2016 Business Conference Speakers


American Middle East Institute’s
9th Annual Business Conference
New Frontiers of Health plus Annual Energy Update
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Center for Connected Medicine
600 Grant Street, 60th Floor
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Speaker line-up:

Simin Yazdgerdi Curtis, President, American Middle East Institute

Introductory Remarks of Minister
His Excellency Dr. Ismail Sallam, Chair of Advisory Council, American Middle East Institute, and Former Egyptian Minister of Health & Population

Featured Speaker
His Excellency Professor Dr. Ahmed Emad El-Din Rady, Minister of Health and Population, Arab Republic of Egypt 

Due to an unavoidable conflict in his schedule,  Egyptian Minister of Health HE Dr. Rady was unable to attend and designated Dr. Maissa Shawky, Deputy Minister of Health for Population, to speak in his place.

Presentation on Saudi Arabia:
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and Opportunities for Healthcare & Biopharmaceutical Industries

Dr. Basmah S. Al Buhairan – Managing Director of Health Care & Life Sciences, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)

One on One with Dr. Basmah S. Al Buhairan
Moderated by  Mr. Samir Khalil, Executive Director, Middle East & Africa, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

How tele-medicine is saving lives across the globe

Presenter:  Mr. Harun Rashid, Vice President, UPMC Global/Passport Care – UPMC International TeleHealth

How Doing Business in the Middle East Makes Good Business Sense

MODERATOR: Mr. Bill Flanagan, Chief Corporate Relations Officer, Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Presenter: Mr. Khush Choksy, Senior Vice President, Middle East and Turkey Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Presenter: Mr. George Howard, Chairman, Assist America


MODERATOR: Dr. Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA, Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC, Executive Vice President, UPMC Enterprises

Part 1:
How innovation is reinventing medicine and bringing life saving technologies to market
Featuring the health technology partners of the Center for Connected Medicine:  GE, IBM, Nokia & UPMC

Presenter: Mr. Harry Reynolds, Director, Health Industry Transformation, Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry, IBM
Presenter:  Mr. Jörg Debatin, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, GE Healthcare

Part 2: 
How pharmaceuticals and precision medicines are winning the fight against chronic disease.

Presenter: Dr. Charles DeShazer, M.D., Vice President & Executive Medical Director, Clinical Services, Highmark
Presenter: Dr. Adrian Lee, Director, Institute for Precision Medicine (IPM), University of Pittsburgh
Presenter: Dr. Nizar Zein, Chairman & Medical Director of Global Patient Services, Cleveland Clinic; Board of Governors, Cleveland Clinic 

Presenter: Mr. Morgan O’Brien, CEO, Peoples Natural Gas

ENERGY UPDATE: The Middle East
Presenter:  Mr. Farhad Alavi, Esq. Managing Partner, Akrivis Law Group

Ancient Persian Influences on Western Medicine
Dr. Masood Khatamee, Clinical Professor, New York University School of Medicine’s OB/GYN Department