Board of Directors

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SENIOR DIRECTOR AND INDUSTRIAL EXPERT: CRAIG G. STARK MD, FACP, FFTM RCPS(Glasg), FISTM

Dr. Craig G. Stark, is a physician executive with 20+ years of clinical, operational and leadership experience specializing in international healthcare with a focus on telemedicine and health systems management in emerging markets.

Dr. Stark served as the Group Chief Medical Officer for the Abraaj Group, the leading private equity fund in emerging markets until its liquidation in 2019. While at Abraaj, he had oversight of the Evercare Health Fund, a one-billion-dollar impact fund focused on delivering accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to underserved markets across Africa and South Asia.

Dr. Stark oversaw medical operations, clinical governance, medical training, and quality assurance for 26 hospitals, 17 clinics, and 32 diagnostics centers across 20 cities in India, Kenya, Pakistan, and Nigeria. He had clinical operational responsibility for a 3,200-bed healthcare system employing over 10,000 employees and delivering almost 2 million episodes of care. While at the fund, he ensured the smooth merger of seven independent medical groups across four countries into a unified, integrated healthcare system. He also supported the operating specialists in the design, construction, go-to-market strategy, clinical service plan and equipment procurement for two new tertiary care medical facilities built in Pakistan and Nigeria and implemented a unified quality incident risk management system, standard clinical quality indicator measures, clinical decision support tools, hospital accreditation and clinical practice guidelines across all facilities.

In 2019, Dr. Stark was part of the transition team which led to the successful restructuring of the fund into the Evercare Group and subsequent acquisition by TPG Capital, a global investment firm headquartered in San Francisco, California and Fort Worth, Texas, with $96 billion in assets under management.

Prior to this, Dr. Stark spent 12 years with International SOS, a leading health and security services firm, serving as the Regional Medical Director based out of its London, Moscow, Singapore and Beijing offices. While at International SOS, he designed and led a project in Nepal setting up a system of integrated remote healthcare facilities for 30,000 retired Gurkhas and their families living in rural areas across Nepal. He also directly managed a team of 40+ medical professionals in five 24-hour Telemedicine Centers located in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei and Seoul that delivered care for more than 130,000 travel and emergency medicine cases each year. This also included oversight of ten international-standard primary and emergency care medical facilities in China (Beijing, Tianjin, Tianjin, TEDA, Nanjing, Shekou, Dalian, Hong Kong), Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar) and Far East Russia (Sakhalin) seeing more than 150,000 travelers and expatriates each year. The Chinese clinics were subsequently acquired by Raffles Medical Group to form the basis of their China expansion.

During his military medical career, Dr. Craig G. Stark, served as the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) Flight Surgeon and was in charge of the Internal Medicine and Aviation Medicine program at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Healthcare Facility in Belgium, the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Allied Command Operations. Prior to this, he served as the internist and flight surgeon for the Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt an international peacekeeping force overseeing the terms of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

He currently works with the leading telemedicine platforms across the United States and consults with international organizations looking to develop their own digital health services. Most recently, he completed a project serving as the Chief Medical Officer for Meridional Health, a digital health and logistics company delivering innovative healthcare solutions to underserved markets across Africa. As Chief Medical Officer, he worked with the software development team in designing a world class telemedicine application designed for users in Madagascar, Morocco and Réunion Island. Since 2019, he has also served as an Operating Partner for CedarBridge Capital, a Dubai based private equity firm focusing on investments in the healthcare, education and consumer goods sectors across the Middle East and Cyprus.

Dr. Stark received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and completed his Internal Medicine specialization at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is a board certified Diplomate in Internal Medicine through the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and a Fellow of the International Society of Travel Medicine. He has since practiced medicine throughout the United States, Africa, Asia and Europe.


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DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY: NICO WESTERDALE

Nico Westerdale served as the Director of Technology of the $15 Billion US Dollar GoPuff Company an on-demand item deliverer on the 2020 CNBC’s Top 50 Distributors List. He was instrumental in growing the product & engineering teams from 7 to 200 people within 2 years. He directed all of GoPuff's consumer facing engineering efforts, across multiple scrum teams that is to say, the Mobile, Growth and Shopping, and the Driver Experience team, as well as multiple local and off-shore agencies. He worked with the entire Engineering department to produce architectural roadmaps for its Azure/AWS backed microservice architecture spearheading the next generation technology of a React consumer application.

In partnership with the Leadership, Product and UX on Product roadmaps, OKRs, and customer driven feature design, development and delivery, he adapted the Product to the impact of the global pandemic with cross-functional teams. This innovation created workflows for the release process which dramatically increased quality and reduced defects whilst maintaining team velocity, as the company moved to a fully remote workforce.

In his tenure as the Chief Technology Officer at IncentFit, a major player in the $61.95 Billion Dollar global corporate wellness market, he managed the development team in building and scaling it from the ideation stage toward its emergence as a global contender with corporate clients including the $11.3 Billion US Dollar Corning Inc, the University of Michigan, Magic Leap with an estimated Forbes valuation of $4.5 Billion US Dollars in 2016 and the $9.1 Billion US Dollar valued Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, a health insurance federation that provides health insurance in the United States to more than 106 million people. He worked closely with the CEO to transform business requirements into a flexible and customizable product that fulfilled over 200 corporate client's diverse wellness benefit plan needs.

Director Nico, individually designed and built a micropayments system that used credit card and escrow ACH Bank networking with multiple payroll providers which moved over $500 Million US Dollars in funds per year from clients to their employees. He created a sales onboarding tool enabling instant custom wellness plan creation for the clients thus increasing client conversions. He also designed and implemented the ability for customers to connect any fitness device to record their activity using API integrations built on Angular & Ionic, PHP7 (custom ORM) on AWS with Google, Samsung, Apple Health and Strava.

As the Senior Engineer at the $103.6 Billion US Dollar Comcast, he developed the Xfinity streaming TV app for the Xbox 360, and a variety of other in-house browser/device based and streaming projects like Xfinity on Campus. He worked closely with stakeholders to communicate the technical possibilities and transform business requirements into state-of-the-art streaming media services and products like Javascript, HTML5, Samsung Smart TV, Windows 8 Metro App, Roku app, C#, .NET, Silverlight, jQuery, streaming media.

While at Arcweb, the leading technology market research firm for industry, manufacturing, infrastructure and cities, he was engaged in UX Design for clients, process flows, information architecture and prototyping. During his tenure at Hanft Raboy, he developed information architecture using Javascript and UX design for Navigenics, a privately held personal genomics company, based in Foster City, California, that used genetic testing to help people determine their individual risk for dozens of health conditions and was acquired for over 450 Million US Dollars. At Razorfish, one of the world's largest interactive agencies with subisidiaries like Razorfish Health, Saatchi & Saatchi Group Ltd with 437 Million US Dollars in revenue, he created a UX for Portfolio.com for Condé Nast a global mass media company founded in 1909’s largest site launch using JSP, Java, Javascript, HTML, CSS. At WebMD, an American corporation known primarily as an online publisher of news and information pertaining to human health and well-being with $615 Million US Dollars in annual revenue, he successfully operated as its UX Advisor for the New York Tech Team & the first WebMD Symptom Checker using Javascript to develop an excellent UX Design.

At Tribal Worldwide he was the UX Advisor instrumental in the developments on Cuervo, Philips BodyGroom, Dannon Lite and Fit and NY State Lotto. While at Schoolnet Inc, he was the key architect in the development of an interactive walkthroughs for SchoolNet's Sharepoint customization.

As the President and Chief Technology Officer of every day BitsDuJour he promoted desktop software for companies like Microsoft, Apple and numerous others through daily deals marketing methods offering 24-hour discount deals in Groupon software. Built on .NET and Azure the company under his leadership won the Best Independent Software Vendor Service Award at the coveted 2010 Software Industry Awards and at its height, ran a 6-person tech, ops and marketing team that sent over half a million emails daily. He engineered the business to run on auto-pilot using VB/C# .NET on Azure with AWS services and multiple ecommerce integrations and jQuery to the point that he currently does not have active daily involvement with it.

While at Massify, the first social networking web-app online film production network for filmmakers, actors and producers to develop projects and connect with talent, as the User Experience Lead, he built a collaborative dashboard, timeline and communication system for the social website employing PHP, MySQL and jQuery. At Musicnet, as the Front-End Tech Lead, he architected and produced a flexible Javascript framework for embedding streaming media and Flash content in web pages to make custom music stores. While at Riskclick, as the VP User Interface Design, he was responsible for Riskclick's User Interface team where he designed and developed a rich ASP.NET UI control framework linking the user interface to XML data and migrated from VB and ASP classic to VB .NET with custom Visual Studio integration while mentoring engineers and delivering multiple successful revenue generating projects.

At Rare Medium, as the Lead Design Technologist, he was named the lead design technician on Forbes.com, RecoveryCare.com and a myriad other, back when many were all paper millionaires before the dot- com bubble burst! Javascript, CSS, HTML, ASP, JSP.

As the President and Product Lead at TipFrom.Me, a unique service that lets you turn your web customers into an active sales force through social sharing of deals, a system integrated with any e-commerce platform, he ran and managed the 8 person company, designed the product, built on C# .NET, Azure, jQuery, SQL Server.

As the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Iconico, Inc. a side hobby, where he makes UX and development software tools like his award-winning Screen Calipers and ColorPic that get hundreds of thousands of downloads today, despite their age. His business, is now fully automated with outsourced support and requires no daily involvement and was designed using .NET, Delphi and Javascript.

Director Nico, is possessed of pristine skills in UX - VueJS, Angular, jQuery, Javascript, Ionic, Cordova, CSS, LESS, SASS, HTML5, Bootstrap, Flutter, Photoshop, Figma .NET on Azure - NodeJS, C#, .NET Core, VB, ASP.NET, EF, LINQ, Razor, MVC, Silverlight, WinForms, SQL Server PHP on AWS - Custom ORM, Laravel, Composer, MySQL, Aurora, RDS, EC2, S3, SNS, SES, ELB APIs - Stripe, Dwolla, Google, Apple, Samsung, Payroll, OAuth, SSO, SAML, DevOps - SDLC, CI / CD, New Relic, Loggly, Splunk, Agile / SCRUM - Git, GitHub, Bitbucket, JIRA, Asana, Trello, Pivotal Tracker, TFS, ...additional - Java, Delphi.

He studied Oxford Brookes University with a B.A. (Hons) Fine Arts specializing in New Media and Interactive Art and Dr Challoner’s Grammar School and is currently an Accelerator CTO with Limited engagement offering engineering leadership and management to The Burnratty Investment Group from seed round and beyond. He is specialised with specific and select early and emerging start-ups with bold visions for growth and currently helps in defining technical goals, build roadmaps and architecture and importantly hiring the right team to get The Burnratty Investment Group to a place of self-sustaining growth and more.


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DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL & GLOBAL WORLD TRADE: RODOLFO C RIVAS

Rodolfo Rivas is the Assistant Deputy Permanent Representative at the World Trade Organisation working as a Frontline negotiator on four intergovernmental agreements, including the Trade Facilitation Agreement, expected to produce accrued global benefits of over US$1 trillion a year; the revised Government Procurement Agreement, with a market access coverage valued at US$100 billion per year; and the expansion of the Information Technology Agreement, with an estimated value of $1.3 trillion in added global trade per year. Director Rodolfo, is also negotiating the Intellectual Property waiver on the TRIPS Agreement on COVID-19 vaccines and medicines.

He is a member of the Management Board of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Pension Plan and member of the WTO List of Panellists to hear WTO disputes. A member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Database of Arbitrators. A Domain Name Panellist with over 40 Panel Decisions at the FORUM, Czech Arbitration Court, Canadian International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre (CIIDRC), Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC), and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). He is also a URS Examiner at MFSD and is listed as Pro Bono Counsel at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

While at Israel’s Foreign Trade Administration - Ministry of Economy & Industry in Geneva, Switzerland, he serves as the Assistant Deputy Permanent Representative. In this role, he has created and launched the Trade Lecture Sessions @ the WTO an initiative to bring the latest academic research from the World's top Universities to the WTO with Twelve sessions, featuring the WTI of the University of Bern, Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School, the Hebrew University, and Université libre de Bruxelles. He also negotiates the comprehensive plurilateral Initiative on e-commerce under the auspices of the WTO, which aims to cover over 90% of the US$25 trillion global e-commerce market. He also negotiates the Fisheries Subsidies Agreement under UN's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) goal 14.6. In this capacity, he successfully represented and defended Israel in its first Arbitration proceeding at the WTO.

As Senior Counsellor Legal & Economic Affairs, he ensured Israel's compliance with International Trade and Economic laws and regulations through training, evaluation, and developing processes and controls. He represented, defended, and advocated on behalf of Israel and its stakeholder’s interests in negotiations and executed Israel’s legal representation at the WTO and in 5 WTO dispute settlement proceedings as third party. He also negotiated the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA), expected to eliminate tariffs in the global sustainable technologies market – currently valued at US$1.1 trillion, projected to grow to US$2.5 trillion by 2022.

In this role, he also negotiated the dispute settlement chapter of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) – an agreement aimed at comprehensive services sector liberalization. OECD estimates services account for 68% of global GDP.

As Counsellor WTO Economic & Legal Affairs, he negotiated, concluded, and implemented the expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), with an estimated value of US$1.3 trillion in added global trade per year. He negotiated, concluded, and implemented the Trade Facilitation Agreement, with benefits of US$1 trillion a year and also negotiated and concluded WIPO’s Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin (AO) and Geographical Indications (GIs), setting a new framework for its global regulation.

In his capacity as the Legal Counsel & Trade Negotiator, he negotiated, concluded, and implemented the revised Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) – valued at US$100 billion per year. As the Legal Consultant at the Mission of Mexico to the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland, Director Rodolfo, represented Mexico in 4 WTO disputes – all with a successful outcome.

During his tenure as a Legal Staff at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, he managed over 250 domain name disputes under strict deadlines, assigned over 3,000 cases to a multinational staff of 20 lawyers and supervised and trained multinational junior legal staff.

As General Counsel at Stewart Title Guadalajara, S.A. de C.V., Zapopan, Mexico Stewart Title Guadalajara (STG) – subsidiary of Stewart Title Latin America Inc. and Stewart Title Guarantee Company (third largest Title Insurance company in the US with over $2.16 US Billion Dollars in sales). He designed and implemented Stewart Title’s legal and business framework in Mexico and the Caribbean and ensured policy compliance while managing government affairs outreach activities. He also analyzed and assessed legislative/regulatory proposals and critical trends in the industry to identify and track the impact on business objectives and corporate positions. He also negotiated and drafted complex commercial contracts of domestic and international nature and supervised and trained over 30 professional staff members at Stewart Title’s six offices across Mexico.

As an Associate at Gomez Minakata, Romero Attorneys at Law, Guadalajara, Mexico, he prepared risk management strategy reports, represented clients in 20 mediations on financial services proceedings with a 95% success rate and he created and headed the IP department.

At Guevara & Guevara Attorneys at Law, Guadalajara, Mexico, as a Legal Staff, he represented successfully 43 cases before the Labor Attorney General, negotiated and drafted settlement agreements in employment matters and advised a team in Mexico’s top tier football league on general employment matters.

As the Creator, Producer and Host at The Rodolfo Rivas Project in Geneva, Switzerland, Director Rodolfo engages in candid and insightful conversations with talented individuals in International Geneva and beyond with three seasons so far and over 32.4K downloads. He listens to their stories and delves into their views on the challenges and their perspectives on their industries' future. He has hosted prominent persons like: Dr. Willy Mutunga (The Former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Chang-fa Lo (The Former Constitutional Court Justice), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting Director General of International Union of Conservation of Nature), Jesus Seade (Mexico’s Undersecretary for North America), Ambassador. Angel Villalobos (Mexico to the WTO), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant Director General at the World Intellectual Property Organisation), David Zonana (a prominent filmmaker). All these episodes and more are available at: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon, SoundCloud, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Stitcher among others.

He is also a litigator, arbitrator, negotiator, translator, manager, author, podcaster, strategist, and policy & compliance professional possessed with a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects and navigate complex challenges with strategic nous and creativity. Simply put, he has been leading and managing multicultural teams for over ten years and he understands business and how geopolitics affects it. He does nott care who gets the credit as long as the job gets done. He believes that ideas are great, but execution is what matters, and that is what he does, execution!

An excellent listener, he excels under pressure and is always the calm one in the group. He is an expert in legal advice, negotiation, public policy, and government relations and well-versed in business with 18+ years’ international experience in the private & public sectors. Director Rodolfo, is a regular speaker in international academic and professional events on IP, Tech & Innovation, trade, and dispute settlement and an author of over 37 articles with over 10,500 downloads across various platforms. He is the Creator, producer, and host of The Rodolfo Rivas Project podcast with 3 seasons so far and over 20K downloads.

In his spare time, he writes and occasionally directs films. His specialties are International Trade, International Business, Policy & Negotiation, Management, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademarks, Domain Names, Compliance, Arbitration, and Mediation (ADR), Advocacy, Diplomacy, Corporate & Government Affairs.

Some of his publications include:

  • The Headnote on the Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization, Oxford Public International Law (OXIO) (July 2021).
  • Of International Cooperation, Trade, COVID-19 and Other Demons, Acuerdos revista de derecho internacional de Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism (MINCIT) (December 2020).
  • Tarantinos in the Attic: A brief history of Quentin Tarantino’s use of trademarks in storytelling, Medium (July 2019).
  • Book review of The Regulation of International Trade: Volume 1 GATT, Oxford Journal of International Economic Law (April 2018).
  • To Outsource or to Keep In-House – That Is the Question: A Case Study of Nespresso and Keurig Coffee Pod Recycling Programs, SSRN (May 2017).
  • Book review of Theories of International Politics and Zombies: Revived Edition, Oxford Journal of International Economic Law (December 2016).
  • Quality Management as Implemented Through Intel’s ‘Copy Exactly!’, SSRN (October 20016).
  • Dysfunctional leadership and its impact on organizational performance, SSRN (March 2015).
  • Co-authorship with Serah Mutheu Mati, Corporate IP protection in Cyberspace, ABOGADO CORPORATIVO (May 2014).
  • The WTO and the private sector: opportunities and benefits, ABOGADO CORPORATIVO (March 2013).

When he is not writing, he is directing short films, including an adaptation of a Stephen King’s story: "The Man Who Loved Flowers" or writing pieces about pop culture, cooking Italian cuisine with a Mexican twist, baking all kind of breads, drifting RC cars, creating elaborate home videos, attending fantastic cinema film festivals, and watching animated films with his daughters.

Director Rodolfo graduated from the University of London, London, United Kingdom 2019 with an MBA in International Management, from Stanford Law School, Palo Alto, California, USA 2010 with an LL.M. Law, Science & Technology, from Universitat d’Alacant, Alicante, Spain 2007 with an LL.M. in Intellectual Property (Magister Lvcentinvs) and from the Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara, Mexico 2004 with a J.D. equivalent (Licenciado en Derecho).


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DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AFFAIRS: JUAN P GUERRERO

Juan P. Guerrero possesses a concentrated legal expertise of over 20 years in commercial transactions with in-house experience in business, tax and corporate law. He has successfully negotiated and concluded more than 1000 complex and obtuse commercial transactions inclusive of Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures; EPCs, Financials; NDAs, Equity Dealings, Procurement, Network Logistics and Health Insurance Law.

The commercial expertise of Director. Guerrero has led to his involvement with Fortune 500 companies and in the merger and acquisition of companies located in a multiplicity of geographies with acquisition values exceeding the $2 Billion US Dollar mark and successful due diligence processes of over $1 Billion US Dollars transactions inclusive of corporate, legal and international loan due diligence. His legal expertise brought great benefits to the parties he represented through the heightening of the profitability of the venture and the mitigation of litigation risk through intellectual property litigation, commercial arbitration and trial litigation.

He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions representing entrepreneurs, growth companies, public and private corporations, on both the buyer and seller side in national, international and cross-border M&A processes, reverse mergers, due diligence, minority investments, IPO processes and other strategic business transactions. He is possessed with a strong suit for the assessment of corporate structures for the incorporation and establishment of companies and complex asset sale transactions.

Director. Guerrero provides detailed and analytical legal advice to companies and investors in each M&A process within and without the organization, for consolidation, integration and corporation split-ups. Given his multicultural and diverse operational background he has successfully collaborated and maintained executive rapport with various professional architectonics, comptrollers and actuaries, financiers and capitalists, corporate impresarios, from the fortification and conception of knowhow, to securitisation and praesidium of proprietary notitia. He is also well versed with basic liabilities, implementation, business growth, and sale financing, consideration payments, Administrative, Constitutional and Employee Law, Intellectual Property, Health Law and Contract and Business Associations.

He is famed for his legal and iconic knowledge that seeks to implement inventive and industrious solutions on all trajectories of business transitions in compliance with domestic and international regulatory requirements in the respective commercial jurisdiction. He has partaken in the management, development and implementation of EPCs for Oil and Gas, and Hospital Infrastructure with the accompanying logistical and customs processing of patibilis and materia subtilis such as pharmaceutical and hospital provisions.

Director. Juan P Guerrero, attained a Juris Doctor from the Zulia University with a Master's Degree in Commercial Law from the Rafael Belloso University, with a Public Health specialization from the worldly renown Johns Hopkins University.


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INDUSTRIAL EXPERT: DR. PETER WAISWA (ASS. PROF)

Dr. Peter Waiswa, Ass. Prof, possessed with over 20+ years in the health sector, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy & Health Systems at Makerere University School of Public Health and College of Health Sciences, the prominent and leading medical school in Uganda and also a visiting Researcher at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. He was instrumental in the lobbying of support from several international bodies, including the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and World Health Organisation (WHO) after setting up of the Iganga/Mayuge Health and Demographic Surveillance Site (DSS) whose data collected showed that the number of babies and mothers dying shortly after birth was overwhelming.

He is a Ugandan medical doctor trained in Public Health having graduated with a joint PhD and later a Post-Doctoral fellowship from Makerere University, Uganda and the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Prior to joining academia, he worked as a district medical officer with Ministry of Health for 8 years in Uganda and founded the INDEPTH Network Maternal and New-born Research Group in Accra, Ghana and the Makerere University Maternal, New-born and Child Health Centre of Excellence in Uganda. He is widely published in health systems and policy, implementation research, and evaluation with a special focus on maternal, new-born and child health. He is well sought after and regularly engages in policy debates, advocacy and planning at local, national, Africa and at the global level for the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, and a myriad of other global multilaterals.

He attended Naigobya and Iganga Town Council primary schools and then went to Budini Secondary School for O ‘level and Jinja College for A ‘level and then studied human medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology where he attained his Bachelor of Surgery in Medicine, thereafter, working as a doctor in rural Iganga, before enrolling for a Master’s in International Public Health and International Health at the Hebrew University, Israel.

After completing internship in 1999 at Mulago Hospital, the young doctor shunned a good-paying job in Kampala city with one of the country’s leading Non – Governmental Organisations and settled for a posting in rural Iganga district. As his, “major interest was to get to work in an area with locals yearning for better healthcare,” In this, he has mobilised communities, talked to people and volunteered with numerous rural-based NGOs with an emphasis on the fourth millennium development goal (MDG4) that focuses on child survival, and has ably reduced the under-five child mortality rate significantly, before the year 2015. Due to his selfless work with expectant mothers, and traditional birth attendants (TBAs), TBAs have become more trustworthy in Busoga region because of their friendly approach to mothers. They now stay within the community and get to know the people well. His conviction is focused on urging fellow health workers to borrow a leaf from them and reach out to the locals since he is certain this could save more lives based on his broad experience.


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Director of Business Development: LABAN ROOMES

Laban Roomes is a serial entrepreneur who Co-founded XRP Healthcare with his son Kain Roomes – The first Pharma and Healthcare platform to be built on the XRP Ledger.

Having had success investing in a medicinal cannabis company (Marigold Projects Jamaica) of which 49% was then sold to the Canadian public company giant Aphria for USD$80 million. Laban started investing in Bitcoin in 2018, and since then has made several other investments into Blockchain technology companies such as XRP, Zilliqa, Centric and XCAD.

Laban designed and manufactured an innovative portable plating device and in October of 2007, Laban pitched his gold-plating technology – and market traction – live on the hit BBC T.V investment pitching programme ‘Dragon’s Den’ and successfully acquired funding, as well as new guidance from multi-millionaire Dragon James Caan. After 3 years Laban purchased all his shares back from James Caan whilst remaining business allies to follow a new vision for the business. Since then, Laban has attended and supplied luxury gifts in person to the Oscars, created luxury ranges of iPods and iPhones for a host of celebrities including Elton John the Beckhams, Floyd Money Mayweather, Usain Bolt, Mark Wahlberg, Clint Eastwood and Will Smith, to mention just a few, not to mention creating an opportunity for hundreds of individuals worldwide to work from home using his portable gold plating technology. The company has also launched initiatives and campaigns to raise money by donating a percentage of the company’s luxury gift sales to raise much-needed cash for several high-profile charities including the Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF), The Teenage Cancer TRUST and SOS Children’s Villages.

Laban has also gone on to win the Great British Entrepreneur and the coveted Lloyds TSB – FSB Entrepreneur of the year award and now spends his time in Jamaica, Miami, and Dubai where he has business interests.


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Director: KAIN ROOMES

Kain Roomes is the President & Founder of XRP Healthcare – Kain was born in the United Kingdom London, a keen sportsman he grew up to play soccer at a professional level. Kain quit through injury and became a model in the fitness industry promoting sports brands such as Sports Direct and Nike, he then went on to become a full-time cryptocurrency investor after famously selling his steel and gold Rolex sub-mariner to purchase Bitcoin in 2018, and then investing in altcoins such as Zilliqa and XRP turning the £7,500 he got for his Rolex into over £2,000,000.

In September 2022 Kain founded XRP Healthcare, the first pharma and healthcare platform to be built on the XRP Ledger with his father Laban Roomes and grew the business from 0 to a 194,000,000 USD valuation in just 3 months.

Recently, Kain founded XRP Healthcare Africa to acquire private healthcare clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals on the African continent and has gone on to partner with M&A specialists The Burnratty Investment Group, amalgamating both companies into one and in the process becoming a formidable force in the sector, with the aim of achieving a 1 billion dollar valuation by 2026.


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PRINCIPAL AND FOUNDING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: MUKISA JOSHUA WILLIAM

Mukisa Joshua William, the Principal and Founding Executive Director at The Burnratty Investment Group, has been making waves in the African healthcare sector with his entrepreneurial acumen. Through mergers and acquisitions, he is poised to successfully consolidate the highly fragmented billion-dollar healthcare sector. Mukisa's leadership skills were put to the test when he raised an impressive $150,133.30 in private equity funding for a healthcare business. He led his team through the legal and financial due diligence process, engaging financial institutions to ensure appropriate financing for mergers and acquisitions.

Mukisa is not just a savvy businessman, but also a talented writer and advocate for civic participation. He has authored several papers on important issues facing Uganda, including "Policy Options for Combatting University Education Dropout in Uganda," which inspired new conversations among government and university stakeholders to find solutions to the problem. His research on data protection laws in Uganda has been widely utilized in advocacy campaigns seeking to protect citizens' privacy rights.

As a student leader at Makerere University, Mukisa mobilized over 3000 students to petition parliament and campaign against a regulation that gave the Vice-Chancellor arbitrary powers to suspend students, which contravened democratic principles of rule of law and fair hearing.

Mukisa's talent extends beyond writing and advocacy to poetry, and he will soon be launching a collection of his works. He is currently working on a book about privacy law in Uganda, promising to be an insightful read. Additionally, he is writing a fiction book exploring Uganda's rich history, bringing to life untold stories of the country's past.

Mukisa Joshua William is a dynamic and multifaceted leader, poised to make a significant impact in the corporate world and beyond. His values are tied to his work, which he sees as a service to society and a contribution to democratic civilization. With his skills and experiences, Mukisa is sure to continue making a difference and inspiring positive change in Uganda and beyond.


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Director of Technical Operations: Stuart Prestedge

I have over 25 years experience in building and running software companies. I have designed and implemented a variety of commercial software products during my career. I was a senior architect for the ShareFile division of Citrix for 3 years, helping make ShareFile one of the most successful file sharing products in the world. I have also co-founded and built several startups, including Byte Squared, a company, which created a Microsoft Office clone iOS app, which attracted over 11 million users.

In recent years, I have increasingly focused on helping investors, founders, CEOs and other CTOs in all aspects of creating, growing, running and exiting technology businesses.

Experience

  • Performed a number of in-depth technology due diligences and health checks for several high-profile investors, identifying risks and areas of improvement and making detailed, actionable recommendations for the investors and companies.
  • Fully designed and oversaw the development of a global lottery app and back-end services. Implemented full reference platform (back-end and front-end logic) to ensure efficiency and accuracy of production solution.
  • Currently advising a number of startups, existing businesses and teams within global organisations to ensure best-practice design, implementation and processes.
  • I was invited by LMarks / Lloyds of London to mentor on their Lloyds Labs innovation startup programme. The advice I gave was implemented and provided a number of business and technical benefits.
  • 25 years experience as a co-founder and startup entrepreneur in a CTO role in a variety of companies.
  • Architected and implemented a number of complex, industry grade software systems. These include:
    • Workteam; a full stack Meteor-based HR SaaS product.
    • OfficeTalk; a multi-user, distributed CRM solution.
    • Office Squared; a Microsoft Office compatible editor for iOS devices.
    • WorkgroupMail; a fully-featured mail server based on RFC standards (SMTP, POP3, IMAP & LDAP).
  • Responsible for architecture of Citrix’s ShareFile SaaS and mobile products and for guiding development teams to avoid pitfalls. Advisor to CEO & VP level product decision makers and member of the Citrix-wide architecture team.
  • Consultant to investors to help them make informed decisions on technology business investments (pre and post-investment).
  • Advisor to founders, CEOs and CTOs in a multitude of areas relating to creating and growing a technology business.
  • Mentor to technology startups.

Technologies

  • Fluency in many software languages and platforms, including C/C++, C#/.Net, Objective-C/iOS, Java, Typescript, Meteor, Angular2.
  • Deep knowledge of various cloud technologies including AWS & Azure.
  • Very experienced using all manner of 3rd party services required to build and run a technology business.

People

  • Advising investors, founders, CEOs, CTOs and other board-level executives on all levels of technology related areas.
  • Several years' experience managing technology teams.
  • A technology influencer at Citrix, with the ability to communicate vision at all levels of an organisation, from CEO to developer.
  • Growing technology teams, from defining job specifications to screening, interviewing and recruiting.

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The Enabler: Guenter Schmittberger

As an Ambassador at Top Tier Impact (TTI), the global ecosystem of impact and sustainability leaders, I support the mobilization of capital for solving the critical issues of our time. I have a Diplom in Mathematik from Freie Universität Berlin, and I also studied psychology, which gives me a unique perspective on human behavior and decision making.

With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, management consulting, and fundraising for start-ups and venture funds, I have developed a diverse set of skills and a strong network in the innovation and impact space. I have co-founded and invested in several start-ups, raised funds for startups and VCs from different countries and sectors, and worked on large-scale projects for physical asset management. I am passionate about conscious investments for development and climate, and I use various tools to preselect and partner with startups and VCs that have the best chances for high impact on people, planet, and profit.