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    Speakers

Sameer Pujari

Currently with WHO, Sameer is working with the newly established Department of Digital Health and Innovations, he coordinated Global Digital Health Strategy and is currently overseeing the implementation roadmap and Action Plan of the strategy.

He is also one of the co-creators of the Be He@lthy Be Mobile initiative which is flagship WHO and ITU joint program on digital health and is overseeing the joint program implementation. Most recently the Be He@lthy Be Mobile team was coveted with the DG’s Reward for excellence for 2016 and the Greenpeace Innovations Award in 2018.

Sameer is currently also the Vice-Chair of the WHO ITU Focus group on AI for health which is creating benchmarking for AI solutions for health. In addition, he is also a core member of the Health Data Forum at WHO. With regards to the Covid response, WHO is co-led the tech4covid track on citizen and community engagement track from WHO. Sameer has worked to support more than 50 countries build information and digital health systems and solutions over the past 20 years.

Before coming to WHO, he worked with the US Governments health agency helping various countries build informatics systems for immunization and vaccination programs in Asia, Europe and Africa. He started his career working with WHO's Polio program in India, where he led the development and implementation of various information management systems for surveillance overseeing the 300 offices across the country.

He holds bachelor degrees in business and software engineering and a master's degree with a gold medal in management, he also has an earned fellowship in public health informatics from the US government health and human services and has delivered at various forums and published several guidance documents, articles on digital health and frugal innovation.


Carol Maher

Carol Maher is a Research Professor in the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) at UniSA.

She's passionate about understanding how children's and adults' daily activity patterns (e.g. physical activity, sleep and sedentary behaviours, like watching television) impact their health. In particular, her work explores how technologies such as wearables, online social networking, smartphone apps, gamification and artificial intelligence can support people to make better lifestyle choices, in an engaging, convenient way. She's interested in developing system-level approaches that improve people's activity patterns and health, and which can be delivered at scale, to positively impact Australians in the general community and in healthcare settings. 

Her work is currently supported by an MRFF Investigator Grant (2021-2025), and she's a CI on 2 current NHMRC Project Grants, 1 NHMRC Ideas grants, and 1 NHMRC Partnership Grant. In total, she's received $12.6M in research funding and was named as a Clarivate Highly Cited Research in 2020 (a distinction awarded to 1 in 1000 researchers). She is a Section Editor for BMC Public Health, and former Chair of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity's e- & mHealth Special Interest Group.

Zan Gao

Dr. Zan Gao is a faculty at the School of Kinesiology in University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, specializing in physical activity and health. Dr. Gao’s research has primarily focused on promoting health through population-based physical activity interventions with emerging technologies such as active video games, virtual reality and health wearables. In the past decade, Dr. Gao has given 246 presentations at various international and national conferences. He has also published 3 books, 28 book chapters and 140 research articles in peer-reviewed journals such as British Journal of Sports Medicine and Obesity Review. Dr. Gao has been the recipient of several prestigious international and national awards and principal investigator of National Institute of Health research grants and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant. He also serves as a reviewer for numerous journals, and is currently the Editorial Board Member of Games for Health, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, BioMed Research International and Journal of Clinical Medicine, and Associate Editor for Journal of Health and Sports Science and Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sports. He is the Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine, and the Fellow of SHAPE America! Research Council.  

Hugo Gamboa

Hugo Gamboa is an Associate Professor at the Physics Department of the Sciences and Technology Faculty of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and member of LIBPhys-UNL. PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST, University of Lisbon, He is a founder and President at PLUX, wireless biosignals, where he provides scientific coordination of a

multidisciplinary team that covers microelectronics, biosignals processing and software development. He leads a research team on LIBPHYS with expertise on medical instrumentation, biosignals processing and machine learning applied to biosignals. He is a senior scientist at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS giving scientific support to the

Intelligent Systems and Lisbon team. Published more than 34 Journal Papers; 10 Book Chapters; 9 books (selected best papers); 89 Conference Papers. He is a IEEE Senior member. Currently he is the PI at UNL of two national projects PrevOcupai (DSAIPA) and Operator (MIT-PORTUGAL) with the focus on biosignals monitoring for ergonomics self-improvement.

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