Leadership

Aleem SheikhPresident and CEO

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Aleem was previously a Managing Director and Group Chief of Staff at ACWA Power before his appointment as a Director to the largest public university in the USA, Arizona State University. He joined ACWA Power from Swiss Company, Oerlikon, where he was President and Chairman/CEO of the Solar Company based from China. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for BP p.l.c and resided in China for over 10 years. Aleem also led the Board oversight for manufacturing, operations and development of Solar Panel production facilities at Tata/BP Solar in India. He is a forward thinking and proactive professional executive with a broad range of experience in contributing to the performance of a global company.

During his early career at BP he worked in Commercial, Retail, Operations and Marketing in the UK. Following a series of mergers and acquisitions, he became Global Early Integration Director and held offices across the world. He then joined BP HR as Head of Resourcing for the UK/European Regions to bring a business focus to a functional organization. He later moved to China to become Commercial Director and Chief of Staff for BP in Australasia, Asia-Pacific and the Indian-Subcontinent. In China alone, he helped grow BP to a $5 billion revenue business with over 1,300 employees.

He joined BP Alternative Energy in 2008. With over 3,000 employees, the business operated Solar manufacturing plants in the U.S., Europe & AsPac, and developed, constructed, and operated solar and wind farms in the U.S., Europe, India & China. During his tenure, the wind business completed U.S. utility-scale project financing, construction and operations. The solar business unit completed utility-scale and distributed generation solar project financing, construction and operations. As well as leading the strategic development of this business, he also acted as Deputy CEO and set up the operations from San Francisco. He was a member of the BP Global Leadership Team & served as Non-Exec Director for companies in the USA, China & India including Tata BP Solar where he also acted as Chairman of the Audit Committee. He later joined Oerlikon Solar before divesting it for approx. CHF0.25 billion. He continues to hold Non-Exec Director/Chairman positions across the world.

Reyad FezzaniNon-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board

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Reyad Fezzani has over 30 years of experience in Energy, Finance and Technology with a significant part of his career spent at BP p.l.c. including global roles as the CEO of BP Wind and Solar, and CEO of BP Chemicals. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Regenerate Power LLC, and a Managing Partner of Energy Finance Company LLC. He has served as an Independent Director on the boards and advisory boards of several private technology companies, as well as the Swiss industrial public company – Oerlikon A.G where he was also a member of the Audit Committee.

 

Mr Fezzani is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Energy Institute, and the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining. He holds a master’s degree (MEng) in Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology from Imperial College, London.

Marshini ThulkanamDirector and Chief Financial Officer

Marshini Thulkanam has a strong corporate background in finance and management that includes over 20 years of professional services for companies in healthcare, education, real estate, retail, and technology.

The ongoing diversification of Rayont’s holdings provides a unique opportunity for Her vision of Rayont becoming a world leader Private Equity firm.

Previously, Marshini was the  CFO   for a number of private funds such as Future Asset Management International Ltd and Zenio Capital Ltd.

Marshini graduated from Massey University, New Zealand and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand.

Vennesia SaundersVice President of Healthcare

Vennesia Saunders has over 30 years in Financial services and 14 years’ experience in a Complementary /Functional Foods Manufacturing

She joined PremaLife Pty Ltd in August 2007, in the finance department but very quickly learnt all the aspects of the business as she assisted manufacturing with the implementation of lean manufacturing and getting HACCP accredited. Her passion for self-improvement, lead her to do Front-Line Management training to further assist her in her role as Manager – motivating employees who perform the critical production duties and generate efficient productivity and control costs.

Vennesia is also driven to improve customer service and ensure that quality and service exceed customer expectations, always working towards bettering herself and her team.

In 2019 Vennesia was promoted to General Manager of Prema Life Pty Ltd where she still serves today.

Shilow ShaffierVice President of Technology

Shilow Shaffier is an experienced and successful leader of business transformations with technology and finance specializations. Having spent over 17 years in the technology industry, Shilow has advanced skills in rapidly repairing, growing and scaling companies. Using this experience and insight, he drives high growth and focussed transformational change that yields profitable results.

Shilow is a trusted innovator and technology thought leader sought by his peers to assist in the growth of businesses locally and abroad.

The most recent CEO role was with Workstar. This company provides Australia’s largest employee engagement platform at McDonalds training over 100,000 employees. It also provides experiential learning services to banks, airlines, hotel chains and the retail industry.

Previously Shilow has spent 5 years for a Family Office managing their technology businesses and transforming their distressed assets.

Shilow stepped in as CEO of VETtrak, an education software provider and market leader in student management systems for the private education sector. He led this business to successful private equity exit. After a sluggish performance pre-acquisition, he embarked on a transformation journey that has resulted in the business doubling EBITDA, reversing customer decline, meeting SLA measures and increasing profit margin by over 20% all within a 12-month period. VETtrak’s exit yielded an 8x net return for the outgoing family office and equity partner after a 2-year period. Shilow then consulted to the new private equity owners, integrating VETtrak as part of buy and build strategy pre-IPO.

Shilow also developed a proprietary method for analysing student performance data and started a student lending business called Study Loans.

In 2002, Shilow joined Interactive as a Sales Executive where he helped position Interactive as a leading hardware maintenance provider nationally. 2005-2009, he assumed a General Management role with Digital Engineering Corporation before returning to Interactive in 2009 to lead their partner and alliance channel and define their cloud strategy across Australia and New Zealand. Later Shilow moved to global tech vendor EMC where he harnessed his networks to expand and drive their government division. He has experience across corporate, private equity and family offices and has successfully integrated fragmented businesses.

After growing up in central Queensland’s mining hub and commencing a Law degree at James Cook University QLD, Shilow moved to Melbourne to start his career within the tech sector. Commencing as in sales, Shilow enjoyed rapid success and quickly began managing sales teams, later he moved into strategic executive level appointments. Shilow has worked closely with DELL EMC, Interactive, Telstra, Optus, HP, IBM, Gartner, Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Amazon, Game Developers Associations, Education and Government bodies building relationships and delivering multi-million dollar contracts.

Shilow is a current member of Mensa and AICD and participates in various speaking engagements.

Haydn ErbsVice President of Corporate Development

Qualifications & Registrations
Chartered Accountant Business Valuation Specialist
Licenced Business Broker (AIBB)
Bachelor of Marketing & Accounting
Background
Co-founder of BSP Strategic in 2012. Haydn started his career with PKF as an Accounting and Marketing graduate and became a Chartered Accountant specializing provision of taxation advice to mid-tier corporates and property developers. Later transitioning into commercial accounting roles holding senior management positions with large multinational corporates and assisting with due diligence engagements for a variety of major acquisitions. Over time Haydn developed substantial experience within the corporate advisory sector which in turn led to a specialization in business valuation and business value growth consultancy. Haydn is one of a handful of accredited Business Valuation Specialists with the Australia and New Zealand institute of Chartered Accountants. Haydn’s qualifications and industry experience have led him to value businesses across the globe including for several major stock exchanges in USA and Europe such as the OTC, Deutsche Borse, GXG, LSE and AIM. Haydn’s career has enjoyed a management role within the Pitcher Partner’s corporate finance advisory team in Brisbane. In this diverse and challenging role Haydn gained invaluable transaction experience dealing with large multinationals as well as public and private companies through a variety of buy and sell mandates. Haydn has presided over an organisation that has provided valuation and transaction advisory services for hundreds of businesses with a cumulative value in excess of $2B. His experience and knowledge in M&A for $M+ enterprises is vast, and his skills are continually sought by leading organisations.
Organisations he has worked for include:
PKF Chartered Accountants
Chevron
CBRE
JWA Business Advisory
Pitcher Partners
Haydn has also held the position of Director & Treasurer, Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce from 2010 – 2017.

Dhurata ToliVice President of Corporate Services

Ms. Toli has extensive experience in both government and private sector for over 20 years in financial analyses, accounting, financial controls, reporting and taxation, financial, market risk profiling, trainings.

Ms. Toli started her career with NOA as SME Team Leader and SME Senior Risk Analyst after which she joined BKT Bank as Branch Manager. She worked with the Municipality of Tirana as Director of Operations for 4 years and with Abkons company for a project of Trans Adriatic Pipeline as Financial Consultant.

During the years 2017 – 2020, Ms. Toli worked As Financial Controller and Secretary of Anvia Holdings Corporation, a USA public corporate with subsidiaries on Australia and Malaysia, overseeing all aspects of the Company’s accounting functions including planning, executing, controlling, reporting all financial matters and being part of the team for all acquisitions done by the company. In addition, she was part of the Board of Anvia Holdings Corporation in the position of the Secretary.

Ms. Toli earned her Masters of Science degree in banking from the University of New York Tirana in collaboration with the Institute Universitaire Kurt Bosch in Switzerland and Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Tirana University.

Other certificates that she has earned during the years are Approved Accounting Certificate, Real Estate Appraiser and “Six Sigma Quality Improvement Project” for “Loan Assessment and Approval Process Mapping “delivered by IMPACT W.L.L.