About Private Wealth Network

About PWN

PWN is an international, independent membership organisation for individuals and families of significant wealth.

We offer a safe and confidential environment for members to share knowledge, experience and make connections.

Making Wealth Meaningful

Through significant conversations, we strive to make wealth meaningful for our members, their families and the wider community, including:

  • Meaningful investments
  • Meaningful philanthropy
  • Meaningful family relationships

OUR TEAM

Alan Duncan Founder & Executive Director

Alan is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Private Wealth Network, having previously founded and run an events and media business catering to high-end corporate and private clients. He spent some years working for The Economist Group in Japan, Europe, the Middle East and Africafacilitating government and industry dialogues. Alan provided commentary on economic and business matters as well as running conference, research and corporate membership businesses.

He holds an Executive MBA from the Philadelphia based Temple University (Tokyo Campus) and a Bachelor of Arts from Newcastle University, Australia. Alan is Chair of Impact100 Sydney, a community-based collective giving program.

Richard Milroy Founder & Executive Director

Richard is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Private Wealth Network, and also founded several other specialist events and publishing companies in the areas of wealth management and sustainability. Starting his career at the International Herald Tribune in Paris, he then moved into specialist trade publishing and investment conferences based in London and now Sydney.

Richard’s vision is to form knowledge networks where people connect face-to-face at events, then continue their relationships through online platforms. His focus is to assist members to share and gain new knowledge and understanding, and hopefully to inspire them too.

Richard holds a BA (Hons) in European Political Science with Modern Languages, from Newcastle upon Tyne University, UK.

Sandra Duncan Finance and International Insight Tour Event Manager

Sandra has worked in the telecommunications, education, an International UN-related agency and luxury brand industries in marketing communications, accounting, events and conferences. Sandra is Japanese-Brazilian, born and raised in the Amazon region in Brazil.

Sandra has a love of languages and multiculturalism, which developed over the years from her experiences growing up in Brazil, to going to university in California and Tokyo, living in Japan, Vienna-Austria and now Australia. She is also interested in globalisation vs tribalism, sustainability, human behaviour, travel and global rhythms.

Sandra holds a degree in Economics from Temple University, Japan.

Sita Bala Head of Communications

Sita has held a number of senior communications positions, including many years as Press Officer at Chatham House in London working on events, conferences and media conferences with visiting Prime Ministers, Presidents and international dignitaries. Sita was also Head of Corporate Communications & Media Relations at the Sydney Opera House for five years. She delivered communications campaigns for major events including, Millennium New Year and Sydney 2000 Olympics, opening of The Studio venue and re-engagement of architect Jorn Utzon to work on design principles for the building.

Sita has worked as a Publishing Editor for the Commonwealth Secretariat. Also, on communications campaigns for conferences and events for her own clients through Sita Bala Communications.

She holds a BA Hons. in Political Science & Film Studies from Newcastle upon Tyne University, UK and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from City, London University.

Demi Markogiannaki Membership Director, Victoria

Dimitra “Demi” Markogiannaki was born and raised in Athens. Eleven years ago, she arrived in Australia for her postgraduate studies. While studying and with the motivation of those closest to her, Demi developed the website WeTeachMe – an online marketplace to list, discover and book in-person courses. The site lists courses covering a wide range of subjects – from creative writing, photography, and baking to software development, sustainable gardening, and music. WeTeachMe has completely automated the entire process of managing course bookings.

Demi has been included twice on the list of the most successful businessmen under 40 in Australia. In 2018 her name was among the 100 women who according to the Financial Review have the greatest influence in the country.

Elizabeth Court Membership Director - Western Australia

Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience within the finance and banking sectors, starting her career with the ANZ Bank in its Perth Treasury in 1991. In 1993 she moved to Sydney with ANZ as a Treasury Consultant and has since held senior positions within bank and corporate treasuries.

Over recent times Elizabeth has been a business consultant and has facilitated and implemented strategic plans for a number of Perth based SMEs. Libby is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on the board of a number of not-for-profits.

Elizabeth has a keen interest in demographic studies and Futurism. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from Murdoch University, Australia.

Louisa Scott Membership Director - South Australia

Louisa holds more than 10 years in management, research, marketing, corporate relations and investor education with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and a major South Australian stockbroking firm.

Since then her work has been primarily as a board member in the health space, most recently serving on the national Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, as well as chairing their Finance and Governance Committee.

A graduate of the AICD’s Company Directors Course, Louisa has also been involved in promoting South Australia’s tourism regions, supports a number of philanthropic endeavours such as Impact100 and the Art Gallery of South Australia. Louisa holds an Arts degree in Psychology and English from University of Adelaide, Australia and post-graduate qualifications in Applied Finance and Investment from Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Andrea McKenzie PWN Member; Membership Director, New Zealand

Prior to joining PWN, Andrea held a number of positions in blue-chip organisations including; Auckland Transport as GM, Customer Contact; BNZ, as Manager - Acquisition & Retention and Manager Retail Strategy; Woolworths (NZ) Ltd, as National Retail Produce Operations Manager. She is also a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors and Investor Director for the start-up, Diasense.

Monique Meinrath Operations Director

Monique is Operations Director, Private Wealth Network with niche expertise in building and nurturing high-value membership organisations. She has a strong background engaging influential leaders including CEOs of globally listed businesses, local and overseas government ministers and HNW individuals. Monique understands the complexities associated with competing stakeholder interests whilst remaining outcome focussed and results-driven.

With a degree in Management majoring in Marketing from Bond University Australia, she brings business acumen as well as a natural ability to develop meaningful relationships with members to facilitate their business and personal objectives.

Clair Perry Operations and Communications Specialist

Clair is Member Services and Communications Coordinator at the Private Wealth Network, working in membership, event preparation and communications.
Clair aims to provide PWN Members with a seamless registration system and flow of communication.

Clair loves to travel and experiencing new cultures which is reflected in her past experience as a Travel Agent. Clair’s past experience along with PWN’s events has focused Clair’s interests on health and wellbeing, the environment, philanthropy and dance.

Clair holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce Marketing, with a major in Management, University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Lanta Woodward Membership Manager, Victoria

Lanta has spent most of her professional career with the luxury tour operator, Abercrombie & Kent. She tailor-made exceptional itineraries to all reaches of the globe, with her travel highlights including swimming in the freezing polar waters of Antarctica, hiking the Inca Trail in Peru, and reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

Lanta has an avid interest in human rights and social justice, and was on the fundraising committee for HRAFF (Human Rights Arts & Film Festival), a not-for-profit organisation which explores diverse and inspiring human stories through the mediums of film, art and music forums.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.

Amanda Osborne Membership Manager - Western Australia

Amanda started her career as a CPA working in the area of taxation and then moved to working as a management accountant in the area of financial services.She then transferred over to the UK to work for Shell International in the field of business intelligence and implemented a management information system across the UK and European businesses.Since returning to Australia, Amanda has worked in the area of corporate compliance and has also been involved in her family business which provides accounting practice management software to both Australia and the UK.Amanda has a keen interest in Autism, mental health and inclusion and has managed a multidisciplinary team in the disability sector.She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Murdoch University, Western Australia.

Cheryl Samarasinghe Programming Manager

Cheryl is an experienced Event and Content Producer and has worked across a number of industries including financial services, insurance, real estate, ecommerce, professional services and broader corporate sustainability. She also brings a diverse skill set having worked in roles from Production, Event Management to Sponsorship Sales and Marketing Strategy. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with Hons focused in American/United States Studies/Civilization from King’s College London.

Najat Ibrahim Membership and Events Administrator

Najat plays a key support role helping to deliver members with a seamless PWN experience.Najat appreciates meeting new people and experiencing new cultures through her work and travel. Her interests include philanthropy, emotional wellbeing and social justice.

She is currently undertaking a double major in Event Management and Creative Intelligence and Innovation at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.