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Meet the Foley & Associates Team

Meet the Foley & Associates Team
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Angela Foley

Managing Director

Angela is the Founding Director of Foley & Associates Pty Ltd. She established the company in 2002 with the objective of providing international trade advice to international organizations seeking to do business in Australia and New Zealand.

She has been working in the trade and investment attraction arena for over 25 years having started her career with the Australian Trade Commission in London where she spent several years assisting Australian exporters to win business in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

On relocating to Australia in 1995 she worked as a Senior Marketing Analyst for a British-American supply chain software company which had recently established a presence in Sydney.

From there took on a role as a Business Coordinator with the Sydney 2000 Olympic Commerce Centre assisting Australian and international organizations to maximize the opportunities generated by Australia’s hosting of the Olympic Games.

At the conclusion of the Olympic Games Angela moved across to the State Chamber of Commerce New South Wales where she was the Senior Group Manager, Trade & Commercial Services with a particular focus on creating international export and import opportunities for Chamber members.

Angela has an honors degree in Applied Linguistics from Dublin City University (Ireland) and postgraduate qualifications in International Marketing and Management from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (U.K.). She has also received a Certificate in Translation Studies from the University of Mainz in Germany.

She is a member of a number of industry organizations and is an accomplished presenter on international trade relationships. Angela has dual Irish and Australian citizenship.

 

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Giovanni Munoz

Director

Over 20 years in in director role focused in business development, media, marketing, financial services and professional development.

A customer focused team leader with entrepreneurial, analytical, compliance and facilitation expertise. An experienced connector, collaborating cross functionally with internal and external stakeholders to produce relevant, high-quality products that drive company growth. Owner of expansive development portfolio of more than six successful customer-facing products. Talented at fostering exceptional team performance through compassionate management, capability development and technical leadership.

Giovanni has a Bachelor of Medical Science (Neuro and Cardio pharmacology) from the University of Sydney and currently enrolled in a Masters in Medical device and development from University of Sydney. Giovanni started his career in medical research for two years but eventually transitioned into the financial services world.

 

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Holden Frisoli

General Manager

Holden re-joined Foley & Associates in 2018 as General Manager – Operations. He has a successful track record working in both the private and public sectors with close to ten years of experience in trade and investment promotion, stakeholder management and international business development.

Holden began his career as an intern with Foley and Associates, and remained with the company as an International Trade Advisor until 2016. During this time he enjoyed the significant exposure acquired in the mining, ICT, and advanced manufacturing industries.

As a Trade and Investment Advisor at The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), he assisted established firms and Australian start-ups expand internationally alongside working with multi-national corporations invest into the Australian economy with a particular focus on the Transport and Mobility Technology sector.

Holden is keen to continue growing the profile of Foley & Associates through a team of highly experienced trade and investments professionals.

He has completed a Bachelor of International Business and a Master of Commerce specialising in Economics both from Macquarie University.

In his spare time Holden enjoys rugby and gardening as well as spending time with his young family.

 

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Jenny O’Sullivan

Principal Consultant

Jenny joined the team in 2012 and works predominately with our US and Northern Irish clients. Assisting her clients with their business development activities in Australia, she has assisted in the identification and appointment of local partners, along with facilitating multiple trade missions and independent client visits to the region.

She has particular strengths in developing networks, identifying opportunities and opening doors across industry sectors for her clients.

Jenny is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce. She started her career with Allianz Insurance managing and advising on supplier relationships for the group. She then gained international experience at Barclays Bank in London in her roles as a Sales & Business Analyst and as Marketing and Communication Manager.

On her return to Sydney, Jenny focused on her business development skills in senior roles at Deutsche Bank, a video production company and a digital marketing agency specializing in B2B marketing.

Jenny joined Foley & Associates to utilize her research, business development and relationship building skills on an international business level.

Away from work (and sometimes during her lunch breaks), Jenny enjoys a very active sporting life including running, cycling and swimming. She also loves travelling, hanging at the beach, spending time with her family and friends, enjoying good wine, meeting new people, and discovering new places and festivals across Sydney.

 

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Mirna Sarihodzic

Principal Consultant

Mirna joined the team in 2012 and her primary focus is on assisting our European clients enter the Australian and New Zealand markets, across all industry sectors.

As part of Finpro’s global representative network (under Team Finland), Mirna has assisted many Finnish companies with their business development activities in this region. Along with the team, Mirna has facilitated a number of successful trade visits from Europe and the US. She is currently also a part of Marketing Birmingham’s investment attraction team in Australia, assisting local companies with their UK expansion plans.

Originally from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Mirna is an International Business graduate of the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria, specializing in International Marketing & Management. On completion of her studies Mirna worked at the European Brand Institute and eurobrand - the independent brand and patent valuation experts and management consultancy in Vienna. There Mirna assisted with research and preparation for a valuation study of Europe’s 50 most valuable brand corporations, as well as completing brand valuations for several corporate clients and organizing a series of events.

Mirna relocated to Australia in 2011 and, prior to joining Foley & Associates, she obtained a Master’s Degree in International Relations at Macquarie University in Sydney. She further completed an internship at the European Australian Business Council (EABC) in Sydney, promoting trade and investment between Australia and Europe through a series of activities including high-level business forums and business missions.

In her spare time Mirna loves travelling and spending time outdoors, camping, bushwalking, boating and exploring new places around Sydney and the Australian countryside. She also enjoys photography, interior design as well as Scandinavian crime fiction and TV shows.

 

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Chris Evans

Principal Consultant

Chris joined the team in early 2015 originally as an Intern as part of his Masters in International Relations studies at Macquarie University in Sydney. Having completed his internship, and studies, he came on board in a full time capacity and now has a focus on assisting our international clients to do business here in Australia and New Zealand.

Chris has previously completed a Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology) at the Australian National University in Canberra, a Graduate Diploma of Education (Science) at Macquarie University and a Graduate Certificate in Immigration Law and Practice (Australian National University).

From 2011 to 2015 Chris worked as an English Teacher in Osaka, Japan and from 2008 to 2011 he worked in China as a Teacher of Science and Mathematics.

His background has allowed him to develop strong communication skills especially when dealing with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Since joining our team Chris has demonstrated particular strengths in assisting U.S. and European companies identify potential partners and end-customers, assessing their interest and suitability in working with the foreign company and facilitating introductions with a view to developing new business opportunities. 

In his spare time Chris is a competitive triathlete and regularly participates in short course triathlons across the Australian east coast.

 

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Declan White

Consultant

Declan joined Foley and Associates in February 2022 as a Junior International Trade and Investment advisor, his previous experience as a Customs Brokerage Operator gives him a unique set of skills and perspectives as a frontline partner to Pharmaceutical, Tech, and Retail import industries. Declan’s creativity and enthusiasm were highlighted during this role, which he now brings to his work here at Foley and Associates.

With a Bachelor's Degree in International Business from the Queensland University of Technology and being a seasoned expatriate, Declan continues to pursue his passion for international trade and culture. Through academia Declan has completed multiple country and industry risk analyses alongside complementary market research.

Away from work, Declan enjoys reading and writing novels.

 

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Ivana Tambun

Consultant

Ivana joined the team in September 2021 as an International Trade and Investment intern as part of her degree in Commerce and Actuarial Studies at UNSW in Sydney. Ivana took the internship as a way to gain experience and apply what she has learnt at university into meaningful work, and in doing so, found an interest in international business. Ivana excelled in understanding the potential markets for our US and European clients – providing analysis in the areas of retail products, construction & machinery and food & beverage amongst others.

After completing her internship, she was offered the role of Junior Trade and Investment Advisor on a part-time basis that focusses on supporting our international clients and of course the broader F&A team. Ivana’s first projects have been to assess market opportunities within the Aerospace sector in Australia, and investigate and better understand the prosthetics industry. Ivana continues to support individual companies from around the world here in Australia and New Zealand.

At university, she is involved in student societies that allows her to meet with people of different backgrounds. In her spare time, Ivana enjoys playing ultimate frisbee with her team and bouldering with her friends.

 

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Alex Singhi

Consultant

Alex joined the team in late 2021 as an International Trade and Investment Advisor, and works with the team on a part-time basis. Prior to this role Alex was the Trade and Investment Officer at the Fiji Consulate General and Trade Commission in Sydney, responsible for facilitating trade between Fiji, Australia and New Zealand, as well as promoting Fiji as an ideal business destination.

Alex also has experience in the finance and banking sector. Alex was a summer analyst within Bank of America's Global Corporate and Investment Banking division in Sydney. Additionally, he previously worked as a project assistant with Horizon Private Capital Partners, a mid-market private equity firm in Sydney.

Alex is currently completing a combined Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. He additionally has received specialised financial modelling training from Training The Street International.

He has additional interests in the tech industry, start-ups and business consulting, international relations and geopolitics. In his spare time, Alex likes to enjoy Sydney's nightlife with his friends, as well as going swimming and to the gym. He is a dual Australian and British citizen, and an Overseas Citizen of India.

 

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Jessica Tavener

Consultant

Jessica joined the team in February 2022 as an International Trade and Investment intern as part of her dual degree in Commerce (International Business) and Science (Psychology) at UNSW in Sydney. Jessica took the internship to apply her learnings from her International Business major in a professional context and gain experience facilitating international trade and investment. During her internship, Jessica enjoyed working with companies from a wide range of sectors predominately in the US – providing research assistance to the F&A team in the agriculture, ICT, cyber, mining and construction sectors.

After completing her internship, she was offered the role of Junior Trade and Investment Advisor on a part-time basis that focusses on supporting our international clients and of course the broader Foley and Associates team. Jessica’s first projects have been to research and understand the cyber security, agriculture, and election management software industry landscapes in Australia.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys sailing, running and rock climbing.

 

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