Alex Is Managing Director to Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global in Australia and New Zealand.
A strategic and entrepreneurial leader with more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and partnerships. Alex has spent time on assignments abroad with some of the world’s leading brands including IBM (Shanghai), General Motors (Dubai), BP (London), Warner Music (London), MTV (New York) and Inditex (A Coruña, Spain).
As the Director, Corporate Relations and Partnerships at the Melbourne Business School he was primarily focused on strengthening ties between the school and business leaders. He launched the very successful Dean’s Leaders Forum internationally and led the Annual Melbourne Women and Management dinner to encourage more women to study through scholarships. Alex also introduced a Hellenic scholarship to support students from Greece to study an MBA in Australia.
Previous roles have included a, Marketing, Communications and Events also at Melbourne Business School and Marketing Director at the Mt Eliza Business School with a focus on Executive Education. He has led an award-winning marketing team which was recognised by the Australian Marketing Institute for excellence within higher education.
An active member of Australian Direct Marketing Association (ADMA) he has often presented on both the direct marketing and e-marketing courses by ADMA. Alex also sits on the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia – Women in Leadership Committee and has also served as a committee member for the International University Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON) – an organisation of leading business schools from around the world with a commitment to management education and development.
Alex is a graduate of the Masters in Marketing program (Monash University).
Kosta Kangelaris is a Partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions team at PwC Australia.
Kosta has over 15 years’ corporate advisory experience in Australia and the UK and has been involved in several high profile transactions. He works with corporates, private equity, family offices and debt financiers with specialist skills in food and agribusiness.
Kosta specialises in providing sell and buy-side transaction advice, capital raisings and strategic reviews. He holds a Masters in Applied Finance, Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.
Kosta joined HACCI to assist Greek Australian businesses to connect and provide mentorship.
After completing herBachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law at Monash University in 2015, Karina commenced work as a graduate at Viva Energy Australia (formerly The Shell Company of Australia). Karina is currently working within the Aviation business, supplying products to the local and international aviation business. Karina has sat on a number of committees over the years, including the Old Strathconians’ Association. She enjoys volunteering at Monash University, Headspace and the national youth mental health foundation.
Chrystie is a lawyer working across the Corporate & Commercial and Workplace Relations teams at KHQ Lawyers, having been admitted to practice in November 2016. Chrystie graduated from Monash University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Laws.
Kelly Martini is the owner of a number of small businesses: apparel and interior design products, and entertainment. Kelly also has 15 years government experience that includes economic development and trader associations, communications and marketing, policy development, and community engagement.
Tas began his career at 17 years of age in the family business within the food industry learning the art of sales. With key mentors working to develop Tas’s business acumen and leverage his ability to forge relationships based on ethics and trust Tas has always had a passion for understanding and exploring the phycology of sales.
In the 25 years Tas spent in Food Service he lead numerous high performing sales teams using a consultative sales approach and a distinct focus on staff engagement and positive culture. Over these years Tas did further studies in Sales Management, Marketing and a Bachelor of Business management supporting his General Management position managing business units over $300 million p.a and 400 staff in Transport , Warehousing , Sales and Distribution.
In 2014 Tas took an opportunity to join his brother Bill in a new business venture. Forum Enviro part of Forum Group focuses on enabling business to access the latest in technology to reduce Environmental impact whilst reducing operating cost for business without the need for Capital outlay.
As the now Executive General Manager of Forum Enviro Australia Tas manages a national business that now as part of Forum Group was ranked by BRW as number 6 on the Australian Fast Starters list.
George is the founding director of Tribeca Group, basing the company’s success and continued growth on strong relationships, teamwork, a collaborative spirit and a can do attitude. Of his many professional interests, management of projects and people takes pride of place. George has 10 years experience working for and with a number of award winning property developers and strongly believes that great design significantly increases the value of any development.
George has completed a Bachelor of Planning and Design and a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne and is a registered Building Practioner in the state of Victoria.
Anna is a stakeholder engagement specialist, with extensive experience in both state and local governments, and private consulting. She has 15 years experience in stakeholder and community engagement, corporate and community planning, project management and facilitation, and natural resource planning and management.
With a dynamic and creative approach, her strength is in combining excellent organisational and communication skills with a strategic approach to understanding and improving stakeholder and community relations.
Anna sits on both the operations and media committees.
James is currently employed as an Enforcement Officer with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Working for Australia’s corporate regulator, James is actively involved in the investigation of financial market manipulation.
Outside of work, James enjoys practicing in various martial arts, playing chess and currently heads the senior committee for the Yarra Jets soccer club. Prior to joining HACCI, he has had an active role in the Greek community having previously been a member of the NUGAS and GOYA committees.
James holds a Bachelor of Commerce/Law from Deakin University, a Graduate Diploma in legal practice, and is currently undertaking Certificate 4 in Financial Services.