Dr Mei Ling Doery a University of Melbourne trained medical doctor dedicated to mainstreaming new ideas from the world of health, technology and wellness. She is the managing director of Melbourne based venture strategy and design practice MDMD. Mei serves as an expert advisor to OzoneX – a purpose built venture fund designed to propel underserved founders with bold missions.
Mei has two decades experience working with, advising and consulting to over 150 startup ventures including Doctors.net.uk, 8i, LifeReady and the Live China / Live Council initiative. In 2014, Mei was appointed as a WEF Young Global Leader in recognition of her contribution to global public health and as doctor-in-residence to host the RockHealth Australia tour for digital agency Portable Studios (named in BRW’s ‘Fast 100’ for 2013). In 2016, Mei co-founded SugarByHalf, and became an innovation adviser to Nightingale Housing and a board member for the Chisholm Institute and Chisholm Online.
Mei’s perspective on contemporary societal challenges is informed by roles as medical adviser for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Australian Defence Force, team doctor for an AFL football team, executive physician at BUPA Wellness and emergency medicine doctor. Prior to this, Mei was the youngest ministerial appointment to the board of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation in the organisation’s history. She has operated as an independent adviser and strategist under her own shingle, MDMD, since 2000. Clients have included the Parliament of Victoria, CSIRO, Behaviour Change (The Shannon Company), LoopLearn, LifeReady and many others.
Mei was a founding mentor to the awarded Melbourne Accelerator Program and led the development of a proposal to establish an international campus and lifestyle destination for entrepreneurs, investors and cultural connectors in Melbourne. In 2017, this project was recognised as a major grant recipient by LaunchVic – Victoria’s state innovation fund.
Ant has years of experience in creative leadership and brand strategy. His previous roles as Creative Director, Clemenger BBDO Melbourne and Regional Creative Director, Asia Pacific at Elmwood saw Ant responsible for overseeing brand projects across Australia, Asia, Europe and the US. Having launched consumer product DoWater – the first water packaged in renewable and recyclable paperboard packs, Ant understands the demands on entrepreneurs today.
This led to an opportunity to be selected for the US Embassy IVLP ‘International Leadership Program’ on Entrepreneurialism and Innovation – spending time in the US connecting with leaders in the entrepreneurial community, giving him exposure to start-up ecosystems across San Francisco CA, Austin TX, Chicago IL and Washington DC. Ant is the founder of Heartland, the independent creative agency behind the Teach Us Consent brand, and a Director of Pontem Group where he is the Executive Creative Director of Pontem Studio.
Christina Liosis is a progressive financial services leader with 25 years’ experience. Previously, Christina was the CFO of FNZ Australia/NZ and the CFO of several large superannuation funds including Telstra Super and CBUS. At Telstra Super, she oversaw the operation of Telstra’s Finance, Risk and Business Intelligence Units and was a member of Telstra’s Investment Management, and Audit and Risk and Compliance Committees.
Elizabeth is a United Nations Independent Expert and is currently Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls. As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), she worked to break down barriers and promote gender equality. She is a globally acknowledged leader, social innovator and advocate. Elizabeth founded the ‘Champions of Change’ strategy activating influential men to take action on gender equality and has led 13 major cultural reviews into Australia’s leading national institutions. In 2016, Elizabeth was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and named NSW Australian of the Year, she is also a member of the International Service for Human Rights Board and the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership Advisory Council, KCL.
Karen Iles brings over 20 years of experience from the community and corporate sector.
Karen is the founder and Principal Solicitor of Violet Co Legal and Consulting. Violet Co is a social enterprise that specialises in supporting business and organisations to make a positive impact on the lived experience of Indigenous peoples and women. As a social enterprise Violet Co is a signatory to the National Pro Bono target and has its own dedicated program focused on sexual assault.
Karen was born and raised on Darkinjung land and now lives on both Darkinjung and Gadigal Land, Australia. She honours her Aboriginal, Scottish and English heritage. Karen is passionate about trauma informed responses and organisational leadership. She has experienced sexual assault and “get’s it”.
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts (Women’s Studies)
Nationally Accredited Mediator
Grad Cert Applied Law (Dispute Resolution)
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors