I was recently interviewed by Informa for the upcoming Future of Medicare Conference in August where I will be speaking about the Future Solutions for Australian Healthcare Reform.
Dr Avi, you began your career as a medical doctor in the UK and Australia, and have now successfully founded 3 companies as CEO. Could you tell us a bit about your career journey?
In my time as a medical practitioner, I worked across the medical systems of the National Health Service in the UK as well as the public and private health care system in Australia. Now as the CEO of Energesse, I also work with healthcare institutions in the US, and as a result, my team and I have developed a broad understanding of various healthcare systems in developed economies as well as some of their major challenges and opportunities.
After my time in clinical practice, I completed an MBA with Honours from the University of Queensland and spent 5 years in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Initially I managed Research and Development as well as marketing activities. However, in my last 2 years in industry I become more responsible for Innovation and Corporate Strategy with industry leader Pfizer Australia, with over $1 billion in annual revenue.
I then took a brief exodus from healthcare and spent several years as CEO of companies in the video and technology space, which gave me great insights into how innovation occurs in the creative industries and how quickly the speed of technology can move. I eventually sold one company to return to healthcare and initially managed a holistic wellness practice and supported a consumer-led drive for prevention in healthcare. The company then grew and evolved into a healthcare consultancy firm for larger health and wellness related organisations.