Mr Frank Aneke, Principal of OctoberFirst Consulting Sydney
Frank is known for his experience, credibility and passion for identifying, building and facilitating business and investment relationships between Australia and markets in Africa. Frank’s business development career spans over 25 years in two continents (Africa and Australia) with experience in marketing communications, advertising, public relations, broadcasting and business development.
Frank recorded accomplishments as an entrepreneur having successfully started a number of firms including independent broadcast content development firm, Anekx Productions in Lagos, Nigeria.
Frank started executive transport services, Fieldwork Limousines and OctoberFirst Consulting Sydney both in Australia. OctoberFirst Consulting is a leading firm that offers Africa market entry strategies and consulting services to Australian firms seeking business opportunities in markets in Africa.
In 2012, Frank launched Africa Australia Infrastructure Conference series which attracted leading Australia firms such as Macquarie Bank, SMEC, Worley Parsons, Regen Power, UON among many others. The conference series has since grown over the years and has featured decision makers from several African countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Mauritius to mention a few.
It can be seen from the above that Frank has specialist knowledge and practical experience of building connections and doing business between Australia and the rest of the Africa. Frank is actively involved in business matching, capacity-building trainings and creating awareness for investment opportunities in Africa.
Nakul Syal, Head of Market Research & Feasibility Studies
With more than 8 years of experience in market research, feasibility studies, land economics and due diligence studies across Africa and other emerging markets, Nakul has been involved with a wide array of industrial and manufacturing mandates across the globe including Nigeria, Congo, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Mexico, Oman, Myanmar and Vietnam among others.
During his previous experience with a Global Fortune 200 firm across the Industrial Services (Emerging Markets) vertical, Nakul has been instrumental in handling a wide variety of industrial mandates of international significance including Business Plan Formulation Studies, Financial Feasibility Studies, Optimal Development Strategies, Location Decision Studies, etc. for large scale Industry Specific Clusters including Port Clusters / Integrated Industrial Townships / Industrial Parks and Free Zones.
Some of the key clients he has worked with include government and prominent global private sector players such as the Govt. of Nigeria, Government of Congo, Government of Russia, Government of Kazakhstan, JICA / JETRO, Surbana Jurong, Dalian Wanda Group, Sembcorp, Sumitomo, Tata Steel, Jindal Stainless, Warburg Pincus, Apple India, etc. Nakul joined the OctoberFirst Consulting team in 2019.
Sabrina Ferguson, General Manager
Sabrina has been working with OctoberFirst Consulting since 2011. With more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications, as well as web and graphic design, Sabrina has assisted OctoberFirst Consulting across a range of activities: setting up and maintaining the corporate and conference websites, maintaining the marketing email database, organising conference and event registration and ticketing, photography and management of events on the day.