Mentors

Tony Sinclair

Tony Sinclair

Tony is an experienced entrepreneur and start-up mentor. He has worked extensively in the UK, US, Morocco, Thailand, and Ecuador. Tony has been involved in the launching of a range of Fintech-related businesses and raised money in regulated markets across the world in sectors like SaaS, drones, property, and equity crowdfunding. Skills and experience includes writing a business plan, financial forecasting, pitching to investors, fundraising, term sheets and cap table, launching MVP, product development, and growing a team with high EQ.

Alongside this, Tony is currently an MBA candidate (2018) at the University of Sydney and has been a Sydney Genesis mentor for several years, as well as a start-up mentor for the CSIRO incubation program and the Fishburners start-up program.


Rose Hartley

Rose Hartley

Rose cofounded a successful social enterprise, projectHUNI (a subtle amalgam of the words high school and University), which has so far guided over 600 high school students in the challenging task of choosing their University course through their online tool the Course Resource. Having successfully progressed this business plan through many incubator programs such as Sydney Genesis and INCUBATE, Rose has extensive experience within the start-up space in relation to developing a strong business plan. Furthermore, she has gained professional experience in consulting, having worked as a trends and insights consultant at Growth Mantra.


Paul Towers

Paul Towers

Paul is a 3x Entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Sydney based start-up Task Pigeon. Paul purchased his first business as a sixteen year old high school student and as a result has a strong interest in assisting and mentoring young Australian entrepreneurs. This is his second time working with the Sydney University Genesis program and he has previously been involved as a mentor with other student entrepreneurship programs in Australia.

In addition to his role at Task Pigeon Paul has advised more than 30 early stage start-ups, primarily in the areas of business model development, idea validation, initial user acquisition and marketing. Paul also helps support the local start-up ecosystem through his daily newsletter Start-up Soda.


Hanna Ebeling

Hanna Ebeling

Hanna has extensive experience in areas of consulting, impact investing and investment decision making. She has worked as a financial consultant in Deloitte, HSBC, LGT Impact Investors, The United Nations, and now works as the Head of Portfolio Management at Social Enterprise Finance Australia.


Brian Dorricott

Brian Dorricott

Brian Dorricott is a Lean Commercialisation Expert. A serial founder and entrepreneur, Brian originally trained as an Electronic Engineer at Imperial College, UK. After leaving Philips and Logica he founded and was CEO of Gordano Ltd from 1994 through to an MBO netting a 217x return on investment at its MBO. Gordano’s messaging software was used by 13,200 companies including Telstra, the US Army and IBM. Brian’s second company was targeted to develop software to match a gap in Cisco’s portfolio. With Cable & Wireless as its only customer, DeeZee was sold to Cisco Systems Inc. 25 months later for $6,812K yielding a 50x return on investment.


Rod Henderson

Rod Henderson

Throughout his 20 year career as a tax partner with KPMG, Rod assisted a range of industry sectors including energy, mining, utilities, renewables, infrastructure, agriculture, start-ups, private equity, industrial markets, transport, education and healthcare. Rod has helped companies expand globally, raise funds and grow their business organically or through successful M&A activity. As lead tax adviser on some of Australia’s largest transactions, Rod has experience with takeovers, mergers, IPOs, divestments, joint ventures, capital raisings and complex funding arrangements.


Matthew Fitzpatrick (MJ)

Matthew Fitzpatrick (MJ)

Matthew currently runs his own company, Thymos, who provides consulting on emotional intelligence as a strategy of competitive advantage. He works with business owners, start-ups, universities and charities on how to leverage strategic thinking, creativity, resilience and communication to run a better business and build better lives.

In running Thymos, MJ has gained extensive experience from this company by organising teams, developing a business plan, generating social value, and fundraising. Having started his own company, he is able to impart valuable wisdom for any young entrepreneur into the challenges and complexities of the start-up world.


David Goad

David Goad

David has a unique combination of practical experience in IaaS, SaaS and cloud based services businesses managing large high performance teams in Sales, Marketing and Service. Currently David is the General Manager for Hitachi Solutions Australia. In this role he is responsible for driving revenue and profit for Hitachi Solutions Business Applications business in Australia. David is also a Postgraduate Fellow at Sydney University Business School and a Casual Lecturer at The University of New South Wales.

David has degrees in Engineering and Arts along with an MBA in Finance and certifications in Project Management and Operations and has worked with technologies such as Vmware, EMC, Cisco, SAP, Oracle, and Dynamics.


David Such

David Such

David Such works as an interim CEO and in system engineering project roles. He is also a Director of Kintarla, trading as Reefwing Software which is a mobile app development company. David delivers training in a range of courses (IoT, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Python, Lua, Objective C, Swift and After Effects).

Prior to this, David was Managing Director at Serco Australia from 2006 - April 2014. David was also an executive Director at Serco Australia Pty Ltd, Director at Serco Traffic Camera Services (VIC) from 2010-2014, Director at Excelior Pty Ltd, Director at DMS Maritime from 2010-2013, Director at Serco Sodexo Defence Services from 2010-2013, General Manager at ADT (security services) from 2002 - 2005 and Regional Manager/Engineer at Honeywell from 1987 - 2002.


Sandra Schwarz

Sandra Schwarz

Sandra is an experienced strategy and transformation manager and former management consultant, with 10+ years of expertise in strategy development, translation of strategy to implementation, identifying and implementing IT process improvements, and project managing these initiatives to completion.

Sandra has worked across Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States, with a keen interest in innovation, disruptive technologies and global strategic alliances in telecommunications, media and IT. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, a dedicated mentor, a community service leader, and keen traveller fluent in English, Polish and with elementary Indonesian.


Kale Temple

Kale Temple

Kale Temple is an analytics consultant with over 3 years’ experience in delivering analytics and business intelligence projects. He has helped a range of clients, from government to financial services, realises the value that can be created from advanced analytics and has presented at several conferences on advanced analytics and machine learning.

In addition to being passionate about data, Kale is heavily involved with start-ups. Before devoting his work full-time to Agile BI, Kale co-founded two start-ups – one of which he led as the CEO and the other as the VP of Operations and has been mentoring start-ups at the University of Sydney’s Genesis Program for over 2 years. He holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Economics) and Masters of Economics (Economics & Econometrics) from The University of Sydney.


Alexandra Iljadica

Alexandra Iljadica

For the last 4 or so years Alexandra has grown a national non-profit organisation, the Youth Food Movement, and has only recently made the jump to work on YFM full time. While growing YFM she has had various academic research roles in international development, health and most recently with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at the University of Sydney Business school.

Alexandra specialises in working at the intersection of civil society, business and government. Additionally, she has had experience and training in strategy and business planning, research, evaluation and impact measurement as well as concept ideation and project management.


Tim Mahlberg

Tim Mahlberg

With a broad career spanning corporate, non-profit/charitable organisations, consulting and customer excellence, Tim has worked for over a decade as an organisational psychologist, helping people to realise their potential through their work life.

Tim has a First Class Honours degree in Psychology, a Masters in Organisational Psychology, and is currently completing his PhD in Business at the University of Sydney where he has been sponsored by Deloitte Australia to explore the future of work and the role of technology in helping us to lead more fulfilling and purposeful working lives.


Lucy Hamblin

Lucy Hamblin

Lucy has studied a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology at The University of Sydney. In 2015, Lucy co-founded projectHUNI. ProjectHUNI works to make the transition from high school to university a whole lot easier. Lucy’s work with projectHUNI has involved developing and delivering social value through school workshop programs and online platforms.

In 2016, HUNI was nominated form StartCon’s Best Student Run Start-Up, and Lucy has developed her business plan through both Sydney Genesis and INCUBATE. Lucy has experience in education, psychology and business, and is fascinated by human behaviours and group dynamics. She is passionate about working with both individuals and teams in order to enhance everyday experiences.


Daniel Fabri

Daniel Fabri

Over a 30 year career, Daniel has made it his mission to embrace creativity and avoid mediocrity. He is an MBA, CPA, BEc, Prince2 and GAICD with extensive experience in complex multi-site businesses with large B2B and B2G outsourced contracts.

Daniel has worked in a range of industries: (integrated service management, business process management, asset and facilities management, hospitality, technology provision, consulting and technical services), across a number of market segments: (hospitality, leisure, hardware/software wholesale, corrections, immigration, health, BPO, maritime, local government, defence and transport), with the common theme being the successful pursuit of strong performance and operational efficiency through innovation and productivity improvement during periods of high growth and transformation.


Siva Ramamoorthy

Siva Ramamoorthy

Siva has global corporate background with a core skill of building revolutionary new products and driving new market adoption. Roles include Marketing Director at VMware, Director Sales and Marketing at Intel.

He has also worked in a couple of entrepreneurial Venture/PE backed smaller companies including as Head of Marketing at Tejas Networks - a Red Herring Worldwide Top 100 India Start-up and as Director Sales, Genband - a PE backed firm.

Siva holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky. He also holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA.


Naomi Nash

Naomi Nash

Naomi Nash is the CEO and lead consultant with New River Leadership. She has worked with social welfare agencies, schools, executives and individuals, and to explore leadership and cultural change. She enjoys listening deeply to organisational story, encouraging individuals, and fostering positivity.

Naomi has a passion for entrepreneurship and mentoring start-ups, particularly with young people. She loves playing music and songwriting.


Dennis Feeney

Dennis Feeney

Dr Dennis Feeney is a senior executive and consultant in Healthcare and Life Science with industry experience in development, commercialisation and governance of health technologies in global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He has served as Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Commercialisation and Licensing for an international biotechnology company, as a director of two publicly listed biotechnology companies and as an adviser to others.

He is a founder of a new consultancy which offers end to end service in the development and commercialisation of health technologies. Dennis has a Master's degree in Science from the University of Western Australia; a Certificate in Health Economics from Monash University and a PhD in Medicine from the University of Sydney.


Ehsan Fallahi

Ehsan Fallahi

Ehsan acts as legal counsel to entrepreneurs and is dedicated to maximising value, reducing risk and devising exit strategies. He has advised local and international entrepreneurs in industries such as information technology, telecommunication and e-commerce.

As an experienced advisor, Ehsan provides pragmatic and professional advice on legal considerations arising in trade and commerce and his commercial experience helps address the needs of emerging businesses. He is also involved in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts. Ehsan assists clients with asset protection, structuring, capital raising, shareholder agreements, protection of intellectual property rights, establishment of trusts, director’s duties and disputes with regulators.


Arpit Raswant

Arpit Raswant

Arpit is a PhD candidate in the University of Sydney Business School. His research focuses on the influence of the home country environment on the internationalisation of firms. He is the recipient of the University of Sydney International Scholarship (RTP) and the Business School Research Scholarship.

Previously, he has received the Australian Research Council’s ITRH (SRH) Scholarship and the University Postgraduate Award (UOW). He did his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, followed by the Master’s degree with thesis sponsored by the POSCO Asia Fellowship at the Korea University. Prior to pursuing higher degree research, he worked in various organisations in Australia, India, and South Korea.


Houssam Bizri

Houssam Bizri

Houssam is an experienced Lecturer and Educational Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry in the areas of online teaching and learning. Skilled EDUpreneur with good track record in assisting start-ups and training organisations with online education strategies and implementation.

Houssam’s current interest is in the areas of new disruptive technologies such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and the effect/possibilities they may bring to the field of future teaching and learning.

He has been teaching eCommerce, Digital Marketing, eLearning for more than ten years. Houssam graduated with a degree in adult education (UTS), Masters in Business and Technology (UNSW) and Masters in eLearning (UTS). He is a strong believer of lifelong learning.


Carl Gough

Carl Gough

Carl has spent the last 20 years in the IT & T sales and consulting world, has a passion for leaving the world better than when he found it and has a unique ability to turn ideas into reality. Combining Business and Philanthropy with a handshake, his third start up Meetmagic, combines his skills of opening doors and connecting people, with his drive to find a more sustainable charity fund raising model.

Meetmagic is a B2B platform for connecting key decision making executives with innovative technology solution providers to solve challenging business problems. Turning business meetings into funds for a charity chosen by the executive.


Ross Paull

Ross Paull

Ross founded Guided Resolution Pty Ltd following a wide-ranging career in the financial services industry that encompassed debt and equity financing, the sell-side and buy-side sectors and markets in North America and Europe.

Guided Resolution, his second start-up, was selected as one of Westpac’s inaugural 200 Businesses of Tomorrow (2017). He previously co-founded Terra Capital Partners, LLC a global real estate investment and finance business with partners headquartered in New York.

Prior to that he was Head of Asia Pacific for JP Morgan’s Real Estate Investment Group based in Sydney and a Regional Sector Director, US Equities Research for ABN Amro Inc., based in New York.

Ross holds master’s degrees in Business Law (USYD), Dispute Resolution (UNSW) and International Studies (USYD).


Rebecca Mason

Rebecca Mason

Rebecca successfully founded the award winning start-up The Time Masons that had grown from $0 to $70k in its first year. The Time Masons sells engineered technology that automate business processes to busy small business owners. She has had over nine years international experience developing and implementing marketing and communications programs.

Rebecca has experience in marketing strategy, data analysis, customer behaviour mapping, financial management, and pitching to Boards and C-Suite executives.


Zeryab Cheema

Zeryab Cheema

At the age of 15, Zeryab launched Taxi 24/7 an iPhone app to connect riders and drivers which is currently being used in the London Black Cab market. Shortly afterwards, Zeryab was featured across the media including 7News, Today Show, ABC 7:30. With the support of Senior Ministers and even the Former Prime Minster Julia Gillard, Zeryab has conducted over $2.5m of Research and Development with multi-nationals like PayPal, TeamSpeak and Altoros.

Zeryab has had the privilege of speaking at distinguished events including; Cebit, Unconvention, Future of Transport, and more. He is currently a second year Economics student at the University of Sydney where he regularly speaks on Entrepreneurship and is also the judge at the Business school competition.


Alex Carpenter

Alex Carpenter

Alex Carpenter is a serial entrepreneur who has started 4 for-profit businesses and 2 for-purpose businesses. These ventures have all been in completely different industries with some being sold and some going bankrupt. His current venture, Atma, is a not for profit travel company seeking to empower communities around the world and deliver unique and immersive holidays.


Jarrod Vassallo

Jarrod Vassallo

Jarrod Vassallo is an Early Career Development Fellow at the University of Sydney Business School. Prior to this Jarrod completed his PhD at the Cambridge Judge Business School. While completing his PhD, Jarrod was awarded a prestigious AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Fellowship and was an expert witness on branding and reputation for the Federal Court of Australia.

Jarrod was employed as a Senior Strategy Consultant at Interbrand, and then at Landor Associates. In this capacity, he advised executives on all facets of brand strategy, management and creation and worked with clients across government, professional services, consumer goods, industrial, technology, energy, automotive, pharmaceutical and not-for-profit sectors. His past clients have included Microsoft, Citi, the Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Westpac, Coles, Transport for NSW, Toyota, Wrigley, Domino's Pizza and Pernod Ricard.


Parth Gulati

Parth Gulati

Parth is a software Product Manager who loves to bring ideas that solve real problems to life. He works in the space where technology, design and social impact intersect.

He’s worked across start-ups, corporates and for-purpose organisations – designing UX and Product at start-ups such as Finder, RadFrame, Good On You and Goodments, to delivering innovation projects for some of Australia’s largest corporates including Telstra, Commonwealth Bank and TAL. He has an academic background in social innovation and has previously conducted tertiary research into Social Impact Bonds in Australia, the UK and India.


Paul Gunson

Paul Gunson

Paul has 15 years’ experience as a business turnaround and corporate reorganisation practitioner, along with 10 years as a CFO/COO in various service orientated businesses.

As a CFO/COO, he specialised in enabling growing companies to reorganise to take that “next step” in their evolution by working in partnership with each areas of the business to introduce and implement financial integrity control, business process systems and performance management and productivity tools.

Whilst financial management is his core discipline, Paul’s experiences allow him to offer complementary skills in the areas of business strategy formulation/integration, marketing/business development, external and internal stakeholder communications, legal affairs, human resource management and information technology.