Our Team

Meet our team

Katarina Dayoan

Katarina has a global perspective on business, having worked in Europe, with clients in South America, Africa, the Euro zone, Russia and the developing markets. Her role included financial analysis at both company and severing level. Moving to Australia in 2011, she has been based in Sydney and, from 2014, Melbourne. This wide experience underpins her understanding of the importance of exports for Australia, and the challenges we face, benefitting both trade show exhibitors and export grant applicants. Katarina’s sound financial literacy enables her to understand your business and operational structures which is important when planning for EMDG and navigating the legislation and Guidelines. Her strong communication skills and calm professional approach are key to her success in achieving good grant outcomes for our clients in Victoria and Tasmania.

Master of Science in Economics – University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
Specialties – Export Grants EMDG
Katarina was fabulous to work with, you are lucky to have her!
Jane Martino, Shout For Good Pty Ltd
Very happy!! Good work Katarina, very appreciative of the work you all do for businesses like us.
Karl Anderson, Red Coral Australia
Gemma Hansen

Gemma has 20 years experience with Export Solutions, successfully applying her tertiary education in both marketing and Business Administration, to consistently achieve successful grant outcomes. Her knowledge of the intricacies of the EMDG program are unsurpassed, and she is regularly sought out to resolve technical matters at both the advice level and at audit. If you have a challenging application, there is no one better to call in NSW / ACT. 

Bachelor of Business (Business Administration)
Associate Diploma in Marketing
Great job again by Export Solutions. Big thanks to Gemma and everyone involved. Very much appreciated.
Andy Young, Financial Controller at Nine Castlereagh Pty Ltd
As an Australian exporter of software and a big world market to cover we try hard to both service our existing overseas customers and to look for new opportunities overseas wherever we can find them. To then try to put all those expenses in a cohesive form for our EMDG claim is a major task. We rely on Export Solutions to do that for us and to advise us in all aspects that relate to our claim. They provide speedy, reliable and accurate support in all aspects of the EMDG claim and without their assistance on the claim we can’t imagine how we would even get to complete it.
Bob Green, Managing Director at Bepoz Global
Lina Lamont

Since 2008, Lina has been part of the export community assisting businesses to access funding to develop export markets. Lina’s knowledge of the EMDG Act, combined with practical experience of grant applications across all sectors, enables her to provide expert insight and strategic advice on how to maximise grants over the 8 possible applications. 

As a person who has established her start up business, Lina is keenly aware of the challenges that small businesses face. She has studied widely, including middle eastern language and culture. She has also studied in Tunisia for part of her degree. Lina’s experience and knowledge enable her quickly grasp the key aspects of your business that are important to grants and in planning participation at trade fairs. 

Bachelor of Commerce – Major International Business – Deakin University
Bachelor of Arts – Major in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies – Deakin University
Navigating grant applications, especially for export, can be confusing, daunting and timing consuming! Thankfully we had the privilege of being referred to the Export Solutions team. Not only is the team a lovely group of people, they gave La Máscara Beverage Co easy to understand guidance and advise, and they offered the perfect A to Z turn key solution that we were looking for. Once we signed on, the process was made simple and seamless. Thanks you guys! Shout out to Lina and Katarina!
Ben Gillies, Director at La Máscara Beverage Co.
Philip Litton

Philip has 40 years in business and the accounting profession, including 23 years assisting Australian export businesses. 

Delivered Pavilions at numerous international trade fairs during the past 16 years to enable Australian exporters to exhibit their products to overseas buyers. 

Worked on site at trade fairs in many countries including Indonesia, China, Singapore, UAE (Dubai), Vietnam, Germany, USA, Italy, Mongolia, Korea. 

Lead manager of a team providing assistance to exporters around Australia access funding to develop export markets.

Project and program management experience assisting many State and Federal Government initiatives across many sectors, including R&D and export. 

Previously (and partially concurrently), 24 years direct work with SME’s and large companies as a Chartered Accountant in Public Practice (19 years as a Partner with Moore Stephens). 

Bachelor of Business and Administration W.A.I.T (Curtin University)
Chartered Accountant
It has been a pleasure working with you and team for another successful edition of FHA this year! Thanks for delivering more than 12% increase of your contribution to the exhibition and more importantly, always being around to support your exhibitors at the exhibition.
Ting Siew Mui, Project Director, Lifestyle Events Singapore Exhibition Services
Hayley Mitchinson

Hayley’s 14 years of international banking and accounting experience, in Australia and the UK, including experience with foreign currency management and sourcing offshore manufacturers for products, provides an understanding of some of the challenges involved in exporting.  Based in Sydney, Hayley has been assisting our NSW clients in all industries access the EMDG export grant since 2016, and takes a key role in exhibitor support for international trade fair participation in several sectors. 

Diploma of Business Accounting
Simon Norris

Simon’s tertiary qualifications in both accounting and agriculture, together with over 16 years experience at Export Solutions working with exporters to access grant funding, is the solid base for technical, strategic and practical advice to Australian exporters seeking grant funding, and considering participating in international trade fairs. He is well regarded by the government auditors, respected for his technical knowledge of the grant program, and appreciated for his commercial approach that gets results. 

BSc Agriculture – UWA
BSc Accounting – FMU
Export Solutions were amazing to work with. I manage a large act and Simon was meticulous in going through our costs and identifying grant opportunities. It made the process very easy and fast.
Anna Wallace, Manager at Melbourne Ska Orchestra
The service from Simon was excellent and a terrific value for money service. We would definitely use Export Solutions again – hopefully an opportunity arises to do so!
Barbara Macnish, CEO at Miles Morgan Australia Pty Ltd
Susan O’Connell

Susan’s practical approach, solid educational background, and hands on experience with preparing grant applications for the last 12 years has resulted in successful outcomes for our clients, year after year. Her friendly manner combined with solid knowledge of the grant program, means that new and existing clients appreciate her clear and practical advice on planning to maximize their grant, what documents to keep to satisfy audit, and what issues they may face in complying with the EMDG legislation. 

Having many clients who have exhibited at trade fairs, and having attended many herself, Susan has built a reference base that benefits new exporters considering trade fair participation. 

Bachelor of Business (HR) – Charles Sturt University
There was no time to stop operations and focus on submitting an EMDG application on our own so to this note, we engaged the services of Export Solutions in 2005 and we have never looked back. They not only supported and guided us to win 8 successful EMDG applications but also connected us with specialists who assisted with our R & D Tax Concession. The staff at Export Solutions were approachable, their service was simply excellent and nothing but professional and informative. We would highly recommend them as the ‘go to’ specialists for EMDG, the scheme was of huge benefit to our business as it would be for others.
Sheriar Irani, Managing Director at Subtle Energies Pty Ltd
Excellent service, highly recommended.
James Larsen, K-Line Industries
Josephine Sivwright

Josephine has over 25 years experience as a Chartered Accountant working with business clients, including some 14 years with Export Solutions. Her accounting skills and broad business knowledge are invaluable as she works through the preparation of the most challenging grants, seeking out expenses that clients often don’t realise are eligible – resulting in larger grants. Jo’s experience dealing with the legislation and Guidelines, and her well prepared supporting documents, ensure that issues can be argued confidently at audit. 

Chartered Accountant
We realise our last application for the EMDG will be for the 2015/2016 period, and we would like to thank you for your excellent support and services during the past few years.
Prof. Dr. Johann DeBeer, Executive Chairman at List Premier Education
Jesse Walia
Trade Fairs

Jesse’s marketing and digital communications skills provide clear communications about each trade fair, so that exporters can easily obtain the information they need to plan their participation each year. His solid formal marketing qualifications, current digital marketing understanding, and 4 years of practical experience of the mechanics of the trade fairs, combine to provide valuable support and advice to our clients. 

Andrew Filing

With a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Business Law, Andrew has an analytical mindset he applies to:

Provide valuable support for trade fair exhibitors throughout the booking and planning process.

Assist in the preparation of EMDG Export Grants.