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SPEAKERS




RUTHY KAIDAR

RUTHY KAIDAR

Director Health Industry Sector, Central & Eastern Europe - Microsoft
Ruthy leads Microsoft’s Health Industry business across Central & Eastern Europe. Ruthy has been with Microsoft for over 7 years, she has been Microsoft’s Chief Startups Lead and Software Partners Tech Lead, in Central & Eastern Europe, and prior to that, served as the Vice President for Startups and Developer Relations at Microsoft Israel. Ruthy Kaidar is an executive with over 20 years of experience in the medical devices, digital health, telecommunications, and venture capital industries. As a Computer Science Engineer, she worked in Software and Firmware engineering in the Telecomm industry at Geotek and Qualcomm. She then followed her passion for Healthcare and turned to Brain Research, pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedical, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, focusing on Brain Computer Interface - using brain signals to operate robots. Ruthy held key positions in R&D, Project and Product Management, as well as Business Development, in Medical Device companies, among them Medingo, which she joined with founding until acquisition by Roche. She founded and led several Internet and Digital Health startups, was a strategic and business consultant to HealthTech and Services companies, and was an Entrepreneur In Residence at Carmel Ventures, focusing on Digital Health investment opportunities. Ruthy is a business and tech mentor to entrepreneurs and a co-founder of "Yazamiyot" - promoting women tech entrepreneurship. Ruthy holds a BSc in Computer Science, MSc in Engineering and Brain Research, and MBA, all cum laude, from the Technion. Ruthy is married and mother to three children, is a hiking, running, and yoga enthusiast and loves traveling the world with her family.














PRAVASH DEY

PRAVASH DEY

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).







ALEX AGIUS SALIBA

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.