Dr. Anees B. Chagpar is Professor in the Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine. She completed her BSc in Honors Biochemistry and MD with Honors in Research at the University of Alberta, and her general surgery residency training and MSc at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the Breast Surgery Section editor for UpToDate, the Assistant Director for the START@Yale Program, and co-leads the Yale Global Surgery Faculty Network. She has published over 170 manuscripts, including her landmark investigator-initiated clinical trial in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Chagpar also teaches a course called “An Introduction to Breast Cancer” on Coursera with over 40,000 learners worldwide. In 2020, she won the American Medical Association’s Giambalvo Award for the Advancement of Women for her project on the creation and assessment of a virtual negotiation workshop for women physicians. She currently serves on a number of global advisory boards and professional associations aiming to foster diversity and inclusion in healthcare.
Professor Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian Canadian physician and an internationally-recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist. His experience working as both an insider and outsider to conflict has led him to believe that doctors are particularly well-poised to serve as peacemakers, based on the moral doctrine of their profession. He works as both a healthcare practitioner and a peace advocate, mobilizing health as a tool for peace. A five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist, known as the “Martin Luther King of the Middle East”, and often referred to as the “Gaza Doctor” in the media, Dr. Abuelaish is devoted to advance health and education opportunities for women and girls in the Middle East, through his research and his charitable organization, the Daughters for Life Foundation. https://daughtersforlife.com
Mr. André Picard is one of Canada’s top health & public policy observers and commentators. He has been a part of The Globe and Mail team since 1987 as a health reporter and columnist. He is also the author of five bestselling books, an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of the prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism. André was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and he has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare. In 2020, Mr. Picard was awarded The Owen Adams Award of Honour. This award is the highest award available to a non-physician by the Canadian Medical Association. https://andrepicard.com
Zayna Khayat is Future Strategist with SE Health (formerly, Saint Elizabeth Health Care) a health and social impact enterprise with a major focus on creating a better future for aging adults in their homes and communities. Dr. Khayat is adjunct faculty with the Rotman School of Management in the Health Sector Strategy stream where she teaches a health MBA course on Healthcare Innovation. She has been on the Faculty of Singularity University (Exponential Medicine) since 2016. Dr. Khayat was previously the lead of health system innovation at MaRS Discovery District, a health innovation hub in Toronto, Canada. In 2017 she was seconded to the REshape Innovation Centre at Radboud university medical centre in the Netherlands. Dr. Khayat completed her Ph.D. in diabetes research from the University of Toronto (2001), followed by a career in strategy consulting, including as a Principal in the healthcare practice of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed is currently David Weatherall Chair in Medicine at the University of Liverpool, and a Consultant Physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He holds the only NHS Chair of Pharmacogenetics in the UK, and is Director of the M.R.C. Centre for Drug Safety Sciences, and Director of the Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine. He was awarded a Knights Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2015. An inaugural NIHR Senior Investigator and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK, he is also Chair of the Commission on Human Medicines, a member of the MRC Governing Council, a non-executive director of NHS England/Improvement, and Director of HDR North. His research focuses on personalised medicine in order to optimise drug efficacy and minimise toxicity, move discoveries from the lab to the clinic, and from clinic to application.