eHealth Week 2016


Nick Adkins
"Ego is like dust in the eyes. Clear the ego and see the world." This quote describes the unfolding path of Nick Adkins from healthcare executive to kilt-wearing digital health evangelist. Nick's journey begins with a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a MBA from Belmont University. A few of Nick’s initial stops were as a suit wearing executive for the Vanderbilt Health Plans and a serial entrepreneur in Nashville. Nick attended Burning Man in 2010 for the first time and the dust cleared from his eyes. He returned to Nashville, ditched the suits, sold his company, and set out on a new journey that took him to Portland, Oregon. Nick is a co-founder at ReelDx, the creators of the open API for secure video messaging, a break through in telehealth. He serves as a thought leader for Carnegie Mellon University regarding elder care innovation and the use of telemedicine and design initiatives aimed at helping seniors age in place more comfortably. Nick also sits on the advisory board for BitCura, a platform based on democratizing healthcare by believing that healthcare is a human right and a global responsibility and that each person should have their own voice regarding how their data is used. Nick's passion for seeing the awesomeness in people, connecting with them on a personal level, and sharing in their stories is what sets him apart from other leaders in healthcare. He has helped to push the industry to remember that patients/people/us are at the center of our work. His commitment to being present and open, listening to understand, and sharing heart speak, allow us to see the best of ourselves in each other.
Paolo Alcini
Head of Data Standardisation and Analytics
European Medicines Agency
Paolo Alcini has a MSc degree in Physics and he is the Head of Data Standardisation and Analytics Service at the European Medicines Agency where is working since 2004. Mr. Alcini is responsible for i) the Data Standardisation and Analytics activities, (ii) the development of international data standards in liaison with international partners, (iii) all the data management and data analysis activities around the EudraVigilance, Art57 systems and (iv) the Medical Literature Monitoring Service. He is also a member and expert of ISO, CEN and UNINFO. He is the chair of the Open Medicines Experts Council.
Vytenis Andriukaitis
Commissioner Health and Food Safety
European Commission, Belgium
Vytenis Andriukaitis was appointed European commissioner for Health and Food Safety in November 2014. Born in Siberia, Vytenis Andriukaitis holds degrees in medicine and history. One of the founders of the Lithuanian social-democrat party and a signatory of independence act of Lithuania, Andriukaitis was a Member of Parliament for six mandates. From 2012 to 2014 Vytenis Andriukaitis was minister for Health. The commissioner is one of the co-authors of Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted in 1992 and has led the Lithuanian delegation to the Convention on the Future of Europe.
Joris Arts
Hospital Pharmacist
Antonius Hospital Sneek
Joris is a hospital pharmacist at the Antonius Hospital Sneek, The Netherlands and Director of healthcare center Kersenboogerd Hoorn, The Netherlands. He believes that patient empowerment, facilitated by technology, is the answer to the major problems in healthcare nowadays. He was elected Doctorpreneur of the year 2015 for his work on innovation in healthcare.
Viveca Bergman CPHIMS
Development Manager
Ms Viveca Bergman, M.Sc.Pol., Development Manager at the Department of Information Services at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in Finland. She has a long working experience in different public health projects on both national and international level, and has been working in various organizations in the health care administration. Programme management expert. She was the coordinator of the Finnish epSOS project, and has participated in a number of other eHealth projects in the EU such as EXPAND, ASSESS CT, PARENT, eHGi and JAseHN and initiatives under the Nordic Council of Ministers. She has also been involved in establishing the operational management model for the national eHealth services in Finland.
Mr. Johan G. Beun MD
Manager AdrenalNET(bijnierNET)
Johan served till 2009 as Ambassador for NICTIZ (= Dutch National ICT Institute for Healthcare) and was international advisor to various countries, ministries and organizations to support them in their processes around the design and implementation of the EPR (=electronic patient record), one of the excellent instruments for better patient safety. From 2010 to 2013 Johan was the INFORMATION & ICT coordinator/advisor for various healthcare provider organizations and a permanent advisor to some of their boards in the fields of good innovative healthcare administration, information policies and strategic issues. He is one of the Dutch activists working to achieve a better position for telemedicine within healthcare In December 2014, along with a dozen others, he founded BijnierNET (=AdrenalNET). At this moment he is the coordinator/manager of BijnierNET. Together with the eight academic hospitals and some teaching hospitals, and with the cooperation of the patient movement and the group of nurse practitioners Now we are working to make BijnierNET a success to show that it is time to move from the silos of knowledge to sharing of knowledge between the two expert groups: - the doctor, the specialist, the experts who knows all about the disease - the patient, the expert who knows all about the effects of the disease
Mrs. Abetina Beus
Stichting Nationaal Ouderenfonds
Mr. Olivier Blanson Henkemans
Andy Bleaden MD
Funding and Programmes Manager
Stockport Council
Andy Bleaden works as Funding and Programmes Manager for Stockport Council. There he specialises in Funding and develop Cooperation projects on Adult Social Care, Telehealth and Telemedicine. He also formed alliances with pan EU Age/Seniors related groups such as CORAL,ECH Alliance, and large scale networks such EIP-AHA and Age Friendly Cities. In addition he also works as an external expert Evaluator and Reviewer for the European Commission for FP7 and Horizon 2020 Health calls on Robotics; Personal Health Calls /Advancing Active Healthy Ageing and Self-management of Health and disease and also works for EIT Health as an external expert. Before that he worked in regeneration securing funding for large capital and revenue programmes from the UK Home Office and EU including ERDF funding. Prior to that Andy helped set up Manchester's First Foyer for young homeless people and spent many years prior to this working with Mentally Disordered Offenders returning to community from long stay hospitals and or prisons.
Director Public Mental Health
Trimbos Institute
Jurgen Brandstaetter
board member of IHE International, co-chair of IHE Europe and the IHE Global Deployment Coordination Committee
I am a standards expert and passionate proponent of "standards-based interoperability" in the field of Health IT and active in several standardization organizations at national and international level, in particular in the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative. I am honored to serve as board member of IHE International, co-chair of IHE Europe and the IHE Global Deployment Coordination Committee, co-chair of the IHE Pharmacy domain and founding board member of IHE-Austria. In my professional life I contributed to the European epSOS project and currently consult the Austrian Health Record project in the area of the nation-wide harmonization of Clinical Summary information as well as the Austrian e-Medication Interoperability Specification. Internationally I am involved in other interoperability projects such as the Saudi eHealth Exchange project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In my academic and research activities I am together with Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Pokieser the creator of the ìUnified Patientî project at the Medical University of Vienna: The web based linking of problem orientated medical knowledge and patient data to enhance the quality of patientís treatment at each stage of the healing process.
Miss Marianne Cense
Marianne Cense (1965) MSc is senior researcher and intervention developer at Rutgers, Centre for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Netherlands. She has worked for more than twenty years in the field of sexual health and rights and initiated with Filippo Zimbile the development of a sexual ehealth app and several online games.
Mr. Niels Chavannes MD
Catherine Chronaki
Secretary General
HL7 Foundation
Mary Cleary
Deputy CEO
Health Informatics Society of Irelalnd
Joan Cornet Prat CPHIMS
mHealth Competence Center.MWC
Joan Cornet Prat is a Clinical Psychologist and holds a Technical Engineer degree. After working as a hospital-based clinical psychologist, in 1979 he was elected Mayor of Manresa. In 1988 he joined the European Commission, where he had a range of responsibilities in the field of European social policy. From 1994 to 1999 he was a high level official in in the European Parliament, after he led the international cooperation programs between the European Union and the countries of North Africa and the Middle East. In June 2004 he was appointed General Secretary of the Department of Health. Later he was the founder and CEO of BIOCAT (Biotechnology Agency) and TicSalut Foundation ( ICT Health).Nowadays is mHealth Director in Mobile World Capital Barcelona
Mrs. Mette Atipei Craggs CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FCHIME, MD
Innovation Consultant
Odense University Hospital
Mrs Craggs holds an MA in International Business Communication with specialisation in English from the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). Since 2009, she has worked in EU projects related to health innovation, eHealth, and eMental health. Mrs Craggs is currently employed by the Centre for Innovative Medical Technology (CIMT), a research centre established between Odense University Hospital and SDU in the Region of Southern Denmark. In this position, she is the overall project manager of the MasterMind CIP pilot A project, in which she is also the WP leader of the dissemination and communication work package. In addition to managing MasterMind, Mrs Craggs is the WP leader of dissemination and communication in the ACT@Scale project, funded by the 3rd Health Programme. Finally, she coordinates CIMT’s proposal and fundraising efforts and contributes to the work in other EU projects and project proposals. Before CIMT, Mette worked in the international department of MedCom - the national Danish organisation for implementation of electronic communication in the health and social care sector.
Anita Cremers
Gerald Cultot
Policy Officer
European Commission, Belgium
Ian Cumming CPHIMS
Chief Executive
Health Education England
In 2012, Ian was appointed Chief Executive of Health Education England (HEE). HEE has an annual budget of £5bn which it spends on the education, training and development of the current and future health and healthcare workforce in England including commissioning undergraduate and postgraduate education, workforce planning, and lifelong learning. HEEs role is to transform the delivery of healthcare by focussing on the workforce. Ian was one of the co-authors of the 2015 NHS Five Year Forward View which provides a strategic framework for continuing to improve the quality of care and efficiency of the NHS over the period to 2020. Alongside this, HEE has recently published its own 15 year vision for the needs of patients and how the workforce needs to change to meet these needs. Ian has a particular interest in the development of leadership skills in clinical staff and is an Honorary Professor of Leadership in the Medical School at Lancaster University where, until 2009 he also chaired the Board of the Health Leadership Centre. Ian has also held honorary appointments at the Universities of Liverpool, Cape Town and Cumbria. Ian is the current Chairman of the NHS Leadership Board for England which rotates amongst the Arm’s Length Body Chief Executives.
Frank Cunningham
Policy Officer
Frank Cunningham is currently working in the Health and Well-being Unit DG CONNECT of the European Commission. He is responsible for the international co-operation and policy aspects of eHealth/ICT for Health research, deployment and innovation activities, most notably with the USA and the Mediterranean Neighbourhood countries. He is also leading the DG CONNECT research and policy efforts in Digital Security of health data.
Maaike Dautzenberg FHIMSS
Senior Researcher/Project Manager
Free University Amsterdam/ Radboud University Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Dr. Maaike Dautzenberg is medical sociologist/anthropologist and works more than 25 years as a researcher, project manager and consultant in the field of long term care and support for elderly living in the community. She has a PhD in the burden of care of family caregivers and is specialized in the implementation of E-innovations improving care collaboration between family caregivers and healthcare workers. Currently she is employed at Radboud University Medical Centre where she is project manager of an EU-funded international research collaboration project on palliative care in six European countries.
Peter de Boer
World of Health
Peter de Boer is 10 years director of World of Health-Fysiomanager. With the background his profession as a physiotherapist, he and his team developed software for paramedics and a portal for patients. In his physiotherapy practice, he knows from experience that software should be supportive and easy. Security and privacy have always been important aspects. And in today's digital world, it is becoming increasingly important.
Petra de Braal
Solidarity University, The Netherlands
Petra de Braal has a degree in psychology and comparative cultural sciences from Ghent University. Petra thinks out and develops projects in cooperation with many different parties in the fields of, for instance, housing, care and well-being. She does so with her experience and expertise as a basis, but an equally important part are her empathy, her ability to connect different parties and her sense of wonder. She has set up some high-profile projects in recent years, including Krot of Kans, DEEL& Ulrum, de Zeeuwse Huiskamer and Solidarity University.
Leendert de Gelder
Project manager
Public health nurse for 7 years, projectmanager for implemenation of a communication platform at the foundation, trainer in changes in healthcare
Ms. Pauline de Heer
Project lead Health Care Quality Data and
National Health Care Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland)
Pauline de Heer is a policy advisor and project leader with the Dutch National Health Care Institute. She has been active in the field of health care quality information systems since 2010, and wrote the book 'Solving Complex Problems - Professional Group Decision-Making Support in Highly Complex Situations' (2012) together with Alexander de Haan. Her current projects include the website and several related projects to provide patients with trustworthy information. De Heer holds degrees in Industrial Design Engineering and Engineering & Policy Analysis from Delft University of Technology.
Lidia Di Minco
Head of Office
Italian Ministry of Health
Lidia Di Minco, head of National Health Information System office, responsible for strategic support, implementation, design and development of healthcare information systems aimed to appropriateness and expenditure monitoring, datawarehouse and decision support systems for clinical investigation and epidemiologic analysis; implementation of telemedicine and booking services in the NHS; health information data management, semantic interoperability and eHealth solutions design, management of the national governance of the implementation of Electronic Health Record; responsible of the eHealth projects managed by Directorate General.
Dr. Daan Dohmen
Healthcare futurist, CEO
FocusCura, Council of Health & Society
Dr. Daan Dohmen is entrepreneur and scientist with a passion for care. This passion arose during his work as an assistant elderlycare nurse and resulted in the founding of his internationally active eHealth-company FocusCura, which belongs for 8 consecutive years to the list of fastest growing Dutch companies. After his Master Industrial Engineering with specialization Management of Medicine and his PhD Cum Laude on implementing eHealth at the University of Twente, Dohmen founded also the Futurelab for Care as part of FocusCura. Futurelab is a place and network to carry out future studies together with (young) researchers and health care professionals to identify important trends in healthcare and technology for the upcoming 5 years. Also Dohmen is formally appointed as Councilor of the Dutch Council for Healthcare and Society, which advises the Dutch government (Minister of Health) and Parliament on request as well as unsolicited about trends, topics and developments in the field of Health and Society. Daan Dohmen is always combining entrepreneurship, science, knowledge about healthcare and a ‘human touch’ to find unique and innovative solutions supporting vulnerable people to enable them to live their life independent and happy as long as possible!
Ton Drenthen
teamleader Patient education
Dutch College of GPs
Ton Drenthen (1956) did a master in sociology at the Radboud University Nijmegen, and a PhD at the Department of General Practice with a thesis on prevention of cardiovascular disease. He is team leader at the Department of Prevention and Patient education at the Dutch College of General Practitioners, the scientific organisation of GPs in The Netherlands. He is involved in several activities and programs on prevention, patient information, eHealth and Shared Decision making in general practice. He is responsible for the public website on health and disease He is a member of the board of the Platform Shared Decision Making.
Prof. Glyn Elwyn
Dartmouth Institute
Lucien Engelen
Director REshape Center Radboudumc
Reshape Center, Radboud University, The Netherlands
Named a "Disruptive Impressionist". Trying to paint a picture of the future of health(care) by creating it with all the tools (that will be soon) available. Motto : "Stop talking, dare to fail … but start acting." To empower patients and their families with technology as an enabler and transformation tool is my personal motto, keeping in mind the ethical aspects of the "what if we could do everything" question.
Ifan Evans
D/Director Technology & Innovation
Welsh Government
In his current role with the Welsh Government Ifan has a wide remit to increase the economic impact of healthcare activity in Wales and to support NHS Wales use of technology. He leads healthcare policy for technology, innovation, industry engagement and EU funding, working across government and with external partners in the academic, business, clinical and investor communities. Previously he was Deputy Director, Life Sciences, where he was responsible for developing a new strategy to support the Welsh life sciences sector, including the relaunch of the BioWales conference, establishing the £100 Million Welsh Life Sciences Fund and Welsh Life Sciences Hub, and working with health boards and trusts to jointly fund a new Welsh Wound Innovation Centre. Ifan graduated from Oxford University with a first class degree in History, has Masters degrees from Aberystwyth University and Cardiff Business School, was a lead Impact Assessor for REF2014, and is an Associate Professor at Swansea University College of Medicine. He has extensive private sector experience, having led businesses in the retail, leisure, tourism and property sectors, and has also served on the boards of a number of social enterprises.
Mr. Jamie Ferguson
Fellow of the Institute for Health Policy, and Vice President of Health IT Strategy & Policy
Kaiser Permanente
Jamie Ferguson is a Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy and Vice President of health information technology strategy and policy for Kaiser Permanente. He manages government and industry relations, health IT policies, and standards for IT. Before this assignment Jamie was responsible for the development and operations of Kaiser Permanente’s clinical and administrative data systems, information modeling, and standards. Jamie participates in multiple health IT organizations, research projects, and other efforts to help more people gain the benefits of health IT.
Francesco Florindi
Public Affairs Coordinator
European Cancer Patient Coalition
@francescoflo works for the European Cancer Patient Coalition (@cancereu), Europe's largest cancer patients association, representing more than 400 patients associations across 44 EU and non-EU countries. He obtained a cum laude Master in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Trieste-Gorizia. His experience working on cancer dates back to 2013, when he joined ECCO and SIOPE Public Affairs team. This experience raised his awareness of the challenges faced by patients. Hence, he quickly moved to the side of patients, putting his policy and public affairs skills to ECPC’s service, helping the ECPC Board to produce a new policy strategy (“Europe of Disparities in Cancer”) and to deliver several high profile projects. Francesco is a fellow Young Gasteiner and a Member of the European Health Parliament.
Mr. Ronald Fokkink CPHIMS
Consultant, The Netherlands
Ronald has diabetes type I for 12 years now and monitors his health closely. In recent year his health deteriorated and he actively started changing his lifestyle and monitoring the effects. He needed a doctor to help him make decisions and use his own data to optimise the medical path. Roy Tomeij will interview Ronald.
Michael Fuller
Director of Marketing
Mike is passionate about how technology can improve patient safety, secure the quality of outcomes, manage resources efficiently, as well as help motivate and support care professionals and managers. He has worked at vendors in the eHealth market since 1982 in technical, sales, and marketing roles, assisting in the delivery of eHealth systems for primary, acute, and community health services.
Tobias Gantner MD
HealthCare Futurists GmbH
Tobias is a restless resident of different worlds, a roaming renaissance man: A medical doctor by training, a health economist and jurist by education, a philosophy aficionado by academic passion and curious by default. He has worked in a number of leading positions in hospital patient care and major industry companies such as Siemens, Novartis, Bayer Healthcare and Johnson&Johnson. Subsequently he followed his bliss and founded the ‘HealthCare Futurists’ (HCFs). Tobias holds a number of academic appointments and is a sought after speaker in topics related to the future of health-care. He is currently approaching a professorship at the Fresenius University of applied sciences at Cologne campus for innovation in healthcare, design thinking and leadership in innovation. Tobias is passionate about his family, edutaining transdisciplinarity, bee keeping, magic, building flamenco guitars and long distance hiking.
Mr. Tomas Garcia CPHIMS
eHealth & Wellbeing Manager
Worldline, an Atos company
Tomás is a senior business developer in the eHealth & Wellbeing area of the global Mobile Competence Center of Worldline. With major focus on Connected Living solutions, Tomás is currently leading product management for Connected Assistance, Worldline’s networked care platform aiming to empower caregivers (care professionals and family) and patients to monitor health parameters and be informed through new technologies that provide a better quality of care at home and facilitate independent living. In the past years, Tomas has also contributed as Solution Manager in Worldline’s Digital Transformation business, helping companies create new customer experiences and business models through innovation and digital solutions. Formerly, Tomas has been co-founder and CIO of Buenaidea, a service design and innovation agency.
Mr. Erik Gerritsen
Secretary General at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
The Netherlands
Erik Gerritsen was appointed Secretary General at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in June 2015. As Secretary-General he is not only in charge of the general governance of the Ministry, but he is also responsible for the Macroeconomic Issues and Labour Market Department and the Financial and Economic Affairs Department of the Ministry. Mr Gerritsen began his career at the Ministry of Finance. In 2000 he made the transition to the Municipality of Amsterdam. As City Clerk of Amsterdam he was the primary advisor to the College of Mayor and Alderpersons. From 2007 until 2009 he was “ambassador for knowledge” of the Municipality.
Mr. Riens Gort
Riens Gort Optiek
Optician, optometrist and owner of optician shop. Co-founder of Optometristen Collectief Rijnmond, which has more more than 60 connected shops. Took initiative and was involved in the development of telemedicine as a communication between family doctor, surgeons, ophthalmologists and optometrists.
Mr. Rob Goudswaard
Business Development Leader Europe
Royal Philips BV
Rob Goudswaard is the Business Development Leader Europe for the Business Group Personal Health Solutions of Philips. He has been in this role since 2014. Rob has been with Philips since 1994. During his tenure, he has held a variety of positions within marketing, sales and innovation for various business lines including healthcare, mobile phones and personal care in Europe, Asia and the United States. Rob’s career at Philips began in the Personal Care sector, as a Product Manager for shavers in The Netherlands. In1998, he transitioned to a sales and marketing role in Singapore, After a two year stint as the Marketing Director for Wireless in Asia Pacific in the Philips Consumer Electronics division, Rob returned to the Personal Care sector as the Director of Global Product Management Shavers and Senior Marketing Director for Shaving and Beauty for Western Europe. In 2006 Rob joined Philips’ Healthcare sector as Sr Director Innovation for the Philips Home Monitoring group in Ftramingham, MA, USA and in 20013 as head of International based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, before joining the BG Personal Health Solution of Philips. Rob holds an MBA from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and graduated from the General Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Rob lives in the Amsterdam area with his spouse and two daughters.
Isabela Granic
Radboud University
Isabela Granic got her PhD at the University of Toronto in developmental psychology. She is currently Professor in the Behavioural Science Institute and Chair of the Developmental Psychopathology department at Radboud University. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of applied games for emotional and mental health. By integrating clinical and developmental research with interactive media design, she is creating a suite of evidence-based games ranging from online, mobile games to biofeedback and virtual reality interventions, all of which are systematically tested through randomized controlled trials. She has published about 50 articles which have appeared in the highest impact journals in developmental and clinical psychology and neuroscience and has recently been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to push the field of applied games for mental health significantly forward.
Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
Staff Surgeon and Professor of Surgery
St. Michael's Hospital and University of Toronto
Dr. Teodor Grantcharov completed his surgical training at the University of Copenhagen, and a doctoral degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. Dr. Grantcharov is a staff surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety. Dr. Grantcharov’s area of clinical and academic interest is in the field of minimally invasive surgery, surgical education and patient safety. He developed the surgical black box concept, which aims to transform the safety culture in medicine and introduce modern safety management systems in the high-risk Operating Room environment. Dr. Grantcharov has more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and more than 150 invited presentations in Europe, South- and North America. He sits on numerous national and international committees and on the Editorial Boards of The British Journal of Surgery and Surgical Endoscopy.
Lisa Hagberg
International coordinator
Swedish eHealth Agency
As international coordinator at the Swedish eHealth Agency, Lisa is responsible for the agency’s international commitments and tasks, including the agency’s role as national contact point for eHealth. Lisa has broad and long experience of health care policy on Swedish national level. Previous roles include coordinator of the epSOS project at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions and political advisor to the Minister of Health and Social Affairs of Sweden.
Ed Hammond
Erik Hansson
Deputy Head of Unit
European Commission, DG GROW, Belgium
Erik is Deputy Head of the Health Technology and Cosmetics Unit of the DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of the European Commission. In this capacity he is e.g. chair of the Medical Device Expert Group (MDEG) and Borderline and classification WG, Head of the EU IMDRF delegation, Commission representative in the negotiations on the revision of the legislation, in CAMD etc. Erik holds a master degree in law from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, followed by positions in law courts and co-ordination of preparations for the EU-membership in Swedish ministries and agencies. In the European Commission since 1997 dealing mainly with policies relating to the single market for goods such as general product safety, medical devices, cosmetics and toys but also positions in the fields of finance and strategic policy planning of the Commission.
Mr. Jan Hazelzet MD
Erasmus MC
Jan Hazelzet, MD PhD is the Chief Medical Information Officer at Erasmus Medical Center and Professor in Health Care Quality & Outcomes Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In addition he is the clinical lead at Erasmus for Value Based Healthcare. His clinical background is Pediatric Intensivist. He is actively involved in the Dutch Program "Clinical Documentation at the Point of Care", which aspires to a Core Medical Data Set for every citizen leading to more interoperability and commitment of patients.
Matthew Hein
International Trade Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce/ITA/I&A/MFG/OHIT, USA
Matthew Hein is an International Trade Specialist in the Office of Health and Information Technologies (OHIT), in the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Since September 2005, he has followed medical device issues in Southeast Asia, and tracked domestic and international developments in the Health Information Technology (Health IT) sector. Since 2014, he has added India and China medical device issues to his portfolio. In October 2010, he completed an 18-month set of courses and work assignments to graduate from the Commerce Department’s Executive Leadership Development Program. Prior to joining ITA, Mr. Hein worked as a statistician/economist for two trade associations, the Beer Institute (1994-2004) and the National Automobile Dealers Association (2004-2005). Mr. Hein received his MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1988.
Nicky Hekster
Technical Leader HCLS
IBM Netherlands
Donna Henderson CPHIMS
Interim European Engagement Manager
NHS 24, Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare
Donna trained as an Occupational Therapist and went on to specialise in supporting the development of telecare services in Scotland, working as a consultant for the Scottish Government’s Joint Improvement Team and as Service Development Manager in the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare. As Interim European Engagement Manager, Donna leads SCTT’s European Engagement Team, which aims to enhance Scotland's reputation as a leader in digital health and care in Europe. She also co-ordinates the European Innovation Programme on Active and Health Ageing’s B3 Action Group on Integrated Care, the largest of the 6 EIP on AHA Action Groups.
Aasta Margrethe Hetland
Senior Advisor
Norwegian Directorate of eHealth, Norway
I`m at the Norwegian Directorate of eHealth, More specifically with the "Code of Conduct for information security in the healthcare and care services"., I work with information security and privacy in the health and care sector, mostly with legal questions, guidelines, education, awareness and training.
William Holland MD
Banner Health
Dr. Will Holland is the Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Banner Health with direct supervisory responsibilities over a team of Physician Informaticists working to leverage Banner’s information systems to provide highly coordinated, evidenced based, patient centered care. He and his team are focused on integrating the experience of the consumer, patient, provider, and care team across multiple venues of care. He is involved in system projects ranging from development of new care delivery models, applying real-time evidence based clinical decision support, Meaningful Use, to population health and member engagement. Dr. Holland earned a B.S. in Microbiology, magna cum laude from Texas A&M University, after which he attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. In 2004, Dr. Holland completed his residency training in Family Medicine at the Banner Good Samaritan Family Medicine Residency in Phoenix, Arizona and served as Chief Resident from 2003-2004. He joined the Medical Informatics Department at Banner in February 2010 and is a 2010 Medical Informatics MBL National Library of Medicine course fellow. He is board certified in both Family Medicine and Clinical Informatics.
Rob Hoogma
CEO, Siza and VP of the Board of Health Valley innovation healthcare network
Siza, The Netherlands
Rob Hoogma started as an academic researcher in innovation processes in care and switched to the consulting business to lead the Healthcare unit of Twynstra Gudde, one of the most prominent consultancy firms of the Netherlands. Challenged by his own conviction to keep improving healthcare by giving people a greater say in their care and treatment he left consulting in 2005 to become CEO of Siza. Siza is a leading and innovative healthcare organization in the Netherlands, with a focus on long term care for people with a severe chronic illness or a (learning) disability. Innovation and eHealth are the enablers for people with a disability to do more and live more independent. Therefore the use of technology is pinpointed in every care plan. Hoogma is also the vice president of the board of Heath Valley, one of the biggest health care innovation network in the Netherlands that combines business opportunities with health care improvement. He is member of the board of VGN, the Dutch umbrella organization for health care organizations for people with disabilities, responsible for quality of healthcare and innovation.
Kevin Horan MD
Director of ICT& Business Services
Health Products Regulatory Authority
Julian Hunt
Healthcare Technology, Deloitte
Mr. Pieter Jeekel CPHIMS
Selfcare Supported / Zelfzorg Ondersteund
Mr. Neil Jordan
Worldwide General Manager, Health Industry
Former head of all Microsoft’s health business in the UK, ex IBM and Lotus staffer Neil Jordan once led all of the software giant’s work with the multi-billion pound National Programme for IT. But now he has eyes on a much bigger driver of change; cloud – a delivery mechanism he sees as much more important than the EMR.
Irek Karkowski MD
Dutch Domotics, The Netherlands
Irek Karkowski (PhD), managing director of Sensara, spent 14 years at TNO, a leading Dutch research organization. While there he managed numerous Dutch and international research and development projects that explored solutions aimed at furthering independent living for seniors, including the European AAL project ROSETTA.
Vice Chair
Ms. Gail Kent
(Acting) Deputy Director-General
DG Connect, European Commission, Belgium
Her career has been an unusual mix of private sector management followed by 22 years in the Commission in financial and human resource management roles. She has complemented this by high-level experience of policy advice at the heart of the College. She thus has an in-depth knowledge of Commission policies and procedures, experience of a political role and strong management and negotiation skills. From January 2014 she has been Resources Director for DG Connect (1050 Staff, € 1,6 bn budget) and since January 2016 Acting DDG for the Research Directorates in DG Connect.
Pieter Kubben MD
Maastricht UMC+, The Netherlands
Pieter Kubben is a staff neurosurgeon who works at the Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands and performed a PhD thesis on glioma surgery with intraoperative MRI. He is the developer of NeuroMind: the #1 app for neurosurgery in the world, three times mentioned in iMedicalApps’ “Top Apps“, CE marked and over 300,000 downloads. NeuroMind offers interactive clinical decision support and more than 120 clinical classification and grading systems. The app is officially supported by Surgical Neurology International and the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS).
Moderator: Geja Langerveld MD
Programme manager AAL - NL
Geja Langerveld works since 2007 as national programme manager for the international Active & Assisted Living Programme (AAL) at ZonMw, the Netherlands Funding Agency for R&I in the Health/Care sector. AAL stimulates development of ICT based solutions to enhance independence of older adults. From 2001 – 2007 she worked as programme officer for a national programme Transparancy & Consumer information about quality of healthcare providers. From 1984 until 2001 Geja worked as coordinator of several projects in the field of education & welfare for children in disadvantaged socio-economic area’s as well as for young immigrants/refugees.
Carmen Laplaza
Deputy Head of Unit Health and Wellbeing
Directorate General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology
Carmen Laplaza is, since November 2015, Deputy Head of Unit of the "(ICT for) Health and Wellbeing" unit within DG CONNECT, the Communications Networks, Content and Technology Directorate General of the European Commission. Prior to that, she was the Head of CONNECT Budget sector, where she was mainly dealing with the financial implementation of Horizon and FP7 Research framework programs. Before joining the European Commission in 2008, she held senior roles in financial and strategic departments of different sectors, such as retail, advertising and banking. She obtained a degree on economics in 1994 in the University of Navarra, Spain.
Hester Le Riche MD
Active Cues B.V.
Playing does not come naturally to everyone, whereas we all benefit from playing games! The experience while playing games is unique for every person and especially for people with cognitive challenges. Our Tovertafel games are specifically designed for people with special needs; older people with Alzheimer’s play differently to adults with intellectual disabilities or children with autism. Our games either benefit health or education, but most importantly we aim to create happy moments for them and their immediate environment; playing together with peers, family members and carers evokes meaningful moments and improves quality of life.
Stephen Lieber
President and CEO
Steve Lieber is President and CEO of HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. A seasoned healthcare management executive, Lieber brings to HIMSS WorldWide over 30 years of experience in healthcare, primarily in healthcare association management. Since 2000, Lieber has served as President and CEO of HIMSS WorldWide and related organizations. HIMSS WorldWide consists of HIMSS and HIMSS International, cause-based, global membership societies; HIMSS Analytics, the market research and data services group; and HIMSS Media, the diversified media and publishing division—all focused on the optimal use of information technology and management systems for the betterment of health. Lieber not only serves on the Board of Directors of HIMSS and its related corporations, but he also serves on numerous other corporate, non-profit and coalition boards and groups. He was one of the founders of the Certification Commission for HIT and the Health Information Technology Standards Panel, two U.S. federally funded initiatives at the foundation of the U.S. interoperability effort.
Sabine Linn MD
Medical Oncologist
NKI, The Netherlands
Dimitra Liveri
Network and Information Security Expert
ENISA - European Union Agency for Network and Information Security, Greece
Dimitra Liveri has been working in ENISA since March 2013 as a Networks and Information security expert, focusing on cloud computing supporting critical information infrastructures. In 2015 she launched the topic of eHealth cyber security and since then she is in charge of the eHealth security and resilience work under the Secure Infrastructures and Services unit, a closer approach from the CIIP perspective. On the policy part she is dealing with the wider topic of cyber security strategies on national level and how the member states can enhance security in their network and information systems and CIIs. She holds a BSc and a MSc on Computer Science – with a focus on Information Security and CIIP, from the Athens University of Economics and Business.
Enric Llopis
Project Manager
Catalan Fundacio TicSalut
Mr. Enric Llopis is Industrial Engineer specialized in Organization for Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He began his career as a consultant on innovation, R&D, and entrepreneurship. Later, Mr. Llopis focus his career in the health sector working as a project manager in the innovation unit of one of main hospitals in Catalonia. Currently, Enric Llopis is project manager in TicSalut Foundation, an agency within the Ministry of Health. In TicSalut, Mr. Llopis coordinates innovative projects related to mHealth, digital health, and integrated care.
Elie Lobel PhD
Orange Healthcare, France
Elie Lobel is the Director of Orange Healthcare, the digital healthcare subsidiary of Orange Business Services. Prior to joining the Orange Group, Elie was Director of the National e-Health Projects division at ASIP Santé, a governmental agency responsible for promoting the deployment of e-health across France. Elie holds degrees in engineering from the Ecole Central Paris and Cornell University (USA) and a PhD in Neuroimaging
Christian Lovis
Charles Lowe
Managing Director
Digital Health & Care Alliance
Charles is a well known speaker on digital health topics. He is managing Director of the Digital Health & Care Alliance (DHACA), runs the London Health Technology Forum, and has recently completed his two year term as President of the Royal Society of Medicine's Telemedicine & eHealth Section. His current activities include active participation in developing the EU guidelines for assessing mHealth apps.
Mr. Bernard Maarsingh MD
Psychologist/ Lecturer
Maarsingh & van Steijn/ Therapieland
Bernard Maarsingh is a psychologist who is specilized in the fields of clinical, occupational and organisational psychology. He is one of the owners of Maarsingh & van Steijn, member of the board at Therapieland and BcomeVital and Head Lecturer of Management and Innovation at PPO/RUG (postmaster education). He became 'entrepreneur of the year' in 2015 in his home city Leeuwarden. For those who like to know more about some other app, Fiorato, with which he won the European CHEST competition on 'innovative digital based ideas that can address a specific societal change', or why he started Therapieland, that has become one of the most successful e-mental-health platforms in Holland, you are more than welcome to have a chat with him at the conference!
Plenary & Keynote Moderator: Ellen Maat
Director, Strategy, Quality & Innovation
Cordaan, The Netherlands
eHealth expert Ellen Maat is director Strategy, Quality & Innovation at Cordaan. Cordaan is a Healthcare provider in the region of Amsterdam providing care to around 20.000 people. Ellen is responsible for innovation and e-health strategy, corporate strategy, quality system and marketing & communication. Ellen was former Interim Director of the National Institute of ICT in healthcare (NICTIZ), and held several positions at the Dutch Ministry of Health where she was a program director IT & innovation in healthcare responsible for introducing the civil service number in healthcare and the deployment of the nationwide electronic healthcare record in the Netherlands. Ellen holds a master degree in Public Administration. She is married and has 3 daughters.
Mrs. Katherina Martin Abello
Director Centre of Innovation
Trimbos Institute
Katherina Martin Abello is the director of the Center of Innovation at the Trimbos Institute in the city of Utrecht. She is an entrepreneur and an e-consultant, and worked for various .com-companies (e.g., the Latin American eBay), as a member of the marketing start-up team. She has more than fourteen years of experience in e-Health & e-Business. Online interventions are indeed effective, accessible, affordable and versatile. 'Mental health care accessible to everyone also through Internet', that's what Katherina Martin Abello wants to achieve with e-Mental Health programs. From 2000 to 2009 she worked as an external e-Consultant and project leader for various e-Health projects, care-related institutions and organizations, including the Trimbos Institute. Her biggest wish is to provide practical and accessible online programs to help people with mental problems and addictions.
Ms. Vanessa Mason
Riveted Partners
Vanessa Mason is CEO and founder at Riveted Partners, a consultancy that sparks behavior change by accelerating digital health innovation and co-founder at WISE Health, a nonprofit that develops innovative solutions to build healthy communities. Prior, she led product development and marketing for ZeroDivide's eHealth portfolio of digital health products focused on reducing health disparities. Vanessa fostered talent acquisition and investment opportunities through XX in Health, a community of female digital health entrepreneurs and healthcare executives at Rock Health, a digital health incubator. She also led global health service design initiatives in Mozambique, Argentina and Brazil and supported mobile health product development for clients in west and east Africa. Vanessa earned her BA in psychology from Yale University and her MPH in global health from Columbia University. She also serves on the Health IT advisory board for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Health Disparities Research at Morehouse School of Medicine. She has been recognized as 40 Under 40 Tech Diversity Silicon Valley and as a TEDMED Research Scholar.
Gerritt Meijer
Medical Oncologist
Riëtte Meijer MD
PhD candidate
Academic Medical Center
Riëtte Meijer (1989) is a PhD candidate and a medical researcher at the department of surgery of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She obtained her medical degree in 2014 at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, after first completing a Bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences and psychology at the University College Utrecht (2010). She is currently the project coordinator of the ReValidate! project, and doing research on wearable technology and serious gaming in healthcare, more specifically in the fields of (trauma) surgery and rehabilitation.
Horst Merkle
Director Diabetes Management Solutions
Personal Connected Health Alliance/Continua (Roche Diabetes Care Inc.)
Director Diabetes Management & Platform Solutions. Roche Diabetes Care. Responsible for the innovation and development of key components of the Diabetes Care product portfolio. With more than 25 years experience in medical device informatics today's focus is on interoperability/connectivity and standardization as well as mobile and cloud based applications and decision support. To strengthen Roche’s leadership in open connectivity, Horst has been engaged in Continua / Personal Connected Health Alliance for the past 10 years, serving on the board for the past 8 years. In 2014 he was appointed President of Continua and Chair of the Board of PCHA.
Agali Mert MD
Agali Mert works as a physiatrist and specializes in serious gaming and virtual reality. He has worked in this field for over 15 years, first in the military setting and now in the civilian. He has produced numerous games in the field of rehabilitation but also psychiatry. He holds the view that new technologies like serious gaming offer the inherent possibility to combine therapeutic principles from various medical disciplines in one application, thereby (potentially) augmenting the potential therapeutic effect of this hybrid form of therapy. Also, he is the author of the book 'Dit spel verandert je leven' (This game changes your life), where he proposes, on biological, neurological, and psychological grounds, why life itself behaves like a game.
Manuel Metz
Security and Interoperability Senior Engineer - Head of ASIP Santé's Interoperability Program
Coming from security consultancy, Manuel Metz is developing security and interoperability specifications first for GIP-DMP, then for ASIP Santé since 2007. In charge of the General Security Policy of Health Information System (PGSSI-S) from 2012 to 2016, he is the main author of PGSSI-S technical reference documents (i.e. Identification of health and community health actors, Authentication of healthcare actors, Non-repudiation) and many best practices reference documents. Appointed head of ASIP Santé’s interoperability program since 2015, he is careful to transpose PGSSI-S principles into the interoperability framework.
Anne Moen
EFMI, Norway
Anne Moen
Mr. Jan Mokkenstorm MD
113Online Foundation
Henk Herman Nap
Plenary & Keynote Moderator: Maryam Nemazee
Broadcaster / Journalist
Al Jazeera English
Maryam Nemazee is an experienced television news anchor, and journalist. She has spent the last ten years working in Europe, the Middle East, the US and Asia. Maryam's unique global news experience combines an in-depth knowledge of business news, with international politics. Maryam has interviewed some of the world's top political and business leaders, including former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, OPEC Secretary General Abdalla Salem El-Badri, and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Most recently Maryam has been anchoring for Al Jazeera English in London. She has been on air during some of the biggest stories of the past year, including the Paris attacks, the landmark Iran nuclear agreement, and the European refugee crisis. She has also been involved in detailed coverage of developments in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Previously, Maryam was a London-based anchor with Bloomberg Television and also spent four and a half years in the Middle East with Al Jazeera English.
Irmgard Noordhoek
Programme Manager
Dutch Games Association, The Netherlands
Brian O'Connor
European Connected Health Alliance
Brian O’Connor was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and has developed his career as a consultant, manager and/or investor in both private and public companies. Brian has worked in the UK, the US and lived in Hong Kong for eleven years. He has gained vast experience as a company director in a variety of industries and professions, and has raised significant sums for companies through both private equity structures and stock exchange listings. Through his long established consultancy company, Corporate Direction Ltd, he is currently providing strategic advice to Governments, International organisations and companies on the challenges facing healthcare in general and specifically on the Connected Health opportunity. Healthcare experience.
Markus Oei MD
Dr. Markus Oei, MD, PhD, is ENT-surgeon at the Flevoziekenhuis Almere. Because of his clinical experiences he believes that patients can have much more grip and understanding of their disease and choice in their treatment. Information is the key factor and eHealth plays a crucial part in getting the information understandable to the patiënt. Therefore his main goal is to bring the future potential of eHealth to clinical functional uses today. Among other functions, he is chairman of the Trusted Sources Foundation (Stichting BetrouwbareBron, the largest dutch database of accredited health information) and founder of Inforium, an award winning patient information delivery eHealth tool.
Robert Paauwe
Tinybots, The Netherlands
Vanja Pajić
EU Project Manager
Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO)
Vanja Pajić, MBA, MPH, MAA, PHM, PHEM is a project manager with a background in healthcare management and IT. During his career he performed the role of project coordinator in national healthcare IT projects, acting as the lead project manager for the Ministry of Health, the Croatian Institute for Public Health (HZJZ), Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO) and others. Most notable examples of his work include the coordination of the National Healthcare Strategy 2012-2020, national patient registries interoperability projects and - following Croatia's accession to the EU – the role of National Contact Point for CHAFEA. Vanja was also involved in several joint actions in the field of eHealth (PARENT, JAseHN) and other key EU intiatives (epSOS, EXPAND, Assess CT). He currently works at the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO) as the WP leader for JAseHN project and is actively involved in the joint MS preparation for the CEF call.
Ms. Paola Pasquali MD
Coordinator Dermatology Department
Pius Hospital Valls
: Dr Paola Pasquali is the Vice President of the International Society of Teledermatology. She is a renowned expert in cryosurgery as well as use of non invasive imaging technologies for diagnosis and monitoring malignant lesions. Her teledermatology/teledermoscopy project in the catalonian area of Valls has proven succesful for diagnosis and reduction of waiting time and lists.
Vada Perkins
Senior Advisor for Regulatory Science
CAPT Vada A. Perkins is an officer with the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and serves as Senior Advisor for Regulatory Science with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER). He is the Regulatory Chair for the International Council for Harmonisation’s (ICH) M2 Expert Working Group: Electronic Standards for the Transfer of Regulatory Information (ESTRI). He is also a U.S. Delegate to ISO Technical Committee 215 (Health Informatics) where he serves as lead editor for the ISO 11615/20443 (medicinal product) and 11616/20451 (pharmaceutical product) standards/technical specifications for the global Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP). He received his MSc. degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Southern California, and his BSN from the University of Maryland-Baltimore.
Moderator: Marc Perlman
Managing Director
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Marc Perlman is a Managing Director and the Global Business Development Leader for Deloitte. With more than 33 years in the healthcare industry, he brings deep experience in working with payers, providers, health and device manufacturers, consumers, and the federal government to improve operational performance, clinical quality, patient safety and revenue cycle performance. He has spoken across the globe on healthcare issues and has been a speaker and participant at White House and Congressional briefings on Health IT and health policy. Marc most recently worked at Oracle, where was the global vice president for the Healthcare, Life Science, Education, and Research industries. He was responsible for strategy and enablement of industry solutions across the company.
Morten Elbæk Petersen
Managing Director of the National Danish e-health Portal, and has been since May 2002. Morten Elbæk Petersen holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Social Science from the University of Odense. Throughout his career Mr. Petersen has worked in the healthcare sector and for more than 20 years he held managing positions with a primary focus on planning, quality development, prevention and healthcare IT. Morten Elbæk Petersen has been External Lecturer (Public Marketing) at the Department of Marketing & Management at Southern University of and is also appointed external examiner in Master of Public Health and IT at Copenhagen, Aarhus and Syddansk University
Tapani Piha MD
Head of Unit
European Commission, Belgium
Steven Posnack
Director Office Standards and Technology
Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, HHS
Steve Posnack joined the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in July 2005. He currently serves as the Director of the Office of Standards and Technology and previously led ONC’s Federal Policy Division within the Office of Policy and Planning from 2010 to 2014. He serves as principal adviser to the National Coordinator on standards and technology. He also leads the ONC Tech Lab, ONC Health IT Certification Program and coordinates standards initiatives within ONC, across HHS, and with external stakeholders toward national priorities.
Claudia Prettner
Policy Officer
European Commission, Belgium
Claudia Prettner is Policy Officer in the Unit for Health and Well-Being, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. She is leading the legal team and in charge of the Green Paper on mHealth and the privacy Code of Conduct for mobile health apps. Her areas of expertise are legal issues related to mHealth, privacy and consumer protection. Before joining the European Commission in 2012, C. Prettner worked for the Austrian consumer protection association as consultant. She holds a Master Degree in Law and a Master Degree in Business Law from the University of Innsbruck, Austria and specialised during her studies in IT and eCommerce law.
Hilco Prins
Lecturer / Researcher
Windesheim University of Applied Sciences
Hilco Prins received his degree in Nursing in 1989 and obtained a master in Health Sciences in 1993. From 1993 till 2003 he worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Dept. of Medical Informatics at the Academic Medical Center - University of Amsterdam. Since 2003 he works at Windesheim as a lecturer in Nursing and since 2008 also as a researcher in IT Innovations in Health Care. In 2012 he obtained his PhD on a study about the quality of electronically recorded patient data.
Triin Raudsepp
Sexulal Health Association, Estonia
Anders Ravik
Head of Section Solution Architecture
Norwegian Directorate of eHealth
Anders is currently head of section solution architecture in the Norwegian Directorate of ehealth. Parts of his responsibility is the national Personal Health Record. Previously Anders has been working as an enterprise architect at Norwegian Health Directorate and 19 years as a leader and architect in a global consulting company.
Moderator: John Rayner
HIMSS Regional Director – Europe and Latin America
Moderator: Arend Roos
Solidarity University, The Netherlands
Arend Roos MA is founder and CEO of Solidarity University. Since 2009 he is active as a project developer and innovation consultant in Health. Before that he has worked as programmer and R&D Manager in ICT-industry. Arend has a degree in Theology from Utrecht University.
Moderator: Andrew Ruck CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FCHIME, MD
Synsana EEIG
Synsana's Managing Partner, Andrew is based in Scotland, and draws on a background in management of healthcare services and delivery of ICT solutions, to ensure that the benefits of investment in technology are realised for the benefit of health service providers, patients and the companies that supply them. Over the last 15 years, he has successfully launched a number of digital healthcare businesses into European markets and delivered major technology enabled change programmes for the NHS and the European Commission amongst other clients. He is professionally qualified to advise on business and healthcare management, process and healthcare improvement and information and communication technologies, commonly used in health and care settings. He has held senior sales and marketing positions within BT plc. and Inmarsat Ventures. His healthcare management experience includes 7 years in the NHS, and 4 years overseas, starting as a national trainee with the NHS in Scotland
Maja Rudinac MD
Robot Care Systems
Dr.-Ing. Maja Rudinac is a CEO and co-founder of Robot Care Systems company that designes healthcare solutions for elderly. She obtained her PhD from Delft University of Technology where she worked as a co-leader of Delft Robotics Institute for interactive robots. In addition she was a main organiser of Robocup@Home competitions. She is winner of the Rabobank Innovation award for 205 and Shell Live wire award for the best young entrepreneur.
Rosalyn Ryan
Consulting Principal
Rosalyn Ryan is a Consulting Principal with Dell and has over 25 years of Healthcare Business Development and Healthcare Consulting experience. She helps Dell to establish and grow C-Suite Executive Health System and Payer relationships by providing HIT, process improvement and clinical process expertise across the globe. Ms. Ryan is also an International speaker on healthcare innovation and serves on a number of Boards and Committees in the non-profit arena. Rosalyn has previously owned and sold two companies that provided healthcare services and worked for J. Walter Thompson, Equifax, Hartmarx and OWP/P, a global architectural firm that specialized in building healthcare facilities. She holds an MBA from Loyola University and spends her spare time in Wisconsin at their home on the Rock River.
Mme. Pascale Sauvage
Director of Strategy / Chief Strategy Officer
ASIP Santé, France
Pascale Sauvage is director of strategy (Chief Strategy Officer) at ASIP Santé since 2014, and member of the board. She is in charge of programme management office, quality management and communication. Pascale is an expert in leading large public organizations and information systems projects. Graduated in political sciences (Sciences Po Paris) and in management (IAE), she began her career as a consultant for public bodies before joining Ministry of Finance in 2002 to implement a new financial system. Since she joined the public health sector in 2006, Pascale has been participating in strategic projects such as Dossier Medical Personnel (DMP). She also managed a wide range of international activities, specifically with Europe and Québec.
Moderator: Marlies Schijven MD
Professor of Surgery
Gastro-Intestinal Surgeon Chair on Simulation, Serious Gaming and Applied Mobile Healthcare Program leader e-Health Dutch Federation of Universities Academic Medical Center of Amsterdam, the Netherlands President of the International Society for Wearable Technology in Healthcare - WATCH- Program Leader of the Dutch Federal University eHealth Citrine program Past-President of the Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare Professor Marlies Schijven (born in 1969) researches the field of mHealth, Simulation and Serious Gaming. On the 28th of October 2013; she was the first surgeon livestreaming an abdominal operation to YouTube directly using GoogleGlass. Prof. Schijven is known for her publications in the area of surgery (achalasia and reflux disease), m-health, e-health, wearable technology, medical education and simulation technology. She is an expert in the area of virtual reality medical simulation, serious gaming, validation studies and validation processes.
Edith Schippers
Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport
The Netherlands

In 1993 Edith Schippers worked as personal assistant to Dick Dees, a member of the House of Representatives for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). From 1994 to 1997 she was a policy officer for the VVD parliamentary party in the field of health, welfare and sport.

Ms Schippers joined the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers VNO-NCW in 1997, where she worked as secretary for health and the labour market until 2001 and secretary for spatial planning until 2003.

On 3 June 2003, Edith Schippers became a member of the House of Representatives for the VVD. She was the party's spokesperson on health and development cooperation. From March 2006 she was also deputy leader of the parliamentary party. From June 2009 to September 2010 she was a member of the parliamentary committee investigating the financial system.

On 14 October 2010 Ms Schippers was appointed Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport in the Rutte-Verhagen government.

On 5 November 2012 Edith Schippers was appointed Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport in the Rutte-Asscher government.

Merik Seven MD
Sr Programmanager / Advisor
Merik Seven has held several management and advisory positions in the field of healthcare and/or IT management at Healthcare Providers since 1997. He has a background as a healthcare professional (Radiotherapy) and a Master degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA). Since April 2013 he is active in the position of programmanager epSOS, EXPAND, eSENS and eID at NICTIZ and participates as work packages leader for JAseHN / eHN. He is within Nictiz responsible for portfolio management of the international projects and policy advisor for International/ European eHealth. Merik is chair of the architectural board and co-chair of the board of regional Health Information Exchange organisations in the Netherlands.
Alona Sharabani
Client Manager Healthcare
Elena Sini
Humanitas Research Hospital
Elena Sini has been the CIO of the Humanitas Research Hospital since 2012. She holds a course on Healthcare Information Systems at the Humanitas University and at the LIUC University. Previously, she has held the position of CIO of the Istituto Nazionale Tumori for over 10 years. She began her career at the RAI Research Centre and also worked for the Canal+ Group on the issues related to the digital terrestrial television transmission standard. Master of Science in Telecommunication Engineering.
Mrs. Nanna Skovgaard
Head og Division
Ministry of Health
Political Scientist, Head of Devision, Ministry of Health. Before that Ministry of Finance. Knowledge and experience in nation wide implementation of new technologies; eInvoicing, Shared Patient Record, Telemdecine for COPD-patients etc. Main focus is on implementation, benefit realisation and stearing mechanisms in public sector governance in general.
Odile Smeets
Project Manager e-Health
Trimbos Institute, The Netherlands
Odile Smeets is working as project leader e-health at the Innovation Center Of Mental Health and Technology (I.COM) at the Trimbos Institute. She is involved in the development, research and marketing of online help projects and programs in the field of mental health and addiction. Odile has 15-20 years of work experience in the field of e-mental health. At this moment Odile’s work is focusing on actual e-health themes like quality, implementation and use of the online programs in clinical practice, innovation and financing. Recently Odile is dealing with a unique implementation project to introduce the use of the evidence based internet course Colouryourlife ( in a blended way in the practice of General Practitioners.
Ronni Solomon
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
ECRI Institute
Ronni Solomon serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for ECRI Institute, a nonprofit agency dedicated to promoting the highest standards of safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness in healthcare. She guides the development, execution, and evaluation of the Institute’s mission and vision and has overall responsibility for the Institute’s legal matters, for its patient safety, quality and risk programs and initiatives, and for its education center. Her work spans many of the Institute’s research, consultative, publishing and educational initiatives for preventing patient injuries and deaths. She serves as ECRI Institute’s executive sponsor for major projects in both the public and private sector, as well as for programs for hospitals and health systems, insurance carriers, and other healthcare provider organizations. Ms. Solomon has developed numerous initiatives to improve safe and effective care, such as ECRI Institute PSO, a federally-listed patient safety organization that works with over 1,000 provider organizations to make care safer. She recently convened the Partnership for Health IT Patient Safety, a multi-stakeholder collaborative seeking to improve health IT safety within a non-punitive learning environment by analyzing adverse events, near misses and hazards and disseminating best practices. She has authored numerous publications that on a variety of healthcare safety issues.
Mr. David Somekh MD
Network Director
Political Scientist, Head of Devision, Ministry of Health. Before that Ministry of Finance. Knowledge and experience in nation wide implementation of new technologies; eInvoicing, Shared Patient Record, Telemdecine for COPD-patients etc. Main focus is on implementation, benefit realisation and stearing mechanisms in public sector governance in general.
Anna Sort CPHIMS
A nurse with a mission: Make health fun. Passionate about video games and engagement design. Entrepreneur specialized in Health Gamification. I’m intrigued by videogames, human behaviour, willpower and positive psychology. Professor in various international Universities and gHEALTH Gamification World Congress organizer.
Rafael Sotoca
MD. MPH. GP. Primary Care Doctor. Manager of the Chronic Area
Manises Hospital, Spain
Degree in Medicine at the University of Valladolid. Specialist in Family Medicine and Master in Public Health. A career divided between humanitarian action, project management and clinical activity. Experiences with "Doctors without Borders" and "Doctors of the World" in several conflict contexts, with management of ICT projects for the regional Health Government of Valencia and Interoperability advisor for the Spanish Ministry of Health. Temporary stage at the strategy unit of DG SANCO (EC).
Dr. Maria Steenbergen CPHIMS
Movisie, The netherlands
Robert Stegwee
Robert Stewart MD
Clinical Design Director
Kent County Council, UK
Dr Robert Stewart is a practising family doctor with NHS and Social Care leadership roles covering the1.5M people Kent. He is interested in new models of care that truly meet the needs of the citizen by empowering self care through technology. New solutions are being developed in his role as Clinical Design Director of the newly launched Kent-based Design and Learning Centre for Clinical and Social Innovation "Making out of hospital care safer for both citizens and the professionals".
Joerg Stueben
Senior Expert
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co KG, Germany
Jeroen Tas
CEO Connected Care and Health Informatics
Jeroen Tas, CEO of Connected Care & Health Informatics at Philips, has more than 30 years of global experience as an entrepreneur and executive in the healthcare, information technology and financial services industries. At Philips, Jeroen advances the development of digital health solutions that provide connected patient-centric care and support providers, hospitals and our global health systems to achieve better outcomes from healthy living to home care. Jeroen's stance is echoed in Philips' commitment to improve access, lower cost and enhance quality across the health continuum.
Danielle Teclegiorgis FHIMSS
Solidarity University, The Netherlands
Danielle is coördinator at the Solidarity University. She's also active as projectmanager and trainer. After years of working in recruitment she has found her lifegoal in connecting technology and people and helping the less fortunate finding their way in the world of ICT.
Jeremy Theal MD
Chief Medical Information Officer
North York General Hospital
Dr. Theal is the CMIO and a Gastroenterologist at North York General Hospital (NYGH) in Toronto, Canada. He is the physician lead for the eCare hospital information system enhancement project at NYGH, which has won six national awards for innovation, quality and safety of patient care since 2010. Dr. Theal also conceived and founded the Canadian CPOE Toolkit, a free nationwide resource which shares a 400+ page guidebook and a library of over 1,400 evidence-based order sets to improve quality and reduce cost of CPOE systems across Canada. In 2015, Dr. Theal was the recipient of the Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety.
Michèle Thonnet
ehealth International Affairs Executive
French Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, France
Anne Tidmarsh
Director Older People and Physical Disability
Kent County Council, UK
Anne qualified as a Social Worker in Holland. She moved to England in 1990 and started working for Kent County Council as a Care Manager. She worked in a variety of settings : Acute Hospital Care, Community Teams for Older People, Learning and Physical Disability. In 2009 she was appointed as Associate Director Strategic Integrated Commissioning, a joint appointment between NHS Eastern Coastal Kent and Kent Adult Social Services, this was a temporary role and Anne is currently Director of Older People and Physical Disability.. She has been the lead for her area on innovation and integrated working with partner agencies in particular with health organisations. Anne leads for the Council on: Long Term Conditions, including Risk Stratification and Integrated Teams, Dementia, End of Life Care and Assistive Technologies. . Anne has been involved in working with partner organisations in Europe for some time. She has contributed to a publication on Tele-technological developments following on from a seminar in Utrecht Holland, a publication on Intermediate Care in the UK. She was the lead Director for Kent for the Interreg IVC CASA and Biz4Age Programmes and the lead KCC Director for the Kent Integration Pioneer Programme.
Daniël Tijink CPHIMS
Senior Strategist
He did a master in Philosophy of Science, technology and society and a PHD in public administration before joining the public service for a fifteen year career as a strategist at ministeries of Transport, Foreign Affiars (ambassy Berlin) and Economic Affairs. After being head of unit societal changeand ICT he switched four years ago to ECP, platform of the information society, where he became a member of the management team responsable for strategy and healthcare. He wrote the strategy document:'a matur information society and strated the platform care and ICT with ICT, care and administrative professionals.
Mr. Roy Tomeij MD
chairman kerngroep Informatieberaad
Tomeij Beheer bv
Piret Väli MD
Vice president
Council of European Dentists, Estonia
Born 12.01.1964 in Estonia Pärnu city , growing up in Tallinn. After high school studies in Tallinn Sports Gymnasium continued studies in historical ( established 1632) Tartu University 1982 in department of stomatology at Medical Faculty which I graduated 1987 as medical doctor- stomatologist. Privet practice started 1994 and at the moment working as dentist in Clinic 32, Tallinn. Since 1998 I have been involved in Estonian Dental Association on different areas and since 2003 we have been working on health issues in cooperation with developers. Since 1999 Council of European Dentists ( previous Dental Liaison Committee) as member and later since 2004 as Member of the Board of Directors. eHealth has been an integral part of the CED priorities and activities for the past several years. The CED Working Group eHealth was established in May 2011 and I have been chair of this working group since then, representing Council of European Dentist also in eHealth Stakeholders Group. Since 2015 Vice president of the Council of European Dentists.
Mr. Cees van Berkel
Principal Scientist
Philips Research
Mrs. Kaat van Bosstraeten MD
Project Manager
Sensoa is the Flemish centre of expertise for sexual health. Kaat Van Bosstraeten joined Sensoa in 2013 as Project Manager of Zanzu is an easy to use visual website on sexual health in 13 languages. Prior to joining Sensoa, Kaat held communication positions in insurance and investment companies. She holds a Master degree in Germanic philology from the University of Leuven and a Master degree in theater studies from the University of Antwerp.
Nina van der Vaart
Project manager
Stichting Nationaal Ouderenfonds, the Netherlands
Jaco van Duivenboden
Senior advisor eHealth
Nictiz, The Netherlands
Mrs. Sandra van Dulmen
Paul van Geldrop
Coöperatie Mental Wealth
Former IT-consultant turned projectmanager, Paul has spent the last years in various roles and projects in Dutch mental healthcare. He works as projectmanager for the Coöperatie Mental Wealth since 2015, a collective of healthcare organizations focusing on increasing selfmanagement through new digital healthcare products.
Lies van Gennip FCHIME
Nictiz, The Netherlands
Thijs van Houwelingen CPHIMS
PhD Candidate
Utrecht University of Applied Sciences
Thijs van Houwelingen works as PhD candidate at the Research Group for Demand-driven Care. His doctoral research is focuses on the subject competencies for healthcare professionals. Specifically: which competencies do nurses need in order to maximize the potential of modern technologies? Thijs works at different research projects and also supervises participating students. Besides doing research he works as a lecturer in nursing.
Dirk van Hyfte MD
Senior Advisor for Biomedical Informatics at InterSystems
Mr. Martin van Rijn
State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands
The Netherlands
Martin van Rijn joined the Ministry of Housing and Spatial Planning in 1980. He held a number of policy and managerial positions within the Directorate-General for Housing, including head of the advisory section, head of the Inspectorate of Housing Associations and director of Finance, Strategy and Control. In 1995 he was appointed Deputy Director-General, with responsibility for developing urban policy and policy on the subsidised rental sector. In 2000 he was appointed Director-General for Management and Personnel Policy at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, with responsibility for conditions of employment policy for the public sector and modernising the civil service. From 2003 to 2008 he was Director-General for Health Care at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, where he was responsible for reforming the healthcare system. On 1 January 2008, Mr Van Rijn was appointed chairman of the management board of PGGM, an organisation which administers pensions for the care and welfare sector. On 5 November 2012 Mr Van Rijn was appointed State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport in the Rutte-Asscher government.
Michel van Schaik
Director Health
Rabobank, The Netherlands
Michel van Schaik is Director of Healthcare at Rabobank. He joined Rabobank in 1997 after working for eight years in the health insurance market. During that period he was responsible for contracting healthcare services from hospitals and other healthcare institutions in Amsterdam and The Hague. He is Chairman of the Healthcare Committee of the Dutch Banking Association and a member of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers’ Healthcare Committee. He was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch College of General Practitioners from 2004 to 2010. He has served as a supervisory director at De Ondernemende Huisarts healthcare group in Eindhoven since 2011.
Mr. Jan-Pieter van Seventer
Managing Director
Dutch Game Garden
Ragnhild Varmedal
Senior Technology Advisor
University Hospital of North Norway
Ragnhild Varmedal is a M.Sc and have worked as a developer in the Diabetes Research Team for 8 years. She has now moved on, and is currently working as a senior technology adviser in th project “Patients’ Access to Electronic Health Record” where patients in Northern Norway are given easy access to their EHR via the national health portal She has also been responsible for a local security conference, “Sikkerhetsdagen i Troms”, where Bruce Schneier was the keynote speaker.
Martijn Vastenburg
Managing Director
HalloZorg / ConnectedCare, The Netherlands
Dr. Martijn Vastenburg is founder and CEO of HalloZorg / ConnectedCare. The digital platform facilitates collaboration between formal and informal caregivers through a social network. Until 2012, Martijn worked as assistant professor in Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology. He started the spin-off ConnectedCare in order to speed up innovation and bring care innovations to the market. ConnectedCare participates in five EU AAL projects and has a series of Dutch care organizations as clients. The company now prepares market entry in multiple EU countries.
Ms. Dianda Veldman
Executive director
Dutch Patients Federation NPCF
Patients Federation NPCF gives patients a voice in the consulting room, in politics, with health insurance companies and in the media. Almost all Dutch patients organizations are affiliated. Dianda Veldman started her career as a business professional. She has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and management. Prior to joining NPCF in September 2015, she held management positions in development cooperation, not for profit sector, publishing and telecommunications companies, and consultancy. Veldman is a board member of the WakaWaka Foundation. She holds a Master degree in Sociology from the University of Groningen and Post Graduates in Business Administration and Marketing.
Wim Veling
Robert Verheij
Research Coördinator
Neth. Inst. Health Services Research, The Netherlands
Robert Verheij is program leader of NIVEL Primary Care Database at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL). He studied human geography at the University of Amsterdam and started his professional career as a researcher at NIVEL in 1989. In 1999 he defended his PhD thesis on urban-rural differences in health and heath care at the University of Utrecht. He started working for the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in 1999 and returned to NIVEL in 2002. Since 2002 he is responsible for NIVEL Primary Care Database and became passionate in all the issues involved in transforming routinely collected health data into information for policy and research: data quality, trust, legal issues, governance issues.
Chandra Verstappen
Teemupekka Virtanen
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
Stefan Visscher
Senior inspector
Dutch Health Care Inspectorate
Stefan Visscher is a medical informatician, working in the field of medical informatics for over 12 years now. After a few years in research after finishing his PhD on a decision-support system for diagnosing ICU patients, he moved to the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate (DHCI) as part of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. At the DHCI he is a senior inspector and is involved in regulating medical software products.
Mr. Anne Visser MD
Consultant health care & ict
Digitaal inschrijven
Doctor and consultant in Health Care and ICT.
Mr. Maarten Vos CPHIMS
Clinical Psychologist
Michele Voznick
Policy Officer
European Commission, DG JUST
Policy Officer, Data Protection Unit, DG JUSTICE, European Commission
Anne-Miek Vroom
Medical sociologist, director
Anne-Miek Vroom is a passionate and inspirational individual who makes optimal use of her knowledge and patient experience. She is an impassioned consultant in the healthcare sector and much in demand as a public speaker. As the founder and director of the IKONE Foundation, her goal is to improve the quality of care by promoting and facilitating collaborations between patients and the healthcare sector. She supports care organisations, policy makers and innovators in reinforcing the patient perspective. Additionally, the IKONE Foundation develops innovations in healthcare.
Mr. Martin Wahlstedt
Project & QA Manager
Bioservo Technologies AB
Mr. Edward Watkins
Professor of Psychology
University of Exeter
Ed Watkins is Professor of Experimental and Applied Clinical Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Exeter. He trained as a chartered clinical psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, and then held a joint research position between the Institute of Psychiatry and the Medical Research Council – Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. He has specialist clinical training and expertise in cognitive therapy for depression. He currently works as a researcher, teacher, and clinical practitioner, and directs SMART Lab (Study of Maladaptive to Adaptive Repetitive Thought), specialising in psychological research and treatment for depression and anxiety. His research programme focuses on worry and rumination, utilising both experimental methods to understand its mechanisms and then clinical process-outcome research to translate these experimental findings into improved psychological interventions to treat and prevent depression and anxiety. He has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Experimental Medicine Award, European Commission FP7, and a NARSAD Young Investigators Award. Current research includes examining diet and behavioural change to prevent depression and obesity; the use of therapy targeting rumination to improve outcomes for depression and anxiety, the use of e-therapies to prevent depression and anxiety, tested in UK, Netherlands, Sweden, and Hong Kong, and the use of innovative trial designs to disentangle the active ingredients of internet-delivered CBT. He was awarded the British Psychological Society's May Davidson Award 2004 for outstanding early-career contribution to the development of clinical psychology, was a member of the Wellcome Trust Expert Review Group for Cognitive Neuroscience and Mental Health 2011-2014, and is a current member of the UK NICE guidelines review board for adult depression.
Marcel Wendt CPHIMS
Digidentity BV
Marcel Wendt is founder and CTO of the online identity provider Digidentity. Digidentity’s main objective is to create and ensure one’s digital identity is completely user-centric and safe. Revolutionary technologies in place now and always subject to continuous improvement are e.g. virtual smartcards and face to face recognition via smartphones. Marcel has a seat on the Strategic Council of the Dutch identity framework Idensys, is involved with several (international) research projects and various parties and governments contact Digidentity regarding different aspects of digital identities.
Alexander Whalen
Senior Policy Manager
About Alexander: As Senior Policy Manager, Alexander leads DIGITALEUROPE’s work on all topics related to data privacy and cybersecurity, focusing specifically on issues such as cross border data flows, adoption of big data technologies and network and information security. Prior to joining DIGITALEUROPE, Alexander worked as a public affairs consultant at Community Public Affairs and APCO Worldwide’s Brussels office where he advised companies on issues related to data privacy, security and cloud computing. Previously, Alexander complete a traineeship at the Swedish American Chambers of Commerce in Washington DC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Economics from Bates College in Maine, USA and a Master’s degree in EU Affairs from Lund University in Lund, Sweden. Alexander is an American and Finnish national. He speaks fluent English and Swedish, advanced Danish and Norwegian, and intermediate French. About DIGITALEUROPE: DIGITALEUROPE represents the digital technology industry in Europe. Its members include some of the worlds largest IT, telecoms and consumer electronics companies and national associations from every part of Europe. DIGITALEUROPE works to foster a business, policy and regulatory environment in Europe that nurtures and supports the digital technology industry.
Andrew White
Andrew White is a technology partner in the Deloitte UK consultancy practice, specialising in healthcare and cyber security. He is an engineer with over 30 years’ experience of designing and delivering large and complex technology programmes. He has led various consulting assignments for the UK National Health Service (NHS) and the Department of Health, formerly on the National Programme for IT and more recently on the NHS technology portfolio and the next-generation health and social care network. He currently also provides a 24x7 cloud-based IT service to the NHS, and represents Deloitte on a Government cyber panel disseminating best practice. For two years previously he was the overall Scheme Architect for the former UK National Identity Scheme. He has worked on the challenge of easing congestion by charging dynamically for the use of UK roads, on the design of a Government B2B gateway transacting $25bn annually and on several defence administrative systems.
Petra Wilson
Annabel Zettl
UX Project Manager
As Manager of Social Innovation (B.A. University of Applied Science Munich), Annabel is especially interested in the impact and acceptance of innovations in the context of societal change. In the last few years Annabel has collected manifold experiences in leading public funded, as well as private funded innovation projects, with a special focus on eHealth and Ambient Assisted Living. In her work as UX project manager at the German UX & Innovation consultant firm YOUSE GmbH, Annabel puts special emphasis on using a holistic innovation approach: From an extensive detection of user and stakeholder needs, a collaborative development of solutions with end-users, to a successful implementation through targeted testing and evaluation.
Peteris Zilgalvis
Head of Unit
European Commission, Belgium
Pēteris Zilgalvis is the Head of Unit for Health and Well Being in DG CONNECT in the European Commission. He was the 2013-14 Senior EU Fellow at St. Antony's College at the University of Oxford, where he is a Senior Member and an Associate of the Political Economy of Financial Markets Programme. He previously was Head of Unit for Governance and Ethics and earlier was in DG Legal Affairs at the Council of Europe, Senior Foreign Environmental Law Advisor to the World Bank/Russian Federation Environmental Management Project, Regional Environmental Specialist at the World Bank and in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Environment in Latvia. He has a J.D. from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Political Science, Cum Laude, from UCLA.
Filippo Zimbile
Manager Youth Programme
Soa Aids Netherlands
Filippo Zimbile is manager of the youth programme of Sti Aids The Netherlands. He is responsible for the planned development of eHealth interventions, (mass media and online) sexual health campaigns, educational packages and eHealth services (information and counseling) by phone, e-mail and chat.