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The truth about COVID-19

From the Frontline Heroes of The War on Coronavirus
in Wuhan (CN), Lombardy (IT) and London (UK)

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Dr. Plamen Russev Prof. Shafi Ahmed, PhD, FRCS Prof. Maurizio Cecconi, MD FRCA FFICM MD(Res) Prof. Ning Shen, MD PhD Prof. Jian-Jun Zheng, MD PhD Prof. Chun-Hua Chi, MD PhD Steven Petrow Dr. Plamen Russev Prof. Shafi Ahmed, PhD, FRCS Prof. Maurizio Cecconi, MD FRCA FFICM MD(Res) Prof. Ning Shen, MD PhD Prof. Jian-Jun Zheng, MD PhD Prof. Chun-Hua Chi, MD PhD Steven Petrow

Dr. Plamen Russev

Executive Chairman, Webit Foundation


Dr. Plamen Russev is the initiator and focal connector of one of the world’s largest impact networks and curator of the global Webit community, reaching out to over 800,000 digerati, policy makers, innovators and media. His success stories include creating the global Webit brand from scratch, supporting founders and brands in establishing and growing a successful marketing strategy, creating meaningful relations with potential partners, customers and media. Plamen supports causes which impact the achievement of the UN’ SDGs.

He is an investor, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur and proven success record in developing business ventures in multicultural and challenging business environments.

Plamen Russev is B.Sc in Marketing and Management, M.Sc in Electronic Education/Mathematics and Physics, and Ph.D in Healthcare Management.

Plamen Russev has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Digital Affairs of his home country – Republic of Bulgaria and a member of European Commission’ BOF.

Dr. Russev’ work and impact have been recognised and awarded by governments, associations and NGOs along with 2 honorary doctorates from Universities in Europe and South America. Plamen Russev is featured in hundreds of international and local media including The Economist, Bloomberg, CNBCe, Forbes, Venture Beat, CNN to name a few.

Dr. Russev is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Webit Foundation and host of Webit Virtual. He is happily married to the most wonderful girl in the world and father of 2 boys.

Prof. Shafi Ahmed, PhD, FRCS

Consultant Surgeon, Barts Health London


Professor Shafi Ahmed is a multi award winning cancer surgeon working at The Royal London Hospital. He was the Associate Dean of Bart’s Medical School and an elected member of council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England where he led the international and global health programme. He is a member of the NHS assembly advising the government on the NHS Long Term Plan and was awarded the Future NHS Award by members of Parliament in 2018. He was also the Asian Star in UK Tech in 2018. He has been recently appointed as an advisor to the Abu Dhabi government for digital transformation of health and innovation. He is the Vodafone ambassador for 5G and Healthcare. He is faculty at Imperial College, Barts Medical School, Queen Mary University, Bradford University, Harvard Medical School and Singularity University where he teaches on innovation and digital transformation. He chairs the Webit Health summit in Spain. He is one of the top 20 global influencers in digital health and innovation and is a HIMSS Future50 clinical leader 2019.

Prof. Maurizio Cecconi, MD FRCA FFICM MD(Res)

President Elect, The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine


Prof. Cecconi is a leading global expert in Intensive Care Medicine and a frontline fighter at Coronavirus Europe’s most affected (currently) spot – Milan, Lombardy, Italy.

Dr. Cecconi is Head of the Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Department at Humanitas Research Hospital; President-elect of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) for 2020-2021; Chair Division of Scientific Affairs at ESICM; Director of the Master in Patient Blood Management at Humanitas University.

Prof. Ning Shen, MD PhD

Vice President, Peking University Third Hospital

Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Ning Shen, current vice president of Peking University third hospital, also serves as deputy director of Respiratory Diseases Department and master supervisor. She earned a medical degree in Peking University Health Science Center in 1995 and completed her doctorate in Peking University third hospital. Since then Dr. Shen has been engaged in clinical, teaching, and scientific research work in the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine of Peking University Third Hospital, where she has gained rich experience in diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary infectious diseases, bronchial asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, and other diseases of the respiratory system. Skilled in bronchoscopy and thoracoscopy technique, her research focuses on respiratory infectious disease and COPD. In recent years, she has presented at respiratory intensive care unit and her research interest includes multi-drug resistant organism infection. Dr. Shen is a member of Chinese Medical Association of respiratory disease branch Infection Study Group. February 1, 2020, Shen led a medical expert team to Wuhan to assist the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, and has accumulated unique and invaluable clinical experience.

Prof. Jian-Jun Zheng, MD PhD

Principal, Ningbo HuaMei Hospital, University of Chinese Academy of Science

Consultant Radiologist, subspecialty in oncology and molecular imaging and data research
Senior fellow of breast radiology committee, Chinese Academy of Medical Science
Senior fellow of big data and AI in clinical radiology committee, Chinese Academy of Medical Science Deputy Chair of Radiology Committee and Academy Zhejiang Province

Prof. Chun-Hua Chi, MD PhD

Executive president, Chinese Alliance for Respiratory Diseases in Primary Care

Chief physician
Director, Department of General Practice,Peking University First Hospital
Director, Department of General Practice, Peking University Health Science Center
President-elect,General practice branch, Chinese Medical Association
President, Family Medicine Department, Wujie Ping Medical Foundation
Executive president, Chinese Alliance for Respiratory Diseases in Primary Care, Respiratory Branch, Chinese Medical Association

Steven Petrow

Columnist, Washington post


Steven Petrow is an award-winning journalist and book author who is best known for his Washington Post and New York Times essays on aging, health, and LGBTQ issues. He’s currently a contributing writer to The Post and The Times as well as a columnist for USA Today. In addition to his five etiquette books, Petrow previously wrote the Post’s 'Civilities' column and “Civil Behavior” for the Times. His work has been published in Time, The Atlantic, Salon, the Daily Beast, the Los Angeles Times, and The Advocate. You’re likely to hear him on NPR’s “All Things Considered Weekend,” or one of your favorite--or least favorite--TV networks (MSNBC, PBS, CBS, Fox, and CNN). The most recent of his books is Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners []. Steven also served as the host and executive producer of 'The Civilist', a podcast from Public Radio International and North Carolina Public Radio WUNC. He's a former president of NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.
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Paul Graham Victoria Zini Deepanshu Siddhanti Dr. Mohamad Ali Hamade Paul Graham Victoria Zini Deepanshu Siddhanti Dr. Mohamad Ali Hamade

Paul Graham

Vice President Mastercard

Accomplished technology managing executive focused on bringing commercially useful technology products to international markets. A significant company contributor with a broad range of management/technology/business development/ux skills applicable to innovating and growing a start-up technology company or developing new entities within corporate technology structure.

Victoria Zini

Investment, Healthcare Sector Earlybird


Growing up I wanted to become…
an astronaut and travel in space! Failing that, being a scientist, which is what I ended up doing for a while.

I’ve been through the ups and downs…
of seed round fundraising for technology companies spinning out of universities. Working together with academic founders from the University of Oxford to validate the market and unmet need, to develop the necessary Proof of Concept evidence, and to communicate the long term vision of the company to both technical and non-technical investors.

My most challenging adventure was…
walking 500km in 2.5 weeks without any training whatsoever. A good pair of boots is the most important thing!

I get up early morning because…
I want to work with founders that are extremely passionate about the problem they are trying to solve. Within the Health Team, this means companies that are helping patients and improving the way healthcare is delivered today. No other industry impacts us all in this way.

If you pitch to Earlybird…
you have our full attention! The Health Team has deep expertise across the healthcare space, and we are looking for companies that will really help improve patient outcomes.

Deepanshu Siddhanti

Investment Associate Arthu Venture, India

Looking at Deal Sourcing & initial screening- Deal support: Market research, data analysis & document review along with Portfolio company monitoring & analysis.

Serving as Co-founder and head of operations and finance at Syndeseis International Pvt Ltd with an experience of more than 55 Months. Conversant with Social Media Management, Client Servicing, Business Valuation, Operations and Management Skills.

Prior to Cuddll, operated the foreign trade services businesses of HDFC Bank Ltd. for multiple regions spread over the largest MNC hub of India’s capital region (Gurugram).

Endowed with a passion for winning as evinced through demonstrated excellence in academic & extracurricular areas.

PGDM in Finance from IMT, Ghaziabad.

Dr. Mohamad Ali Hamade

Chief Investment Officer Amanat Holdings PJSC


Dr. Hamade has a wealth of experience in the healthcare and education sectors across the Middle East, USA and India. As Chief Investment Officer of Amanat, Dr. Hamade defines and implements the firm’s investment strategy. To date, he has driven growth of Amanat’s portfolio to include seven assets (three in healthcare and four in education), representing total investment of over AED 2 billion. As a member of the boards and executive committees of Amanat’s investee companies, Dr. Hamade also drives growth and value creation initiatives across the portfolio. Prior to Amanat, Dr. Hamade served as Chief Investment Officer of VPS Healthcare, a group comprising over 20 hospitals and 100 medical centers across the UAE, Oman and India. Before joining VPS, Dr. Hamade was a Principal at TVM Capital and Chief Strategy Officer of one of its portfolio companies. Dr. Hamade holds an M.D. and a BSc in Biology from the American University of Beirut, and an MBA from Cornell University in the USA. He also holds a Research Fellowship Certificate in ENT Surgery from Harvard Medical School.

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