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Elizabeth Masamune PSM

Elizabeth Masamune (Chair) has had a long career serving as a diplomat and Senior Elizabeth Photo2 S2 1Trade Commissioner with the Australian Trade Commission in Asia, specifically Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2006 by the Australian Government for outstanding service in advancing the interests of Australian firms in Asia.

Since leaving the Australian Government in 2014, Elizabeth has re-located back to Japan and established @Asia Associates Japan, Inc. where she focuses on providing advice to firms on leadership and mentoring for women in business, encouraging female entrepreneurs, and bridging cross cultural communication gaps in business.

Elizabeth is a member of the Chiba University Management Advisory Board in Japan, and leads the Japan-based Future Leaders Program on behalf of the Japan Australia Business Cooperation Committee. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Japan Institute for Board Director Training. Elizabeth serves as a Non-Executive Director at Advangen Inc, the Japanese subsidiary of ASX listed company Cellmid.

A fluent Japanese speaker, she is also proficient is several other Asian languages.

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Michelle Sawyer

Michelle Sawyer has twenty-five years experience in both Australia and Singapore as a PhotoMSResearch Analyst and Project Manager predominately for Macquarie Group, one of Australia’s leading banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services providers with offices across the world. In the research role, Michelle analysed Australian listed resources stocks whilst in the Project Management position Michelle coordinated the development and implementation of a number of global IT systems.

Michelle has also worked for an Aboriginal Native Title Consultancy, a Communications and Marketing Group and an Executive Search firm.

Michelle has always had a keen interest in the Asian region having completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Asian History and Anthropology at the University of Sydney.

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Nasir Haji

Nasir Haji

Nasir Haji is the Managing Partner of a  very large Shipping Company in South-East Asia. He was born in Kashmir India, but is now based in Singapore and is a Singaporean citizen.

Besides Shipping Industry, Nasir has interests in restaurants and mining. He also leads a family charity trust which is running 3 Schools in a very remote area of Kashmir.

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Prometheus Siddiqui

Prometheus Siddiqui is a development professional who was academically trained in AAEAAQAAAAAAAAJaAAAAJDhjOWU1YWUwLWU3YTQtNDNkOS1hYTliLTlhOWIzNjAzZTRjMAeconomics with a significant range of experiences including economic research studies, financial analysis, business plan formulation, project management, external relations and communications. As a member of the executive and management team Prometheus promotes the organization into the corporate and donor market and to the expanding Grameen network, formulates strategies and action plan for the Grameen Australia group and manages and provides support to social business, microfinance and other special projects in Australia and other regions (such as Bangladesh, the Philippines and Cambodia).

Prometheus commenced his career at a multinational investment bank (NDB Capital Limited, with HQ in Colombo Sri Lanka) as a management associate and went on to serve as a volunteer consultant in the Inclusive Finance team of UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) at the regional headquarters of United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand. He has been working with the Grameen family of companies chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus since 2012. As the Coordinator of the Social Business Unit and a management team member of Grameen Telecom Trust, he managed a wide range of income generation and livelihood social business projects.

Prometheus completed his Bachelor of Science in Economics (minor in finance and accounting) from North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, with academic distinctions (summa cum laude) while working as a teaching assistant. He is the first Bangladeshi recipient of an international scholarship, the Chevron International REACH Scholarship. He has completed the Master of Business degree at Victoria University with High Distinction average and tutors in the University’s Masters program and at the Asia Pacific International College. Prometheus is a published writer for newspapers and magazines, and has served in international and national voluntary organisations and philanthropic causes.

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