We are a group with extensive educational experience spanning multiple subjects (mathematics, art, medicine, coding and EAL) and multiple modalities (tutoring, lecturing, training, course design, asynchronous learning system design, podcasting, manual/textbook authorship, critical analysis and mentorship).
Dr Andrew Jacobs – the founder. Andrew holds a PhD in theoretical physics and worked as an academic mathematician before becoming a quant for Deutsche Bank in London (2000-2012). After leaving London, Andrew and his family were based in Munich, where he successfully piloted a version of The Institute before settling here in Melbourne. Andrew has a broad range of educational experience including university and high school teaching as well as one-on-one tutoring from primary school to undergraduate university level.
Ruth Höflich – a visual artist born in Germany now based in Melbourne. Ruth holds a BA (Hons.) from the Slade School of Five Art, London and MFA from Bard College, New York. Her work includes photography, video and print. Ruth frequently engages in collaborative and curatorial projects and has worked on the committee of several artist-run initiatives both in the UK and Germany. She has exhibited internationally and was awarded the Emerging Artist Prize of the City of Munich in 2016.
Jenny Nam – an ELICOS teacher and Edtech developer. Jenny holds a BA with a major in Linguistics from the University of Melbourne. She has worked in the banking and investment sector in Sydney, Melbourne, New York and Singapore. Jenny is also a techie and has been in an augmented reality startup for education and contributed to coding in Open Source projects. She is currently working on applying Artificial Intelligence to language learning. Jenny has been highly recognised in for her contribution to the youth community and was recognised with an Order of Australia Certificate of Commendation in her youth.
Dr Doug Lynch – Co-Founder. MA (Cantab.) MBBS MPHTM PGC (Aeromedicine) PGC (Refugee Health & Disaster Medicine) – Medical doctor born in Ireland, studied in England, trained in Australia. He has specialised in Critical Care (emergency, ICU, anaesthesia and aeromedicine) and Medical Education. Doug has taught at multiple Australian hospitals and universities and is a former head of education at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland). He is a podcaster, blogger, asynchronous teacher and has a strong association with the Free Open Access Medical Education movement. Doug is heavily involved in public health and healthy eating education projects ranging from grass roots projects embedded in schools to television documentaries. Doug has taught intelligent young people in medicine for 20 years and brings the best innovative medical education tools to the world of mathematics. Doug is our primary point of contact for all Mentor interaction.