Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy – Act 2: The Art of Health

A healthy mind begins with a healthy body. Somewhere along the way, our health was partitioned, and
science was separated from our social and human wellbeing. The solution is in community health, where
the interactions keep us healthy and the care and help of others is the natural prescription. Our community
and family networks complement science and can multiply its effect if we can learn to harness it. The
more we integrate health and learning, the happier we become. In our digital lives, we can learn from
holistic medicine, which recognizes the benefit of both science and community.

In community, we are better equipped to share and protect data than as individuals, to identify who can be trusted. We can learn healthy data habits just like we learn healthy physical and mental habits. Just as each of us protects
ourselves against disease, we must also share our data only with those we know we can trust.


1. Kurt Zatloukal, Initiator of EU Biobank Infrastructure, Austria/Europe – Opening Keynote
2. John Mattison, Kaiser Permanente Emeritus CIO, Southern California/the world
3. Tatyana Kanzaveli, Open Health Network – Azerbaijan/US/the world
4. Juan Miguel Gonzalez Aranda, e-Research Science, Technology Diplomacy, LifeWatch ERIC, Europe
5. Hinrich Thölken, German Foreign Ministry, Europe
6. Werner Strasser, Privacy Preserving, Europe
7. Keisha Taylor, Digital and the Global South, Africa/the world
8. Shayan Mashatian, Silverberry Genomix, Iran/Canada/the world
9. Rahma Sophia Rachdi, Vulnerable and Disabled Minorities, Correspondent for USPA
10. Maria Dayton, Singularity University, Data Usage Principles, IEEE ICSIM
11. Ross Buntrock, INDAIS, Responsible Interoperability, US/the world
12. Alpesh Shah, IEEE Standards Association, 160 countries
13. Marcia J. Scherer, Assistive Technology Intellectual Disability
14. Vint Cerf, People-Centered Internet, the Internet – Closing Keynote

Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy – Act 2: The Art of Health

The event is finished.


Sep 24 2020


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Alpesh Shah
    Alpesh Shah
    Senior Director, Global Business Strategy & Intelligence, IEEE Standards Association

    Alpesh Shah serves as the Senior Director of Global Business Strategy & Intelligence at the IEEE Standards Association, where his focus is on organizational growth and advancements of ecosystems towards accelerated outcomes. Alpesh holds an MBA with concentrations in Strategy, Marketing and Finance from The University of Chicago; MSc in IT Project Management from DePaul University and a BSc in Computer Science from Loyola University. In his spare time he volunteers with Special Spectators, a non profit committed to providing seriously ill children and their families a special day through sporting events across the United States.

  • John Mattison
    Kaiser Permanante Emeritus Chief Information Office, Southern California
  • Juan Miguel González-Aranda
    Juan Miguel González-Aranda
    LifeWatch ERIC CTO & ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member

    PhD. Engineer on Telecommunications, and Industrial Organization-Enterprise Management European Master. LifeWatch ERIC CTO & Spain Director. ERIC FORUM Executive Board Member (ENVRI cluster), former Chair. July 2012-June 2018: HoU Nanomaterials & e-Science Spain Science & Innovation Ministry public officer. Ministry Delegate for: GBIF” (; European Commission: eIRG (; ESFRI ( & Open Science (Group European Data Experts GEDEResearch Data Alliance RDA; EOSC ( & EuroHPC (“Sherpa”, establishment; support Environmental ESFRI ( & related initiatives. European Structural and Investment Funds-RIS3 expert for ICT & ENV Research Infrastructures according to EU regions RIS3 & FP policies. EIT Climate Change KIC startup activities. November 2004-June 2012: Spanish Council for Scientific Research-CSIC: Technical Director at Doñana Natural Area Singular S&T Research Infrastructure; Contract Agent-Research Technologist EuroMediterranean & LAC projects. January 1998-October 2004: Researcher at University of Seville (biomechanics, digital image processing). Independent Consultant-ICT freelance Public & Private sector.

  • Keisha Taylor
    Digital and the Global South
  • Kurt Zatloukal
    Kurt Zatloukal
    Head of EU Bio Bank

    Kurt Zatloukal, M.D., is Professor of Pathology and head of the Diagnostics and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine at the Medical University Graz. His research work focuses on the molecular pathology of metabolic liver diseases and cancer as well as molecular diagnostics. He is working on the development of biobanking-related technologies and machine learning approaches for digital pathology. He coordinated the preparatory phase of the European biobanking and biomolecular research infrastructure (BBMRI) and is now director of its Austrian national node. In this context solutions have been developed for providing access to quality controlled human biological samples and medical data for research and innovation.

  • Marcia J. Scherer
    Marcia J. Scherer
    Ph.D., MPH, FACRM, APA Fellow, RESNA Fellow

    Marcia J. Scherer is a rehabilitation psychologist and founding President of the Institute for Matching Person & Technology She is also Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Rochester Medical Center where she received both her Ph.D. and MPH degrees. She is a past member of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health, and is Editor of the journal Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. She is Co-Editor of the book series for CRC Press, Rehabilitation Science in Practice Series. Dr. Scherer has authored, edited, or co-edited eleven book titles and has published over 85 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 50 published proceedings papers, and 35 book chapters on disability and technology. Her research has been cited 6500 times by others. She has received numerous awards for her groundbreaking work in the area of assistive technology.

  • Shayan Mashatian
    Shayan Mashatian
    Founder and CEO, Silverberry Group Inc.
  • Stephen Ozoigbo
    African Technology Fund
  • Tatyana Kanzaveli
    Open Health Network
  • Vint Cerf