Dubai Health Forum 2019

Welcome Message

For a Happier and Healthier Society

The Dubai Health Authority is hosting the Dubai Health Forum from January 21st - 22nd, 2019. This forum is in line with Dubai's 2016 - 2021 ambitious strategic goals, which focuses on transforming Dubai into the chosen destination for healthcare treatment and tourism. Dubai has world class infrastructure in healthcare and is equipped with the medical facilities and services, and investment opportunities that are in line with the goals of the Government and compete with modern international standards. These facilities and services are commissioned to help Dubai and UAE achieve happiness and satisfaction amongst its residents.

The Dubai Health Authority is honoured to be hosting the Dubai Health Forum under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad's patronage will contribute to the success of the forum, as it has attracted medical experts, scientists, doctors and researchers to take part in the conference.

The Authority welcomes healthcare & community experts who are taking part in the forum with the firm belief that they will start fruitful discussions around important subjects in the healthcare that revolve around innovation, technology and investment opportunities.

We hope to achieve a happy and healthy society that exceeds expectation, which is why we are hosting the Dubai Health Forum and invite our partners from different specialties to take part in this thought leading conversation. This forum provides experts & thought leaders with a platform to exchange ideas that contribute in emphasizing our goals, i.e. a better future for us all.

I look forward to welcoming you to Dubai Health Forum 2019


His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami
Director General of the Dubai Health authority


The Dubai Health Authority is honoured to be hosting the Dubai Health Forum under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The vision for DHF is to create a high-profile outcome based healthcare conversation that includes ideas, innovation, research and education and to help solve tomorrows health care challenges as a nation and worldwide.

The Dubai Health Forum is an annual gathering for healthcare leaders, professionals and the community and was first introduced in 2016. It serves as a momentous stepping stone on Dubai's journey to becoming a global pacesetter in innovative healthcare and brings together a myriad of highly respected decision makers, ministerial leaders, industry experts, award winners, inventors, innovators and institutions and organizations representing the wide spectrum of healthcare. The forum will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center, Sheikh Rashid Hall from the 21st to the 22nd of January 2019.

This year, Dubai Health Forum adds another triumph to its already prestigious existence by introducing its first ever Health Hackathon; Dubai Health Hack which will be a part of the 2-day forum this year.

2019 Themes

Sustainable Economics

  • Gender Balance

  • Global Health Services; A Push and Pull Analysis

  • Healthcare and Insurance

  • Healthcare Spending Trajectories

  • Public Funding

  • Universal Health Care Funding

Technology & Innovation

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Blockchain

  • Digital Health and Robotics

  • Electronic Data Management and Analysis

  • Genomics

  • Quantum Computing

  • The Internet of Things

Patient Centred Healthcare

  • Patient Centricity

  • Patience Experience

Family health and Community wellbeing

  • Behavioural Medicine

  • Lifestyle Diseases and Preventive Medicine

  • Nutrition and Diet

  • Women and Health

Public Health

  • Futuristic Stakeholder Analysis; A Healthcare Perspective

  • Disaster Management

  • Public Health Awareness; Vaccinations and Immunization

  • Supporting Innovative Healthcare

  • Systematic Interventions in Healthcare

Human Capital in health

  • Expanding Work-Based Learning Opportunities in Healthcare

  • Future Jobs in Healthcare

  • Healthy Education and Lifestyle Programs: Transforming Healthcare Throughout the Community.

  • Community Health; Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow

  • The Health Capacity Plan

Youth and Healthcare:
Investing in Millennials

  • Academic Based Development

  • Community and Youth Based Development

  • Youth Work Outreach

2019 Speakers


H.E Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi

Minister for Climate Change and Environment, UAE

Smt. K. K. Shailaja Teacher

Minister for Health and Social Justice, Kerala, India

H.E Ghassan Hasbani

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Lebanon

Change Agents

H.E. Lt. General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa

Chairman of the Supreme Council of Health, Chairman of the National Health Regulatory Authority, Bahrain

H.E Huda Al Hashimi

Assistant to the Director-General for Strategy and Innovation, Prime Ministers Office, UAE

H.E Saeed Hareb

Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council


Elissa Khoury

Lebanese Artist and Influencer


Khaled Al Suwaidi

Executive Director of The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research


Jaclyn Wainwright

CEO AirHealth care


Sir. John Chisholm

Former Executive Chairman of Genomics England

Brian Meyer

Chairman of the Department of Genetics at KFSHRC, Genomics Saudi Arabia

Jean-François Deleuze

Head of National Center for Research in Human Genomics National Genomics Program- France


Mark Pearson

Deputy Director of Employment Labour & Social affairs at OECD

Faisal Gilani

Head of Middle East and Africa, GAVI Alliance

Sameh El Saharty

Lead Health Specialist and Program Leader for Human Development at The World Bank


Anthony Butler

Chief Technology Officer, IBM Blockchain

Davide Venturelli

Quantum Computing Lead at USRA

Marwan Al Mulla

CEO Health regulation at Dubai Health Authority

Sam Shah

Consultant, NHS

Rakesh Suri

CEO, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Kasey Sousa

Health Innovation Advisory

Paul Epping

Principal Consultant at Philips Healthcare, UAE


Reenita Das

senior VP Healthcare & Life science at Frost & Sullivan

Malik Al Madani

Chief Innovation Officer, Director Strategy and Future Department

John Van Bockxmeer

Chair of Fair Game Australia

Arunachalam Muruganantham

Founder of Jayaashree Industries, India


Irene Chan

Director Patient experience and strategy Management KKH, Singapore

Manvir Victor

Chairman, Patients for Patient Safety, Malaysia & Patient Advocate

Nick Tomlinson

Global Health Adviser, OECD


Fred Butler Jr.

Health Innovation Advisory


Ahmed Abullah

CMO, Digipharam

Arnaud Bauer

Managing Director Dubai, Advention Business Partners

Badreyya AlHarmi

"Director of Public Health Protection Department, DHC, DHA"

Enrico De Oto


Farley Cleghorn

Farah Aqel

"Strategic Planning Specialist, DHA"

Hamda Sultan Al Mesmar

Director, Dental Services Department, DHA

Harri Thalapalli

CEO, CallHealth

Hemad Yasaei

Clinical Genomics Specialist Dubai Genetics Centre, DHA

Hossam Hamdy

Chancellor, Gulf Medical University

Ibtesam Al Bastaki

Director of Health Operation, DHA

Karim Davis Dib

Business Lead and Co-Founder, Addenda

Madiha Qazi

Manager, Advention Business Partners

Nadia Dabbagh

Program Lead for Mental Health Strategic Programs, DHA

Samuel Malinga

Founding Director, Sanitation Africa

Sara Ramadan

CEO and Founder, Pharma V-gate

Shadin Hilton

Senior Consultant, IBM Watson Health, UAE

Shaheen Madraswalla

Public Partnerships and Impact Strategy Consultant, Wellthy Therapeutics

Walid Daniel Dib

Project lead and Co-Founder, Addenda

Wassim Merheby

Co Founder and CEO, Dhonor Healthtech



2019 Program

Explore Dubai

Dubai - the exotic jewel of the United Arab Emirates; Bordered by deserts and beaches, Dubai provides stark contrasts, from intriguing Islamic culture to the ultra-modern, high-tech metropolis of the 21st century. The city is a magnificent expression of an incredible vision and an uncompromising statement of success and opportunity ... Dubai has something for everyone, from vacationers seeking a relaxing break away from the pressures of work, to business travellers looking for a new exciting experience. The emirate is an international conference, exhibition and leisure destination.

Dr Pramod Prabhakaran

International Business Development Lead Imperial College Health Partners
Dr. Pramod has 20 years of experience in clinical, educational and leadership roles in the NHS.
Pramod is a practicing NHS Consultant in complex intermediate care services, passionate about elderly care and integrated healthcare models.
Currently, heads international business development and partnerships at Imperial College Health Partners, an organisation bringing together world leading academic and healthcare organisations such as Imperial College London, the Royal Marsden Oncology hospital, Central and Northwest London NHS Trust and the Royal Brompton Heart Hospital.

Augusto Rendon

Augusto Rendon obtained an undergraduate degree in Physic (magna cum laude) at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia. He completed my doctoral degree at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medical Biophysics. He then moved to the University of Cambridge to pursue a postdoctoral position in computational biology. I currently hold a Principal Research Associate position at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Haematology. His research has focused on understanding the relationship between genotype and phenotype in human blood formation, using a wide range of angles including epigenetics, transcriptomics, GWAS, and rare disease genetics.

In June 2014,he was seconded to Genomics England as Director of Bioinformatics for the UK's 100,000 Genomes Program. There, he led a team of about 40 developers, analysts, bioinformaticians and curators. His team is responsible for establishing the pipelines to analyse and manage all genomic data for the project. They have designed and implemented the clinical interpretation pipelines that feedback findings to patients, while ensuring thatknowledge accumulated through this process is best exploited to improve patient care and enhance discovery. They also develop databases to store hundreds of millions of variants for hundreds of thousands of patients.

Diego Espinosa

Diego Espinosa is an EIR at ConsenSys, the world's leaching blockchain technology firm. He is the Founder of Linnia, a project that will enable users globally to collect and share their health data. Mr. Espinosa founded Linnia (formerly Healthcoin) in 2016 after successfully reversing his own Type 2 Diabetes. The experience led him to see the value of collecting and sharing longitudinal data for the prevention of chronic disease.

Prior to becoming a blockchain entrepreneur, Mr. Espinosa had a successful career as a Wall Street money manager and analyst. As a hedge fund manager, he successfully predicted the 2008 Crisis, and he is a published author on its root causes. Prior to that, he was a Director of Research at Alliance Bernstein; PM of a $10b global equity portfolio at Zurich Scudder; and a #1-ranked industry analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Espinosa began his post-MBA career as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in the firm's Boston office.

Mr. Espinosa has an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and an engineering degree from Tufts University. In addition to publishing on the 2008 Crisis, Mr. Espinosa has authored articles on the nature of the new blockchain economy. As an academic, Mr. Espinosa served as an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of San Diego.

Iman Ben Chaibah

Iman Ben Chaibah started Sail Magazine more than 7 years ago to document the social debates and discussions in the community in a form of opinion articles, to foster knowledge growth among the youth and to represent the thought process of Emiratis to the international reader. She then expanded Sail into a publishing house for digital books and magazines to grow the local content on the digital sphere internationally, and to give more chances for writers of all genres to be published.

As a result of all the efforts she's been making, she received the UAE's Young Digital Publisher Entrepreneur Award, was chosen as a Delegate to the International Achievement Summit in San Francisco, received the Young Entrepreneur Award from Start-up Businesses magazine, and received the Arab Woman Award in Literature. Iman has also completed the elite Magazine Publishing Course in Yale University. Iman was also part of the UAE official delegation to Casablanca book fair 2016, and London Book Fair 2016.

On the side, Iman also lectures in the Canadian University in Dubai on different topics, and also consulted different companies on their Year of Reading projects in year 2016. She continues to be part of discussion panels and give talks in entrepreneurship, digital journalism, literature, and publishing in the Middle East, women in business, digital publishing, and youth empowerment.

N. Margarete Ezinwa

N. Margarete Ezinwa, MD, MPH
LMGA Director

Dr Margarete Ezinwa received her medical degree from The University of Auckland, New Zealand, before completing residency training in Family Medicine at Franklin Square, and Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins including fellowships at the World Health Organization where she worked with a multidisciplinary team creating International Partnerships for Patient Safety and strengthening the network of the WHO global collaborating centers, the Office of Global Research at the National Institute of Health where she initiated collaboration between New Zealand the the USA, especially in the area of One Health and looked at the problem of calorie rich micronutrient poor nutrition in the Cook Islands of the South Pacific and Center for a Livable Future where she worked with food policy groups identifying leverage points for health within the American food system.

Currently as Assistant Professor in Preventive and Family Medicine at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, USA, she combines her passions for assisting patients in lifestyle change for the treatment and prevention of Non-communicable disease at at an underserved clinic in San Bernardino, and teaching the next generation of Preventive and Family Medicine Residents global-local medicine.

As the LMGA's Director, she brings her skills and enthusiasm in working towards the eradication of non-communicable disease through global collaboration, promoting simple sustainable lifestyle change.

Riad Bayoumi

Riad A.L. Bayoumi was educated in Khartoum and the UK. He obtained his Medical Degree (MB BS) in 1967, his PhD (Biochemistry) in 1973, his MRCPath (Clinical Biochemistry) in 1975 and FRCPath in 1995. He is currently Professor of Basic Medical Sciences in Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai Healthcare City. His previous positions included: Assistant, associate and Full Professor at the University of Khartoum, Sudan from 1977-91; Professor of Biochemistry at United Arab Emirates University from 1991-98. Head of Clinical Biochemistry in the College of Medicine at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman from 1998-2014. He has made important contributions to human genetics research in the Sudan, UAE and Oman. In the study of genetic diseases he was instrumental in mapping of Joubert Syndrome, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia and Multiple Epiphyseal Dysplasia. He is currently involved in the study of genetic susceptibility to obesity, diabetes mellitus and the evolution of lactase persistence among large extended Arab pedigrees.

Dr Rob Lawson

BSLM Founder, Trustee and Chairman

Having qualified as a doctor of medicine in 1975, Dr Lawson has gained extensive experience as a Family Doctor in Scotland. His principal interest is primary and secondary prevention of disease and the specialty of Lifestyle Medicine. As well as leading his National Health Service (NHS) practice team to the highest awards for quality (2003-2013) he also founded a charity in 1991 providing rehabilitation in venues around the county of East Lothian for sufferers of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, lung disease and frailty. He has retired from NHS medical practice to concentrate on the applications of Lifestyle Medicine to holistic healthcare.

He founded in 2016, along with some colleagues, the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine which is a registered charity.

He is a Fellow and Assessor for the Royal College of General Practitioners and an International Editor of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. He founded a community of health care professionals promoting Shared Medical Appointments in the United Kingdom (SMAUK).

Thomas H. Bornemann, Ed.D.

Dr. Thomas H. Bornemann served as the Director of the Mental Health Program at The Carter Center under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter from August 2002 to February 2017. Prior, he served as Senior Adviser for Mental Health in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence of the World Health Organization. While at the World Health Organization, Dr. Bornemann worked on the development of the World Health Report which focused on Mental Health.

Dr. Bornemann has spent his entire career in public mental health working in all aspects including: clinical practice, research, research management, policy development and administration at the national level.In 1994, Dr. Bornemann was appointed the Deputy Director of the Federal Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In that capacity, he had day-to-day responsibility for administering a national program which serves as the Federal focal point for mental health services. He was responsible for providing direction of a program of support to States and communities in service delivery, and in promoting knowledge development and application of best practices. During his tenure at the Center, Dr. Bornemann provided leadership in the development of the first ever Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health.

Abdul Karim Msaddi

Founder and Medical Director of the Neuro Spinal Hospital

Founder and Medical Director of the Neuro Spinal Hospital, Head of Neurosurgery & Spine Department, Dr. Msaddi brings to his patients over 30 years of knowledge and expertise in neurosurgical and spinal practice. Dedicated to improving patient's quality of life by delivering superior clinical outcomes, he is recognized as one of the top surgeons in the region. His passion for his profession also makes him an excellent teacher - he gives lectures at major International Conferences across the Middle East, Europe and America. He is one of the main founders of the ArabSpine Course Diploma, living true to the values he holds of raising the standards of healthcare specially in spine related disease in the region. Having been managing the hospital for over 14 year, he is also a professional in operations and definitely a leader of his team of over 400 employees.

Amitabh Chandra

Professor of Public Policy, Director of Health Policy Research, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Professor of Public Policy, Director of Health Policy Research, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Economist Amitabh Chandra is a leading authority on health economics, on productivity and innovation in healthcare, and on market-driven solutions in healthcare policy. Amitabh has a plan for comprehensive healthcare reform that insures the uninsured, improves quality of care, and eliminates the perverse incentives that currently drive up costs. Amitabh Chandra is a professor of public policy and Director of Health Policy Research at the Har¬vard Kennedy School of Government.

Market-driven solutions for healthcare. Amitabh's research shows that market forces do apply in healthcare, contrary to conventional wisdom, but they need to be more intelligently applied. Amitabh proposes increasing competition, giving healthcare consumers greater choices and better information, and using effective measures for patient outcomes, among other changes.

Anjum Ahmed

Global Director Imaging Information Systems at Agfa HealthCare

Dr. Anjum Ahmed began his clinical career as a General Physician, and over the last 19 years has been focused on change management initiatives and helping set the path to digital transformation throughout hospitals and health authorities across USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Agfa HealthCare, Dr. Ahmed worked at GE Healthcare for 12 years implementing healthcare IT solutions across EMEA and Canada. Dr. Ahmed currently leads strategic solution development initiatives at Agfa HealthCare to help healthcare organizations enable value-based care models that are centered around patients, helping healthcare organizations improve care and maximize value with their health IT investments. Dr. Ahmed's white papers, on Value-based Care and Artificial Intelligence in medical imaging, are published and distributed widely across healthcare forums.

Dr. Ahmed speaks at thought leadership events across the globe regarding the intersection of technology, machine learning and cognitive computing; its applications in healthcare, impact on population health and early disease detection.

Ann Greiner

President and CEO of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative

Ann Greiner serves as President and CEO of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC). She is responsible for leading the PCPCC strategy to make primary care more robust and patient centered, managing a high-functioning staff team, and fostering strategic partnerships across diverse sectors.

Ann has dedicated her career to advancing the quality of U.S. health and health care. She has more than 20 years of experience, including senior-level policy, research, and communications roles at prestigious national not-for-profit organizations. Prior to leading PCPCC, she served as VP of Public Affairs at the National Quality Forum where she increased the influence of NQF on Capitol Hill. Before working at NQF, Ann held positions at the American Board of Internal Medicine, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

In these roles, she worked with others to pioneer research to help the field and the public understand the extent of the U.S. health care quality problem (Institute of Medicine), published some of the first-ever quality ratings bringing needed transparency to health care (NCQA), and helped Congress and other policymakers to understand and support the use of high-quality measures to drive improvements in care (National Quality Forum).

Ann has a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Chieko Asakawa

IBM Fellow & visiting faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University

IBM Fellow & visiting faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University Chieko Asakawa has been instrumental in furthering accessibility research and development for three decades. By challenging traditional thinking on how the visually impaired use technology, she has explored solutions to improve Web accessibility and usability for the visually impaired and others with special needs. Series of pioneering technologies generated under Chieko's leadership significantly contributed in advancing Web accessibility, including groundbreaking work in digital Braille and voice browser. Today, Chieko is focusing on applying AI technologies to help the blind regain information by augmenting missing or weakened abilities in the real world.

She is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Information Processing Society of Japan, and IBM Academy of Technology. She was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in 2003. Chieko was appointed to IBM Fellow in 2009, IBM's most prestigious technical honor. In 2013, the government of Japan awarded the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon to Chieko for her outstanding contributions to accessibility research, including the development of the voice browser for the visually impaired.

Edward Abrahams

President of the Personalized Medicine Coalition

Edward Abrahams, Ph.D., is the president of the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC). Representing innovators, scientists, patients, providers and payers, PMC promotes the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine concepts, services and products to benefit patients and the health system. It has grown from its original 18 founding members in 2004 to more than 225 today.

Previously, Dr. Abrahams was the executive director of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association, where he spearheaded the successful effort that led to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's investment of $200 million to commercialize biotechnology in the state. Earlier, he had been assistant vice president for federal relations at the University of Pennsylvania and held a senior administrative position at Brown University.

Dr. Abrahams worked for seven years for the U.S. Congress, including as a legislative assistant to Senator Lloyd Bentsen, an economist for the Joint Economic Committee under the chairmanship of Representative Lee Hamilton, and as a AAAS Congressional Fellow for Representative Edward J. Markey.

The author of numerous essays, Dr. Abrahams serves on the editorial board of Personalized Medicine and has taught history and public policy at Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Emmanuel Delamarche

Senior Scientist at IBM

Dr. Delamarche is currently leading activities on Precision Diagnostics at IBM Research - Zurich with the goal of using expertise in micro/nanotechnology, physics and biochemistry for solving important problems in biology and medicine. His main projects deal with the development of portable and precise diagnostic devices using microfluidic concepts and smartphones, and with the development of a non-contact scanning microfluidic probe for analyzing tissue sections and studying biological interfaces. In addition to his research, he is also a Lecturer at ETH Zurich and a contributor to scientific panels for grant agencies and governments. He published over 120 papers and is co-inventor on more than 70 patent families. He has received numerous awards from IBM, was named "Master Inventor" by IBM, and received the Werner prize of the Swiss Chemical Society in 2006.

Dr. Delamarche studied chemistry and received a degree in supramolecular chemistry in 1992 from the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse in France. He received a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1995 from the University of Zurich, for work done at IBM on the photo-attachment of proteins on surfaces and was hired in 1997 by IBM as Research Staff Member.

Eric Brown

Director, Foundational Innovation IBM Watson Health

Eric Brown is the Director of Foundational Innovation for IBM Watson Health. Eric is located at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. His team is responsible for developing, piloting, and incubating advanced cognitive technologies for healthcare and life sciences, including big data, NLP, reasoning, and learning. Eric's team works closely with Watson Health offering management and development to incorporate advanced innovation and Research technologies into Watson Health Offerings.

Eric received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Vermont, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has been at IBM since 1995. Prior to moving to Watson Health, Eric was a scientist and Director in the IBM Research division and a technical lead on the Watson Jeopardy! Grand Challenge project. Eric has conducted research and development in information retrieval, question answering, text analysis, and biomedical informatics.

Frank Thiele

Senior Clinical Researcher at Philips

Frank Thiele is a Senior Clinical Researcher at Philips, developing state-of-the-art image analysis algorithms available to radiologists. With a background in theoretical physics, he started his career performing research on machine learning for natural language processing, being part of a world-leading research group. In particular, he developed a new approach for spelling recognition [1] and improved adaptation of Hidden Markov Models[2].

Moving on to the medical domain, Mr. Thiele developed automatic methods for quantitative image analysis. With the University Hospital Aachen (Germany), he was the first to investigate nonlinear kinetic modeling of a promising nuclear medicine imaging agent [3].

Recognizing the potential of machine learning, he has made original contributions to the field of automatic classification of dementia. At the University of Washington (U.S.A.), he investigated the combination of imaging and non-imaging biomarkers, and developed a method to normalize image databases acquired by different scanners [4]. Based on close collaborations with several university medical centers, Mr. Thiele also gained a profound understanding of clinical needs in diagnostic brain imaging.

Currently, his main interest is Deep Learning in medical imaging and its integration into the clinical workflow.

H.E. Helal Saeed Al Marri

Director General of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

Helal Saeed Almarri is the Director General of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) - the principal authority responsible for strengthening Dubai's positioning as a world-leading tourism destination and commercial hub. Under this mandate, his role entails leading the planning, supervision and development of sustainable tourism as an economic enabler for Dubai through

enhanced partnerships with industry, and active government and public participation.

Additionally, Almarri is responsible for reinforcing Dubai's growing global significance as the key business hub and networking platform for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

He also heads the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), which is the region's largest business and consumer event, exhibition and conference hosting and organizing group.

Helal Almarri was a Higher Committee Member for the successful Dubai Expo 2020 bid organisation and is the Chairman of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex. He concurrently serves on the boards of government and UAE-based private sector entities including Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment, International Humanitarian City, ARAMEX and Taaleem Education among others.

Having previously been a consultant with McKinsey & Company and KPMG, his experience spans a diverse portfolio of industries across geographies. Helal Almarri holds an MBA from the London Business School, and is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Juan Enriquez

Co-founder, Synthetic Genomics Inc.Managing Director,
Excel Venture Management. Co-author, Evolving Ourselves

A brilliant thinker and entrepreneur unlocking the extraordinary promise of the new life sciences. Juan Enriquez is one of those unique individuals who lives in the future and works on the cutting edge of discovery. He is an active investor in early-stage private companies in the life sciences sector, and is one of the world's leading authorities on the uses and benefits of genomic research.

Juan Enriquez's newest book, with Steve Gullans, is Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonran¬dom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth. In Evolving Ourselves, Juan and Steve Gullans conduct a sweeping tour of how humans are changing the course of evolution — sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.

Martin Nydegger

CEO of Switzerland Tourism

Since 1 January 2018, Martin Nydegger (46) is the CEO of Switzerland Tourism. He has been a member of the Executive Board since 2008 and was in charge of Business Development until the end of 2017. He had previously managed the ST branch office in Amsterdam for three years. Prior to joining ST, he already held a number of positions in the tourism sector, including six years as Director of the Engadin/Scuol Tourism Board. A native of Bern, Nydegger holds an Executive MBA in Strategic Corporate Management and has repeatedly undergone further training in the field of marketing management. He is married and has an 11-year-old son.

Paul Scialla

Founder and CEO of Delos

After 18 years on Wall Street, including 10 at Goldman Sachs as a Partner, Paul Scialla's interest in sustainability and altruistic capitalism led him to found Delos, which is merging the world's largest asset class - real estate - with the world's fastest growing industry – wellness. Since the company's inception, Paul has become a leading voice in the sustainability movement, serving as a keynote speaker at prominent green building, real estate, and technology forums and conferences around the world. Paul is also the Founder of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), which administers the WELL Building Standard (WELL) globally to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment, a member of the Board of Directors for the Chopra Foundation, and a founding board member of the JUST Capital Foundation. Paul graduated from New York University with a degree in finance, and he currently resides in New York City.

Ruben Meerman

Author, Television presenter and Speaker

Ruben Meerman is an author, television presenter and speaker known to Australians as the Surfing Scientist. He has reported on science and performed studio experiments on radio and television programs since 2004.

Ruben worked in the laser engineering industry before embarking on a career in science communication. He turned his attention to the science of weight loss after losing 16 kilograms of his own in 2013, and wondered where all his missing fat had gone. By tracing the metabolic pathway of all the atoms in an average human fat molecule out of the body, Ruben showed that 84% of the fat mass shed during weight loss is exhaled as carbon dioxide. The remaining 16% is converted to water. During this work, Ruben also uncovered surprising misconceptions about how weight loss works amongst doctors, dietitians, personal trainers and the general public alike. His survey and novel calculations were published in the British Medical Journal in 2014.

Steven Tolle

Chief Strategy Officer for Watson Health Imaging

Steve Tolle, VP and Chief Strategy Officer for Watson Health Imaging, brings 25 years of unique healthcare industry experience in start-up or high-growth organizations in multiple sectors including healthcare technology, electronic health records, health information exchange (HIE), pharmaceuticals, managed care, behavioral healthcare, academic medicine, Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), and disease management organizations.

Steve currently leads global strategy and M&A for Watson Health Imaging. His focus is on commercializing cognitive (machine learning) platforms for medical imaging. Prior to joining IBM, Steve served as Chief Strategy Officer for Merge Healthcare, where he successfully streamlined Merge's solution portfolio, resulting in multiple Best in KLAS awards in 2016. Prior to Merge, Steve held multiple senior level positions in industry leading healthcare companies, including OptumInsight, Allscripts, Pfizer Health Solutions, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, MultiPlan, and Prudential Healthcare.

Steve sees image management and interoperability as critical components to achieving accountable care. Imaging studies, used throughout the continuum of care in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients, are often where high cost care begins. The introduction of cognitive technology to the management and interpretation of medical images will drive Steve's true passion, transforming healthcare and enhancing patient care with true data exchange.

Tanmay Bakshi

Tanmay Bakshi, 14, began coding at the age of five and is among the youngest developers using cognitive and cloud computing to build applications engineered to augment human capabilities. He is a neural-network architect, author, algorithm-ist, keynote and TED speaker, IBM Champion & Honorary IBM Cloud Advisor and also the host of an IBM Facebook Live Series called Watson Made Simple with Tanmay. His passion for learning and sharing through his YouTube channel, books, and other media has taught him how to best utilize and apply cognitive computing in fields ranging from banking and finance to healthcare and medicine to music and chatbots. Tanmay is currently working to achieve his goal of inspiring and training 100,000 kids and novice developers to help them create their own solutions. Tanmay believes "AI+ Cognitive" is about augmenting humans' capabilities rather than replacing humans or taking over jobs. This is seen in his healthcare technology creations, which are aimed at extending the capabilities of disabled patients through cognitive IoT systems

Wendy Belloumini

Director of IBM Research

Dr Wendy Belluomini is the Director of IBM Research - Ireland. Previously, she served as IBM's strategist for Brain-inspired Computing where she led the commercialization strategy for IBM's brain inspired computing hardware and ecosystem. In this role, she developed the first commercial uses of brain inspired computing hardware. Prior to that, she led a research team in enterprise storage systems which created technologies to improve the reliability and performance of IBM's enterprise storage products, including the first deployment of commodity flash memory in an enterprise storage system. She has also held several key technical roles in IBM Research in the areas of microprocessor architecture and design, EDA tools, and formal verification. Dr Belluomini is the co-author of 30 patents and has published extensively in technical conferences and journals. She has an undergraduate degree from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.


Vice President Health Informatics,
clinical Solutions Elsevier

Robert is the VP of Health Informatics for Elsevier Clinical Solutions. He is responsible for leading the global Integration, delivery, and optimization of Elsevier solutions within various HIT platforms. He has over 27 years of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse working in Critical Care, Emergency Services, Community Case Management, Long Term Care and Home Care. He has over 14 years of direct clinical informatics experience in the design and integration of evidence-based content within various electronic health records.

Robert provides expert leadership in the field of clinical and interdisciplinary health informatics, with experience managing/directing enterprise implementations of Healthcare Information Technology EHR software solutions. He has a proven ability to lead seamless implementations and deliver next-generation workflow, and technology solutions improving clinical outcomes and workplace productivity.

His vision for patient-centered care, evidence-based clinical decision support and practice transformation forms the basis of his work. He has conducted numerous professional presentations and workshops at SINI, Epic UGM, Insight, NAHC, ANIA, SILAHUE, and the CPM International Conference. Internationally, he has conducted presentations and workshops in Spain, Mexico, Dubai, United Kingdom and Turkey. Robert resides in Ohio and holds a Juris Doctor, Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Public Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cleveland State University.

Dr Vaqas Farooqi

Consultant in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Amana Healthcare Medical and Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr Vaqas Farooqi is a consultant in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Amana Healthcare Medical and Rehabilitation Hospital. He completed his rehabilitation medicine fellowship from Australia and worked in Southern Adelaide Health Network managing patients with stroke. He developed several programs such as tele rehabilitation and TMS research programs while working in Repatriation General Hospital in South Australia. His interest are in stroke recovery, brain injury rehabilitation and multiple sclerosis rehabilitation. He has clinical experience in gait analysis, spasticity management and chronic pain management. While working in Australia and also at Amana, he has taken keen interest in the use of technology in rehabilitation.

Dr Mehdi Khaled

Mehdi is currently the Managing Partner of SEHA. He is a medical doctor specialized in internal medicine and a software engineer. He spent the last 23 years working with a wide array of public and private healthcare systems across North Africa, Europe, Latin America and Australasia in various capacities. He has dedicated the last 10 years of his career to value-based care, healthcare system strategies, non-communicable disease strategies and enabling healthcare technology. He was a key part in significant National Health transformation projects like the regional health records in Styria, Austria (2001) National Electronic Healthcare Records in Singapore (2010) and Australia (2011). Frequent international engagements and OECD/APEC expert consultations have honed his ability to better appreciate complex problems and develop local approaches to solve them. Moreover, Mehdi is a serial entrepreneur motivated by a mission to find new ways to make healthcare a better place for patients and a thriving development ground professionals. He holds a Singapore and US-Patent for a point-of-care diagnostics device. Mehdi remains dedicated to applied research and the development of new solutions to old problems at any level of the healthcare chain. In his spare time, Mehdi is a triathlete and an international regatta sailor.

He speaks 6 major languages and is based in Singapore.

Dr. Fabrizio Facchini

Dr. Fabrizio Facchini, Consultant Pulmonologist, moved to Dubai in 2016 and joined Valiant Clinic, a multispecialty clinic that offers a range of diagnostic, wellness and specialized healthcare services.

Dr. Facchinihas over 17 years experience intreating all aspects of pulmonary conditions. He has sub specialty interest in sleep breathing disorders, asthma, interstitial lung diseases, oxygen therapy, noninvasive ventilation, and smoking cessation.Prior to his move, he worked as a Consultant at different teaching hospitals in Italy and United Kingdom.

Dr. Facchini graduated at the University of Ferrara, Italy in 1995 and achieved his specialist training attending the University of Ferrara, Italy and the University College London, United Kingdom with a research project on brittle asthma. He has published scientific articles on lung cancer, asthma, COPD, smoking cessation, oxygen therapy, sleep apnoea.

Nicola Palmirini

Nicola is a researcher, teacher, writer and TEDx speaker focused on exploring the impact of technologies and their application in the society at scale and in the life of aging population and persons with disabilities.

His primary field of research is within aging-related scenarios where personal dignity, human needs, business processes optimization and technology converge. His age-related areas of research are: AI for Healthy Aging, Loneliness as accelerator of physical and cognitive diseases, Ageism, Women and workplace.

He has been solution architect for aging in place & ambient assisted living solutions, part of the team for the 2016 Aging data-driven insights and led the first-of-a-kind IBM project for the Aging Population in the city of Bolzano (Italy) in 2011.

He is Adjunct Professor in Social Communications at the Universita' CattolicadelSacroCuore of Milan. The work of his team has been awarded two times with the Computer Honors Award and the Disability Matters - Market Place Award.

Mohamad Alameddine

Mohamad Alameddineis an Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy and the Director of Strategy and institutional excellence at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mohamad joined MBRU in 2016 coming from the American University of Beirut where he worked as the Chairperson of Health Management and Policy and the Graduate Public Health Program Coordinator. Prior to that Mohamad worked as the Director of International Development at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Mohamad holds a PhD in Health Management and Policy from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Public health from AUB. His main research interests include studying health human resources labor force dynamics, recruitment and retention practices and the quality of work environments. Mohamad has multiple publications in the field and is regarded as a regional expert on health policy, human resources planning and management, and quality of work


Advisor Prime Minister's Office

Dr. Andy Poh is the Advisor for Healthcare Strategy and Policy in the Prime Minister's Office of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With a 20-year career in healthcare, Dr. Andy has held senior executive roles spanning the government and private healthcare sectors globally.His roles in government healthcare have included core experience in establishing the national health agenda, healthcare strategies, governance frameworks, key performance management, sector-wide transformation and national health impact through holistic policies. He has moderated strategic discussions in healthcare at the World Government Summit and the Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils, World Economic Forum. He has special interests in the aspects of Public Private Partnerships, sustainable funding strategies and future-centric disruption-cum-delivery models towards population outcomes. His roles in the private healthcare sector have included core experience in health-systems expansion via organic and M&A growth (greenfield and brownfield expansion), Post Merger Integration, market-entry strategies, integrated clinical networks, large-scale corporate healthcare delivery, Third Party Administrator (TPA) commerce and the transformation of medical operations into quality and profitable healthcare.

Prior to the Prime Minister's Office, he worked at Dubai Health Authority Headquartersin an advisory capacity for strategic transformation of key priority sectors. Earlier, he was Vice President leading global market expansion in a listed Singaporean healthcare group and Medical Officer-in-Charge (CMO) heading policy and planning in the Singapore Police Force. He started his career initially as a practising physician in Australia and Singapore.

Dr. Andy's qualifications include: A/Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (AFACHSM), Master of Public Administration and Development-Distinction(MPA), Master of Business Administration-Distinction (MBA), Graduate Diploma in Occupational Medicine (GDOM), Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine (GDFM), Graduate Diploma in Family Practice Dermatology(GDFPD), Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE) and Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) He is a certified Designated Workplace Doctor (DWD) and continues to be board-registered with the Singapore Medical Council [BOARD (SINGAPORE)] and the Medical Board of Australia [BOARD (AUSTRALIA)].

Dr. Andy is also fluent in Mandarin. He speaks several Chinese dialects and French. He has worked in the UAE for more than 9 years and has 2 sons who were born here.

Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama

Chief Executive Officer
Al Jalila Foundation

Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama is the Chief Executive Officer of Al Jalila Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established by royal decree. Al Jalila Foundation aims to promote the UAE as a centre of excellence in the field of medical education and research and to position Dubai at the forefront of medical innovation.

Prior to this position, Dr Al Olama was the Executive Director of the Centre for Healthcare Planning and Quality (CPQ), the independent regulatory body of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), where he was responsible for setting and upholding healthcare standards within DHCC.

A graduate of United Arab Emirates University with a Bachelors degree in General Medicine and a Master's degree in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland,Dr Alolama's career arose as a Business Development Manager at Dubai Healthcare City. During his tenure, he gained industry-wide recognition for developing key strategies and initiatives to position DHCC as the world's first integrated healthcare free zone.

In 2007, Dr Al Olama was appointed Executive Manager of Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research (DHFMR). His responsibilities lay in driving the institution's goal to revive scientific discovery in the Middle East. The Foundation aims to support a new generation of scientists and healthcare professionals in conducting and guiding potentially innovative medical research.

In 2008, as Director of Community Relations at DHCC, Dr Al Olama was responsible in building a strategic relationship with healthcare organizations within and outside DHCC. During this time, he also led the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy for DHCC and in 2009, he took on the role of Executive Director at the Center for Healthcare Planning and Quality.

A member of the National Healthcare Research Ethics Committee at the Ministry of Health and a member of the Research and Academic Council at Dubai Healthcare City, Dr Al Olama ensures his commitment to his industry as well as the future of medical research.

He is a graduate from the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Program for Leadership Development "Young Leaders" and Dubai Holding Future Leaders Program "Leadon" for which he received the award for the best project presented at Leadon.

Previously, he was an active member and a Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the UAE University.

Sandra Willis

Dr. Willis is a psychologist by profession with over 15 years in academic, government and non-government organizations engaging in teaching, mentoring, research,social policy and community development activities leading to leadership roles that emphasize turnaround strategies. A versatile professional consistently achieving goals and moving from vision, research, policy and strategy to implementation, she is adept at designing academic, social development and capacity building plans in partnership with key stakeholders.

Dr. Willis received her doctorate and master degrees in Cognitive Psychology with a specialization in intellectual & developmental disabilitiesand has worked in academia as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Zayed University and California State University Fullerton. Her academic research, community outreach, and consultancy activities include the areas of social policy in inclusive development and disability rights, parenting, and early childhood. In the private sector, Dr. Willis co-foundedInspire Children's Nursery in Dubai - an inclusive early childhood learning center.

Dr. Willisis an Advisor for the Government of Dubai's The Executive Council responsible for the development of the Dubai Disability Strategy, Dubai Parenting Strategy, and Mental Health Strategy.She provides strategic advice on issues with a significant impact on social, health, and economic prosperity via policy, legislative and programmatic recommendations that are contextually appropriate, fiscally responsible, meet international standards and are evidence-based.

Antonio Senatore

Antonio is a Senior Manager in the technology consulting practice.

Antonio has over 15 years of professional experience in the IT industry, ranging from J2EE Software Development, Technical Architecture, Enterprise architecture, Data Architecture, Big data Architecture and Strategy, Data Warehousing and Advanced Analytics, Blockchain and Cryptography

He is currently the Chief technical architect of the GRID EMEA Blochchain LAB, leading technology research, technology roadmap, Lab technical architecture and infrastructure definition, Lab technical operating model.

Over the years, Antonio's clients ranged from Public sector (Irish Revenue commissioners), Telco (Wind telecommunication, Telecom Italia), Energy (E.N.I.), Financial sector (Allianz)

Alan Hutchison

Vice President - Population Health
Alan Hutchison is the Vice President of Population Health at Epic. He has played an extensive role in managing the growth of our Healthy Planet Population Management platform, including setting strategic directions for the development and deployment of our population health software and services. In his previous role at Epic he provided leadership, guidance, and oversight to client implementations. During this time he helped found the Connect program, which over 85% of all Epic organizations have used to extend their software to partners and affiliates to support more coordinated care in their communities.

Alan is a graduate of The University of Chicago with a degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Endocrinology, and Immunology at the Institute for Mind & Biology.

Aida Al Busaidy

Director, C2C Campaigns - Marketing Management at Dubai Tourism

Manage the development and implementation of campaigns focused on consumer to consumer engagement and leveraging the entire social ecosystem (domestically and globally) to generate highly impactful User Generated Content (UGC) as the primary source of content for marketing and promoting Dubai as a tourism destination.

Alan Hutchison

Vice President – Population Health

Alan Hutchison is the Vice President of Population Health at Epic. He has played an extensive role in managing the growth of our Healthy Planet Population Management platform, including setting strategic directions for the development and deployment of our population health software and services. In his previous role at Epic he provided leadership, guidance, and oversight to client implementations. During this time he helped found the Connect program, which over 85% of all Epic organizations have used to extend their software to partners and affiliates to support more coordinated care in their communities.

Alan is a graduate of The University of Chicago with a degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Endocrinology, and Immunology at the Institute for Mind & Biology.

Dr. Khalid

Dr. Khalid graduated from royal college of surgeons in Ireland on 5/1/11 with entrance date 9/1/05. The school is located in Dublin

Dr. Khalid specialty is others and currently works as a Physician.

Dr. Khalid is practicing at Dubai Department of Medical Education, Umm Hurair1 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Mohammad Ghazi

Mohammad is an expert in the domain of healthcare digitization with extensive knowledge in designing and implementing healthcare informatics solutions.

He has a proven track record in leading clinical transformation processes in cardioilogy and radiology digitization domains.

Mohammad currently leads the Digital Health services team of Siemens Healthineers in Middle East and Afric with a strong focus on being the enabler for healthcare providers to shift into value based care. This is led by introducing new solutions and concepts to the market like: the Siemens Digital Eco system and Artifical Intelligence.

In addition to his strategic role, Mohammad engages with Healthineer’s clients to identify potential areas of improvement in their IT strategy and structure and Oversee projects execution to ensure value is delivered to clients as proposed.

Mohammad holds a Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Engineering; and Master Degree in Business Administration.

Dr Haidar Al Yousufis

Director of Health Funding at the Dubai Health Authority

Dr Haidar Al Yousufis the Director of Health Funding at the Dubai Health Authority.His role is the design and implementation of the future Health care funding system for the Emirate of Dubai, as well as running Enaya, government of Dubai employee Health insurance program and regulating the health insurance market.

Dr Al Yousuf has been the DHA’s Transition Director for phase three, assisting His Excellency the Director General in setting up the DHA’s sector role as the authority in charge of the outcomes of the health sector in Dubai.

Dr Al Yousuf is a specialist family physician (MRCGP), he is holds a medical degree (MBCHB) from Dundee University, a leading medical school in the UK where he also practiced and published a number of papers.

He is a graduate of the prestigious Mohammed bin Rashid Leadership development

program. Prior to his role at the DHA, Dr Al Yousuf was setting up the Community Development Authority (CDA) for the Executive Council, Government of Dubai. He was responsible for the successful completion of the implementation of its first stage, delivering one of the components and social objectives of the Dubai strategic plan announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice‐President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, in June 2007 to ensure the sustainable future development of Dubai.

Prior to joining the CDA, Dr Al Yousuf was the Executive Director of ‘Takamul’, a Government of Dubai initiative supporting and empowering people with special needs in the areas of Health, Education, Employment and Accessibility.

Dr Al Yousuf is also a business entrepreneur involved in a number of small companies.