Dr Ashley Paul D'Sylva is a founding director of Empire Equity, where he has led and arranged over $500m in funding transactions since 2008 for a diverse range of resource and energy companies in equity, debt and structured financings on a proprietary basis as well as from a network of institutional funding partners. Dr D'Sylva received a PhD from the University of Arizona in Public Finance and Econometrics. He was a recipient of a Business News 40Under40 award in 2004 while he held responsibility for the management of Murdoch University’s research and the commercialisation of its intellectual property. Dr D'Sylva developed a joint venture with Westscheme Superannuation Fund to create the Murdoch-Westscheme Enterprise Fund, WA’s largest private fund under management at the time. It provided a capital pool for early-stage Murdoch University research that has strong commercial potential.