Co-founder of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics Barry Lambert has been made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Barry Lambert, with granddaughter Katelyn

The Lambert Initiative was founded in 2015 after Barry and wife Joy made a A$34 million donation to the University of Sydney to fund long-term research into the medicinal potential of cannabis.  

Their granddaughter Katelyn suffers from Dravet syndrome and the family witnessed a dramatic improvement in her health after using a cannabis extract.

The donation is the largest ever made to research at the University and Lambert was recognised for services to cannabinoid medical research, business, and charities.

As well as his support of the university’s work, Lambert is:

  • Co-founder for the establishment of the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp, Thomas Jefferson University, Pennsylvania, US.
  • Co-founder of medicinal cannabis advocacy group the Greenlight Project, 2017.
  • Founder of the Count Charitable Foundation since 2004, supporting organisations including Lifeline, Epilepsy Action Australia, Northcare and ‘Katelyn’s Gift’.
  • Chairman and major financial supporter of medicinal cannabis and hemp company Ecofibre, 2015-2022.
  • Founder and owner of Count Financial accounting firms, 1980-2011.

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...