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Dr Sandro Demaio

Dr Sandro Demaio

CEO

Dr Sandro Demaio is a medical doctor and globally-renowned public health expert and advocate. 

Having held the role of Medical Officer for non-communicable conditions and nutrition with the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization, Dr Demaio was previously the CEO of the EAT Foundation, the science-based, global platform for food systems transformation.

In his pro bono work, Dr Demaio co-founded NCDFREE, a global social movement against chronic disease which reached more than 2.5 million people in its first 18 months. In 2015, he founded festival21, assembling and leading a team of experts in staging an unprecedented free celebration of community, food, culture and future in his hometown of Melbourne. In 2018, he also established an independent, not-for-profit foundation focused on improving the health and nutrition of Australians.

He has published 30 scientific papers and more than 90 articles. He is also the author of the Doctor’s Diet, a cookbook based on science and inspired by a love of good food.

Besides his role as VicHealth CEO, Dr Demaio also co-hosts the ABC television show Ask the Doctor – an innovative and exploratory factual medical series broadcasting across Australia and around the world. 

Dr Demaio originally trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He holds a Masters degree in public health, a PhD in non-communicable diseases and has held fellowships at both Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Mel Fineberg

Melanie Fineberg

Executive Manager, Social Marketing and Communications, and Head of This Girl Can – Victoria

Melanie is a passionate marketing communications professional with almost 20 years' experience in the government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia (Sydney, Perth and Melbourne) and in London.

Melanie has spent her career leading teams to deliver a range of high-profile behaviour change campaigns. From encouraging people to be safer on the roads and at work, to supporting people to make healthier choices and raising funds for life-saving research, Melanie’s goal has always been to have a positive impact on people’s lives.

During her time at VicHealth, Melanie has been responsible for leading the team to create the highly successful This Girl Can – Victoria campaign which inspired more than 400,000 women to get active in its first two years.

Melanie has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Technology Sydney.

 

Emma Saleeba

Emma Saleeba

Acting Manager, Grants and Partnerships Delivery, Future Healthy Group

Emma has spent six years working specifically in tobacco and alcohol policy in government, and a further ten years in statutory agencies and the non-government sector across a range of public health roles.

Holding a Masters degree in Public Health, Emma’s experience spans health promotion policy and program development, project implementation and advocacy. Emma is responsible for VicHealth’s programs and investments in relation to preventing tobacco use and harm from alcohol.

Sean O'Rouke

Sean O'Rourke

Acting Manager, Alcohol and Tobacco

Sean has worked in public health for the last 10 years, focusing on alcohol and gambling harm reduction and tobacco control.

Working with a number of agencies and through a consultancy, Sean has worked with community groups, local and state government and not for profit organisations to reduce the burden of harm from alcohol, tobacco and gambling products.

Sean holds a Masters in Policy and Human Service (RMIT) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Latrobe University.

 
Annemarie wright

Dr Annemarie Wright

Principal Research Advisor, Policy & Research Office

Annemarie is the content lead for research, evidence and evaluation, advising on projects across a range of illness prevention and health promotion programs. This work includes large population surveys, and development and design of population intervention programs.  

She has particular expertise in the fields of health promotion and youth mental health having worked as a clinician, clinical trainer, health promotion program manager and population health researcher. Her research has published in a range of highly cited journals. Annemarie holds a PhD in in Public Health and Mental Health in addition to a Masters degree in Medical Science (Health Promotion).