Suren Pather

Chairman, SUMO Group


Suren has over 20 years of experience in the finance industry. He is the chair and founder of the entities within the Sumo Group, including SUMO SIV Pty Ltd, the investment manager of the two SUMO SIV Managed Funds.Over a career period of more than 20 years as a financial adviser, Suren has advised clients on a range of asset classes. The total assets under advice for that period exceeded AUD$1.5 billion.

Suren also previously established a full multi-disciplinary practice of lawyers, chartered accountants, and financial planners. Prior to this, he worked as a corporate tax consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Suren holds Bachelor degrees in Law and Economics (with Honours) from Sydney University. He is also a certified financial planner and is a Fellow of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA).

“Financial independence is the ultimate opportunity to search for meaning in your life. It should not be the end result of wealth creation”

Abhijeet Martand

General Manager, SUMO Group


Abhijeet is a highly accomplished finance professional, who has worked across Australia, the UK, the USA and India.

He has undertaken roles in various financial disciplines: hedge funds, product control, securitisation, treasury, governance, financial planning, and real estate.

Companies he has worked for include HSBC, SAC Capital, PCS, Spectrum Global, and G&C Mutual Bank.

“Managing clients and colleagues and selling properties are all in a day’s work.”

Zoe Wu

Group Business Development Manager


Zoe is an integral part of the day-to-day operations of the Sumo Group and has 6 years’ experience in team management in the financial services industry. Now, she also works on business development for Yong Fu, a sub-division of the Sumo Group.

She has worked for AXA, GUD Holding and NDY.

Zoe holds Bachelor Degree of Commerce and Diploma of Business Management.

“Anything you need, I’m your first port-of-call.”

Health

Mogestri Pather

Nutritionist, SUMO Health & Harmony


Mogestri is a Clinical Nutritionist.

She has guided individuals who were overweight to reach their goals safely and easily. Mogestri has also successfully helped people with health problems, including stress, fatigue and depression, digestive problems, skin conditions such as eczema and acne, hormonal problems such as PMS, insulin resistance and pre-diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, fatty liver, food intolerances, ADHD, and headaches and migraines.
“I believe health is the bedrock of wellbeing in all other aspects of life. That’s why I strive to help clients be their optimal selves.”

Wealth

Vincent Lim

Executive Director, SUMO SIV


Vincent Lim is an Executive Director of SUMO SIV. SUMO SIV is the investment manager of the SUMO SIV Managed Fund (ARSN 164 733 260) and SUMO SIV Managed Fund No. 2 (ARSN 609 076 824), both of which are Significant Investor Visa (SIV)-compliant managed funds registered by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC).

Vincent is a trusted adviser to many high net-worth individuals in Australia and across Asia. In addition to being a director at SUMO SIV, he is also a director of VTS Lawyers, a director of the general partner of the StartMesh Innovation Fund (an Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership set up by SUMO in collaboration with StartMesh), and a director of SUMO Group’s property funds management company, Jaxen Funds Management.

Vincent graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics (majoring in Accounting), a Bachelor of Laws, and a Master of Laws. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia) and he has been a Fellow of FINSIA since 2002.

“I enjoy working with good people. Building success together is much more fulfilling than doing it alone.”

Loren Smith

Legal Counsel, SUMO SIV


Loren is SUMO SIV’s legal counsel. She graduated from the University of New South Wales in Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in History) and a Bachelor of Laws in 2010.

Loren began her career as a Judge’s Associate at the Industrial Relations Court of New South Wales. From there, she segued into legal practice, specialising in commercial and business law. In addition to law, Loren holds a Diploma in Financial Planning.

“Helping people secure Australian residency is immensely satisfying.”

Erica Feng

Investor Relations Manager, SUMO SIV


Upon completion of her studies in Australia, Erica returned to China where she worked as a finance and capital management accountant at the Guangzhou Zhujiang Electric Power Fuelling Co. Ltd.

Erica then moved to Australia in early 2013, and prior to joining SUMO SIV, she worked in two law firms in Sydney in their property teams and was their Asian client relations executive.

Erica is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin.

“Working between Australia – my new home, and China – my old home, I get the best of both worlds.”

Mehul Somaiya

Partner, SUMO Austin Accounting


Mehul is the director of SUMO Austin Accounting. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant in both Australia and India. A specialist in tax and business services, he has 17 years’ experience in tax advice, tax effective business structuring, and compliance. He has also been a professor in taxation and management accounting for over 10 years, teaching graduate and post-graduate programs.
“Though my work is largely practical, I am also an academic at heart.”

Gurudutt Shenoy

Partner, SUMO Wealth Global


With qualifications as a Chartered Accountant in India and C.P.A in Australia, Guru is highly equipped to deliver his services. He has over 25 years’ senior management experience in variety of industries including accounting and finance, education, merchant banking, and real estate. Recently, he lead the team that set up the international marketing division of Godrej Properties. He was instrumental in the establishment of bases in North America, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania.
“As a global nomad who has lived in several countries, I understand the differing needs of clients worldwide.”

Suneet Luthra

Partner, SUMO Group Hong Kong


Suneet has 26 years of work experience in banking, audit and consultancy businesses. Through roles with PwC, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan, he has developed solid networks throughout Asia.

Suneet’s strengths include devising strategies for start-ups, consulting on strategies for existing businesses, and client interaction. He is also well-versed in risk and compliance matters.

“As Director of Sumo Group Hong Kong, I get to work across all aspects of finance, which I thoroughly enjoy.”

Jaimin Yadav

Partner, SUMO Wealth India


Jaimin has over 10 years’ experience in finance and marketing. He holds an MBA from Gujarat University and has worked for several big banks in India, such as ING Vysya, ICICI and HSBC.
“My heritage and contacts make me uniquely placed to serve both the Indian and Australian markets.”

Mahesh Arora

Partner, SUMO Austin Accounting


Mahesh has over 13 years’ experience in management, accounting and tax planning for small to medium enterprises.

He has previously worked for Ernest & Young, Siemens, Star Track Express and Unimin.

“ I pride myself on making businesses run smoothly, and growing as a result.”

Adam Rakowski

Partner, SUMO Wealth Property


After starting working life in the construction industry, Adam operated his own company for 15 years. Having built a client base through networking, he next became a business developer for real estate companies. His study in business management and sales training assisted him in becoming an investment property expert.

Adam's specialities include acquiring and matching parties to property developments. Though this is his core skill, he is also passionate about management in the fashion industry, which he has been doing on the side for nine years.

“It takes skill to bring property developments to life, and I revel in this challenge.”

Nigel Tsa

Partner, SUMO Wealth Portfolio Planning


Nigel has over 15 years’ experience in wealth management, which commenced in 2002. He is a Director of Aura Wealth Management, TK Advisers & Associates and LBS Accountants – specialising in investment, asset allocation and portfolio management advice for various clients, including pre/retirees, business owners and corporates. Prior to current posts, Nigel held Advisory positions at ANZ Banking Group, Westpac Banking Corporation, Citibank, Masu Group and a boutique private client stock broking firm.

On a day-to-day basis he and his team; assess stockbroker research, meet with fund managers and review market conditions to ensure clients' receive the highest quality investment choices.

Nigel holds a Master of Applied Finance, majoring in Corporate Finance and Advisory as well as a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in Finance and Financial Economics from the University of New South Wales. He has completed both a Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning).
“I love finance and helping people, so my role perfectly marries my passions.”

Ash Jagadale

Business Development Manager


Ash Jagadale is an expert in business development in IT, Real Estate and Finance. Ash has 21 years experience in IT and 7 years in Real Estate specifically in sales and business development. He works closely with Client and ensure that requirements are successfully met.

Ash holds a MBA from University of New England and Bachelors in Commerce.
“I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times."

Kiran Sirikonda

Partner, Technology, SUMO Group


Kiran is an IT professional with over 15 years’ experience in the industry. His career has taken him to Europe, the US, and all over the Asia-pacific region.

He has worked for both state and federal Australian government departments, and has partnered with leading IT companies including IBM, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP.

Kiran holds a Masters degree in computers systems and business management from Halmstad University, Sweden, and a certification in strategy from Stanford Business School.

“I enjoy combining strategy with technical expertise for the best possible outcomes.”

Natalie Lee

Business Development Manager, SUMO Group


Natalie is an accredited finance broker and works for RAMS, following stints at Royal Guardian Mortgage Corporation and Idem Group Mortgage Lender. She holds a certificate IV and a diploma in her area, and is a member of the MFAA. She became a member of the SUMO Group in December 2016.

“Due to my Korean background, I am particularly well-placed to serve this market.”

Kuben Pillay

Partner, SUMO Group Africa


Kuben has led one of South Africa’s biggest media and entertainment companies, Primedia, as an executive director in May 2000, and as Chief Executive Officer of the Group in September 2009. Kuben was appointed as the Executive Chairman of Primedia in February 2014, and retired his position in January 2015, serving in the capacity of Non-Executive Chairman until 2016.

An attorney by profession, he was a managing financial partner at attorneys Cheadle Thompson and Haysom, before joining Mineworkers Investment Company in 1996 as a founding executive director. He has previously served as the Chairman of Mineworkers Investment Company.

He is currently an independent non-executive director of the Outsurance group of companies, and Transaction Capital Limited, and chairman of the Remuneration Committees of both public companies. He has previously both chaired, and served on the boards of public companies.

Kuben holds a BA and a Law degree from Wits University in South Africa, and Masters in Law degree from Howard Law School, Washington DC.

“A good head and a good heart, are always a formidable combination” – Nelson Mandela.

Hari Sallakonda

Partner, SUMO Legend


Having worked in the real estate industry for long time, Hari has a profound understanding of it. He uses his knowledge to develop sales strategies and marketing plans that are unsurpassed in the field. Hari takes pride in being a trusted advisor. This is demonstrated by the fact that a vast majority of his business comes from the referrals of past clients.
“Buyers and sellers alike benefit from my know-how and intuition."

Leisure and Immigration

James Alan Hall

SUMO Immigration Consultant


James has been consulting on investment and business migration for 14 years. Strategically located in Singapore, James is at a nexus for investment and migration flow between Asia and both Australia and New Zealand. As an experienced and qualified practitioner, he also mentors and trains registered agents and licensed immigration advisers, in addition to consulting on migration practice establishment. To date he has guided the establishment of 6 migration firms across Asia. Prior to the migration industry, James was a PMP certified Project Manager specialising in IT projects across Asia Pacific. James has worked in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. He holds licensing and registration as an Australian registered migration agent (#0428740) and a NZ licensed immigration adviser (#200800600).
“I believe that the lifestyle in Australia and New Zealand is the best in the world and I'm passionate about helping our clients realise their dreams to share in it"

Life


Kamal Sarma

Life Coach, SUMO Life & Wisdom


Kamal is one of the world’s leading experts on resilience and human connection, with a particular focus on creating resilient leaders, so they can go on to create resilient organizations.

He has a unique background, having trained as a monk for six years in India, as well as pursuing a corporate career. Kamal has held senior executive positions in organizations, including McKinsey & Company, Eli Lilly and AMP Capital Investors. Kamal has also been the co-founder of two venture capital businesses in the IT and biotech sectors.

Kamal has conducted leadership programs for a number of top-tier organizations, such as Google, Facebook, T Rowe Price, Bank of New York Mellon, Reserve Bank of Australia, PwC, Ernst and Young, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank and ING Global.

Kamal is the author of the international bestseller, Mental Resilience: The Power of Clarity – How to Develop the Focus of a Warrior and the Peace of a Monk. He speaks globally on resilience and leadership. Kamal’s book, The Leadership Leap: (UN) Learning How to Lead, was featured on Google Talks.

In addition to his corporate work, Kamal is a co-founder of the Institute for Mental Resilience, an organization that, amongst other activities, supports rescuing young children from sex slavery in India, Nepal and Cambodia. He was recognized for his peace work between the Chinese and Tibetans in 2008.

He is currently the Chairman of RUOK’s Think Tank and is about to release his new book, The Art of WinWin Conversations.

In the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, 'The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving'.