Tackling inequities: Leading accessible, integrated delivery systems



Wednesday 11 September


Session description:

This session explores the strategic importance of addressing issues of equity when designing services and delivery models. Presentations will cover approaches including the journey towards an integrated system with enhanced patient-centred care and broader access to quality services, as well as ensuring diversity in research as a route to tackling healthcare inequities.

Chair: Dr Tyson Welzel, Group Chief Innovation Officer, Mediclinic Group Ltd., Switzerland



Wednesday 11 September


Chair and Speakers

Dr Tyson Welzel

Group Chief Innovation Officer, Mediclinic Group Ltd., Switzerland

Tyson Welzel graduated from the University of Cape Town (“UCT”) in 2001. He has fed his interest in all aspects of Emergency Medicine – completing courses in Hyperbaric, Diving, Aviation Medicine and Expedition Medicine, as well as in Forensic Medicine, Medicine and the Law, and Disaster Medicine.

For many years, he served the dual function of Clinician and Clinical Manager at a district hospital in Cape Town. Shifting to academia, he subsequently joined UCT’s Division of Emergency Medicine as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the MPhil and PG Dip programmes and served on the Human Research Ethics Committee of Stellenbosch University from 2011 to 2018. He is also a founder of the Centre of Excellence in Emergency Medicine in Bern.

In 2016, he joined Mediclinic Group, a multinational healthcare services provider, taking responsibility for clinical governance and health technology assessments, before being appointed to spearhead innovation across the organisation in 2019. He founded the Mediclinic radical innovation hub in Zug, Switzerland in 2021.

At the rare occasion when there is spare time, Tyson is an avid photographer with both SLR and drone-based, and enjoys a good hike.

Dr Syed Farhat Abbas Naqvi

CEO, Aga Khan University Hospital and Health Services, Pakistan

Dr Farhat Abbas is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan University Health Services in Pakistan – overseeing 5 hospitals and the Outreach Health Network across the country. With fellowships in surgery and urology from Pakistan, UK and USA, he is a Professor of Urology and a well-recognized Uro-Oncologist and Reconstructive Surgeon with a rich academic background.

Dr Abbas has held various pivotal roles at the University, contributing significantly to health sciences education, service, research, and administration. As the Dean of the Medical College from 2010 to 2018, he oversaw significant developments: including the introduction of new academic programs and the establishment of research centres. He has served on several national and international committees including those of the World Health Organization and has also made substantial research contributions in the area of prostate and other urological cancers.

Beyond academia and leadership in health sciences, he has contributed to humanitarian causes in disaster relief operations, promoting postgraduate medical education, and other national initiatives in war torn Afghanistan. He is a Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and Pakistan Academy of Medical Sciences.

Recognized for his outstanding contributions, he has received numerous awards, including the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz and Sitara-e-Imtiaz from the President of Pakistan.

Dr Fayeza Alyafei

Acting Executive Director – Healthcare Facilities, Department of Health Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Fayeza Saif Al-Yafei is a board-certified family medicine consultant and a distinguished leader in the field of healthcare quality & Hospital Administration. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Quality in the Department of Health, Abu Dhabi. In addition to her executive role, Dr. Al-Yafei is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, where she contributes to the education and training of future healthcare professionals. With a career spanning over two decades, Dr. Al-Yafei has dedicated herself to improving healthcare quality and patient safety in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Her efforts have led to significant improvements in clinical outcomes in several hospitals & ambulatory care settings and have earned multiple international and national awards for the organizations she has worked with. Her passion for excellence in healthcare continues to drive her commitment to fostering a culture of quality and safety in all healthcare settings.

Mr Richard Stubbs

CEO, Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber; Chair, Health Innovation Network, UK

Richard Stubbs is Chief Executive of Health Innovation Yorkshire & Humber, and Chair of the national Health Innovation Network.

Through regional, national, and international roles, Richard works with the NHS, academic partners, and health innovators to drive the transformation of health and care delivery through spread and adoption of innovation, and to contribute to economic growth to improve population health and life outcomes.

Richard is the international lead for the Health Innovation Network and an Advisor to Healthcare UK, providing strategic input into the UK Department for Business and Trade’s healthcare export activity, he is a fellow of the Sciana Health Leaders’ Network, and a member of the IHF Scientific Committee which curates the annual World Hospital Congress.

Richard is a long-standing member of the NHS Assembly, board member of NHS England’s Accelerated Access Collaborative and also the Innovation Ecosystem Programme Advisory Group. He is passionate about driving policy level changes which will best enable the NHS to adopt innovation for the benefit of patient care, in addition to developing a clear blueprint for how the NHS can best support, and benefit from, a strong life sciences ecosystem.

Commitment to diversity and inclusion runs through everything Richard does, and he has twice been recognised by the Health Service Journal in their Top 50 BAME Powerlist as “one of the BAME figures exercising the most power and influence in English health policy.” As Co-Chair of the NHS Confederation’s BME Leadership Network, he plays a central role in increasing diversity within NHS leadership.