Management & Advisory Team
Alessandro Sorbello (Cav.) M.Bus, (Hons), Dip. Evts, PGCert Evt Mgt.
Alessandro has been company director of Gainbeach Pty Ltd for over 30 years and managed a myriad of companies. With a background in property development and event management he has a Master’s degree in International Business and is completing his PhD on the role of emotional engagement in effecting consumer behavior.
His background is in digital asset management and international marketing and he has developed the Australian National Parks internet presence and produced International Accommodation which hosted over 65000 properties in 50 countries.
His companies receive millions of online visitors each year. His roles included Secretary General of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and founder and Executive Producer of the Official Italian Week for the Italian Government for which he received a Knighthood from the President of Italy in 2010. His role has been in the creation and management of strategy, events and all levels of collaborations with Italian and Australian Government with particular focus of development of cultural understanding via high level artistic expression and entertainment.
Emanuela Ispani BE (Electronics)
Emanuela is a founding Director of Medicinal Organic Cannabis Australia (MOCA). Her expertise includes business management, strategy development, research, and business planning. She has extensive experience in working with both State and Federal Government. Her work within the Information Technology industry at national and international levels have been a progression from business consulting to project/program management. Emanuela encapsulates a high level of technical and functional knowledge of Strategic Marketing and Management control in banking systems with a knowledge of complex financial and banking structures.
During her tenure working with the State Government, Emanuela managed the Customer Insights and Analytics project, with the focus to gather and correlate whole-of-government data. She established a Business Intelligence and Performance Framework to provide a clear structure (including a set of standardised KPIs) together with a design of technologies, processes and procedures to enable a game-changing opportunity for the Queensland Government to understand and improve performance through a greater understanding of service delivery across the Government. Emanuela holds a Bachelor of Engineering with major in Robotics and Automation from the Polytechnics of Milan, Italy. She is passionate about human rights and helping to support and sustain disadvantaged kids.
Dr Arno Hazekamp PhD, MSc, (Hons), BScBiol
Head of Scientific Research and development
Dr. Arno Hazekamp (1976) is an internationally acclaimed cannabis researcher biochemist, and former Head of Research and Education at Bedrocan BV - the official grower of medicinal cannabis in the Netherlands.
Arno earned his Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, followed by an MSc degree in biopharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University, the Netherlands. His PhD thesis was focused on the medicinal use of cannabis, and the practical issues that prevent it from becoming part of modern medicine.
Since 2002, Arno has been involved in the Dutch national medicinal cannabis program as a specialist in quality control, administration forms and chemical analysis. He is a board member of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM), an active international lecturer and medicinal cannabis advocate. His mission is to build a bridge between the needs of patients and the demands of modern medicine through research and education.
Director Cannabis Consulting Australia and Program , Director of Cann10 Australia
Rhys is a political economist, cannabis industry expert and educator. Since attaining Honours (First Class) at the University of Sydney for his thesis on North American cannabis markets, he has been engaged in a number of commercial projects in a consulting capacity.
Rhys has appeared in several major news outlets including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and MJBizDaily, and his industry analysis has been cited by Deloitte Access Economics.
He has also spoken on the political, regulatory and economic features of medicinal cannabis at events across Australia. Rhys is passionate about developing international commercial relationships and works to position Australia as a world-leading exporter of medicinal cannabis products, technology and knowledge.
Dr Eliane Karsaklian PhD
Professor at Sorbonne University (Paris)
Eliane Karsaklian, PhD, has lived and worked in several countries for more than 20 years, and has extensive knowledge and experience in intercultural relationships and negotiation techniques. She masters five languages and spends half of her time researching and teaching international business, and half consulting with companies in their international activities’ development.
She is an internationally known speaker, award-winning researcher, and professor who directs the Master Program for International Negotiation at Université Sorbonne in Paris. Dr. Karsaklian also is the founder and president of Ubi & Orbi, which helps companies create multinational partnerships and productive working relationships with their overseas employees.Her research activities have led her up to develop tools to work with international negotiators, expatriates, and diversity managers.
She has led several companies—Discovery Channel, Gucci, Sanofi-Aventis and Walt Disney World—to build relationships that created or expanded their markets. She has published several articles and books in the field of international business more recently Sustainable Negotiation: What Physics Can Teach Us about International Negotiation.
Legal and Finance
Director CNS partners
Joe entered the accounting profession in 1983 at the Brisbane office of a Multinational Accounting Firm before establishing CNS Partners in the North Brisbane suburb of Alderley in 1991, home for 24 years until March 2015.
Currently his firm CNS Partners has 4 directors and 10 team members. Their focus is on clients in business. The firm has an envious retention rate because of Joe's commitment to personalised care and attention.
His primary motivation was the desire to offer a more personalized service and this philosophy remains the core pillar of his service offerings to this day. As founding partner, Joe has been involved from the early humble beginnings, to the successful, multi-faceted organisation his clients currently enjoy.
Joe has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (CA), is a registered tax agent and holds a public practice certificate.
Partner AJ & Co Private Advisory & Revenue
Mark is a private business and high net worth structuring specialist with particular expertise in the areas of Tax and Revenue, Family Business, Asset Protection, Succession, Trusts, Professional Adviser Support Services, Mergers & Acquisitions and Commercial Transactions.
His work often involves the development and implementation of tax-effective structuring solutions, particularly in investment, retirement and wealth protection contexts.
Mark is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser and an advisory board member for Your Digital File Pty Ltd, bringing a wealth of practical commercial experience from his time spent working in the accounting industry.
Mark regularly writes and presents for the Queensland Law Society, the Taxation Institute of Australia and a number of industry specific education providers.