MEET THE BOARD


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David De Campo

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

As the Executive Chairman, David’s focus is on the company’s business development, corporate governance and the international corporate procedures and practices.

With a demonstrated track record of growing shareholder wealth, David has participated on the Board of more than 20 private and public companies covering both domestic and international markets (particularly China) primarily focused in the financial, educational and services industries.

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Paul Wappett

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Paul Wappett is the CEO of the Australian Institute of Business, a private online higher education provider. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Open Universities Australia (OUA), Australia’s leader in online learning for six years. Paul is a passionate believer in the power of education to transform individuals, families, communities and even economies. Paul has focused on ensuring that the companies that he runs provides their students with consistent access to the best in online learning design, production techniques and data analytics, so that as many people as possible have access to a world class education.

A lawyer by profession, Paul’s previous positions have included legal and commercial roles at CPA Australia, the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Mobil Oil Australia, and law firm Clayton Utz. His qualifications include degrees in commerce and law from the University of NSW and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

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Gerard Patacca

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Gerard is a highly experienced orchestra executive with proven leadership in stakeholder engagement, people and financial management, industrial relations negotiations and entrepreneurial activity.

He comprises an extensive and established network, with a track record of building excellent relationships with artistic and business leaders alike.

Gerard is a strategic and creative thinker with strong business acumen and proven ability to motivate and build teams, influencing directly and indirectly to achieve ambitious artistic and business goals.

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Geoff Collinson

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Geoff had a stellar 30 year professional music career that included an appointment as principal horn of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (resident orchestra at Sydney Opera House) , Head of Brass at The University of Melbourne and  co-founder of the Melbourne International Festival of Brass with ProfessorBarry Tuckwell ACE OBE as honorary patron

In 2007 Geoff began a career in business and founded the online video platform Spondo. Now as CEO of Icestorm Digital, Geoff is focusing on the use of online tools to greater enhance student’s ability to access high level music education in a global marketplace.

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Nowaki Mcqueen-tokita

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Nowaki is Senior Partner of McQueen Group, a leading diversified financial services firm, and represents McQueen who act as advisors to AEYONS.

McQueen has been advising businesses and individuals for over 20 years, and with a team of specialists are able to provide both broad and deep financial advice.

Nowaki has been with the firm for 13 years, and sits on a number of boards.

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CHRISTOPHER NEIL

CHINA BASED CEO

Christopher Neil is a senior Australian businessman who has lived and worked in Beijing for over 20 years since first visiting China in 1991. Christopher studied Mandarin Chinese at the Beijing Language and Culture University in 1992 and a bachelor of arts in Asian Studies at Curtin University 1995.

Christopher founded Orient Group in 2011 as a boutique advisory headquartered in Beijing with satellite offices in Hong Kong, USA, Vietnam and Australia, and continues to work on projects with international trade, investment, consulting and assisting companies in various industries including mining/resources, agribusiness, healthcare and education. Christopher has assisted Curtin University with their China program and recently worked with Carl Drusberg Centren on their language consulting business.

In 2013 Christopher chaired the 7th Asian Mining Partnering Forum in Beijing. He was one of the handpicked delegates for Australia Week in China 2014 and 2016. Christopher was a speaker at the Global Service Outsourcing Summit (GSOS) held in Qingdao, China during June 2014 hosted by the Ministry of Commerce and was the key note speaker at the Bauer Media (Australia) conference in Shanghai October 2014, Pathways Licensee Services study-tour to Hong Kong April 2016 and Curtin University MBA Study Tour Beijing September 2016. Rubicon Water – China appointed Christopher as their senior advisor from May 2017.

Christopher sits on various boards and has extensive experience advising western companies on doing business in China, he has strong relationships with central and local governments, various state-owned enterprises, multinational corporations and high net worth individuals. He has resided in Beijing since 1996 and continues to travel extensively throughout China and the region.

MANAGEMENT


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Duncan MacWhirter

GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS

Duncan is currently the COO of Icestorm Digital Solutions a leading technology firm headquartered in Melbourne, Australia. He has extensive experience providing solutions to complex problems through the development of online platforms for enterprise businesses.

His role at AEYONS is to maximise opportunities, turning ideas into reality, always keeping the business strategy aligned to the vision. His many years of experience across operational and analytical functions through the finance, sport and entertainment sectors has honed considerable interpersonal skill and ability to deliver outcomes.

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Olivia Gallimore

YOUTH AMBASSADOR

Olivia holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Distinction) and is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Laws (Hons). Olivia has engaged extensively with China, working in areas such as philanthropic research, management consultancy and corporate legal research. As a 2018 DFAT New Colombo Plan Scholar, Olivia studied Law at China’s prestigious Tsinghua University and learned Mandarin.

 

Back in Australia, Olivia is the 2019 New Colombo Plan Alumni Ambassador for the University of Newcastle. She is a People-to-People (P2P) Officer for the Australia-China Youth Association National Executive which will see her ongoing engagement with young people in the Sino-Australian space. Olivia is also a 2019 Ma & Morley Scholarship Recipient. The scholarship recognises her commitment to humanitarian endeavours and will see her return to China in 2019.

 

As a former violinist, Olivia aspires to combine her experience in the musical sector with her network of young professionals in China to advance AEYONS’ strategic direction.