2019 veski fast smarts - Living

Innovators

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

Living Innovators:

 

Prof Ben Marsland - Monash University

 

Benjamin Marsland, the 2018 veski innovation fellow, leads the Respiratory Immunology laboratory at Monash University where the main focus of research revolves around the microbiome in the gut, lung and skin and how it can influence respiratory diseases. 

The burden of allergic disease in Australia has skyrocketed to an all-time high, placing an unprecedented number of lives at risk. Approximately one in five children develop atopic dermatitis in their first two years of life. In a flow-on effect known as the “atopic march”, these children are then more likely to develop asthma – a life-threatening disease affecting one in 10 Australians.  With this in mind, one of Benjamin Marsland’s research goal’s is to prevent children from developing atopic dermatitis, and subsequently asthma.  

 

Stephanie Woollard OAM - Seven Women

 

Stephanie Woollard is a Melbourne-born social entrepreneur, Rotary Foundation Peace Scholar and Rotarian who has created the international aid organisation Seven Women, tour-company Hands On Development and the International Training and Hospitality initiative.


Stephanie started her Seven Women project when she was only 22 years old, after visiting Nepal and meeting seven disabled women making soaps and candles in a small tin shed. In Nepal, disabilities carry a strong social stigma, believed to bring bad fortune. The women were consequently able to sell only a fraction of what they produced at market and lived in dire poverty. 

Stephanie holds an Undergraduate degree in International Development from La Trobe University in Melbourne and a Masters degree in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution from Uppsala University, Sweden.

 

 

Max Middleweek - Zero Impact

 

 Max Middleweek is the founder of Zero Impact. Zero Impact recycles waste coffee grounds into clean energy, tackling the waste from six billion cups of coffee Aussies consume each year and a carbon footprint of 440,000 tonnes of CO2.

A passionate advocate for climate change, Max was a former Policy Advisor to the Mayor of London, Transport for London and State Government in Victoria in sustainable transport.

Max graduated from University College London (UCL) in 2013 with a Bachelors and Masters in Chemistry and the University of Westminster in 2016 with a PGCert in Transport Planning and Management.

 

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