Save the Date for the most comprehensive women’s health innovation conference in India: October 13, 2023 Global Women’s Health Innovation Conference 2023 …
India’s first event dedicated to Women’s Health & Health Equity
October 13, 2023
Hotel Royal Orchid, Bengaluru, India
India’s first event dedicated to
Women’s Health & Health Equity
2nd Global Women’s Health
Innovation Conference & Awards 2023
October 13, 2023
Hotel Royal Orchid, Bengaluru
Building on the successful launch of India's first dedicated event focusing on Women's Health, the 2nd edition of Global Women's Health Innovation Conference 2023 brings the most vital issues and gaps to the surface so that stakeholders can, together; find solutions, maximise opportunities and bridge the gaps in women's health and health equity in India.
Join us on October 13, 2023, at the prestigious Hotel Royal Orchid in the bustling city of Bengaluru (also known as the "Silicon Valley of India") where visionary leaders, disruptors, change makers, and passionate advocates of women's health will converge to ignite conversations that matter.
Set against the backdrop of innovation, untapped opportunities, and the pressing need for health equity, GWHIC is more than an event—it's a movement.
The Global Women's Health Innovation Conference is launching its first Femtech & Innovation Awards, honouring those who, through their commitment to women’s health, their investment in tech, and practice have demonstrably contributed to improving women’s health in India in their chosen area of expertise.
Nomination Deadline - September 30, 2023
Partner, Senior Vice President, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Frost & Sullivan
Reenita Das is a healthcare futurist and strategist, passionate about changing the healthcare industry. She got voted the top 100 women in Femtech and Healthtech and the top 50 Healthcare strategists to follow in 2021.
She has lived and worked in over 10 countries in the world, focusing on healthcare issues and working with public and private sector to implement growth change strategies.
Das currently serves as Partner and Senior Vice President and is the first woman Partner at Frost & Sullivan. In addition, she is the Founder of GLOW (Growth and Innovation of Women) program. She is also on the Board of a non profit “High Tech High Heels” Silicon Valley that focuses on increasing gender diversity for STEM. She is also part of the AdvisoryBoard in Arab Health.
In her current role, Das manages a global business and works largely with clients on futuristic scenarios and forecasts in understanding how healthcare will operate 20 years from today. She is focused heavily on rethinking consumer business models as healthcare makes a transition to health and identifying opportunities with companies outside of healthcare to bring solutions to the healthcare sector.
She is also focusing heavily on showcasing “Femtech” and the growth opportunities from this new sector which includes advising femtech companies on the right strategies and commercial business models to success.
Co-Founder, Indian Angel Network & Founding Partner, IAN Fund
Padmaja is nationally recognized as a key player in the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem and has helped co-found many of the relevant institutions, besides being an active Angel investor herself.
Her operating experience spans large corporates, M&A, and startups/early stage companies. She has been awarded as one of the 'Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business' by Fortune India, listed in Forbes India’s W- Power Trailblazers and “30 Most Powerful Women in India” by Business Today
Co Founder & President of Indian Angel Network (IAN), India's first & now possibly one of the world’s largest group of business angels, comprising the who's who of successful entrepreneurs and dynamic CEOs from India and overseas. She built IAN from inception, making it within a decade, a unique institution globally, with close to 500 investors from 12 countries and a portfolio of 135+ companies in 7 countries, spanning 17 sectors, with operations across 6 cities & London.
IAN model is a full service model for investors - from pipeline of investment opportunities to divestment. She is the Founding Partner of the IAN Fund, a uniquely differentiated Rs. 450 crores (~$70mn) Fund which along with IAN, is set to create the largest horizontal platform in India for investing in seed and early stage ventures.
Padmaja is a Co Chair of Global Business Angel Network (GBAN). She also operationalised TiE Delhi has been ranked as the Number One chapter globally for the last 4 consecutive years. She played a key role as Executive Director in building the Indian Venture Capital Association, India's oldest and largest association of VC and PE firms.
In addition she helped the creation of Lankan Angel Network in Sri Lanka. She is actively engaged with the Indian Govt.
Co-founder & CEO - Elda Health
Swathi Kulkarni is the Co-Founder and CEO of Elda Health, a full-stack platform enabling women to understand their health issues, identify precautionary measures, gain access to meaningful diagnoses, and above all prioritize their own health.
Over the course of her career spanning more than 18 years, Swathi has built several businesses such as Nua and Inksedge from scratch and also played strategic roles in companies such as Intel, Komli, etc. She is passionate about building start-ups and scaling them by using cutting-edge tech and consumer insights. She is adept at identifying challenge areas and deploying structured approaches to handle the chaos.
A serial entrepreneur from the Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad and BITS Pilani, Swathi is a leading #femtech leader, innovator, and supporter of the health care industry in a huge way. Her commitment to healthcare equality and passion makes her a pioneer healthcare women leader in India.
As the Global Women's Health Innovation Conference Advisory Board member, Swathi is guiding the leadership team to build a truly remarkable and impactful conference.
Founder - Human Centric Healthcare Ecosystem
Bharat Gera is a pioneer in the digital transformation of healthcare by leveraging innovative technology aligned with strategic goals since 1999.
Truly ahead of the times, his vision and ability to understand the importance and potential of technology in healthcare sets him apart. Bharat has a sterling journey as an innovation healthcare leader where he designed and implemented multiple projects for Digital Healthcare across stakeholders globally.
Among his many key achievements, Bharat designed and implemented Telemedicine Registry and Evaluation Study for India and was responsible for the creation of Virtual Family Visit, a unique innovative service for Wockhardt Hospital, winning international acclaim as the first hospital to offer web visits in 1998.
He has over two decades of experience in the Healthcare domain both in India and USA, covering Healthcare Providers, Health Insurance, and the Pharmaceutical/Drugs Industry.
Bharat is once again leading the innovation curve and is in the process of setting up a platform for the digital healthcare ecosystem to collaborate and advocate human centricity in the delivery of healthcare solutions.
A true health innovator to the core, Bharat is guiding the leadership team of the Global Women's Health Innovation Conference to stay true to the spirit of innovation.
CEO, Bagchi-Parthasarthy Hospital, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and President, Telemedicine Society of India, Kerala state chapter, and EC member, National Body of TSI.
Dr. Uma Nambiar is a trained neurosurgeon and a well experienced hospital administrator with considerable understanding of the Indian, African and Sri Lankan Healthcare systems.
She specializes in plan/ design, review and commissioning of new hospitals, business process re-engineering, audits across the hospital ecosystem, process standardization & quality in the healthcare system as well as use of information technology in Healthcare.
A passionate believer of Technology & Digital Transformation in the Healthcare ecosystem, winner of numerous awards, actively involved in promotion of Digital Health, she is also an avid traveller, painter and a keen photographer.
She has mentored many students who are successful leaders in the Healthcare Industry today.
Dr. Uma Nambiar is the CEO, Bagchi-Parthasarthy Hospital, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
She is also an Independent Director & Board Member, Hemas Group of Hospitals, Sri Lanka, Independent Director, Board Member, IIHMR- Bangalore
She is also Chairperson, Risk Management Committee, Hemas Group of Hospitals, Sri Lanka, Vice President, Telemedicine Society of India, Kerala state chapter, and EC member, National Body of TSI.
Co-Founder & Managing Trustee, Nightingales Medical Trust
Dr. Radha S. Murthy, an alumnus of St. John's Medical College, Bangalore has a brilliant academic career to her credit.
An eminent doctor with over 30 years of medical experience, she is also a recipient of the 2003 Rajyotsava Award conferred by the State of Karnataka in recognition of her services.
From the very beginning, she believed in practicing medicine with a difference, having a personalized, holistic, and need-based approach.
While serving in a hospital, she was looking for uncovered areas and gaps in the medical system in India. Moved by the plight of elders and the disabled who have difficulty in visiting hospitals, she started Nightingales Home Health Services in January 1996 to provide all possible medical care at the doorstep.
While providing home medical care, she had close contact with elders and identified their problems and the need for specialized care and facilities for the growing number of Elders.
She strongly believes that elders should remain an integral part of their family
In 1998 she founded Nightingales Medical Trust, a registered public charity, with the main objective of elder’s welfare and she is serving as a Managing Trustee.
Team Leader Geriatric Centre Project, St John’s Medical College, Bangalore
Dr Arvind Kasthuri works as Professor of Community Medicine & Mentor- Senior Citizen Health Service (SCHS) at the Department of Community Health, and team leader of the St John’s Geriatric Centre project, St John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India.
Recently, Dr Kasthuri has taken over charge as Chief of Medical Services of St John’s Medical College Hospital.
Dr Kasthuri joined St John’s Medical College in 1993. He has contributed to more than 30 research papers and has been involved in practical Community Health activity as a trainer, evaluator, and resource person to programs in different parts of India including Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Jharkhand on over 50 occasions.
In the early 2000s, Dr. Kasthuri developed an interest in the health of the Elderly, resulting in the launch of the Senior Citizen Health Service (SCHS) at St. Johns Medical College.
Dr Kasthuri is a recipient of the BM Patil Memorial Oration Award of the Karnataka Association of Community Health and the Venkoba Rao Oration Award of the Indian Academy of Geriatrics on two occasions.
In 2020, the Senior Citizen Health Service won the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) award for “Best Practice” in Community Medicine. St John’s Medical College was awarded the prestigious “Vayoshreshta Samman” award of the Government of India in 2021 based on its work with the Elderly.
Currently, Dr. Kasthuri is the leader of the team for the establishment of the “St John’s Geriatric Centre”, a unique 125-bed, 7-story standalone facility on the St John’s campus planned to deliver care, training, research, and community engagement services to Elders and their caregivers.
Dr. Kasthuri enjoys teaching and igniting young minds, and is the recipient of the Pioneer’s award for “Teacher of the Year” four times at St John’s Medical College.
Off the beaten track, Dr Kasthuri is part of the CAUSE foundation and the Kiara Silver Chorale, promoting musical theatre in Bangalore and Mangalore in support of charitable causes. He has been a part of the annual musical productions of the CAUSE Foundation every year since 1997.
His TedX talk titled “That other thing you do” is available on YouTube and was received enthusiastically.
He is happily married to Kavitha, is father to Varun and Dhruv, and is on a quest to find meaning and peace in life.
CEO, Nasscom CoE-IoT & AI
As a head of the NASSCOM, Center of Excellence – IoT & AI spanning three locations in Bangalore, Gurgaon and Ahmedabad, Sanjeev is currently building the innovation ecosystem with startups, corporates, Govt. and Academia focusing on emerging technologies like IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics etc. and its application in Manufacturing, Auto & Transport, Healthcare etc. India is becoming a hub of innovative digital solutions covering the entire gamut of industries and powering the digital strategies for global companies.
Sanjeev has spent many years leading product strategy, development & global operations in large and mid-size companies at Intel, Qualcomm etc. and has setup Indian centers for a few global companies for innovation and development. He started his career as a designer of Pentium processor in Intel at Santa Clara and has a MBA from Duke, NC. He believes " We need to create the collaborative ecosystems of domains and technology to drive more innovation ". When he is not experimenting with different technologies Sanjeev is trying out new cuisines.
Mr Malhotra is an industry leader and spent years leading product strategy, development & global operations in large and mid-size companies, my domain has spanned many different areas of Mobile internet software, Ecommerce, SaaS and Managed services, Server and CPU technologies, IOT and Connected devices.
He is currently building innovation ecosystem and driving co-innovation with larger enterprises, SMEs and start-ups focusing on emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Robotics etc and its application in Auto, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Agriculture, Retail, Fintech etc. Start-ups play an important role in the newer technologies as the role and pace of change of technology is bigger and faster than ever.
CEO, Curio Digital Therapeutics
Shailja Dixit, MD, MS, MPH is a renowned Physician Executive and the Chief Executive Officer of Curio Digital Therapeutics, a groundbreaking healthcare company specializing in women's behavioral and physical health.
With a diverse educational background, Shailja holds a Master's degree in informatics and a Master's degree in public health from Columbia University, NY, showcasing her commitment to advancing healthcare through the integration of technology and data-driven solutions.
With over two decades of experience in the healthcare and life sciences industry, Shailja has achieved remarkable success in various executive leadership positions at prominent companies such as Sanofi, Allergan, and GE. Her expertise in launching innovative medicines has earned her accolades and recognition, including being voted as the Innovator of the Year at GE in 2008.
Shailja's visionary mindset and contributions to the field of "Big Data" in Life Sciences led to her nomination as a Top 50 Thought Leader in the area in 2016. Her valuable insights and expertise were also showcased in the Pharma Executive Magazine cover-page article titled "Real-World Evidence: From Volume to Value" in October 2016.
Throughout her career, Shailja has played a pivotal role in building and leading successful companies, with multiple successful exits to her credit. However, her most significant accomplishment came three and a half years ago when she founded Curio Digital Therapeutics. Shailja's driving passion to provide appropriate and timely support for women dealing with emotional, behavioral, and physical health conditions across their lifecycle led to the creation of Curio—a digital-first platform exclusively dedicated to women's behavioral and physical health.
Curio is the only company to be classified as “software as a medical device” bringing an innovative approach that combines self-guided evidence-based interventions with access to experienced coaches and therapists. This unique combination empowers women to take control of their physical and behavioral well-being and provides them with the tools they need to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Under Shailja's leadership, Curio Digital Therapeutics has gained industry-wide recognition and numerous awards, including being named the most innovative company by BioNJ and one of the "companies to watch" by Business Insider. In addition, the company was awarded the prestigious "Venture of the Year" title in 2022.
Shailja’s exceptional leadership and entrepreneurial achievements have not gone unnoticed, as she has been acknowledged as a finalist for the prestigious E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Through her relentless dedication to improving women's behavioral and physical health and her visionary approach to digital therapeutics, Shailja continues to leave an indelible mark on the healthcare industry, making a positive impact on the lives of countless women seeking support and empowerment. Her unwavering commitment to creating innovative and accessible solutions for women's physical and mental well-being, positions her as a true trailblazer and a respected figure in the healthcare community.
CEO, Leucine Rich Bio Private Limited
Kumar Sankaran is the Chief Executive Office of Leucine Rich Bio Private Limited and the Designated Partner in Gene Express LLP. He is a business leader with a professional experience of 15+ years in Healthcare Research and Delivery. In his current role he is spearheading the growth and innovation in the Microbiome domain for the Asian market. He is passionate about driving the paradigm shift from "sick care" to "health care".
Principal, W Health Ventures
Namit Chugh is an investment professional and an ex-management consultant focused on the healthcare sector in India.
Prior to joining W Health Ventures, he worked as an Associate at Lok Capital where he made investments across sectors and worked closely with entrepreneurs in their journey to scale up ventures.
He has previously worked with consulting firms such as Alvarez & Marsal and PwC and focused on strategy and commercial due diligence assignments for private equity clients.
Namit holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and has completed Level I and II of the CFA program.
Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Peppy Health
Mridula has spent her career driving innovations in healthcare to make it more accessible and affordable.
Before Peppy, she led commercial teams in the pharmaceutical and digital health industries.
Prior to that, she was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. She has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from MIT and an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Founder and CEO, Lisa Health
Ann Garnier, founder and CEO of Lisa Health, is a veteran C-level operator who helped to create, launch, and scale innovative venture-backed health tech companies.
Prior to Lisa Health, Ann was COO at CarePayment, Interim Vice President, Operations, TAG/Equian, Senior Vice President, Operations at RelayHealth, and Vice President, Strategy and Technology for Paradigm Health.
Recognized leader and expert in women’s health (25 years) and menopause (7 years). Deep experience in strategy, product development, and customer success.
Led the development and launch of several tech-enabled products that improved outcomes for complex conditions, including high-risk pregnancy, preterm birth, and fertility.
She is passionate about using technology to transform women’s health, advancing research on menopause and healthy aging, and helping women thrive in midlife.
CEO, Temple Therapeutics
Sanj has over 18 years of leadership experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical life science industries and has executed several high-value asset and technology transactions, including four start-ups that led to private sale exits.
Before joining Temple Therapeutics, Sanj served as President and CEO of AdeTherapeutics, focusing on growth opportunities in hospitals, and specifically, in post-operative fibrosis management.
While at AdeTherapeutics, he identified strategic commercial partnerships for late-stage Phase II/III development programs; oversaw management, financing, and supply chain; and assembled and led a team of experts and thought leaders, including key opinion leaders.
He also expanded the company’s portfolio opportunities, identifying new assets for licensing and contributing to the issuance of new patents.
He serves as a member of the board of directors for BIOTECanada, Vice Chair of the Emerging Companies Advisory Board to BIOTECanada, and previously served on the Board of Directors and co-chaired the Health Opportunities Committee at the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce.
Sanj also served as Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management at the University of Saskatchewan, where he was directly responsible for the MBA Biotechnology Management program and led the growth of the university’s entrepreneurship center that has spawned several highly profitable start-ups.
Sanj received his B.Com in corporate finance, marketing, and international business at the University of Saskatchewan and his MBA in biotechnology at the Edwards School of Business.
Staff Director of Care & Welfare, SVRZ Servicecentrum
Dr. Dirk F. de Korne is a health scientist (PhD, MSc) who loves to practice and preach evidence-based health care management.
Responsible for care & welfare at a unique integrated aging care specialist provider in Zeeland Province, Netherlands, with small and large scale institutional and home-based facilities at 70+ locations and with 3,000+ dedicated staff.
Independent Director and Board Member, Member, National Think Tank
Sandhya has been a Global, APAC and India leader with Deutsche Bank, Thomson Reuters, AXA/ Guardian Royal Exchange and the TVS Group for over 35 years.
Her experience covers Financial services; Off-shoring / shared services; Operations & technology; Risk, Regulatory Governance; Strategy, innovation & Digitalisation and Social impact initiatives.
Sandhya, in the past 2 years, has built a professional portfolio ranging from being an Independent Director, to supporting the start-up, scale-ups, and social ventures through strategic consulting and being part of a national think tank. The common threads linking these various activities are transformation, growth, change, and impacting inclusive growth.
Sandhya’s professional engagements enable her to link networks, ecosystems, and varied perspectives to unlock unique areas for growth and change. She is focused on execution in the present while evolving a vision for the future. Sandhya’s diverse experience and passion to deliver coupled with her curiosity and desire to learn enables her to become part of various ecosystems and provide unique perspectives to promote growth and change.
Sandhya’s role as Independent Director includes her being on the Audit, Risk Management, CSR, Stakeholder Committees and often supporting the Management with strategic change. She is on the Board of TTK Prestige; Himatsingka Seide ; Electronica Finance Ltd (planning to grow from ~₹2000crores to ₹10,000) a Nominee Director,
on behalf of Indian Angel Network, with Ascorb Technologies Pvt Limited. A Governor on the Board of IIIT, Delhi (catalysed the start of Cyber security & Quantum studies); The Indus Enterprise [TiE Bangalore] and a Trustee on Industree Crafts Foundation. A Board Member & Distinguished Professor with ASIA [Advanced Study Institute of
Asia], a national think tank.
She is expected to join Assistive Technology Foundation’s section 8 company Atal Innovation Centre and Unitus Capital ‘s NBFC UC Inclusive Credit Pvt Ltd.
Hours of Networking
GWHIC 2022 welcomed prominent industry leaders from the healthcare industry, movers and shakers, innovators, and disruptors from the Femtech/Healthtech industry to share their valuable insights, best practices, and experiences.
Setting more ambitious goals to move the industry forward, GWHIC 2023 will host leading names and visionaries from India and around the globe who are impacting the future of health and its possibilities.
GWHIC isn't just a conference; it's an embodiment of progress. It's where pioneers, trailblazers, visionaries, and innovators come together to explore the dynamic intersections of women's health and innovation.
From cutting-edge innovation to groundbreaking research, from nurturing well-being to smashing stigmas, we'll delve into the heart of women's health and emerge with solutions that make a difference.
Who Will Attend
Our delegates, guests and community are serving the spectrum of women’s health – hormonal, reproductive, physical, mental and emotional.
Women’s Health Innovators, Service & Solution Providers and Investors
Medical and Healthcare
Government and Academia
Users and Patient Advocacy
Spread across both days of the conference; the exhibition and display arena will bring the major players, innovators, service and solution providers across the spectrum of women’s health
The exhibition will also enhance visibility for startups and social enterprises making an impact in the sector of women’s health
A creative and unique display of youth, media and art concepts and voices in the field of healthcare equity and quality of care
Join innovators, disruptors, and leading brands as a GWHIC Sponsor. Associate your brand with a cause that is gaining importance on a global scale.
Save the Date for the most comprehensive women’s health innovation conference in India: October 13, 2023 Global Women’s Health Innovation Conference 2023 …
Women are nearly twice as likely as men to suffer from mental illness. This gender disparity in depressive disorders may relate to social inequalities and living standards across nations. Currently, these disparities were not reflected at the level of health policies.
According to a CNBC report, the FemTech sector which is estimated to be worth $1.186 trillion by 2027, according to forecasts by the non-profit organization FemTech focus, is unable to reach anywhere close to its full potential due to the “taboo” nature of women’s health and gender imbalances in investment – two main obstacles to the industry.
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