The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2014-10-29T12:08:30Z First Guardian Agriculture (FG Agri) announces the appointment of Country President, China 2014-10-29T12:08:30Z first-guardian-agriculture-fg-agri-announces-the-appointment-of-country-president-china MELBOURNE, 29 October 2014 - FG Agri, an Australian diversified agricultural investment management, trading and export facilitation firm,announced today the appointment of Ms. Fu Ning as its China President. First Guardian Group Chairman, David Twine said, “This appointment builds upon First Guardian’s recent opening of a new Beijing office (*) designed to deepen the firm’s engagement and service to clients and customers across China.” “One of the central pillars of our group’s China business is the agriculture and food sector.  The appointment of Ms Fu is a crucial step in consolidating our growth footing and operational delivery of integrated end-to-end solutions for investors that cover production, processing, export facilitation, trade, market-entry and distribution”, said Mr. Twine.    FG Agri China President reports directly to FG Agri CEO, Mr David Anderson.   David Anderson said “We are impressed with Ms. Fu’s leadership abilities and confident she will help facilitate the delivery of premium value to our clients and customers as well as strong growth across all elements of our food and agri interests.”   “With educational qualifications and professional experience in China and the United States, Ms. Fu brings substantial business experience from highly commercial environments in the private sector and professional membership organisations. Throughout her career Ms. Fu has honed her skills in external affairs, government relations, stakeholder management and project management principally in trade and investment in the real estate, property development and agriculture sectors”, said Mr Anderson.     Ms. Fu joins FG Agri from the Beijing head-quartered conglomerate Yi Cheng International Investment Group where she held the portfolio of President International Investment for Overseas Operations, and the Overseas Investments Properties Association where she held the office of Executive Member of Council.    Ms. Fu assumes this position with immediate effect. About the First Guardian Group The First Guardian Group is a diversified investment management, trading and export facilitation firm, managing assets, funds and a network of agricultural and food trading linkages between Australia, New Zealand and the  markets of Asia and the Middle East.  Divisions of the First Guardian Group operate across agriculture and food assets, property and tourism developments, life sciences and research, minerals and energy, managing assets in ethical investments, superannuation, and private equity.  Our core investment team has over 130 years’ investment management experience investing in Asian, American and Australian markets.    About FG Agri First Guardian Agriculture (FG Agri) is a specialist manager of agricultural assets, with expertise in advising and assisting investors unlock the resources and value of Australia’s agricultural sector. FG Agri is responsible for selecting, purchasing and operating agricultural assets on behalf of investors, extending to export facilitation, market entry and international trade. Commercial transactions our team members have participated in, including acquisitions and exports, exceed $70 billion in value. Drawing on the combined resources of our specialist agricultural advisory team, our experience spans the full breadth of the Australia and New Zealand agricultural industry.    (*) First Guardian Group Media Release, 15 October 2014, Beijing. First Guardian continues to grow and announces the opening of a new office in Beijing 2014-10-16T06:24:12Z first-guardian-continues-to-grow-and-announces-the-opening-of-a-new-office-in-beijing BEIJING, 15 October 2014 - The First Guardian Group (FGG), an Australian  diversified investment management, trading and export facilitation firm,announced today that it recently opened a new office in Beijing, to deepen the firm’s engagement and service to clients and customers in northern China. “FGG’s strong, steady growth and our expanding global footprint are a tribute to the talent and hard work of our people, especially in these uncertain times,” says Mr David Twine, Chairman of the First Guardian Group.  “Our investment and trading teams have an exceptional ability to work with clients to identify, unlock and generate great value.” Mr Twine said, “Our Beijing office offers a strong platform for developing deeper relationships with current and prospective private and SOE clients throughout north-east China. We see very strong growth across all elements of our business flowing from the Beijing area. The outlook across our investment and trade transactions, the interest in our managed funds, boutique ‘white label’ products, and related business migration offerings are positioned to continue their robust growth.” First Guardian Group CEO, Mr David Anderson said, “A key priority of our new Beijing presence will be the agriculture and food sector.  By combining specialist knowledge at an agricultural asset level with established capabilities in export facilitation and trade, our FG Agri division is in the unique position of providing end–to-end solutions for investors that cover production, processing, market-entry and distribution.  An ability to commercialise quality Australian and New Zealand agricultural product opens broad possibilities for fully leveraging investment opportunities across the China market.” “We are looking to recruit more people with industry and functional expertise as well as entrepreneurial nous at various levels.  The Beijing office complements our other global points of presence, and will bring fresh opportunities. We're excited to have a more permanent presence in this large and growing market” said Mr Anderson. About the First Guardian Group The First Guardian Group is a diversified investment management, trading and export facilitation firm, managing assets, funds and a network of agricultural and food trading linkages between Australia, New Zealand and the  markets of Asia and the Middle East.  Divisions of the First Guardian Group operate across agriculture and food assets, property and tourism developments, life sciences and research, minerals and energy, managing assets in ethical investments, superannuation, and private equity.  Our core investment team has over 130 years’ investment management experience investing in Asian, American and Australian markets.    About FG Agri First Guardian Agriculture (FG Agri) is a specialist manager of agricultural assets, with expertise in advising and assisting investors unlock the resources and value of Australia’s agricultural sector. FG Agri is responsible for selecting, purchasing and operating agricultural assets on behalf of investors, extending to export facilitation, market entry and international trade. Commercial transactions our team members have participated in, including acquisitions and exports, exceed $70 billion in value. Drawing on the combined resources of our specialist agricultural advisory team, our experience spans the full breadth of the Australia and New Zealand agricultural industry. Born globals set for Asian century: TradeWorthy and David Twine FAICD join forces to meet strong demand 2013-08-15T03:52:04Z born-globals-set-for-asian-century-tradeworthy-and-david-twine-faicd-join-forces-to-meet-strong-demand With strong demand in growth from their respective clients in Australia and globally, TradeWorthy and David Twine and associates have announced their merger under the TradeWorthy banner. Announcing the merger, Danny Burrows said: "The timing is perfect. TradeWorthy's organic growth has reached the point where we  needed to build on our momentum and widen and deepen our capacity to take the business to the next tier of value and reach for our clients.  For us, Australia in the Asian century started years ago and this merger equips us to serve our clients and provide new opportunities for our people." David Twine said: “The natural synergies of value to clients, business objectives and people were very clear.  This merger brings together a formidable network of country and sector experts across Asia, Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, providing high calibre global tradecraft and investment facilitation capability." TradeWorthy and David Twine FAICD are boutique advisory firms, working with small to multi-national corporates and governments globally, to provide strategic advice and support on trade, investment, supply-chains and economic development in Australia and across Asia.  They also bring together investors with potential foreign direct investment opportunities. TradeWorthy’s network of country and sector experts extends across Asia, Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Their advice is underpinned by the highest standards of integrity and ethics and a strong commitment to principles of economic, environmental and social sustainability.   TradeWorthy Website:  http://trade-worthy.com   Kirsten Sayers appointed as new Chief Executive for International Aid and Humanitarian Organisation 2013-07-23T02:16:05Z kirsten-sayers-appointed-as-new-chief-executive-for-international-aid-and-humanitarian-organisation Humanitarian relief agency RedR Australia has appointed Kirsten Sayers as their new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). David Twine and associates congratulate Kirsten on this eminent appointment. Originally a private sector lawyer, then a senior diplomat with Austrade (most recently Australia's Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner to Singapore, and concurrently Australia's Investment Commissioner to ASEAN), Kirsten has extensive experience in a range of international commercially-oriented government, corporate and advisory roles. Kirsten also held senior diplomatic and commercial appointments in Paris, Bangkok and Taipei, as well as senior public and private sector roles in Australia. She has served as Australia’s Chief Negotiator and Delegation Leader to APEC Women Leaders’ Network meetings and APEC Gender Focal Point Network and has participated in Australia’s delegation to an APEC CEO Summit. From Sydney, David Twine said: “RedR is UNICEF’s number 1 standby partner and an important player in the international humanitarian response community. RedR’s selection of Kirsten as CEO is an astute choice given her background and the fact that RedR is the only United Nations standby partner in the southern hemisphere and Asia Pacific. I'm certain that her deep experience will be a valuable asset to RedR and the wider RedR community. We look forward to maintaining a close working association in the future and wherever possible supporting RedR’s objectives. Apart from her expertise in business and government, Kirsten’s proficiency with multiple Asian and European languages and cross-cultural experiences will be a differentiating asset to RedR’s cross-cultural effectiveness and engagement.” RedR Australia is a member of RedR International, a federation of RedR organisations around the world with a shared vision and mission. RedR Australia is an international humanitarian organisation, providing skilled professionals to United Nations agencies in times of crisis and working to build resilience in disaster-affected communities.  The only Standby Partner to the United Nations in the Southern Hemisphere, RedR Australia is also a leading provider of humanitarian preparedness training and part of a global network of accredited RedR organisations. The Best of Associations - CBA Transformation adds David Twine as Associate 2013-07-21T06:29:24Z the-best-of-associations-cba-transformation-adds-david-twine-as-associate David Twine FAICD is pleased to announce formal association with CBA Transformation.   CBA Transformation is focused on advising and assisting clients in the development and execution of transformational international business strategies and in building organizational capability and capacity to deliver superior and sustainable results.  Announcing the tie-up, David Twine said: “CBA Transformation has been a valuable business partner to me and my executive leadership teams over many years in both the private sector and diplomatic service (Austrade). We share a similar culture and business philosophies. For many years I have been impressed by CBA’s contribution to international trade and investment, their depth of business acumen and ability to rationally and clearly explore comparative merits of traditional as well as more innovative concepts, strategies, business models and deal structuring.  Their methodologies are grounded in ensuring risks are understood and managed with vigilance in terms of potential unintentional consequence as well as governance.”  “CBA Transformation is synonymous with integrity, insight and performance. While we have had an informal association for some time, I am delighted to formalise this association which will enhance our service proposition and our ability to deliver superior value to our clients globally.”Sydney, July 2013. Tv2Go Board clinches David Twine 2013-07-20T00:59:11Z tv2go-board-clinches-david-twine-1 Media tech start-up Tv2Go announced that David Twine (FAICD*) has joined the Board of Directors.  After a wide footprint of international leadership positions, formerly with BHP Billiton and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), this is a fitting and exciting complement to both Tv2Go and Mr Twine’s portfolio.   Mr Twine’s extensive international business background with executive and board positions in the private sector, government and diplomatic service will add further depth and strength to Tv2Go’s already solid International Board.  In particular David’s deep experience in governance, international business growth, trade and investment, private equity and investment management will be a distinct asset to Tv2Go. In Sydney, David Twine said: “the companies with which I have worked in international business reflect the full spectrum of industry, from big end of town blue-chips right through to ‘mom ‘n pop’ companies and tech savvy start-ups.  The challenges and opportunities in building and operating globally differ markedly but one thing they all share is the need to diligently do the hard yards of homework in strategy, planning, implementation and good governance. The drive and excitement of building real value from nothing is deeply motivating. After all, I was an engineer once – engineers like to make things … then we like to reinvent them and make them even better!  As for Tv2Go, I think it stirred my entrepreneurial genes – that was the missing link in my portfolio and which has attracted me the most. Tv2Go’s Board and Executive are a highly talented international group and it will be an honour to work with them.” Mr Christopher Ross, Founder and Chairman of Tv2Go, said: “I'm delighted to welcome David to the Board. He brings a wealth of international business and governance experience from the private and public sectors as well as a formidable business network globally which will be hugely valuable in contributing insights and perspectives that go to the heart of informing good governance, strategy and risk management. His open style and reputation for getting things done with integrity will be a great asset to the team.  I look forward to working closely with David and welcome him on board.”   While Mr Twine has been advising Tv2Go on strategy and governance for some time, he now takes up the Board position with immediate effect. (*) Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors