Plenary Speakers

Tim Omer

Citizen Health Hacker and Type 1 Diabetic Rebel

Tim Omer worked in the IT industry specializing in the implementation of business systems and processes that empower staff with the right technology. As a type 1 diabetic for over 22 years, Tim has been passionate about using his diabetes technology and data to help him manage his condition. Working with the #WeAreNotWaiting movement of citizen “Health Hackers,” who are producing freely accessible open source solutions and hacking existing medical devices to free their data and help automate the management of their condition, he is also producing a mobile phone-based Artificial Pancreas System and prompting discussions about this patient-led movement at talks and conferences.

#WeAreNotWaiting has ignited the international diabetes community in an unprecedented patient-led movement. The community offers accessible support for reverse-engineering existing products and developing new solutions to better utilize devices and health data for improved outcomes. Check out the exciting do-it-yourself projects that have blossomed under the hashtag of #WeAreNotWaiting.


Michael West

Head of Thought Leadership, The King’s Fund (England)

Michael West is Head of Thought Leadership at the King’s Fund, London and Professor of Organizational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School. He is Visiting Professor at University College, Dublin and Emeritus Professor at Aston University where he was formerly Executive Dean of Aston Business School. He graduated from the University of Wales in 1973 and received his PhD in 1977. He has authored, edited or co-edited 20 books and has published over 200 articles for scientific and practitioner publications, as well as chapters in scholarly books. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association (APA), the APA Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the International Association of Applied Psychologists, the British Academy of Management, and the Academy of Social Sciences, and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The focus of his research over 30 years has been culture and leadership in organizations, and team and organizational innovation and effectiveness, particularly in relation to the organization of health services.

The King’s Fund is an independent charity that’s been working to improve health and care in England for over a century. Today, it continues to act as a forum for the exchange of experience and ideas, by shaping policy and practice through research and analysis; developing individuals, teams and organizations; promoting understanding of the health and social care system; and bringing people together to learn, share knowledge and debate.


Camila Lajolo

Corporate Manager for Quality and Patient Safety, Associação Congregação de Santa
Catarina (Brazil)

Camila Lajolo is a Brazilian medical doctor with experience in quality design, control and improvement across a variety of care settings and scales, both domestically and abroad. She currently acts as Corporate Manager for Quality and Patient Safety at Associação Congregação de Santa Catarina (ACSC), a large Brazilian non-governmental organization working in education, health and social care across different states in the country.

Camila is one of the leaders of ACSC’s successful safety program. In 2017 she spent nine months working as Technical Officer with the Emergency Medical Teams Initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Program in Geneva. She was tasked with managing the self-external evaluation program for emergency medical teams, that aims to improve timeliness and quality of care provided upon deployment and is based on a published set of internationally-agreed-upon standards, of which Camila is the co-author.

The WHO Emergency Medical Teams Initiative assists in building capacity and strengthening health systems when they are needed the most. It coordinates the rapid deployment of quality assured medical teams in outbreaks and emergencies, and helps countries around the world continue to develop their own response teams.