Katharina Janus

Professor of Healthcare Management and Director of the Center for Healthcare Management, Germany, and Columbia University, New York, USA

Katharina Janus, a professor of healthcare management in Germany and at Columbia University New York, is the founder and managing director of the Center for Healthcare Management and the president and CEO of the consulting network ENJOY STRATEGY. She has twenty years of global healthcare management experience in science and corporate practice. Starting her career in managed care at one of the largest hospital chains in the United States, she has learned about challenges on the shop floor before turning to academia where she continued to pursue applied research. She then left her tenured position in Germany to lead the Center for Healthcare Management and reinvent research and education that is in constant dialogue with practice. Her global consulting network ENJOY STRATEGY supports many of the Center’s projects on the implementation side.

She has been invited frequently as a speaker and moderator to contribute her global domain expertise and in-depth knowledge of healthcare markets and trends. In this respect, she has helped major multinational companies with market access strategy and business development to facilitate on-site implementation in various cultural environments.

Dr. Janus was a 2006-07 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy at The Commonwealth Fund, a Rockefeller Foundation academic fellow in 2012 and a Brocher Foundation resident in 2014. She was also one of the youngest tenured professors and female board members of a DAX company appointed in Germany. Dr. Janus earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the Universities of Hamburg and the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris in 2000. She holds a PhD in Business and Social Sciences from Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg (2003) and the German qualification as a full professor (2009).

She has been a ballet dancer before she started her career in healthcare management which inspired her to create sculptures whenever her busy schedule permits. Her creative approaches to strategy consulting frequently are influenced by her artistic upbringing and education.


Cedric Arcos

General Director, Ile-de-France Region, Paris, France.

Deputy CEO of Paris Region, in charge of healthcare affairs, Cédric ARCOS is graduated from Sciences Po, from the French National School of Public Health and from the High Institute for Social Protection.

He occupied different high responsibilities in French hospitals, as Human Resources Director of Academic hospital of Lyon and as Chief of staff of this hospital. For 6 years, from 2011 to 2017, Cédric Arcos was deputy CEO and CEO of the French Hospital Federation, institution that, in France, represents all public hospitals. Cédric is in charge of teaching healthcare policies at Sciences Po Paris and the author of different books such as « ethics and management », published in Paris in 2010 and « Reforms of hospitals and Hospital reform » published in 2014. Very involved in international affairs, he was recently elected Governor of the International Hospital Federation and is also the Ambassador for healthcare relationships between France and Denmark.


Pascal Astagneau

Centre for prevention of healthcare-associated infections, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris & Faculty of Medicine, Sorbonne University, Paris, France

Pascal Astagneau is medical doctor, infectious diseases specialist, and graduate as a PhD in epidemiology and public health, in Paris university school of public health. After clinical activity and researches on tropical diseases and malaria during his education period and a post-doc at the CDC, Atlanta, in 1992, his scientific field activity has focused for the last 15 years on healthcare –associated infections, more recently extended to patient safety and quality of cares. He is the Head of the co-ordinating centre for healthcare-associated infections control and professor of Public Health in Sorbonne university school of medicine in Paris. He has been responsible for a master of epidemiology, two university diplomas in hygiene and clinical risk management in hospitals, and taught medical students in public health and hygiene for many years. He also manages PhD students in this field. He published more than 130 articles in international scientific journals and has recently published a reference book on epidemiologic surveillance (in French). He was also member of the national council for public health in France and participates to the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections program at the European Centre for disease prevention and control. He spent 2 years as the head of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the national university school of public health (EHESP), responsible for a interdisciplinary research program on prevention of crisis and health protection (PRINCEPS).

Daniel Bahr

Daniel Bahr

Member of the Board of Allianz Private Health Insurance, Germany Former Federal Minister of Health in Germany

Daniel Bahr is a Member of the Board of Allianz Private Health Insurance. He is responsible for sales, distribution and claims management. He is joining the Allianz since November 2014.

In 2014 Daniel Bahr was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C. and a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

He was the federal minister of health in Germany from May 2011 to December 2013. Previously, he joined the German government in 2009 as a parliamentary state secretary to the federal minister of health.

While his time in the ministry he enforced many reforms for the healthcare sector. His priorities as minister were reforming the market for pharmaceutical products and ensuring the sustainability of financing the health care system. He accomplished cancer registries, a new system for organ donation in Germany and a long-term care insurance, so care for people with mental illness is now covered.

He was first elected into the German parliament, the Bundestag, in 2002. From 2002 to 2005, he served as spokesman for demographic development, long-term care, and policies for disabled persons of the Free Democratic Party’s, or FDP’s, parliamentary group in the Bundestag. From 2005 to 2009, he was the health policy spokesman of the FDP parliamentary group. Concurrently, he held the office of FDP state chairman in North Rhine-Westphalia from 2010 to 2012. He acted as the federal chairman of the Young Liberals from 1994 to 2004, and was a member of the FDP Federal Executive Committee.

Daniel Bahr holds a bachelor of science degree in economics and an MBA in business management administration with a focus on international health care and hospital management from Westfaelische-Wilhelms University in Muenster. Before his political career, he worked for the Dresdner Bank AG (now, Commerzbank AG) in Schwerin and Hamburg.

Elisabeth Chaillet-Leforestier

Elisabeth Chaillet-Leforestier

Hospital director and associate professor at SciencesPo, Paris, France

I hold 20 years of management experience in healthcare and strategic operations where I have led many projects in the French or international business environment. My work has brought me to co-direct with health professionals important projects in leading hospitals in Paris and Africa. Further, I have collaborated with stakeholders from many nationalities such as from private or public sector and since 1996 I teach Social Policies at Sciences Po Paris as Associate Professor.

For the past four years, I have led the implementation of lean innovation standards within three major programs in the Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP), introduced best-practices in continuous improvement and improved team dynamics-objectives that I have also reached in my preceding management roles across a specific HIV Program or some other infrastructure projects.

Recent projects achieved include: improving safety, quality and strategic clinical pathways within Radiology departments, Hospital at Home, Optimizing the Performance of Billing Departments – includes the complete consolidation of AP-HP assets.  Those projects relied on patient engagement and health workers experience expression, quality and security standards, rapid improvement events, use in routine of metrics, design of inputs monitoring and evaluation system.

To sustain the scaling up of Innovation management within AP-HP, I lead a specific educational program for strengthening the capacities of the team and health workers.
Though my professional career has been primarily based in Paris, I regularly share lessons and experiences with colleagues and suppliers across EU, USA and Africa.
Since 2015, I work with the scandinavian staff about the concentration Innovation streaming and financing in public and private sector.


Jiong Du

Chief Pricing Actuary for Asia Pacific, SCOR

Jiong has had over 20 years’ experience in Insurance and Reinsurance industry, specializing in Product Development and Pricing across international and Asia markets. She held positions as the Deputy Head of A&H, Head of Product Strategy for Generali, in charge of building A&H portfolio across Asia, and Vice President & Actuary for Chubb A&H Asia overseeing all technical aspects to support the strategic business growth plan. Before Chubb, Jiong had been with Transamerica Reinsurance providing pricing and product development support across Asia.

Jiong obtained a Master Degree in Actuarial Science from City University in London UK, and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in UK.

Peter Homberg

Peter Homberg

Partner, Head of German Life Sciences Practice, Dentons

Peter Homberg is Partner in the Dentons Frankfurt office. He specializes in IP, corporate law and M&A transactions in the Life Sciences and High-tech sector as well as in R&D and cooperation agreements, cross-border IP licensing and IP strategies. Peter advises inter alia companies in the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, biotechnology and medical device industry – from startups to large publicly listed companies. Furthermore, he has broad transactional experience in Southeast Asia. Peter is member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), the German Association for Intellectual Property and Copyright (GRUR), the German Institution for Arbitration (DIS) as well as the Pharma-Lizenz-Club Deutschland e.V. He regularly holds lectures at seminars and conferences, and is also author of numerous professional articles and other publications regarding corporate or IP law in the field of life sciences.


Razvan Ionescu

Head of Longevity R&D center at SCOR

Razvan Ionescu is leading the Longevity R&D center at SCOR. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Actuarial Science from ISFA (Institut de Science Financière et d’Assurances), a famous French actuarial school, Razvan joined SCOR in 2007. He worked as an actuary in the R&D department devoted to longevity and mortality risks for 7 years. As a R&D actuary, Razvan main task is to increase our risk knowledge scientific partnerships with academics and monitor technological developments. As a risk expert, Razvan took part in the business effort by developing pricing basis, bringing support to pricing teams and validating guidelines and referrals. Since 2014 Razvan, is leading the R&D Longevity risk center.

Carlos Jaime

Carlos Jaime

Country General Manager of InterSystems France and President of Digital Health Commission Medicine, Paris, France

Carlos strives to highlight InterSystems solutions and position the company as a key player of the digital transformation in the health field. By placing InterSystems as an architect of Connected Health & a GHT Solution provider, Carlos Jaime aims to promote a new vision of health, more connected, more efficient and affordable to all.

Carlos Jaime started his career at AGFA Healthcare where he led the sales functions for 10 years, and then served as Sales Director. He then spent 3 years at Toshiba Healthcare, 2 years in Dräger Medical & 4 year at Philips Healthcare France as Sales Director. Prior to joining InterSystems, Carlos was the Head of Healthcare French division of Samsung Electronics.

Carlos is graduated from an MBA at ESSEC Business School.

Walter Kopp

Walter C. Kopp

President, Medical Management Services, San Anselmo, CA, USA

Walter Kopp is President of Medical Management Services a healthcare executive management and advisory group specializing in the development of clinically integrated communities. This group has assisted with medical group practice management, medical group and hospital integration, physician succession planning, managed care analysis and contracting, and healthcare technology implementation in Health Systems. Services also include strategic positioning and market analysis, medical group development, contract negotiations, service line development and operations reviews.

A partial list of MMS recent clients include; Sutter Health, City of Hope Medical Group, Blue Shield of California, The Permanente Medical Group, Alta Bates Medical Group, Brown and Toland Medical Group, Hill Physicians Medical Group, Anthem/ Blue Cross of California, St Joseph Heritage Medical Foundation, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Marin General Hospital, Lodi Memorial Community Clinics, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Salinas Valley Healthcare District, Palm Drive Healthcare District, the American College of Surgeons and Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group.

Previously, Walter was Chief Operating Officer of Menlo Clinic at Stanford University Medical Center. Walter was also Executive Director of BayCare Medical Group and Assistant VP and Director at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco. In addition, he worked for large accounting firms, Alta Bates Hospital, University of Colorado Hospital, UC San Francisco, and the Ross Valley Medical Group.

Walter has served on various boards of Directors, including the National IPA Coalition, Marin Community Clinic, and the Bay Pacific Health Plan. Walter is founder and current advisor to the California eHealth Collaborative. He earned his BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his Masters in Health Administration from the University of Colorado.


Raj Kumar

GP & Medical Director, Integral healthcare group, and Clinical Director & Responsable Officer, NHS Digital, United Kingdom

Practicing Primary Care Doctor and Senior NHS Clinical Leader in England with over 20 years strategic leadership experience and knowledge of innovation, change management and clinical leadership in England. Dr Kumar through his Department of Health (now NHS Digital role)has led on and contributed to multiple national cutting-edge innovative programmes in healthcare related transformational change processes, pioneered Clinical Informatics for the country and helped support and develop Clinical Leadership for the wider NHS. He is well acknowledged in England as being a pioneer across Clinical Informatics and Primary Care.

Separately, he has utilised clinical leadership principles to transform and innovate through his own linked multiple medical centres across primary and community care in the North West of England. He Chairs the Federation of GP providers for Warrington and also sits on the Regional NHS STP Board that oversees Health and Social Care Transformation for the region.

Dr Kumar has received multiple awards and accolades and has been listed in the UKs HSJ list of Top 50 pioneers of the NHS.


Natacha Lemaire

Rapporteur Générale, Ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé, Paris, France

Natacha Lemaire has over 15 years of experience in health policy in different capacities, within the French Ministry of Health and Caisse Nationale de l’Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs Salariés, the French national health insurance fund. In her current role at the French Ministry of Health, she is responsible for testing new organizational and financial models in health care. Before that, she was in charge of the coordination of Ministry directorates to implement the National Health Strategy, and supports the Secretary General in monitoring the network of the 26 regional health agencies. Within the ministry, she has also served as Head of the regulating division for the Directorate of Healthcare Supply, where she worked on hospital pricing and developing a national guide for regional schemes of health organizations. Her previous work at Caisse Nationale de l’Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs Salariés was timed with the implementation of the health insurance reform in 2004, where she worked on setting up the pilot for the first disease management program in France. The pilot was launched in October 2008 and was extended nationwide for diabetic patients in 2012, with more than 600,000 beneficiaries today. Lemaire  was a 2016-17 French Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, she  received a master’s in business administration from ESSEC Business School, a master’s in health sociology from the Université Paris-Sorbonne, and a master’s in public administration from École Nationale d’Administration.

Mark Lloyd Davies

Mark Lloyd Davies

Senior Director, Government Affairs & Policy, Medical Devices EMEA and Johnson & Johnson Western Markets Lead, Brussels, Belgium

Mark is responsible for fostering a strong and constructive relationship between Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Consumer Medical Devices and Government institutions throughout Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA). This includes the European Commission, Parliament and Council and involves extensive partnering with senior business leaders and government officials, policy makers and other key stakeholders.

Mark is a member of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices EMEA Leadership Team and Global Government Affairs & Policy Council for Medical Devices. He has worked for the Pharmaceutical, Consumer and Medical Device divisions of Johnson and Johnson since 2009, and has assumed roles of increasing responsibility in functions such as Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility and Government Affairs.

Mark holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and BSc from the University of London, UK.


Antoine Malone

Director of Research and International Relations for the French Hospitals Federation

Antoine Malone is director of Research and International Relations for the French Hospitals Federation, which represents around 1 000 public hospitals. Before occupying this position, Antoine has worked for the French and Canadian Governments on Policy analysis and Political Affairs. He holds an MA in Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris and is currently a PhD Student at Ecole nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) in Montréal, on the topic of knowledge management in healthcare policies. He has extensive teaching experience in several French Universities and Grandes Ecoles.


Ray Marsella

Vice President, Strategic Relations and Managed Care Sales, Medimpact

Ray Marsella joined MedImpact in 2014 as Vice President, Strategic Relations, with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and pharmacy benefit management. Mr. Marsella has previously served as Regional Vice President for the commercial division of Express Scripts, Inc. At ESI he was responsible for a region comprising 300 clients with two million covered lives and generating $158 million in gross margin. While at Merck Medco, Mr. Marsella was instrumental in helping secure and install a $1 billion contract with United Healthcare that required him to build effective relationships with key executives and create methods for conversion of operations. He has supported diverse books of business consisting of third party administrators, Fortune 100 employers and national health plans. His diverse background enables him to drive success with cross-functional teams consisting of clinical, technical, sales and account team members, creating and implementing innovative solutions. Mr. Marsella has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.


Véronique Merle

Head of the Department of Infection Control of Rouen University Hospital

Véronique Merle is head of the Department of Infection Control of Rouen University Hospital since 2015 and works on healthcare infections prevention and promotion of hand hygene in Rouen University Hospital and in 22 public and private for profit facilities around Rouen.

She is a member of the Société Française d’Hygiène Hospitalière scientific committee, and belongs to several Haute Autorité de Santé workgroup on healthcare related infections and adverse events, and to ENEIS3 steering commitee.
She is a Public Health professor in Rouen University and is responsible for a Master 2 “Management des Organisations Sanitaires et Médicosociales” (Healthcare facilities management) and a university diploma in hygiene and risk management.

She coordinates a research group “Dynamiques et Evènements des Soins et des Parcours” and is a member of the Inserm Unit 1086 Anticipe.

Étienne Minvielle

Étienne Minvielle

Professor of Management and Director of Management in Organizations, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP), Paris, France

Etienne Minvielle is Professor of Management at the French School of Public Health (EHESP), University of Sorbonne Paris Cité. He holds the Chair of Management and is the Director of the Research unit, Management of HealthCare Organizations (MOS).

He received his MD from the Paris V School of medicine where he did his residency in Public Health. He also received a PhD in Management Science from the Polytechnique School, and also be graduated from the French business school, ESSEC. He spent one year at the Leonard Davis Institute, University of Pennsylvania, during his post-doctoral period. He recently became the director of the Master of Science in Health Care Management (EHESP, AP-HP, Ecole du Santé du Val-de-Grace, Paris VII).

His research seeks to understand the effect of new delivery systems (new forms of payment, patient pathways, quality improvement incentives, customized service) on healthcare performance. He has been continuously funded by the French Ministry of Health and the High Authority for Health for developing a national quality program, including quality indicators, ranking methods and paying for quality system, since 2003. He is currently the principal investigator of a cancer navigation research supported by the French Agency for Research which assesses the impact of patient portal on oral drugs’ observance. He is also the coordinator of a study sponsored by the French Agency for Health care Performance for designing a composite score of hospital performance (based on the medico-administrative database named Hospidiag). His research has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals (The BMJ, Medical Care, Social Science and Medicine, Public Administration review, International Journal of production economics).

He serves on numerous expert panels advising policy makers and government officials on the use of quality improvement incentives in health care. In addition to his research, Etienne Minvielle is also advisor at Gustave Roussy, a leading European Cancer center, for implementing innovative patient pathways. He works closely with the CEO and the board of directors to help design innovative patient pathways.


Christian Molt

Member of the Board of Management of ERGO Germany AG

Christian Molt is a Member of the Board of Management of ERGO Germany AG, ERGO Versicherung AG, ERGO Vorsorge Lebensversicherung AG and DKV Deutsche Krankenversicherung AG, responsible for Customer and Sales Services.

ERGO is one of the major insurance groups in Germany and Europe. Worldwide, the Group is represented in over 30 countries and concentrates on Europe and Asia. In its home market of Germany, ERGO ranks among the leading providers across all segments.

Prior to his current position, Christian Molt was with Allianz for over twenty years. His latest position at Allianz was as Head of Department for Steering, Analysis and Strategy in the Operations Division, thereby focusing on the transformation of the company into a customer-oriented and efficient service organization. Before that, Christian Molt was a Member of the Board of Management of Allianz Private Krankenversicherungs-AG and Vereinte Spezial Krankenversicherung AG, in Munich, responsible for the Specialist Unit for Sales and Operations, Corporate Insurance, Claims and Health Management, Insurance Law and Data Protection.

From 2005 to 2008 he was CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of Allianz China Life Insurance Company Ltd., Shanghai.

Christian Molt studied Mathematical Economics at the University of Ulm and has an MSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Paula A. Morgan

Founder and Principal, Morgan Consulting Resources

Paula Morgan put the “Morgan” in Morgan Consulting Resources when she founded the firm in 1995. Since then, she has matched numerous talented healthcare executives with leading healthcare companies. Before founding Morgan Consulting Resources, Paula served in senior leadership positions during the development of Sierra Health Services (now part of UnitedHealth Group), the first integrated health system in the state and today, the largest managed care organization in Nevada.

Along with matching talent to organizations, Paula adds value to the healthcare industry through her involvement in numerous organizations, such as the American College of Medical Practice Executives, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and American Association of Managed Care Nurses. Of particular importance to her is the nursing profession. Paula has helped raise funds for nursing scholarships for aspiring nurses who would otherwise be unable to pursue their professional dreams. She is the Past President of San Francisco Achievers, a 501C3 providing mentoring, support and scholarships for African American Males, working to keep them in school and get through college.

Paula has continued her education via Executive Courses at Harvard and Wharton. She is often an expert presenter for regional and national health care organizations on topics related to effective hiring practices and career opportunities in the health care marketplace. Her passion for improving healthcare in the US has inspired her work for over 40 years. She lives in Las Vegas and San Francisco, loves to read, travel and entertain friends and family.


Daria Ossipova

Head of Health and Longevity R&D at SCOR

Daria Ossipova is Head of Health and Longevity R&D at SCOR and leads five centers of excellence situated around the globe: Longevity (Paris), Health (Cologne), Critical Illness (Singapore), Long Term Care (Paris) and Disability, Unemployment and Special Risks (Paris). She joined SCOR in 2002 and since then has built a strong multi-cultural and cross-functional team of specialists: demographers, mathematicians, epidemiologists and statisticians, who provide their expertise and modelling capacities to the insurance industry to optimize profitability, expand insurance coverage and provide new solutions adapted to protection and prevention needs.

Daria’s teams conduct research projects, assist local entities with product development, establish scientific partnerships with academics and contribute to the risk management policy as well as capital modelling. She holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics with honors from St Petersburg State University and a PhD (with distinction) in Mathematics from Hull University in UK and subsequently completed a post-doctorate fellowship at the French National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS). Daria then chose to go into applied research, gradually taking the lead role at SCOR in the successful combination of research and its practical applications.

Axel Paeger

Axel Paeger

CEO AMEOS Hospital Group, Zurich

Axel Paeger, M.D., has served as CEO of AMEOS Hospital Group since 2003. Prior to his current position, Dr. Paeger was chief managing officer of Asklepios Kliniken GmbH. Before that, he was a member of the Pacific Health Corporation, Inc. board. He has also served as an associate partner for Health Care Consultancy in Cleveland, OH, USA.

AMEOS is among Europe’s leading healthcare service providers and primarily serves German speaking regions (with today 68 facilities in the fields of hospitals, long-term mental care facilities and long-term elderly care facilities).


Stephen Parodi

Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group

Stephen Parodi, MD serves an associate executive director for The Permanente Medical Group located in Northern California that serves over 4 million patients and members.  He has responsibility for hospital operations, inpatient quality, patient safety, care of complex and special needs populations, skilled nursing facilities, home health, hospice, and external communications.  He also serves as executive vice president for The Permanente Federation, the organization which represents 22,000 physicians who practice at Kaiser Permanente throughout the US.  His duties include external affairs, government relations, communications, and brand.  He also serves as a liaison for Kaiser Permanente’s engagement in local and international healthcare delivery initiatives.

Dr. Parodi received his medical degree from Georgetown University, completed his internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and infectious disease fellowship at the UCLA Affiliated Program in Infectious Disease.  He practices as an infectious disease physician and has a special interest in population and community health as well as applied epidemiology.  He actively collaborates with the California Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control on public health matters. 

He has led clinical projects related to the reduction of healthcare acquired infections, antimicrobial stewardship, reduction in dialysis related infections, and regional outbreak responses.  His work in hospital operations has included programs such as enhanced recovery after surgery, patient blood management, observation medicine, and bedside multidisciplinary rounding.  Special interests now include addressing the social determinants of health to scale and transforming outpatient acute home care.

David P. Roye Jr.

David P. Roye Jr.

Professor and Executive Medical Director, New-York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Columbia, Cerebral Palsy Center, NY, USA

Dr. David Roye Jr., the St. Giles Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and Executive Medical Director of the Columbia Cerebral Palsy Center, has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 1980. He has dedicated his career to providing and improving the medical care of children with orthopaedic problems around the world, teaching future surgeons, and conducting high quality clinical research in the field of pediatric orthopaedics. Dr. Roye’s main research focus is on multicenter pediatric spinal deformity studies and multidisciplinary Cerebral Palsy research. He is a world recognized leader in clinical outcome studies in the field of pediatric orthopaedics and awarded numerous grants to conduct cutting edge outcome studies. He has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has lectured at forums world-wide. Additionally, he has participated in the delivery of medical care overseas since 1987 to improve healthcare in developing countries. Aware of the challenges facing healthcare reform in China, Dr. Roye founded the International Healthcare Leadership (IHL) program. The IHL seeks to address the lack of healthcare policy and management training in China in order to contribute to sustainable solutions to solve a range of skill-related challenges in the Chinese healthcare system. The organization’s objective is to establish an executive-level certificate program at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. IHL has hosted various symposiums and seminars in China and the U.S. and has consulted with Chinese healthcare organizations. Dr. Roye has won many awards including in 2009, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Humanitarian of the Year Award, in 2010 the Columbia University Arnold Gold Humanism Award and in 2012 the Columbia University Alumni Medal for Distinguished Service.


Chris Stenzel

National Vice President Business Development and Innovation, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, USA

Chris Stenzel is Vice President for Business Development and Innovation for national health plan functions at Kaiser Permanente. His role is to improve Kaiser Permanente’s competitive position, growth and performance through innovative new business initiatives and relationships. He currently oversees a portfolio of initiatives ranging from telehealth enabled retail care to clinical centers of excellence to technology innovation partnerships with large employers.

Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest not-for-profit healthcare organization with over 12 million members, 220,000 employees and 22,000 physicians. Kaiser Permanente generated approximately $73 billion in revenue in 2017 and operates 38 hospitals and over 600 medical offices.

As part of his business development role, Chris currently serves as a member of Kaiser Permanente’s corporate venture capital oversight committee and is a board member for one of Kaiser Permanente’s portfolio companies. He serves on the Board of the Health Transformation Alliance, a coalition of 46 large employers seeking to transform healthcare to a system of healthier outcomes and better value. Chris co-leads Kaiser Permanente’s Employer Innovation Council and serves on the National Business Group on Health – Health Innovations Industry Council.

During his 25 years with Kaiser Permanente, Chris has held a wide range of leadership positions within the medical groups, health plan and hospital areas, including strategic planning, information technology management, and business development. He was the CEO of start-up company owned by Kaiser Permanente that grew to $20 million in revenue. Chris led the creation of Kaiser Permanente’s highly successful corporate venture capital program, which now has $400 million in committed and invested capital in over 60 innovative healthcare companies. In that capacity, he served on the boards of seven start-up companies and was an active observer on six others. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Chris was a senior manager with Accenture (then Andersen Consulting). In this role, he led strategic management and information technology consulting projects for large companies in the United States and internationally.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of California Los Angeles and an MBA in Finance with distinction from the University of San Francisco.

Marcus Thygeson

Marcus Thygeson

Chief Health Officer, Bind, USA

Marcus Thygeson is Chief Health Officer and leads the clinical team at Bind, a health plan administrator for self-funded employers in the United States.  Bind provides a unique healthcare benefit we call “On Demand Health Insurance” that maps coverage to high-value care by condition, enables dramatically better cost-transparency for members, and yields lower healthcare costs for both employers and members.  Prior to Bind, Marcus served in a variety of leadership roles including Chief Health Officer at Blue Shield of California, and President of the Center for Healthcare Innovation at Allina Health. He has extensive experience leading teams to develop and implement health service innovations that improve health outcomes and patient engagement.

Marcus serves on the National Committee for Quality Assurance Committee for Performance Measurement and has studied and published on a variety of health service research topics including shared decision making, care management methods, worksite and community wellness, applications of complexity science in health care. and comparative configurational methods.

Marcus received a B.S. summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and an M.P.H. from the University of Minnesota.  Marcus is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.


Chris Wakefield

Vice President European Marketing & Product Development at GOJO Industries

Chris Wakefield, is Vice President European Marketing & Product Development at GOJO Industries. GOJO is the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions, and the inventor of PURELL® Hand Sanitiser. Chris joined GOJO in April 2011 and is responsible for ensuring GOJO provide a full programme that meets the needs of its European healthcare partners to promote hand hygiene and skin care. This has included participation in the Private Organisations for Patient Safety (POPS) group, launched by the World Health Organisation Service Delivery and Safety Department in May 2012, as well as being a Corporate Member of the Infection Prevention Society in UK.