eHealth Tallinn
eHealth Tallinn Speakers*

*Speakers are listed in ascending alphabetical order by last name

Ain Aaviksoo
Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation
Ministry of Social Affairs Estonia
Ain Aaviksoo, MD MPH is Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia overseeing the digital transformation and innovation of social security area in Estonia, including health, labour and social matters. Mr Aaviksoo is currently chairing mHealth working group of the European Commission's eHealth Network. He is lecturing at Tallinn University of Technology and Medical Faculty of University of Tartu. Dr Aaviksoo obtained MD from University of Tartu and MPH from Harvard University. He has earlier work experience as a physician, senior level civil servant, international level consultant on large system transformation and technology adoption in healthcare, health policy researcher and CEO of public policy think-tank Praxis, and health-tech entrepreneur. Dr Aaviksoo has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and contributed into several book chapters on health policy and e-health, he is also regularly presenting as invited keynote speaker on e-services and e-society at international health care or public policy events.
Kostas Aligiannis
Jr. Policy Officer
European Patients Forum
Kostas joined EPF in April 2017. As a Junior Policy Officer, he is responsible for supporting the policy development and advocacy work of EPF, as well as providing policy intelligence on relevant developments. Next to that, he assists in coordinating EPF’s internal working groups and membership consultations. Kostas has a BA in European Studies from the University of Maastricht and studied an LLB in Law at the KU Leuven. Before joining EPF, he worked as a Policy Advisor for the European Federation of Nurses’ Associations (EFN) and the European Council of Liberal Professions (CEPLIS), he also worked for the Professional Qualifications and Skills Unit of the European Commission.
Andrus Altrov
Vytenis Andriukaitis
Commissioner for Health & Food Safety
European Commission
Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis was appointed European commissioner for Health and Food Safety in November 2014. He was born on August 9 in Siberia where his family was deported in 1941. He returned in 1959 together with his mother and two brothers. His father was allowed to return only when year later. Vytenis Andriukaitis graduated in medicine in 1975 and has been practicing surgeon, specialising in cardiovascular surgery in 1989, for more than 20 years. He also holds a degree in History from Vilnius University acquired in 1984. As of 1969 he was active in the anti-Soviet movement. His political engagement started already in 1976. He was one of the founders of the Lithuanian social-democrat party. In 1990 he was elected to the supreme the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania which preceded Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament) and was one of the co-authors of Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted in 1992 as well as a signatory of independence act of Lithuania. Andriukaitis was a Member of Parliament for six mandates. During that period he has been the Deputy Chairman of Committee on European Affairs, the member of Foreign Affairs Committee and Vice-President of Social-Democrat party. The Commissioner has also led the Lithuanian delegation to the Convention on the Future of Europe. From 2012 to 2014 Vytenis Andriukaitis was minister for Health.
Tigran Arzumanov
Head of Sales
Tigran Arzumanov, PhD, MBA has been working in the area of clinical research sales & marketing since 2004 and has extensive experience in commercial aspects of both pharmaceutical research services and eClinical solutions.
Liz Ashall Payne
Liz Ashall-Payne Founder & CEO Passionate about the opportunities that technology and particularly apps offer to improve health and care efficiencies and outcomes, Liz founded ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Application in 2015, determined to present a way to offer much needed guidance to app developers to help raise app quality, as well as helping the public and professionals to confidently find and apply apps that could genuinely improve public, patient and organisational outcomes. Initially a Speech and Language Therapist, Liz has almost 20 years NHS experience. She has successfully led innovative change and service transformation in complex health economies. She has led regional, national and European change programmes and networks to deliver transformational shift and has experience of working collaboratively with Public Sector, Industry and Academia. Identifying the opportunities that new technology present to improve health and care efficiencies and outcomes, and passionate about the potential apps have to shape the future of health and care, Liz was determined to find a way to offer much needed guidance to app developers to help improve app quality, as well as helping the public and professionals to confidently find and apply apps that could really help their needs, while navigating round those that present less obvious risks or carry dubious levels of validity or value. Interested in digital innovations in Health and Care she is motivated to continuously transform care, utilising resources most effectively with the opportunities these innovations offer.
Clemens Auer (tbc)
Director General
Kim Baden-Kristensen
CEO, Co-founder
Brain +
Kim Baden-Kristensen is the CEO and Co-founder of Brain+, specializing in digital therapeutics for healing the injured brain and troubled brain, more specifically for the recovery of impaired cognitive functions due to brain injury, depression and neurodegeneration. It’s award winning Brain+ apps are being clinically tested in Parkinson’s disease, Major depressive disorder and Traumatic brain injury patients, and is being used by Danish national team athletes to enhance cognitive performance.
Jorge Barrera
Jorge Barrera is a security expert and software development professional specializing in high volume, international e-commerce applications. His latest venture is an Estonian based mobile security company which has created a mobile application to provide security awareness to smartphone users. Jorge is also an inventor and led the development of a patented medical hardware device.
Steve Beet
Principal, R&D Director
Dr. Harsh Bhardwaj
Medical Officer
Dr. Harsh Bhardwaj MBBS, Cofounder FamilyDoctr is a general physician practicing in New Delhi, with his emphasis and works towards solving accessibility of healthcare in India. His work at Primary Health Level with Government in a very low socio-economic area led him to understand the accessibility and health-seeking issues associated with Urban Poor. Interest in solving 3Ds of health care i.e. Doctor, Diagnosis and Drugs led him to policy framework contribution with Public Policy Research Centre ( Think Tank of Bhartiya Janta Party ). Presently working on 2$ healthcare model, by cofounding FamilyDoctr a startup of health specialists and technocrats working in tandem to deliver peer-reviewed and standard care via connected health clinics and simple innovations in medical devices.
Moderator: Elena Bonfiglioli
Senior Director Health Industry, Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA)
Prior to her current appointment, Elena Bonfiglioli was Director of Corporate Citizenship within Microsoft's Legal & Corporate Affairs and EU Affairs team in Brussels, where she was focused on advancing Microsoft's skills, employability and healthcare initiatives. This included working with academic leaders and stakeholders at the EU and global level to create government and public sector partners. Previously, she has held other roles within Microsoft over the past eight years, within teams such as Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility, Citizenship and Health. Ms. Bonfiglioli is also the co-Founder of the Women in Leadership Network (WiL).
Michal Boni, PhD
Member, European Parliament
Member of the European Parliament since 2014, Vice-Chair of Delegation to the EU-Moldova Parliamentary Association Committee, Member of Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, Substitute Member to Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee. Michal Boni holds a PhD from the University of Warsaw where he lectured in the Department of Polish Culture for many years. Involved in the ‘Solidarity’ underground movement since 1980 and a member of the national authorities of ‘Solidarity’ since 1989, he became Chairman of the Mazowsze Region Management Board in 1990. He served as Minister of Labour and Social Policy in 1991 and from 1992 until 1993 as Secretary of State in the same ministry responsible for labour market policy. Between 1998 and 2001 he was the Chief Advisor to the Minister of Labour and Social Policy. From 2008 he served as Minister- Head of Strategic Advisors to the Prime Minister Donald Tusk and from 2011 until 2013 as Minister of Administration and Digitisation of Poland. In 2016 Michal Boni was awarded a MEP award in category research and innovation.
Dr. Angela Brand
European Centre for Public Health Genomics (ECPHG)
Angela Brand, MD PhD MPH (USA) is Full Professor at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) as well as Professorial Fellow at MERIT (Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology), Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences (FHS), Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She is Director of the European Centre for Public Health Genomics (ECPHG), holds a Dr. T.M. Pai Endowed Chair on Public Health Genomics and is Adjunct Professor at the School of Life Sciences, Manipal University, India.
Moderator: Dr.. Helmut Brand
Maastricht University
Christine Brukhty
Sales Manager, Europe
Moderator: Stefan Buttigieg, M.D.
Social Media Ambassador; Digital Health Scientific Advisor
HIMSS; European Public Health Alliance
Specialist Trainee in Public Health Medicine with a special interest in Clinical Informatics, Social Media and Digital Health. Author, Tutor and Digital Health Consultant focused on creating transformative and effective change. Stefan is focused on expanding his knowledge within the field of Public Health, Social Media, Biomedical Informatics, Project Management and Mobile Development with the main aim of empowering healthcare professionals to design, develop and distribute user-centric applications for healthcare. Passionate about establishing contacts with people from all walks of life and energised about getting the best out of people and helping them achieve their technological goals and vision.
Anda Čaksa
Minister for Health, Latvia
Ms. Francesca Cattarin
Health Policy Officer
Francesca Cattarin joined the European Consumer Organization (BEUC) in February 2016. As Health Policy Officer she provides BEUC and its members information and advice on access to medicines and ehealth policies and regulatory aspects. She is a member of the European Medicines Agency patients and consumers working party and represents BEUC at the EU health policy fora. She previously worked for the Health Italian Ministry as Policy Advisor, after a collaboration with the European Social Observatory (ESO) where she investigated the Directive on the application of patients ‘rights in cross-border healthcare. Francesca graduated in European studies at Cesare Alfieri University in Florence.
Vasileios Charisis
Vasileios S. Charisis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1985. He received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2015, both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). Currently, he is a researcher at the Signal Processing and Biomedical Technology Unit of the Telecommunications Laboratory at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, AUTH. His research interests focus on advanced signal and image processing techniques, biomedical engineering, pattern recognition on medical images and human-machine interfaces, while his non-academic activities entail iOS and Programmable Logic Controller application development. Alongside his postgraduate studies, in 2005 he worked for the Public Power Corporation S.A., in 2007 for the Automation Department of Ghent University and from 2007 until 2008 for the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization. From 2010 until 2014 he has worked as a teaching assistant at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, AUTH and the Departments of Informatics Engineering and Civil-Surveying Engineering and Geoinformatics, Technological Educational Institute of Central Macedonia, Greece. From 2013 until now, he has participated in one European and two national research projects and he has coauthored a successful HORIZON2020 research project proposal. Currently, he is working for the "i-Treasures" (FP7-ICT-2011-9-600676) research project and he is a member of the coordinating team of the HORIZON2020 "i-PROGNOSIS" research project. Since 2009, he has authored a book chapter and more than 14 publications in various national and international peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Dr. Charisis, in 2003 and 2012 received an honorary distinction of academic excellence by the Technical Chamber of Greece, in 2003, 2004 and 2005 received a scholarship of academic merit by the Institution of State Scholarships and in 2009 received a 3-year scholarship for doctoral studies by Leventis Foundation.
Mr. Richard Corbridge
Health Service Executive, Ireland
Richard Corbridge is the CIO for the Health Service Executive & Chief Officer for eHealth Ireland. In this role, Richard has delivered a number of key strategic programmes & managed a reform of the Irish healthcare technology system. Previously, he led the implementation of a range of systems & processes in the NHS to aid the provision of healthcare & clinical research. Over the last 3 years, Richard has been recognised internationally for his work, culminating in topping the CIO 100 list this year.
Moderator: Joan Cornet Prat
Director Barcelona HUB
Technical Engineer, and Graduate in Psychology. After working for some years as a Clinical Psychologist in a General Hospital, he was elected Mayor of Manresa in 19179. In 1988, he began to work as a high-level civil servant in the European Commission in Brussels, where among other projects, he lead EURES ( European employment services), later on, Director for Governmental Cooperation with North Africa and Middle East Countries. For five years he worked as a Director in the European Parliament.  

In June of 2004, he was named General Secretary of the Department of Health of the Government of Catalonia. In September 2005, the Government entrusted him to start up the “BIOCAT” (Biotechnology) and since January 2007 to May 2013 has been CEO of TicSalut Foundation (ICT Health), since then and until April 2017 Director of “mHealth Competence Center” at Mobile World Capital Barcelona.  

He is currently Director of the European Connected Health Alliance. Barcelona Hub, and Director of Digital Transformation at AIS Channel,( Advance in Surgery) and works with the European Institute of Technology-Health (Munich), Part-time professor in Institute of International Open Learning. University of Barcelona.
Dr. George Crooks
Digital Health and Care Institute
Prof George Crooks is the Medical Director for NHS 24. He is Chairman of Scotland's Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre. He leads the Integrated Care Action Group of the European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing. He is on the Board of the European Connected Health Alliance, EHTEL and the European Critical Care Foundation. He was awarded an OBE in the Queens New Years Honors List 2011 for services to healthcare.
Hans Danneels
Tom Dawson
Founding Director
Tom Dawson MB.ChB., D.Phil (Oxon) is a clinician, academic and technologist with more than 25 years experience in the healthcare sector in Australasia, US, the UK and Europe. He has actively worked on defining HL7 transition of care standards. Tom has deep practical experience in developing digital technologies to meet interoperability and compliance standards in Europe including working on advanced digital Telecare with partners in Spain. He will present the Ensom Digital Telehealthcare Framework and how this initiative synchronises with the other Digital Health Society activities.
Moderator: Mirko De Maldè
COO at Lynkeus, a company specialised in the conception and coordination of EU-funded research projects, Mirko has several years of experience in managing large collaborative projects, mainly in the field of eHealth, also providing support in the business development phase of the implemented solutions. At present, Mirko is in the management team of the MyHealthMyData project, which seeks to implement a blockchain-based platform for secure and transparent personal health data storage and exchange, involving all key stakeholders (such as citizens, hospitals, and industry). Currently, his key interests are in blockchain, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies and ICOs, specifically for personal health data valorisation and citizens-controlled data exchange frameworks.
Dr. Antonio Dedeu
Generalitat de Catalunya Agency for Health Quality & Assessment, Gov't of Catalonia
Dr Toni Dedeu is Director of the Agency for Quality and Assessment (AQuAS) of the Regional Ministry of Health of Catalonia, Spain. Dr Dedeu is a Family Medicine doctor and holds a diploma in Urology. He holds various MSc, Health Economics, Health Management and Primary and Community and doctoral programmes from Manchester University, UK; Barcelona University and Pompeu Fabra, Spain. He worked extensively on the design and implementation of primary healthcare reform, health services redesign and quality assurance in various Eastern European Catalonia and as Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange of the Digital Health Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK He has been Chair of EUREGHA, association based in Brussels (European Regional and Local Health Authorities Association) for 6 years and he is currently the vice-chair.
Frédéric Destrebecq
Executive Director
European Brain Council
Dr. Christian Dierks
Founding Partner
Dierks + Bohle, Life Science and Health Care Law; Germany
Christian Dierks is founding partner of Dierks + Bohle, a leading life science and health care law firm in Germany with 30 lawyers highly specialized in these fields. Besides being a formally qualified attorney for medical and social law he is a general practitioner as well. He leads the pharmaceutical and medical device practice group within the firm focussing on legal advice in clinical trials, marketing authorization, pricing and reimbursement, tender law, anti-trust issues and compliance. He teaches as a professor for health services research at Charity Berlin. He is Secretary General of the German Society of Medical Law and was President of the society from 2000 to 2008. Dierks + Bohle is also a member of the legal council of the German Pharmaceutical Association BPI, the Ethical Medicines Industry Group, UK and EUCOPE, International Bar Association – Health Care and Life Sciences Law Committee
Moderator: Monica Dietl
Senior Advisor
Monica Dietl is a neurobiologist who conducted research at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, the University of Vienna, Sandoz in Basel, and Collège de France with Rhone Poulenc Santé in Paris, before moving into the research management and science policy world. In that capacity, she was director of the Brussels office of France’s CNRS, has served in the European Commission and was director of COST (European Cooperation for Science and Technology). Since June 2017 Monica Dietl is Senior Advisor at Science|Business.
David Earnshaw
Associate Vice President Public Policy Europe/Canada
Taavi Einaste
Head of Digital Healthcare
Taavi Einaste, Head of Digital Healthcare in Nortal, is among the world’s top experts in digital healthcare transformation and analytics. During his more than seven years at Nortal he has worked on numerous large scale projects and reforms, including national level transformation projects and healthcare providers’ efficiency targeting efforts.
Jonas Eriksson
Swedish Patient Association for Crohn’s & Colitis patients
Ph D in Biotechnology Royal Institute of Technology Pyrosequencing 2004. Reseacher for BioThema AB and Lytix Biophama AS 2005-2009. Early Drug Discovery Informatics and HTS for Chemical Biology Consortium Sweden 2009-20016. Founder of Biosolens 2017 in eHealth, Patient Care and Formulation Monitoring Technology.
Moderator: Frank Fritzsche
Research & Advisory Services Manager
HIMSS Europe GmbH
Frank Fritzsche is Manager at the Research and Advisory Services department within HIMSS Analytics in Europe. He is responsible for the execution of consulting engagements and the creation of market reports based on the HIMSS Analytics Maturity Models (e.g. EMR Adoption Model, Continuity of Care Maturity Model). Frank holds a Master’s degree in health economics from the APOLLON University of Applied Science and is graduated in sociology and cultural science at the University of Leipzig.
Kamel Gadouche
Kamel Gadouche is the director of the French Research Data Center (RDC), a department of GENES, recognized as an Other National Authority (ONA) by Eurostat. CASD manages an equipment designed to allow researchers to remotely and securely work with highly-detailed microdata. Datasources available through CASD are very precise, directly or indirectly re-identifying and cover many fields such as census, salaries, tax, health... Before that, he worked as IT manager at Genes and as project manager at INSEE, the French National Statistical Institute.
Cynthia Gálvez-López
R&D Director
Exovite, Spain
Cynthia connects her two passions, technology and design, 4 years ago and she specializes in the augmented reality (AR) field, developing her own AR technology as a Final Degree Project. This project was about innovative and educational application  for persons with disabilities, even she won some recognitions and awards. Cynthia is R&D Director in Exovite and she developes mixed reality projects through HoloLens for healthcare. In addition, she always is looking for the best way for offer the great patient experience. With more than 20 international awards and recognitions, Exovite has just been chosen as one of the 50 most technological startups in the world by TiE Silicon Valley, is Microsoft's partner through the program To Bizspark Plus and has been graded in the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Batch # 5 program in Israel.
Erik Gerritsen
Secretary General
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 in charge of the general governance of the Ministry. In 1996 he was appointed Director Financial and Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he became deputy Secretary General in 1999. 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. In 2009 he became Chairman of the Amsterdam Regional Youth Protection Agency. Erik Gerritsen was born in The Hague in 1962 and studied Political Science and Public Administration and Information Management.
Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho
Head of Health and Wellbeing Unit, DG CONNECT
European Commission
Miguel González-Sancho is since July 2016 Head of the Unit "eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing" at the European Commission, within the Directorate General “Communication Networks, Content and Technology” (DG CNECT, Miguel previously held different positions in DG CONNECT, including Head of Unit for Administration and Finance, Deputy Head of Unit for Policy Coordination and Deputy Head of the Unit "ICT for Inclusion". During this period, he worked on successive policy strategies ("e-Europe", "i2010", "Digital Agenda") as well as policy initiatives and R&D&I projects on ICT for social inclusion, accessibility, public services and skills. Miguel was also Member of Cabinet of the European Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes. He also worked as legal officer on telecommunications regulation, and as handler of trade defence investigations in DG TRADE. Miguel holds university degrees in Law (UNED, Spain) and International Relations (UCL, Belgium), and Master Degrees in Business Administration, European policies, Finance Management and Auditing.
Alexandre Grutman
Alexandre Grutman kicked off his career working for the big four (Deloitte & Andersen) where, during his time in the M&A departments he developed his first passion for growth financing and innovation. The following 8 years of his career he was in charge of the financial and organizational deployment for the hedge fund administrator & custodian in the world, Citco Group Ltd. From 2009 onwards (7 years ) he has been further developing his real passion for innovation excellence, ‘hands on’ entrepreneurship and business acceleration assuming 2 core activities in Switzerland, in combination with 3 adjacent activities : 

1) Managing Director Tantum Group Switzerland Strategy and innovation deployment for major multinational corporations Strong industry focus on pharma & healthtech 
2) Founder of a Start-up Accelerator in Switzerland, Inno-fuel (2014) Strongest focus on disruptions in digital health, ageing & e-health Companies invested / accelerated : Medikal – Healthbank Setup of a European elderly care participative investment platform (lending & equity funding), combining infrastructure, services, financing and technology 
2.a.) Direct acceleration role in digital health start-ups  2.b.) Expert, moderator & Judge for several innovation associations & accelerators
2.c.) Keynote speaker assignments for e-health & digital health
Joern-Peter Halle, PhD
Head of External Innovation for Biopharma R&D
Merck KGaA
Dr. Joern-Peter Halle is leading the External Innovation function and the TIP Immuno Ooncology in Merck Biopharma R&D. Most recently, he was Head of the President's Office and of Strategy and Business operations in Merck Serono. Prior to this, he was responsible for the program leaders of the oncology portfolio, part of the cross-functional oncology leadership team, and Head of Early Stage Licensing of Merck Serono. He started his carrier in Merck 13 years ago and prior to joining Merck, he co-founded a biotech company focusing on R&D in dermatology where he served as a Chief Business Officer. Peter holds a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Konstanz and began his carrier as a postdoc in biochemistry at the Gene Center Munich. More information:
Laurie Hawkins
Human Health Services Directories Advocate
Laurie Hawkins is an experienced ICT Healthcare professional with twenty years' experience working for the National Health Service in the UK, and Tasmanian and Victorian Health Departments. He is currently Project Manager for the Human Services Directory (HSD) which receives over 1.3 million hits/month. He is credited with the significant achievement of gaining support from all States/Territories and the Federal government for the creation of a National Health Services Directory (NHSD) based on the Victorian HSD. The NHSD has now been established and is a major piece of Health ICT infrastructure for e-health and the Personal Electronic Controlled Health Record (PCEHR) in Australia. He has worked with the Better Health Channel team in the creation of an IPhone/IPad app (83,000 downloads, Victoria), which enables consumers to find health/human services from the HSD using the "Find a Service" facility. This has won the 2012 Australian Mobile Awards - Health Category. He has facilitated the supply of data from the HSD for the "Arthritismap" (via an API) created by Arthritis Victoria for consumers and health planners. This is believed to be a world first and has unique functionality such as Planning Circles, Geographic Bar Charts, etc. This website won the prestigious Don Walker Award - Access at the 2012 Health Informatics Conference (HIC) in August 2012.
Moderator: Hille Hinsberg
Civil Society, Governance Expert
Praxis Center for Policy Studies
Working with the highly respected Estonian think tank Praxis, Hille has a solid list of research topics in her portfolio. Hille also serves at International Expert Panel of the Independent Review Mechanism. The IRM is the research arm of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and carries out review of implementing national action plans in 70 countries. Hille´ s mission is in promoting civic engagement, building dialogue between the governing and the governed. Her expertise is valued by government and by civil society organizations.
Dr. Konstantin Hyppönen
IT Architect
Social Insurance Institution (Kela), Finland
Dr. Konstantin Hyppönen is an IT Architect in Kela (Social Insurance Institution of Finland), working on the technical architecture of the Finnish e-Health hub, Kanta. He is also a co-chair of IHE Finland. Konstantin has been active in the development of the Finnish national health and social care IT infrastructure, and has also participated to international projects (epSOS and eHealth DSI). He is enthusiastic about security and the use of eHealth standards, especially HL7 FHIR and IHE profiles.
Toomas Henrik Ilves
Former President of Estonia, Distinguished Visiting Fellow,
Hoover Institution, Stanford University, USA
Kumar Jacob
Chief Executive Officer
Kumar Jacob is the CEO of Mindwave, a healthtech based in London, that aims to make a social impact. Mindwave is a group of passionate designers working on technology and data solutions for healthcare and research. He held roles in a NHS Trust and national charities and been in games development and technology sectors at a senior level. Kumar was awarded MBE in the 2015 New Year's honours list. He is Chair of Age Exchange – a charity and is on the Court of the University of Greenwich.
Margus Jäger
Kersti Kaljulaid
Kersti Kaljulaid was born on 30 December 1969 in Tartu. She graduated from the University of Tartu in 1992 in the field of genetics in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and completed master's studies in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in 2001. From 1994 to 1999, she worked in various Estonian companies: first, as the sales manager of telephone switchboards in Eesti Telefon, later in Hoiupank Markets and Hansapank Markets and as an Associate in investment banking. From 1999 to 2002, Kersti Kaljulaid was Prime Minister Mart Laar's Economic Advisor. Her duties included organisation of cooperation of the Office of the Prime Minister with Estonian central bank, the Ministry of Finance and ministries that had larger budgets, as well as coordination of relations with the International Monetary Fund and other financial institutions (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Nordic Investment Bank and World Bank). She participated in preparing the pension reform together with the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Social Affairs and advised the Prime Minister in annual budget negotiations held with other ministers. From 2002 to 2004, Kersti Kaljulaid was the CFO and CEO of the Iru Power Plant of state-owned energy company Eesti Energia. From 2004 to 2016 she was a Member of the European Court of Auditors. From 2004 to 2006 Kersti Kaljulaid organised the financial audit of the research and development funds of the budget of the European Union and from 2007 to 2010 she was responsible for the audit of the Structural Policies. From 2004 to 2007, she was the auditor of the Galileo project of the European Union. From 2010 to 2016 she coordinated the preparation of the Annual Report and State of Assurance of the European Court of Auditors. From 2005 to 2007, she was a member of the Europol Audit Committee and chaired the committee in 2007. From 2006 to 2008, she was the chair of the Administrative Affairs Committee of the Court of Auditors. From 2010 to 2014, she was responsible for the methodology and preparation of the Annual Report of the Court of Auditors. In 2016, she worked in the field of the agriculture audit. In addition, Kersti Kaljulaid was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Estonian Genome Center from its foundation until 2004. She was also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Tartu from 2009 to 2011 and the Council Chair of the University of Tartu from 2012 to 2016. Kersti Kaljulaid has been a co-author of the social-political radio talk show Keskpäevatund (Midday Hour) in radio station Kuku from 2002 to 2004 and the editor of the Eurominutid (Euro-minutes) radio show from 2007 to 2016 in the same station. Kersti Kaljulaid is married and has four children.
Anne Kallio
Head of Development
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
Anne Kallio is responsible of national eHealth and eSocial development strategy in Finland. Anne Kallio is a Medical Doctor specialized in ENT and government. She has worked within specialised care. Since 1999 she has worked within eHealth issues first on local and regional and since 2009 on national level in the Ministry for Social Affairs and Health.
Dr. Dipak Kalra
Professor Dipak Kalra is President of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data and of the EuroRec Institute. He plays a leading international role in R&D in electronic health record interoperability standards, data and privacy protection, interoperability business models and the reuse of EHRs for research. He has led multiple European projects in these areas. Dipak is Clinical Professor of Health Informatics at University College London and the University of Gent.
Agneta Karlsson
State Secretary to the Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport of Sweden
Ministry of Health, Sweden
Agneta Karlsson is responsible for Health care, Public health and Sport. Educational background 1997 Poppius School of Journalism 1991 Degree in public administration, organisational theory, Stockholm University 1986 Social conditions in Latin America, Stockholm University Posts and assignments 2017– State Secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs for the Minister for Health and Social Affairs Annika Strandhäll 2014–2017 State Secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs for the Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport Gabriel Wikström 2011–2014 Head of Arena Medier and Deputy Managing Director of Arenagruppen 2006–2011 Head of Government Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) 2004–2006 State Secretary, Ministry of Education, Research and Culture 2003–2004 Deputy Party Secretary, Swedish Social Democratic Party 2002–2003 State Secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs 1998–2002 Political Adviser, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs 1994–1998 Political Officer, Swedish Trade Union Confederation 1993 Secretary to Deputy Mayor, Stockholm City Council 1989–1991 Political Adviser, Prime Minister’s Office
Uta Knöchel
University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein
Dipl.-Math. Uta Knöchel , IT-Manager, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH)  Since 2013: Head of the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein IT Department and CEO of the UKSH Gesellschaft für IT Services mbH and UKSH Gesellschaft für Informationstechnologie mbH; UKSH is with 13000 employees the second largest university hospital of German Since 2014: Expert for the DFG (german research society) in context of patient management systems  2015: Award TOP 10 – „CIO of the year 2015“, category large business 
Since 2017: Member of the HIMSS Europe Governing Council
Priit Kruus
Dr. Joseph C. Kvedar
Vice President, Connected Health
Partners HealthCare
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Vice President, Connected Health, Partners HealthCare, is creating a new model of healthcare delivery, developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients. He authored the new book, "The Internet of Healthy Things", in which he describes how everyday objects will capture and use real-time biometric data to learn more about the impact of lifestyle on chronic diseases and wellness, and ultimately change behavior to improve our health. At Partners Connected Health, Dr. Kvedar is leveraging information technology – cell phones, computers, networked devices and remote health monitoring tools – to improve care delivery. Partners connected health programs are also helping providers and patients better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Based on the technology platform developed at Partners, a personalized health technology company was launched and later acquired by a leading insurance company to support its program encouraging healthy behavior and wellness education among employee populations. In 2013, Dr. Kvedar launched Wellocracy, a leading source of impartial, easy-to-understand information on new personal “self-health” technologies like activity trackers, wireless devices and mobile apps to empower people to get and stay healthy. He is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health, and has authored over 100 publications on the subject; his popular cHealth Blog provides his insights and vision for connected health. Dr. Kvedar serves as a strategic advisor at Qualcomm Life, West Health Institute, Puretech Ventures and BD Technologies, and is a mentor at Blueprint Health, providing guidance and insight to developing companies. Dr. Kvedar is also a mentor at the Harvard Innovation Lab and serves as a judge for its President's Challenge for Entrepreneurship.
Denis Lacombe
Director General
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer
Denis Lacombe graduated with his MD from the University of Marseilles (France) in 1988 and obtained a Master Post Doctoral Fellowship at The Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Buffalo, NY USA) for research in pharmacology and pharmacokinetics from 1989 to 1991. From 1991 to 1993, he worked as a Clinical Research Advisor in charge of the development of a new drug in oncology in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr Lacombe joined the EORTC in 1993 as a research fellow and quickly became a very active and productive Clinical Research Physician involved in the conduct of clinical research from protocol development through publication for a number of oncology indications from phase I to phase III. Dr Lacombe contributed to the strategic evolution of the EORTC pan-European clinical and translational research infrastructure by setting up various supportive assets such as regulatory and pharmacovigilance expertise as well as partnership models with the pharmaceutical industry. Dr Lacombe rose to the position of Director EORTC Headquarters in 2010, and in April 2015 was appointed EORTC Director General. In his current position, Denis Lacombe is now involved in the coordination and administration of all EORTC activities in order to promote the EORTC as a major European organization in Cancer Clinical and Translational Research and is responsible for the organization of scientific activities, public relations and medium term strategies as defined by the EORTC Board as well as for internal and external communications. Dr Lacombe is the author of well over 100 peer reviewed publications and communications that have had a positive impact on the future of cancer therapy
Pascal Lardier
Principal at [édito] and Editorial Director for Health 2.0 Europe/HIMSS Europe
Pierre-Mikaël Legris
Pierre-Mikael co-founded Pryv company delivering data privacy management in healthcare, after spending 6 years in hospitals as a Leukemia patient.
Mikk Lellsaar
Executive Officer
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication
Mikk Lellsaar is the Executive Officer of the Estonian Government cloud. Since 2014 he has worked for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications with implementing cloud technology within the public sector. He is responsible for the development of the Estonian Government hybrid cloud solution and Data Embassies. He has been working with enhancing digital continuity of the Estonian information systems and mitigating the IT risks of government information systems. Mikk has managed several processes of migrating public information systems into the cloud and lead the creation of policy guidelines for cloud usage on a national level.
Ramon Lerchundi Goni
Osakidetza-Basque Health Service (Spain)
Currently CIO of Hospital Universitario Donostia (Stage 6 hospital) and Primary Care surrounding area in Osakidetza-Basque Health Service in Spain. In the past also got Stage 6 with another hospital (Onkologikoa). Previously had experience in Banking, Telecomms and Consultancy sector. Like to share best practices in different sectors.
Kristina Lidèn Mascher
Strategist International projects, Office for National Quality Registries
Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)
Summary of experience: Kristina has been working as a Strategist, International projects and collaborations with the industry for the Swedish Quality registries since beginning of 2014 She has worked over 25 years of experience in Clinical research a Quality assurance. Performed clinical studies as part of files for 4 products currently on the market today. Kristina has medical background, did physiotherapy studies and has a MBA from Henley, London. She has worked as a team leader and coach for teams of consultants in the Nordic countries, As Director of Quality assurance her responsibilities has been auditing, setting up Quality systems 6 companies. As a Project Manager her responsibilities included Therapeutic Leadership for project teams in Cardiology, CNS, gastrointestinal and viral diseases.
Moderator: H. Stephen Lieber, CAE
President and CEO Emeritus
Steve Lieber is President and CEO, Emeritus 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 through information technology. A seasoned healthcare management executive, Lieber brings to the HIMSS over 35 years of experience in healthcare, primarily in healthcare association management.  From 2000 through mid-2017, Lieber served as President and CEO of HIMSS and its related organizations.  The HIMSS enterprise consists of HIMSS and HIMSS International, mission-based, global membership societies; HIMSS Analytics, the market research and data services group; HIMSS Media, the diversified media and publishing division; and Health 2.0, the early stage HIT thought leadership and events group—all focused on better health through information technology. Lieber not only served 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. As a nationally recognized commentator on health policy, in general, and specifically on healthcare IT trends and issues, Lieber is a regular speaker and contributor to corporate strategic planning efforts, government-sponsored policy efforts, private sector initiatives and other non-profit organizations.  Lieber was consistently recognized as one of the Top 100 most influential people in US healthcare during his tenure at HIMSS. In his strategic leadership role at HIMSS, Lieber orchestrated the organization’s expansion in scope and reach. Today, HIMSS operates in more than 40 countries. Lieber previously served as CEO of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) for nearly nine years before accepting a position with the American Hospital Association as Vice President, Division of Personal Membership Groups. Prior experience includes Vice President of Operations for the Illinois Hospital Association; Senior Budget Analyst for the Illinois Bureau of the Budget; and Assistant Administrator, Research and Statistics for Arkansas Social Services.  Lieber holds an MA from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, a BA in Psychology from the University of Arkansas, and has completed additional course work at the graduate schools of business at both universities and at the Keller Graduate School of Management.  Steve has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 1994, is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Association Forum of Chicagoland and has been awarded honorary life memberships at the American Hospital Association and the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management.
Gilles Litman
VP, Global Integrated Care
Gilles Litman leads Sanofi’s Global Integrated Care Team within the Diabetes & Cardiovascular Global Business Unit with its ambition to empower people with diabetes to manage their own health so that they can live the life they want. The model goes beyond the pill. Gilles spent more than 17 years in various business, operational and managerial senior positions, both in mature markets as well as in emerging markets. He worked in commercial affiliates, global roles and entrepreneurial units on various therapeutic areas as well as on devices. He holds an MBA from ESSEC Paris.
Dimitra Liveri
Networks and Information Security Expert
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. 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.
Moderator: Robert Madelin
Fipra International
Knut Mager
Head, Global Data Privacy
Novartis International AG
Henrique Martins
Chairman of the Board
Digital Europe, Portugal
Henrique Martins, MD, PhD. Studied Medicine and is an Internal Medicine Specialist. He obtained his PhD degree in Management from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has several publications in the area of management and informatics in healthcare. He currently works at SPMS as Chairman of the Board. SPMS is the Health Ministry Central Purchasing and IT authority. He was formerly the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) of the Hospital Prof Dr Fernando Fonseca and later Adjunct for Health IT to the Health Secretary of State. He is responsible for nationwide efforts on complete electronic prescription and new Health Information Platform Sharing for Electronic Health Records.
Andres Mellik
Vicent Moncho Mas
CIO / Vice-Chair
Hospital Marina Salud de Denia / HIMSS Governing Council, Spain
Vicent Moncho is currently the director of organization and information technologies of Hospital de Denia, a member of the steering committee of Marina Salud S.A. and consultant at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. His challenge is to change the medical culture that can adapt easier and faster to the possibilities offered by new technologies. Moncho participated in the implementation of electronic health record in the primary care of the region of Valencia with 1,120 primary care centers with a capita of 5,200,000 patients. He also participated in the redesign and implementation of equipment for data centers of the network in the 23 public hospitals in the Valencian community. In 2006, he joined the Marina Salud S.A. project within the implementation of the new hospital in Denia with the aim of having a pioneer hospital in technology and information systems. The hospital opened in february 2009 and during 2012 achieved HIMSS Stage 7 award, being the first hospital in Spain and second in Europe.
Dolores Montserrat
Minister for Health and Social Services and Equality, Spain
Dr. Catherine Mulligan
Research Fellow & Co-Director
Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering
Dr. Catherine Mulligan is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London, where she is Co-Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering, which has a strong agenda in the application of DLT in Healthcare. She is co-author of the UK Government Office for Science Report “Blockchain: Beyond Bitcoin”. Prior to her academic career, Cathy gained 15 years’ international experience in the mobile telecommunications industry. She is the Vice Chairman of the ETSI ISG on Context Information Management (IoT). Catherine received her PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge and her BSc. (Hons 1) from UNSW, Australia. Catherine is also a Fellow and Expert member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain council.
Jaan Murdia
Moderator: Marjo Nakki
Correspondent, Moscow
Marjo Näkki is the Moscow correspondent for the Finnish broadcasting company YLE. Previously, she worked as a correspondent for the Baltic sea region and as a press counsellor at the Finnish embassy in Tallinn. Marjo Näkki has written two books on correspondence and security policy of the region. Despite being Finnish Marjo loves the Estonian innovative energy and calls Tallinn her home town.
Artur Novek
IT Architect
Health and Welfare Information Systems Center, Estonia
Currently working as IT architect in Health and Welfare Information Systems (HWISC) Center with a focus on health information system and bound components architecture. Previously has worked as architect and implementation manager in Estonian eHealth Foundation and before that as development director and programmer in health and social care software producing company. In total he has around 20 years of health related software development and maintenance experience.
Brian O'Connor
Brian has founded a number of companies in the healthcare services area in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong. He therefore has experience of the public and private health care systems in a number of countries and also an understanding of the often difficult balance between delivering care and making profit. He believes that overcoming the cultural and other barriers within healthcare is an interesting if sometimes frustrating challenge, but worthwhile if it leads to better patient care. Brian is Chair of the European Connected Health Alliance organisation
Moderator: Brian O'Connor
Brian has founded a number of companies in the healthcare services area in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong. He therefore has experience of the public and private health care systems in a number of countries and also an understanding of the often difficult balance between delivering care and making profit. He believes that overcoming the cultural and other barriers within healthcare is an interesting if sometimes frustrating challenge, but worthwhile if it leads to better patient care. Brian is Chair of the European Connected Health Alliance organisation
Dee O'Sullivan
Director at PatientView
Since 2013, Dee has been director of a web portal of health apps reviewed and tested by patient, carer and health consumer organisations worldwide. The site is published and maintained by PatientView, a UK-based data, research and publishing consultancy that canvasses and analyses patient perspectives on healthcare. It now has the capacity to reach out to 100,000 patient groups across the globe. In addition, she works with PatientView on related mHealth research projects and liaises on its behalf on relevant European public health policy initiatives. She was also PatientView’s representative on the recent EU Working Group on mHealth Assessment Guidelines. Dee has more than 20 years’ experience of the political and policy-making arenas at both national (UK) and EU levels, having worked in the House of Commons and for the Economist Group, MCI Group and Dod’s, among others. Her roles have encompassed editorial and publishing, advocacy, pan-European stakeholder engagement, strategic communications, and project management, primarily in the field of public health. After 15 years in Brussels, Dee returned to the UK in 2015.
Jevgeni Ossinovski
Minister of Health & Labour
Jevgeni Ossinovski is the Minister of Health and Labour of the Republic of Estonia from 23 November 2016. He has been the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party since 30 May 2015. Jevgeni Ossinovski was also the Minister of Health and Labour of the Republic of Estonia from 2015–2016. From 2014–2015, Ossinovski was the Minister of Education and Research and then a Member of the 13th Riigikogu, where he was a Member of the Cultural Affairs Committee. From 2011–2014, Ossinovski was a member of the 12th Riigikogu. He was a member of the European Union Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. In 2004–2006, Ossinovski was a freelancer. Born on 15th March 1986 in Kohtla-Järve, Ossinovski has graduated from Tallinn Secondary Science School. Ossinovski acquired Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tartu on the speciality of Philosophy. He has a Master’s degree (cum laude) in Philosophy from Warwick University (UK) as well as a Master’s degree (cum laude) in Politology from London School of Economics and Political Science.
Andrus Paats
Estonian Medical Imaging Bank
Andrus Paats is a board member of Foundation of Estonian PACS, an organization providing picture archiving and communication services in country wide. During his master studies he was taking one year at Linköping University in Radiation Physics Department and was graduated as a Master of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics in Tallinn University of Technology. He has worked as a quality control engineer in Radiology Clinic in Tallinn Central Hospital and as a senior biomedical engineer in Diagnostic Clinic of North Estonia Medical Centre. Currently he is a director of Medical Technology division in North Estonia Medical Centre. He is an active member of development board of Estonian Society of Radiology. Present teaching activities include lecturing in the field of medical imaging at Tartu University and Tallinn University of Technology. Last 20 years he has been committed to digitalization of radiology processes, starting with electronic odering and scheduling of radiology procedures, implementing digital image receptors, central digital image archiving and distribution. In recent years his interest has been development and implementation of voice recognition in radiology domain.
Moderator: Liisa Past
Cyber CRO
Estonian IT System Authority
Liisa Past is the Chief Research Officer of the cybersecurity branch of the Estonian Information System Authority. She is a cyber defense and strategic communication professional with proven track record in consulting, training and research across sectors induces a variety of commercial, NGO and corporate clients. Highlights of current work include teaching at several universities and leading two teams at the world’s largest international technical cyber defence exercise Locked Shields.
Moderator: Agris Peedu
North Estonian Medical Centre, Estonia
Agris Peedu is Chairman of the Management Board Of the North Estonia Medical Centre, one of the top health care providers in Estonia. Agris Peedu holds a degree in Law magister iuris from Tartu University. He has worked as Deputy Secretary General for Public Governance Policy in the Ministry of Finance and as Lawyer in Chief of Estonian Tax and Customs Board. Peedu has been a member of supervisory board and a member of audit committee in several state owned companies, like the Port of Tallinn and Tallinn Airport. The Medical Centre has about 4000 employees. Over 500 of them are doctors and over 100 medical residents are also based at the hospital at any given time. The hospital consists of seven clinics and 32 specialist centres. Similarly to European university hospitals, the North Estonia Medical Centre offers medical care in all specialist fields other than ophthalmology and obstetrics. Each year, around 145,000 patients receive specialist medical care at the North Estonia Medical Centre. The Medical Centre has 3 subsidiary hospitals located in other counties.
Dr. Liesbet Peeters
Project Manager / research
Hassfelt University, Belgium
Liesbet's dream as a researcher is that one day data will achieve maximal impact and researchers think and communicate without restrictions. Therefore, she is investigating safe and efficient ways to share publicly funded data. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the biomedical research institute at Hasselt University (Belgium) and the project manager of MS DataConnect. We aim to transform the management of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) into an individualized and precision level management.
Dr. Maritta Perala-Heape
Centre for health and Technology
Maritta Perälä-Heape, PhD, Director at Centre for Health and Technology (CHT; University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland. CHT is driving innovations in the data driven healthcare and paradigm change towards person centric care. She is managing the strategic R&D&I collaboration between academia, business and public healthcare sector in the OuluHealth ecosystem (
Mr. Antti Poikola
MyData Researcher
Aalto University
Advocate and experimenter of openness in society. Researcher at Aalto University, founding member of the MyData Global Network and Open Knowledge Finland association. Antti Poikola has expertise is in developing solutions for the open collaboration between citizens, companies and the public sector organisations. He is active and well connected in MyData and Open Data movements in Finland and internationally. His research focuses around questions on how to utilize personal data for the benefit of individuals. He is the main author for the guidebook, My Data - human centric way to organize personal data published by the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications and core organiser of the big international MyData conferences that takes place in Helsinki and Tallinn.
Carme Pratdepadua
mHealth manager
TicSalut Foundation
Industrial Engineer, responsible of Office in TicSalut Foundation, my mine role is to manage and coordinate this office, which promotes the use of mobile technologies within the Catalan Healthcare System. One of these strategies is the development of the mHealth hub, an accreditation model for mobile applications, aiming to promote the usage of secure and high-quality apps by patients and professionals. The mHealth hub relays in the AppSalut website, which is a showroom of applications that have already passed an accreditation process and are ready to be advised by professionals to their patients through the Information Systems.
Mr. Xavier Prats Monné
European Commission
Xavier Prats Monné is the Director-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission since September 2015. He previously served as Director-General for education and culture and as Director for employment policy. He holds degrees in Social Anthropology from the Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain) in Development Cooperation from the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (Paris, France) and in European Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium)
Jaan Priisalu
Tallinn University of Technology
Jaan Priisalu is researcher in Tallinn University of Technology. Mr. Priisalu is the former General Director of the Estonian Information System’s Authority. He is the co-founder and former Head of Tallinn's Department of the Estonian Defence League’s Cyber Unit - an organisation that defends the Estonian cyber space and unites voluntary IT-specialists - and member of the Estonian Information Systems Audit Association. Mr. Priisalu has almost two decades of practical experience on the matter of preventing and defending against cyber-attacks. Before entering the public sector, Mr. Priisalu worked at Guardtime, Ühispank, Cybernetica and served as the head of SIRT (Security Incidents Response Team) at Swedbank, having worked through the 2007 cyber-attacks in Estonia. Named as one of the leading cyber security experts in the world, Mr. Priisalu earned his academic education from the Tallinn University of Technology and Toulouse III (Université Paul Sabatier) in France, and is a Senior Fellow at NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.
Moderator: Neeme Raud
Freelance journalist
Journalist, News Anchor and International Correspondent with 30+ years of experience. Have worked for TV, Radio and Print-media in the US, Russia, and Estonia. Experienced host of international conferences and discussion-panels. Master of Foreign Affairs degree from Columbia University, New York. B.A, degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Organizational Behavior and Communications from New York University. Recipient of Valgetähe Teenetemärk (White Star Orden) IV Class from the President of Estonia.
Bleddyn Rees
Digital Health Expert and Lawyer
Osbourne Clarke
Bleddyn is a vastly experienced commercial lawyer with 25 years advising on outsourcings, privatisations, complex contracts and projects. Bleddyn leads the Healthcare practice at International law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co and has unique experience for private sector lawyer having spent 3 and a half years on secondment as the General Counsel of the Commercial Directorate of the UK Department of Health.
Moderator: Bleddyn Rees
Digital Health Expert and Lawyer
Osbourne Clarke
Bleddyn is a vastly experienced commercial lawyer with 25 years advising on outsourcings, privatisations, complex contracts and projects. Bleddyn leads the Healthcare practice at International law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co and has unique experience for private sector lawyer having spent 3 and a half years on secondment as the General Counsel of the Commercial Directorate of the UK Department of Health.
Herb Riband
Vice President International Policy & Government Affairs
Amgen (Europe) GmbH, Switzerland
Herb Riband is Amgen’s VP International Policy & Government Affairs, based at the company’s European HQ in Switzerland. Founded in California in 1980, Amgen a global leader in biotechnology. Mr. Riband leads Amgen’s International Policy & Government Affairs work focused on regions outside of the United States. In 2014, Mr. Riband co-led the development of Amgen’s Value-Based Health Care program in Europe, which includes developing innovative “beyond the drug” approaches to healthcare delivery and promoting outcomes-focused healthcare policies.
Felicitas Riedl
Head of the Life Sciences and Health Division, Projects Directorate
European Investment Bank
Felicitas is Head of the Life Science Division at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg where she is responsible for the life sciences, pharmaceutical and health sectors in the Projects Directorate targeting innovation and competitiveness. Before joining the Bank, Felicitas worked at the European Investment Fund as an Investment Manager with particular focus on technology transfer. She has a Master of Science from the Philipps University of Marburg and Stanford University in Palo Alto with a major in human genetics and molecular biology.
Taavi Rõivas
Vice President
Estonian Parliament
Taavi Rõivas was born on 26 September 1979 in Tallinn, Estonia. Taavi Rõivas was educated at Tallinna Reaalkool (Tallinn Secondary School of Science) and the University of Tartu, School of Economics and Business Administration, where he obtained a degree in Foreign Trade and Marketing. Taavi Rõivas was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia from 2014 to 2016. Taavi Rõivas was the Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia from 2012 to 2014. Taavi Rõivas was a member of the 11th and 12th Riigikogu: he has chaired the European Union Affairs Committee, and been a member of the Social Affairs Committee as well as the Finance Committee of the Riigikogu. Taavi Rõivas was the leader of the Reform Party from 6 April 2014 to 7 January 2017. Taavi Rõivas has also worked as a Corporate Customer Account Manager at an IT company, and as an adviser to Märt Rask, Minister of Justice; Paul-Eerik Rummo, Minister of Population; and to Prime Minister Andrus Ansip as well as the elder of the Haabersti city district of Tallinn.
Khalil Rouhana
Deputy Director General
Khalil Rouhana is the Deputy Director-General in DG CONNECT (Communications Networks, Content & Technology) since 1/12/2016. His responsibilities include the policies for digital economy and society and notably for research, innovation and industrial strategies, digital solution for societal challenges and governments as well as cybersecurity. Before that he was Director for "Digital Industry" in DG CONNECT supporting the competitiveness of core digital sectors in Europe and the digitisation of all industrial sectors of the economy. In his previous experiences in the Commission, he was the Director for "Digital content & Cognitive systems", the Head of Unit in charge of ICT research and Innovation strategy, and started as a project officer in the ESPRIT programme in the areas of High Performance Computing and Future and Emerging technologies. Before joining the Commission in 1992, he was for 5 years the director of an institute and school of engineering (Grande Ecole) in France. He started his career as research and development engineer for the aeronautics industry, worked for the French University in Beirut and created also his own engineering company. He has a master degree in electrical and electronic engineering from "Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité" (Supelec, France).
Ellen Schenk
Coordinator, EU Funding
Erasmus MC Research Development Office, The Netherlands
Ellen Schenk received her PhD in 1999 at the University of Leiden. After working for three years as an R&D scientist at Pharming Technologies B.V., she moved to Erasmus MC in 2002 to join the Department of Urology as a scientific project manager. Till 2013, she was responsible for the coordination of various European, national and local prostate cancer research projects. In August 2013, she became the head of the Sophia Grant Support Office, providing funding support to scientists linked to the Erasmus MC Sophia Children's Hospital. Since 1 November 2016, she is Coordinator EU Funding at the Erasmus MC Research Development Office, heading a team of advisors on European funding for research, innovation and education. Ellen is Working Group leader in the COST Targeted Network BESTPRAC “The Voice of Research Administrators – Building a Network of Administrative Excellence" (, and member of the steering team of EUPMAN, the EU Project Managers Association in The Netherlands (
Moderator: Sophia Schlette
Director, Health Policy Department
Bundesverband der Deutschen Dermatologen
Sophia Schlette, MPH, presently serves as Health Policy Director at the Federal Association of Dermatologists in Germany. With a track record of advising foundations, ministries, providers, insurers and international organizations both domestically and abroad, her areas of expertise range from integrated delivery systems to patient empowerment to HIT to health services research in support of better care. Sophia also facilitates health policy exchanges and enjoys tweeting from health care events.
Jordi Serrano
GP, Founder and CEO
Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons is a General Practitioner and the founder and CEO of UniversalDoctor, a social enterprise developing award-winning applications to facilitate multilingual communication between health care professionals and patients that don’t share a common language. Most recently UniversalDoctor won the United Nations World Summit Award for Global Champion of the mHealth category. Jordi is also the Co Founder of Zero Mothers Die, an innovative global public-private partnership initiative focused on reducing maternal mortality through the systematic use of ICTs and mobile health solutions. Jordi is a widely recognized and active participant in the digital health and innovation field, both in Europe and abroad. He currently serves as a Health and Innovation Consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has coordinated the development and implementation of a multilingual mobile data collection application in Guatemala, Egypt and China. He has also delivered Innovation Seminars within WHO, most recently to the Global Malaria Programme. Jordi is currently supporting the Mental Health department in the development of a mobile clinical decision-support tool. In addition, Jordi serves as Innovation Consultant for various entities, including Fira Barcelona (host of the annual Mobile World Congress) and healthcare organizations in Spain, and is now a Grand Jury member of the World Summit Award. Through his work, Jordi collaborates with a number of regional and national governments at the European level and has been a Speaker at notable events specifically focusing on health and technology, including Health 2.0, Convergence Summit, MIHealth, Mobile World Congress and more. Jordi studied medicine and specialized in Family Medicine. He also holds a Master’s degree in Health and Environment and a Postgraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Barcelona. He currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain.
Siim Sikkut
Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia
Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as Deputy Secretary General for IT and Telecom in Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. His role is to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic initiatives for development of digital government and society in Estonia. Siim is one of the founders of Estonia's groundbreaking e-Residency programme.
Ms. Cathy Smith
SpeakEasy Communications
Cathy Smith is a founding partner of the Brussels communications company Speak-Easy. She is an experienced conference moderator as well as media and crisis trainer. Cathy is a former Brussels-based news correspondent for both the BBC and Reuters TV and was a main presenter of Channel Four News in the UK. She also presented European Journal for DeutscheWelle TV from Brussels.
David Somekh
Futurist, Network Director
European Health Futures Forum (EHFF)
Dr David Somekh. M.A., M.B., B.Ch.,PhD, FRCPsych. is a forensic psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and experienced clinician in management who retired from the UK NHS fourteen years ago. He has been involved in healthcare quality since 1988. He served as an NGO representative on the Advisory Committee of ISQuA (International Society for Quality Assurance) from 1995-1997, and on the Advisory Committee of the UK NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) from 1999-2004. He was a member of the Executive of the European Society for Quality in Healthcare since it was founded in 1998, was President 2005-7 and Vice-President 2007-9. He is a member of the EC expert group on Patient Safety and Health Quality. In 2009 he began a new career as a futurist, attending Said School of Business in Oxford to learn scenario planning. David and three colleagues set up EHFF, the European Health Futures Forum, as a not-for–profit network organisation in 2013 and he is currently Network Director. EHFF has served on the steering groups of both the EMPATHiE and PISCE tenders on patient empowerment and is now commencing, in partnership with EPF a further two year tender for DGSANTE on self-management in long term conditions, PROSTEP. EHFF has been active in the integrated care area (B3) of the EIP on AHA, the ChrodisJA joint action and leads a WP in a H2020 consortium on ICT enabled empowerment (PCP), EMPATICCS. Recently EHFF, with funding from the Bosch Foundation held a two day seminar in Berlin with 30 stakeholder representatives on issues related to early stage end-user involvement in eHealth product design.
Moderator: Mart Soonik
MSMedia OÜ
Mart Soonik has been a journalist for seven years and since 1998, a communication manager in different organisations. He graduated as Magister Artium of Communication in the Department of Journalism and Communication in the University of Tartu. He has been a lecturer of communication management since 2001, in the beginning within the framework of the course of Tiina Tšatšua in Estonian Business School. Since autumn 2006 he has worked as lecturer in Tallinn University (elected since 2011). Mart has communication and managing experience in the public, private and non-profit sector. Im member of Editorial Board, Handbook of PR since 2011.Today he works as an entrepreneur and trainer in the field of communication.
Moderator: Dr. Veli Stroetmann
Head of eHealth Research & Policy
empirica Technology Research
Dr. Veli Stroetmann, MD, PhD, is Head of eHealth Research & Policy with empirica Technology Research, Bonn, Germany. She obtained an MD degree from the Academy for Medical Sciences in Sofia and a PhD in Medical Informatics. Over the last 25 years, she has been coordinator and principal investigator for European Commission studies on digital health policies, strategies, market research, business modelling and evaluation. She led the ScaleAHA study aiming to Support to Scaling up of Innovations in Active and Healthy Ageing and is currently leading work in support of the Blueprint for a Digital Transformation of Health and Care in an ageing society as part of the recently launched WE4AHA project supporting the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA). Areas of particular interest include socio-economic impact assessment (EHR-IMPACT), cross-border interoperability (EXPAND, VALUeHEALTH), uptake and sustainability of integrated care (SmartCare, CareWell). Dr. Stroetmann is editor and co-author of roadmaps on eHealth Innovation and scaling up personalised health services, Digital Patient research, semantic interoperability, eHealth Strategies of EU Member States. Dr. Stroetmann is Founding and Executive Board Member of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data (i~HD) where she participates in the Data Quality Task Force.
Laurance Stuntz
Massachussets eHealth Institute, US
Prior to joining the eHealth Institute, Mr. Stuntz worked for private industry and has over 20 years of experience in healthcare information technology product development, systems integration and management consulting. He was the Senior Vice President responsible for product development for NaviNet and was a Partner at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) with responsibility for CSC’s Collaborative Communities solution area. He has led, worked on and contributed to some of the most significant health information exchange efforts in the United States, including the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), MA-SHARE ePrescribing and Clinical Exchanges, the Metro Chicago HIE, and the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE) project.
Meni Styliadou
VP Gov't Affairs & Public Policy, Europe and Canada
Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG
Külle Tärnov
Estonian Connected Health Cluster, Estonia
Madis Tiik
Senior Advisor, Servive operator for well-being
Since 1998 Madis Tiik has been working as family doctor, during the last few years he has had his practice on the island of Vormsi. He uses modern telemedicine solutions to do most of his work there remotely. He has been involved in eHealth development projects in Estonia from the beginning of 2005 and provided professional expertise to the new Estonian Electronic Health Record services and is a Senior Adviser at Sipra, The Finnish Innovation Fund, since December 2012.
Moderator: Dr. Paul Timmers
Independent Advisor - Digital Policy and Economy (former Director EU Commission Digital Society)
Paul Timmers is working as academic, entrepreneur and advisor in digital policy and on business models. As former EC Director for Digital Society, Trust & Cybersecurity he addressed e-health & active ageing, e-government, e-ID, smart cities, cybersecurity and digital privacy. He worked in IT industry, co-founded a software company, holds a PhD in physics and an MBA, studied sociology of ageing, was EU Research Fellow, and completed cybersecurity executive education.
Heiko Vainsalu
IT Architect
Information System Authority, Estonia
Currently working as architect in Estonian Information System Authority with a focus on data exchange platform and distributed architecture. When previously working in Estonian Health Insurance Fund, he was working among other projects with the Digital Prescription project helping to solve data exchange and information security issues.
Evert Jan van Lente
Director EU-Affairs
Evert Jan van Lente is Director EU-Affairs of the AOK-Bundesverband, Germany. He is involved in developments in the health sector on European level, especially in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, e- and mHealth, etc. He is based in Brussels and Berlin. The AOK-Group is the leading statutory health insurance with 25 Million insured persons in all states of Germany. 

Before working on EU level he was Director of the Care Management / Contracting Department of AOK-Federal Association, responsible for care management and prevention. He was a management consultant in the Netherlands, served as deputy director of a company specialized on IT-Services for health funds in Germany and headed the AOK contracting department of a regional AOK organization in Hannover. 

He studied economics in Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Goettingen (Germany) 

He published in several journals and is lecturer at the University Ulm and the Bonn- Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Science.
Bart Vannieuwenhuyse
Senior Director, Health Information Sciences
Janssen Pharmaceuticals
In 1985, Bart Vannieuwenhuyse joined Janssen Pharmaceutica as a clinical trial monitor. During the course of his career with Janssen, Dr Vannieuwenhuyse has held a variety of marketing and sales positions, both at local and international level. Whilst in the Netherlands, he was one of the pioneers that started “Healthy Solutions”, a J&J daughter company that focused on developing integrated services in the healthcare field. Later, he was in the core team that developed the initial CRM approach for Janssen EMEA. Dr Vannieuwenhuyse was instrumental in developing a new customer-orientation project for Janssen Europe. Dr Vannieuwenhuyse is currently the coordinator of the EMIF (European Medical Information Framework) project, an IMI (Innovative Medicine Initiative) funded project.
Moderator: Julien Venne
Strategic Advisor
Julien is graduated in economics, political sciences, sociology and complex systems. His experience covers the management of innovative projects involving researchers, large industries, start-ups and public institutions. He is currently working across Europe for companies, hospitals and institutions, about the digital transformation in health, including big data, AI, mHealth, wearables, wellbeing, behaviour change, smart cities…
Julio Vivero
Head of Section
GMV Innovating Solutions
Julio Vivero obtained his phD from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya in the field of network management in 2003. In 2004 joined GMV in the area of computer forensics and afterwards spreading to other cybersecurity areas. He is currently, head of the consulting and infrastructure area in GMV Barcelona from where cybersecurity services and solutions are offered all around Europe. He is currently chair of the European Cybersecurity Organization subWorking Group SWG3.6 in Healthcare.
Prof. Leo Wanner
Prof. Leo Wanner earned his Diploma degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe and his PhD in Linguistics from the University of The Saarland. Prior to joining the ICREA, he held positions at the German National Centre for Computer Science, University of Waterloo, the University of Stuttgart and the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. As a visiting researcher, he was also affiliated with U of Montreal, U of Sydney, U of Southern California's Institute for Information Sciences, and the Columbia University, New York. Throughout his career, Dr Wanner has been involved in various large scale national, European, and transatlantic research projects. He has published five books and over 100 refereed journal and conference articles and serves as regular reviewer for a number of high profile conferences and journals. Research Interests: Leo Wanner is working in the field of computational linguistics, teaching the computer how to supply people with information that might be useful to them in their language and how to serve as interpreter between people who do not speak a common language. Wanner's research foci include automatic multilingual report generation, automatic summarization of written material and paraphrasing. Furthermore, he is interested in lexicology and lexicography, and in particular, in the recognition, representation and use of lexical idiosyncrasies by both native speakers and learners of a language. Systems of the German National Centre for Computer Science, the Computer Science Department, University of Waterloo, Canada, the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, and the Intelligent Systems Institute, University of Stuttgart. Prof. Wanner's field of expertise is in Applied Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence, and, in particular, in Natural Language Generation, Summarization and Paraphrasing.
Petra Wilson
Managing Director, Health Connect Partners and Senior Advisor for Healthcare, FTI Consulting
Health Connect Partners and FTI Consulting
Petra’s experience in eHealth spans more than 20 years and covers academia, civil service, corporate and NGO sectors. Petra has recently established Connected Health Partners, a conultancy pracitce focudsing on legal, regulatory and policy issues in eHealth She is also works as a Senior Advisor in the large international consultancy firm FTI Consulting, leading the healthcare team in Brussels. Petra has previously held the posts of CEO of the International Diabetes Federation, Senior Director Connected Health at Cisco and scientific officer in the eHealth Unit at the European Commission. Petra originally trained as a public health lawyer in the UK.
Hal Wolf
President & CEO
Hal Wolf has more than three decades of experience working in healthcare and technology, with deep expertise in integrated care models, consumer engagement, broadband and other IT innovation. Most recently, he has served as director of information and digital health strategy at The Chartis Group, where he helped health systems in the development of integrated information, operations, digital health and precision medicine strategies. Prior to that, Wolf spent 10 years as chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente's Federation, where he focused on care delivery, data governance, population health management and more. He also worked as chief information officer for Quest Communications/USWest, and started his career in the media industry at MTV Networks and Time Warner, where he was an innovator in the development of video on demand and broadband.