Oz-Town is led by a team of Australian professionals and Chinese nationals with many years of trade and industry experience in Australia, China and internationally. Our team is passionate, professional and committed to building and maintaining strong connections between China and Australia. Oz-Town also actively engages with appropriate government, trade, education and investment organizations and experts to steer our strategy and direction.
Members of the Oz-Town Advisory Committee in Australia:
Bernie Ripoll is a political adviser and strategist who was Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation and chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations & Financial Services. Furthermore, he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer with responsibility for ASIC and other government bodies. He is currently an advisor, board member and a director of various organisations, including Conexus Financial Professional Planner, Inala Primary Care Medical Practice, the Superannuation Industry Awards, Utilitas Biogas Energy Developer, IR Plus Securities Exchange and Map My Plan as well as running his own consultancy Fresh Advisory. Bernie has a Bachelor of Business in Marketing from the Queensland University of Technology and also a certificate in Parliamentary Leadership from the Trinity College University of Melbourne.
Sophy is the founder and acting CEO of Oz-Town Group, as well as the director of the PMI Investment Group, an Investment Banking entry. She has built and developed a platform for Australia's import and export business services and financial investment business. And she has dedicated to promote Australian Made product and life style to China .She also participates and promote the sustainable development of the relationship between China and Australia.
During 2010-2013, Sophy was the Managing Director of CITIC Securities Australia (preparatory working group), and she assisted CITICs to set up the business development platform in Australia. After that, Sophy worked with Deloitte as an Adviser, assisting Chinese Service Group National. Sophy has a deep understanding of capital market and investment environment both in Australia and China, including Investment Banking, Funds Management, and Corporate Finance etc. Sophy is currently assisting Australian companies to develop new markets in China.
She has access to all the levels of government in Australia, including Federal and State. She also have close relationship with the Industry body and as well as Government Agency.
Sophy holds MBA from UTS in Australia and Bachelor of Business Administration from Singapore Institute of Management. Sophy also studied International Marketing in University of California, Berkley in United State.
Working in politics, small business and for a NGO Winston has a unique understanding of both the public and private sectors. With experience in Federal and State Ministerial offices along with a stint as CEO, Winston has detailed knowledge and experience of government administration and decision making as well as how to work with governments, stakeholders and members whilst undertaking a role of CEO.
Winston has worked in an advisory capacity in Ministerial offices in the agriculture and fisheries sectors, financial services and superannuation sectors and the small business sector. With a broad mix of experience over more than 20 years Winston is a professional with high level skills in public policy and administration, strategic development and management, people and stakeholder management with a true understanding of the value of personal relationships.
Nick is an International Trade Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in mergers and acquisitions; strategic planning and execution; logistics; mentoring, coaching, facilitation; curricula development; international business assistance; systems development; and training and assessment.
His roles included complex data analysis and systems development, warehouse distribution systems and facilities development, training and management of operations, import and export development. He has a successful track record in industry sectors involved in executive education, mining services, research & development, not-for-profit, retail and wholesale, import and export, manufacturing and marketing.