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Tania de Jong AM

LL.B (Hons), GradDipMus

Executive Director

Tania de Jong AM is a trail-blazing Australian soprano, award-winning social entrepreneur, creative innovation catalyst, spiritual journey woman, storyteller and global speaker. Tania is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators developing 6 businesses and 3 charities including Creative Universe, Creativity Australia and With One Voice, Creative Innovation Global, Mind Medicine Australia, Dimension5, MTA Entertainment & Events, Pot-Pourri and The Song Room.

She works across the public, private, creative and community sectors and is passionate about mental health, innovation, diversity and inclusion.  Tania speaks and sings around the world as a soloist and with her group Pot-Pourri releasing twelve albums. She is Founder and Executive Producer of future-shaping events series, Creative Innovation Global and is now producing the Global Summit on Psychedelic Medicines for Mental Health.

She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008. Tania was named in the 100 Women of Influence, the 100 Australian Most Influential Entrepreneurs and named as one of the 100 most influential people in psychedelics globally in 2021. Tania’s TED Talk ‘How Singing Together Changes The Brain’ has sparked international interest. Tania’s mission is to change the world, one voice at a time!

Gavin Abeyratne

B.A.

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Gavin Abeyratne started his consulting career at Ernst & Young in 2010, but declined a graduate position in IT Risk Assessment to instead pursue entrepreneurship and independent consulting.

Since then, he has been at the forefront of digital transformation, exponential technologies and e-learning, with a specific focus in how these technologies can elevate human consciousness and wellbeing.

Gavin has over a decade of experience in marketing and communications, having founded his own companies, held Senior Marketing Positions at Mindvalley, launched best-selling books such as Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal, shared the stage with the Managing Director of Google Asia, and himself trained thousands of conscious entrepreneurs in marketing and business systems engineering.

He is passionate about bringing higher levels of consciousness to capitalism so that we can prosper both spiritually and materially in harmony with nature.

Nigel Denning

MA, MPsych

Director of Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies (CPAT)

Nigel Denning MA, MPsych is a Counselling Psychologist, AHPRA registered supervisor and Managing Director of Integrative Psychology a Psychology/Psychiatry practice in East Melbourne.  He is a former Family Violence Co-ordinator for Relationships Australia and is currently the Former Deputy President of the In Good Faith Foundation, an organisation that supports Institutional Abuse and cult survivors. Nigel is also a registered Neuro-psychotherapy supervisor with IAAN.

Nigel has been involved in Transpersonal Psychology and consciousness studies for over thirty years.  He has studied extensively under Stanislav Grof MD and worked closely with Tav Sparks and Grof Transpersonal Training to develop training approaches to Holotropic breathwork and therapy influenced by this modality. Nigel also conducted one of the few peer reviewed research studies on HB.

Nigel teaches and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on state change technology, including medicine work. Nigel also has an established practice in Tibet Bon Dzogchen meditation under the guidance of Dr Daniel Brown of Harvard Medical School.

Dr Tra-ill Dowie

PhD

Director of Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies (CPAT)

Dr Tra-ill Dowie is the Head of the Faculty of Psychotherapy at Ikon Institute Australia. Dr Dowie is the Chair of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) Panel for Trauma Standards & Practice. Dr Dowie is a practising psychotherapist, supervisor and public speaker. Dr Dowie’s academic life and public lectures cover a broad range of interdisciplinary topics that relate to the human condition: psychiatry, psychotherapy, trauma, continental philosophy, philosophy of mind, anthropology, health and wellbeing, and human optimisation. He holds dual PhDs, receiving a PhD in Psychiatry from Monash University and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne.

Ilan Hayman

B. IS, ITIL Cert, M. ProjMngt

Operations Manager

Ilan has played a pivotal role in the General Management of healthcare businesses including a private cosmetic surgery chain and the commercialisation of a breakthrough skincare range. He successfully led the development of these products from concept through to production commercialisation.

Most recently Ilan oversaw a group of national medical centers.  His career into operations management was triggered by his valuable experience as part of the Risk and Controls Solutions practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Specifically, Ilan’s passion is assisting the medical fraternity in their practice management and business administration functions. Ilan’s ambition is to work in a role that utilises his analysis expertise enriched by his exposure to the commercial side of business.

Ilan has a passion for assisting community organisations and sits on several boards of not for profit organisations. He also holds Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards and brings along a unique set of community and industry related experience.

Scott Edwards

Chapter and Community Manager

Scott is driven by a deep desire to understand the nature of human experience and to use that understanding to cultivate health and wellbeing for himself and others.

This has led to a winding road through life. Before arriving at Mind Medicine Australia he has worked as a paintball referee, professional musician, music teacher, online education company founder/director, sales assistant, gardener, remedial massage therapist and somatic body worker. Outside of work he has spent considerable time exploring both the world at large and his own internal world.

In addition to his role with MMA he continues his work as a somatic body worker and in his time off you’ll often find Scott enjoying time with family and friends or sitting on a meditation cushion or under a tree.

 

Nicole Hearnden

B Ed

Events & Partnership Manager

Nicole has completed studies in education, business, sports training and counselling. An experienced yoga and meditation practitioner, with a life-long interest in health and wellbeing , Nicole’s growth mindset has inspired change and innovation in a variety of career settings.

As a specialist in Business Development and Acccount Management, she has worked at Inclusion Australia and spent over fifteen years in National advertising and promotional roles with several radio networks and leading magazine publishers.

Nicole’s interest in psychology and self-development led her to complete a Diploma of Holistic Counselling in 2007, before working as a health and wellbeing coach for women and a community volunteer at Sacred Heart Mission, St Kilda.

Nicole has spent the last eight years at Tennis Australia, on The Australian Open, in key Business Development roles and now embraces the opportunity to build meaningful Mind Medicine Australia partnerships, with a focus on positive change in many people’s lives.

Julia Neubauer

B. A.

Digital Communications, Design and Social Media Consultant

Pursuing her passion in the creative arts, Julia graduated in the UK with a first-class Bachelor of the Arts in Music Production. Developing her craft in the years to follow, she worked with e-commerce companies before launching her own business in 2016. Working remotely while travelling across the world, Julia has been supporting entrepreneurs in building their brand through content creation, designing websites, and building sales funnels.

Her international upbringing and work experience have equipped Julia with strong adaptability, excellent communication skills, and an entrepreneurial growth mindset. Julia is a multidisciplinary artist working across photography, music, and writing to capture the depths of our human experience. She is interested in the intersection between psychedelic medicine, ancient Buddhist meditation practices, and the creative arts. Fascinated by the healing power that altered states of consciousness can provide, Julia is driven by the profound impact these modalities can have on our collective wellbeing. Currently, she is also studying art psychotherapy at the IKON Institute.

Anthony Licciardi

Education, Program, Admin Coordinator

Anthony is a current Biomedicine student at LaTrobe University aspiring to pursue a career in the field of Neuroscience. He aims to one day be involved in the research behind psychedelic medicines and their therapeutic benefits, alongside other holistic health practices. In accordance with his line of study, he is extremely passionate about bringing life-lasting treatment to people in need and is driven to apply his interpersonal skills and knowledge of the health industry to a professional environment.

Anthony began his journey at MMA as a volunteer and has spent the past 10 years in the hospitality/retail sector. His experience has helped develop the expertise to form lasting relationships with people involved in all areas of the organisation, and the clerical skills required for administrative tasks.

Alongside his genuine nature and passion in health, Anthony’s interests include reading, meditation and jiu-jitsu, and loves to spend his time outside in nature with family and friends.

Katie Stokoe

Chapter Engagement Officer

Katie is currently studying for a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences at Swinburne University and has completed a Diploma in Film and Television. Katie began her journey at MMA as a volunteer and has spent the last 9 years in hospitality, retail and other reputable businesses. By virtue of Katie’s creative intellect, she aims to use many healing modalities to restore people’s psyche and well-being, working in coherence with the energetic fields and plant medicine. Since scientists are still yet to reliably define and understand consciousness, Katie is passionate about the imminent change in Psychiatry and Science as we know it, once plant medicines are authorised.

She believes that understanding and integrating the mechanisms of brain waves, Quantum physics, Metaphysics, Morphogenetic fields, and other key paradigms including psychedelic-assisted therapies, can guide a unified consciousness within society. That will, in turn, create a better and more evolved earth, operating on a higher vibrational frequency.

When we heal ourselves, we heal each other and heal our Earth

Alongside Katie’s professional experience, she enjoys Yoga, reading self-development books, creating art, music and photography, adventures in nature, and socializing with her family and friends.

Victor Chiruta

UHSc, MCMA, MPS

Science Scholar

Victor Chiruta has over ten years experience working in the health industry. He is in his final year of a Bachelor of Health Science and organising a proposal for an Honours in Biomedical Research at the University of South Australia. He has further completed study and certification in youth work, biochemistry, naturopathy, homeopathy, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, biology, and medicinal cannabis consulting. Victor is a Certified SMART Recovery Australian Facilitator, a Professional Interpener (cannabis sommelier), registered internationally as a naturopath and homeopath, a TGA sponsor administrator and a member of several professional bodies.

He is one of Mind Medicine Australia’s key researchers, scientific writers, and a board member of the Brisbane chapter. Outside of Mind Medicine Australia, Victor provides hospital equipment to public hospitals, is involved with the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and develops health and medical foods utilising his rich passion for pharmacology, medicinal and biochemistry. His particular interests lie in psychedelic medicines, phytocannabinoids, disability rehabilitation, and anabolic phytosteroids.

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