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Harjit was appointed CEO of APACMed in February 2019. Founded in 2014, the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association is the only regional association to provide a unified voice for the medical technology industry in Asia Pacific.
She was formerly EVP and CEO of Philips ASEAN & Pacific until October 2015. In this role, she managed a team of 10,000 people in 10 countries across its Healthcare, Lighting and Consumer Lifestyle sectors. Harjit spent over two decades with Philips holding a variety of international roles in General Management in England, Holland, Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong.
Passionate about innovation and healthcare reform, she holds concurrent positions on several prestigious boards:
• Board Member, ResMed, a pioneer in cloud connected, innovative solutions, for people with sleep apnea, COPD, and other chronic respiratory diseases
• Board Member, MAS Holdings, South East Asia’s largest manufacturer of apparel and textiles
• Board Member, Apollo Education, a leading English Education provider in Vietnam
• Advisor, Delmedica, an innovative Singapore-based company that has developed the X-Halo, the world’s first breath thermometer for managing respiratory diseases.
She is a former Singapore Chapter Chair of the Young Presidents Organisation, the premier leadership organisation of Chief Executives in the world, and former Board member of the SICC, National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Committee and World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on South East Asia. Harjit has spoken at several global leadership platforms including the World Economic Forum, INSEAD and IMC on Innovation and Healthcare.
Gabriel is a strategic relationship builder and connector, with nearly three decades’ experience in scaling businesses, including start-ups, commercial companies and non-profit organisations. Prior to embarking on his healthcare journey a decade ago (MedTech, Digital Health, Healthcare IT), Gabriel held several leadership positions in the field of market research and business intelligence.
Gabriel is currently Director, Strategic Partnerships at the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed). He is instrumental in building APACMed membership, driving MedTech Forum programmes and sponsorship, and developing initiatives to foster collaboration between corporates and start-ups.
Gabriel is passionate about engaging the various players in the MedTech ecosystem (corporate, startups, VCs, healthcare providers, industry associations, etc) to bring innovations and technologies to market and enjoys facilitating industry development initiatives and implementations.
Gabriel also serves as a member of the Executive Committee for Health Level Seven (HL7) Singapore; is a member of the Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN) and Asia Pacific Assistive Robotics Association. He also held for two terms the position of Executive Committee member for the Association for Medical and Bio-Informatics, Singapore (AMBIS).
Gabriel holds a Master of Science in Information Studies from the Nanyang Technological University, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of London, and is recognised as a Certified Professional Marketer by Asia Marketing Federation.
Christine joined APACMed in May 2021 to lead Country Activation for the Asia-Pacific region. She supports the association’s members to promote advocacy for optimal policy and to strengthen knowledge and competency among industry stakeholders to shape the future of healthcare in the Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining APACMed, Christine has driven various consumer businesses and portfolios across multi-national FMCG and consumer durables companies. As the marketing lead for her line of businesses, she has had many regional product and campaign launches under her belt.
She holds a BBA from Thames Valley University.
Anirudh is currently the Director, Digital Health – Asia Pacific, where he is responsible for leading APACMed’s priorities in the digital health space, supporting APACMed members across the entire digital health product journey and driving initiatives that help progress the long-term vision of the Digital Health Committee which is to improve patient health by enabling equitable and economically sustained use of digital health technologies.
With nearly two decades of diversified work experience, largely in the development sector, Anirudh has been in leadership roles with a Regional Trade Association, National Association as well as an Apex Chamber of Commerce, where he designed, implemented, and led policy, regulatory and market access initiatives critical to business and industry.
A creative and analytical thinker, with an inherent ability to develop rapport and credibility across audiences, Anirudh is well-networked within the healthcare ecosystem, with deep understanding of the business, socio-economic, bureaucratic, and political landscape in the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining APACMed, he was with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) – the apex industry chamber in India where he was driving advocacy efforts in healthcare across Medical Devices, Health Services, Health Insurance and Medical Value Travel.
Glenda joins APACMed in September 2021 as Manager, Government Affairs and Market Access Committee. Bringing a public policy perspective to strategic market access topics, Glenda seeks to improve access to care, translate value-based outcomes for reimbursement, and facilitate efficient adoption of innovative medical technologies for patients and populations across the region.
In her career to date, Glenda has worked at the nexus of government, hospitals and research. As a senior policy analyst in Singapore’s health ministry, Glenda participated in developing health and social service reimbursement policy for the intermediate and long-term care sector, as well as led ground hospital operations including implementation of value-based outcomes programme in a tertiary hospital. Most recently, Glenda worked as a Research Associate in a multidisciplinary research team comprising clinicians and research scientists to develop a design-assist device solution for edentulous patients, with the goals of reducing patient wait time and unlocking cost savings through mass customisation.
Glenda holds a masters’ degree from the University of Chicago in social sciences with a concentration in International Political Economy, and an undergraduate degree from LSE in Government and Economics.
Navita joined APACMed in July 2023 as Director, Communications, with the objective of shaping the organization’s brand, amplify its media presence across both online and offline platforms, and cultivate meaningful stakeholder relationships to strengthen the association’s leading voice in the medical technology sector.
With over 18 years of professional experience spanning strategic communications, policy advocacy, government relations, CSR communications, integrated media management, and events, Navita is an accomplished and versatile leader. She possesses a robust foundation in crafting impactful messaging, orchestrating strategic communication campaigns, steering cross-functional teams, and elevating brand recognition and engagement.
Navita’s career journey traverses both Corporate and Not-for-profit sectors, with leadership roles at organizations such as FICCI, India’s premier trade association, and the Times of India Group, the country’s largest media conglomerate. During her 7-year tenure based in Singapore, Navita spearheaded FICCI’s South East Asia operations, forging influential connections across government, industry associations, corporations, and academia.
Navita holds an MBA degree in Marketing, a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication, a Diploma in Digital Marketing from Colombia Business School, and a Certificate in Public Policy from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS.
Communication, to Navita, is more than a skill—it’s a lifeline. Her firm belief in the power of well-crafted communication is evident through her track record in content creation for events, media, digital platforms, and social media channels. In a parallel universe, she’s also donned the roles of TV News Anchor on India’s national news channel and part-time Radio Jockey with national broadcaster.
Nishan joined APACMed in February 2019. He manages and oversees all financial, administrative, IT and operations for the Association.
Nishan has more than 15 years of administrative and finance experience, with roles spanned across managing financial planning, human resource, building facilities and operations, policy and procedures formulation and other administrative tasks.
Prior to joining APACMed, Nishan was with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore since 2005. Nishan was posted as the Administrative and Consular Secretary at the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia and Doha, Qatar from 2008 to 2018. His main duties were managing and maintaining the administrative “heartbeat” of the Ministry and Embassy. These roles and responsibilities, involving a wide range of administrative, policy and consular functions, were performed in tandem with the Singapore Government Instruction Manuals, stipulated by the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Singapore.
Nishan holds an MBA from the University of Hertfordshire (UK), as well as a Technical Diploma in Computer Studies from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore). Nishan also holds a PRINCE2® Foundation Certification in Project Management.
Currently, Alicia manages cross-functional work of APACMed in China, including government affairs and market access, regulatory issues, digital health pathways, and China’s MedTech collaboration with the broader region.
Prior to joining APACMed, Alicia worked as the Chief Liaison Officer and senior international manager at CCCMHPIE for over 10 years, to drive bilateral and multilateral cooperation programs with a number of health-related government and non-government bodies in China.
She has extensive experience in driving projects under the governmental framework, public relations, policy analysis, advocacy programs, seminars, and events. She has been a key facilitator of multiple government-led bilateral and multilateral cooperation mechanisms, including the China-UK healthcare working group, China-CEEC Alliance for Public Health, China-ASEAN Healthcare Products Expo, etc. She was leading a number of global health projects, including WHO pre-qualification Studies on China’s MedTech industry.
An EU-certified conference interpreter, Alicia received her master’s degree in applied linguistics from the University of International Business and Economics. She has also completed her second master’s degree in Public Health from the Vanke School of Public Health at Tsinghua University.
Adip comes with 12+ years of multi-sector experience across Government Relations, Policy Advocacy, Stakeholder Engagement and Corporate Communications having worked in corporate, consulting as well as government settings. In his last role, Adip worked with APCO Worldwide – a global public affairs firm with a 7+ years tenure consulting fortune 500 companies, Not-for-profits, associations among others.
Prior to joining APCO, Adip served in corporate affairs roles with respected multinationals like Alstom and Ingersoll Rand. He started his career with MSL Group and executed projects for Deloitte and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
Adip holds a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Heriot-Watt University, UK and a Diploma in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai. Additionally, he holds a certification in public policy from the Takshashila Institution and received the Kautilya Fellowship from India Foundation and the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India (2019 and 2020).
Benish joined APACMed in 2021 to support the Digital Health committee. Since October 2021, she has been working in the Government Affairs & Market Access committee to help build long term relationships with government stakeholders and promote smoother, more well-defined market access pathways.
Benish has close to a decade of prior experience in developing evidence based tailored therapeutic protocols for patient centric care in a multidisciplinary team at a tertiary hospital in India. Apart from that, while teaching as an Assistant Professor at a university, she also explored various innovative research projects which led her to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy. In Singapore, Benish completed an MBA in strategy & digital leadership from ESSEC Business School.
Benish is involved in various volunteering activities in Singapore and enjoys exploring new places and spending time with her family and friends.
Su Fen joins APACMed as Project Manager, Government Affairs and Market Access in March 2023 to enable greater market access for medtech companies in APAC. She brings expertise in stakeholder engagement and geopolitical analysis to the healthcare industry and seeks to facilitate open channels of communication amongst policy makers and companies, leading to improved patient access to healthcare services in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining APACMed, she led a team of officers in Land Transport Authority (LTA) to implement public transport programmes. She has a Masters in Social Sciences, specialising in China and Global Governance from Nanyang Technological University.
In 2020, Cindy joined APACMed, offering her dedicated support to the Digital Health Committee. The journey continued in 2021, as she took the helm of the Legal, Ethics, and Compliance Committee. This role enabled her to play a key part in APACMed’s mission to enhance business standards across the APAC region. As 2023 unfolded, she took on the leadership of the APACMed Regulatory Affairs Committee. Through this role, she continues to shape the healthcare landscape in the APAC region, reflecting her unwavering dedication to excellence and innovation.
Before her time at APACMed, Cindy’s career unfolded in France, where she practised as a pharmacist. Her days revolved around ensuring patients received the medications they needed and providing essential guidance. This hands-on experience allowed her to collaborate seamlessly with fellow healthcare professionals, gaining valuable insights into pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and therapeutic approaches that enhance patients’ lives.
Cindy holds a Pharm D from the renowned French University François Rabelais, which laid the foundation for her deep understanding of pharmaceutical sciences. To augment her medical knowledge with business skills, she pursued an Advanced Master’s in Strategy and management of International Business (SMIB) from ESSEC Business School Asia Pacific.
With 10 years of experience in research and policy advocacy working in ASSOCHAM and FICCI, India’s National Apex Chambers and other organisations, Ankit possesses strong stakeholder management skills and brings with him strong networks among key government departments, trade associations and industry in India.
Prior to joining APACMed, he was with E&Y LLP, as part of its Strategy and Transactions team and was involved in program strategy, business process re-engineering, capacity building and facilitating policy dialogues within the government advisory space.
He enjoys watching movies, listening to music, and traveling with family during his free time.
Shreya joined APACMed in 2021 to support the India projects and regional Regulatory Affairs committee. With over 3 years of experience in research and policy advocacy working in FICCI, India’s National Apex Chamber, Shreya possesses strong stakeholder management skills and brings with her potent networks among key government departments, trade associations and industry in India.
During her association with FICCI, she was a part of the manufacturing division and was involved in conceptualizing capacity building workshops for industry, tracking key policy related and business developments and facilitating key policy dialogues among the members and regulators.
Shreya holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Delhi University and Masters in Economics degree from GGSIPU, Delhi.
She enjoys watching movies and traveling with family and friends during her free time.
Candice joined APACMed in 2023 to manage marketing activations across Asia-Pacific. She supports the association with a strategic focus on enhancing regional visibility and engagements with committees, trade associations and knowledge partners.
She comes to APACMed with over a decade of regional marketing expertise across various industries.
Devya joined APACMed in 2023 to contribute her expertise in operational and logistical support to the Regulatory Affairs Committee, while also overseeing diverse RA projects. Before joining APACMed, she gained valuable experience in Regulatory Affairs, Operational Excellence, and Quality Assurance through her internships. Devya holds a diploma in Biomedical Engineering and graduated from the Singapore Institute of Technology with a specialisation in Pharmaceutical Engineering. Through her interdisciplinary background, she hopes to bring a unique perspective to her role within the organisation.
Birgitta Riani joined as Assistant Manager – Digital Health, APACMed in Aug 2023 and has previously supported the Digital Health Committee from Jul – Dec 2022. She’s deeply committed to facilitating collaboration within the Digital Health Committee and enhancing the accessibility of new digital health solutions across the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining APACMed, Ria worked at a foreign policy think-tank in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her role involved managing cross-country projects and engaging stakeholder across ASEAN, Japan, and South Korea.
Ria holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science in International Relations and Peace Studies from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan, and a Master’s degree in Management from ESSEC Business School in France. She is also a proficient multilingual in English, Bahasa Indonesia, Korean and Japanese.
Zoey joined APACMed in July 2023. Currently, Zoey assists cross-functional work of APACMed in China.
Before joining APACMed, Zoey accumulated valued experience in translation, interpreting, and program operation as an intern in ByteDance and she also had considerable bi-lingual translation and event promotion practice back to university times.
She is now committed to assisting advocacy programs and events, maintaining membership, and promoting exchanges between the government and the industry.
Zoey holds a master’s degree in translation and interpreting from Beijing Language and Culture University.