The Equitise Team

Chris Gilbert Chris Gilbert Co-founder and Director

Chris has a professional background in corporate finance and management consulting at Deloitte and kicked off his startup career by heading upthe operational department of a tech startup called The Search Party.
Determined to improve access to capital for startups and medium sized enterprises in Australia, he later co-founded Equitise in 2014. Chris is considered a thought leader in the startup investment space, frequently appearing in the AFR and Sky Business News.
When not thinking of new ways to grow the Equitise business Chris likes to keep fit, relax at the beach, travel and try out hip new bars around Sydney.

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Jonny Wilkinson Jonny Wilkinson Co-founder and Director

Jonny has extensive experience in equity markets and marketing with a personal investment philosophy focused on high growth companies. His passion for innovation drove him to co-found Equitise as a platform where Australian and New Zealand businesses could access the capital they need to grow.
He is an advisor to the Australian Treasurer on Fintech and was central to the legislative changes in the Equity Crowdfunding market in Australia.
In his spare time he enjoys playing Hockey for Sydney Uni, watersports and being at the beach along with sharing good food and wine with friends & family.

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Alex Vlas Alex Vlas Chief Technology Officer

Alex is an experienced software programmer and leads our IT Division. He brings with him many years of experiences working similar roles in the healthcare, e-commerce, retail and software industries of Australia.
His love for technology and investing made Equitise the perfect home for his talents. He is also passionate about harnessing technology to streamline work and improve productivity.
When he isn't developing new software features and solutions for us, you will most likely see him zooming around in his highly loved Subaru BRZ.

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Sophie Moss Sophie Moss Head of Marketing

With seven years of experience in marketing and advertising across several industries and companies like Wieden+Kennedy, Sophie is the Head of Marketing.
She uses customer data and insights to create targeted communications to current and potential investors and is driven to create a strong brand identity for Equitise. Sophie also works closely with each client to increase their brand awareness, helping to foster new customers and investors. She's passionate about creativity and telling the story of every early stage company.
What she loves most about Equitise is the breadth of the role and working with different companies in different industries. In her free time, she loves Yoga and trying new places to eat in Sydney.

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Erez Rachamim Erez Rachamim Head of Fundraising

Erez is the Head of Fundraising. He manages all the due diligence and onboarding processes for the capital raises. This includes business development and client management as well as technical due diligence functions and project management.
His background is prominently in Venture Capital and Private Equity where he has invested in several SME enterprises and maintained hands on involvement to help them grow.
What Erez loves about Equitise is our role as enablers, helping fuel the growth of a host of enterprises and giving entrepreneurs the chance to pursue their passions.
When he is not conducting due diligence on new ventures or managing the various ongoing capital raises, Erez plays football, is an avid yogi and is involved with various charity committees.

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David Johns David Johns Head of Wholesale Client Management

Many years of experience in institutional sales and equity analysis has given Davis the skills to identify early stage companies that would capture the interest of high net worth and sophisticated investors. He serves as our Head of Wholesale Distribution.
His wide repertoire of responsibilities includes organising events to bring together high growth firms and investors, managing client relationships and analysing feedback from investors.
David is very excited about working at Equitise because it represents a modern way for quality companies to raise capital. It also gives everyday investors a new opportunity to buy into fast growing companies and improve returns.
In his free time David loves travelling, cooking and keeping up to date on current affairs.

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Mina Parnian Mina Parnian Frontend Developer

Making sure your experience on the Equitise website is seamless is Mina’s responsibility. As a front-end developer, she is constantly working on improving the user experience.
Mina graduated from General Assembly's Web Development Immersive and has ever since been completely immersed in the wide world of coding. Mina also holds a degree in graphic design and has worked as a graphic designer in Australia and oversees.
What drew her to Equitize was the challenge of working at an innovative company that provided her the perfect platform to utilize and develop her skills in both coding and design.
When she isn’t coding for work, she is often coding for fun! She also loves, travelling, swimming and rollerblading.

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Giulia Agnola Giulia Agnola Content Writer

From Udine, Italy, Giulia makes sure our marketing material and online presence is both compelling and accurate. She also optimizes the content to make us more visible on web searches.
With a background in journalism and strategic communications, Giulia is instrumental to the way we present products to our clients. Before Equitise, she worked at an engineering studio in Italy.
Giulia was drawn to Equitise by the dynamic, young and inspirational work environment. When she is not busy at work, she loves dancing, reading and trekking.

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William Lee William Ye Investment Analyst

William combines his background in finance and law to find exciting companies for the Equitise platform. Before joining us, he worked at a boutique law firm and taught math.
He was drawn to the idea of Equitise as it’s a democratising force in investment management. When he is not digging through financial statements or contemplating different investment themes, William loves exploring new cuisines and swimming.

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Cathy Kovacs Cathy Kovacs Non Executive Director, investor in Equitise personally

Cathy is an experienced and commercially savvy financial services executive of 24 years, who inspires large teams of people and enthusiastically delivers transformative outcomes. Cathy ran BT Financial Group's Equities business for 3 years before moving to Westpac Strategy with a focus on M&A and fintech business development. Cathy is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Toby Heap Toby Heap Non Executive Director, investor in Equitise through H2 Ventures

Toby is the Managing Director of H2 Ventures. Toby has extensive experience investing and advising early stage businesses in fintech, digital publishing, health, artificial intelligence, finance and marketing. Experienced in all aspects of leading start-up companies. Toby is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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