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Chris Joannou

Chris Joannou

Melbourne Chapter Director

Chris is a Parallel Entrepreneur, Digital Alchemist, and Startup Pusher with businesses in everything from Tech to Tequila. CEO and Founder of Startup MelbournePerceptar (live mobile to mobile video application) and the Startup Grind Melbourne Chapter Director.

Outside of Tech he runs J&D Consortium an innovative private label food and beverage business that primarily imports for the Retail and Foodservice markets within the Asia-Pacific.

Upcoming Events

Adam Schwab (Aussie Commerce)
Wednesday, April 23

Adam Schwab

Aussie Commerce

In 2010, Adam founded DEALS.com.au with Jeremy Same. In 2012 DEALS.com.au acquired Ouffer to form the AussieCommerce Group. In 2013, AussieCommerce acquired Cudo, Getaway Lounge and the Meat Merchant, and in 2014 AussieCommerce acquired brandsExclusive from APN News & Media. The business is forecasting sales of more than $160 million in FY2014 and has more than 300 staff globally.

  • Adam Schwab, Aussie Commerce Adam Schwab, Aussie Commerce
    Adam Schwab was a corporate lawyer specializing in mergers & acquisitions at one of Australia’s largest legal firms before becoming a founding director of privately-owned corporate accommodation and services group, Living Corporate Apartments. Since 2004, Adam has been a financial journalist and business commentator specializing in corporate governance, economics and legal affairs for Australia’s best known on-line publications, Crikey, and a business contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Adam is a regular commentator on Business View and the Perrett Report on the Sky Business and has appeared on Today Tonight and Channel Seven News nationally. Adam Schwab has also worked with Australia’s leading advisor to institutions and fund managers on corporate governance and executive remuneration, and is the author of the book, Pigs at the Trough: Lessons from Australia’s Decade of Corporate Greed, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2010. Adam is a director of the Myeloma Foundation of Australia (since 2010).   In 2010, Adam founded DEALS.com.au with Jeremy Same. In 2012 DEALS.com.au acquired Ouffer to form the AussieCommerce Group. In 2013, AussieCommerce acquired Cudo, Getaway Lounge and the Meat Merchant, and in 2014 AussieCommerce acquired brandsExclusive from APN News & Media. AussieCommerce was #1in the 2013 BRW Fast 100and a finalist in the SmartCompany Awards. The business is forecasting sales of more than $160 million in FY2014 and has more than 300 staff globally.
    23 Apr Adam Schwab Aussie Commerce
  • Diana Williams, Fernwood Fitness Diana Williams, Fernwood Fitness
    In the 25 years since Diana opened her first Fernwood club in Bendigo in regional Victoria, she has built a veritable empire with 70 clubs and 80,000 members throughout Australia. Fernwood was Australia’s first women’s only club has since become synonymous with Australian women’s health and fitness. Fernwood grew out of Diana’s recognition that women needed a place of their own – a sanctuary where they could exercise and reach their health, fitness and wellbeing goals. What she lacked in physical resources, Diana made up for with a vision and dogged determination. She has been on a remarkable journey ‐ from housewife and mother to becoming one of the country’s most respected and successful businesswomen. Diana has been inducted into the Australian Women’s Hall of Fame, Fitness Industry Hall of Fame and was the first woman to be inducted into the Franchise Council of Australia’s Hall of Fame. Diana is a director of the Weight Management Council of Australia In 2005, she created The Fernwood Foundation – a not for profit to assist disadvantaged women and has been appointed to executive committee by the Franchise Council of Australia to examine and address ideas and issues raised by women in franchising. Diana and Fernwood have been the recipients of numerous awards including BRW Most Successful Private Business Owner Diana continues in the role of CEO of Fernwood.   This event is proudly part of Google's #40Forward Progam
    28 May Diana Williams Fernwood Fitness
  • Paul Bassat, SEEK.com.au Paul Bassat, SEEK.com.au
    Paul is passionate about mentoring management teams that are focussed on building outstanding businesses. Paul is a director of Wesfarmers Ltd and a Commissioner of the Australian Football League (AFL). He is on the board of a number of not for profit organisations including the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Melbourne, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, the Mount Scopus College Foundation and the P&S Bassat Foundation. He was designated as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2009. Paul co-founded SEEK in 1997 and served as CEO and then as Joint CEO from 1997-2011. SEEK is the world’s largest online employment business and in 13 years went from a start up to one of Australia’s top 100 companies with a market capitalisation of $2.5b. SEEK has operations in numerous markets throughout Australasia, Asia and Latin and South America. SEEK has consistently been ranked as one of Australia’s best employers over the past decade. Paul started his career as a lawyer and practiced for 6 years working on a range of corporate transactions. Paul holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne.
    18 Jun Paul Bassat SEEK.com.au

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