Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee is responsible for deciding the topics covered by the event; selecting and overseeing the invitation of plenary speakers; and selecting the member, free paper and poster presenters.

Joan C. Lo (Taiwan)
Scientific Committee Chair


Prof. Lo is an economist by training; She worked as a computer programmer, energy policy analyst, lecturer, and had been involved in the econometric modeling and forecasting. In 1989 she joined Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Planning Task Force and was in-charge of the design of the financing system.

She was behind the integration of the NHI scheme from diversified systems. Since then, her efforts have been concentrated on the NHI system evaluation and redesigning. She was also a member of the Long-term Care Insurance Steering Group in Taiwan and had participated in the pension reform as well.

Krister H Partel


Member of the AHHA’s senior leadership team responsible for leadership of AHHA’s advocacy program including strategic communications, leadership of media programs, political and stakeholder engagement and integration of advocacy across AHHA activities. With more than a dozen years’ experience in both the public and non-government sectors, Krister has extensive experience in policy development and analysis, advocacy, strategic communications planning, crisis communications, media relations and social media planning. Previously, Krister worked for Canada’s federal health portfolio, including two years as a Parliamentary Assistant to Canada’s federal Minister of State for Public Health followed by six years at Health Canada, Canada’s federal health department, working in both Cabinet and Parliamentary Affairs and then in Strategic Communications. Krister has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Australian National University.

Susan Killion

Susan Killion joined the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) in July 2015 as Director of the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research. Susan has enjoyed an extensive career in health for over thirty years, both in Australia and the United States. Her experience includes holding health leadership roles in policy and strategic planning, hospital and community health funding, clinical operations, university lecturing, research and publishing. Susan has strong links to the health sector across national, state, university and peak health organisations, developed through her work with Australian Capital Territory Health, Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister’s Department, the University of Canberra, Southern New South Wales Local Health and Calvary Healthcare. As head of the Health Group at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Susan was managing editor for the biennial Australia’s Health, and led the publication of over 30 reports per year on health priority diseases. She led collaborations with universities with specialist health statistical expertise and jointly published on perinatal and maternal indicators, immunisation surveillance and primary care. Susan holds a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Canberra.

Marcelo Moncorvo Britto


Marcelo Moncorvo Britto is physician, Vice President of CNS Brazilian National Health Confederation, President of Febase and Sindhosfeira, graduated in medicine at 1989, post graduate in Hospitals administration, MSc in Health Care administration, author of books in management and administration in health care units, speaker of health market.

Benoît Nautré


PhD in Health management, Master sciences in IT hospital management and strategy, Deputy CEO regional comprehensive cancer center (Auvergne France), professor/researcher of accounting and strategy (School of Management – Clermont Auvergne University France), member of the International cooperation department of UNICANCER (French Comprehensive Cancer Federation), associated professor 2003 – 2007 at FEHAP University Institute (French non for profit hospitals federation) , International expert for World Bank (team leader of the 2013 project “decentralization of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in Eastern Europe area), and in several projects of African Development Bank, WHO.

Main skills: heath care provider’s payment, hospital piloting tools developments, DRG implementation, strategy in health, reforms and change process in hospitals.

Chor Chiu Lau
(Hong Kong)


Dr. Lau is the Cluster Chief Executive of Hong Kong East Cluster, Hospital Authority (HA) since May 2011. He is responsible for the operation of six HA hospitals with over 3,000 beds and a total establishment of over 8,000 staff.
Dr Lau is an emergency physician by background. He was one of the foundation fellows of Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine (HKCEM) and served as the President of HKCEM from 2005 to 2011.  He has made significant contributions to the evolution from “casualty” to “emergency medicine”. He has been instrumental in the development of emergency aeromedical patient transfer, and was one of the first senior Air Medical Officers in Hong Kong.

Wang Jun Lee


Dr. Wang-Jun Lee is the CEO of Seonam University College of Medicine, Myong Ji Hospital and is running two more general hospitals along with 3 long term care facilities. Also, Dr. Lee is the President of South Korea’s most influential healthcare news & publishing company, ‘The Korean Doctors’ Weekly’, founded in 1992.

In addition, as a board member of the Korean Hospital Association, he is in charge of secretary general of the Korean Healthcare Congress, which is top healthcare related annual congress in Asia.

Tsuguya Fukui


Dr. Tsuguya Fukui has been the president of St. Luke’s International Hospital, one of the most prestigious teaching hospitals in Japan since 2005. The hospital has been playing central role in advancing medical care in Japan since its foundation in 1901 by a missionary doctor from the United States.

Dr. Fukui was previously the professor of medicine and clinical epidemiology as well as the founding Dean of School of Public Health at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine and is one of the leaders in general internal medicine, clinical epidemiology and medical education. St. Luke’s International Hospital had an honor of receiving 2015 IHF Dr. Kwang Tae Kim Grand Award.

Mkhululi “Mac” Lukhele
(South Africa)


Mkhululi “Mac” Lukhele is an Orthopaedics surgeon with special interest in spine surgery. He is the adjunct Professor of Orthopaedics at university of Witwatersrand where he is also the Head of the School of Clinical Medicine. He is involved in Medical advisory committee in all university of Witwatersrand teaching hospitals. He is one of the past presidents of the South African Medical Association, The South African Orthopaedics Association and the South African Spine Society. He is a member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa and is the President of the Southern African Spinal Cord. He has published several scientific papers, supervised and trained several specialist and has presented in several scientific.

Pr Antoine Geissbuhler


Antoine Geissbuhler is a Professor of Medicine, Chairman of the Department of Radiology and Medical Informatics at Geneva University, Director of the Division of eHealth and Telemedicine at Geneva University Hospitals. He is also President of the Health-On-the-Net Foundation, Past-President of the International Medical Informatics Association, and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informaticians.

His research focuses on the development of innovative, knowledge-enabled information systems and computer-based tools for improving the quality, safety and efficiency of care processes, and on the evaluation of their impact on health outcomes, at the local level of the largest hospital in Switzerland, in the regional patient-centered health information system, at the global level with the Health-On-the-Net Foundation, as director of the WHO collaborating center for eHealth, and as director of the RAFT network, an extensive South-South telemedicine network linking hundreds of hospitals in 20+ developing countries (

Wui-Chiang Lee


Dr. Wui-Chiang Lee is the Chief of Department of Medical Affairs and Planning, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, the leading medical center in Taiwan. As his consistent engagement in quality improvement and patient safety, Dr. Lee has been the President of Asian Society for Quality in Health Care (ASQua), and board member of International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) since 2013. Dr. Lee was the Director-General of Department of Medical Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan (2013~2014) and former CEO of Joint Commission of Taiwan (2011~2013). Dr. Lee is also a gastroenterologist by training and practices for more than 20 years at the leading hospital of Taiwan. Dr. Lee earned his PhD of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2005, and MHS of Health Economics and Management at Hopkins in 2002, and MD of National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taiwan in 1992.

Hong-I Chen


Professor Hong-I CHEN currently worked as Dean of College of Health Sciences in Chang Jung Christian University, also is a surveyor & team organizer of Joint Commission of Taiwan for hospital accreditation. He graduated from National Defense Medical Center as M.D. in 1973, after full training of urology/surgery, he served in the military hospitals. He acquired a PhD in neuropharmacology at University of Oxford, U.K., a master of medical management at Tulane University, U.S.A., as well as an EMBA at National Taiwan University. He had rescued SARS disaster of Taiwan when he was the superintendent of Tri-Service General Hospital in 2003.

Yue-Chune Lee


Yue-Chune Lee is professor at Institute of Health and Welfare Policy (IHWP), National Yang-Ming University (NYMU), Taiwan. She received DrPH from School of Public Health, Health Science Center at Houston, University of Texas and has been Founder and Director of IHWP and President of Taiwan Public Health Association. Besides, she has also been Deputy Minister of Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) and Chief advisor of Long-Term Care Insurance Task Force of Ministry of Health (now MHW). For many years, she has participated in the National Health Insurance (NHI) planning, implementation and evaluation. She has been Director of Payment system of NHI Task Force, Chairperson of Global Budget Negotiation Committee and Advisor of MOH and Bureau of NHI. She has received Premier Professional Medal from MHW and Health Promotion Medal from Health Promotion Administration to appreciate her long-term contribution to NHI, LTCI and health Promotion policies.

Jay Bhatt


Dr. Jay Bhatt is the Chief Medical Officer of the American Hospital Association and President of the Health Research & Educational Trust. Most recently, he was the Chief Health Officer at the Illinois Health & Hospital Association. Previously, he was Managing Deputy Commissioner and Chief Innovation Officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health. He also is a practicing internal medicine physician in Chicago serving vulnerable populations and a member of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1999 with a degree in Economics. In 2008, Dr. Bhatt received both his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

IHF Secretariat


Dr. Eric De Roodenbeke
Chief Executive Officer
International Hospital Federation


Eric de Roodenbeke became IHF CEO in June 2008. His previous positions included Senior Health Specialist at the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA); Senior Health Specialist, World Bank; Senior management positions at the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Cooperation; various senior management and executive positions in large French university teaching and general hospitals. He holds a Ph.D. in health economics, University of Paris 1, Sorbonne (France); Hospital Administration Diploma from ENSP Rennes (France); and Diploma in Public Health, University of Nancy (France).