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GHF2014 – PL04 – Data and the Knowledge Economy: What is there for Global Health?


Dr. Carmelo Bisognano 
Head of Strategy, Inartis Foundation, Switzerland
Prof. Angela Brand 
Professor of Social Medicine & Public Health Genomics
Institute for Public Health Genomics (IPHG), Cluster of Genetics & Cell Biology
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Mr. Sridhar Venkapaturam 
MSc Global Health and Social Justice Program, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, King's College London
Prof. Christian Lovis
Professor of Clinical Informatics and leading the Division of Medical Information Sciences, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
Mr. Andrew Filev
Founder and CEO, Wrike, United States
This session will gather a panel of people from various disciplines to debate the promises and challenges big data brings to global health.
As social systems move from the physical world to the virtual world, technology has served as an enabling factor that has made it possible for human capital to be developed, shared and applied in new ways and at an immense scale and pace. The potential for capturing natural data organically has accelerated profoundly as well as the potential to shed light on connections/linkages between sets of information that were until then not processed or just analyzed in silos.  This increasing abundance of data, our ability to process it and use it meaningfully is causing what people have called a drift toward data-driven discovery and decision-making in various sectors including the health sector one. If data has become a core asset that provides a huge resource for new industries, processes, services and goods leading to significant competitive advantage, concerns for privacy and individual rights remain as well as how this new trend will benefit global health.

BisognanoDr. Carmelo Bisognano
Head of Strategy, Inartis Foundation, Switzerland

Prior to serve as Head of Strategy for Inartis Foundation, Dr. Bisognano founded and managed several companies such as Easymed Services Inc. (EZM:CN), a British Columbia, Canada, company. 

Dr. Bisognano had a post-doctoral position at the University Hospital of Geneva where he conducted research on molecular regulation of bacterial resistance. He is also the author of publications in international scientific journals and has obtained several awards for his research work (GSK and MSD Awards, Swiss Society for Infectious-Diseases).

Dr. Bisognano was also a biotechnology consultant for Geneva’s government, research institutes and a Marketing Manager in a bioinformatics company. More recently, he co- directed a course on Biotech valuation for MoT MBA (federal polytechnic school) and collaborated with investment funds for their strategic portfolio allocation.


Brand_Angela_squareProf. Angela Brand 
Professor of Social Medicine & Public Health Genomics
Institute for Public Health Genomics (IPHG), Cluster of Genetics & Cell Biology
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Angela Brand is Founding Director and Full Professor of the Institute for Public Health Genomics (IPHG) at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, as well as Dr. T.M. Pai Endowed Chair on Public Health Genomics and Adjunct Professor at the School of Life Sciences at Manipal University, India. Before she worked in the clinics, at various academic institutions and in governmental bodies in the USA and Germany. She is Paediatrician and Specialist in Public Health Medicine, holds a PhD in pathology and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, USA. She has been the pioneer of Public Health Genomics in Europe and beyond and established this field in more than 15 European Member States within the last years ( Public Health Genomics is the field within Public Health demonstrating the need for a holistic “systems thinking” and translating research from “cell to society” towards the implementation of personalised healthcare between key stakeholders and across sectors. The IPHG is unique in Europe giving policy advice on the national, European and global level. Key expertise and industrial collaborations include regulatory issues, use of big data for health systems and ownership questions, valorisation, decision supporting tools such as Health Technology Assessment and development of the innovative LAL model™.


Vankatapuram_Sridhar_squareMr. Sridhar Venkapaturam 
MSc Global Health and Social Justice Program, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, King's College London

Mr. Sridhar Venkapaturam's career and research interests have their origins in his interest in topics such as development, international political economy, and human rights.  While he was planning throughout his college education on becoming an international lawyer that would work in the area of international development, an internship at Human Rights Watch changed that course.  He was the first person at HRW to examine a health issue, specifically HIV/AIDS, from a human rights monitoring perspective.  The difficulty of HRW to recognize a human right to health as well as the prevailing idea in public health that individual rights must be sacrificed for the greater good put him on the path of developing a philosophical argument for a moral right to be healthy.  He trained in a number of relevant disciplines such a public health, sociology, economics and political philosophy.  And he currently runs a graduate programme at King’s College London called Global Health and Social Justice.  His research includes such topics as theories of social and global justice and health, the philosophy and ethics of health inequalities, the human right to health, the ethics and philosophy of health economics, et cetera.

PL04_Christian_LovisProf. Christian Lovis

Christian Lovis is professor of clinical informatics at the University of Geneva and leads the Division of Medical Information Sciences at the Geneva University Hospitals. Christian is a medical doctor trained in Internal Medicine. He is heavily involved in the Swiss federal projects around eHealth as co-chair of several working groups. He has developed the clinical information system at HUG and his involved in several large pan-European projects around using big data for bio-surveillance or clinical research. Christian is member of the governing council of HIMSS Europe and board member of HIMSS World Wide.

AndrewFilevCloseMr. Andrew Filev

As the founder and CEO of Wrike, Andrew Filev is the visionary behind the unique social project management mix that has become an irreplaceable collaboration solution for thousands of customers. As a successful software entrepreneur and experienced project manager, Andrew not only oversees the company’s business strategy, but passionately leads the product management.

Prior to Wrike, Andrew Filev launched his first software development venture at the age of 17. Growing it into an international business with more than 100 engineers, he faced the same collaboration challenges that millions of companies struggle with frequently. Looking for efficient solutions, he came up with his own idea of a collaboration platform for dynamic distributed teams, running several simultaneous projects, just like his team. “Traditional software didn’t work for my team, and we weren’t alone in this. We needed a better alternative — a tool that would help connect data across multiple projects, would give a crystal-clear overview of these projects to managers and would become one hub for smooth, real-time collaboration for the whole team,” Andrew says about the origins of Wrike’s vision.

The first pillar in Andrew’s “go where data is” concept, which has become Wrike’s core, was building advanced e-mail integration to bring data from the most ubiquitous communication tools into the planning process. Further, developing Wrike as a flexible and easy-to-use system that would perfectly scale to growing teams and more data, Andrew came up with an innovative work graph model that combines the ideas from project management (work breakdown structure), operating systems (hierarchical folders), semantic web (tags) and brainstorming (mindmap) into one cohesive and simple model.

Andrew has been a contributing author in influential blogs and journals (Cutter IT Journal, Web 2.0 Journal, etc.) and has given presentations at many conferences, such as the Web 2.0 Expo, Office 2.0 Conference, PMI events and more.

To learn more about Andrew’s ideas and project management practices, you can subscribe to his Project Management 2.0 blog

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