Keynote Speakers

  • Professor David Hood AM

    Professor David Hood AM

    Professor David Hood is a civil and environmental engineer with vast experience across major civil and military projects, professional development in emerging economies, senior management in both the public and private sectors and in education.

    Following a successful career in project management, David took over and commissioned Australia’s then New Parliament House in the mid-1980s.  Since that project, David has become increasingly involved in fostering a culture of sustainability across all engineering disciplines, and the built environment.

    David is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, and IT at the University of Queensland where he inculcates sustainability across education and research.

    In 2006, he initiated and was the Founding Chairman until 2011 of the Australian Green Infrastructure Council (now ISCA), which developed the world’s first full sustainability rating scheme for infrastructure.  David is an accredited Presenter with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and has been named amongst the top 100 Sustainability leaders in the world by ABC Carbon.

    David was the 2012 National President of Engineers Australia (EA) and is an Honorary Fellow of EA.   In 2013, David was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his enormous contribution to engineering through industry associations, and for lifting public awareness of sustainability.

    In addition, David now Chairs an environmental charity, The Long Future Foundation, is Deputy Chairman of Beyond Zero Emissions, and is a QLD Councilor of the Australian Conservation Foundation.


  • Tim Longhurst

    Tim Longhurst

    Tim Longhurst works with business leaders to identify opportunities and seize them. He combines the latest data, powerful case studies and entertaining anecdotes to bring possibilities to life.

    Tim's talent for strategy and passion for bringing out the best in others has led to him to partner with organisations including, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco Systems, IKEA, IBM and Lendlease.

    Tim has been Director of Strategy of two organisations: the world’s leading digital agency, Razorfish and independent online campaigning organisation, GetUp!. Today he is head of the strategic foresight consultancy, Key Message.


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  • Madonna King

    Madonna King

    Madonna King is one of Australia’s most accomplished journalists, having worked at senior levels with News Limited, Fairfax and the ABC, where she presented the Mornings program in Brisbane for six years. Madonna writes for Fairfax’s Good Weekend, has a highly successful weekly column for the Brisbane Times and has a regular radio spot on Brisbane’s 4BC.

    She has written seven books, all defined by her skilful reporting and her ability to get people to talk in depth. These include the biographies of Australian of the Year, and inventor of the cervical cancer vaccine Prof Ian Frazer, and former Treasurer and Australian Ambassador to Washington Joe Hockey. Her latest book - already in fourth reprint, is a huge research project into 14-year-old girls, and includes interviews with 200 girls, along with about 50 successful school principals, CEOs and parenting groups.  

    Madonna has regularly appeared on television, including Q & A and The Drum.  With her more than 20 years’ experience across newspapers, radio and television, Madonna is a sought-after facilitator, Master of Ceremonies and speaker. She travels around Australia moderating hypotheticals and topics as varied as leadership, education, politics, business, resources, the law, tourism and the environment. Her experience in the media and politics allows Madonna to provide a fascinating yet entertaining keynote on leadership and girls. The book is called Being 14.

    A fellow of the prestigious World Press Institute, Madonna has served as a visiting fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, and on the Walkley Advisory Board for Journalism.  She has completed a Diploma in Company Directorships, through the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is on two-for-profit boards.

Joint Plenary Session with the 42nd World Hospital Congress 2018

  • Berna Marcelino

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

    Berna Marcelino is the Provincial Director of Standardization for BC Clinical and Support Services. Berna is a registered nurse with over 16 years in healthcare, and a unique combination of experience in operating room nursing, clinical education, project management, and supply chain.

  • Bronte Martin

    Bronte Martin
    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

  • Glenn Keys AO

    Glenn Keys AO
    Executive Co-Chairman and Co-Founder, Aspen Medical

    Glenn is the co-founder and Executive Co-Chairman of Canberra-based Aspen Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced healthcare solutions. In 2003, Glenn founded Aspen with Dr Andrew Walker. After 15 years Aspen has over 2,000 staff and operates across Australasia, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, Africa, the USA and the UK.

    Today the company has customers in the Government, Defence, Mining, Oil & Gas and Humanitarian sectors. In 2017 Glenn and Andrew were selected as runners up for the World Entrepreneurs of the Year, and Glenn was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for both his philanthropic leadership in the business sector and his work as an advocate for people with an intellectual disability.


  • Claudio Meirovich

    Claudio Meirovich
    Hospital Planner, Meirovich Consulting SL

    Claudio has over 20 years of experience working in hospital equipment projects and was involved in over 75 projects in over 30 countries where he was responsible for tendering, bidding, evaluating, supervising, installing or training staff on medical equipment and hospital installations related issues. Claudio got his Biomedical Engineering Degree from the UNER University in Argentina and later got a Masters Degree in Hospital Planning and Design at UOC in Spain and an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid. He started Meirovich Consulting in 2011and since has already completed over 20 projects. Claudio also belongs to several technical and professional national and international associations and is always eager to share knowledge with his peers.
    When not working he likes to run, cook or explore the world with his family.

  • Colin Nicol

    Colin Nicol
    Director, Do Diligence

    Colin is one of the founding Directors of Do Diligence and has worked in the Environment, Health, Safety and Compliance field for over 15 years. Colin has developed a keen interest in compliance while working on world-class projects in the UK, South Africa and Australia.

    Colin is a firm believer that we should work smarter and not harder and that we are finding increasing ways of achieving this using current and developing technology.

    Being part of a market leading global organisation in healthcare and other industries has provided a range of experience which Colin brings to organisations for technology based solutions that facilitate simple solutions for an increasingly complex industry.

  • David Oakeshott

    David Oakeshott
    Leader - Technical Advice, A.G. Coombs

    David has managed diverse technical teams within large contracting, mechanical service and automation organisations since 1993. Applying his extensive experience in working with building services in a diverse range of buildings and projects he provides practical and trusted advice to improve management, occupant, and commercial outcomes in facilities. In delivering technical guidance to building owners, construction teams and facility and property managers, David has earned a reputation for developing highly valued and long term relationships with clients. With an appetite for understanding and resolving complex technical systems, David works to make assets work correctly and efficiently.

  • Denton Smith

    Denton Smith
    Head of Engineering and Health Care Technology, Western Cape Government: Department of Health

    Denton Smith is the Head of the Engineering Department at Groote Schuur Hospital. At 23 (2002) he started with the Department of Health; Western Cape. Qualified as an Industrial Technician in 2003 and was used extensively in the Electrical and Mechanical fields doing investigations cost reduction through improving efficiencies. Groote Schuur Hospital: • 2006 appointed Head of Medical Gas • 2011 Appointed Acting Head of Engineering • 2013 Appointed Head of Engineering His focus points are Innovation and Change. Results have been, a reduction in the Hospital’s Utility consumption 62% (water) and 54% (coal).

  • Duncan Rendall

    Duncan Rendall
    Chief Architect - Infrastructure Planning, Western Cape Government

    Qualifications: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cape Town (UCT), 1992 Post – Grad Diploma in Health Technology management, UCT, 2012 Practicing architect for 24 years with a specific focus on healthcare projects for the last 15 years. Joined WCDoH in 2011 and is primarily responsible for the preparation of Strategic Briefing documents and Spatial Planning Norms & Standards for public healthcare facilities in the Western Cape. Currently focusing on the review of the infrastructure implications of the Clinical Service Package and Operational models for Level 1 & 2 acute hospitals as well as developing a standard approach to PHC facility design.

  • Duncan Stegmann

    Duncan Stegmann
    Electrical Engineer, DMA Engineers

    Duncan is a qualified Electrical Engineer working in the building services industry. Duncan has been involved in projects across various sectors including Public Health, Education, Aged Care, Hospitality, Rail, Retail and Arts. Duncan’s background prior to this was in sub transmission power line design. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree (University of Cape Town) and a Masters of Business Administration (University of Stellenbosch Business School).  He is also a registered professional engineer in Queensland.

  • Eddy De Coster

    Eddy De Coster
    Department Head - Technical Services, UZ Leuven

    Born in 1955 Studies: Engineer electro mechanics (University of Ghent) 1978 Post-graduate Management of Business Administration (University Leuven) 1982 Current employment: Since 1986 employed by UZ Leuven. Since 2002 Head of technical services, responsible for management, maintenance and renewal of the buildings, the infrastructure and the equipment of the university hospitals. with more than 250 employees, including 35 engineers. Since 2002 secretary and since 2012 president of Zorg.tech Belgium before VTDV (The Association for Technical Services in Health Care Institutions) with almost 350 members.

  • Efthimia Pantzartzis

    Efthimia Pantzartzis
    Healthcare Architect and Researcher, ASSET Puglia and Loughborough University

    Efthimia - PhD, MArch, MSc Planning Buildings for Health - is an Academic Visitor at Loughborough University (UK) and a Senior Expert at Agenzia Strategica per lo Sviluppo Ecosostenibile del Territorio (ASSET) Puglia (Italy), currently working at the meta-project for the new children’s hospital in Puglia Region. A healthcare registered architect and consultant, has been working for over ten years in the public sector on healthcare refurbishment projects in Italy, and on Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Department of Health (DH) England, and NHS Improvement (NHSI) funded projects on hospital productivity and efficiency, healthcare infrastructure value, backlog maintenance, critical infrastructure risk, dementia-friendly health and social care environments, and accident and emergency departments. In 2015 she co-authored the “HBN 08-02: Dementia-friendly health and social care environment”, the first ever HBN to provide guidance for acute and social care settings.

  • Elvina Motard

    Elvina Motard
    Strategy & Programme Manager, Medecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders

    Originally a Robotics Systems Engineer working for human spaceflight programs, Elvina started working with MSF/Doctors without Borders in 2012, first as a technical manager in a Trauma Center in Haiti, then in a global position providing field support to technical management teams in various Hospitals (Trauma centers, Mother & Child care hospitals or general hospitals in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Guinea, Philippines, Central African Republic...). In 2016 she started to manage the headquarter team of technical referents (in construction, biomedical, energy, HVAC, telecom and mobility), being a referent herself for Health Facility Management and providing design capacities, guidance and trainings to MSF's team worldwide, as well as field-support for openings & studies. In her current attributions she manages strategic transversal programs around field support mechanisms, community of practices and innovation management.

  • George Kotenko

    George Kotenko
    Project Engineer, Capacitor Technologies P/L

    University background:
    Bachelor of Science in Automation and Control systems
    Master of Science in Computer systems
    National Technical University of Ukraine 'Kyiv Polytechnic Institute'

    Member of the following associations: 
    IEAus (The Institution of  Engineers Australia)

    More than 10 years of experience in the field of  power quality  and electrical safety solutions.

  • Hiroshi Yasuhara

    Hiroshi Yasuhara
    OR Medical Director, University of Tokyo Hospital

    1980 Graduated from University of Tokyo 1998 Associated professor, Department of Surgery, Teikyo University Ichihara Hospital 2002 Professor, Department of Surgery, Teikyo University Ichihara Hospital 2006 OR Medical Director/Professor, University of Tokyo.

  • Isaac Ilukor

    Isaac Ilukor
    Member, Uganda National Association for Medical and Hospital Engineering (UNAMHE)

    Eng. Ilukor is an experienced Project Manager who has been working with Joadah Consult Limited and its Partners such as AMPC of The Netherlands since 2010. He is currently the Consultant's authorised representative in the rehabilitation of Lower Mulago Hospital complex; and Project Manager for the Construction and Equipping of the Specialised Maternal and Neonatal Health Unit of Mulago Hospital. Since joining UNAMHE in 2010, Ilukor has been a very active Member.

  • Jakob Søholm

    Jakob Søholm
    Segment Director, GRUNDFOS BioBooster A/S

    Jakob Søholm is an experienced Segment Director, working with new business development and sales within membrane based wastewater and re-use solutions for the public sector. Jakob believes that decentralized treatment of wastewater at large points sources like Hospitals is the best solution from both an economical and sustainability point of view. Jakob has been overall responsible for securing and executing the largest Public Private Innovation project with the capital region of Copenhagen covering the development of a full-scale wastewater treatment plant for removal of pharmaceutical and bacteria at Herlev Hospital.

  • James Hayward

    James Hayward
    Programme Director - Capital, York Teaching Hospital NHS FT

    A Professional Chartered Engineer with some 40+ years’ NHS experience, some 25 of which have been at full executive director level in a medium / large sized acute NHS healthcare setting. Currently employed as the Programme Director – Capital Projects and Infrastructure at York Teaching Hospital NHS FT. In recent years responsibilities include management and professional responsibility for a range of estates, facilities, IT, medical records, decontamination, medical engineering and corporate issues. With accumulated extensive knowledge of estate and facilities service delivery, service improvement, statutory compliance, risk and performance management delivering major capital projects for the NHS.Capital.

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    Joel Aita

    Joel Aita
    Member, Uganda National Association for Medical and Hospital Engineering (UNAMHE)

    Eng. Aita is founder and CEO of Joadah Engineers Limited which he founded in 2007. He has extensive experience in design and supervision of healthcare facilities in the East African region and are currently supervising the construction and equipping of the Specialised Maternal and Neonatal Health Unit at National Referral Hospital. Since joining the Uganda National Association for Medical and Hospital Engineering (UNAMHE) in 2010, Joel has been a very active Member.

  • John Clynes

    John Clynes
    Mercy Ships

    John has an engineering supply background.  He spent 20 years with SKF Bearings, including six years as Branch Manager in Christchurch and five years as National Sales Manager, and then five years as World Vision’s Customer Services Manager in Auckland.  John also spent 10 years with Bay Engineering Supplies in Mount Maunganui.  John’s involvement with Mercy Ships includes two and a half years on board Africa Mercy as 4th Engineer and Engineering Stores Manager, 10 month’s field service in the Congo, and two field services in Madagascar including dry docking in The Canary Islands and Durban South Africa.  On return to NZ, John worked at Supply Services Ltd and more recently with The ABD Group as an engineering supply specialist.

  • Kana Egawa

    Kana Egawa
    Assistant Professor, Tokyo Denki University

    Graduated from Kogakuin University in 2000. Completed Post Graduate Master Course In Tokyo Denki University in 2002. Designing various buildings as qualified architect at K. ITO Architects and Engineers Inc. from 2002 to 2008. Obtained Doctor of Engineering (PhD) from Kogakuin University in 2012. Since 2012, working for Tokyo Denki University as Assistant Professor, School of Information Environment, Department of Information Environment.

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    Laura Vernon

    Laura Vernon
    Advisor & President, Blue Environmental Performance

    Laura Vernon’ has had a 30 year career working in sustainability in healthcare.  Currently, as an advisor, and President, at Blue Environmental Performance, Laura works with organizations to overcome barriers to make operational changes efficient and effective.  Laura also works to help create infrastructures to promote culture and behavior change, necessary for sustainable transformation.  

    Laura was the founding Executive Director of Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) – the predecessor of Practice GreenHealth – an NGO dedicated to creating a US based national clearinghouse for information and resources to improve the healthcare sectors environmental impacts.  


  • Marcel F. van Dijck

    Marcel F. van Dijck
    Regional Director - South East Asia / Oceania, Armstrong International

    Marcel van Dijck has always found himself in Hot Water, as a child pushing the boundaries for action and rejecting the status quo, through to his career involving engineering, developing and selling Hot Water solutions. Marcel has an MSc and Post Grad Business qualifications, coupled with 14 years involvement globally with hot water technology, ranging from developing patented specialist technology that was sold to American Standard through to commercializing an innovative start-up industrial hot water business, acquired in 2011 by Armstrong International a Global specialist provider of Steam, Air and Hot Water Solutions. Marcel has been exposed to a variety of the practical demands that end users face in todays’ evolving healthcare landscape and how Digital Hot Water Control Technologies help deliver superior outcomes for Engineering and Utilities specialists chartered with stricter, wider reaching compliance driven performance standards.

  • Marco Montevecchi

    Marco Montevecchi

    An architect with a rich cultural background influencing a diverse range of public, urban and heritage project experience. Marco studied architecture in Copenhagen and in Rome, where he completed his Master’s Degree cum laude. A registered Architect in Italy, Marco has worked in Italy and Australia on a range of public, urban and heritage projects that include facilities in defence, healthcare, education and commerical workplaces. His rich cultural background, combined with his skills and attitude to work, make him an effective team member and project leader. Marco has a broad experience in construction documentation, consultant coordination and site administration, a key eye for detailing and material assembly. By communicating effectively with clients, consultants and site personnel, Marco is able to establish firm professional relationships that ensure a brief is met to its fullest potential.

  • Maria Ten Palomares

    Maria Ten Palomares
    Energy Project Developer, Doctors Without Borders

    Maria Ten Palomares gained her PhD in Local Development and  International Cooperation from Polytechnic University of Valencia and Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Spain, together with a Master’s degree in Development and International Cooperation from Institute for International Cooperation and Development Studies, University of the Basque Country. She is an industrial engineer with an energy specialty and has nine years’ experience in the energy, development and humanitarian aid sector, including work as a consultant Energy Specialist in Peru, Mexico, Spain, Ecuador, and Surinam, along with experience with several international organisations and local non-governmental organisations. Following completion of her PhD, Maria joined Doctors Without Borders as an Energy Project Developer, based in Brussels.

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    Mark Keough

    Mark Keough
    Founder, Intrinsic Learning

    Dr. Mark Keough is an Education Technology pioneer, a twenty five year veteran of learning management systems design development and implementation, a digital learning design  specialist and educator. Mark holds a Doctorate of Communication from the University of South Australia and is an adjunct in Education at Flinders University in Australia and is the founder of Intrinsic Learning. He is passionate about improvement in health professional education. He has been responsible for large scale online learning projects at ANZ Bank, the Salt Lake City Olympics, Westpac and founded Global Learning Division at Monster.com (USA).

    In his spare time, he is the co-ordinator of the Adelaide Jazz Club.

  • Mark Reardon

    Mark Reardon
    Technical Design Director - Herston Quarter Project, Metro North Hospital and Health Service

    Mark has more than 30 years’ experience in planning, coordination, design, documentation and management of civil/municipal infrastructure engineering works in the public and private sectors and understands the need for healthy tension between the creative and technical aspects of design.

    Mark is the Technical Design Director for Metro North Health and Hospital Service (MNHHS) and has worked on a broad range of Urban Renewal and Land Development projects, major infrastructure and general civil engineering projects earning respect within the industry. Mark’s strength has been through the successful delivery of complex major urban renewal projects. These require detail knowledge of town planning, heritage, engineering and environmental considerations (including contamination and ecological matters).

  • Matthias Schwabe

    Matthias Schwabe
    Regional Sales Manager, Bender GmbH / WGKT

    Matthias is a diploma engineer in electrical engineering with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of electrical safety in healthcare worldwide. He presented his papers in all continents (more than 40 countries). He is member of the German branch of IFHE: WGKT; council member of IFHE. Further he was announced as an active member in the DIN VDE committee UK221.4 „Elektrische Anlagen in medizinischen Einrichtungen“and also in the international committee MT40: IEC60364-7 Electrical installations of buildings – Part 7-710: Requirements for special installations or locations – Medical locations.

  • Merethe Cecilie Lind

    Merethe Cecilie Lind
    HVAC Consultant and Researcher, Norconsult AS

    Merethe C. Lind, M.Sc. from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. Lind works as a HVAC consultant and with research and development at Norconsult AS, one of Scandinavia's largest multidisciplinary engineering consultancies, where she specializes within hospitals, pharmacies and cleanrooms.

  • Michael Campbell

    Michael Campbell
    Senior Director Facilities Management, Children's Health Queensland

    Michael Campbell is the Senior Director, Facilities Management at Children’s Health Queensland and oversees a diverse property and facilities portfolio valued in excess of $1.4 billion. Michael brings extensive private and public sector experience across property and facilities, major capital works and property development, outsourced property services and FM solutions, fleet, risk management and governance. Michael holds Bachelor degrees in Speech Pathology and Science (Psychology), a Masters of Business Administration (University of Queensland), and a Diploma in Company Directorship (University of Sydney).

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    Oat Tukaew

    Oat Tukaew
    Fire Safety Consultant, RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd

    Oat is a currently a fire safety consultant at RED Fire Engineers. He has a Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA). He has experience in performance-based fire safety engineering design. He also has experience in fire, smoke and egress modeling as well as hands-on research experience in fire science. Oat has been involved in dealing with combustible facade problem at several major hospitals in Australia.

  • Osvaldo Mario Donato

    Osvaldo Mario Donato
    CEO, Arq. Osvaldo Mario Donato Y Asociados, Consultora En Salud

    Architect Osvaldo Mario Donato. Specialist in Planning and Design of Architecture and Hospital Engineering. Founding member of the Argentine Association of Architecture and Hospital Engineering. International Consultant UNDP, United Nations Development Program. CEO of "arch. Osvaldo Mario Donato and associates, health consultancy". CEO of Tecno Bras SA. Professor of Design School of Architecture at Buenos Aires University. Professor at the Technological Institute Buenos Aires. Post-graduate career Planning and Design of Architecture and Hospital Engineering - Quality Management in Health Institutions.

  • Peter Atherton

    Peter Atherton
    Director, AWS Clinical Waste

    Named as one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers (Engineers Australia) for 2017 Developed Totally Automated Waste Treatment Systems for Health Facilities, International Ports and Airports Emerging Exporter of the Year Queensland and Australia Australian Centenary Medal Founder and Director AWS; Installed 50 Systems in 7 countries with Clients including World Bank, Government Health Authorities, Port Authorities, Airlines, and Waste Industry.

  • Preben Byberg

    Preben Byberg
    Deputy Head of Department, Copenhagen University Hospital

    Maintenance Engineer with more than 30 years of experience within the field of Hospital technology and maintenance. Special emphasis on energy saving measures and technology applied in developing countries.

  • Roy Arindam

    Roy Arindam
    Vice President of Sales, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, BuildingIQ

    Roy Arindam, VP of Sales at BuildingIQ, is responsible for direct and channel activities across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. He has extensive experience across building technologies such as energy optimization technologies, building automation systems, integrated extra low-voltage systems (IELVS- OBSI), energy metering and reporting solutions, fire detection and fighting solutions, and security solutions. With his background spanning across the new construction business and services business, Roy understands where the gaps exist. He is working diligently to drive analytics and efficiency technologies to close the gap thereby delivering an improved customer experience.

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    Ruth Sengonzi

    Ruth Sengonzi
    Project Quantity Surveyor, Ministry of Health Uganda

    Dr Ruth Sengonzi works with the Ministry of Health - Uganda. She graduated from Loughborough University, Leics. UK in 2011 with a Doctorate in Civil and Building Engineering after researching Whole Life Value Improvement in UK Healthcare facilities. She is currently employed as a Technical Assistant of the Project Management Unit managing a USD 85 Million African Development Bank - funded project equipping, rehabilitating and upgrading the National Referral Hospital; and, constructing and equipping two (2) General Referral Hospitals, all in the City of Kampala.

  • Ryan Milne

    Ryan Milne
    Director, Ecosafe International

    Ryan Milne is the founder and a Principal Consultant of Ecosafe International, a specialist consultancy focusing on the interface between water and health. Ryan has a Master’s degree in science and extensive local, as well as international, experience within the Water Risk Management sector. He has a particular focus on the holistic, practical and effective management of on-site potable, waste and process water systems. Additionally, he is an accredited Lead Drinking Water Auditor.

  • Sue Clynes

    Sue Clynes
    Mercy Ships

    Sue is an Operating Theatre Nurse with 23 years experience in that field and a recent focus on Orthopaedics, Max Fax /Dental. Sue was at Mercy Hospital Auckland for four years returning to work in 1997 after 16 years raising four children at home and continued her career at Tauranga Hospital. Sue volunteered in 2010 on board the hospital ship Africa Mercy in Togo with John for four weeks and returned back on board as Maxillofacial team leader in 2013 for a ten month field service in The Congo and 18 months in Madagascar before returning home to Tauranga Hospital Theatre and our five grandchildren.

  • Tauran Zaidi Ahmad Zaidi

    Tauran Zaidi Ahmad Zaidi
    Senior Deputy Director, Ministry of Health Malaysia

    Tauran Zaidi graduated with degrees in Bachelor of Science ( Mechanical Engineering), at the University of Iowa, USA in 1985 and Master of Science (Building Services Engineering), at Brunel University, UK in 1997. His career with Ministry of Health Malaysia began in 1985 as a mechanical engineer,  has 31 years working experience in Hospital Engineering covering various engineering related fields involving healthcare facility management, operation and maintenance, engineering designs, project management, management of hospital support services (facility engineering services, biomedical engineering services, cleansing services, linen and laundry services and healthcare waste services). He has been actively involved in the development of engineering standards, guidelines, procedures and other professional activities for the health sector in Malaysia and at international level with SIRIM, DSM, BEAM, IFHE, UNICEF and WHO. He is also currently involved in developing the competency system for healthcare facility management together with the MOH, the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), UNIMAS and BEAM and the relevant health sector industry players.

  • Thomas Stentoft Flackeberg

    Thomas Stentoft Flackeberg
    Head of Electrical Dept., Copenhagen University Hospital

    Maintenance Engineer with 4 years experience from employment as an consultanting engineer and from hospital maintenance. Original training and experience within general electricity supply and installations. 

  • Tiina Yli-Karhu

    Tiina Yli-Karhu
    Design Coordinator, Hospital District of South Osthrobotnia

    Registred nurse, M.Sc information technology, Ph D candidate of Tampere University (faculty of Natural Sciences). Several years of clinical experience and also experience of designing hospital wards and larger entities. Special interest evidence-based design.

  • Trond Thorgeir Harsem

    Trond Thorgeir Harsem
    Associate Professor, Norconsult AS

    Harsem, M.Sc. HVAC and Mechanical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. Associate Professor at the University of Oslo. He has extensive experience in research and development with respect to new as well as old technology, primarily within system design, data programming and bus technology within automation in commercial buildings and hospitals. Has been engaged as project manager within most of the HVAC-technical areas.

  • Ulrike Kuschke

    Ulrike Kuschke
    Chief Architect, Department of Transport and Public Works (Western Cape)

    Ulrike Kuschke is a public sector Architect with a special interest in appropriate design for healthcare in developing and mid-range economies. Together with her team in the Western Cape she has been responsible for a portfolio of innovative new facilities over the last 10 years.

  • Virginia Caracciolo

    Virginia Caracciolo
    Technical Director, Azienda Ospedaliera San Giovanni Addolorata

    Virginia lives in Rome (Italy) where she earned Classical High School diploma, bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and a level II Master in “Management and Organization for healthcare service and companies”. She is the Technical Director and Energy Manager of the “Azienda Ospedaliera San Giovanni Addolorata”, one of the major hospitals in Rome. She is Member of the Unit in charge of performing preliminary evaluation of any project related to medical facilities’ constructions in the Lazio region. She has served as speaker in many conferences in Italy and abroad. Since 2007 member of SIAIS currently in the scientific commission.

  • Walt Vernon

    Walt Vernon
    CEO, Mazzetti

    Walt is the CEO of Mazzetti, a leading global provider of MEP engineering design and technology/IT consulting in Healthcare. Mazzetti creates future-focused, technologically advanced buildings, rooted in local culture, climate and economy.  

    Walt has been working with—partnering, consulting, advising---healthcare clients for more than 30 years with a keen focus on future-planning. He’s true to his personal mission to relentlessly innovate to build better things and a better world. He just happens to be an Electrical Engineer, by trade, in addition, a licensed professional to practice law in California.  He holds degrees in philosophy, mathematics and business. Walt is also currently taking steps to earn a PhD in Public Health. 

    Discover more about Walt's thought leadership on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/waltervernon 

  • Yusuf Jacob

    Yusuf Jacob
    Chief Mechanical Engineer, Department of Transport and Public Works (Western Cape)

    Yusuf Jacob is a professional  mechanical engineer with 22 years’ experience in the built environment. He has been part of the Health Infrastructure unit at the Department of Transport and Public Works in the Western Cape, South Africa for several years and has led various health infrastructure projects from inception to completion. He has experience in sustainable solutions for Health care facilities.