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Your Global Merces Team

Our purpose is to impact society, industry and culture through the intentional movement of capital.
Servicing to international and local investors, we have team members located in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Select individual images of our team below to read more on their bio’s.

Adam Baker – International Client Services Director
Adam Schoff – Chief Investment Officer
Anish Patel – Chief Financial Officer
Ben Kilmartin – Responsible Manager & CIO
Dawood Karimi – Head of I.T. & Design
Emily Diamond – Special Projects Manager
Holly Grofski – Managing Director & CEO
Joanne MacDonald – Chief Operating Officer
Laura Hodskiss – Executive Director & Business Manager
Michael Nguyen – Executive Director & Compliance Officer
Robert Bush – Fund Administration Manager, CPA
Ryan Frawley – Administration & Client Services
Tamara Loehr – Entrepreneur in Residence
Vanessa Lee – Marketing
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Adam Baker
International Client Services Director

Adam spent nearly 20 years (almost a lifetime) working with one of the most prominent event management companies in the investment industry space. Working directly with 100’s of selected and international “best of class” investment managers in helping source new capital and investors while providing global wholesale family office and institutional investors access to high-performing investment opportunities to strengthen and diversify their investment portfolios. Adam is a driven capital markets professional with a continuing passion and commitment to bring quality investment products, longevity and positive experiences to wholesale and retail investors.

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Adam Schoff
Chief Investment Officer – GM Media Ventures Fund

Adam is a media specialist with global experience and success, having also lived in Singapore, where he set up the Asian operations for an Australian publicly listed media company. Adam has worked closely with companies in Australia and the world’s leading media organizations, including YouTube, Google, Universal Studio’s, Fremantle Media, Dubit and the BBC. He has also assisted the Australian Football League (AFL) with the development of their overall kid’s content strategy, with particular emphasis on digital platforms. For 10 years, Adam was in a JV with the Irwin family, of Crocodile Hunter fame, and successfully developed and managed of the Irwin family suite of brands on a global stage. Adam has witnessed firsthand the increased importance of digital platforms, and the massive disruption they have caused to the media landscape. He has also been very fortunate to develop close friendships with some of the leading players in media and utilises all of these networks and experiences to deliver extraordinary value to the GM Media Ventures Fund.

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Anish Patel
Chief Financial Officer, CA

Anish is a seasoned financial professional with extensive experience in finance, capital management and risk management and compliance. He has both domestic and international experience in the financial services industry. He is a chartered accountant, trained with KPMG, both in Australia and the UK.

Anish has worked in a number of domestic blue chip corporates including Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corporation, Homeloans Limited (financial services – retail banking and non-bank lending), and Dexus Property Group (Retail, Office and Industrial property).

His international experience includes Lloyds TSB Group plc (formerly HBOS plc and Halifax plc) and working for KPMG (UK) on cross border assignments in a diversity of sectors in audit, management consultancy, corporate finance and fraud / forensic accounting, with both public and private companies.

The roles Anish has held in financial services include GM Finance (Homeloans Limited), Executive Manager External Reporting and Credit Risk Metrics (CBA) and Director – Group Business Units (Westpac) These have entailed consolidated statutory, financial and management reporting, share services reporting and operational management, business partnering with a focus on budgeting and forecasting. He has also held roles in capital management, risk and compliance management and data analysis and reporting.

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Ben Kilmartin
Responsible Manager & Chief Investment Officer

Since 1997, Ben Kilmartin has been managing global equities, fixed income and currency portfolios for and advised many of the largest institutional investors around the globe. This includes managing $100 billion when he was global head of currency clients at a high profile Asset management firm. Ben holds a Masters of Engineering with first class honours from the University of Oxford, an MBA from the University of London and is a Chartered Financial Analyst with Charterholder.

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Dawood Karimi
Head of I.T & Design

Dawood has extensive experience in web and client/server technologies covering all phases of project development, including business requirements analysis, architecture and design, user interface design, module and component construction, testing and quality assurance, and implementation. He has worked as a Web Developer and Software Analyst for Airbus Group Australia Pacific, and have completed many website projects for other medium-sized businesses. He holds a master degree in Information Technology from Queensland University of Technology.

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Emily Diamond
Special Projects Team

Emily works in Executive coaching and asset strategy consulting inside financial institutions working with owners scaling their operations. Facilitating GM strategy and organisation development, Emily focuses across the group on it’s growth strategies, infrastructure and personnel requirements. With 15 years of financial services experience, specifically in training and development, Emily is passionate about GM’s leadership pipeline and having the operating systems and processes to support such talented people. Supporting the high performance team culture at GM, Emily is made available to all staff to provide technical resources and professional development resources.

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Holly Grofski
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Founder of the Global Merces Group of companies. Holly was also the Founder of the Global Merces Absolute Return Fund. This has made her the first woman in Australia to start a 100% CFD hedge fund with a focus on currency as an asset class. Holly has a Diploma of Financial Planning, Specialist Foreign Exchange, Securities, Derivatives and Superannuation.

Key Expertise: Business Management, Investment and Portfolio Management, Foreign Exchange, Risk Management, Market Analysis.

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Joanne Macdonald
Chief Operating Officer
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Laura Hodskiss
Executive Director & Business Manager

Laura Hodskiss has five years working in a range of financial services industry roles including financial planning, litigation, trust, property law and funds management. Initially serving as Head of Administration for Global Merces Group, Laura has advanced to a leadership and management position in Global Merces Funds Management. Laura holds a membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

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Michael Nguyen
Executive Director & Compliance Officer

Michael is an experienced multi-industry compliance expert with over 20 years’ experience working for various State and Federal government regulators, including as a Police Detective and Compliance Manager with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. He has extensive knowledge of risk management practices and regulatory requirements in compliance and auditing fields. Michael holds a Diploma in Management, Diploma in Government Fraud Control Investigations, Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, and is currently completing a Diploma in Financial Planning. Michael has also owned and successfully operated two well-known franchises, in which he received a number of awards, as well as, being appointed a franchisee trainer.

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Robert Bush
Fund Administration Manager, CPA

Robert is an experienced professional with extensive experience in back office and reporting functions. He has over 17 years’ experience within Fund Accounting, Tax and Unit Pricing and oversight functions within investment management and Superannuation environments. During this time Robert has been responsible for system implementations, upgrades/enhancements, fund and investment transitions, investment in new asset classes, full and supplementary PDS release and multiple smaller scale tactical projects.

Robert has worked in a number of corporates including Suncorp, Skandia, IOOF, ING, Dresdner Bank (UK) and Mercantile Mutual. During this time Robert has contributed to significant business unit projects and strategic initiatives in various capacities from steering committee member to project owner, manager and stream lead.

Robert holds an Advanced Diploma in Accounting, Bachelor of Business (Major in Accounting and Small Business) and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).

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Ryan Frawley
Administration & Client Services

With a diverse role within Global Merces, Ryan works with the administration and client services division and works closely with our Compliance Officer. Ryan is in his final year of study, completing a dual Bachelor of Business and Psychology with a finance major, and is eager to apply his knowledge to the real world. He has gained insight into the industry through his previous position in a wealth management firm, where he developed the administrative, compliance and financial skills to succeed in his role. He has a passion for funds management and is an enthusiastic member of the team.

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Tamara Loehr
Entrepreneur in Residence

Tamara is Global Merces’ Entrepreneur in Residence. With an international career spanning 20 years across the media industry Tamara built a leading marketing agency that services national and international clients across multiple industries. A venture capitalist, Tamara advises and mentors for GM Media Ventures Fund incubator companies.

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Vanessa Lee
Marketing Assistant

Utilising her Bachelor of Business (Major in Marketing and Advertising) and extensive experience and knowledge in the marketing field, Vanessa connects tactic and strategy to the Global Merces team. She develops a deep understanding of Investors, their needs, goals and challenges to act as an idea portal to assist Global Merces with innovative methods and ideal projection of branding and messaging. Vanessa is interested in uncovering the next technology, approach or product to provide Global Merces with its’ best foot forward to lead the way for Investors.