Joan Guanyabens i Calvet, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Joan Guanyabens i Calvet is Director of IT Health in PricewaterhouseCoopers Spain. His professional career has always been related to the utilization and application of Information and Communication Technologies in the health care sector. As the principal responsible of the CAHIAQ, he coordinates and directs the main strategic lines in relation to the Information Systems and ICT applied in Health, the Assessment of technologies, research and health care’s quality and the generation of data and information available for the Health stakeholders through the Catalan Healthcare System Observatory.

Joan is a member of the eHealth Task Force expert group of the European Commission, that recently has published the document “Releasing the potential of eHealth in Europe”, which remarks the potential of the innovation as an element that can contribute to improve the implementations of the eHealth by 2020.

Misha Pavel, Smart Health and Wellbeing National Science Foundation

Misha Pavel is currently a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF)  in charge of a program called Smart and Connected Health – a program sponsored jointly between the National Institute of Health and NSF. Concurrently, he has an appointment as a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, at Oregon Health and Science University. Previously, he was a chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Point of Care Laboratory, which focuses on unobtrusive monitoring, neurobehavioral assessment and computational modeling in support of healthcare with a particular focus on elder care.Prior to his academic career, he was a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories, where his research included network analysis and modeling. His current research is at the intersection of computational modeling of complex behaviors of biological systems, engineering, and cognitive science with a focus on information fusion, pattern recognition, augmented cognition, and the development of multimodal and perceptual human-computer interfaces. He developed a number of quantitative and computational models of perceptual and cognitive processes, eye movement control, and a theoretical framework for knowledge representation; the resulting models have been applied in a variety of areas, ranging from computer-assisted instruction systems, to enhanced vision systems for aviation, to augmented cognition systems. His most recent research is focused on technology that would enable transformation of healthcare to be proactive, distributed and patient-centered.  He has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from New York University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn.. Misha Pavel is a Senior Member of IEEE.



Nick Seddon, Thinktank Reform

Nick Seddon is Deputy Director of Reform, an independent think tank based in Westminster. Before this, he was Head of Communications at Circle, an employee-owned healthcare company.

He has published a number of books and reports on healthcare related topics, and has written op-eds and features for The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, Economist, Lancet and BMJ, among others. He has lectured and debated widely and appeared frequently on national television and radio, from BBC Breakfast to Newsnight and the Today Programme to the Moral Maze.

Nick is a Member of the Advisory Board of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, a Member of the Advisory Board of Cass Business School, and sits on a Working Group at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, based at Imperial College, London.

Marcus Dobrinkat, X-akseli

Marcus Dobrinkat is responsible for the technical development in X-akseli Oy. Together with Janne Argillander, CEO of X-akseli he established the Akseli system, an innovative patient flow management system for hospitals. The Akseli system reduces waitingtimes, helps personnel to fluently treat patients and allows for optimizations in the patient flow.  Marcus is fascinated about creating intelligent software for the health care industry in order to improve patient experience, provide efficient tools for care professionals and reduce cost.  As an experienced senior software engineer he promotes the agile, open source and open data movement.

He holds an M.Sc. in Telecommunications Software from Aalto University and has worked as a postgraduate researcher in the Computational Cognitive Systems group in Aalto University, doing research on Statistical Machine Translation. Marcus has 15 years of experience in the IT industry, working for many years in IBM Global Services in Finland and for IBM in Germany.

Sakari Karhuvaara, CGI

Sakari Karhuvaara työskentelee CGI:ssä asiantuntijalääkärinä sekä työterveyslääkärinä Terveystalo Turussa. Aiemmin hän on työskennellyt toistakymmentä vuotta kliinisen lääkekehityksen parissa. Karhuvaara on toiminut myös terveyskeskuksen ylilääkärinä sekä perusterveydenhuollon kehitystehtävissä.


Ilkka Pirttimaa, BlindSquare.com

Ilkka Pirttimaa has 30 years of experience in application development and user-oriented service design. He is the developer of an open data based smartphone application “BlindSquare” for visually impaired people, which has obtained users from over 50 countries just in a half-year period. 

Tuomas Teuri, Taltioni cooperative

Tuomas Teuri is a CEO of Taltioni cooperative. Before that he worked as leading specialist in Sitra, Finnish Innovation Fund, leading personal health record program. Teuri has also ten years experience in banking ICT.


Teemupekka Virtanen, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Teemupekka Virtanen works In Ministry of Social Affairs and Health as the head of projects related to development of national level health information systems. Currently the main project is KanTa - The National Archive of Health Information and ePrescription. His background is in ICT-technology and security. Virtanen has worked in leading information security positions in Finnish Defence Forces, Alma Media corporation and Finnish Government. Moreover he has worked as professor of Internet based systems and their security in Helsinki University of Technology.