The 4th UNGA Digital Health Symposium

Event Overview

The Innovation Value Institute (IVI) are thrilled to announce the upcoming 4th Digital Health Symposium at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), taking place on September 24-26th 2024 in New York City.

We have made remarkable progress in health as a global society, more than doubling life expectancy in just over two centuries. Public health and clinical innovations have been major contributors to this improvement. But across the world, healthcare systems are facing a major crisis caused by a perfect storm of factors – rapidly rising healthcare costs, clinician burnout and attrition, and demographics going in the wrong direction. Since 2018, there are more people over 65 than under the age of five in the world. Equally half the world do not have access to affordable care and for the half that do, it is becoming increasingly unaffordable. Time magazine recently wrote about the coming collapse of the US healthcare system, and the New York Times published an opinion piece about how that doctors aren’t burnt out from overwork, but demoralised by a broken healthcare system. According to the WHO and the World Bank Half the world lacks access to essential health services, 100 million still pushed into extreme poverty because of health expenses.

Date and time:

24-26th September 2023
08:30 – 17:30 (US ET)
13:30 – 22:30 (IST)

Location:

24-25th: Northwell Health,
UJA Conference Centre,
130 East 59th Street,
New York, 10022, USA.

26th: Lincoln Centre,
Fordham University,
113 W 60th Street,
New York, 10023, USA

According to the World Bank Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 11 percent of the world’s population yet bears 24 percent of the global disease burden and commands less than one percent of global health expenditure. It also faces a severe shortage of trained medical personnel, with just three percent of the world’s health workers deployed in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ex UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the UK’s NHS is making people sicker and saying “the entire British state is on the verge of becoming a subsidiary of the NHS”, he argues, “pointing out that the cost of healthcare has risen from 27% of day-to-day public spending to 44% since the turn of the century”.

Healthcare is stuck in a time warp. Adapting from Peter Drucker “Every Organization or indeed Industry needs a theory of the Business” and “a valid theory that is clear, consistent, and focused is extraordinarily powerful.” An example is Moore’s Law which set a competitive challenge for the collective semiconductor industry that drove alignment, amplification and acceleration for the entire industry and has created the engine to transform our world into a digital and perhaps the most sustainable one.

We proposed “Stay Left, Shift Left-10X as the Moore’s Law for the Healthcare Industry. Stay Left is about first keeping well people well or if you need rehab or have a chronic disease this can be done best of all from home. Shift Left is about getting patients as quickly as possible from Hospital to Community to Home. 10X is the notion that when digital technologies are applied to health, we can do things 10X better, faster, cheaper and higher volume.

In 2021, the first Digital Health Symposium produced a white paper ‘The Digital Transition for Healthcare’ based on the “Stay Left, Shift Left, 10X” strategy outlining the need, rationale, and benefits for doing this with fifteen global co-authors. In 2022 the second Digital Health Symposium co-created theManhattan Manifesto’ including 12 guidelines for governments and organizations for achieving digital health equity, signed by fifty collaborators. In 2024, the 4th Digital Health Symposium will focus on moving from “Ambition to Action” and creating plans for alignment, amplification, and acceleration of our collective efforts to achieve health and wellbeing for all at all ages.

You are invited as a thought, clinical, practice, political or patient leader to attend, co-create and speak at the Symposium. The format of the conference consists of TED style stimulus keynotes, panels and working sessions. The symposium is designed to enable discourse, co-design, reflection, and exchange of ideas, concepts, policy, and practice to inform innovative action and build the relationships, trust and shared vision and values to accelerate SDG 3 and global health equity for all, Stay Left Shift Left 10X.

Invited Speakers & Panelists

Professor of Innovation at Maynooth University and Digital Health Lead at IVI

Professor Martin Curley

President, Maynooth University

Professor Eeva Leinonen

Chief Innovation Office, Advocate Health, USA

Rasu Shestra, MD

Director of Health Equity Initiatives, Purdue University

Dr Jerome Adams

Director, Digital Health and Innovation Department, WHO, Switzerland

Professor Alain Labrique

Chief Information Technology Officer, United Nations Mozambique/USA

Dr Bernardo Mariano Joaquim Junior

Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Health Association

Ryl Jensen

CEO and President of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)

Russell P. Branzell

CEO, Elevance Health, USA

Gail Boudreaux

Clinical Director of Radiology at Blackrock Health

Dr John Sheehan

Founder and CEO of iHeal HealthTech Pvt Ltd

Romita Ghosh

Director of the Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center, Fordham University

Professor Falguni Sen

Vice-President, International Council of Nurses

Professor Pam Cipriano

Executive Director, Global Strategic Partnerships at Northwell Health, USA

Elaine Brennan

CIO, Common Spirit Health, USA

Daniel Barchi

Secretary General, ITU, Switzerland

Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Executive Director consus.international, Germany

Dr Monika Suryavanshi

Clinical psychologist, TV commentator, Author, United Nations NGO representative & Columbia University Teachers College, USA

Professor Judy Kuriansky

Director, Corporate Development, Yishun Health, Singapore

Dr NG Yeuk Fan

Co-Founder/ Policy Lead, HealthEnabled, Egypt/USA

Professor Patricia (Patty) Mechael

Professor of Innovation at Maynooth University and Digital Health Lead at IVI

Professor Martin Curley

Martin Curley is Professor of Innovation at Maynooth University. Most recently, Martin was Director of the Digital Transformation and Open Innovation at the Health Service Executive (HSE), helping enable the digital transformation of Ireland’s health service and also served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the HSE. Prior to joining the HSE Martin was Senior Vice President and group head for Global Digital Practice at Mastercard. Previously Martin was vice president at Intel Corporation and Director/GM of Intel Labs Europe, Intel’s network of more than 50 research labs which he helped grow across the European region. He also served as a senior principal engineer at Intel Labs Europe leading Intel’s research and innovation engagement with the European Commission and the broader European Union research ecosystem. Prior to this Curley was Global Director of IT Innovation and Director of IT Strategy and Technology at Intel. Earlier in his Intel career, he held a number of senior positions for Intel in the United States and Europe. He also worked in research and management positions at GE in Ireland and Philips in the Netherlands.

Martin has a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a master’s degree in business studies, both from University College Dublin, Ireland. He received his Ph.D. in information systems from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Curley is the author of eight books on technology management for value, innovation and entrepreneurship. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, the British Computer Society and, the Irish Computer Society. Martin is co-founder of the Innovation Value Institute at Maynooth University, a unique industry-academia collaboration driving research and development of advanced IT and Digital maturity frameworks. He was previously a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan Centre for Information Systems Research and a visiting research fellow at the CERN Open Lab in Geneva. He was the inaugural winner of the Engineers Ireland Innovation engineer of the year in 2006 and was jointly awarded European Chief Technology Officer of the year for 2015-2016.

President, Maynooth University

Professor Eeva Leinonen

Professor Eeva Leinonen joined Maynooth University as President in October 2021, after five years of service as Vice Chancellor and President at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia.

Professor Leinonen was born and raised in Finland, where she completed her schooling. She and her two brothers were the first in their family to attend university. Her own experience has cemented her belief in the role of education as a social equaliser, with the power to transform for the better the lives of individuals, families and whole communities.

As part of her education in Finland Professor Leinonen spent a year as an exchange student in Michigan, USA, prior to entering university in England, where she studied linguistics and psychology. She obtained a BSc (Hons) in Linguistics and Psychology (First Class) from Aston University, UK; MPhil in Text Linguistics from Exeter University, UK: PhD in Clinical Linguistics from De Montfort University, UK; Docent (Higher Doctorate) from her hometown university, University of Oulu, Finland; and DSc (Honoris Causa) from Aston University, UK.

Professor Leinonen’s academic research focuses on pragmatic language processing deficits in children and young adults with autistic spectrum disorders. She collaborates with colleagues in Finland and Italy, including recent work on cross-cultural comparison of pragmatic development in typically developing children in these two cultural contexts. She also speaks and writes about higher education topics, including institutional leadership, curriculum and technology enhanced learning.

Professor Leinonen has extensive experience in higher education in the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and internationally. Prior to joining Maynooth University, she spent over eight years in Australia, where she first held the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) at the University of Wollongong and then Vice Chancellor of Murdoch University.

Chief Innovation Office, Advocate Health, USA

Rasu Shestra, MD

Rasu has nearly 30 years of industry experience as a physician leader delivering results across strategy, innovation, health information technology, marketing, communications, strategic investments and commercialization. Before joining Atrium Health in 2019, Rasu was with UPMC, where he led the payor-provider organization’s innovation and strategy, and built the industry’s largest and most successful innovation, commercialization and venture capital engine. He serves on the boards of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, U.S. Radiology, ML Bio and AcademyHealth in Washington D.C., the leading national catalyst at the intersection of the industry’s public, private and policy spheres.

Director of Health Equity Initiatives, Purdue University

Dr Jerome Adams

Dr. Jerome Adams was appointed as a Presidential Fellow and the Executive Director of Purdue’s Health Equity Initiatives on October 1, 2021. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Practice in the departments of Pharmacy Practice and Public Health. As the 20th U.S. Surgeon General and a prior member of the President’s Coronavirus task force, Dr. Adams has been at the forefront of America’s most pressing health challenges. A regular communicator via tv, radio, and in print, Dr. Adams is an expert not just in the science, but also in communicating the
science to the lay public, and making it relevant to various audiences. Dr. Adams is a licensed anesthesiologist with a master’s degree in public health, and ran the Indiana State Department of Health prior to becoming Surgeon General. In the State Health Commissioner role he managed a $350 million dollar budget and over 1000 employees, and led Indiana’s response to Ebola, Zika, and HIV crises. Notably, Dr. Adams helped convince the Governor and State Legislature to legalize syringe service programs in the state, and to prioritize $13 million in funding to combat infant mortality. As Surgeon General, Dr. Adams was the operational head of the 6000 person Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and oversaw responses to 3 back to back category 5 hurricanes, and to a once in a century pandemic. In addition to his recent COVID19 work, Dr. Adams has partnered with and assisted organizations as they navigate the opioid epidemic, maternal health, rising rates of chronic disease, the impacts of rising suicide rates in our Nation, and how businesses can become better stewards and stakeholders in promoting community health.

Director, Digital Health and Innovation Department, WHO, Switzerland

Professor Alain Labrique

Dr. Alain Labrique is the Director for the Department of Digital Health and Innovation at the World Health Organization. He is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative and Editor-in-Chief for the Oxford Open Digital Health journal. An infectious disease and population epidemiologist, he served until September of 2022 as Professor and the inaugural Associate Chair for Research in Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Labrique has led research in maternal, neonatal, and infant health in resource limited settings and was recognized as one of the Top 11 mHealth Innovators in 2011. He served as a lead author on the 2012 Bellagio Declaration on mHealth Evidence. In 2018, he was awarded the Excellence in International Public Health Practice Award and a Distinguished Alumnus award from Johns Hopkins University. Labrique has authored over 150 publications in high-impact journals, as well as many book chapters and technical reports on Digital Health and Emerging Infectious Diseases. His frameworks for Digital Health remains among the most cited. Labrique has served as a Technical Advisor to several international and global health agencies and Ministries of Health, was the Chair of the WHO Digital Health Guidelines Development Group and a member of the WHO Digital Health Roster of Experts.

Chief Information Technology Officer, United Nations Mozambique/USA

Dr Bernardo Mariano Joaquim Junior

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 1 June 2021 the appointment of Bernardo Mariano Joaquim Junior of Mozambique as Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO), Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Information and Communications Technology at United Nations Headquarters in New York.  The Secretary-General conveys his deep appreciation to the former CITO, Atefeh Riazi of the United States, and the Acting CITO, Patrick Carey of Ireland, for their work and dedication to the Organization.

He brings to the position 28 years of experience within the United Nations system and international organizations, most recently serving as the Chief Information Officer and Director for Digital Health and Innovation at the World Health Organization (WHO), where he led the organization’s digital transformation journey, leveraging digital technologies and innovations to accelerate the achievement of WHO strategic goals.

He started his career in 1993 with International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Mozambique and continued with IOM in Haiti, Mali, Angola, Kenya, Kosovo and South Africa in addition to Geneva, Switzerland before joining WHO in 2018.  He served as IOM Senior Regional Adviser for Sub-Saharan Africa (2017-2018), Regional Director for Southern Africa (2009-2015) and served as IOM Chief Information Officer (2015-2017, 2002-2011), having championed several business transformation initiatives, driving innovations in operation and management systems, Enterprise Resource Planning systems, information technology, project management and network infrastructure.

He holds a Master of Science in Global Management from Salford University (United Kingdom), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique.  He is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, with a very good knowledge of French.

Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Health Association

Ryl Jensen

Ryl Jensen is the Chief Executive Officer of the DHA with a background in IT having previously worked for the likes of IBM, EDS, and Merrill Lynch HSBC in London. She worked in Customer Relationship Management and Disaster Recovery, responsible for Service Level Agreements and Service Delivery Management. She has a strong customer focus and is passionate about health policy, research, and helping people. Ryl’s goal would be to see New Zealand’s Health System in a stronger, more resilient and connected position through digital health, driving better and more equitable health outcomes for all.

Ryl has been active in the Health and Disability Sector for a number of years, firstly being an advocate for women’s health and then later for digital interoperability. At a Government level she has written and contributed to health policy. She has a strong passion for the health sector, in particular digital health, and how it can be a key enabler to improve health outcomes and healthcare delivery.

Ryl has a Master of Health from Victoria University of Wellington, with a focus on health policy, planning, and systems structures. Her thesis completed in 2022 is titled Exploring a Digital Health Governance Framework for New Zealand – A mixed methods study.

Ryl was one of three main contributors to the DHA’s Health Opportunities Report Hauora, Mauri Ora: Enabling a Healthier Aotearoa New Zealand, released in 2021 by the Minister of Health Andrew Little.

Ryl is married with two children and lives in the Kapiti Coast on a small lifestyle block with her family. She is an avid reader, and loves cycling and walking along the river near her house with her dog Benji.

CEO and President of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)

Russell P. Branzell

Russell P. Branzell is the CEO and President of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and its affiliate associations, the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS), the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Technology (AEHIT) and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Applications (AEHIA). In addition to his position at CHIME, he serves on the faculty at CHIME University and Columbia University, where he teaches executive classes in health information technology. He also is a member of the Baldrige Foundation Board and a former member of the Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a position that was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce.

Mr. Branzell joined CHIME as President and CEO in April 2013 after being an active member for 15 years. He served on the CHIME Board of Trustees from 2004-2008, as chair of the CHIME Education Committee from 2004-2008 and as chair of the CHIME Education Foundation.

Prior to taking his position at CHIME, he was the CEO at the Colorado Health Medical Group; Vice President of Information Services and CIO for Poudre Valley Health System; President/CEO of Innovation Enterprises (PVHS’ for-profit IS entity); and Regional Deputy CIO and Executive Director of Information Services for Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, MO. He served on active duty in the United States Air Force and retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2008. While on active duty, he held numerous healthcare administration positions, including CIO for the Air Mobility Command Surgeon General’s Office.

CEO, Elevance Health, USA

Gail Boudreaux

Gail Boudreaux serves as president and chief executive officer at Elevance Health, where she leads the company in improving lives and communities, simplifying healthcare, and building trust with customers. Regarded for her ability to skillfully scale multi-billion-dollar businesses, Boudreaux leverages her more than three decades of healthcare industry experience to helm one of America’s largest health companies.

Clinical Director of Radiology at Blackrock Health

Dr John Sheehan

John is deeply engaged in healthcare technology, with a focus on emerging innovations like cloud computing, AI, Augmented Reality, Robotics and Quantum Computing. His work revolves around bridging the clinical, digital, and industrial realms to advance technology policy.

John’s journey in Radiology commenced in 2005 when he embarked on fellowships in MRI (Body, Neuro & MSK) and Cardiovascular Imaging at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. His dedication led him to become the Chief of Cardiovascular Imaging at NorthShore University Health System by 2009.

Currently, John serves as a Consultant Radiologist at Blackrock Health (Hermitage & Blackrock Clinics) and Mobile Medical Diagnostics, specialising in Diagnostic to Interventional Radiology. His expertise shines in Cardiovascular, Hepatobiliary, Prostate, MSK, and Colonography, where he continues to set new standards.

John also holds the role of Clinical Director at Hermitage Clinic and Mobile Medical Diagnostics, while providing valuable advice to xWave Technologies. In this capacity, he brings his clinical insights to inform administrative decision-making.

As the Vice Chair of Ireland’s Digital Health Association, John plays a role in shaping Ireland’s Digital Health Strategy.

Known for his calm diligence and solution-focused approach, John balances his professional life with diverse hobbies like music, gardening, and photography.

Join John on his journey to drive healthcare technology and innovation for a brighter future.

Founder and CEO of iHeal HealthTech Pvt Ltd

Romita Ghosh

Ms. Romita Ghosh, an esteemed Founder-CEO at the forefront of the MedTech industry, spearheads innovative and impactful ventures that transform healthcare in India. With an unwavering commitment to revolutionize the industry, she has founded highly successful MedTech companies. Transitioning from research at the Tata Cancer Center, Romita’s passion for tangible change led her to become an exemplary entrepreneur. Through visionary leadership, her ventures have positively impacted more than 200,000 lives. Recognized with the Women Transforming India Award 2021 by Niti Aayog, Romita’s contributions are highly regarded. Romita holds double majors in Biotechnology and Biochemistry, alongside an MBA. She is an alumnus of IIM Udaipur and served as an ICMR research fellow at IIT Hyderabad. Her achievements include being named one of the Top 50 Women in Innovation by CII PwC. Additionally, her groundbreaking solution, Maap AI, revolutionizing child nutrition, earned her a place in the prestigious Top 10 of the Bayer Women Empowerment Award. Receiving numerous accolades such as the Most Inspiring Woman Entrepreneur Award and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Romita’s journey is recognized for its impact. Falicitated by Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and invited to the United Nations General Assembly, she is a sought-after speaker and advocate. In line with her ethos, Romita Ghosh received specialized training at the German Institute of Sustainability and Development, further strengthening her commitment to sustainable practices in the field of healthcare. Contributing to the startup ecosystem, Romita mentors aspiring founders and leads the India-Germany Bilateral Business Council, championing women in science. Her media presence includes appearances on TV programs and features by renowned outlets, further solidifying her influence. Romita Ghosh’s exceptional journey, pioneering spirit, and unwavering dedication to transforming healthcare establish her as an influential figure, inspiring countless individuals and shaping the future of the industry

Director of the Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center, Fordham University

Professor Falguni Sen

Falguni Sen is head of Fordham’s Global Healthcare Innovation Management Center, which aims to promote a high-level international conversation about business, social and health issues. He also is a professor and area chair of atrategy and statistics. Before coming to Fordham, Professor Sen acted as a consultant for numerous private, public and government organizations in the United States, India and Ireland.

Professor Sen has won Fordham’s Gladys and Henry Crown Award for Faculty Excellence. He also received a dissertation grant from the National Science Foundation and a graduate fellowship at Northwestern University from the Ford Foundation.

Vice-President, International Council of Nurses

Professor Pam Cipriano

With over 40 years’ experience as a globally recognized nurse leader, strategist, educator and advocate, Dr. Pam Cipriano was ranked number 2 on Healthcare Global’s list of the Top 10 women in healthcare for 2021. She was previously named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine for four years running.

Pam has gained international recognition for her work improving working conditions, quality, and services in nursing environments worldwide. She leads national and international efforts to increase nurse involvement in healthcare policy decisions; boost nurses’ social impact; and protect the health, safety and wellbeing of the nursing community. Pam was the inaugural editor of the National Nurses Association journal for eight years and publishes regularly on nursing issues in respected journals and media outlets.

Pam is currently first Vice-President of the International Council of Nurses and Dean & Sadie Heath Cabiniss Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing.

Executive Director, Global Strategic Partnerships at Northwell Health, USA

Elaine Brennan

Elaine Brennan is Executive Director, Global Strategic Partnerships at Northwell Health where she has responsibility for developing collaborative and strategic relationships and has created innovative new programs at Northwell.

Ms. Brennan originally joined Northwell Health to create the Pharma Ventures group and led the innovative approach to managing and developing collaborative and strategic relationships with the pharmaceutical/ biotech and device industry to establish Northwell as a premier destination for clinical research, health outcomes and digital innovation.

Ms. Brennan subsequently created Northwell’s International Program developing strategic alliances with government trade agencies to enable access to a pipeline of international innovative technologies and companies for procurement, research and investment.

In addition, Ms. Brennan manages several strategic network and individual relationships on behalf of Northwell that drive value across many cross functional areas of the health system.

Previously, Ms. Brennan was the CEO of Socrates, a health care information technology company, where she led the development and launch of its technology platform in the United States. She also headed up Life Sciences for Enterprise Ireland (Irish Government), managing life science companies entering the US market, screening them for market readiness, assisting with fund raising and commercialization path ways. She also founded Gastroenterology Ireland, which combined a cluster of companies, research and development, and Irish opinion leaders in Ireland and the US with the purpose of creating a niche competency for a country, driving funding and innovation.

Her pharmaceutical career at Roche, Bristol Myers Squibb and AbbVie included marketing/sales and clinical roles launching blockbuster products in the virology sector.

Ms. Brennan has published scientific articles on genetic engineering and biodegradable polymers applications, and patented many products in the same area. She earned her science degree in the United Kingdom and her early education in Ireland and Belgium.

CIO, Common Spirit Health, USA

Daniel Barchi

As Chief Information Officer at CommonSpirit Health, Daniel provides vision and leadership to support growth, operational performance, digital innovation and IT security. Daniel joined CommonSpirit in 2022 to contribute his more than 20 years of experience advancing and integrating information technology, digital clinical and consumer applications and financial tools for large and complex health care systems. Before his work at CommonSpirit, he served as CIO of NewYork-Presbyterian Health System, where he led operations of information technology, business systems, innovation, analytics, telemedicine and pharmacy teams. Prior to this role, Daniel served as CIO of Carilion Clinic, Yale New Haven Health System and Yale School of Medicine. Before his career in health care technology, Daniel worked in the telecommunications industry, leading global project operations for MCI and WorldCom in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and served as a U.S. Naval Officer at sea on guided missile cruisers. He was twice awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for leadership, the Southeast Asia Service Medal for Iraq operations in the Red Sea and the NATO Service Medal for Bosnian War operations. As he prepared to complete his Naval service, Daniel earned a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

Secretary General, ITU, Switzerland

Doreen Bogdan-Martin

Doreen Bogdan-Martin took office as Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 1 January 2023.

Ms Bogdan-Martin has held leadership positions in the field of international telecommunications policy for over three decades, with a track-record of brokering innovative partnerships to expand digital inclusion and connectivity for everyone around the world. Following her historic election by ITU Member States in September 2022, she became the first woman ever to head the organization, which was first established in 1865 and became a UN specialized agency in 1947.

As ITU Secretary-General, she aims to drive innovative solutions, maximize ITU’s relevance for its 193 Member States, intensify global cooperation on connecting the unconnected, and strengthen the alignment of ITU’s programmes with the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations. Ms Bogdan-Martin has consistently emphasized the need for digital transformation to achieve economic prosperity, job creation, skills development, gender equality, and socio-economic inclusion, as well as to build circular economies, reduce climate impact, and save lives.

As Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau for a four-year term starting in 2018, she helped put sustainable digital development at the forefront of international cooperation, including with the private sector and civil society. She actively promoted the Partner2Connect initiative, which has mobilized unprecedented pledges of funding and support for meaningful Internet connectivity in developing countries.

Earlier, she was instrumental in establishing the ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, serving as its Executive Director for more than a decade, contributed to the success of ITU’s Global Symposium for Regulators as the pre-eminent worldwide meeting for digital policy makers, and led in the formulation of  ITU’s youth engagement strategy. She also pioneered ITU’s ongoing contribution to the EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age and initiated collaboration with UNICEF on the Giga project to connect every school worldwide to the Internet. ​

Within ITU, she has promoted gender equality and encouraged bringing more women into the workforce, as well as helping women grow professionally and contributing to networks of women pursuing gender-balanced participation in conferences and policy making.

From 2008 until 2018, Ms Bogdan-Martin served as Chief of ITU’s Strategic Planning and Membership Department, overseeing corporate communications, external affairs, corporate strategy, and membership. Earlier, she headed the Regulatory and Market Environment Division and Regulatory Reform Unit in the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau​.

Before joining ITU in 1994, she worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce as a Telecommunication Policy Specialist in the National Telecommunication and Information Administration.

Ms Bogdan-Martin holds a Master’s in International Communications Policy from American University in Washington, DC, a post-graduate certification in Strategies for Leadership from the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a certification in Accountability and Ethics from the UN Leaders Programme. She is also a qualified amateur radio operator.

Ms Bogdan-Martin is married with four children.

Executive Director consus.international, Germany

Dr Monika Suryavanshi

With over two decades of experience in the healthcare industry, Dr Monika developed a deep understanding of health and care systems, bringing both clinical and managerial expertise from different markets and cultures. As an expert on a wide range of strategic, operational and compliance projects, ranging from developing new business and care models to improving processes and workflows in hospitals, she worked with various stakeholders in different countries such as USA, Spain, Kazakhstan, Georgia, China, and Kenya.
Amongst others, Dr Monika worked as Executive Director of Helios Healthcare Architects, a consulting business unit of Fresenius Helios, one of the largest healthcare groups in Europe. Before joining Helios group, Dr. Monika has worked in clinical and management capacities as an emergency physician and hospital manager for 15 years in India. She headed her own hospital and a clinic in Pune, a first-tier city in India.
She was also a faculty member and trainer in Emergency Medicine and American Heart Association courses at Symbiosis International University, Pune, India.
Dr Monika’s academic background includes Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, USA and International University, Germany.

Clinical psychologist, TV commentator, Author, United Nations NGO representative & Columbia University Teachers College, USA

Professor Judy Kuriansky

Dr. Judy Kuriansky is a world renowned radio advice host, clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist, popular lecturer, newspaper columnist, and author of many books. She is a pioneer of radio call-in advice, and Internet advice. On the faculty of the Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University Teachers College and visiting professor of Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing, she is a frequent commentator on international media –including CNN — on various news issues.
Dr. Judy is on the Advisory Board of several magazines and public service organizations, and works extensively in Asia on health and women’s issues, and Known for her relationship advice, Dr. Judy is also expert on emergency mental health services, and has worked at Ground Zero and many other disasters worldwide, and lectures about coping with world conflicts, including in the Middle East.

A graduate of Smith College, Dr. Kuriansky earned a masters degree at Boston University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from N.Y.U. where she taught psychology.  She spent ten years at Columbia Medical Center and London’s Maudsley hospital, as a Senior  Research Scientist, and has conducted hundreds of workshops and published many professional journal articles including in the distinguished American Journal of Psychiatry. She has held many leadership positions, including at the Center for Spirituality and Psychotherapy, and teaching at universitiesa around the world, inclhding in the Clinical Psychology department for graduate students at Columbia University Teachers College and as visitng porfessor in Hong Kong adn in Beijing China.

Director, Corporate Development, Yishun Health, Singapore

Dr NG Yeuk Fan

Dr Ng Yeuk Fan is a Senior Consultant Public Health Physician experienced in health systems and services planning and evaluation, healthcare corporate transformation, organization development and change management.

He is currently Director & Head of Corporate Development in Yishun Health, a member of the National Healthcare Group. As the Director, he is responsible for value based care & services planning, health system & services evaluation, insights & analytics, corporate planning, and organization development. Ongoing focus areas include the development and deployment of a Unified Care Model for the Yishun Zone Regional Health System in NHG, development of a health system and health services performance measurement framework, value-based transformation of lifelong care and episodic care services, development of person-centered needs assessment tools, implementation of needs-based population segmentation tool, development of population outcomes and financial risk prediction models, deployment of population health survey for the North of Singapore, development of a unified data model for population health systems, and development of organization development methods to accelerate health system transformation.

Dr Ng is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, as well as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Health Systems & Services Research Program in the Duke-NUS Medical School. He is also a physician faculty in the National Preventive Medicine Residency Programme in National University Health System, and a clinical teacher in the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

His academic interests include the application of systems thinking, design thinking and complexity thinking in health systems, value based care, integrated care, population health systems and health system transformation.

Co-Founder/ Policy Lead, HealthEnabled, Egypt/USA

Professor Patricia (Patty) Mechael

Patricia (Patty) Mechael is co-founder and policy lead at HealthEnabled, a global non-profit focused on improving health outcomes and strengthening health systems in low- and middle-income countries through digital health transformation.

She leads the Global Digital Health Monitor, a web-based platform to measure and monitor digital health maturity at the country level.

She is a Senior Associate Professor in the Department of International Health in the Center for Global Digital Health Innovation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

She also serves as a member of the WHO Roster of Digital Health Experts and the Guidelines Development Groups for Digital Health and Self-care Interventions for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

She is a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow, Johns Hopkins University Knowledge for the World Distinguished Alumnus Awardee (2011), and British Council UK Education Social Impact Award (2016) recipient. She is also a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2023).

She is on the editorial board of the Oxford Open Digital Health Journal and Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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