Maria Pelipas is a seasoned program manager with innovation experience spanning biotech strategy consulting, partnership management, startup accelerators, investment funds and innovation agencies. Her career spans Australia, the US, Belgium, and Russia – where she managed international activities for over 200 startups. Maria holds a Master of International Relations from Tomsk State University, Russia; a Master of European Studies from the University of Brussels, Belgium; and is qualified in project management, venture deals and tech transfer management.
Emma Clark is a marketing professional with experience across the health, research, environment, and arts sectors. Passionate about knowledge translation and using content for positive change, Emma has managed marketing and content production for institutions such as The Royal Children’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne. She has produced useful, clear, and persuasive content on diverse themes spanning health innovation, climate change, early childhood, mental health, literacy, racism, dance, and green roofs. Fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and with experience in Indonesia, Emma holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) and Postgraduate Certificate in Editing and Communications.
Prior to joining the MedTech Actuator, Joshua Lim led early stage innovation programs in a Large Local Corporation as well as holding positions in new product development, strategy planning and investments in early stage healthcare companies. Joshua drives strategy, partnership and business development for the MedTech Actuator in Singapore. He holds a Master of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) and a Bachelor of Engineering.
Gobind is a questioner and storyteller that avidly applies lateral thinking. With an interdisciplinary background consisting of a Master of Data Science, a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), and a Diploma in Electronic & Computer Engineering, he has a wide body of knowledge to draw from. Before joining the MedTech Actuator, Gobind was a fellow at the RMIT-Cisco Health Transformation Lab where he broke down multifaceted problems, generated new insights, and fostered new communities.
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