Chartered Accounting Practices, Financial Planning, Legal, Book-keeping, Real Estate, Construction and Investment Arms.

The professional background includes twenty two years of Chartered experience in taxation and accounting, with compliance and consulting services.  Previous experiences range from small Chartered Accounting Practices to BDO to PwC.  The academic and professional backgrounds include Chartered Accountancy, Masters in Commerce, Justice of the Peace, member of PIPA, ASIC SMSF auditor, individual and corporate real estate full licence in NSW and QLD.  Professional experiences include accounting and management of corporate groups, multi-national organisations, high net family groups, establishment and compliance of non-for-profit organisations, presence in various strategic and compliance Boards.

Selective prior and current roles include executive positions in Christian Dior, Fuji Xerox, Toyota Corporation, Gunnedo, Irdeto, Sterling Publishing, Aussie Home Loans, High net Wealth Australian Family Groups among others.  Munzurul has been engaged in various Charitable and Non-profit organisations as an Accountant since 2012.  Munzurul is a key note speaker in various investment forums specializing in Residential Property Investments, is the founding adviser of various prominent buyer’s agents and key advise of various media representatives.

 On personal note, Munzurul believes in ethos of quality, contributing to others’ lives, continuous self-discovery, journey with no boundaries and expanding imaginations.

 

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David Landers. Among Australia’s most globally dexterous senior executives. David led one of Australia’s largest global commercial networks comprising 724 staff and spanning 122 international markets.

David is a specialist in ‘agent-of-change’ mandates, with proven ability to conceive and operationalise strategy to successfully start-up, turnaround, grow business in all major global markets, with considerable Asia literacy acquired through operating and living long-term in China, Hong Kong, India and throughout Southeast Asia.

He is highly adaptable with diverse expertise acquired across a range of industries and sectors including government (Austrade), high technology venture capital (Allen & Buckeridge), China start-up & exit (Asia Foods), multi-national corporate (PepsiCo) and top-tier management consulting (Booz Allen & Hamilton).

David is a seasoned board director including more than 20 appointments across corporate (US & Australia), social business (Grameen Australia) and government (Council of Australian and Latin American Relations, Council of Australian and Arab Relations and Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations). Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia. Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) since 2003.

MBA in International Business from the New York University Stern School of Management and an honours graduate of the International Management Program at the Stockholm School of Economics. Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the School of Entrepreneurial Management, Babson College. Recently completed the Design Thinking Bootcamp at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school), Stanford University.

 

Elizabeth Photo2_S2 (1)Elizabeth Masamune PSM, has had a long career serving as a diplomat and Senior Trade Commissioner with the Australian Trade Commission in Asia, specifically Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2006 by the Australian Government for outstanding service in advancing the interests of Australian firms in Asia.

Since leaving the Australian Government in 2014, Elizabeth has re-located back to Japan and established @Asia Associates Japan, Inc. where she focuses on providing advice to firms on leadership and mentoring for women in business, encouraging female entrepreneurs, and bridging cross cultural communication gaps in business.

Elizabeth is a member of the Chiba University Management Advisory Board in Japan, and leads the Japan-based Future Leaders Program on behalf of the Japan Australia Business Cooperation Committee. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Japan Institute for Board Director Training. Elizabeth serves as a Non-Executive Director at Advangen Inc, the Japanese subsidiary of ASX listed company Cellmid.

A fluent Japanese speaker, she is also proficient is several other Asian languages.

 

Paul Murnane, is a company director and corporate advisor with over 35 years diversified experience in investment banking, consulting and general management in Australia and abroad. He is a former director of Citibank and Goldman Sachs in senior corporate advisory roles, was a partner of a leading global professional services firm and a Senior Advisor in an independent corporate advisory firm. Paul has started and grown businesses and practices in Australia, Asia and the USA and currently advises listed, government and not-for-profit boards and CEOs.

He holds economics and business administration degrees from the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales.

Paul’s past and present services to the community include: Chairman of Australian Scholarships Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Limited and  MS Research Australia; and director of MS Australia,  The Sydney Institute, So They Can, The John Barnes Foundation and the Australian String Quartet.

 

NR Professional PhotoNimalan Rutnam established his own law firm [Rutnam Legal] in 2012 specialising in Life Sciences & Healthcare, representing some of the largest multinational companies and brands across Australia & New Zealand. Rutnam Legal has currently aligned its practise with a leading Sydney based mid tier law firm, Bartier Perry.

Prior to 2012, Nim served as General Counsel & Director for The Procter & Gamble Company’s businesses in Australasia including as a member of its leadership team.

Between2012 and 2016 Nim served as a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Council for the NSW Government. Currently Nim sits on the Regional Advisory Board of Multicultural NSW and is a member of the Competition & Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia. Nim was a Visiting Scholar at the School of Social & Political Sciences at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Sydney. Nim’s main areas of legal practise are Life Sciences, Complimentary Medicines, Healthcare & Consumer Goods.

Nim is passionate about social justice, education & entrepreneurship and is on the advisory boards of several charitable organisations in Australia.