13th March 2019 ; Wednesday 6:30PM-8:30PM

Innovative Interventions for Driving Healthy Population Behavior

Host/Sponsor KPMG
Event Date Time 13th March 2019 ; Wednesday 6:30PM-8:30PM
Venue KPMG Clubhouse, City House, 36 Robinson Road, #01-01, Singapore 068877

EuroCham Members: $25 Supporting Organizations: $45 Non Members: $45

Over the past decades, medical advances, improved diagnostic and therapeutic options, have enabled for an explosion of innovations designed to improve life expectancy and quality of life. Concurrently, public health systems and healthcare organizations face unprecedented challenges to improve quality, reduce harm, improve access, increase efficiency, eliminate waste, and lower costs.

A busy and affluent lifestyle has given rise to issues such as over-eating, sedentary lifestyles and smoking. These habits increase the likelihood of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancers and cardiovascular diseases, which lead to a poorer quality of life and add to the burden of the healthcare system, and social support structures.

In this context, innovation and technology are becoming a major focus for both healthcare practitioners and regulators. Patient management has moved beyond the four walls of the clinic; clinicians can now work with the patients in accessible interventions like diet and lifestyle changes to manage their health better.

This event will explore how technology can be a useful tool for healthcare professionals and policymakers alike to reduce harm, reduce disease risk and drive positive public health outcomes.

Bringing together thought leaders from the healthcare sector and executives, the event will enable for an informative discussion and networking session. The event will bring together a diverse mix of professionals from the healthtech ecosystem, healthcare practitioners, researchers, and policymakers, to entrepreneurs, and technologists. 

Chatham rules apply.


6:30   Registration and networking

7:00   Welcome by Nele Cornelis, Executive Director, EuroCham

7:00   Opening remarks “Health for All” 2030 ambitions, by Chris Hardesty, Director Life Sciences Practice, KPMG

7:15   Demo of Holmusk platform – an example of digital health interventional tools, by Bonnie Lau, Lead Dietitian, Holmusk

7:25   Innovations in Harm Reduction: making ‘virtue’ of vice?, by Dr Jeremy Lim (MD, MPH), Partner & Head of Health and Life Sciences, Asia Pacific, Oliver Wyman

7:40  Panel discussion with Bonnie Lau, Holmusk; Prof Manuel Peitsch, Chief Scientific Officer, Philip Morris International; Dr Muni Winslow, Pyschiatrist and Executive Director, Promises Healthcare, and moderated by Deepa Balji, Executive Director, Publicis

8:00   Concluding remarks, continued networking

8:30   End

Meet the Speakers

Chris Hardesty, Director Life Sciences Practice, KPMG

Chris is a member of KPMG’s Global Healthcare Life Sciences Centre of Excellence, having relocated from the UK to Singapore in order to focus on developments in the APAC region. He joined KPMG from the industry, and has had previous postings in Brasil and US. Chris holds experience across a variety of markets and project types. His particular passion is on public-private collaborations to drive innovative, safe, and economically-viable initiatives in the sector.

Dr Jeremy Lim (MD, MPH), Partner & Head of Health and Life Sciences, Asia Pacific, Oliver Wyman

He advises senior officials at public sector agencies and has extensive experience consulting and advising multinational private and NGO clients on national and regional strategies for go-to-market plans and implementation, government engagement and public-private partnerships. Jeremy is also active in academia, holding appointments at several universities. He teaches at the National University of Singapore (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, and Duke-NUS medical school), and in 2013 authored Myth or Magic: The Singapore Healthcare System, a book that draws lessons from the Singapore health system for health reform efforts in other countries. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Jeremy trained in surgery and public health. He has worked in senior executive roles in both public and private sectors, including time spent as a senior official in the Ministry of Health Singapore where he was also involved in a number of ‘Whole of Government’ initiatives. Jeremy chairs the steering committee of NIHA (NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia), an initiative to strengthen health policy research and education in Asia and sits on the Behavioral Sciences Institute, Singapore Management University, Centre for Health Informatics (NUS) and Next Age Institute (NUS) advisory boards. He also contributes as immediate past President of the Fulbright Association (Singapore) and convener for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Singapore alumni. Jeremy enjoys serving in the NGO sector and in Singapore chairs the School Advisory Committee of Meridian Junior College, the medical advisory committee of Dover Park Hospice and regionally, is a Member of the ‘Save the Children’ Asia Corporate Advisory Council. He is a volunteer physician with HealthServe, a Singapore NGO catering to the health needs of migrant workers.

Prof Manuel Peitsch, Chief Scientific Officer, Philip Morris International

As the Chief Science Officer at Philip Morris International, Manuel is focused on the science behind Heated Tobacco Products and e-cigarettes to drive Tobacco Harm Reduction. Manuel has many years of experience leading large multi-cultural research teams in systems biology and toxicology, scientific computing (bio- and chemo-informatics), text mining and molecular biology. He hold several patents related to proteomics, genomics and scientific computing, and has published over 250 articles, book chapters and technical reports. His publications have been cited over 27,000 times and has done groundbreaking research into computational structural biology, text mining and systems toxicology. Manuel has founded two start-up companies, the [BC]2 conference, and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, where he serve as the chairman of the board. Academically, he holds a BSc in Life Sciences, a MSc in Physical Chemistry and a PhD in Biochemistry, while he is also an Adjunct Professor for Bioinformatics at the University of Basel. Among the honors he has received are the New England Business and Technology Award and the UnitedDevices Grid Visionary Award. Manuel is also a ComputerWorld Honors Laureate

Bonnie  Lau, Lead Dietitian, Holmusk

Bonnie Lau is the Lead Dietitian at Holmusk who has been working as an Accredited Practising Dietitian in Singapore for over 6 years. She worked at SGH and TTSH after graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) with a University Medal. She leads the team of health coaches and her focus at Holmusk has been in developing and implementing technology-driven intervention programmes for workplace health, childhood overweight and preventive health for various business partners including Singhealth, Ministry of Health and Health Promotion Board. She has a keen interest in chronic disease, health promotion and community outreach. Bonnie is a foodie and believes in empowering clients to take greater control of their own health whilst enjoying food. As a nutrition expert in Singapore, Bonnie has made many media contributions such as in The Edge, The New Paper, Health Hub, Her World, and two TV interviews. She has also co-authored two research manuscripts and two conference presentations on malnutrition in Vietnam hospitals and environmental sustainability in dietetics.

Dr Muni Winslow, Pyschiatrist and Executive Director, Promises Healthcare

Dr Winslow has worked in general psychiatry and addiction medicine at IMH since 1988. He was one of the pioneers responsible for the setting up and development of addiction services both in the hospital and in the community. He is currently the founder and executive director of Promises Pte Ltd, which is a mental health & addictions consulting and training company established to help healthcare professionals and individuals in Singapore. He has been a pioneer in addiction and impulse control disorders (alcohol, substance dependence, gambling, gaming, sexual compulsivity etc) in the Asia-Pacific region. He is a sought after speaker at addiction conferences around the region. Despite being a fully qualified psychiatrist, he has taken the time and effort to maintain and develop his therapy/counselling skills as seen by his being accredited as a certified master addiction counsellor and a certified clinical supervisor. He has published and presented widely on both general psychological and addiction issues. He continues his academic and research interests through his academic appointments with NUHS and teaching in many counselling courses. His passion is to help therapists develop and hone their skills to effect real change in those they seek to help.


Deepa Balji, Executive Director, Publicis Group, APAC

Deepa Balji is the Executive Director for Marketing & Communications Publicis Groupe, APAC, Middle East, Africa. She hails from a journalism background where she honed her skills as a financial journalist with IFR Asia, Debtwire covering the distressed debt markets. She had a stint as a TV anchor with Channel News Asia covering business news.


Getting to the venue:

Public transport: 7 minutes walking distance from Raffles Place MRT and 5 minutes from Telok Ayer MRT

If you drive:

Nearest parking: Hong Leong Building (enter from Telegraph St) or Tong Eng Building (enter from Cecil St)


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Closing Date: 13th March 2019 ; Wednesday 6:30PM-8:30PM