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Liral Group

As the parent company Liral Group provides the Executive Leadership Team and management resources required to enable ASV to operate efficiently and effectively, keeping operating costs to a minimum to ensure maximum funds are directed to supporting the ASV vision and mission.

Alex Sekler

Founder, Australian Silicon Valley

I envisage that Australian Silicon Valley Enterprise (ASV) will become Australia’s leading innovation project. At ASV we will provide a sustainable ecosystem of entrepreneurship, research and innovation combined with a vibrant start-up culture — leading Australia, our region, and our planet to a smarter, healthier, and more sustainable future. ASV will be ground-breaking and creative, attracting the best brains from Australia and overseas.

And most importantly, we will build technologically advanced schools for gifted children, because I truly believe that such environments will challenge and stimulate their minds. My plan is to unleash the next generation of potential Einsteins on the world.

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Richard Green

CEO of Liral Group

Richard commenced as CEO of Liral Group in Australia in January 2022.

Richard is a highly respected senior leader and Institutional Banking executive with over 30 years’ experience in global financial markets. He has worked for both Australian and International Banks and has led many significant high value transactions covering mergers and acquisitions, cross-border asset finance, infrastructure and property financing, debt and equity capital markets, trade finance, and transaction banking product suites.

In 2015, Richard relocated to Brisbane to take up the position as Head of Westpac Institutional Bank for Queensland and Northern Territory, a role he has held for the last 6 years. Prior to that, he was Managing Director at BNP Paribas in Sydney. Most notably, Richard was as an Executive General Manager at Commonwealth Bank where he was Head of Client Relationship Management in the Institutional Banking and Markets team. Prior to that, Richard was a Director at ABN AMRO where he worked for 14 years.

He commenced his career at KPMG. Richard has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Richard Green

Anna Cheyda

Head of Strategy & Investment

Anna brings over 20 years of experience in corporate finance and banking including strong background in syndicated loans, leveraged and acquisition finance, institutional debt, private placements within corporate advisory, corporate or investment banking.

She has over 12 years of business network and experience in the Queensland market covering the private equity, wealth management firms, corporate and institutional markets. Additionally, Anna has strong knowledge of credit ratings methodologies and external ratings processes with in NAB and CBA.

Anna specialises in buy-and-build strategies, having successfully led several national corporate aggregations across multiple sectors which have gone onto list on the ASX.

She previously worked as a director of Corporate Banking at CBA Group,where she worked on the senior debt funding transactions and managed a portfolio of corporate clients. Before CBA Group, Anna was at Deloitte M&A in USA and Australia. During ten years with the firm, she was actively involved in corporate transaction including acquisitions, takeovers, mergers, divestments, IPO and capital raising.

Anna commenced her career with Orix Capital Markets in USA.

Education:

  • Executive Education from Harvard Business School,
  • PhD in Engineering from St. Petersburg Tech University,
  • Master of Finance from University of Texas,
  • Master of Engineering from Ivanovo State Technical University and
  • Bachelor of Finance from University of Texas.
Anna Cheyda

Vincent Whitfield

Liral Group In-house Counsel

Vincent is a commercial lawyer with broad experience in energy and resources law. At a top tier Australian legal firm, he worked with private & ASX listed clients on state and national scale matters.

Vincent has broad front end matter experience that includes major projects, compliance, transaction coordination and support. Vincent enjoys working in a collaborative team environment on complex projects and transactions.

Vincent applies his legal skill set with a pragmatic commercial approach.

Education:

  • College of Law Australia – Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice -2016
  • Griffith University – Bachelor of Laws (Class 1 Honours) – 2011-2014
Vincent Whitfield