GCA is a Melbourne and Milan based International consulting and advisory firm with experience across a broad range of sectors and markets. Our business is based on a highly experienced team with a global network of business, finance and sales and marketing professionals and government representatives.

Combined, we have over 70 years of experience across Western and Central Europe, Asia, MENA (Middle East North Africa), North and South America, Australia and New Zealand and can provide consultancy services and advice in almost every area of business. Our experience enables GCA to deliver results in complex markets in a short time frame and within budget.

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Tim Gauci - Founder and Principal

Tim is an experienced & senior diplomat and international business consultant. He has lived and worked in many countries over the last 15 years and has advised and represented some of the world’s largest companies.

From 2002 until 2010 he served as senior diplomat representing the Australian Government with key postings in Vietnam and Italy. He served as the Australian Senior Trade Commissioner – Vietnam, based in Hanoi and holding responsibility for Australian Trade and Investment with Vietnam. In 2005 he moved to Italy to take up the role of Australian Consul General & Senior Trade Commissioner based in Milan. In this role he was responsible for Australian Consular Activities and Government representation as well as Australian inwards and outwards investment and trade with Southern Europe.

Prior to joining the Australian Government he held senior positions with Australia’s largest Telecommunications company, Telstra. The key positions included: Country Manager - Commercial in Vietnam, Business Development Manager - Asia and Country Manager in Vietnam ‘Worldcorp Holdings’ Singapore.

Prior to moving off-shore in 1996 Tim was based in Australia and held senior positions in the advertising industry.

Our Team

Dr. Liz Williams - Senior Advisor Corporate Strategy/Project Execution

"Liz is a highly experienced Australian senior executive with comprehensive international business development experience across the telecommunications, media and technology sectors.  She specialises in turning entrepreneurial concepts into revenue positive enterprises and has worked in structuring deals, corporate governance, strategy development and project execution.  She is well known for her work in Internet governance at both a technical level and in policy advocacy with regulatory agencies. She has excellent project management skills having worked on complex, multi-sites for governments, public administrations and in the private sector.  She has worked on projects in North America, Asia Pacific and, for the last decade, in Europe.  She has PhD in information technology and law and a Master in Communication.”

Tony Williams

Tony is a banking professional specialising in structured financing and finance strategies for the energy, infrastructure and agribusiness sectors. Tony’s geographical experience covers Australia, Oceana and SEA. Tony’s network includes senior executives in banking, private equity, funds management and sovereign wealth funds.

Sally Cunningham

Sally is a highly qualified and experienced communications professional. Sally has many years experience consulting to large private sector companies, Governments and NGO’s driving strategy, messaging and public relations across all spectrums of media and communications. Sally’s specialty is social media, on-line communications, press messaging and formal B2B communications. 

Aldo Maccari - Senior Advisor Investment Banking/Private Equity

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Aldo is an experienced and senior Investment Banker and M&A professional. His experience extends across a broad range of sectors and markets and has been a senior advisor on many significant transactions and has held board positions with many high profile European companies. Previous roles in the banking sector include; CANDOVER, London – Milan.  Managing Director and Head of Italian operations.

In this role Aldo lead an experienced team that originated and managed many high profile transactions including Technogym, Ferretti Yachts, Guala, Star, Cavalli, Cerved and Brunswick. BNP PARIBAS, Managing Director – Deputy Head of Corporate Finance – Head of Private Equity Advisory Team. Responsible for the origination and execution of advisory and M&A mandates in several industries such as consumer goods, retail, FIG, real estate, energy and entertainment.JP MORGAN Milan 1998-2000. Corporate Finance Director. Responsible for origination and execution of M&A (both Italian and cross-border) and capital markets.

Amanda Bence - Senior Advisor - Sales and Market Strategy

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Amanda is an experienced Sales Management Executive specializing in business transformation to address new market trends, high level organizational development and salesforce effectiveness. Amanda has held senior executive positions within the Advertising and Media industry across Australia and Europe with large corporations that operate in highly competitive environments and require rapid transformation across strategy, revenue growth, channel profitability and sizing, skills acquisition and customer centric methodologies.  With a strong flavor on organizational performance, she also aligns organization structures, training and coaching solutions, talent management practices, and reward and recognition programs to create high performing teams.

Amanda's experience extends across all sales channels including large call centers, within various business environments ranging from large service based corporations, to both business start ups and mergers and acquisitions implementation/planning.  She has held senior sales roles within Sensis, CitySearch and Fairfax Media within Australia, and six years within the European advertising industry, most recently as Vice President Sales, European Directories, implementing best practices across the new media sales businesses based in Amsterdam, Austria, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

In the current business environment where businesses are competing on service, value and efficiency, Amanda can provide a complete change management program for a more efficient business through improved salesforce efficiency, having the right sized teams and channels in place and skilled to enhance customer value.

Giorgio Tomasicchio – Senior Advisor Accounting, Tax and Auditing

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Giorgio is an experienced finance and accounting professional. He started his career with KPMG International. Currently based in Milan, he continues to manage clients globally. He holds a degree in Economics, a Masters in International Tax Law and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CPA).

Specialising in Company and Tax Law in the domestic and international markets he has represented and advised many Foreign Multi-Nationals, SME’s and HNW Individuals. His experience includes a strong track record in the Clean Energy Sector. Advice includes - mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international group reorganisation, start-ups and the management of their local subsidiaries and/or branches, providing all compulsory and necessary services (i.e. bookkeeping, monthly reports, tax returns, financial statements, etc.).

Past and present clients include - DHL, Danzas, Lufthansa Cargo, Menlo, Universal Weather & Aviation, Heineken, Nestlè, Sumitomo, UFJ Institute, Askul Corporation and Sanki Soshji Group.

Giorgio also holds chairmanships and is a member of several MNC’s Statutory Board of Auditors. Giorgio is mother tongue Italian and speaks and writes English perfectly.

Franco Veroni - Senior Advisor Luxury Brands

Franco has more than twenty years experience in the luxury fashion sector. His career in fashion has followed a path from menswear, womenswear, sportswear, and accessories, to managing product development, distribution, marketing, PR & communication, for world-wide luxury brands. This extensive knowledge of all facets of the industry is complimented by his international commercial background and the ability to directly manage the retailing activities of high-end department and specialty stores.

Since 1982 he has held high level positions with MCM Munich in Milan Italy and Lugano Switzerland, Roger Vivier, Della Valle Group and Tods Group in Paris, Acqua di Parma J.V. LVMH Group in Milan, Kenzo LVMH Group in Paris, Calvin Klein Group in Milan and Ambrosetti Consulting Group in Milan and London.

He is also currently the CEO of Alessandro dell’Acqua Worldwide and consulting to DAKS of London in the fashion and accessories space.

Massimo Pettiti - Senior Advisor Telco & Media

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Specialist in - Social Media and Psychology including consumer and client behaviour, data management on-line and mobile, strategy and design.18 years experience in the Telecommunications Industry including Mobile, Wireless and Media/Applications/Services. New technology/services and communications strategy development for start ups and existing businesses.  

Massimo has held Senior Management positions - both technical and product/services with Omnitel (now Vodafone Italia), '3' Italia, H3G Global and is the founder and Director of GloBrain Innovation Management Consultants.

Massimo is also a visiting Professor with Universitaʼ Cattolica (Milano) -“Psychology and New Media”, NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti - Milano) - “Theory and methods of New Media", Salzburg University - Dept. Computer Science & Geolocation - “Mobile media and mobile location services”.

Katherine Laupot - Senior Advisor - Private Equity, United States /Middle East

Katherine Laupot has more than 20 years experience as a CEO of corporations across a variety of sectors and now acts as a private equity and corporate strategy consultant. Since 2009, Katherine has worked between the United States and the Middle East and has established a global network of senior contacts including in the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, South East Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America that specialize in corporate finance and private equity transactions in multiple sectors including: Renewable Energy, Manufacturing, Infrastructure, Commercial Real Estate, Technology and New Media.

She is the Founder of Across Nations Advisory, Inc (www.AcrossNationsAdvisory.com) to consult with clients who require project finance for mid and large capital transactions in international markets. Katherine began her career managing and then as CEO of the second largest manufacturing firm in the United States in the industrial and commercial lighting sector. She went on to establish a private investment fund for real estate holdings which she operated for 11 years. In 2001, Katherine entered into new media creating original content with notable producers including Jerry Bruckheimer Films and New Line Studios. She is the Founder of Trains Don’t Stop Productions Inc. (www.TrainsDontStopProductions.com) developing 2-D, 3-D and 4-D films for large format screens in museums, commercial theaters and theme parks worldwide. TDS Productions has an award-winning production and executive team with more than 50 years combined experience in all aspects of media and brand integration.

Katherine attended the University of Virginia and graduated with honors from Columbia University.

Gianna Caravello - Digital Media Strategy and Design


Gianna Caravello is an experienced website and user interface designer. Gianna earned a Masters Degree in Industrial Design at Polytechnic University of Milan and a post graduate Master's in Interaction Design at New Fine Arts Academy in Milan. She is passionate about technology and about the relationship between digital technology and human behaviour.  Gianna's professional experience includes Innovation and New Media product and service development- with a focus on interfaces and User Experiences at H3G Italy (mobile operator). More recently Gianna has been working in collaboration with "Globrain Italy" in the field of Innovation Management and technology scouting. In 2010 she founded "Bring lab", a technology start-up. Bring lab was partially funded through a start-up funding award from The Lazzareschi Foundation. Gianna brings high value communications and technology experience to GCA and is a specialist in designing and delivering digital communications solutions to key GCA clients.