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APACMed Secretariat

The People Within APACMed

The Secretariat operates under the supervision of the Chief Executive who is in charge of the day-to-day management of the association and reports to the Board.

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Harjit Gill

Chief Executive Officer
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 ...
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Harjit Gill

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.

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Gabriel Sim

Director, Strategic Partnerships and Start-up Program
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 ...
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Gabriel Sim

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.

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Christine Tan

Director, Country Activation and Marketing
Christine joined APACMed in May 2021 to lead the Country Activation and Start-up Program for the Asia-Pacific region. She supports the association’s members to promote advocacy for optimal policy and ...
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Christine Tan

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.

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Anirudh Sen

Country lead, APACMed India &
DIRECTOR, REGULATORY AFFAIRS, APAC
Anirudh joined APACMed as Country Lead for India in May 2020, with an objective of establishing the associations presence, brand, visibility, and engagement in country, and formulating and delivering the overall country strategy in alignment ...
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Anirudh Sen

Anirudh joined APACMed as Country Lead for India in May 2020, with an objective of establishing the associations presence, brand, visibility, and engagement in country, and formulating and delivering the overall country strategy in alignment with APACMed regional strategy. His work includes leading APACMed India cross-functionally through Government Affairs, Market Access, Regulatory Affairs and Digital Health Centers of Excellence in India.

Anirudh is also the Director, Regulatory Affairs APAC, where he is responsible for leading the regional regulatory affairs function through its market specific CoEs and regional working groups to drive the long-term vision, strategy and objectives of the Committee which is to improve patient access to medical devices across Asia Pacific.

With nearly two decades of diversified work experience in both corporate and not–for–profit sectors, in the last decade he 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 various strategic and tactical 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 with key government departments, trade associations and industry chambers, bi/multi-laterals, think tanks, non-profits and industry with deep understanding of the business, socio-economic, bureaucratic, and political landscape of India and Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining APACMed, he was with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) – the Apex Industry body in India where he was leading the Medical Devices, Health Insurance and Medical Value Travel sectors as Joint Director.

Anirudh is based in Gurugram, India and loves travelling, spending time with family, keeping abreast on current affairs and binge watching on OTT platforms during his free time.

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Alicia Chang

Country Lead, APACMed China
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 ...
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Alicia Chang

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. 

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Glenda Teng

MANAGER, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AND MARKET ACCESS
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 ...
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Glenda Teng

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.

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Roberta Sarno

Manager, Digital Health
Roberta joined APACMed in December 2019 to lead the new Digital Health Committee. She supports the association’s members to establish a digital health ecosystem, build knowledge and advocate for optimal ...
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Roberta Sarno

Roberta joined APACMed in December 2019 to lead the new Digital Health Committee. She supports the association’s members to establish a digital health ecosystem, build knowledge and advocate for optimal policies that help digital health innovation in APAC.

Prior to joining APACMed, Roberta worked as senior consultant and business development manager at Alcimed in Paris and Marseille, France, where she supported clients in the healthcare sector on innovation and strategy projects. Before that, she worked as genetic engineering researcher at Curie Institute, in collaboration with the French startup Meiogenix.

She holds a PhD in genetics (Curie Institute, Paris), a master of business foundations (INSEAD) and lives in Singapore.

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Gideon Praveen Kumar

MANAGER, REGULATORY AFFAIRS
Praveen joined APACMed as Regulatory Affairs Manager in August 2021, to work closely with the regulatory affairs committee with the objective to navigate the increasingly complex, dynamic and fragmented landscape thereby improving ...
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Gideon Praveen Kumar

Praveen joined APACMed as Regulatory Affairs Manager in August 2021, to work closely with the regulatory affairs committee with the objective to navigate the increasingly complex, dynamic and fragmented landscape thereby improving patient access to safe, effective and innovative medical technologies and clinical solutions.

Praveen has over a decade of experience in medical device design, development, verification & validation and risk management based on international regulatory standards. During his time at A*STAR, Praveen was involved in the development of medical devices and diagnostic technologies with specific focus on commercialization and subsequent launch negotiating with different regulatory bodies across APAC and Europe. He was also a business consultant with experience in market demand analysis, competitive intelligence, due diligence & key account management during his stint at Frost & Sullivan.

Praveen started his career as a critical care clinician managing post-operative and intensive care patients. Praveen is a clinician by training with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.

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Nishan Pillai

Finance and Operations Manager
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 ...
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Nishan Pillai

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 a BSc Hons in Information Technology 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.

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Cindy Pelou

MANAGER, LEGAL, ETHICS & COMPLIANCE
Cindy joined APACMed in 2020 to support the Digital Health committee. In 2021 she started to manage the Legal, Ethics ...
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Cindy Pelou

Cindy joined APACMed in 2020 to support the Digital Health committee. In 2021 she started to manage the Legal, Ethics and Compliance Committee, supporting the Association efforts in raising the standards of doing business across the APAC region.  

Prior to joining APACMed, Cindy was working as a pharmacist in France, dispensing drugs and guiding patients & working directly with other healthcare professionals. Through extensive education, Cindy learnt about medications, medical devices, and other therapeutic tools that improve patients’ quality of life.  

Cindy holds a Pharm D from the French University François Rabelais and an Advanced Master Strategy & Management of International Business (SMIB) from ESSEC business school Asia Pacific.  

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Ankit Sharma

MANAGER, APACMED INDIA
With 10 years of experience in research and policy advocacy working in ASSOCHAM and FICCI, India’s National Apex Chambers and ...
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Ankit Sharma

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.

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Benish Aslam

ASSISTANT MANAGER, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AND MARKET ACCESS
Benish joined APACMed in 2021 to support the Digital Health committee. Since October 2021, she has been working in the ...
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Benish Aslam

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.

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Shreya Bansal

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, APACMED INDIA & REGULATORY AFFAIRS
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 ...
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Shreya Bansal

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.

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Grace Chua

MARKETING MANAGER
Grace joined APACMed as a Marketing Manager in February 2022 to manage Marketing activations across Asia-Pacific. She supports the association ...
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Grace Chua

Grace joined APACMed as a Marketing Manager in February 2022 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 FMCG, consumer durables and media industries. In her previous roles, Grace has led multiple B2B and B2C marketing campaigns, and successfully delivered in sales and market leadership. 

Grace holds an MBA from Northumbria University. 

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Tom Chang

PROJECT MANAGER, DIGITAL HEALTH
Tom joined APACMed in January 2022 as a Project Manager and he supports the Digital Health Committee with key initiatives for the region. Previously he worked on consulting projects with a focus ...
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Tom Chang

Tom joined APACMed in January 2022 as a Project Manager and he supports the Digital Health Committee with key initiatives for the region.

Previously he worked on consulting projects with a focus on strategic intelligence, supporting pharmaceutical companies across different therapeutic areas. Most recently, Tom worked as a regional product manager in Sanofi Pasteur and managed a vaccine portfolio which protects against endemic diseases in Southeast Asia.

He holds a B.Sc Chemistry from the University of British Columbia (Canada) and an MBA from Hitotsubashi University (Japan).

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Candy Gan

MANAGER, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
Candy joined APACMed as Manager, Strategic Partnerships in February 2022. She brings expertise on stakeholder communications and engagement strategies, and an enthusiasm for building beneficial member collaborations. Candy is your point of ...
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Candy Gan

Candy joined APACMed as Manager, Strategic Partnerships in February 2022. She brings expertise on stakeholder communications and engagement strategies, and an enthusiasm for building beneficial member collaborations. Candy is your point of contact for any ideas, suggestions, or questions you have about your membership, or if you want to explore partnering with APACMed. She is always keen to work closely in support of our members and facilitate valuable discussions/events.

Previously she worked on the implementation of Singapore Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Healthcare Services Act (HCSA), navigating regulatory approaches, opportunities and risks in digital health (telehealth and AI-SaMD). She managed communication campaigns and strategies to help licensees and stakeholders understand new changes and regulatory frameworks.

Candy holds a MSc in Global Health Policy and a BSc in Politics and Philosophy from the London School of Economics (LSE). She is a two-time TEDx speaker and volunteer career mentor for tertiary students.

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