Chief Executive Officer, APACMed
Harjit was appointed CEO of APACMed in February 2019. She was formerly EVP and Chief Executive Officer of Philips ASEAN & Pacific until October 2015. In this role, she managed a team of 10,000 people in ten 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.
More recently, Harjit was Advisor to Delmedica, an innovative Singapore based company focused on respiratory healthcare.
Passionate about innovation and healthcare reform, she holds concurrent positions on several prestigious Boards:
- Member of the Board of Directors for ResMed, a world-leading connected health company, since 2018
- Board Member of Apollo Education, a leading English Education provider in Vietnam, since 2017
- Singapore Chapter Chair of the Young Presidents Organisation, the premier leadership organisation of Chief Executives in the world.
She is a 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.
Senior Director, Government Affairs
Darwin Mariano is the Senior Director, Government Affairs of Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed). Darwin combines over fifteen years of progressive experience in policy and public affairs in the region with an in-depth understanding of law and diplomacy.
He was most recently Head of Public Affairs ASEAN at Sanofi, where he led a ten-person regional government affairs and communications team. Darwin specialises in policy shaping and analysis, market access and expansion, industry affairs and engagement, as well as strategic stakeholder relations. He holds a law degree from University of the Philippines.
Director, Business Development
Gabriel brings over 20 years of experience in business development and market intelligence; he has developed a particular expertise in the healthcare sector in the last ten years.
Prior to joining APACMed, Gabriel headed business development for Asia Pacific and Middle East at HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) and led business analysis and research for Asia Pacific at GE Healthcare.
He also has extensive regional experience in market and industry research from Global Intelligence Alliance (now M-Brain Group), Synovate Business Consulting (now Ipsos Business consulting) and Nielsen.
Gabriel holds a MSc (Information Studies) from the Nanyang Technological University and a BSc (Economics) from the University of London. He also serves on several committees including Health Level Seven (HL7) Singapore and Association of Medical & Bio-Informatics Singapore (AMBIS).
Director, Regulatory Affairs
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 organizations, government agencies 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 organized 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 harmonization 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.
Emilie brings with her over 12 years’ international experience, gained in both public relations agencies and non-governmental organisations in London, Brussels, Paris and Singapore. Her role is twofold: increase the visibility and further build the reputation of APACMed among external stakeholders, as well as enhance the organisation’s internal communication efforts by developing tailored, added value content for members.
Specialising in Corporate Communication and Issues Management, she has provided strategic counsel to international clients across a broad range of industries.
Before relocating to Singapore in 2013, Emilie held the role of Account Director with PR agency Burson Marsteller in Paris. In this role, she gained extensive experience of delivering media training and crisis communication training to CEOs and senior executives.
Since moving to Singapore, she has worked as a Consultant for a financial and corporate communications advisory firm, and as a Corporate Trainer for the Professional Development Centre of the British Council.
Emilie has also held various roles within public health NGOs, acting as a think tank spokesperson in London, and lobbyist within the Brussels secretariat of a European platform of NGOs, representing 60 member organisations across 25 countries.
Emilie is bilingual in English and French and holds a BA (Hons) Sociology from the University of Durham (UK), and an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Surrey (UK).
Finance and Operations Manager
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.
Crystal TEH Ee Ching
Crystal joined APACMed in January 2019. She brings more than 12 years of experience from the hospitality industry, where she held various administrative, customer service and event management positions. She is responsible for all administrative support at the APACMed Secretariat.
Crystal was most recently sales co-ordinator supporting the MICE Team at the Grand Hyatt Singapore, where she worked on many different types of events from a broad range of industry sectors. She is fluent in various Asian languages including Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, with majors in Broadcasting and Event Management from RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia).