Board and the Team
Tim Fry, Chair
Tim is an experienced finance professional and company director with a broad and deep experience across national and multinational businesses. His previous roles include Group Financial Controller for Bulla Dairy Foods, General Manager for Nicholas Crowder property management, Financial Director for Seal Analytical Ltd and International Financial Controller for LTX Europe Ltd.
Matt den Elzen
Matt has over 25 years of experience across investment management, strategy consulting and marketing & management roles in large public companies, privately-held growth businesses and start-ups. His broad industry exposure ranges from advising ASX-50 and Fortune 500 executives at The Boston Consulting Group to roles developing privately owned businesses in the catalogue retail and food markets. He has served as a director in both commercial and not-for-profit environments, and now operates as Investment Manager for Scanlon Capital where he has assumed directorships for both Melbourne Martini Pty Ltd (Chair) and Cloud Paper Group Pty Ltd.
Co-Founder & CTO
David has more than 25 years of experience across the governance, management, marketing and technology of small-to-medium digital enterprises, working in Australia and the USA. He has architected numerous online platforms with a specific focus on SaaS content and administration systems, and brought that experience to bear through co-founding multiple technology companies with successful exits. David has a passion for the ways technology can solve everyday problems in business and community, and sees EdSmart as the perfect vehicle to help and support educators and administrators worldwide.
As Managing Director of Radi8, the trusted market entry and expansion service for growth stage technology companies, Claire leads global headhunting projects for high growth businesses across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. She co-founded the Australia’s #Tech Diversity Awards, leading 13 industry groups and businesses to drive a culture of inclusion across Australian technology industries. Claire also serves as an Industry Advisory board member for the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Deakin University, with a primary interest in increasing the number of young girls choosing STEM subjects.
Arthur Weng holds a double Masters degree in Professional Accounting and Finance from Deakin University. He previously held positions in the asset management divisions in the Evergrande Group in China and Accor Hotel Group in Australia. As the co-founder and managing partner of Sky Jade Partners, Arthur is in charge of transaction structuring, project roadshow, asset management, and investor relations.
Co-Founder & CEO
A former ABC broadcaster, Fiona is one of Australia’s earliest and most successful start-up entrepreneurs. In 2000, she co-founded Arts Hub and grew the business to a paid subscriber base of over 10,000. She also co-founded Arts Hub’s sister site, Screen Hub, and various other online businesses, including REmessenger – a social platform for real estate agents, which sold to partners in Silicon Valley – and Folk Like Me – an early social network for communities of interest. Fiona is passionate about using technology to empower relationships and a greater good. She is a mother of three, a dedicated runner and follows a deeply held meditation practice.
Ellen consults and works with the EdSmart founders and team to deliver business focussed solutions and value for K-12 schools, and to grow the global footprint of happy customers. She is passionate about all things digital and online education to improve teaching and learning outcomes. Travel, surf and sun are high on her priority list.
Sonja has over 25 years of experience in the development and strategy of IT solutions across dozens of top Australian and international companies. Her expertise is in web application development and B2B/EAI systems integration, leading scores of teams to implement scalable, maintainable, cost-effective products and integration architectures. Designing IT solutions to meet business needs is her bread and butter, and inspiring teams to bring these designs to fruition gives her a warm feeling inside. However, she is also passionate about writing code herself and considers it crucial to stay abreast of evolving technologies (while also finding the process wonderfully creative).
Customer Support Manager
Initially trained in computer science, Theresa’s love of sharing knowledge and helping people get the most out of their technologies led her into the customer support space. She applies her skills in project management and knowledge-centred-service (KCS) to enable schools to better self-support by improving EdSmart’s Help Centre and Knowledge Base. As EdSmart’s company and customer base grow, she ensures our support and processes can scale as well, and drives product change that improves customer experience. When she’s not at work, Theresa enjoys training at an all-women’s powerlifting facility, gardening and birdwatching.
Customer Success Manager
Nathan has a passion for creating seamless experiences, stemming from his contribution to the formation of an Australian customer support team for a leading global SaaS platform. Having worked on both the school and supplier sides, he believes empowering schools to get the most out of the technology they use is fundamental to the modern learning experience. He brings more visibility to insights of customers at EdSmart and is excited to work with schools to drive exceptional value through the platform.
Customer Success Agent/Trainer
Kai’s main focus at EdSmart is the onboarding of new schools and coaching them through their early transition to help achieve success with the EdSmart platform. His energy and entrepreneurial spirit has seen him work with a leading SaaS company in the SMSF industry, a charity based start-up and running his own driving school – Kai’s Driving Academy. His uplifting approach empowers schools to take action and accelerate their growth in the digital administration and communication space; to ultimately redirect their resources to student education.
Nick comes from a science and maths background but has spent most of his career in sales and marketing roles in the travel industry. In his 10 years with STA Travel, he moved from sales leadership to head the customer and retail operations department. He also spent a similar time with Amadeus IT Pacific leading a large sales team across Australia and the Pacific region. With a daughter in primary school, Nick joined EdSmart to use his experience to help schools find technology solutions to their problems. When not working, he is an avid ocean swimmer, enjoying the magnificent waters from his home base of Sydney.
Suganya completed her Bachelors in IT before graduating with an MBA from Cardiff University in the UK. However, she found that her passion lies in IT so, in the years following her graduation, she has dedicated her time to working with cutting-edge technologies. Her role at EdSmart involves building the platform to full efficiency and putting new technologies into practice.
Stephen has spent his career implementing and maintaining software solutions for a diverse range of organisations. Most recently, he worked for an SaaS LMS provider before joining the EdSmart team early in 2021. He has a passion for delivering quality software that fulfils the needs and expectations of end-users. As a father of five children in primary and secondary schools, he is also well-acquainted with school-to-parent communications from the parent’s perspective, something which he seeks to improve through his work at EdSmart.
Kedi works closely with the engineering team to assist with the planning, design and implementation of infrastructure and functionality for the EdSmart platform. She was initially trained as an electronics engineer but her interest in IT saw her pursue an IT Masters degree in Australia. Kedi is a self-driven developer and she believes in the power of learning. She has a particular interest in new technologies and putting them into practice, which she brings to her work at EdSmart.
Customer Support Lead
Shashi has over 10 years of experience in customer support, helping clients in a variety of industries including banking, life sciences and healthcare. He predominantly handles support requests for EdSmart, working closely with the success team to provide a seamless application experience for customers by highlighting feature improvement queries, solving bugs and testing product changes. As the father of a young boy, he spends most of his time outside work watching his son learning new things and catching up on sports from around the world.
Avina comes from a Marketing background and has worked across supporting B2B & B2C brands in implementing marketing strategies and operations. She has a knack for bringing whacky campaigns ideas to life and loves everything to do with content creation.
When not brainstorming about fun content ideas, Avina is probably drinking her 4th cup of coffee, trying out the new coolest cafe in Melbourne or just hanging on the couch with a book.