February 1: 
​​​​​​​Speakers at Swecare's Programme at Expo Dubai 

1-2 February 2022

February 2: Speakers LINK

Introductory Key Note Speakers

HRH Crown Princess Victoria

Digital participation


Lena Hallengren

Minister for Health and Social Affairs
Digital participation


Niclas Jacobson

Deputy Director-General, Head of Division EU and International Affairs, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Head of Delegation

Speakers and Panelists

Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari was appointed as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean in 2018. A native of Oman, Dr Al-Mandhari has contributed to the development and modernization of Oman’s health system. A specialist in family and community medicine, Dr Al Mandhari has been Director-General of Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, later becoming Director-General of the Quality Assurance Centre at the MoH.
Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari

WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
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Otto Cars is a specialist in infectious diseases at the Medical Faculty, Uppsala University, becoming Professor of Infectious Diseases in 2003. He is a senior expert at the Public Health Agency of Sweden and has been actively involved in numerous international initiatives for AMR. He is a member of the WHO Strategic & Technical Advisory Group on AMR. Otto Cars was the founding director of ReAct in 2005, and since 2013 a senior strategic adviser.
Otto Cars

Professor Infectious Diseases Uppsala University,
Founding director of ReAct 
Digital participation

Dr. Carlson’s background is in internal medicine/infectious diseases, as post-graduate research fellow at Karolinska Institute, and involvement in policy making and regulatory issues on the national and international level, i.e. as Director General of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and principal policy advisor to the Swedish government on public health issues and expert/advisor for the European Commission and WHO.
Johan Carlson

Senior Adviser, former Director Deneral, Swedish Public Health Agency

Björn Zoëga, MD, PhD has for the past 20 years held leading positions within the healthcare sector in Iceland, Sweden and in the USA; as CEO of Landspitali University Hospital and the COO of NextCODE Health. Prior to joining Karolinska University Hospital Björn Zoëga was CMO at Global Health Partner. 
Björn Zoëga

CEO, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm

Ulrika Kolsrud got her degree as civil engineer in the mid-1990s, and did her degree project at Essity. Today, she is President of the Health and Medical Solutions business unit that has about 5,000 employees across the world and a broad product portfolio. 
Ulrika Kolsrud

President Health and Medical Solutions, Essity


Benedetta Allegranzi is an infectious diseases specialist, and has worked as infectious diseases and IPC specialist and assistant professor at the University of Verona. Since 2006 a WHO HQ as the technical lead of the IPC Hub and Taskforce and co-lead of the IPC pillar of the WHO COVID-19 response. She has provided technical support to many countries and led the development of new global IPC guidelines and implementation strategies and tools.
Professor Benedetta Allegranzi

WHO Infection Prevention and Control Hub
Digital participation

Dr. Farida Al Hosani is an expert in Public Health, Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Emergency preparedness with active work in this field. She has a PhD and MPH from John Hopkins and a Master in Security and Strategic studies from NDC. She has worked and participated in forming the policies on infectious diseases and public health in Abu Dhabi and UAE, incl development of electronic surveillance systems for infectious diseases in Abu Dhabi.
HE Dr. Farida Al Hosani

Executive Director of Infection Diseases Sector in Abu Dhabi Public Health Center

Gulnaz Tariq is a nurse and Assistant Director of Nursing in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi. As a wound care educator, clinician and clinical researcher she is a local, regional and international wound care key opinion leader and Speaker.She networks globally to make a difference in wound healing, and is President of World Union Wound Healing Society and the Founder and President elect of International Inter-professional wound care Group.
Gulnaz Tariq

President World Union for Wound Healing Societies and Assisstant Director of NursingSheikh at Khalifa Medical City

In her career Ilze Melngailis applied business approaches to international development – accelerating gains in health, gender equality, and poverty alleviation. She designs and develops innovative corporate partnerships at the United Nations Foundation. She also leads private sector engagement with the UN and companies’ participation in the UN’s SDGs. 
Ilze Melngailis

Senior Director, Global Partnerships & Business council of the UN, UN Foundation AMR Cross-Industry collaboration
Digital participation

As Chief Medical Officer at Mölnlycke, Emma Wright is responsible for Clinical Affairs, Medical Affairs and Health Economics. She also leads the Regulatory Affairs and Quality
Assurance teams. She joined Mölnlycke in 2018 and has spent her entire career in medical devices, particularly in the wound care and surgical implant space and across various markets, for a range of medtech businesses.
Emma Wright

Chief Medical Officer & EVP
Regulatory and Quality Affairs

Babak Rashnavadi, Director Business Development SWIC at Getinge Middle East & Africa. Mr Rashnavadi has more than 15 years of experience in the Medtech industry and has been with Getinge since 2016. Areas of focus are complex turn key projects, EPC and EPCF as well as optimization through digitization.
Mr. Rashnavadi holds an MBA in Marketing from Leicester University, UK.
Babak Rashnavadi

Director Business Development SW MEA, Getinge

Dr. Panigrahi is a qualified Cardiac & Neuro Anesthetist, with +40 years as an Academician, Clinician and Administrator, now in the position as Group Head Medical Strategy & Operations Group, Fortis Hospitals, one of the largest healthcare service delivery providers in India. With subject matter expertise in Anesthesiology; Patient Safety; Medical Strategy and Operations, Dr Panigrahi is a part of several National/International associations.
Dr Bishnu Panigrahi

CEO Fortis Hospitals, India
digital participation

Pontus Nauclér's research focus is Targeted antibiotic therapy of patients with severe infections to improve clinical impact and reduce resistance. He has long-term experience in running triple-helix and multinational research and innovation projects, and currently lead a project  with academia, public partners, and industry to develop novel big-data driven techniques to curb healthcare-associated infections, VRI Proactive.
Pontus Naucler

Infectious Diseases Consultant/Lecturer, Karolinska University Hospital/Karolinska Insitutet, Stockholm
Digital participation

As a PhD student at Gothenburg University, Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of health and care sciences, ms Granqvist research project aims to evaluate an electronic monitoring system for assessing hand hygiene adherence among health care workers in clinical settings.
Karin Granqvist

PhD student Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg

Digital participation

Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAEU and Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Training, Shereena Al Mazourei joined DOH in 2006 and has led multiple programs such as the introduction of the HPV vaccine and congenital heart diseases screening of the newborn, forming policies and standards for maternal and child health. She is member of the COVID 19 taskforce in ADPHC.
Shereena Almazrouei

Director Health Promotion and Public Health Programs Department, Abu Dhabi Public Health Center

Dr. Abdullah Algwizani is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Public Health Authority since 2018. He is responsible for achieving the organisation’s mission to protect and improve the health of the population in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the aim to improve social and environmental determinants impacting health. As a published researcher with a medical background in Infectious Diseases and as a practicing Consultant, he has held key leadership positions.
Abdullah Rasoud Algwizani

Founding CEO of Public Health Authority of Saudi Arabia

Digital participation

Professor Alistair McGuire is a professor of Economics. He has acted as an advisor to a number of national governmental and international bodies (including the World Bank, the WHO, and the IMF) and pharmaceutical and health care insurance companies. His research cover all topics in health economics, He also has extensive teaching experience and has written numerous books, articles and reports on this.
Alistair McGuire

Head of Department of Health Policy, Professor of Health Economics, the London School of Economics
Digital participation

Pelin İncesu, a Medical Doctor specialised in psychiatry, with +20 years’ in the pharmaceutical industry, joined AstraZeneca in 2000 as part of the Turkey team, holding various roles of progressive responsibility. Since 2020, in her present position, she leads the MEA Area team of nearly 2300 colleagues and a true advocate for developing women and creating an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce.
Pelin Incesu

Area Vice President Middle of the East and Africa, AstraZeneca


Anders Ekholm is Director of Analytics and previous Senior Advisor at the Institute for Futures' Studies. He has a broad experience from the Government Offices where he worked with quantitative economics, as Chief analyst at Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and at the Ministries of Finance, Employment and Education. He is also a frequent speaker hired for inspiration and new solutions in different sectors of society.
Anders Ekholm

Head Analyst, Swedish Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO)

Kuldeep Singh is a Public health expert, medical educator and innovator at All India Institue of Medical Science (AIIMS) Jodhpur. He is an academician intending to utilize innovative technology in student learning as well as in patient care. Professor Kuldeep holds a deep interest in Medical Education, Child health and Genetics. He has been Involved in innovative curriculum development and implementation, now being the Academic Head of the School of Public Health.
Kuldeep Singh

Academic Head, School of Public Health, AIIMS Jodhpur

H.E. Maryam Matar, Founder and Chairperson, UAE Genetic Diseases Association, is a physician, scientist, healthcare influencer and leadership mentor, recognised among top 20 Arab Researchers. She has held positions of Senior Undersecretary of the MoH, general manager at the Community Development Authority and expert for WHO. She has founded the Emirates Down Syndrome Association and the Emirates Genetic Diseases Association.
She has received the Arab Excellence Award from the Arab League in 2020.  
Mariam Matar

Founder and Chairperson, UAE Genetic Diseases Association

Jenni Nordborg has been active in strategic innovation policy development and implementation within health and life science, in present and previous positions, at VINNOVA, the Swedish Governmental Innovation Agency. Dr. Nordborg's research background is from Chalmers University of Technology and several international high-level research facilities, with experience in start-up, management, marketing and board-level positions in private companies and governmental organizations.
Jenni Nordborg

National Coordinator for Life Sciences, Head of the Office for Life Sciences at the Government of Sweden

Niclas Forsling is project manager for a priority project that is part of the Swedish Chairmanship Program of the Nordic Council of Ministers, and is focused on health and social care through distant spanning solutions. The project is lead by the Center for Rural Medicine, a research and innovation unit in Västerbotten County Council in the north of Sweden. The project is implemented in collaboration with NordRegio and the Nordic Welfare Centre. 
Niclas Forsling

Project Manager Healthcare and Care through Distance Spanning Solutions

Dr.Hamed Al Hashemi

Head of Digital Health Unit /Advisor Chairman Office Department of Health

Dr. Andrea Ballagi has a MD degree from Budapest, PhD studies at the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research, Uppsala and an MBA degree from the Uppsala University, Sweden. She has held various positions at IDEXX Laboratories, before joining Olink in 2012. Dr. Ballagi has a thorough understanding of science and how to build competitive teams to successfully commercialize biotechnological products.
Andrea Ballagi

Vice President Sales and Marketing, Olink Proteomics

Omar Najim trained as a Head and Neck surgeon in the UK, then worked in hospitals improvement in London, to improve emergency pathway, quality of care, integrated care, regulation and efficiency.  Omar also worked on efficiency and value-based healthcare provision in private and public hospitals. Dr Najim is the director of the executive office and special projects and part of the team leading on transforming healthcare in Abu Dhabi.
Omar Najim

 Director of Executive office, Health Authority in Abu Dhabi 

Paul Baratta is an industry thought leader and advocate to improve patient care and make hospitals safer and smarter. As a marketing and sales professional, he has focused in vertical marketing sales and expansion of new business opportunities in security technology solutions towards healthcare and education. His experience includes administration and responsibility for large organizations, incl. Chief of Police. 

Paul Baratta

Segment Development Manager, Healthcare, Axis Communications
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Sara Thomas began working for Arjo in 2002 as a Clinical Trainer for patient handling, and is now a Global Clinical Director at Arjo. Her background includes starting her own company for occupational therapy in 1998 and working for local government in the UK as a Back Care Advisor. In 2006, she authored the UK College of Occupational Therapy Guidelines.
Sara Tomas

Global Clinical Director, Arjo

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