The Digital Health & Wellness Summit 2020
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Liz Ashall-Payne

Founding CEO, ORCHA

Passionate about the opportunities that technology and particularly apps offer to improve health and care efficiencies and outcomes, Liz founded ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Application determined to present a way to offer much needed guidance to app developers to help raise app quality, as well as helping the public and professionals to confidently find and apply apps that could genuinely improve public, patient and organisational outcomes.
Initially a Speech and Language Therapist, Liz has almost 20 years NHS experience. She has successfully led innovative change and service transformation in complex health economies.
She has led national and European change programmes to deliver transformational shift and has experience of working collaboratively with Public Sector, Industry and Academia.


Kurt Höller

Director of Business Creation, EIT Health

Since December 2015, Kurt is Director of Business Creation at EIT Health, one of the largest healthcare initiatives worldwide with 150 leading organizations spanning key areas of healthcare such as Pharma, MedTech, Payers, Research Institutions and Universities. Kurt is leading the EIT Health Accelerator supporting more than 500 startups with close access to all leading players in health industry and a budget of more than 15mio€ per year. Within Innolife, the preparation consortium of EIT Health, Kurt was part of the Executive Committee as a spokesperson for all German academic partners.
From 2009 to 2015, Kurt has been the managing director of the Central Institute of Healthcare Engineering (ZIMT) at Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU). Since then he has gone on to found and direct several other companies: CiNNAMED GmbH (2013, CEO and co-founder), Portabiles GmbH (2014, CFO and co-founder), and HOELLER ELECTRONIC GmbH (CEO in 2015). Since May 2015 he has been a member of the city council in Erlangen and member of the supervisory board of ESTW AG.
After attaining his Diploma of Electrical Engineering at Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU), he gained his Doctorate at FAU with research stays at TU Munich and Johns Hopkins University (JHU), USA. His research activities focused heavily on health innovation, with his thesis on “Novel Techniques for Spatial Orientation in Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES)”. He has published 30 journal articles, conference papers and patents. Kurt went on to earn an MBA with focus on Entrepreneurship at Deggendorf Institute of Technology (THD) with a research stay at Santa Clara University in the Silicon Valley.


Charlie Pearmund

Managing Director, Virtual Bodywork

Charlie is Managing Director at Virtual Bodyworks, a spin-off from the University of Barcelona and Hospital Clinic Barcelona. Charlie joined the founding team having worked for several years in Technology M&A in London, where he raised capital totalling c. €1bn for start-ups and growth businesses through IPOs and capital raises.
Since joining Virtual Bodyworks, Charlie implemented the World’s first neurorehabilitation tool based on the advanced VR concept of embodiment into Madrid’s leading neurorehabilitation hospital, Hospital Los Madroños.
Charlie’s background is in Economics, he has a Master’s degree from Trinity College in Dublin. He also holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona.


Bleddyn Rees

Deputy Chair and Digital Health Society, Digital Health Expert and Lawyer, ECHAlliance

Bleddyn is a vastly experienced commercial lawyer with 30 years experience of outsourcings, privatisations and complex contracting and projects. He has a unique CV for a private sector lawyer, having spent three and a half years on secondment as General Counsel of the Commercial Directorate of the Department of Health.
On his secondment to the Department of Health he advised the Minsters (Prime Minister, Secretary of State, Ministers of State), Special Advisors and NHS organisations and gave evidence to the Health Select Committee and the Public Accounts Committee. Bleddyn has a very detailed understanding of the UK health sector and regulatory framework.

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Jessica Shull

European Lead, Digital Therapeutics Alliance

Jessica is European Lead for the Digital Therapeutics Alliance. She is also Digital Health Manager on clinical trials and big data projects for respiratory disease at Bellvitge Hospital in Barcelona. She worked 11+ years with the WHO on digital health projects and health system strengthening. Consultancies include World Bank, mHealth app evaluation guidelines for Europe, and EU regulatory process for digital therapeutics. She has a MSc from the Medical College of Georgia (USA), an MA from the University of Trento (Italy) and is pursuing a PhD in BioMedicine at the University of Barcelona.


Cesar Velasco

DirectorAgency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS)

Clinical Medical Doctor specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health with a focus in Global Health and Innovation. Interested in social projects, health management and policies, clinical research and BigData epidemiology.
International mention PhD in Medicine “Cum Laude” in HIV and Global Health. Research background in public health, epidemiology, vaccines, migrant health & HIV. He hold a Master in Public Health and a Master in Clinical Research Methodology. He has worked for WHO, European Union and ISGlobal amongst other organizations.
Currently he works as Director of Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS).

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Julien Venne

Researcher, Strategist & Entrepreneur United Nations University

Eclectic by nature, Julien is interested by research, pubic policies and business. He’s currently involved in research activities at the United Nations University, the University of Maastricht (NL) and the University of Manipal (India). He’s also developing several entrepreneurial projects and consultancy services through his own company, Malsamamind.
Naturally evolving in an international environment (Europe and beyond), interested in strategic thinking, Julien likes to work where public and private sectors meet.
For 10 years now, he’s involved in the digital health sector, working within hospitals settings with clinical teams; supporting entrepreneurs; designing digital solutions as well as business strategies for industry leaders; advising policy-makers from local to international level; or enhancing connections between digital health players via networks and events.
His focal point is the post-digital society and the transformation of human activities through technologies. Great promoter of collaborative work within multi-stakeholders ecosystems (with citizens, governments, public services, companies, researchers, NGOs), Julien is developing international complex projects and platforms related to the governance of our digital twins as well as the impact of technologies on human wellbeing, on individual & collective behaviours, on politics & policies (GovTech, CivicTech) and on societal/environmental challenges (UN SDGs).