Rita is a Climate Finance and Business Development advisor with extensive knowledge and skills in development policy and operations. This lawyer/economist/business manager progressed through positions during her 19 years with the multi-lateral Asian Development Bank including Country Director (Sri Lanka) and Financial Sector Practice Lead where she coordinated financial sector reform programs in Asia/Pacific. She is engaged in various projects including SME business & digital literacy skills in PNG. Rita is a member of the Assurance Oversight Committee of CGIAR, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Prior to ADB she held positions as Vice President, Risk Assessment with the National Securities Clearing Corporation in New York; as Manager and General Counsel at the Securities Exchanges Guarantee Corporation Ltd; and in the Australian Federal Attorney-General’s Department, Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) State Solicitor’s Office, and Australian and PNG law firms.

 Ms. O’Sullivan holds Arts/Law and Economics degrees and a Masters of Laws from the University of Queensland, and graduate diplomas in applied finance and investment. She is a Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of Australia, and the Supreme Courts of ACT, QLD, & NSW and a Lawyer, National Court of Justice, PNG. Rita is a longtime yoga practitioner, a lover of classical music, and researcher of diverse cultural studies, preferably undertaken in-country. 

John Edwards has held Senior Executive/Leadership and Board/Advisory roles in both engineering and technology firms, as well as a number of start-ups and early stage businesses. He has also held Partnership and VP roles in international management consulting firms in Australia, Asia, and Europe, with a strong focus on business transformation, strategic marketing, and the business impact of technology. More recently much of his focus, research, and advice have been concentrated on digital transformation, and practical routes to successful adoption of new technology.

His Executive roles have included PA Consulting Group (Senior Partner – UK and Asia Pacific), Ernst & Young (Lead Partner Australia: Technology, Media & Entertainment Consulting), Capgemini (CEO AsiaPac, Telecom & Media Consulting), Motorola (VP and Head of Professional Services and Asia Networks business), and BTS (MD Australasia). He has led businesses in Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is a Fellow of both the Australian (AICD) and UK (IOD) Directors’ Institutes, and has extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director and Chair with US and European industrial firms, Asia Pacific technology firms, and several Advisory Boards in Australia.

John was educated at Oundle School, England, and has an Honours Degree in Production Engineering, and has an MBA from the Wharton School in the USA, with US Honors Society Membership (Beta Gamma Sigma).

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