Meet the team behind FirstGrowthFunds
Board of Directors
Our team have vast experience and global networks that look to add value to each investment.
Mr. ANOOSH MANZOORI

Mr. ANOOSH MANZOORI

Executive Chairman

Anoosh has extensive investment and corporate advisory experience across many verticals with a particular interest in the technology sector. His experience includes capital raising and M&A in private equity, capital markets and crypto currency and digital asset markets. Anoosh is also an Expert Network Member at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science supporting innovative new startups. Other board appointments include Non-Executive Director of CCP Technologies Limited (ASX:CT1) and YPB Systems Limited (ASX:YPB). Anoosh was previously awarded the ’Entrepreneurial Scholarship’ sponsored by Ernst & Young, The American Chamber of Commerce and Playford Capital before founding one of Australia’s largest cloud hosting companies reaching over 75,000 customers before selling the company to MYOB Limited in 2008. Anoosh holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Graduate Diploma of Business Enterprise and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr. GEOFF BARNES

Mr. GEOFF BARNES

Non-Executive Director

Mr Barnes joined the Investment Industry in 1999 as an Investment Adviser at Hartley Poynton. He is a Founder and Director of Peloton Capital. At Peloton, Mr Barnes is responsible for Equity Markets and Stock Broking operations, introduction of corporate transactions, and personally manages a select group of Sophisticated Investor Clients. Before Founding Peloton Capital with his fellow directors in June 2011, Mr Barnes was employed for 9 years at Macquarie Private Wealth (Sydney) and resigned as a Division Director.
Mr. MICHAEL CLARKE

Mr. MICHAEL CLARKE

Non-Executive Director

Mr Clarke has over 18 years’ experience in the IT industry and has worked across both public and private enterprise during his career.He has broad experience in the development and management of enterprise and complex systems and worked at many senior levels during this time. Mr Clarke has consulted and provided services to a variety of industries including manufacturing, mining and resources, government and education and previously a Director of Raya Group Limited (ASX:RYG) until 2016.
Mr. ATHAN LEKKAS

Mr. ATHAN LEKKAS

Non-Executive Director

Mr Lekkas is an investment expert, particularly in the technology sector. Mr Lekkas has many years of investment banking experience and has advised on numerous cross border transactions including capital raisings, funding and structuring of acquisitions, joint ventures overseas and participated in a broad range of business and corporate advisory transactions. More recently Athan has focused on the restructure and recapitalisation of a wide range of ASX Listed companies. He was former Chairman of Panax Geothermal Limited (ASX:PAX) a Geothermal company that was successfully transformed into an Internet of Things (IoT) technology company where he was responsible for raising $25M. Mr Lekkas was also previously a Director of Brainy Toys Limited which was transformed from a technology company into a mining company which is now listed as a Kogi Iron (ASX: KFE), where he was instrumental and successful with identifying and funding the acquisition of a major West African Iron Ore project. Mr Lekkas was also responsible for the re-quotation of FGF in 2013 and has remained as a Director and shareholder of the company, successfully assisting the company by attracting working and investment capital during the recaptialisation process together with new investment opportunities to the company.
Mr. DANIEL ZHANG

Mr. DANIEL ZHANG

Non-Executive Director

Daniel holds a Bachelor Engineering (University of Birmingham (UK)) and a Masters Information Systems & Management (University of Warwick (UK)). Daniel is currently the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Blockshine, a leading China based communications company specialising in Blockchain Technology. Mr. Zhang joined the cryptocurrency world in early 2017 and started to work in the Blockchain industry and related business including Initial Coin Offers (ICOs).Daniel’s experience includes founder and CEO of TagU Social Network media platform for sharing of photos, Project Manager of Big Data program at Tesco China and Product Director of Penguin Guide, a Chinese Food, wine and lifestyle social media platform.