Keynote Speakers

  Prof. Chris Seebregts has a background in biomedical research, computer science and information systems as well as more than twenty years experience in the research and development of digital health solutions in the public, private and academic sectors. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Jembi Health Systems NPC, a South African non-profit company with an accomplished track record in developing and implementing innovative digital health information systems in low resource settings, particularly in Africa. He has participated in establishing health informatics academic and training programmes at two universities in South Africa and has honorary academic appointments in computer science and health at the universities of KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town in South Africa. He is part of the leadership of several international open source health informatics communities, including the Open Medical Record System ( and the Open Health Information Exchange ( communities. His research interests include biomedical and health informatics especially the development of health information systems supporting public health systems in Africa and the underlying burden of disease.  He has a particular interest in the development of systems with a reusable architecture. As principle or co-Investigator on projects funded by international donors and funders, he has laid the groundwork for the development of advanced information systems supporting HIV/AIDS, TB, maternal and newborn health. More recently, he has been involved in the development of national digital health systems, at scale, and chronic disease management programmes.
  Depei Liu, the Academician of China Academy of Engineering, Former President of China Academy of Medical Sciences, President of Peking Union Medical College (i.e., China Union Medical University), Vice President of China Academy of Engineering. In 2008, he was elected as Academician of America Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Academician of Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and in 2009 elected as Academician of European Academy of Sciences. He is the member of the Eleventh and Twelfth National People’s Congress Standing Committee, the member of State Council Degree Committee and the Vice Chairman of 6th President Committee of China Disabled Federation. He was the lead organizer for the  consulting projects and researches on “the Project 8 of National Medium-Term And Long-Term Development Planning of Science and Technology-the Issues on Population Link to Health, Science and Technology”, “the National Prevention and Control Strategy for Severe Infectious Diseases”, “the Biological Security Strategy and its Laws and Regulations of New Period”, and “2010-2020 Development Strategy for Medical and Health Talents”. He, as the originator of Chinese Scientific Data Sharing in Population And Health Fields, led a research team to establish the Service Platform of National Population and Health Scientific Data Sharing with unremitting efforts of 10 years, which was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Finance in 2011, opening to the society.
PROFESSOR HARRY HEMINGWAY FFPH FRCP, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Director of the Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, London, and Director of the Institute of Health Informatics, University College London.  Professor Hemingway is a clinical academic, having trained in medicine and public health in Cambridge, London and San Diego.  He Directs the London Node of the Farr Institute, the national Research Institute innovating improvements in health and healthcare using rapidly emerging data opportunities. Here the UK is strongly placed because of its ability to link rich, lifelong patient records in primary care and hospital care to better understand health and disease from cradle to grave. Harry leads the UK Biobank Cardiac Outcomes working group, was a Member of the NICE Guidelines committee on chest pain whose recommendations transformed the investigation of suspected stable angina And has contributed to the governance and sharing of national registries for research which has directly informed clinical policy.
  Suzanne Bakken, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, is the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. Following doctoral study in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, she completed a National Library of Medicine post-doctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics at Stanford University. She currently directs the Precision in Symptom Self-Management (PriSSM) Center. In 2010, she received the Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. She is Past-President of the American College of Medical Informatics, fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and member of the National Academy of Medicine.