staff.

Our team

Richard Fisher

Richard Fisher

Chief Executive Officer

BEcon (Hons.); CA (Chartered Accountant)

Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London and spent 24 years with professional services firm Ernst & Young in the UK, Australia and Papua New Guinea, the latter 15 years of which were as a partner of the Sydney office. Since retiring from the firm in 2002, Richard has worked in the corporate world in Australia as a consultant, contractor, CFO, COO and Chief Executive. Usually the appointments have been short-term ‘interim management’ positions, but often they have been extended to longer, full-time commitments.

Richard has been engaged by dozens of companies over several decades to help improve financial management and sustainability, deal with management and leadership issues, and design and implement new business strategies. He has a broad range of experience across multiple sectors – including manufacturing, services, research and development, and not-for-profit – as well as a longstanding familiarity with Policy Cures and Policy Cures Research, having been COO of The George Institute for Global Health at the time Policy Cures was hosted there.

The skills Richard has developed over many years include the ability to think strategically, to plan effectively, to operate efficiently and to manage risks. He has a particular interest in building environments where people enjoy working together as one team towards common objectives; and building a team with the talent and single-minded determination to achieve these objectives.

Dr Nick Chapman

Dr Nick Chapman

Executive Director

MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Hons.); BMedSci (Bachelor of Medical Science); MHR (Master of Human Rights, Merit)

Nick Chapman has extensive experience in health policy and practice as a doctor, researcher and analyst, specialising in innovation and neglected disease policy since 2010. In his previous positions as Director of Research and then Executive Director of Policy Cures, Nick has managed projects for governments, major philanthropic organisations and public-private partnerships. His experience includes work on research tracking, strategy development, funding gap analysis and innovative financing mechanisms. Nick also played an active role in Policy Cures’ efforts to raise the profile of global health R&D in Australia.

Nick is a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney, an expert advisor on R&D to the Access to Medicines Index, and in 2013 was recognised by the Lowy Institute for International Policy as one of its ‘new voices’ in international policy. Nick began his career as a doctor, before obtaining a Master’s degree in human rights, focusing on international development and international law. Prior to joining Policy Cures, Nick worked with Oxfam Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission, predominantly on policy solutions to Indigenous health inequality. Nick has a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (1st class Honours) and a Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Tasmania, and a Master of Human Rights (with Merit) from the University of Sydney.

Lisette Abela-Oversteegen

Lisette Abela-Oversteegen

Senior Analyst

BSc (Bachelor of Health); MSc (Master of Public Health)

Lisette has over a decade’s experience as an analyst of R&D and the pharmaceutical industry, focusing exclusively on neglected diseases since 2010. Lisette is responsible for managing the G-FINDER project to track global investment in neglected diseases R&D, continuing the role which she held at Policy Cures. Prior to joining Policy Cures, Lisette worked for business information company Datamonitor, where she focused on collecting and analysing market data and formulating strategic insights and recommendations for the pharmaceutical sector. Lisette also worked as a volunteer in several projects in Kenya and Chile focusing on sexual health education.

She received a Bachelor of Health in Occupational Therapy from the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and a Master of Public Health from Maastricht University.

Anna Doubell

Anna Doubell

Senior Analyst

BSc (Bachelor of Science); BCom (Bachelor of Commerce); MFin(AppFin) (Master of Applied Finance); MPH (Master of Public Health)

Anna joined the Policy Cures Research team in 2015, bringing more than 12 years of experience in the international finance sector. Anna’s background is in commodity finance — structuring inventory financing facilities in Australia and Singapore — as well as in mergers and acquisitions, where she provided strategic advice to some of Australia’s leading companies. Her thorough understanding of commercial enterprises is underpinned by skills in financial modelling, data manipulation and analysis.

In addition, Anna has a longstanding commitment to not-for-profits and international development; she is a director of a charity which provides food, services and education to those in need, spent nine months working with a community organisation in the Philippines as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development, and has volunteered with World Vision International.

Anna has a Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney, and has completed short courses in infectious disease modelling and vaccine epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Vipul Chowdhary

Dr Vipul Chowdhary

Analyst

MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery); MPH (Master of Public Health)

Vipul has over 10 years’ experience in the field of global health, working initially in India with the Department of Health. Vipul has worked for the international aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since 2004, initially as a field doctor. He was recently the Country Representative for MSF in Liberia for the Ebola epidemic response, prior to that he was the head of MSF operations in Nigeria and Yemen. Vipul has worked in various positions with MSF in developing country contexts, including in Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Liberia, Malawi,Sri Lanka and Yemen. He was involved in the G-FINDER project from inception and supported the research team of Policy Cures as a consultant working on the Indian neglected disease R&D funding landscape.

Vipul has a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from University of Pune, and a Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales.

George Rugarabamu

Dr George Rugarabamu

Analyst

BSc (Bachelor of Science); MSc (Master of Science); PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

George is an infectious diseases scientist with experience conducting basic and applied research on parasites causing neglected diseases. Before joining Policy Cures Research, George worked at Monash University where he supported the Faculty of Medicine in resource mobilisation and external relations. His interest in global health R&D policy stems from post-doctoral work with the African Network for Drugs & Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) at the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Ethiopia.

George has a PhD in molecular parasitology from the University of Geneva, where he investigated mechanisms of host-cell entry by apicomplexan parasites. His academic work is featured in the Molecular Microbiology, Nature Communications and Carbohydrate Research journals.

Renata Zanetti

Renata Zanetti

Analyst

BAIR (Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Hons); MIA (Master of International Affairs); MPA (Master of Public Administration)

Renata has worked in international development primarily focusing on global health, education and human rights with NGOs, ACFID, Government (AusAID, DFAT) and United Nations agencies for over 10 years. She has completed several executive courses in intellectual property law, humanitarian health diplomacy and health economics. She is passionate about promoting dignity including of people with disability and has an ongoing interest in neglected diseases. She worked on HIV prevention initially as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development at the UN in Thailand. She managed the Avoidable Blindness Initiative and worked on the team that won an Australia Day Award for the Malaria 2012 conference with AusAID.

Renata has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Australian National University (1st Class Honours), a Master in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Ulzi Gurjav

Ulziijargal Gurjav

Junior Analyst

BSc (Bachelor of Science); MSc (Master of Science); PhD (Doctor of Philosophy – thesis submitted)

Ulzii has extensive applied research experience in infectious diseases including tuberculosis, malaria and neuro-invasive viral infections, with a special interest in molecular epidemiology, geospatial clustering and public health as an academic at various universities. Her PhD dissertation project uncovered geographical hotspots with unexpectedly high caseloads of tuberculosis in both low- and high-incidence countries, and utilised whole genome sequencing to identify patterns of tuberculosis transmission within New South Wales, Australia.

Ulzii has published five manuscripts from her PhD project: three from a low-incidence setting (Australia) and two from a high incidence-setting (Mongolia); her Mongolian research revealed clustering of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis cases along Trans-Siberian railroad, suggesting disease dissemination along the route. In addition to her research work in Australia and Mongolia, Ulzi has conducted field work in Peru and taught general microbiology at a medical university.

Ulzii completed her Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, her Master of Science in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering at the University of Hawaii, and her PhD at The University of Sydney.

Ming Ong

Ming Ong

Junior Analyst

BA (Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy); MIPH (Master of International Public Health); MHltSec (Master of Health Security)

Ming has experience across public health, public policy, international development and health economics. His primary interest is in information architecture and the availability, transparency and quality of data to inform global health policy decision-making. Ming has completed a secondment with the Global Observatory on Health R&D at the World Health Organization. During his time at the Observatory, he assisted in data collation and analysis of global health R&D activities; the development of priority setting mechanisms for innovation; and the establishment of the WHO Expert Committee on Health R&D. Prior to joining Policy Cures Research, Ming worked in evidence-based preventive health policy with Partnership for Prevention (now part of the Altarum Institute) in Washington D.C.

Ming has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from American University, a Master of International Public Health and a Master of Health Security, both from the University of Sydney.

Juliette Borri

Juliette Borri

Research Associate

BIGS (Bachelor of International and Global Studies)

Juliette has a keen interest in development and global health policy having completed a summer program at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and a semester abroad at the University College of London’s School of Public Policy. In 2016, she participated in the Student Forum Maastricht conference in Brussels, contributing to a recommendation paper on triangular cooperation focusing on the EU’s facilitation of South-South cooperation and knowledge transfer. Juliette has also interned with Médecins Sans Frontières in their Sydney office, where she worked in the Medical Communications department as a translator, focusing on child health programmes in South Mali.

Juliette has a Bachelor of International and Global Studies majoring in International Relations and Social Policy at the University of Sydney.

Philippa Telford

Philippa Telford

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Philippa has extensive Office Managerial/EA experience working for executives at a senior level in various industries including Banking/Finance, Legal, Property, IT and Construction/Engineering. Organisations Philippa has worked for include Macquarie Bank, Egon Zehnder International, Allco Finance Group, Centuria Property Funds Management (formerly Century Funds Management/Bankminster) and Aurecon (formerly Connell Wagner).

Dr Klara Henderson

Dr Klara Henderson

Consultant

BA (Bachelor of Arts); MCom (Master of Commerce); PhD (Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health)

Klara Henderson has over 15 years policy experience, including 10 years as an analyst with Anderson Consulting, and as a policy and strategic development consultant with numerous Australian government agencies.

She spent time in East Africa working on HIV/AIDS projects and was a HIV/AIDS policy and financing consultant for AusAID and UNDP Asia Pacific. She has a PhD in international health policy from the University of Sydney, focussing on HIV/AIDS political commitment and funding in East Timor.

Lee Sternberg

Lee Sternberg

Accounting Manager

Lee has more than two decades’ experience as an accountant and bookkeeper, and is also a registered BAS agent. She has run her own bookkeeping consultancy since 1998, providing services to clients based in Australia, Dubai, Singapore and the UK. Prior to this, Lee worked for both national and multinational organisations in Sydney and London, managing their account departments and reporting directly to the CFO.

Our G-FINDER research assistants

Allisa Robertson

Allisa Robertson

Allisa is in her third year as a G-FINDER research assistant. She has a background in basic science and clinical research, including a summer internship at the Burnet Institute analysing genetic and antibody markers of the malaria parasite, and as a research assistant at the Inner North-Western Melbourne Medicare Local, evaluating primary care approaches to COPD. She has a Bachelor of Biomedicine and a Master of Public Health, both from The University of Melbourne, and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at The University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney).

Delfina Rampone

Delfina Rampone

Delfina is in her third year as a G-FINDER research assistant. She has a background in international finance, and holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from the Universidad Católica Argentina, a degree in International Trade from the Escuela Argentina de Negocios, and a dual Masters in International Management from the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez and The University of Sydney. In addition to English, Delfina is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Margaret Shi

Margaret Shi

Margaret is in her second year as a G-FINDER research assistant. She has a background in basic science and clinical research, including stints at the Burnet Institute, Mater Hospital North Sydney and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. She has a Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) from The University of Melbourne, and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at The University of Notre Dame Australia (Sydney). In addition to English, Margaret is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Shanghainese.

Sarah Serhal

Sarah Serhal

Sarah joined the G-FINDER team in 2017. With 4 years’ experience as a registered pharmacist, she has a strong interest in public health, health policy and international development. She has volunteered with not for profit organisations in Tanzania and Brazil, completed an independent study project alongside the Hanoi Medical University’s Population Health Department in the area of Intimate Partner Violence and Maternal Mental Health and is currently aiding data analysis of a community based survey regarding snake bites in Myanmar alongside the University of Sydney.

Sarah has a Masters of International Public Health and a Bachelor of Pharmacy, both from the University of Sydney.