With a background in biomedical engineering and an interest in public health, Nick is passionate about working to develop innovative solutions to the most pressing issues in global healthcare. He holds a Masters of Engineering (Biomedical) and has held previous roles in event management.
Sebastian Gomez has held positions in M&A, strategy and business development on projects across the Americas, Alaska and Asia Pacific in sectors including mining, services and real estate. He holds an MBA from Monash University and postgraduate qualifications in Corporate Finance and Strategy and Project Management.
Kaushalya Gunatilaka manages key stakeholder relations within the healthcare innovation ecosystem as well as operations for the MedTech Actuator, including deliverables and investment processes across portfolio companies. She has a Master of Business (Science & Technology) and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. Before working for the MedTech Actuato, Kaushalya worked for Small Technologies Cluster and prior to that she tutored at Monash University in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
A former MedTech startup founder herself, Michelle Kleynhans leads the delivery of Accelerator program and works with local and international stakeholders to identify and develop promising early-stage startups across the Asia Pacific region. She has a Master of Business (Science & Technology) and a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry & Maths) and previously worked with the Small Technologies Cluster in the development and execution of a national program.
Lucia Philip is a strategic marketer who has worked for leading Australian research and FMCG brands as well as in the research and commercialisation sector. She holds a Master of Business in Marketing, provides commentary on emerging trends and has experience across a broad range of marketing tactics including consumer research, branding and positioning, sponsorships, pricing, trade marketing and content and digital marketing.
Before joining the MedTech Actuator, Dr Johannes Mang spent over 14 years as a digital executive in the consumer software industry. He held GM and COO roles at Electronic Arts with responsibilities ranging from new product development to live service operations. Prior to that Johannes was a strategy consultant (Deloitte) and a research scientist. He has lived and worked in 7 countries including the UK, Sweden and Israel and spent 6 years in the Silicon Valley. Johannes holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from TU Vienna, a PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics from TU Graz, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Dr Vishaal Kishore is an expert in health system innovation and transformation. He is also a Professor of Innovation & Public Policy at RMIT University where he leads the pathbreaking RMIT-Cisco Health Transformation Lab. He regularly advises governments, NGOs and corporates in respect of strategy, public policy and innovation. Holding a doctorate from Harvard University, Vishaal has served as Deputy Secretary at the Department of Health & Human Services; Director for government strategy within EY’s management consulting practice; and an M&A lawyer at Mallesons and Freehills
Dr Buzz Palmer has a background in orthopaedic and regenerative medicine and a proven track record as an entrepreneur. With experience across the EU, India, the Arabian Gulf and Asia Pacific, he has not only built his own ventures but has consulted with over 500 startups, helping them raise over $120M. A regular advisor to governments at all levels and a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Monash University Business School, Buzz is passionate about catalysing innovation and supporting the founders who drive it.