Our Team


ABDUL EL-DIB

DIRECTOR

Abdul has over 15 years experience in the finance industry. His entire business philosophy is driven by his clients’ best interests. He has worked hard to deliver an open and transparent service that is valued and trusted.

Wanting to offer higher level and standards of service, Abdul established Create and Protect Financial Planning in 2011.

Under Abdul’s leadership, Create and Protect has been recognised for its commitment to professional excellence, quality advice, client service and innovation in business. Create and Protect won the MLC Rapid Growth Business Award in 2014.

Abdul is a Financial Planner and Tax (Financial) Advisor. He is also a Self-managed Super Fund Advisor Specialist (SSA). Abdul is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and a member of SMSF Association. Abdul has completed an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, Diploma in Financial Services and Advanced Course in Mortgage Planning. He is also an MFAA Credit Advisor, MFAA member and CIO member.

Abdul is results oriented and experiences great personal satisfaction from assisting clients to achieve what is important to them, through the implementation of quality advice and the clear and precise communication of complicated topics.

He specialises in the development of strategic comprehensive advice in the areas of Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF), superannuation, wealth management, insurance pre-retirement and retirement planning.



ALEX NAKONECHNYY

FINANCIAL ADVISOR

Alex joined the financial planning profession in 2011 and has developed his skills as a Paraplanner and Associate Adviser with a number of boutique and corporate organisations. Alex prides himself on his ability to make complex strategies and products easy to understand, and seeks to get an in-depth understanding of his client’s aspirations and objectives so he can ensure their plan is specifically tailored to their goals.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Finance and is currently working toward the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) practitioner designation through the Financial Planning Association of Australia.

Away from work, Alex enjoys spending time with his young family. A keen explorer, Alex is always planning his next adventure. He believes it is extremely important to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.



Nicholas Proudman

PRACTICE MANAGER

Nick joined the team in late 2017, and comes to us with over 10 years of experience in financial services.

Nick has worked extensively with all aspects of managing a financial planning business, and has honed his skills with boutique financial planning firms.

Nick has also spent several years developing his experience and skills working with an ASX300 listed investment fund, assisting them with merging a number of unlisted funds, listing on the exchange, raising capital and acquiring major assets.

Nick has qualifications in financial planning, management, and project management, and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Business in his spare time.

Nick believes that creating robust processes, and communicating with clients is the core base to building strong adviser-client relationships that will last many years.



DAVID LIVSHIZ

ASSOCIATE ADVISER

David started his professional career as a risk analyst for GE Money. He then spent an extensive period of time working on domestic and international equity settlements for a number of broking and investment houses such as Citi Smith Barney and Alliance Bernstein. He also has experience with administering employee share plans, share registries and managing Corporate Actions for super funds. David has now settled on Financial Planning and is an enthusiastic member of the Create and Protect team.

David completed his undergraduate studies at Monash University, majoring in Mathematical Statistics with minors in Applied Mathematics and Micro Economics. David also holds a Masters in Education from Melbourne University and more recently a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning with Kaplan Professional.

David is married and is a doting father. His personal interests include; collectibles, theatre, Jazz music and Mexican food. He also enjoys playing and competing in strategy focused games such as chess.

 



PAUL CUPIC

ASSOCIATE ADVISER

After completing his Bachelor Degree in Commerce, majoring in Finance and Financial Planning with Distinctions, Paul has eagerly applied his knowledge to the financial services industry.

Having the client’s best interest always in mind, Paul strives to provide exceptional levels of service while developing his skills.

Paul was drawn to financial planning due to its dynamic and always evolving nature. Paul applies his natural abilities as a problem solver and strong interpersonal skills to everything he does and believes that financial planning is a career for life.

Paul has a genuine passion and interest for the industry and a commitment to continuous education, which drives his current studies towards becoming a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

When Paul is not in the office, his hobbies include basketball, motorbikes and travel.



RY LUMSDEN MALASCHENKO

ASSOCIATE ADVISER

Ry is hard-working and dedicated to ensuring clients goals and objectives are met. He has a background in residential investment real estate with a Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Melbourne. Through experience, education and hard-work he is able to advocate for clients to enable them to move towards a better future. Ry is motivated to become a Certified Financial Planner and is looking forward to a long career in Financial Planning.

In addition to Ry’s career aspirations, he has been actively involved in community centred volunteering. He has spent time in Rwanda, working with a local orphanage and hospitals to improve the lives of disabled children living in poverty through education. Ry has also worked closely with the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation, as a  weekly, one-to-one mentor for the Big Futures program for at risk youth.

Ry enjoys travelling to explore different cultures and is a dedicated skier.



CHRISTOPHER PANAGOPOULOS

ASSOCIATE ADVISER

Chris is a highly motivated, driven and accomplished employee who always strives for perfection. Chris graduated with majors in both Accounting and Finance from Monash University.

Chris has a strong desire and willingness to continuously update his knowledge with factors that impact our economy. He is passionate about applying both his work experiences and academic knowledge at Create and Protect, which provides him daily challenges and long-term career advancement opportunities.

In the past few years he has acquired industry experience in many areas such as working in Direct Sales and Customer Service related roles and has successfully implemented these practices at both work and university. His goals are to help clients achieve the best possible financial outcome and his customer service background helps him build strong relationships.

As an avid sports fan, Chris enjoys playing tennis on a weekly basis and attending sporting events of all types. Chris is also an avid explorer of the best pizza and burger places in Melbourne.