Our Team


Sunil Aranha (Chief Executive Officer and Director), with over 25 years of international and local SME sector banking experience in general management roles within Citibank, Efic and Commonwealth Bank. Also established a successful technology start-up in the entertainment technology sector in early 2000.

Frank Willenberg (Chief Risk Officer and Director), with over 35 years credit and risk management experience in SME, MME, Business Lending, Commercial Real Estate and Consumer Lending in Australia, and overseas markets in particular USA and the Asia Pacific Region. Most recently he retired as a Senior Vice President for Commercial Banking, Credit and Risk Management at Citibank in Australia.

Ali Khan (Chief Growth Officer), Ali has spent the last 20 years working for global banking and consulting organisations across the globe. Ali was most recently associated with KPMG as the Global Account Lead for Macquarie Group and Head of Foreign Banks.

Ali utilised his global banking, sales and growth domain expertise to Advise Neo and Challenger banks and FinTech's on their Go-To Market, product rationalisation and digital growth strategies. Ali also acted as a Subject matter expert in working capital and Interntional trade finance.

Prior to that Ali spent a number of years with HSBC. Starting out in Hong Kong he was the Regional COO for the Global Trade & Receivable Finance business. He then moved to HSBC Paris as Head of Strategy & Implementation before returning to Sydney as Head of Business Development for the Global Trade & Receivable Finance business.

Ali is currently a member of the admissions Committee at the NSX and was the recipient of the Asian Development Banks’ Young Professionals Program after finishing his university degree.


David Williams (Marketing), has over 25 years management and strategic marketing experience gained through positions with leading advertising agencies and as Marketing Director of blue chip Australian companies. David has worked on strategy and creative across a range of businesses including Westfield, Hoyts, NRMA, Event Cinemas and Citibank.


Alan Kohler (Advisor & Mentor), a financial journalist for over 40 years, has been Editor of both the Australian Financial Review and The Age. He also worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and John Fairfax up to 2007. In 2005 he launched Eureka Report, a newsletter for self-directed investors, and in 2007 followed up with Business Spectator, an online business news and commentary publication. In 2016 he founded a business and investment publication The Constant Investor and is currently also business editor at large of The Australian, finance presenter on ABC news and adjunct professor in the business faculty of Victoria University.

Louise Baker (Consulting CEO) - Accomplished Business Transformation Executive with over 18 years of experience in leading stakeholders to drive strategy execution and deliver innovative solutions across financial services throughout Australia, US, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Demonstrated track record of designing and delivering financial and investment products, using human-centered design principles, in the US and Australian financial markets; combining deep markets experience with a passion for digital technologies and analytics to create market-leading customer and investor solutions and new channel distribution opportunities across lending, payments, insurance, AI services and distributed ledger technologies.

Qualified in business (Stanford MS in Management), law (qualified in NSW and the UK), science (psychology major), financial analysis (CFA chartered) and RG 146 compliant.

Nick Basile (Advisor – Strategy), has over 30 years of financial services experience primarily in investment management covering a broad spectrum of asset classes and investment styles. He has previously held various senior executive positions including Chief Investment Officer roles at several top 20 Australian companies and most recently was the Chief Investment Officer of the Suncorp Group where he was responsible for providing advice and implementing investment solutions relating to asset allocation, manager selection and mandates for Suncorp’s circa $20 billion in Funds under Management.

Glenwyn Baptist (Advisor – Strategy), is a 30-year veteran of the investment industry in the United States with a vast array of investment experience ranging from investment management and corporate finance to marketing and strategic planning. He is currently CEO of Prudential International Investments, responsible for managing the local asset management affiliates of Prudential Financial (US) in China, India, Taiwan, Brazil and Italy. Prior to this, he has held various positions including CIO of this unit, Head of mutual funds and managed accounts, COO for asset management and MD in charge of fixed income research.

Glenn Homan (Advisor – Credit), has had senior executive experience with the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) and leading Australian financial institutions. He is recognised internationally as an industry expert on credit risk frameworks, processes and practices, and a technical author of prudential standards and guidance on risk requirements. He has been a regular keynote speaker at various local and overseas conferences representing APRA’s view on credit risk management.

Andrew MacDonald (Advisor – Legal), is the principal of the law firm, Audax Legal Pty Limited. Audax Legal focuses on financial services businesses. Andrew specialises in financial products and services and corporate law. Prior to starting Audax Legal in 2002, he was a partner in PwC Legal and Director at Deutsche Bank.

Tim Allerton (Advisor – Public Relations), Managing Director of City Public Relations, is ThinCats Australia’s public relations strategist. He has 35 years’ experience in public relations and the media – covering the fields of print, television and video communications. City Public Relations provides ThinCats Australia with communications solutions for the ongoing promotion of the company in Australia.

Aditya Ghose (Advisor – IT), a computer scientist with over 25 years experience in delivering R&D outcomes to industry. He is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Wollongong and Director of the Decision Systems Lab.


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