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Influential Speakers to Share Insights at #HISA 2023

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Scheduled for November 29th and 30th at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, the 8th Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa 2023 (HISA) promises to be a transformative event.

The overarching theme “Leveraging Technology to Reduce Healthcare Inequalities in Africa,” emphasizes the urgency and significance of addressing healthcare disparities across the continent. This theme underscores the immediate need to harness technology to catalyze positive change in the healthcare sector.


The Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa 2023 will bring together healthcare leaders, experts, and innovators from across the continent and beyond.

Here are some of the keynote speakers:

  • Gloseije (Jessy) Bazolana: He is the head of IT at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a public health institute that provides reference microbiology, virology, epidemiology, surveillance, and public health research in South Africa. He has over 15 years of experience in IT management, project management, and business analysis, and has led several IT initiatives and innovations at the NICD. He is also a certified ITIL expert and a PRINCE2 practitioner.
  •  Dr. McLean Sibanda: He is the managing director of Bigen Global Limited, a leading infrastructure development company in Africa. He is also a renowned expert and thought leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, and has served as the CEO of the Innovation Hub, the vice president of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation, and the chairperson of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association. He has a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and has published several books and papers on innovation and intellectual property.
  •  Rajeev Rao Eashwari: He is the director of eHealth hospital services at the Gauteng Department of Health, the largest and most populous province in South Africa. He is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the digital transformation of public hospitals in the province and has been instrumental in introducing and scaling up various eHealth solutions and innovations. He has over 20 years of experience in healthcare IT and has a master’s degree in health informatics from the University of Cape Town.
  • Annie Gwerengwe: Annie Gwerengwe, the Founder and Managing Director of Zarcare, is a driving force in marketing, wellness and social impact. Her profound dedication to these fields is exemplified through her passionate endeavours and significant investments. Zarcare connects individuals with experienced providers, including general practitioners, certified counsellors, fitness trainers, and more, making quality healthcare accessible from the comfort of your home or workplace.
  • Chevon Clark: He is the CEO of National Renal Care, the largest dialysis provider in South Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has led several initiatives to improve the quality and accessibility of renal care in the country. He has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Stellenbosch and is a member of the South African Renal Society and the International Society of Nephrology.
  • Vukosi Sambo: He is the executive head of data, insights, and AI at AfroCentric Group, a diversified health and wellness company in South Africa. He is responsible for driving the data and AI strategy and capabilities of the group, and delivering data-driven insights and solutions to various business units and stakeholders. He has over 15 years of experience in data science, analytics, and AI, and has worked in various industries such as banking, insurance, and telecoms. He has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Pretoria and is a certified data scientist and AI engineer.
  •  Siraaj Adams: He is the CEO of Strategic Health Solutions, a healthcare consulting and advisory company that provides strategic, operational, and financial solutions to healthcare organizations and stakeholders in South Africa and beyond. He has over 25 years of experience in healthcare management, consulting, and finance, and has worked with various public and private healthcare entities, such as hospitals, clinics, medical schemes, and regulators. He has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Cape Town and is a chartered accountant and a certified healthcare executive.
  • Dr. Suman Kathragadda: He is the founder and CEO of Heaps.ai, a health-tech startup that uses AI and machine learning to optimize healthcare delivery and outcomes. He is also a practicing physician and a clinical researcher and has a special interest in chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. He has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has published several papers and patents on AI and health tech.
  • Braden Van Breda: He is the CEO of AI Diagnostics, a health-tech company that uses AI and computer vision to diagnose and monitor various medical conditions, such as skin cancer, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. He is also an experienced software engineer and entrepreneur and has founded and sold several tech startups in South Africa and the US. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Cape Town and is a certified AWS cloud practitioner.
  • Rodney Taylor: He is the managing director of Guardian Eye, a health-tech company providing remote eye care services and solutions to rural and underserved African communities. He is also an optometrist and a public health specialist and has worked in various eye care projects and programs in Africa and Asia. He has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Cape Town and is a fellow of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
  •  Alf Kale: He is the sales director of Lulame Modular Health, a health-tech company that designs, builds, and fits out modular healthcare facilities in Africa. He is also a seasoned sales and marketing professional and has worked in various industries such as construction, engineering, and telecoms. He has a diploma in marketing management from the Institute of Marketing Management and is a certified project manager and business analyst.
  • Trent Rossini: He is the group MD of inquba, a customer experience management company that provides data analytics, feedback management, and customer engagement solutions to various industries, including healthcare. He is also a serial entrepreneur and investor and has co-founded and exited several tech companies in South Africa and the US. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Cape Town and is a mentor and advisor to several tech startups and incubators.
  •  Martin Carlyle: Director and co-founder of Lulame Modular Health, a health-tech company that designs, builds, and fits modular healthcare facilities in Africa. He is also a qualified civil engineer and project manager and has over 20 years of experience in the construction and infrastructure sector. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Cape Town. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering.

These speakers will inspire and enlighten the attendees with their knowledge and vision during their presentations, panel discussions, and networking sections.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, network, and collaborate with the best minds and organizations in the healthcare sector, to register for the summit, click here.

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