Our Team

We are a team of strategists who relish a challenge. Our sharp-minded team utilises innovation, customer-centricity and business model strategies to help support you and deliver value to your organisation. Founded by Dr. Jeffrey Tobias, our team has a combined total of more than 100 years of industry experience. Feel free to contact us and keep reading to find out more about the Principals who make up The Strategy Group.

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Dr. Jeffrey Tobias

Managing Director

Jeffrey is an accomplished innovation thought leader and strategist, drawing expertise from the academic, government, entrepreneurial and corporate worlds. Jeffrey’s experience includes growing and leading major Australian corporation, seven years spearheading innovation globally in Cisco’s thought-leadership team and leading The Strategy Group since 2003. Jeffrey is one of Australia’s most prominent experts in the field of Innovation, customer-centricity and business model transformation, regularly presenting to boards and leadership teams across the country.

Jeffrey is also Adjunct Professor and Fellow at the Australian Graduate School of Business at the University of New South Wales. An active angel investor, Jeffrey Tobias is on the boards of various well-known startups.

Jeffrey’s corporate background includes engaging strategically with large corporates such as ANZ bank, Westpac, Telstra, Woolworths, Baker McKenzie, Mirvac, Stryker and Perpetual. He has extensive experience with both state and federal governments in Australia and overseas.

Jeffrey holds a B.Sc (Hons), University Medal and Ph.D from the University of New South Wales.

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Nadine Back

Associate

Nadine is a customer-obsessed Strategist and Service Designer with a keen interest in brand strategy and marketing. She enjoys solving customer problems and takes a design led approach to design services, products and experiences.


Nadine specializes in Human Centred Design, Structured Problem Solving and Agile ways of working and is a certified Scrum Master. She is passionate about health and wellness and loves to be involved in work that positively benefits the well-being of others.


Before joining the Strategy Group, Nadine worked for Deloitte Digital Australia and for a large Melbourne council. Her project experience spans Financial Services, Consumer Products, Sport, the resources sector and local, state and federal government.

Nadine holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majors in Marketing and Finance, and a Diploma of Languages, specializing in French, from the University of Melbourne..

 

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Pratima Kalmadi

Senior Manager

Pratima is an expert in User Research, Design Strategy, Innovation Management & Service Design with industry experience of over 12 years.

As a design practitioner, thinker and doer, Pratima develops design and customer-centric strategies, directing the creation of concepts through a deep understanding of insight generation. Her work is driven by strategic thinking and systems diagnostics aided by her intuitive and empathetic nature.

As a Manager in The Strategy Group, Pratima has a process-driven approach to Innovation with a holistic view on the relationship between human, design and business needs.

Before joining The Strategy Group, Pratima was Senior Advisor to the POP Group, a London-based firm. She was Creative Director for an Indian-based firm, and for three years was Innovation and Service Designer for the Royal College of Arts in London. Pratima was also co-founder and researcher at Urban Green Line and was Innovation Manager and Project Lead at The London Creative and Digital Fusion.

Pratima hold a MA in Innovation Management from Central Saint Martins, University of Arts, London as well as BA in Communication Design from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, India.

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Liam Hoffman

Associate

Liam has an adaptive, analytical and creative skillset. He excels at solving complex problems and creatively communicating strategies that output useful, usable, and desirable experiences for customers and more efficient and effective processes for organisations.

With a solid foundation in human-centred design and a passion in understanding human behaviour, Liam delivers value through evidence-based, empathy-driven research, an immersive and iterative approach to data analysis and insight generation, a strong focus on creatively conveying ideas, and a co-creative approach to produce better innovation outcomes.

As a designer and systems thinker, Liam’s motivation is to deliver valuable experiences and innovative strategies that align user needs with organisational goals in a way that’s easily translatable, sustainable, scalable, and memorable for all parties.

Liam has an academic background in Psychology and also holds a Certificate in Service Design, Academy Xi and Certificate in Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, Harvard Edx.

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Marcus Naoum

Associate

Marcus has a background in Strategy, Service Design, Employee Experience and Experience Design having worked within both the technology sector and financial services. He also has an entrepreneurial flair having co-founded a clothing brand.

Marcus has a deep passion for strategic thinking, exploring customer goals and needs, and working with others to solve complex problems through the adoption of a human-centred approach, ensuring all stakeholders involved have a voice in order to create easy, effortless experiences.

With a diverse educational background, having graduated from the University of New South Wales with both an Architecture and Commerce degree, he is well-placed to develop creative solutions whilst maintaining a deeper business acumen by integrating an empathetic and deconstructive approach to problem solving.

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Karen Goodman

Chief Financial Officer

Karen is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in tax & management accounting. She brings a wealth of experience from both a commercial and tax perspective, providing strategic leadership in all aspects of financial and business management.

Karen’s strength comes from her ability to apply provide insight, driving key strategies and decisions that maximise company values. She operates as a collaborative partner with the executive team in planning, refining & implementing corporate growth strategies & policies.

Karen has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of New South Wales.

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Stacey Morava

Operations Manager

Stacey comes from a family of entrepreneurs and has been involved in the start-up and the successful selling of many businesses she has created in different industries together with assisting a number of businesses reach their full potential.

Stacey’s strength lies within growth and development and building solid relationships with all her clients together with her ability to manage strategic partnerships whilst building a strong and credible reputation within the industry and amongst her peers.

Stacey holds her Cert IV in Small Business Management, Diploma in Business Real Estate Management and a Certificate IV in Marketing Essentials and Public Relations.

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