AUSiMED Board of Directors
AUSiMED is a company limited by guarantee with a Board of Directors with impressive business and scientific backgrounds.
Antony Cohen (Chairman)
Antony Cohen is a globally focussed Commercial Senior Executive with 32 years of experience: 28 at KPMG and four at Better Place Australia.
Antony has held positions as a partner at KPMG including Head of Valuations, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Head of Industry Restructuring & Privatisation, Head of Energy & Natural Resources and a member of the Board. He has led teams which were responsible for a variety of transactions including some of Australia’s largest reform and privatisation programs as well as similar programs in the UK, South Korea and Israel.
Antony was CFO of Better Place Australia – an electric vehicle recharge network operator – for three years and then its CEO.
Antony has contributed to many community roles including Treasurer of Bialik College; two terms as a Council member of Questacon, the national science and technology centre, former Member of the Solar Flagships Council; and Treasurer of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce (current).
Ross Kennedy is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of both the Institute of Company Directors and the Governance Institute of Australia. Ross has held numerous Company Secretarial roles in the mining and technology industries and more recently has become a corporate adviser and taken Board positions in Start-Ups, particularly involving Israel.
Professor John A Eisman AO
Professor Eisman is Professor of Medicine (conjoint), The University of New South Wales; Director, Clinical Translation and Advanced Education Program, Garvan Institute of Medical Research; and Staff Endocrinologist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. He has just been appointed as Associate Dean, Clinical Excellence and Research, Notre Dame Medical School, Sydney.
John is involved internationally in research that focuses on translation of clinical knowledge to improved care, fracture prevention clinical, bone genetics and epidemiology. In addition to his Order of Australia he is also the 1995 recipient of the Sir Eric Sussman Award, Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Dr Jonny Taitz
Jonny is Director, Paediatric Patient Safety, Clinical Excellence Commission. He is a Specialist General Paediatrician in private practice in Sydney and Director of Paediatric Patient Safety at the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission. Jonny is also an author and a director of MedEarth. He is former member of Variety and The Children’s Charity medical grants committee, former Vice Chairperson of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and past Chairperson of the SMILE Foundation.
Dr Karen Teshuva
Karen is Senior Program Manager at AUSiMED. Her role includes seeking out the best collaborative medical research projects between Australian and Israeli scientists, arranging clinical or research fellowships and short stay visits by Australian researchers to Israel, communicating the science being pursued for non-scientific audiences and monitoring the progress of AUSiMED’s funded projects.