APAC Forum organisers, Ko Awatea, are delighted to announce that their fourth and final keynote speaker for the 5th APAC Forum, 12-14 September 2016 in Sydney, will be world-renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Devi Shetty.
Ko Awatea’s director Professor Jonathon Gray (also an APAC Forum keynote) approached Dr Shetty after being moved by his ‘Letter to the Children’, and his unequivocal passion to make health a right and not a privilege. Both keynote speakers share a vision for system-wide health improvement where affordable healthcare is the norm and those with the ability to do so are inspired to make a difference in their world.
Dr. Shetty is the chairman, founder, and executive director of Narayana Health (NH). He is a cardiac surgeon with over three decades’ experience and has completed over 4,000 paediatric heart surgeries – all without charge. After completing his MBBS from the University of Mysore in 1978, he registered with the Karnataka Medical Council in 1979. Thereafter, in 1982, he received a master’s degree in surgery from the University of Mysore. In 2009, he was granted a fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
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In the year 2000 Dr. Shetty founded NH and initiated the concept of “micro health insurance scheme” in Karnataka, which eventually led to the Karnataka government implementing the Yeshasvini scheme, a micro health insurance scheme for rural farmers.
Dr. Shetty is a professor at Rajiv Gandhi University of Medical Sciences, Bengaluru, India and University of Minnesota Medical School, USA. He is the recipient of a number of awards and honours most noteworthy being ‘Padma Shri’ and ‘Padma Bhushan’ Award in 2003 and 2012 respectively, conferred by the Government of India and the ‘Rajoytsava Award’ in 2002 conferred by the Government of Karnataka. He was also conferred with the ‘Dr. B C Roy National Award’ by the Dr. B C Roy National Award Fund under the category of ‘Eminent Medical Person’ in 2003, ‘Entrepreneur of 158 the Year Award – Start-up 2003’ by Ernst & Young, India, and ‘Sir M. Visveswaraya Memorial Award’ conferred by the Government of Karnataka in 2003. The Rotary Bangalore Midtown conferred him with the ‘Citizen Extraordinaire’ award in 2004.
He also received the ‘Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship Award’ by the Confederation of Indian Industry in 2005, ‘The President’s Award’ by the American College of Cardiology in 2011, and the ‘Economic Times Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2012. Further, he received the ‘Indian of the Year Award’ in 2012 by CNN- IBN and the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. In addition, he received ‘Commendation for driving affordable quality healthcare for all 2010’ at the Healthcare Awards Program presented by ICICI Lombard & CNBC TV18 in 2010 and was the winner of ‘Business Process Award’ at ‘The Economist Innovation Award’s 2011′.
Dr. Shetty was an Honorary Fellow at the College Physicians and Surgeons of Mumbai, Doctor of Laws in 2011 and has also been awarded the Doctor of Laws by the University of Minnesota in 2011. In 2014, he was awarded the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru. He received the ’19th Nikkei Asia Prize, Economic and Business Innovation’ by Nikkei Inc. in 2014.
He is an active member of the European Association for Cardio- Thoracic Surgery since 1996 and a life member of the Indian Medical Association. He was also a member of the Finance Committee of the 47th Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons. He was a member of the governing body of the Medical Council of India between 2010 and 2011.
The APAC Forum has quickly become one of the largest health improvement conferences in the world, and it’s hailed as the best. Delegates access upwards of one hundred high-profile local and international presenters who are pioneering change and making a real difference to the lives of their patients, their organisation, and the health sector.
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