Chief Business Transformation Officer Bumrungrad International Hospital, Bangkok
David Thomas Boucher
David Boucher has worked in healthcare for nearly 40 years, the last 18 years as an executive of BlueCross of South Carolina. From 2012-2017, David served as President of UCI Medical Affiliates in Columbia, SC. In that capacity, he managed 80 retail medical care centers-treating nearly 850,000 patients in 2017. “Doctors Care” was the first urgent care chain in America to successfully implement a direct-to-consumer telemedicine program. From 2006 through 2016, Mr. Boucher also served as President of Companion Global Healthcare, Inc. – the world’s only medical tourism facilitator owned by a major health insurer. Prior to 2000, David served as CEO at several hospitals in the U.S.
Mr. Boucher earned his BS degree from Slippery Rock University (PA) and a MPH from the University of South Carolina.
David has been quoted in over 300 journals including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, US News & World Reports. He has been interviewed on NBC Nightly News and Fox Business News. He as delivered lectures on disruptive innovation at Harvard Business School, Yale School of Management, and Harvard Medical School. David resides in Bangkok.
Lead Health Specialist World Bank Group
Trained as an obstetrician-gynecologist I later earned my PhD in Gynecologic Oncology from, Sweden. After a successful career in academic medicine in three continents, I embarked on international health where I have been an articulate advocate for reproductive health and rights for over two decades. I am strongly committed to community health, reproductive health, and actively participated in all the definitive RH conferences of our time: Safe Motherhood (Nairobi, 1987), ICPD (Cairo, 1994), Beijing (1995) and Safe Motherhood plus 10 (Colombo, 1999). I have served as a consultant to all major international development agencies.
I previously served on the FIGO Committee on Women's Sexual and Reproductive Right and represented KOGS in the FIGO Postgraduate Studies Committee at the Singapore Congress.
As Ipas Vice President for Africa and Global Affairs (1998-2000), I introduced MVA in Africa against formidable forces and built scale up program to implement Ipas’s regional and global strategic vision to promote women’s reproductive health and rights. I introduced MVA and spearheaded the expansion of its use in Africa, especially in the hands of nurses.
In Kenya, I have a been strong and forthright leader in all matters of health care and human reproduction for over three decades: I am past President of the Kenya Medical Association (4 years), President of Kenya Cancer Society (8 years), Chairman of Kenya's National Council for Population and Development. I led the Kenya Obstetrical and Gynecological Society for many years. I have recently catalyzed the formation of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ECSACOG) and proud to be the premier Foundation Fellow.
During my tenure as President of KMA, I introduced local medical indemnity schemes, served on NHIF Board and created both the KMA Housing Scheme and SACCO.
I am the founder of the Centre for the Study of Adolescence in Nairobi.
As well as the Nairobi Oncology Centre, the first specialist cancer care and advisory clinic in East Africa. I also founded African Institute for Health Innovation (AIHT) and Kisumu Health and Education Trust (KMET), KMET runs the single most extensive network of private providers of high quality, comprehensive reproductive health care in Africa and winner of the Margaret Sanger Award in 2004.
I am also a Rotarian (started the most rural Rotary club in my rural village - Sagam) and the founder of two innovative hospital programs in Kenya: Sagam Community Hospital in rural Siaya and the Nairobi Women's Hospital, in Kenya. The later is the only specialized hospital for women in East and central Africa, providing unique care for victims of gender-based violence and rape, as part of a comprehensive package of services. Sagam Community Hospital is home of The African Institute for Health Transformation (AIHT) that conducts cutting edge research on health innovations and runs an online Board accredited CME for health professionals. AIHT/Sagam established the first Emergency Room service in rural Africa focusing on quality emergency care, and, in collaboration with Harvard University, Massachussets General Hospital and Maseno University, created the first and only post graduate (MMed) program in Family and Emergency Medicine in the region. The first MMed class is graduating this year.
I have previously served on the Advisory Board of The David and Lucille Packard Foundation (Palo Alto, USA), Board of Directors of PATH (Seattle, USA), each for the maximum 9 years and on the Boards of IntraHealth (North Carolina, USA) and The Center for African Family Studies (CAFS). I also served my full term on the board of Regional Prevention of Maternal Mortality Network and was a founder member of WHO's Gender Advisory Group, serving the maximum six years.
I was also a member of the Regional Task Force for Reproductive Health (WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF &WB) and the NEPAD Health Committee.
I am the First Ambassador and Chief Advisor to US-AHA (Federation of American Health Businesses in Africa)
I currently serve as the Lead Health Sector Specialist and Head of the Health in Africa Initiative, a private sector in health focused program of the World Bank Group. In this position, I have leveraged well over USD5 billion in new investments in the health sector in Africa. I have also led the reforms over 60 laws and regulations influencing ease of doing business and quality of care across Anglophone and Francophone Africa. Prior to that, I was Senior Advisor for Population and Reproductive Health at The World Bank for ten years.
I have published over one hundred and fifty peer reviewed paper, chapters and books. I have also presented papers and given speeches in over 200 global conferences and convocations.
I am a recipient of multiple awards and honors in the region and abroad, continue to pursue academia through numerous Adjunct Professorial appointments, lectures, supervision of post- graduate students and external examination in Universities in Africa, Europe and North America.
I am first recipient of Kenya Lifetime Service Achievement Award for Excellence and Quality Health Care - 2019
Chief Executive Officer and Founder Spark Health Africa
Dr Richard Chivaka is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Spark Health Africa. He is an Associate Professor of Business Strategy & Supply Chain Management at the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business. Dr Chivaka has led the health systems strengthening work of Spark Health Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. He is the inaugral Research Scholar and a visiting Professor of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED), Stanford University, USA.
Dr Chivaka is a passionate and highly skilled professional who thrives in building responsive, country-centered, and innovative change programs to accelerate public health and economic development. He has multi-country expertise in strengthening healthcare organizations, designing and building teams, and programs across diverse stakeholders. Possess extensive expertise in serving as a bridge between business, health, and governments in the African contexts to achieve a shared vision. He brings unique ability to pair these skills and competencies with robust and responsive execution in order to deliver sustained results in dynamic and high stakes environments. Dr Chivaka demonstrates vision and leadership in realizing impact across organizational, institutional, national and regional levels in both public-sector healthcare and private sector organizations. He thrives in both self-managed and team-based environments. He is inspired by a deep personal commitment to transforming future generations, underpinned by a ‘can-do attitude’, and a love for the communities for whom he works. Dr Chivaka strongly believes that improving the welfare of Africans, providing better economic opportunities and promoting social cohesion requires among other strategies, enhancing the competitiveness of businesses on the one hand, and improving public healthcare service delivery, on the other.
Dr. Omar Elsayed Elshourbagy
Professor of Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Postgraduate Childhood Studies, AIN Shams University, Egypt
Dr. Omar Elsayed Elshourbagy
Special Interest & Researches Done:
Co-PI, Egyptian Psychiatric Informatics in Children EPIC, HEEPF, Faculty of Postgraduate Childhood Studies, Ain Shams University.
Co-PI, Meta-analysis of Cardiovascular Diseases Network, MSDN, Egypt, Medical Studies Department, Institute of Postgraduate Childhood Studies, Ain Shams University, and WHO.
Co-PI, Monitoring Cardiovascular Diseases Network, MSDN, Egypt, Medical Studies Department, Institute of Postgraduate Childhood Studies, Ain Shams University, and WHO.
Membership of Scientific & Professional Societies:
International epidemiology association
EUROPIAN ACADEMY OF CHILDHOOD DISABILITIES
Egyptian Association of Community Medicine
Brief About the Speaker:
Former Dean of Faculty of Postgraduate Childhood Studied, Ain Shams University, Egypt,
Chairman of the Egyptian Society of Informatics (Medical, psychological and mass media)
Consultant Epidemiology and Disease Control Division World Health Organization
Binod Regmi works as consultant for World Health Organization and Epidemiology and Disease Control Division for taking intervention of non-communicable disease prevention and control activities in Nepal. Further that He had experiences as public health expert with Ministry of Health and population. He is an academician also. He is worked as Associate Professor and head of department in National Academy for Medical Sciences of Purbanchal University. He actively participates in university work.
He is active role in leadership in public health development in Nepal. More than five years he was taking the executive body (Central Treasure) of Nepal Public Health Association. He has beenelected as SEARO representative on the central governing council member of World Federation of Public Health Association (WFPHA) Geneva till date. Additionally, he is member of International Policy Committee of WFPHA.
He successfully serves his position to develop curriculum of Public Health in Nepal. He serves as consultant for different organization in research and training activities (UNFPA, WHO, NRCS, NG, UNICEF, LWF, Practical Action, UNDP, SNV, World Education, National Planning Commission etc. through School of PMER, GMTRC, HDA, PHPC, NEPHA, MEH etc.). Additional he is an independent advocate of public health in Nepal.
He did Master in Public Health, Master in Social sciences, Bachelor in Law, Master in Philosophy in population health. Mr. Regmi has been awarded for successfully completion of job share fellowships programme of WFPHA and PHAA in Australia. He was also awarded by NAMS as best instructor in public health. He has authored and contributed as executive editor to the Journal of Nepal Public Health Association (JNEPHA). Currently, He is associated as Research Director In School of Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research.
Director of Environment Health, NCDs and Sports UNSDG Health Partnership
A Women Representative among Business leaders in the world, Ms Chitwan Malhotra has
served as an advisor for the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 on Sanitation and
Environmental Health, dealing in particular with urbanisation and climate change. Her
experience covers a range of sustainable development issues, including global health
delivery, sanitation and clean drinking water, gender equality, women’s health, NCDs and
Mental health in conflict regions. She has been awarded the prestigious Environment
Award for her sanitation and clean drinking water initiatives in rural regions of Africa and
Chitwan Malhotra is driving and strengthening the areas of health diplomacy, strategic
engagement, and partnerships in Geneva. Her time as an advisor for the UN SDG Goals
involved collaboration with a wide range of partners, including the various UN agencies
and Cooperation Missions in India, Africa and the United Nations Office in Geneva.
Chitwan Malhotra is most recently serving as the Director of Environment Health, NCDs
and Sports for the UNSDG Health Partnership in Geneva where she is responsible for
initiatives supporting national and regional civil society to drive improvements in NCD
prevention and control, promote sports as a means to combat growing lifestyle diseases
among youth and environmental health. She oversees the drug access, vaccines and
pharmaceuticals supplies at affordable prices in low and lower middle income countries.
In Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe, on behalf of the Ministry of Health she led successful
price negotiations with pharmaceutical companies to lower the price of medicines and
vaccinations to provide prevention and care for the poorest billion.
She recently led a high level discussion on the global healthcare delivery to achieve
Universal Health Coverage for all in the United Nations Office in Geneva during the 74th
WHO Annual World Health Assembly in Geneva with Zimbabwe, The Gambia and
Namibia as country partners.
Chitwan is specialised in NCD prevention and health promotion, particularly looking at
social, commercial and environmental determinants of health, and leads UNSDG
prevention policy and advocacy work stream, with particular focus on alcohol control,
physical activity, nutrition and cross risk factor issues. In collaborations with the
International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, UEFA France, government stakeholders
and civil society leadership and NGOs she oversees Multi million Multi country capacity
building initiatives to strengthen the “Sports as a tool to combat NCDs” movement in
regions with high NCDs related mortality rates. Her efforts led to the rollout of the
“Healthy Cities Challenge 2020 initiative”.
Chitwan, most recently has been appointed as the Chairman of the India Africa Health
Partnership council jointly supported by the UNSDG Health Partnership in Geneva and
Assocham India. Chitwan’s work is now focused on international health cooperation, and
she has been assigned a new role to lead a number of health committees and programmes,
working closely with international partners. As part of this work, she will oversee the
development of the India Africa health cooperation process, she will initiate health
cooperation with BRICS countries, and she will engage in regional health cooperation with
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) while continuing to also serve as the
Director of Environment Health in Geneva.
Dr. Peter Kamunyo
Chief Executive Officer Medsource
Dr. Peter Kamunyo
Dr. Kamunyo is the Chief Executive Officer of MedSource. He is a health care executive with experience spanning more than 18 years in management, operations, and clinical medicine experience, including the insurance, pharmaceutical and medical care industries in Kenya.
His professional background incorporates senior management positions at prominent health care institutions in the country, including GlaxoSmithKline as the Country Commercial Director and Vaccines & Public Institutions Head, where he provided innovation, large-team supervision, and strategic management. During his tenure as general manager for Aon Insurance Brokers, he led the Africa Healthcare Practice Group. In his stint at Resolution Health East Africa operations, he established claims, case management, strategy and operations as well as information and communications technology departments. In addition to the above, he sits on the boards of the East African Healthcare Federation and the Kenya Healthcare Federation.
Dr. Kamunyo holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Health from University of London, a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree (MBChB) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV management, both from the University of Nairobi. He is also a fellow with Capacity Building for Effective Healthcare (CBEH), sponsored by GIZ. He holds a certificate of proficiency in Insurance. His social call to action is to drive innovative health care management and solutions in Africa that promote quality and cost containment with favourable medical outcomes.
Dr. Anagha Joshi
Principal Indira College of Pharmacy
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder Seqster
Chief Operating Officer Outcome Health
Nandini Ramani is a seasoned technologist with a career spanning both hardware and
software for enterprise and consumer organizations. She has provided broad oversight
across product strategy, architecture, development, services and support. She has been
instrumental in bringing in new ideas, products and managing organizational change for
teams of 750+ people across continents and countries. Nandini is currently the Chief
Operating Officer of Outcome Health, the leader in healthcare innovation transforming the
point of care experience. Under her leadership, her teams ensure the most rigorous health
information platform and campaign audit standards in the industry for Outcome Health’s
network of digital devices in physician offices and health systems across the country.
Nandini is a global citizen who enjoys world travel. Let her know where you’re traveling to
next by tweeting her at @eyeseewaters.
Mr. Gautam Khanna is the CEO of P.D. Hinduja Hospital and MRC, Mumbai and is also the Head of Hinduja College of Nursing. He is on the board of two Private Hospitals and a Managing Committee Member of a Degree College in Mumbai.
Mr. Khanna has around 30 years of industry experience internationally.
Prior to this role, Mr. Khanna was the Executive Director and Country Business Leader of the 3M Healthcare Businesses for South Asia region.
Mr. Khanna is an active member of various leading Indian Industry Associations. He has held the position of the Chairperson of FICCI Medical Device Forum, Co-Chairman of AMCHAM Medical Device Committee, Chairperson of India Working Group, Advamed and Secretary of Healthcare Federation of India (Nathealth) and was the National Leader of the Services Provider Forum (Hospitals) for Nathealth, India.
Currently, he is the Co-chair of FICCI Health Services Committee and Vice President of AOH (Association of Hospitals, Mumbai.
Mr. Khanna is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and IIM Calcutta.
Managing Director RPG Life Sciences Ltd.
With 39+ years of rich experience across reputed Pharma MNCs, Yugal has successfully led large businesses, building blockbusters, bringing business-turnarounds and developing Industry Leaders.
Yugal has been the Global Head-Marketing (Commercial Functions)and CEO - India Region at Ranbaxy where he led P&L of 26 Businesses, developed/managed diverse portfolios, ~6500 employees across countries successfully. Earlier, as India-Head Pharma (Gen-Med) at Novartis, India-Head Pharma at Pfizer and Marketing-Head at GlaxoSmithKline, his long career spans across all business verticals/functions from R&D-to-Commercialization.
Yugal was invited to join the Board of RPG Life Sciences, part of >$3B RPG Group, as an Independent Director and later requested to take on an operating role as Managing Director and embark on its 180-degree business-turnaround, which he is in the process of accomplishing
Yugal has been closely involved with Industry-affairs: served as Vice-Chair of OPPI Marketing-Committee, contributing to creating Industry's Code. Awards and Initiatives; invited by McKinsey to be in the Steering-Committee of its widely-referred publication/report, “India Pharma:2020”; invited by NitiAayog-DMAI to “Government-Industry-Dialogue” and invited to chair/speak at several Pharma/cross-industry platforms like CPhI, CII, IPC, IDMA, Bio-Pharma, CNBC CEO-Panel, ET LIFE Summit, McKinsey CEO-Forum, Pharma Leaders-Roundtable, CIO-Summits, etc.
He cares deeply about coaching next-gen - passionate about transforming Pharma education by forging a strong academia-industry partnership. He led Pharma Management Education at NMIMS University for ~3 years and continues to teach courses on Leadership, Strategy and Innovation.
Yugal is regarded as a thought-leader on the impact of innovation. He is Mentor to high-impact digital-health-ventures at RPG and at Atal-Incubation-Center, a leading Government-of-India/NMIMS initiative. He has also been an Independent Director on the board of BSE-listed Company GlobalSpace Technologies.
Yugal continues to passionately drive his agenda of creating Value and Making Difference in the lives of people.
Manisha Anand Sanghavi
Executive Director Sancheti group
Manisha Anand Sanghavi
An educationist and the backbone of Sancheti group.( includes Sancheti Institute of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation (SIOR), Sancheti Hospital for Specialized Surgery (SHSS) & Sancheti Healthcare Academy (SHA). Manisha manages the entire administration of the Sancheti Hospital and Sancheti Healthcare Academy. Manisha is woman of many talents. She has completed her MBA in marketing as well M.Sc – Psychotherapy and counseling and diploma in Hospital Management. Extremely creative by nature - Manisha has a passion for flower arrangements. She is a woman with a large heart who has a beautiful blend of pragmatism and intuition.
She was president of the All Hospitals Association in Pune for 8 years.
In the last 20 years, under her watchful eye, SIOR has grown into is a vast concourse of a myriad different systems and departments. The hospital treats over forty thousand patients and performs more than 8,000 surgeries a year. Sancheti Hospital has received NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) certificate under her guidance.
She, along with Dr. K. H. Sancheti, has mentored the, Sancheti Hospital for Specialized Surgery (SHSS) a state-of-the-art facility devoted solely to Joint Replacement Surgeries. In addition to her multiple administrative duties, she was a visiting faculty at various city institutes that run diploma courses in hospital management.
She took over as the Executive Director of Sancheti Healthcare Academy in 2011. The Sancheti Healthcare Academy which is the brainchild of Dr. K.H. Sancheti was entrusted to the capable hands of Mrs. Manisha Sanghavi to ensure quality education in the spheres of Physiotheraphy and Hospital Management.
The Sancheti Healthcare Academy comprising of the College of Physiotherapy and the College of Hospital Management established itself in a new building in Apr 2011. The College of Physiotherapy is conducting the Bachelors and Masters in Physiotherapy and has introduced courses in Sports Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, while the College of Hospital Management is conducting the Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Management (PGDHM) which is affiliated to the University of Pune. Under the tutelage of Mrs. Manisha Sanghavi the Sancheti Healthcare Academy has made a mark for itself in the educational environment of the city when it started the first autonomous Post Graduate Programme in Healthcare Services (PGPHS). Sancheti Healthcare Academy also started India’s First International Dance/Movement Therapy certification course and have many fellowship Programmes.
She has been honored with the prestigious International Women’s Achievers Award 2012 by the Human Achievers Foundation. Sancheti Group of Hospitals and Sancheti Healthcare Academy has received number of awards. She has attended crash course on Health Care management at Indian institute for management studies (IIM), Ahmadabad, and also attended many seminars, conferences at IIM. Mrs. Manisha Sanghavi has attended Management Training Programme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with India with GIZ, FICCI management course in Germany.
Dr. Harsha Vardhan
Founder & MD Medachievers Pvt. Ltd.
Dr. Harsha Vardhan
With a very rich and multifaceted entrepreneurial
experience, Dr. Harsha Vardhan is a entrepreneur, innovator,
mentor, orator, leader, investor, transformer and game
changer with immense capability of strategy and market
establishment in healthcare. He is a global entrepreneur and
holds board position and is advisor on board of leading
companies. He is Founder and Managing Director of very
Successful ventures including MedAchievers, Genome
Analyst, H R Biocare, Medparliament, Medcatalysts and
He has invested and mentors ventures in Digital healthcare,
genomics, Artificial intelligence, block chain and smart
healthcare infrastructure. He has created a research base for
product development supported by experts from different
parts of the world. Dr. Vardhan is recipient of multiple
awards for his contribution as entrepreneur in health sector.
He is the first awardee of “Good Karma award for health” by
speaking tree (a times of India initiative), Entreprenurship
award from IIM Lucknow, Amity University, Global Health
congress and many leading organizations of the world. He.
is featured in FORBES India and CNBC.
Being a international speaker and leader, Dr. vardhan has
been invited by different government. body from India,
Australia, israel and UK to create model for business
exchange between the countries. He has invested in
multiple ventures and partners leading companies from USA
& Australia. He has been active in global healthcare service
selection, policy and placement. Some of his many
achievements are official partnership with NACO, Ministry of
Health (India), Government of Australia, Indian Medical
Association , Government of Estonia (for development of
better healthcare tools), Government of United Kingdom
(National Health Services) for implementation of innovative
health-tech solutions specially in the field of IT enabled
health, Genomics and neo tools in India. He has established
strong business in Australia. Dr. Vardhan is committed to
create a better opportunity ecosystem to establish neoinitiative
in Indian healthcare space.
Co-Founder and Director Digitology Healthtech
Michael Koss is an Australian entrepreneur who works in healthcare and policy development around the world. He is a Co-Founder and Director at Digitology Healthtech, a leading and innovative provider of Smart-ICU solutions.
Michael has been recognised as an Australia – EU Emerging Leader by the European Union and Australia - ASEAN Emerging Leader by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is also the first Australian delegate to the Westerwelle Foundation – Young Founder Programme in Berlin.
In India, Michael is an active member of MedParliament and is involved in innovative healthcare policy development at State, National and International levels. Utilising his background as a lawyer, Michael helps curate cross border deals to facilitate entry of companies into the Indian market and to commercial therefrom.
Dr. Shamsah Sonawalla
Consultant Psychiatrist Jaslok Hospital and Research Center
Dr. Shamsah Sonawalla
Dr. Shamsah Sonawalla is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Center, Mumbai, former Assistant Professor ofPsychiatry, Harvard Medical School, USA and Duke University Medical Center, USA, and Founder, TransMag Well-Being Clinic, Mumbai.
Dr. Sonawalla is a practicing psychiatrist for over 20 years andhas worked extensively in this field across India and the United States. She obtained her M.D. degree in psychiatry from Mumbai University and received several awards for her academic and clinical work. She then completed her postdoctoral training in psychiatry at Harvard, was promoted to instructor in a year, and thereafter, to Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. At Harvard, she did pioneering work in the field of depression among college students (across India and the United States) and received several awards for the same, including the prestigious ‘Young Investigator Award’ in 2002 from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and the ‘New Investigator Award’ from the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit (NCDEU). Her department at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School was ranked number one department of psychiatry in the United States for21 consecutive years by U.S. News.
Dr. Sonawalla returned to India in 2002 and joined Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre as Honarary Consultant Psychiatrist. She set up the Women’s Well-Being Clinic and Mood Disorders Clinicat Jaslok, and helped establish the Clinical Research departmentin psychiatry.She was awarded the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” by Jai Hind College in 2005. She further specialized in Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for psychiatric disorders at Harvard in 2008 and started “Trans Mag Well-Being Clinic” in Mumbai in 2010. She has successfully treated several individuals with mood and anxiety disorders using rTMS.
Dr. Sonawalla has over 100 research publications to her credit in national and international journals. She co-edited a book at Harvard on ‘Women’s Health and Psychiatry,’ published in 2002 by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins and has also authored several book chapters.
Dr. Sonawallahas also spoken extensively globally, with over 150 lectures, panel discussions, workshops and symposia on Mental Health issues. She is an invited columnist for the Times of India and the Economic Times and writes regularly on mental health issues. She has been cited in various newspapers and magazines across India and the United States.She continues her research on depression among college students, and has helped several thousand college students overcome depression. She also continues to retain her collaboration with Harvard, updating and expanding her research and clinical acumen.
In February 2019, Dr. Sonawalla was an awardee of the prestigious “50 Top Global Mental Health Leaders” by ET Nowat the World Mental Health Congress in Mumbai.
Hon. Michel Hamala Sidibé
Minister of Health and Social Affairs Mali
Managing Director ION Kenya Ltd.
Dr. Newton kondaveti & Dr. Lakshmi Newton
Life Foundation & Quantum Life University
Founder The Opposable Thumb
Dhara Mehta is the founder of ‘The Opposable Thumb’, an initiative aimed at assisting individuals in identifying and enhancing their true and unique creative potential. An Architect by training, Dhara is an artist, trainer and dance movement therapy practitioner from Mumbai. She had her first stint with the art of dancing while studying architecture, and the experience moved her deeply. Ever since this life transforming experience, she has made it her mission to make this powerful experience of self-transformation accessible to all.
Dhara is also a theatre artist with 3+ years of extensive training at Shiamak Davar International (SDIIPL) along with intensive training sessions by an international faculty from Germany, France & USA. She went ahead to receive her postgraduate diploma in Dance Movement Therapy from Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai (TISS) which has enabled her to use her skills and dance movement therapy to develop fun and interactive training sessions for corporates.
Dhara firmly believes that the disciplines of dance and movement are not just for physical training but also ones to have tremendous potential in bringing about a mental and emotional balance. She harnesses techniques from the artistic worlds of performing and visual arts to provide unique and innovative sessions on stress management and soft skills corporate training. Her methods are purely experiential and have proven to be effective in helping professional organisations enhance their productivity and efficiency.
The following session is an invitation to one and all to immerse in the experiential world of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) and simply dance your stress away. Using the cathartic and therapeutic value of dance, DMT works on the core principles of self-reflection and kinesthetic empathy. An alternative form of psychotherapy, DMT is highly regarded in providing a fun and effective solution to stress management in the workplace. The session will be a 30-minute experience, facilitated by Dhara and Fiona to demonstrate the power and benefits of DMT in reducing stress and enhancing productivity and efficiency in the workplace. They aspire to make you leave the session feeling highly energized, mentally relaxed and creativity charged.
Head Human Resource & Administration Lifecare Agro-processing Limited
Babatunde Awoyemi is a seasoned Human Resources professional with over 13 years work experience in HR management and background of repeated success spanning over several industries which includes Manufacturing, Luxury, Agric-Business etc. He has transformed disorganized HR organizations into cost-efficient strategic entities and valued partners in attaining top-priority business goals.
He is an alumnus of Lagos State Polytechnic and the prestigious Lagos Business School having attended the MAP and several executive program. Babatunde currently serves as the Head, Human Resources & Administration at Lifecare Agro-Processing and Pioneer Head of the Strategic Business Unit, Cocoa Division.
Dr. Jai Madaan
Astrologer and vastu Expert
Sr. Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Marriage Counselor, Director PALS
Deepali Batra: Deepali Batra is Consultant Clinical Psychologist, the
Founder Director of PALS for Children & Adults. She is a Sr. Consultant
Clinical Psychologist at MAX HEALTH CARE. She is registered with
Rehabilitation Council of India. She has been awarded best performance in
school psychology award for her contribution in the field of school
psychology in the year 2014. She has been felicitated with Child &
Adolescent Mental Health Award in the year 2018. She has been invited as a
resource person at institutes like NIMH, NIEPMD, S.C.E.R.T., Samagra shiksha
project, Delhi University, various colleges and universities etc. She has done a
large number of workshops for principals and teachers of various schools in areas
like learning disability, behavioural problems, Risky Behaviours (Suicide attempts),
Parenting in Digital Era etc. She has an experience of more than 14 years in field
Her articles on various psychological issues have got published in the
national dailies such as Times of India,Hindustan Times, The Asian
Age, Deccan Chronicle, Mumbai Mirror, Navbharat Times, Dainik Jagranetc and
various magazines such as Times Wellness,Spandan, Vanita, Sakhietc. In
several shows of National TV channels as Zee TV, India TVSahara
Samay, NDTV, E TV, Live India,Focus TV, she has been invited as Expert
Founder and CEO Mindsight Clinic
Jaini is the founder and CEO of Mindsight Clinic. As a businesswoman at the forefront of mental health in Mumbai, she weaves into the fabric of her work both the credences of professionalism and compassion.
Through her academic and entrepreneurial pursuits, her masters in 11 psychotherapies (she is a master practitioner in NLP, EBT, TA, Music Therapy and many more. she wishes to help people in Mumbai and from around the world solve personal and professional problems. By providing a centre for mental health that everyone can rely on, she can help people overcome any obstacles to achieving their full potential.
And through philanthropy, she supports and works for the underprivileged young and old.
She is also an excellent artist, with interests from a young age spanning from dance and music to painting, and singing having trained in the latter with eminent teachers.
Founder KIDicious - Learning Differently
Ms. Renu Goyal is the founder of KIDicious – Learning Differently, a child psychological therapy clinic based in Delhi. Her vision is “to accept each and every child as they are regardless of their abilities or disabilities”. According to her, each child is unique in his/her own way and should be remembered by his/her strengths instead of his/her weakness which makes them special.
Ms. Goyal spent over 22 years of her life to become a Clinical Child Psychologist from schooling to M.Phil and has thrust to learn more each and every day.
She has done extensive work in the field of psychology and rehabilitation for past 13 years. She has an experience in working with renowned hospitals and schools of Delhi. She is Rehabilitation council of India (RCI) registered person and affiliate member of various psychological associations like American Psychological Association, Indian Association of Clinical Psychologist, and Rehabilitation Council of India etc.
Ms. Goyal has written various articles relating to Child Psychology in magazines like Meri Saheli, Responsible parenting, Psyinsight etc. She has presented many papers in national and international conferences. As a part of her social responsibilities, she also conducted a couple of free workshops for increasing awareness in schools for children, teachers and Parents on topics such as Good touch Bad Touch, Learning Disabilities, Bullying etc. She is also running a campaign named as “Big Volt Wire”. “The Big Volt Wire” program is aimed to be a shift paradigm in the thought process among masses, especially the Parents, Teachers and all those professionals who have been and are associated in one or the other form helping Dyslexic, ADD, ADHD and all such children.
Her next dream is to create a school for kids where learning would be differently. As each child is different from one another and we should respect their uniqueness and qualities and turning their weaknesses into strengths.
Dr. Prakriti Poddar
CEO Mind Over Image Consulting
Dr. Prakriti Poddar
Dr. Prakriti Poddar has been working in the area of Corporate and Personal Wellness
since 2001 when she started Mind Over Image Consulting with the keynote ‘It’s not a
Make Over; it’s a Mind Over’.
The company focus is on Corporate Consulting, Counseling and Life Coaching along
with Soft Skills development.
Prakriti became a doctor of alternate medicine in the system of Hypnotherapy in 2004.
She is a certified counselor, a certified transpersonal regression therapist and Member
of earTH, a NLP practitioner and a certified Neurofeedback technician. She is amongst
the first to add Neurofeedback in her clinic in India.
With a thriving center for mental and emotional wellness in the heart of Mumbai, she is
one of the most prominent voices of Mental Wellness having spoken nationally on numerous
platforms and having been interviewed on mental health issues by media channels to educate and highlight the need of mental health awareness.
In her consulting practice she has been instrumental in setting up and aligning startups,
as well as counseling practices within organizations, communities and educational institutes.
Prakriti has developed many pathbreaking techniques for deep healing and interventions
towards wellness. An innovator when it comes to Mental Health and Wellness
having created three new technologies of complete healing and wellness.
She developed iSoundPharmacy (www.isoundpharmacy.com), an innovative way to
use sound and music as a healing technique. This has attained great results in reprograming
trauma and Post traumatic Stress Disorder. Currently researching embedding
sound and music into Overall Wellness.
The Legacy Gene Program is a program built for individuals who need to understand
and align their trajectory. Using machine based brain training along with psychological
modalities, The Legacy Gene is known to bring about deep change and exponential
personal growth towards excellence. The YTB program was released at the National
Women’s Parliament in a gathering of 18000 women to encourage and empower them
to think and act upon their future.
In 2017 The India Leadership Conclave recognized and awarded Prakriti’s work by
bestowing the award of ‘India’s Most Promising Woman Leader in Mental Health,
Holistic Support and Wellness Model’.
Dr. Poddar recently spoke at the Horasis India Meet in Spain and represented the mental
health challenges and the strategies for India to overcome mental health issues.
This company is now a division of the Poddar Wellness Limited.
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