• Guest of Honour

    Prof YEOH Khay Guan



  • Speakers' Profile

    Ingrid Lindberg

    Customer Experience Officer, CHIEF CUSTOMER

    is a serial Customer Experience Officer (CXO). As the first person to hold the title of CXO, she has been transforming companies with her approach to customer experience for 20 years. She’s a Marketing Maven, named one of the 40 under 40 Global Marketers. She also was recognized by the Stevie’s as Maverick of the Year for her impact on the health care marketplace. Her work has spanned the Fortune 500 - including Finance, Healthcare, CPG, Telco and Retail, working with companies to create differentiated customer experience strategies and redesign cultures. She’s held roles from CMO to CXO to President, and is known for how she leads with heart through transformations.


    She’s a global keynote speaker, an author and through her company, Chief Customer, acts as a guide to organizations as they drive their customer experience and employee experience strategies.

    Assoc Prof Leo Anthony Celi​ (MIT)

    Clinical Director, LCP MIT

    has practiced medicine in three continents, giving him broad perspectives in healthcare delivery. As clinical research director and principal research scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology (LCP), and as an attending physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), he brings together clinicians and data scientists to support research using data routinely collected in the process of care. His group built and maintains the public-access Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) database, which holds clinical data from over 60,000 stays in BIDMC intensive care units (ICU). It is an unparalleled research resource; over 5000 investigators from more than 70 countries have free access to the clinical data under a data use agreement. In 2016, LCP partnered with Philips eICU Research Institute to host the eICU database with more than 2 million ICU patients admitted across the United States.


    Leo also founded and co-directs Sana, a cross-disciplinary organization based at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT, whose objective is to leverage information technology to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. He is one of the course directors for HST.936 – global health informatics to improve quality of care, and HST.953 – collaborative data science in medicine, both at MIT. He is an editor of the textbook for each course, both released under an open access license. The textbook “Secondary Analysis of Electronic Health Records” came out in October 2016 and was downloaded more the 100,000 times in the first year of publication. The massive open online course HST.936x “Global Health Informatics to Improve Quality of Care” was launched under edX in February 2017. Finally, Leo has spoken in 25 countries about the value of data in improving health outcomes.

    Dr Aileen Dualan

    Global Medical Affairs Lead, Asia Pacific, MSD

    is a physician by training and spent 10 years in an academic and research setting in Chicago, Illinois, and Baltimore, Maryland, in the U.S. She then transitioned her career over to the pharmaceutical industry. She worked in Pharmacovigilance and Medical Affairs in the Philippines, before moving to Singapore in 2010. She has led various regional Medical Affairs functions at a number of multinational healthcare companies, joining MSD in 2016.


    Aileen received her medical degree from the University of the Philippines. She is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and has advanced training in infectious diseases, microbiology, public health and epidemiology.

    Dr. Eric Gifford (PhD)

    Director, MSD R&D IT, Singapore IT Hub​

    founded the R&D IT team at the MSD Singapore IT Hub in 2016. He is an experienced pharmaceutical R&D IT professional with in-depth knowledge of computer-assisted drug discovery, business development and external collaborations. He remains focused on building teams employing emerging computational technologies to advance pharmaceutical research and development. He is a strong advocate of open science and precompetitive collaborations to leverage solutions across industries. Eric is also the founding team leader for the MSD Singapore IT Hub External Ecosystem Engagement Team which is responsible for identifying and delivering successful technology partnerships between MSD and Singapore based entities.

    Dr Guotong Xie​, PhD

    PingAn Group Chief Healthcare Scientist

    is leading the R&D of PingAn Health Technology. Making AI as the core technology and PingAn Cloud as the foundation, PingAn Health Tech builds the end-to-end healthcare solution which includes disease prediction, smart triage and pre-diagnosis, smart imaging, clinical decision support system (CDSS) and personalized patient management. PingAn Health Tech has set up the collaboration with many provinces & city level governments and has deployed the solutions in hundreds of health providers. Before joining PingAn, Dr Xie was the director of IBM Research China cognitive healthcare department and co-lead the IBM global healthcare strategy. He has more than 15 years in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and applying the technologies in healthcare areas. He has published more than 50 papers in top international conferences and obtained more than 40 patents. He has obtained IBM outstanding awards three times and was granted the best IBMer in 2016.

    Dr Steve Bennett (Ph.D)

    Director, Public Sector and Financial Services Practice, SAS

    is the Director of the Public Sector and Financial Services Practice at SAS. Steve Bennett is passionate about helping governments around the world put their data to work for the citizens they serve, and helping financial services firms maximize revenue and improve their customers’ experience. In his current role, he drives strategic industry positioning and messaging in the global public sector and financial services markets. A thought leader in decision science and the application of analytics, Steve works to ensure that analytics solutions at SAS deliver maximum value for the public and financial sectors around the world.

    Prior to SAS, Steve held several leadership positions during his 12 years in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Following the events of September 11th, 2001, Steve led the design and application of quantitative analysis to inform some of the United States’ most challenging security decisions, most recently as the Director of the National Biosurveillance Integration Center. Over the course of his career in Government, he led numerous efforts to provide analytic decision support to senior officials in the White House and across the U.S. Government. Steve is relentless in his commitment to helping governments improve decision making, and pursues better organization, management, and use of data as critical to that endeavor.

    Steve holds a doctorate in Computational Biochemistry from Stanford, as well as undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Caltech, and has authored a number of publications. When not supporting improved analytics in government and financial services, he is coaching youth soccer, leading children’s ministry at church, or building something in his workshop.

    Mr Chris Gough

    Worldwide General Manager, Intel Health & Life Sciences, Intel

    Chris Gough is Worldwide General Manager for the Health & Life Sciences team at Intel. In this role, he leads a team of technology leaders and subject matter experts to develop solutions that use information and communication technology to transform the health and life sciences industry. He works with organizations and governments around the world to help make this digital transformation a reality. With over 15 years of industry experience, Chris brings deep healthcare and life sciences expertise along with a foundation in technology and its application to multiple industries. He’s been with Intel for over 20 years and has previously served as Chief Healthcare Solution Architect and both product and security architect in Intel’s Digital Health Division. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of California at San Diego.

    Prof Jimmy So

    Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS)

    graduated from Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1991. He received his surgical training in National University Hospital, Singapore. He received fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA. He was also appointed as visiting consultant surgeon in Esophageal and Gastric Surgery at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.


    Prof Jimmy So’s special interests are in gastric cancer, esophageal cancer, esophageal reflux, achalasia and obesity. He has published more than 190 peer reviewed scientific papers and received over S$20 million research grants. He was invited regularly to speak at International Gastric Cancer Congress, Annual Scientific Meetings of Japanese Gastric Cancer Association and Korean International Gastric Cancer Week. He has also presented his works at American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery. He is founding president of the Asia-Pacific Gastro-esophageal Cancer Congress in 2006. He is also a founding member of Asia-Pacific Bariatric Surgery Society and international Society of Study of pleura and Peritoneum (ISSPP). He was the president of the 1st Scientific Congress of ISSPP in November 2019. Prof So is the editor of Gastric Cancer, an official journal of International Gastric Cancer Association. He delivered the Yahya Cohen Memorial lecture at Academy of Medicine of Singapore in 2018 and he is the recipient of the Peritoneal Prize Award 2020 by ISSPP.

    Dr Fei Wang, PhD,FAMIA

    Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine

    is an Associate Professor at Department of Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University. His major research interest is data mining, machine learning and their applications in health data science. He has published on the top venues of related areas such as ICML, KDD, NeurIPS, AAAI, JAMA Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, etc. His papers have received over 13,400 citations so far with an H-index 57. His (or his students’) papers have won 7 best paper (or nomination) awards at international academic conferences. His team won the championship of the NIPS/Kaggle Challenge on Classification of Clinically Actionable Genetic Mutations in 2017 and Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative data challenge organized by Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2016. Dr. Wang is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award in 2018, as well as the inaugural research leadership award in IEEE International Conference on Health Informatics (ICHI) 2019. Dr. Wang is the chair of the Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining working group in American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Dr. Wang is a Fellow of AMIA.

    Kevin Li

    Huawei APAC Healthcare Cloud Solution Director

    More than 20 years of IT experience and 10 years of successful experience in the telecom and enterprise IT and cloud service markets in Asia Pacific. Before joining Huawei, he worked for well-known multinational IT companies such as Cisco, HP and NTT Communications. HCIP, CCIE, CISSP, TOGAF, and other professional certifications.

    Dr Finale Doshi-Velez, ​PhD

    Associate Professor, Computer Science, Harvard University

    is a John L. Loeb associate professor in Computer Science at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She completed her MSc from the University of Cambridge as a Marshall Scholar, her PhD from MIT, and her postdoc at Harvard Medical School. Her interests lie at the intersection of machine learning, healthcare, and interpretability.

    Dr David Pilcher, MD​

    Director, ANZICS

    is an Intensive Care Specialist at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He trained in respiratory and general medicine in the UK before moving to Australia in 2002 to undertake training in Intensive Care Medicine. His interests include organ donation, lung transplantation, ECMO, severity adjustment of ICU outcomes, ICU performance monitoring and the epidemiology of Intensive Care medicine. He is the Chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation (CORE) which runs the bi-National critical care registries. He is a medical advisor to DonateLife in Victoria. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

    Assoc Prof COOK Alex Richard​

    Vice Dean (Research), Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS

    is an Associate Professor at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health where he is also the Vice Dean (Research). He works on infectious disease modelling and statistics, including dengue, influenza and other respiratory pathogens, and on population modelling to assess the effect of evolving demographics on non-communicable diseases such as diabetes. His multidisciplinary team brings together researchers from the fields of statistics, computational biology, computer engineering, mathematics, geography and environmental sciences.

    Dr Yuan Ni, Ph.D

    Head of Medical Natural Language Processing Department, PingAn Health Tech

    got her bachelor's degree from Computer science department, Fudan University in 2003 and her Ph.D. degree from the National University of Singapore, School of Computing at 2007. Before joining PingAn Health Tech, she was a senior research staff member in IBM Research, China. Her research expertise includes natural language processing, machine learning and semantic technology areas. In IBM, she has taken part in the Watson for Jeopardy! Project and Debater Project from 2008 to 2013. After that, she has worked on applying the technologies into the Healthcare industry. Dr Ni has published more than 20 papers in the top conferences including SIGMOD, ICDE, ISWC, WSDM, CIKM, MEDINFO, MIE and etc., and she has worked as the program committee for top conferences such as CIKM, ISWC, CSWC, APWeb and etc.

    Dr Omar Badawi, PharmD, MPH, FCCM

    Head of Health Data Science and AI , Philips

    is the Head of Health Data Science and AI in the Philips Patient Care Analytics business and leads the research for developing and validating product-related predictive algorithms and decision support tools. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a Master in Public Health degree with a focus in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is currently the Program Manager for the Philips eICU Research Institute which supports collaborative research between industry, academia and clinicians using de-identified clinical data representing over 6 million ICU patients. Dr. Badawi is also a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

    Andy Wei

    Head of Singapore HUAWEI CLOUD

    More than 12 years of IT and cloud service experience and focus on FSI/Gov/Transportation/Internet industries, 2 years of successful experience in Asia Pacific, 2 years of successful in Central Asia, 8 years of successful experience in China.

    Asst Prof Farah Shamout

    Assistant Professor/Emerging Scholar of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Abu Dhabi

    is an Assistant Professor Emerging Scholar in Computer Engineering at NYU Abu Dhabi, where she leads the Clinical Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Her research expertise is in data science and machine learning for healthcare, data analytics for large-scale multi-modal data, and model interpretability. Her projects focus on real-world clinical problems to inform decision-making, including patient prognosis and diagnosis using electronic health records and medical imaging. Prior to joining NYU Abu Dhabi, Farah completed her doctoral studies (DPhil) in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford on the Rhodes Scholarship. At Oxford, she was a member of Balliol College. Farah also received her BSc in Computer Engineering from NYU Abu Dhabi.

    Dr Eddie Huang, Ph.D

    Solution Architect Director, Healthcare, APAC, NVIDIA

    is NVIDIA’s APAC Solution Architect Director for Healthcare. He has extensive experience in medical imaging with high tech innovations built using GPUs and is familiar with the MedTech ecosystem as he previously led medical AI teams for production and services.

    Dr Richard Searle

    Customer Solutions Director, Fortanix

    is Customer Solutions Director at Fortanix and the serving General Member’s Representative to the Governing Board of the Confidential Computing Consortium. He gained a Doctorate in Business Administration from Henley Business School by developing a formal model of perceptual change and has had an extensive career in systems engineering, including work in the fields of natural language processing and social network analysis. His current projects involve the application of confidential computing to protect data in use and to secure sensitive machine learning and artificial intelligence applications across healthcare, financial services, government, and military use cases.

    Dr. Shunsuke Takaki. MD. Ph.D.​

    Chair of the Department of Intensive Care Medicine at Yokohama City University Hospital

    is the chair of the department of Intensive Care Medicine at Yokohama City University Hospital, and also head of Tele-ICU committee at the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

    He has trained anaesthesiology, emergency medicine and intensive care in Japan and completed clinical fellow at National heart center at Malaysia and clinical research fellow at department of intensive care medicine at Sydney Prince of Wales Hospital. My current research interests include Tele-medicine, big data analysis especially using panel data, face recognition in acute care medicine.

    Asst/Prof Judy Wawira Gichoya​

    Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences, Emory University

    is a multidisciplinary researcher, trained as both an informatician and a clinically active radiologist. She is an assistant professor at Emory university, and works in Interventional Radiology and Informatics. She has been funded through the Grand Challenges Canada, NBIB and NSF ECCS. Her career focus is on validating machine learning models for health in real clinical settings, exploring explainability, fairness, and a specific focus on how algorithms fail. She has worked on the curation of datasets for the SIIM (Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine) hackathon and ML committee. She volunteers on the ACR and RSNA machine learning committees to support the AI ecosystem to advance development and use of AI in medicine. She is currently working on the sociotechnical context for AI explainability for radiology, especially the dimensions of human factors that govern user perceptions and preferences of XAI systems.

    Dr. Denis Bauer

    Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia

    is CSIRO’s Principal Research Scientist in transformational bioinformatics and an internationally recognised expert in machine learning and cloud-based genomics. She is an adjunct associate professor at Macquarie University and keynoted the International Bioinformatics Conference Jakarta ‘19, AWS Summit 2019, Open Data Science India ‘18. Her achievements include developing open-source machine-learning bioinformatics software used by 10,000 researchers annually and contributing to Australia’s COVID-19 response.

    Dr. Laura Wynter

    Head of the RealWorld AI group at the IBM Research Singapore Lab

    areas of expertise involve the use of AI as well as optmization, equilibrium modeling and statistics-based methods for enabling effective real-time decision making for planning and operational problems in numerous domains. She has been named an IBM Master Inventor.
    Her work spans the full lifecycle of a research solution from the definition of the research problem and its characterization, to the development of effective algorithms, to collaborations with the IBM software division culminating in the creation of commercial software products from the models and algorithms developed.

    Yuma Nambu​

    Research Scientist,Yokohama City University Hospital

    is a collaborative researcher of Yokohama City University, Department of Anaesthesiology. He has completed Risk Masters in Durham University in the UK and researched public health, epidemiology and statistics. After graduation, he worked at an international NGO and a leading IT networking company as a system engineer in order to expand Tele-medicine system. His current research interests include Tele-medicine, machine learning, and infectious disease epidemiology.

    Dr. Keren Priyadarshini

    Regional Business Lead, Worldwide Health, Microsoft Asia

    leads the company’s healthcare business segment across 17 markets in Asia Pacific. Dr. Priyadarshini is responsible for driving and implementing Microsoft’s healthcare initiatives across the region as well as developing solution offerings and strategies that meet the needs of healthcare and life science customers. She also plays a leading role in establishing thought leadership by defining and articulating the company’s vision for the future of healthcare and sharing how Microsoft technologies and partner solutions are making it a reality. Dr. Priyadarshini is passionate about empowering providers, payors, and life science companies with the right technology to enable better patient outcomes at lower costs. Improving the quality of healthcare through digital transformation, enabling wider access to healthcare as life expectancy increases, and keeping rising costs in check are issues that keep her awake at night. Her desire is to create a world of ‘Intelligent Healthcare’ through AI and the cloud, to unlock biological insight and break data from silos for a truly personal understanding of human health and in turn, enable better access to care, lower costs and improved outcomes.

    Dr Mileidy Giraldo, Ph.D.

    Global Lead, Genomics Research and Development, Lenovo HPC & AI

    leads Lenovo’s Genomics R&D Group focusing on evaluating the latest HPC technologies to bring innovation and reduce time to scientific insight. With a vertical team of researchers, engineers, and expanding partnerships, Dr. Giraldo’s group has built robust capabilities around Population-level Next Generation Sequencing and Precision Medicine.