MSBase Foundation Directors
Helmut Butzkueven (Managing Director) MBBS, PhD, FRACP
Helmut Butzkueven is an academic neurologist specializing in management of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and real-world MS outcomes research.
He is Professor and Chair of Multiple Sclerosis and Neuro-immunology at Monash University, Director of MS services at Eastern Health and Head of the MS and Neuro-immunology Service at the Alfred Hospital, all in Melbourne.
He is a current NHMRC Practitioner Fellow, and prior fellowships include an NHRMC Career Development Fellowship and the NHMRC/MS Research Betty Cuthbert Fellowship.
Thomas P Leist, MD, PhD (Chair)
Prof Thomas P Leist MD PhD is Director of the Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center at Jefferson University. He is involved in basic and clinical research into multiple sclerosis and the Neurology of autoimmune disorders and infections of the central nervous system. He has also conducted research on the Neurobiology and pathology of retroviral, herpetic, and bacterial infections and the role of lymphokines at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, the University of Miami, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Zurich. A Prof Leist is the author of many research articles and is board-certified in Neurology
Lily Habib, BBus, MBA
Lily Habib has extensive experience in business planning, sale and acquisitions, portfolio management, sustainability strategy, risk management, business development and change management. Lily has almost two decades of experience in the energy sector. She currently leads Pacific Hydro’s Australian Generation business, with operations in wind and hydro, as the company pursues new opportunities in solar, wind and storage; and has led the addition of 1.5GW large-scale solar development to the company’s current project pipeline. Lily holds an MBA, a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment, and a Bachelor of Business (Applied Economics).
Paarami Udugama, LLB/BCom, GradDip Corporate Governance
Ms Paarami Udugama is currently a Group Counsel within the Legal Team at AGL Energy Limited. Prior to this role Paarami spent a number of years in private practice working at global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and at top-tier Australian law firms Herbert Smith Freehills (formerly Freehills) and King and Wood Mallesons (formerly Mallesons Stephen Jaques). Her extensive experience includes advising major ASX listed companies in the areas of corporate and commercial law, corporate governance, competition and consumer law.
Orla Gray, MD
Dr Orla Gray graduated in Medicine from Queens University Belfast in 1997. She became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 2001. She completed her post-graduate neurology training in Northern Ireland. In 2006 she gained an MD for her research on the epidemiology, genetica and quality of life in MS. She perfomed a one year clinical and research fellowship in MS and Neurorehabilitation in the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2008.
Dr Orla Gray currently works in the Ulster Hospital in Belfast as a Consultant Neurologist with a specialist interest in MS.
Dana Horakova, MD, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Dana Horakova, MD, PhD, completed medical school at Charles University in 1992. Since 1999, she has been working in the MS Centre, 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague. In 2006, she spent 6 months training at the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center, in Buffalo, USA. In 2010, she received her PhD with a thesis titled “Predictive Markers for Clinical Development in Patients with MS.” Dr. Horakova is a member of the Immunological Committee of Czech Neurological Society. She was Chair of the MSBase Scientific Leadership Group between 2016-2020.
Phil currently works as the Information Security Officer for a litigation support firm. He is responsible for the firm's ISO 27001 (infosec) implementation.
In a previous role he was an IT consultant in Australia and the US, specialising in enterprise IT sourcing projects. He has worked across a number of industries including pharmaceuticals, mining, manufacturing and policing, He has also been an operational IT manager in Australia, the UK and the US.
Dan Hayward is an information technology specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in the transformation, delivery, and management of a wide range of technologies, applications, and cyber security programs.