Business School

North American Chapter



John Willinge
Chair, North American chapter, CEO, Alverstoke Group LLC, BSc (Curtin) BCom (UWA), MBA (Hons) (Harvard)

John_Willinge John Willinge has over two decades of experience as an executive and investment professional in the venture capital, private equity and asset management industries. Before entering the finance industry, he worked as an engineer in the mining and oil and gas industries.

John is an Adjunct Professor in Finance and Investment at The University of Western Australia and a Patron of The Hackett Foundation.  He is also a Member of the Board of the UWA Business School and Chair of its Ambassadorial Council's North American chapter.  John was selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow with the Partnership for New York City in 2011, and is also a founding member of the New York City Entrepreneur's Council, in addition, John is the author of a bestselling Harvard Business School publication on private equity.

John holds a Master of Business Administration with Honours from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Commerce from The Universit of Western Australia, and a Bachelor of Applied Science from The Western Australian School of Mines.. Back to top

Sarah Beshar
Partner, Davis, Polk & Wardwell, BJuris (Hons), LLB (Hons), BCL (Oxford)

Sarah Beshar was the first Menzies Scholar in Law. She completed the two-year BCL at Magdalen College in Oxford. After a brief time in London at Freshfields, she joined Davis, Polk & Wardwell, an established Wall Street law firm. She specialises in corporate finance, with a particular emphasis on initial public offerings of securities and corporate transactions by retailers. She manages the corporate finance group which numbers over 80 lawyers and has responsibility for the lawyers in foreign offices. Sarah represents clients in U.S. and international capital markets transactions and advises on general securities and corporate governance issues. She has taken a leading role in a wide variety of both public and private debt and equity offerings by U.S. and non-U.S. companies, including initial public offerings and convertible offerings. In recent years, Sarah has also worked on domestic securities offerings of equity-linked products for financial institutions. She has significant experience in the development of new financial products, including various types of synthetic exchangeable securities. Sarah has also advised many companies in connection with their general corporate governance, compliance and securities work. She is a foundation member of the UWA Centenary Trust for Women. Back to top

Professor Patricia (Patti) Dechow
Professor of Public Accounting, Haas Business School, Berkeley University, BCom (Hons) (UWA), MSc, PhD

Professor Patricia Dechow worked at PwC in Perth, Australia prior to pursuing a Ph.D. Patricia's research is published in The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting & Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Review, and the Journal of Financial Economics. Patricia serves on the editorial board of Accounting and Finance, and serves as a reviewer for the journals listed previously. Patricia's principal teaching interests lie in the area of financial accounting and reporting. Her current research interests are earnings management, the use of fundamental analysis in predicting future stock returns, and the role of short sellers and financial analysts in improving market efficiency. Patricia was previously an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Michigan Business School and taught at the University of Michigan between 1997 and at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania from 1992 to 1997. Back to top

Paul Ezekiel
Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, AMP Solar Group, MBBS (UWA), MBA (Cornell)

Paul Ezekiel is the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of AMP Solar Group.  AMP is an asset management platform that develops global portfolios of investment grade energy assets for its institutional clients.  Prior to founding AMP, Ezekiel was the Managing Partner of Yallingup Capital, an Asset Management firm focused on next generation Energy Infrastructure.  This includes investing in Renewable Energy, Waste to Energy, Grid Infrastructure, Biofuels, Energy Efficiency, and Water. Paul was previously a Managing Director at Credit Suisse where he was the Global Head of Environmental Commodities and was on the Executive Management Committee of CS Global Commodity Trading business.  Paul established a leading global Structured Commodities trading franchise initially focused on the emerging global carbon markets.  This was a multidisciplinary business and Paul was responsible for the development and implementation of a Global risk strategy with a focus on the development of Structured Carbon products. Paul joined Credit Suisse in July 2006 from Antipodean Partners, a specialty merchant bank and advisory firm in the environmental and climate change industry which he co-founded in 2002 and served as their President. Paul was responsible for developing a number of innovative structures for carbon emissions producers, including pioneering securitizations of tradable greenhouse gas emissions credits.  Prior to establishing Antipodean, he was a Managing Director of SoundView Technology Group (formerly Wit Capital) and before that worked at Bank of America Securities. Back to top

Professor Richard Sloan
Chair in Accounting, Haas Business School, Berkeley University, BCom (Hons) (UWA), PhD

Professor Richard Sloan's research focuses on the role of accounting information in firm valuation. His work examines the ability of management and security analysts to influence stock prices through the manipulation of accounting information and the performance of equity trading strategies based on financial statement analysis. His research is published in the Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Economics. His research is also regularly featured in the business press in publications such as Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times and Worth. Previously Richard taught financial statement analysis in undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and executive courses at the University of Michigan Business School. He also directed the University of Michigan Business School's Executive Education Seminar for the National Institute of Investor Relations. He is a regular speaker and consultant for organisations in the investment management industry. Back to top

Tim Stewart
Chief Global Strategist, Fortress Investments, BEc (Hons)

Tim Stewart joined Fortress Investment Group in New York in May 2008 as a Managing Director and G10 Strategist. Prior to joining Fortress, Tim worked at Moore Capital, Morgan Stanley, Tiger Management and Bankers Trust primarily in strategy and research roles. Earlier he worked in government for the Australian Treasury and as the economic advisor to the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Tim has a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) degree from the University of West Australia. Back to top

Professor David Yermack
Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation, NYU, Stern School of Business, BA (Econ) (Harvard), MBA (Harvard), MA (Business Economics)(Harvard), PhD (Business Economics)(Harvard)

Professor David Yermack teaches courses in corporate finance, restructuring firms and industries, and law and finance. David has been with NYU Stern since 1994. His primary research areas include boards of directors, executive compensation, executive stock options, and law and finance. David has been published in many journals including Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Finance, and Journal of Law, Economics, and Organizations. David received his Bachelor of Arts in economics, Master of Business Administration, Jurist Doctor degree, Master of Arts in business economics, and doctor of philosophy in business economics from Harvard University. Back to top

Professor Anu RammohanProfessor Anu Rammohan

Associate Dean International Relations
Ambassadorial Council Faculty Member

Professor Rammohan is based in the Economics Discipline at The University of Western Australia. Anu moved to UWA from the University of Sydney in 2009. The focus of her research has been on understanding the household-level socio-economic factors that can influence child nutritional and survival outcomes, gender and food security issues in South and South East Asia, particularly in India, Indonesia and Myanmar. Her recent research has focused on two central areas- (i) the analysis of intra-household distribution of health and education in developing countries, and its implications for the household’s children, women and the elderly, and (ii) food and nutritional security in rural areas of developing countries. This research has been published in top-tier international academic journals, and has also been funded by competitive research grants from the Australian Research Council, AusAID and the Australia-India Institute.

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