Our Team

Inspiring people make an inspirational team:



#hellomynameis Dr Amir Hannan (Chairman)

Dr Amir Hannan is a GP at Haughton Thornley Medical Centres in Hyde, UK and a board member for Tameside & Glossop CCG leading on Long Term Conditions, Information management & Technology and Patient Engagement / Empowerment. Developing a “Partnership of Trust” between patient and clinician, the practice has enabled over 4300 citizens (36% of total population) to access their GP electronic health record on-line, helping them to self care and gain a better understanding of their health. The practice-based web portal www.htmc.co.uk puts patients, managers and clinicians at the heart of healthcare and helps drive change.

Twitter: @amirhannan email: amir@worldhealthinnovationsummit.com 



#hellomynameis Gareth Presch, CEO (Founder)     

Gareth Presch is a social entrepreneur who believes in sharing knowledge. He is the founder and CEO of the World Health Innovation Summit (#WHIS)a platform to inspire, innovate and share knowledge to improve healthcare while stimulating vibrant communities. A problem solver and healthcare strategist who has experience working in public, private and voluntary healthcare settings in the NHS (ehealth) and abroad. Patient focused and quality driven, a former Chief Officer of the National Haemophilia Council a statutory body in Ireland. Gareth has also managed National Clinical Programmes on Blood Transfusion (establishment of the National Blood Transfusion Committee), Haemochromatosis and the Endoscopy improvement programme. He has extensive networks around the world.

He has advised and been a member of a number of successful charity fundraising events in the past and continues to support charitable causes locally, nationally and internationally. He supports businesses in marketing, leadership and governance.

Winner of the Carlisle Living Innovation award 2016

Special Recognition Award Zenith Global Healthcare 2016


Advisor: Binti Period, My Way Code, Global Educator - Tribe of Why, Social Media Lead - PSUK, Columnist - CVH 1st Class Magazine, Big Heart Intelligence
@garethpresch @HIC2016 email: gareth@worldhealthinnovationsummit.com 



#hellomynameis Olive O'Connor (Goverance & Ethics)

Olive O’Connor is an expert in the field of personal self-management. Having qualified with Stanford University as a Self-Management Facilitator of Chronic Disease, Olive has become a specialist in this area by leading over two years of patient led research on this topic and from her own unique, personal experiences. As a patient and carer herself, Olive has an in depth understanding of the first-hand familiarities in the issues that can arise from manoeuvring within our health system, and so because of this, she has a passion to drive, promote & educate all stakeholders on the importance of engagement, self-management and partnership.

Winning the Judge’s Choice Special Merit Award 2014 (awarded to a business “deemed worthy of particular note”) from a total of 160 social businesses, Olive has always stood by her values and beliefs. A former youth worker, with specialities in intercultural studies, Olive chaired a thirty plus strong committee that went on to raise €100,000 in grant aid/ donations to build their local youth centre. Olive believes that the key to every successful project is through continual learning and engagement and because of this has a wide range of qualifications, including in the areas of Business & Legal Studies. Upon graduating, Olive decided to focus on the innovative MediStori project and was awarded a place on Enterprise Irelands prestigious New Frontiers programme, earning €15,000 in research funds.

Working with a fantastic team, social entrepreneur Olive, has undertaken extensive research with patients, carers & an immense range of health care professionals to develop the award winning personal health management toolkit - the MediStori. Endorsed by the Irish Patients Association, the Carers Association, the Irish Pharmacy Union plus numerous national charities and organisations, Olive was given the opportunity to showcase the MediStori on international territory when she was 1 of 10,000 women hand-picked from across the world to be showcased by the Clinton Global Initiative at their National AGM. An Taoiseach has since come in to support Olive’s work saying it can "save our health service millions".

Olive lives to learn and strives to connect with as many health innovators as possible. She is currently the event host for Health 2.0 Galway; lecturer for UCD [Forensic Medicine] and has been featured on – Today FM’s Sunday Business Show, RTÉ News, PrimeTime, IPU Magazine & MedTech’s Start-Up Academy of Excellence. Most recently Olive was asked to be a keynote speaker for the Vasco Da Gama Movement (VdGM) for Young GP’s by Dr Peter Sloane – of which she earned 9 CME credits and a certificate of recognition from the chairs.

Olive currently supports and works collaboratively with many charities, with a particular interest in young person’s organisations and mental health. Olive has been invited by many charities including iCAN [Irish Children Arthritis Network] to raise awareness of self-management and with Heart Children Ireland on awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In her spare time, Olive runs a suicide awareness Facebook page, EasySpeak (12,000+ members) which allows people to get advice from with their own central support service. This charity does not raise funds as it is completely peer led and is free to operate.




#hellomynameis Krista Presch (Communications) 

Krista is a qualified journalist with 10 years experience working in media. Starting her career as a print journalist, Krista more recently worked in media sales at a national television station - specialising in sponsorships, partnerships & promotions. Born and raised in Carlisle, Cumbria, Krista graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA Hons degree in English Language & Linguistics and went on to complete a Higher Diploma in Journalism and Media Communications.





#hellomynameis Ken Herd - (Finance)

Ken has spent over 35 years of his working life in finance, compliance and business operations. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland, is a Carlisle Ambassador, School Governor and member of the Young Enterprise Area Board for North Cumbria.


Ken gained his B. A. Hons in Financial Services in 2003 via Napier University, building on examinations which he passed via the Banking Institute. Ken was an Institute of Bankers national prize winner in the subject of Investment in his early banking days. During his time in banking as well as branch based roles he has worked in Human Resources and Commercial Marketing as well helping to run a branch network of 35 branches in South Scotland and at one time managed a portfolio of 500 business customers. A life-long learner, Ken is keen to see others benefit from his experience as a mentor, he is committed and has a very strong track record of helping staff on their individual learning journeys.


Ken has a mass of professional and organisational contacts in Carlisle, the wider Cumbria environs, North of England, North West of England, the South of Scotland and in London.




#hellomynameis Martyn Blacklock (Health, Wellness & Lifestyle)

Martyn Blacklock, PgD, is a counsellor and workout/yoga teacher working as The Self Coach. Although his first degree was psychology based he went on to work as a manager in the wealth management arm of HSBC for 10 years before deciding to set his current business, working with individuals and communities on improving wellness using a mindful approach. He has lived in Cumbria for most of his life and is immensely proud of the region and looks forward to showcasing what we have here through his wellness and mindfulness work.

Martyn's training as a person centered counsellor introduced him to a way of being which is characterised by three conditions: being deeply understanding, accepting and genuine. These conditions are believed to provide an environment in which human beings can find fulfillment of their personal potential. He has certainly experienced his own potential being realised when applying these conditions to himself and then to clients and in the community. He is delighted to be leading the wellness and mindfulness arm of WHIS to work with and inspire others to reach their potential and become their best selves.





#hellomynameis Mr Mike Nicholls (Legal)

Born in Carlisle and raised in Cumbria, Mike graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with an LL.B (Hons) degree before completing his academic stage of training on the Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University in 2012.  He qualified as a Solicitor in July 2013.


#hellomynameis Dr Gia Sison #WHIS Manila 


  • Graduate of Doctor of Medicine, University of Santo Tomas

  • Diplomate, Philippine College of Occupational Medicine

  • Consultant, Makati Medical Center

  • Former Projects Consultant, World Health Organization Western Pacific Region for Healthy Lifestyle in the Workplace Program

  • Co-Founder, HealthXPh, social media advocacy group promoting the responsible use of technology in healthcare

  • Former Medical Director, Magsaysay Multipurpose Cooperative

  • Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer, Global Telehealth Incorporated (a subsidiary of Globe Telecom and Salud Interactiva)

  • First Philippine Leader, Livestrong Foundation

  • Social Media activist and advocate





#hellomynameis FE BADA AROBO #WHIS Philippines

FE is cited for her work with the elderly thorugh her Home for the Aged in Biao Guianga, Tugbok. She is the founder and executive director of the Cares for the Elderly Foundation, Inc. She is actively involved in various community outreach projects, being the President of the Davao City Sta. Ana Lions Club. Being a social worker, a psychologist, a health care giver and a theologian has prepared her in her mission to care for the elderly.

She has attended various training and seminars to equip herself with the work of caring with the elderly. Her humanitarian work (medical missions, feeding and relief activities) have mostly been in coordination with the Lions Club International, she having been once a very active President of the Davao City Sta. Ana Lions Club. She has received various awards, here and abroad, and to name a few: Outstanding President Award of Lions Clubs Internationa; Ten Outstanding Member Award from Ugnayan ng Pilipinong Mangagawa sa Abroad; Honorary Adviser Award from the Asean World Music Museum in Chiang Hai, Thailand and others. In the words of Dr. Ruben Robillo: “Against all odds, mostly brought about by financial and cultural challenges, Mrs. Arobo, with her board and staff, steadfastly and passionately maintained the quality of care they give toward their rapidly increasingly elderly clientele…” at the Home for the Aged.


#hellomynameis Harry McCann

I am a passionate, confident and determined individual who has demonstrated entrepreneurial prowess, strong communication skills and initiative from an early age. At the age of 15 during my Junior Certificate I set up my first business 'Kid Tech". I set up Kid Tech with the aim to "Teach the next generation Tech". I done so by writing unique courses to teach kids everything from coding to graphic design. In less than 18 months I managed to teach over 1,000 kids to code. I received the support of entrepreneur, Norah Casey, Blackberry, Viddyad, and British Actor, Stephen Fry. In June of 2014 after the Excited festival in Dublin Castle I decided that young people didn't have a voice in STEM in Ireland, and this simply wasn't good enough, so I set up the first Digital Youth Council in World. I set up the Digital Youth Council along with the help of the Director of the Galway Education Centre, Bernard Kirk, and former Minister for Skills and Learning, Ciaran Cannon. Since June 2014 I have managed the whole of the Digital Youth Council including the 23 members & our partner list which includes names such as Twitter, RTE, Accenture and Storyful. Over the past two years both I received a number of awards/honours including 'Young Entrepreneur of the Month' (Huffington Post), 20 Under 20 Ireland’s brightest and most inspirational rising stars' (TheJournal.ie) & more.I have featured in Irish Tech News, Digital Times, Youth Media Team, Irish Times, Irish Sun, Irish Examiner, Today FM, KFM, Siliconrepublic, The Digital Hub, Kidscreen, Kildare Post, Leinster Leader, NACD, Journal.ie, TechCentral & The Huffington Post. I have also appeared on the Tv programs RTE Morning Edition, 3e FYI, TwoTube and & more. I have spoken and given several Keynotes at many events, including Smart Business Show, RTE Mobile Monday , Excited 2014 & 2015 , The Young creators Celebration in the NACD & more. I have also appeared in a promotion videos for the new venture between Vodafone & ESB, SIRO.






#hellomynameis Maram Museitif


I hold a Masters in Public Health and credentialed in both public health and clinical research.  With over eight years of experience in the healthcare industry working in large research, academic, and government health settings, I have a solid understanding of the challenges facing healthcare delivery, in the United States.  Engaging in partnerships with Central Health, I have a sound understanding of our local community engagement and healthcare models to work towards a healthier future.


My goal as a passionate healthcare professional is simple:  I want to improve quality of care. My experiences working with multiple health care facilities this past year at the Texas Department of State Health Services spearheading HIV/AIDS surveillance activities and with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services with Yale University and have given me the fundamental training on value-based care delivery.  I have partnered and worked with several executive leaders nationally and abroad to improve the quality of care, educated providers and stakeholders, improved research and health care facilitation.  I want to work towards shifting the focus in health care delivery to outcome based from the traditional model of volume of services. } Maram Museitif, MPH, CPH, CCRP





#hellomynameis Christiana Gardikioti

Christiana Gardikioti (MBA) Actress, Educator, Financial Planner, C.W.O Chief Wellness Officer Founder of the Meraki people a Place where people work IN and FOR Nature while discovering the meaning of life while earning a living.




#hellomynameis Jack Sim


Jack Sim is the founder of BoP Hub and the World Toilet Organization. Between the age of 24 to 40, Jack launched 16 businesses in Singapore. However, after experiencing the futility of focusing only on financial gain, he retired from the business and dedicated himself full-time to humanitarian causes on a pro bono basis. As an Ashoka Global Fellow (2007), a Schwab World Economic Forum Fellow, and a Synergos Senior Fellow (2013), Jack’s boldness, insight and perseverance has been widely recognized.

Among his many accolades, Jack was named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006; Asian Development Bank Water Champion in 2007; TIME Magazine Hero of the Environment in 2008; Channel News Asia Asian of the Year in 2009; and Reader’s Digest Asian of the Year in 2011.

Jack is a firm believer in the economic empowerment of the poor. He established BoP Hub to provide a vehicle for partners in every industry and sector to collaborate and accelerate effective social business models focused at the base of the pyramid.




#Hellomynameis Victor Arthur Renault Junior


- With 16 years closed the insurance contract for the operation of Hertz Rent a Car in Brazil;

- AT 18 years old, started working at Roberto Dreyfuss / KPMG Audit and consulting;

- Bank Multiplic- as the controller of the larger Brazilian table operations of private and public  bonds. Being in this position when the country experienced a period of hyperinflation and two radical economic plans;

- Founder of AMS -  1st outsourced Administration of an Insurance Company in Brazil, taking at the age of 23 the duty of being  the Chief Financial Officer;

- Master Franchisor in Brazil of the French group Vibel L`Architect of L`Enfant;

- Founder of PR – Insurance Broker - creator of Assite- Micro Insurance for road bus passengers, reaching in its history the mark of 15 million policyholders and more than 500,000 various indemnities, Has established and manager of an insurance policy health insurance that benefited 21,000 policyholders in 180 cities;

- Social Entrepreneur since 2011 - Noisinho da Silva NGO  that promotes inclusion of child with  Physical disability using the Design as a tool, where he held the role of pickup Resources, Institutional Relations and what he liked more, being in direct contact with the affected public. Founder of The Products, the first company of Minas Gerais - Brazil Certified by B Corp, which was established to market the products developed by Noisinho for the purpose of seeking the financial sustainability of NGOs and broaden its social impact;

- At this stage participated in the development of two award-winning products Inclusive School Desk based on universal design serves children and youth with and without disAbilities with the same product and Ciranda Seat Floor for children 1 to 6 years that did not sit alone on the floor. Having been active in the creation of manufacture of molds, tools, industrial processes, marketing and certification;

-Participant of acceleration projects with renowned institutions, notably Ashoka / McKinsey; Endeavor - Vision and Dom Cabral Foundation – Program Dignity.

-Mentor In various Social Entrepreneurship programs and concours;

-Embarked 2,016 in a joint project with the largest slum Residents Association of Greater Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais, where he will work the issue of personal entrepreneurship with 600 young people living in extreme vulnerability in social and economic .

-And Who humbly welcomes the opportunity to deploy WHIS Brazil, with the challenge to organize a disruptive event, focusing on establishing new connections, inspire and lead those who need solutions.





#hellomynameis Glenys Marriott

Glenys Marriott is an independent health and social care consultant now based near Kendal, is chair of Headway South Cumbria and the founder chair of the Cumbria Neurological Alliance. Glenys worked originally as a social worker and on moving to work in the NHS spent time working in acute, community and primary care, before becoming Chief Executive of a health authority.  Subsequently she led the review of neurosciences services in Greater Manchester which resulted in the development of specialist services at Salford Hope Hospital. Part of her consultation strategy to support that review was to form what became the Greater Manchester Neurological Alliance.


In 2004 she was appointed as Chair of the South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust and started another Neurological Alliance - TVDNY. During this period her sister died with Motor Neurone Disease and Glenys was elected as a trustee of the MNDA, an organisation which she still supports. After retiring from South Tees she spent the next 4 years as the independent chair of the NHS NE Neuro Commissioning Network. This work was subsequently absorbed into the new NHS Senate’s Strategic Clinical Network. She was recently appointed as the public representative for the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Strategic Clinical Network for Neurological Conditions.


In its first year the Cumbria Neurological Alliance has developed across 33 neuro charities, with 108 people receiving monthly updates.  Its priorities include supporting the county neuro team, examining issues around wheelchair services, patient transport especially for patients having to attend tertiary centres out of county, and the long term rehabilitation of patients after major trauma.  The Alliance is also represented in the major reviews of epilepsy and headache services and a member of the Cumbria Rural Health Network focussed on telehealth and telecare.



#hellomynameis Leif Edvinsson

Professor Edvinsson is a key pioneering contributor to both the theory and practice of Intellectual Capital. As the world’s first director of IC in 1991 he initiated the creation of the world's first public corporate Intellectual Capital Annual Report 1994, and inspired the development ever since on IC metrics. He was parallel to that prototyping the Skandia Future Center as a Lab for Organisational design, one of the very first in the World in 1996, and inspired many to be followed.


During 1996 he was recognised with awards from the American Productivity and Quality Centre, USA and Business Intelligence, UK.  In January 1998, Leif received the prestigious Brain Trust "Brain of the Year" award, UK. for his pioneering work on IC. In 1999 noted as Most Admired Knowledge Award on Knowledge Leadership. He was also awarded The KEN Practitioner of the Year 2004, from Entovation International, where he also is an E 100.  In 2006 also listed in a book by London Business Press, as one of The 50 Most influential Thinkers in the World. He is listed in Who’s Who in the world. Also associate member of The Club of Rome. He is also Cofounder and Chairman of The New Club of Paris, focused on the Knowledge Economy initiatives.    


Professor Leif Edvinsson has his education from the University of California, Berkeley,  USA,  and Lund University, Sweden.  He is the author of numerous articles on the service management and on Intellectual Capital. In March 1997, together with Michael S. Malone, he launched one of the very first books on Intellectual Capital. He is also special advisor on Societal Entrepreneurship to the Swedish Governmental Foundation for Competence Development, as well as on Serciece Science to the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation.

Leif is serving on the Board of Directors of several knowledge intensive enterprises among others earlier the Swedish Brain Research Foundation as well as for many years the Center for Molecular Medicine at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2000 he has been the Honorary Chairman of the UK based Henley College, KM Forum. Since 2000, he has been Professor, adjunct at Lund University on Intellectual Capital. In January 2006, he was also appointed professor adj. at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and later promoted to Chair Professor in 2007.


#hellomynameis Mr J Dong WHIS Thailand 



#hellomynameis Xavier Delange WHIS Thailand






#hellomynameis Dr Raja Gangopadhyay

He is passionate to provide comprehensive obstetric care for women with all kinds of Perinatal Mental Health illnesses (such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders/anorexia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and tocophobia) during their pregnancy and after the childbirth. He also provides expert advice for women with PMH illnesses who are considering pregnancy (Pre-conceptional counselling) in conjunction with his Multidisciplinary Team. He provides specialist advice for women who underwent traumatic birth experience and/or suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disidors (PTSD) following childbirth. He is a qualified Trainer in PMH and organises teaching and training for Obstetricians, Midwives, GP and other healthcare professionals. He has expertise in gynaecological surgery, laparocopy and hysteroscopic surgeries for the treatment of benign gynaecological conditions (such as heavy menstrual period/ menorrhagia, endometriosis, fibroid, dysmenorrhoea and chronic pelvic pain).


Personal profile

His main focus of care is patient awareness/ education, involving patients in the decision making process and giving them choices. He is campaigning for better PMH care within the Maternity Services. He is involved in the social media (Twitter:@RajaGangopadhyay3) patient support and awareness sessions (such as #PNDHour and #BirthTraumaChat). He enjoys Yoga, Meditation and spending time with his family.






#hellomynameis Soni Cox

Soni Cox is a qualified, experienced and professional Counsellor who is a Registered and Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a qualified Supervisor. Soni provides Counselling and Supervision in private practice with clients referred directly by their employer or through EAP schemes as well as private self-referrals. She has offices near Carlisle and near Brampton in North Cumbria. http://sonicox.com/ 


As the Creator of My Way Code mental health programme designed to support wellbeing and good mental health in a person-centred framework delivered online and via App, she is the Director of a Social Enterprise, My Way Code CIC. http://mywaycode.org/index.html


Soni is a Regional Coordinator for Gather the Women Global Matrix and has run a women’s circle in Carlisle once per month. http://www.gatherthewomen.org/

She is the founder of online community Global Village Mental Health, part of the Global Village Network. http://www.globalvillagementalhealth.org/

Soni is a Certified Change Agent after completing the NHS School for Health &%