Sirca Team

Mike Briers

Chief Executive Officer

Michael is one of Australia’s most respected e-research thought leaders and public-private sector entrepreneurs. Since 2001, Michael has led the growth of SIRCA to become one of the world’s preeminent professional e-research infrastructure providers. Today SIRCA provides services and financial market and news data to over 400 universities, regulators and commercial clients world-wide.


Over this period, Michael has led a range of public interest initiatives including the successful establishment of Intersect Australia Ltd, which is now the peak e-research organization for NSW servicing research domains as diverse as the creative arts, humanities, health and climate change. Most recently, he has become a Founding Member of Conscious Capitalism Australia, to support the evolution of conscious business practices in Australia.

His current ambition for SIRCA is to leverage its proven track-record of success in the global financial research community to develop a new generation of data-intensive research support services, infrastructure and tools for financial services as well as other export-focused service industries such as tourism, design and digital media. In addition, Michael is looking to establish new forms of professional postgraduate education to equip tomorrow’s global data science professionals with the skills they’ll need to take advantage of these new advanced tools.

During his academic career prior to joining SIRCA, Michael’s primary research and teaching interests were in organizational change and value-based management. Michael has won several prestigious teaching awards including the Australian Award for University Teaching (1998) in Business and Economics for his work relating to the integration of experiential learning, knowledge management practices and contemporary process based change management strategies. Michael has also consulted widely to the corporate and government sector on a wide range of assignments including data management, cost and process benchmarking and organizational change. This has included expert witness work in the field of activity based management and costing.

Satish Nair

Chief Finance Officer & Company Secretary

Satish Nair is a Chartered Accountant with several years of experience within the financial services sector. He was the CFO of Reuters Australia until 2007, following which he was the Director of Financial Planning & Decision support at First Data, a KKR company.


Satish joined SIRCA in 2012. Satish oversees the finance, human resource and legal functions of SIRCA Ltd & SIRCA Technology Pty Ltd in his capacity as CFO and Company Secretary of both entities.

Nicholle McNiece

Head of Academic Services

Nicholle joined SIRCA in 2013 to manage the Academic Services function. Communicating with existing SIRCA members, subscribers and data providers, Nicholle will oversee product delivery and support, sales and marketing and account management, in addition to exploring growth opportunities relevant to SIRCA’s mission.


Nicholle previously worked in sales and marketing, account management and user experience for Wharton Research Data Services at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Nicholle is a graduate of Royal Academy of Music in London majoring in vocal performance.

Kikai Kobayashi

Account Manager – Member Services

Kikai joined SIRCA in 2012 and oversees day to day member services such as the Member Services Helpdesk, member training, and general administrative enquiries.


Kikai has a BEng from the University of Sydney and currently pursuing further studies with a Masters in Quantitative Finance at the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to joining SIRCA, Kikai was a Client Specialist at Thomson Reuters and has extensive knowledge of financial market data.