Professor Branco Cellar, UNSW, Head of School Biomedical Engineering
An internationally regarded innovator in Biomedical Engineering, medical informatics, and Telehealth. He also pioneered smart home technology for the automated monitoring of Activities of Daily Living of the elderly living alone at home. He was among the first to recognize the importance of community-based telehealth management of chronic disease in aging populations – an issue of substantial social and economic significance to healthcare services globally.
He established the Biomedical Systems Research Laboratory in 1980. He was Head of School of the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from 1998-2006, leaving that position to become CEO of Telemedcare Pty Ltd, a start-up company spun out of the University of NSW, which became international and operated in Australia, the EU, and the USA.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE), a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Health Informatics and was recently elevated to Fellow of the world’s largest professional organization, the IEEE. This honor is awarded to less than 0.1% of the membership and recognizes the profession’s unusual distinction.
Dr. Russell J. Howard is an Australian-born scientist, CEO, and entrepreneur. He was a pioneer in the fields of molecular parasitology, especially malaria and virology  and is leading the commercialization of one of the essential methods used widely today in molecular biology called “DNA shuffling” or “Molecular breeding,”  a form of “Directed evolution.”
His contributions to malaria research over 18 years began in Australia at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, then continued as a tenured Principal Investigator at the National Institutes of Health(NIH) in Bethesda, MD, USA, and continued at the biotechnology companies DNAX (now Schering-Plough Biopharma) and Affymax in California. Thirteen years of his group’s malaria research on antigenic variation in malaria culminated in the first molecular cloning of the malarial antigen PfEMP1, a parasite protein that this human malaria parasite expresses on the surface of malaria-infected red cells This antigen represents critical biological functions for the parasite including immune evasion and adherence to microvascular endothelial cells. During this time, Howard served on the World Health Organization’s Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases and the USAID program for research and vaccine development in malaria.
Howard has published over 145 scientific publications in refereed journals and is an inventor on nine issued patents.
Howard has been awarded three Doctor of Science (honoris causa) degrees, one from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia in 2004, one from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2008, and the third from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia in 2014.
Dr. Shrey Viranna has extensive experience in the Healthcare and Insurance industry, having worked with leading organizations locally and globally for over two decades. He was a partner at McKinsey and Company, where he built and led the SSA Healthcare practice. He currently serves as the CEO of IMED Radiology, Australia’s leading medical imaging and radiology clinic network, and second largest globally. Before this, he served as CEO of Life Healthcare Group (JSE: LHC). Life operates one of the larger private hospital groups globally and the largest imaging diagnostics business in Western Europe, overseeing ~ 70 hospitals and ~480 clinics and imaging centers in 14 countries. He has also served as a Group Executive at Discovery and, as the CEO of Discovery Vitality (2014-2018) – now the world’s largest behavioral economics-based wellness business with ~18 million customers globally.
Srikanth Markonda post-graduate from the world’s premier institute “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” in Artificial Intelligence. Srikanth is highly recognized for his expertise, especially in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Marketing Analytics, Advanced Analytics, Information Management, Digital & Non-digital Marketing using Big Data, Fast data, Real-Time Behavioral Analytics, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Robotics.