The FREO2 Team

Melbourne Team

Bryn Sobott

Jim Black

Roger Rassool

David Peake

George Ziller

Kevin Rassool

Bryn Sobbert

Jim Black

Roger Rassool

David Peake

George Ziller

Kevin Rassool

Ugandan Team


Dr Bryn Sobott

Bryn Sobott completed his PhD in Experimental Particle Physics in 2010 and received the Bragg Medal nomination for best thesis from the University of Melbourne. He has successfully designed and executed experiments at the SSRL (Stanford), SLS (Zurich), Max-Lab (Lund) and the Australian Synchrotron (Melbourne). Device design, modelling and construction expertise acquired during this time will be crucial to the development of the prototype. 

Associate Professor Jim Black

Assoc. Professor Jim Black graduated from Monash University medical school in 1982. After doing the Liverpool Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene he spent four years as a 'general duties doctor' in Mozambique, working at almost every clinical level in the country (from provincial hospital to rural health post).

After gaining a Master's degree in Community Health in the UK, he spent a year as project epidemiologist in the Adult Morbidity and Mortality Project in Tanzania. Returning to Mozambique in 1993, he spent another four years as provincial level epidemiologist in Manica Province.

Back in Australia since 1998, Jim did a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology in the Monash Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. (Taking six months in the middle to work in disease surveillance and epidemic preparedness for the World Health Organization in newly-independent East Timor.)

From 2002 to 2007 Jim was the head of epidemiology in the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service (VIDS) at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Since March of 2007 he has been Associate Professor in Global Health in the University of Melbourne’s Nossal Institute for Global Health. His current research interests centre around the creation of low-cost technology to support the most peripheral health facilities in developing countries.



Dr Roger Rassool

Roger Rassool is a senior lecturer in the School of Physics and Director of the Australian Center for Accelerator Science. He has a PhD in Nuclear Physics, which he obtained in collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. He is passionate about industry engagement and has worked on many projects solving industrial problems using physics. 


Dr David Peake

David Peake completed his PhD in Accelerator Physics at the Australian Synchrotron in 2012, and shortly afterwards began his work at DETECT Australia, a high-tech startup providing specialised instrumentation for industry and research institutions. 


George Ziller

George Ziller was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and has lived for the majority of the past 41 years in Australia, now living in Glen Iris, Victoria.

During the 1960s, George’s studies included : Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, USA: B.A in Economics and Psychology; University of Pennsylvania, MBA in Finance 1965;  London School of Economics, London, England:  MPhil (Econ) 1966.

George’s career in finance includes investment banking over more than three decades on three continents (USA, Europe and Australia),   Chase Manhattan and Elders Finance Group.  He has held senior positions including Strategic Global Expansion Director based in NY and European Region Director based in London.  In the past nearly twenty years, George has pursued real estate investing in the US, consulting and project involvement in Australia.

Early on, George resolved to be involved in “private initiatives for public good” projects during his career.  Three examples are:

-       Facilitating resettlement into the US of Vietnamese for several decades after the end of the war in Vietnam;

-       Volunteer community services in Sydney;

-       Volunteer community services in Melbourne.

George is married with four children and four grandchildren.

Kevin Rassool

Kevin found a passion for  development during travels around Asia and Central America where he witnessed first hand dramatic health inequality. He completed a Masters of Mechanical Engineering and works as a Product Engineer at FREO2.


Student Volunteers and Interns

FREO2 Foundation Australia has a strong team of student volunteers and interns. Our volunteers help in many ways, from contributing ideas to projects  to working on our media and helping with management. In 2015-2016 FREO2 Foundation Australia held an internship during the summer. You can read more about the 2015-2016 Internship here.