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DAISI’s Executive Committee consists of a Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer, & Secretary. The Executive Committee reports to the Board of Directors.

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All are honarary volunteer positions with no salary. These positions are voted in by members every two years (the odd year). DAISI’s administrative duties are decided on by DAISI’s Executive Committee by majority vote at the quarterly meetings.

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a/Prof Matthew Rickard. Chair

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Associate Professor Matt Rickard is the elected Chair of DAISI, and a Colorectal Surgeon at Concord Hospital and Macquarie University Hospital. He is the immediate past chair of the Australian and New Zealand Training Board of Colorectal Surgery, previous chair of the RACS Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery and previous CSSANZ council member. Matt has had a longstanding interest in humanitarian work. He has worked in Kenya and South Africa for a number of years  He also works with PANGEA (formerly Specialists Without Borders) and, throughout the 2010’s, has been on 5 trips with Pangea to Rwanda, Malawi and Zimbabwe. He has also volunteered and operated in Cambodia and East Timor. Matt first volunteered with DAISI in the Solomon Islands, and now is actively involved in implementing laparoscopic training in Port Moresby and Papua New Guinea’s remote Highlands at Sopas Hospital.

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Prof Christophe Berney. Deputy Chair 

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Prof Christophe Berney is a current DAISI Deputy Chair.   Prior to this he was the Acting Secretary in 2019.  Prof Berney is a General surgeon from Sydney with expertise in colorectal, upper GI and thyroid surgery and hernia surgery having both public and private hospital appointments.   Prof Berney is head of department of general surgery at Bankstown hospital and also 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.

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Mr Sam Deylami – Treasurer


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Mr Sam Deylami is DAISI’s elected Treasurer. Sam has experience in Industrial Management and Finance and member of The Institute of Public Accountants.  Mr Deylami  advises DAisi in all finance matters.  In addition Mr Deylami provides pro bono services to a number of other charitable organisations including the Haemophilia Foundation New South Wales, Launchpad Youth Community,  Ryde Persian School and some other charities

Dr Gary McKay.  Secretary

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Dr Gary McKay is the founding member of DAISI, current board member and the elected Secretary of DAISI.  A general & colorectal surgeon from Sydney,  Dr McKay and his wife Roshini first became involved in development aid work in India in  1993, where they worked as volunteers for several years establishing a health clinic & Vision 2000 Community Health Centre in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.  In 2015 Dr McKay and his wife Roshini and surgical registrar Dr Sepehr Lajevardi conducted their first DAISI volunteer trip to Gizo Hospital in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands, with numerous DAISI trips to the South-Pacific since.
Dr McKay is passionate about social injustice issues and part of his drive is a desire to address the imbalance in wealth that exists between Australia and its closest South-Pacific Neighbours with regard to access to health care services and basic essential resources.