Founder and Director, Think Next Ltd (United Kingdom)
Agathe Acchiardo is a health futurist based in London, combining her background in the pharma industry with her experience in a leading consumer trend agency. At Think Next, the consultancy she founded, she tracks trends that will shape the future of health and advise clients on how to take the most of the emerging opportunities. www.thinknext.uk
Chief Data Officer, Wellbeing services county of Pirkanmaa (Finland)
Emil Ackerman leads the development and implementation of knowledge management and data utilization strategy for the Finland’s biggest wellbeing services county – Pirkanmaa, with approximately 20,000 employees. In the past, Emil has worked as a knowledge architect in Pirkanmaa Hospital District and as the CEO in a data analytics company. Emil is also the chairman of the board in a Finnish knowledge management association ‘Tietojohtamisen verkosto ry’, which focuses on social and health care sector.
Dr. Ann Aerts
Head, Novartis Foundation (Switzerland)
Dr. Ann Aerts Ann is Head of the Novartis Foundation, an organization committed to transform the health of low-income populations, by leveraging the power of data, digital technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to reimagine health and care around the world. Ann holds a Degree in Medicine, a Masters in Public Health from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and a Degree in Tropical Medicine from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. Passionate about improving population health through data, digital and AI, Ann chairs the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development Working Group on Digital and AI in Health and is a member the Philips Foundation Board. Ann served as a member of the US NASEM Committee on Improving the Quality of Health Care Globally and on the US NAM Commission on Healthy Longevity. She was named one of the top 50 innovators in 2020 by the World Summit AI community.
President and CEO, Health-ISAC (USA)
Health-ISAC is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the global health sector from physical and cyber threats. Denise currently serves as Chair of the National Council of ISACs, sits on the Board of Directors for the Global Resilience Federation, is on the Executive Committee for the Health and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council Cyber Working Group and participates in several industry groups and initiatives. She has served on the Board and as Officer and President of an international credit association and has spoken at events worldwide. Denise was an EMT (B), Firefighter I/II and Instructor I/II for twenty years. She was an EMT evaluator, and also an Adjunct Instructor at the Fire and Rescue Academy in Fairfax County, Virginia for ten years. She is a graduate of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Prof. Shafi Ahmed
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Barts Health NHS Trust, Chief Medical Officer at Medical Realities, and since June 2022 Chief Medical Metaverse Officer at Aimedis (United Kingdom)
Professor Shafi Ahmed is a multi-award winning cancer surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator and entrepreneur. He is faculty at Harvard University and Singularity University where he teaches on innovation and health. He has delivered over 250 keynotes in 30 countries and 3 TEDx talks. He works with governments, universities and global blue chip companies on the digital transformation of healthcare and medical education. He is an advisor to DOH Abu Dhabi for health technology and innovation. He is a member of the NHS assembly and was granted The Future NHS award by members of parliament.
Manager, Testing and Innovations, Oulu University Hospital – AICCELERATE partner (Finland)
He is developing public-private collaboration models for healthcare sector and managing the OuluHealth Labs innovation, testing and development platform. Timo has a long experience in IT related research, development and innovation projects since 2004. He started his professional career at Nokia where he was responsible of R&D related innovation procurement management. Since 2013 Timo has been working in the health and life science sector. His current responsibilities include operating the OYS TestLab and participation to various development projects at OYS, including Future Hospital 2030 program. His most recent project AICCELERATE aims to develop an adaptable AI-based toolset for a variety of clinical use cases. The project started in 2021 and its pilot cases will focus on patient-centric digital care pathways and on optimizing patient flow management. Timo is currently working towards Ph.D. in University of Oulu Business School where he is researching health innovation networks from international business perspective.
Dr. Charles Alessi
Chief Clinical Officer, Editohealth (United Kingdom)
Dr. Charles Alessi is chief clinical officer of editohealth, a content creation agency whose ambition is to stimulate digital health adoption around the world by creating engaging content, facilitating peer to peer sharing of best practices, and more efficiently matchmaking buyers, procurers, investors and suppliers. My role is to guide the development of content and other activities that are specifically targeting clinicians and health and care professionals, and empowering them to become digital leaders of a healthy and sustainable future.
As a globally recognised and trusted leader in health care, I bring a wealth of experience around implementation and deployment of health systems with a particular focus on the use of new blended approaches in delivering health and care, and the interface between healthcare, social care and the personalisation of health and medicine.
Entrepreneur, Founder, Author and Speaker in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (Finland)
Cristina Andersson is an entrepreneur and management consultant. Cristina has worked with artificial intelligence and robotics since 2011, as an expert in different EU and national organizations as well as with several companies. She is a member of the steering group of the Finnish National Artificial Intelligence 4.0 program led by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. Cristina is chair of the Green Transition Group of the AI 4.0 program, chair for Artificial Intelligence working group at the Finnish Standards Association. She coordinated the National Program For AI and Robotics in Healthcare for Ministry of Social Affairs and Health as well as Artificial Intelligence in Preventive Health and Social Care program for DT4REGIONS and Uusimaa Council.
Prof. Joao Apostolo
Full professor, Nursing School of Coimbra (Portugal)
João Luís Alves Apóstolo. Aggregation degree in Nursing Sciences (2017), PhD in Nursing Sciences (2008), Postdoctoral program in Nursing Sciences (2013), master’s degree in addictions and psychosocial pathologies (2000), postgraduate study in health service administration (2000), degree in nursing (1998) with a specialization in mental health and psychiatric nursing (1997). Full Professor at the Nursing School of Coimbra in the areas of research methodologies, evidence-based health care, and psychogeriatrics. He is the coordinator of the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing (UICISA:E). Research projects and interests: patients’ comfort, depression, cognitive impairment, cognitive stimulation in the elderly, elderly frailty and synthesis of science -Obtained European and national funds to investigate in the ageing field. Member of the coordinating group of the consortium Ageing@Coimbra. Orcid: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3050-4264
CEO and Founder, Healthware Group (Italy)
Roberto Ascione is a renowned entrepreneur and international opinion leader in digital health, with 25 years of experience in marketing, communication, business process transformation, and health innovation. He is the CEO and founder of Healthware Group, an integrated digital health organisation. He is also the chairman of Frontiers Health, a leading digital health conference, and the author of the book “The Future of Health” (Wiley). Roberto is a regular keynote speaker at global events and has been recognised as a Decade’s Best Industry Leader by Health 2.0 and a founding advisor to the Digital Therapeutics Alliance. He is passionate about medicine, information technology, and human-technology interactions, and believes that digital, innovation, and technology are the biggest factors of health transformation.
John Banghart, Senior Director of Cybersecurity Services, Health-ISAC (USA)
John Banghart leverages his significant federal government and private sector experience in cybersecurity to navigate issues related to risk management, government policy, standards and regulatory compliance, and incident management. He has successfully led efforts to address significant and high-profile cybersecurity issues within major government programs and institutions while facing complex legal, technical, and political circumstances. He is the author of the Health-ISAC Hacking Healthcare newsletter and develops and leads public/private table exercises that bring together the healthcare community to discuss and learn how to respond and recover from cybersecurity attacks.
Prof. Axel Bauer, Cardiologist
Medical University of Innsbruck (Austria)
I am an interventional cardiologist and head of the department of cardiology of the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria. I have a strong interest in advancing evidence-based digital medicine.
Prof. Richard Barker
Chairman, Metadvice (United Kingdom)
Prof Barker’s career has spanned therapeutics, diagnostics and medical informatics. His focus is on precision health – the fusion of these 3 fields – to advance healthy lifespan and on transforming the process of medical innovation in response to the future challenges facing health systems worldwide. He conducts research and leads entrepreneurial activity, especially in the applications of artificial intelligence to medical decision-making. He also provides advisory input to biotechnology companies with contributions to healthy longevity. Prior to founding Metadvice, he was Director of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry from 2004 to 2011, General Manager for IBM Healthcare Solution from 1993 to 1996, and headed the European healthcare practice for McKinsey between 1980 and 1993.
Tom van Benthem, Strategic Policy Advisor, Public Health Department, City of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Born in 1976, studied at the university of Amsterdam, now a Master in political science. Has worked 5 years at the regional level of the province of Noord-Holland supporting cities in their policy tasks in the field of youth and well being. Now a strategic policy advisor at the public health department of the city of Amsterdam. Advisor to management and politicians on public health, including urban ageing and hiv/aids. Chair of the working groep ageing and wellbeing at Eurocities, an organisation representing cities larger than 250.000 inhabitants in Europe.
Chief Nursing Information Officer, Sussex Community Foundation Trust (United Kingdom)
Antonia is Chief Nursing Information Officer at Sussex Community Foundation Trust (UK), and has been working in community services since she qualified as a nurse in 2011. For the past three years she has held digital leadership roles, culminating in her recent appointment as CNIO. Antonia is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Digital Scholar 2021, a mentor for subsequent cohorts and is currently part of the NHS Digital Academy. In 2022, she was given an NHS Digital and Data Award for Dedication to Profession which acknowledged her commitment and contribution to building digital technology in health and social care. Antonia also hosts DigiTell, a Leadership Log podcast.
Dr. Stefan Buttigieg
Digital Health and Health Data Consultant (Malta)
Dr. Buttigieg is a Specialist in Public Health Medicine working in the Ministry for Health in Malta, Public Speaker with 50+ public speaking engagements track record and an avid podcaster. He lectures at the University of Malta on the topics of Digital Health, Social Media in Healthcare and Digital Therapeutics. He is the Vice-President of the EUPHA Section on Digital Health and Data and is a WFPHA Governing Council Member. Dr Buttigieg is on a mission to enable Digital Health and Health Data for All ensuring that no one is left behind.
Director, European Connected Health Alliance (United Kingdom)
Andy Bleaden works for ECHAlliance as the Communities Director where he has developed and built a large network of over 70+ Global Digital Health Ecosystems, 12 thematic innovation ecosystems and grown a Membership Community of over 900 Health organisations. He has had a long career in both health and social care as well as funding going back over 30 years starting in the mental health field working with mentally disordered offenders, homeless young people, regeneration and economic development and then later in the field of social care, dementia and robotics. Alongside this Andy has been an External Expert for the European Commission since 2013 assessing proposals and reviewing projects. He has worked for the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) on both Health and Manufacturing programmes. He has assessed proposals and reviewed projects for other funds such as Urban Innovation Actions, Urbact and Innovative Medicines Initiative.
Prof. David Bogataj
Head of Department Systems Engineering and Economics, Alma Mater Europaea – ECM (Slovenia)
Prof. David Bogataj is a Management Science and Economics Professor at Alma Mater Europaea – ECM. He is head of the Department of Systems Engineering and Economics and coordinator of doctoral studies of Social Gerontology. He is a Fellow of the Slovenian Actuarial Society, Head of the Mortality Working Group of the Social Security Sub-committee at the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE) and Slovenian representative in the Health Forum of International Actuarial Association.
Attaché, NIHDI (Belgium)
Ulla Cahay has a master’s degree in social and political science. She has been working for the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI) in Belgium at the department of healthcare for 15 years. She is now the head of the telemedicine department. Before joining the telemedicine department, she gained experience in the field of the reimbursement of implantable medical devices.
Prof. Enrico Caiani
Associate Professor, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Enrico G. Caiani (MS 1996, PhD 2000) is Associate professor at the Electronics, Information and Bioengineering Dpt., Politecnico di Milano, Italy, where he teaches the classes of “E-health: methods and applications” and “Biomedical Image Processing Laboratory”. Author of >150 papers (IF>450,H-index=32,total citations>9000), and >150 conference proceeding presented in international conferences, he has been and is involved in several Italian, EU, ESA international research projects. His main research interests include e-health solutions in the field of cardiology, persuasive design technology, health geomatics, cardiac signal and image processing, space physiology, regulatory science. Since 2020 he is Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, where he served as Chair of the e-Cardiology Working Group (16-18), and now (22-24) is member of the Regulatory Affairs Committee on Medical Devices. Since 2016, with the European Commission he is the ESC representative in the eHealth Stakeholders Group, and in the Medical Device Coordination Group- New technologies.
Pablo Gomez Conejo, Executive Director, INTRAS Foundation and President Sivi Cluster (Spain)
Graduated in International Business Administration, he combines his position as General Director of the Intras Foundation, where he has worked for 28 years, together with the Presidency of the Cluster of Innovative Solutions for Independent Living (SIVI) as well as the Presidency of Huscie Europe and as Associate member of the European Platform for Rehabilitation. Renowned expert in the management, design and implementation of professional services to meet the needs of people in terms of accommodation, training, employment, personal assistance, leisure and free time, mutual support, research, psychology and psychosocial rehabilitation.
Chief Policy Officer, Digital Therapeutics Alliance
Megan Coder, PharmD, MBA, is Chief Policy Officer of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance (DTA), an international non-profit trade association of industry leaders and stakeholders dedicated to improving clinical and health economic outcomes through the use of high quality, evidence-based digital therapeutics (DTx). Megan founded DTA in 2017 and remains instrumental in developing the foundations for this quickly evolving industry. She leads DTA’s efforts related to thought leadership, global policy, international standard development, and the Alliance’s DTx Value Assessment & Integration Guide.
Trained as a pharmacist, Megan graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and completed an Executive Residency in Association Management & Leadership with the American Pharmacists Association Foundation. Prior to DTA, Megan worked with Voluntis, Iodine, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.
Innovation Project Manager, Medtronic
Telecommunication Engineer and MBA. She is an Innovation Project Manager at the INNOVA & European Projects Office at Medtronic. She has worked in the technological development of innovation projects in the field of bioengineering, as well as in national and European R&D projects. Currently, she is working as project manager for three European projects: GATEKEEPER, ODIN and SusFE.
Dr. Annelene Dahl
Chief Scientific Officer, Simli AS (Norway)
Dr. Annelene Dahl is the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Simli. She is a Neuroscientist by training, having completed a Masters degree at Oxford University (UK) and a PhD at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in Trondheim (Norway), where her research focussed on the Hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in anxiety regulation, memory formation and navigation. In Simli she is responsible for ensuring that the product is clinically and scientifically sound. This includes using insights from psychology and neuroscience to develop situations that are optimally challenging for users, and also designing and overseeing studies to show the effectiveness of the product.
Adriana Díaz Martín-Zamorano
Communities Manager, ECHAlliance
Adriana is the Communities Manager of ECHAlliance and she is currently based in Paris, France. She works directly with ECHAlliance members and ecosystems to bring them on board and promote them as well as to increase the connections between our existing members and ecosystems and create new and exciting content for them. As a background, Adriana is a communications specialist, who has been working as a consultant for more than 4 years offering a wide range of services, such as social media management, creative content development, communication strategy and press relations. Clients have included local and international non-profit organisations from diverse fields such as digital health, women’s, children’s and elderly rights, visual impairment, democracy promotion, EU politics and economic and social development.
Jhonatan Bringas Dimitriades
CEO and Co-Founder, Lapsi Health, JBD HealthCare (Netherlands)
Jhonatan Bringas Dimitriades, MD is a Medical Doctor and executive who works with technologists, developers, medical professionals, and patients to deliver digital and technical solutions to enhance the diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and quality of life of patients around the globe. Jhonatan believes in the democratization and digitalization of medicine. Dr. Bringas has worked in the implementation of medical technologies in some of the top medical centers worldwide. His work related to the medical implementation of technologies, digital health, and innovation has been featured in written and spoken media. Jhonatan is one of the co-Founders of Lapsi Health, a Digital Health startup that is developing Digital Biomarkers for multiple usages in Medicine, he is also the CEO of JBD HealthCare, a global consultancy firm on medical technology development, implementation, and digital transformation of medical organizations. Jhonatan is a certified Occupational Physician, with postgraduate education in Public Health, Business Strategy, and Digital Health. Jhonatan holds a Medical Degree, is re-certified in 3 continents, and has held the positions of Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer at several companies. He currently has appointments as faculty in Digital Health at several universities.
Global Business Development Director, Better, Slovenia
Vice President at CHIME
Jane directs CHIME’s international activities including; building its education and accreditation offer, extending its reach to new professional groups, and building strategic partnerships with in-country organisations. Prior to joining the CHIME team, Jane spent 16 years working at the highest level in UK health policy. She was Chief Press Officer at the Department of Health and led all communication and engagement for Lord Ara Darzi’s NHS Next Stage Review, which established quality as a guiding principle of NHS reform. Building on this Jane was Head of Communications for Professor Sir Bruce Keogh in his role as the inaugural NHS Medical Director. During this time, she worked with professional bodies to establish the publication of surgical outcomes data. Following the Health and Social Care Act 2012, Jane moved to the newly created NHS England as a Deputy Director and set up the communications function for the new organisation. Thereafter, Jane moved into a Head of Innovation role to establish digital and IT work programmes in the new NHS architecture. Jane spent the first seven years of her career working as a financial journalist for Bloomberg News which included foreign assignments in South Africa and to the World Economic Forum in Davos. In May 2021 was appointed as a Trustee of the Florence Nightingale Museum in London.
Dr. Franceso Fera, Managing Director, AReSS Puglia (Italy)
Manager at Regional Strategic Agency for Healthcare policies of Puglia Region on Internationalization and PMO and Administrative Area. Expert in Development of EU Policies for the Regions, Change management for public sector; Performance management and international networking.
Senior Innovation Advisor, Norway Health Tech (Norway)
Sergio is a Senior Innovation Advisor at Norway Health Tech, where he brings a wealth of knowledge to train and advise SMEs in bringing innovation to the market. He plays a core role in building competence and capacity of its SMEs, providing strategic advice on access to finance (public and private capital), international scaling, IP protection, regulatory issues, resilience and enjoying the ride. Since 2005 he has worked for an industry association and for the European Commission in Brussels, mostly managing EU grants to projects bringing innovative technology to market or supporting companies in realizing competitive edges on a variety of sectors. Sergio is an Engineer and an MBA with a passion for innovation and the development of technology to improve people’s and our planet’s health. He is Portuguese, likes cooking and has a bit of an artistic vein.
Dr. Laura Fiorini
Assistant Professor, University of Florence
Dr. Laura Fiorini (F) is Assistant Professor at the University of Florence. She received the Master Degree (with honours) in BioMedical Engineering at University of Pisa on April 2012 and received the PhD in Biorobotics (cum laude) from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in February 2016. From 2016 to 2020 she was a post-doc at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. From 2020 to 2022 she was a post-doc at the Department of Industrial Engineering of University of Florence. She was a visiting researcher at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK. Her research field are Social robotics, and Activity Recognition system to prevent, support and enhance the quality of life of senior citizens. She is the coordinator of the Italian pilot of Pharaon Project, she was involved in various European and National projects, i.e. Robot-Era, AALIANCE2, ACCRA, SI-ROBOTICS, FIT4MEDROB.
Student and Patient, UBO
Diagnosed at the age of 11 with a severe Crohn’s disease, I had to change treatments, consult in several hospitals, and also undergo surgery in the last ten years. It is through these experiences that I was able to see and understand some of the problems of the healthcare system.
Dr. Katariina Gehrmann
Head of Digital and Innovation services, HUS/ Children and Adolescents department (Finland)
Katariina Gehrmann, née Silander, MD (specialization: Public Health), MSc (BA and Econ.), PhD (healthcare operations management), is the current Head of Digital and Innovation services at the Children and Adolescents department in HUS, Helsinki University Hospital. She leads a group of experts from different backgrounds working together to improve research and innovation within children and adolescents, including e.g. the Clinical trial unit and Data lake team. She leads and participates in numerous projects, including VoiCes (Value of including the Children Experience for improving their rightS during hospitalization), in which she is the HUS lead. Previously, she has worked in both research and consulting and has worked in Europe and the Middle East in international consulting projects. She also has experience as a practicing general physician both in the public and private sector.
CEO, Paralax Life Sciences (Bulgaria)
Educated and certified Ob & GYN, with solid interests in digital health. investing in small life sciences company mainly in Bulgaria. Empathic for health literacy, gender equality. Married with 2 children. Living between Sofia and Vienna.
CEO, G2Startups (Italy)
Roberta Gilardi has more than 25 years of extensive experience in Innovation, Innovation Management, and Consulting. 15 years of experience in the Italian Startup Ecosystem (mainly early stage) designing incubation and acceleration programs for companies and institutions; she has high-profile skills and experience in Open Innovation and has specific expertise in digital transformation, and innovation ecosystems in health and services. Founder and CEO of G-Gravity, an Innovation Hub G-Gravity is a hybrid innovation hub and an open innovation platform based in Milan and created for companies and startups, focusing on Health and Sustainability. Roberta was among the participants of the 2022 cohort of Helsinki Partners’ 90 Days Finn Program.
Prof. Robbert Gobbens
Prof Health and Well-being of Frail Elderly, Inholland University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)
Prof. Robbert J.J. Gobbens is a nurse and researcher Health and Well-being of frail elderly at Inholland University of Applied Sciences and the Zonnehuisgroep Amstelland (a healthcare organization for elderly) in the Netherlands. In addition, he is professor at Tranzo, Tilburg University in the Netherlands and visiting professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He has been involved in research on frail older people since 2005 and has published a large number of international scientific articles on frailty. He has developed the Tilburg Frailty Indicator (TFI), a self-report questionnaire for assessing frailty. He is also engaged in implementing Learning and Innovation Networks (LINs) in institutions providing care for elderly. Gobbens is Associate Editor of Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, BMC Geriatrics and Frontiers in Medicine, section Geriatric Medicine. From 2019 he is chair of the Department Geriatrics and Gerontology of V&VN, the Dutch national organization for nurses.
Founder & CEO, GetMotivatedBuddies (USA)
A Juilliard-trained actor and certified Tiny Habit Coach, I possess two decades of experience in professional performance and behavior change. My educational background includes a Diploma in Acting from Juilliard and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, along with a B.A. in Art History and Psychology from Columbia University. An adult ADHD diagnosis led me to found GetMotivatedBuddies, a platform aiding thousands in mental and physical health improvement through sustainable lifestyle changes, peer partnerships, and group challenges. We’ve pioneered the Accountability Score, predicting adherence to behavioral changes and goal alignment. In addition to moderating the 175K subscriber-strong Get Motivated Buddies subreddit, I’m also involved in the Columbia Venture Community Impact Program, the NCCIH External Working Group for Whole Person Health Research, and serve on the board of the Columbia Founders Community.
Co-Founder, Dawn Zone (Israel)
Golan is a seasoned Entrepreneur with a solid technological knowhow and a strong business acumen. This combination has served her well in her former position as an Air force captain as well as founding two startups with revolutionary ideas. 25 years in the GIS field gave Golan the experience and ability to develop a device to locate, assist and save people with disabilities and after 4 years in her first company, with a cooperation with an American Company, she opened her second company to expend the market for new and unique medical devices for those it is out of their reach. IDAN is her third startup and it’s goal is to bring wellness to women everywhere. Idan’s mission is to close the gap in gender medicine and introduce new vision in the clinical trials research.
Dr. Agnieszka Guligowska, Adjunct, Medical University of Lodz (Poland)
Ph.D. in health sciences, scientific research specialist, assistant professor at the Geriatrics Clinic of the Medical University of Lodz. As part of scientific projects, she conducts research in the field of the relationship between diet and nutritional status on healthy aging and designing models of coordinated care, particulary for frailty syndrome. Author of several dozen scientific articles and scientific editor of a monograph on coordinated care.
Entrepreneur, VivaHer, Whomesome (Estonia)
Miriam is a Founder of VivaHer; a holistic practice focused on helping clients live their best lives through proper nutrition, fertility support, environment control, hormone balancing, and more. Miriam also co-founded Whomesome, a company that helps people create healthy homes and offices. As the Head of Author Relations at Mindvalley, working with some of the brightest minds in the health industry, Miriam had the opportunity to immerse herself in functional medicine and biohacking. By discovering inequality in how medicine treats women vs. men, she found her niche in female health. After obtaining her degree in holistic nutrition, Miriam ran a consulting clinic in Bogotá. She has also done health & wellness advising for brands like Lululemon, Nike, Sweaty Betty, Barclays, Credit Suisse, and many of the UK’s and Estonia’s companies.
Technical and Regulatory Affairs Senior Manager, COCIR (Belgium)
Alessia Gramuglia is the COCIR Technical and Regulatory Affairs Senior Manager. At COCIR, Alessia has extensively worked on the implementation of the Medical Devices Regulation (EU) 2017/745 and has coordinated the COCIR advocacy activities towards the European Institutions on the extension of the Regulation’s transitional provisions. She is also following regulatory developments for medical devices in foreign jurisdictions and supporting COCIR members in reporting and addressing technical barriers to trade in third countries. Moreover, she oversees and coordinates the work of the COCIR Standardisation policy focus groups. Alessia is also supporting the work of DITTA, promoting global regulatory alignment of medical devices legislation, via coordinating input to the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF). Prior to COCIR, she worked for a specialised EU public affairs consulting agency, at the European Federation of Nurses and the European Parliament. She obtained a Masters’ degree in European Studies from the University of Bologna.
Dr. Keith Grimes
Digital Health and Innovation Consultant, Curistica, United Kingdom
Dr. Keith Grimes is a Digital Health & Innovation Consultant, Clinical Product Manager, and General Practitioner with over 25 years of experience in primary care, informatics, and medical leadership. He has spearheaded clinical and product teams to develop world-class, data-driven products at Babylon, such as Symptom Checker, Monitor, and Health IQ. Using AI and digital health technology, he addresses the widening gap between healthcare demand and supply. Dr. Grimes has spoken globally and served as an expert panelist for the NHS Topol Review and the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on AI. He is currently completing his Executive Master’s thesis, “How Healthtech Organizations Can Maximise the Value of Their Clinical Subject Matter Experts,” set for publication in 2023.
CEO, Kuopio Health (Finland)
Passionate developer of innovation ecosystems with almost 30 years of extensive background in a variety of executive and expert roles in business development and research organizations. Currently Aki is working as a CEO of Kuopio Health Co-op, which is an open innovation ecosystem committed to promoting well-being, food industry and healthcare technology competence, research and business life as well as health care industry awareness. Kuopio Health conforms to an open innovation model in combining the public sector, academic world, business life and end-users enabling the creation of new solutions and networks. It provides excellent healthcare expertise and training together with a quality operating environment and business networks for Finnish and global healthcare technology companies and innovators.
Incident Response Lead, MSD (Czechia)
Konstantin Edrev has the role of regional Incident Response Lead in MSD. He has over 8 years of experience in the IT Security domain in healthcare industry with focus on the Digital Forensics and Incident Response.
CEO, Oy Dialogues & Design Ltd (Finland)
Comprehensive school teacher: 15 years | Project Manager (virtual school project): 2 years / University of Lapland | Teacher Training School Head of the Department of Education, Day Care, Culture and Sports (The City of Rovaniemi): 2 years | Head of the School Services (The City of Rovaniemi): 1 year | Chairman of the steering group ‘Early Open Co-operation’ (dialogical practices and services for people) in the City of Rovaniemi: 8 years | Principal: 16 years / 11 years of them in the City of Rovaniemi and 5 years in the Teacher Training School, University of Lapland | CEO: 4 years
Author and Strategic Futurist at Taliossa (Singapore)
Antonio is an author, strategic futurist, and business builder focusing on Personalized Health and Health Equity globally through Taliossa. His thought leadership on the future of health has led to speaking invitations by the BBC, the Singapore Writers Festival, and by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. He is currently working on a new book on Health Equity on the mindset shift from the private sector required to address health inequality. Antonio actively works globally with insurance, pharma, diagnostics, and technology organizations to build ecosystems of change that include innovative digital health solutions. Prior to Taliossa, Antonio led health innovation for MetLife Asia, worked at Pfizer, and has had numerous roles across many startups including as a Founder, Independent Board Director, CEO Coach, and Strategic Advisor.
Phd. Jawad Hajjam
Innovation Development Director, CENTICH Groupe VYV (France)
After a career of more than 20 years as CEO of rehabilitation projects in Alsace, Jawad HAJJAM, executive member of RSCN, has been leading since 2011 the development of projects and innovation of the National Center of Expertise for Technologies for Autonomy and Health, member of the VyV group. Phd in Education, Careerology and Ethics, Computer scientist and economist Jawad HAJJAM currently leads more than 20 research and innovation projects, French, European and international, in the fields of autonomy, e-health and connected housing in particular. Passionate about innovation but also concerned by the ethical and economic dimension, which are essential dimensions in the place that innovation takes in the fields of autonomy and smart housing, he supports institutional, mutual and economic decision-makers to change environments, to improve the quality of life and happy and healthy longevity.
Principal, Nina Capital (Spain)
Yahel joined Nina Capital in June 2020. Nina Capital is a specialized venture capital firm investing exclusively in the intersection of healthcare and technology at the pre-seed and seed stages. At Nina Capital, besides being an active member of the investment team, she is also in charge of Investors Relations and D&I in the fund, promoting an active approach to increasing diversity. Prior to joining Nina Capital, Yahel gained experience investing in a wide range of Alternative Assets such as private companies, VC/PE funds, and Hedge funds. Yahel holds an MBA from IESE Business School, LLB and, BA in economics from the Hebrew University.
Senior Planning Officer, Finnish Coordinating Center for Health Technology Assessment (Finland)
Jari Haverinen, received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (1999) and M.H.Sc. (2018) degrees from the University of Oulu, Finland. He has 18 years of experience in the telecoms industry before his career in digital health field. His current job role is Senior Planning Officer in the Finnish Coordinating Center for Health Technology Assessment (FinCCHTA). His main responsibility in FinCCHTA is the Digi-HTA assessment process that has been developed to perform health technology assessments (HTA) for novel digital healthcare technologies such as mobile apps, AgeTech, AI and robotics. He is also a Doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Oulu, where his research area is the development of new HTA methods for digital health solutions as well as eHealth research.
Co-lead, Women in Global Health Finland, Finland
Elsi Haverinen-Mottaghi is a health care professional with both clinical and academic backgrounds. She started her career as a registered nurse gaining experience from global settings and crises areas, but further educated herself in Public and Global Health (MHSc) and Global Health Development and Management (MHc). Elsi is currently working as a senior lecturer and doctoral researcher in Finland. She is also the co-lead of the Women in Global Health Finland. Her areas of interest are global health policies, equity in global health and environmental health.
COO & Founder, Popit Ltd., EC2VC Finalist (Finland)
Timo is a digital health founder and innovator. Before starting his journey in healthtech and becoming a founder and COO of Popit, Timo was responsible for channelling consumer trends and cutting-edge technologies to flagship smartphones and wearables at Nokia and Samsung. Results of his work are currently in the hands of millions of smartphone users worldwide. Timo holds a master’s degree in economics and a BBA in business economics.
President of EHTEL and Head of International Engagement, TEC and Digital Healthcare Innovation at NHS Scotland
In her role as Head of International Engagement, Donna leads the Scottish Government’s Digital Health and Care Directorate’s International Engagement Team. The Team’s objectives are to enhance Scotland’s reputation as a leader in digital health and care, facilitate knowledge exchange between other countries and regions and promote economic opportunities for Scotland. Donna has co-ordinated Scottish involvement in European funded digital health research and innovation projects since 2012. She also acted as Chair of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing Action Group on Integrated Care from 2015 to 2018. In January 2021, she was appointed as President of the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) and was re-elected for a second term in January 2023. She was recognised by HIMSS as a Future50 Class of 2021 Government Leader and was invited to join the HIMSS Board in July 2022. She is current Chair of the HIMSS EMEA Telehealth Community.
Product Manager, Proud Engineers/ Connected Health Cluster (Estonia)
Consulting on governance in digital society: how to connect technology, regulations and organizations to manage change. As member of Estonian Connected Health Cluster, Hille works to leverage data-driven innovation in health and care services. Hille is supporting governments across the world design efficient governance processes and (digital) public services. She is coaching teams of public officials who design person-centric services. With 15+ yrs of experience as a policy analyst, impact evaluation expert and digital transformation consultant, she has worked for the government, a non-profit think tank, the Open Government Partnership global network, and the OECD. She has Master´s Degree in Technology Governance and Digital Transformation. Hille is an active enthusiast of data re-use, being founder and board member of Open Knowledge Estonia.
Prof. Gerhard Hindricks
Medical Director of the Heart Center Leipzig at the University of Leipzig and Chair of the Digital Health Committee at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) (Germany)
Full Professor of Internal Medicine, Federico II University (Italy)
I have 30 years of studying the molecular mechanisms of cardiac dysfunction, as confirmed by my over 200 publications in the field and my metrics (Scopus H-index: 54; 8901Citations by 6466 documents). I am PI of several National and International funded grants including also clinical trials, therefore I have the expertise to coordinate an entire project to reach the prefixed specific aims and solve potential pitfalls. I have a great network of national and international collaborations. I am the Director of CIRIAPA (Inter-departmental Center to study hypertension and other cardiovascular disorders) an independent financial entity of “Federico II” University with members from different Departments of the School of Medicine, including worldwide renowned experts in Fabry disease.
Prof. Maddalena Illario
Professor, Federico II University & Hospital Department of Public Health
Dr. Maddalena Illario MD, PhD, endocrinologist, Associate Professor at Federico II Department of Public Health, and Coordinator of theHealth Innovation and Integrated Care Unit of Federico II Hospital. She is currently chair of the European Reference Site Collaborative Network. From December 2016 to July 2020 coordinator of Campania Region Division for Health Innovation. She has been involved in more than ten projects focusing on the digital transformation of health and care, including mHealth Hub, Vigour, HS-Monitor and Radar. She is currently Chair of the Reference Site Collaborative Network.
Chairman, Moxiam (Sweden)
Ulf Ivarsson, a co-founder of Moxiam, is an accomplished Sweden-based executive who has held an instrumental role in multiple companies achieving success and sustainable growth. His management experience from strategic growth and international scale-up combined with a background in private equity and “pattern recognition” from start-ups to maturing market leaders makes him an insightful Board member also at international companies such as PostProcess Technologies Inc., USA. Prior experience includes EVP at Bure Equity AB, Partner at Nordic Capital, co-founder of Capio and board representation with numerous private and public listed companies.
Managing Director, Research2Guidance (Germany)
Ralf-Gordon Jahns is Managing Director of Research2Guidance, a leading market analysis and strategy consulting firm for the global digital healthcare market. Since 2008, Ralf has been providing strategic advice to healthcare companies and startups to better manage digital innovations, navigating new market opportunities and building successful partnerships.
Ph.D., Head of the Advanced Life Support Education Lab, Medical University of Lodz (Poland)
Ph.D. in medical sciences and Founder of “ECO CPR – ecological manikin for resuscitation training” project. Head of the Advanced Life Support Education Lab in Emergency Medicine and Disaster Medicine Department, Medical University of Lodz (Poland). For several years, implementing his passion for emergency medicine and medical training, combining the work of a paramedic, trainer and academic teacher at the Medical University of Lodz. Also, a researcher and author of scientific articles, looking for more effective training methods in the field of life-threatening emergencies.
Aditi U. Joshi
Founder, Nagamed Digital Consulting (France)
Aditi U Joshi MD, MSc, FACEP is a telemedicine expert and emergency medicine physician who has spent a decade working in Telehealth and digital health. She began that journey at a startup and then led telehealth at an academic hospital. She currently works as a consultant to health systems, startups, individual practices to setup virtual care, RPM and digital solutions. She also developed a digital health model for two companies. She serves as the Councilor of the American College of Emergency Physicians Telehealth Section and the AMA’s Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group, working nationally on lobbying for laws and regulatory changes. Her book on Telehealth Success will be published Summer 2023.
Executive Director – Social Services, Health Care and Rescue Services Division, City of Helsinki (Finland)
Juha Jolkkonen, MD, Specialist in Geriatrics, EMBA is the Executive Director responsible for Social Services, Health Care and Rescue Services in the City of Helsinki, Finland. Juha Jolkkonen is specialised in geriatrics and has also an Executive MBA degree. He has previously been working as a clinical doctor, a manager and a leader in various social and health care positions in the capital region of Finland. His areas of interest are especially digitalization and social and health service integration.
Dr. Vesa Jormanainen
Senior Ministerial Advisor, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (Finland)
Dr Vesa Jormanainen is a specialist in public health medicine. Since 2021, he has worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health as a Senior Ministerial Advisor, Medical Affairs. Dr Jormanainen previously worked for the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) as Chief Specialist and prior to that he was THL’s Director of Operational Management, overseeing the large-scale implementation and adoption of the national Kanta ICT services for social welfare and healthcare services in Finland. Dr Jormanainen also has experience in concept building and directing medical technology assessment at the Finnish Medicines Agency. Dr Jormanainen has international experience working with major pharmaceutical companies in health economics, outcomes research and pricing. Previously he was on the board of directors at the European Health Telematics Association and is currently President of the Finnish Association of Public Health Medicine and Board Member at the Finnish Society of Telemedicine and eHealth.
Prof Dr. Nurgül Keser
Prof Dr, Faculty of Medicine Division of Cardiology, Health Sciences University of Istanbul (Turkey)
Nurgül Keser,MD is Professor of Cardiology in the Faculty of Medicine at the Health Sciences University in İstanbul. She has graduated from the University of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine in 1992. She completed her residency in Cardiology at the Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty in 1997. In the same year she worked as a research fellow at the echocardiography laboratories at the University of Alabama-Birmingham/USA. She was promoted to full professor in 2005. She has founded and directed the ‘Women’s Health Research Center’ at the Sakarya University(2009-2018) and served as the advisor to the President. She is the coeditor of the textbook entitled as ‘HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN’ with Prof Navin C. Nanda. She has founded (2018) and is the chair of the ‘Digital Health Project Group ‘ at Turkish Society of Cardiology. She is also a member at the Digital Health Project Group at European Society of Cardiology.
Mr Andy Kinnear
Executive Programme Advisor, CHIME International
Andy is a former Health & Care Chief Information Officer (CIO) with 30 years’ experience with the National Health Service in England. Andy has a successful track record of delivering information & technology strategy and solutions and a wholehearted commitment to improving the health and care system. Andy left full-time work with NHS in March 2020 to develop a portfolio career. He currently supports NHS and private sector clients alongside his role as Partnerships Director for Ethical Healthcare Consulting – a CIC committed to delivering health & care progress through a public value approach, and as an Executive Programme Advisor and Faculty Member to CHIME International – the College of Health Information Management Executives.
Senior Advisor, VTT (Finland)
Kari Kohtamäki works as Senior Advisor at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and as Ambassador of the ECHAlliance Group. Kari has extensive background in R&D, marketing and sales. Prior to joining VTT, Kari held various managerial positions in global medical device companies for more than 20 years, most recently at GE Healthcare. Kari holds a Master’s degree in Medical Technology from Tampere University of Technology.
Dr. Angelina Kouroubali, Researcher, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH) (Greece)
Dr. Angelina Kouroubali is a researcher at FORTH. She holds a PhD in Informatics Management and the Innovation Management Certificate of Achievement from Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Masters in Medical Informatics from Columbia University, and a Bachelors in Biology from Bard College, USA. She has more than 25 years of experience in digital health. She has several peer reviewed scientific publications and is a speaker in highly visible events. She is the scientific coordinator of national and international projects. She is the coordinator of the four star reference site Region of Crete Ecosystem for Active and Healthy Ageing. She is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. She is the innovation manager of the European Digital Innovation Hub smartHEALTH and a founding member of the Hellenic Digital Health Cluster. As team leader she has received several awards in innovation entrepreneurship competitions.
Prof. Miikka Korja
Associate Professor and Neurosurgeon, Helsinki University Hospital, Finland
Currently appointed as a Cerebrovascular Consultant and Head of Section at the Department of Neurosurgery, Helsinki University Hospital (HUS), which is one of the largest hospital organisations in industrialised countries with its over 20 hospitals, 27,000 employees and 90,000 annual surgeries. Since 2016, I’ve been involved particularly in developing and utilising artificial intelligence solutions in various clinical workflows. Since 2019, I have been the chair of the HUS AiRo (artificial intelligence and robotic process automation) steering committee.
Dr. Pirkko Kortekangas
Chief Specialist, UNA Oy (Finland)
Dr Pirkko Kortekangas has been Chief Specialist at UNA Oy since 2018. Prior to this she worked for eight years as CMIO in Turku University Hospital. UNA Oy is a public owned company providing co-operation, development and ICT solutions for social and health care. Dr Kortekangas has many years’ experience in the planning and implementation of local, regional, and national healthcare data systems. She is one of the leading experts in Finnish healthcare information architecture and data protection. She has consulted on numerous national projects including, enterprise architecture of biobanks (2014), national eArchive (2005) and e-services for citizens (2005 -). This work has been for the Ministry for Social Affairs and Health, the National Institute for Health and Welfare, and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities. Her earlier medical career ranged from generalist doctor to neurosurgeon and included scientific work related to pathogenesis of acute arthritis.
Partner at Innovestor Life Science Fund (Finland)
Marko is a venture capital investor with 15 years of leadership experience in digital health and health tech. He’s passionate about improving future health with technological and life science innovations. He also believes that the current challenges in healthcare necessitate radical approaches to ensure we can care for more people better than today. That means not doing more of the same – but doing things more efficiently, smarter, and leveraging technology while keeping people at the center of innovation.
Chief Technology officer, Dedalus (Denmark)
Jonas is the Chief technology officer (CTO) in the Nordics/Holland/Belgium for Dedalus. Jonas is former CIO of Odense University hospital and all psychiatric hospitals in Region South of Denmark and DXC Master Tech award winner. Jonas advises on planning and implementing effective digital health transformation initiatives to drive integrated and personalized care innovation. With his extended experience as a University hospital CIO and from acquiring, implementing and operating digital solutions within hospitals, he is in a unique position to drive digital transformation in Healthcare. Jonas is a regular provider of thought leadership insights, blogs, case studies and other industry content. Jonas holds a BA in information science and a master in IT management.
CEO, Synergus RWE (Finland)
Mattias is the CEO and found of Synergus RWE, a consultancy company focused on real world evidence and market access in western Europe. His primary focus is to work with strategic projects to help clients establish strategies and execution in Europe. He has a broad understanding of the market access environment for digital health in Western Europe. Prior to starting his consultancy 2005, he worked at a global medical device corporation specialized in intensive care, where he held different positions within marketing, production, quality, logistics and R&D. He is currently working with both large pharma / device companies as well start-ups. In the last years, his focus has shifted towards the role of digital health and the use of real-world evidence for decision makers.
Dr. Kia Lampi
OB-GYN and Co-Founder, Sisko (Finland)
Kia is an OB-GYN who has worked as a doctor in Sweden and Finland. Her mission is to share knowledge to women and other people with vulvas about their bodies and health. Because knowledge is power also when it comes to your health. Kia is sharing information on her Instagram @vulvadr. So far Kia has herself gone through many normal changes in her body and every time she got information about it first afterwards. With her own femtech company Sisko their mission is to give women power over their own health. Sisko is giving customers personalised information about their bodies so that they know already before what is happening next. Sisko is now focusing on women in perimenopause – the phase that is still a big taboo.
Dr. Tatu Laurila
Strategy Director, Partner, Gesund partners (Finland)
Tatu Laurila has 20+ years experience from both public and private sector leadership roles. Before joining Gesund Partners in 2021 Tatu was with Novartis. He is enthusiast for e.g. valued based care, population health and impact investing. Tatu shares Gesund Partner’s mission to increase people’s wellbeing equally.
Procure4health community coordinator, Fundación Progreso y Salud (Spain)
I am an industrial engineering, whos has been involved in R&D&I activities since the beginning of my profesional career. I have been the R&D manager of the biggest technology center of the south of Spain for 15 years, and since July 2022 I joined the Fundación Progreso y Salud which is the entity in charge of R&D activities for the Ministry of Health of the region of Andalucia/Spain, to coordinate the european network in charge of the implementation of the procurement of innovation tool in health and care service providers.
Director of HealthTech Nordic, Innovation Skåne (Sweden)
Marianne is passionate about innovation improving life on earth. Some of which will be created in the Nordics. With a long career in international industries, Marianne joined Innovation Skåne 15 years ago. Together with partners around the Nordics, she founded HealthTech Nordic in 2014, a world leading node of solutions addressing health and healthcare challenges, enabling equal and affordable health across the globe. Marianne is a team player and emphasizes the importance of her colleagues at Innovation Skåne, the partners and their teams, all friends of HealthTech Nordic and – at the center of it all – the hundreds of companies working hard to make a difference for us all.
Senior Legal Specialist, Healthtech Finland (Finland)
Finnish lawyer with wide-ranging expertise in legal and ethical issues of the health field. Experienced in legislating and supervising biobanking and genomics as well as partnering with national & EU institutions and stakeholder groups in various topics. Professional legal knowledge of issues relating to medical devices, diagnostics, digital health (incl. software and artificial intelligence) and health data processing and governance. Currently responsible for representing & communicating industry positions and ensuring successful strategies & tactics to regulatory approaches.
Secretary General, Silver Economy Network (Italy)
Felice Lopane was born in 1991 in Bari area – south of Italy – and currently lives and works in Milano. He moved in Milano to study Economics and Management at Bocconi University with a Master Degree consecuted in 2015. In 2021 has obtained an Executive Master Degree in Healthcare Management at SDA Bocconi School of Management. He has worked in Brussels, Milano and Rome on health economics and since 2021 he covers the role of Secretary General of the Silver Economy Network; the first Italian organization connecting companies and stakeholder of the silver economy value chain. He also covers the role of Life Sciences Head for Assolombarda, the biggest Company Trade Association in Italy.
Innovation Clinical Lead, NHS Scotland (United Kingdom)
Professor David J Lowe is Clinical Director of the Scottish Health and Industry Partnership (SHIP), Emergency Consultant at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow and West of Scotland Test Bed Lead – an initiative which brings together six health Boards and individuals from eHealth, clinical care, research and development to streamline the innovation process across health and social care. David has significant experience of creating the infrastructure and conditions to develop innovative devices, services and solutions with a range of industry and academic partners both UK and worldwide. He leads on range of projects including trauma for the STN (thetraumaapp.com), Dynamic COPD (support.nhscopd.scot) and OPERA (early diagnostic heart failure utilising AI). Such projects focus on developing AI/ML clinical decision support by embedding a data driven approach combined with patient co-management into clinical care pathways.
CEO & Co-Founder, Thryve, EC2VC Finalist (Germany)
Friedrich Lämmel is the CEO of Thryve – Europes leading provider for continous health data from wearables, medical devices and other sources. Thryve’s technology enables digital health services, insurers and care providers to access data of more then 300 data sources to get a better understanding of their users’ individual health. Prior to Thryve, he helped setup bespoke eCommerce solutions for multinational corporates from Retail, Fashion, Telecommunications and Entertainment. As a studied economist with a focus on entrepreneurship and international business relations, he worked and lived in several countries in Europe and Latin America.