About Meeco

“Our vision is to create a place for everyone on the planet to get equity and value in exchange for what they share. To make this possible we want to create a sovereign place where people will realise the accumulation of every day data as a growing and valuable asset, for themselves and for their children.”
— The Meeco Manifesto

The Team

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Katryna Dow
Founder & CEO

Katryna Dow is the founder and CEO of Meeco. She has been pioneering personal data rights since 2002, when she envisioned a time when personal sovereignty, identity and contextual privacy would be as important as being connected. Now distributed ledger, personal clouds, mobile technology, AI, Internet-of-Things and regulation such as the GDPR and Open Banking have converged to make Meeco both possible and necessary.

In 2011, she co-founded a think tank and incubator to explore commercialisation and business models across the emerging personal information sector. In early 2012, she wrote the Meeco Manifesto, and confident in strategy development and business model she founded Meeco in August of the same year. Katryna initially self-funded Meeco, before raising seed capital in January 2014, enabling Meeco to launch its first public platform in July 2014.

Katryna speaks globally on privacy and data innovation and currently serves on two IEEE standards working groups; Co-Chair for the Personal Data and Privacy Committee, part of the Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, and Chair for the new P7006 - Standard for Personal Data Artificial Intelligence (AI) Agent.

She is the co-author of the blockchain identity paper ‘Immutable Me’ and co-author/co-architect of Meeco’s distributed ledger solution and, most recently, the White Paper on Zero Knowledge Proofs for Access, Control, Delegation and Consent of Identity and Personal Data.

Prior to Meeco she founded and operated a strategy consulting practice. As a consultant, Katryna has extensive global experience in strategy to execution roles in start-ups to major corporate change and implementation and projects. Katryna has held leadership positions and delivered projects in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, United States and India. Her industry sector experience includes information technology, financial services, health services and human resources.

Katryna currently splits her time between Australia and Europe, where Meeco has offices and development teams.

Katryna Dow
Katryna Dow
Founder & CEO
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Greg Embleton
Chairman

Greg Embleton is the Chairman of Meeco Planet Pty Ltd. Formally the CEO of Secure Value Exchange (SVX) Group, a major Meeco shareholder, which merged with Meeco in 2019.

Greg is a senior executive with over 35 years’ global technology and executive experience. He has held the role of CIO for a number of large Australian domestic and international corporations where he has been instrumental in leading substantial growth and transformational change programs. Some of the key companies and roles include held by Greg include:

  • Global General Manager and CIO, Amcor
  • CIO, RJR Nabisco (Australia)
  • CIO, Sensis
  • Executive Director & CIO, Australian Red Cross Blood Service
  • Vice President, Novell (Australia Pacific)
  • CEO, Byte

Greg has a track record of consistently delivering growth in both customer and shareholder value. Through his drive and direction, the companies under his control have received industry accolades and a number have been the subject of successful acquisition. His experience, knowledge and pragmatic approach is reflected in the respect he has earned across business and technology sectors in Australia.

Greg is a proven transformational leader who believes unreservedly in the importance of data security, privacy and data innovation. As Chairman, he brings this commitment and his extensive knowledge and experience to help Meeco realise its full potential.

Greg has tertiary qualifications in Information Technology and Accounting and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  

In addition to being the Chairman of the Meeco Board, he is also the Chairman of Zedmed, and an Advisory Board Member for Davidsons Recruitment and Byte.

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Greg Embleton
Chairman
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Marc Peskett
Finance Director

Marc Peskett is the Finance Director of Meeco, and actively involved in the growth and scaling of the business.

Marc has over thirty years’ experience in accounting and management consulting, holding senior positions with Arthur Andersen and William Buck & Company before formally establishing the MPR Group in 1997. MPR Group (now Prime Accounting and Business Advisory) is a leading accounting firm, specialising in services to meet the special needs of innovative and fast-growing entrepreneurial businesses.

Since selling the MPR Group 2018, Marc is now an independent consultant, director and board advisor. He currently sits on the board and advises a number of FinTech companies, local and international biotech’s, a digital publishing company as well several not for profits. Marc is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia.

Marc specialises in venture planning, business and investment ready services, grants, funding and R&D tax concession services, financial analysis and modelling, and business structuring. His financial expertise and business advice has led to Marc being invited by clients to join their advisory boards adopting an active role in decision making and monitoring progress towards the achievement of long-term growth and profit objectives.

Marc’s accomplishments include:

  • Venture planning and advice by assisting clients establish the long-term strategic vision for their business and facilitating the implementation of value added services towards the realisation of business goals
  • Raising capital to support early stage business development, business expansion, new product development and the commercialisation of business initiatives
  • Establishing accounting, taxation and financial processes to meet statutory requirements and support performance evaluation
  • Providing financial analysis and the provision of strategic advice on new business ventures.
Marc Peskett
Marc Peskett
Finance Director
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Peter Campbell
Director

PeterCampbell has had extensive involvement in higher education since 1970, having held senior positions at major universities in Melbourne.

His involvement with the marketing of courses and recruitment of international students commenced in 1986 with the first Austrade Mission to South East Asia.

Peter was appointed as the inaugural director of the Monash International Office in1987 and subsequently initiated the Monash University Foundation Year in collaboration with Taylor’s College.

Following rapid growth in enrolments at Monash, he was appointed Director of International Programs at LaTrobe University in 1993. In October 1996, Peter left LaTrobe to establish MIBT (Melbourne Institute of Business Technology) on the Deakin University Toorak campus. Peter has also been involved in the development of the HIBT and LIBT colleges in the UK.

After MBIT was acquired by Navitas Ltd, Peter served as a Director of Navitas from September 2004 to November 2012. Navitas, a listed a public company on the ASX from 2004 until its privatisation in 2019, is a leading global education provider that offers an extensive range of educational services for students and professionals including university programs, English language training and settlement services, creative media education, workforce education and student recruitment.

Peter then became Chairman and a major shareholder in SVX Group Pty Ltd, a FinTech start up company that recently merged its business and assets into Meeco.

Peter Campbell
Peter Campbell
Director
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Jo Vercammen
CTO

Jo Vercammen is the CTO of Meeco. Prior to his role with Meeco, he was the co-founder of Juru; a blockchain and digital identity start-up, which successfully developed a range of identity and GDPR solutions for Belgian government and commercial sectors.

In addition Jo was a senior researcher and lecturer on Blockchain at Howest University College for Applied Science. He was approached to teach based on his early Bitcoin experience, having launched the first Bitcoin exchange in Belgium in 2013.

This expertise rapidly evolved to providing professional services to companies starting blockchain and bitcoin projects.

His software engineering and product development experience resulted in the provision of technical services and business support on product roadmap for open platform architecture, blockchain, API management and microservices.

From October 2019 Jo together with his Juru technical co-founder and development team joined Meeco.

As CTO he is supporting Meeco’s global growth and expansion through the development and delivery of Meeco’s product portfolio including FinTech and RegTech solutions for Open Banking, PSD2 and GDPR.

Jo is an active member in the identity and blockchain community, a contributor to a range of standards and identity working groups including the Decentralised Identity (DIF) and Hyperledger Foundations. He is leading the solution design, technical development and implementation of Verified Credentials solutions across a range of financial service use cases. This has included the design and development of a range of new Meeco products to support the discovery, trust and use of Verified Credentials for Distributed and Self Soverign Identity.

Recently Jo was accepted by Free University of Brussels to research Zero Knowledge Proofs based on the Zero Value Knowledge system,  developed by Meeco to enable progressive disclosure for the provision of personalised services, when using encrypted data.

Jo is regularly asked to speak at international blockchain, distributed ledger, FinTech and Identity events.

Jo Vercammen
Jo Vercammen
CTO
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Jan Vereecken
Chief Product Officer

Jan Vereecken is the Chief Product Officer at Meeco; a personal data & distributed ledger platform that enables people to securely exchange data via the API-of-Me with the people and organisations they trust.

In 2017, Jan co-founded Juru; a Belgium based start-up developing an identity platform using blockchain technology. The focus was to improve the administrative and privacy aspects of modern digital life, through reducing the friction of onboarding to new products and services.

In his role as Juru co-founder and technical leader, Jan defined the architecture for several projects at Digipolis. Projects involved GDPR management, a ‘Business Rules Engine’ product, that enabled Antwerp City to assign access and manage rights to (self) managed teams via their platform ecosystem of city services and a new Identity Provider solution, able to operate in a federated landscape, with a self-sovereign identity component.

Jan is an experienced IT professional with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) domain expertise. His focus has been on innovation within enterprise teams, leveraging his start-up and entrepreneurial experience in leading teams. Specifically, he was retained to develop solutions to manage costs and increase operational efficiency.

Prior to Meeco and Juru, Jan was involved in several other start-ups, responsible for the architecture design together with the development of software services. Throughout Jan’s IT career he has been involved in ventures where he was responsible for determining the underlying technology decisions that would enable performance at scale.

It is this expertise that he brings to his role at Meeco; directing the development of products, application of patents and integration with SVX that form the Meeco API platform.

Jan is actively involved in applying the Standards from various working groups including verified claims, consent management and identity. Together with active participation in the blockchain community.

Jan Vereecken
Jan Vereecken
Chief Product Officer
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Mars El-Bougrini
Chief Design Officer

Mars leads the design team at Meeco, providing creative direction of the Meeco brand and all products, including Meeco tools for individuals, organisations and developers. He works on every aspect of product design, from ideation through to user experience, user interface design and prototype development. Mars also works directly with Meeco's partners on designing and validating use cases as well as managing the process of translating partners' visual identities to white label solutions.

Mars has been involved with Meeco since its inception in 2012, and works closely with the leadership, sales, marketing and engineering teams.

Based in Australia, Mars also spends time in Belgium and the UK through out the year leading design workshops with partners.

Mars has 20 years of experience working in both software development and design. This unique multidisciplinary approach has informed his expertise as a designer with an eye for innovation and has allowed him to work effectively with engineering teams.

Prior to Meeco, Mars worked extensively as a freelancer and consultant which honed his strategic approach to interactive design and user experience. His work reflects his understanding of the importance of designing experiences that are a joy and easy to use.

Mars El-Bougrini
Mars El-Bougrini
Chief Design Officer
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Neil Campbell
Head of Business Development, Australasia

Neil has more than 30 years experience delivering business value through Information Technology across a broad range of industries, and he is still passionate about ensuring customers get what they need. He has worked in a diverse range of organisations ranging from major enterprises to small start-ups, and covering a wide range of industries including Media, Publishing, Digital, Telecommunications, Health Services, Pharmaceuticals, Gambling and Financial Services. This diversity of industry type and scale of operations has helped Neil hone a set of skills that enable him to adapt to the needs of any situation.

As Chief Operating Officer of Meeco, Neil is responsible for bringing together all the elements of the organisation to understand our customer’s’ needs and to deliver and support Meeco’s products and services in operation.

Prior to Meeco, Neil has successfully driven large scale programs of work for complex stakeholder groups, with world-first digital solutions and mission critical application deployments to his credit. Most recently Neil has been responsible for bringing product to market for a start-up organisation in the Financial Services sector.

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Neil Campbell
Head of Business Development, Australasia
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Derek Munneke
Chief Architect and Head of Engineering​
Expertise: Enterprise integration, open standards, mobile computing platforms, patents in presence based network entities

Derek is passionate about how technology can change the world for a better future. He has developed and implemented solutions across Australia and around the globe. From developer to chief technology officer, to investor and chief executive officer, Derek has a broad view of technology past, present and future.

As the Head of Engineering since Meeco’s inception, Derek provides architectural and technical leadership for the Meeco platform ensuring the technology underpinning Meeco is not only consistent with the organization’s goals and objectives but also adapting and scaling to the changing needs of the emerging global personal data marketplace. He has been instrumental in building and maturing all software and API development of the Meeco platform and of the Meeco Labs testing and learning environment. With vast experience in all aspects of the software lifecycle across industries such as media, telecommunications, finance and government, Derek brings a passion and dedication to developing innovative software that scales.

Derek has driven privacy and data consent projects for Meeco, including with two global telecommunications companies, two Australian telecommunications and media companies, two multinational financial services corporation, an Australian postal company and a European telecommunications company.

Prior to Meeco, Derek's experience included responsibility for the successful delivery of Telstra's Project Chameleon, a user personalized mobile portal; Eccosphere, a social utility for mobile devices; Australian Marine Catalogue, a harmonization of marine spatial data infrastructure; among others.

Derek led the Meeco team to win best project for the August 2017 Australian Payments Council Sydney Hackathon for the implementation of a loyalty concept on top of the Open Bank Project APIs.

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Derek Munneke
Chief Architect and Head of Engineering​
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Yuri Leikind
Full Stack Developer
Expertise: Erlang, Elixir, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, React, Postgresql, AWS, Linux server administration

Yuri is an experienced software development generalist with a extensive track record of projects and technologies used.

Yuri started his career in 1999 working as a Computational Linguist. He worked in areas such as developing a formal grammar for English, a Part-Of-Speech tagset and a tagger for German, resolution of anaphoric relations in English patents, and focus resolution in questions in a Natural Language interface for a search engine.

Having written quite a number research prototypes, Yuri got fascinated by more industrial software development and in 2002 he quit the domain of Computational Linguistics and began his career as a software developer.

Throughout his career Yuri used a number of technologies such as Perl, PHP, Java, Ruby, Javascript, and AWS working on web applications and web services for various small and medium size businesses in Belgium, and mobile application backends.

Yuri developed and maintained an open-source Ruby On Rails plugin which was downloaded more than 267,000 times from the Rubygems package repository.

Pursuing his interest in distributed and concurrent programming Yuri co-founded an Elixir meetup group in Brussels in 2014.

His current software stack is the Erlang platform with which he seeks to tame software complexity with Event Sourcing, Command Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS) patterns, and test-driven development.

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Yuri Leikind
Full Stack Developer
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Linas Išganaitis
Full Stack Developer
Expertise: Ruby, Elixir, PostgreSQL, Javascript, React, Redux, AWS

Linas is an ambitious information technology enthusiast with a solid experience in software development.

Linas started as a HTML5 game developer Linas and gained substantial knowledge in Javascript and UI development.

He was a member of a team which received investments from Microsoft and Nokia and won the AppCampus Grant 2014 for a HTML5 based strategy game.

During the following years of his career, Linas worked on a number of projects. He gained a range of technical skills developing, deploying and maintaining mobile application backends, implementing responsive designs and integrating API’s.

Linas is enthusiastic about clean and quality code and he follows the best practices of test and behaviour driven development.

Focusing mainly on web development, Linas is also keen on exploring and learning about the latest trends in other technologies.

Linas Išganaitis
Linas Išganaitis
Full Stack Developer
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Vijay Shiyani
Full Stack Developer
Expertise: Java (Spring), C# (.NET),  DevOps , CI/CD – JENKINS, AWS,  JavaScript, TypeScript, AngularJS, Angular2+, JQuery, Ionic 2+, RDBMS, NOSQL

Vijay is a passionate full-stack senior developer with strong technical experience.

He has a passion to get things done, and also comfortable delivering across strategy and tactical execution with the ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

He has been involved closely with SVX to conceive, design, build, test and deploy the full-stack solutions. Prior to working with SVX, he helped develop a full-stack solution to small companies and enterprises.

Vijay Shiyani
Vijay Shiyani
Full Stack Developer
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Stephen de Bruin
Full Stack Developer​
Expertise: Ruby on Rails, React, Angular 2, Redux, .NET MVC, Serverless

Stephen has worked extensively on Meeco API development, Meeco hybrid app development and across the Meeco operations stack.

His experience includes:

  • Full stack Ruby on Rails, react, redux and angular developer on Meeco API and Meeco suite of platforms, Web, iOS and Android
  • Implementing the containerization of the Meeco API using Docker and Kubernetes
  • Server side development for Meeco Labs demonstration for major European Telco
  • Implementation and design for professional service organisations collecting and managing sensitive user data
  • Enabling the shift to more open cloud based architecture by refactoring existing applications to make use of microservices such as Elastic Search
  • Implementation of data anonymization to make data readily accessible and useful for predictive algorithm creation and detailed, scalable search architectures
  • Development on international fundraising platform for iOS and Android involving strict standards of privacy, data and financial control and reporting

Stephen was a team-member of the winning project for the August 2017 Australian Payments Council Sydney Hackathon for the implementation of the Open Bank Project's API

In addition to Meeco, Stephen has also worked on development projects for enterprises, start-ups and not for profit organisations.

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Stephen de Bruin
Full Stack Developer​
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Zak Barbuto
Full Stack Developer
Expertise: Ionic1, Ionic 2+, Cordova, JavaScript, TypeScript, NodeJS, Continuous Integration (CI, Jenkins), AngularJS, Angular2+, React, JQuery, SQL, Express, Loopback

Zak works across a range of platforms and frameworks including Ionic, Cordova, JavaScript, NodeJS, Angular and React.

His experience includes:

  • Web team lead and Web developer in AngularJS, Angular2+ Ionic, NodeJS and Cordova
  • Code owner and project maintainer of the opensource Loopback NodeJS API Framework
  • Lead developer for personal services iOS API server currently in use in Australia, USA and Canada including recurring automated payment system
  • Development of iOS and Android hybrid app for enterprise clients managing private sales contracts
  • Developing internal continuous integration software to automate build tasks, deployment and testing
  • Responsible for implementing continuous integration and automation systems to facilitate quality control and good system design.  Zak is responsible for leading Meeco’s front end development
  • Developer of custom developer tools to aid angular development and debugging
  • Experience in other cross platform tools including react native and flutter.

His primary experience is working with start-up projects but he also has a passion for not for profit and projects for purpose. Outside of Meeco, Zak is a code owner and project maintainer of the Loopback NodeJS Framework (http://loopback.io).

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Zak Barbuto
Full Stack Developer
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Izzy Peskett
Full Stack Developer / UX
Expertise: Javascript, React, Redux, Express, NodeJS, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, SQL

Izzy is a junior software engineer working mainly in javascript and the React framework.

Her experience includes:

- Development of an events web application in React

- Development of RESTful API's in NodeJs

- Integration of a Ruby on Rails backend with a javascript frontend

- Building custom PHP Wordpress themes

Izzy uses human-centered design principles at the core of her development and is expanding her skill set into user experience design. Her attitude and work are paving the way for fellow women in tech.

Izzy Peskett
Izzy Peskett
Full Stack Developer / UX
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Hongfei Yang
Full Stack Developer
Expertise: C, Java, Python, Swift, MySQL, Javascript

I am a junior developer working mainly with front-end frameworks. I am able to code in most of the popular programming languages and am experienced in iOS development in particular. Prior to joining Meeco, I worked as an intern for two Australian local companies where I learned iOS development and have built several iOS applications for them.

When I am not coding, you may also find me playing table tennis or playing RTS games.

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Hongfei Yang
Full Stack Developer
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Michael Drozdowski
QA & Developer
Expertise: Objective-C, JS (Angular, Ionic)

Michael is the Lead Tester, first line support and development since the launch of the Meeco Platform.

He started working with Meeco iOS applications and now has an extended skill set that includes:

  • Meeco's Ruby/Rails API Testing and development
  • Managing, monitoring and educating on compliance and development requirements for GDPR and privacy by design including drafting of policy, and terms and conditions
  • Involved in the testing and development of the Meeco-X app for Android, iOS and the browser-based progressive Web application
  • Lead Tester for the work management platform App, based on Meeco Technologies for a national consulting engineering firm
  • Lead Tester of the MeCast Application
  • Lead Tester of the CtrlShift Personal Information Economy 2016 Conference App - built on the MeCast application's Technology.
  • Lead Tester and Development of the MyData 2016 Conference Application, built on the MeCast application's Technology.
  • Involved in the Testing, Development and Co-ordination of the Meeco Labs program, creating and testing solutions for 2 Major Australian Telcos, 2 Major European Telcos, a Major multinational financial services corporation, and Australian Federal Government and Enterprise including Australia Post.

Michael was a team-member of the winning project for the August 2017 Australian Payments Council Sydney Hackathon for the implementation of the Open Bank Project's API.

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Michael Drozdowski
QA & Developer
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Bharat Shori
QA / Test Lead
Expertise: Agile SDLC, Testing, Release Management, Quality Assurance & Documentation

Bharat is passionate about product quality and proficient in viewing the product from product users' perspective. Bharat has extensive experience in various industries including Banking, Finance, Pharma, Healthcare & Surveillance/Security while working closely with executive level personnel.

He is responsible for overall quality processes and testing activities of the product development.

Before coming to Meeco Bharat worked for companies of various sizes in Australia, India and USA. He has succeeded in management roles, working as Senior Manager at Oracle (HSGBU) overseeing a team of manual & automation test engineers.

Bharat Shori
Bharat Shori
QA / Test Lead
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Monique Dunlop
Finance Manager

Monique recently joined Meeco after having worked in an advisory capacity in her role as a director at NPR Group Accounts & Advisors.

Following a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) Accounting and Finance from Deakin University, Monique then went on to complete her Graduate Diploma of Charted Accounting through the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. She has over a decade of Finance, Tax, Accounting and Advisory experience, having worked extensively with start-ups, assisting them with Marketing Exports and RnD Grants.

Monique manages finance across Meeco's Australian, UK and Belgian registered companies.

Monique Dunlop
Monique Dunlop
Finance Manager
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Dr Vivienne Monk
Clinical Research and Healthcare Data Advisor

Vivienne has lived and worked in Australia, the United States, Hong Kong, China and has been based in the United Kingdom for the past 20 years.

She has a professional background in psychology and occupational health, and has worked in clinical research for over 15 years and clinical trials for the past 5 years.

Vivienne has worked in a range of different occupational settings from clinical practice, the building and construction industry, manufacturing and healthcare including two years as a Health Systems Consultant for Procter & Gamble for 2 years in the Asia Pacific Region.

Her qualifications include a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety (University of Sydney), an MBA from Heriot-Watt (UK) and a PhD (University of London).

Working in clinical trials means that Vivienne is well aware of the importance of individual consent to use clinical and healthcare information and the regulations around the use of personal data.

In her research management role she has worked with a range of stakeholders in the healthcare industry including academic, public sector and commercial organisations to develop data capture, secure management systems and bespoke databases for collecting and managing research data.  Some of these trials have included the use and development of apps to capture medical and health related information.

In her current role in clinical research operations Vivienne is part of the Barts COVID Delivery and Operational Group setting up Covid-19 research across the Barts Trust including the new Nightingale Hospital.
In clinical trials participants have to consent for their data to be used, for what purpose and for how long it can be kept.

There is a balance between privacy for the individual’s data and allowing access to researchers who can use it to answer important research questions and ultimately improve health outcomes for everyone.

Vivienne’s research approach is based on best practice for data privacy and consistent with Meeco’s philosophy to create mutual value and ensure explicit and informed consent is always required by when sharing personal data.

Dr Vivienne Monk
Dr Vivienne Monk
Clinical Research and Healthcare Data Advisor
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