Bardia Khalilifar

Growth Advisor

Bardia is an experienced market growth advisor and holds a TAFE diploma in network engineering, enhanced by leadership training from Harvard ManageMentor, equipping him with essential growth strategies.

Bardia’s journey is marked by impactful roles. He led Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s Hybrid Cloud in APAC for over three years, established the A/NZ and EMEA sectors for Firstwave Cloud Technology, and led Cisco and Meraki operations at Dicker Data, Australia’s premier IT distributor.

Outside the boardroom, Bardia is a connoisseur of life’s pleasures. Whether it’s exploring culinary gems, embracing the great outdoors, or donning the perfect outfit for every occasion, he’s your guy.

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Tu Tran

Finance Analyst

Tu holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance Major) from SP Jain School of Global Management (Australia). He is currently pursuing Master of Financial Engineering from WorldQuant University.

His experiences in financial services span across Asia Pacific, including investment banking, private equity and structured products. Prior to joining Forecast, Tu worked as an investment banking analyst at Newport Capital - a boutique TMT (Tech, Media, Telecoms) advisory firm. Subsequently, he moved to Magnolia Capital to work as a Principal with prime focus on investment analysis, portfolio management and tail risk hedging.

In his free time, Tu (tries to) fly a plane and visits historical sites.

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Akbar Saleem, CFA

Finance Analyst

Akbar has a M. Commerce from University of Sydney (Business Analytics), and B. Business Administration from Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan.

Before joining Forecast, he had almost 8 years of experience in data and financial risk analysis, including development and testing of banking Market/Credit risk models and carrying out sensitivity analysis. Akbar also worked for PRGx Australia in the recovery audit team responsible for providing data driven insights to big retail clients.

Outside of work, Akbar and his two tabby cats love watching their favourite team Arsenal Football club play and preferably win as their loss makes them a bit sad.

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Jan Siroky

Project Manager

Jan has studied management and business in Brazil, England, Latvia, Russia and Slovakia and holds a Master of International Business degree. He is currently studying a Master of Property Development at UNSW.

Jan is an experienced project manager and has managed IT and analyst teams for over 7 years, delivering projects for clients from various countries and industries. Jan's most notable clients are Decathlon, Desigual, DFS / Sofology, O2, River Island and Victoria Beckham.

Outside working hours you can find Jan surfing in Maroubra, enjoying grappling sessions in Bondi or doing property development as a hobby.

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Lisa Poggiali

Senior Finance Analyst

Lisa holds a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Alma Mater Studiorum, the University of Bologna.

Prior to joining Forecast, Lisa was a Research Performance Analyst at Charles Darwin University. Lisa has over ten years’ experience working in financial and risk analyst roles within the banking and telecommunications industry in Europe, where she developed financial models and provided periodic management and board reporting.

Outside of work Lisa enjoys swimming and running. Her other interests include cooking and travel.

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Tyler Frost

Senior Data Scientist

Tyler holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Electrical Engineering from the University of Melbourne.

Prior to joining Forecast, Tyler worked as a data scientist in market research, most recently at Roy Morgan. He has worked on projects in statistical modelling, machine learning, natural language processing, and process automation, providing insights to clients in media, retail, insurance, and telecommunications sectors.

Outside of work, Tyler enjoys travel, podcasts, and exploring Melbourne’s cafes and bars.

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Sebastian Celis

Senior Finance Analyst

Sebastian holds Bachelor of Arts (Finance) from AIEP (Chile), an Associate of Science (Business) from Ensign College (USA) and is currently studying an MBA with Torrens University.

Sebastian has strong modelling and financial analytics experience within the financial industry. Prior to joining Forecast Sebastian worked with Credit Suisse as an investment banking analyst for the Latin America region, then moving to work with Wells Fargo as an equity analyst covering the US industrial transportation sector.

When Sebastian isn’t working on financial models, he is playing soccer or touring around the city with his family.

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John Ward

Head of Analytics

John is the Head of Analytics for Forecast Australia and has a Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University, Master of Applied Science from RMIT and Master of Assessment and Evaluation from University of Melbourne.

For over 20 years, John provided mathematics, statistics, and machine learning expertise to a broad range of industry sectors including property, telecommunications, transport, retail, and education. John has worked in senior management and director positions, and he is the co-founder and board director of a successful geo-spatial analytics company.

John enjoys working with and mentoring data scientists and is truly excited to be growing a world-class data science consulting team.

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Cincy Liu, CFA

Finance Analyst

Cincy is a CFA® charter holder and joined Forecast after completing her Master of Actuarial Studies at the University of New South Wales. Her electives included applied mathematics, financial modelling, risk management and data analysis in finance and insurance field. Cincy also holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Statistics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prior to studying at UNSW, Cincy has three years of work experience involving client-facing and analytics work in the finance industry. She has worked as an investment consultant in a financial services company in Hong Kong and has worked as an analyst in a private equity firm.

In her spare time, she likes cooking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

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Shalmalee Kapse

Data Scientist

Shalmalee is a PhD candidate in her final year studying stellar astrophysics at Macquarie University. She investigates star clusters in the neighbouring galaxies and hunts for chemical signatures in these clusters by analysing big data from the Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes.

She has extensive experience in data reduction and analytics and has developed classification techniques and machine learning algorithms for pattern recognition in astrophysical data. Before commencing her PhD, she implemented an evolutionary algorithm using a population-based metaheuristic optimization approach to discover a new form of rock at extreme temperatures and pressures inside Earth’s interior.

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