Even before co-founding King River, Chris has long been a dedicated global venture capital investor. He launched two fund management platforms along with partners that collectively raised in excess of US$600 million. He has also led investor syndicates in multi-stage software ventures via CKA Capital and other entities, resulting in 28 early to mid-stage investments in verticals including fintech, AI-enabled businesses, and digital healthcare.
Chris spent the first nineteen years of his career at Goldman Sachs, where he was a Partner based in Frankfurt, London and Moscow. He was co-Head of the European Financial Institutions Group in the Investment Banking Division, and in that role co-founded a fund management business which today commands a multi-billion dollar market valuation.
Chris serves on the boards of Ariadne Australia (ASX:ARA), CNG Fuels and FinClear, and is on the advisory board of GreenSync. He also serves on the President’s Leadership Council at Brown University.
Chris obtained a BSc in Physics from Brown University and an MSc in Physics from Harvard University.
Fay Bou has over 15 years’ diverse private equity investing and business strategy and operations experience in Australia, the U.S. and Asia. Fay is currently a Managing Director at Allegro Funds. Allegro is an independently owned Australian fund manager investing primarily in mid-market businesses within Australia and New Zealand. Allegro has managed more than A$1 billion FUM since 2008 and is currently investing from Allegro Fund III, which has c.$400 million in committed capital from local and international investors including large Australian and New Zealand superannuation funds and institutions. Allegro specialises in transformational capital, applying capital, expertise and a distinctly hands-on approach to investing in businesses requiring transformation. Allegro is the most recognised and awarded turnaround team in Australia being awarded Australasian Turnaround of the Year Awards in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017. Prior to Allegro, Fay worked in the private equity strategy of PAG, one of Asia’s largest alternative asset managers with approximately US$25B funds under management, where he focused on identifying and evaluating control and structured minority investments in China and South East Asia. Prior to PAG, Fay worked as a VP at Babcock & Brown (B&B) where he helped to establish B&B’s US private equity practice and during the GFC, he was assigned with strategic roles to reorganize, restructure and divest legacy businesses in the energy, real estate and transportation sectors. Before joining B&B, Fay was an Associate Director at Pacific Equity Partners (PEP), Australasia’s largest private equity firm with US$6B FUM. Prior to PEP, Fay was an analyst at Port Jackson Partners, a management consultancy.
Fay is currently on the board of Carpet Court New Zealand, Ngahuia Group – the owner of Hannahs and Number One Shoes in NZ, Healthy Life and Endeavour Learning Group.
Fay received a B.Sc in Business Information Technology from the University of New South Wales, where he was a Co-op Scholar, and an MBA (Wharton) and MA (Lauder Institute) from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Macquarie Scholar and a Leonard Lauder Fellow. Fay has also completed the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment at FINSIA.
He chooses his clients so as to work with passionate individuals and teams engaged in building Australia’s next generation of successful technology-enabled growth businesses. In his advisory work, he focuses on helping develop business strategies, capital raising and exits.
Drawing on broad professional experience (Engineer/ Management Consultant/Venture Capital/Corporate Advisor) with hands-on experience with successful (and not so successful) investor-backed business, Neil uses his analytic skills, experience, networks and quirky sense of humour to build long-term relationships.
Neil holds a BSc in Electronic Engineering from Reading (UK) and an MBA from the Australia Graduate School of Management.
Rajeev began his investment career at Goldman Sachs, where he worked for almost a decade in the investment group and risk arbitrage group in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York with a focus on listed and unlisted technology companies. Rajeev then utilised his technology investment experience as a portfolio manager at both Tribeca and Merricks Capital, where he ran global technology investment funds. He then built his own 25-person technology startup called Geckolife, before establishing Alium Capital in Sydney. Rajeev has an Honours degree in Finance, Law and Econometrics from the University of Sydney.
Private Equity Media is Australia’s first and leading private equity and venture capital publisher and is seeking to further develop this position to serve the entire business development community in Australia and New Zealand.
Philip joined Navis in 2008, where he sources Australian and New Zealand transactions, leads investment teams in making, monitoring and exiting investments, and sits on the boards and executive committees of Navis portfolio companies including Device Technologies, Mainland Poultry and Modern Star. He has been active in private equity since founding Lend Lease Development Capital in 1994. Philip subsequently founded and built RMB Ventures, where he managed numerous mid-market buyouts and exits. Previously, he worked for The Boston Consulting Group in Sydney and for British Railways in the UK.
Philip holds an MBA from London Business School and a BSc Hons in Mechanical Engineering from Birmingham University. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has founded and served on the boards of a number of not-for-profit organisations.
As a director, Jaddus has served clients in multiple EY offices, including over five years in San Francisco and Los Angeles where he serviced prominent venture capital and private equity managers. His experience in different jurisdictions has enabled him to gain experience over a wide range of investment structures, strategies and regulatory frameworks that align with the complexities of global private equity and venture capital fund managers. This has also enabled Jaddus to develop a comprehensive skillset on the challenges which present around valuation of companies at various stages in their life cycle.
Tom joined Pemba in 2015 and has led a number of transactions across Pemba’s areas of sector focus. These include HR3, JobReady, Vital Software, VETTrack, Esher House, EmployGroup, Smart Loyalty and THREE60. Tom represents Pemba on the board of ReadyTech and Marque Group.
Tom joined Pemba from Sovereign Capital, the UK ‘Buy & Build’ specialist private equity fund, where he was based in London and focused on investing in mid-market consolidators in the healthcare, education and business services sectors. Tom was previously with the Investment Banking Group at Macquarie Bank Limited, which focused on principal investment opportunities across a variety of sectors.
Prior to Macquarie, Tom gained substantial transaction experience at Deloitte Corporate Finance both in Sydney and London. Tom’s primary areas of expertise at Deloitte Corporate Finance involved business valuations, independent expert’s reports and corporate advice.
Most recently, Brett was a Vice President at Safanad, a US$2bn mid-market private equity firm based in New York with offices globally. Brett was involved in all aspects of the investment process including deal sourcing, transaction negotiation and execution of control private equity investments, as well as capital raising of equity and debt, strategic planning and add-on acquisitions. He led over US$3bn of transactions in various sectors.
Before joining Safanad, Brett was part of the investment banking team at Citigroup’s Melbourne office where he worked on multiple M&A transactions totaling over US$5bn. Prior to Citigroup, Brett was part of the Corporate Finance team at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was involved in multiple M&A transactions.
Brett holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance & Investment (Corporate Finance) from the Financial Securities Institute of Australasia with Distinction.
Since joining Quadrant, Justin has been on the Investment Committee for 22 Quadrant investments of which he has led nine – five of which have been successfully exited. He remains as Chairman of CQMS Razer, Rockpool Dining Group and Motor One, and is a Director of Peter Warren Group.
Jeremy is the Non-Executive Chair of Anacacia portfolio company Duncan Technologies. He was the former lead director for Anacacia’s successful investments into: Appen; Rafferty’s Garden; Lomb Scientific; Home Appliances; and Yumi’s Quality Foods.
He is the former Chair of ANZ’s private equity management committee and was previously a strategy consultant with Booz Allen (now PwC Strategy&). The Australian Government has appointed Jeremy to the committee administering the Biomedical Translation Fund.
Jeremy holds an MBA from Yale University and BA/LLB from UNSW.
He is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of ASX listed oOh!media, the Chairman of ASX listed Swift Media, the Chairman of Hub Australia and a Non-Executive Director of Total Drain Cleaning.
Les began investing in technology in 1999, when he partnered with Leon Kamenev to develop Hotelclub, which rivalled Wotif as the region’s leading online travel platform. Hotelclub was acquired by Cendant Corporation in 2004 and was subsequently absorbed into Expedia.
In 2008, Les provided the seed funding for Siteminder, a platform for hotels to manage the distribution of their room inventory. Les led several subsequent angel rounds until 2012, when VC Funds joined the register. Siteminder has grown to become a global leader in channel management for the hotel industry, transacting over $20 billion per year in room reservations. The business, now backed by US based Technology Crossover Ventures, has raised in excess of US$50 million. Les remains a substantial shareholder and director of the company.
Since leaving Deloitte in 2009, Les has focused full time on startup investing, both in his personal capacity and – since the launch of Equity Venture Partners (EVP) – via the EVP Funds. He is a director and/or shareholder of Alternative Media, Rezdy, Oneflare, Shippit, Snaprevise, Uptick, CL8 (formerly Drivemycar), DesignCrowd, Bluethumb and UrbanYou. Les is also Chairman of the ASX-listed Microequities Asset Management and a director of not-for-profit group 40K.
Marc has been working with JobReady since 1999 and now heads up the publicly listed ReadyTech, with responsibility for over 3,600 customers across the education and employment sectors.
At JobReady, Marc has overseen a transition to delivering a highly scalable and secure Software as a Service (SaaS) model using state of the art, open-source technology with an agile development methodology.
Marc is highly passionate about the Australian education and employment sectors and works tirelessly to deliver better technology and productivity to the sectors while helping navigate the changing environment. Marc is committed to bringing a human approach and simplicity to complex business requirements and bridging the gap between business and technology.