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Executive Team

Founded in 2013 as a joint venture between the executive team and the Liberman family office, Jagen Pty Ltd, Monark is led by highly experienced, diversely skilled executives, whose every decision is informed by research-driven insight.

Michael Kark

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Michael co-founded Monark in 2013. An articulate, entrepreneurial thinker who sees the big picture and minutiae with equal acuity, his strategic and cultural stewardship continue to drive the firm’s growth and evolution.

Graduating from the University of Cape Town first with a degree in medicine, then an MBA, his career prior to Monark included two years in corporate finance with an international accounting firm, eight within the property division of an international investment bank, and a further three as head of development asset finance for a boutique property financier.

Focused and considered, always calm and forever curious, his passion for creating opportunities that benefit developers and investors alike is the bedrock upon which Monark’s reputation is built.

Adam Slade-Jacobson

Chief Investment Officer and Executive Director

Adam is a co-founder of Monark. An endless source of energy, enthusiasm and humour, his desire to see great developments brought to life is as palpable as his 20+ year track record of delivering finance solutions that drive successful stakeholder outcomes.

Responsible for managing the firm’s key relationships, Adam’s expertise in investment banking and property finance has seen him involved in multiple landmark projects totaling many billions of dollars, and earned Adam several industry awards.

Personable, empathetic and always proactive, he enjoys liaising closely with our  clients throughout, and beyond their projects, and uses his extensive industry contacts to add value wherever possible.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.

Adam Slade-Jacobson is a credit representative 433 826 of BLSSA Pty Ltd A.C.N 117 651 760 ( Australian Credit Licence 391237)

Justin Liberman

Director

Alongside being a Board Director, Justin is Principal and Chief Executive at Jagen, a family office with a long history of investment in property and other major sectors, covering all stages of venture, growth and private equity investing. He also co-founded Square Peg Capital, a venture capital and private equity company that partners with outstanding entrepreneurs to solve big problems in a unique and differentiated way.

Passionate about emerging trends and always open to new ideas, Justin’s depth of experience and expansive thinking make a telling contribution to Monark’s growth and strategy evolution.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.

Barry Brott

Director

As a Board Director and trusted advisor to our executive team, Barry’s wide-ranging investment experience and considered decision-making have long been a key asset for the firm.

In addition to being a co-founding partner of Square Peg Capital—a venture capital and private equity company—Barry is the Investment Manager at Jagen, a Melbourne-based family office he joined in 2006. Barry has also held senior corporate development positions at ASX-listed MYOB Limited and Village Roadshow Limited, and advisory positions at Merrill Lynch and KPMG.

Outside of working hours, Barry’s family and four children are his focus. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.

Tim Muller

Investment Committee Member

Tim brings a breadth of local and international investment management experience across multiple industries to his role as a Monark Investment Committee member.

In a career spanning nearly three decades, he has consulted to private and publicly-listed companies in the areas of financial accounting and information systems, held management roles in the private business and management consulting divisions of KPMG, and since 2006, has been the Chief Financial Officer at Jagen, a Melbourne-based family office.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.

Matthew Chun

Investment Committee Member

As an Investment Committee member, Matthew applies his multi-faceted experience in property ownership, development, finance and funds management to provide deeper, more insightful perspectives that enable smarter decision making and creative funding solutions.

A highly respected industry figure and gifted motivator, Matthew prides himself on making a positive impact. He has formal qualifications in accounting, property and real estate, and a nearly three decade-long resume that includes CEO and senior leadership positions within ASX listed companies, multiple directorships and numerous consultancy and corporate advisory roles.

Committed to balancing work, life and community, he is a devoted father of four and a long-standing volunteer surf lifesaver.

Stella Rosenthal

Chief Operating Officer

A master’s degree in literature may not be the typical launching point for a nearly three decade-long international career in finance, but Stella Rosenthal is not your typical finance professional.

Melbourne born, Oxford educated, her innate business sense, intellect and creative problem solving have guided eastern bloc governments on privatisation, and private entities globally across investment banking and private equity, infrastructure projects, acquisitions and corporate finance.

A property sector specialist, Stella held senior leadership positions with Capital Homes in the USA, Alpha Partners and Stralliance Developments in Melbourne prior to joining Monark. Collaborative by nature, strategically minded, thorough and thoughtful, her passion to help businesses grow inspires clients and colleagues alike.

Sam Mitchell

Chief Financial Officer

A former Pitcher Partners director with an auditor’s eye for detail, procedure and control, Sam’s professional focus for more than a decade has centred on asset and funds management accounting, with key roles in both Melbourne and the USA.

Expert in the full gamut of traditional proficiencies, including taxation, treasury management and compliance, he is also a highly skilled communicator, and his ability to articulate complex financial information clearly and succinctly is immediately evident in the firm’s management, board and investor reports.

A diligent colleague and affable family man, Sam is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

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