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.

Chris Mendes

Chief Technical Officer

Chris Mendes has over 15 years experience managing commercial technology development. Chris has worked across many sectors including banking and finance, control systems and consumer product development.


Most recently, Chris was General Manager of a Research and Development division at CiSRA, Canon’s R&D centre in Australia. He graduated with a BSc majoring in Computer Science and a BE in Electrical Engineering (Hons) from the University of Sydney in the late 80s and has since worked in commercial R&D roles.

Satish Nair

Chief Finance Officer

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.

Ian Friedman

Chief Data Architect

Ian has been the Chief Data Architect of SIRCA since 2003. He oversees all software development within the organisation and in particular is responsible for the software development for Thomson Reuters Tick History (TRTH).


Ian has a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town and over 25 years experience in the financial services industry, 18 of which were with Reuters Limited or subsidiaries of Reuters Limited. Ian was a founding member of Equity Systems Limited – a subsidiary of Reuters Limited providing all graphics, Technical Analysis and Historical database services to Reuters desktop and RMDS platforms. Prior to joining SIRCA, Ian was Reuters Global Product Manager for Historical Data Services from 1996 to 2002. Ian is also the Principal of Imagineered Consulting Pty Ltd.

Paul McCarthy

Strategy and Innovation Director

Paul is an entrepreneurial senior executive with 20 years experience in establishing and running digital media and services enterprises. He has a strong interest in global business, technology and the media and their happy coalescence in Australia in this early part of the 21st century.


Paul has held a number of roles as a senior executive in Industry Leaders, Start-up Companies and Government. At IBM Australia, he was co-founder and architect of the IBM Asia Pacific Multimedia Centre. At the NSW Government he was responsible for a number of innovative statewide digital media initiatives including the trial Digital TV Service, Channel NSW. At Digital Media Limited, a start-up company he co-founded in 1996 he established on of Australia’s leading online retail sharemarket investor communities with charting, portfolio management, games, discussion and news: EquityCafé (now Sharecafe).

Paul is co-founder of Australia’s leading online services awards — the AMBERs as well as longstanding chair of the prestigious and long running Annual AIMIA Awards – Australia and NZ’s peak Online and Digital Media Awards.

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.