Global Study Partners Board & Advisory Board

Elaine Starkey

Co-Founder and CEO

From a teacher of Mathematics, to starting a global publishing company, to co-founding an International Education Enterprise, Irish born Elaine Starkey is passionate about ensuring students have a truly rewarding international education experience. She is a strong believer in the transformational power of education. When harnessed with real commitment, education can have a global impact. As the Co-Founder of the Studylane aggregation platform (Global Study Partners), Elaine is an inspiring leader and strategist, committed to delivering unparalleled access for students to study anywhere in the world, at any time - creating global leaders through education.

Jim FitzSimons

Chairman

Jim FitzSimons was a partner of Clayton Utz for 22 years before deciding to concentrate on providing strategic advice to start-ups. He served on the Council of the Tokyo based Inter-Pacific Bar Association, the premier organisation for commercial lawyers in APAC, and was President of the IPBA in 2006-7. He continues to practise law at international firm Bird & Bird and he is consistently rated as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in his field of IT/IP law. Six years of providing strategic advice to a diverse range of growing businesses and helping them achieve their goals has given Jim a profound understanding of the issues and opportunities facing such businesses in Australia. Jim has been an adviser to Studylane since its very early stages in 2014 and understands the business at a very deep level. 

Kevin Morgan

Chief Operating Officer, Director 

Kevin is a deeply experienced CEO, COO and Board member with over 3 decades of operational , sales, technology and senior executive success across financial services enterprises, global technology businesses and start up digital enterprises. He previously drove the multi-million dollar Australian operation of a global services business and has run the regional operations of some of Australia's largest listed technology companies.

Kevin has been with Studylane since inception and has been intimately involved in every aspect of the business. As COO he drives key relationships, product strategy and execution; technology and operational processes across the business.

Steven Ezzes

Director

Mr. Ezzes hails from a distinguished investment career including Goldman, Sachs, Thomas H. Lee Capital and Bass Investment Limited Partnership. He has served on the board of a number of US companies. He has a long standing connection with Australia including serving on the board of directors of OzEmail with Australia's former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. 

Victor Jiang

Director

Founding Chairman of Sapien Ventures – a fintech and high growth business focused VC firm with a presence across Silicon Valley, Australia and China; Victor sits on the Board of 6 technology companies across the 3 continents (4 as Chairman); serial entrepreneur; worked across 12 countries, having worked with 5 of the largest consultancies in the world, 35 of the Fortune 50 companies as clients, and advised many start-ups.

Tim Praill

Director

Tim's previous roles included head of Navitas Ventures, GM strategy and Transformation Navitas and  partner at Guinevere capital. He has recently taken up the role of COO At Faethm AI.

Christopher Saxon

Advisor

Christopher has spent most of his career as Principal and Senior Partner of Baker McKenzie and in the immediate past National Chairman of the Australian Offices. He is an expert advisor on mergers & acquisitions and the development of new projects across a range of sectors, and he has also advised governments on major trade sales and contracting arrangements, including restructuring and privatisations. Christopher is committed to working alongside Global Study Partner’s key executives to drive and execute a clear funding pathway to IPO.

Our Management Team

Geoff Carrick

Director

Geoff has had a 20+ year career in Australian equity capital markets. Geoff's career included time as head of ECM at Commonwealth Bank, more than a decade at Macquarie Capital and most recently the Head of Corporate Finance in Shaw and Partners since 2016.