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by Olivia Dunn

Chief Executive Officer, Optimisation Hub, Board Member, International Speaker

Graziella Thake

Chief Executive Officer of Optimisation Hub, Board Member, International Speaker

Graziella is the Optimisation Hub’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a warm force of passion and dedication to sport and youth mental health. She holds a firm belief that we all need to support or most vulnerable to prevent mental illness and ensure positive health development as a core part of economic development.

Her commitment to economic and community development is guided by 30 years of committed experience in human performance, risk, psychology, and leadership. She spends a large percentage of their time leading and advising and has become a globally trusted sounding board and voice for many to relied upon.

She brings 32 years of dedicated leadership experience as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and is well-seasoned in the sports, corporate, government and education sectors, having worked with 26 multinationals. Holding a Master’s in Psychology with specialist qualifications in forensics, business, and sports psychology, her current work at the Optimisation Hub is dedicated to small nations development and leading a world first mental health sports curriculum. She is also a trustee of 100 World Rugby Legends, Global Ambassador of the IKAR Institute in Vienna, and a mentor for sport IN Global and SIGA championing diversity and inclusion.

She was voted most inspirational female leader of the year for International Women’s Day 2020, for her extensive work in health economics, governance, leadership, charity and giving back (which is in her DNA) delivered with her trademark drive and passion to contribute to every sector of humanity with a focus on ethics and responsibility. Her aim: a better world around us through building sustainable mental health programs and involving mental health in all “health economics”

Guided by a Network of Global Leaders

Our Global Leadership Council

Our Global Leadership Council provides thought leadership from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and experience.

Louise Bradley

Former Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Fran Silvestri

President and CEO, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)

Ashley de Silva

CEO of ReachOut Australia

Colin Seery

Chief Executive Officer at Lifeline Australia

Professor Chee Ng

Professor and Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry at The Melbourne Clinic

Jay Buckey

Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Graziella Thake

CEO of Optimisation Hub

Andrew Slater

CEO of Whakarongorau Aotearoa

Ed Mantler

SVP Chief Program Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Nicholas Watters

Director of Access, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Mary O'Hagan

Executive Director Lived Experience, Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Charles Curie

Principle and Founder, The Curie Group, LLC

Juanita Ryan

Deputy Chief Executive at Ara Poutama

Victoria Hornby

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, United Kingdom

Victoria Hornby

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

International Phone and Text Helplines

Victoria is CEO of Mental Health Innovations, the charity behind SHOUT, the UK’s first 24/7 crisis text service. From 2011 to 2017, she was Director of Programmes at The Royal Foundation, building a portfolio of projects including the Invictus Games, Coach Core, United for Wildlife and Heads Together.