Board of Directors

Adem Karafili - Chairperson

Adem is currently the Executive Chairman of ASX-listed Top Shelf International Holdings Ltd.  He is also the Chairman and founder of ANGL Korp, his investment vehicle for both ventures and investments.

Adem also Chairs the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM) and the 2030 Greater Victoria Commonwealth Games Taskforce.

Additionally, Adem is a Non-Executive Director (previously Chairman) of newly ASX-listed The Hydration Pharmaceuticals Company Limited, which owns the Hydralyte brand outside of Australia and New Zealand.

He also sits on the investment committee for the private equity firm Corner Capital.

Prior to that Adem spent seven years establishing Swisse Wellness before its sale to H&H Group Ltd (previously Biostime) for nearly US$1.7 billion in 2015. Adem held senior positions of CFO, COO and MD at Swisse Wellness.

Adem is a CPA, having obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting).

Adem resides in Melbourne.

Professor Avni Sali

Professor Avni Sali AM

Professor Avni Sali AM, often referred to as the father of Integrative Medicine in Australia, brings to NIIM his immeasurable medical expertise and passion for the advancement of Integrative Medicine. As former president of the Gawler Foundation and the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA), and current president of the International Council of Integrative Medicine, he has extensive experience with the management of committees and organisations campaigning for education research, and the clinical use of Integrative Medicine.

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Sener Besim

Sener Besim is a retail and brand specialist within the Australian Luxury retail landscape across all areas of management, marketing and retail.

Sener has over 17 years’ experience as General Manager of one of Australia’s leading Fashion Brands and oversaw several periods of acute growth.

Sener also is Founder and Creative Director of Internationally acclaimed Jewellery and Eyewear brand SENER BESIM

Radek Sali

Radek Sali is an accomplished leader of international business, having made his mark as CEO of household name Swisse in his early thirties. Radek is credited to have led Swisse through rapid growth in product lines, stockists and revenue, and initiated one of Australia’s largest ever licencing deals with PGT, with plans to launch Swisse in over 30 countries in 3 years across Europe and Asia. 

Swisse is an Autralia’s leading wellness brand that prides itself on delivering premium quality natural health and wellbeing products. Radek led the brand to successfully expand from VHMS into a skin care, super foods and performance nutrition range of products. He also successfully drove the brand to be the number 1 health product for on line sales in China. In 2015/16, Swisse sold for over $1.7bil, one of the largest private transactions in Australia’s corporate history. He credits building an extraordinary culture as the foundation of his success.

Swisse’s market-leading position and success was recognised in 2012 when Radek led Swisse to be named the ‘Most Successful Business of the Year’ in the prestigious 2012 BRW Private Business Awards.  Radek was also recognised as the GQ Businessman of the Year and the CEO Magazine’s Pharmaceutical Executive of the Year in 2012, these accolades were in addition to a number of health industry awards presented to Swisse in the same year. Swisse was named in the top 25 best places to work in 2015 and 2016. Radek was named as a national winner for his industry in 2016 for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Radek is the Executive Chairman of Light Warrior Group, a principle driven investment group focused on the potential of business to have a positive impact on the world by creating value for all stakeholders; customers, employees, suppliers, investors, society and the environment. Radek has also founded the Lightfolk Foundation, which has been established to support initiatives with the intent of advancing humankind.  It is through this foundation that Lightfolk Ltd has been established, a not-for-profit school of wisdom of which Radek is Chairman. Radek is Honorary Alumni at La Trobe University and an Advisory Board Member for the National Institute of Integrative Medicine.

Dr John Walters

Clinical Director Dr John Walters, has been involved in the practice and promotion of integrative medicine for more than 35 years.

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NIIM Advisory Board

Peter Copulos

Chairman, Copulos Group Peter Copulos has spent more than 50 years in business, primarily in the areas of property development and investment, retail, and hospitality. As founder of the Copulos Group and Copulos Foundation, he also directs several public and private companies. Peter brings to NIIM his vast business expertise. Having grown up in Shepparton, Victoria, Peter has a strong sense of community and his involvement with NIIM is one of the many ways he assists philanthropic and charitable organisations around Australia.

Robert Kirby

Chairman and Executive Director, Village Roadshow Corporation Robert Kirby AO, B.Com is Chairman and Executive Director of Village Roadshow Corporation. Robert served as a Government appointed director of the Peter MacCallum Centre and is currently Deputy Chair of the Peter MacCallum Foundation. He has 35 years experience in the cinema, film and entertainment industry. He has also been intimately involved with the Gawler Foundation for over 20 years and was President from 1992 to 1995. Robert is a Member of the Patrons Council of The Epilepsy Foundation Victoria and a Patron of Victorian Arts Centre.

Beverley Pinder

Managing Director, Rowland Pinder PR
Through her public relations consultancy, Beverley Pinder has over many decades provided pro- bono counsel and support to a wide range of not-for-profits. Her involvement with NIIM commenced nearly a decade ago advising the Graduate School of Integrative Medicine on its media relations.

In 2012, Beverley was elected as a Councillor for the City of Melbourne, proudly joining Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Deputy Lord Mayor Susan Riley and eight other councillors for a four-year term at Town Hall focusing on improving CBD safety, liveability and planning for growth.

With a public relations career spanning more than 30 years, Beverley is renowned not only for her innate media expertise but also her ability to create and project manage activities from a new product launch to corporate reputation management programs.

For well over 35 years Beverley Pinder has had personal involvement in assisting charities and not- for-profits. She sat on the board of The Gawler Foundation for 10 years, two of them as Acting President. She is also an active supporter of the Lighthouse Foundation. Her involvement with HELP Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami also sees her fundraising for the island nation of Sri Lanka with an emphasis on education.

Human Research Ethics Committee

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