Our Team

Our board

Paul Robertson Kinela Chair
Chair

Paul Robertson, AO

Adam Pozniak Kinela Director
Director

Adam Pozniak

Rishabh Mehrotra Profile
Director

Rishabh Mehrotra

Will Delaat, AM - Kinela Director
Director

Will Delaat, AM

Paul Robertson Kinela Chair

Chair

Paul Robertson, AO

Paul Robertson, AO is the Chair of Goodstart Early Learning, Chair of Tonic Health Media, and Chair of Kinela. He is Founder and Director of Financial Markets Foundation for Children, and is also Director of Dementia Australia, Telco Together Foundation, Grace Papers and Sydney Theatre Company Foundation.

Paul has extensive experience in banking including 27 years at Macquarie Bank and Hill Samuel where he was an Executive Director, Global Treasurer and Integrity Officer of the Bank. He was also a Director and CEO of Macquarie Risk Advisory Services. Paul has served on a number of other commercial boards thorughout his career.

In 2018, Paul was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the community through ethical leadership and management of, and philanthropic contributions to, health, social enterprise, research, education and arts organisations.

Adam Pozniak Kinela Director

Director

Adam Pozniak

Adam Pozniak is the Chief Executive Officer of Parc Capital, a boutique business advisory and investment firm specialising in mid-sized private companies. He brings considerable entrepreneurial acumen, business strategy skills, commercial experience and hands-on advisory and investment experience to private, mid-sized companies.

He has invested in, advised and successfully exited a number of businesses including completing multiple merger and acquisition transactions. As CEO and co-owner operator of BlueFire Corporation, Adam successfully led the business for over 13+ years to an eventual trade sale to Dimension Data. Adam is on the Board of Directors and advisor to a number of Parc Capital investee companies including Kinela, as well as Halgan, CustomTec, Comscentre, Merchantwise Group and Life Changing Ventures.

Rishabh Mehrotra Profile

Director

Rishabh Mehrotra

Rishabh Mehrota is a seasoned CEO and operator focused on leading technology-enabled businesses in payroll, benefits and healthcare services. He has 18 years of CEO experience with leading US and international private equity funds, as well as 6 years of strategic consulting experience.

Rishabh is a co-founder of Kinela, and is currently the Executive Chairman. He has co-founded a series of startups over the last two decades, and has acted as CEO, partner, strategic advisor and chairman of a number of organisations including Abilizer, Archer Capital, BOLT solutions, CVC Capital Partners, Pharmacord, Ascender HCM, and most recently, Aionte Staffing Software.

Will Delaat, AM - Kinela Director

Director

Will Delaat, AM

Will Delaat has more than 35 years’ experience in the global pharmaceutical industry, most recently as the Managing Director of the Australian subsidiary of Merck & Co, a position he held from 1997 until his retirement in 2008.

During his career Will has held executive positions in both Europe and Australia for Merck and AstraZeneca. He has a broad depth of experience in pharmaceutical sales and marketing and has been responsible for numerous international product launches.

Will was Chairman of the pharmaceutical peak body Medicines Australia, and the Pharmaceuticals Industry Council from 2008-2012. He is also the former Chairman of EnGeneIC Ltd, an unlisted Australian biotech company, and a member of other Government appointed Councils and Not-for-Profit Boards. Will is Chair of the Pharmaxis Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

He holds a Bachelor of Science, Physiology & Chemistry, from the University of London.

Our leadership team

Karn Ghosh Kinela Ceo
CEO, Founder

Karn Ghosh

Dave H
COO

David Heymann

Jonny
Head of Product

Jonny Wermut

Lauren
Head of Marketing

Lauren Sneddon

Elie
Head of Sales and Customer Experience

Elie Hadchiti

Nour
Head of Allied Health

Nour Nazha

Kurt
Head of Finance

Kurt McFarland

Monika Lobejko - Kinela Dietitian
Chief of Staff

Monika Lobejko

Karn Ghosh Kinela Ceo

CEO, Founder

Karn Ghosh

Karn Ghosh is the Founder and CEO of Kinela, a leading Australian social enterprise that empowers people living with disability to achieve their health goals.

Karn graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) with first class honours, and was awarded the Dean’s Scholar medal for finishing first in his class. He has maintained close ties with the University since graduating, currently sitting on the Alumni Council and having been given the honour of delivering the formal address to the graduating class of 2016.

Whilst working as a Physiotherapist, he founded SportsMed Studio, a mobile app-development company through which he developed and released Stretch HD – the leading cross-platform stretching app globally.

His early experiences working as a clinician in both in the public and private healthcare systems provided exposure to a patient population that was struggling with the burden of preventable chronic disease, and played a role in forming the central theme of his work – ‘health equity’.

Karn brings his health background, patient-centric worldview and passion for preventative health, to his everyday work. He’s actively involved in the not for profit world, and is a promoter of business as a force for good. In 2018, he was recgonised as a Westpac Social Change Fellow for his contributions to the healthcare industry in Australia.

Dave H

COO

David Heymann

David Heymann started with Kinela after spending 13 years at Google, growing portfolios of large multi million dollar commercial deals, and strategy and operations, product commercialisation and revenue acceleration teams both in Australia and the US.

He has a wide-reaching general management skill set and over 20 years of experience that spans strategy creation and execution, business development and partnerships, product commercialisation, scaling operations, and developing teams and leaders. He combines a people-centric leadership style with deep analytical rigour to deliver short term impact and long term competitive advantage.

Dave is passionate about empowering diverse teams to rally around shared objectives, creating authentic connections between people and delivering change that lasts.

Jonny

Head of Product

Jonny Wermut

Jonny Wermut is passionate about building great products and is energised by growth. He specialises in improving companies’ bottom lines through data driven decisions, UX and great teamwork. Grounded in technology, he brings strong critical thinking skills to the Kinela team, as well as the ability to bring people together to build and ship products people love.

Jonny spent 5 years at Suncorp Group specialising in conversion rate optimisation for direct insurance products online through incremental enhancements, A/B and multi-variate testing. This was followed by 2 years at HealthEngine as a senior product manager, leading a team of engineers and a UX/UI designer to oversee the research, strategy, vision and delivery to market of strategic marketplace products for primary healthcare. Before joining Kinela, he was Senior Product Manager at Ordermentum, working closely with the broader team to co-create and execute on product strategy.

Lauren

Head of Marketing

Lauren Sneddon

As Head of Marketing for Kinela, Lauren is responsible for shaping, growing and enhancing the Kinela brand across Australia—creating unique and memorable experiences for our clients and communities.

With experience spanning a range of industries and brands – including eBay and Weight Watchers – across content, digital marketing, social media, and communications, Lauren excels at transforming brands that people ‘know’ into brands people love.

Lauren’s passion for driving positive change within the disability community was instilled from a young age through direct family experiences, and her role as a support worker for people living with psychological disabilities.

At Kinela, Lauren is able to combine her passion for improving the lives of those living with a disability and her extensive marketing skills and experience, to truly make a difference.

Elie

Head of Sales and Customer Experience

Elie Hadchiti

Elie Hadchiti is a motivated, achievement-oriented senior manager with extensive experience providing strong sales and customer support within a range of industries. An established leader working for innovative companies like Apple, Nokia and 247.ai, Elie is also a coach and mentor with expertise building and developing high performing teams across Customer Success, Sales and Service. He’s had over a decade of proven successes developing and implementing strategic customer service initiatives and technical support solutions to deliver business growth.

Before joining Kinela, Elie was Head of Customer Success Service Delivery at business and financial software company Intuit.

Nour

Head of Allied Health

Nour Nazha

Nour Nazha leads Kinela’s team of passionate allied health professionals in radically changing the way healthcare is delivered. Nour is an experienced strategic planner and effective operator with proven ability to develop forward thinking, coordinated and measurable plans. She has demonstrated experience in strategy, customer experience, marketing, communications, and project management, and is an effective collaborator with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders to deliver shared business goals.

Before joining Kinela, Nour spent over 7 years at WW (formerly Weight Watchers) ANZ as a program and nutrition expert, where she was responsible for ensuring the nutritional integrity of all Weight Watchers branded foods, recipes, meal plans and other content both online and offline. She also spent a 6 month secondment in the US as Weight Watchers’ Global Program and ANZ Nutrition Manager.

Nour is a registered nutritionist with a Bachelor Degree in Food Science and Nutrition from UNSW, and is currently completing a Masters in Public Health.

Kurt

Head of Finance

Kurt McFarland

Kurt McFarland is a former investment banker who provides strategic CFO services to high growth companies. He has spent the past several years working in finance and strategy roles within PE and VC-backed companies, and spent a number of years working in Bahrain and Qatar for some of the Middle East’s largest investment banks, including Seera and Qatar First. He worked with Expert360 and Ingham’s before joining Kinela in early 2020.

Kurt enjoys working with businesses that are focused on ‘doing good’ as well as being profitable. In particular, he’s passionate about sustainability and is involved with a number of charitable organisation. He currently sits on the Board of 10×10, which runs innovative crowd-funding events for grass roots charities around the world.

Monika Lobejko - Kinela Dietitian

Chief of Staff

Monika Lobejko

Monika Lobejko has a Bachelor in Nutrition and Dietetics (1st Class Honours) from the University of Wollongong, and spent a number of years working in various health and nutrition roles, including with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Fitness First Australia, and at well-known Sydney high school, Loreto Normanhurst.

She began with Kinela as a dietitian before moving into a Chief of Staff role, where she promotes cross-functional collaboration across the team, and rallies our people and teams towards Kinela’s commitments and mission. Monika is still a passionate dietitian, she sees Kinela clinical clients once a week.

Our advisory committee

Martha Siede Kinela Chair
Chair (NSW)

Martha Siede

Matthew Roger Kinela Advisor
Advisor (NSW)

Matthew Roger

Sara Shams
Advisor (QLD)

Sara Shams

Kieran McManus (VIC) - Kinela Advisor
Advisor (VIC)

Kieran McManus

Noella
Advisor (SA)

Noella Angel

Martha Siede Kinela Chair

Chair (NSW)

Martha Siede

Martha Siede is a Kinela meal delivery and dietetics client. Martha previously worked as an NDIS Support Coordinator and Plan Manager, and is a qualified Counsellor & Family Therapist, and Life Coach.

Martha lives with cerebral palsy, and is always willing to offer advice and a helping hand when it comes to anything disability or NDIS-related. She authors our “Ask Martha” advice column, published monthly on the Kinela blog.

She’s extremely passionate about improving the NDIS for all participants and their circle of care, and has met with the NDIS CEO, Martin Hoffman, to discuss her ideas and suggested strategies. Martha was largely responsible for putting together the Kinela Advisory Committee, and organises regular meetings and events with the committee to allow them to share their expertise and insights with the wider Kinela team.

Matthew Roger Kinela Advisor

Advisor (NSW)

Matthew Roger

Matthew Roger is a Kinela dietetics client, and has lost 12kgs in the last 12 months working with his dietitian. He has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is a Chartered Accountant by profession, with 25 years of corporate experience in accounting and auditing.

Matt meets his neurological and mobility challenges enthusiastically with regular exercise, and is determined to live with the challenges of multiple sclerosis with a positive outlook. He’s a proud MS Peer Support Ambassador, and has lobbied both state and federal governments in regards to improving accessibility for those living with MS. He also provides one-on-one support to others living with MS, and is part of the Australian National University project on MS and Diabetes.

Sara Shams

Advisor (QLD)

Sara Shams

Sara Shams is a pharmacist, and highly values health and wellbeing. She understands that self-care and exercise are essential to good health and well-being — for not only people with disabilities, but for everyone. She has a passion for making a positive impact on healthcare, and is currently studying a Masters of Public Health.

Sara became a bilateral through-knee amputee at a young age as a result of congenital limb difference.

She thoroughly enjoys keeping fit, particularly through regular reformer pilates classes, and is an avid traveller who can’t wait to be back on a plane again as soon as she can. Sara is a proud amputee ambassador, and recently was awarded a Start Grant to achieve her sporting goal of training for and completing a full marathon.

Kieran McManus (VIC) - Kinela Advisor

Advisor (VIC)

Kieran McManus

Kieran McManus has a degree in Industrial and Product Design from RMIT university, and spent a large portion of his career specialising in printing and packaging. He spent 14 years at Explus Asia Pacific, heading up end to end project management, marketing and new business development, and managing relationships with 40+ clients ranging from SME’s to national corporate and retail chains.

Kieran became a Kinela speech pathology client after suffering a stroke at age 46. Since then, he’s worked hard to be able to get back to living an active and healthy lifestyle, and his next major goal is to rejoin the workforce and resume his career in an area he’s passionate about.

Noella

Advisor (SA)

Noella Angel

Noella Angel is a well-known para-equestrian (Para Grade 5 Dressage Rider) who currently has her sights set on competing in the 2024 Summer Paralympics in Saint-Denis, France. She’s also a passionate equestrian riding teacher, playing an important leadership and and mentoring role for other young people and upcoming talent in the equestrian space.

Noella was born with vascular malformation affecting her right leg, and sees herself as a person first, and someone who has a disability second.

Noella’s passion is to make NDIS system better for all participants, and is currently studying design in social media in order to work towards he goal of becoming an online entrepreneur.

Our allied health team

AllDietitiansSpeech therapists
Jamil
Senior Dietitian

Jamil Tuazon

Christina Ho Kinela Speech Pathologist
Senior Speech Pathologist

Christina Ho

Jasmine
Dietitian

Jasmine Byrne

Jc
Dietitian

Josh Chalmers

Monika Lobejko - Kinela Dietitian
Dietitian

Monika Lobejko

Hannah
Dietitian

Hannah Sweetnam

Sarah Langtry Kinela Speech Pathologist
Speech Pathologist

Sarah Langtry

Kayla Dodd Kinela Dietitian
Dietitian

Kayla Dodd

Rachel S
Dietitian

Rachel Seow

Ami
Speech Pathologist

Ami Kwong

Miyuki
Speech Pathologist

Miyuki Watanabe

Erica Profile Picture (1)
Dietitian

Erica Li

Jamil

Senior Dietitian

Jamil Tuazon

Jamil is Kinela’s senior dietitian and clinical team leader. She’s been an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist for adult and paediatric clients for over 13 years, and iscurrently part of the Disability Leadership team with Dietitians Australia. She specialises in a number of disability specific areas, as well as a range of complex needs including fussy eating.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • ASD
  • Fussy eating
  • Tube feeding
  • Weight management
  • Intellectual disability
  • Dual Diagnosis (ID and Mental Health)
  • Participants living in group homes
  • Paediatrics
  • Diabetes
  • Transitioning from tube feeding to oral feeding
Christina Ho Kinela Speech Pathologist

Senior Speech Pathologist

Christina Ho

Christina Ho is Kinela’s Senior Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist, and completed her Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Neuroscience) and Masters in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney. Before joining Kinela, worked as a Speech Pathologist for Ageing, Disability & Homecare, and The Benevolent Society. Christina is an expert in analysing information and problem solving challenging situations while collaborating with colleagues and fellow allied health team members.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • ASD
  • Intellectual disability
  • Social skills
  • AAC
  • Swallowing
  • Transition supports (to new environments, schools, accomodation)
Jasmine

Dietitian

Jasmine Byrne

Jasmine has been a dietitian with Kinela since early 2019. Throughout her studies, she worked as a student dietitian for a number of organisations including the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and Albury Wodonga health. Hailing from a small town in country Victoria herself, she’s particularly passionate about improving access to healthcare services for NDIS participants living in remote and regional areas of Australia.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Weight Management
  • Cardiovascular/Heart Health
  • COPD
  • MND
  • Enteral Feeding
  • Healthy Aging
  • Diabetes
  • MS
Jc

Dietitian

Josh Chalmers

His areas of expertise include:

  • Sports nutriton
  • Diabetes
  • Weight management
  • Elimination diet
  • FOD map
  • Independence building – cooking sessions
Monika Lobejko - Kinela Dietitian

Dietitian

Monika Lobejko

Monika Lobejko has a Bachelor in Nutrition and Dietetics (1st Class Honours) from the University of Wollongong, and spent a numebr of years working in various health and nutrition roles, including with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Fitness First Australia, and at well-known Sydney highschool, Loreto Normanhurst.

Monika is still a passionate dietitian, she sees Kinela clinical clients once a week.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Diabetes
  • Coealic Disease (inc supporting ID/Down Sydrome)
  • Weight management
  • General sports nutrition
  • Vegan & vegetarian nutrition
  • IBS
  • FODMAPs
  • Group sessions & family diet/nutrition
  • Recipe formation & modification
Hannah

Dietitian

Hannah Sweetnam

Hannah has been a key part of the Kinela clinical team, joining Kinela as a dietitian in October 2017. She has a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons) from the University of Newcastle. As part of her final year of study, Hannah completed a 4 week voluntary placement to Siem Reap, Cambodia. This placement involved working in close collaboration with the Cambodian Diabetes Association, consulting outpatients on basic nutrition for optimal diabetic control as well as updating diabetic resources. She also worked among the rural community, developing and delivering nutrition education classes to primary school children as well as providing home visits to residents of the community.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Renal Management
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohns, UC)
  • Diabetes
  • Weight management (underweight)
  • Tube feeds
  • MS
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Oncology
  • Independence building – cooking sessions/recipe development
Sarah Langtry Kinela Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathologist

Sarah Langtry

Sarah Langtry is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist, and has a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Speech Pathology from La Trobe University. Sarah has extensive working with clients of all backgrounds and complexities, and experience with almost all areas of speech pathology, with a particular passion for Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), swallowing safety and pragmatics.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Non-Verbal communication
  • Social skills
  • Limited communication skills
  • Swallowing – mealtime management
  • Intellectual disability + ASD
  • Literacy
  • Participants living in group homes
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)
  • Assistive Technology
Kayla Dodd Kinela Dietitian

Dietitian

Kayla Dodd

Kayla Dodd is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Master’s Degree from Deakin University. When she’s not providing support and expertise to her Kinela clients, she volunteers her time at Taylors Hill Youth and Community Centre as a Cooking Tutor, where she facilitates a kid’s cooking program aimed to develop basic cooking skills and provide exposure to a range of nutritious foods and the opportunity to experiment with new food and recipes.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Vegetarian diets
  • Maternal Health (pregnancy, breastfeeding)
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Diabetes
Rachel S

Dietitian

Rachel Seow

Rachel Seow is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from the Queensland University of Technology. Before joining Kinela, Rachel was a Dietitian with Complete Rehab solutions, and prior to that, spent almost a year as a Student Dietitian working with Queensland Health. She regularly volunteers her time as a Dietian in the QUT student Health Clinic.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • IBS, FODMAP
  • Gut health / Surgical Gastrointestinal Nutrition
  • Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Weight management
  • Cardiovascular
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Liver disease
  • Mindful Eating
Ami

Speech Pathologist

Ami Kwong

Ami Kwong is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with a strong interest in dysphagia and communication disorders. Before joining Kinela, she spent 4 years working with the Hospital Authority Hong Kong, across two hospitals, Tung Wah Hospital and Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital. During this time, Ami provided communication and swallowing assessment and intervention for patients with stroke, post- brain surgery and other neurological disorders.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • ASD
  • Intellectual disability
  • Swallowing
  • AAC (low tech and high tech)
  • Acquired language disorders (aphasia / dysarthria / apraxia)
Miyuki

Speech Pathologist

Miyuki Watanabe

Miyuki Watanabe is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with a Master of Speech Pathology from the University of Melbourne. Before joining Kinela in 2020, she worked with Eastern Health, where she had a particular focus on providing evidence-based intervention and therapy services for dysphagia. She also spent time working with Albury-Wodonga Health, independently assessing and managing communication impairments and dysphagia.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Swallowing
  • AAC (low tech and high tech)
  • Acquired language disorders (aphasia / dysarthria / apraxia)
  • Cognitive communication
  • Dementia
  • ASD
  • Intellectual Disability
Erica Profile Picture (1)

Dietitian

Erica Li

Erica Li joined Kinela as a dietitian in 2020, and has a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sydney. When she’s not supporting Kinela clients, she also works for Neami National as a Recovery Coach to support consumers achieving their physical health goals. Erica is passionate about building long term relationships with clients and supporting them with building confidence and skills to take control of their own wellbeing.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Mental health
  • Mindful eating
  • Weight management
  • Diabetes
  • PCOS
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Healthy ageing

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