WHO WE ARE

Meet the Team

GEM is a Social Enterprise run by young people from different walks of life. Consisting of a leadership panel, the aim of GEM is to connect and empower young people through wellbeing education and support services and to create opportunities for them within their local communities.

Angé Weinrabe

Founding Director of GEM, Angé Weinrabe, has worked with young adults who were labelled as disenfranchised and "difficult" by the mainstream systems. Angé found the youth to be extremely bright young creatives. She started to work with them in a formal support capacity as well as with various institutions, public and private sectors and individuals, to re-connect these young people with others, who are like-minded.

As an outcome of her GEM decision-support program, skills and psychosocial support services have been provided to young people, enabling a vast number of individuals to flourish in their lives (relationships, employment and higher education).

Over the years of working with individuals, Angé found that the young person’s inner voice had either been silenced over time, or that it remained unexpressed. Taking this key aspect into account, Angé developed the GEM Method, which ensures that these young individuals are treated as such – as individuals.

In Ange’s experience, many young people are misunderstood, by their parents, their teachers and also by the society around them. Young people today are more stressed than ever, mainly as not taught more about resilience and need much psychosocial support. This “æffective” and individualised meaningful approach fuels Angé’s dedication to assist young people in a vulnerable stage of human development.

With her ongoing academic research as the foundation and using GEM Connect Pty Ltd as a commercial vehicle, Angé’s main aim is to align with WHO 2030 goals in order to target Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s) and its projected thirty-year effect on the health sector and global economy, and with the WHO 2004 goals, in order to find a way to address the Prevention of Mental Disorders (Affective Interventions and Policies).

Holding an Arts (Adv.) Hons Degree in Philosophy, The University of Sydney, and completing her postgraduate studies at the Brain and Mind Centre,  Sydney Medical School, Angé investigated the hypothesis that dysregulated emotion (mainly anxiety) impairs decision-making in youth. From 2020 onwards, her academic research aims to investigate, and in turn  – translate, the role and impact of Culture when exploring explanatory models of addiction vs substance abuse and its impact on decision-making.

Together, Angé, her external advisers, and her company’s round table of decision-makers give education meaning and connect young leaders to like-minded others locally and worldwide.

GEM's global decision-panel

Peers supporting one another & GEM as a New Social Health Movement

Samuel Werrett

Samuel holds a BA Commerce, University of Sydney and is a proven commercial business manager with specializations in accounting, finance, great coffee and conversation. After graduating in 2014, Sam saw an opportunity to gain a holistic understanding of business and opened an espresso bar in Chatswood. Starting from just a concept, “The Steam Engine” is a successfully operating business with a mobile business component, and acclaimed Australia’s 15th Top Cafe by beanhunter.com in 2017. Sam has worked at The Galileo Group in the property development team where he guided projects from inception to completion and learnt valuable skills in research, feasibility & analysis and project management. Sam is GEM’s Commercial Lead and directs the company to thrive in the current business environment. Thus allowing it the freedom to effectively deliver its support to youth worldwide.

George IOANNIDES

George is a passionate advocate for young people’s health, mental ill-health prevention and intervention. He has experience in healthcare, education and research. He currently works as a youth mental health support coordinator, and has previously worked as a practice administrator for headspace’s youth health clinics, as a telemedical administrator, and as a lecturer, tutor, and researcher at The University of Sydney in the comparative study of religion, cultural studies, and history. In addition to volunteering in LGBTQI+ community work, he is enrolled in a Masters of Social Work (Qualifying) at the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP), and has a Certificate in Youth Mental Health and Technology from the Orygen Centre of Excellence.  George is excited to contribute to GEM’s operations and curriculum development as a youth health worker and educator.

Mariam Khan

Mariam holds a degree in Mass Communications from the University of Karachi in Pakistan. She likes to paint… with words. She has served as an Acting Editor of Pakistan’s oldest English Weekly. Currently she works as a communications professional at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. She is a freelance journalist and contributes to the national carrier’s magazine, and a leading daily newspaper. Mariam is an explorer of worlds and cultures. She is a United Nations Volunteer, and a MY World 2030 advocate. She is passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially focusing on SDG 4 Quality Education and SDG 13 Climate Action. With a decade at hand to achieve the Agenda 2030, Mariam, as Cultural Lead hopes to see a greener, peaceful and thriving world; and with the GEM method, that is achievable. 

Vikki FOTIOU

After years of extensive soul searching on a personal and career level, Vikki has found passion and love for modern technology. With increasing experience in customer service, healthcare, and tech, Vikki found a place to apply these strengths in Australia’s National Telelmedical, Telstra Health, a pioneering digital health enterprise that holds major government and mid-to-high level contracts and business entities. For the last two years, she has been working as an IT Specialist, with a combination of responsibilities in support, project work/deployment, system architecture/engineering, and user experience design. Wanting to conquer that last frontier in particular, Vikki is hoping to assist in the development and support of GEM’s technical platforms in ways that makes them as accessible, efficient, satisfying, and engaging as possible for young people reaching out to ‘connect’ in the services that GEM provides.

Lincoln TAPSELL

Link has been working in the media and entertainment industry for the past five years, working alongside some of Sydney’s finest breakfast radio talent where he learnt a diverse range of skills such as radio broadcasting, interviewing, event planning and marketing across social media.

Moving to Sydney and living in the big city was an experience for Link and he feels very fortunate that he had the support of his fellow GEMS to follow his dreams. Link now would like to return the favour and give other people out there support and encouragement to follow their goals and dreams.

Link hopes to achieve this through his skills, passion, and love for music.

Laurence VIEGAS

Laurence is a music producer and graphic designer. Having experience working in secondary education and specialising in visual art and history, Laurence has found a useful link using creative and engaging activities for self-development and learning.

He hopes to assist GEM by using music to engage with young people and to learn more about Binaural Beats. Laurence runs a record label SOUL SPILL RECORDINGS which focuses on releasing atmospheric dance music by upcoming Australian artists. Visit https://gemconnect.bandcamp.com/track/binaural-beats to hear how Laurence connects soul to music

Team members work together as a decision-making panel and on global and Australian projects at different times.

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