Chairs and Speakers – L

Chairs and Speakers – L


Andrea Laghi
Main position/role:
Full Professor of Radiology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Professor and Chairman of Radiology at Sapienza – University of Rome, Italy. Currently member of the Superior Health Council of the Italian Ministry of Health, President of ESGAR (European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology) and Past-president of ESOI (European Society of Oncologic Imaging). Honorary Member of the Spanish Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (SEDIA). Author of over 300 papers on “peer reviewed” journals. His main areas of research and teaching are Abdominal Imaging, with particular expertise in bowel imaging, Oncology, including hybrid imaging and AI. His research was supported by numerous grants from European and national research organisations.

Francesco Landi
Main position/role:
Professor of Internal Medicine, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy
Prof. Francesco Landi is Professor of Internal Medicine at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome and he is Chief of the Geriatric Rehabilitation Unit of the A. Gemelli University Hospital. Prof. Landi’s main research interests include sarcopenia, geriatric assessment, and nutrition. He is the current president of the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics (SIGG) and he has over 300 peer-reviewed original papers in international medical journals, many of which are in frailty and functional status of older people. He is also member of national and international expert groups that work on guidelines in the field of nutrition, sarcopenia, and functionality in older adults. 

Jeffrey V. Lazarus
Main position/role:
Head of the Health systems team, ISGlobal, and Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona, Spain

Prof Jeff Lazarus serves as head of the health systems team at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and an associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona. In 2020, he was appointed a senior scholar CUNY Graduate School of Public health, where he leads the global COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy studies. He is Vice-Chair of the board of the EASL International Liver Foundation and co-chair of the pan-European HIV Outcomes coalition. He chairs the global COVID-19 consensus statement and is on the Lancet COVID-19 public health taskforce as well as the Lancet GastroHep viral hepatitis commission.



Maurizio Lenzerini
Main position/role:
Professor of Data and Knowledge Management, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Maurizio Lenzerini is a Professor of Data and Knowledge Management at Sapienza University of Rome. His research interests lie at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Data Management, with emphasis on Knowledge Representation, Automated Reasoning, Ontology-based Data Access and Integration. He is the author of more than 300 publications on the above topics and has delivered around 40 invited keynotes. According to Google Scholar he has an h-index of 82, and a total of 28.871citations. He is a Fellow of EurAI (European Association for Artificial Intelligence), a Fellow of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), a Fellow of AAAI (Association for the Advance of Artificial Intelligence) and an ER Fellow.

Katherine Littler
Main position/role:
Co-Lead, Health ethics & Governance Unit, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
Katherine Littler is currently the co-lead of the Health Ethics & Governance Unit at WHO Headquarters, Geneva. She is passionate about embedding ethics more effectively in global health decision making and increasing ethics capacity around the globe. Whilst a lot of her current focus is on COVID-related work, she is also focused on realizing the potential benefits of emerging technologies in different settings, with particular reference to human genome editing; the ethics and governance of clinical trial design and identifying gaps in ethical oversight in global health.

Franco Locatelli
Main position/role:
Head of the Department of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology, IRCCS Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital, Rome; Full Professor of Pediatrics at the Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
Franco Locatelli, Full Professor of Pediatrics at Sapienza, University of Rome, is the Head of the Department of Pediatric Haematology/Oncology, at Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital. In 2019 he was appointed President of the Italian Higher Council of Health, by the Ministry of Health. He is also serving as coordinator of the Technical-Scientific Committee for the COVID-19 pandemic. National coordinator for different clinical trials on pediatric malignancies, he leads the largest program on childhood haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, the first-in-human academic trials on CAR T-cell for lymphoid malignancies and neuroblastoma and the trials on gene therapy/genome editing for hemoglobinopathies in Italy. 

Valerie Luyckx
Main position/role:
Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School 

She is an Associate Scientist, Renal Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital of  Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. She is also an Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Cape Town. She is a deputy Chair Advocacy Working Group, International Society of Nephrology and also a Board Member EUDIAL Working Group, European Renal Association. Lastly, She is a Nephrologist at University Children’s Hospital Zurich. 


Niels Lund
Main position/role:
Vice President, Global Prevention and Health Promotion, Novo Nordisk
Niels Lund is Vice President for Global Prevention and Health Promotion in Novo Nordisk.
He is responsible for the global Cities Changing Diabetes Partnership Programme with 41 major cities worldwide Niels is co-Chair of the Health and Healthcare Strategy Officers’ Council in the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is member of the WEF Global Future Council “Cities of Tomorrow”. Niels is MSc (Economics) from the University of Copenhagen and MBA (Health Services Management) from the George Washington University, Washington DC. He joined Novo Nordisk in 2007. Before joining Novo Nordisk, Niels worked in international development with assignments for UNICEF in India and the World Bank in Washington DC. Niels serves on the national board of Save the Children Denmark.