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.
Maryline joined APACMed as its Vice President of Operations in February 2020. She manages the day-to-day operations of the APACMed Secretariat and is responsible for the scaling of the Association’s programme offerings to its members. She also advises both the Digital Health and Start-up and SMEs Functional Committees.
Prior to joining APACMed, Maryline led the commercial operations of several Singapore-based health tech start-ups, and previously held various sales and marketing management positions at Becton Dickinson, International SOS and Janssen.
Maryline designed healthcare solutions with customers in mind in Diabetes, Oncology, Neuroscience and Infectious Diseases to increase adherence and improve patients’ outcomes. She is a digital health leader with an in-depth knowledge of numerous conditions, and the commercialisation of digital services around them.
Passionate about healthtech, she speaks at many regional events and holds the following positions:
Maryline began her career in investment banking in US and consulting for both the Europe and Japan markets. She holds a Master of Science in Management from EDHEC Business School and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD.
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.
Yasha Huang is a senior regulatory policy specialist with extensive experience in medical devices and pharmaceuticals. She was most recently Principal Staff Member within the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) based in Beijing, where she was actively involved in global governance and stakeholder engagement, collaborating with international organisations, government agency NGOs, academia, donors, and industry. She played an active role in the establishment of novel international collaboration mechanisms, such as the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA).
Yasha also organised a variety of high-level international conferences, including the International Summit of Heads of Medicines Regulatory Agencies, the International Food Safety Conference, the China-ASEAN Drug Safety Summit, and contributed to medical device regulatory harmonisation and convergence in collaboration with the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF), Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) conferences, and APEC Regulatory Harmonization Steering Committee (RHSC).
She holds an MA in English Language and Literature from Wuhan University, and graduated with a MPH in Health Policy & Clinical Practice from Dartmouth College, U.S. with a Fulbright scholarship. She has lived and worked in the United States, China and Singapore.
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.
Georgia Swan is Manager, Government Affairs and Market Access, and Manager, Legal, Ethics and Compliance, at Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed). 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. The APACMed mission is to improve the standards of care for patients through innovative collaborations among stakeholders and to jointly shape the future of healthcare in Asia Pacific.
Georgia has spent the past several years working in various roles across the Australian health sector in health publishing/media production, medical writing, healthcare strategy, and health program design and implementation.
Prior to joining APACMed, Georgia worked in healthcare and strategy at Medibank Private, Australia’s largest private health insurer, developing and implementing health management solutions for Medibank members.
She holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales, in Australia.
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.
Alex joined APACMed as its Communications Manager in December 2019, armed with over a decade’s experience in public relations, brand management and corporate communications having worked in both international PR agencies and as in-house counsel.
Throughout his career, Alex has always had close dealings with key players in the health industry, having developed high-impact communications strategies and tactical executions across various projects and retainers with big brand pharmaceutical companies such as Merck, GSK, Bayer, Novartis, and Abbott, and steered national conversations surrounding healthy living, mental illnesses and physical activity with Singapore’s Health Promotion Board.
Before joining APACMed, Alex oversaw the external and internal communications for international fitness provider Virgin Active’s operations in South East Asia, with his remit expanding to eventually include brand guardianship and social media management.
He also has experience in issues management and crisis communications, having managed and coordinated with Sony’s international partners during the global hacking of its PlayStation Network and during the Fukushima disaster, and prepared the crisis communications manuals for the Singapore Airshow and the closing exhibition commemorating Singapore’s 50 years of indepdence.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology and Japanese Studies, and has a Masters in Strategic Communications from the University of Sydney, Australia.