Meet the team behind Freelancer!

Directors
  • Matt Barrie
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    Matt Barrie

    Chief Executive Officer & Chairman BE (Hons I) BSc (Hons I) GDipAppFin MAppFin MSEE (Stanford) GAICD SEP FIEAust

    Matt Barrie is an award winning entrepreneur, technologist and lecturer, having won numerous awards including being named the inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. Matt was previously founder and CEO of Sensory Networks Inc., a vendor of high performance network security processors, which Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) announced in 2013 it was acquiring. Matt is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney, where for the last 12 years he has taught Cryptography, and from 2010, Technology Entrepreneurship. He is the co-author of over 20 US patent applications.

    Matt is a prolific speaker and has spoken at, or featured in; the Summit Series, the New York Times, Bloomberg TV, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, The Atlantic, Switzer, BRW and The Economist. In 2012, he was selected out of a field of 600 presenters to be one of 21 featured speakers at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas (SXSW), which is one of the world‘s largest interactive, music, film and technology festivals.

    In 2006, he was awarded the State Pearcey Award for contribution to the IT&T industry. In 2010, he was named Alumnus of the Year for the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney.

    In 2011, SmartCompany named him in the 11 most influential Australians in IT. In 2011, he was named inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also the winner of the technology category in the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards for 2011.

    In 2012, he was named in the top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia, and a 2012 Man of Influence by Men‘s Style Magazine. In this year he also completed the Executive Program at Singularity University. In 2013, he was named in the top 10 Australian entrepreneurs to watch in 2013 by SmartCompany, the Blackberry Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by News Limited, a Silver Stevie in the International Business Awards for Executive of the Year in Internet/New Media, and again in the top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia.

    Matt has first class honours degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Sydney, a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, California. He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and Councillor of the Electrical and Information Engineering Foundation at the University of Sydney.

    Matt is regularly invited to speak at the world‘s leading entrepreneurship, internet and business conferences/forums. He is also one of the worldwide Linkedin Influencers, along with Richard Branson, Barack Obama and Deepak Chopra, where he writes on the topics of entrepreneurship and technology.

    For enquiries relating to speaking engagements, please email speaker@freelancer.com

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  • Darren Williams
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    Darren Williams

    Non-Executive Director BSc (Hons I) PhD (Computer Science) MAICD

    Darren transitioned from Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of Freelancer to Non-Executive Director in late 2015. In his time as an executive he was responsible day-to-day for strategic leadership of the company‘s operating and technical direction.

    Darren has experience in computer security, protocols, networking and software. Prior to joining Freelancer, Darren was a co-founder of Sensory Networks, a venture-backed network security hardware company, where he held the roles of Chief Technology Officer and subsequently Chief Executive Officer. Darren previously lectured in Computer Science at the University of Sydney in a variety of areas to postgraduates and undergraduates.

    Darren has authored numerous articles, patents and papers relating to security technology, software and networking, and has spoken at a number of international conferences. Darren holds a first class honours degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Science specialising in computer networking from the University of Sydney.

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  • Simon
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    Simon Clausen

    Non-Executive Director

    Simon is a founding investor of Freelancer. Simon has more than 17 years experience in high growth technology businesses in both Australia and the United States. His technical expertise includes proficiency in multiple software development languages, computer security and vulnerability analysis, and he is co-author and inventor of a number of technology patents.

    Focusing on consumer-centric software and Internet enabled technology he founded, and was CEO of WinGuides, which later became PC Tools. With Simon as CEO PC Tools grew to over $100 million dollars in revenue, more than 250 employees and offices in 7 countries. PC Tools was acquired by Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) in October 2008 in one of Australia‘s largest ever technology acquisitions at the time. Following the acquisition Simon became a Vice President at Symantec, before leaving in 2009 and founding Startive Ventures, a specialised technology venture fund. Today, Startive actively maintains investments in a number of successful global start-ups and Simon acts as a Director and advisor to companies around the world.

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Senior Management
  • Neil Katz
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    Neil Katz

    Chief Financial Officer B Com (Hons) ACA

    Neil Katz is the Chief Financial Officer at Freelancer and is responsible for the finance and administration functions of the Company. Since joining Freelancer in May 2009, Neil has been an integral part of the management team and has been involved in establishing the financial disciplines and internal controls of the Group.

    Neil has over 20 years experience in finance, accounting and general management. Neil has held CFO roles at a number of technology companies, including IPscape, Threatmetrix, Sensory Networks and Aptrix. Neil has experience and been involved in numerous private equity and venture capital raisings, obtaining multiple government grants, corporate restructuring and trade sale activities. In particular, Neil was involved in the sale of Aptrix to IBM. In these previous roles, Neil has provided financial guidance to assist in the growth and international expansion of these businesses. Neil has also provided consulting services to a number of smaller technology start-up companies in areas of commercialisation strategies and capital raising.

    Prior to his roles within the technology sector, Neil held senior finance positions in distribution and retail sectors, including at Checkpoint Systems.

    Neil holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Financial Management obtained from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

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  • Christopher Koch
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    Christopher Koch

    Deputy Chief Financial Officer M.Fin (INSEAD) LLB (Hons I) B.Ec F. Fin GAICD

    Christopher Koch is Deputy Chief Financial Officer, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and investor engagement. He joined Freelancer in 2015.

    Prior to Freelancer he spent nearly a decade in investment and merchant banking, with a focus on the internet and technology sectors, finishing as a Director at UBS Investment Bank. His experience is extensive in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and equity syndication.

    He worked on $35+ billion of transactions including listings on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), on matters across Australia, Hong Kong, mainland China, Tokyo, London, Europe and the United States.

    Christopher completed his masters in finance at INSEAD (France and Singapore campuses), and read economics and law with first class honours at the University of Adelaide. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Christopher's career started in government where he worked for His Excellency The Honourable Alexander Downer AC during the Howard Government.

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  • Willix
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    Willix Halim

    Senior Vice President of Growth B Eng (Mechatronics) (Hons I) / B Computer Science / EPGC (Stanford)

    Willix Halim is the Senior Vice President of Growth at Freelancer and manages the growth team, which oversees all revenue, product management, engineering, data science and customer operations.

    Willix manages a technical and multi-disciplinary team consisting of data scientists, engineers, mathematicians, statisticians, physicists and product managers.

    Willix conducts speaking engagements internationally and has recently spoken at or featured in Bloomberg, CNBC, AdTech, SydStart, ABC Australia, Echelon, Tempo and Kompas. Willix also lectures at universities on topics such as growth, strategy and data science.

    Willix grew up in Indonesia and graduated as valedictorian with first class honours degrees in Mechatronics Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Melbourne. Willix recently completed the Stanford Executive Program For Growing Companies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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  • Peter Phillips
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    Peter Phillips

    Vice President, Engineering BSc (Hons I) PhD (Computer Science)

    Peter is Vice President of Engineering at Freelancer. In this role, he is responsible for leading the global engineering teams and defining and executing the company's operating and technical direction.

    Peter has extensive experience in software engineering, scalable infrastructure and IT management. Peter previously lectured in Computer Science at James Cook University in a variety of subject areas at both the postgraduate and undergraduate level.

    Peter has authored numerous articles, patents and papers relating to data mining, algorithm design and software engineering, and has spoken at a number of international conferences. Peter holds a first class honours degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Science specialising in spatial data mining from James Cook University.

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  • Greg
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    Greg Robinson

    Vice President, Compliance ACI, SA Fin

    Greg Robinson is the Vice President of Compliance at Freelancer. Greg oversees the overall compliance environment within the Company. In this role, Greg is responsible for the development and maintenance of the governance and compliance risk programs to support the business.

    Before joining Freelancer, Greg worked for PayPal Australia as Head of Compliance Programs and was part of the initial executive team which launched PayPal into the Australian market in 2005. Greg worked for Colonial First State Investments Limited from 1998 to 2004, as Head of Compliance with responsibility for implementation and management of the compliance governance framework. Prior to that, Greg held senior positions with Perpetual Limited for more than 13 years.

    Greg has relevant experience working as a compliance professional and has spent a large part of the past 10 years focusing on governance and compliance issues in the online environment. Greg is a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and an Associate of the Australasian Compliance Institute.

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  • Matt O Kane
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    Matt O'Kane

    Vice President, Technical Operations BSc BIT (Hons1) MBA (AGSM)

    Matt O'Kane is responsible for formulating and executing the plans of the product and technical teams of Freelancer.com and its related websites. Also, Matt is responsible for company-wide budgeting and process improvement.

    Matt has worked in high-growth online businesses since 1999, building twin specialities in online product management and software development. He has specialised in large online business websites and apps (from 100,000 users per month to over 12M) for most of that time. In particular, Matt has held key leadership roles at Expedia (Asia Pacific), and Fairfax Media (Australia), including as the Product Manager for the highly successful Stayz.com.au.

    In study, Matt achieved the highest score in Computer Studies in NSW in high school, and was offered a $40,000 Co-op Scholarship to attend the University of New South Wales studying a Bachelor of Science (Business Information Technology), where he graduated with first class honours. He completed his Masters of Business Administration at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

    Matt also has a strong background in community service, having formerly lead CanTeen NSW (The Australian Teenage Cancer Patients Society) and served for ten years as a specialist consultant to Vision Australia working with assisting blind and visually impaired children and teenagers. Matt's passionate about disability advocacy, as well as involvement in breakthrough medical research, now actively working with the Save Sight Institute - a leading eye disease research unit in Sydney. Matt has also been nominated twice for Young Australian of the Year in the "community service" and "career achievement" categories.

    He is a regular guest speaker at Sydney University's School of Medicine in topics related to disability advocacy.

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  • Adam Byrnes
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    Adam Byrnes

    Senior Director, International BE (Electrical) (Hons I) / BSc (Adv) (Physics)

    Adam Byrnes is responsible for expanding Freelancer across the world, particularly into markets that are dominated by non-english native speakers, such as Asia and Latin-America. He leads teams in public relations, content, marketing and translation, and has been responsible for launching Freelancer‘s websites internationally, including 40 dedicated regional sites and 31 languages.

    Prior to joining Freelancer, Adam worked as a physics researcher at the University of Sydney in the field of photonics. During this time, he co-authored a number of academic papers in major physics journals and presented his work at the CLEO conference in California. Adam has also worked in information technology for Macquarie Group and Aalborg Industries.

    Adam holds a first-class honours degree in Electrical Engineering and Advanced Physics from the University of Sydney, and studied abroad at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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  • Joe Griston
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    Joe Griston

    Director, People & Talent BSc (Computer Science)

    Joe Griston is the Director of People and Talent at Freelancer. He is responsible for attracting expertise into the organisation whilst establishing a culture that ensures both Freelancer and its employees thrive and prosper.

    After starting his career as part of the first programming team for BAA in the United Kingdom, Joe then assisted in establishing Centre4 Testing, one of the world‘s premier software testing organisations providing specialist quality assurance resources and consultancy services into the UK and European markets. After enjoying 8 successful years in London he moved to Australia in early 2010 and has since been concentrating on delivering talent solutions across the Australian and Asia-Pacific market.

    Joe holds a degree in Computer Science from Liverpool John Moores University.

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    Sebastián Siseles

    Director, International JD (University of Buenos Aires) / MBA (University of Pittsburgh) / Marketing Diploma (FAECC, Argentina)

    Sebastián Siseles is responsible for creating, communicating, maintaining, and aligning the company's international expansion strategy for long-term, profitable growth, leading the team of regional directors and country managers worldwide. Sebastián is also directly involved and responsible for international launches, establishing and consolidating Freelancer's presence and growth in both developed and emerging markets, with special focus in managing company's operations across Latin America and Southern Europe. An Argentine entrepreneur with an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Sebastián has a background in law specialising in corporate finance and M&A and has taken post-graduate courses at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange and the Southwestern University School of Law on International Business Transactions.

    Prior to joining Freelancer, Sebastián cofounded multiple Internet and communications companies and has also served as President, Director, General Counsel, and COO in different Internet and non-technology companies, while being part of a prestigious corporate law firm in Argentina.

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  • Evan
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    Evan Tan

    Regional Director - South East Asia BA Mass Communications

    Evan Tan leads a team of PR and communications professionals spread across Asia, which ensure that Freelancer is the top-of-mind online outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace in the region. Evan and his team‘s duties involve partnering with local media and stakeholders who are aligned with Freelancer‘s aim to provide time- and cost-efficient outsourcing and crowdsourcing opportunities for small businesses in Asia.

    A Mass Communications Major in Advertising, Evan graduated from the Lyceum of the Philippines University and has trained under the veteran communication experts at McCann-Erickson, Philippines. He has also worked for the Philippines‘ oldest existing English newspaper, The Manila Times. During his stint with multi-awarded marketing communications agency GeiserMaclang, he won clients numerous citations from the Philippine Quill Awards and the Philippine Anvil Awards.

    Evan was also part of the team which launched A Liter of Light, a grassroots solar lighting campaign by non-profit organization MyShelter Foundation, which aims to provide economically- and ecologically-sustainable lighting for underprivileged families‘ homes. This globally-recognized project is currently being adopted in numerous countries such as Bangladesh, Gambia, and Peru.

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  • Helma Kusuma
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    Helma Kusuma

    Country Manager - Indonesia BA - Public Relations (University of Indonesia)

    Helma Kusuma is responsible for driving the growth of Freelancer in Indonesia. Helma's activities include liaising with local media and stakeholders, seeking opportunities to market the brand and its local website, such as, but not limited to speaking at local conferences and media events, participating in meetings/organizing meet-ups among key stakeholders, organizing events, identifying sponsorship opportunities, building and strengthening Freelancer's brand, as well as taking responsibility for all communications activities in Indonesia as the company's spokesperson for a wide variety of media and blogger inquiries.

    A Communication graduate of the University of Indonesia, Helma has been in the Indonesian Communications & Public Relations industry for the last 17 years. With her in-depth knowledge of different industries sharpened by experience, Helma has led the communication teams of several local and multinational companies such as NurZahra Indonesia, Ristra Group, MNC Skyvision, Santika Premier Jakarta Hotel, and Kapital's English magazine. Prior to Freelancer, she had also managed her own local PR firm, servicing local and regional clients across Asia such as National Geographic Asia Channel, ESPN Star Sports Asia Channel, Panasonic Gobel Indonesia, and many more.

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Matt Barrie
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Matt Barrie

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman BE (Hons I) BSc (Hons I) GDipAppFin MAppFin MSEE (Stanford) GAICD SEP FIEAust

Matt Barrie is an award winning entrepreneur, technologist and lecturer, having won numerous awards including being named the inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. Matt was previously founder and CEO of Sensory Networks Inc., a vendor of high performance network security processors, which Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) announced in 2013 it was acquiring. Matt is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney, where for the last 12 years he has taught Cryptography, and from 2010, Technology Entrepreneurship. He is the co-author of over 20 US patent applications.

Matt is a prolific speaker and has spoken at, or featured in; the Summit Series, the New York Times, Bloomberg TV, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, The Atlantic, Switzer, BRW and The Economist. In 2012, he was selected out of a field of 600 presenters to be one of 21 featured speakers at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas (SXSW), which is one of the world‘s largest interactive, music, film and technology festivals.

In 2006, he was awarded the State Pearcey Award for contribution to the IT&T industry. In 2010, he was named Alumnus of the Year for the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney.

In 2011, SmartCompany named him in the 11 most influential Australians in IT. In 2011, he was named inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year. He was also the winner of the technology category in the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards for 2011.

In 2012, he was named in the top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia, and a 2012 Man of Influence by Men‘s Style Magazine. In this year he also completed the Executive Program at Singularity University. In 2013, he was named in the top 10 Australian entrepreneurs to watch in 2013 by SmartCompany, the Blackberry Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by News Limited, a Silver Stevie in the International Business Awards for Executive of the Year in Internet/New Media, and again in the top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia.

Matt has first class honours degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Sydney, a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, California. He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and Councillor of the Electrical and Information Engineering Foundation at the University of Sydney.

Matt is regularly invited to speak at the world‘s leading entrepreneurship, internet and business conferences/forums. He is also one of the worldwide Linkedin Influencers, along with Richard Branson, Barack Obama and Deepak Chopra, where he writes on the topics of entrepreneurship and technology.

For enquiries relating to speaking engagements, please email speaker@freelancer.com

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Darren Williams
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Darren Williams

Non-Executive Director BSc (Hons I) PhD (Computer Science) MAICD

Darren transitioned from Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of Freelancer to Non-Executive Director in late 2015. In his time as an executive he was responsible day-to-day for strategic leadership of the company‘s operating and technical direction.

Darren has experience in computer security, protocols, networking and software. Prior to joining Freelancer, Darren was a co-founder of Sensory Networks, a venture-backed network security hardware company, where he held the roles of Chief Technology Officer and subsequently Chief Executive Officer. Darren previously lectured in Computer Science at the University of Sydney in a variety of areas to postgraduates and undergraduates.

Darren has authored numerous articles, patents and papers relating to security technology, software and networking, and has spoken at a number of international conferences. Darren holds a first class honours degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Science specialising in computer networking from the University of Sydney.

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Simon
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Simon Clausen

Non-Executive Director

Simon is a founding investor of Freelancer. Simon has more than 17 years experience in high growth technology businesses in both Australia and the United States. His technical expertise includes proficiency in multiple software development languages, computer security and vulnerability analysis, and he is co-author and inventor of a number of technology patents.

Focusing on consumer-centric software and Internet enabled technology he founded, and was CEO of WinGuides, which later became PC Tools. With Simon as CEO PC Tools grew to over $100 million dollars in revenue, more than 250 employees and offices in 7 countries. PC Tools was acquired by Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) in October 2008 in one of Australia‘s largest ever technology acquisitions at the time. Following the acquisition Simon became a Vice President at Symantec, before leaving in 2009 and founding Startive Ventures, a specialised technology venture fund. Today, Startive actively maintains investments in a number of successful global start-ups and Simon acts as a Director and advisor to companies around the world.

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Neil Katz
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Neil Katz

Chief Financial Officer B Com (Hons) ACA

Neil Katz is the Chief Financial Officer at Freelancer and is responsible for the finance and administration functions of the Company. Since joining Freelancer in May 2009, Neil has been an integral part of the management team and has been involved in establishing the financial disciplines and internal controls of the Group.

Neil has over 20 years experience in finance, accounting and general management. Neil has held CFO roles at a number of technology companies, including IPscape, Threatmetrix, Sensory Networks and Aptrix. Neil has experience and been involved in numerous private equity and venture capital raisings, obtaining multiple government grants, corporate restructuring and trade sale activities. In particular, Neil was involved in the sale of Aptrix to IBM. In these previous roles, Neil has provided financial guidance to assist in the growth and international expansion of these businesses. Neil has also provided consulting services to a number of smaller technology start-up companies in areas of commercialisation strategies and capital raising.

Prior to his roles within the technology sector, Neil held senior finance positions in distribution and retail sectors, including at Checkpoint Systems.

Neil holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Financial Management obtained from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

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Christopher Koch
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Christopher Koch

Deputy Chief Financial Officer M.Fin (INSEAD) LLB (Hons I) B.Ec F. Fin GAICD

Christopher Koch is Deputy Chief Financial Officer, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and investor engagement. He joined Freelancer in 2015.

Prior to Freelancer he spent nearly a decade in investment and merchant banking, with a focus on the internet and technology sectors, finishing as a Director at UBS Investment Bank. His experience is extensive in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and equity syndication.

He worked on $35+ billion of transactions including listings on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), on matters across Australia, Hong Kong, mainland China, Tokyo, London, Europe and the United States.

Christopher completed his masters in finance at INSEAD (France and Singapore campuses), and read economics and law with first class honours at the University of Adelaide. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Christopher's career started in government where he worked for His Excellency The Honourable Alexander Downer AC during the Howard Government.

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Peter Phillips
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Peter Phillips

Vice President, Engineering BSc (Hons I) PhD (Computer Science)

Peter is Vice President of Engineering at Freelancer. In this role, he is responsible for leading the global engineering teams and defining and executing the company's operating and technical direction.

Peter has extensive experience in software engineering, scalable infrastructure and IT management. Peter previously lectured in Computer Science at James Cook University in a variety of subject areas at both the postgraduate and undergraduate level.

Peter has authored numerous articles, patents and papers relating to data mining, algorithm design and software engineering, and has spoken at a number of international conferences. Peter holds a first class honours degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Science specialising in spatial data mining from James Cook University.

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Greg
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Greg Robinson

Vice President, Compliance ACI, SA Fin

Greg Robinson is the Vice President of Compliance at Freelancer. Greg oversees the overall compliance environment within the Company. In this role, Greg is responsible for the development and maintenance of the governance and compliance risk programs to support the business.

Before joining Freelancer, Greg worked for PayPal Australia as Head of Compliance Programs and was part of the initial executive team which launched PayPal into the Australian market in 2005. Greg worked for Colonial First State Investments Limited from 1998 to 2004, as Head of Compliance with responsibility for implementation and management of the compliance governance framework. Prior to that, Greg held senior positions with Perpetual Limited for more than 13 years.

Greg has relevant experience working as a compliance professional and has spent a large part of the past 10 years focusing on governance and compliance issues in the online environment. Greg is a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and an Associate of the Australasian Compliance Institute.

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Matt O Kane
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Matt O'Kane

Vice President, Technical Operations BSc BIT (Hons1) MBA (AGSM)

Matt O'Kane is responsible for formulating and executing the plans of the product and technical teams of Freelancer.com and its related websites. Also, Matt is responsible for company-wide budgeting and process improvement.

Matt has worked in high-growth online businesses since 1999, building twin specialities in online product management and software development. He has specialised in large online business websites and apps (from 100,000 users per month to over 12M) for most of that time. In particular, Matt has held key leadership roles at Expedia (Asia Pacific), and Fairfax Media (Australia), including as the Product Manager for the highly successful Stayz.com.au.

In study, Matt achieved the highest score in Computer Studies in NSW in high school, and was offered a $40,000 Co-op Scholarship to attend the University of New South Wales studying a Bachelor of Science (Business Information Technology), where he graduated with first class honours. He completed his Masters of Business Administration at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Matt also has a strong background in community service, having formerly lead CanTeen NSW (The Australian Teenage Cancer Patients Society) and served for ten years as a specialist consultant to Vision Australia working with assisting blind and visually impaired children and teenagers. Matt's passionate about disability advocacy, as well as involvement in breakthrough medical research, now actively working with the Save Sight Institute - a leading eye disease research unit in Sydney. Matt has also been nominated twice for Young Australian of the Year in the "community service" and "career achievement" categories.

He is a regular guest speaker at Sydney University's School of Medicine in topics related to disability advocacy.

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Adam Byrnes
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Adam Byrnes

Senior Director, International BE (Electrical) (Hons I) / BSc (Adv) (Physics)

Adam Byrnes is responsible for expanding Freelancer across the world, particularly into markets that are dominated by non-english native speakers, such as Asia and Latin-America. He leads teams in public relations, content, marketing and translation, and has been responsible for launching Freelancer‘s websites internationally, including 40 dedicated regional sites and 31 languages.

Prior to joining Freelancer, Adam worked as a physics researcher at the University of Sydney in the field of photonics. During this time, he co-authored a number of academic papers in major physics journals and presented his work at the CLEO conference in California. Adam has also worked in information technology for Macquarie Group and Aalborg Industries.

Adam holds a first-class honours degree in Electrical Engineering and Advanced Physics from the University of Sydney, and studied abroad at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Joe Griston
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Joe Griston

Director, People & Talent BSc (Computer Science)

Joe Griston is the Director of People and Talent at Freelancer. He is responsible for attracting expertise into the organisation whilst establishing a culture that ensures both Freelancer and its employees thrive and prosper.

After starting his career as part of the first programming team for BAA in the United Kingdom, Joe then assisted in establishing Centre4 Testing, one of the world‘s premier software testing organisations providing specialist quality assurance resources and consultancy services into the UK and European markets. After enjoying 8 successful years in London he moved to Australia in early 2010 and has since been concentrating on delivering talent solutions across the Australian and Asia-Pacific market.

Joe holds a degree in Computer Science from Liverpool John Moores University.

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Sebastián Siseles

Director, International JD (University of Buenos Aires) / MBA (University of Pittsburgh) / Marketing Diploma (FAECC, Argentina)

Sebastián Siseles is responsible for creating, communicating, maintaining, and aligning the company's international expansion strategy for long-term, profitable growth, leading the team of regional directors and country managers worldwide. Sebastián is also directly involved and responsible for international launches, establishing and consolidating Freelancer's presence and growth in both developed and emerging markets, with special focus in managing company's operations across Latin America and Southern Europe. An Argentine entrepreneur with an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Sebastián has a background in law specialising in corporate finance and M&A and has taken post-graduate courses at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange and the Southwestern University School of Law on International Business Transactions.

Prior to joining Freelancer, Sebastián cofounded multiple Internet and communications companies and has also served as President, Director, General Counsel, and COO in different Internet and non-technology companies, while being part of a prestigious corporate law firm in Argentina.

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Willix
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Willix Halim

Senior Vice President of Growth B Eng (Mechatronics) (Hons I) / B Computer Science / EPGC (Stanford)

Willix Halim is the Senior Vice President of Growth at Freelancer and manages the growth team, which oversees all revenue, product management, engineering, data science and customer operations.

Willix manages a technical and multi-disciplinary team consisting of data scientists, engineers, mathematicians, statisticians, physicists and product managers.

Willix conducts speaking engagements internationally and has recently spoken at or featured in Bloomberg, CNBC, AdTech, SydStart, ABC Australia, Echelon, Tempo and Kompas. Willix also lectures at universities on topics such as growth, strategy and data science.

Willix grew up in Indonesia and graduated as valedictorian with first class honours degrees in Mechatronics Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Melbourne. Willix recently completed the Stanford Executive Program For Growing Companies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Evan
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Evan Tan

Regional Director - South East Asia BA Mass Communications

Evan Tan leads a team of PR and communications professionals spread across Asia, which ensure that Freelancer is the top-of-mind online outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace in the region. Evan and his team‘s duties involve partnering with local media and stakeholders who are aligned with Freelancer‘s aim to provide time- and cost-efficient outsourcing and crowdsourcing opportunities for small businesses in Asia.

A Mass Communications Major in Advertising, Evan graduated from the Lyceum of the Philippines University and has trained under the veteran communication experts at McCann-Erickson, Philippines. He has also worked for the Philippines‘ oldest existing English newspaper, The Manila Times. During his stint with multi-awarded marketing communications agency GeiserMaclang, he won clients numerous citations from the Philippine Quill Awards and the Philippine Anvil Awards.

Evan was also part of the team which launched A Liter of Light, a grassroots solar lighting campaign by non-profit organization MyShelter Foundation, which aims to provide economically- and ecologically-sustainable lighting for underprivileged families‘ homes. This globally-recognized project is currently being adopted in numerous countries such as Bangladesh, Gambia, and Peru.

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Helma Kusuma
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Helma Kusuma

Country Manager - Indonesia BA - Public Relations (University of Indonesia)

Helma Kusuma is responsible for driving the growth of Freelancer in Indonesia. Helma's activities include liaising with local media and stakeholders, seeking opportunities to market the brand and its local website, such as, but not limited to speaking at local conferences and media events, participating in meetings/organizing meet-ups among key stakeholders, organizing events, identifying sponsorship opportunities, building and strengthening Freelancer's brand, as well as taking responsibility for all communications activities in Indonesia as the company's spokesperson for a wide variety of media and blogger inquiries.

A Communication graduate of the University of Indonesia, Helma has been in the Indonesian Communications & Public Relations industry for the last 17 years. With her in-depth knowledge of different industries sharpened by experience, Helma has led the communication teams of several local and multinational companies such as NurZahra Indonesia, Ristra Group, MNC Skyvision, Santika Premier Jakarta Hotel, and Kapital's English magazine. Prior to Freelancer, she had also managed her own local PR firm, servicing local and regional clients across Asia such as National Geographic Asia Channel, ESPN Star Sports Asia Channel, Panasonic Gobel Indonesia, and many more.

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