Providing information about the Australian business market and the knowledge and steps required to start or expand a business.
Ian has held senior positions in finance with extensive experience in managing customer businesses. His responsibilities have included end-to-end businesses performance, development of strategy for specialization in finance as well as Board and Committee Chairmanship in Aged Care. Ian is passionate about building purpose based customer focused businesses and helping others to realize their potential. He has a B.Sc. (Hons) from London University, MBA from QUT, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian also serves as a Board Member of Uniting AgeWell, Victoria and Tasmania and The Early Learning Association of Australia.
Gus Nehme has held an array of jobs in various countries. He’s been the NSW Multicultural Senior Business Advisor (Department of Industry, CMRC).
Arie has over 25 years' experience in working with small businesses, specially start-ups. Arie has also advised and supported the start-up of small businesses by recently arrived migrants and refugees. Arie has over 20 years workshop delivery experience in Marketing, Strategic Planning and Business Development. Arie has got over 20 years’ experience working with people assisting them into self- employment and served as the Chairperson of the National NEIS Association for 7 years. Arie established and ran two successful businesses for a period of 12 years – one in Serviced Offices and Co-Working space and a Cheese/Dairy export business to Canada, Brazil and Chile. Arie is currently the State Manager for Thrive Refugee Enterprise, an organisation that provides micro finance loans to Refugee and Asylum Seekers Industry specific experience: Food Export, Business Development, Strategic Planning. Arie has Business and Mediation qualifications.
Eymie is a marketing professional with a Bachelor’s specialising in business, communications, and marketing. She has worked in various places, starting off her career as an Executive Assistant for managers at Commander, has gained sales experience working at Apple, and marketing experience working at Toshiba Australia. Thrive has been her home for two years as she has always been passionate about helping others in the non-for profit sector.
Paul Schwarze is a Head of Credit.
Donn Pena has over 10 years of experience in Banking and Financial Services. His experience and expertise are in analytics, project management, credit & operational risk management.
Stephen has created a career across the different streams within Risk and Compliance. His experience has been gained across Fund Managers and Custodians and he has held important Management Positions in high-performing teams. Stephen holds both a Bachelors and a Masters in Economics.
Usha Gouda, the Office Assistant for Thrive Refugee Enterprise . An Agricultural Engineer Graduate from OUAT, India with a desire to help the community motivated her to join the banking sector.
Bell Purevdorj has been working for TRE as a Business Development Intern since September 2019. Bell undertook an internship with Thrive for 6 months, then continued working as a business volunteer until the end of August 2019.
Karthik Banala is the Business Development Officer for Thrive. His role is to meet new and existing clients to have discussions about their business endeavours and to create a viable Business Plan and Cashflow which helps them to start and expand their businesses in Australia. Prior to Joining the team in 2019, Karthik holds an MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Western Sydney University. You can contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Chairman of Thrive 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 Deputy Chairman 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.
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.
Catherine Scarth’s career has focussed on the design and implementation of innovative social programs and enterprises in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has achieved this through the creation of partnerships with government, employers and the community sector to deliver programs designed to increase the economic and social participation for newly arrived migrants and refugees. Ms Scarth is the Chief Executive Officer of AMES Australia, an organisation providing a wide range of interconnected settlement, education, vocational training and employment services in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania. Ms Scarth is a Board Member of the Migration Council of Australia.
Finn has had a distinguished career as a leader in the Australian Public Service. Finn was CEO of Centerlink before becoming Secretary of a number of federal departments including: Department of Human Services (2009-11), Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2011-13), Department of Social Services (2013-17) and Department of Environment and Energy (2017-19).
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.
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.
joined Australia Post as Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director on 30 October 2017, after nearly 9 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Blackmores Ltd. Christine has more than 30 years of diverse international leadership experience in highly regulated industries, including healthcare, media, telecommunications and finance. She has more than 20 years of public board experience as either a non-executive director or CEO and has held senior management positions in Asia, the Americas and Australia. Christine is the inaugural Chair of the Board of the Australia-ASEAN Council (which supports the development of trade and cultural relations between Australia and the 10 member countries of the ASEAN region). She also serves on the board of the Collingwood Football Club. Christine’s past appointments include time as a non-executive director of Ten Network Holdings Limited.
Dr. Martin Parkinson AC PSM, is Chancellor of Macquarie University, and a company director. He has previously served as Secretary of three Australian Government Departments: Prime Minister and Cabinet; the Treasury; and Climate Change.