Australia

A Unique Network of Expertise and Experience

Our executives have spent most of their professional careers involved with the region, recognising many years ago the importance and potential of this area of the world. We believe that no other company brings together the same depth of multi-disciplinary expertise and practical business experience.

Our Directors, Advisors, Associates and Staff have varied commercial, technical, business, educational and real life experiences. All have worked in both large and small corporates and are committed to make a difference allowing our clients to change, expand and grow. The academic, business and financial backgrounds of the people assisting you, as well as their life and work experiences are provided as part of our services.

We have an independent 'Talent Pool' of additional recognised business people who add value to our organisation and who contribute further business accumen, contacts and skill sets to our clients.

Professor Peter Church OAM - Chairman

Peter Church is an international lawyer and corporate adviser who has lived and worked in the South East Asian region for more than 35 years and is based in Singapore. Peter advises a varied group of major international companies in relation to their Asian investment and trading activities. He was for many years President of the Australia Indonesia Business Council and sat on numerous Australian Federal Government Boards, such as the Trade Policy Advisory Committee. His primary roles are chairing AFG Venture Group and acting as Special Counsel to the leading English law firm of Stephenson Harwood. He has, in addition, a number of other roles including Non Executive Director of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, Non Executive Director of OM Holdings Limited (an ASX listed mang [more...]

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Lindley Edwards - AFG VG Group CEO

Lindley Edwards is a specialist adviser in merger, acquisition, divestments, fund raising, strategic consulting and licensing for growth in public and private companies.

She has a track record of successful advising to private and public companies. Previously Lindley was a State Manager (Vice-President) with Citibank. Prior to this position she spent nine years with Macquarie Bank and was an Associate Director with the Corporate Banking Division. Lindley has also worked on a secondment basis for Boston Consulting Group and for the Victorian State Government Project.

She is an accountant and a Senior Fellow of FINSIA. Lindley holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Accounting and the other in Banking and Finance. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Governance of ASX List [more...]

Glen Robinson - Director and Head of Asia Advisory

Glen Robinson has spent the last 21 years focussing on the establishment and development of cross border alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the manufacturing, processing and distribution areas, and particularly targeted to Asia.

These corporate advisory activities are based on more than 20 years' experience in management consultancy, and he has worked with a wide range of industries from agriculture, government through to manufacturing, distribution and service industries. He initially gained his Asian experience as chief executive officer for the Asian subsidiaries and joint ventures of a major international manufacturing and marketing organisation.

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Michael Fay - Executive Director Head of Education Services

Michael Fay is an international education specialist and regional education adviser who is based in Sydney and travels widely in South and South East Asia on behalf of his clients. Michael advises a range of international education institutions, associations, media groups and peak bodies in relation to Asian education activities.

He has a regional specialisation on India, Indonesia and the ASEAN region and is on the NSW Committee of the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC). He has also been a Board member of the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) and is a Gold Friend of the Duke of Edinburgh Award/The International Award for Young People.

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Roger Bendall - Special Advisor - International Education

Roger works closely with private and public educational institutions, peak bodies, service providers and governments to assist in the development and implementation of their international education engagement strategies.

Specialist areas include the marketing of international education, international student recruitment technology, study destination marketing and the delivery of International education conference services.

Clients have included the Asia Pacific Association of International Educators (APAIE), the Australian Universities International Directors' Forum (AUIDF) and the Innovative Universities Group (IRU)

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Christine Cussen - Healthcare & Life Sciences

Christine Cussen is a business builder with over 20 years experience as an MD & CEO in the healthcare and life sciences sectors .She is passionate about growing businesses, customers, people and the bottom line.

Christine has been privileged to have worked in Australia, North America, Europe & Asian territories, with both global multi-nationals and entrepreneurial ASX listed start-ups organizations in very diverse sectors including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, industrials, government and innovation.

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Graham Libbesson - Special Advisor - IT & T Resources

Graham Libbesson has commerce and law degrees. He has been a chartered accountant for over 30 years. He was senior tax partner and managing partner at the old PKF Sydney.

For the last 16 years he has been a director of and/or advisor to, and shareholder in, various private and listed resources, IT and technology companies. He has been a director of a number of listed and unlisted IT companies; mining/exploration companies, wealth sector service/software; outsourced accounting. The companies have had international operations. He has been Chairman and member of a number of audit committees.

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Steven Michail - Special Advisor - Property

Steven Michail is a Special Advisor to AFG Venture Group's property division that provides Property, Corporate Real Estate and Finance Advisory services to both buyers and sellers.

Steve has wide-spread experience in property and finance having spent his career working in a transactional capacity with large global commercial real estate firms focusing on sales & investments, and the major Australian banks focusing on property investment and development finance in the mid-market space across a range of property sectors.

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Richard Polkinghorne - Associate Director - Property

Richard Polkinghorne is AFG's Special Advisor - Property and brings to AFG a unique blend of commercial, financial and technical knowledge gained in over twenty years working in property development and delivery.

He has successfully delivered a wide range of projects in Australia, UK, Asia and the Middle East including hotels, residential, schools, transport facilities, stadiums, commercial and industrial projects. Richard has been Design/Development Manager of the Sydney Superdome, Manager for Property and Social Infrastructure at Abigroup, General Manager for Development at Dubai Festival City and Country Manager/Project Director of Medini Iskandar in Malaysia

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John P Weste - Special Advisor - IT & T, Financial Services, Property and Health

John is a business executive, company director, management consultant, and corporate advisor with over 25 years hands-on expertise in developing, designing and executing corporate development and change programs across a diverse portfolio of global, regional, and local business and government entities.

He has built his highly successful career based on strong leadership capacity and capability, innovation and creativity, and excellent people management and communication skills, coupled with deep functional expertise in strategy, operations, capital management, human resources, and technology.

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Sector Expertise

Our areas of expertise

Country Locations

Where we operate

AFG Venture Group has in-country expertise in the following countries: