Our Team

Richard Fisher

Executive ChairmanBEcon (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. These appointments have included both short-term ‘interim management’ positions and 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

Chief Executive OfficerMBBS (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.

Anna Doubell

Director of Research 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 was 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. In 2018, Anna swam the English Channel, raising over $12,000 for malaria research.

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.

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.

Dr Paul Barnsley

Senior AnalystBEc (Bachelor of Economics, Hons); Llb (Bachelor of Laws, Hons); PhD (Doctor of Economics)Paul has seven years’ experience working as a health economist: for London’s Office of Health Economics, Deloitte Access Economics, and most recently as the senior health economist for the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia. His work in the health care sector has focused on the pharmaceutical industry, drowning prevention and epidemiology, and valuation of health care interventions.

Earlier in his career, Paul worked in project finance and construction contracting with a major Australian law firm, assisting in the creation of legal and financial structures underlying large infrastructure projects. Paul also worked as a freelance information technology journalist for a range of Australian magazines and provided advice to the UK Charities Aid Foundation on prioritisation of corporate philanthropic spending.

Paul received Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Law from the Australian National University and completed his Doctorate in Economics at the University of Sydney. His academic work can be found in the Journal of Technology Assessment in Health, the Journal of Safety Research and BMJ Open.

Maya Goldstein

Senior AnalystMA Oxon (Master of Arts in Biological Sciences, First Class)

Maya joined Policy Cures Research in 2018 with a decade of experience in global health and international development. She brings specific technical expertise in sexual and reproductive health and a strong background in the not-for-profit health sector. Prior to joining Policy Cures Research, Maya worked in senior roles at Marie Stopes International, before consulting for clients including International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Safe Abortion Action Fund. She has extensive experience in policy and advocacy, partnership development, multi-million dollar program design, and research and evaluation for reproductive health projects globally.

As part of the Policy Cures Research team, Maya is responsible for the reproductive health component of G-FINDER, which will measure the global investment in R&D for new reproductive health technologies.

Maya has a Masters’ Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford UK. She has also completed short courses in Health Economics and Financing and Qualitative Research Methodologies, through the University of Melbourne.

Dr Vipul Chowdhary

AnalystMBBS (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.

Dr George Rugarabamu

AnalystBSc (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 MicrobiologyNature Communications and Carbohydrate Research journals.

Ming Ong

AnalystBA (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

AnalystBIGS (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.

Dr Iona Tjoeng

Junior AnalystBSc (Bachelor of Medical Science), MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery)Iona has a background in basic sciences and clinical medicine, and has experience in infectious disease research having served as a site Co-Investigator for the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in the PneumoINSPIRE study into pneumonia. She has a keen interest in global health, has previously volunteered in the Solomon Islands, and is currently studying a Masters of International Public Health at the University of Sydney.

Iona has a Bachelor of Medical Science and Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, both from the University of Sydney.

Dr Amelia Hynen

Junior AnalystBSc(Hons) (Bachelor of Science, Honours in Biomedical Science), MIPH (Masters of International Public Health), MPH (Masters of Public Health), PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)Amelia has a background in basic science research with an keen interest in infectious diseases. She has seven years of experience as a Teaching Associate at the University of Technology, Sydney, focusing on microbiology and epidemiology. Prior to joining Policy Cures Research, she worked as a Research Assistant at the University of New South Wales, focusing on immunisation coverage in Australian Indigenous populations, and interned in the Global Influenza Programme at the World Health Organization, assessing burden of disease and monitoring influenza incidence.

Amelia has a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Biomedical Science and a PhD in bacteriology from the University of Technology, Sydney. Her PhD focused on the assembly of bacterial communities. She also has a Masters of International Public Health and a Masters of Public Health from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work is featured in Nature Communications journal.

Madeleine Kearney

Junior AnalystBSc (Bachelor of Medical Science), MIPH (Master of International Public Health)Madeleine has a keen interest in global health, having taken part in a volunteering trip to Nepal, and completing an international field placement in Timor- Leste, where she undertook a research project on DOT implementation for Tuberculosis treatment. She is also involved in research through the George Institute for Global Health, within the cardiovascular division.

Madeleine has a Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of New South Wales and a Master of International Public Health from the University of Sydney.

Lee Sternberg

Accounting ManagerLee 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

Delfina Rampone

Delfina is in her fourth 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.

Dr Margaret Wu

Margaret has over twenty years of clinical experience including in research and clinical trials, and is a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney. She was previously an oncologist at China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing, where she was engaged in clinical research, animal model experiments and molecular biology. Margaret was a volunteer doctor with a medical team in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, where she treated cancer patients. She also worked on the front lines in the fight against SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndromes) in 2003, in Beijing. Currently, Margaret is a registered Chinese medicine practitioner with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Dr Megan Truong

Megan has a background in applied research in drug discovery, with a keen interest in fungal microbiology, infectious diseases and drug discovery. She is a Teaching Associate at the University of Technology Sydney, specialising in microbiology subjects. She has a Bachelor of Medical Science with First Class Honours and has recently submitted her PhD thesis on drug discovery for cryptococcal meningitis at the ithree institute, University of Technology Sydney.

Sam Chivers

Sam has a decade of experience in global health advocacy, research, and communications. Prior to assisting with the G-FINDER project in 2019, Sam led global partnership engagement for the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security of the Australian government, and worked on government relations and partnerships on measles and rubella vaccinations, antimicrobial resistance, and nutrition for the United Nations Foundation and 1,000 Days in Washington DC. Earlier, Sam spent two years working in Southeast Asia at the UN and a nonprofit on migration health issues. She has also spent several years conducting research projects on global health issues including drug use and maternal health at the University of New South Wales. Sam holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Technology, a masters degree with honours in International Public Health and graduate certificates in Peace and Conflict Studies and Health Communications from the University of Sydney.

Sumaya Mozumder

Sumaya Mozumder is in her first year as a G-FINDER research assistant. She has background in basic science research including a research scholarship from the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE), and as a volunteer medical laboratory technician in Papua New Guinea. She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, and is currently studying for a Master of Global Health at the University of Sydney. In addition to English, Sumaya is fluent in Bengali.