EHMA 2017 Annual Conference – Meet our keynote speakers

9 March 2017

The EHMA 2017 Annual Conference will be held on 13 – 15 June in the vibrant city of Milan, Italy, hosted by the prestigious Bocconi University on the topic of ‘Health Futures’. Two perspectives will be considered. On the one hand, we will identify external trends in demography, technology, economy and culture and discuss what those trends mean for the demands on and organisation of our healthcare systems in the (near) future. On the other hand, we will assess how such changes are impacting the current reform agenda and whether they are making service improvement challenging to achieve.

Over the three days we will bring together health managers, health professionals, policy and decision makers, educators and heads of research programmes. We will host several parallel sessions, Special Interest Groups meetings, and thematic sessions, together with social events that will enhance networking and knowledge sharing among the delegates in an informal atmosphere.

This year we are honoured to have with us three renowned keynote speakers: Dr Josep Figueras, Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies; Sir David Sloman, Chief Executive of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust; and Prof Jan Kimpen, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Royal Phillips.


Dr Josep Figueras

On 13 June, at the Opening Plenary, the EHMA 2017 Annual Conference will be inaugurated by Dr Figueras’ speech that will outline the main challenges and opportunities for European health policy.

Dr Figueras is the Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Head of the WHO European Centre on Health Policy in Brussels, proud holder of an academic position at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a visiting professor at Imperial College London. His research interests are mainly focussed on the comparative health system and policy analysis. He has worked with a wide range of international organisations, including the European Commission and the World Bank.

Dr Figueras is also President of the Board of Accreditation of APHEA and the Honorary Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health Medicine. He is a long-standing friend of EHMA and has twice received the prize for the best annual publication on policy and management as well as the Andrija Stampar Medal in 2006.


Sir David Sloman

During the second plenary session, Sir David Sloman will give a speech on the challenges and opportunities for hospitals in the 21st century, with a specific take on the partnership that the Royal Free Hospital has recently formed with Google.

Sir David Sloman is Chief Executive of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. In 2016, he was listed as the third most influential Chief Executive in the English national Health Service by the Health Service Journal. Sir David has held several senior leadership roles in the NHS and in the private healthcare sector. Also, he was knighted in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to the National Health Service.


Prof Jan Kimpen, MD

The EHMA 2017 Annual Conference will draw to a close with Prof Kimpen’s speech on 15 June, during the closing plenary. Prof Kimpen will discuss the way a technology company, such as Philips, may respond to the challenges and opportunities for healthcare in the next decades.

Since 2016, Prof Kimpen has been the Chief Medical Officer at Royal Phillips. Prior to joining Phillips, he was Professor of Paediatrics and Director of the Residency Program at Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital and Dean of the Medical Faculty at the University of Utrecht, as well as the CEO of the University Medical Center Utrecht.

At Philips, Professor Kimpen works closely and collaboratively with business and functional leaders across the organisation, in pursuit of organic and external growth opportunities. He states his role and experience acquired aims to drive the development and implementation of Philips’ medical strategies across the Health Continuum, from the perspective of consumers, patients, and providers.


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