Principals and Advisory Board Members

Major General Ami Shafran

Major General Shafran is the Chairman of Elsight Limited, a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and Head of the Advisory Board of Security Matters Limited. He is Head of the Centre for Cyber Technology at Ariel University, Israel. He was previously Head of the Israeli Defence Force Information and Communications Technology Command. Over the course of his extensive career Major General Shafran held numerous prestigious and prominent positions in the Defence and Intelligence forces of the Israeli Defence Force, including serving as its Chief Scientist, serving as Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Defence and serving as the Research and Development Attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC. Major General Shafran serves as an Advisory Board Member.

David Furstenberg

David Furstenberg has held various senior CEO, Chairman, Board member and VP Global Sales positions in several publicly traded and privately-owned companies, including: Comverse (NASDAQ: CNSI), Audiocodes (NASDAQ: AUDC), Enure and Vista (a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries). Most recently, David was the active Chairman at NovelSat and the CEO at InsurBit, as well as a Director of White Cyber Knight Ltd and Insurisx Inc., all companies involved in cyber and security businesses in some form. David has built a speciality in assisting with the turnaround of high tech companies through product and market repositioning (as opposed to reduction in force). David is a Director of Elsight Limited and serves as an Advisory Board Member.

Huang Cheng Eng

Huang Cheng Eng currently serves as an Independent Director of M1, a major Telecommunications company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, and as an Independent Director of Far East Organisation (FEO) Hospitality Asset Management Pte Ltd and FEO Hospitality Trust Management Pte Ltd. He has had extensive experience in commercial and marketing activities.  Previously, he was Executive Vice President – Marketing and the Regions at Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA), where he oversaw commercial and marketing activities as well as SIA’s overseas offices.  He developed SIA Cargo into a full-fledged division.  Cheng Eng served as Chairman of SIA Cargo Pte Ltd, Silkair Pte Ltd. and served on the boards of Virgin Atlantic Airways and the Singapore Tourism Board. Cheng Eng serves as an Advisory Board Member.

Ian Pratt

Ian Pratt has more than forty years’ experience in the accounting profession and during this time has been involved in the property and finance industries, as well as advising on income tax and related matters. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. He is a Director of several companies including Charter Hall Direct Property Management Limited previously part of the Property Trust portfolio of Macquarie Bank Limited and currently serves as a Director and Chairman of companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and several private companies. Trood Pratt Audit & Assurance Services Pty Ltd is the Auditor of Raffles Partners.

John Hearn

John Hearn is Professor of Physiology at the University of Sydney School of Medical Science (since 2004); Chairman of the Australia Africa Universities Network (since 2012); and Executive Director of the Worldwide Universities Network (2009-2018). Born in India, raised in UK and East Africa, he graduated BSc (1st hons), MSc and DSc (hc) from University College Dublin, and PhD from the Australian National University (ANU). He served in executive research, teaching and administrative positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, UC London, Wisconsin, ANU, and Sydney. He was VP (Research) at ANU 2000-2004, and VP (Academic and International) at Sydney 2004-2013.

John has published 220 research papers and six edited books in reproduction and fertility, stem cell biology and biotechnology. His current research is in international stem cell policy and in higher education reform. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He works globally in research capacity development and as a senior policy adviser to the Australian Government, British Council, WHO, OECD and three company boards. He was previously a Board member of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the founding Chairman of the Sydney Confucius Institute. John serves as an Advisory Board Member.

Lorinda Logaraj

Lorinda Logaraj graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) degree from San Diego having been educated in American schools from a young age. She then pursued postgraduate study at the University of Sydney, graduating with a LLB degree. She worked for Westpac Bank as an Inhouse Counsel before being appointed a Judge’s Research Associate for a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. She subsequently obtained a Diploma in Corporate Governance and Risk Management. Lorinda is a Director of Raffles Partners where she assesses Risk issues and undertakes all research assignments.

Mike Shields

Mike Shields graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and then spent five years working with Caterpillar in their Agriculture division in the United States and Melbourne. He was responsible for dealer development and finished as Agriculture Marketing Manager for Australia. Since then he has managed his family farm in Wongan Hills, Western Australia, which currently crops 12,000 hectares. He was a Board Director of several companies in the Agriculture sector including AACL (a grain accumulation business) and Carbon Conscious Limited (a tree carbon storage company). Mike has been involved with developing a bale direct system for corn stover and straw in the United States, Canada and Australia. Mike serves as an Advisory Board Member.

Dr R N V Prasad

Dr Prasad was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the National University of Singapore and Senior Consultant Physician at the National University Hospital. He has also served as Senior Medical Advisor to the Director of Medical Services and Minister for Health, Singapore, where he was involved in the overseeing of Medisave and Medishield fund disbursements in the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board of Singapore. He was a Steering Committee member of the WHO’s Committee on postovulatory agents. He has served on Hospital Boards of Postgraduate Education, Research & Ethics, Mortality Audit and as Chairman of research procedures and novel surgical devices. He also advised the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Committee on Singapore Standards (SISIR). He is the author of numerous research publications and is trained in Reproductive Endocrinology and Clinical Pharmacology. Dr Prasad serves as an Advisory Board member.

Raj Logaraj

Raj Logaraj's career spans law, investment banking and corporate advisory. He is an Adviser to (previously a Director of) companies, some publicly listed, involved with Data Analytics, Healthcare, Security Technology and Resources, besides acting from time to time as a Project Adviser to international investment banks focusing on risk issues. He has served as a Director of listed public companies (ASX, SGX and Bursa Malaysia), covering Agribusiness, FMCG, Uranium Mining, Medical Devices, Conservation and Financial Services and on University Committees and Government Councils in Australia and overseas. He is a member in Australia of the Advisory Board for Technion, a University dedicated to Science, Technology and Engineering. He has served as the Inaugural Chairman of the Singapore Business Circle and served for several years as a Member of the Advisory Council of Asialink Business. He was appointed by the Australian Government to be a Member of the panel to interview undergraduates and select recipients for the Government's prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarships. 

He was a Partner of Shook Lin & Bok, a major law firm in Singapore following graduation with a LLB (Hons) degree from the National University of Singapore where he taught Commercial Law part-time, followed by a LLM degree from Sydney University majoring in International Tax and Public Company Finance. He was a Guest Lecturer at Sydney University on International Business Transactions for the Master of Laws Course. He became a Senior Associate at Allens, where he helped establish the firm's Singapore Office before being elected an International Partner of Baker & McKenzie, Australia responsible for the further development of its business in the ASEAN region, as Head of the Corporate & Commercial Group of the Australian offices and Chair of its Business Development Committee. He was also the Founding Editor of the Pacific Basin Legal Developments Bulletin, a quarterly publication distributed to several thousand clients globally. He subsequently joined Turnbull & Partners (now Goldman Sachs Australia) as Executive Director. He then worked for Temasek Holdings in Singapore as a Board Director and President of the Financial Solutions Group of its Stockbroking unit and Chair of the Risk Management Committee. Raj is Principal of Raffles Partners