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Our Management Team

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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 over the past 3 decades 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.  Tania speaks and sings around the world as a soloist and with her group Pot-Pourri releasing ten 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 and named one of the 100 Women of Influence and the 100 Australian Most Influential Entrepreneurs in 2018.

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!

Dr Martin Williams

Dr Martin Williams

B.Sc (Hons), MS, Ph.D

Scientific Officer

Martin Williams, a postdoctoral fellow in Medicinal Chemistry at Monash University, is founding Vice President of Entheogenesis Australia and founding President of Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine (PRISM). He is also affiliated with Harm Reduction Victoria as a Peer Educator at events and festivals in Victoria. In these various roles, Dr Williams advocates a mature, open discussion about the use of psychoactive plants and chemicals in societies, past and present, and their (increasingly demonstrated) potential to contribute to a more healthy and harmonious future for humanity. With his fellow members of PRISM, he is working to initiate an Australian contribution to the expanding global field of psychedelic medical research. In partnership with St Vincent’s Hospital, PRISM will conduct the first Australian medical trial using psilocybin to ease anxiety and depression for terminally ill patients, supported by Mind Medicine Australia and the Vasudhara Foundation.

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 lead the development of these products from concept thru 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.

Melissa Warner

Melissa Warner

B.Sc

Education and Communications Officer

Melissa is a scientist, futurist, science communicator, visual and performance artist. Melissa is a graduate of Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne. Melissa is a member of the management committee of  Psychedelic Research in Science & Medicine (PRISM) and co-founder of The Australian Psychedelic Society (APS). In 2016, Melissa was co-organiser of The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) most successful ‘Global Fundraiser’, held at The University of Melbourne. In 2018, Melissa was nominated for as an Innovator by VESKI at FastSmarts during Melbourne Knowledge Week. In her role as Education Officer of Mind Medicine Australia, Melissa uses her vision, tenacity, and rational eye to increase awareness of the clinical potential of psychedelic-assisted therapies.

Erin Whelan

B.Sc, MPH

Office and Events Administrator

Working extensively in Events Management for major hotel chains and for several companies in Customer Service, Erin then pursued her desire to complete two health degrees.

Erin graduated in both a Bachelor of Science in 2014 and a Master of Public Health in 2019. In pursuit of both degrees Erin worked for female gyms in administration and sales, enriching the health and wellness goals of women.

Public health advocacy and research on both the local and population level is a major career passion. In saying so, a major public health concern is the current crisis of mental illness in Australia.

Erin provides the skills, knowledge and passion to support the work of Mind Medicine Australia, a pioneering and progressive organisation to advocate for the research of mental health treatments for Australians with mental illness.

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