Meet the team behind Freelancer.ca!
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.
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Darren is Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of Freelancer. In these roles, he is responsible 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.
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.
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, Neilheld senior finance positions in distribution and retailsectors, 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.
David Harrison is the Vice President of Engineering at Freelancer, and has been responsible for leading the engineering team in its design and implementation of the web-scale features that have allowed Freelancer’s websites to handle the growth in web traffic that has been experienced. David has also led the Company’s adoption of cloud based technologies, realtime systems, and service oriented architectures. He is also a co-author of a patent application.
Previously, David was the Chief Technical Officer at 3rdSense, a company specialising in casual gaming and online gaming networks. Prior to that, David was a partner in an IT security consultancy business providing auditing and secured infrastructure services. David has spoken on technology issues and entrepreneurship and has spoken at various events including CeBIT Cloud 2013, the AllWorld Summit@Harvard, Chicago Techweek, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai, Digital Jam 2.0 with the World Bank (Kingston, Jamaica) and at the Sydney Vivid Festival. David has previously presented on cloud technology at Amazon Web Services summits and featured in publications such as TechWorld, The Australian, the Australian Financial Review MIS and on Sky News. David has also guest lectured at the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne and Macquarie University on topics including software engineering, scalable infrastructure and IT management.
David holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology from the University of Sydney.
Willix Halim is the Vice President of Growth at Freelancer and manages the growth team, which is responsible for the strategy, product management, data science and analytics functions of the company. 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 AdTech Marketing, SparxUp, Techinasia, e27, Echelon Ignite, Tempo. co, Bloomberg Indonesia, Media Indonesia, Kompas and DailySocial. Willix also lectures at universities on topics such as growth, strategy, data warehousing and analytics.
Previously, Willix was a lead engineer at Honeywell Inc., a global provider of automation and control solutions. Prior to that, Willix was a commercialisation product manager at the CSIRO.
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.
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.
Brone Roze is the Director of Finance at Freelancer. His primary responsibility is to support the CFO and he is accountable for collating, preparing and interpreting reports, budgets, accounts, commentaries and financial statements. Brone will be instrumental in providing financial and strategic analysis of all potential M&A activities, risk assessments and business modelling for new products and services as well as undertaking financial analysis of long term business plans.
Brone joins Freelancer from KPMG Corporate Finance where he was Associate Director, Mergers & Acquisitions. Whilst at KMPG, Brone was responsible for the project management and coordination in the execution of a number of public market and private treaty transactions as well as strategic and corporate advisory engagements. Prior to working at KPMG, Brone held positions at both ABN AMRO Australia & New Zealand as well as Macquarie Group Limited.
Brone has previously had a public market transaction focus with both a relevant academic background and transaction experience. Brone has an established track record in providing strategic advice within the Australian legal and regulatory environment. Brone holds a double degree consisting of a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and a Bachelor of Laws for which he was awarded Second Class Honours from the University of New South Wales. Brone is currently undertaking a Master of Laws at the University of Sydney.
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.
Nikki Parker is responsible for marketing and communications across North America, Australia and New Zealand. Nikki leads a team of communications and marketing experts who work with business, partners and the media to grow Freelancer across these regions. Nikki is a company media spokesperson and represents Freelancer as a speaker at industry events globally.
Before joining Freelancer, Nikki worked as a media advisor and manager of stakeholder relations at the National Broadband Network (NBN Co), Australia’s government owned national open access data network project, mandated to provide high speed broadband to 100% of the country through a mixture of fibre, fixed wireless and satellite technologies. During her time at NBN Co, Nikki worked with businesses across a diverse range of industries as well as local, state and federal government to capitalise on the rollout of the national network infrastructure project.
Nikki holds a degree in International Studies, majoring in Sociology, from the University of Sydney.
Sebastián Siseles is in charge of the Company’s operations across Latin America, leading a team of country managers, PR and communications professionals, driving the growth of Freelancer in this emerging market. An Argentine entrepreneur, lawyer and marketing professional, specialising in corporate finance and M&A, Sebastián possesses relevant management and interpersonal communication skills, and has taken post-graduate courses at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange and the Southwestern University School of Law on International Business Transactions.
Sebastián is currently pursuing an EMBA at Katz Business School, University of Pittsburgh (expected 2014). Prior to joining Freelancer, Sebastián cofounded Weemba, an Internet financial website that connects commercial and individual borrowers with professional lenders in a non-traditional “social network” format. Sebastián has also served as President, Director, General Counsel, and COO in different Internet and non-technology companies, and is also a former advisor to the Argentine Ministry of Justice and Argentine National Senate regarding general corporations law, treasury and public budget issues.
Bill Little is in charge of the Company’s operations across Europe, leading a team of country managers, PR and communications professionals, driving the growth of Freelancer across this market. Bill has previously been in charge of rolling out Freelancer sites to Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and Turkey.
Prior to Freelancer, Bill worked as a journalist for various media organisations, including the FT, the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph as well as making documentaries for the BBC. He is also a published author. Bill has set up businesses and worked as a freelancer. Bill now also travels across Europe giving talks to help businesses get the most out of Freelancer.
Bill is Freelancer’s primary European business expert at the centre of the technological advances that are influencing the business world today.
Bill holds a first class honours degree in English Literature from Hull University.
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.
Alaister Low is the Director of Customer Experience at Freelancer.ca. He is a seasoned marketing professional with extensive experience in online relationship marketing, customer service and sales. He is responsible for managing the entire customer experience team at Freelancer.ca, working on processes to improve the overall online customer support process.
Prior to this, Alaister held the position of Online Marketing Manager at Freelancer.com for 2 and a half years, heading the company's online marketing efforts. During his time, the company hit many milestones where he played a crucial role, including growth to 4 million global users from under 500,000 and growing the site to within the top 300 trafficked websites worldwide according to Alexa.
Alaister is a well known thought leader and speaker in the field of Internet marketing, and has presented at conferences for many different industries, as well as published a number of e-books in the field. Earlier in his career Alaister consulted to businesses to help with their customer acquisition strategy and online marketing.
He has also worked in sales positions selling advertising to some of the largest consumer retailers in Australia.
Evan Tan leads a team of PR and communications professionals spread across Asia, which ensure that Freelancer.ca 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.ca’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.