Renée-Marie Stephano is president and co-founder of the Medical Tourism Association®, editor-in-chief of Medical Tourism Magazine® and the Health and Wellness Destination Guide Series of books. Ms. Stephano is also founder and CEO of Global Healthcare Resources, the leading global consulting and market solutions firm in Medical Tourism, Destination Medicine, Wellness Travel and Corporate Wellness. As founder and president of Corporate Health & Well-being Association, Renée-Marie is passionate about improving productivity through corporate wellness programs. She brings strategic solutions for the integration of medical and wellness travel, corporate wellness and population health management strategies for destinations worldwide.
GHR’s outreach spans a network of over 2 million execs and professionals through its managed organizations, events, magazines, books and large social network. Renée-Marie is an advocate for professional development as an integral component in changing the way we access and receive healthcare globally. She is passionate about connecting a global network of buyers with health providers that are transparent in quality and pricing and dedicated to international best practices for traveling health and wellness seekers. She has developed a series of professional training and certification programs for healthcare, hospital, and tourism for medical and wellness travel and currently serves as a Director of the International Luxury Hotel & Travel Association.x
Jonathan Edelheit is principle and founder of Global Healthcare Resources and CEO of the Medical Tourism Association and the Healthcare Revolution Conference. Mr. Edelheit touches over 2 million executives and professionals through his portfolio of companies and his network, his magazines, events, and over 1 million members of his LinkedIn Groups. Mr. Edelheit spends his time working with the C-suite of health insurance companies, employer/corporations, brokers and governments in the US and abroad on the adoption of innovation and disruption allowing their organizations to excel and be outliers of success.
Mr. Edelheit is founder and principal of Global Healthcare Ventures, an organization made up of the top leaders in Healthcare and Health Insurance from the US and around the globe identifying the next “ubers” of healthcare, wellness and insurance and helping them scale and achieve their dreams.
Mr. Edelheit spends a good portion of his time working with “Concierge Clients” of GHR, selecting a handful of companies each year to support scaling and increases commercialization through his high level relationships.x
Karen Timmons, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) Program, leads an innovative and inaugural healthcare accreditation program designed specifically for healthcare organizations seeking to elevate the quality, patient experience, and excellence of care provided to medical travel, medical tourism and/or international patients. The program focuses specifically on an organization’s Medical Travel Cycle, encompassing the entire pathway of medical travel, as well as setting high expectations for transparency and cultural sensitivity.
Timmons is an internationally known expert in accreditation, healthcare quality and safety processes, having previously served as President and CEO of Joint Commission International (JCI), Chief Operating Officer of The Joint Commission, and Global Patient Safety Officer for Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Timmons has served as chairperson in the following areas for the World Health Organization (WHO): Chair for the WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety Solutions, Chair for the WHO High 5 Steering Committee, and Chair of the WHO HIV Quality of Care Working Group on HIV-AIDS. She has also served on the Global Health Advisory Council for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and is a past board member and treasurer for the International Society of Quality Assurance (ISQua) as well as a past board member of Planetree, an organization focused on patient-centered care. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the High Reliability Organization Council, a not-for profit enabling healthcare providers to become more reliable.x
Jai Verma is the Senior Executive Officer & Global Head- B2G (Business to Government) based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His responsibilities include the P&L, strategic planning and development of B2G to focus on the government business globally.
Cigna B2G segment focus on providing health cover for diplomatic missions/ government sponsored students and people traveling for treatment around the globe. Prior to this he was responsible for the P&L of Middle East and North Africa region for Cigna International. He has more than nineteen years of executive experience in the rapidly growing international healthcare industry with leading multinational organisations like Aetna International, UnitedHealth Group, Mercer (Marsh & McLennan Group) and Allianz AG.
Prior to joining Cigna he served as Regional Director MEA & Head of strategic development in Aetna International based in Dubai. Prior to that, he served as the Regional Vice President- Asia, Middle East and Africa in UnitedHealthcare International.x
Vassili Apostolopoulos was born in Athens in 1972. He graduated from the Moraitis School and then received his Bsc in Management from the London School of Economics with first class honours and his MBA from Cambridge University. He also holds a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Athens. The title of his PhD thesis is “Customer’s willingness to pay for private health services in Greece”.
Dr. Apostolopoulos is the CEO of Athens Medical Group, a leading health care services group in Greece and Southeastern Europe. The Group is listed at the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE).
The Apostolopoulos Group of which Vassili is the CEO has interests extending from health services to insurance, real estate, and trade.x
VP- Head Of Member Health Services in Oman Insurance Company pic and bio for the European Congress speaker page of website.
Dr. Yaser Sabsabi is a Medical Doctor and a seasoned Health Insurance Professional with 18 years’ experience within the health insurance cost management including direct paper & e-claims management, health care providers’ relation management, Pharmacy Benefit Management, in addition to Case Management, data management and utilization review.
Dr. Sabsabi is currently VP- Head Of Member Health Services in Oman Insurance Company the largest private insurance in the middle east – based in Dubai, in his position, he cooperates with international partners like Bupa Global, Paramount International, MedImpact, and IMS – An IQVIA companies for managing local and global health insurance products with best innovative tools.
Dr. Sabsabi is Qualified member of the Chartered Insurance Institute (Dip CII®), MBA from Australian Chifley Business School, he is a member in health authorities panel for developing the health benefit plans and protocols.x
Mike is the Global Head of Benefits for Philip Morris International. He has over 25 years of experience in the fields of Compensation & Benefits. He is currently working on designing and deploying employee engagement tools. PMI Global Advantages offers various modules to bring new concepts to multi-nationals employee benefits offering.x
Graduated in Italy and Belgium, and trained at international level, Ms Ilaria Giannico holds an Advanced Master in Interdisciplinary Analysis of European Construction and she speaks four languages.
Ms Giannico joined UEHP in July 2016. She is experienced in EU Affairs and EU funding programmes. Her professional background includes the collaboration with the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce and the activity at Confindustria Delegation to the EU, working in close relationship with the EU institutions.
Ms Giannico regularly speaks at International congresses and forums bringing the voice of private hospitals in Europe at the heart of the most influencing policy discussions on the future of healthcare.x
Dr. Khalid ALKHAMESS provides executive leadership for Prince Sultan Cardiac Center Al-Hassa. Dr. Khalid is also responsible for assuring that the services delivered by PSCCH are consistent with the organization's mission and are accessible to all people in the communities He serves.
Dr. ALKHAMEES in addition to his Executive leadership role currently is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery Department, Director of Artificial Heart Program, and Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenator (ECMO) Programs at Prince Sultan Cardiac Center Al-Hassa.
Dr. Khalid ALKHAMEES is a Cardiac, VAD and ECMO Surgeon Consultant with Executive Specialized Master in Hospital Administration and Healthcare Management from the European Superior College of Business (ESCP-Europe) Paris, France.x