• Dr Ursula King, Australia

    Dr Ursula King, Australia
    World Hospital Congress Master of Ceremonies

    Dr Ursula King is a senior clinician, research academic, and skilled facilitator. With over three decades in the Australian service sector, Dr King has developed a diverse and nuanced understanding of health and health services. Having completed Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, she focuses her clinical work on acute care in resource-challenged environments. This work is complemented by her role as an Early Management of Severe Trauma/Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor.

    Dr King is internationally recognised for her research into the socio-ecological determinants of health, particularly with respect to Indigenous health. She has worked in policy and program management roles across the Australian public sector, has a MPH and PhD, and holds honorary associate professor appointments with both the University’s of Sydney and Melbourne medical schools.


  • Charles Alessi, United Kingdom

    Charles Alessi, United Kingdom
    Chief Clinical Officer, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

    Charles is a globally recognized and trusted leader in healthcare. He brings to HIMSS a wealth of experience, particularly around health systems and the interface between healthcare, social care and the personalization of wellness. He is a physician in south-west London, with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of clinical practice in the United Kingdom (UK) National Health Service (NHS). Most recently, he served as the Chairman of the National Association of Primary Care, part of the NHS confederation, where he was at the heart of the recent health and social care reforms.  

    Charles presently is the Senior Advisor to Public Health England, a position he will retain, leading the dementia program, targeting early diagnosis and care as well as fulfilling key roles in management of air quality, antibiotic prescribing, and digital interventions, particularly those that involve behavioral change. He forms part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Panel that is formulating new guidelines around risk reduction in dementia globally and also leads thought leadership around productive healthy aging. He has extensive experience in military medicine, being a past Medical Director and Director of Clinical Governance for the British forces in Germany and was recently appointed to serve on the Reference Committee tasked with renewing military medicine in the UK. 

    Charles holds a variety of international academic positions both in Europe and the Americas.  He is an Adjunct Research professor in Clinical Neurosciences at the Schulich School of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and Visiting Scholar at the Odette School of business in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He also is a visiting professor in psychology and language sciences at the University of London. He continues to advise major corporations and national governments around health and care reform, particularly where digital interventions are being considered.

    As the International CCO, Charles will lead relationship-building efforts among HIMSS’s various international clinician-focused communities. He will help deepen HIMSS position as a thought leader in the health industry, supporting both the vision and understanding of information and technology’s roles in the advancement of health and care.

    Charles was educated in an academic college in Malta through his school years. He moved to London – where he still resides today – to attend St. George’s Hospital, University of London where he graduated as a physician in 1980.

  • Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Australia

    Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Australia
    Foundation Director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University

    Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, BA, MIR (Hons), MBA, DipLR, PhD, FAIM, FCHSM, FFPHRCP (UK), FAcSS (UK), Hon FRACMA, FAHMS is Foundation Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Director of the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, and Professor of Health Systems Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He has appointments at six other universities internationally, and he is a board member and President Elect of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) and consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

    His research examines the changing nature of health systems, which has attracted funding of more than AUD $110 million. He is particularly interested in health care as a complex adaptive system, and applying complexity science to health care problems.

    Professor Braithwaite has contributed over 450 refereed publications, and has presented at international and national conferences on more than 900 occasions, including 90 keynote addresses. His research appears in journals such as The BMJ, The Lancet, Social Science & Medicine, BMJ Quality and Safety, and the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. He has received 40 different national and international awards for his teaching and research.


    Follow on: Twitter: @JBraithwaite1

  • Nigel Edwards, United Kingdom

    Nigel Edwards, United Kingdom
    Chief Executive, Nuffield Trust

    Nigel Edwards is Chief Executive at the Nuffield Trust. Prior to becoming Chief Executive in 2014, he was an expert advisor with KPMG’s Global Centre of Excellence for Health and Life Sciences and a Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund.

    Nigel was Policy Director of the NHS Confederation for 11 years and has a wealth of experience in health and social care. He joined the organisation from his former role as Director of the London Health Economics Consortium at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he remains an honorary visiting professor.

    Nigel has a strong interest in new models of service delivery and a practical focus on what is happening at the front line as well as a wealth of experience in wider health care policy in the UK and internationally.

    Nigel is a well-known media commentator, often in the spotlight debating key policy issues.

    Nigel is currently working with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies on developments in health care provision in Europe.

  • Professor Claire Jackson, Australia

    Professor Claire Jackson, Australia
    Professor in General Practice and Primary Care Research, Director, Centre for Health System Reform and Integration, University of Queensland

    MBBS (Uni of Qld) MD (UQ) MPH (UQ) CertHEcon (Monash) GradCert Management (QUT) FRACGP FAICD

    Claire has been active in integrated care innovation, education and research for many years, and has been extensively involved in health services research and reform since the early 90s. She has been a member of both the national Primary Health Care Advisory Group and the National Primary Care Strategy Expert Reference Group - guiding forces behind Australia’s national primary care reform.  She provided a commissioned paper for the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission on new models in primary care. Her description of the ‘beacon’ practice model, piloted at Inala Primary Care, was adopted as both the clinical prototype for the Australian Association of Academic General Practitioner’s endorsed model for GP Superclinics, and the basis for UQ’s successful $ 10 million Superclinic tenders.  Inala Primary Care won RACGP Qld ‘Practice of the Year’ in 2009.

    Since 2009, Claire has been a national driver in the Health Care Home initiative – publishing and presenting widely on the topic and sitting on national Advisory Committees for both Ministers Plebisek and Ley.  She has been Clinical Director of two $ 2.5 million Centres for Research Excellence in Primary Care Reform - one exploring new models of integrated care between hospital and community, the other investigating the impact of researcher and end-user ‘co-creation’ on clinical quality, patient experience, governance and models of care. She is currently Director, MRI-UQ Centre for Health System Reform and Integration

    Her current primary area of research interest is in health system reform involving primary care, a topic on which she has published and presented internationally. Her MD Thesis was entitled ‘Building an Integrated Health Care Delivery System around Primary Care’.  With Inge de Jong, Claire co-authored “Achieving Effective Health Care Integration – the Essential Guide”, a publication that sold over 1000 copies.  Claire was heavily involved in the development of Australian Divisions of General Practice, Medicare Locals, and Primary Health Networks and was a Ministerial appointment to lead the National Review of Afterhour’s Primary Health Care in 2014. She is Chair of UQ’s highly successful bienniel International Health System Reform Conferences.

    Claire is a Board member of the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia Ltd (HCF), Australia’s largest NFP private health insurer, and was Chair of Brisbane North Primary Health Network from 2015-17.  She sits on the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Medical Journal of Australia and is a member of both the Queensland Senate’s Integrated Care Working Group and the Department of Health’s Health Care Home Training and Evaluation Work Group. She is a past President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2010-12) and is an active clinician and GP trainer in Brisbane.

    She was a 2014 Finalist in the Qld Telstra Business Women’s ‘Business Innovation’ and ‘Community and Government’ Awards.

  • Glenn Keys, Australia

    Glenn Keys, Australia
    Executive Chairman, Aspen Medical Pty Ltd

    Glenn Keys is the co-founder and co- Executive Chairman of Canberra-based Aspen Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced healthcare solutions was formed in 2003. Prior to building and leading businesses in the private sector, Glenn had a distinguished career in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). His service saw him undertake a range of tasks from training to test flying and engineering to logistics support for Army aircraft.

    More than a decade on and Aspen has a team of over 2,000 and operates across Australasia, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, Africa, the USA, Iraq and the UK. Today the company has customers in the Government, Defence, Mining, Oil and Gas and Humanitarian sectors. In 2017, this multi award-winning company was voted ACT Exporter of the year for the seventh year in a row.

    Follow on: Twitter: @GlenKeysAspen

  • Dr Daphne Khoo, Singapore

    Dr Daphne Khoo, Singapore
    Deputy Director Medical Services (Healthcare Performance Group), Ministry of Health Singapore

    Deputy Director of Medical Services, Healthcare Performance Group
    Executive Director, Agency of Care Effectiveness
    Ministry of Health, Singapore

    Dr. Daphne Khoo is the Deputy Director Medical Services (Healthcare Performance Group) at the Ministry of Health (MOH) Singapore where she oversees all national Patient Safety, Clinical Performance Management, Quality Improvement and Utilization Review programmes. She is also the founding Executive Director of the Agency for Care Effectiveness, Singapore’s national Health Technology Assessment Agency.

    Dr. Khoo trained as an endocrinologist at the Singapore General Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic USA. She is a former President of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies and recipient of the Asia Oceania Thyroid Association Nagatataki Award for contributions to thyroid research. From 2011 to 2014 Dr. Khoo was the global Chief Medical Officer of a private healthcare company with healthcare facilities in 11 countries including India, Vietnam, Australia and Hong Kong.

    Her current main area of focus at the Ministry is co-driving the Beyond Quality to Value work stream alongside colleagues from Healthcare Financing.

  • Karen Knight, Australia

    Karen Knight, Australia
    General Manager Advocacy and Engagement / QLD, NSW & NT Client Services, Vision Australia

    Karen is an experienced human services practitioner and Manager with significant exposure across the health, disability, aged care and mental health sectors. She currently leads Vision Australia’s service engagement across Queensland, Northern NSW and NT, leading 126 specialist staff.

    In addition, Karen leads the Advocacy and Engagement team of 15, and represents on national peak bodies and through media appearances on national and metropolitan channels. Karen is currently leading the organisation’s response to the NDIS and My Aged Care national reforms.

    Karen has more than 20 years’ experience working in her chosen fields. Over that time she has built a solid understanding and appreciation of what is required to lead people to make a positive impact on consumers, and achieve staff and organisational results.

    During her career she has provided high value to the organisations that she has worked for through strategic thinking, agility, attention to detail, willingness to share and an exemplary work ethic.

    As someone who is committed to continuous improvement, Karen will complete her MBA at the University of Queensland within the next 12 months. This will combine her business and strategic skills with her human services background.

    Karen is also a registered psychologist with specialisation in mental health promotion, youth suicide prevention, early intervention and child protection.

    After a lifetime of blindness, Karen is motivated to inspire others to reach their full potential.

  • Berna Marcelino, Canada

    Berna Marcelino, Canada
    Provincial Director, Standardization, BC Clinical and Support Services

    Berna Marcelino is the Provincial Director of Standardization for BC Clinical and Support Services. Berna leads a diverse group of clinicians in British Columbia’s healthcare supply chain. She is responsible for ensuring that clinical and operational perspective is integrated into procurement processes and product management. In this role, Berna led the development and implementation of several provincial processes including the Provincial Ethical Allocation Framework for Products During Critical Shortages. Berna sponsors the Value Analysis Teams Program in British Columbia, a collaborative approach between the provincial health authorities to arrive at product and service utilization decisions.

    Berna has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and relationship building, hosting provincial conversations that lead to province-wide recommendations on product and services management. Berna’s work also involves establishing early scanning for health innovations, raising awareness and empowering clinical and operational leaders in their decision making as it relates to adoption.

    Berna is a registered nurse with over 16 years in healthcare, and has a unique combination of experience in operating room nursing, clinical education, project management, and supply chain.

  • Bronte Martin, Australia

    Bronte Martin, Australia
    Nursing Director, Trauma & Disaster, National Critical Care Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC)

    RN, BNurs, MNurs, GDipNSc (Emerg), CritCCert, DipGov & ADipPersOps, MRCNA

    Bronte Martin is the Director of Nursing (Trauma & Disaster) and founding member of the National Critical Care Trauma Response Centre responsible for providing clinical governance and oversight for the Australian Medical Assistance Team deployable 60 bed Field Surgical Hospital capability. 

    She is currently both Australian Medical Assistance Team (AusMAT) Mission & Clinical Team Leader and Australian representative for UN Disaster Assessment Coordination Teams (UNDAC); with deployments in response to Tropical Cyclone Pam, Vanuatu, Philippines super-Typhoon Haiyan and most recently coordination of the Australian Government’s AUSMAT response to Tropical Cyclone Gita, Tonga and Papua New Guinea Highlands Earthquakes in 2018.

    Bronte is also a Wing Commander in the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve; previous operational experiences include deployments to Solomon Islands and Afghanistan.

    In 2016 Bronte returned from a 6-month secondment with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) Secretariat in Geneva to develop and establish the Global Classification, Mentorship & Verification program; ensuring validated, quality international Emergency medical care is delivered in response to sudden onset disasters. 

    In 2017 Bronte assumed the inaugural role on behalf of WHO as Regional Chair – Western Pacific for Emergency Medical Teams; actively mentoring 5 International EMTs from around the globe towards achieving WHO Global Classification and validation of national capacities to respond in Emergencies.

    Follow on: Twitter: @NatTraumaCentre

  • Nagwa Metwally, Egypt

    Nagwa Metwally, Egypt
    Member of Supreme Council, Egyptian Red Crescent

    Nagwa Metwally is a renowned advocate for the World Health Organization’s Patients for Patient Safety (PFPS) program, which aims to incorporate the patient, family and community voice into all levels of health care through engagement and empowerment.

    Nagwa has Bachelor and Masters degrees in communication, and has been working in healthcare as a volunteer for nearly 15 years. She currently chairs the Egyptian Red Crescent group dedicated to improving services for patients at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine Educational Hospital, and other public hospitals. The hospital is the largest in Egypt, with 3,200 overnight beds, 3,200 outpatient beds and 10,000 employees serving 2 million patients annually. 

    At Ain Shams, Nagwa was first involved with maternity and gynaecological services, provided to 100 new patients every day. Her efforts with putting patients first served as a model for other hospitals, including the University’s 400-bed Cardiac Surgery Academy. Nagwa was instrumental in implementing the WHO checklist for safe surgery in the Academy, and establishing a group of young doctors to be ‘champions’ of patient safety.

    Nagwa has given presentations worldwide on her PFPS experiences, including hand hygiene campaigns, maternity services, ‘operation smile’, patient rights, and most importantly the patient voice. Her advocacy resulted in her appointment 8 years ago to be the first patient representative ever on the Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine’s Hospitals Board.


  • Chris Pointon, United Kingdom

    Chris Pointon, United Kingdom
    Co-founder & Global Campaign Ambassador, #hellomynameis

    Chris is one half of the awesome duo that is ‘Chris & Kate’. Their lives were turned upside down around 7 years ago when Kate was diagnosed with terminal cancer whilst they were holidaying in California. 

    Since that point they concertinaed their lives into a shorter period and crammed a huge amount into Kate’s time on this planet. Along the way they have risen over £360,000 for good causes, travelled the world, met many celebrities and royalty and started a global campaign that improves patient care through the basic message of introductions entitled #hellomynameis. Kate’s legacy is huge and her name will live on forever through her legacy and various awards named in her honour.

    Kate and Chris were fortunate enough to know what was coming and to be able to make plans accordingly for both Kate and for Chris post Kate’s death. Chris is now on a 12 month sabbatical from his career and actively talks at conferences around the world to ensure the campaign continues for many generations to come.

    Follow on: Twitter: @pointonchris


  • Professor Elizabeth Teisberg, United States of America

    Professor Elizabeth Teisberg, United States of America
    Executive Director, Value Institute for Health and Care, Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas

    Professor Elizabeth Teisberg, PhD is co-creator of the idea of value-based health care strategy and co-author of Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-based Competition on Results, with Prof. Michael E. Porter. Prof. Teisberg serves as Executive Director of the Value Institute for Health and Care at the new Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas. The Value Institute creates curriculum for transforming strategy, culture and measurement in health care to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Its translational research puts into practice thought-leading work on value-based health care delivery. The Value Institute also provides leadership for Dell Medical School’s patient outcome measurement.

    An internationally recognized author and professor, Dr. Teisberg has won the Wachovia Award for outstanding research, the Frederick S. Morton Award for Leadership, and the Book of the Year Award from the American College of Health Care Executives.

  • Melissa Thomason, United States of America

    Melissa Thomason, United States of America
    Patient Advocate

    Melissa Thomason is a Patient and Family Advisor who currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Family Medicine, on Patient and Family Advisory Councils in North Carolina and on working groups around the country. She is a remarkably passionate advocate who has shared her story with thousands of healthcare workers around the world and who has made the vital work of patient – centered care her life’s mission.

    A former public school teacher, she spends her time now championing the cause of collaboration with patients and families, caring for her father and being a mother to her ten-year-old son, Nate.


  • Daniël Erasmus, South Africa

    Daniël Erasmus, South Africa
    Consulting Actuary - Innovation and Business Development, Insight Actuaries

    Daniël Erasmus is an actuary with more than 10 years’ experience in the health industry. He has been a featured speaker at several health and actuarial conferences. He is passionate about innovation and technological developments that help people live better lives by improving their health.

    For the past couple of years, he has been heading up the new business and innovation portfolio of Africa’s largest health focussed Actuarial Consultancy - Insight Actuaries and Consultants. He has recently been tasked with heading up Insight Actuaries in Australia and will be embarking on this adventure at the start of 2019.

  • Patricia Correll, Australia

    Patricia Correll, Australia
    Principal Epidemiologist, NSW Ministry of Health

    Patricia Correll is an epidemiologist in the NSW Health System who has 20 years experience in data linkage using clinical and administrative health data. Her current focus is primary care data and the large scale linkage of GP information to state health system records. Previously Patricia has worked in asthma and HIV epidemiology where she also used data linkage as a key tool to produce epidemiological information.

  • Mercedes Jabalera, Spain

    Mercedes Jabalera, Spain
    Head of Quality, Hospital Sant Joan De Déu

    Healthcare professional with over 15 years’ experience in Quality Management. Currently, she holds the position of Head of Quality at Sant Joan de Déu, a leading referral paediatric Hospital in Barcelona. She is also coordinator for the EMC2 program, an innovative quality methodology, and strategic coordinator for patient safety. She lectures on the postgraduate Safety and Quality program at Barcelona University and sits on the Catalan government’s minority illnesses committee. A biology graduate, she also has Master’s degrees in Biotechnology and in Quality Improvement and Evaluation Methodology. Strong teamwork and communication skills are her chief assets.

  • Dr Tony Ko, Hong Kong

    Dr Tony Ko, Hong Kong
    Director, Cluster Services, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

    FHKAM (Med), FRCP (Edin), FRCP (Glasg)

    Dr Tony Ko is a physician by background and a specialist in geriatric medicine. He is currently the Director of Cluster Services of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. He previously was Hospital Chief Executive of Tuen Mun Hospital and the Cluster Chief Executive of New Territories West Cluster of the Hospital Authority. Dr Ko moved from clinical medicine to health services management in 2008 and served as the Chief Manager (Strategy, Service Planning and Knowledge Management) and later the Chief Manager (Patient Safety & Risk Management) of the Hospital Authority Head Office until the appointment to Hospital Chief Executive of Pok Oi Hospital and Cluster Chief Executive of New Territories West Cluster in 2012 and 2014 respectively; and the appointment to his current position in 2018.

  • Dr Liz Mear, United Kingdom

    Dr Liz Mear, United Kingdom
    Chief Executive, The Innovation Agency

    Dr Liz Mear is Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network in England.  In this role she supports the health and care sector to adopt innovation and supports the economic growth of associated businesses. Liz has been a Chief Executive of an NHS Foundation Trust and held Director roles in a number of health providers and local authorities.

    Liz is chair of the North West Procurement Development Board, a Director of the Northern Health Science Alliance; Well North, Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance Test Bed, Health Education Co-operative and sits on the Board of Health Services Research UK.  She is co-chair of the NIHR Dissemination Centre Steering Group.
    Liz has also worked as a senior management consultant, specialising in public sector business performance improvement and change management.

    Follow on: Twitter: @MearLiz

  • Dr Robert Pearl, United States of America

    Dr Robert Pearl, United States of America
    Clinical Professor, Stanford University and Forbes Magazine Contributor

    Dr Robert Pearl is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (1999-2017), the nation’s largest medical group, and former president of The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (2009-2017). In these roles he led 10,000 physicians, 38,000 staff and was responsible for the nationally recognized medical care of 5 million Kaiser Permanente members on the west and east coasts. Recently named one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician leaders, Pearl is an advocate for the power of integrated, prepaid, technologically advanced and physician-led healthcare delivery.

    He serves as a clinical professor of plastic surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he teaches courses on strategy and leadership, and lectures on information technology and healthcare policy.

    In 2017 he authored “Mistreated: Why We think We’re Getting Good Healthcare—And Why We’re Usually Wrong” a Washington Post bestseller that offers a roadmap for transforming American healthcare. All proceeds from the book benefit Doctors Without Borders.

    As a regular contributor to Forbes, Pearl covers the business of healthcare and the culture of medicine. His website RobertPearlMD.com features exclusive content on important healthcare news and events, and his digital newsletter “Monthly Musings on American Healthcare” delivers valuable insights to nearly 10,000 readers.

    Pearl has been featured on CBS This Morning, CNBC, NPR, and in TIME, USA Today and Bloomberg News. He has published more than 100 articles in various medical journals and contributed to numerous books. As a frequent keynote speaker at healthcare and medical technology conferences, he has addressed the Commonwealth Club, the World Healthcare Congress, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Quality Forum, among many others.

    Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Pearl received his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University. From 2012 to 2017, Pearl served as chairman of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), which includes the nation’s largest and best multispecialty medical groups, and has participated in the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT in Washington, D.C.


  • Dr Sameen Siddiqi, Pakistan

    Dr Sameen Siddiqi, Pakistan
    Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi

    Dr Sameen Siddiqi is the Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi Pakistan since January 2018. From 2002 onwards, he worked for the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of WHO and served as Director, Health Systems Development in EMRO and spearheaded the work on universal health coverage. He has also served as WHO’s Representative to Lebanon and Iran. In Iran, he led the development of an innovative program to train 1,000 hospital managers. Earlier, he has also worked for the World Bank and Ministry of Health, Pakistan. Dr Siddiqi has a fellowship in internal medicine, master and doctoral degrees and fellowship in public health from United Kingdom. His areas of interest are health system governance, quality and safety of care, private health sector and public private partnership. He has multiple publications and book chapters and is the editor of the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal.


  • Dr Kuntjoro Adi Purjanto, Indonesia

    Dr Kuntjoro Adi Purjanto, Indonesia
    President, Indonesian Hospital Association (PERSI)

    Dr. Kuntjoro, the President of All-Indonesia Hospital Association/PERSI, has wide experience in hospital administration. Graduated from Surakarta State-Medical Faculty, he got Hospital-management Magister degree from GajahMada University. Started as chief of Public Health-Center, he quickly reached hospital director position in Banjarnegara district, then became director of city-hospital in Salatiga. He was later promoted as national Director then Secretary of DG Medical Care at MoH. His area of expertise covers healthcare and medical technology, hospital regulatory and human resource administration. He also
    serves as medical lecturer, council-member of Hospital Accreditation Committee, assessor of Health Management Consultants, adviser of State-owned hospitals, board-member of Sanglah-hospital Bali, Moewardi University-hospital and Statehospital of Surakarta.

  • Nancy Agee, United States of America

    Nancy Agee, United States of America
    President and CEO, Carilion Clinic

    Nancy Howell Agee is president and chief executive officer of Carilion Clinic, a nearly $2 billion not-for-profit integrated health system headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia.

    Carilion Clinic includes seven hospitals ranging from the third largest in Virginia to mid-sized community and small rural or critical access hospitals. Carilion also operates complementary business lines, including home health, imaging services, pharmacies and free-standing surgical clinics.

    Before becoming CEO in 2011, Ms. Agee served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. During her tenure as COO, she co-led Carilion's reorganization from a collection of hospitals to a fully integrated, physician-led clinic. Ms. Agee currently serves as chair of the American Hospital Association, a membership organization representing the nation's 5,000 hospitals and health care systems. 

  • Dr Amin Al Amiri, United Arab Emirates

    Dr Amin Al Amiri, United Arab Emirates
    Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing, Ministry of Health and Prevention

    Dr. Amin Hussain Al Amiri is the Asst. Undersecretary of Public Health Policy & Licensing Sector in UAE Ministry of Health & Prevention. 

    Dr. Al Amiri received his Ph.D. and Ms.C. in Medical Science in 2003 from Faculty of Medicine; Aberdeen University in Scotland; UK.

    He is responsible for the following departments at MOHAP:

    • Drug Department.
    • Empowerment & Health Compliance.
    • Organization, Licenses& Advertisement.
    • Public Health Policies Department.
  • Fatma Al Masroori, Oman

    Fatma Al Masroori, Oman
    Director of Nursing, Royal Hospital (Ministry of Health)

    Director of Nursing Affairs at Royal Hospital Sultanate of Oman, with a BSN and MSN Degree in Health Care Administration from Villanova University PA, USA. Also, involved in the success of the Royal Hospital ACI recognition. 

    A member in various committees and has established countless services to improve patient outcomes, improve quality, patient safety, and enhance staff competence. Contributed in project Hope Task Force for Basra Children's Hospital, in training and teaching Iraqi nurses.

    Received an exceptional Nursing Award (Nusaiba Bint Ka'ab Award).

    A member of the Royal Hospital Toast Master Club and awarded 'Best Speaker' at 6 International conferences.

  • Dr Aneesa Arur, Australia

    Dr Aneesa Arur, Australia
    Senior Health Specialist, World Bank, Australia

    Aneesa Arur is Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank’s Health Nutrition and Population Global Practice. She has led and managed World Bank-financed projects in client countries and is also involved in research and technical assistance at the country and regional level on social health insurance, results based financing, integration of care and contracting for health services. Before joining the World Bank Group, Aneesa worked at Abt Associates Inc., a consulting firm with an international health practice. Aneesa holds a PhD in Health Systems from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  

  • Dr Olufunmilayo Bankole, Nigeria

    Dr Olufunmilayo Bankole, Nigeria
    Medical Director/CEO, General Hospital Ikorodu

    Bankole Olufunmilayo is an accomplished consultant  Ophthalmologist. She has a Masters degree in Public Health Ophthalmology from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a fellow of the West African College of Surgeons and the Nigerian Post graduate Medical College. Through her career as a public health ophthalmologist, she has been privileged to served as the Director of the Blindness prevention program by Lagos State Ministry of Health, a Team lead on the Nigerian National Blindness and Low vision survey project, Medical Director/CEO of two secondary health facilities  (General Hospital Isolo and Onikan Health Centre) and she is currently the  medical director of Ikorodu General Hospital.
    She is passionate about research for the purpose of health care planning and has been a recipient of several  awards in recognition of her contribution to Ophthalmology and medical practice. 

  • Dr Enis Barış, United States of America

    Dr Enis Barış, United States of America
    Practice Manager, World Bank, United States of America

    Enis Barış is a physician with graduate degrees in Public Health (M.Sc.) and Epidemiology (Ph.D.) and a wide range of experience as director, manager and technical expert in public health and healthy system development and research in Europe, East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America.  At present, Enis is Practice Manager for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice covering the region of Europe and Central Asia. Previously he was Sector Manager in the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank, a position he had come back to after having been Director of the Division of Country Health Systems at the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO EURO).

    Since joining the Bank in 1999, He has worked in the regions of East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia and now Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining the World Bank in 1999, Enis was at the International Development Research Centre of Canada, as Senior Scientific Advisor. During his career, Enis has served as Board Member and Chair of various international agencies, notably the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Council of Health Research for Development and the Alliance for Health System and Policy Research.  He is the editor and author of several books and peer-reviewed publications.

  • Jesús Berdún, Spain

    Jesús Berdún, Spain
    Project Manager, TIC Salut Social Foundation

    Jesús Berdún is a Project Manager at Fundació TIC Salut Social, an organization under the Catalan Health Government for innovation in health and social care. He has a BSc/MSc in Telecommunication Engineering and MSc in Technologies for International Cooperation and Human Development by UPC-Barcelona TECH. With more than 7 year experience in national and international project management, he has participated in projects under EU H2020 program in mHealth (m-RESIST), telemedicine platforms for remote diagnosis (HIPERMED, RTOC), and local projects related to citizen’s access to Patient Health Records. Besides, he has also experience in International Cooperation projects in Latin America and Africa, related to the use of IT for health and education, like the evaluation of a telemedicine platform in Cameroon (MEDTING), the development of IT resources for Ethiopian universities (AAU, WU) and the evaluation of a water and sanitation information system in Centre America (SIASAR).

    Follow on: Twitter: @jss_ictd

  • Dr Noriah Bidin, Malaysia

    Dr Noriah Bidin, Malaysia
    Senior Principal Assistant Director, Institute for Health Management, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Dr Noriah Bidin graduated with Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery from Dow Medical College and became a Public Health Specialist in 1999 after obtaining her Master in Public Health from Malaya University, Malaysia. She is currently the Senior Principal Assistant Director at the Institute for Health Management, Kuala Lumpur. Dr Noriah has been involved in Action Research (AR) since 2007 and has conducted training workshops for the public health facilities. She has directly involved in the Cluster Hospital initiative which applies AR concept since its inception. Throughout 30-year career, she has published her research papers, authored various academic publications and awarded a number of excellence awards. 

  • Dr Christopher Bourke, Australia

    Dr Christopher Bourke, Australia
    Strategic, Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association

    Dr Chris Bourke is Strategic Programs Director for the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.  Chris is a Gamillaroi man and Australia's first Indigenous dentist.  From 2011 to 2016, Chris was a Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly with various ministerial portfolios.  Chris has held clinical positions in the private and public sector including his own private dental practice, Aboriginal Medical Services, public hospitals and state/territory health departments.  He is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Melbourne.  In addition to his dental degree Chris has postgraduate diplomas in Public Health, Clinical Dentistry and an MBA.

    Follow on: Twitter: @chrisbourke

  • Amy Brennan, Australia

    Amy Brennan, Australia
    Service Manager, Mater Hospital Brisbane

    Amy Brennan was a practising podiatrist before completing her MBA and moving into Health management.  She is currently a Service Manager at Mater Health who works with surgical specialties to deliver information and value based service strategies and lead change in a Tertiary hospital setting.  After working as a clinician and manager across private and public settings, Amy knows the pressures both clinicians and the health system face as they try to deliver best practice in a busy, complex environment with limited resources. 

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    Vivian Bryce, Australia

    Vivian Bryce, Australia
    Clinical Nurse Consultant, Princess Alexandra Hospital

    Vivian Bryce is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH). She has been the driving force in establishing the Better Cardiac Care team to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients being treated for cardiac disease at PAH.

  • Nicola Callard, Australia

    Nicola Callard, Australia
    Principal Project Officer, Children's Health Queensland

    Nicola is passionate about improving children's health and wellbeing outcomes and works with the Children's Health Queensland Improvement and Innovation team to deliver on strategic priorities that make a difference to Queensland children. Nicola is a registered Psychologist and her clinical experience working with disadvantaged children and families informs how she approaches her current role where she delivers on CHQ's clinical redesign and system reform agenda in partnership with colleagues across the system.

  • Dr Hannah Carter, Australia

    Dr Hannah Carter, Australia
    Health Economist, Australian Centre for Health Service Innovation (QUT)

    Dr Hannah Carter is a health economist at the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI), based at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Her current role involves providing advice, guidance and support on health services evaluation, including research project design, methodology and cost-effectiveness analysis. She also has specialist knowledge in health system modelling, and an interest in estimating the economic consequences of disease. Her doctoral thesis explored the productivity related costs associated with premature mortality in Australia.

  • Jodie Chamberlain, Australia

    Jodie Chamberlain, Australia
    Executive Director, Territory-wide Services Redesign, ACT Health

    Jodie Chamberlain the Executive Director, Territory-wide Services Redesign in ACT Health has over 20 years of senior leadership and health sector experience. Prior to this, Jodie was the Deputy Executive Director at Royal Perth and Bentley Hospitals, where she led all facets of corporate services, managed the operations of the Bentley Health Service and played a critical role in the reform of the Royal Perth Hospital.

    With a Master of Health Services Management and a background as a Registered Nurse, Jodie plays a pivotal role in driving the ACT Health reform agenda to deliver on the ACT Government's 10 Year Health Plan.

  • Yiu Keung Chan, Hong Kong

    Yiu Keung Chan, Hong Kong
    APN, Ruttonjee and Tang Shiu Kin Hospitals

    Advanced practice nurse of the department of geriatrics of Ruttonjee Hospital of Hong Kong. Currently nurse coordinator of a pilot dementia community project in collaboration with government and non-governmental organizations to support dementia elders in the community.

  • Ming Wai Cheng, Hong Kong

    Ming Wai Cheng, Hong Kong
    Advanced Practice Nurse, Ruttonjee and Tang Shiu Kin Hospitals

    Cheng Ming Wai, RN, BSN, MScPHEC, FHKAN (Critical Care), earned his bachelor of science degree in Nursing from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and his Master degree in Pre-hospital and Emergency Care from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also the Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing (Critical Care). He is now working as an Advance Practice Nurse in Cardiac and Intensive Care Unit at Ruttonjee and Tang Shiu Kin Hospitals in Hong Kong. Other than overseeing nursing care and training in C&ICU, he also serves in Quality & Safety within medical department as chairperson for promoting evidence-based practice and enhancement program.    

  • Dr Ngai Tseung Cheung, Hong Kong

    Dr Ngai Tseung Cheung, Hong Kong
    Head of Information Technology and Health Informatics/Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Hospital Authority Head Office

    NT Cheung is the Head of Information Technology & Health Informatics and Chief Medical Informatics Officer of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority (HKHA) and also the Consultant for eHealth for the Hong Kong Government.  He has taken HKHA from a virtual 'green fields' site to todays situation where clinical information systems have become indispensable in the care delivery process. His current work focuses on taking HKHA's Clinical Management System on a generational leap and embracing innovative IT and data driven approaches to enable enhanced healthcare service delivery models.  He also works with the Government and other stakeholders to develop the territory-wide eHealth Record Sharing System in Hong Kong.


  • Geoffrey Chin, Switzerland

    Geoffrey Chin, Switzerland
    Market Access Director, Novartis AG

    Geoffrey Chin is currently the Global Market Access Lead for Heart Failure with Novartis AG based in Switzerland. Prior to commencing the position in January 2018, Geoffrey was working on several systems initiatives in Australia by partnering with primary care providers, hospital administrators and policy makers to improve patient outcomes. 

    In addition, he has over 15 years' experience working in health technology assessment, reimbursement and pricing of medicines both in the commercial industry and academia. Geoffrey has a background in pharmacy with post graduate qualifications in public health.

  • Dr Hai-Hua Chuang, Taiwan

    Dr Hai-Hua Chuang, Taiwan
    Director of Health Promotion Center; Deputy Director of Family Medicine Department, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei & Linkou Branch

    Dr. Hai-Hua Chuang is a family physician with subspecialties on obesity medicine, osteoporosis management, and adolescent health. She devotes her medical practice in the field of health promotion in Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital (Taipei & Linkou), the biggest medical center in Taiwan.

    The research interests of Dr. Chuang are epidemiology, health impact, and prevention means of obesity, suboptimal body composition, and declined physical fitness in the middle to old-age population as well as hospital employees. She has been conducting the largest workplace health promotion (WHP) project for medical workers in Taiwan since year of 2013 to the present.

  • Dr Kate Churruca, Australia

    Dr Kate Churruca, Australia
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University

    Dr Kate Churruca is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University. Dr Churruca's projects involve the application of complexity science to healthcare and using social-psychological theories to understand hospital organisational culture. She has published on understanding health systems through a complexity science lens, safety culture, and the application of broken-windows theory to healthcare context. Dr Churruca has previously led or worked on projects looking at women's experiences of bulimia, racism and educational outcomes, variation in coronial determination of intent for poisoning deaths, and risk communication in active surveillance for prostate cancer.

  • Dr Sheila Connelly, United States of America

    Dr Sheila Connelly, United States of America
    VP Research, Synthetic Biologics, Inc.

    Dr. Connelly is Vice President, Research, at Synthetic Biologics, Inc., a clinical-stage company focused on gut microbiome therapeutics to protect and restore patient health. She has over 20 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries ranging from start-ups to large pharma. She served as VP Research at GrayBug Vision, Inc. and cofounded Advanced Vision Therapies, Inc., both ocular therapeutic startups, and as Group Leader at Genetic Therapy, Inc., a Novartis Company. Dr. Connelly earned her PhD in Molecular Biology from Columbia University and completed postdoctoral training at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @sconnelly4232

  • Sandra Cook, Australia

    Sandra Cook, Australia
    Director, Future Capability & Governance, ACT Health

    Sandra has over 10 years of experience in implementing health information technology projects in the public health environment. Trained as an Exercise Physiologist, Sandra moved into the field of implementing technology solutions to ensure that the needs of clinicians and people accessing health services was at the forefront when designing ICT solutions. Sandra has been working for ACT Health for the last 14 years and is currently the Director of Future Capability and Governance. This role incorporates development and adherence to the Digital Health Strategy as well as oversight over the delivery of ICT Projects and Programs of work for ACT Health.

  • Jordi Mitjá Costa, Spain

    Jordi Mitjá Costa, Spain
    Nurse, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu

    Jordi Mitjá is a technician in health documentation, technician in image for diagnosis, nursing degree, master's degree in school nursing, master's degree in digital health, master's degree in nursing management. Jordi works in the mental health area of Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona. He loves working with patient, but another of his great passions is the use of intelligent new technologies as a tool to improve patients health. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @enfermeratweet

  • Professor Louise Cullen, Australia

    Professor Louise Cullen, Australia
    Emergency Physician, Health Improvement Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

    Louise Cullen is a Pre-Eminent Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine, a clinical trialist and outcomes researcher in acute diseases.

    As an accomplished acute disease researcher, Prof Cullen has focused on the diagnosis and management of patients presenting with possible Acute Coronary Syndromes in the Emergency Department. She has been engaged in many international collaborations and has authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals including The Lancet.

    Professor Cullen’s mantra is that “you do not do research for research sake” and as such, clinical redesign and translational research is a key part of her endeavours.

    Follow on: Twitter: @louiseacullen

  • Dr Francesc Garcia Cuyàs, Spain

    Dr Francesc Garcia Cuyàs, Spain
    Director, TIC Salut Social Foundation

    Dr. Francisco Garcia Cuyàs holds a Ph.D. in General and Digestive Surgery and is associate professor in the Department of Surgery of the University of Barcelona Teaching Unit Germans Trias i Pujol since 2002. He has a Masters degree in Integrated Health Services Management Previously Head of the Information Systems Management of the Catalan Institute of Health from March 2011-2012. He also was project manager of Argos project at Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol and Deputy Head of Department of Surgery of the same hospital. Currently he is CEO of TICSALUT Foundation.

  • Dr Mikael Daouphars, France

    Dr Mikael Daouphars, France
    Hospital Pharmacist, Cancer Centre Henri Becquerel

    Dr Mikael Daouphars works as a hospital pharmacist in the regional cancer centre Henri Becquerel in Rouen (France) since 2006. He obtained a PharmD in 2000, a PhD in clinical pharmacology in 2004, and an EMS in medical management in 2014. In the hospital he is a representative of the medical community, and within the pharmacy he is in charge of clinical trials and clinical pharmacy services in oncology wards. He coordinates the patient education programmes on oral chemotherapy. He is a regular lecturer for pharmacy students/residents at the University. He is a board member of the regional cancer network, the French Societies of Oncology Pharmacy and Clinical Pharmacy, and the European Society of Oncology Pharmacy.

  • Dr Sapan Desai, United States of America

    Dr Sapan Desai, United States of America
    Chief Executive Officer, Surgisphere Corporation

    Sapan Desai, MD, PhD, MBA is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Surgisphere Corporation, a medical education and healthcare data analytics company with hundreds of clients around the world. He has held multiple physician leadership roles in clinical practice, including serving as the Vice Chairman for Research at Southern Illinois University, Director of Quality at Memorial Medical Center, and Director of Performance Improvement at Northwest Community Hospital. Dr. Desai is a certified lean six sigma master black belt, and a certified professional in healthcare quality. He is the recipient of the international grand prize in healthcare quality by the International Hospital Federation in 2015.

  • Professor Ieda Maria Dias, Brazil

    Professor Ieda Maria Dias, Brazil
    University of Brasilia

    Professor in the area of Public Health Policies at the Federal University of Brasília. Researcher in the area of indigenous health. Has Postdoctoral Degree in Permanent Education, Doctorate in Nursing, Master in Public Health. Specialization in Pediatric and Neonatal Nursing and is graduated Nursing. Coordinates research project of international cooperation with King's College London, entitled Strengthening the primary care system for adolescent indigenous health in Brazil: Integrating community health workers into the school setting. 

  • Katie Doan, Australia

    Katie Doan, Australia
    Manager, The Collaborative

    Katie is a project manager with almost 20 years experience working in the healthcare sector. Katie specialises in managing complex collaborative projects with a broad range of stakeholders from two or more organisations. Katie has worked in a range of settings, both public and private sector, in Melbourne and in London.

    She is currently Manager of "The Collaborative", a formal partnership between The Royal Melbourne Hospital, cohealth, Merri Health and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network.

  • Dr Johnny Duerinck, Belgium

    Dr Johnny Duerinck, Belgium
    Neurosurgeon, Uz Brussel

    Johnny Duerinck, MD, PhD, is neurosurgeon and clinical researcher at the University Hospital Brussels (Uz Brussel). He graduated from medical school at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) in 2007 and became neurosurgeon at Uz Brussel in 2013. His training in neurosurgery was marked by a special interest in neuro-oncology, which is the field where he continues to perform clinical trials, after obtaining his PhD in medical sciences in 2017. He has a special long-standing interest in new technologies and their application in health care, culminating in a series of multidisciplinary projects in augmented and virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

    Follow on: Twitter: @DuerinckJohnny

  • Dr Lai Wah Eva Dunn, Hong Kong

    Dr Lai Wah Eva Dunn, Hong Kong
    Consultant Psychiatrist, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong

    Dr Dunn was appointed Consultant Psychiatrist in 1995 at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. She was the Chief of Service of the Department of Psychiatry at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital and the Service Director in Mental Health for Hong Kong East Cluster till early 2018. She set up the Community Platform in Mental Health at Hong Kong East Cluster to facilitate medical social integration. She has served as the Chairperson of the Coordinating Committee in Psychiatry of Hospital Authority from 2012 to 2018 overseeing the implementaiton of various Mental Health Service plans under Hospital Authority during those period.

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    Dr Jaume Duran, Spain

    Dr Jaume Duran, Spain
    CEO, Fundació Sanitària de Mollet

    Jaume Duran is an experienced primary care physician and health manager. He has positioned all levels of management in the healthcare sector. With a doctorate and Master's degree, he held a position in the Department of Health of the Catalan government and started quality evaluation and EFQM accreditation. He has managed as Medical Director and CEO several public and private hospitals in Catalonia, also contributing to public-private collaboration. He is a University associate professor teaching health management to future generations. Today, he is CEO at Fundació Sanitària de Mollet, and also Secretary of the Unió Catalana d'Hospitals Board of Directors.

  • Dr Mohamed El Sahili, Zambia

    Dr Mohamed El Sahili, Zambia
    Chairman, Medland Health Services

    Dr. Mohamed El Sahili is the CEO of Fairy Bottling Zambia Limited. He has also been named CEO of SF Holding Group, Fairy Bottling's mother company. The Group also includes Medland Health Services, Pharmaland, The Corner Catering Services, Celine Real Estate.

    On May 23rd 2017, Dr. El Sahili was elected Chairperson of LuWSI, an initiative that aims to protect water resources for a healthy environment. Dr. Mohamed El Sahili is a holder of a Medical Diploma as Specialized Anesthesiologist. He is also specialized in Anti-aging.

    Dr. El Sahili is passionate of humanitarian causes being a member at LWAH and a cofounder of Kids First Association in Lebanon. He is also the President of CAN For Humanity in Zambia, a Zambian NGO recently awarded at LDE Forum in Johannesburg.

    Follow on: Twitter: @moesahili

  • Alexandre Epalle, Switzerland

    Alexandre Epalle, Switzerland
    External Affairs Director, Geneva University Hospitals (HUG)

    Since July 2016, Alexandre Epalle has been the Director of External Affairs at the Geneva University Hospitals. In this capacity, he is in charge of developing and promoting partnerships of excellence with various health institutions in Switzerland and abroad, as well as with international organizations based in Geneva. He also aims at coordinating institutional partnerships at cantonal, regional, national and international level. Previously, he was Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Economy and Security of the Canton of Geneva from 2010 to 2016. In this capacity he had the opportunity to elaborate the Economic strategy of the Canton of Geneva.

    Before that, he founded in 2001, and led for nearly 10 years, the Geneva's office sustainable development and worked on the areas of responsible production and consumption. Alexandre Epalle is a Swiss national. He holds a degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

  • Dr Xosé Fernández, France

    Dr Xosé Fernández, France
    Chief Data Officer, Institut Curie

    Dr Xosé Fernández is a computational biologist with over 20 years experience in the UK and France. Currently, he is the Chief Data Officer at Curie Institute with a primary interest in integrating multiple domains of information (e.g. genomic, biomarker, clinical) to accelerate cancer research.

    Using data science, deep learning, computational genomics, biomedical informatics and translational bioinformatics approaches to enable research discoveries and practical innovations in oncology.

  • Professor Neale Fong, Australia

    Professor Neale Fong, Australia
    National President, Australasian College of Health Service Management

    Dr Fong is a registered medical practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in medical and health care delivery in a wide range of leadership roles. His strengths lie in systems management, reform and change management, developing strategic directions and leading and managing both health policy and operational entities. He has held and continues to hold very senior positions in all health care sectors covering government services, private hospitals, academia, health research, public health, aged care and not for profit organisations.

    His current leadership positions include:

    • Chairman, Bethesda Health Care
    • Chairman, Western Australian Country Health Service Board
    • Chairman, Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention Council (WA)
    • National President, Australasian College of Health Service Management
    • Chairman, Healthcare Management Special Interest Group (International Hospital Federation)

    Follow on: Twitter: @nealefong

  • Josep Fusté, Spain

    Josep Fusté, Spain
    Economical Analysis, Studies and Prospection Director, Unió Catalana d'Hospitals

    Economist and Geographer. He holds a Master's Degree in Health Economics and Health Management from Barcelona University and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Currently Director of Economic Studies and Prospective Analysis at La Unió Catalana d’Hospitals, an association of healthcare providers in Catalonia. Previously he worked as Technical Director of Health Planning at the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia. Member of the following associations and scientific societies: Health Economics Association, Catalan Society of Healthcare Management, Catalan Public Health Society, Cercle de Salut (Health Circle) Association and College of Economists of Catalonia. Author of more than 40 publications on health services planning, healthcare management, and health services evaluation. Healthcare Professor at University of Barcelona, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and International University of Catalonia.

  • Professor Andrew Garman, United States of America

    Professor Andrew Garman, United States of America
    Professor, Rush University

    Andy is a Professor in Rush University's Health Systems Management (HSM) department in Chicago, IL, USA, also leads the non-profit National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). He is the author of several dozen peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, as well as four books, including 'The future of healthcare: Global trends worth watching' and 'Exceptional Leadership: 16 critical competencies for healthcare executives'. He received his PsyD in clinical psychology from the College of William & Mary, an MS in human resource development from Illinois Tech, a BS in psychology with a mathematics concentration Penn State.

  • Dr Marc Geboers, Belgium

    Dr Marc Geboers, Belgium
    Director General Hospitals, Zorgnet Icuro

    Certified medical specialist in cardiology in 1992. Clinical hospital work 1992-2002. Medical director 2002-2010. CEO 2011-2014. Medical Director 2015-2016. 

  • Professor Andrew Georgiou, Australia

    Professor Andrew Georgiou, Australia
    Diagnostic Informatics - Stream Leader, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University

    Professor Andrew Georgiou is based at the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research, part of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University. He has worked in a number of senior research and executive positions including as the UK NHS Assistant Director of Classifications (1995-1997) and Co-ordinator for the Coronary Heart Disease Programme for the Royal College of Physicians in London (1999-2002).  Andrew is currently an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and co-Chair of the International Medical Informatics Association Working Group on Technology Assessment and Quality Development.

    Follow on: Twitter: @AGeorgiouMQ

  • Dr Selasawati Ghazali, Malaysia

    Dr Selasawati Ghazali, Malaysia
    Director, Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital, Kota Bharu, Malaysia

    Dr Selasawati Ghazali obtained her bachelor’s degree in Medicine on June 1989 from Katholike University of Leuven Belgium. In May 2003 she obtained her Masters in Public Health, specializing in Health System and Hospital Management from the Universiti Sains Malaysia. She has experienced working in various hospitals, State Health Department and in the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Currently, she is the hospital director of the state hospital in Kelantan, Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II Kota Bharu. Apart from her official duties, she is also involved in the Hospital Cluster Project as a technical comittee member and working committee to develop Malaysia’s standard for SIRIM. Throughout her service, she also managed to bag a few awards, published research papers and presented those researchs nationally and internationally.

  • Gemma Gallardo González, Spain

    Gemma Gallardo González, Spain
    Nursing Director, Hospital Plato

    Diploma in Nursing at the University School of Nursing Gimbernat of Sant Cugat del Vallés (1992-1994).

    • Nursing care for the patient of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (120 teaching hours), carried out during the month of June 1995 at the Policlínica del Vallés (Granollers).
    • Assistance and transport of critical patients (120 teaching hours), held in November 1995 and organized by the I.E.M.
    • Postgraduate course in Intensive Care, carried out during the 1997-1998 academic year at the E.U.E. and Blanquerna Physiotherapy.


    • Master in Administration and Management in Nursing taught by the E.U.I. Santa Madrona (2000-2002)
    • Master in Hospital Management and Health Services taught by the UB (2011-2013)
  • Brian Gragnolati, United States of America

    Brian Gragnolati, United States of America
    President and CEO, Atlantic Health System

    Brian Gragnolati is President & CEO of Atlantic Health System, an integrated health care delivery system serving suburban New Jersey communities just outside New York City.  With over 350 sites of care, 16,000 employees and $2.6 billion in revenue, AHS served nearly 800,000 patients in 2017 through five medical centers and a childrens hospital, two medical groups of 1,050 community providers, three accountable care organizations with 400,000 attributed lives and a wide range of post-acute care services.  Brian is Chair Elect of the AHA Board of Trustees and currently chairs its Committee on Health Strategy & Innovation.  He holds a B.S. in Health Systems Analysis from University of Connecticut and an MBA from Western New England College.

  • Dr Elizabeth Habermann, United States of America

    Dr Elizabeth Habermann, United States of America
    Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Scientific Director for Surgical Outcomes, Mayo Clinic

    Dr. Elizabeth Habermann is an Associate Professor of Health Services Research at the Mayo Clinic in the United States. As the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Scientific Director for Surgical Outcomes, she develops and executes team-based projects using both institutional and national data to study the quality and outcomes of surgical care, with over 200 papers published to date. Dr. Habermann has been studying institutional opioid prescribing following surgery for the past few years. She serves as the Chair of the Acute Prescribing Subgroup of the Mayo Clinic Opioid Stewardship Group and was a member of the National Quality Forum's Opioid Stewardship Action Team.

    Follow on: Twitter: @ebhabermann

  • Dr David Hansen, Australia

    Dr David Hansen, Australia
    CEO, Australian e-Health Research Centre, CSIRO

    David Hansen is CEO of the Australian e-Health Research Centre, a joint venture between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Queensland Health and CSIRO's national digital health research program. David leads a research program of over 80 scientists and engineers developing information and communication technologies to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of healthcare. 

    David is also the Chair of the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA). David is passionate about the role of information and communication technologies in health care and the role of Health Informatics professionals in developing a safe, high quality efficient and sustainable healthcare system in Australia.


    Follow on: Twitter: @dhansen35

  • Dr Danielle Harrop, Australia

    Dr Danielle Harrop, Australia
    Cardiologist, Princess Alexandra Hospital

    Danielle Harrop is a cardiologist based in Brisbane, Australia with special interests in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and cardiac imaging.

    She is currently completing a research higher degree through the University of Queensland.

  • Salim Hasham, Kenya

    Salim Hasham, Kenya
    Executive Chairman, Mediheal Group

    Salim Hasham is Executive Chairman of Mediheal Group based in East Africa. Prior to this, he served as Vice President Health Services for Aga Khan University and was responsible for the university's global health systems enterprise in East Africa,  Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has also served as Senior Vice President - Global Services for Johns Hopkins Medicine International and was responsible for managing its global strategy and service delivery with oversight of Chief Executives in eight countries. Mr. Hasham has also served as President and CEO of Hawaii Medical Centers, a multi hospital system in USA. Salim has an honors undergraduate degree in Mathematics, a Master in Health Administration from University of Ottawa and a summa cum laude Master in Systems Engineering from Clemson University, USA.  

  • Hans Erik Henriksen, Denmark

    Hans Erik Henriksen, Denmark
    CEO, Healthcare DENMARK

    Hans Erik Henriksen is CEO of Healthcare DENMARK. Healthcare DENMARK is a public-private partnership organization, with a national mandate to promote Danish healthcare solutions and competencies abroad. The partnership is a framework for linking international partners with efficient Danish solutions and does not represent individual companies. 
    He has a solid healthcare background from different executive positions during the latest 20 years.

    He was CEO of the innovative Danish healthcare-IT company Cetrea, which during 2008-2012 was established as a leading provider of solutions to the Danish market and during the same period accessed markets in other Nordic countries, Germany, Netherlands and USA.

    Before joining Cetrea, he was responsible for IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences in the Northern and Eastern part of Europe (the countries U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Nordic Countries and Central and Eastern Europe).

    Since 2008 he has also been engaged as board member in a number of different healthcare and healthcare-IT companies. During 2012 he was a member of the Danish Governments Growth team for Healthcare and welfare solutions


    Follow on: Twitter: @healthcareDK

  • Professor S. Robert Hernandez, United States of America

    Professor S. Robert Hernandez, United States of America
    Executive Doctoral Program Director, University of Alabama at Birmingham

    S. Robert Hernandez is Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Executive Doctoral Program at UAB. He has chaired the European Academy of Management Healthcare Management Research Track since 2008. He is a past Chair of the Health Care Management Division of AOM and past Chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. He is Associate Editor of Health Services Management Research and is past editor of Journal of Health Administration Education. The American Sociological Association and the Academy of Management have honored his applied research. His doctorate is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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    Derry Heron, South Africa

    Derry Heron, South Africa
    Executive: EOH Health Vertical, EOH

    Derry has over 20 years experience in the South African Health care sector, the last 15 of which have been spent in senior consultancy positions. He started consulting to corporate entities on internal health policy in 1999 with NMG Consultants and Actuaries, and has since advised a number of key institutions in the private health sector, including medical schemes, administrators, hospital groups, equity investors and fund managers and health facility developers. He was the Principal Technical Consultant at both  Glenrand MIB and Absa Health Care Consultants from 2005 to the end of 2010.
    During this time he also served as Chairman of the Distribution Sub-Committee for the LIMS programme, which concluded in 2007. In 2011 he took over as Head of Corporate Health Care Consulting at EOH.

    In 2013, Derry moved to the EOH Health Vertical as an Executive Consultant and has been responsible for the development and implementation of the EOH Hospital in a Box concept, which is aimed specifically at parties who are looking to build new, or renovate existing health facilities. This process also involved aligning EOH with a number of key health funds as well as credible project sponsors, ensuring that the final execution of close to R3 billion worth of health infrastructure projects was a viable proposition.

  • Dr Evelyn Hovenga, Australia

    Dr Evelyn Hovenga, Australia
    CEO, Global eHealth Collaborative (GeHCo)

    Trustee Director & CEO, Global eHealth Collaborative (GeHCo). Retired Professor in Health Informatics, founding Member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (MIAHSI), Geneva, CEO, Executive Director and Trainer for eHealth Education Pty Ltd, Director eHealthcard Australia Pty Ltd. Registered Nurse, with a PhD in Health Administration, & formal work study qualifications,  an international collaborator in various health and nursing informatics projects for more than 30 years, provides strong scientific and professional leadership in Health Informatics. 

  • Dr Sankalp Khanna, Australia

    Dr Sankalp Khanna, Australia
    Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Australian e-Health Research Centre

    Sankalp is a Senior Research Scientist in the Health Data Analytics team at the CSIRO Australian e-Health Research Centre. His research is focussed on applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques to model, analyse, predict, simulate and optimise patient flow through Australian public hospitals. His research interests include Applied Artificial Intelligence, Prediction and Forecasting, Planning and Scheduling, Multi Agent Systems, Distributed Constraint Reasoning, and Decision Making and Learning under Uncertainty.

    He is a Senior Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University, and a member of the Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence(PRICAI) Steering Committee, and Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA).

    Follow on: Twitter: @SankalpKhanna

  • Marina Kinnunen, Finland

    Marina Kinnunen, Finland
    CEO, Vaasa Central Hospital

    Marina Kinnunen, nurse and PhD in economics. (Patient Safety Coordinator 2007–2009, Quality Manager 2009–2012, Head Nurse 2012–2017, Director of Vaasa Hospital District 2018).

  • Yuan-Hui Lai, Taiwan

    Yuan-Hui Lai, Taiwan
    Assistant Technician, Taichung Veterans General Hospital

    10 years as a cardiac critical care nurse, 5 years as a case manager of heart failure, due to the continuous promotion of quality improvement over the years as an assistant technician of the Quality Management Center.

  • Ping-Fat Lau, Hong Kong

    Ping-Fat Lau, Hong Kong
    Department Operations Manager, A&E, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong

    Mr Lau, is one of the leaders in Emergency Nursing in Hong Kong. He had been appointed, for several occasions under emergency situations, by the Government to go abroad with very short notice, to participate in overseas rescue operations such as the 2004 South Asian tsunami (Phuket, Thailand), great earthquake occurred in Wenchuan (China) in 2008, and the hostage incident in Manila (the Philippines) in 2010. His outstanding contribution to the rescue operations received high commendation from Chief Executive of the Government.

  • Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque, Australia

    Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque, Australia
    Chief Executive, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation

    Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque joined the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) as Chief Executive in June 2017. Prior to this he was the Chief Executive of the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) from 2013. Dr Levesque has previously held senior positions responsible for publicly reporting information about the Canadian health system. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Preventive Medicine and Public Health and has a Doctorate in Public Health, a Masters in Community Health and a medical degree from the Université de Montréal, Canada.

    Follow on: Twitter: @jfredlevesque

  • Zeyad Mahmoud, Australia

    Zeyad Mahmoud, Australia
    PhD Candidate, Australian Institute of Health Innovation

    Zeyad has a background in Management graduating in 2014 from the University of Nantes in France. He completed his Masters in 2016, at the same university, and submitted a thesis on the adoption of Lean management in operating theatres. He joined the Australian Institute of Health Innovation in 2018 as a Cotutelle PhD candidate conducting research on quality improvement programs implemented for efficiency purposes in operating theatres.

  • Dr Jordi Martínez, Spain

    Dr Jordi Martínez, Spain
    Innovation Director, TIC Salut Social Foundation

    Jordi Martínez Roldán was born in Barcelona in 1967. Graduated in medicine, he worked 5 years as a GP both in primary and specialized care. Since then, he has been leading different teams and projects implementing technological and ICT innovations into the healthcare system. He became director at Hospital Comarcal Alt Penedès and later at Hospital General de Catalunya. He is an expert in clinical management, chronic patient management,process, integrated care and the technologies related to them. He holds a master of Health Institutions Executive Management and Healthcare Organisations Executive Management. He has been consulting to companies across the value chain in areas related to healthcare and new technologies. Now he leads the innovation department of TicSalut Foundation with a mandate to make Catalonia’s healthcare system a model for other European healthcare systems.

  • Ray Messom, Australia

    Ray Messom, Australia
    Executive Director, Sytem Information and Analytics Branch, NSW Ministry of Health

    Ray leads System Information and Analytics (SIA) Branch for the NSW Ministry of Health which supports the data and analytical needs of the $22 billion NSW public health system. It leads data governance system-wide and research on and evaluation of incentives, key performance indicators and healthcare improvement initiatives. 

    Prior to this role, Ray advised government, private sector, NGOs and academia across Australia and Canada on a number of transformational reform agendas. As a health economist and administrator for more than 15 years, Ray has dedicated his career to the translation of evidence into policy and policy into outcomes for citizens. 

  • Victoria McCreanor, Australia

    Victoria McCreanor, Australia
    PhD Candidate/Research Associate, QUT - Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

    Victoria McCreanor holds Law and Science degrees from the University of Queensland, and an MSc (Health Policy, Planning and Financing) from the London School of Economics & London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is currently undertaking her PhD with the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation at QUT and the Capital Markets CRC, to identify high-value care for coronary artery disease. Her research interests lie in health economics, particularly in generating evidence for value-based healthcare policies, to improve the efficiency of health services and improve patient outcomes.

    Follow on: Twitter: @V_McCrean

  • April McKenzie, Australia

    April McKenzie, Australia
    Primary Health Manager, Kyabram District Health Service

    April McKenzie is a Registered Nurse with a keen interest in improving the lives of others, this has led her to complete a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Management and Healthcare and work as a Credentialled Diabetes Educator. Most recently completing a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics and Digital Health.

    She has been involved in the Healthier Campaspe initiative through a short period as initial project manager and most recently as Primary Health Manager at Kyabram District Health Service which holds the portfolio for the Diabetes priority area.

  • Professor Keith McNeil, Australia

    Professor Keith McNeil, Australia
    Assistant Deputy Director-General & Chief Clinical Information Officer, Queensland Health - Department of Health

    Professor Keith McNeil plays a key role in the clinical leadership of the statewide eHealth program. He works closely with key stakeholders to maximise the clinical and patient safety benefits associated with technology in the healthcare setting, while minimising risk.

    Prof McNeil has previously worked within Queensland Health as the Head of Transplant Services at The Prince Charles Hospital, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, and Chief Executive Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

    More recently, Prof McNeil was Chief Clinical Information Officer, National Health Service, United Kingdom following roles as Chief Executive Officer at Addenbooke's Hospital and Cambridge University Hospital Foundation Trust.

  • Professor Steven McPhail, Australia

    Professor Steven McPhail, Australia
    Principal Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology and Metro South Health

    Professor Steven McPhail is a National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia CD Fellow and Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Functioning and Health Research right here in Brisbane.  He has an eclectic background as a clinician, health economist and health services researcher. He has had some success with his research adventures having been awarded more than $8 million in competitive research funding and authoring more than 100 journal articles in the past 5 years while conducting applied health services research focusing on improving the efficiency, safety and effectiveness of hospital services. 

  • Janine Mohamed, Australia

    Janine Mohamed, Australia
    CEO, CATSINaMCEO, Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)

    Janine Mohamed, a Kaurna/Narrunga woman from South Australia, has deep expertise and experience in how to work towards the improvement of healthcare and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As a nurse and CEO of CATSINaM, Janine is an advocate for the unique and powerful roles that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives have in the health system and their communities, as agents of change.

    Follow on: Twitter: @CATSINaM_Nursing

  • Anna Jover Moreno, Spain

    Anna Jover Moreno, Spain
    Director of Social and Corporate Management, Hospital Plato
    • Director of Social and Corporate Management of Hospital Plató
    • Master in European Expert Social Responsibility (2008-2009)
    • Technician in Human Resources Management. Higher Institute of Business and Communication
    • Master European Expert in Innovation Management
    • Senior Technician in Emotional Intelligence from the European Institute of Business Studies
  • Chris Moser, Australia

    Chris Moser, Australia
    Principal Statistical Data Quality Officer, Statistical Services Branch, Queensland Department of Health

    Chris has qualifications and a background in information management, data quality, clinical coding, health classifications, business analysis, risk management and clinical nursing. This knowledge and experience enables ongoing opportunities and learning in these areas which facilitates a valuable understanding and appreciation of data and it's application. Chris has an interest in how aspects of the health care system can inform, support and result in policy awareness and change.

  • Perrin Moss, Australia

    Perrin Moss, Australia
    Program Manager, Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service

    Perrin Moss is the Program Manager for the CHQ Project ECHO® Hub at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service. Perrin has been leading large-scale, multi-site projects across the health and tertiary education sectors for almost ten years. In his current role at Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, he has a portfolio of state-wide child and youth health projects that focus on integration, innovation and partnership development. Perrin has a successful track record in acquiring competitive grant and philanthropic funding to initiate projects, and has successfully transitioned many large scale projects into business as usual programs through securing recurrent funding sources.

  • Professor Wendy Moyle, Australia

    Professor Wendy Moyle, Australia
    Program Director, Menzies Health Institute QLD, Griffith University

    Prof Moyle is Program Director of Healthcare Practice and Survivorship, a multidisciplinary research program in Menzies Health Institute QLD, at Griffith University. Her research expertise is in the areas of ageing and innovative therapies, in particular in the fields of dementia, depression and delirium. Her research aims to improve quality of life and to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

    She has published over 200 publications and her research features widely in the media. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @wendymoyle2

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    Professor Marc Noppen, Belgium

    Professor Marc Noppen, Belgium
    CEO, UZ Brussel

    Marc Noppen, MD, PhD, serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Brussels University Hospital UZ Brussel. He is pulmonologist by training, and holds a PhD in Health Sciences. He has authored or co-authored more than 145 scientific peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and was visiting professor at various universities and university hospitals (Boston, Montreal, Lille, Perth). He has additional degrees in Pharmaco-economics (University Antwerp) and management (INSEAD).

    He is associate professor at the Vrije University Brussel, and guest professor at Vlerick Business School Leuven-Gent in Strategic Hospital Management. Marc serves as a Director in a variety of academic and business-related Boards.


  • Dr Martha Oliveira, Brazil

    Dr Martha Oliveira, Brazil

    Martha Regina de Oliveira, a physician graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, specialized in Pediatrics and Public Health, master in Collective Health (UFRJ) and doctoral student in the area of human aging. She was a specialist in Supplementary Health Regulation and former director of Sector Development at the National Supplementary Health Agency - ANS. Currently Executive Director of the National Association of Private Hospitals - Anahp.

  • David Olson, United States of America

    David Olson, United States of America
    Senior Vice President of External Relations and Chief Strategy Officer, Froedtert Health

    David A. Olson, is senior vice president, external relations and chief strategy officer at Froedtert Health in Milwaukee. Mr. Olson serves as Chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations, and is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow. 

    From 2009 to 2011 he was president of Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, and executive vice president of Columbia St. Mary's System in Milwaukee. He also served on the Wisconsin Hospital Association board of directors from 2003 to 2013. 

    Mr. Olson received master's degrees in health administration and business administration from the University of Iowa.

  • Louise Palmer, Australia

    Louise Palmer, Australia
    Chief Experience Officer, Dental Health Services Victoria

    Louise Palmer has significant senior and executive management experience including the tertiary education sector. She has particular expertise in areas of co-designing, leadership and management, strategy and culture, workforce learning and development, organisational design and innovation, including Lean people systems and processes. 

    Louise Palmer, as part of her role at Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) leads projects that involves partnership, engagement and collaboration with communities and consumers to co-design healthcare that enhances consumer and employee wellbeing and experience. She is responsible for identifying, recommending, leading and driving key cultural and structural change projects across DHSV in relation to healthcare transformation. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @louisepalmer0

  • Mari Plukka, Finland

    Mari Plukka, Finland
    Quality Manager, Vaasa Central hospital

    Mari Plukka is a nurse and she has specialized in  Development and Leadership in Health care and Social Services. She has worked with patient safety and quality issues in Vasa Central Hospital since 2009 as a patient safety coordinator. Since  2015 she has been working as a Quality Manager. She is also active in a Finnish organization of National Patient Safety. Now she is going to start her doctoral thesis on leading patient safety work.

  • Rick Pollack, United States of America

    Rick Pollack, United States of America
    President and CEO, American Hospital Association

    Rick Pollack is president and CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA), the nations largest hospital and health care system membership organization. Rick joined the AHA in 1982, became president and CEO in 2015, and now leads the association to help shape the health care landscape for hospitals and health systems, represents the nations hospitals on advocacy issues, and develops strategies and tools to enable members provide better care for patients and communities. Rick began his career in Washington, D.C., in 1976, as a congressional legislative assistant.  He left Capitol Hill for the American Nurses Association. Rick holds a bachelors degree in political science and communications from the State University of New York College at Cortland, and a masters degree in public administration from American University in Washington, D.C. A proud father and grandfather, he and his wife Diane live in Arlington, VA.

  • Professor Hannu Puolijoki, Finland

    Professor Hannu Puolijoki, Finland
    Medical Director, Seinäjoki Central Hospital

    Medical Director of The Hospital District of South Ostrobothnia, Finland since 20 years. Specialist of Internal Medicine, Respiratory Diseases and Allergology. More than 70 original scientific publications.

  • Dr Anna Riera, Spain

    Dr Anna Riera, Spain
    Membership Director, Unió Catalana d'Hospitals

    Anna Riera is MD, MBA, MPA, nowadays Membership director at Unió Catalana d’Hospitals, a healthcare providers association in Catalonia. She holds a degree in Medicine from Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, and Internal Medicine specialization. She holds an MBA from ESADE Business and Law School and Georgetown University, Executive Master in Healthcare Organizations Leadership, Health and Health Care Administration and Management. Executive Master in Public Administration from ESADE. She has also worked as healthcare consultant, in Spain and abroad. She is member of the Global Health Leadership Forum, from University of California Berkeley School of Public Health and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and Universitat Pompeu Fabra Economics and Health Research Center (CRES). She has deep knowledge about Healthcare systems organization.

  • Nick Rosser, Australia

    Nick Rosser, Australia
    Manager NBM HealthPathways Program, NBMPHN/NBMLHD

    Nick Rosser is the Manager of the Nepean Blue Mountains HealthPathways program. He studied Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, and a research Masters in Biomedical Science at the University of Wollongong. During this time he was employed in a private consultancy with a German health management company where he designed health interventions and clinical guidelines for corporate health programs. Nick then moved on to roles in telehealth programs, SESLHD Connecting Care program, and Aboriginal health and research before the opportunity arose to be involved in implementing and managing the HealthPathways program for the Nepean Blue Mountains region.

  • Professor Andrea Santiago, Philippines

    Professor Andrea Santiago, Philippines
    Professor, Asian Institute of Management

    Prof. Dr. Santiago is a full professor at the Asian Institute of Management's Strategic Management Department.  She is a recipient of several awards for teaching and research excellence. Her qualifications and her consulting experience led her to local and international publications in the fields of family business management, corporate social responsibility, management of educational institutions, and sustainable development.  As a result of her quality publications, she was invited to sit in the editorial board of a number of international journals.
    Prof Dr. Santiago's pressing research agenda is poverty alleviation through sustainability entrepreneurship.  She is a part of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN-PRME) Working Group on Anti-Corruption. 
    Prior to joining the academe, Prof. Dr. Santiago worked in industry and in government.  She worked at the Office of the President of the Philippines, Malacanang under the late President Corazon Aquino.


  • Robyn Scanlan, Australia

    Robyn Scanlan, Australia
    Director Clinical Governance, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service

    Robyn has spent almost 25 years working within the health care industry in Australia. She has held positions within nursing, midwifery, community, rural and isolated health care, senior leadership and clinical governance roles. Robyn is current the Director of the Clinical Governance unit at Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service and has been instrumental in establishing and leading the current trial for short-notice accreditation processes.  

  • Carl Shuker, New Zealand

    Carl Shuker, New Zealand
    Principal Adviser, Publications, Health Quality & Safety Commission

    Carl Shuker is a researcher and writer with special interests in transparency and incentives. He was a digital editor at the BMJ in London for seven years before returning to New Zealand in 2013. He is an award-winning novelist with four novels and short fiction published in the US, UK and New Zealand.

    Follow on: Twitter: @carlshuker

  • Danny Sims, Australia

    Danny Sims, Australia
    Chief Executive Officer, Ramsay Health Care

    Daniel Sims was appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ramsay Health Care's Australian operations on 1 January 2015. In Australia, Ramsay Health Care is the leading operator of private hospitals with 65 hospitals and 7 day surgeries. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr Sims was the Chief Operating Officer of Ramsay's Australian and Asian operations since 1 July 2008. In this role, he was ultimately responsible for the operating performance and strategic direction of Ramsay's hospital businesses in Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.

    Mr Sims started with Ramsay Health Care in 2003 after emigrating from the United States. He commenced with the Company as Group Financial Controller-Hospital Operations before moving to operational management as the New South Wales (NSW) State Operations Manager on 1 July 2006.

    Prior to coming to Australia in 2003, Mr Sims was a health care financial executive for a variety of companies between 1990 to 2003, including Ramsay Health Care, Inc., a publicly-traded company specialising in inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment across the United States.

    Prior to 1990, Mr. Sims worked as an auditor with Ernst & Young for nine years, specialising in audit services to hospitals. Mr Sims is the Chairman of the Ramsay Hospital Research Foundation and is President of The Australian Private Hospital Association (APHA). Mr Sims has been a Director of APHA since 2007 and he became a Board member of HESTA, a large superannuation fund, in January 2016.

  • Dr Mehan Siriwardhane, Australia

    Dr Mehan Siriwardhane, Australia
    Senior Medical Officer, Mater Hospital Brisbane

    Dr Mehan Siriwardhane completed a fellowship in minimally invasive HPB and completed the fellowship training program of the ANZ HPB Association. He finished his post fellowship training by undertaking a year of HPB and liver transplant surgery at Princess Alexandra Hospital. Dr Siriwardhane is qualified to perform robotic surgery and completed Australia's first Public robotic Whipple operation in 2017.
    He concurrently undertakes humanitarian work conducting training in HPB and general surgery as part of the outreach programs of the IHPBA since 2014. As a result, he has an honourary fellowship of the College of Surgeons in Sri Lanka.


  • Dr Aparnaa Somanathan, Australia

    Dr Aparnaa Somanathan, Australia
    Program Leader, World Bank, Australia

    Aparnaa Somanathan is a Program Leader for Human Development at the World Bank. She has worked on health systems strengthening issues for over fifteen years in a range of countries including China, Estonia, Georgia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. She has also worked extensively on the implications of population ageing on health financing and service delivery. Aparnaa read economics at Cambridge University and holds a doctoral degree in International Health Economics and Policy from Harvard University. Aparnaa is the lead author of the 2014 World Bank publication titled, “Moving Towards Universal Coverage of Social Health Insurance in Vietnam: Assessment and Options”. She is also the co-author of: “Financing Health Care in the East Asia and Pacific: Best Practices and Remaining Challenges” with Jack Langenbrunner; and the publication, “Live Long and Prosper: Ageing in the East Asia and Pacific region” with Philip O’Keefe and others.

  • Dr Andrew Staib, Australia

    Dr Andrew Staib, Australia
    Co-Director HITEC | Deputy Director and Medical Informatician, Emergency Medicine Princess Alexandra Hospital | Co-Chair QEDSAP | Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health

    Dr Staib is Deputy Director of Emergency Medicine at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and the Co-Director of the Healthcare Innovation and Transformation Excellence Collaboration (HITEC) funded by the Queensland Clinical Excellence Division, Healthcare Improvement Unit.  He has research interests in health systems and translation of research into improved patient outcomes, as well as lab based research into shock at a cellular level.  Dr Staib was heavily involved as a clinical leader in the transformation of the Princess Alexandra Hospital into Australia's first large scale tertiary digital hospital and now in the ongoing digital transformation of Queensland Health. 

  • Kathleen Stam, Belgium

    Kathleen Stam, Belgium
    AZ Maria Middelares

    Kathleen Stam holds a masters degree in biomedical sciences. In 2015, after 12 years in the diagnostic industry, she joined AZ Maria Middelares as a staff member of the CEO, focussed on innovation and research.

  • Dr Clair Sullivan, Australia

    Dr Clair Sullivan, Australia
    Dr Clair Sullivan, Chief Digital Health Officer, Metro North HHS | Co-Director HITEC, Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health

    Dr Sullivan graduated with Honours from the University of Queensland. She completed a Research Doctorate in Medicine (UK) at The General Infirmary at the University of Leeds. Dr Sullivan is a fellow of both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian College of Health Informatics. 
    Dr Sullivan is currently Chief Digital Health Officer at Metro North Hospital and Health Service. She is a senior staff specialist in Endocrinology and a Medical Lead for Digital Healthcare Improvement for the Clinical Excellence Division of Queensland Health. She is also Co-Director for the Healthcare Innovation and Transformation Excellence Collaboration (HITEC) and Co-Chair of the Statewide Digital Healthcare Improvement Network (DHIN).

  • Dr Melissa Sweet, Australia

    Dr Melissa Sweet, Australia
    Editor in Chief, Croakey Health Media

    Melissa Sweet is a public health journalist, author, and Editor in Chief of Croakey.org, a social journalism project for health. Her PhD, completed in 2017, is titled: Acknowledgement: A social journalism research project relating to the history of lock hospitals, lazarets and other forms of medical incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    Follow on: Twitter: @croakeyblog

  • Vikram Thaploo, India

    Vikram Thaploo, India
    CEO, TeleHealth, Apollo Hospitals Group

    Vikram Thaploo, CEO, Apollo Remote Healthcare (Apollo Hospital Group, India), has about two decades of industry experience. Currently, he is leading three companies under the Remote Healthcare umbrella - Apollo Tele Health Services (Healthcare delivery and TeleClinics company), HealthNet Global Limited (Healthcare Technology company) and Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation (a not-for-profit organization of the Apollo Hospitals Group). He also heads the government business initiative for Apollo Hospitals Group. He is aiming at making healthcare affordable and accessible using the convergence of Technology, Telecom, and Medtech ecosystem, thus, delivering Continuum of Care for the patients. He made his mark in creating sustainable business model and delivering quality healthcare to patients in all slabs of the pyramid, using Telemedicine as its base. 

    It was his persistence and vision of providing healthcare services to rural and remote locations across India, which led him to initiate Apollo's 'Rural Connect' Program, providing primary and specialty services to reach remote parts of India. He and his team conceptualized and executed a first of its kind, Tele-Emergency innovation in India on a PPP mode in the state of Himachal Pradesh, which is now implemented in many other formats. Under his leadership Apollo has partnered with the Government of Andhra Pradesh advancing innovative PPP model of managing & operating 164 eUPHC's (Electronic Urban Primary Healthcare Centres). Recently Apollo has acquired another project of Tele-Ophthalmology which entails running of 115 vision centers across the state of Andhra Pradesh. Today, Apollo Tele Health is connected to 300 Million Indian population remotely.

    Having been in a position responsible for P&L for more than 9 years, he has strategized and implemented several innovative projects. His result oriented, enthusiastic and yet logical approach to challenges has helped him perform effectively even in highly competitive work environments. Previously, he headed a retail startup 'Steeplejack' as a Director & CEO. He also worked as Vice President at 'Big Apple Supermarkets' part of Future Group and has been a founding member for starting Barista Coffee in India. He was leading the marketing, projects along with core retail teams. Additionally, he has been part of start-up teams at Patissier's Retail and Jaypee Hotels-Agra. Mr. Thaploo has a superior track record in conceptualization of ideas and implementing those ideas for successful business expansion.

    He is an Advanced Healthcare Management Professional from Indian School of Business with a Post-graduation in Marketing and a graduation in Management. He lives in City of Hyderabad in India with his two kids, wife and parents.

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    Dr David Tivey, Australia

    Dr David Tivey, Australia
    Research Manager, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

    Dr Tivey joined RACS Research & Evaluation, inc. ASERNIP-S in 2013 and is the Research Manager for units Health Technology Assessment (HTA) program. Within the field of HTA David has been the  senior lead on projects for multiple clients including the Australian Department of Health Medical Services Advisory Committee. Further to this David, in collaboration with colleagues in CMeRC and the University of Pretoria (South Africa), has developed HTA training programs for healthcare professionals working in resource limited settings.

  • Shweta Ubhayakar, United States of America

    Shweta Ubhayakar, United States of America
    Manager, Community Anchor Mission, Rush University Medical Center

    Shweta Ubhayakar is the Manager for Anchor Mission Initiatives at Rush University Medical Center, a role that involves strategically managing community-facing activity and investments across five functional areas of the university and medical center.  In addition to this role, Shweta also manages a $5 million philanthropic grant focused on improving health and education on Chicago's South and West sides, and teaches graduate courses in Health Equity and New Models of Care as Faculty of the Health Systems Management department.  She completed her medical studies as a general physician in India and her MS-HSM at Rush University. 

  • Drs. Els van der Wilden-van Lier, Belgium

    Drs. Els van der Wilden-van Lier, Belgium
    Director Healthcare Providers; MD, MPH, GS1 Global Office

    Medical doctor specialised in public health, experienced in patient safety, change management and healthcare governance. Worked cross-cultural in Africa, in senior hospital management (Director academic hospital), Board member teaching hospital. Was Director for hospital related healthcare in the Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate and fulfilled positions as Trustee of healthcare organisations in the Netherlands. She joined GS1 Global in September 2017. Her present responsibilities include: worldwide supporting patient safety and cost-effectiveness through the implementation of the GS1 system in hospitals; facilitating the GS1 healthcare provider programme and monthly webinars. Maintains relationships with international hospital associations and organisations of clinicians and of nurses.

  • Dr Michael Wagels, Australia

    Dr Michael Wagels, Australia
    Staff Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Princess Alexandra Hospital


    Michael Wagels is a Staff Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Princess Alexandra Hospital with a conjoined academic appointment as Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. He completed a BMedSci undergraduate research degree in 1999 and was awarded a PhD in 2013. His theses evaluated amputation in severe lower limb trauma and the behaviour of auto-transplanted muscle for traumatic lower limb injuries.

    Michael has a special interest in the translational aspects of tissue engineering for complex reconstructive defects and specifically, how these can be related to complex lower limb reconstruction, hand surgery, brachial plexus reconstruction and head and neck reconstructive surgery.

  • Pieter Walker, Australia

    Pieter Walker, Australia
    Director, Qualitas Consortium

    Pieter has had over 25 years healthcare experience in change management, lean thinking, leadership training & strategic planning, within both the public and private health sector.  Pieter is an owner & director of Qualitas Consortium. He has lead hundreds of service improvement & leadership programs with health services across Australasia. Pieter has been the lead facilitator for the Health Roundtable over the past 17 years, working with over one hundred teaching hospitals on numerous topics to improve the quality and delivery of care in hospitals. Pieter also has an extensive list of National and International presentations to his credit.  

    Follow on: Twitter: @qualitasconsort

  • Professor Marianne Wallis, Australia

    Professor Marianne Wallis, Australia
    Associate Dean (Health), University of the Sunshine Coast

    Marianne Wallis is the Associate Dean (Health) and a Professor of Nursing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.  Marianne has focused her research on health services research (especially in Emergency Care) and clinical research into vascular access.  She has written over 130 scientific publications and reviews for many research funding bodies and peer reviewed journals. In the last 15 years Marianne and her colleagues have attracted nearly AUD10m in research funds for projects that involved collaboration between a range of university and healthcare industry partners. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @MarianneWallis2

  • Bei Wang, Singapore

    Bei Wang, Singapore
    Coordinator, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

    Ms. Wang Bei is a clinical coordinator for Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic team in department of surgery in Tan Tock Seng Hospital since 2008. She works on research database administration, patient care coordination, healthcare education and promotion, etc. From 2012, she has been actively involved in ERAS and prehabilitation program implementation. She also works with doctors in research projects for patient care improvement and co-authors multiple publications. Prior to her current coordinator role, she had been practising nurse for 4 years. Ms. Wang holds Master of Health Administration degree from Flinders University.

  • Ash Watson, Australia

    Ash Watson, Australia
    Healthier Campaspe Project Coordinator, Campaspe Primary Care Partnership

    Ash currently maintains many roles within the Campaspe Shire including a Credentialled Diabetes Educator / Exercise Physiologist at both Rochester & Elmore District Health Service and Kyabram District Health Service. He has also recently been appointed to Campaspe Primary Care Partnership as the Project Coordinator of Healthier Campaspe.  Ash gains great satisfaction from seeing client improvements and enjoys the variety of his different roles.  His next aim is to develop new skills in project management for his personal and professional growth. 

  • Yu-Chen Wei, Taiwan

    Yu-Chen Wei, Taiwan
    Integrated Home Medical Care Case Manager, Puli Christian Hospital

    Ms. YU-CHEN WEI graduated in June 2009 from Department of Nursing, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology. She worked at Taichung Hospital from September 2012 to April 2014 as ward as a nurse in inpatient wards. From May 2014 she moved to Puli Christian Hospital and worked as a nurse in medical department inpatient ward, From March 2016 she became a as a home care nurse and case manager of integrated home medical care program.

  • Professor Mia Woodruff, Australia

    Professor Mia Woodruff, Australia
    Leader, Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group, & QUT Acting Director, Herston Biofabrication Institute, Queensland University of Technology

    Professor Mia Woodruff is a world expert in biomaterials and bone tissue engineering. She leads the Biofabrication & Tissue Morphology group at QUT, and is the acting QUT Director of the Herston Biofabrication Institute. Mia's exciting vision is of a future where the fabrication of patient-specific replacement tissue and organs is safe, cost-effective and routine. This dream drives her fascinating research to advance the high-tech sciences of tissue engineering and biofabrication.

    Follow on: Twitter: @DrMiaWoodruff

  • Eugene Woods, United States of America

    Eugene Woods, United States of America
    President and CEO, Atrium Health

    Eugene A. Woods, MBA, MHA, FACHE, is president and chief executive officer of Atrium Health, previously Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation. With 44 hospitals, over 900 care locations and an annual net revenue of nearly $10 billion, Atrium Health is responsible for more than 11.5 million patient interactions each year. 

    One of todays most prominent leaders in healthcare, Woods is passionate about protecting and expanding access and coverage to all Americans, better engaging with our communities to advance positive health outcomes and achieving equity of care by eliminating disparities. In January 2017, Woods assumed the role of chairman of the board of trustees of the American Hospital Association and currently serves as immediate past chair. 

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    Enrique Charls Yabut, Philippines

    Enrique Charls Yabut, Philippines
    Department Manager, Hospital Information Management of Quality Management Division, Makati Medical Center

    Mr. Enrique Yabut graduated from De La Salle University - Dasmarinas with a Degree in Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Biological Science. He became part of Makati Medical Center since 2012 under the Service Operations and Quality Management Division. After 3 years, he became part of the Quality Management Division wherein he was involved in several project improvement implementations such as Integrated Hospital Information Management System (iHIMS), Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Automated License Tracking System (ALTS) and the Automated Complaints Tracking System (ACTS). Now he is the head of Hospital Information Management. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @iamenriqueyabut

  • Dr Adrienne Young, Australia

    Dr Adrienne Young, Australia
    Research Coordinator, Nutrition and Dietetics, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

    Dr Adrienne Young is the Research Coordinator for the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, and Visiting Fellow at Queensland University of Technology. Her research focuses on implementing and evaluating supportive and interdisciplinary systems of nutrition care for people in hospital, with developing expertise in the area of implementation science. 

    Follow on: Twitter: @dr_am_young

  • Shuo Zhang, United States of America

    Shuo Zhang, United States of America
    Senior Health Specialist, World Bank, United States of America

    Ms. Shuo Zhang is a Senior Health Specialist based at the World Bank’s Headquarters office in Washington DC and manages several activities of the Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice in East Asia and Pacific Region. She has more than 20 years of experience working on operations and providing technical assistance to governments in the areas of TB control, Maternal and Child health, NCDs, Service delivery, health financing, health insurance, pay for performance and public hospital reform.