Our People


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Dr Andrea Leong grew up in regional Victoria and completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University. After a couple of years as a lab technician with the Biointerface Engineering group at the Industrial Research Institute Swinburne, she moved to Sydney where she completed a PhD in antibacterial surface coatings at UNSW and the Brien Holden Vision Institute. She now works in microbiome research with a biotech company in the chronic diseases space. Andrea led the Science Party NSW branch from 2016 to 2018 before moving into the federal leadership. 

Deputy Leader

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Dr James Jansson is the Deputy Leader of the Science Party and Leader of the NSW Branch. James is the candidate for the Eden-Monaro by-election. He grew up in Sydney's west as the eldest of 6 children. He studied mathematics and later teaching at the University of Sydney. Since then, James has completed his PhD in mathematical modelling of HIV disease progression and epidemiology. James founded a media payments fintech startup, Tapview, and is currently a software developer at a hospital rostering software company. James was the founding leader of the Future Party from 2013 (renamed Science Party in 2016) and led the party until 2018.


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Saritha Manickam is the Secretary of the Science Party. Saritha was born in Australia and grew up in the southern Indian city of Chennai. After returning to settle in Sydney she completed a degree in computer science and has since worked as a programmer and engineering data analyst. She is currently an analyst at a consultancy working mainly with not-for-profit organisations.



Michael Maroske is the Treasurer and an executive member of the Science Party. He grew up in Sydney's east and works as a software developer and IT professional for the finance sector.


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Andrea Finno is an executive member of the Science Party. Raised on a small rural property in New South Wales and a seasoned world traveller, he has worked in software development for over 15 years and recently completed postgraduate studies at UNSW in Artificial Intelligence and Human Computer Interaction. He has a keen interest in a sustainable energy future and the development of a space industry in Australia. He is currently working in a product development team in Sydney developing solutions for clients such as Telstra and Seven Network.

Executive Member


Aaron Hammond is an executive member of the Science Party. Since graduating with Honours in Mechatronics engineering, he has been working in Australian companies producing high-tech products; designing nano-positioners for research into low-cost medical imaging, electronics and software for ultra-high efficiency engines, safety systems for oil-and-gas environments , and algorithms for state-of-the-art inertial-navigation products. When he is not thinking about the future, you might find him encouraging students to pursue STEM careers, exchanging languages, piloting a hang-glider or light-aircraft, or training to break a cross-fit world-record.

Executive Member

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Peter Xing is an executive member of the Science Party. He works as a manager in a large professional services firm after completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Law and a Masters in Taxation. Born in Harbin, China, his family migrated to Australia when he was 7 years old and he has since lived in Sydney for over 22 years. An enthusiast for research and development in artificial intelligence and biotechnology, Peter has been helping to grow the futurist and transhumanist community in Australia.

Social Media Officer

Dr Stephen McCormick is the Social Media Officer for the Science Party. He was raised in Melbourne's outer south-east and attended one of Victoria's most disadvantaged schools, prompting him to take a keen interest in how to improve Australia's public education system. Steve holds a Bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics, an honours degree in mathematics, and a PhD in mathematical physics, all from Monash University. From 2007 until 2014 he worked as a teaching associate at Monash University, primarily teaching mathematics support classes. Steve then took up a research fellowship at the University of New England, lecturing in mathematics and researching problems pertaining to general relativity.


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Dr Alexey Feigin is a strategist for the Science Party and one of the founding members. Alexey was born in Russia and immigrated to Australia with his immediate family when he was 10 years old. He has a computer science background, holds a PhD in capital markets research and is currently working on TapView, a software startup in the media space.

Membership Officer

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Dylan Sahlin manages the Science Party's members and active volunteers. He grew up in Wollongong before moving to Sydney. Dylan is currently completing an International Studies degree at UNSW and started a pharmaceutical distribution company in 2012. He is particularly interested in foreign policy and animal welfare issues.