Dr. George Syrmalis, MD PhD

Group Chief Executive Officer

Our Founder

A qualified nuclear medicine physician with more than 20 years’ experience in bioscience research and innovation, Dr George Syrmalis knew that to create the medicines of tomorrow, he had to design a new kind of enterprise. 

In 2010, Dr. Syrmalis founded The iQ Group Global to converge investment banking, scientific discovery, corporate advisory and commercialization to bring medical innovations to the world.

As CEO, Dr. Syrmalis creates the vision and the pathway to strengthen the long-term sustainability of our company, and accelerate our company’s growth at higher rates than that of the global market. He empowers The Group’s team of experts to take risks and look at the same challenge through their own divergent perspectives.

Dr. Syrmalis is a fellow of the American Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians, the American College of Nuclear Physicians, the American College of Nuclear Medicine and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Our TEAM

Monika Pawel

Chief of Staff

Monika Pawel

Chief of Staff

BSc (Hons), MSc (Medical Science), MBA, MSc (Oxon)

As Chief of Staff, Monika works closely with the CEO to translate enterprise-wide strategy into implementation. In her career, Monika has worked in research and development, sales and medical marketing in organisations in Japan, Germany and in the UK. Through her diverse professional experience, Monika believes that people are the foundations of an organisation and should be considered assets to be invested in and nurtured.
 
Monika holds degrees from Monash University, UNSW, Melbourne University and The University of Oxford. In 2019, Monika embarks upon a Doctorate of Philosophy, inspired by her time here at The iQ Group Global.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Ithaca

Laura Platts

Group Director, Learning and Development

Laura Platts

Group Director, Learning and Development

BSc, MSc

For Laura, helping people to reach their full potential is her privilege.  As Group Director of Learning and Development, Laura builds the infrastructure, thought leadership and learning content to help people to continually develop and perform at their best.
 
Laura brings together adult learning principles and performance consulting with a deep knowledge of sales methodology and skills to design and deliver learning experiences which are engaging and inspire behavioural change.  
 
Building on her MSc, Laura led sales teams in financial services before joining the community of practice of learning and development.

One word to describe iQGG – Energized

Unico Lan

Group Director, APAC

Unico Lan

Group Director, APAC

Adv Dip. FP, BCom, MIntBus

With more than 15 years’ experience in managing growth in financial markets, Unico has developed excellent relationship management skills with affluent clients, referral partners, investment teams, product teams, treasury and compliance. Unico ensures strong growth and meaningful outcomes – analyzing and identifying risk, as well as ensuring compliance.
 
Prior in joining The iQ Group Global, Unico held senior leadership roles with various highly reputable wealth management organizations both in Australia and China, including within Citibank Australia.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Futurist

Dr. Jonathan Arambula

Vice President of Research, OncoTEX Inc.

Dr. Jonathan Arambula

Vice President of Research, OncoTEX Inc.

PhD

Dr. Jonathan Arambula is the Vice President of Research at OncoTEX Inc. and the co-inventor of TEX Core, a novel oncology platform that is able to develop range of well-tolerated, MRI-detectable cancer therapeutics that target drug-sensitive and drug-resistant solid tumors. The first cancer therapy in development is OxaliTEX, indicated for ovarian cancer.

Dr. Arambula brings decades of experience in oncology research and therapeutics to The iQ Group Global team. He joins The iQ Group Global from the  University of Texas at Austin, where he served as a Research Associate and Lecturer focused on the discovery of novel cancer therapeutics in the Department of Chemistry. Prior to that, Dr. Arambula was an assistant professor of Biochemistry at Georgia Southern University. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow at both the University of Texas at Austin and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Innovative

Keith Bliss

Managing Partner and CEO, iQ Capital

Keith Bliss

Managing Partner and CEO, iQ Capital

Keith Bliss is a seasoned senior level financial services executive with more than 30 years experience in commercial lending, private banking, equity sales and trading, fintech, and investment banking.

Beginning his career with Citicorp and working with market leaders across the financial services industry, he was most recently appointed as the Managing Partner and CEO for iQ Capital (USA) LLC, the U.S. based broker-dealer subsidiary of The iQ Group Global. During Keith’s career, he has been involved in transactions – both trading and capital creation – in the major global money centers of New York, London, Hong Kong, and many others. He has led transactions both as the lead investment banker as well as acting in a capital markets distribution capacity.

An experienced commentator on the global economy and global financial markets, Keith appears on financial news outlets such as CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business, Fox News, and Yahoo! Finance to offer his insight and assessment.

One word to describe iQGG – Dynamic

Lei Xu

Acting Director, Corporate Finance and Advisory

Lei Xu

Acting Director, Corporate Finance and Advisory

BSc(Acc), MSc(Mgt), FCCA, MAB(Exec)

As Acting Director, Corporate Finance and Advisory, Lei leads a team of financial professionals to provide investment banking services for biotech companies to find, fund, corporatize and capitalise on early stage biotech assets. Lei is also responsible for structure and create financial instruments for funding the development of novel biotech assets.

Lei holds an MBA from AGSM and is a Fellow Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Lei previously serviced as Director, APAC and Director, Structured Investment Products, for The iQ Group Global.

One word to describe iQGG – Intelligence

Harry Simeonidis

CEO and President of GBS Inc.

Harry Simeonidis

CEO and President of GBS Inc.

Harry has more than 25 years’ experience in global executive management roles in healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences businesses. His previous roles include CEO of Australia and New Zealand at GE Healthcare and, more recently, General Manager for Surgery Asia Pacific at GE Healthcare.
 
Harry serves as CEO and President of GBS Inc., and Director of the Board for GBS Inc.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Edge

Spiro Sakiris

GBS Inc. Chief Financial Officer and iQGG Special Projects Lead

Spiro Sakiris

GBS Inc. Chief Financial Officer and iQGG Special Projects Lead

B.Bus, Dip Law, CA

With more than 30 years’ experience in accounting and taxation, IPOs, capital raising, and business system designs including the application of IFRS and US GAAP for the life science industry, Spiro serves as Chief Financial Officer at GBS Inc. and leads the financial team as Special Projects Lead for The iQ Group Global.
 
Spiro is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, a registered Series 28 principal with iQ Capital (USA) LLC and a registered broker-dealer with FINRA. 
 
One word to describe iQGG – Determined

Athena Kolivos

Chief Scientific Officer, CRC & FarmaForce

Athena Kolivos

Chief Scientific Officer, CRC & FarmaForce

MA, MPH, MCom, BPharm

As Chief Scientific Officer, Athena leads the Clinical Research Corporation (CRC) technical team to develop and implement medical affairs solutions for life science companies. Athena manages the delivery of a diverse range of projects for clients on a daily basis, including evidence generation to show therapy value, market research, product safety monitoring, marketing and medical science liaison to support therapy uptake.
 
A practising pharmacist with Master Degrees in Public Health, Commerce and Communications, Athena has 25 years’ healthcare industry experience developing and implementing medical-marketing strategies, delivering outcomes that maximise business growth.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Avant-garde

Manuel Kostandas

Finance Director

Manuel Kostandas

Finance Director

B.Bus, CPA, F.Fin

With a broad background in accounting, IPOs, capital and debt raising, and business system designs, Manual has extensive experience in finance across a diverse industry base. As a CPA with more than 25 years’ commercial experience in accounting, finance and banking, Manuel is passionate about the invention and development of life saving biopharmaceuticals becoming a commercial reality.

At The iQ Group Global, Manuel is responsible for overseeing the financial management of the organisation, from the execution of commercial transactions to financial reporting.

One word to describe iQGG – Unique

Ghay Haidar

Sales Director, FarmaForce

Ghay Haidar

Sales Director, FarmaForce

BSc, Hons Biochem

A founding member of the FarmaForce team, Ghay Haidar has worked in healthcare sales since 2001 and is a respected sales leader with an enviable record of success. He has highly-tuned business acumen and a focus on results.
 
Six times and across different organisations, Ghay has led teams that have been awarded the coveted PRIME Awards’ Sales Team of the Year. He emphasises talent spotting and acquisition, developing sales mastery within his teams and driving a responsive field force that delivers results.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Grit

Brigitte Zonta

Organisational Performance Coach

Brigitte Zonta

Organisational Performance Coach

BScoSc(Psych), GradDip(Teach), PostGradDipPsych, MPsych(Coaching), MAPS

A Registered Psychologist with 10 years’ experience across the public and private sectors, Brigitte is passionate about working with individuals to help them fulfil their highest potential.

With a Postgraduate Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Coaching Psychology, Brigitte has international experience in Organisational Performance and Development, as well as experience in several areas of General Psychology.

At The iQ Group Global, Brigitte is passionate about supporting and challenging our diverse, high performing individuals, equipping them with the skills to achieve and make impactful decisions that will create the medicines of tomorrow.

One word to describe iQGG – Progressive

Natalie Urner

Head, Commercial Partnerships

Natalie Urner

Head, Commercial Partnerships

Natalie is a founding employee of Farmaforce and has been instrumental in forging and growing valued partnerships with businesses through her in-depth knowledge. With more than 25 years’ experience in the consumer health sector, she has a deep understanding of the Australian pharmaceutical industry and is passionate about driving successful sales teams to deliver on client expectations and metrics.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Innovative

Anthony Letmon

Head of Corporate Advisory

Anthony Letmon

Head of Corporate Advisory

Anthony has more than 15 years of debt and equity capital markets experience. As Head of Corporate Advisory, Anthony provides strategic advice to life science companies. In his role, Anthony manages cross-border transactions, ranging from mergers and acquisitions to equity capital markets, including early stage funding and IPO.
 
Prior to joining The iQ Group Global, Anthony worked in Structured Asset Finance with The Royal Bank of Scotland in the UK, arranging in excess of $1bn in debt facilities across renewable and traditional energy, infrastructure, transport and manufacturing sectors. He began his career within the Global Equity Derivatives Team at Merrill Lynch International, based in London. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Business and Finance and is a qualified Investment Manager, and Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

One word to describe iQGG – Prescient

Joseph Barry

General Manager, Capital Labs

Joseph Barry

General Manager, Capital Labs

B.A.(Hons)

As Head of Marketing for The iQ Group Global’s equity crowd-sourced funding platform Capital Labs, Joseph connects innovative businesses with investors to fund and launch technologies with impact.
 
A trusted business partner with more than 10 years’ experience in global marketing across London and Sydney, Joseph has spent his career driving creative lead-generation strategies that accelerate business growth, most recently for one of Australia’s leading private wealth management groups.
 
At Capital Labs, Joseph combines his passion for innovations that make a difference with an incisive knowledge of financial sector marketing to design strategic capital raising campaigns for clients.

One word to describe iQGG – Electric

Gemma Garkut

Head of Media and Communications

Gemma Garkut

Head of Media and Communications

BComms

Gemma is a passionate journalist and content strategist with ten years’ experience in media. In her diverse editorial career, Gemma has led the coverage of major national and international news events, written for best-selling magazines, managed multidisciplined content teams and rolled out district-wide communications strategies at major hospitals.

Backed by well-trained newsroom rigour, Gemma collaborates closely with The iQ Group Global’s collective of scientific and financial experts to create compelling written and video content that distils what we do, and inspires audiences to join our journey.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Bold

Rodrigo Jabur

Head, Information and Communication Technology

Rodrigo Jabur

Head, Information and Communication Technology

B.Comms & Tech, Microsoft Cert. Administrator

As Head of Information and Communication Technology, Rodrigo is responsible for all tech-based demands and provides a first point of contact for all communication and IT needs across The iQ Group Global.
 
After several years as an outsourced vendor partner, Rodrigo has joined the group full time in the IT and communications sector. His passion and vast experience in the IT industry contribute to maximising the technology progression of the business and to ensure that the group is consistently developing and advancing in the technology space.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Empower

Karen Appleby

Head of Human Capital

Karen Appleby

Head of Human Capital

MBA, PG Dip HR (Hons), B.A. Psych

With postgraduate qualifications and more than 20 years’ international and domestic experience, Karen is a commercial and strategic HR leader dedicated to improving business performance and creating great places to work. 

An innovative problem solver, Karen is passionate about Transformation, Diversity, Learning & Development and Engagement, and believes in galvanizing people to deliver results in complex and challenging environments. 
 
One word to describe iQGG – Diverse

Ken McElroy

Head of Talent Acquisition

Ken McElroy

Head of Talent Acquisition

As Head of Talent Acquisition, Ken is passionate about recruiting the highest quality expert talent for The iQ Group Global. With 20 years’ experience in executive and specialised recruitment, Ken and his team have hired more than 90 people in 12 months as The Group’s growth accelerates.
 
On a daily basis, Ken can be found passionately telling future employees about the unique story of The iQ Group Global and our exciting culture of innovation.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Stealth

Clare Sheffle

Head of Business Operations

Clare Sheffle

Head of Business Operations

B.A.(Hons)

As leader of Business Operations for The iQ Group Global, Clare and her team ensure The Group’s premises and diverse set of operational processes run efficiently on a daily basis. Holding a degree in Business, Clare is passionate about bringing best practices to life to activate organisations to their full potential.
 
A founding member of staff at The iQ Group Global, Clare continually works toward finding new solutions to better The Group’s unique operating environment as it grows to new heights.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Motivated

Michelle Zhao

Head of Communication, APAC

Michelle Zhao

Head of Communication, APAC

B.A.

As Head of Communications for the Asia Pacific region (APAC), Michelle builds share of voice for The iQ Group Global within the Chinese community through events, networking and digital strategies.
 
Previously, Michelle has worked in business development, managing cross-border digital and PR marketing strategies between Australia and China.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Disruptive

Alan Wong

Head Private Wealth Relationship Manager, APAC

Alan Wong

Head Private Wealth Relationship Manager, APAC

B.Ec.

With 9 years’ experience in the wealth management sector, particularly in the finance and biotech industry, Alan has developed professional management skills with qualified individuals. Alans’ background in equity, fixed income, hybrid securities, managed and structured investment and foreign exchange markets, gives him the tools to market a number of financial products to current and existing investors.
 
As the Head of Relationship Management in the APAC private wealth team, Alan is responsible for providing investment strategies and solutions to qualified individuals within the APAC region.

One word to describe iQGG – Breakthrough

Nick Roditis

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager, Capital Access

Nick Roditis

Senior Private Wealth Relationship Manager, Capital Access

At The iQ Group Global, Nick’s role is to educate and partner with potential investors looking for opportunities in the bioscience space.
 
An experienced relationship manager and avid investor, Nick is passionate about educating exploratory investors about the unique opportunities in bioscience, facilitating their investment and helping them to build long-term relationships with The Group.

One word to describe iQGG – Mission Focused

Brent Stadus

Chief Investor Relationship Officer, Ethical Bioscience Investments

Brent Stadus

Chief Investor Relationship Officer, Ethical Bioscience Investments

With 15 years’ experience extending across business development and relationship management, Brent Stadus conducts business with an entrepreneurial mindset and work ethic.

As an avid investor in financial markets, Mr. Stadus is particularly passionate about ethical impact investing. He has attained a wealth of experience in managerial roles spanning across industries from financial services and advisory, equities and brokerage to luxury automotive. He additionally has an abundance of knowledge from his experience as a successful business owner and operator in the high-end retail market.

One word to describe iQGG – Ingenious

Samuel Boctor

Private Wealth Relationship Manager, Capital Access

Samuel Boctor

Private Wealth Relationship Manager, Capital Access

B.Com

With eight years’ experience in investor relationship management and financial markets, Samuel is passionate about unique investment tools that add value to investor portfolios. Having previously held an executive role at an asset management firm, Samuel’s knowledge extends across a diverse range of financial products.
 
At The iQ Group Global, Samuel is responsible for connecting and building long-term relationships with qualified investors who are excited about investment opportunities in the biotechnology market.
 
One word to describe iQGG – Novel

Mindy Wang

Private Wealth Relationship Manager, APAC

Mindy Wang

Private Wealth Relationship Manager, APAC

B.FinLaw, M.Com

Prior to joining The iQ Group Global, Mindy held a PR management position in a large international Asian Business Professional Platform. In this role, she used the knowledge she gained from her Bachelor’s degree in Financial Law and her Master’s degree in Commerce Marketing to further her investor relationship management skills and create an extensive community database of qualified individuals.
 
With a strong background in the luxury travel industry, Mindy connects individuals from her network in financial services, real estate and the biotech industry to initiate widespread investor engagement and access, to deliver our mission to a greater audience.

One word to describe iQGG – Pioneering

Amy Xu

Private Wealth Relationship Manager, APAC

Amy Xu

Private Wealth Relationship Manager, APAC

Amy is an entrepreneur who has a wealth of experience with healthcare product development from concept to shelf, involving managing formulation, manufacturing, regulation, marketing and distribution.
 
Prior to joining, Amy served in public office for four years and has lead a PR consultancy which effectively assists clients with branding and sales via tailored campaigns. Amy also serves honorary positions in a number of business associations and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Media and Culture Studies from Macquarie University.
 
At The iQ Group Global, Amy is responsible for managing capital access within the APAC region and working alongside the APAC Investor Relations Team to develop strategies to enhance the interaction and communication between The Group and the APAC region.

One word to describe iQGG – Disruptive

Ozel Djemal

Investor Engagement Manager

Ozel Djemal

Investor Engagement Manager

At The iQ Group Global, Ozel is responsible for engaging and managing the relationship with potential and existing investors who are looking for new and innovative opportunities in the biotechnology investment market.
 
With 18 years’ experience in relationship management, Ozel is passionate about building long term relationships with qualified individuals and is a dedicated professional focusing on customer engagement and relationship management. Having previously worked in the luxury automotive and technology industries, Ozel’s unique experience has led him to mastering skills in high-end competitive sales and elite management positions.

One word to describe iQGG – Innovative

Aysha Hollingdale

Compliance Associate

Aysha Hollingdale

Compliance Associate

LLM,LLB(Hons),GDLP,Dip.HDPE,Dip.Bus
 
As an experienced healthcare practitioner and admitted lawyer, Ms. Hollingdale brings considerable expertise and knowledge to life science investments. As a compliance officer for The Group, she is able to understand the proposed investments at their heart and build a financial services regulatory compliance framework that meets governing guidelines, enabling The Group to deliver a high scientific level of communications to potential investors. 
 
Ms. Hollingdale ensures the Group’s Australian financial services licence obligations are met to the highest standards, and that its authorised representatives are always in compliance within these standards, both legally and ethically.
 
Ms. Hollingdale holds a Masters and Bachelor of Law from Bond University. She is admitted to the Supreme Court and is a Full Member of the Australian College of Audiology.

One word to describe iQGG – Pioneering

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