Education about the Australian business market and the knowledge and steps required to start or grow a business
Our Founding Chairman is driven by a passion to give refugees a fresh new start and an opportunity to contribute to the Australian economy. A respected businessman and Member of the Order of Australia, he has held many senior positions and brings his unique expertise and vast experience to Thrive. He currently serves as the Chairman of Allianz Australia Limited.
Our Founding Deputy Chairman came to Australia as a Vietnamese refugee in 1978. An alumnus of Harvard Business School, he has a diverse operating, entrepreneurial and advisory background and is an advocate for a progressive Australia. His success is one of the inspirations behind the establishment of Thrive. He currently serves as the CEO of Australian Life Insurance Group.
Our Founding Director is also an alumna of Harvard Business School and. has been on the board of IAG and Country Road as a Director. Anna has also held various executive roles with American Express, JP Morgan, Johnson & Johnson and Unilever.
Our Director has achieved many laurels and is presently the Managing Director of Crescent Wealth and the Non-Executive Director on the Whitlam Institute and Western Sydney University Foundation Council Board. He also serves as Chairman of First Quay Capital and the Australian Arab Dialogue. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to business and to the community through education, health and multicultural organisations.
Paul has over 30 years of global experience in Financial Services, Telecommunications, Insurance, and Government, including senior appointments in Australia, the United States, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Ireland and is a Senior Advisor at Gresham Partners. Paul is also Chairman of the Bosch Institute for Medical Research at the University of Sydney and holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne and is based in Sydney.
Our Director is also a member of several boards and committees, including Human Rights Watch Australia. Sue also sits on the Indigenous Affinity Group of Philanthropy Australia as well as a refugee and asylum seeker philanthropy interest group. She has a passion for social justice, equity, Indigenous & refugee rights. A key area of focus is advising families & not for profits on their strategic Philanthropic fundraising.
Our Chief Executive Officer is a man of many achievements. He has designed highly successful financial growth strategies for the Australian Mutual banking sector; provided loans to setup 165,000 small businesses (source of income for 1 million people) in Afghanistan; and expanded the microfinance program in Afghanistan to cover 50% of the country in under five years.
is an Australian public figure and businessman. A leading philanthropist, he holds several prestigious positions as Chairman of ANZ Banking Group and Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, and Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. David was commissioned by the Australian government in 2010 to chair the committee that reviewed the funding for Australian schools.
is a highly successful businessman, Patron of Musica Viva Australia, an Executive Director of Gresham Partners Limited. He has previously held the positions of Managing Director and CEO of Boral Limited and was Macquarie Bank’s first Managing Director and CEO.
Sunday the 17th to Saturday the 23rd of June is Refugee Week in Australia. This year’s theme is #WithRefugees, a call to protect the safety and rights of refugees.
The political environment for refugees is pretty toxic in the United States, but the private sector is stepping up to say welcome.
CEO of Thrive Refugee Enterprise, Mahir Momand remembers his childhood clearly. Living as a refugee in Pakistan, selling things by the day and attending a school for refugee children at night.