Speakers

The Innovating Care Asia Pacific 2017 (ICAP) conference gathers under one roof a strong line-up of highly-respected leaders, influencers and decision makers in the healthcare industry in the region. This group of extraordinary achievers will be your best source of information in all things Care – from existing care models, policies and regulations, industry standards and best practices, areas for improvements and opportunities to disruptive innovations and technology.
Here are our speakers in alphabetical order:

Keynote Speaker

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (Malaysia)

Director-General, Health Malaysia
Senior Consultant, Breast & Endocrine Surgery

Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah is the current Director-General of Health Malaysia since 1st March 2013. He is also a Senior Consultant in Breast and Endocrine Surgery, Hospital Putrajaya. Prior to this, he also held the post of Deputy Director-General of Health (Medical Programme) between January 2008 until end of February 2013. He obtained both his Medical Doctor (M.D.) degree in 1988 and his Master of Surgery (M.S.) in 1994 from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Four years later in between 1997-1998, he completed his Fellowship training in Breast & Endocrine Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

He has been conferred by numerous awards and recognitions from renowned international and local institutions including the Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia in 2004, an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians London in 2012, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Medicine from Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (2014), Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia (2015) and Honorary Fellowship of the International College of Dentists (2016).

He is a world renowned for contribution in Endocrine surgery, especially on Thyroid surgery for his ground breaking surgical techniques and approaches which helped to shape the landscape of thyroid surgery; not just locally but also internationally. He received numerous invitations to speak and presented many academic and policy papers in local and international conferences, high level meetings and events. Apart from that, he is also a prolific writer with extensive publications in local and international journals, and has authored many chapters in various textbooks on endocrine surgery. Recently, he was appointed into the Executive Board of International Society of Surgery (ISS) as the Councilor at Large from 2017-2021, making him the first the country to be appointed to this prestigious Board in this international society. He also actively involved in World Health Organisation (WHO), including his recent achievement as the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) Representative for the Working Group on Strategic Budget Space Allocation, WHO. He certainly made the world felt the presence of Malaysia at WHO high level meetings and initiatives.

He has led many innovative initiatives and smart partnership in health, while motivate others towards creative innovation with utilisation of home grown talents. To meet the challenges ahead, he also mooted the idea of the Talent Grooming Programme (TGP) for Technical Healthcare Professionals for succession planning and developing good future healthcare leaders. In line with MOH motto, a Nation working together for better health, he believes in breaking down silos and working together across the divide within the ministry and beyond — as every sector is a health sector. He is at the forefront of Strategic Utilisation of Social Media for Health. His exceptional and unprecedented approach of using social media for health to communicate and engage with the public, the MOH staff and various others has made tremendous difference to the way the MOH interacts with its stakeholders.


Keynote Speaker

Dr William A. Haseltine (United States)

Chairman and President
ACCESS Health International

William A. Haseltine, PhD, has an active career in both science and business. He was a professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health from 1976 to 1993, where he was founder and the chair of two academic research departments, the Division of Biochemical Pharmacology and the Division of Human Retrovirology. He is well known for his pioneering work on cancer, HIV/AIDS, and genomics. He has authored more than two hundred manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and is the author of several books, including Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story, published in 2013. He is the founder of Human Genome Sciences, Inc., and served as the chairman and CEO of the company until 2004. He is also the founder of several other successful biotechnology companies. Companies he has founded account for seven drugs currently on the market. He is chairman of the Haseltine Foundation for Science and the Arts. He serves as an advisor and board member of several innovative healthcare companies.

He is chairman of the US-China Health Summit and a member of the advisory board of the IE University, Madrid, and the advisory council for the Koch Institute of MIT and the Life Sciences Foundation. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (India), the Ragon Institute, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of India. He is also a Lifetime Governor of the New York Academy of Sciences, a member of the board of AID for AIDS International, an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Keynote Speaker

Dr Hong Fung (Hong Kong)

Chief Executive Officer, CUHK Medical Centre
Former-Cluster Chief Executive of the New Territories East Cluster, Hong Kong Hospital Authority

Dr Hong Fung is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CUHK Medical Centre (CUHKMC) and Honorary Professor at the Jockey Club School of Public Health & Primary Care (JCSPHPC), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In addition, Dr Fung is President of the Hong Kong College of the Community Medicine (HKCCM) since 2014. Dr Fung joined CUHK in 2014 as Executive Director of CUHKMC and Professor of Practice in Health Services Management at JCSPHPC. He was also Co-director of the Master of Science in Health Services Management Programme and Health System Leadership Programme at JCSPHPC. Before he joined CUHK, Dr Fung was Cluster Chief Executive (CCE) of the New Territories East Cluster (NTEC) and Hospital Authority (HA) from 2002 to 2013, overseeing the management and operations of 7 public hospitals.

Prior to that, he worked in the HA Head Office and was responsible for the planning and development of the public hospital services and facilities for over a decade. He spearheaded the development of HA Clinical Management System and Electronic Patient Records. Dr Fung is well recognised for his expertise in medical leadership, health planning, health informatics and health services management. His academic interest is in medical leadership and health system performance.


Dato’ Dr Hj. Azman bin Abu Bakar (Malaysia)

Director
Medical Development Division
Ministry of Health Malaysia

Dato’ Dr Hj. Azman bin Abu Bakar is currently the Director of the Medical Development Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia. Prior to his current appointment, he has worked as a district health officer, a director of a 700-bed computerized hospital, a programme technical officer at Ministry level, and as the director of IHSR. Dr Azman has done several consultancies in the field of quality assurance and quality improvements for countries in the western pacific region including Brunei, China, Vietnam, and the pacific islands. He was the chief trainer for an international QI Training of Trainers workshop conducted by the Institute for Health Systems Research with the collaboration of the Western Pacific Regional Office of the WHO for over a decade. He has also contributed as member of various technical working groups of international organizations in the field of health systems research and quality improvements.

Back home, Dr Azman also sits on various technical committees and task forces within and outside the Ministry of Health. Over the years he has been invited to speak at various quality improvement forums within the Western Pacific Region. His work is mainly published in the Malaysian Medical Journal of Malaysia and the Malaysian Public Health Specialist Journal. An important milestone of his achievement was spearheading the team in validating the SF-36 in the local language which has since been extensively used and referred to by local researchers and academicians within the country. He is also a journal reviewer for several local journals and contributes to the local academic fraternity as external lecturer and examiner for the Masters of Public Health and PhD programmes of the various local medical faculties.


Dr Murali Bharadwaz Yadavalli (India)

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Click2Clinic Inc

Co-Founder and CEO of Click2Clinic Inc is India’s most renowned Medical Educationalist, Physician and successful entrepreneur in e-learning in medical education. the Co-Founder is a medical educationist. He along with a team of 160 medical teachers have developed 4,000 Hours of video content for Medical Licensing Examination Test prep and Medical School exams, and conducted live streaming classes online. Dr Murali has trained 150,000 MBBS doctors for highly competitive Indian MD entrance exam for the past 15 years.

Medical students and doctors across India have attended his medical classes with 1.5 million views and 12,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. He is tailor-made for this opportunity because he has profound knowledge on how the market conditions prevail in Indian Healthcare ecosystem and leverages strong academic connections he has among thousands of medical doctors across country who vouched to be part of his mission to deliver quality healthcare across India and revolutionizse the Telemedicine practices disruptively.


Dr Benjamin Cheah (Malaysia)

Deputy Medical Director, IMU Healthcare
Clinical Associate Professor, International Medical University

A consultant physician and rheumatologist who is attached to Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur. He is a Clinical Associate Professor with the International Medical University and the Deputy Medical Director of IMU Healthcare. He has a special interest in Healthcare IT and leads the Hacking Health Movement in Kuala Lumpur. He is the President of the Malaysian SLE Association and serves in the executive committee of the Arthritis Foundation Malaysia.He founded Medicine Malaysia website. He is also part of the Targeted Ultrasound Initiative Committee of the Malaysian Society of Rheumatology.


Tamsin Greulich-Smith (Singapore)

Chief, Smart Health Leadership Centre
National University of Singapore’s Institute of Systems Science

Tamsin, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and member of DesignSingapore Council’s expert ‘Innovation by Design’ panel, has 20 years of international experience in delivering change and transformation programmes, integrating risk communications, change leadership, and innovation practices.

A graduate of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine she was the first jointly-funded post holder between the London Borough of Barnet Local Planning Authority and Barnet Health Authority, pioneering integrated care initiatives. Subsequently working for the British Government’s Department of Health, she managed the UK’s longest running public health campaign, the Heartbeat Award.

Tamsin currently heads the Smart Health Leadership Centre at the National University of Singapore’s Institute of Systems Science, where she teaches digital leadership and health service transformation programmes. Tamsin established the Centre to assist stakeholders across the broad health ecosystem to transform the future experience of health through data, technology and innovation.


Craig Hooper (Australia)

Director, Operational Health
Advisory Board, Key Passion Pty Ltd
Senior Consultant (Health & Emergency Management), Apis Group Pty Ltd

Craig Hooper is a healthcare management advisor specialising in ambulance operations and change implementation. During his 30+ years working in the health and prehospital care industry, Craig has helped ambulance services and healthcare systems in more than 10 countries achieve or exceed their organisational and operational KPIs by close workforce engagement processes, process redesign, community participation and management capacity building.

Craig’s clinical care background started as a Registered Nurse, with a focus on Emergency Nursing, before moving to prehospital care, where he obtained the level of Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic.

In these capacities, Craig has provided emergency clinical care in outback Australia, highlands of PNG and urban areas of Darwin and Canberra. His work includes design and implementation of the first national ambulance service for the new East Timor Government, developed and managed cross- departmental pandemic planning for the ACT Emergency Service Agency, directed healthcare infrastructure projects for the Government of Karnataka (India), lead a tertiary hospital through board-level Clinical Governance change processes, rolled-out cloud-based fleet management systems for a national service provider and redesigned operational and corporate arrangements for a private emergency ambulance service in Malaysia. He was awarded Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management for his extensive experience in the sector. Craig shares his insights on prehospital leadership and operational management in his book “Time to respond- Prehospital leadership and operational management”.


Md Ashadul Islam (Bangladesh)

Director General, Health Economics Unit
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Mr Ashadul Islam is a civil servant of the Government of Bangladesh with wide experience in planning and managing development programmes in health and social sector. His particular experience has been in developing sectoral plans based on the national strategic directions and policies; formulation of monitoring tools, facilitating the program implementation and review. As a policy planner he worked in different ministries like External Resources Division, Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at different capacities. At present he has been leading the Health Economics Unit which has been organizing and coordinating the national activities and efforts for moving towards Universal Health Coverage in Bangladesh. As part of the Roadmap for universal health coverage, he has been coordinating the implementation of Health Care Financing Strategy which includes different innovative health financing schemes like Health Protection schemes for the poor, social health insurance etc.

He also served as Human Resource Consultant in a DFID funded project advising and coordinating initiatives of human resources development and management. He also worked in the South-East Asia Regional Office of the World Health Organization, New Delhi, as Communications Officer. Mr Islam took his first degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Dhaka University. He obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Development from ISS in The Hague. He completed his Masters in Business Administration from Keele University, UK.


Dr Ashish Kanakia (Malaysia)

Director of Operations & Head of Medical Business Management
Prudential Assurance Malaysia

Responsible for Medical Business Management unit & technical services responsible to provide input on product strategy for Medical products, carry out regular review of agents performance on claims ratio, implement guidelines for hospital network management, identify trends through claims analytics, run hospital ambassador programme and overall responsible for Medical Claims ratio. As Director, in charge of Technical Services, responsible for providing Technical inputs of all the processes in Operations, New Business, Policy Servicing and Claims as well as Product development.

Held the position of Assistant Director and Head New Business & Underwriting at Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad in charge of a big team of underwriters and admin staff looking after both individual and group business. Held the position of Head Underwriting for AIA Shared Services (based in Malaysia) a subsidiary for AIA group of companies managing the backroom Underwriting function for Singapore, Hong Kong and Australian sister AIA companies. Have overall responsibility for the Service delivery and Quality as well as support the Risk philosophy for the sponsor companies in the Underwriting Function. Responsible to carry out Process reengineering and project implementation in the Underwriting Function


Dr Mehdi Khaled (Singapore)

Managing Partner of SEHA, Singapore
Director of the Founder Institute, Vienna
Co-founder of PExMedia, Austria

Mehdi is currently the Managing Partner of SEHA (Singapore), the co-founder of PExMedia (Austria) and Director of the Founder Institute in Vienna. He’s a medical doc specialised in internal medicine and a software engineer. Mehdi spent the last 23 years working with a wide array of public and private healthcare systems across North Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He has dedicated the last 10 years of his career to Integrated Care, Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, Operational Excellence and Healthcare Technology Innovation. He was also part of very significant and successful National Health transformation initiatives in Europe & Asia. International C-Level speaking engagements and OECD/APEC expert consultations have honed his ability to better appreciate complex problems and develop realistic approaches to solve them. Moreover, Mehdi is a serial entrepreneur motivated by a mission to find new ways to make healthcare a better place for patients and a thriving development ground for startups and professionals.

Mehdi remains dedicated to applied research and the development of new solutions to old problems at any level of the healthcare chain. Last update April 2017 Mehdi applies high ethical values to everything he does and will not give up on anything he believes will work. It’s fun to work around his very positive energy and poking humour. He is also fluent in 6 major languages and always up to new cultural challenges. On the leisurely side, Mehdi is an avid International Regatta Skipper, a passionate Mountainbiker and a Triathlète.


Dr Arun Kumar Beshamber Nath (Malaysia)

Senior Director
Manipal Group Malaysia

Dr Arun Kumar is the Senior Director of Manipal Group Malaysia. After graduating from University Mangalore, India, Dr Arun Kumar served in the Ministry of Health, Malaysia in various capacities. In between Government service, he was in the University of Glasgow where he specialised in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. After that, he returned to Malaysia to serve as Clinical Specialist and Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon and ended his Government service in 2004 as ENT Consultant in Muar Hospital in Johore.

Between 2004 and 2007, Dr Arun Kumar was Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon in Lourdes Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur and from 2005 to 2014, he was also Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon in Sunway Medical Centre in Petaling Jaya and MAS Medical Centre in Subang Airport. In addition, he also headed Sunmed Health and Wellness Centre in Kuala Lumpur as well as Clinical Director of Sunway Medical Centre and Head of Department, ENT also in Sunway Medical Centre. He was appointed Director of Stempeutics Research Malaysia in 2009; Manipal International University in 2012; and Arunamari Specialist Medical Centre in Klang in 2013. He has also been Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of MNE Solutions since 2007.


A/Prof Kheng Hock Lee (Singapore)

Senior Consultant and Head
Family Medicine & Continuing Care, Singapore General Hospital

A/Prof Lee is presently the President of the College of Family Physicians Singapore and the Vice-Chairman of the Chapter of Family Medicine Physicians, Academy of Medicine Singapore. He serves in various national level committees that promote training and professionalism in Singapore. He is an examiner in various national level examinations including the Master of Medicine (Family Medicine) Exams, the Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine, the Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians Singapore and the Advanced Practice Nurse Examinations. His area of interest is in health assessment, physician training, integrated care and health services research. He is the Clerkship Director of the Family Medicine Clerkship and the College Master of the Sir Gordon Arthur Ransome Student Advisory College of the school. A/Prof Lee is active in promoting research and holds leadership roles in various research platforms including the SingHealth DukeNUS Health Services Research Institute.

His present clinical duties include providing care to hospitalized patients and patients at the specialist outpatient clinic of our hospital. A/Prof Lee also holds leadership roles in administration. He is concurrently the Director (Medical) at Bright Visions Hospital and the Director of the Office of Integrated Care at the Singapore General Hospital. A/Prof Lee is presently the clinician lead in various care integration initiatives at the SingHealth Regional Health System.


Yinbei Li (Singapore)

Senior Manager, School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Division
Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Mr Li Yinbei is currently a senior manager at Electrical Engineering Division of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, where he focuses on developing robotic solutions for healthcare and eldercare applications. Since 2014, Yinbei has been working as principal investigators on various funded projects, in collaboration with government agencies, hospitals, nursing homes and voluntary welfare organizations. Before joining Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Yinbei worked as a research engineer developing social robots at National University of Singapore. Yinbei holds a M.Sc in Intellectual Property Management and a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering from National University of Singapore.


Esther Lim (Singapore)

Assistant Director, Regional Health System, SingHealth
Master Medical Social Worker, Medical Social Services, Singapore General Hospital

Esther graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Social Work. She obtained her master in Evidence- Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford. Esther joined SGH in 1995. She is a registered social worker, educator and family therapist. During her term as Head of Medical Social Services from 2009 to 2016, Esther put in place a cluster-wide competency framework and career pathway for Singhealth medical social workers. She co-led the Singhealth One Medifund Assessment project and currently partners MOH to lead a national MSW workgroup to streamline processes and build a common IT system. Esther chairs the Chief MSW Healthcare Group.

For her contributions, Esther received the Outstanding Social Worker Award and the National Day Commendation Medal in 2012 and 2013 respectively. In her current role in the Regional Health System, she oversees the strategic implementation of community integration initiatives. She champions the adaptation of Esther Network in Singapore to drive person-centred care within and across the health and social sectors.


Asst Prof Chang Liu (Singapore)

Managing Director
Singapore, Mainland China, and Hong Kong
ACCESS Health International

Chang Liu is the Managing Director for Singapore, Mainland China, and Hong Kong. He is an author of the Epilogue to Affordable Excellence. He also works with Dr. William Haseltine on our forthcoming book A City for All Ages. In addition to his work with ACCESS Health, Chang Liu is an assistant professor in Health Services and Systems Research at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and the Center for Ageing and Education at Duke-NUS. At Duke, Chang's work focuses on health insurance policy and long term care policy. He also participates in several projects on aging in Singapore, including large scale national surveys and intervention programs. Before joining Duke-NUS, he worked at the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at Brown University, where he studied long term care and elder care policies in both the United States and China. He earned his PhD in Health Services Research (2013) from Brown University with a specialization in health economics. He also received a Master's degree in Finance (2009) from the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University, China.


Ivy Low (Singapore)

Managing Director
WhiteAngel Caregivers Consultancy

Ivy Low, Founder of WhiteAngel Caregivers Consultancy started out as a registered nurse in 2004. Her love for patients and nursing care led her to building the Award-Winning caregivers training company in hopes of closing the transitional gap for patients being discharged from an institution. Thus far it has helped almost 2,000 families eliminate their fear of bringing their loved ones home. Her book titled “Doctor, We Are Ready For Home” was published in 2015 as a guide for first-time caregivers on transitional care from hospital to home.

Moving forward, Ivy hopes to empower fellow healthcare workers and caregivers in their support to care for the rapidly aging community especially in Asia. She strongly believes that educating the public with healthcare knowledge can greatly minimise caregivers stress and improve the quality of life for the person needing care. After all, aren’t lives supposed to be better at home than in an institution?


Andrew Mastrandonas (Malaysia)

Chief Executive Officer
Pillar

Andrew Mastrandonas is an experienced corporate executive, management consultant, serial entrepreneur, and health tech executive with over 25 years of business experience. He has led high-performing, diverse, and international teams including serving as US Airways’ (now American Airlines) first Director of Internet Partnerships which generated over USD 1 billion annually in revenue at the USA’s 5th largest airline. He is currently the Co-Founder & CEO of Pillar (www.pillarcare.com), an innovative elderly home care company, based in Kuala Lumpur. Previously, he was Co-Founder & CEO of Optus Limited, a health tech start-up based in Hong Kong, and was the first COO at RingMD, a telemedicine company in Singapore. He has lived and worked in North, Central, and South America, Europe, and Asia. Andrew has had the pleasure of visiting over 75 countries.


Dr Vasuhi Murugiah (Malaysia)

Chief Executive Officer
Subang Jaya Medical Centre

After serving as acting Hospital Director from April 2011, Dr. Vasuhi was confirmed as SJMC’s Hospital Director in November 2011. Since rebranding in 2013 she was re-designated as the Hospital CEO. She previously served as SJMC’s Administrator of Patient Care Standards and Governance. In this position, Dr. Vasuhi was involved in the hospital’s clinical governance and in the promotion of standards of practice. Dr. Vasuhi began her career in SJMC’s Emergency Room.


Sow Chun Ng (Singapore)

Deputy Director, Nursing
National University Hospital

Sow Chun starts her career at National University Hospital (NUH) after completing Registered Nurse Certification in 1985. In the course of work, Sow Chun is always looking for opportunities to improve workflow or processes. She enjoys working with people, challenging status quo, achieving results together and seeing benefits for the patients, nurses, and others. She has led various hospital improvement projects/events. In 2015, Sow Chun received international recognition for her efforts in introducing structured nurse rounding in NUH. She was awarded the prestigious ‘Practice of the Year’ award from the Association for Patient Experience in United States. NUH is the first institution in Asia to receive the award. Sow Chun takes pride that nurses at different levels become increasingly autonomous in leading quality improvements in their own areas of practice, making the difference in care. The journey of continuous improvement will always be part of our work life.


Prof Kok-Hai Ong (Malaysia)

Head, IMU Cares
Director of External Affairs, International Medical University
Co-Founder, Malaysian Bio-Diagnostics Research Sdn Bhd

Professor Ong had his tertiary education in Canada and UK. On both occasions he was awarded international study scholarships (Colombo Plan and British Council respectively). He lectured in the Medical Faculty at the National University of Malaysia (1977-1979) and the Medical School in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) from 1979 to 1991. In USM, he was active in community work, especially in kindergarten, primary and secondary education serving as Chairman in many of these organizations. He was also a member of the Rotary Club.

In 1992, Prof Ong was one of the pioneers that started the International Medical University (IMU). In I998 he was appointed the Dean of Student Affairs. It was at this time that he initiated IMU’s involvement in community work that later became the IMU Cares program in 2002. Prof. Ong heads the IMU Cares program where both student and staff are actively involved in working with NGO’s that champion causes for children, the elderly, physically disadvantaged, refugee children, etc. IMU Cares also organizes an annual event (“Chariofare”) that raises money for charity. IMU Cares also provides free treatment in IMU Healthcare clinics to the community from the above settings.


Professor M. Harunur Rashid (Bangladesh)

Founder & Adviser
Teledaktar and Daktarbhai

Professor M. Harunur Rashid PhD is a career academic with about thirty eight years of association with the University of Dhaka in different capacities. He has served as Vice Chancellor of the Presidency University Bangladesh for about six years before retiring as selection grade professor. During his long career Dr. Rashid has been involved with the Government of Bangladesh and its development partners through wide range of consultancy in the area of “improving the quality of lives” of the citizenry. His professional association with World Health Organization (WHO), UNDP, World Bank, USAID and DfID contributed in the area of quality enhancement in medical education, effectiveness in the management of overseas development assistance and change management in the country’s education system. Dr. Rashid steered the integration of Accounting with Information Systems and formed Dhaka chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) as its founder President. His deep interest in the area of information system development prompted into innovation of a life-style centered holistic portal to capture personal health records (PHR) and to maintain a medical history of each individual to “take charge of one’s own health”. Professor Rashid’s current initiative thus hinges into ePHR and its manifestation as a national health care backbone. He is the Founder of Teledaktar and Daktarbhai– a domain destined for e-health solution throughout Bangladesh with a seamless and cashless provision for treatment and financing for the citizenry across the country.


Gaurav Rekhi (Malaysia)

MD & Chief Executive Officer
Manipal Hospitals Malaysia

Gaurav Rekhi has been in the healthcare industry for 17 years and is currently the MD & CEO of Manipal Hospitals Malaysia. Specialising in strategic planning and healthcare operations management, Gaurav led the team in the successful commissioning of the new 220-bed Manipal Hospitals Klang and the critical move and transition from the old 70-bed hospital to the new hospital – all within 24 hours with no disruption to service. In addition to Manipal Hospitals Klang, Gaurav also oversees the operations of P&L Global Doctors Hospital in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur. In helming operations in Malaysia, he will be spearheading regional expansion for Manipal Healthcare through greenfield and brownfield investments in Malaysia as well as in Cambodia and Myanmar.

Gaurav joined the Manipal Healthcare Group in 2014 as GM Operations - Tamilnadu, Goa & Andhra in which he was responsible for the operations of five hospitals, which turned around to positive financial health through new and strengthened medical programmes. Since April 2015, he has been the Regional Head with additional responsibility of covering Rajasthan (Jaipur). In his stint so far, he has been able to turnaround all hospitals.


Dr Klaus Schuster (Switzerland)

Market Access Director
Roche

Klaus has worked at Roche since 2015 as Market Access Director for the Austrian affiliate. In this function, he successfully implemented value based pricing models (personalised reimbursement models) fostering electronic data-exchange with health care units. Besides that, he has held the sponsorship for Foundation Medicine in the affiliate and was also responsible for Business Development. He has delivered much to the ongoing success in Austria due to the fact, that all pharmaceutical products are currently reimbursed. He has just changed his position in February 2017 to Roche HQ, working as Health Policy Lead Region Europe.

Before working for Roche, he was Vice-President and CVO of the Lower Austrian Health and Social Funds, financing and steering 27 hospitals with a €2 billion total budget. In this former function, he was also responsible and accountable for development and implementation of the Health Care Reform in Austria’s province of Lower Austria on behalf of the government, reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor.

Klaus started his medical career as medical doctor, specialising in internal medicine and nephrology, working for more than 10 years in the University hospital of St. Pölten, Austria. Gaining more and more responsibility through various functions, at the end of this live period as COO he headed 5 hospitals (1350 hospital beds, 2550 full-time equivalent professionals, €250 MIO total budget) in Europe’s 2nd largest public hospital group with 27 hospitals. Klaus unique in his combination of extensive medical knowledge with several years of C-level-management experience to drive sustainable change in a very political environment.


A/Prof Hwee-Pink Tan (Singapore)

Academic Director, TCS-SMU iCity Lab
Associate Professor of Information Systems (Practice)
Singapore Management University

Assoc. Prof. Hwee-Pink TAN currently leads a team of 10 technology and social science researchers to bring together Internet of Things technologies, and social-behavioural research to enable and sustain ageing-in-place, leading, in a broader sense, to intelligent and inclusive societies, in close partnership with A*STAR, TCS, various government agencies, as well as Voluntary Welfare Organizations. At SMU, he teaches a new Information Systems Depth Elective on Internet of Things: Technology and Applications, targeted at senior undergraduate students, as well as students pursuing the Professional Masters of IT and Business (MITB). He was appointed an Adjunct Faculty with the Geriatric Education and Research Institute (GERI) since May 2017.

Assoc. Prof. Tan obtained his Ph.D. from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 2004. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and has served on executive roles for various conferences on wireless sensor networks, and was an Area Editor of the Elsevier Journal of Computer Networks (Jan 2015 to June 2016). He is also a director and co-founder of the Stroke Support Station in Singapore.


Prof Nathan Vytialingam (Malaysia)

Advisor, Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society
Advisory Council, Global Coalition of Aging
Dean, School of Occupational Therapy, Perdana University

Prof Nathan Vytialingam has nearly 40 years of experience in occupational therapy. He started working as an occupational therapist in the 1970s and has worked in clinical settings and in United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. He was in academic institutions such as Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia. Prof Nathan was elected the Vice President of World Federation of Occupational Therapists in 1994 to 1998.

Currently, he is President of Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Regional Group and the Advisor of the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS). Prof Nathan believes that the occupational therapy profession in Malaysia can succeed through an education that is thorough, up to date and culture-oriented. In 2016, Prof. Nathan received the Honorary Fellow award during the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Council Meeting—the award was in recognition of the Professor’s significant contribution towards the development of the profession of occupational therapy. The Honorary Fellowship is said to be the highest functioning award for outstanding contributions and distinguished service to the profession of occupational therapy at a local and international level.


Mr Steven Yeo (Singapore)

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Innovating Health
Former-VP & Executive Director, HIMSS Asia Pacific & GM, HIMSS Analytics

Steven has spent more than 24 years working with multi-national corporations and non-profit organisations. He was the EVP for DHR International in 2014 and The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) saw Steven as the Vice President and Executive Director, who boosted the society’s capabilities, and building up its branding and community. He was also the General Manager for HIMSS Analytics in Asia Pacific and the Middle East from 2008 to 2014, establishing HIMSS as the global leader in the use of IT Management Systems for the betterment of healthcare delivery.

Steven has successfully assessed more than 1,000 hospitals using the HIMSS Analytics EMRAM (EMR Adoption Model). Prior to HIMSS, Steven was the Director of Intel Corporation for 10 years, managing its e-Business Group and Digital Health Group within the Asia Pacific region. Apart from his MBA from the National University of Singapore, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honors from Dalhousie University, Canada.


Dr Wei Siang Yu (China)

Founder & Executive Chairman
Borderless Healthcare Group of Companies

Dr Wei is a globally-renowned pioneer in healthcare TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunication). He is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Borderless Healthcare Group of Companies which operates borderless healthcare initiatives around the world. He gained worldwide recognition in his work on social application of digital bio-communication and became the youngest nominee of CNN People’s Choice Award in 2003. His work is also frequently featured by international media all around the world. As a global key opinion leader in healthcare TMT, disruptive healthcare solutions and healthcare business hybridisation process in Asia. Dr Wei is frequently invited by renowned institutions and organisations such as Stanford University, Oxford University, Singapore Management University, Renmin University, La Trobe University, the World Health Organisation and the United Nations to share his valuable insights on healthcare evolution and his vision on “consumerising” healthcare. Dr Wei graduated as one of the top students at Monash Medical School in 1995 and went against the conventional path of an honours student to become a medical inventor in the space of digital bio-communication.