Aug 8, 2007

mememe mentor

We are proud to announce that Daniel Besen has agreed to mentor mememe productions and guide us as we navigate our way through the creative business of producing children's content.

Daniel joins the team and brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and a remarkable generosity of spirit.

Daniel Besen is an experienced entrepreneur who is driven by the desire to leverage his skills and network to enable dynamic businesses to realise their full potential. He has a passion for working with innovative and creative people who have the ambition to take their ventures to the next level.

Daniel's investments to date, which include MIMCO, Seek, SABA and Boost, clearly demonstrate his strategic value.

Before founding Nesher Development Capital, a venture capital company in 2000, Daniel practised as a lawyer with Arnold Bloch Leibler.

Daniel recently sold SABA, the iconic Australian fashion label. He developed SABA as a thriving fashion house, building on the strong foundations of an already well-established brand. In 2005, SABA boasts 20 retail stores and 10 David Jones' concession stores nationally.

Under Daniel's directorship, MIMCO has evolved from a wholesale focussed business to a significant vertical retailer. Over the past 3 years, MIMCO has developed a retail store network of 17 stores and has placed 10 custom designed concept areas in selected David Jones stores nationally.

Boost is Australia's most successful juice bar franchise with over 170 stores and $100million annual turnover. Daniel is actively involved in building the Boost business and brand together with its founder, Janine Allis.

In the Besen family businesses, Daniel has held the positions of Executive Director of TarraWarra Estate, an established vineyard and winery, since the early 1990's, and Highpoint Shopping Centre, the largest shopping complex in Melbourne's west. Daniel has recently managed the successful sale of a half interest in Highpoint to GPT for $621m.

With a passion for art and the arts, since 1992 Daniel has sponsored the Roger Kemp Memorial Prize, a yearly prize awarded to final year arts students at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Daniel has also held the positions of Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia, the Melbourne International Arts Festival and Heide Art Gallery, and for 6 years was the Chair of Chunky Move, Victoria's most innovative contemporary dance company.