HTI Conference brings you a a variety of panelists and speakers who are writing their own rules, and will provide you with the ideas and learning to face your personal business challenges in new and innovative ways.

  • CARLO CORAZZA
    Head of the Unit "Tourism, Creative and Emerging Industries", DG GROWTH, European Commission, Belgium

    Carlo Corazza graduated in Law in Rome. He started his career at the European Commission in 1992 as an expert on enlargement policy. He was responsible of the economic legislations harmonisation and of consumer policy, food safety, health protection and standards for all candidate countries. 
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  • CLAUDIA TAPARDEL
    Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Transport and Tourism, Romania

    Claudia Țapardel is a Romanian Member of the European Parliament for the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D). Elected in May 2014, she is currently one of the youngest MEPs in the European Parliament.

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  • Dr. DRAGAN PRIMORAC
    M.D., Ph.D, Internationally Awarded Scientist and Author, Croatia

    Professor Dragan Primorac is a pediatrician, forensic expert and geneticist. He serves as adjunct professor at Eberly College of Science, The Pennsylvania State University, and Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, University of New Haven, in the United States and as professor at Medical Schools in Split and Osijek as well as at Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka, in Croatia.

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  • ZDRAVKO POČIVALŠEK
    Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Slovenia

    Zdravko Počivalšek has a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He headed Terme Olimia for the last 15 years. He won the Chamber of Commerce and Industry award in 2004 and was declared Manager of the Year 2010.
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  • Dr. LANALEE ARABA SAM
    Founder and President of American Association of Concierge Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Director of Gynecological Robotic Surgery, USA

    Dr. Lanalee Araba Sam is a global speaker, philanthropist, and super connector. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology; the Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery at the West Boca Medical Center; the Director of Women’s Health Services at Florida Medical Center; and the Co-Founder of Concierge Pregnancy.
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  • LEILA KREŠIĆ - JURIĆ
    Director of Tourism Department at the Croatian Chamber of Economy, Croatia

    Leila Krešić-Jurić, Director of Tourism Department at the Croatian Chamber of Economy, gained initial experience in tourism in Spain. After managing tourism portfolio at Unicredit - Zagrebačka bank, she became a management board member at Istraturist Umag hotel company, and then at Valamar engaged in developing the leading Croatian hotel management brand.
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  • JAI VERMA
    Managing Director & Global Head of B2G Dubai, UAE

    Jai Verma is the Managing Director & Global Head of B2G (Business to Government) based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His responsibilities include the P&L, strategic planning and development of B2G to focus on the government business globally.
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  • OGNJEN BAGATIN
    General Manager of  Bagatin Clinic, Croatia

    Besides serving as the CEO of his own company Mr. Bagatin is also a member of the President Board of MBA Croatia as well as the Medical Tourism Council at the Croatian Chamber of Economy.
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  • SAIF ALJAIBEJI
    CEO, Middle East and Africa at Optum, UnitedHealth Group, UAE

    Mr. Saif Aljaibeji is Regional CEO for Middle East and Africa at Optum, a UnitedHealth Group Company, based in Dubai. UHG is a diversified healthcare company and ranked 6th on fortune magazine.
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  • NIKOLA ČIČAK
    Professor, Head of Special Hospital for Orthopaedic Surgery AKROMION, Croatia 
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  • CHRIS RIGA
    Senior Consultant- Hospitality & Travel Industry, France

    Chris has extensive experience in multiple facets of the Hospitality and Travel Industry. His more than 40 years career spans the globe in senior positions with groups like Utell International, Meridien Hotels,, American Airlines, Club Med, Swissôtel.

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  • RENEE-MARIE STEPHANO

    President and Co-founder of the Medical Tourism Association®, USA

    Renée-Marie Stephano is president and co-founder of the Medical Tourism Association® and editor-in-chief of Medical Tourism Magazine® and the Health and Wellness Destination Guide Series of books. Ms. Stephano has authored several books from “Developing International Patient Centers, Best Practices in Facilitation,” to “Medical Tourism for Insurers and Employers,” and the most recent, “Engaging Wellness.” 

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  • RANIA KIMRAKJI
    Managing Director and Founder, Royality Consultants, UAE

    Extensive experience with entrepreneurship spirit- she developed expertise&demonstrated success-driven strategies through implementation of key projects & based programs within Government, Diplomacy, PR /Media, and Medical, Health, Lifestyle Tourism and Investment Sectors- locally & internationally.
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  • ANDREA ZAVOROVIĆ
    Founder and Director, Eupro Consulting, Croatia

    Andrea Zavorović has over 26 years of experience which include executive positions in hospitality industry, automotive industry, banking, telecommunications and postal services
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  • JONATHAN EDELHEIT
    Co-founder & CEO of Medical Tourism Association® (MTA), USA

    Jonathan Edelheit is President of the Medical Tourism Association, the international non- profit trade association for the Medical Tourism industry. Mr. Edelheit and the Medical Tourism Association currently consult and represent several governments in their medical tourism plans and initiatives, and is currently working with some of the largest US health insurance companies and Employers in implementing medical tourism into their health plans.
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  • NADA FAYYAD
    Chief Executive Officer, BeSure Medical & Health Performance Services Division, UAE


    Nada Fayyad is the CEO of BeSure Medical & Health Performance Services Division. Extremely passionate about healthcare, Nada has been involved in the sector in various capacities and roles over the last decade.
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  • MURAT SONER KUCUKKAYA
    Senior Advisor, Global Services-Operations, Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services, USA

    Murat Kucukkaya serves as Senior Advisor, Global Services – Operations for Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services, Europe – Middle East - Africa. He has extensive international experience in healthcare operations, quality management, and health information systems.

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  • PAULO MOREIRA
    PhD, Editor-in-Chief at International Journal of Healthcare Management, UK

    Paulo Moreira holds a PhD in health management from the University of Manchester, UK and over 18 years of experience in the healthcare sector which include executive positions in hospital management, LTC and integrated healthcare, health insurance, eHealth and European affairs for health policy development.
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  • MARA DOLJAK
    CEO, Owner and Founder of Aromara ltd, Croatia 

    Mara Doljak, Mr. Pharm., graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry in Zagreb. Mara worked for Helena Rubinstein cosmetics, for Podravka-Belupo in the field of cosmetics development and marketing, most notably for Coppertone®.
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  • Dr. FREDERIC E. TEBOUL
    Founding-President and CEO of Cuba Grupo, France

    Dr. Frederic E. Teboul’s international journey started 20 years ago when he served the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then, he performed for the United Nations (in New York and Geneva), for the European institutions (in Brussels), for the private sector (in Athens) and for the philanthropic sector (in Monaco).
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  • Dr. PREM JAGYASI
    MD, CEO  of Dr Prem and Associates, India

    A globally acclaimed, award winning strategic leader and speaker, Dr Prem Jagyasi has delivered numerous keynote speeches and focused corporate workshops in 45+ countries. More than 150 international organizations have benefited from his expertise through conferences, expert training, consultancy and brand management services.
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  • MARINKO RADE
    MSc.Orth.Med, PhD, Director of Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Hospital “prim.dr.MartinHorvat”, Croatia

    Marinko Rade, M.Sc. in Orthopaedic Medicine, and PhD in Clinical Medicine (Physiatry) is the Director of “Prim. dr.MartinHorvat” Orthopaedic Hospital Rovinj, Croatia, Post-doctoral researcher at Kuopio University Hospital and University of Eastern Finland (Finland), and member of the Chairmanship of the Croatian Association of Employers in Health.
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  • CENK TEZCAN
    MD, General Manager, B-Wise, Turkey

    Being a medical doctor, Dr. Tezcan has over 25 years of experience in healthcare field. He is an expert on turn-key hospital projects. Medical equipment planning and hospital design are also his expertise.
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  • MARIO CRECENTE
    PhD in Architecture,  Founder and Director of Crecente Asociados, Spain
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  • SOPHIE BENGE
    Journalist/consultant in wellbeing, UK

    Sophie is a spa journalist and author She reviews wellbeing programmes around the world for Tatler magazine. Her book Healing Sources - Spas and Wellbeing from the Baltic to the Black Sea reflects her passion and knowledge for the authentic and powerful healing traditions of central and eastern Europe.
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  • FERGUS LINSKEY
    Chief Executive Officer for Medical Tourism Media, USA

    As Chief Executive Officer for Medical Tourism Media, Fergus has the privilege of leading a smart and talented group of seasoned healthcare marketing and consulting professionals from a variety of disciplines.
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  • MIKE WALLACE
    Brand Manager and Spa Director, Danubius Health Spas, Hungary

    Mike Wallace has worked in the spa/leisure/health and fitness industry in operations, product development and planning for more than 20 years. Originally starting out as a fitness instructor he worked up through the ranks to club and regional management for LivingWell Health Clubs and Soho Gyms.
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  • JULIA V. KHOMYCH
    President of Inbound medical tourism club "inUkraine" and General Manager of Medical Guide Company, Ukraine

    Inbound medical tourism club “inUkraine” – is a newly formed cluster for the inbound medical tourism in Ukraine to be developed. Medical Guide is one of the most well-known and trustable medical tourism operators in Ukraine. 

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  • MARCEL MEDAK
    mag.cin, Managing Director of Special Hospital for Medical rehabilitation Daruvar Thermal Spa and President of the Health Tourism Cluster, Croatia

    Marcel Medak graduated from the Faculty of Kinesiology in 1996 with the Master's Degree in Kinesiology. Since 2009 he has been the managing director of Special Hospital for Medical rehabilitation Daruvarske toplice in Daruvar. 

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  • IRENA RAPOPORT
    MBA, Head of ABT Educational Business Development, Israel

    ABT-Global is a versatile organization, including special subsidiaries such as Medical Flights &Air Ambulance services, Medical Treatments abroad and Educational Department.

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  • LUCA BRUSCHI
    Responsible for International relationships and Communitarian policies for European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA), Italy

    Specialist in European project management, International relationships and cooperation, Intercultural dialogue.
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  • ZDESLAV RADOVCIC
    Founder & President HTI Conference and Energy Clinic, Croatia

    Zdeslav is the founder of HTI Conference, which has been a leading health tourism industry event in Europe for the last six years. He is also the Founder and President of Energy Clinic and the EBI European Buyer Initiative. Zdeslav has been described as a visionary in European health tourism, bringing the industry together and moving it forward.
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  • EMMA GONZÁLEZ DIÉGUEZ
    Deputy Director of Termatalia, Spain
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  • VIOLETTA IANYSHEVSKA
    MD, MBA, Chairman & co-founder of the Ukrainian Association of Medical Tourism (UAMT),
    Supervisor of the Global Healthcare Travel Council (GHTC), Ukraine

    Mrs. Ianyshevska is a pioneer in Ukrainian medical tourism market and last years was dedicated to research, estimation and active development of medical tourism of Ukraine. 
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  • NATALIA STROKOVSKA
    Owner and Editor-in-chief  DoctorGEO, Russia

    Entrepreneur, medical journalist, member of the European Association of Journalists (AEJ). Experience in the medical field 18 years. The owner of medical tourism company DoсtorGEO.info. Founding in 2012.
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