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Confirmed speakers at DHD16

Amanda Goltz

Amanda Goltz
is the Director of Digital Innovation at BTG, a global specialty pharmaceuticals firm, managing the portfolio of digital initiatives combining medicines, device technology, and new techniques in order to deliver more targeted treatments. 
Previously, Amanda was the Director of Product Strategy and Innovation at Aetna, sourcing emerging solutions from the digital health and innovative networks marketplace, pairing them with employer clients, and directing implementation of the solutions at scale.  Amanda has also managed the Innovation and Consumer Engagement portfolio at Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), a coalition of 60 employers who collectively provide self-funded health coverage to over 10M employees and dependents at an annual cost of $12B.  Prior to PBGH, Amanda was senior advisor to the national healthcare practice at Manatt Health Solutions.  From 2005 to 2009, Amanda served as Program Director at Partners Healthcare, the integrated delivery network founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, managing a system-wide quality improvement initiatives.  Amanda advises several start-up companies as a mentor at 500Startups, Rock Health, and StartXMed, health and life sciences incubator for Stanford University.   Amanda received her MPA in Health Finance and Management from New York University and her BA from Columbia College of Columbia University.

Robin Farmanfarmaian

Robin Farmanfarmaian
is an entrepreneur, founder, professional speaker and best selling author working in cutting edge technology and medicine. Currently COO of Arc, working on the fusion of medicine, science and IT, and VP at INVICTA Medical, a device company for sleep apnea. She also is the Co-Founder and Board of Directors for the Organ Preservation Alliance, catalyzing breakthroughs in cryopreservation and tissue engineering. Previous work includes being one of the founders of Morfit, the Exponential Medicine conference, and a VP at Singularity University. Her book, “The Patient as CEO: How Technology Empowers the Healthcare Consumer”, is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon.


Morten Elbæk Petersen
has been the CEO of the Danish eHealth portal,, since it was founded in 2003. He has more than 20 years of management experience in public administration with a primary focus on implementing eHealth, quality development, prevention and patient empowerment.  The Danish eHealth portal pioneers open access to medical records, and is  in this regard unique worldwide.
Morten Elbæk Petersen holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Social Science from the University of Odense. He also serves as an external lecturer and examiner for Public Health IT Masters programmes at Danish universities.
In 2015, he received HIMSS eHealth Leadership Award.


Kimberlie Cerrone
is Tiatros' founder and CEO. She is a dealmaker and IP strategist by background.
Kimberlie has been a top executive at nine venture capital-backed companies; two of which she saw from the initial startup phase through public offerings. She practiced law at top Silicon Valley law firms Gunderson Dettmer and Venture Law Group, where she worked closely with the founding executive teams of many successful high technology and life sciences companies, including Yahoo!, Ariba and Target Therapeutics. Kimberlie has negotiated and executed hundreds of strategic deals that took early stage companies to the next level, and she has significant M&A experience.
Kimberlie graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in biochemistry. She earned a Master of Science degree in biochemical pharmacology from New York University. She has an M.B.A. from University of San Francisco. She graduated from the Hastings College of the Law, and is licensed to practice law in California and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  
Kimberlie serves on several business advisory and corporate boards. She has authored several articles and book chapters on business strategies that maximize the strategic value of intellectual property, and is frequently invited to speak at healthcare, venture capital, and entrepreneurship conferences. She is a subject matter expert for the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State.

Kim P Normans
Kim Norman
, MD is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF and Director of the Young Adult and Family Center at UCSF. His research focus is on the creation of effective, scalable therapeutics for bridging disparities in behavioral health care. Dr. Norman has been selected to become the first UCSF Distinguished Professor for Adolescent and Young Adult Health.


Jarno Alastalo is the Big Man (CEO) of Heimo. Heimo is the social media for life challenges where peers help each other. Anyone can find someone who has gone through the same challenges in their life. Before Heimo, Jarno was the leader of the largest online community in Finland, Suomi24, and now he is focusing on fixing the biggest wellbeing challenge and changing the way people receive help related to mental health issues. He has also written a book about social media called “Crazy, barbarian and a cat”.


Lucien Engelen
has worked since 2007 at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre as Head of the regional emergency healthcare network. He also advises the Board in terms of changes in healthcare enhancing the participation of the patients and their informal care in their own disease, working towards raising the level of participation in Health(care), research and education. He is founding Director of the Radboud REshape Center, that acts on the convergence of technology and patient empowerment. Creating breakthrough programs, foresights and products if industry lacks progression itself.
Dutch National TV future-affairs program Backlight (Tegenlicht) aired a documentary on his vision and approach to change healthcare into a more participatory environment in the REshape Innovation Center at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen
Author of several books, essays, chapters and scientific articles on the change of healthcare due to shifting patients perspectives and (exponential) technology. Organized 5 health focussed 1000+ seats TEDx-s and has given two TED-talks himself.


Guido Hegener
is a Partner at Digital Health Ventures (DHV), a specialized Venture Capital fund based in Berlin. After retiring as a short track ice speed skater (German champion on the 1,000m distance in 2003), he has been active in the German startup ecosystem since 2007 as both founder and investor.
In 2007, Guido founded Doktus (sold in 2008), one of the first startups bred by Rocket Internet. In 2011, Guido co-founded VC-backed startup dealvertise and led the company as CEO. From 2013 to 2015, he worked with Digital Health VC XLHEALTH as Venture Partner and Partner.
Guido obtained B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Business Administration from WHU Vallendar. He is a startup mentor for Deutsche Telekom's incubator hub:raum and the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Berlin.

Min-Sung Sean
is Partner at XLHEALTH, a Berlin-based venture capital fund specializing in Digital Health Series A investments. He believes that healthcare startups with innovative solutions have the potential to create impactful social change. Having been an entrepreneur before, he understands the challenges and difficulties of building up a company and hopes that this blog will serve as a helpful resource for digital health tech startups in the region. In leading the analyst team at XLHEALTH, Min-Sung Sean has seen more than 2300 digital health startups in Europe. Additionally, he invested in startups including mySugr, Meedoc, Neuronation and Harimata. Prior to joining the XLHEALTH team, he founded and sold his first business. Previously, he conducted seed investments with Lakeside Ventures.

Faz K. Bashi, MD,
has a research background in Immunology and Virology from UCSF.  He is currently a member of Life Science Angels (LSA).  He served as 2015 Chair of LSA's Digital Health & Sciences Screening Committee, and the 2013 Chair of LSA's Device Screening Committee, and served 2 years on the LSA Board.  He is currently the Chair of the Angel Capital Association's (ACA) Life Sciences Syndication group. He serves as a Member of the ACA Board of Directors.  He was a founding member of HealthTech Capital where he served on the Board of Directors for a 2 year term. He is a member of Berkeley Angel Network. He is active with UCSF's Entrepreneurship Programs, UCSF’s CTSI external advisory board. He is an active mentor and advisor with Springboard Enterprises. He worked at San Mateo Medical Center to develop and implement special clinical projects to help the under served, including TeleDermatology, Diabetic Retinopathy Screening, and advancements in electronic medical records. He works as a consultant to Patient Visit Redesign on workflow process improvement for community health centers, and safety net hospitals across the USA. He is passionate about novel technologies that improve the coordination and delivery of patient care through intelligent information brokering that enables true clinical collaboration, and is active on the Advisory Board of Tiatros. He volunteers his time with Peninsula Bridge program to help the under served kids of East Palo Alto get inspired about their futures via education. He is committed to helping find treatments for Tinnitus, Autism, Lupus, and Vascular diseases. He completed several triathlons with Team-In-Training to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Sebastian Sujka
Sebastian Sujka
is Founder and CEO of xbird, a Berlin and San Francisco based AI company focusing on early recognition and prevention of diseases thought smartphone data analysis. He is driven by the idea that mobile data technology can be used in a meaningful way to save lives. Sebastian has been working with mobile data from the early beginning in the areas of advertising technology and business intelligence solutions for mobile games. His previous venture Datamonk was acquired by Hitfox Group, his first e-commerce venture was acquired by Schober Ventures. Before finishing a Finance Degree in Maastricht University Sebastian worked in Security and Intelligence at NATO.

Pascal Lardier
Pascal Lardier
is the Principal at [edito]Health and a senior in-house consultant for Health 2.0 Ltd., acting as the company’s Executive Director for all international activities – conferences and consulting. He is in charge of promoting health innovation ecosystems around the world and connecting key stakeholders including startups, payers, providers, health authorities and VCs. He is the curator of the Health 2.0 Europe conference, and oversees the programmes for other conferences like Health 2.0 India, Health 2.0 Middle East, Health 2.0 Latin America, Health 2.0 Asia, and more - which gives him a broad and unique perspective on health entrepreneurship around the world. As such, he reviews and advises several hundred eHealth companies every year, with a special focus on European SMEs and liaises with 100+ Health 2.0 Chapters in the world, including 28 in Europe. He managed the GET Funded service of the EU-sponsored project ‘GET’, designed to provide EU health SMEs looking for Series A funding with training, resources and networking opportunities with investors at the European level. In this role, he worked with a pool of 40+ European investors with a strong interest in digital health, and advised health SMEs on how to align with their investment criteria. Pascal has a bachelor in marketing from the technology institute of Paris and a master in Philosophy from the Sorbonne.

Daniel Ackenine
Daniel Akenine
is a physicist, lecturer, writer and former neuroscientist at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. He currently works as the chief technology and security officer for Microsoft. In 2015 he was appointed IASA fellow and ranked as one of the top IT-architects worldwide. Daniel is also an established Swedish fiction writer with the latest fiction book “11 grams of truth” about privacy and power in our modern society.

Fredrik Lind
Fredrik Lind,
Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
Fredrik Lind is a Senior Partner and Managing Director at the BCG Stockholm office. He is leading the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) practice in the Nordics, and leads marketing in the global TMT leadership team. He has spent over 20 years serving TMT clients in the Nordics, Europe and Asia on a broad set of topics, ranging from strategy, corporate finance, sales and marketing, operations to organization and HR. He is a core expert in digital strategy and transformation, also for industries outside TMT. He is an active author with multiple reports published on digitization for countries or on industry specific opportunities.

Christian Isacsson

Christian Isacsson,
Managing Enterprise Architect and Domain Expert Healthcare sector at Capgemini . Christian has a long experience in the field of ICT architecture and management from both the private and the public sector, especially within eHealth and healthcare. A good part of his experience is from working with enterprise architecture and as chief of architecture. Focusing on achieving interoperability, digitalization and the standardization of IT-systems in the Health Care sector on both a regional, an inter-regional and a national level. This with a passion for quality, ethics.

Sophie Chung
Dr. Sophie Chung
is currently the CEO and Founder of Junomedical, a digital medical travel hub that is providing patients around the world access to affordable healthcare treatments. Prior to founding Junomedical in 2015, Sophie served as the Director of Healthcare Strategy at Zocdoc, a healthcare technology startup focused on doctor discovery and appointment booking. She acted lead on healthcare strategy and formulated product development as well as strategic business partnerships for the company. She was also a project manager for McKinsey & Company’s Healthcare Practice in Germany where she worked with government, hospital, health insurance and pharmaceutical industry clients. After earning her MD degree from Medical University of Vienna in 2008, Sophie gained first-hand experience in treating patients as a doctor in Australia tackling the complex issues involved in providing people with access to healthcare whilst working at an NGO in Cambodia. She has completed and presented academic stem cell research, as well as given keynote presentations on academic research and consumerism in healthcare. These experiences have ignited her passion to provide everyone with access to healthcare regardless of where they live. She believes that there is an opportunity to fundamentally transform how patients access and experience healthcare. By founding Junomedical, Sophie is on a mission to connect patients with the very best accredited doctors and hospitals so that they can receive high-quality treatment at an affordable price.

Kenneth Salonius
Kenneth Salonius
is a co-founder and Head of Operations at Vertical accelerator, the first health startup accelerator in the Nordics. He previously co-founded HealthSPA, the largest health & wellness ecosystem in Finland, through which he has helped over 250 health startups grow. Kenneth has a passion for exploring the unknown and building new and is inventor of several granted patents. He is actively involved in shaping the digitalization of healthcare.

João Bocas
João Bocas
is a Digital Health Influencer & Thought Leader. His passion lies in helping others, sharing experiences, transferring knowledge, working collaboratively and passing on the latest innovation trends from the digital health world. As a thought leader in wearables, IoT , digital health and big data in healthcare, Joao explores the intersection of technology in modelling business models and shaping consumer behaviour . Also he analyses the impact of disruptive innovations and shares future trends in the marketplace.
He possesses more than 20 years of hands-on experience in Professional Sport and Corporate environments working with senior management, Boards and executive teams. He has worked across Healthcare, Financial Services, Media, Sporting , Third and Public Sector organisations. He was nominated a Finalist of the Great British Entrepreneurs Awards 2015 and he’s a proud board member of YMCA Brighton, a Charity organisation caring about community wellbeing.

Darren Spevick
Darren Spevick
is the founder and Managing Partner at Eventum Partners, the leading specialist interim and permanent executive recruitment company for health technology, healthcare services and life sciences companies. Darren has over 18 years of executive recruitment experience, and set up Eventum Partners in 2013 to provide an outcome focused and better approach to executive recruitment. Darren and his team have experience of working with a wide range of companies from early stage to multinationals, are well networked on the global stage and able to advise and guide companies who are looking to grow.

Jovan Stevovic
Jovan Stevovic
is co-founder and CEO of, a startup that helps digital health companies to solve security and data protection issues and create better and safer apps. The idea of originates from his 5+ years’ experience in health IT industry and research activity at University of Trento, where he got his PhD in 2014.
During his research and industry experience Jovan designed IT technologies and protocols to facilitate health data sharing in compliance with privacy laws and security standards. Now he is putting in practice his experience into the digital health and startup environments.

Erika Rask
Erika Rask
is a Bioentrepreneur and health-tech advocate, currently helping actively promoting digitization within the life science industry through MedUniverse, a web service for interactive patient cases. She is dedicated to advance information exchange that can improve clinical practice. Her work is an example of how Big Pharma quickly can adapt innovation through partnerships with health-tech start-ups.


Otto Elonen
has a marketing and design background and works as business development manager at Quattro Folia. Quattro Folia is a Finnish start-up developing medical device certified applications for diabetics and care organisations. He also manages Lääkäripalvelu Neliapila, a Quattro Folia subsidiary and local health care centre in Helsinki specialised in diabetes care.

David Österlindh

David Österlindh is working as the Director for Internet of Things and eHealth at Sigma IT Consulting in Sweden. Sigma is a leading consulting group with an objective to make our customers more competitive. Our means is technological know-how and a constant passion for finding better solutions. Prior to Sigma, David has a background from the global software company Oracle.
David has a big passion for disruptive innovation and he has during the last 10 years been working with clients in different industries on global market to find ways how modern technology can transform their business, solutions or services. David’s most important mission today is to create a way for how disruptive innovation can change the health care sector and create a better tomorrow for all of us. 

Mathias Ekman
Mathias Ekman
works as Industry Solution Executive at Microsoft with responsibility for the business development within the health care sector. Prior to Microsoft he has held several leading position at Swedish consultant companies and helped customers transform using digital technology. Mathias also has a PhD in Quantum Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology. 

Rune Thill
Rune Theill
is an entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of Rockstart - a global startup machine providing resources and programs to develop and empower entrepreneurs.  Through Rockstart’s Accelerators, Impact Programs and Rockstart Answers, Rockstart is reaching entrepreneurs throughout the world including Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.
As an active investor and supporter of startups Rockstart won the Dutch Startup Award as the "Best Investor" in 2012 and 2013.
Rune serves as an advisor to many Startups, such as 3D Hubs, Crowdyhouse, CoffeeStrap, Bomberbot and NuGames Studios Sweden AB. He is also a board member at coding and app buliding startup Codeplace and a jury member at Venture Cup.
His skills include design thinking, lean methodologies, business development fundraising, go-to-market strategies and team leadership.

Ulrika Akenine
Ulrika Akenine
works as a research nurse and study coordinator at the Karolinska University Hospital (KS) and Karolinska Institutet (KI). She has a master's degree in clinical neurology and ongoing PhD studies at KI.
Ulrika’s research focuses on understanding what motivates patients to participate in clinical trials involving new untested drugs. Another part of the research is studying on how to recruit and retain participation in prevention studies aimed at changing lifestyle factors using digital platforms.

Petter KlingofströmPetter Klingofstrom is head of office leasing at Atrium Ljungberg, one of the leading real estate companies in Sweden. Petter has almost 20 years experience of supplying office environments enabling companies to develop, both as Tenant Rep and as a broker. At Atrium Ljungberg, Petter is hands on involved in creating good office environments as a part of good city environments.

Stefan Börjesson
Stefan Börjesson Co-Founder & CEO of CelFIT AB
After a rather traditional career in the security business, Stefan followed his heart and entered the sports industry in 2011. With a constant urge to change and improve, he finally found his true calling when founding CelFIT in 2016, together with good friends Dr Samer Yammine, CTIO and Vasilis Galiotos, CEO.With business development as his main focus, Stefan has completed successful business projects in Sweden and abroad. Previous employers include ASSA ABLOY, Shimano and Friends Arena.

Aki Koivistoinen
Aki Koivistoinen
is an entrepreneur, strategist and healthcare transformer, now leading the European arm of StartUp Health. StartUp Health is a global health innovation company and growth platforms for entrepreneurs transforming healthcare. StartUp Health has the world’s largest portfolio of digital health companies and network of 25 000 investors, customers and experts. Prior to StartUp Health Aki was a founder of Karyon Ltd (2001-2008/FIN), a medical biotech company developing targeted carrier molecules for imaging and treatment of solid tumors. Company merged with CTT Cancer Targeting Technologies Ltd (2007/FIN), the assets were sold to Isogenica Ltd (2008/UK). As a Director of Business Evolution, in Dazzle Ltd (2009-2015), Aki orchestrated strategy and next practice processes in company, industry and government levels to boost business creation and built innovation capacity.

Uno Fors
Uno GH Fors, DDS, PhD is professor in Computer Science, with focus on IT, Simulation and Learning at Stockholm University (SU), Stockholm, Sweden. He is also head of the department for Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at SU.
Before joining SU in 2010, Dr. Fors was professor of Medical Educational Simulation at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and head of department LIME for 10 years. Fors has during the last 30 years focused on research in medical informatics and particularly on virtual cases for learning, assessment and rehabilitation. Fors has published more than 200 scientific articles and conference papers.

Ulrika Sehlstedt
Dr. Ulrica Sehlstedt is a Partner in Arthur D. Little’s Stockholm office. Ulrica is leading Arthur D. Little Nordic’s Healthcare and Life Sciences practice. She brings >20 years of broad-sector experience to serving clients across the entire healthcare and life science ecosystem. Her work includes strategy development, opportunity assessment, complex procurement, operational & commercial due diligence, change management and program management; for both healthcare suppliers (pharma, medtech and biotech companies), providers (public and private) and investors. Ulrica is frequently engaged to help clients developing digital strategies and drive digital transformation.

Barry Brown
Barry Brown
is a professor of Human Computer Interaction at Stockholm University. He is the research director of Mobile Life, a world leading institute looking into the future of mobile devices, in partnership with Ericsson, Nokia, Microsoft, IKEA, ABB, Telia Sonera, Rebel & Bird and Stockholm City.  He has published over 100 academic articles, three books, his most recent of which is with MIT Press titled “Enjoying Machines”.

carla arrieta Carla Arrieta. Corporate Communications Specialist at Roche Diabetes Care Spain and Emminens Healthcare Services, developing communication opportunities within a multichannel environment for innovative healthcare solutions focused on diabetes and chronic conditions. With an important background on digital journalism, Carla has developed in the last 5 years her career in the field of social science communications with the aim of diffusing scientific  & pharmaceutical developments to the general public and end users for a more transparent and closer communication between corporations and society.

Jesper Ek is since January 2015 the Market Cluster Head for Diabetes Care in the Nordics. Jesper joined Roche Pharma in 2004 as the brand launch manager for Avastin and worked in different strategic leadership marketing roles until March 2012. In April 2012, Jesper joined Diabetes Care as Country Head Sweden and after a couple of years he also took over the Country Head for Finland.
Jesper has 12 years of leadership experience and has been twice nominated ”Executive of the year” by the leading Swedish management magazine ”Chef”. He has a Bachelor in Social Sciences in Marketing and Communications from Uppsala University. His career spans over 20 years, mainly within pharmceuticals, biotech and medtech, where he has gained an extensive expertise in new product launches and team motivation. Jesper is also a much appreciated speaker on Engaging leadership and product differentiation. In his spare time he is engaged in a motivation project trying to create intrinsic motivation for his three children to clean up in their rooms. This project is on-going…