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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”

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

Guided by a Network of Global Leaders

Global Leadership Council

Global Leadership Council members provide thought leadership from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and experience in eMHIC’s Special Interest Groups. 

Dr Nina Ferencic

Senior Regional Adviser on Adolescent Health, Development and Participation, UNICEF

Jay Buckey

Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, USA

Kana Enomoto

Director of Brain Health, McKinsey Health Institute, USA

Dr. Daniel Fung

CEO, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

Chris Wright

National Advisor for Digital Mental Health, Scotland

Liz Ashall-Payne

Founder and CEO, ORCHA

Prof. Andrew Greenshaw

Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience University of Alberta, Canada

Colin Seery

Chief Executive Officer at Lifeline Australia

Niki Legge

Director of Mental Health and Addictions, Government of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Dr Judith Kuriansky

Advisor, Mission of Sierra Leone, United Nations

Dr Jill Murphy

Executive Director, APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health

Nick Titov

Executive Director, Mindspot, Australia

Fran Silvestri

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

Mary O'Hagan

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

Richman Wee

Senior Researcher, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Piers Gooding

Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr Bruce Arroll

Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Addie Wooten

CEO, Smiling Mind, Australia

Angie Chew

Adjunct Associate Professor of mindfulness, National University of Singapore

Professor Chee Ng

Professor and Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry, The Melbourne Clinic, Australia

Dr Craig Hassed

Senior lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Ed Mantler

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

Nicholas Watters

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

Juanita Ryan

Deputy Chief Executive at Ara Poutama, New Zealand

Victoria Hornby

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

Stephen Appleton

President and Chief Executive of Global Leadership Exchange

Lucita Lazo

President of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Philippines

Anna Elders

Clinical Lead, Just a Thought, New Zealand

Marie Paldam Folker

Director, Centre for Digital Psychiatry, Denmark

Katherine Hay

President & CEO, Kids Help Phone, Canada

Derek Chambers

Policy Implementation Lead, National Mental Health Services Ireland

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.