Danny A. Ammavuta


Danny has over 22 years in Australia and Asia in financial markets, risk management, corporate consulting, structured products and property development.

Danny was involved in property development specializing in high-density residential developments in Melbourne. He was responsible for business strategy & planning, and project selection and financial modeling, raising capital from private equity firms and high net worth individuals.

Prior to property development, Danny founded an equities trading company, where he was issued the Australian Financial Services License by the Australian regulator (ASIC) in 2001. As Director and Responsible Officer, he was in charge of compliance and corporate governance. He advised high net worth individuals, superannuation funds and corporate clients on their Australian and international equity portfolios.

Danny has worked in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China intermittently since 1996, and worked for ANZ Bank Australia, HSBC Securities Singapore, TA Securities Malaysia, Shaw Stockbroking and Ord Minett before starting his own securities advisory company in 2001.

Danny holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Deakin University, Melbourne.

Michael Tortoni

Head of Equities & Options Strategies

Michael has over 25 years experience in financial markets, managing stockbroking firms and advising clients. He started working in stockbroking at BNZ North's in the late 1980’s until he moved to Bank of Singapore (BOS) Stockbroking, which he established with three colleagues in 1990. He eventually instigated a management buyout of Bank of Singapore Stockbroking in 1993, founding SHAW Stockbroking where he remained until 1999.

In 2001 Michael joined Terrain Securities as Managing Director of retail stockbroking and worked until the end of 2002. Since then, he has been successfully running his own equities and option portfolio and other investments.

Michael has a BA in Music from University of Melbourne.

Annalise Jennings

Head of Risk Strategies

With over 25 years experience in senior roles including Corporate Banking with the ANZ Bank, Annalise has an extensive background in risk management and is the recipient of the prestigious SAI Global Business Excellence Award.

Annalise is a highly experienced business and community strategist who uses risk culture and governance principles to deliver sustainable outcomes across various industry sectors, community, government and organisations, working in United States of America, India, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Annalise is a brilliant enabler of business and personal transformation and delivers a balanced, pragmatic and strategic approach to understand and build connected relationships in all stakeholder groups:

  • TedxTalk Presenter and Key Note.
  • Finalist Banksia Foundation in the category of ‘Community Leadership and Sustainability, recognising her contribution to the UN Global Goals.
  • Global reach includes: India, Los Angeles, Canada, New York, Sweden, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Norway and Australia.

Paul Menahem


North Homes is owned and operated by Paul Menahem, a Registered Builder. Paul has been building in Melbourne for over 30 years primarily in Brighton, East Brighton, Malvern, Cheltenham and Highett and is proud of the reputation he has gained focusing primarily on high end homes.

With his unique natural sense of space and flair for detail, Paul has designed many outstanding homes getting the very most out of any given land size providing intelligent, creative and practical living spaces.

Paul takes pride in ensuring that quality is always maintained which is why after 30 years business is stronger than ever. As times change, Paul is continuously looking and researching new and better building products, more sophisticated systems and energy efficient designs to ensure that his builds are at the very best that they can be.


Collectively, the investment and management team of Nova Castle have over 70 years experience in the property and financial markets.

1106/576-578 St Kilda Road Melbourne 3004.
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