Director, AI4Society Signature Area; and Acting Vice Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta, Canada
Dr Eleni Stroulia is a Professor of Computing Science, the Director of the AI4Society Signature Area, and the Acting Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science, at the University of Alberta. Her research addresses real-world problems, adopting AI and machine-learning methods to improve outcomes.
From 2011-2016, she held the NSERC/AITF Industrial Research Chair on Service Systems Management and has played leadership roles in the numerous national and international projects. She has been recognized with a McCalla professorship and a Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring.
Director, eHealth Cluster Ltd, UK
Based in Liverpool, UK, Mrs Rosemary Kay is the Director of the eHealth Cluster, a not-for-profit membership organisation bringing together local NHS, local authorities, care organisations, and the technology industry. Through the cluster, Mrs Kay is also Project Director for the government-funded project “Liverpool 5G Create – Connecting Health and Social Care”. The project is developing a 5G stand-alone network for delivering health and social care services across Liverpool.
CEO, munevo GmbH, Germany
Mr Claudiu Leverenz founded munevo in 2018 after graduating from the Technical University of Munich in Germany. Munevo empowers people with disabilities by using innovative technologies. People that are impaired by ALS, MS, etc. or spinal cord injuries are limited in their legs and hands. With munevo DRIVE they can steer their wheelchair by using head movements via smart glasses. 2017 he was nominated on Forbes 30under30 list in Healthcare. Since 2018, he joined Global Shapers, an initiative by the World Economic Forum, to support social projects. He serves on the board of foundations and speaks at events such as the WEF Annual Summit in Davos.
CEO, Braze Mobility Inc., Canada
Following her passion to address accessibility issues after a visit to a long-term care facility, Dr Pooja Viswanathan completed her trans-disciplinary doctoral and post-doctoral research, with her work spanning across several areas including computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics, user-centred design, assistive technology, and mixed methods research. She has published several peer-reviewed conference and journal articles on “smart” wheelchairs.
Throughout her academic career, she secured competitive grants and earned prestigious scholarships/fellowships from several organisations in the US and Canada, including Google. She is Founder and CEO of Braze Mobility, a company that developed the world’s first blind spot sensors for wheelchairs.
Head of Partnerships and Alliances, Voiceitt, Israel
Ms Sara Smolley is the co-founder and Head of Partnerships at Voiceitt, a digital health startup that has developed a unique speech recognition technology to help people with disabilities live more independently. Ms Smolley's academic background and her growing career in impactful technologies have been driven by her passion for combining high-ambition entrepreneurship with positive social impact.
Having grown up in South Florida, US, she moved to Israel after spending 5 years in Asia – at a biotechnology startup in Hong Kong; and in various corporate and startup environments in Seoul, South Korea, where she also completed a Global MBA. She holds an Economics degree from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City, US, where she co-founded the Columbia Chapter of Net Impact, the international nonprofit which strives to orient business principles toward sustainable social goals. She now leads Voiceitt's business development, grant writing, and strategic partnerships.
Founder & CEO, CareBand, USA
Mr Adam Sobol is driven by making people’s lives easier, healthier, and more sustainable through emerging technologies and machine learning. He is currently the Founder and CEO of CareBand, location-based health and safety wearable solution for people living with dementia. Trained in informatics and cybersecurity, Mr Sobol has a background in consulting, leadership, and project management. Before CareBand, he had founded three SaaS startups focused in education, sports, and healthcare.
Co-Founder & CEO, HomeGuardian.ai, Australia
Mr Kane Sajdak is the 2020 Australian Startup Leader of the Year, multiple time Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner and career technology enthusiast who specialises in the real-world application of technology. Mr Sajdak has the unique ability to commercialise innovative concepts, with his latest venture – HomeGuardian.ai, a perfect example of bridging the gap between disruptive technology, industry and a global market need.
HomeGuardian.ai is a patented, world first, AI-driven smart care device that analyses human behaviours and notifies carers or family when assistance is required – detecting everything from falls, to the decline in health, and even the onset of COVID-19 and influenza-like symptoms.
Director & Senior Homecare Physician, Lotus Eldercare Pte Ltd, Singapore
Dr Tan Jit Seng is trained as a medical doctor and still is a full-time eldercare clinician, doing primary health care work and running long-term home-based services. He has been involved in public, charity, military, social enterprise, and private systems for the past 19 years. He is currently Founder and Director of Lotus Eldercare Pte Ltd. Dr Tan has always been keen in new technologies supporting patients and healthcare workers alike and is currently the Vice President of Asia Pacific Assistive Robotics Association and Head of Centre for Digital Therapeutics Research for Demand, Korea.
CEO & Founder, SilVR Adventures Pty Ltd, Australia
Mr Colin Pudsey is the Founder and CEO of SilVR Adventures, a Melbourne-based startup using virtual reality to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation among seniors and enrich their quality of life. SilVR Adventures' vision is a world without barriers for seniors, where their needs are not only met but exceeded using VR. Mr Pudsey is a highly experienced entrepreneur and founder with 15-years of business development, sales and innovative solutions expertise, and LASA Next Gen. Young Leader Award Finalist.
Chief Financial Officer, Lifeview, Australia
Chief Scientific Officer, PainChek Ltd, Australia
Prof Jeff Hughes is the Chief Scientific Officer of PainChek Ltd, and one of the co-inventors of the PainChek® pain assessment App. He is the former Head of School of Pharmacy at Curtin University in Australia, and currently holds an honorary appointment in the Curtin Medical School. He has published over 300 research and professional papers, and contributed to 37 books. He has received a number of national and international awards for his contribution to pharmacy research, education and practice, including the 2014 Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association’s Medal and the 2020 Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia’s Fred J Boyd Award.
Co-founder & CEO, Binah.ai, Israel
Mr David Maman spearheads the team in fulfilling Binah.ai’s vision and mission. A serial entrepreneur, Mr Maman has taken numerous start-ups from vision to international success: Hexatier (acquired by Huawei), Precos, Vanadium-soft, GreenCloud, Teridion and others. Binah.ai is his 13th start-up where he sets the strategy and manages the execution of the company's mission to enable health and care, anywhere.
Head of the Nutrition Section, Shangri-la Special Nursing Home for the Elderly, Japan
Ms Kuniko Masuda is a certified dietitian and a council member of the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation. She also serves as a part-time lecturer at the Department of Health and Medical Sciences, Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Japan. After working as a hospital dietitian, she has been working at a special nursing home for the elderly in Kawasaki City since 1995. Her research focuses on the importance of “eating through the mouth” in supporting dietary care for the elderly.
She is involved in the development of dysphagia food products for several Japanese companies. She has also published many books on dietary care for the elderly and educates the public and dieticians about the importance of dietary care.