First time speakers for this session are previewed here, with more detailed background information available below from previous forum speakers. …


(scroll down to previous sessions for full bios of previous participants)

  Gil Alterovitz, PhD, FACMI, FAMIA

  • Director, National Artificial Intelligence Institute, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Gil Alterovitz is the inaugural Director of the National Artificial Intelligence Institute at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is focusing on leveraging health information for AI as well as building AI research and development capacity to help our nations Veterans through the Office of Research and Development. He is also a faculty member with Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Alterovitz was one of the core authors of White House Office of Science Technology and Policy’s The National AI R&D Strategic Plan from 2019. He has also spearheaded the “AI-able Data Ecosystem” pilot, creating a new approach for public-private collaborations with personnel/resources across a dozen agencies and working with companies internationally.



Juby George

Juby George-Vaze, RN, CCM, MBA is the CEO & Chief Innovation Officer of Globex Health, a company that she founded to help hospitals, providers and managed care successfully navigate the new healthcare landscape using her immersive clinical knowledge and Big Data Analytics, Telehealth, Remote Health Monitoring, AI, Compliance, Reimbursement and Blockchain Payment technologies.  She has a special focus on aging, eldercare and polychronic condition management.

Prior to Globex Health, Juby held many leadership roles at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield & its many subsidiaries including Empire BC/BS, American Imaging Management, AmeriGroup, where she led transformation efforts that intersects at regulatory, technology, cybersecurity, regulatory, finance, medical management, contracting, insurance product design, claims, denials, patient centered medical home, payment models and care management.  She is a leader and pioneer in Value Based Payment, Pay for Performance, Shared Risk and Accountable Care Organizations in addition to developing and running many complex disease management programs nationwide.

Juby currently serves on the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Blockchain Task Force, Nurse Informatics Group, New York Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), NY Healthcare SIG-cochair of Advanced Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE’s Blockchain in Healthcare Standardization group, co-chairing it’s Genomics subgroup.  She serves on the Tech United’s Life Sciences Advisory Council.  She is also advisor and mentor to several startups including health tech and blockchain companies.

Juby is licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) and is Certified Case Manager (CCM). and holds an MBA in Health Systems Management and a Bachelor of Science (BSc), both from Pace University.


Dan Bowden

Dan has 30 years’ experience as a successful technology executive. His range of expertise and experience crosses cybersecurity, infrastructure, mobile wellness apps and blockchain platforms. Currently Vice President at Sentara Healthcare, his four years there have been filled with several accomplishments in delivering digital transformation solutions, secure public cloud services, telehealth patient services and telework enablement

Dan is Executive Advisory Board Member for Tenable, RedShield, CyberMDX, EC-Council, Intruno, and AEHiS. Dan’s industry experience spans healthcare, higher education, banking, retail, and the military. He has been recognized several times as one of the top technology and executives in healthcare and among the top cyber security officers globally.

Dan’s other professional and academic interests include digital strategies, cloud computing, global and homeland security. Dan has a M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security with a concentration on Global and Homeland Security. He works in Virginia Beach, Virginia and has a home in South Jordan, Utah. His personal interests focus on faith, family, fitness and outdoor activities.


Alex Reznik

Alex is a Distinguished Technologist in Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s North American Telco organization.   In this role he is involved in various aspects of helping Tier 1 CSPs deploy state of the art flexible infrastructure capable of delivering on the full promises of 5G.  Since March 2017, Alex also serves as Chair of ETSI’s Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) ISG – the leading international standards group focused on enabling edge computing in access networks.

Prior to May 2016 Alex was a Senior Principal Engineer/Senior Director at InterDigital, leading the company’s research and development activities in the area of wireless internet evolution.  Since joining InterDigital in 1999, he has been involved in a wide range of projects, including leadership of 3G modem ASIC architecture, design of advanced wireless security systems, coordination of standards strategy in the cognitive networks space, development of advanced IP mobility and heterogeneous access technologies and development of new content management techniques for the mobile edge.

Alex earned his B.S.E.E. Summa Cum Laude from The Cooper Union, S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He held a visiting faculty appointment at WINLAB, Rutgers University, where he collaborated on research in cognitive radio, wireless security, and future mobile Internet.   He served as the Vice-Chair of the Services Working Group at the Small Cells Forum.  Alex is an inventor of over 150 granted U.S. patents, and has been awarded numerous awards for Innovation at InterDigital.  He recently co-authored the book “Multi-Access Edge Computing in Action.”


Peter H. Woodward

Peter serves as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MEC @ the Basement LLC, a start-up business focused on next-generation 5G connectivity and compute solutions, utilizing multi-access edge computing (MEC).  He is also the CEO of Innovative Power, LLC since the acquisition of that business in December 2018.  He is the Founder and President of MHW Capital Management, a private investment. Mr. Woodward serves as the Chairman of the Boards of Directors of TSS, Inc. and Precision Optics Corporation. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer and director of Cartesian, Inc., a publicly-listed consulting firm in the telecommunications space. Mr. Woodward holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Colgate University and a Master’s degree in International Economics from Columbia University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.



 Thomas Hardjono 

Dr Thomas Hardjono is currently the CTO of Connection Science and Technical Director of the MIT Trust-Data Consortium, located at MIT in Cambridge, MA.  For several years prior to this he was the Executive Director of the MIT Kerberos Consortium, helping make the Kerberos protocol to become the most ubiquitously deployed authentication protocol in world today. Over the past two decades Thomas he has held various industry technical leadership roles, including Distinguished Engineer at Bay Networks, Principal Scientist at VeriSign PKI, and CTO roles at several start-ups.  He has been at the forefront of several industry initiatives around  identity, data privacy, trust, applied cryptography, and cybersecurity.


 Dipto Chakravarty 

Dipto Chakravarty leads an Alexa AI team at Amazon and serves as the Chair of IoT Community’s Security, Trust and Privacy center of excellence. Dipto has led turnarounds at four public companies including CA, Novell, IBM, Thomson-Reuters and has led four startups with successful exits to publicly traded companies. He is the author of three best-selling books from McGraw-Hill and Wiley, has 12 patents to his credit in artificial intelligence, blockchain, security and cloud. Dipto holds a B.S and M.S in Computer Science from U. of Maryland, and GMP from Harvard Business School.


  Thomas Cox

Thomas Cox is known as a systems integrator of the world’s best ideas on leadership and governance. One of the first Oracle Certified DBAs, he mastered database architecture and then pivoted to focus on how to lead technology teams and other collectives. He chairs P2145 “Blockchain and DLT Governance Standards” for IEEE. One of the world’s leading experts on decentralized governance, Mr Cox believes that embracing the “single source of truth” of blockchain will force organizations worldwide to focus on learning, tolerance, forgiveness, and systems thinking.


Tom Anderson

Tom is the CEO of Devvio Inc., an enterprise blockchain company. He is an experienced entrepreneur and previously founded Novint Technologies, a robotics company that created the world’s first consumer 3D touch device. He was one of the earliest pioneers in the field of haptics (adding the sense of touch into computers/VR). He led fundraising of over $34 million, licensed tens of millions of dollars of game development, got national distribution, and took the company public. His Novint patents were sold to Facebook. He founded Devvio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.


Bob Celeste, Founder
Center for Supply Chain Studies

Bob holds a deep understanding and knowledge of the healthcare supply chain, including compliance issues, current standards and technologies. His ability to harness his expertise and innovate around the complexities of regulatory compliance, cross-industry operations and emerging technology, has made him a trusted industry and regulator partner.

Bob often serves as an advisor to State Boards of Pharmacy, the US FDA, USAID and other federal agencies.  He has advised international governing organizations such as the Pakistani FDA, EU Commission and Health Canada. He was chosen to administer the US FDA Drug Supply Chain Security Act Pilot Program, lead the industry in developing the Center’s Digital Trust Framework for the Drug Supply Chain Security Act.

Celeste launched the Center for Supply Chain Studies in 2015 to continue his practice of utilizing strategic simulations to address the challenges and demands of the supply chain. HIs expertise extends across many industries, including Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods, Fresh Foods, Aerospace, Automotive, Specialty Chemicals and others.

Prior to founding the Center, Bob was Sr. Director at GS1 US where he worked with industry on standards-based, item-level traceability leading to the publication of the first Drug Supply Chain Security Act implementation guideline.



(scroll down to Session #1 Speakers below for full bios of previous initiative hosts)

  Joyce Hunter

Joyce Hunter is a strategic-doer and a philanthropreneur. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to the position of Deputy Chief Information Officer for Policy and Planning at the Department of Agriculture (2013-2017) and was the Acting Chief Information Officer from March 2016 to July 2016. In addition to policy and technology planning, Ms. Hunter oversaw the Departments 4.1 billion dollar IT investment portfolio, created and continues to lead the Data Science Camp Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit summer camp for underserved youth, developed USDA’s Open Data/Big Data strategy and was the executive sponsor of the IT Fellows and IT Workforce Development Programs.

As the Executive Director with the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), a cybersecurity Think Tank, she provides program management, strategy development and execution, to support cybersecurity leaders and practitioners in all 16 critical infrastructure sectors, legislative, commercial, and public-sector cybersecurity stakeholders.

Ms. Hunter earned a BA from Villanova University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. Ms. Hunter was recently named by Security Magazine one of the most Influential People in Security for 2020, chosen by the editors of FedScoop to be included in the 2017 and 2016 annual list of “D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Technology”, the 2016 Top 50 Federal Leaders, a 2017 recipient of the Roy L. Clay Sr. Technology Pinnacle Award as one of the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology and a recipient of the Wharton DC Club Joseph A. Wharton award. Ms. Hunter is on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Villanova University, many industry advisory boards and published in The Handbook of Federal Government Leadership and Administration: Transforming, Performing and Innovating in a Complex World (Routledge 2017).


   Christopher Gorog

Christopher Gorog PMP, CISSP, CEO BlockFrame Inc., Founder International Alliance of Trust Chains, Founder Blockchain Development Community, Founder New Cyber Frontier, Published Author, Chair IEEE Blockchain Privacy & Security.

BlockFrame Inc. is a company dedicated to building a future where cyber-security is implemented from the ground up. BlockFrame’s Unified Eco-Secure Framework is changing the behavior of people by enabling accountability of trusted transactions.

BlockFrame technology:
• Enables zero trust environment for networked devices.
• It is an underlining secure protocol that enables the trust of all things in the Eco-System.
• Provides Proof of Origin of all devices within the Eco-System.
• Unchangeable trust providing privacy between communication channels.
• Delivers Quality Quantifiable Risk


   Wendy Charles , PhD

Wendy is extremely passionate about the use of health information technology (and particularly blockchain) for advancing data opportunities for healthcare and life sciences research.

Dr. Wendy Charles has been involved in clinical trials from every perspective for 30 years with a strong background in operations and regulatory compliance. She currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer for BurstIQ, a blockchain healthcare  company where she leads the Life Sciences division. Wendy augments her blockchain healthcare experience by serving on the EU Blockchain Advisory Panel, HIMSS Blockchain Task Force, Government Blockchain Association healthcare group, IEEE working groups, and she is involved as an assistant editor and reviewer for academic journals. Wendy obtained her PhD in Clinical Science with a specialty in Health Information Technology from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Wendy is certified as an IRB Professional, Clinical Research Professional, and Blockchain Professional.

Wendy provides:

🔹️ Expert knowledge of blockchain technology and standards for life sciences research.
🔹️ Regulatory compliant strategies for including health information technology in life sciences research.
🔹️ Research designs to establish effectiveness, efficiencies, and satisfaction for health information technology.
🔹️ True joy when talking about science!



   Pierre Vigilance , MD, MPH

A systems-thinker with extensive experience in operations management, policy, executive education, and establishing strategic partnerships designed to improve health and wellness in underserved communities.



  Tamiko Eto, M.S., CIP

Research Compliance and IRB Management

Administrative leadership and direction to operational aspects of DOR’s human subject research program. Oversee regulatory affairs of KPNC DOR-lead research.
Provide guidance to IRB and oversight of research infrastructure to assure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations across the institution (locations across the country).

Management, Training & Development: Education and training for research development.

Assess compliance with regulatory requirements and organizational policies for improving overall performance within the DOR: identify areas of weakness, develop tools and education to improve deficiencies.

Regulatory Functions: In-depth knowledge of changing federal, state and local regulations and policies. Report serious/continuing noncompliance with regulations, unanticipated problems, etc. to relevant officials as required.

Serve as Co-Chair of DOR IRB Processes Committee and voting member of the Administrative Steering Committee. Lead in development of new policies and SOPs.


   Tiffany Gray , DrPH, GWCPM, MPH

Tiffany Gray is aPublic Health Advisor and Consultant specializing in Health Behavior, Research and Policy and the intersection of health and emerging technologies.


 Gisele Waters , PhD

Seasoned bilingual educator, writer, editor and researcher exceptionally skilled in translating and communicating complex technical and organizational concepts to author a broad range of compelling research deliverables for public and commercial sectors, scientific and academic institutions. Along with several key consulting engagements, Gisele is on the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Blockchain, responsible for editing and assessing the rigour and validity of blockchain for science research + working collaboratively with authors and editors to improve the manuscripts, ensuring only high-quality content is published. Information development. Knowledge management.

Proven track record of successful collaboration and qualitative research with a wide spectrum of interdisciplinary stakeholders and organizations resulting in highly effective research products and proposals.

A gypsy in terms of travelling through disciplines; I have a unique ability to flow in and out of disciplinary geographies because learning is a passion. My homes are in my head and heart, so I never feel bound by the usual shackles of assumed commitments to boundaries and jurisdictions.


   Samson Williams 

Samson’s super power is helping smart and amazing people be more smart and amazing,
help them with any or all of the following:

– Making Money
– Raising up to $5M via Investment Crowdfunding
– The Space Economy
– 5th Industrial Revolution
– Crisis & Emergency Leadership

Specialty areas include:

  • Emerging Technology Adoption
  • Operations & Technology
  • Crisis Communications
  • Disaster Preparedness & Response
  • Organizational Change Management



   Nicole Tay , MPH

Nicole has her MPH from Columbia University in Epidemiology and the Social Determinants of Health. She is a creative healthcare professional and blockchain technology consultant. As a queer woman of color, Nicole is passionate about using blockchains and other emerging technologies to bolster underserved communities. In her spare time, she writes and directs short films.





     Gora Datta    Heather Leigh Flannery

(scroll down to Session #1 Speakers below for full bios of these initiative hosts)

   John Greaves

John Greaves is a globally recognized leader in technology who has pioneered development in DLT and Blockchain. His work in the Standards, Regulatory and Compliance areas for over 40 years enables him to support the rapid adoption of Blockchain DLT, revolutionizing IT as he states “in the post Turing era.”

This has led John to becoming one of the first in his field to apply Value Models in Supply Chain and Health Care in particular. His OHIO Principle (Zero Human Intervention Operations) is the backbone of the assessments and evaluations that are driving rapid adoption of Blockchain DLT.

Greaves has been the founding chair of several US, EU and British standards groups. He works closely with and continues to be a part of the EU Blockchain and DLT Programs. He was the leader of the GTAG program for EAN.UCC and developed, among many significant implementations worldwide, usable inter-operable IT and Data Processing engines. These very engines have rapidly been adopted by Standards and Regulatory IT Architecture.


  Michael Glickman

Michael L. Glickman (MGlickman@CNAInc.com) is CEO of Computer Network Architects and Chair of ISO/TC 215 Health Informatics.

Michael is the Chair of International Standards Organization (ISO)/TC215, Health informatics representing the interests and SME resources of sixty-three (63) countries. He has over 50 years of experience in the computer industry, and 40 years, specializing in the unique requirements of “clinical reliability”, interoperability and data quality/data science in HealthCare. He is very active in healthcare informatics standards development and use.

Deeply experienced nationally and internationally recognized Subject Matter Expert in Health informatics; Board Member, Scientist, Engineer, University Teacher, Mentor and consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the HIT and services industry. Skilled in: Design, Requirements Analysis, HIT Infrastructure Strategy, Protocol Based Clinical Research/Pharma, Interoperability, Health Informatics and Data Science, Population Health, Genomics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), Digital Engagement and Transformation, and the art and science of Reducing Clinical Burden.


  Pat Baird

Pat Baird works at Philips as the Head of Global Software Standards. Pat likes to think of his job as “Policy Engineering” – understanding the unmet needs (and frustrations) of regulators and  developers, and developing standards, whitepapers, and training to meet those needs. His current passion is related to artificial intelligence in healthcare; he is co-chair of a CTA committee on healthcare AI, co-chair of a WHO AI quality management committee, is active on ISO/IEC SC42 AI standard committees, is active in trade associations related to AI, etc. Past roles have included software developer, engineering manager, project manager, lead engineer, and most recently he was the Director of Risk Management at Baxter Healthcare. Drawing on 20 years’ experience in product development, he has published and presented over 50 papers regarding product development. He has an MBA from Marquette and a Masters in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety from Northwestern University.


  Debbie Bucci

Debbie is currently the Director, Patient-Mediated and Institutional Data Exchange at ConsenSys Health.

Formerly a lead IT Architect in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), her primary focus there was on the privacy and security aspects of Health Information Exchange and in particular Open APIs. She has been previously recognized, both within HHS and nationally, for her work in Federated Identity Management.

 Silona Bonewald

Silona Bonewald is the Executive Director for IEEE SA Open, a comprehensive platform offering the open source community cost-effective options for developing and validating their projects. Previously she was vice president of community architecture at Hyperledger, a global open source collaborative effort hosted by The Linux Foundation, where she integrated leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things (IoT), supply chains, and manufacturing. Other notable career accomplishments include, while with PayPal, pioneering the InnerSource process; for Siemens AG, creating a cutting-edge and Six Sigma-compliant e-commerce website; and for Ubisoft, creating an international content management system (CMS) architecture.

  Dan Conway

Professor Conway is Associate Director for the Blockchain Center of Excellence. He previously served on faculty at Notre Dame, Indiana University, Northwestern, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Florida and South Florida teaching topics from Analytics, Data Science, and Digital Transformation. He was the first professor in residence at Cisco Systems and has decades of consulting experience in analytics and artificial intelligence. He currently focuses on blockchain and digital transformation.





   Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy is the Director of Platform Integration & Technical Partnerships at ConsenSys Health building a platform based on distributed computing, machine learning and privacy enhancing technology for health care, life science and public sector partners. Previously at Accenture and the ConsenSys parent company, Mike has worked in technical strategy, development, integration and growth models for people to use and scale emerging technologies to industry standards.

Mike is also an Adjunct Professor at Thomas Jefferson University’s Institute of Emerging Health Professions as a lecturer and course developer for emerging technology graduate certificate courses. He is the Chair of the Hyperledger Healthcare Special Interest Group and a member to IEEE, Frontiers, Blockchain in Healthcare Today, Blockchain for Social Impact and other Hyperledger Working Groups. 


   Ben Taylor:

Ben is the CEO of LedgerDomain, founded in 2016 to bring blockchain solutions to enterprise ecosystems, unlocking a world of communal computing and real-time performance. After doing undergraduate and graduate work at MIT, Ben spent a quarter of a century incubating and investing in early-stage technology companies. In partnership with the Clinical Supply Blockchain Working Group, LedgerDomain developed the world’s first iOS blockchain app for the clinical supply chain. As part of the US Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) DSCSA Pilot Project Program, LedgerDomain partnered with UCLA Health to deploy a last-mile application helping to deliver lifesaving medications at one of the busiest hospitals in the United States.


   Susanne Sommerville

Susanne is CEO Chronicled, focusing on establishing networks powered by blockchain to automate the way companies do business together.  She is one of the founders of the MediLedger Network, established for the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences industry, with solutions already available to enable prescription medicine verification, and automation of revenue management processes.  She brings over 25 years of pharmaceutical, biotech, and supply chain experience. Susanne was most recently the Vice President of Supply Chain, North America, for Genentech.


   Brian Anderson

Dr. Brian Anderson is a Harvard trained physician-scientist, digital health innovator and clinical systems engineer. Dr. Anderson became a nationally recognized expert on the use of information technology in support of emerging CDS models and the provision of safe, effective, patient-centered care while at athenahealth where he launched a new model of clinical decision support leveraging artificial intelligence. 

As MITRE’s Chief Digital Health Physician, Dr. Anderson helps to architect, implement, and analyze health information systems for CMS, HHS, the FDA and the VA. Dr. Anderson is also the Co-Principal Investigator of MITRE’s largest internally funded R&D project, where he is leading the development of a common data model in Oncology based on FHIR, termed mCODE (minimal Common Oncology Data Elements).


   Scott Whitmire

Scott Whitmire is a senior enterprise architect with over 40 years of system architecture and development experience, including lead architect on a number of major applications.  He has built or designed applications for several industries, including aerospace, manufacturing, professional practice management, financial services, wholesale, retail, and telecommunications.

Mr. Whitmire is a Senior Member of the IEEE, an Iasa Fellow, and holds the CITA-P certification. He has mentored many architects and engineers, and has served on many CITA-P boards. He has published one book (so far), “Object Oriented Design Measurement,” as well as numerous papers, articles, and presentations. He is a frequent speaker at Iasa chapter and global events.


   Moira Schieke

Moira is a digital health innovator, cancer imaging and MRI expert, board-certified clinical radiologist, inventor of “5D” medical imaging, and Founder/CEO of Cubismi. She is a passionate advocate for patient rights and for breaking down legacy barriers to improved care.

As a business owner, Moira’s focus is on advancing medical imaging technology through big data learning and revolutionary user interfaces. Moira brings a unique perspective as a practicing radiologist that gives her powerful insights into how a revolutionary new medical imaging paradigm can empower physicians’ decision making and lead to improved patient outcomes.


   Mitch Parker 

Mitch joined Indiana University Health in September of 2016 as executive director of information security and compliance, where he leads a team of 21 people dedicated to protecting the organization’s systems and data. “Everything we do on the team is about the mission of the organization and we keep that in mind every day,” Parker says. “We do this because our patients depend on us.” Parker’s team is divided into four smaller groups, which include:

  • Cybersecurity operations: This team responds to any virus or ransom malware that tries to attack an IU Health machine.
  • Third party vendor risk management: All equipment purchased by IU Health that connects to the network is evaluated for risk by this team before being used.
  • Regulatory compliance: This team is responsible for making sure IU Health complies with the HIPAA security rule – national standards that protect an individual’s electronic personal health information — and credit card processing rules.
  • Internal review: This team conducts IU Health’s own version of an internal audit, making sure its security controls are effective.


   Susan Ramonat

Founder and Chair of Advisory Board of Spiritus Partners, Inc.

With over 25 years of Wall Street and banking experience, Susan has excelled in executive roles across enterprise sales, product management, technology strategy, operational risk and corporate development.

As Chief Risk Officer for a $9 billion financial services firm, she built an enterprise risk management program directly aligned with the company’s strategy of marshalling emerging technologies for its wealth management, hedge fund and pension fund clients – experience she’s used in healthcare since the company’s founding in 2016.

Susan serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Loyola University Chicago, and is an Industry Associate at UCL Blockchain Centre of Excellence. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University.


   John Greaves

John Greaves is a globally recognized leader in technology who has pioneered development in DLT and Blockchain. His work in the Standards, Regulatory and Compliance areas for over 40 years enables him to support the rapid adoption of Blockchain DLT, revolutionizing IT as he states “in the post Turing era.”

This has led John to becoming one of the first in his field to apply Value Models in Supply Chain and Health Care in particular. His OHIO Principle (Zero Human Intervention Operations) is the backbone of the assessments and evaluations that are driving rapid adoption of Blockchain DLT.

Greaves has been the founding chair of several US, EU and British standards groups. He works closely with and continues to be a part of the EU Blockchain and DLT Programs. He was the leader of the GTAG program for EAN.UCC and developed, among many significant implementations worldwide, usable inter-operable IT and Data Processing engines. These very engines have rapidly been adopted by Standards and Regulatory IT Architecture.


   Drummond Reed

Drummond has spent over two decades working on Internet identity, security, privacy, and trust frameworks. He joined Evernym as Chief Trust Officer after Evernym’s acquisition of Respect Network, where he was CEO, co-founder, and co-author of the Respect Trust Framework, which was honored with the Privacy Award at the 2011 European Identity Conference. Drummond has served as co-chair of the OASIS XDI Technical Committee since 2004, the new semantic data interchange protocol that implements Privacy by Design. Prior to starting Respect Network, Drummond was Executive Director of two industry foundations: the Information Card Foundation and the Open Identity Exchange, the international not-for-profit clearinghouse for Internet trust frameworks. He has also served as a founding board member of the OpenID Foundation, ISTPA, XDI.org, and Identity Commons. In 2002 he was a recipient of the Digital Identity Pioneer Award from Digital ID World, and in 2013 he was honored as an OASIS Distinguished Contributor.


   Kitty Kolding 
Ms. Kolding is a successful start-up CEO, having led multiple new, early stage and mid stage start-ups across categories including marketing tech, marketing services and data. She has founded and led three of her own companies, and has been brought into several start-ups by Founders and VC investors as a professional CEO, to drive more disciplined and productive business operations, for firms including House Party, Cravebox, Elicit, Infocore and Innovation Pavilion.

Kitty founded Chrysalis Partners in early 2018, a company that helps obtain value, utility and revenue from data. Immediately prior to Chrysalis, Kitty was CEO of Infocore for 5 years, where she oversaw a team of global data sourcing and activation experts serving Fortune 500 marketers and their agency partners in the USA and 90 countries around the world.

Prior to her appointment at Infocore, she was CEO of several start-ups, including Cravebox, a next generation marketing platform for Fortune 500 consumer marketers, and House Party, a social and experiential marketing firm, for nearly 5 years. Prior to joining House Party, Kitty was founder and CEO of S3, an outsourced services firm specializing in strategic sales and partnerships, which she ran for 4 years on a full time bases, after leading strategic sales and business development at Jupiter Research, where she held a series of executive positions, helping grow revenues to over $100 million.


  Jim St. Clair

Jim is the CTO of The Dinocrates Group, a Maryland-based boutique strategy and advisory firm, and the founder of the Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology.
As CTO, Jim leads the Dinocrates Transformational Technology Services to assist public and private sector clients understand and adopt the latest advances in Blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation (RPA) and cyber risk.

Given the dramatic changes in technology and healthcare delivery, Jim recently founded the Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology, which upon inception will be a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the healthcare value chain to reduce costs and streamline access and delivery of healthcare. IHFT builds on the innovations of financial, insurance and healthcare technology, especially in such concepts as distributed ledgers, blockchain, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).



KICKOFF   SESSION#1   OCT 12th 2020

Speakers for this forum are previewed here, with more detailed background information available below …

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   Gora Datta

Gora Datta, FHL7 is a US based serial entrepreneur and an internationally acknowledged Subject Matter Expert on Digital Health, Health Informatics Standards & CyberHealth initiatives.

He is an accomplished, visionary executive with 36 years of international professional expertise in the field of Computer & Software Engineering and its application to Healthcare, Mobile Health, CyberSecurity, IoT, Blockchain, eLearning & Social Protection. Gore serves as trusted advisor and director on the following: As an US “Electronic Health Record (EHR)” Subject Matter Expert and ICT Expert on eHealth, Public Health & Social Protection/Safety Net. Programs. Gora provides consultancy to & collaborates with large governmental organizations [e.g., US Dept of Health and Human Services (ONC, CMS, CDC), State of California (Public Health), County of Los Angeles (Dept of Health, Public Health), NIST: National Institute of Standards & Technology-USA]; Governments [of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Niger, Philippines, USA]; multilateral agencies [The World Bank, ADB, WHO, UNICEF] and US based independent hospital consortium (consisting of over 150 hospitals).

In addition Gora is the Chair of following IEEE groups and events IEEE Healthcare: Blockchain & Artificial Intelligence Virtual Series, Southern California Council, SUSTECH-2021 Conference on Sustainable Technologies, IEEE-USA USGCoI (US Government Communities of Interest) and Orange County, Southern California CyberSecurity

Gora is also Convenor of the following ISO Groups: TC215 AHG#4 Standards & Conformance, TC215/WorkGroup#10 Traditional Medicines, TC215 Task Force#2 Outreach & Communications



  Heather Leigh Flannery

Heather Leigh Flannery is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ConsenSys Health, a spin-off from ConsenSys AG effective March 2nd, 2020. She is also Co-Founder and Board Chair of Blockchain in Healthcare Global (“BiHG”), a new 501(c)6 trade association organized under the IEEE ISTO. She chairs the IEEE SA P2418.6 Standards Development Working Group (blockchain in healthcare and life sciences), serves as the FY19 Co-Chair of the global HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force, Chairs the Healthcare Special Interest Group at the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), and is an Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Frontiers Blockchain for Science. Ms. Flannery is also an Innovation Fellow at EP3 Foundation, has served as Industry Faculty for the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (US HHS ONC) and is an active consultant, advisor, and keynote speaker.

Prior to ConsenSys, she founded and led Obesity Prevention, Policy, and Management, Inc. (“Obesity PPM”), an innovative provider of disease management, population health, research administration, and information technology managed services for health systems in the Americas, and an early adopter of blockchain technology.


    José Arrieta

José Arrieta is the former U.S. Health and Human Services Chief Information Officer and acting Chief Data Officer. He delivered the first live enterprise application of blockchain/AI in the U.S. federal government and has been one of the most recognized leaders in vision and action bringing emerging technology to health in recent years.


    Orlando Lopez

Orlando is Director of the Dental Materials and Biomaterials Program and Coordinator of the Small Business (SBIR/STTR) Program at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). He leads efforts to strengthen NIH/NIDCR’s portfolio in basic science and translational research by funding development of biomaterials, oral biodevices and digital dentistry technologies intended to address oral health and overall health. He serves as program manager to trans-NIH initiative on Rapid Acceleration for Diagnostics for COVID-19 detection by oral biosensing and an interagency research program at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) supporting development of clinically relevant standards for dental biomaterials and oral biosensors. Orlando is also a major contributor to multiple professional working groups and industry standards committees, including NIH Data Management Working Group, NIH Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group, DoD’s Working Group on Computational Modeling, IEEE 2933 Standard on Clinical IoT Interoperability with TIPPSS, IEEE Healthcare Blockchain and AI, DMV Chapter of Blockchain in Healthcare Today, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Biomedical Engineering Technical Committee and Thermal Medicine Standard, American Dental Association (ADA) Standards on Dental Products, American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Blockchain and AI Working Groups.  

Prior to NIDCR, he served as lead regulatory reviewer at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the Food and Drug Administration (CDRH-FDA) where he led regulatory approvals of medical devices in the areas of diagnostic medical imaging, cardiovascular and digital health technologies. He is alumni of the prestigious FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship and the NIH Postdoctoral IRTA Fellowship. 

Orlando received a GWCPM from The George Washington University, School of Business, and a Ph.D. from Mayo Clinic and B.S. from Boston University, both, in Biomedical Engineering.


  Sachin Shetty

Sachin Shetty is an Associate Director at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center. He holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor with the Department of Computational, Modeling, and Simulation Engineering. Sachin Shetty received his PhD in Modeling and Simulation from the Old Dominion University in 2007 under the supervision of Prof. Min Song. Prior to joining Old Dominion University, he was an Associate Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Tennessee State University. He was also the associate director of the Tennessee Interdisciplinary Graduate Engineering Research Institute and directed the Cyber Security laboratory at Tennessee State University. He also holds a dual appointment as an Engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Indiana. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer networking, network security and machine learning. His laboratory conducts cloud and mobile security research and has received over $12 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, Air Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Lab, Office of Naval Research, Department of Homeland Security, and Boeing. He is a co-principal investigator on the DoD Cyber Security Center of Excellence, the Department of Homeland Security National Center of Excellence, the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI), and Department of Energy, Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC). He has authored and co-authored over 150 research articles in journals and conference proceedings and two books. He is the recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Award, DHS Scientific Leadership Award and has been inducted in Tennessee State University’s million-dollar club. He has served on the technical program committee for ACM CCS, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICDCN, and IEEE ICCCN.


  Sean Manion PhD

Sean is the Chief Scientific Officer of ConsenSys Health. He is a neuroscientist with two decades of federal research experience. He is a noted author, having recently co-authored Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare with journalist Yael Bizouati-Kennedy (2020 CRC Press) along with the book chapter, “Advancing Health Research with Blockchain” in the HIMSS Series textbook, Blockchain in Healthcare: Innovations that Empower Patients, Connect Professionals and Improve Care, and articles such as Blockchain Compliance by Design: Regulatory Considerations for Blockchain in Clinical Research. Sean co-founded and serves as a Chief Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Blockchain for Science published by Frontiers. Dr. Manion is co-founder of Blockchain in Healthcare Global, a 501 (c)(6) under the IEEE International Standards & Technology Organization, and he is a member of the HIMSS Blockchain Task Force and the IEEE Standards Association working group for Blockchain in Healthcare & Life Sciences (p2418.6). He was named a Fellow of the British Blockchain Association in 2019 and serves as an editorial board member of their journal.

Prior to moving into the private sector, Dr. Manion served as Deputy Chief of Staff and later Research Activities Chief at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.  He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Neuroscience from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2006, and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Temple University in 1999.


  Ted DellaVecchia

Ted is the CEO and Managing Partner of Symbotix, and CIO where he leads digital innovations and reinventions for health systems, academic medical centers, and insurance payers. As a international renown Healthcare Strategist, Ted recently strengthened the synergy between Red Hat and IBM Watson Health and inspired a pivot by laying the cornerstones of #LinuxForHealth – an Open Community ecosystem project and kernel of an open operating system that enables industry-wide data interoperability.

Ted is the founding chairman of the Healthcare Industry Transformation Project (HITP). Founded in 2011, the HITP is a digital-health innovation ecosystem of early-adopting healthcare organizations collaborating to invoke reinvention of the healthcare industry.

Ted led IT-enabled business transformations at several Fortune 100 enterprises across multiple industries. Examples include: delivered global elements of a corporate turnaround at IBM Corporation, defined and advanced world-wide supply-chains and drove earnings growth for Starbucks Coffee Company, and as senior vice president / CIO restructured IT divisions into high performance engines while innovating enterprise business strategies for three multi-billion dollar health insurance companies.

He has served as sponsor and advising board member of the Center for Information Systems Research at MIT Sloan School of Management, has performed as guest lecturer at MIT Sloan and frequently speaks at industry events on the topic of accelerating/assimilating use of digital health solutions for symbiotic ecosystem interactions. He also served on Boards of Directors for companies transcending successful Initial Public Offerings and those pioneering the use of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) methodologies in healthcare.

  Frederic de Vaulx

Frederic de Vaulx is Vice President of Prometheus Computing where he helps develop the vision, innovation and strategy of the company. He is also a Senior Software Engineer and Program Manager overseeing the design, architecture and development of custom software applications for Prometheus’ federal and commercial clients.

Frederic is a member of the ACT-IAC Emerging Technology Community of Interest and Co-Chair of the Blockchain Working Group that published a blockchain primer in late 2017 and a first version of the blockchain playbook in early 2018. He is a member of the IEEE Blockchain Initiative, the HIMSS Blockchain Task Force and the CSA Blockchain Working Group.


   Denise McCurdy

Denise McCurdy is a veteran of the Information and Communications industry with over 35 years of experience working with Fortune 100 firms.  With a professional and personal interest in emerging technologies, Denise returned to academics to investigate blockchain, completing her doctorate in business with a thesis in blockchain for supply chains.  Passionate about mentoring, Denise enjoyed working with her team members to secure a first place win at GSU’s Blockchain Innovation Competition with a supply chain solution.

With a background in strategy formulation, Denise has extensive experience in assembling and managing global teams to resolve challenging business problems, and counts among her clients the Gates Foundation and the Center for Global Development, P&G, British Telecom, and a mobile money start-up in Argentina.

In addition to her Doctorate in Business Administration, Denise holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Management from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.

Denise has traveled extensively overseas, and enjoys meeting people from all parts of the world.  Calling Vinings, GA home, Denise is a transplant from the Midwest and enjoys the Atlanta sunshine.


McCurdy, D. (2020). The Role of Collaborative Governance in Blockchain-Enabled Supply Chains: A Proposed Framework.

Johnson, A., McCurdy, D., Schechter, D., & Loch, K. (2020, January). Hot or Cold… How Ready are Third Party Logistics Cold Storage Companies to Implement Blockchain?  In Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Pisa, M., & McCurdy, D. (2019). Improving Global Health Supply Chains through Traceability. CGD Policy Paper 139.

Standards Associations

Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) – Standards Review co-chair.  BiTA is one of the largest commercial blockchain alliances in the world, with nearly 500 members in over 25 countries that collectively generate over $1 trillion in revenue annually.

IEEE P2145 Blockchain Governance Working Group – Member at large, and team lead for Governance for Interoperable Blockchains sub-group.

IEEE Healthcare: Blockchain & AI