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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 5 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.

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!

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.

Dr Alana Roy

Ph. D Psychology, B. A Social Work (MHSW)

National Practice Manager Psychological Services and Co-Lead Facilitator of CPAT Course

Dr Alana Roy is a psychologist, social worker and therapist and has spent the last 13 years working in mental health, suicide prevention, trauma, sexual abuse, family violence and the disability sector. Alana has worked with borderline personality and dissociative identity disorder in various roles in the community such as: Rape Crisis Centres with victims of ritual abuse, childhood and adult sexual assault, supporting women in the sex industry, survivors of human trafficking and now as a psychedelic integration specialist.

Alana focuses on harm minimisation, community and connection. She is dedicated to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and plant medicines. She has engaged with, and provides integration therapeutic support services for communities across Australia. Alana works at several universities as a Research Fellow and supervisor of students on placement. Alana passionately advocates for public policy, community education and legislative changes so that these treatments are regulated and supported by a strong, connected and skilled sector.

Learn more about Alana’s experiences in: Psychedelic Medicines: How My Journey Into The Jungle Changed My Life

Gavin Abeyratne

B.A.

Social Enterprise Marketing Consultant

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.

Luke Smith

B.A.

Chapter and Community Manager

Luke is a strong advocate for social justice and believes psychedelic-assisted therapy is an important step towards healing collective trauma and suffering. As someone with a lived experience of mental illness, working to prevent others suffering in this area is a lifelong mission.

Luke has a passion for creating change and has spent his career working with innovative charities to deliver greater impacts where they are needed most. He successfully pitched and led a new engagement project at World Wildlife Fund Australia that reached over a million young people in its first year. He then developed a deeper understanding of the importance of psychedelic assisted therapy while working as Program Coordinator of DanceWize NSW where he helped double the size of the volunteer team, allowing hundreds of thousands of young people to engage with the world-class service.

In his spare time Luke is an avid gardener, amateur poet and full-time agitator for a better world.

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.

Melissa Warner

B.Sc

Education Fellow

As an advocate for innovative solutions for mental health, Melissa is Education and Communications Officer at Mind Medicine Australia, Secretary of Psychedelic Research in Science and Medicine, co-founder of the Australian Psychedelic Society and is a member of the UK-Australian Young Leaders Forum.

After graduating in Neuroscience from the University of Melbourne, Melissa travelled to leading international centres of psychedelic research, transformative technology and Buddhist meditation to forecast next-generation mental health treatments.  Melissa traverses the divide between research and therapeutic practice through her lived experience in healing from PTSD with psychedelic-assisted therapy internationally.

With a background in digital art, programming and performance art, Melissa brings a creative and future-focused outlook to her pursuits. Melissa is currently a post-graduate student at The University of Melbourne on the path towards clinical psychology and is creating therapeutic virtual reality programs to support psychedelic-assisted therapy and enhanced wellbeing.

Grace McNie

Administration, Education and Program Coordinator

Grace is a visual artist, curator, writer and psychology student. Driven by her curiosity and keen mind, Grace has found herself in many fields of work and study. She began her studies at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts and went on to graduate with distinction from a Master of Arts Management at RMIT University. Grace has worked in community arts, vocational education, compliance, evaluation, research, and festivals.

Grace’s journey with MMA began when she was hired by Tania at the With One Voice programs in 2018. Shortly after, Grace embarked on some soul-searching and a career change, undertaking a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science with the goal of becoming a clinical psychologist. She then reconnected with Tania and came on board at Mind Medicine Australia, while simultaneously studying her Honours year.

Grace believes in an open-minded and evidence-based approach to therapy and is excited to see what psychedelic medicine can bring to the relational and couples’ therapy sphere.

Jeffrey Lee

B. Comm.

Financial and Operations Officer

Jeffrey graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. In both his personal and professional life, he has been actively involved in raising awareness of mental health amongst his friends and family.

Jeffrey witnessed firsthand the impact of mental illnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and was driven to help. Starting as a volunteer, he is now aiding the Mind Medicine Australia team to deliver a unique and revolutionary approach to tackle the mental health crisis. He is passionate about removing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses and psilocybin and wishes to educate the public about the benefits of the new medicines.

Currently, Jeffrey is undertaking his CA qualification and is aiming to further his education in the future. His eagerness to contribute to the fight against mental illnesses makes him a good fit for Mind Medicine Australia.

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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