Makenzie is passionate about entrepreneurship, startup ecosystems and supporting founders. After working across Europe, Australia and Canada, Makenzie brings together a diverse background with international experience in project management, marketing, business innovation, academic research and creative and cultural entrepreneurship. Makenzie holds a Master of Management from the University of Melbourne. As a Project Officer at MedTech Actuator, Makenzie runs MedTech Actuator Origin, an idea pitch competition, as well as the MedTech Actuator Menzies Scholarship and Fellowship programs.
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.
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. 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.