Our Key People


Bill Zheng – Executive Chairman

Bill Zheng is the founder and Executive Chairman of Investors Direct Financial Group and Australian Education City. Bill was educated in Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Business and Financial Management in China, Australia and the U.S. Bill founded Investors Direct Financial Group in 2000.  Since that time, Investors Direct has now become an integrated investment group with subsidiaries in property advisory & management, mortgage finance, financial planning, insurance and superannuation, funds management, property development & construction. Bill is supported by an experienced team of professionals who will ultimately deliver Australian Education City’s Innovation Districts.



John Tabart – Chief Executive Officer

CEO and Board Member of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, responsible for delivery of the 25 hectare Barangaroo site, Sydney’s newest Harbour waterfront development.


In Victoria John was responsible to the Board and to the Minister for Major Projects, for the overall development of Melbourne Docklands to meet the State’s vision. This involved Marketing and Communications, attraction of Private Sector Investors, Developers and partners for financing and development, and the management of Bid Processes to commit the various precincts to the financial development of Melbourne Docklands from 1995 – 2006.


  • CEO and Board Member of the Docklands Authority and VicUrban (a 2003 merger of the Melbourne Docklands Authority and the Urban and Regional Land Corporation)


  • In the UK, Managing Director of Explore Capital Ltd and Explore Investments Ltd (the London based property development and investment subsidiaries of Laing O’Rourke Plc).


  • Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Dubai based Sovereign Fund Sama Dubai LLC


  • In Queensland Development Director of the Brisbane International Airport Complex


  • CEO and Director of Mirage Resorts in Australia and the US (Princeville Corp)


  • Based in Sydney, Managing Director of Lend Lease Residential Pty Ltd and Lend Lease Executive for fifteen years.


  • FIE (AUST.), FAICD, FIPA, council member of Urban Land Institute USA, Property Council, CEDA & Global Real Estate Institute.


Ross Martiensen – Executive Director

Ross is an Executive Director of Australian Education City. He holds a full licence in Real Estate in Victoria and New South Wales. Ross studied Applied Science and Photography at RMIT, and completed a Diploma of Property at Academic Pavilion and a Certificate IV in Mortgage Broking from AAMC. Since 2001, Ross has held leadership positions within the Real Estate industry.  He has directed a number of land subdivision and property development projects within his own business before heading up Investors Direct Property Advisory in 2010. Ross is passionate about the environment and how we can improve the quality of life through strong community engagement and lifestyle, all of which are aligned with the vision of Australian Education City.



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