Staff

Dr Mary Moran

Dr Mary Moran

Executive Director

MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Hons); Grad Dip FAT (Foreign Affairs and Trade)

Dr Moran has over 20 years experience in health policy and practice, including 10 years specialising in neglected disease policy. She has conducted projects for a wide range of public and multilateral health organisations with a focus on policy solutions for emerging issues related to neglected disease R&D. In 2004, Mary founded the research group that became Policy Cures at the London School of Economics & Political Science, later transferring it to the George Institute for International Health in Sydney.

Prior to forming the group, she worked for over a decade in Emergency Medicine; was a diplomat and policy analyst with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade; Director of Medecins Sans Frontieres Access to Essential Medicines Campaign in Australia; and a Europe-based policy advocate with MSF on issues relating to access to medicines for neglected patients. Mary is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an Expert Adviser to the World Health Organisation, European Commission, European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), OECD and the Wellcome Trust.

Dr Nick Chapman

Dr Nick Chapman

Director of Research

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 role with 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 has 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.

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. Klara joined the Policy Cures team in 2007.

Lisette Abela-Oversteegen

Lisette Abela-Oversteegen

Consultant

B (Bachelor of Health); MSc in Public Health

Lisette has 5 years experience as a commercial analyst of the pharmaceutical industry. In her last role working for business information company Datamonitor, she focused on collecting and analyzing 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, The Netherlands, and a Master of Public Health from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Lisette joined the Policy Cures team in October 2010.

Jodie Jansen

Jodie Jansen

Global Health Advocacy Manager

BA (Bachelor of Arts); LLB (Bachelor of Laws); MMC (Masters in Marketing Communication)

Jodie Jansen has been practicing public affairs for over 10 years, working with a range of both private and public health sector organisations as a consultant and in house counsel. She has a deep understanding of public policy, advocacy, political and parliamentary decision-making. She has played a key role in securing Commonwealth Government spending that totals in the billions for publicly funded medicines and vaccines, R&D infrastructure and cancer research as well as the successful registration and reimbursement of numerous new medicines and vaccines including the introduction of Australia’s national HPV immunisation program for both girls and boys.

Prior to joining Policy Cures Jodie held senior market access, government affairs and policy roles at Baxter Healthcare and GlaxoSmithKline. Jodie has also worked as a political adviser to former Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Kim Beazley, now Australia’s Ambassador to the United States. She has Bachelor Degrees in Law and Arts and a Masters in Marketing Communication.

Dr Vipul Chowdhary

Dr Vipul Chowdhary

Analyst

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

Vipul Chowdhary has over 10 years’ experience in the field of global health, working for international aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). 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 joined MSF in 2004 as a field doctor and has worked in various positions with MSF in developing world contexts: Iran, Sudan, Liberia, Haiti, Iraq, Yemen, Malawi and Sri Lanka. He has also worked as a consultant for Policy Cures working on Indian neglected disease R&D funding landscape for the past 7 years.

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

Anna Doubell

Anna Doubell

Analyst

Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Commerce; Master of Applied Finance; Master of Public Health (in progress)

Anna has worked in finance for over 12 years and is currently undertaking her Master of Public Health at the University of Sydney. She has worked in Mergers and Acquisitions, providing strategic advice to some of Australia’s leading agribusiness companies, and in Trade and Commodity Finance, structuring inventory financing facilities in Australia and Singapore. Anna spent time in the Philippines through the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program in 2008-2009 and has volunteered with World Vision International and other locally based charities.Anna joined the Policy Cures team in 2015.

Catherine Hirst

Catherine Hirst

Analyst

Bachelor of International Studies (Hons); MSc in International Relations, Distinction

Catherine has previously worked as an academic tutor for the University of Sydney Government and International Relations Department and has co-authored a book chapter on gender rights in Malaysia. She has researched Southeast Asian development studies, Islam in international politics and peace-building in Afghanistan. She has also gained expertise in African politics whilst studying at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for African Studies on an exchange scholarship.

Catherine completed her Bachelor of International Studies with first class Honours from the University of Sydney, and a MSc in International Relations with Distinction at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Philippa Telford

Philippa Telford 

Executive Assistant

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). Philippa joined the team in December 2015.

Advisory roles held by Policy Cures staff

  • Expert adviser to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development)
  • Expert adviser, The Wellcome Trust
  • Expert reviewer, European Commission STREP programme (Specific Targeted Research Projects)
  • Expert member, World Health Organisation’s Expert Working Group on Innovative Financing for R&D
  • Expert reviewer, GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee, Malaria Research & Development, An Assessment of Global Investment (Malaria R&D Alliance)
  • Expert adviser on R&D, Access to Medicines Index

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