Dr. Maithri Goonetilleke As the founder of the NGO Possible Dreams International (PDI), Dr Goonetilleke spent a large part of the last ten years working in rural parts of Swaziland, Southern Africa. The work of PDI involves delivering medical services and poverty alleviation programs to remote, HIV/AIDS affected areas of Swaziland. In Australia he has worked in a variety of roles including medical and emergency registrar positions in tertiary hospitals, running sole-doctor emergency departments in rural areas, working in indigenous communities and is currently the chief medical officer at Fulham Correctional Centre. As a medical educator, Maithri teaches and lectures in the Medical Faculty at Monash University.

Dr. Maithri Goonetilleke

As the founder of the NGO Possible Dreams International (PDI), Dr Goonetilleke spent a large part of the last ten years working in rural parts of Swaziland, Southern Africa. The work of PDI involves delivering medical services and poverty alleviation programs to remote, HIV/AIDS affected areas of Swaziland.

In Australia he has worked in a variety of roles including medical and emergency registrar positions in tertiary hospitals, running sole-doctor emergency departments in rural areas, working in indigenous communities and is currently the chief medical officer at Fulham Correctional Centre. As a medical educator, Maithri teaches and lectures in the Medical Faculty at Monash University.

Dr. Thomas Volkman Tom developed his interest in global health and the care of displaced peoples during medical school electives in Kenya and on the Thai/Burma border. He has worked as a general paediatrician with indigenous populations in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and completed his Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University in 2012. He has gone on to undertake humanitarian missions in neonatology in Pakistan. Refugee health was a natural fit bringing together interests in public health, infectious diseases and care of displaced and disadvantaged patients. Tom enjoys public speaking, advocacy and teaching and will be a teaching fellow with the University of Melbourne in 2017.

Dr. Thomas Volkman

Tom developed his interest in global health and the care of displaced peoples during medical school electives in Kenya and on the Thai/Burma border. He has worked as a general paediatrician with indigenous populations in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and completed his Masters in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University in 2012. He has gone on to undertake humanitarian missions in neonatology in Pakistan.

Refugee health was a natural fit bringing together interests in public health, infectious diseases and care of displaced and disadvantaged patients. Tom enjoys public speaking, advocacy and teaching and will be a teaching fellow with the University of Melbourne in 2017.

Morgan Koegel Morgan Koegel is not only the youngest member of the One Girl team, but also its CEO. One Girl is an organisation committed to educating girls across Sierra Leone and Uganda through programs that target gender inequality and factors that keep women out of the classroom. Previously Morgan has been the Sector Development Manager of Prison Legal Education and Assistance (PLEA) where she worked in prisons across Victoria, and CEO of Engage Education, a not-for-profit keeping Australian students from low socio-economic backgrounds in school. She is a passionate believer in the power of education and the capacity for young people to do anything they set their mind to.

Morgan Koegel

Morgan Koegel is not only the youngest member of the One Girl team, but also its CEO.

One Girl is an organisation committed to educating girls across Sierra Leone and Uganda through programs that target gender inequality and factors that keep women out of the classroom. Previously Morgan has been the Sector Development Manager of Prison Legal Education and Assistance (PLEA) where she worked in prisons across Victoria, and CEO of Engage Education, a not-for-profit keeping Australian students from low socio-economic backgrounds in school. She is a passionate believer in the power of education and the capacity for young people to do anything they set their mind to.

 
Dr. Paul Komesaroff Paul Komesaroff is a practising physician and Professor of Medicine at Monash University and Executive Director of the international NGO Global Reconciliation. He has a PhD in philosophy and an international reputation in health care ethics, and has made a major impact on the field of clinical ethics in Australia. Paul Komesaroff’s work is interdisciplinary: spanning clinical medicine, biomedical research, social research, philosophy and ethical theory, clinical ethics and policy development with respect to ethics and clinical practice. As a physician, his field of specialty is endocrinology. Professor Komesaroff has also authored over 350 peer reviewed articles and 14 books, the most recent of which is his novel, "Riding a crocodile: A physician's tale", the world's first bioethical thriller.

Dr. Paul Komesaroff

Paul Komesaroff is a practising physician and Professor of Medicine at Monash University and Executive Director of the international NGO Global Reconciliation. He has a PhD in philosophy and an international reputation in health care ethics, and has made a major impact on the field of clinical ethics in Australia.

Paul Komesaroff’s work is interdisciplinary: spanning clinical medicine, biomedical research, social research, philosophy and ethical theory, clinical ethics and policy development with respect to ethics and clinical practice. As a physician, his field of specialty is endocrinology. Professor Komesaroff has also authored over 350 peer reviewed articles and 14 books, the most recent of which is his novel, "Riding a crocodile: A physician's tale", the world's first bioethical thriller.

Sashenka Worsman Born and raised in war-torn Sri Lanka, Sashenka Worsman has an unwavering passion and commitment to lead young people in creating a world where equality and peace are commonplace. Since moving to Australia in 2009, Sash has worked in development, peace building, youth leadership and community campaigning. Sash has represented youth at the UN Climate talks in South Africa, is setting up a community project in Sri Lanka, worked through East Africa for the Campaign for Australian Aid collecting stories of transformation and most recently, Sash worked for World Vision Australia as the National Director of their Youth Movement – VGen. Sash is currently the CEO of Australia’s largest youth run organisation, Oaktree, leading a movement of youths to end poverty. 

Sashenka Worsman

Born and raised in war-torn Sri Lanka, Sashenka Worsman has an unwavering passion and commitment to lead young people in creating a world where equality and peace are commonplace. Since moving to Australia in 2009, Sash has worked in development, peace building, youth leadership and community campaigning. Sash has represented youth at the UN Climate talks in South Africa, is setting up a community project in Sri Lanka, worked through East Africa for the Campaign for Australian Aid collecting stories of transformation and most recently, Sash worked for World Vision Australia as the National Director of their Youth Movement – VGen.

Sash is currently the CEO of Australia’s largest youth run organisation, Oaktree, leading a movement of youths to end poverty. 

Dr. Damien Brown Damien Brown is an Australian-trained doctor and published author, passionate about addressing health inequality in disadvantaged contexts. He is experienced as a clinician in Australia and international humanitarian contexts, covering emergency, paediatric and general medicine, general practice, and aeromedical retrievals with the Royal Flying Doctors Service. Dr Brown's book, Band-aid for a Broken Leg, explores his experiences with Medecin Sans Frontieres as an advisor and a field doctor, and provides candid insight into the work many students hope to one day conduct. We very much look forward to Damien sharing the wisdom he has gained from such a varied global health career thus far.

Dr. Damien Brown

Damien Brown is an Australian-trained doctor and published author, passionate about addressing health inequality in disadvantaged contexts.

He is experienced as a clinician in Australia and international humanitarian contexts, covering emergency, paediatric and general medicine, general practice, and aeromedical retrievals with the Royal Flying Doctors Service. Dr Brown's book, Band-aid for a Broken Leg, explores his experiences with Medecin Sans Frontieres as an advisor and a field doctor, and provides candid insight into the work many students hope to one day conduct.

We very much look forward to Damien sharing the wisdom he has gained from such a varied global health career thus far.

 
Michael Matulick Michael is the Director and CEO of Soap Aid - a charity that collects and re-purposes soap from the hospitality industry and redistributes new products to international communities in need. oap Aid is founded on a deep understanding and consciousness about the commercial impact on the environment and a desire to protect the global community. Michael helped establish Soap Aid in 2011 and remains CEO of the program as a philanthropic response to needless deaths due to the lack of sanitation in many developing countries. As a witness to the waste in the hospitality industry, he sought to develop a soap recycling program that would save lives. With his vision realized, today Soap Aid is an independent charity managed by a board of experts and focused on life-saving missions.

Michael Matulick

Michael is the Director and CEO of Soap Aid - a charity that collects and re-purposes soap from the hospitality industry and redistributes new products to international communities in need. oap Aid is founded on a deep understanding and consciousness about the commercial impact on the environment and a desire to protect the global community.

Michael helped establish Soap Aid in 2011 and remains CEO of the program as a philanthropic response to needless deaths due to the lack of sanitation in many developing countries. As a witness to the waste in the hospitality industry, he sought to develop a soap recycling program that would save lives. With his vision realized, today Soap Aid is an independent charity managed by a board of experts and focused on life-saving missions.

Shen Narayanasamy Shen Narayanasamy is a lawyer, mother, Human Rights Campaign Director at GetUp!, and founder of No Business In Abuse - an organisation that persuades super funds and investment advisers to pull out of companies that support offshore detention centres. A firm advocate for refugees and people seeking asylum since her teenage years, Shen has been part of grassroots action movements as a student at MLC, while studying law at Monash University, working for Oxfam Australia, and now through her work with GetUp!. Shen advocates for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum very publicly, speaking to various media outlets, and at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

Shen Narayanasamy

Shen Narayanasamy is a lawyer, mother, Human Rights Campaign Director at GetUp!, and founder of No Business In Abuse - an organisation that persuades super funds and investment advisers to pull out of companies that support offshore detention centres.

A firm advocate for refugees and people seeking asylum since her teenage years, Shen has been part of grassroots action movements as a student at MLC, while studying law at Monash University, working for Oxfam Australia, and now through her work with GetUp!. Shen advocates for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum very publicly, speaking to various media outlets, and at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

Chris Quin Chris Quin leads the Melbourne chapter of The Life You Can Sav, and is a strong advocate for Effective Altruism - the idea of considered giving; that we should focus our charitable and altruistic efforts towards select causes that are likely to have the greatest impact, rather than spreading our giving thin, to no effect. Chris' effective altruism perspective is warmly welcomed on our sustainable foreign aid panel, where we may often have the altruistic drive to provide aid, but are lacking in the considered, sustainable approach that makes foreign aid effective.

Chris Quin

Chris Quin leads the Melbourne chapter of The Life You Can Sav, and is a strong advocate for Effective Altruism - the idea of considered giving; that we should focus our charitable and altruistic efforts towards select causes that are likely to have the greatest impact, rather than spreading our giving thin, to no effect.

Chris' effective altruism perspective is warmly welcomed on our sustainable foreign aid panel, where we may often have the altruistic drive to provide aid, but are lacking in the considered, sustainable approach that makes foreign aid effective.

Alanna Maycock Alanna Maycock is a paediatric nurse and staunch opponent of the recently repealed Border Force Act - a provision of which intended to silence healthcare workers and prevent them from describing the atrocious conditions faced by refugees and people seeking asylum in on and off-shore detention centres. Having worked in Villawood and Nauru detention centres, Alanna felt it her duty to speak out about what she experienced. Alanna's brave opposition and fierce advocacy helped ensure the repeal, but she says the fight isn't over yet; now, the employment of more foreign staff and fewer Australians intends to once again stop the truth about conditions in detention from reaching Australian shores.

Alanna Maycock

Alanna Maycock is a paediatric nurse and staunch opponent of the recently repealed Border Force Act - a provision of which intended to silence healthcare workers and prevent them from describing the atrocious conditions faced by refugees and people seeking asylum in on and off-shore detention centres. Having worked in Villawood and Nauru detention centres, Alanna felt it her duty to speak out about what she experienced.

Alanna's brave opposition and fierce advocacy helped ensure the repeal, but she says the fight isn't over yet; now, the employment of more foreign staff and fewer Australians intends to once again stop the truth about conditions in detention from reaching Australian shores.

Sophie Lamond Sophie Lamond is a self-described food nerd. She is a current University of Melbourne PhD candidate, researching the impact of emerging technologies on the food system. Just last year she completed a masters thesis on Milo! As well as her fascinating research, Sophie runs the Fair Food Challenge, which challenges Aussie universities to adopt fair food plans, and actively empowers students to engage with this process and help shape positive food systems. She helped initiate the Melbourne chapter of the Youth Food Movement, has sat on the committee of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and participated in the World Food System Center Summer School hosted by ETH Zurich in the Swiss countryside!

Sophie Lamond

Sophie Lamond is a self-described food nerd. She is a current University of Melbourne PhD candidate, researching the impact of emerging technologies on the food system. Just last year she completed a masters thesis on Milo!

As well as her fascinating research, Sophie runs the Fair Food Challenge, which challenges Aussie universities to adopt fair food plans, and actively empowers students to engage with this process and help shape positive food systems. She helped initiate the Melbourne chapter of the Youth Food Movement, has sat on the committee of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and participated in the World Food System Center Summer School hosted by ETH Zurich in the Swiss countryside!

Dr. Fiona Lander Dr Fiona Lander is a medical doctor, lawyer, and recently graduated from Harvard with a Masters in Public Health. Dr Lander has a fascinating career; she has worked in Mumbai with Lawyers Collective, a non-government organisation established by Mr Anand Grover, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, undertaking international fact-finding missions to Guatemala, Syria, Ghana and Australia, and organising regional consultation meetings in Kenya, Russia, Hungary, and Afghanistan. She has also lectured at the Copenhagen School of Global Health, and was selected for Geneva’s Graduate Institute Executive Course in Global Health Diplomacy.

Dr. Fiona Lander

Dr Fiona Lander is a medical doctor, lawyer, and recently graduated from Harvard with a Masters in Public Health.

Dr Lander has a fascinating career; she has worked in Mumbai with Lawyers Collective, a non-government organisation established by Mr Anand Grover, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, undertaking international fact-finding missions to Guatemala, Syria, Ghana and Australia, and organising regional consultation meetings in Kenya, Russia, Hungary, and Afghanistan. She has also lectured at the Copenhagen School of Global Health, and was selected for Geneva’s Graduate Institute Executive Course in Global Health Diplomacy.

Dr. Harry Jennens A few years ago, Dr Harry Jennens did what many medical students consider unthinkable - he took a break from his career after internship to start a non-for-profit organisation - Healthy Futures. The aim of Healthy Futures is to raise awareness of, and address, climate change by getting medical professionals and students involved at a grass-roots level.

Dr. Harry Jennens

A few years ago, Dr Harry Jennens did what many medical students consider unthinkable - he took a break from his career after internship to start a non-for-profit organisation - Healthy Futures.

The aim of Healthy Futures is to raise awareness of, and address, climate change by getting medical professionals and students involved at a grass-roots level.

Dr. Simon Hendel Simon is an anaesthetist, aeromedical retrieval specialist and a passionate health communicator. He’s always looking for ways of encouraging people to learn more about their health and telling the true stories of science and medicine in an entertaining way. Simon studied Medicine at Monash University and Journalism at RMIT. He writes regularly about all-things-medical for MJA InSight (online Medical Journal of Australia) in addition to publishing extensively in peer reviewed medical journals. His articles have also featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation, Executive Style and ABC News Online. Simon has previously served as a doctor in the Australian Army in Afghanistan and Iraq and he’s worked on rescue helicopters in Far North Queensland. He’s also lectured and practiced anaesthesia in Fiji, conducted epidemiological research in Laos, taught emergency care in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Mongolia. Simon is also co-medical advisor and fact checker for the ABC documentary series, Ask The Doctor.

Dr. Simon Hendel

Simon is an anaesthetist, aeromedical retrieval specialist and a passionate health communicator. He’s always looking for ways of encouraging people to learn more about their health and telling the true stories of science and medicine in an entertaining way. Simon studied Medicine at Monash University and Journalism at RMIT. He writes regularly about all-things-medical for MJA InSight (online Medical Journal of Australia) in addition to publishing extensively in peer reviewed medical journals.

His articles have also featured in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation, Executive Style and ABC News Online. Simon has previously served as a doctor in the Australian Army in Afghanistan and Iraq and he’s worked on rescue helicopters in Far North Queensland. He’s also lectured and practiced anaesthesia in Fiji, conducted epidemiological research in Laos, taught emergency care in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Mongolia. Simon is also co-medical advisor and fact checker for the ABC documentary series, Ask The Doctor.

Dr.  Tim Duncan An aeromedical retrieval specialist, GP anaesthetist and film maker, Tim graduated from Medicine at Monash University and Film at The Victorian College of the Arts. He's in the unique position of being able to combine medical and artistic careers. As a film maker he seeks to blend creativity with a humorous commentary on humanity and society. His latest film, Aboriginal Heart, is based on his own experiences as a doctor working in a remote Indigenous community in Northern Australia and after premiering at Sydney Film Festival, played at London Film Festival and in Venice. It was also the recipient of awards for Best Indigenous Film at both St Kilda and Heart Of Gold Film Festival in Queensland. While concurrently doctoring with the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tim is working on a number of short and feature film projects and is also co-medical advisor and fact checker for the ABC documentary series, Ask The Doctor.

Dr.  Tim Duncan

An aeromedical retrieval specialist, GP anaesthetist and film maker, Tim graduated from Medicine at Monash University and Film at The Victorian College of the Arts. He's in the unique position of being able to combine medical and artistic careers.

As a film maker he seeks to blend creativity with a humorous commentary on humanity and society. His latest film, Aboriginal Heart, is based on his own experiences as a doctor working in a remote Indigenous community in Northern Australia and after premiering at Sydney Film Festival, played at London Film Festival and in Venice. It was also the recipient of awards for Best Indigenous Film at both St Kilda and Heart Of Gold Film Festival in Queensland. While concurrently doctoring with the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tim is working on a number of short and feature film projects and is also co-medical advisor and fact checker for the ABC documentary series, Ask The Doctor.