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Danny Topperberg

Managing Director - Australia

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Danny Topperberg

Danny was born and raised in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Australia. Danny specialises in Property, Resources, and International Finance. 

At the peak of Australia’s mining boom, Danny pursued interests in the resource sector, taking advantage of the growing demand for Australian Minerals to China and negotiated the sale of off-takes to Chinese state-owned interests, then diversifying his interests into, Property. Danny developed relationships with various members of the Governmental elite throughout Asia, Israel, and the Arabian Gulf, maintinaing strong ties with influential businessmen in the Resources, Finance, and the Banking sphere.

Danny currently sits on the board of Cepta Holdings, Utama Private Equity Corporation, and other such prominent companies. Danny consults to numerous Government (State Owned) and International Companies of which he uses his vast experience and Global network to build and restructure businesses.

John Ballantyne

Chief Operations Officer

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John Ballantyne

John holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Urban and Regional Development degrees from the University of Queensland. His early experience includes working for the Federal Government (National Capital Development Commission), and State (West Australian, News South Wales and Queensland governments) and local authorities across Australia. He engaged in property planning and development as an employee of various government agencies from 1979 to 1986 and provided consultancy services after 1986.

In 1986, John joined a respected Australian architectural and planning practice. Promoted to Director and shareholder, he worked on residential (e.g. - Monterey Keys – 243 ha waterfront development for Westpac, Flagstone New Town(680ha) for MTAA Superannuation fund), commercial (Tobishima, Suncorp, AP Group), industrial (Port of Brisbane Authority, Queensland Rail, Wyllie’s (galvanizing plants), TNT/Toll (logistics and warehousing) and resort (Hope Island Resort, Gold Coast) properties in Australia.

After 1991, as the company director responsible for overseas growth into the Southeast Asian market, John established architectural and planning offices in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. The role included growing the business and expanding into project development co-ordination. The company enjoyed good success in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. The focus of the firm included residential, commercial and resort based developments. Clients included:

  • Indonesia – Panin ANZ Bank, PT Jakarta International Hotel Development) JIHD – hotels and commercial,
  • Singapore – Sentosa Development Corporation – Master planning and development for Sentosa Island including Sentosa Cove and selection panel for Sentosa Casino and Resort
  • Malaysia – Selangor Dredging, Peremba Development, Kazanah, Putrajaya Corporation, Landmarks Bhd.

From 2001, John has provided property planning and development consultancy services to a range of Australian (Multiplex) and Southeast Asian companies, as well as 10 years as the Director of Development and then CEO of a Malaysian development company (Peremba Development) and as Assistant CEO and Special Adviser to the Chairman of a major Chinese theme park and property development (Chimelong Group) company based in Guangzhou, China.

His project experience has focused on residential, commercial, including hotel and branded residences, resorts, including golf courses and related commercial and residential and theme parks (China) product. John has in depth experience with projects from inception to handover and operation, providing CEPTA with a valuable basis its property Fund initiatives.

David A

International Relations Director

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David A

David is a 30 year veteran within the Israel’s globally renowned Intelligence Service, under The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. David has recently retired from the service moving into the private sector, whilst taking 30 (plus) years of leadership, field experience, and life lessons with him. David, has a B.A Degree Middle Eastern Studies, M.A Degree Law Studies.

During David’s career he was engaged as the ‘Special Director in Charge’ of the ‘Secret Connections Program’ For the State Of Israel, in the Arabian Gulf. David was the ‘Senior Managing Director’ in the Israeli Special Operations Directorate’. David served as an Operational Officer in the Israeli Defence Force’s most elite unit the ‘Navy Seal Commando Unit’.

AMIN LAHOUD

Strategy and Commercial Director

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AMIN LAHOUD

Amin has a Bachelor of Property Economics (Honours) and Masters of Property Development from The University of Technology Sydney, Australia. Amin has more than 10 years of experience in the property industry, including several senior roles across investment and development in multiple sectors within Australia. His incredible career has enabled him to have access to premarket opportunities from the largest property agencies in Australia. Amin has played a lead role in securing and delivering a diverse set of development projects in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, which is some of the most sort after and expensive real-estate in the world.