The Advisory Board 2021-11-17T11:24:13+11:00


The Advisory Board held its inaugural meeting in July 2016 to oversee the formation of the Alliance. Chaired by former Victorian Premier, the Honourable John Brumby, the Board is made up of executive level representation from many of the most influential actors in global health operating out of Melbourne, and highlights the diversity of the sector, representing players from research, education, biotechnology, service delivery and advocacy.

Board members are drawn from AFAO, Burnet Institute, CSIRO, Faculty of Health at Deakin University, Global and Women’s Health Unit at Monash UniversityMonash Sustainable Development Institute, Save the Children Australia, The Nossal Institute for Global Health, The University of Melbourne and The University of Western Australia.

Honourable John Brumby


The Hon John Brumby was the former Premier of Victoria (2007 – 2010) and has immense experience in public life serving for more than 10 years as Treasurer and then Premier of Victoria, 6 years as Leader of the Victorian Opposition and 7 years as Federal MHR for Bendigo during the period of the Hawke Government. Since retiring from politics, Mr Brumby has accepted a number of appointments in both the business and not-for-profit sectors, including: Professorial Fellow at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University; Chairman of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) Superannuation Fund; Chair of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute; Chair of the Fred Hollows Foundation; Chair of National Centre for Workplace Leadership; and National President of the Australia China Business Council.

Professor Brendan Crabb AC


Director and CEO, Burnet Institute

Professor Brendan Crabb AC is the Director and CEO of Burnet Institute and the current Chair of the Victorian Chapter of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes. He was President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes from 2012 -2014. Professor Crabb was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for his contributions to medical research and global health in the 2015 Australia Day honours.

He is a medical researcher and health administrator and advocate committed to improving the lives of poor, vulnerable and marginalised communities. Professor Crabb is a molecular biologist with a particular interest in infectious diseases and in health issues of the developing world. appointments at The University of Melbourne and Monash University. Until his appointment as Director of Burnet Institute he was a Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia, and an International Research Fellow of the US-based Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Professor Jane Fisher, Deputy Chair

Deputy Chair; Executive Committee Member

Finkel Professor of Global Health and Director at Global and Women’s Health Unit, Monash University

Jane Fisher, Director of the Global and Women’s Health Unit, is an academic Clinical and Health Psychologist with longstanding interests in the social determinants of health. Her research focuses on gender-based risks to women’s mental health and psychological functioning from adolescence to mid-life, in particular related to fertility, conception, pregnancy, the perinatal period and chronic non-communicable diseases; and on parenting capabilities and early childhood development in low- and high-income settings. She has completed major epidemiological studies in clinical and community settings in Australia and Vietnam, nationally funded intervention trials, and has supervised more than 30 research higher degree and postgraduate coursework projects to completion. She is an expert technical advisor to international agencies including the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund.

Ms. Helen Evans AO

Executive Committee Member

Associate Professor (Hon) at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne

Helen Evans AO served as Deputy CEO at Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance based in Geneva from 2009 until her retirement in 2014. Prior to joining Gavi, she served as Deputy Executive Director at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, also based in Geneva, between 2005 and 2009. Now living in Melbourne Helen has an honorary appointment as Associate Professor at The Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne, and serves as member of the Board of The Fred Hollows Foundation and of the Burnet Institute. She is also a member of the Technical Evaluation Reference Group of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a member of the Technical Reference Group for the Australian Government’s Regional Health Security Initiative, a member of the Foundation Committee of the Global Health Alliance Australia, and a fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Dr. Krystal Evans

Executive Committee Member

GSK Australia

Dr Krystal Evans was the former Chief Executive Officer of the BioMelbourne Network and has over 15 years’ experience in the biomedical research sector. Krystal’s skills in government affairs, stakeholder relations and business development underpin her commitment to advancing Victoria’s unique position as a global destination for life sciences and health technology. Krystal is a leading advocate for science and technology, and was a founding member and Chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s Early and Mid-Career Researcher Forum.

A champion of the 2011 “Discoveries Need Dollars” campaign, she led the Melbourne “Rally for Research” to protect funding for medical research in Australia. Krystal is an articulate and popular spokesperson, and is a regular presenter on Melbourne community radio station 3RRRFM’s science show “Einstein A-Go-Go”. Krystal has an undergraduate degree in medicinal chemistry and holds a PhD in medical biology, undertaken at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Formerly, Krystal led a malaria vaccine development program at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, which attracted funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the NHMRC and Commercialisation Australia. In this role she was responsible for positioning lead malaria vaccine candidates for progression into early-phase clinical trials.

Professor Nancy Baxter

Head, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Nancy is a clinical epidemiologist, colorectal surgeon and health services researcher.  Before joining the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, she was the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, a Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.  Her main research interests are in the evaluation of patterns of cancer care, the evaluation of cancer screening, determining the long-term consequences of cancer care for survivors and improving the quality and safety of surgery.  She has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles.  She also applies the use of linked health administrative data and cancer registry data to evaluate long-term consequences of cancer care for adults.  She is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Professor Barbara McPake

Director, Nossal Institute for Global Health

Professor Barbara McPake is the Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health. She is a health economist and international leader in the study of health systems and financing in emerging economies. Barbara was at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. Her research includes studies in Africa, South and Southeast Asia and her extensive work has been published in leading international journals.

Former Chairs

Professor Jane den Hollander AO 

Chair, Australian Global Health Alliance (2019 – 2021)

Professor Jane den Hollander AO was Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University Australia from July 2010 until her retirement in July 2019. At Deakin, Professor den Hollander introduced LIVE the future, an aspiration for Deakin to drive the digital frontier in higher education, harnessing the power, opportunity and reach of new and emerging technologies in all that it does.

Professor den Hollander interests particularly include i) equity and inclusion with a focus to ensure good education and health for all Australians and in particular Indigenous peoples and women; ii) innovation related to the start up sector and the continuing role of digital technology and AI in our collective future. Professor den Hollander is a Director of UniSuper Limited and Trustee and chair of its Remuneration Committee. Prior to taking up her appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor den Hollander was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Curtin University in Western Australia.

Professor den Hollander received an Order of Australia for her distinguished service to tertiary education in the 2017 Australia Day Honours awards.