Leithner & Company Pty Ltd

David Gow

David is a graduate (First Class Honours in Government and Public Administration, Faculty of Economics) of the University of Sydney. He was a Grantee at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Visiting Research Scientist at the University of Michigan, before being awarded his PhD by the University of Hawaii. Most recently, he taught in the UQ School of Economics (Statistics and Public Finance) and currently holds an appointment as Senior Lecturer in the School of Business at the University of Queensland.

David Guy

David is an LL.B. (University of Queensland), a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, a Master of Applied Finance (Financial Services Institute of Australia) and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. He commenced his career as a solicitor before focusing on financial services.

David has more than 15 years’ experience in the fields of financial planning, funds management, stock broking and venture capital. Most notably, from 2003 to 2008 he was founding Chairman of Officium Group Ltd. Under his direction, on three occasions during these years Officium placed in the “BRW Fast 100” list of Australia’s fastest-growing companies; in 2007, it rose to 3rd place.

David also founded and was Chief Investment Officer of Officium Group’s funds management business. From its birth in 2004, Officium Capital grew to over $500 million of funds under management by 2008. Officium Capital was divested to the ASX-listed Snowball Group Ltd in 2010, and David remains (through associated entities) one of Snowball’s largest shareholders. Through Officium Group’s former venture capital subsidiary, Officium Investments, David also has direct experience in a variety of start-up businesses including brewing, funds management and technology.

Chris Leithner

Born at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dr Chris Leithner is a First Class Honours graduate and University Scholar of McGill University (Montréal, Québec). He also holds Masters degrees from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (where he was a Senator Frank Carroll Fellow) and The Australian National University in Canberra (which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar for Canada). He was a David Livingston Fellow and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland).

After concluding an academic career, Chris founded Leithner & Co. in 1999. He is also the author of The Bourgeois Manifesto: The Robinson Crusoe Ethic versus the Distemper of Our Times; The Evil Princes of Martin Place: The Reserve Bank of Australia, the Global Financial Crisis and the Threat to Australians' Liberty and Prosperity and The Intelligent Australian Investor: Timeless Principles and Fresh Applications