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Tania de Jong AM

LL.B (Hons), GradDipMus

Executive Director

Tania de Jong AM is the co-Founder and Executive Director of Mind Medicine Australia. She regularly presents on psychedelic-assisted therapies, mental health and wellbeing at major conferences and events around the world and to Governments, regulators, clinicians, philanthropists and the general public.

Tania is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs and innovators developing 6 businesses and 4 charities including Creative Universe, Creativity Australia and With One Voice, Umbrella Foundation, Creative Innovation Global, Pot-Pourri and The Song Room.

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 has sparked international interest. Tania has garnered an international reputation as a performer, speaker, entrepreneur and a passionate leader for social change. Her mission is to change the world, one voice at a time!

Scott Edwards


Executive Officer

Scott has had a diverse career, working across a variety of fields. After originally training and working as a professional musician, he founded and bootstrapped a successful online music education company – Ear Training HQ – at age 23. Ear Training HQ taught an innovate approach to skill development that he developed. He successfully taught this to thousands of students over 10 years. He has since trained and worked as a bodyworker and somatic therapist, again developing a unique approach called Contact Therapy which has led to significant positive outcomes for clients. It is through this somatic work that his interest in altered state based therapies developed.

His work in all fields is deeply influenced by Buddhist teachings and practice.

Ilan Hayman

B. IS, ITIL Cert, M. ProjMngt

Head of Operations

Ilan has played a pivotal role in the general management of healthcare businesses, demonstrating expertise in various sectors including a private cosmetic surgery chain and the commercialisation of a groundbreaking skincare range. He has successfully guided the development of these products from initial concept to full-scale production.

In his most recent position, Ilan oversaw a group of national medical centers. His career trajectory towards operations management was initiated by his valuable experience gained while working with the Risk and Controls Solutions practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Driven by a passion for assisting the medical fraternity in their practice management and business administration functions, Ilan leverages his well-rounded skills across a diverse range of knowledge areas. He aspires to contribute his analytical expertise, complemented by his firsthand exposure to the commercial aspects of business, in a role that fully utilises his capabilities.

In addition to his professional endeavours, Ilan actively engages in supporting community organisations. He has also been recognised for his achievements with Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards, showcasing his unique combination of community involvement and industry-related experience.

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.

Anthony Licciardi

Education, Program, Administration 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.

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.

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