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.
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
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.
Rebecca Davies AO FAICD is an experienced company director with particular focus in the health and related sectors. After a long career as a partner in a major law firm, she moved to the non-executive world and is currently deputy Chair of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, director of Catholic Healthcare, Defence Health and Transparency International Australia and a member of various advisory groups for health related charities and for the National Health and Medical Research Council including the Health Innovations Advisory Committee.
Frank Jaskulke is the VP of Intelligence at the Medical Alley Association where he is responsible for international business development and strategic services to startup companies. During his career he has helped hundreds of companies to find partners, investors, key talent, and other resources they need to advance their business. Prior to working at the Medical Alley Association he worked for the Minnesota House of Representatives as staff to the Commerce Committee. He holds a BA and Masters in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.
Michelle Gallaher is CEO of the ASX-listed AI company Opyl and co-founder and co-chair of Women in STEMM Australia. Formerly CEO of the BioMelbourne Network, Michelle is an influential advocate for the Australian health technology sector and for women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). In 2017, Michelle was named Telstra Victoria Business Woman of the Year for Victoria and Telstra Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year.
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.
Mukesh Haikerwal AC is a General Medical Practitioner and formerly the 19th president of the Australian Medical Association. He was made a Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia for eminent service to medicine having previously been awarded the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medicine and has worked for the Prime Minister of Australia on the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission – formulating a future vision for Australia’s health. Mukesh is a professorial fellow at Flinders University Adelaide and has held board positions on Cancer Victoria, Beyond Blue and Brain Injury Australia.
Dr Pradeep Philip is a Partner and Head of Deloitte Access Economics Australia, after a long and successful career in public policy. With a deep expertise in economics and proven leadership experience, Pradeep has operated as a senior government bureaucrat, Director of Policy in the Prime Minister’s office, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria and CEO of LaunchVic. He serves on the national Board of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and is the Queensland President of CEDA and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne.
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.