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HON. DEO DEBATTISTA
Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection, Medicines Authority and Public Cleansing
Dr. Deo Debattista is a family medical doctor by profession and an elected Maltese politician. In his role of Parliamentary Secretary, he is responsible for the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA), Malta Medicines Authority, Malta Laboratories Network, National Accreditation Board and the Cleansing and Maintenance Division.
HON. CHRIS FEARNE
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health - Government of Malta
After graduating from the University of Malta as a Doctor and Surgeon Mr. Fearne pursued his studies in various hospitals in the UK including the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He has worked as a doctor and paediatric surgeon for over 30 years and also lectured students of medicine at the University of Malta. In April 2016 he was appointed Minister for Health after holding the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Health since April 2014. In July 2017, Hon. Fearne was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister.
HON. SILVIO SCHEMBRI
Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business - Government of Malta
Hon. Silvio Schembri is a an elected Maltese politician and academic currently serving as Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business. Hon. Schembri was born in Luqa, the second child among four siblings. His father John Schembri has been occupying the office of Mayor of Luqa since 2001. Silvio is an experienced Lecturer In Economics with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Political Communication, Negotiation, Sustainable Development, Political Science, and Analytical Skills. Strong education professional with a Master of Arts and a Bachelors Degree of Honours focused in Economics from L-Università ta’ Malta.
PROF ANTHONY SERRACINO INGLOTT
Professor - The Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta
Anthony Serracino Inglott is a Professor at the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Malta. He is Chairperson of the Malta Medicines Authority. Serracino Inglott is a member of the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, and in the board of governors of the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority. Professor Anthony Serracino Inglott is Chairperson of the Malta Laboratories Network.
DANIEL TORRES GONÇALVES
Partner - Raposo, Sa Miranda & Associados
Daniel is a Health Lawyer, Head of the Health Economic Unit and Partner of PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados. Based in Portugal, he was also a member of the National Board of Bioethics, to which he was elected by the national parliament. Daniel is the President of the Portuguese Association of Health and Law. Having a degree in Law and an L.LM in Innovation, Technology and the Law by the University of Edinburgh, Daniel has focused his research and professional career in IT and Health Law. In this field, he has been following closely the recent legal developments concerning medical cannabis in Portugal, a country recognized at the forefront of drugs policies and now of medical cannabis policies.
PROF VICTOR GRECH
Clinical Advisor - Tabib.mt; Leading Pediatrician
Victor Grech is a professor of paediatrics and runs paediatric cardiology services at Mater Dei Hospital in Malta. He has a PhD in paediatric cardiology, a second PhD in English Language and is finalising a third dissertation that deals with factors that influence the sex ratio at birth. He is the most published academic in Malta and has been invited to speak abroad about his research on several occasions. He is also the creator of the international WASP (Write a Scientific Paper) course which has been held not only in Malta but also in London and in Bahrain. Victor has also been involved in the organisation of several international conferences and helps to edit the local journals: Malta Medical Journal and Malta Medical School Gazette.
DR MALCOLM FALZON
Partner - Camilleri Preziosi
Dr Malcolm Falzon is a partner in Camilleri Preziosi’s Corporate & Finance practice group. His areas of specialisation comprise capital markets, corporate, M&A, insurance and gaming law. Malcolm also heads Camilleri Preziosi’s Blockchain & Fintech team, part of which is focussed on the firm’s growing MedTech practice. Malcolm obtained his doctorate in law from the University of Malta in 2004 and read for a LL.M in Corporate & Commercial Law at University College, London in 2005.
DR DYLAN ATTARD
Co-Founder - Digital Health Malta
Dylan Attard graduated as a medical doctor from UoM in 2017 and works as a surgical trainee at Mater Dei Hospital. Dr. Attard went on to obtain a Master in Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship the following year, during which he worked on assessing the feasibility of launching telemedicine in Malta, under the mentorship of Prof. Russel Smith from the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation at UoM. Having a passion for digital health, he co-founded Digital Health Malta in 2017, a non-governmental association that aims to transform the healthcare sector through digital health, using technology and innovation to facilitate the transition.
DR RYAN GRECH
Co-Founder - Digital Health Malta
Dr Ryan Grech MD, has a background in surgical training currently a Radiology Registrar within the NHS where he also forms part of the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Diagnostics Directorate AI imaging group. Co-founder of Digital Health Malta, his focus is to transform healthcare through digital, using technology and innovation to facilitate the transition.
DR STEFAN BUTTIGIEG
Co-Founder - Digital Health Malta
Dr Buttigieg is the Co-founder of Digital Health Malta and Specialist in Public Health Medicine. He lectures at the University of Malta on Digital Health and Social Media. Within the WFPHA Governing Council, he represents Students and Young Professionals and he is the Vice-President of the EUPHA Section on Digital Health.
CEO - Healthy Pleasure Group
Dominnique Karetsos is CEO and co-founder of The Healthy Pleasure Group, a pioneering collective that seeks to define, reshape and revolutionise everyone’s sexual empowerment globally. HPG is dedicated to the future of Sexual Health & Technology, helping startups and market leaders who innovate in this space become consumer lifestyle brands.
DR GEGE GATT, B.A., LL.D.
CEO - EBO.AI
Dr. Gege Gatt is the CEO of London-based company EBO.AI, an Artificial Intelligence enterprise which enables the automation and personalisation of engagement. He is a digital entrepreneur and IT-Law specialist. He serves as the Vice President of the Malta IT law Association and a specialist examiner at the University of Malta. He’s a Board Member of Humanity 2.0 developed by the Holy See in Rome and a consortium of thought-leaders to identify impediments to human flourishing and then work cross-sector to remove them.
DR GYLES MORRISON, MBBS, MSC
Clinical UX Specialist and Director - Clinical UX Association
Dr GylesMorrison is a medical doctor and Clinical UX specialist where he improves the usability, accessibility and satisfaction people have with healthcare technology. He has a special interest in behaviour change and digital therapeutics to improve health for all. He is also a Clinical UX instructor.
Co-Founder & CEO - Hempstreet India
Abhishek Mohan has been in the startup scene for over 15 years and seen over 40 ventures built. He currently is focused on Hempstreet, India’s first and largest research to retail medical cannabis player. The company aims to fight India’s pain relief crisis via responsibly dispensed cannabis based medication via their network of over 60,000 medical practitioners.
DR EDMUND FARRAR
Co-Founder - Oto
Dr Edmund Farrar is the co-founder of Oto, a digital health startup that allows anyone to instantly access science-based treatment for tinnitus. Before Oto, Ed spent 6 years as an RAF doctor. During this time, he developed tinnitus himself, and decided to found Oto. For more information about Oto, please check the website www.joinoto.com.
DR JACOB SKINNER
CEO - Thrive Wearables
Dr Jacob Skinner has a background in academia, engineering, the physical sciences and wearable products. He founded Thrive Wearables, a global wearables design and development consultancy, in 2015 to provide a platform for organisations united by the desire to improve lives through wearable technology. Jacob is a product development expert who works with people and technology to create user-driven products that offer real value.
Community Developer - Better
Tjasa Zajc currently works as the Community Developer at Better, a healthcare IT company driving forward innovation based on open standards. She is the founder and host of the Faces of digital health podcast, exploring how different healthcare systems around the world adopt technology. Zajc has been involved in different international digital health organizations and publications. She has organized several international conferences on digital health and regularly participates in international events as a speaker, moderator or panelist.
Senior Consultant - CHINABRAND IP CONSULTING GmbH
Mareike Seeßelberg is an economic law specialist for German and Chinese law and currently works as Senior Consultant at CHINABRAND IP CONSULTING GmbH. She has extensive experience and expertise in the field of Anti-Counterfeiting and Know-how protection in China and advises leading European companies from various sectors in the areas of Intellectual Property, Cyber Security and the Chinese Market.
DR SIMON J. SONNTAG
CEO & Co-Founder - Virtonomy
Dr Simon J. Sonntag has 10+ years of experience in the MedTech industry and 6+ years as entrepreneur. In 2019, he co-founded Virtonomy with the mission of replacing animals and humans in clinical studies through the use of data-driven virtual patients.
DR CONRAD ATTARD
Lecturer and Researcher & Chair of MSc in Digital Health Board of Studies - University of Malta
Dr Conrad Attard is a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of ICT (FICT) at the University of Malta and also the Deputy Dean of the same Faculty. He is the lead researcher of a project funded through RIDT and industry on pervasive electronic monitoring in healthcare PEM. He has taken part in various panels discussing ICT, digital health, and science. His main research areas are digital health, mobile computing, and enterprise IT planning particularly the way they are adopted at the workplace. He is the Chair of IEEE Malta Computer Society. Recently was nominated Chair of IEEE Region 8 Professional and Education activities subcommittee.
LORANDT FÖLKEL, M.ENG.
Global Business Consultant & FAE - Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH
Lorandt Foelkel is an application engineer at Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH for EMI/EMC situation and switched mode power supply (SMPS) design for industrial and automotive electronics applications. He is the company spokesperson for EMC & RF Electronic Design seminars and holds over the World, since 2005, more than 900 seminars to design engineers, giving training to easy understanding the EMC problems at board level. With over 30 years’ experience in electronic design, including 21 years in product management for passive components at Würth Elektronik eiSos, Lorandt has widespread experience for EMC, filter design and efficiency improvement for SMPS. After his study at “University Transylvania Brasov” in Kronstadt, he worked for 9 years as service engineer for consumer electronics then 4 years as design engineer for ATEX (explosion safety) remote controllers.
President - Reach-Thought Leadership; Head of Digital Health Strategies Worldwide - HP
For over 20 years, Fran Ayalasomayajula, executive healthcare strategist and technologist, has been dedicated to serving the health needs of populations around the world. Prior to HP, Fran worked for major healthcare institutions, including WHO, CDC, BMS, and UHG. Fran is a devoted volunteer serving as the President of Reach, a non-profit social impact organization, and a board member of multiple industry leading organizations, the Consumer Technology Association Health and Fitness Division and NHS of San Diego, and many others. Fran is also the author of several publications on a variety of healthcare topics including best practices for the successful adoption of virtual reality in the clinical setting; scaling global connected health programs; clinical empathy, and technology adoption for aging well.
PROF ALEXIEI DINGLI
Professor of Artificial Intelligence - University of Malta
Prof Alexiei Dingli is a Professor of AI at the University of Malta. He has been conducting research and working in the field of AI for more than two decades, assisting different companies to implement AI solutions. His work has been rated World Class by international experts and he won several local and international awards (such as those by the European Space Agency, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the United Nations to name a few). He has published several peer-reviewed publications and formed part of the Malta.AI task force which was set up by the Maltese government, aimed at making Malta one of the top AI countries in the world.
DR ARRON THIND
Co-Founder - Code Med
Arron is a junior doctor, NHS Clinical Entrepreneur and Deputy Lead of Emerging Technology at the Department of Health and Social Care. He is committed to creating a digitally literate NHS workforce. He therefore co-founded Code Med, a startup that equips healthcare professionals with programming skills so that they can develop digital innovations aimed to benefit patient care.
DR IMRAN QURESHI
Co-Founder - Code Med
Imran is a Consultant in Infection and Associate Medical Director at Croydon University Hospital. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at UCL for Quality Improvement. He read Computer Science prior to becoming a doctor and co-founded Code Med. Imran was appointed to the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Scheme in 2021.
ABIOLA HAKEEMAT AYILARA
Founder - Lead Healthcare Clinics Ltd
Abiola Hakeemat Ayilara is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner with over 12 years clinical and academic nursing experience both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She is currently the CEO of MyCare Assistant Ltd a Digital Healthcare company that provide caregiving services to vulnerable members of the population. Her software solution is bridging the gap between care affordability, accessibility and quality support to patients and their family members. She is the convener of the Nurse Digital Transformation Bootcamp. The movement is aimed at creating health informatics awareness to Nigerian Nurses. The maiden edition of the Bootcamp had over 100 nurses in attendance and 4 nurses won a scholarship to study data analytics with a tech-education company in Nigeria. Abiola is passionate about personal and professional development as she uses her platform Ninfomatcs.com to educate, enlighten and impact nurses all over the world. Abiola is also a global speaker, where she is promoting healthcare information technology for adoption and utilization especially in nursing practice.
DR JOSEPH HOGAN
Co-Founder - Code Med
Joe is an anaesthetics trainee working in central London and is the co-founder of Code Med. Joe learnt to code in his first year working as a junior doctor and is committed to empowering others to learn. Joe has been awarded multiple Health Education England awards for quality improvement for his work focusing on digital innovations in healthcare.
DR MATTHEW FENECH
CMO and Co-Founder - Una Health
Dr Matthew Fenech, MD, PhD is CMO and co-founder at Una Health. He practiced for 10 years as a clinical academic, also gaining a degree in computational cognitive science, before moving into healthtech development and regulation. He continues to advise organisations ranging from the British Standards Institute to the University of Oxford on guideline and standard development.
INNOCENT CLEMENT, MD MPH MBA
CEO and Founder - Ciba Health Inc.
Innocent Clement is the former CEO and Co-Founder of Kaia Health Inc., a digital therapeutic company. He led the Kaia Health initiatives here in the US, including partnerships, clinical trials, regulatory submissions, and expansion across North America. Innocent is a trained physician from both Columbia and Harvard University. In his role as the CEO at Ciba Health, Innocent plans to harness the core competencies of the team members to ensure optimal deployments of their skills and ensure effective and fast execution as he designs, implements, and optimizes business operations to support the company’s overarching goals.
DR MICHAEL WATTS
CEO - Blüm Health Ltd
On a mission to fill the world with high-quality, high-impact, patient-centric software solutions https://linktr.ee/DrMikeWatts｜NHS Doctor｜Managing Director of Blüm Health Ltd｜NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur and Mentor｜MBA Student | Dog Dad
DR STEFAN BIESDORF
Partner - McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Stefan Biesdorf is Partner in McKinsey’s Munich office serving clients from the healthcare sector on technology-related projects. Stefan leads the firm’s Digital Health work in Europe. He is a frequent speaker at international and national health conferences. His recent publications relate to Digital Health Ecosystems.
Co-Founder and Director - Healthwavehub.com
Oliver joined the NHS from a business development and fintech background after many years working in the community sector supporting people who were unemployed. After leading a successful, global digital health testbed in the UK NHS, he co-founded Healthwave to help unlock the true value of digital services.
Co-Founder and Director - Healthwavehub.com
Rehan worked in front line clinical NHS roles for 20 years where he led a busy research unit, held an executive board level NHS role and co-founded an award winning PCN. He combines clinical NHS work with Healthwave, a research movement with a mission to increase digital inclusion in healthcare.
Full Stack Developer & Health-Tech Consultant
After finishing his training as an internist and co-founding a failed startup, Enrique focused on learning how to code. Currently he works as a software developer in an Argentinian Health-Tech Startup and as a Health-Tech Consultant.
Healthcare Lead - TLGG
Thomas is a management consultant for digital business and works on the future of healthcare. Its mission is to transform the healthcare system from a “sick-care to a “well-care” system by building bridges between healthcare stakeholders. He is a sought-after expert and speaker on topics related to digital health.
DR DAFYDD LOUGHRAN
CEO - Concentric Health
A clinical entrepreneur, Dafydd Loughran leads Concentric Health’s mission to transform for the better the consent process and how we make decisions about our health. Formerly a surgical trainee, he’s experienced in delivering large scale, user-centred, digital solutions. For more information about Concentric Health visit the website https://concentric.health/.
DR ABDUL RAYHEAD
Medical Doctor and Clinical entrepreneur - Peerr
Abdul is a junior doctor and NHS clinical entrepreneur with an interest in peer-to-peer learning. He is the co-host of the widely popular medical podcast called Scrubbed In, where they share the stories of incredible people in healthcare. He has a keen interest in EdTech and with his co-founder Dr Ahamodur Choudhury they are now focussed on socialising education through Peerr allowing individuals to learn, earn and share knowledge seamlessly.
DR AHAMODUR CHOUDHURY
Medical Doctor and Clinical entrepreneur - Peerr
Ahamodur is a medical doctor, podcast co-host and an NHS clinical entrepreneur with a keen interest in peer-to-peer educational technology. Whilst an undergraduate Ahamodur with Abdul delivered several peer-to-peer teaching schemes earning the honorary lifetime membership awards at King’s College London. They are now focussed on socialising education through Peerr allowing individuals to learn, earn and share knowledge seamlessly.
Chief Development Officer - neuro42, Inc.
Nikhil Sadhwani is an entrepreneur and a seasoned healthcare professional. Preacher of innovation and initiative, he mentors first time founders and inquisitive minds poised to contribute to the advancement of healthcare. He is a founder, advisor, and investor in the medical devices and biotech arenas. Nikhil is the co-founder and Chief Development Officer of neuro42, Inc.
DR SHRUTI JAYAKUMAR, MD
Consultant in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health - Deloitte
Shruti is a medical doctor, computational medicine researcher and ethical healthcare investment advisor. Her work focuses on utilising computational modelling techniques to understand and mitigate healthcare disparities. Recognising a lack of established AI tools and research in low and middle income countries, Shruti founded Daya Health, a non-profit think tank focusing on generating insights into inequitable access to AI and digital health technologies and the downstream effects on socioeconomics determinants of health.
Co-Founder and CEO - Phable Care
Building Largest Chronic Disease Management company in India. Serial Entrepreneur with a multimillion exit. 14+ years experience in tech, sales, and consulting.
ADV. GIL SOLOMON
Founding Partner - Gil Solomon & Co.
Gil is the founding partner of Gil Solomon & Co., one of Israel’s leading law firms in the fields of blockchain and cryptocurrency, practicing law in the areas of commercial law, blockchain and cryptocurrency, high-tech, mergers and acquisitions, privacy protection, and intellectual property. Prior to founding the firm, Gil has practiced law for several years in Israel’s largest firms, and moved on to serve as an in-house legal counsel in a prominent venture capital fund and in a leading cryptocurrency investment platform, where he has advised and led numerous venture capital investment transactions and cryptocurrency investment transactions and had gained extensive experience by participation in various initial coin offerings which evidently led him to become one of leading attorneys in the blockchain field to date. Prior to practicing law, Gil has been involved in the High-Tech and Bio-Med industries in several positions such as Sr. Software Tester and Test Designer.
JULIEN DE SALABERRY
CEO and Founder - Galen Growth
Julien de Salaberry is the Founder and CEO of Galen Growth, the global leader in digital health intelligence, analytics and matchmaking to Fortune 500 corporations (pharma, insurance, medical devices, technology, etc.) and institutional investors (VC, CVC, FO and PE). Galen Growth unleashes the power of digital health! With over 25 years of experience in healthcare with leading brands including Eli Lilly, Boston Scientific, Baxter, GSK, Merck&Co., Julien has a deep understanding of organic and inorganic growth in healthcare in both developed and emerging markets.
DR MANUELE BIAZZO
CEO - The BioArte Limited
Dr. Biazzo is CEO and co-founder (together with Mr. Christian Duchow) of The BioArte Limited. The BioArte is an innovative player in the field of biomolecular research, highly specialized on the microbiota. The subject of The BioArte diagnostic analyses are all types of Microorganisms, ranging from those which are essential for our well-being to those which are pathogenic. Understanding the mechanisms that underlie the microbiome dysbiosis and correcting the deficiencies that trigger these disorders require in-depth examinations of the intestinal microbiome by using the latest generation and cutting-edge methodologies is mandatory for our health in a modern medicine era.
Founder & Managing Director - 21HealthStreet
Burhaan established 21HealthStreet, a boutique healthcare consultancy, after having worked in the health sector for more than 20 years. As a management consultant he has worked in the UK, Europe and across the Middle East, delivering national strategy projects and advising at ministerial and board level.
CEO and Co-Founder - Cognitant Group Ltd
A nephrologist and intensive care specialist, Tim has over 20 years’ experience of driving innovation in healthcare through the harnessing of health technology. He helped to build Doctors.net.uk, the UK’s leading online doctor community, and became CEO in 2011, followed by CEO of M3’s European division. Tim co-founded Cognitant Group in 2018. He is a mentor for the NHS clinical entrepreneur programme and serves as a non-executive director and adviser for several other health technology companies.
CEO - Muhdo Health Limited
Muhdo understands that we all come with a set of genetic predispositions but according to our lifestyle and environments those same predispositions are either diluted or accentuated. It is time to take the latest scientific evidence and the world of epigenetics to make the necessary changes in our lives. Muhdo helps to simplify the fact that epigenetics is the intersection’ between genetics, nutrition, and environment and how diet, micronutrients, exercise and sleep can all change the expression of our genes. Epigenetics ends the separation of mind and body and understands that there is an on-going relationship where one is always influencing the other. What we are doing to our bodies is influencing our minds and what we are thinking in our minds is influencing our bodies.
DR MONIKA SONU
CEO & Director New Product Development - Healthinnovationtoolbox
A Doctor & a Digital Health Entrepreneur having over 15 years of experience working with public and private healthcare systems while driving digitisation of the operating models, functions and workflows within hospitals, creating digital patient experiences & solutions attributable to emerging trends in healthcare. Co-created diverse IoT & AI based digital health products & platforms. She is named as HIMSS Future50 Innovation Leader - 2021.
ALEXEI DE BONO
Director, IDEA Intelligence - IDEA Group
Alexei is the Director of IDEA Intelligence. He holds an M.Sc. in Informatics from the University of Edinburgh and a B.Sc. I.T. (Hons.) Artificial Intelligence from the University of Malta. His role as a data scientist is to bridge the gap between the technical realm and non-technical personnel in achieving explainable context. IDEA Intelligence specialises in data science and business intelligence endeavors, offering bespoke projects for its enterprise clients, as well as developing in-house products under the IDEA Group umbrella.
CEO - Evolene Ltd
Having been a Marketing leader for over 10 years within B2B technology, Jasmin leads the charge on developing marketing, brand and communications programs to deliver on growth and drive revenue. She previously led the global Marketing team at the UK’s fastest-growing life science company, combining strategic thinking, with a hands on approach.
Co-Founder & Director Innovation & TIME - Diplomatic World Institute
Dieter is an international speaker and host and consultant to the industry. Among others, he was initiator and chairman of eur§reg and Multichannel Money Streams Congress, MCMS, industry events that brought together media regulators and media executives from across Europe to talk about the future of TV business. Dieter provides a regular column for THE DIPLOMATIC SOCIETY. He also authored books on the industry and wrote numerous articles in printed international magazines. From 2014 to 2018 he launched the Global Media Innovator (GMI). Today he acts as Chief Project Officer (CPO) of DIPLOMATIC WORLD group and Director Innovation and TIME (Technology, Internet, Media & Entertainment) for the DIPLOMATIC WORLD INSTITUTE he co-founded.
EMEA Lead Healthcare and Life Sciences Startups - Amazon Web Services
Guy Spigelman is the EMEA lead for Healthcare and Life Sciences Startups at Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this role Guy harnesses the technology and people at Amazon to work alongside the investors and founders of startups to accelerate their scientific, engineering and commercial development. Prior to AWS, Guy was VP Portfolio Success at aMoon, Israel's largest health-technology VC and before that he led a network of accelerators supporting over 100 startups per year. Guy has been part of the leadership team of several early-stage startups, including XMPie sold to Xerox and AposTherapy where Guy launched global operations in EMEA and APAC.
ALEX AGIUS SALIBA
Member of the European Parliament - European Parliament
A lawyer by profession, Agius Saliba’s political career started when he was relatively young. At just 30 years of age, he got elected for the first time as an MEP with 35,823 votes and has since been serving on the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL.) and as an S&D Co-ordinator in the Committee on Petitions (PETI). Upon his appointment, the Socialists and Democrats entrusted Agius Saliba with a number of key political appointments. MEP Agius Saliba's first official position as an S&D spokesperson in the Employment Committee for six different reports included to scrutinise the spending of public money by the European Commission and other EU institutions and agencies. Moreover, his responsibilities will be to report on the performance, financial management and control of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and the European Training Foundation. On the other hand, in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, he became the permanent rapporteur responsible for the Radio Equipment Directive and as an MEP is responsible for the Public procurement area. Whilst in the PETI committee he has been appointed as the S&D special representative for the framework of people with disabilities. In this committee Alex Agius Saliba deals with the petitions related to the internal market issues, employment and disabilities. Agius Saliba is also the special representative for the network for people and disabilities on behalf of EMPL. Alex Agius was also appointed as a co-chair of the European Parliament Integroup, MEP Alliance for Mental Health where he is working to make sure that the EU focuses on the prevention of mental health problems. The European Parliament has indeed approved his recommendation on the right to digitally disconnect as part of a report on employment and social policies of the euro area. In the field of employment, the right to disconnect is definitely a major step towards substantial improvements in the balance of working life and family life therefore contributing positively to better mental health for EU workers. More recently, Alex Agius Saliba has been put in charge of the IMCO Committee’s report on the Digital Services Act, a piece of legislation which will set rules on how platforms such as Google and Facebook police illegal content online. Agius Saliba’s commitments in strengthening the European project’s ideas centre on a number of proposals that he himself is pushing forward which not only include the right to digitally disconnect but also include, a universal charger for European mobiles and increased rights for the deaf and disabled when it comes to video content. Surely, a Member of the European Parliament who is actively working for the good of the European Citizens.
CEO - Ethical Saving gUG & Medicalcooling LTD
Fabian Temme started medicalcooling as a paramedic. Then he studied mechanical engineering. He validated the method of cold ventilation through temperature MRI and presented it internationally at scientific conferences. He also started the non-profit NGO Ethical Saving gUG to promote savings through improved medical treatments to bring innovation to the patient.
CEO & Co-Founder - Seqster
Ardy Arianpour is CEO & Co-Founder of Seqster, the leading patient-centric SaaS healthcare technology company that enables organizations to drive efficient healthcare via comprehensive medical records (EHR), individual genomic profiles (DNA), and personal health device data. For the first time, users create their own matched, longitudinal health data profile across all of their US-based healthcare data sources through person-centric interoperability. Ardy is a visionary health tech executive and serial entrepreneur in biotech and digital health. Prior to starting Seqster, Ardy launched several clinical and consumer-based genetic tests as CCO of Pathway Genomics, and served as SVP of Ambry Genetics, which sold to Konica in 2017 for $1 Billion. As a key player in the 2013 landmark SCOTUS decision scrapping gene patents, Ardy played an instrumental role in expanding genetic testing access with the launch of BRCA testing benefiting patients and family members across the country. Ardy received his BS in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine and an MBA from Marshall Goldsmith School of Management. He was a Medical, Marketing, and Media's (MM&M) Top 40 Healthcare Transformer and San Diego Business Journal 40 under 40.
CEO - Hexitime
John is a senior manager in the UK NHS where he works as the Head of Quality Improvement for London. During his NHS career he has delivered healthcare change programmes at a national, regional and hospital level in the UK NHS and wider public sector. In 2018 he co-founded the skill exchange and timebank for improving healthcare services, Hexitime.com which has developed an international reach and won multiple innovation awards. John is committed and focussed on empowering people and service users to innovate and participate in the improvement of health and care services. In recent years John has become a social enterprise entrepreneur to realise this passion and enjoys working with and mentoring other healthcare innovators.
DR. HESHAM ABDALLA
Chair - Hexitime
Hesham is a consultant paediatrician and director of medical education and quality improvement. He has over 10 years experience of service improvement seen through the twin lenses of patient and staff experience and has led teams to a number of Patient Experience National Network and HSJ awards. He teaches extensively on leadership and QI and was a senior lecturer at Birmingham and subsequently Keele University, teaching on the NHS Leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme for senior leaders. He was also a trustee of Doctors Worldwide, a charity delivering quality medical care and relief in over 22 countries across the globe. Hesham co-founded Hexitime, the first timebanking platform for improvement of Health and Care, which has been nominated for a number of regional and national awards.
Co-Founder & CEO - Sihaty
Nadeem is a physician entrepreneur and global health expert. He currently serves as Co-founder and CEO at Sihaty, a Kuwaiti digital health startup building a virtual-first primary healthcare system. He is also Co-founder and Partner at Baraka Impact Finance, a Swiss global health impact investment platform and advisory firm. Nadeem was Advisor for digital transformation and health reform in Switzerland and Kuwait. His clinical career spans 20 years and three continents and he previously held positions as Chief of Emergency Medicine in Kuwait and as Consultant Emergency Physician in Switzerland and at Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals. Nadeem completed his clinical training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital. He earned his MD from Université de Genève and his MPH in Global Health Policy from Harvard University.
DR IAN GAUCI
Managing Partner - GTG Advocates
Dr Ian Gauci is the Managing Partner of GTG Advocates and Afilexion Alliance. He advises multiple government bodies and is one of the local key figures on technology law matters. He is also an international speaker, lecturer and author.
Founder - Lion Partners
Mikko Puhakka was born in Finland but has lived in 4 continents (Europe, US, Africa and Asia). Mikko relocated 5 years ago from Beijing, China back to Europe and to Malta after a more than a decade in China where he worked with both Chinese and international companies. Majority of his work during last 25 years has been result oriented leading to ‘’all sides of the negotiation table’’ successfully helping companies raise money, find customers in new markets, investing, selling and also buying companies in diverse cultural environments. Currently Mikko works at his own consulting company Lion Partners with private and public sector clients. He also serves as president of the Finnish Business Council in Malta and select advisory boards.
Founder - Ninjamoba LTD
Ninjamoba LTD is a Maltese startup that provides ai assistants for social impact in Education, The environment and Health. Recently winning the EU DATA4RECOVERY Remote Health Challenge by ROCHE for SIA - The Social Intelligent Assistant.
CEO - Xploro
Dom Raban is the co-founder and CEO of Xploro, a digital therapeutics platform that uses augmented reality, artificial intelligence and games to reduce anxiety for young patients going to hospital. Dom established Xploro in 2016 after his daughter had recovered from cancer treatment and he realised the importance of providing patients with information about their treatment – something that was lacking in his daughter's experience. Now the award-winning platform is in use in hospitals in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. Dom has been creating ‘stuff’ for over 40 years, from punk fanzines in the 1970s to content for emerging technology platforms now. He’s been in the digital space since the start, building his first website in 1995 and his first 3D virtual environment in 1996. He is also Chair of Corporation Pop, a digital innovation agency that specialises in a user-centred design approach to develop apps, games and software.
Performance Director - Muhdo Health
Ex-International and Professional Rugby player, Strength and Conditioning coach for FA England Women, Premiership Football & Rugby teams, working with GB athletes and young athletes. Degree in Sports Science, Masters in Teaching and learning and sports coach. National education in sports and fitness, worked in the industry for 20 years .
DR ANDREW AGIUS
Medical Director - The Pain Clinic
Dr Andrew Agius is the founder and medical director of The Pain Clinic, an integrative medical centre for the management of chronic pain and other chronic illnesses which have not responded to conventional medication. Dr Agius was one of the first Maltese doctors to recommend CBD to his patients and is now one of Malta's top medical cannabis prescribers.
Project Development Director - Idimea
A medical doctor and General Practitioner by background, I sought to create value for patients, clinicians and other key stakeholders in the healthcare industry on a large scale. What followed was job experiences in different roles assisting business development activities in the digital health space for Institutions and Pharma Companies.
Founder and CEO - Boost Consulting
Lambert is Ceo of Boost Consulting which he founded in 2007. Boost is an international change management consultancy firm entirely focused on healthcare delivery. Its mission is to help healthcare organisations boost change for more efficient patient care. Boost also acts as a “bridge-catalyst” during the deployment of digital projects. Prior to Boost Lambert spent 25 years working for leading international management consulting firms focused on performance improvement, business transformation and cost reduction. Trilingual, Holds a PhD in International Relations.
PhD Candidate in Medical Technology - NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Anton Hasselgren is a researcher and PhD candidate within health informatics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His current research evolves around blockchain application within the healthcare domain as well as epidemiology and health-economics. His is a current expert member of the European Blockchain Observatory and Forum, participating member of the Hyperledger Healthcare subgroup and the Government Blockchain Association.
CEO - Living With
Chris Robson is a serial entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience of building £multi-million digital companies. Chris built and floated digital agency, Syzygy, on the German Stock Exchange with a market cap of €240m and co-founded Ink Publishing, the world's largest publisher of inflight media. Chris is currently building Living With, a remote condition management platform.
Co-Founding Partner - Seed Consultancy
Advising both corporate clients and High Net Worth Individuals & families, Nicky is a tax specialist in Malta. He has advised and structured a number of international structures and transactions. He continues to advise a number of clients with family planning issues and also businesses restructuring programmes. He also has extensive expertise in investment migration, advising clients on residency and citizenship opportunities in Malta and beyond.
CEO - Neurothink
Rogers is the CEO of neurothink, a Machine Learning as a Service platform (MLaaS) for data scientists to create, train, and deploy AI/ML models. Rogers’ career includes working in technology management roles in Fortune 500 companies and founding several of his own software and technology businesses. Prior to neurothink, he ran modgital, Inc., a software consulting company that was focused on medtech solutions. He’s authored two patents on technology and has designed and managed development teams for large brands, including designing a big data project for UnitedHealth Group. Rogers is the founder of the NYC chapter of The Machine Learning Society, one of New York City’s largest AI/ML professional organizations. While at Columbia University, he co-founded the Columbia Blockchain Alliance. He is an avid outdoorsman in his home state of Minnesota and tries to get out skiing on any mountain with fresh deep powder.
COO - Neurothink
Charles is COO of neurothink. He is an accomplished executive, physicist, and engineer and holds patents related to underwater sea exploration. Prior to his work with neurothink, Charles built and led Seagate's Data4Good initiative to developed technology projects to combat the spread of Covid with Ford, the Journal of Aerosol Science and
Before this, Charles led the work on nuclear power design for aircraft carriers and submarines. When not running with his Huskies, Charles enjoys discovering small production vineyards around the globe and taking a variety of cooking classes.
Co-Founding Partner - Seed Consultancy
JP Fabri is a co-Founding Partner of Seed Consultancy, a purpose-driven boutique business advisory firm. An economist by profession, JP has amassed local and international experience both in the private and public sector. JP formed part of the private office of the former Prime Minister of Malta and Governor of the Central Bank of Malta. He also has international policy advisory experience after having advised nine governments on economic development. JP is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta
ERIK VAN DER ZIJDEN
Founder & CEO - Synappz Digital Healthcare
Erik worked for 17 years in varying roles in the pharma world, starting as a medical biologist and later switching gears to more commercial roles. In 2012 he founded Synappz where he works passionately with his team to develop high quality digital health solutions, currently used by almost 200 healthcare organizations.
Analytics Director - California Center for Functional Medicine
Omar Shaker is an MD who suffered from burnout and decided to switch his career into clinical data analytics. Omar was a Senior Consultant with Clarity Insights (Now Accenture AI) where he helped the biggest US payers and medical centers provide better services through the use of data and technology. Omar believes in a data driven approach to human well being and is a certified health coach by the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and is the Analytics Director for California Center for Functional Medicine. Omar has also been selected as one of the 50 most influential global digital health leaders by HIMSS 2021 Future50 Committee for his work on founding Health 2.0 Egypt and building the largest digital health community in the Middle East.
CEO - Alea
Founder and CEO of Alea.com, Alexandre is an igaming veteran that has developed the first VR casino in 2015. Today, his company Alea is entering the medtech market through the development of a wearable device.
Co-founder - The Canna Consultants
Stephen Oliver is the other Co-founder of The Canna Consultants. He set up his own business consultancy service and entered the Cannabinoid space in 2016. Stephen has extensive contacts across the globe within the industry and has experience in cultivation, extraction and processing. He has advised on cultivation, extraction, manufacturing as well as product development, testing and regulatory compliance across multiple jurisdictions. An accomplished public speaker he is regularly requested to provide KeyNote Speeches at industry events and dissect complex regulatory frameworks for both industry specialists and the public.
Co-Founder - The Canna Consultants
Matthew Lawson is the co-founder of The Canna Consultants as a Business Facilitation Consultancy. Since its formation matters have expended so that we are currently working with Jurisdictions who wish to place themselves at the center of the world cannabinoid market, of which the Isle of Man is one. He is also to be seen Chairing international conferences Matt applies his advocacy skills to panels and has spoken globally to the Cannabis Industry.
General Manager - Panacea Farm
Dominic John is the General Manager at Panacea Farm, a medical cannabis producer with operations in North Macedonia. He has a background in finance, corporate governance and compliance. Dominic joined the Company in October 2019 and is responsible for overseeing the day to day activities of the business. He previously spent 10 years with an innovative cleantech company and 5 years managing a bespoke private care agency. Dominic got involved in the medical cannabis sector because he feels that patients should have access to the widest range of treatment options at affordable prices, and that cannabis has a firm place amongst those options. Dominic is married with two sons, and when he’s not working hard at the office, enjoys exercising, watching football and socialising with friends.
Development Manager - Isle of Man Government
Mark grew up on the Isle of Man spending much time sailing boats before embarking on an International career, initially within the Navy and then following graduation within the Ethical Pharmaceutical Industry. Mark worked primarily in strategic marketing on pre and post launch programmes for a number of blue chip companies that included Roche, MSD, Glaxo GSK, J&J, & Novartis amongst others. This included periods living and working in London, the USA the Middle East and Italy. Mark has launched over twenty pharma products in his career, latterly as European Brand Lead for an oral anticancer treatment, before returning to the Island for family reasons. Working for the IOM Government as the Development Manager Biomed Health & Life Sciences, Mark identified & supported the opportunity for the Island to develop a Regulated Medicinal Cannabis Sector some years ago. It has taken over three years of considerable tenacity & drive to secure legislation, an appointed regulator, a progressive licensing framework and to open for business in July of this year. Mark states that straight talking, insightful thinking & the ability to creatively lead & motivate people have been integral to his success.
ADRIAN ATTARD TREVISAN
Co-founder & Managing Director - Umana Medical Technologies Limited / A Gpi Group Company
Adrian Attard Trevisan is co-founder and Managing Director of Umana Medical. Specialising in patient monitoring devices, Umana Medical was acquired by GPI Group. Adrian is an angel investor with broad experience in R&D and commercialisation of med-tech devices. He features regularly in the media, most recently in a Forbes Middle East interview.
GIUSEPPE DI GIOVANNI
Professor - University of Malta/Cardiff University
He was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University, USA. He is Professor of Human Physiology at the Medical School of the University of Malta and Honorary Professor at Cardiff Univer-sity, UK. His research focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of cannabinoid sys-tems using electrophysiological and neurochemical approach. He is the President of the Mediterranean Neuroscience Society (MNS) and the Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience Methods by Elsevier, and the book series "The Receptors" by Springer.
CMO EMEA - CloudCoin Consortium
Adrian Niculescu is the CMO EMEA of CloudCoin Consortium, a digital currency you can store offline in a PNG or TXT file. He has many competences, whether technical skills (Blockchain, Blockchain Development, Solidity, Decentralised Finance - Defi, Smart Contracts etc..), people skills (managing medium & large teams in-person, and remote wfh organizations), marketing skills (marketing strategies, product & startup launch strategies) or copywriting skills (sales pages, e-mails, funnels, Facebook Ads & Ads on other platforms). With his skills, Adrian has been teaching marketing and business courses since 2013 to over 10 000 students. His 20 years of business experience in building and developing companies have allowed him to mentor about 30 startups since 2014. He has also attended over 500 concerts, conferences, consultations, coaching, mentoring on all continents since 2010.
DR SANDRA CARRILLO
Co-Founder - Medical Cannabis Clinics Colombia Medicann IPS
Dr. Sandra Carrillo is a Specialist in Cannabinoid Based Medicine. She is the Co-Founder of Medicann IPS Medical Cannabis Clinics in Colombia and has a Masters Degree in Health Services Management , and certified in Antiaging and Regenerative Medicine. She is also President of the Colombian Medical Cannabis Association (ASOMEDCCAM) and Professor in charge of the Scientific Program of Medical Cannabis Faculty of Medicine University of Panama. She is Scientific Board Memeber Portugal Medical Cannabis and Scientific Board Member of the Colombian Observatory of Medical Cannabis.
JACQUIE COHEN ROTH, MS
Founder/CEO - CannabizMD + Tea Pad
Jacquie Cohen Roth is Founder/CEO of CannabizMD and Tea Pad. CannabizMD is focused on filling the void of cannabis science and policy education for physicians and advance practice clinicians. Tea Pad is a social enterprise focused on assuring access and advancement in the cannabis industry for all via education. She’s is a graduate of the first graduate program in medical cannabis with a MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.
JULIANO NASCIMENTO SCHAEFER
Pediatrician physician graduated 19 years ago, passionate about technology and innovation in health, entrepreneur for 4 years who loves big challenges and creator of Dr.kids (a platform niched in the pediatric audience, between 0 - 16 years old, that brings peace of mind to parents 24h)
DR JOSHUA ELLUL
MDIA’s Chairman - Malta Digital Innovation Authority
Dr Joshua Ellul is Chairman of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA), a technology focused regulator that has put into place a regulatory regime for Blockchain, DLT, Smart Contracts and Artificial Intelligence. Most recently the MDIA has launched the Technology Assurance Sandbox which aims to facilitate start-ups and smaller operations to mitigate technology risks as they scale up their solution.
CRO - BOOM AI
Nate Clegg leads growth and revenue for BOOM AI, Boomsourcing and BOOM Demand. As 20 year veteran and entrepreneur in the lead generation and customer acquisition space Nate is an expert when it comes to optimizing the optimal customer journey and increasing revenue.
Disruptor in Chief - US India Blockchain Council
Pravash Dey is a serial entrepreneur, mentor and philanthropist (Rotarian). He is the founder of US India Blockchain Council, Mobile Technology Park (India) and Enterprise India Foundation (Global). He moved to London in 2005 to pursue his higher education and started his entrepreneurial journey as a founding member of Brunel Entrepreneurs Society at Brunel University, London. He holds an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Brunel University, London and has earned Master of Arts (Tourism Administration) in India. He combines his passion for entrepreneurship, technology and strategic digital innovation to help corporate, Go Global. Being part of NACUE, UK he has met and expanded his social capital with more than thousand entrepreneurs including his childhood hero Sir Richard Branson. He has been working on Global Silicon Triangle, a decentralised global blockchain technology consortium, an initiative responsible for the exchange of open source software development, sharing and exchange of technical expertise among three most famous hubs for technology companies in America, Europe and Asia i.e. Silicon Valley of California, Silicon Roundabout of London and Silicon Plateau of Bangalore. It aims to create a tech entrepreneurial hub inter-connecting the 3 main technology clusters and assists companies and individuals considering to locate or do business in the Silicon triangle by providing infrastructure support, human resource support and by facilitating introductions to the government and business community. Digital India Hack-a-thon (www.digitalindiahack.com), ‘Ideation to MVP’ in 36hours, is an initiative taken by him to inspire young developers & designers and bring together entrepreneurs and investors to empower Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India campaign. He is a next- gen member in UK-India Business Council, StartUp Britain Local Champion for Ealing Borough, Startup World’s India Ambassador, TEDx Speaker & campaigner, and Development Ambassador to The Asian Foundation for Philanthropy. He has won the 2010 Networking champion award at ‘Bright Futures’ organised by Kingston University, London. He was also nominated as the ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year, UK’ award in 2010-11 for his contribution to the StartUp Ecosystem in the UK (The Brand Global).
CEO - TRAK
Jon is the CEO of Trak, a AI-powered tele-rehabilitation platform. He has experience launching other start ups and his objective is to figure out ways of using technology to innovate and improve patient's live quality.
Radiation oncologist & founder - CatalyzIT
She’s trained in radiation oncology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, after receiving her medical degree at KU Leuven, Belgium. She’s ICT&health NL & INT board member, HIMSS Global Future50 Clinical Leader, advisory council member of VBHC Centre Europe and delegate in the Science & Innovation Council of Federation of Medical Specialists. She's working as a Radiation Oncologist in Hagahospital, The Netherlands. Together with the CatalyzIT team, Gabrielle provides training for ventures, professionals and advises on digital strategy in healthcare.
Co-founder - Push Things Forward
Mr. Eisenhart enjoyed working in politics and the media since 1997. Never aligned to a political party but always keen to work with emerging and disruptive forces - from helping to deliver freedom of information to Scotland’s first large windfarm to more recently facilitating the UK’s first big push to vertical farming produce, he understands how to frame new concepts to old stakeholders. Believing firmly momentum underpins success whatever the cause, he now hopes to help push the medicinal cannabis industry forward until it is as common as the sun in Malta.
Investor and promoter - Medicinal Cannabis
MR. Sanders is an investor and in the process of building the UK’s first residential Cannabis Clinic and alternative medicines retreat in Wales. He is a serial entrepreneur and investor who over the past 40 years has built Horobin Limited to be the largest Manufacturer of Drain and Sewer Testing Equipment in Europe, Middle East, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. A Cinderella Tool, but vital for Public Health. He also developed Vanbrugh Construction Limited which designs and distributes Low Cost Modular Housing Kits for Inner City and Socially Deprived people not only the UK but also the Middle East, Bangladesh, Caribbean and Central Africa. An advocate of Medicinal Cannabis who is supporting clinician training and sector development. Always looking for investment opportunities and with a wealth of political, sporting and high profile connections.
DR MARK BRAUNSTEIN
CEO & Founder - Reconscious Medical
Dr. Mark Braunstein, psychiatrist with three decades of clinical experience including his pioneering work integrating wilderness, nutrition, and plant-based medicines. He’s a sought-after medical consultant/educator for his mental health cannabis dosing protocols. His current projects are focusing on expanding awareness, research, and safety in psychedelics through his company Reconscious Medical.
CEO - Malta Enterprise
Kurt Farrugia was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Malta Enterprise on 1st August 2019. Previously, he served as Head of Government Communication and spokesperson for the Prime Minister between 2013 and 2019. In August 2017, the Prime Minister appointed Mr Farrugia on the Malta-UK Business Promotion Task Force where he actively contributed on matters related to investment promotion in the UK. In April 2019 he was appointed on the New Economic Niches Committee of Malta Enterprise. Mr Farrugia formed part of the Task Force organising the Valletta Summit on Migration and the Commonwealth Head of Governments Meeting held in 2015, as well as the Informal European Council during Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in February 2017. He accompanied the Prime Minister in most of his international engagements at EU level. Mr Farrugia’s career before his role at the Office of the Prime Minister was in journalism and politics. He graduated in Communications and obtained a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship at the University of Malta.
Professor of Clinical Microbiology - University of Milan - Italy - Clinical Microbiota Expert
280 Peer-reviewed published papers / Total H Index: 40 / Total citations: 5.300 / Key Opinion Leader in Microbiota studies and Probiotics and Past-President of International Society of Microbiota. Direction of Laboratory Medical hubs in two big Italian Hospitals. Connection Project Leader between microbiological networks at Italian and European level in regard to microorganisms and infections, antibiotic resistance, study of antibacterial and antiviral compounds. International Opinion Leader of Laboratory diagnosis, molecular technology, next generation sequencing systems, infections hospital control and management, antibiotic resistance, viral infections, Microbiota studies. Co-founder of the World Association of Infection in ortho and Trauma (WAIOT). Research projects scouting funds and international network management with Pharma companies in the field of Infectious Diseases. Project Team Leader of researches at European and International level.
The Adam Dunn Show Cannabis Podcast & Founder of Kalyx Development
Dave Charnick has been in and around the Cannabis industry for over 25 years and is the Co-Host of The Adam Dunn Show Cannabis Podcast. He is a founder and Subject Matter Expert for Kalyx Development, the first cannabis real estate company in the industry, and has advised to some of the most successful companies in the space including; Medically Correct, Lucid Green, Viridian Capital, CB1 Capital, New Leaf Data Services: HempBenchmarks & CannabisBenchmarks, Volcanic Green, Phyto Partners, and 14er Holistics. He is truly living his dream
Entrepreneur & Speaker - Berthold Glass
Berthold Glass is a German entrepreneur, author and international keynote speaker. He loves to share his vision about digitalization. He helps companies to grow by enabling them to use the advantages of the digital economy in order to make them fit for a constantly changing and challenging market environment.
Medical Scientific Liaison - Pharma.MT Ltd
Thomas Grima is the Medical Scientific Liaison for all medical cannabis related queries at Pharma.MT Ltd. Thomas has been working with health practitioners in Malta since the very start of Malta’s journey with medical cannabis. Thomas has a professional background in GMP process development, he graduated with honours in Biomedical sciences and completed a Masters in Biomaterials and Tissue engineering from the University College of London. He went on to work developing novel stem cell therapy products, gene therapy and oncolytic immunotherapy drugs before returning to Malta.
Founder & President - eSHIFT Partner Network
Steven Uggowitzer is an engineer specializing in information management and ICT for public health and international development. He has held senior technology positions in WHO, Health Metrics Network and NGOs, supporting ICT work in data management for global pandemic response. Steven has extensive HIS, digital health and IT operational experience in LMIC contexts.
DR MICHEL ANGUE
Business Development Consultant - Gruppo GPI, International Operations
Dr Michel Angué was trained as a MD from Dijon University, specialist in Hematology, and Transfusion Medicine. Michel was a blood bank professional in France for 15 years. After an eMBA and a diploma of e-health and connected medicine in Paris, he cofounded INLOG International (a healthcare software editor) acquired by Haemonetics in 2010. He then continued as a consultant with GPI Group.
DR ANTHIA ZAMMIT
Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical Regulatory Lawyer - Anthia Zammit Legal
Dr Anthia A Zammit is admitted to the practice of law as an Advocate in Malta (EU) and is a Legal Consultant in the State of New York (US). Anthia earned her law degree at the University of Malta. For the past 11 years she has developed Malta’s only law firm focused on the laws regulating healthcare, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals. Anthia drafted the commercial agreements and terms introducing and implementing anti-corruption and anti-bribery provisions and procedures for leading pharmaceutical companies. Anthia was involved in drafting the medical cannabis regulations for the Malta Medicines Authority. She formerly served as legal counsel to the Malta Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Business Section. In 2020 she contributed Malta’s chapter to The Life Sciences Law Review and The Healthcare Law Review, the first time Malta was featured, and advised one of the Covid-19 vaccine developers holding a conditional marketing authorisation from the European Medicines Agency and emergency use authorisation in the US.
CLAUDE VELLA BONANNO
Managing Director - Quintian Pharma
Graduated as a pharmacist, he has been working in the pharmaceutical industry since 2006. His professional experience started in the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) industry, specifically on corticosteroid production. This has allowed Claude to learn the basics of production of medicinal products and to develop skills in areas such as process validation. In the years, he has also achieved the status as a qualified external auditor of manufacturing and distribution sites. In his portfolio of experience, he also managed the set-up a new manufacturing plant and laboratories and obtain the necessary certification by the local authorities. Claude also worked in the Finished Dosage Forms industry, where he headed the Quality Assurance team, including a group of 4 Qualified Persons and successfully managed a number of inspections, including EU GMP and FDA successfully. Throughout the years, he also qualified as a Responsible Person and an EU Qualified Person for Pharmacovigilance. In 2015, he set up his own services company offering QA and PV services and providing audits in the GMP, GDP and GVP areas.
Founding Director - Isdafarma
Ismael is a senior pharmacist at Mater Dei Hospital. After his extensive experience working in the commercial healthcare sector, he combined his passion for innovation with his profession, setting up Isdafarma and introducing automated pharmacy vending machines to Malta. Isdafarma is the official distributor of Pharmabox24 in Malta, the first high-end automated machine to cater for the patients’ needs in Malta.
DR AMY TANTI
Head of Quality Assurance and Pharmacovigilance - Materia Ventures
Dr Amy Tanti is a seasoned Pharmacovigilance and Quality Assurance Professional working for Materia Malta, a Cannabis manufacturing company. She has gained experience in the safety monitoring of medical devices while working for the local regulatory authority, then at the 5th largest generic pharma company in Europe; later applying this experience to the medical cannabis world. She also co-founded All Life Sciences, Malta’s first Life Sciences Recruitment services.
Managing Director - Regulatory Affairs Hub
Gabriel Micallef is a Pharmacist by profession, holds an MBA (Leicester), 6Sigma green belt and has over 15 years’ experience working in Regulatory Affairs in the UK and Malta. Gabriel has experience in the area of Lifecycle management, CMC, regulatory strategy, Project Management, GAP analysis and has worked in GDP as a Responsible person for various companies. Work experience include the Maltese Medicines Authority, Eli Lilly, Fresenius Kabi, Janssen and Astrazeneca. He is also Managing Director of Regulatory Affairs Hub and co-founder of All Life Sciences, Malta’s only Recruitment agency specialised in Life Sciences.
Director and co-Founder -The BioArte Limited
Born in Hamburg, he is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in the pharmaceutical field as founder of several Healthcare companies. He is considered a top-level expert in pharmaceutical industry worldwide. Having established an extensive business network, he is keen in identifying business opportunities globally, sourcing the necessary associates and implement the strategic opportunities arising. His leadership is focused on the value of people and his ability to create teams and develop key people within them to achieve the required goals have led to his success throughout the years. After holding management positions in several German Swiss and Belgium pharmaceutical companies, he founded the PharOS Group in 2002, with offices in Greece, Cyprus and Malta and in 2003 he co-founded the PharmSol Group in the United Arab Emirates with Offices in Germany, Malta, India and China. Since 2016 he has been director of The Materia Company Ltd. and in 2019 he founded and directs the companies The Bio Arte Limited in Malta.
Manager, Investment Promotion - Malta Enterprise
Melanie joined Malta Enterprise in 2019 with previous experience in M&A transactions and EU funding. At the moment she is part of the Investment Promotion team with focus on digital and new technologies. Melanie holds a first degree in Business Enterprise and an MBA. She is passionate about learning how technology can change the future.
Head, Investment Promotion Unit - Malta Enterprise
Marion Zammit heads the Investment Promotion Department within Malta Enterprise, Malta’s economic development corporation. Marion holds a First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Malta, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Distinction) from the same University. At Malta Enterprise, Marion has supported various sectors including Medical Cannabis, Pharma, and other projects of national interest. Over the past three years, Marion has been focusing specifically on the Medical Cannabis Sector, working very closely with all the stakeholders, in order to ensure an effective roll-out of the strategy for this new ecosystem in the Maltese Economy. In June 2021, Marion has been assigned the lead of the Investment Promotion Unit, hence a more prominent role in Malta’s FDI Strategy and its implementation. Marion has been invited to various International Conferences as a Speaker and has contributed to articles and interviews in various renown publications.
Founder & CEO - Invenion & FetoLife
Julian Molitor is co-founder and co-CEO of Invenion, a digital health venture builder and consulting studio in Germany. He also founded FetoLife, which helps women prevent pregnancy complications by means of an advanced analytics-driven pregnancy health app. Before starting his ventures, he gained several years of experience at an international consulting firm.
Founder & CEO - SomX
James is the founder of SomX, a healthtech-specific communications agency, host of The Healthtech Podcast and Editor-In-Chief of Healthtech Pigeon. He is an anaesthetics and ICU doctor by training, has held roles at NHS England, Health Education England and the British Medical Journal and previously directed two healthtech accelerators.
MICHEL BIELECKI MD
CEO - Testasy
Dr. Michel Bielecki is a medical doctor and serial entrepreneur. He is a postdoctoral researcher at the University Hospital Zurich and a prospective Harvard Chan School of public health graduate. He was commissioned Chief Medical Officer for a NATO base advising on COVID-19 policies in the rank of a Captain. Currently, he is focusing on his startup, Testasy.
DR DANIEL VELLA FONDACARO
Dr Daniel Vella Fondacaro graduated from the University of Malta as a medical doctor in 2014 and started his psychiatry specialisation training in 2016. He was awarded an MSc degree in Psychiatry with Cardiff University in 2019 and became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2020. He recently completed his psychiatry training and is currently reading another MSc degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology with Staffordshire University.
Co-founder & COO - Tykn
After many years working in UX for organisations such as the Dutch Ministry of the Interior, Khalid’s keen inclusive design knowledge combined with a passion for social impact led him to put all his time and efforts into co-founding the award-winning digital ID company Tykn. Khalid believes Self-Sovereign Identity will positively impact billions of people’s lives and has advocated for its adoption on the most important stages, from the Economic Forum in Africa to the United Nations in NYC. Khalid together with Jimmy J.P. Snoek manufactured a vision for resilient and inclusive identities. Our innovative technology allows organisations to issue cryptographically tamper-proof credentials which are verifiable anywhere, at any time. Identity owners can prove their ID to access services while remaining in full control of what personal data is viewed, shared & stored.
CEO - Digital Salutem
João Bocas is a World’s #1 Wearables recognised Thought Leader, Global Keynote Speaker, #B2B Influencer Marketing and CEO at Digital Salutem. João combines global expertise, global networks and experience of +25 years of business acumen. João Bocas is an expert and keynote speaker in wearable technology and is a globally recognized business thought leader, mentor, advisor, and entrepreneur.
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