About Us

The WILD Program was developed for STEM women, by STEM women.  It is run by three under-40, PhD qualified women with the guidance of a high-profile advisory group.

The WILD Team

Combined our team have over 40 years of experience in Australia’s STEM sector, in academic, research, industry and not-for-profit environments.

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Dr Nadine Brew, Dr Lauren Giorgio and Dr Udani Reets (L-R)

Dr Nadine Brew (B.Sc(Hons), PhD, GAICD) develops strategic relationships and high impact global research programs in the medical sector. Patient benefit drives her to pursue innovation and excellence in all medical research initiatives she pursues. Learn more about Nadine here.

Dr Lauren Giorgio (B.HSc(Hons), PhD, GAICD) is a business development and commercialisation professional, with experience at some of Australia’s leading medical research institutes and investment funds in the healthcare sector. Learn more about Lauren here.

Dr Udani Reets (B.Sc(Hons), PhD) has significant expertise in creating large-scale partnerships to support the translation of research into improvements in health policy and practice. She is driven by an ambition to make a contribution to improving health and wellbeing globally. Learn more about Udani here. 

The WILD Advisory Group

The WILD Advisory Group comprises of a mix of external representatives to engage with leaders in the STEM sector. This group provides the perspective of key stakeholder groups and provide advice and guidance to the Project Team.

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Professor Darren Kelly, University of Melbourne (Chair)

Darren is the Associate Dean of Innovation and Enterprise at The University of Melbourne and Director of Biomedical Research at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, where his research focusses on progressing pre-clinical novel drug interventions for kidney disease. Concurrent to these roles, Darren in the CEO of OccuRx and Certa Therapeutics. He has over 25 years of management and research expertise in the life sciences sector. Learn more about Darren here.

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Dr Amanda Caples, Victorian Government

Dr Amanda Caples is Victoria’s Lead Scientist.  Amanda joined the Victorian public service in 2002 as the inaugural Director of Biotechnology and was subsequently appointed as the Executive Director Science and Technology to drive the state’s science agenda. In these roles, Amanda has led the development of industry sector strategy plans, delivered research-led health initiatives, regulatory and legislative scientific reforms and established international alliances. Learn more about Amanda here.

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Dr Chris Nave, Brandon Capital Partners

Chris is a founding partner of Brandon Capital Partners and Managing Director of the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund. He was previously Director of Commercialisation at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, and Commercialisation Manager at Melbourne Ventures. Chris has extensive experience on private boards and has been involved directly in the management, fundraising, and successful spinout of various companies in the life sciences industry. Learn more about Chris here.

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Marilyn Jones, Marilyn Careers

Marilyn Jones is an executive recruiter and scientist experienced in resourcing staff for companies and assisting individuals with their careers. Working for both niche and multinational recruitment organisations, Marilyn has worked across multiple business and industry sectors both in Australia and the UK. Learn more about Marilyn here.