Born in Romania to father quantum physicist and mother entrepreneur, Lorena has achieved 5 degrees in mathematics, economics and finance, published a book on Microfinance as a tool for empowering individuals towards Sustainable Growth, created a decade-long career in strategy and investment management with global institutions working with portfolios of over £200billion while also being a extreme athlete with 2 world record events.
Following 7 years of personal health challenges Lorena founded SYD (iamYiam) as a Preventive Precision Health platform poised to leverage research, ML technology and creativity to empower 1bn people to take charge of their health everyday and lifelong by 2025.
Chief of Engineering
Hamid Reza Zaheri
Hamid is Executive Director and Chief of Engineering at SYD (iamYiam) where he steers the engineering team. He focuses on understanding and recreating human intelligence. He created SYD 2.0 leveraging more than 200,000 research papers, more than 700,000 SNPs and 333 human traits/KPIs. Previously, Hamid served as Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO at Cambrian Intelligence Limited a next generation AI robotics company in London, UK. He dived into the human and artificial intelligence space in early twenties with work on deep dive engineering problems including autonomous agents, interactive learning, robot teleoperation through VR interface, realtime object pose estimation and natural language processing. Hamid graduated with a degree in aerospace from Iran and a masters in Embedded Systems from Germany.
Mark has 20+ years of experience as CFO in VC-backed tech businesses, driving funding & financial strategy & the setup of strong financial foundations.
Mark started his career at Unilever as Finance and Brand Manager prior to joining BCG as a Consultant involved in consumer goods, retail, financial services as well as industrial goods and pharmaceuticals. Following his success at BCG, Mark became Finance Director for The AA and joined the management team looking after a turnover of £400m with 4,000 employees. Mark subsequently honed his financial and management skills at Constellation Brands and Rhinegold Publishing where he occupied the role of CEO until 2013.
Since 2013, Mark has successfully assumed the role of CFO for VC-backed leading tech businesses such as HouseTrip, AirPortr, The Plum Guide, Patch UK, Trouva and IMRG.
Lucian is always passionate and willing to learn new and upcoming technologies. At SYD, his main focus is on delivering a scalable platform and a modern and intuitive mobile application, as well as growing the tech team to meet the demands of an expanding business.
Head of Bioinformatics
Dr. Pedro Henriques
Born in Lisbon, Pedro has a large experience in genetics and behaviour, having obtained his MSc studying the genetic pathways involved in the development of the brain, and later receiving a PhD in Neuroscience from University College London while investigating the brain mechanisms involved in attention.
Fascinated by how data can be used to better understand the world and our place in society, Pedro joined SYD with the aim to develop preventive healthcare analytics to improve the life of people all over the world.
VP of Marketing
Martin has over 13 years’ experience in digital marketing across a range of industries. He has a track record of delivering high growth and has expertise across SEO, PPC, Social Media, content writing and all areas of growth marketing.
Martin has delivered award winning campaigns throughout his career including delivering the winning entry for the Voice of the Customer Innovation at the National Innovation Awards for Fusion Software and helping PJA Distribution gain recognition for the High Growth Business of the Year at the National Chamber Awards. He has experience taking start ups from early stage to highly profitable and has also worked with large brands such as Sports Direct where he was responsible for £1m+ marketing budgets.
Martin has spent the last 4 years in the B2B software space and joined the team at iamYiam as the VP of Marketing to accelerate the growth of syd™.
Data & Research Scientist
Dr. Manon Duret
Dr. Manon Duret joined iamYiam as a Data & Research Scientist after eight years in academic research in the fields of Oceanography and Environmental Science. She obtained her PhD in Biogeochemistry from the University of Southampton in 2018. With the aim to pursue her passion for health and societal issues, she decided to change her career focus to actively contribute to improve people’s life quality.
Manon applies her expertise in data science and her creativity to further improve algorithms behind syd’s automated scoring and science-based recommendations. She loves deciphering information imbedded in complex datasets and is driven by the goal of improving the lives of 1bn people by 2025.
Machine Learning Engineer
Merve joined iamYiam as a Machine Learning Engineer. She graduated from Industrial and Systems Engineering and started her master’s degree in Data Science in Yeditepe University. She is also recognized by Google as Google Developer Expert (GDE) in Machine Learning.
In her spare time, she gives voluntary workshops in machine learning, natural language processing and data science within AWS and Google Developers ecosystems and shoots tutorials on Youtube. She’s a talking-bot enthusiast and she wants to create a friend for people accessible 7/24.
International Scaling Advisor
Duncan Tait is Fujitsu’s former Director and Corporate Executive Officer, EVP and Head of Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive Officer of Fujitsu’s UK & Ireland region and Chairman of Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Limited (FTEL).
Duncan has more than 27 years’ experience in the ICT industry. During this time, he has led businesses across the broad spectrum of technology and services, in the UK and internationally. His deep business and industry knowledge and global perspective are critical assets that enabled Fujitsu to achieve its mission: to use technology to improve global business and society. Duncan joined Fujitsu in 2009 to run the Private Sector organization within UK & Ireland and grew that business by 55 percent before being promoted to Chief Executive.
He enjoys building high performance teams and has a passion for inspiring people to achieve the company’s strategy. Duncan started work as a systems programmer at BAE Systems. After a career in consulting, he moved into product marketing with Keane’s Infrastructure Management business. Subsequently, Duncan ran Granada’s networking business across EMEA. After that, he led numerous services businesses and managed global clients at HP. He later joined Unisys and was eventually Managing Director of all Unisys operations in Africa, Middle East, and UK regions. Duncan is a member of the Prince’s Trust Technology Leaders’ Board, a non-executive director of Business in The Community, board member of e-skills and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Outside of work, Duncan is a committed family man with four daughters. When time permits he enjoys riding motorbikes.
Soumitra Dutta is Professor of Operations, Technology and Information Management at the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, New York. Previously he was the founding Dean of the SC Johnson College of Business (3/16 – 1/18) and Dean of the Johnson Graduate School of Management (7/12 – 6/16). Before joining Cornell University, he was on the faculty and part of the leadership of INSEAD, a leading international business school in France and Singapore.
Soumitra Dutta is an authority on all aspects of innovation in the knowledge economy, with a refreshing global perspective. Throughout his distinguished career, he has focused on how to drive business innovation and growth through the right combination of innovative people and technology. He is the co-editor and author of the Global Information Technology Report, published by the World Economic Forum and the Global Innovation Index, published by the World Intellectual Property Organization – two influential reports in technology and innovation policy.
Professor Dutta is on the board of two listed firms Sodexo (a food services and facilities management multinational), Dassault Systemes (the world leader in 3D modelling systems), on the Shareholder Council of ZS Associates (a global consulting firm focused on healthcare) and is advisor to a few selected startups including iamYiam (a leading UK based startup on personal healthcare). He is a member of the advisory boards of several business schools (including HEC Montreal and ESADE Barcelona). He has co-founded two firms, including Fisheye Analytics which, WPP group acquired.
He is currently the Chair of the Global Business School Network, a not for profit association of business schools focused on developing management capacity in frontier markets. He was the Vice Chair and Chair of AACSB International, the leading accreditation body for business schools worldwide. He a member of the privileged “Davos Circle” group of participants who have been invited to the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos for more than 10 years.
Professor Dutta received a B. Tech. in electrical engineering and computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, a MS in both business administration and computer science, and a PhD in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2017, he received the Distinguished Alumnus award from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
Christian is a Founding Partner of SUNFISH PARTNERS, a group of entrepreneurs and early-stage investors that loves to help strong founders grow their early-stage tech companies to successful businesses.
Christian is also a Co-Founder and former General Partner of Project A Ventures, a Berlin-based operational VC. In addition, he is a Co-Founder and former Managing Director of Rocket Internet (Global and Latin America) and a Co-Founder and former Managing Director of various startups including Mundwerk.
Finally, Christian has been acting as an active Business Angel in more than 25 startups, e.g., audibene, quandoo, chronext, mycs, and FourSource.
Christian holds a B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Management. He studied at WHU, Manchester, and ESC Nantes.
CFO with 20 years experience of growing businesses includingat Groupe Elior in the UK and Casual Dining Group. Worked extensively withprivate equity backed businesses prior to which spent 10 years in corporatefinance advisory including finance raising, business planning and M&A.
Wasib is an experienced cross-functional business leader with expertise in business operations, strategic planning, and product management. More recently, he has been engaged with technology in retail and e-commerce space, focusing on operations and business planning, post-merger integrations, and international expansion initiatives. After his time at Amazon Wasib joined Airbnb where he currently sits as Manager of Strategy and Operations. Wasib graduated from Columbia Business School in 2015 with MBA in Marketing, Finance, and Entrepreneurship. During his MBA, he was accepted into the Columbia Venture Incubation program and spent the following summer as a Fellow of the Columbia Startup Lab. Wasib also interned as an Associate responsible for origination, due diligence on investment opportunities, and evaluating current portfolio businesses at a boutique private equity firm.
Prior to Columbia, Wasib worked at Rockwell Automation, an industrial automation and robotics company. At Rockwell, he held multiple roles in engineering design and business management based in Canada, US, and Singapore managing projects across North America and Asia Pacific regions.
In his spare time, Wasib loves to travel. In the past, he has traveled to over twenty one countries, camped in the Amazon jungle, and taken road trips across continental United States and Turkey.
• 20+ years of experience in technical leadership positions for mobile and internet digital products
• ramped up and led teams as big as 200 multidisciplinary professionals in as many as 10 different countries
• managed and led P&Ls, strategic and technical multimillion projects
• backed with an EMBA awarded by LBS & Columbia University
• led the development of global markets and digital products within complex, high-tech areas
• bootstrapped and sold two internet and software service companies
• ramped up two mobile devices R&D centers from scratch in Beijing and Chengdu (China)
• technical lead in several multi-million high-tech projects
• responsible for establishing technical vision and strategy
Behavioural Economics Advisor
Dr. Greg B Davies
Greg is a specialist in applied decision science and behavioural science, turning academic insight into practical applications. With a prior background in academia and consulting, in 2006 Greg started, and for a decade led, the banking world’s first behavioural finance team as Head of Behavioural-Quant Finance at Barclays.
He holds a PhD in Behavioural Decision Theory from Cambridge; is an Associate Fellow at Oxford’s Saïd Business School; a lecturer at Imperial College London; and author of Behavioral Investment Management. Greg is also the creator of Open Outcry, a ‘reality opera’ premiered in London in 2012, creating live performance from a functioning trading floor.
Prof. Dr. Jack Bauersachs
Jack is an exited entrepreneur and a professor at the Deggendorf Institute of Technology with expertise in finance, management and marketing.
Chairwoman of Ethics Board
Dr. Mariarosaria Taddeo
Mariarosaria Taddeo is Chairman of the iamYiam Ethics Board.
She is also a Researcher Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab. She leads (with Luciano Floridi) the Privacy and Trust Stream (social lead) of the PETRAS research hub on IoT. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Her recent work focuses mainly on the ethical analysis of cyber security practices, cyber conflicts, and ethics of data science.
Her area of expertise is Philosophy and Ethics of Information, although she has worked on issues concerning Epistemology, Logic, and Philosophy of AI. Taddeo’s publications focus on online trust, cyber security, and cyber warfare, and has guest-edited a number of special issues of Ethics and Information Technology (Springer), Knowledge, Technology and Policy (Springer), and Philosophy & Technology (Springer), Philosophical Transaction A (Royal Society), which significantly contributed to shape the field of Information and Computer Ethics. In 2016, Taddeo edited (with L. Floridi) a special issue of Philosophical Transaction A (Royal Society) on The ethical impact of data science, one of the first dedicated publications in this area of research. She also edited volumes such as The Ethics of Information Warfare (with L. Floridi, Springer, 2014), Ethics and Policies for Cyber Operations (with L. Glorioso, Springer, 2016), The Ethics of Information Technologies (with K. Miller, Routledge 2016), The Responsibilities of Online Service Providers (with L. Floridi, Springer, 2017), and is the author of The Ethics of Cyber Conflicts (Routledge, forthcoming).
In 2010, she was awarded The Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy in recognition of the scholarly significance of her two articles: An Information-Based Solution for the Puzzle of Testimony and Trust (Social Epistemology, Springer) and Modelling Trust in Artificial Agents, a First Step toward the Analysis of e- Trust (Minds & Machines, Springer). In 2013, she received the World Technology Award for Ethics acknowledging the originality and her research on the ethics of cyber conflicts, and the social impact of the work that she developed in this area.
Since 2016, Taddeo serves as editor-in-chief of Minds & Machines (Springer), in the executive editorial board of Philosophy & Technology (Springer). She is also Fellow of the Council on the Future of Cybersecurity of the World Economic Forum. Before joining the OII, Taddeo was Research Fellow in Cyber Security and Ethics at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick. From 2010 to 2012 she held a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Hertfordshire, where she was working on information warfare and its ethical implications. She holds a PhD (Doctor Europeus) in philosophy from the University of Padua. Her PhD thesis focused on the epistemic and ethical implications of the occurrences of trust in distributed artificial systems.
Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Lawrence Fagan
Lawrence Fagan, MD, PhD, FACMI has 40 years of experience in the development and management of computer applications to biomedicine. At Stanford University, he participated in the early expert systems projects including the first real time expert system for the Intensive Care Unit. He helped develop and manage one of the earliest cancer data management systems that had the ability to provide decision support based on cancer clinical trial descriptions. He also directed the project to provide intelligent electronic health record for data management and protocol-based care for HIV/AIDS patients.
Dr. Fagan developed one of the first graphical user interfaces for describing the structure of cancer clinical trials that was able to automatically generate the knowledge base for a decision support system. He also helped develop one of the first mobile graphical user interfaces for structured data entry of clinical notes. Dr. Fagan worked on projects for the US National Cancer Institute to explore methods to organize and retrieve data from cancer information sources. He also completed some of the first research projects to use continuous speech understanding as an interface to medical decision systems. He helped adapt a medical natural language processing system for use in cancer registries and military medical records. He has also received two US patents for semantic web-based information retrieval of structured data from medical textbooks.
Dr. Fagan retired from Stanford as Associate Director of the Biomedical Informatics Training Program. During his three-decade association with the training program, he mentored numerous MS and PhD graduates of the program, many of which are now in bioinformatics and clinical informatics research positions throughout the world. His resume includes more than 100 citations related to computer applications to biomedicine including the co-editorship of the leading textbook in Biomedical Informatics.
He is now an advisor to small companies in the informatics area and a prior art searcher regarding computer science intellectual property. His current research interest is in the area of patient-focused participatory medicine and patient safety. Dr. Fagan received his undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Science (Artificial Intelligence) from MIT, his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, and his MD from the University of Miami. He was elected to Fellowship in the American College of Medical Informatics in 1985.
Dr. Andrew Vallance-Owen, MBE
Dr. Andrew Vallance-Owen, MBE qualified at Birmingham University Medical School, later undertaking surgical training in Newcastle upon Tyne and Melbourne, Australia.
His career within the British Medical Association, BMA, started as Provincial Medical Secretary for the North of England followed by promotion to the post of BMA Scottish Secretary. Latterly he moved to London to become Head of Central Services and International Affairs, a role which also developed into Head of Policy Development.
He became Medical Director of Bupa Hospitals in 1994 and, in 1995, became Bupa’s Group Medical Director (Chief Medical Officer) where he furthered his interests in the quality of health care, clinical audit and the measurement of patient reported outcome; he continues to be invited to speak on the latter at international conferences. Reaching the age of 60, he retired from Bupa in March 2012.
Since leaving Bupa, Andrew has established a portfolio of non-executive roles in healthcare. He is Chief Medical Officer of Medicover AB (EU and India). He chairs the Private Healthcare Information Network, which analyses and publishes comparative data from the UK’s private hospitals and consultants and he is Senior Independent Director at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (a specialist leading cardiac and respiratory hospital). He also chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of ‘iamYiam’, a consumer facing health and wellbeing company.
He started working with UK Trade and Investment in 2011 when he became Chairman of UKTI’s Healthcare Business Group. He left that role and became the Specialist Medical Advisor to Healthcare UK from when it was formed in 2013 to January 2016. He has spoken for them in a number of countries and covered various missions to Brazil, China, Columbia, India, Libya, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
Andrew was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to healthcare in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014 and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University by the University of Birmingham in July 2012. He is married with three children (Anthony 33, Simon 31 and Nicola 29). He is also very involved in secondary education and loves sailing and jazz.
Cognitive Science Advisor
Dr. John Vervaeke
John Vervaeke is Doctor of Philosophy and award-winning lecturer at the University of Toronto in the departments of psychology and cognitive science. John teaches areas of cognitive psychology, cognitive science, integrating psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguists and philosophy. John is passionate about bridging the gap between western philosophy, eastern philosophy, and evidence-based science. His practice includes a variety of methods and techniques.
– PhD 1997 University of Toronto, Philosophy
– BSc 1991 University of Toronto, Specialist in Cognitive Science
– MA 1985 University of Toronto, Philosophy
– HBA 1984 McMaster University, Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude
– 2012 Ranjini Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award
– 2012 Nominated for Dean’s Small Group Award
– 2006 Nominated for the Prime Minister’s Best Teacher Award
– 2006 Nominated for Best Lecturer in Ontario, TV Ontario Big Ideas
– 2005 Psychology Department Teaching Award, University of Toronto
– 2001 Students’ Administrative Council and Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students teaching award.
Clinical Information Officer
Dr. Ameet Bakhai
Ameet is a Consultant Cardiologist and Cardiovascular R&D Director at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. After initial training at St Bartholomew’s and Royal Brompton Hospitals, London, he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Clinical Research Institute and the School of Public Health, Boston, USA, before obtaining fellowships of the Royal College of Physicians and the European Society of Cardiology.
He has enabled innovation of drugs, devices and diagnostics in multiple cardiac areas of heart failure, atrial fibrillation, acute coronary syndromes and risk factor reduction through his internationally recognised skills in clinical trials, registries, health-economic models and guidelines for cardiovascular pharmacotherapies, coronary stents, digital technologies and disease prevention.