Product strategist, engineer, and organiser of HealthTech Sydney
Gaurav Sood, B. IT, B. Eng. (Hons.), MBA, is a strategy and technology consultant with a passion for innovation management, product strategy and service design. With over 10 years in industry across biotech, financial services, enterprise architecture, healthcare analytics and consulting, he combines unique cross-functional insights to simplify complex paradigms, and design innovative customer value propositions and experiences. He founded HealthTech Sydney in 2013, growing the Meetup group to over 800 people, delivering over 16 high quality industry events in 2 years, creating a connected healthcare and technology innovation ecosystem. Gaurav aims to build the services and products of the future to shape our digital ecosystems and lifestyles.
DR ELAINE SAUNDERS
Managing Director of Blamey Saunders hears and an award-winning businesswoman, audiologist and academic.
Elaine Saunders is the Managing Director of Blamey Saunders hears and is an award-winning businesswoman, audiologist and academic. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology, Swinburne University and Non-Executive Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility. Elaine is formerly CEO of Dynamic Hearing and a Non-Executive Director of Alfred Health. Some recent awards include the BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Award (2015), AFR/Westpac 100 Most Influential Women (2015), Victorian Pearcey Entrepreneur Award (2011), and the American Academy of Audiology’s Award for Achievement in Industry (2010). In 2015 Blamey Saunders hears won the inaugural Australian Good Design Award for Social Innovation.
Managing Director, Intelog Business and Healthcare Performance Group
Chairman, Reliable Excellence in Care Research Advisory Board
Bernie Kelly builds healthcare innovation capabilities. He has spent the last 10 years pioneering predictive planning & analytics across health services; leading research in reliable excellence in care, and working with technology providers to improve engagement and outcomes in the healthcare industry.
Collaborating with innovators and industry leaders on a global scale; Bernie turns strategy, system design, performance research, and tech integration into patient experience excellence and operational improvement.
He brings global experience to the team, having worked with the likes of Cabrini Health, Southern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service, St John of God, Johnson & Johnson Medical, Epworth, and other health service leaders in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
PROFESSOR LEANNE BOYD
Executive Director, Nursing and Cabrini Institute
Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University
Leanne has spent the past 2 years leading the highly skilled nursing workforce at Cabrini Institute, supported by her clinical and professional health education background of over 20 years.
Leanne brings to the team her clinical research background, nursing expertise and focus on facilitating a learning and research culture that maintains safety and high quality care.
Sid Verma is a Health Technology Evangelist with 20+ years’ experience in ICT. His health IT consulting business, Corazon Systems, specialises in helping implement, build, run, manage a secure, paperless and efficient cloud hosted practice for GPs, Specialists, Surgeons and Allied Health.
Sid is an active member of the digital health community and is a co-founder of Startup HealthTech. Over the last two years, he grew that community to become the fourth largest health-tech Meet-up group in the world with 2000+ members. Now, as a Co-Founder of Peak15 Healthtech, he is building Australia’s most powerful Healthtech Commercialisation and Mentoring network.
Continuing his entrepreneurial journey, he has recently launched BrainSTEM– a STEM focused program that aims at raising our next generation of STEM leaders (high schoolers) through active collaboration between academia and industry. The program provides a platform for high-school students to engage in research and innovation at a university level and connecting them with mentors to work on some innovative projects.
Sid has been a Mentor at the IBM Smart Camp 2015, Health XL Aging Hackathon 2015 (partnership with Northern Health) and more recently, a mentor in the Swinburne University ARC Bio Devices PhD program. Sid is also a guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne Masters in Health IT program.