2018 veski fast smarts - Living

 

Innovators

The veski fast smarts Innovators represent all that is cutting edge about Melbourne, such as our diversity, energy and wide-ranging passions. 

Living innovators:

Professor Pierluigi Mancarella - veski innovation fellow 

 


Professor Pierluigi Mancarella, 2017 veski innovation fellow, is re-thinking Melbourne's approach to energy including its energy future. 

His research interests include the techno-economics of smart energy systems and the reliability, resilience and affordability of future networks. He has been involved in/led around 50 research projects worldwide and actively engaged with energy policy in Europe. Pierluigi is author of several books and of over 200 research publications, an editor in several prestigious journals, and an IEEE Power and Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer.

He is Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems at The University of Melbourne and part-time Professor of Smart Energy Systems at The University of Manchester, UK. He received the MSc and PhD degrees from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, worked as a post-doc at Imperial College London, UK, and held several visiting positions in US, France, Chile, and China. 

He also led the Melbourne Energy Institute’s power system security assessment studies in support of the “Finkel Review”.

 

Melissa Warner - Australian Psychedelic Society, vice-president

Melissa Warner completed her studies at the University of Melbourne and has an academic background in neuroscience, philosophy and computer programming. Melissa is a board member of PRISM (Psychedelic Research in Science and Medicine) and vice-president of The Australian Psychedelic Society.

Melissa is interested in how transformative technologies such as psychedelics, neuro-feedback and meditation heal mental illness and facilitate conscious change, and how altered states can lead to altered traits. Melissa has spent much of the last two years travelling abroad to investigate international research efforts into these technologies, including psychedelics.

With her colleagues at PRISM, Melissa seeks to help implement a psychedelic research program in Australia. Based on international evidence, a such a program is likely to yield improved treatments for mental health conditions and invaluable insights into the nature of the mind.

 

Gil Hidas - CEO, Kesem Health, Entrepreneur

 

 As the CEO of Kesem Health, Gil an entrepreneur at heart, is leading the development and commercialization of a urological medical device. Previously, he was the Managing Director and founder of The Real Race, a luxury travel tours start up, Pelagic Group Australia, Kesem Solutions and PaperAct.

His current project is a urological digital solution in the field of urology called the iUFlow. This device offers automated and exact hands-free bladder monitoring used for the diagnosis and management of urinary dysfunctions.
While starting his professional career as an analyst programmer, specialising in databases and business applications analysis and design he successfully developed, managed and implemented several enterprise wide software projects for large publicly listed companies in the ITC, Defence, Government, Health, Multimedia and Financial Services industries in the Asia Pacific region.

  

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