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 gain support at the right time and are in during this process, reconnected to a like-minded community.In Ange’s experience, many young people are misunderstood, by their parents, their teachers and also by the society around them.

Young people, especially young adults today are more stressed than ever, mainly as not taught more about resilience and require psychosocial support to guide them in their decision-making. This “æffective” and community supported, this meaningful approach fuels Angé’s dedication to assist young people in a vulnerable stage of human development.

Holding an Arts (Adv.) Hons Degree in Philosophy, The University of Sydney, and a Masters in Philosophy (Medicine) from the Brain and Mind Centre,  Sydney Medical School, Angé researched and published the hypothesis that dysregulated emotion (mainly anxiety) impairs decision-making in youth.

From 2020 onwards, her further postgraduate research, also at the University of Sydney, aims to investigate, and in turn  – translate, the role of culture when exploring explanatory models of addiction vs. substance abuse, and its impact on decision-making in young adults.

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).

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

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – 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. Email sam@gemconnect.com.au.

GEM's global decision-panel

Operations & Curriculum Lead – 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 has previously worked as a youth mental health support coordinator, 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 LGBTQIA+ 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. As a youth health worker and educator, George is excited to lead GEM’s operations and curriculum development. Email george@gemconnect.com.au for operational and GEMAH program information.

Music Production Lead – 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 musicTo enquire more about GEM’s ‘æffective’ music, email music@gemconnect.com.au.

Cultural Lead – Mariam KHAN

Mariam holds a degree in Mass Communications from the University of Karachi in Pakistan. She loves 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 also a United Nations Volunteer, and a MY World 2030 advocate. She is passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), especially focussing on SDG 4 Education and SDG 13 Climate Action. With a decade at hand to achieve the Agenda 2030, Mariam as GEM’s Cultural Lead hopes to see a move peaceful, greener and thriving world; and with the GEM Coaching Method, that is achievable.  Email mariam@gemconnect.com.au for any global enquiries relating to cultural events, especially in relation to the Arts and Journalism.

Arts Lead – Rutaba SYED

Rutaba is a final year architecture student from NED University, Karachi, Pakistan. An emerging artist, Rutaba is currently creating different mural projects around her city to keep this larger than life community inspired! Since Karachi Biennale 2019, where she volunteered as an event guide and took part in GEMAH KB19 – Biennale’s art and wellbeing workshop, Rutaba has been working alongside professional artists that have helped her grow as a creative. They have also enabled her to learn more about the intricate details of art management. Sustainable public art, painting to depict emotions and art therapy are some of the passions that pique Rutaba’s interests alongside architecture. She achieved her first big break to paint a mural with the help of GEM nudging her in the right direction (her first “rabbit” in GEM terms!). Now Rutaba would like to inspire this imagination and success for others. She hopes to achieve this by creating multiple art platforms as the gateway for young people, to help them regulate their emotions using artistic insights! Contact Rutaba for all art inquiries at rutaba@gemconnect.com.au.

Team members work together as one, using a decision-making panel to drive global and Australian projects.