DAISI does not receive government funding with all DAISI volunteers paying their own way and working voluntary with no salary. DAISI only sends volunteers to countries in the South-Pacific that it has a current contractual Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with. The emphasis is always on providing services and teaching where it is most needed.
Dr. Sepehr Lajevardi – Chairman
Dr Sepehr Lajevardi was the elected Treasurer for DAISI from 2015-2017, and the elected Chair of DAISI in 2017. Dr Lajevardi is a plastics advanced trainee resistrar from Concord Hospital, who, along with Dr Mckay, founded DAISI first volunteering in the Solomon Islands in January 2016, doing mainly plastics and hand/tendon surgery. He returned again in June 2017 and returns on a regular basis. Dr Lajevardi has been instrumental in organising the donation of much needed medical supplies and organising funding grants for DAISI projects.
Dr Danny Kozman – Vice Chairman
Dr Danny Kozman was elected the Vice-Chair of DAISI in 2017. Dr Kozman is a colorectal surgeon from St George and Bankstown hospital in Sydney who first visited Honiara and Gizo hospital in July/August 2016. Dr Kozman is keen on teaching all aspects of colorectal and laparoscopic surgery and performed the first open ultra low anterior resection for rectal cancer at Gizo hospital amongst 27 other operations that visit. Although Dr Kozman has a wife and young kids and a busy practice in Sydney he is committed to developing colorectal surgical services in the Solomon Islands and is a key coordinator of a laparoscopic course planned for June/July 2017 at Honiara & Gizo hospitals. Dr Kozman would also like to see an exchange program where surgical trainees can visit Australia and New Zeakand and do observational rotations in surgical units to increase their surgical exposure.
Mark Taffa – Secretary
Mark Taffa is a DAISI member, Secretary, and the PNG Programme Officer. Mark designs and develops medical equipment, with a keen interest in Pacific Islands development, having volunteered in the highlands of Papua New Guinea for a year in 1984, where he learnt to speak Pidgeon and again to the Enga Province of the Highlands of PNG in 2018 with DAISI. He is currently the PNG Programme Officer.
Mark is a keen supportor of DAISI and has been involved in reclaiming and sending medical equipment to PNG as well as their ongoing maintenance. Through his company Horten Medical, Mark has also sponsored school fees for children in Kagua (Souther Highlands of PNG). Mark is actively involved with DAISI, and a regular sponsor to the Annual DAISI Charity Ball. Mark was part of a DAISI volunteer trip to Enga Province in the highlands in PNG in November 2018 where he is the DAISI representative. He has been instrumental in logistics for repairing and maintaining existing equipment in the Enga Province. Mark is married is married to his doctor wife Maryanne, and has three sons aged , 18, 16, and 13. Mark hopes to return to PNG with his sons.
Prof Christophe Berney – Treasurer
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Prof Christophe Berney is a colorectal, general upper GI and thyroid surgeon from Sydney who works at Waratah and Hurstville Private and Bankstown-Lidcomb public hospital and serves as a Conjoint Professor with the University of NSW. Prof Berney has a keen interest in humanitarian work in developing countries and first volunteered with DAISI in Gizo (Solomon Islands) in September 2017, has returned to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and PNG as a DAISI volunteer on a numerous occasions. Prof Christophe Berney has also been involved in Mercy Ship visits to needy countries in Africa. In March 2019 Prof Berney took over the role of Treasurer for DAISI.