Professor Jason Abbott
Dr Jason Abbott is Professor of Gynaecological Surgery at the University of New South Wales having undertaken his PhD in surgical treatments for Endometriosis associated pain. He is past President of The Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (AGES) and a member of the FIGO menstrual disorders group. He is the International Editor for the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology and Associate Editor for Human Reproduction and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is the Chairman of the Practice Committee of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) charged with delivering evidence-based guidelines for surgical gynaecology. He has more than 100 publications including textbooks, book chapters and large-scale Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) in gynaecological surgery and supervises PhD, masters, and honours students in the area of gynaecological surgery.
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 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.
Dennis has over 40 years of professional experience in audit, taxation and business services with Weston Woodley & Robertson serving as a Partner from 1973 to 2010 and is now a consultant to the firm. Dennis was Chairman of GMN international from 2002 to 2004. GMN is a leading international Accounting Affiliation, being ranked in the top 30 groups. Dennis has a long history of service to the Institute of Chartered Accountants, having served on NSW State Council and various committees. Dennis was awarded the Institute of Chartered Accountants Meritorious Service Award in 2003.
Dennis is experienced in the field of charities & not for profits. His younger daughter, Claire, has Endometriosis.
Leonie Kyriacou is a partner at Pigott Stinson Lawyers where she leads both the commercial law and workplace relations practice groups. In her role as head of the workplace relations group, Leonie advises a broad range of clients including various industry bodies. She has represented clients at government and other enquiries dealing with workplace relations, award related matters and discrimination law. In addition to her workplace relations practice, Leonie also has a substantial commercial law practice where she specialises primarily in competition law, intellectual property matters and the preparation and negotiation of commercial agreements.
Leonie is passionate about improving outcomes for women and girls in Australia. She is proud to be associated with Endometriosis Australia and its work to both ends the silence around endo and seek better health outcomes for women suffering from this devastating disease.
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.
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 Production at AFL Media a division 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 1 in 10 women 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.
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.
Past Board Members
Dr Karen Luxford