Momentum Conference Program Director

Michele O’Sullivan

Michele O’Sullivan is a qualified lawyer who practiced law in Perth, Australia and London. She then went into legal recruitment and co-founded one of the first online businesses. In 2000 she joined The European Lawyer magazine as commercial director and launched European Lawyer Reference, a series of global comparative law books, recently acquired by Thomson Reuters. She returned to Australia in 2012 and is now responsible for taking Talk law global and expanding the business into Asia. She also serves on the board of the Italian Chamber of Commerce Western Australia.
Speakers 23-24 September 2013, Rome Italy

Mark Barnaba
Chairman, Western Australia
Macquarie Group

Mark Barnaba currently serves as both Chairman of Macquarie Group,Western Australia and as Chairman of Global Resources Group, Macquarie Capital. Macquarie Group is a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. It employs more than 13,000 people in over 28 countries, with assets under management of $A16 billion.

Mark is also Chairman of The University of Western Australia’s Business School Board and an Adjunct Professor in Investment Banking & Finance at the UWA Business School.

Mark is the Chairman of Edge Employment Solutions and a non-executive director of Fortescue Metals Group. He is co-founder (and previously co-executive Chairman) of Azure Capital and previously has been the Chairman of Western Power, the West Coast Eagles Football Club and Alinta Infrastructure Holdings. He was also appointed by the Premier to
chair the WA steering Committee of the Commonwealth Business Forum for CHOGM in 2011.

Mark attended The University of Western Australia and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree with first class honours, being awarded the JA Wood University medal for top graduate of his year. He then directly entered Harvard Business School receiving an MBA, graduating with high distinction as a Baker Scholar. Post Business School Mark spent the
majority of his time with McKinsey and Company, overseas, before returning to Australia in the mid 1990s. In 2002, Mark was the joint winner of the inaugural WA Business News award for the most outstanding business leader in the State of Western Australia under the age of 40 and in 2009, was the recipient of the WA Citizen of the Year Award in Industry and Commerce

In 2012, Mark received an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from The University of Western Australia and was granted the Honorary designation FCPA from CPA Australia.


Ing. Giandomenico Ghella
Legal Representative of the Ghella S.p.A.
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Founded in 1894, Ghella S.p.A. represents today a relevant entrepreneurial reality, in the national and specially international scene, in the construction sector, with the presence of its numerous sites in several countries worldwide (Italy, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Greece, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, etc.) and with a global workforce of about 2,500 employees.

Ghella is present in the major public works sector, also in Project Financing, basically aimed at the construction of infrastructure major works such as tunnels, underground, railways, highways, hydroelectric plants.

Eng. Giandomenico Ghella, born in Rome, on January 25, 1944, graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Montreal.

As well as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ghella S.p.A., today, he also holds the positions of Ance’s Deputy Chairman, Ance’s Chairman of the Committee Works overseas, Member of the Confindustria’s Strategic Committee for International Affairs.


Gianmatteo Nunziante
Senior Partner
Nunziante Magrone
Studio Legale e Associato

Gianmatteo Nunziante holds a JD cum laude from the University of Rome(1990) and a LLM in Banking and Finance Law from Queen Mary and Westfield College University of London(1995).Admitted to the Bar of Rome, he is also member of the International Bar Association(precently Council Member of the Legal Practice Division; past Co-Chair of the European Regional Forum) and of the American Bar Association.

Before founding the Firm (1998) GN has worked for a few several leading Italian and international firms(Slaughter and May: Visiting Foreign Lawyer, 1995).
He assists Italian and foreign clients in corporate and financial transactions, particularly cross-border deals.

Over the years, he has also developed expertise in the real estate and culture heritage areas.


Lucio Della Martina
B. Sc Chemical Engineering
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Nexus Energy Limited

Lucio Della Martina commenced with Nexus Energy Limited on 13 May 2012 as Chief Executive Officer and was appointed Managing Director on 12 October 2012.

Lucio has over 25 years’ experience in the international oil and gas industry, including 18 years at Woodside Energy between 1994 and 2012.  He led the Pluto LNG Project between 2005 and 2012, taking the project from discovery through to first gas. During his time at Woodside, Lucio also held senior management positions across the Pluto and Australian business including Executive Vice President – Australia Business and General Manager of Gas Business Development, and served on the Woodside Executive and Business Operating Committees

Prior to his tenure with Woodside, Lucio spent 11 years with the Shell group of companies in Africa and Europe in a variety of roles covering refining technology, operations, economics, planning and international oil trading.

Lucio graduated from the University of Natal, South Africa with a Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering) and later completed post graduate studies in engineering at the University Politecnico di Torino in Turin, Italy and business administration (MBA) at Henley Management College, UK.  Lucio completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2008.


Craig Yaxley
Tax Partner
KPMG Perth
National Tax Leader – Mining

Craig has over 27 years corporate tax experience including 18 years as a tax partner with KPMG Perth office. He provides tax advice to a wide range of international and Australian mining, oil and gas, and mining services clients on structuring inbound and outbound investments, financing and joint ventures.

He is a Chartered Tax Advisor and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Craig is extensively involved in mining industry tax issues and policy developments in his role as Chairman of the Tax Committee for the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies Inc., and as a Member of the Board of Taxation Advisory Panel.

He is also a Board member and Treasurer of the Black Swan State Theatre Company.

Craig is married with three daughters and his interests include sailing, wine, cooking, cycling and tennis.


Emilio Chiesi
Honorary Member of the Italian Chamber of Industry and Commerce Western Australia
Head of International Funding of Banca Carige

Emilio Chiesi was the UK Representative and is Head of International Funding of Banca Carige, the second oldest bank in Europe and one of the Italian mid-sized Regional banks. In 1996, he was in charge of the set-up of the EMTN Programme and he arranged the debut of the bank in the Debt Capital Market with the issue of several senior or subordinated bonds.

In 2000, Emilio approached the shuldsheine market and the bank was one of the first Italian banks which closed loans with different German counterparts. Banca Carige made four securitizations; one with non-performing loans and three with performing ones.

In 2008 and 2012 Emilio arranged two Covered Bond Programmes both for Euro 5 billions under the New Obbligazioni Bancarie Garantite framework with residential or commercial cover pools.

Banca CARIGE was one of the first Italian banks issuing Registered Covered Bond with German Investors.
Since the early 90’s he has developed a strong relationship with the European Investment Bank for financing Small and Medium Enterprises.
He joined Banca Carige from Mediocredito Ligure, a Medium and Long Term Financial Institution, where he worked as a Funding Manager. Previously he worked for Credito Emiliano S.p.A as lead analyst.

He was member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Chamber of Commerce for UK in London Emilio graduated from University in Parma.


Maurizio Delfino
Rome, Milan
Studio Legale Delfino E Associati
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Maurizio Delfino founded the law farm Studio Legale Delfino e Associati Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in 2000 and he is a partner of the Corporate and Financial Services Department. He specializes in M&A, Private Equity and Capital Markets.

Extra Professional Activity
Academic Activity and Publications

Author of numerous monographs and articles, published in Italy and abroad, on corporate law, competition law and financial markets. Specific reference is made to: “Regulation of securities markets” (Rome-1996); “Merger Control in Europe” (S. Chromie ed., Londra, 1991); “Structure of joint stock companies and investments protection” (Naples, 1988). University lecturer at La Sapienza University of Rome.


Karyl Nairn
Vice chairman on the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris

Karyl Nairn Q.C. is a partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates and co-head of their international arbitration practice in London.

Ms Nairn currently serves as a vice chairman on the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris, having previously served as Australia’s representative on the Court.

She is regularly appointed as counsel or arbitrator in complex international commercial disputes and investment treaty matters in cases conducted under the auspices of the leading international arbitral institutions.  She acts for governments and corporations across a range of industry sectors including finance and banking, energy, mining, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications.  Ms Nairn is well known for assisting clients with strategies for the avoidance and resolution of cross border M&A and shareholder disputes and she regularly advises on trade and business troubleshooting for Australasian companies in Europe.

Ms Nairn is one of only a handful of practising solicitors who have been appointed as Queen’s Counsel in the UK. She is a member of the editorial board of Arbitration International and is co-editor of the book Arbitration World, Jurisdictional Comparisons, 4th Edition.


James Shugg
Executive Director, Economics
Westpac Banking Corporation

James Shugg was born and educated in Tasmania. In 1986 he joined ANZ, working in their Economics Department for eight years. He spent several years in the London office and also completed a secondment to the Business Council of Australia during that time.

In 1995 James joined Westpac. He has been working in the London office as the Bank’s economist for the past eighteen years. His responsibilities include advising Westpac’s European and US clients on economic and political developments in Australia and New Zealand, and monitoring and forecasting developments in the major northern hemisphere economies. Although based in London, James spends several months of the year working in Westpac’s head office in Sydney, and he has nurtured a wide range of contacts in the local banking, business and government sectors.

James was a Board member of the Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce UK and its subsequent merged entity Australian Business from 2002 to 2005. He is also a London-based financial markets reporter for the ABC – Australia’s national radio and television broadcaster – a role he has held since 2000. In 2012 he was invited by the BBC to be a regular markets commentator on both Radio 4’s Today program, and the BBC News 24 Channel.


Daslav Brkic
Senior Vice President 

Business Development
Saipem S.p.A.

Dr. Daslav Brkic heads Saipem’s world-wide business development, with particular emphasis on strategic issues.

Dr. Brkic’s career includes many assignments in R&D, sales, marketing and licensing, business and strategy development, general management, with UOP, ABB and Sirti, in the U.S.A., U.K., Italy and in The Netherlands. He joined Snamprogetti, later incorporated  into Saipem, in 2002.

He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Technical Universities of Milan, Italy, and Erlangen – Nuremberg, Germany, and has attended the M.B.A. program at the University of Chicago. He is the author of more than 100 publications on energy, business and technology issues. He is a member of management committees of several industry associations and the Executive Editor of the magazine “Industrial Plants”.
Arent van Wassenaer
Partner Allen & Overy

Arent specialises in PPP, construction projects, and real estate and public procurement, both contentious and non-contentious. He focuses on DB, DBM, EPC, DBFM, Concession and Alliancing contracts. Arent primarily works for clients in the projects and utilities sector: investors, contractors, owners, lenders and consultants. He frequently lectures on innovative aspects of construction projects. Arent is the Netherlands chair of the IPFA Council. He was Chair of the Section on Energy, Environmental, Natural resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association from 2010-2012.

Andrea Montanari
Head of Italy FIC Dept Capital Markets at UBS

In his current role Andrea has originated a broad number of transactions in the Italian FIG space, comprising Covered Bonds, Senior Unsecured, Subordinated issuances as well as Liability Management exercises across all debt asset classes.

He was previously Head of Covered Structuring at UBS where he originated and structured debut Covered Bond Programmes in several jurisdictions, including Italy (notably the first-ever Italian OBG in 2008), Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. He was also responsible for the set-up of UBS’ own Covered Bond Programme which was launched in 2011.

Prior to joining UBS Andrea contributed to the establishment of the Covered Bond practice at Fitch Ratings.
Dr Stefano Carboni
Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia

In October 2008, Stefano Carboni was appointed the 11th Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Since beginning his directorship, he has been instrumental in the implementation and delivery of several major projects including the successful completion of the $25m Tomorrowfund which is used for acquisitions of contemporary art, the rehang of the State Art Collection permanent displays, the introduction of the Great Collections of the World Series and the Gallery façade recladding project. Most recently, Stefano has evolved the Great
Collections of the World Series 
into an Australian-exclusive six exhibition, three-year partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Prior to coming to Western Australia, Stefano was Curator and Administrator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Visiting Professor at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. He joined the curatorial staff at the Metropolitan Museum in 1992 after completing graduate studies in Arabic and in Islamic Art at the University of Venice and his Ph.D. in Islamic Art at the University of London. At the Metropolitan Museum he was responsible for a large number of exhibitions, including the Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 (2006-2007).

His publications include authoring and editing several exhibition catalogues, among which are Sultans; the prestigious Barr Award winner The Legacy of Genghis Khan; Courtly Arts and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 (2002); and Venice and the Islamic World. Another major publication is the catalogue of the Islamic glass collection in the National Museum of Kuwait (Glass from Islamic Lands. The Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait National Museum, 2001).

He is currently also Adjunct Professor of Islamic Art at the University of Western Australia and continues to lecture widely in Islamic art and curatorial studies.
Massimo Messeri
President, Nuovo Pignone
GE Oil & Gas
Florence, Italy

Born in Florence on February 22, 1949, Massimo graduated in Engineering in 1975, at the University of Florence.
Prior to obtaining his degree,he had a number of teaching jobs and also worked for the Italian TV network RAI.

Massimo joined Nuovo Pignone in 1975, where he was involved in the machinery design process. He had various roles in the Quality function before moving to the commercial function, based in Milan.

When the company became part of GE in 1994, Massimo came back to Florence and took care of the organization and structuring of the newborn Services division. He remained in the division until 2011, strongly contributing to its growth (from € 100 M to € 2.7 B) and always being in the front line of the leadership team.
Since March 2011, he has been President of Nuovo Pignone Holding, Nuovo Pignone SpA/Srl and of Fondazione Nuovo Pignone.