Board Members

Laura Taitz BCom, MBA

Laura is the co-founder of MedEarth. Laura is Head of Digital at Wholesome Child and was previously Principal Product Manager at Envizi, a global, cloud based software platform that distills complex sustainability and energy data into powerful insights in order to help businesses drive efficiency, profitability and improved environmental outcomes. Laura has held various IT project management positions for organisations such as Dimension Data and Perpetual and has consulted to not-for-profits including Asthma Foundation NSW, BlackDog Institute and Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. Laura is a past director of the National Council of Jewish Women NSW and was the founder and inaugural Chairperson of the MUM FOR MUM program in Australia.

Brett Rubin BCom (Hons in tax), CPA

Brett has over 30 years’ experience in commerce, particularly in the retail and franchising space. He’s transformed traditional brick-and-mortar retail businesses into thriving digitised, multi-channel sales enterprises. 

Brett is an expert at transforming business operations to drive growth, increase operational efficiency, and improve bottom-line profitability. He has built countless KPI reports, unique digital dashboards, and sales and inventory reports using business intelligence software. he has worked in a number of industries including health, retail and franchising and brings a wealth of knowledge in relation to finance and logistics.

David Hirsch BCom (Marketing), BA (Psychology)

David is the Head of Marketing at QBE in Australia with a remit across commercial and consumer insurance products. David has previously held digital and marketing roles at Bupa, Visa, Westpac, Medibank, NobleOak, Roses Only and other ventures. David is passionate about health care and aligns this passion in his career and personal life through his participation in surfing, cycling and the occasional competitive event. He is also a Life Saver at Coogee Surf Club and actively involved in their Nippers program.

Dr Jonny Taitz MBChB, FRACP, FCP(SA), FAAQHC, AFCHSM

Jonny is a consultant general paediatrician in private practice and is clinical advisor to the Paediatric safety program at the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission. Jonny did his paediatric training at Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town and at Sydney Children’s Hospital where he then worked as a consultant paediatrician and Assistant Director of Clinical Operations. Jonny was Director of Medical Services at Royal North Shore Hospital. Jonny was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in quality and safety and spent a year at Harvard Medical School, Boston. Jonny is a member of Variety The Children’s Charity medical grants committee and was a long standing board member and former Vice Chairperson of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. Jonny is immediate past Chairperson of the SMILE Foundation. Jonny has run 30 marathons and over 100 half marathons all over the world and is a massive rugby union and cricket fan.

Katrina Hamilton PgD (Management & Marketing)

Katrina is a senior Strategic Marketing professional with experience across a range of multinational organisations in Australia and the UK, including Prospa, ANZ Bank and Macquarie Bank. Her roles have seen her lead large scale strategic marketing campaigns for ANZ including Spectrum Now Festival, Mardi Gras and numerous B2B campaigns. Campaign highlights including winning a Cannes Gold Lion award in the Media category for the ANZ GAYNZ celebrating Sydney Mardi Gras. Having grown up in rural Zimbabwe and South Africa, with a Mother who worked as a community nurse, Katrina has seen first-hand the gap between Australia’s abundance and the scarcity in developing countries. This experience drew her to MedEarth and the commitment to expand their positive impact and life changing work.

Operations Manager

Meltem Shabat

Advisors

Dr Lee Ponsky, Founder, MedWish International

David Solsky, CEO, Envizi

Co-founder

Lara Garfinkel BA, LLB

Lara co-founded MedEarth together with Laura in 2013 and was a board member until February 2017. Lara was most recently a Senior Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading global law firm, where she worked with the Head of Pro Bono and Community to develop the strategic direction of the firm’s pro bono program. Lara managed all requests for pro bono legal assistance and had responsibility in Australia for pro bono secondments and internal and external pro bono programs and clinics. Lara established a program at Herbert Smith Freehills to provide free legal advice to Indigenous Australians setting up their own business. Lara has a background in corporate law and extensive experience in working with charities and not for profits enabling them to achieve their objectives.