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Our Research & Advisory Experts Panel

Andrew McRobert

Andrew McRobert has over 18 year's development banking experience in the Asia- Pacific region. He has undertaken consulting assignments, for a range of development Samoa and Philippines finance institutions, in more than 10 countries in the region, including PRC, Pakistan, Indonesia,.

After qualifying as a chartered accountant in Australia, Andrew worked in commercial banking in Australia for about 15 years before establishing his own development banking & training business. Andrew has two key focuses in his consulting practice

Firstly, credit and problem loan management. Andrew has run a credit team in Australia, written and reviewed credit manuals in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region and undertaken due diligence reviews of banks' loan portfolios and individual loan exposures in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Andrew gained experience in problem loan management in Australia, both as a Chartered Accountant in Australia and in commercial banking. Since starting his own business, Andrew has managed the private sector problem loan and equity portfolio of the Asian Development Bank, mediated bad debt restructuring negotiations after the Asian currency & liquidity crisis and undertaken problem loan advisory projects for banks.

Secondly, financial markets training seminars. Andrew's knowledge and experience in financial training is manifested in the over 100 courses that he has conducted since 1991. Participants on Andrew's courses include many central banks, government agencies, international and domestic banks. He has developed and regularly presents in-house and public courses in the following subjects:

Basic Credit & Financial Analysis
Reading and Understanding Financial Statements
Managing Problem Loans
Advanced Credit
Corporate Governance in Asia
Overcoming deceptive accounting and earnings manipulation
SME Banking

Andrew is regularly asked to prepare financial institution specific in-house programs which include elements of the courses listed above, as well as client-specific materials, cases & exercises.Andrew is a Chartered Accountant. He has been elected a Fellow of the Securities Institute of Australia, and is also now a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, as well as a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He is the author of 'Corporate Collapse', published by McGraw-Hill.

Brian Hume

A leading retail consulting and training practice. He is respected as an authority on retailing and retail technology and has consulted to companies in North and South America, the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Brian's core consulting areas are sales and inventory management, supply chain management, store operations and the use of technology to improve business performance. His clients cover most retail segments.

In addition to the retail community, Brian has worked with manufacturers, financial institutions; wholesalers, telecommunications suppliers, computer manufacturers and software houses that need to understand and market to the retail industry.
Brian has been invited to lecture to retail audiences all over the world. His work has been translated into a number of different languages. He has taught merchandise management theory and practice to US retailers on behalf of the National Retail Federation

Dr. John W. Hendrikse

He has over 20 years experience in the areas of valuations, due diligence and Corporate Governance and has consulted to more than 500 companies and 5000 SMEs. He is the co-author of The Valuations Handbook (Lexis Nexis) and The Business Governance Handbook (Juta). .

Dr. Kevin C. Craig

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering, Marquette University

Kevin Craig graduated from Xavier, a Jesuit HS in NYC, NY. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, and graduated with a B.S. degree and a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. He received the M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, NYC, NY. He worked in industry as a mechanical engineer in the mechanical nuclear design department of a major engineering firm in NYC and taught and received tenure at both the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Hofstra University. In 1989, he joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At Rensselaer, he served as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as Chair of the Engineering Science Interdisciplinary Department, and as Director of Core Engineering for the School of Engineering. As a tenured full professor of mechanical engineering, he taught and performed research in the areas of mechatronic system design, control systems, modeling, dynamics, and the study of active materials and their application in design. He developed the Mechatronics Program at Rensselaer which included an extensive teaching and research laboratory and several senior undergraduate and graduate-level courses in mechatronics. During his 18 years at Rensselaer, he graduated 37 M.S. students and 20 Ph.D. students. He is the author of over 30 refereed journal articles and over 50 refereed conference papers. Emphasis in all his teaching and research is on a balance between theory and practice, between academic rigor and industry best practices.

He currently writes a monthly column for Design News magazine on mechatronics. Over the past 15 years, he has conducted hands-on, integrated, customized, mechatronics workshops for practicing engineers at Xerox, Procter & Gamble, Rockwell Automation, Pitney Bowes, Siemens, Fiat, Tetra Pak, Plug Power Fuel Cells, NASA Kennedy Space Center, U.S. Army ARDEC, and for the ASME Professional Development Program. He is a Fellow of the ASME and a member of the IEEE and ASEE. He received the 2006 RPI School of Engineering Education Excellence Award and the 2006 RPI Trustees Outstanding Teacher Award. In January 2008, he joined the faculty of the Marquette University College of Engineering as a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as the Robert C. Greenheck Chair in Engineering Design, a $5 million endowed chair. His mission is to integrate discovery learning and multidisciplinary design throughout the entire college, in all years and in all departments. To that end he has created a new freshman engineering program, Engineering Discovery, two college-wide multidisciplinary engineering systems courses for the 2nd and 3rd years, an innovative M.Eng. in Mechatronics graduate program for practicing engineers, and a Mechatronics Innovation Center.

Gerald Strever

Gerald Strever is the Chief Executive Officer of SNT International specializing in Financial Strategy and Business Modelling. He graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Accounting) and an Honors Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Business Economics). He earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Gerald worked for a number of years in Senior Management Accounting and Financial Management positions at Unilever and Best Foods.
For several years he held the position of Head of Long Range Planning and Budgeting for Best Foods, where he pioneered Business Modelling in South Africa. He is regarded as a leading authority in the design and application of business models. He consults to a number of companies in the areas of financial strategy and business modelling ,as well as conducting both in-house and public workshops on Finance, Accounting and Business Modelling internationally. Major clients include ADNOC (UAE), ADGAS (UAE), FirstGen (Philippines), Shell (Philippines), Gaysorn (Thailand), Cat Telecom (Thailand), Bayer, BMW, Cadbury-Schweppes, Denel, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, SKF.

Jack Ganssle

Chief Executive Officer

The Ganssle Group

Jack Ganssle has written over 900 articles and six books about embedded systems, as well as a book about his sailing fiascos. He started developing embedded systems in the early 70s. He’s started and sold three electronics companies, including one of the bigger embedded tool businesses. He’s developed or managed over 100 embedded products, from deep-sea navigation gear to the White House security system.

He was the only embedded person on NASA's Super Problem Resolution Team, created by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board to harness the expertise of highly-respected people from outside the agency. He has worked on many classified government projects and has held various clearances, including Top Secret/Special Intelligence

Jack has appeared as an embedded systems expert on the History Channel. He has presented over 100 papers at conferences on five continents, and is a frequent keynote speaker.

Jack gives seminars to companies world-wide about better ways to develop embedded systems.

Jeff Higgins


Human Capital Management Institute (HCMI)

Jeff Higgins is presently the CEO of Human Capital Management Institute (HCMI), where he leads international organizations to achieve global thought
leadership in human capital analytics and workforce planning. He is actively involved in develop-ing advanced analytics and planning products, solutions and services as well as establishing partnerships with organizations globally.

Jeff is a frequent speaker and presenter at HR events where he has showcased breakthrough predictive analytic and workforce planning tools with verfiable ROI cost savings, revenue increases, turnover reductions and productivity improvements. Prior to this, as an Executive Vice President with Inform,
Jeff managed a team of trainers and designed seven new workforce analytics and planning training courses, training new trainers who then led both standard and customized training workshops. Jeff is a driving force in Human Capital analytic advances among Global 2000 and Fortune 500 Companies as well as leading edge companies seeking to transform workforce data into a source of value and action via workforce planning and predictive modeling. Using his unique combination of experience as both a senior HR executive and as a former CFO, Jeff has helped many companies advance in analytics & workforce planning maturity from awareness to excellence, creating hundreds of millions in value for client companies.

Jennifer Braithwaite

Jennifer has been delivering and developing IFRS and Audit based training courses for over six years. Jennifer was associated in key projects KPMG, London.
Her responsibilities here included developing IFRS course content and delivering strategic training courses on auditing practices and the introduction of IFRS.

Her valuation experience originates from more than 7 years working as a valuation specialist within the Big 4, including holding the position of Director responsible for the valuation specialism at one practice.

Jeremiah Ravindran Gurusamy


Arianti, Dipendra, Jeremiah, Malaysia

Jeremiah comes with a wealth of experience having worked in the corporate sector since 1997 prior to entering active legal practice. Prior to being admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor, he was attached to the legal documentation unit of the corporate banking arm of a leading banking group in Malaysia. Jeremiah started his legal career in 1999 with David Chong & Co.

In 2004, he joined Raslan Loong and was part of the offshore banking, corporate and commercial practice group. Over the years, Jeremiah has acted for a wide range of clients from various industries and has extensive experience in corporate banking, project financing, mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, unit trust funds and employment law. Jeremiah heads our Corporate Banking and Private Trust Practice Groups. He is also the key contact person for industrial relation and employment matters for the Firm.

Professional Affiliations
Jeremiah is an active member of the Bar Council and currently sits on the Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and the Professional Standards and Development Committee of the Bar Council.He also serves on the Kuala Lumpur Bar Corporate and Conveyancing Committee and the Kuala Lumpur Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee.

John Berry

John Berry is the former MD of the UK retail bank Abbey National (which is now part of Banco Santander) His wealth of experience at Abbey included sales, marketing, all distribution channels as well as businesses in Europe.
Internationally recognized for his innovative approach to retail banking distribution and revenue growth (Costa Coffee as well as Branch franchising) John has spent the last few years working with banks and retailers around the world helping them improve their performance.

A well known conference speaker John is able to share with attendees his personal experiences from places like Ritz Carleton, Disney, Apple and other retailers alongside numerous retail banks that are tackling today`s challenges with varying degrees of success.

Kala Anandarajah

Equity Partner

Rajah & Tann LLP, Singapore

Cited as Top 100 Women in Antitrust in the World by the Global Competition Review 2013, Kala Anandarajah has over two decades of experience and practices in the field of Competition (her primary focus taking up 80%), Trade, Corporate, Corporate Governance, Employment, and Environmental Laws. The AsiaPacific Legal 500 notes that Kala Anandarajah is a leading authority in corporate governance, compliance and competition issues and is responsive, helpful and commercial.

The Who`s Who of Leading Practitioners Singapore describes her as very knowledgeable, highly active and very good and an acknowledged authority in this field. She is cited as amongst the Best of the Best - Women in Business Law 2010, 2012 and 2014 for her work in Antitrust and Competition Law and for Corporate Governance, and nominated at the end of 2011 and again for 2012, the only one in Singapore for two years running, for her work in competition and antitrust for the Asia Women in Business Law Award by the Euromoney Leading Lawyers. Also cited as a leading lawyer in Competition & Antitrust and for Corporate Governance for over a decade by international peer reviewed ranking journals such as International Who`s Who of Leading Lawyers and Euromoney Experts Guide to the Worlds Leading Lawyers. Kala is very widely written, including the first books on Competition & Antitrust laws and Corporate Governance & Director Duties, with many of her books referred to as authorities and also cited in Court decisions.

Katie Rusbatch

Senior Assistant Director

CCS, Singapore

Katie Rusbatch joined the CCS in November 2010 as a Senior Assistant Director in the Legal & Enforcement Division. Prior to joining the CCS, Katie spent seven years working as a solicitor for the UK government, including five years at the UK's competition and consumer authority, the OFT. Her most recent role at the OFT was Assistant Director of Litigation, working primarily on competition and public law litigation. Katie previously worked as a solicitor at Buddle Findlay in New Zealand.

Matthew Levitt


Hogan Lovells International LLP, Belgium

Matthew is a partner in Hogan Lovells' Brussels office and is a UK qualified barrister and solicitor. He specialises in abuse of dominance, cartel and merger control cases, acting for defendants, complainants and transaction parties before the EU and national competition authorities and courts. He also develops compliance programmes for clients and advises on commercial agreements and practices.
He has been involved in many of the leading cases on abuse of dominance, acting for clients such as Mars, the UK's energy regulator (OFGEM) and Maersk.

Michael Phillips

Managing Director -Global Professional Development

Stage-Gate International

Michael Phillips is the Managing Director of Global Professional Development at Stage-Gate International, leading a dedicated team of professionals who train and develop product innovation executives and teams. Michael's specialty includes the design and delivery of innovation training on a variety of topics to organizations of all sizes and across all industries. Michael's candidness, passion, and enthusiasm engages participants in all training programs and improves corporate innovation performance.

Prior to joining Stage-Gate International, Michael managed the consulting/training group of Franklin Covey and has lead teams assisting some of the world's largest organizations to address their most complex strategic business issues. Michael has worked with an impressive array of international companies, and brings expertise on product innovation strategy, Stage-Gate, game theory, organizational development, leadership development, and personal effectiveness.

Michael holds a Master of Business Administration from Henley Management College, and a Bachelor's Degree in Humanities from the University of Toronto.

Michelle Jones

Executive Vice President - Global Growth

Stage-Gate International

Michelle Jones is Stage-Gate International’s Executive Vice President, Global Product Management and Chief R&D Officer. Her portfolio includes strategic business partnerships, product management and marketing. In her role, Michelle oversees value creation for clients and markets through the research, development and commercialization of highly differentiated product and service offerings designed to enable companies to achieve innovation excellence. Stage-Gate International is widely recognized for its thought-leadership, peer-reviewed research, benchmarking databases, ground-breaking methodologies and practical products and services.

Michelle is also a speaker, author, and consultant on the topic of product innovation management. She has over 20 years experience consulting business leaders and teams in companies across a wide range of industries including Aerospace, Automotive, Chemical, Consumer Packaged Goods, Defense, Electronics, Energy, Food, Financial, Medical and Pharmaceutical. She helps her clients achieve clarity and command of their innovation management systems while balancing an engaging and empowering culture. Michelle has led a wide range of corporate and industry innovation initiatives to successful completion including consortium benchmarking projects, global product and technology development processes, multi-divisional portfolio management and governance frameworks, new innovation strategies and corporate innovation learning programs.
Michelle holds a Master of International Business Administration degree from Western University, Project and Program Management from McGill University and Food Science from Guelph University. Michelle is also a certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP).

Mike Atkin

Chief Executive Officer

MJA Associates ( Loyalty Marketing )

Mike Atkin is Chief Executive Officer of MJA Associates, an independent Loyalty Marketing Consultancy specialising in Customer Strategy, Loyalty Programme design and development and Loyalty Technology. MJA has worked with leading brands in the airline, banking, hotel, retail, telecom, and has extensive knowledge and experience in Coalition, Proprietary and B2B customer loyalty programmes.
MJA Associates has completed benchmarking studies of over 50 global customer loyalty platforms including the leading solution providers and programme operators in the coalition, single-operator and B2B markets.(Full details of the studies are available at
Mike has attained a unique awareness and understanding of consumer behaviour and has worked on numerous programmes that are designed to create and maintain effective and mutually beneficial relationships between business and the consumer. MJA Associates Clients include American Express, Shell, Visa EMEA, Groupe Aeroplan, Chevron, Malina, Tesco and many of the leading loyalty software providers from around the globe.

As a result of working with leading programme operators and global experts, Mike has developed a unique understanding of how coalition programmes are developed, operated and managed and has been involved in several of the global multi-partner schemes that continue to deliver incremental growth and customer satisfaction. Consultative services cover the following disciplines; Programme strategy and design Loyalty software benchmarking and selection Project management and launch Operational management Programme management and evolution Financial modelling Programme performance analysis and scoring Mike is the European Contributing Editor for The Wise Marketer and a Founding Member and European CEO for the Customer Strategy Network.

Mike Sondalini


Lifetime Reliability Solutions

In engineering and maintenance since 1974, his career extends across original equipment manufacturing,

Beverage production, steel fabrication, industrial chemical manufacturing, quality management, project

Management, industrial asset management and industrial training. His specialty is helping capital equipment intensive companies build sound business risk management practices, introduce world-class lean practices, develop ultra-high reliable enterprise asset management systems and instil the precision maintenance skills needed to continually improve plant uptime. His more than 35 years in engineering and maintenance spans from mechanical engineering, strategic asset management to rotating equipment reliability.

Mike was previously a mechanical engineer with the State Energy Commission of Western Australia, where he conducted equipment failure investigations and constructed improvement plans. He was then the maintenance manager for the Swan Brewery, responsible for overall plant reliability and project engineering. Mike then spent over 10 years as maintenance manager and head of maintenance engineering services for Coogee Chemicals.

In this role, he successfully introduced condition monitoring and maintenance strategies that reduced production down time and maintenance costs. As a current maintenance, reliability, Lean Six Sigma and quality system consultant, Mike continues to assist organisations such as BHP Billiton Nickel West, Smorgon Steel (now One Steel), P&H Mine Pro, Barrick Mining, Imdex and State Energy Commission in improving

Equipment reliability. He is also reputed publisher of numerous online technical white papers and training materials that are widely sought after by maintenance professionals. His first book, Plant and Equipment Wellness, was published by Engineers Australia Books. He is a consultant and trainer in Industrial Asset Management, Maintenance Management, Quality Management Systems and Lean Manufacturing. He held lecturing positions at Curtin University in Quality Management Systems and Manufacturing Management Systems. He held project engineering and maintenance management positions during his 8 years at the

Swan Brewery. He held maintenance engineer and maintenance manager positions during his 10 years at Coogee Chemicals. In this role, he successfully introduced maintenance planning, condition monitoring and maintenance strategies that reduced production downtime and maintenance costs. Two achievements were reducing bearing failures from 3 a month to 3 a year and mechanical seal failures from over 20 a year to 3 a year.

As a maintenance manager, Mike also successfully initiated and trained others in reliability centred techniques focused towards equipment reliability, including vibration analysis, particle analysis, thermograph, equipment criticality analysis, root cause failure analysis. He is a qualified mechanical tradesman and an approved internal quality system auditor. He has authored numerous maintenance and industrial asset management publications and developed the UPTIME training series for chemical and process plants. His current programs for business � �The Accuracy Controlled Enterprise� and �Change to Win Program? � inculcate ultra-high reliability best practices into organisations within 100 days. He is a past Chairman of the WA Chapter of the Maintenance Engineering Society of Australia and is a confident and exciting presenter at Australian and international conferences and workshops. His professional qualifications include B Eng (Hons), MBA, Chartered Professional Engineer.

Patrick Collings


Sagacite (Pty) Ltd.

Patrick Collings is an experienced and award-winning strategist specializing in the fields of strategic innovation, design thinking, brand and marketing strategy, and agile adaptive strategies He has consulted to presidents, royal families,Governments and global brands across numerous industries. Patrick has written on brands and branding for various books as well as industry and consumer publications. Patrick presents and lectures on strategy, innovationand brands at South African and international conferences as well as executive education workshops.

In recognition of his consulting work, Patrick was awarded the International Brand Leadership Award at the 17th Asia Brand Congress in 2008.
His Brand Strategy work has also received recognition in South Africa. Patrick holds an MBA from the Henley Business School, University of Reading

Patrick Mcilwee

Bsc(Hons) M.B.A, F.B.C.I, M.T.I.S, A.E.P.S

Patrick Mcilwee a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute & Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management and member of the Institute of the Emergency Safety Managers. He is the Director of Resilience legislation & Enforcement at Syndicus Information Security LLP and has over 20 year experience in the fields of disaster management and business continuity and has been involved in operational response to over 4752 incidents around the world.
Patrick is one of the co-authors of the Encyclopedia of Crisis Management and is currently writing two books one of Resilience the other on Incident Management. In 2013 he will be Keynote Speaker at events in Dubai, India, Libya, Brazil, Colombia, and Portugal.
Patrick`s wide ranging expertise includes detailed knowledge of many ISO Standards and is in fact an examiner of Lead Auditors exams for Standard Bodies, this has enabled him to offer advice and support across the range of Multi-Nationals to SMEs in a wide variety of sectors including, Airport Authorities, Local Government, Oil Companies, Health Services, Industrial Organisations , Mining Companies, Local Authorities, Retail Outlets , Transport & Logistics Organisations, Utilities Companies , Voluntary Organisations, Banks & Banking Regulators, This includes HAZOP Process Safety Management and many other aspects involved with the Oil & Gas Industry.

For many years a prominent member of the BCI`s Global Membership Council. Patrick has used his in-depth knowledge to help develop certifications standards and skills benchmarking, including the BCI entrance exam and the CFA European Standard. He has also volunteered his experience to co-ordinate a BCI response to the recent tragic event in Japan following the March 2011 earthquake. Additionally, Patrick acts as an international guest speaker for the BCI & BCM community.
Patrick is a business continuity consultant and trainer sharing his knowledge with those new to the business continuity discipline as well as more experienced practitioners who are seeking more in-depth learning about dealing with crisis & emergency management.

Roger Harrop

The CEO Expert

BSc(Hons), CEng, FIMechE, FCIM, FInstlB, FPSA, PSAE, CSPGlobal

Roger Harrop has spent over 25 years leading international businesses, including a PLC, which puts him in a unique position to deal with present-day business challenges. Based in Oxford in the UK, he�s an international business growth speaker who inspires and entertains audiences with his acclaimed Staying in the Helicopter� programmes

Over 20,000 CEOs, business leaders and others in over 45 countries have achieved transformational change through his thought-provoking, entertaining talks laced with real-life stories and humor. Roger is also an author, business adviser, mentor, consultant and independent director.
He has unusually wide leadership experience from small start-ups to multinationals and from high-tech products to basic commodities, people-based service businesses and not-for-prot organizations.

Roger spent seven years as Group Chief Executive of a FTSE quoted, high-tech industrial group with 12 sites across 4 continents. The UK Government mentioned it in its �Competitiveness� White Paper. The US Forbes magazine included the group among its list of the top 100 overseas companies. Two business schools have used it as a benchmark case study on culture change and business re-engineering.
Roger has tutored on a leading leadership and team building programme for over 25 years.
He is ranked in the top 10 of business management speakers worldwide, a winner of the prestigious Professional Speaking Award of Excellence and is a twice Speaker of the Year with The Academy for Chief Executives and a Liveryman with The Worshipful Company of Marketers. He was recently inducted into The Academy for Chief Executives Speaker Hall of Fame.

Shan Kennedy

Shan Kennedy is an independent consultant who advises on IFRS and valuation matters. She has more than 20 years experience working in the Big 4 accounting firms. Her valuation experience originates from more than 7 years working as a valuation specialist within the Big 4, including holding the position of Director responsible for the valuation specialism at one practice.

Her valuation experience originates from more than 7 years working as a valuation specialist within the Big 4, including holding the position of Director responsible for the valuation specialism at one practice.