SicurelloProf. Francesco Sicurello has Degree in Physics (Electronics and Cybernetics), with many years of experience (from 1978) in Medical Informatics, Telemedicine, e-Health and statistical software for data analysis in epidemiology and biomedicine. He is president of IITM (International Institute of Tele-Medicine) / Italian Association of Telemedicine and Medical Informatics (@ITIM). From 1999 till now he is professor of Medical Informatics and Telemedicine at University of Milan-Bicocca. From 2007 to 2012 professor of Ontology and its applications at University of Insubria (Como). From 1996 to 1999 professor of Electronic Documents at University of Macerata. From 1984 to 2001 professor of Informatics applied in Medicine and Statistical Software at University of Milan. From 2004 to 2014 he had been Coordinator of Technological University Centre of Desio (MB). Since 2000 to 2012, he was referent for Telemedicine in the Scientific and Technological Cooperation of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was expert in health informatics and head of operating unit (2001-2008) at the Health General Directorate (Research and Innovation Office) of Lombardia Region.

For about 10 years (1990-1999) he had been Head of a Research Operating Unit of Medical Informatics at Institute of Biomedical Technologies at National Council of Research in Milan. For 5 years (1996-2000) he was director of Informatics Service at National Institute of Neurology in Milan. He also worked as responsible of medical informatics and data analysis in hospitals as Policlinic of Milan, Desio Hospital. From 1978 to 1986 he was designer, developer and responsible at Desio Hospital of epidemiological medical information system in the frame of the health and epidemiologic surveillance program of population involved in the dioxin environment disaster in the Seveso city area (at north of Milan). His activity consists on studies and designs of Health/Hospital Information Systems, computerization of medical record and clinical database, statistical software applications and artificial intelligence techniques in bio-medicine (expert systems, artificial neural networks, etc.), Telemedicine systems, telecare services, web sites and portals in medical applications.

He is responsible of several research projects on Medical Informatics and Telemedicine, involved in Italian, European and International R&D Programmes. He is author of around 400 publications (national and international) in Medical Informatics, Telemedicine and software for data analysis and mining, artificial neural networks, Neuroinformatics and Artificial Intelligence, knowledge management and ontology.

Peter J. Tonellato, PhD is Director of the Laboratory for Personalized Medicine and Senior Instructor, Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) and Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA and Professor, Bioinformatics, Zilber School of Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee WI, USA. Dr. Tonellato joined DBMI (then Center of BMI) in 2007 after completing a stint as CEO of POINTONE Systems, the personalized medicine software company he founded in 2001. Previous to POINTONE, Dr. Tonellato was Associate Professor of Mathematics at Marquette University (MU) and then Founding Director of the Bioinformatics Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), 1997-2004 and of the joint MU-MCW graduate program in bioinformatics. At DBMI, Dr. Tonellato created the Laboratory for Personalized Medicine to focus on research, development, and translation of clinical, physiological, and genetic knowledge to the benefit of health care. Dr. Tonellato has worked in the area of biomathematics, computational biology, and biomedical informatics since completing his degree in applied mathematics at the University of Arizona in 1985.

Mr. Abdarrhman Anne is a librarian and lecturer at the Faculty of Medecine, University of Science of Science and Technology. He received a Master degree in Libranship from the Belorussian Univesity of Culture, Minsk(Belorussia) in 1994 and a Master Degre in Information Sciences from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Sciences de l’Information et des Bibliotheques (Villeurbanne, France) in 2003. Passionate about Open Source and Free Software, he holds Linux Professional Institute Certification Level I (LPIC 1).He has worked as system librarian in charge of databases and ICT related matters at the library of the Faculty of Medicine, in Bamako for 10 years. In 2006-2007 he spent one year as a Associate Fellow at the National Library of Medicine (Bethesda, USA). He gave many trainings in information retrieval, library automation, free software and Linux system administration.

Dr Najeeb Al Shorbaji is Vice-President for Knowledge, Research and Ethics e-Marefa (www.e-marefa.net), Amman, Jordan
Former Director of Department of Knowledge Management and Sharing, World Health Organization (WHO)

Has been working as Director, Department of Knowledge Management and Sharing at the World Health Organization Headquarters (WHO/HQ) in Geneva since September 2008 till 2015. Prior to that he held the posts of Information Scientist, Regional Advisor for Health Information Management and Telecommunication and Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing at the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office since February 1988. He is from Jordan, and holds a PhD in Information Sciences since 1986. Dr Al-Shorbaji’s portfolio covered WHO publishing activities and programmes, library and information services, knowledge networks, eHealth, knowledge translation and WHO Collaborating Centres. Through his career in WHO, he initiated and lead a number of information and telecommunication technology projects and knowledge networks. He is a member of a number national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 80 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals.

Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed (MD, MBA), A visionary strategist, healthcare entrepreneur & a physician advocate who specializes in developing socially beneficial, sustainable& innovative solutions in Healthcare through information technology with a Patient Centric Focus.

His areas of interest, expertise & experience are

  • eHealth, mHealth, Telemedicine, Digital Health
  • Patient Safety & Healthcare Quality
  • Ethics
  • Digital Marketing in Healthcare
  • Clinical Research
  • Healthcare Leadership

His current leadership positions include

  • President, eHealth Association of Pakistan (eHAP)
  • President, Healthcare Quality & Safety Association of Pakistan ( HQSAP)
  • Secretary, Health Research Advisory Board
  • President, OPEN Karachi
  • Country Representative, HIFA

Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed holds following positions:

  1. President, Healthcare Quality & safety Association of Pakistan
  2. Project Director, Riphah Institute of Healthcare Improvement & Safety
  3. Secretary Health Research & Advisory board, HRAB
  4. President, Healthcare Paradigm
  5. Director Digital Health, PharmEvo
  6. Project Director RAH@H, King Saud University, Riyadh
  7. Project Director RAHAT, Bin Qutub foundation
  8. CEO, Medical Voice
  9. CEO, Digital Care

Luis Falcon, M.D., B.Sc, holds a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the California State University (USA) and in Medicine from IUCS, Buenos Aires (Argentina). Dr Falcon is a social, animal rights and free software activist. He is the founder of GNU Solidario, a nonprofit organization that delivers Health and Education with Free Software. Dr. Falcon is the author of GNU Health, the award winning Free/Libre Health and Hospital Information System. He is a guest speaker at national and international conferences about Free Software, eHealth and Social Medicine. Dr Falcon currently lives in the Canary Islands, Spain.