Dr Alessandro Demaio
Strath Creek & Flowerdale Ambassador
Alessandro, or Sandro, is passionate about global health and reducing inequity.
Currently working in Denmark with the Copenhagen School of Global Health, he enjoys the challenge of leading health development projects in low and middle-income countries. In 2010, together with the World Health Organization, USAID and Mongolian Ministry of Health, he organized and implemented a national health survey of 4000 Mongolian households, aimed at reducing the devastating morbidity and mortality associated with chronic disease there.
Previously, Dr Demaio worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and out of work hours enjoys volunteering. In 2005, he travelled overseas following the Boxing Day AsianTsunami to deliver emergency medical aid in rural Sri Lanka.
In 2008, he completed a project-based term at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland developing a global framework on health promotion and was named finalist for Victorian Young Australian of the Year.
Sandro was a Board member of Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS; the peak Australian youth HIV education and advocacy organisation and Board President of the Asian Medical Students’ Association, a non-profit, representative organisation spanning 26 countries.
In 2007 he was recognised as the youngest-ever Life Member of the charity MECWA for 10 years, and over 1000 hours service to his community.
Alessandro is a keen youth advocate, urging all young people to become informed and passionate about the crucial issues currently facing our global community.