Our People

Endometriosis Australia is proud to have a dedicated team of Board Directors, Clinical Advisory Committee members, Endo Ambassadors, and EndoChampions helping promote awareness of endometriosis.

Board Directors

Our Board Directors (past and present) have spent the last decade building endometriosis awareness in the broader community, creating fundraising programs to fund research and education.

Monica Forlano is the Chair of the Endometriosis Australia Board. Monica Forlano has over 20 years of media industry experience ranging from managing international operations of cable television in Europe to leading broadcast channels and content production departments in Australia.  Her key career achievements are around developing marketing and business transformation plans around media creation and distribution including successful campaigns for major television programs. Monica is currently Head of AFL Studios, the production and in-house creative agency of the Australian Football League.

Board Chair

Monica Forlano

Donna originally studied Fashion Design/Business, and after battling chronic health conditions, Donna went on to study Holistic Nutrition and Homeopathy. In 2018, Donna was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence and was Blackmore’s Women & Wellness – Change Being for 2019. Donna is a Member of the Federal Steering Committee for the Implementation of the National Action Plan for Endometriosis. She is a Director of Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) and is an Australia Day Ambassador. Donna is currently a higher degree candidate at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University completing her Masters in Research.

Director & Cofounder

Donna Ciccia

Associate Professor Anusch Yazdani is a subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and an advanced reproductive endosurgeon with a uniquely personal and patient-centred approach. His treatment philosophy focuses on an in-depth understanding of individual circumstance and tailoring a highly specific treatment plan.

Medical Director

A/Prof Anusch Yazdani

Gai Brodtmann Director Gai Brodtmann MAICD is a non-executive director of Old Parliament House, an advisory board member of Sapien Cyber and a presenter and panellist at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, National Security College and Australian Defence College., former Member for Canberra and Shadow Assistant Minister for Cyber Security and Defence


Antara Mascarenhas
Mariana Von Lucken Director Mariana von Lucken is a Tax Partner at HLB Mann Judd. Mariana specialises in working with research & development and early-stage innovation.

Mariana Von Lucken

Naomi Seddon Director Naomi’s legal career spans three countries over the last 16 years, where she has worked with nearly 2,000 different companies across many different markets and industries and is also one of the few lawyers in the world to hold legal qualifications from 3 different countries. In 2016 Naomi was named by Legal 500 as a top attorney in the United States for legal advice and counselling.

Naomi Seddon

Endometrosis Australia's Anusch Yazdani

Clinical Advisory Committee

Endo Ambassadors

Ellie Angel-Mobbs hosting a panel at the Endometriosis Australia Brisbane High Tea

Endo Champions

Clinical Advisory Committee

Our Clinical Advisory Committee is a group of medical and allied healthcare professionals with extensive expertise in diagnosing or treating endometriosis.

They help keep our organisation up-to-date with current research and best practices and provide helpful collateral such as downloads and blog posts for patients.

Endo Ambassadors

Our Endo Ambassadors are Board-appointed and have a public profile. They generously donate their time and energy to help educate the public and raise awareness of endometriosis.

Endo Champions

Our EndoChampions are Board-appointed.

These individuals have achieved something extraordinary within their community to increase awareness and raise funds for endometriosis.