Our Team

Executive Board

Lloyd Nash

Chair & Co-Founder

Lloyd is a specialist General & Acute Care physician with expertise in medical education, non-profit governance, change management and global health. Lloyd holds appointments as Clinical Fellow at University of Melbourne and International Partnerships and Programs Coordinator at Project Everest, creating knowledge partnerships to build sustainable social impact.  He is a former Director of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and is a Fellow of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program and recipient of the ADC Forum Australian Leadership Award.


naveen tenneti

Company Secretary

MBBS, BMedSci (hons), Bsc Econ & Dev (ongoing), MPH (ongoing)

Naveen is a 2017 Westpac Future Leader Scholar and candidate for the Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne and the Bachelors of Economics and Development at the University of London. He has previously worked as a medical doctor at Monash Health and been an intern at the World Health Organisation and the Lancet. He convened the 2015 Global Ideas Forum and has been involved with several other major events including AIDS2014, the World Cardiology Congress and the World Health Summit.


Director of Programs

BSc, MD, DCH, Current Paediatric Basic Physician Trainee (RACP)

Natalie is a junior doctor training in paediatrics with a strong interest in gender equality, child and adolescent health and youth leadership. She has held various appointments including: President of the Royal Children’s Hospital Junior Doctor Society, Social Secretary of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society and Director of REACH (now known as Strive, Australia’s first student-run multidisciplinary health clinic which under her leadership received an award from the Minister for Health). Natalie has represented Australia on behalf of the Medical Women’s International Association at several high-level UN meetings including the World Health Assembly, the General Assembly and Commission on the Status of Women. She has also completed an internship at the WHO HQ in Geneva with the Adolescent Health team where she contributed to an implementation guidance for adolescent health.



Director of Communications

BSc (Food Science & Nutrition), MBA

Alex leads the Chobani Food Incubator Program in Australia and holds management positions at Crepes for Change and Life Cykel. Previously, Alex oversaw the NPD, food safety, regulatory and nutrition portfolios at Grill’d Healthy Burgers, and spent five years with General Mills in brand management and R&D. Alex has led a number of marketing initiatives for organizations like Global Voices and campaigns like One Girls’ 2014 Do It In A Dress.


MIKE Jennings

Director of Organisational Development

BEng(Mech. Hons. 1st)

Mike is a Human Centre Designer with a background in Mechanical Engineering. Driven by a desire to leave a positive impact on the world, Mike has worked with NFPs and Social Enterprises such as Red Cross, the Global Health Alliance Melbourne and Pollinate Energy both locally and internationally. Using design thinking tools Mike helps organisations to make sense of the world and people that live within it, facilitating the design of better experiences. Mike is also the co-founder of the community event Experience Design Doers and is a Senior Consultant for the cooperative platform TypeHuman.



Design Jams Program Manager

BMedSci, MD

Daniel has recently completed his medical degree at the University of Melbourne and is working as a doctor at St Vincent’s Hospital. With a keen interest in healthcare innovation through communication, he has experience directing conference and entrepreneurial promotions. Daniel is also passionate about facilitating global health engagement and opportunities for students, previously co-chairing the Global Health Collective.


Design Jams Officer

BBus, GradCertPubHlth

Kathryn recently completed her Graduate Certificate in Public Health through Flinders University and is a new professional looking to start her career in public health.

She holds the secretary position with the UN Association of Australia (VIC) Young Professionals Committee and also volunteers with Positively Transforming World as a public health officer, CHASE as a projects consultant, and Centre for Multicultural Youth as a mentor for recently arrived migrants and refugees.

Kathryn is passionate about individual empowerment for health through education and has a strong interest in gender equality, migrant and refugee health, and good health and wellbeing.



Design Jams Officer

BCom Accounting and Finance (ongoing)

Sanjeev is currently completing his Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University majoring in both Accounting and Finance. Sanjeev also holds a role at Melbourne Sport Institute where he works and teaches youth basketball players across different schools in Victoria.

Outside of this work environment, Sanjeev has a keen interest in global health and a mindset on improving healthcare outcomes across the community. He hopes to make a difference in the medical industry by working with Global Ideas in 2024.



Forum Convenor


Jonathan currently works as an intern doctor at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He co-convened the MD Student Conference in 2017 at The University of Melbourne, which saw over 1,400 delegates with over 200 speakers. Outside of day-to-day work, he is interested in exploring the intersection between technology and health, and his career goal is to help transform the healthcare landscape into one that adequately incorporates technology in order to provide the best possible patient care.


Program Content Manager

B.Pharm H.Sc (Hons) MPH (Ongoing)

David is a Master in Public Health Student at the University of Melbourne. In 2017, David convened the Global Ideas Forum focusing upon Global Health in a volatile world - People, Politics and Planet.

David has a keen interest in global health and health economics. He has a variety of experiences across pharmaceutics, public policy and innovation.


Program Content Officer

BMedSci (Hons), MBBS (Hons)

Katherine is an Intern at the Alfred Hospital, with a particular interest in global health, medical education, and research.

In 2016 Katherine undertook a Bachelor of Medical Sciences at the University of Oxford. Working in conjunction with the World Health Organization, she conducted background research and identified literature gaps for their upcoming review of the definition of anaemia.

Katherine is also passionate about empowering individuals and communities to improve health outcomes. She established a maternal anaemia clinic in the Oxford University Hospital; assisted with organising the Australian Medical Students’ Association National Convention in 2015; and organised and participated in Team:MED’s student-led trip to Nepal in 2014 to educate local populations in preventive medicine and fundraise for local doctors and nurses.


Program Content Officer

MBBS (Hons), BMedSc (Hons)

Jason is a final-year medical student at Monash University, having recently undertaken a research year at the Centre for Eye Research Australia. A former Executive Director of the Torque Global Health Initiative, he’s passionate about working to empower others to become positive agents of global health, and developing research that embrace the fusion of technology and health as an aspiring clinician-scientist. He is driven in generating positive change in global health and strives for sustainability in healthcare.

AIDAN Kashyap

Design Sprints Manager

MBBS/PhD (ongoing), BMedSc(Hons)

Aidan is a medical student currently undertaking a PhD at The Ritchie Centre for women and children’s health, with experience in medical education, global health and conference convening.

Aidan’s passion lies in empowering local students and professionals to improve the health of their communities. As President of Friends4Fiji, Aidan leads a partnership between medical students at Monash University and the University of Fiji that aims to improve health outcomes via material aid donations and shared learning opportunities.

Aidan ran the successful Design Sprint series at Global Ideas Forum 2017, and will be managing this again in 2018. He has previously convened the global health conference Change x Unzipped in 2016, and teaches at the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash University.



Logistics Officer

MBBS (ongoing), BBiomedSc (Scholars Program)

Emma is a final year medical student at Deakin University who has interests in promoting primary preventative health measures and creating equitable health care systems. Emma also has a passion for women’s health and will be travelling to Sri Lanka this year to assist the local obstetrics department. She has experience in coordinating events in the public health sector including ChangexUnzipped (a Victorian global health conference) and, through Universal Health at Deakin, several other fundraising and awareness initiatives.



Logistics Officer

BBiomedSci (Hons), MD, MPH Candidate

Ruwani is a doctor working in paediatrics at the Gold Coast University Hospital, and completing her Masters of Public Health through the University of Sydney. She has been involved in Global Ideas Forum as Logistics Officer since 2017.

Ruwani is passionate about health education, and enjoys teaching strategies for primary health prevention to her patients and their parents. She is also passionate about reducing the human impact on climate change, and has volunteered for Doctors for the Environment Australia and Healthy Futures.

CASSIE taylor

Cultural Officer
MBBS (Hons), MPH (ongoing)

Cassie is a junior doctor working at Eastern Health, Melbourne, and is currently completing a Masters of Public Health through Flinders University. With an interest in emergency medicine, Cassie is passionate about improving healthcare access to all people. She also has an interest in gender equity and refugee health, and currently volunteers for The Water Well Project.



Labs Convenor
MBBS (Hons), BMedSc (Hons), DRANZCOG, BSc Econ & Dev (ongoing)

Chavy is a junior doctor working in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Royal Women’s Hospital, studying Development & Economics through the University of London (LSE).

She has a particular interest in bioethics, having completed her honours year in the ethics of resource allocation in neonatal intensive care at the University of Oxford, and an internship in the World Health Organisation Global Health Ethics Unit.

Chavy is passionate about creating innovative solutions to social challenges of the 21st century, and encouraging constructive dialogue about how an ideal society should look.



Labs Officer
BSc (Hons), PhD Candidate

Steph is a first year PhD student at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research. Her work focuses on the immune system’s ability to resolve infections and cancer, with previous experience in vision regeneration using stem cell and bioscaffolding technologies.

Steph volunteers her time to run refugee holiday programs, and recently founded a social enterprise to create employment opportunities for the refugee mothers.

Steph believes in freedom of speech and the power of the individual. She refuses to be reduced to identity politics and believes it is necessary to challenge the autonomy we hold over our own values.



Labs Officer

MBBS (Hons) (ongoing), BMedSci, MPH (ongoing)

Madelaine is a final year medical student at Monash University. She holds a Bachelor of Medical Sciences in public health, completed at the Burnet Institute in the area of homelessness and injecting drug use, and is also currently completing a Masters of Public Health.

Madelaine is passionate about global health, health equity, sustainability and human rights. In 2017 she completed an internship in human rights law with the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations for the 34th session of the Human Rights Council.

As a young Indigenous woman, Madelaine is committed to working to reduce social inequalities in our society and continues to work with many different community organisations in the areas of refugee and asylum seeker health, Indigenous rights and gender equality.



Labs Officer

BBmed, MD/MPH (ongoing)

David is currently completing his penultimate year of an intercalated MD/MPH degree after finishing a Bachelor of Biomedicine majoring in microbiology.

His interests include child health, education and humanitarian assistance as well as intercultural and international relations. He enjoys open minded, productive discussion to enable solutions to longstanding issues and conflict. His greatest passions in life are for humanity to move beyond disputes and difference and for every global citizen to have the best opportunities to be the best person they can be.

Currently his involvements include co-coordinator of Teddy Bear Hospital Melbourne and report card project member of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.


Labs Officer

BSc (Hons), BMBS (ongoing), MPH (ongoing)

Ashleigh is a second year medical student at Deakin University. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in the area of drug addiction. Ashleigh is also an epidemiologist within the WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis at the Doherty Institute. Her research projects currently focus on hepatitis B in Indigenous communities, and women’s health in rural areas.

Her interests include infectious diseases, First Nations health, women’s health, global health and community-based health initiatives. She is passionate about social equity and human rights.

Ashleigh is part of the John Flynn Placement Program where she spends time each year in an Aboriginal Health Centre in Cairns. In 2017 she was awarded a New Colombo Plan mobility grant to gain exposure to the Vietnamese public health system and the challenges faced in health care within the Asia-Pacific region.



Adelaide Fenwick

Marketing Manager

BA Media and Communications

Adelaide has been involved with Global Ideas since 2016, managing and delivering promotional and educational campaigns for the organisation through Social Media channels and the website.

Adelaide is passionate about the environment, urban sustainability and the public health systems and how we might collectively improve these areas through community intervention and policy change.

Adelaide has worked in many areas of Government; corporate services, Human Resources, communications, parliamentary and now as a Policy Officer within the Education portfolio.


Website Manager

MD (ongoing) & BBiomedSc

Nakul is an enthusiastic individual who loves meeting new people. He also enjoys travelling, playing & watching sports (in particular, cricket) and is always looking to diversify his experiences and interests. He has recently developed a strong passion for climate change activism as he believes it is the most pertinent threat facing our world. It is thus the shared responsibility of our generation to work towards building a better, cleaner and safer future, not only for ourselves, but for the generations to come.



Social Media Officer

BMComm, Masters in Urban Planning and Environments (ongoing)

Phoebe has completed a Bachelor of Media and Communications at Swinburne University of Technology, and is currently undertaking a Masters of Urban Planning and Environments at RMIT. Phoebe is experienced in social research, public policy and education and seeks to use her skills to make a contribution to a better world. She is passionate about global health, gender equity, human rights and sustainability.



Communications Officer



Partnerships Manager

BA (Hons), MPH (ongoing)

Robbie is currently undertaking a Master of Public Health at The University of Melbourne after finishing her Bachelor of Arts majoring in both History and Psychology. Prior to her role at Global Ideas, Robbie has mentored for both River Nile Learning Centre and AIME, as well as volunteering at the Victorian AIDS Council. With a strong focus on the importance of education and engagement as empowering tools in achieving health equity, she also has a huge interest in both health promotion and health policy, and wants to work to equip disadvantaged individuals and communities with the requisite skills and information to improve health outcomes.


Partnerships Officer



Partnerships Officer

BSc (Hons), MD (ongoing)

Mirsada is a second year medical student at Monash University, with experience in research and global health. She believes that healthcare is a universal right, and is something we should all advocate for.  Mirsada currently works as a research assistant at the Biomedical Discovery Institute, and has also worked within other research-related fields. She has been previously involved in Global Ideas through volunteer work and is passionate about making a change, no matter how small.


Partnerships Officer

BSc, MIPH, MBBS (Hons)

Emily is a medical intern at Monash Health, with an interest in clinical research, health technology and global health.

She previously completed a Master of International Public Health, and was an intern at the World Health Organisation. She is passionate about embracing innovation and technology to improve health both locally and abroad. She is a co-founder of HorusAI, a startup focused on reducing health inequalities using technology, and the project manager for Dermcare, an app being developed to improve access to dermatology services in Victoria through telemedicine.



Programs Impact Officer



Programs Impact Officer