Is a Chartered Accountant and investment banker with a background in Finance, Media and Mergers and Acquisitions. He is founding Chairman of Metro Media Holdings, publisher of The Weekly Review.
Charbel was instrumental in MMH’s start up, expansion and sale to Fairfax Media at a valuation $144m within a five-year period.
He established and led the Melbourne office of Pitt Capital Partners Ltd, a subsidiary of one of Australia’s oldest listed companies Washington H Soul Pattinson, which has advised on in excess of $8bn of M&A and ECM transactions.
Mr Nader has also worked with News Corp’s venture capital vehicle e-Ventures and with PBL in intellectual property financing and was previously an Executive responsible for structured finance at Village Roadshow where Mr Nader specialised in intellectual property and venture financing including credit enhanced future flow securitisations, cross border leasing, tax arbitrage financing and specialised asset finance.
PROFESSOR ROBERT OFFICER
Is Professor Emeritus of the University of Melbourne.
Professor Officer was at the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Business School as a Professor of Finance from 1986 to 2002. Previously, he was Professor with the Department of Accounting and Finance at Monash University. He is an honorary Professor of the University of Queensland.
He is a past President of the Accounting Association of Australia and New Zealand and for eight years was Editor of Accounting and Finance and has held positions at the Universities of Chicago, Queensland, Rochester (USA), Stanford Business School and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Officer was Chairman of the Victorian Commission of Audit in 1992/3, and Chairman of the National Commission of Audit in 1996. He was Chairman of the Victorian Work Cover Authority (1997-2001) and Chairman of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation (2002-2006).
He was on the Board of the Bank of Melbourne before its takeover by Westpac (1993-1998) and Transurban Ltd (2010-2012). Currently, he is Chair of several fund management companies each covering different products of financial markets.
Professor Officer has published research papers in Australian and overseas journals covering a number of areas including corporate finance and taxation, share markets, statistics and the regulation/deregulation of business and particularly an entity’s cost of capital.
JAMES TONNA - CEO
Has over 20 years of experience in Corporate Finance, specifically Mergers & Acquisitions, Leveraged / De-leveraged Balance Sheet Structures and Complex Working Capital / Supply Chain Solutions.
James’ responsibilities include creating and planning the strategic direction of the Growth Factor group of companies as well as the sourcing of new business. James also builds and maintains client and investor relations.
James has held senior management and industry leadership roles at UFJ Group, Westpac Group and CBA and is highly regarded in the banking industry for the ability to create a bespoke lending solutions which correctly align with the borrower’s aspirations.