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Fund Your Way - Angel Investor Panel

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Eastern Innovation Business Centre

5a Hartnett Close

Mulgrave, VIC 3170

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Join us for an evening with 3 Angel investors, Tom Debney, Sherman Mak and Jillian Zsidy.

Tom Debney:

Tom is a chairman of 2 start-up businesses and sits on advisory boards of 2 family owned businesses both in a high growth phase. He has actively mentored within the CSIRO ON program as a pro bono mentor with a number of these now formed as a company and actively growing, seeking funding to commercialise the IP. Tom’s interests are normally with scientific based products but Hi Key Resources is an app based program that grew from his support of an internal company idea to better manage resources in the mining sector.

Tom joined Expense Reduction Analysts in 2009 after many years of senior roles in general management and operations with companies such as Hoechst, Nutrinova and UCB. Tom has extensive experience in managing organisations in Asia and also spent more than 2 years as Managing Director in the UK. He has extensive experience in Food, food ingredients, chemicals and packaging industries.

With strong operational skills and extensive experience in developing and managing process, Tom has a good understanding of the operational and administrative needs in identifying and successfully implementing cost reduction initiatives that drive to the bottom line. With more than 20 years practical experience in leading operations management, sales and marketing, Tom has enjoyed a variety of challenges throughout his career.

Tom has a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma in Management as well as extensive high level management training at various international business schools and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and fellow of Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Sherman Mak:

Sherman is a specialist in corporate strategy, business transformation, market entry and strategic investment. He has over 20years of investment, banking and advisory experience. He has held senior strategic appointments with a diverse range of international companies and global brands (Such as Citigroup, HSBC J.P Morgan and Westpac).

Sherman personally advises a number of Asian private family offices, governments agencies, one of Asia's largest telecommunication/technology company (Telkom Group), one of the worlds largest private vertically integrated agrobusiness conglomerates (Charoen Pokphand Group), a Shanghai deep technology investment firm (Dehui Group) and a South East Asia giant in FMCG. Where he has found and designed on going solutions for them.


Sherman holds Senior Partnerships in both a diversified investment firm (Foria Capital) and an advisory firm (Waleta Group). Additionally, he is also an innovation mentor for Australia’s Commonwealth Science Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO) and is on the board of several early stage companies. More recently, he has been involved in HealthTech, IOT and the “Neo and Challenger bank movement”. In this area Sherman has been appointed Special Advisor to Australia’s first fully independent 100% digital financial bank (Xinja).

Some of the countries where he has worked and trained in includes, Singapore, China, England, Ireland, United States and Australia. His philanthropic areas of interest includes Autism Awareness, Economic Empowerment, Education, understanding of Geopolitics and Poverty Alleviation.

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