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Board Directors


Maree Davenport

CEO and Director

Maree Davenport is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Endometriosis Australia. 


Maree was the youngest woman elected to the Parliament of Victoria, aged 28, the first to have a baby while serving and was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Housing, Community Services and Aged Care, Member & Deputy Chair of the Joint All-Party Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee, Chair of the Redundant Legislation and Regulation Review SARC Committees and other senior policy roles.


An accredited Mediator (NMAS), she holds a Master of Leadership specialising in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, along with tertiary qualifications in property, communications, risk (GIA) and governance (AICD).


From 2013 until 2019, Maree served as chair of Minister for Planning’s Building Advisory Council (BAC) comprising of the peak bodies and regulators in the building and construction industry. She was also a Member of Building Appeals Board at the Victorian Building Authority. Additional experience includes the Ministerial Roundtable Industry Skills Consultative Committee, the Critical Incident Protocol Working Group (DJCS), the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) Industry Leaders Consultative Group and Building Confidence Report Steering Committee, along with the Victorian Swimming Pool and Spa Safety Committee.

Maree is an inaugural Foundation member at Monash Children's Hospital, a Board Member of Dandelion Wishes Foundation, and previously President of Wavlink disability service for 7 years.  She is an Ambassador for Carlton Football Club.


Maree has shared the life defining challenges of endometriosis through her daughter, who developed symptoms at the age of eight. She endured years without diagnosis, many surgical operations, the challenges when symptomatic affecting all facets of her life and has become a nurse in an emergency department where she can support other sufferers. Brianna understands the challenges with fertility and pregnancy risk, and is delighted to be Mum to Oliver, born August 2022.


Monica Forlano

Board Chair

Monica Forlano is the Chair of the Endometriosis Australia Board. 

Monica Forlano has over 20 years of media industry experience ranging from managing international operations of cable television in Europe to leading broadcast channels and content production departments in Australia.

Her key career achievements are around developing marketing and business transformation plans around media creation and distribution including successful campaigns for major television programs. Monica is currently Head of AFL Studios, the production and in-house creative agency of the Australian Football League.

Monica was diagnosed and treated for Endometriosis at the age of 31, unaware of the disease or how it was the cause of the chronic pain she suffered since adolescence. Knowing there are 830,000 Australians who have this disease, Monica is keen to build awareness in the broader community, so women and girls seek treatment and not suffer in silence. From 2017 Monica has proudly supported Endometriosis Australia awareness campaigns through her involvement in the creation of fundraising and awareness programs including the one-hour episode of Insight dedicated to Endometriosis that aired on SBS in 2018.


Donna Ciccia

Executive Director & Cofounder

Donna originally studied Fashion Design/Business, and after battling chronic health conditions, Donna went on to study Holistic Nutrition and Homeopathy. In 2018, Donna was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence and was Blackmore's Women & Wellness - Change Being for 2019.


Donna is a Member of the Federal Steering Committee for the Implementation of the National Action Plan for Endometriosis. She is a Director of Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) and is an Australia Day Ambassador. Donna is currently a higher degree candidate at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University completing her Masters in Research.


Donna was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2001 at the age of 31. Donna’s personal experience has motivated her to set up Endometriosis Australia. Her goal is to pay it forward for the next generation so that a successful treatment and cure can be found.


Associate Professor Anusch Yazdani

Medical Director

Associate Professor Anusch Yazdani is a subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and an advanced reproductive endosurgeon with a uniquely personal and patient-centred approach. His treatment philosophy focuses on an in-depth understanding of individual circumstance and tailoring a highly specific treatment plan. Anusch is focused on attention to detail, diligence and patience to maximise outcomes for both fertility and gynaecology patients in a collaborative framework.

A/Prof Yazdani has expertise in reproductive endocrinology, assisted reproduction, recurrent IVF failure and pregnancy loss, endometriosis and pelvic pain. Surgically, he specialises in excisional endometriosis surgery, reconstructive reproductive surgery (including tubal reanastomosis and fibroids) and minimally invasive hysterectomy, including robotic surgery.

Anusch is a graduate of the University of Queensland (MBBS Hons), a subspecialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (FRANZCOG, CREI) and the Founding Director of Eve Health.

As a leader in surgery and reproductive endocrinology, A/Prof Yazdani is the Program Director for both the Queensland Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Advanced Endoscopic Surgery specialist training programmes.

Anusch is a Board Member of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA), the Immediate Past President of the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society (AGES Society), and Federal Counsellor to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). He is an Associate Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ANZJOG) and Associate Professor to the University of Queensland.

Anusch is widely published and lectures nationally and internationally.

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Gai Brodtmann


Gai Brodtmann MAICD is a non-executive director of Old Parliament House, an advisory board member of Sapien Cyber and a presenter and panellist at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, National Security College and Australian Defence College. 


As the former Member for Canberra and Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence, Gai’s fierce campaigning on endometriosis led to a Ministerial apology, the first National Action Plan and the establishment of a parliamentary friends group. 


Gai is a strong advocate of women’s empowerment and the Women Peace and Security agenda and a proud endowarrior. 

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Mariana Von Lucken


Mariana von Lucken is a Tax Partner at HLB Mann Judd where she works with both private and corporate clients. Mariana is highly regarded by both clients and peers for her problem-solving skills and her ability to achieve quick results that are both practical and commercially astute. Mariana specialises in working with research & development and early-stage innovation companies with regards to maximising entitlements, other areas of practice include inbound and outbound investments including transfer pricing. She currently co-chairs the Profession Development committee and Women in Tax Committee of the Taxation Institute. 


Endometriosis is not well known or understood by many women, so when Mariana was told she had endometriosis and would need to have surgery to remove it, she was in shock. She wishes she had been better informed.


Naomi Seddon


Naomi’s legal career spans three countries over the last 16 years, where she has worked with nearly 2,000 different companies across many different markets and industries and is also one of the few lawyers in the world to hold legal qualifications from 3 different countries. In 2016 Naomi was named by Legal 500 as a top attorney in the United States for legal advice and counselling.

Naomi works with clients across the globe on issues ranging from market entry, local compliance, managing legal risk and litigation, growth and acquisitions, global migration, global benefits plans and policies, downsizing, restructures, employee management issues and terminations.

In addition to her role as an international lawyer, Naomi is regularly called upon to advise boards and executive management on their people issues. Naomi is also an experienced board member herself and is currently a Non-Executive director, lead independent director, Audit and Risk Committee member and Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board of ASX-listed company Megaport Limited. Naomi also sits on the Board of Surrogacy Australia. Naomi's debut book looks at navigating a range of serious health issues and child loss and challenges long-held myths around women’s health issues and the workplace. 

 Past Board Directors 

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Jodie Dunne


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Paul Lahiff


Prof Jason Abbott

Chair / Director

Ashley Cox


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Leonie Kyriacou


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Dennis Robertson


Dr Karen Luxford

Chair / Director

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