George Wang is the founding CEO of AIMS Financial Group and an active participant in both the Australian and Chinese financial services industries. Established in 1991, AIMS Financial Group (AIMS) is a diversified financial services and investment group with a solid track record and enviable reputation in the mortgage lending, fund management and securitisation markets in Australia, active in the areas of lending, securitisation, investment banking, funds management, property investment, stock exchange ownership and high-tech investment.
Since 1999, AIMS has raised approximately A$4 billion in funds from the capital markets. Of this, AIMS has issued approximately A$3 billion residential mortgage-backed securities, with most of them rated AAA by both Standard & Poors and Fitch Ratings, and has originated over A$5 billion of high quality prime home loans since 1997. AIMS is also the investment manager for AIMS' funds, which amount to approximately A$1.5 billion fund as at 1 November 2012. In October 2008, AIMS acquired the Sydney Stock Exchange (SSX), now is 100% owned by AIMS Group.
Mr Wang is the President of the Australia-China Finance & Investment Council. As the President of Australia-China Finance & Investment Council, George has been laying the foundation for the financial bridge between Australia and China for many years, closely following the development of the Chinese financial sector, at the same time building a professional team.
Sangeeta Venkatesan has more than 20 years of experience in the banking and finance industry, working with CBA, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, Lehman Brothers/Nomura, Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered Bank. That experience, primarily in Corporate Finance and Global Markets, spans the globe – Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney.
She is the CEO of APP Securities and Group COO at AIMS Financial Group (‘AIMS’), a diversified financial services company involved in investment banking, stock broking, funds management, and property investment, and with a strategic investment in the Sydney Stock Exchange. Sangeeta joined AIMS end-2016 to develop and grow AIMS’ businesses with a strong emphasis on the Australia-Asia corridor.
Prior to joining AIMS, Sangeeta was the Head of Renminbi (‘RMB’) & China Solutions at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (‘CBA’) where she represented CBA at various Australia-China financial collaboration dialogues including the ‘Australia Week in China’ in April 2016 led by the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, the Australia RMB Committee and co-authored a report titled “The Renminbi – from the Peoples’ Money to a Global Currency” focused on the evolving Chinese economy and financial liberalisation, and opportunities for both Australian and Chinese companies that trade or invest across the Australia-China corridor.
She also represented Nomura at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Credit Derivatives Committee and Association of Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) Credit Board. Sangeeta is a keen advocate for diversity and culture chairs the Finance, Risk and Governance committee for Australia’s Women in Banking and Finance (‘WiBF’). Sangeeta is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Brett has over 20 years’ experience in the financial markets industry as a trader, advisor and senior manager both within Australia and overseas. Brett currently provides consulting services to a broad range of financial and academic institutions. Such consulting services comprise the provision of commercial, business development and regulatory advice.
Previously, Brett was the Chief Executive Officer of InvestorFirst Limited and BTIG Australia Limited.
From 2003 to 2007, Brett was the Chief Executive Officer of E*Trade Australia Limited (E*Trade Australia). E*Trade Australia was a significant innovator in the delivery of online wealth management products and its clients included retail investors, institutions and third party intermediaries. E*Trade Australia provides a white label solution to many of Australia’s credit unions and second tier banks.
Before joining E*Trade Australia, Brett worked at Macquarie Bank for 14 years, the latter part as an Executive Director of Macquarie Financial Services. The division grew to provide full financial advice across Australia and New Zealand.
Brett also serves as a director of a number of listed funds and The Station Limited (a charitable organisation providing welfare to the homeless in the Sydney central business district).
In 2004, Brett was recognised by the Australian Stockbrokers Foundation and admitted to the “Hall of Fame”.
Brett holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology.
Adam Joseph is the Chief Operating Officer for APP Securities Pty Ltd. Adam has 13 years’ experience in the financial markets industry as a trader, advisor, project manager, product manager and operation management in Australian and International Equity markets, Contracts for a Difference (CFD), Foreign Exchange and Commodity markets. He was the Business Project Manager and Product Manager at Pershing Securities Australia and managed a large portfolio of projects and managed the establishment, product management and sales of their International Product offering. He also worked at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in a number of management roles across operations and technology and managed a team of Account Managers servicing ASX and ASX 24 Trading and Clearing Participants.
Mike heads Investment Banking and Corporate Finance at APP Securities. Mike has previously held senior positions in Corporate Finance at CIMB, RBS, ABN AMRO, ING Barings, BNP Paribas and AIMS Capital in London, Hong Kong and Sydney. Most recently he was Head of Corporate Finance (ex ASEAN) at CIMB and Head of Corporate Finance Asia at RBS. Mike has led numerous M&A, ECM and DCM transactions across the full range of Industry sectors, and also has extensive experience working with Private Equity on leveraged buyouts and portfolio exits.
Mike has degrees in Engineering from the University of Queensland, and Imperial College, University of London.