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Katherine Kawecki, CEO and Cofounder

I graduated with a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of New South Wales. Respia started off as my university honours year project. I dedicated all of 2015 to researching and answering the under explored challenge of creating solutions to problems asthmatics commonly face when trying to manage their asthma and prevent an attack. As an asthmatic myself, I wanted to create a better asthma management experience where you can easily engage and better understand your lung condition. I want Respia to empower people.


  • Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)

  • Winner of Red Dot Design Concept 2016 Bayfront, Singapore

  • James Dyson Award Global Runner Up 2016

  • Judge at 2017 Australia James Dyson Award

  • Respia Finalist in Tech Crunch Disrupt Battlefield 2017


Christian Reeks, CTO and Cofounder

I graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Nanotechnology. During my engineering degree, I worked on an upper limb robotic exoskeleton to aid patients undergoing rehabilitation. I recently submitted my Research Masters Thesis in Robotic Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney Centre for Autonomous Systems (UTS:CAS). My focus has been on leveraging contact and vision-based sensors to ensure human safety when physically in contact with robots. I have a publication history in the development and implementation of novel sensor technology.


  • Bachelor of Engineering Mechanical and Mechatronic (Hons)

  • Bachelor of Science Nanotechnology

  • Master of Engineering (Research)

  • Presented at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2016 Stockholm, Sweden

  • Reeks, C. et al. (2016). “Angled sensor configuration capable of measuring tri-axial forces for pHRI”. in: Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Vol. 2016-June. ISBN: 9781467380263. DOI: 10.1109/ICRA.2016.7487475.


Danielle Dal Cortivo, Head of Partnerships

Danielle Dal Cortivo is a C-suite leader and entrepreneur. She is the former CEO of both the Asthma Foundation of ACT and the Asthma Foundation of Victoria. She transformed the Asthma Foundation ACT within three years, and Asthma Foundation Victoria within eight months, across areas of culture, income generation, governance, programs and service design and implementation, financial management, HR and reputation management. She has a Master of Public Health, and is an entrepreneur responsible for translating vision into practice, building a charity house valued at more than $850,000 through engaging more than 400 businesses and individual volunteers.

Danielle has a Bachelor of Communication, Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and a Master of Public Health. In addition she brings to the team more than 10 years of management and leadership experience, developing her own start up and working in a number of health charities. She has a strong background in asthma management, promotion and treatment after working as CEO of two asthma foundations in Australia. She brings a strong ability to fundraise, enroll people into big, bold visions and is able to take a vision and make it happen.

Clinical Investigators and Champions