Dr Roger Voyle
For the last ten years, Roger has had primary responsibility for managing Southmore’s investments and providing strategic advice to its entrepreneurs, investors and portfolio businesses. In many cases, he has lead efforts to establish overseas business activities for investee companies and attract finance from offshore sources. He also spent six years working with the South Australian Government fostering the development local technology businesses and attracting investment to them. Prior to this, he was involved with patents, licensing and technology evaluation at the large Swiss biopharmaceutical company Serono SA, supporting major litigation and transactional activities including the eventual sale of the company to Merck KGaA. Roger holds a PhD and BSc (Hons I) in Biochemistry, has completed post-doctoral studies in immunology, and post-graduate studies in intellectual property law.
Mr Ahmed Ghaly
Ahmed is responsible for managing and delivering business services at Southmore. He has extensive experience in international business, project management, and stakeholder relationship management across industries including energy and manufacturing. Ahmed has established relationships with key business partners from the Middle East and Asia. He has fifteen years' experience working with SMEs and international companies both in Australia and the Middle East. He also secured seed funding and sales revenue for his own green-tech entrepreneurial venture. Since then, he has secured grants and partnerships for local start-ups and SMEs.
Ahmed holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) and PRINCE2® project manager.
Dr Solmaz Saboohi
Solmaz is a technology strategist and business analyst at Southmore. She applies her advanced data analysis and business modelling skills to assist clients in elaborating business concepts and gaining business insights. Her training and experience has focussed on machine learning, data mining and analytics, predictive modelling and project management. She has more than ten years of R&D management and industry experience in these fields in Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East. Solmaz holds a PhD in plasma physics and is a certified PRINCE2® project manager. She has also completed four years of post-doctoral studies in material science at the University of South Australia. As a strong believer in “innovation with application”, Solmaz has been involved in many successful research commercialisation projects and secured funds and collaboration partners for projects, start-ups and established businesses both nationally and internationally.
Ms Cynthia Zhang
Cynthia is an accounting graduate with finance, administration and marketing experience gained at several Australian small and medium sized businesses. She is currently completing professional qualifications with CPA Australia and the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. In addition to handling Southmore’s day-to-day accounting and administration, she has become increasingly involved in its marketing activities and with facilitating regular communication with our clients and partners in support of Yu.
Mr Yu Tianyun
Yu is responsible for the high-level, long-term management of our client and partner relationships. He strives to maintain strong mutual alignment, respect and understanding in all areas and at all times across geographic and cultural barriers. In the past decade, he has managed and facilitated business and intercultural relationships for many businesses, local and state government bodies and educational institutions. He founded a boutique consulting and training company based in South Australia and is concurrently the Business Development Manager of one of the largest family-owned wineries in Australia.