Daniel founded BESEN in 2000 to support creative entrepreneurs in business and manage a property development portfolio with projects in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and New York City. Daniel is directly involved in every BESEN project – bringing strategic skills, commercial nous and consumer savvy. Brands he has helped steer to success include Sass & Bide, Seek, MIMCO, Boost Juice and Strike Entertainment.
Daniel’s 30+ year career spans law, retail property development, the performing and visual arts, architecture, fashion and design.
Daniel has a lifelong passion for the arts. He is currently Chair of Collingwood Arts Precinct (CAP) – a major public contemporary arts incubator and adaptive reuse project in inner-city Melbourne and is a Director of the Tarrawarra Museum of Art.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Duncan, together with the senior team and Investment Committee, is a driving force behind BESEN’s investment approach. With a history as a hands-on operator, he combines practical experience and analysis with BESEN’s intuitive investment approach.
Duncan commenced his professional life as a lawyer and investment banker, although the majority of his 20+ year career has been spent as CEO and COO of public and private sector companies across logistics, construction, technology, media and private equity. He has also worked in the not-for-profit sector – as the inaugural Chairman of the Amy Gillett Foundation and Group CEO of the Noel Pearson founded Cape York Partnership.
A passionate cyclist who has raced bikes all his life, Duncan is also Chairman of Cycling Australia.
Joe is responsible for the sourcing and management of BESEN’s property investments, including oversight of property developments, relationships with joint venture partners and directly held investment property assets.
Joe’s professional skill set covers all aspects of the development process including financial analysis, town planning, joint venture structures, capital raising and sales and marketing. He has 20+ years’ experience in property development, asset management and property investment in residential, commercial and hotel projects across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Joe is a graduate of the Advanced Management Development Program (Real Estate) at Harvard University.
Joe enjoys road cycling and is a long-term supporter of the Chain Reaction Foundation, which has now raised over $25M for children’s charities.
Timothy assists BESEN’s business investment team across every aspect of the investment process – from origination and due-diligence through to deal structuring and post-investment portfolio management.
Prior to joining BESEN, Timothy worked in advisory and corporate development focusing on M&A transactions and strategic projects for hospitality, retail, food and consumer brands, telecommunications and financial services.
Timothy enjoys seeing live music and is studying a Master of Applied Finance.
Advisor – US Real Estate
Advisor – US Real Estate
Based in New York City, Neil advises BESEN on US-based property investments and strategies.
Neil has three decades of property experience gained across five continents, in roles ranging from valuation, consulting and advisory work to institutional investment, asset management, fund management and board directorships. Neil is a non-executive director at Fife Capital and also serves on the Executive Advisory Council at Fordham University’s Real Estate Institute, where he teaches.
Neil is an active musician, playing trombone regularly with several groups. At home in NYC and wherever he roams, Neil enjoys attending live jazz and classical music performances.
Paula is the focal point for matters relating to logistics at BESEN, ensuring the efficient running of the office and assisting Daniel with the array of business, philanthropic, pro bono and personal endeavours that make up his day.
An executive assistant and office manager with 15+ years’ experience in Australia and internationally, Paula has worked across a range of industries including Top 20 ASX-listed companies, international law firms and private family offices. Paula’s authenticity and professional, personable style are a source of delight for the many people with whom she deals each day, at BESEN and beyond.
Paula is a trained dancer, and can be relied upon to be the first to hit the dance floor when the music starts pumping. She also likes dining out, socialising with friends and reading biographies.
Philip has extensive experience in consumer brand businesses, including almost a decade as Pacific Dunlop’s Managing Director, before he retired in 1996 after 32 years with the company.
Philip is the former Chairman of NM Rothschild Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, and a founding member of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council – an influential regional body that advises the Mayor of Shanghai.
He has served as Chair of the Jewish Museum and is the longstanding and passionate Patron of Big Brothers Big Sisters, founding its Young Achievers program.
Henry Lanzer AM
Henry Lanzer AM
Henry is Managing Partner at Arnold Bloch Leibler, where he is responsible for the firm’s overall management and strategic directions. Henry specialises in corporate law – including all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, joint ventures and ASX listings.
Highly regarded for his strategic and advisory skills, Henry has been a non-executive director of Premier Investments and The Just Group since 2008, and of Thorney Opportunities since 2013.
In 2015 Henry was awarded an Order of Australia for significant community service. He is Life Governor of Mount Scopus College Council, President of its Foundation and was a member of the Board of TarraWarra Museum of Art.
Dennis’ experience in property development dates from 1969, with specific and considerable expertise in financing and structuring property development projects.
Dennis began his career in accountancy and later worked as a private consultant where he managed Mirvac Group’s successful IPO in 1987. He stayed on as Finance Director until 2005, during which time the company’s worth grew from $100million to $3.5billion. Dennis has been a director of numerous private property companies, including GPT Funds Management, St Hilliers and Retirement Villages Group.
Dennis brings to BESEN a refreshing mix of directness and diplomacy, a highly numerate mind, and wisdom borne of long experience.
Stephen is a specialist in consumer goods brand management with more than 25 years’ manufacturing and wholesale distribution and retail experience. He has spent a total 16 years as CEO of major Australian consumer brands including Rebel Sport, Godfreys and Fantastic Furniture.
Stephen holds non-executive directorships with Total Tools and is the non-executive Chair at Temple & Webster and the Sapphire Group.
Stephen brings a forensic eye to the fine detail of BESEN’s investments where his ability to combine high level strategic thinking with meticulous attention to detail comes to the fore.
Andrew pursued a successful career in finance and investment for 20+ years, initially as a management consultant and then at Macquarie Bank. In 2000 he became a founding partner of Crescent Capital, one of Australia’s leading private equity firms. He is also the former Managing Director and CEO of the Treasury Group, an international funds management business.
Known for his outstanding skills with both people and numbers, Andrew is chairman of PM Capital Global Opportunities Fund, and holds non-executive directorships at PM Capital Asian Opportunities Fund Limited and Countplus Limited.
Andrew sits on the Council for Kambala Girls’ School and is an active member of the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club, where he coaches junior athletes. As a younger man he played rugby for Australia.