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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
Dawood Karimi – Head of I.T. & Design
Holly Grofski – Managing Director & CEO
Mark Witten – Chief Investment Officer
Robert Bush – Fund Administration Manager, CPA
Ryan Frawley – Administration & Client Services
Vanessa Lee – Marketing Coordinator & Design
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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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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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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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Mark Witten
Chief Investment Officer

Mark is a seasoned investment professional specialising in Equity Analysis and Hedge Fund Management with 17 years’ experience in various roles within traditional and alternative asset management. A CFA Charter holder with a B.Com (Honours) cum laude, an MBA (Finance) and also an accredited Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

Mark began his career at RMB Asset Management in 2000 in Operations whilst completing his B.Com Honours before joining Goldman Sachs Asset Management in London in 2003 on their Private Wealth Management desk. Mark then completed his MBA at UCT’s GSB in 2005.

In 2006 Mark joined Peregrine Capital and spent two years as an Investment Analyst, covering the Construction, Energy and Infrastructure sectors, before moving to Presidium Capital in 2008 as a Fund Manager responsible for the Industrials and Resources sectors on their Long/Short Equity Fund.

Mark has won numerous awards, including:
• 2013 Best Single Manager Fund (Hedgenews Africa Awards)
• 2013 Best SA Hedge Fund 2013 (Hedgenews Africa Awards)
• 2014 Best Emerging EM Fund (HedgePo Investor Choice Awards)
• 2015 Best EM Equity Fund (HedgePo Investor Choice Awards)
• 2015 Best SA Hedge Fund over 3 years (Hedgenews Africa Awards)

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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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Vanessa Lee
Marketing Coordinator & Design

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.