Speakers & Moderators

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MRS. ANU PARTANEN
Journalist, Finland - EHMA 2019 PLENARY SESSIONS' MODERATOR

Anu is the author of “The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life.” She is a journalist originally from Finland who has lived and worked in the Unite...
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PROF. FEDERICO LEGA
EHMA and University of Milan, Italy- Opening Plenary Keynote speaker

Prof. Federico Lega is Affiliate Professor of Government, Health and Not for Profit at SDA Bocconi School of Management and Associate Professor, Department of Instit...
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DR. MIKLOS SZOCSKA
The Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University, Hungary- EHMA 2019 Opening Plenary Panel speaker

Dr. Miklós Szócska graduated at the Semmelweis University (SU) of Medicine in 1989. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School...
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DR. JOSEP FIGUERAS
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies- EHMA 2019 Opening Plenary Panel speaker

Josep Figueras, MD, MPH, PhD (econ) is the Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and head of the WHO European Centre on Health Policy i...
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DR. ELIA STUPKA
Chief Analytics Officer, SVP – Life Sciences Business, Health Catalyst - EHMA 2019 Second Plenary Keynote speaker

Elia Stupka leads the Life Sciences group at Health Catalyst. He is a visionary leader in digital health with a passion for innovation in health and life sciences an...
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PROF. PAUL LILLRANK
Aalto University School of Science, Finland

Paul Lillrank, is a professor of Quality and Service Management at Aalto University School of Science, Finland. He has served as the head of the Department of Indust...
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ASSOC. PROF. PAULUS TORKKI
University of Helsinki, Finland

Paulus Torkki is an associate professor of health care operations management in University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine. Torkki has been former researcher direct...
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MS. RIIKKA- LEENA LESKELA
Nordic Healthcare Group (NHG), Finland

Riikka-Leena Leskelä is research director at Nordic Healthcare Group (NHG). Her research interests are in the field or healthcare systems, healthcare operations mana...
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PROF. DR. KIM PUTTERS
Netherlands Institute for Social Research & Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands - Moderator, "Systems & Organizational governance" stream

Prof. Dr. Kim Putters is the Director of the Netherlands Institute for Social Research and Professor of Health Policy and Governance at the Institute of Health Polic...
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DR. MARKKU MAKIJARVI
Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District, Finland - Speaker, "Leading change in healthcare eco-system: are you in or out?" session

Markku Mäkijärvi is a specialist in internal medicine and cardiology as well as an associate professor of internal medicine. Since 1984 he has been working in Helsin...
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DR. MARINA ERHOLA
National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland - Speaker, "Leading change in healthcare eco-system: are you in or out?" session

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DR. LOUKIANOS GATZOULIS
DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission - Speaker, "Leading change in healthcare eco-system: are you in or out?" session

Loukianos Gatzoulis, PhD, has a background in biomedical engineering and wireless communications. He received his PhD from the University of Edinbur...
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COLONEL HENK VAN DER WAL
Netherlands Ministry of Defence, Defence Healthcare Organisation, Netherlands - Speaker, "Leading change in healthcare eco-system: are you in or out?" session

Colonel Henk van der Wal joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1988. After several functions and deployments in the operational healthcare field, he was in 2001 ...
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MR. ALEXANDRE LOURENCO
Portuguese Association of Hospital Managers, Portugal - Moderator, "Digital transformation" stream

Alexandre Lourenço is a Healthcare Manager and a Ph.D. Candidate at NOVA School of Business & Economics. He is the President of the Portuguese Association of Hospita...
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MS. SARA HARMALA
Upgraded, Finland - Speaker, "The Digital Health Agenda: Are you a winner or a loser?"session

Sara Härmälä, MA, is Director of Upgraded and an enthusiastic healthtech promoter. She has a strong background in both growth companies as well as associations. As D...
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DR. ANTONI PERIS GRAO
The Castelldefels Health Agents Consortium (CASAP), Spain - Moderator, "Integration" stream

Dr. Peris Grao is the Managing Director of The Castelldefels Health Agents Consortium (CASAP), a publicly-owned entity for the Catalan Health Institute and the Caste...
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PROF. DR. BERT VRIJHOEF
Panaxea; Maastricht University Medical Center, The Netherlands; Vrije Universiteit Brussels,Belgium - Speaker, “Integrated Care at a crossroads?” session

Bert Vrijhoef is Chief Executive Officer at Panaxea b.v., Amsterdam; Senior Principal Investigator at Maastricht University Medical Center, Department of Patient & C...
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DR. DAVID SOMEKH
European Health Futures Forum, UK - Moderator, Coaching session on "Combination of new knowledge and coaching on digital transformation"

Dr David Somekh was a forensic psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and experienced clinician in management for many years who retired from the UK NHS fifteen years ago. He h...
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MR. MATTHIJS ZWIER
European Health Futures Forum, UK - Moderator, Coaching session on "Combination of new knowledge and coaching on digital transformation"

Matthijs Zwier is an Associate Director of EHFF and Senior Advisor at Raedelijn (The Netherlands) an advisory organisation for primary care. He is a former senior nu...
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ASSIST. PROF. DR. EVA TURK
EHMA, Belgium; University of Maribor, Slovenia; SanAstra Foundation, Norway - Moderator, "Digital transformation" stream

Dr. Turk is an assistant professor in public health at the Medical Faculty, University of Maribor and a visiting lecturer at Alma Mater Europea ECM. Her responsibili...
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PROF. WALTER SERMEUS
Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy of KU Leuven University, Belgium - Moderator, "Personalization" stream

Prof. Sermeus is full professor at the Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy of KU Leuven University, Belgium. His research expertise includes health services resea...
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MR. DAVID EARNSHAW
MSD Europe, Belgium - Speaker, "Reinventing healthcare: patients as central partners" session

David Earnshaw joined the global pharmaceutical company MSD in early 2016 as Associate Vice President, European Public Policy, MSD Europe. David is a public policy a...
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ASSOC. PROF. DR. CRISTIAN PODOLEANU
Cardiology Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Tîrgu Mures, Romania - Speaker, "Reinventing healthcare: patients as central partners" session

Cristian Podoleanu is an Associate Professor at University of Medicine and Pharmacy Tirgu Mures, Romania, a lecturer of cardiology and internal medicine with great e...
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MS. KAISA IMMONEN
European Patients’ Forum (EPF), Belgium - Speaker, "Reinventing healthcare: patients as central partners" session

Kaisa Immonen (MA) is Director of Policy at the European Patients’ Forum (EPF). She has a Master’s degree in International Relations (UK and Finland). She is respons...
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UNIV.-PROF. DR. DR. WILFRIED VON EIFF
HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Germany - Moderator, "Value based healthcare" stream

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Wilfried von Eiff is the Academic Director of the Ludwig Fresenius Center for Health Care Management and Regulation at HHL Leipzig Graduate Schoo...
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DR. SAMPO SAMMALISTO
Business Finland, Finland - Speaker, "Value-Based Innovation in Health Care" session

Dr. Sampo Sammalisto is the Program Manager for Personalized Health at Business Finland, the innovation funding, trade and investment organization of the Finnish Gov...
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DR. MARK LLOYD DAVIES
Johnson & Johnson, Belgium - Speaker, "Value-Based Innovation in Health Care" session

Mark is responsible for fostering a constructive relationship between Johnson & Johnson, Government institutions and their healthcare systems throughout Europe, Midd...
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DR. MAARTEN JANSSEN
Erasmus Centre for Healthcare Management, Netherlands - Moderator, "Sustainability" stream

Maarten has a background in innovation management, the field in which he obtained a Research Master at Utrecht University the Netherlands in 2009. In different roles...
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PROF. RONALD BATENBURG
Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL), Netherlands - Moderator, "Sustainability" stream

Prof. Ronald Batenburg is the program coordinator of health workforce and organization studies at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) and ...
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DR. AXEL KAEHNE
Edge Hill University, UK - Moderator, "Integration" stream

Dr Kaehne is Associate Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice at Edge Hill University, UK. His main interests are programme evaluation...
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DR. STEPHEN BROOKES
University of Manchester, UK - Trainer, "Converting learning materials into e-learning sessions"

Stephen is a senior fellow in public policy and management and specialises in leadership and organisational development. For six years, he was the Programme Director...
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DR. JILLIAN McCARTHY
University of Manchester, UK - Trainer, "Converting learning materials into e-learning sessions"

Dr Jillian McCarthy is a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Management at Alliance Manchester Business School within the University of Manchester. She is programme director for the MSc in Healthcare ...
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