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 an 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.
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.
Marketing & Sales Manager
Hannah has a commercial background in brand communications, account management and B2B sales in various sectors including software and employee benefits. She has experience in behavioural and clinical neuroscience, having gained a BSc in Psychology, and later obtaining an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience from University College London while investigating the neurological mechanisms and manifestations of COVID-19.
Driven by her ambition to help people and passion for mental health research and AI-enabled healthcare, Hannah joined syd™ to assist in achieving the goal of improving the lives of 1bn people by 2025.
VP of Product
Amy joined the iamYiam team wanting to help people improve their quality of life for the long term. She has spent many years focusing on helping to ensure quality care for the chronically ill and aged, in the in-home and community care technology sector.
Amy loves creating, building and leading product teams through various stages of the company lifecycle: startup; growth stage: and transaction. She has more than 20 years of experience in B2B SAAS organizations, with complex multi-faceted platforms including mobile apps, web, and 3rd party systems integrations.
Director of Sales UK
Nathan is an accomplished sales professional and entrepreneur with over 7 years of experience in both B2B & B2C global brands operating heavily in the c-suite arena.
After his time spent in the British Army – Parachute Regiment – Nathan moved into the corporate world and experienced the effects of life quality and mental wellbeing as both an employee and business owner. The time in the army has been paramount to understand how impactful resilience and mental health training are for personal performance and the overall performance of the team.
Nathan enjoys spending time in nature, he’s an outdoor enthusiast and is often found in the hills of Wales or the peak district running, cycling, swimming and meditating.
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.
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.
Senior Revenue Advisor
Scott Edmonds is a proven sales and business development leader with over a decade of experience in the marketing technology space. He was employee #10 at Marketo, one of the fastest growing enterprise SaaS companies of all time.
Previously Scott co-founded California Laser and acted as VP of Business Development and Production Manager. Before that he worked in Business Development at Pacific Vision Institute during its launch and high growth phase.
Scott received a BA in Political Science and a BS in Psychology from CSU Chico, and his M.B.A from Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead scholar).
Senior Enterprise Advisor
Julian Gay is an enterprise-focused tech entrepreneur, product executive and angel investor with broad, international experience across seed, growth and scaled businesses.
Co-founder and CEO of Xendo, one of the first cloud-based enterprise search services (acquired by AppDirect). Responsible for AppDirect product groups; AppWise (formerly Xendo), an Intelligent Workspace product, AppInsights (formerly Leftronic YC ‘10), a data visualization platform and ADLearner, AppDirect’s Machine Learning platform.
Active angel investor, advisor and mentor (First Round Capital + Alchemist Accelerator). Personal portfolio of 40+ startups including: Coinbase, Slack and GitLab. Investment committee of Sterling Road, an early-stage seed fund. Founding board member of GBx, the community of British tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.
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.
Senior Scientific Advisor
Misha Pavel holds a joint faculty appointment in Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences and Bouvé College of Health Sciences. His background comprises electrical engineering, computer science, and experimental psychology, and his research is focused on multi-scale computational modeling of behaviors and their control, with applications ranging from elder care to augmentation of human performance. Pavel uses these model-based approaches to develop algorithms transforming unobtrusive monitoring from smart homes and mobile devices to useful and actionable knowledge for diagnosis and intervention.
Under the auspices of the Northeastern-based Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care, Pavel and his colleagues target technological innovations to support the development of economically feasible, proactive, distributed, and individual-centered healthcare. In addition, Pavel is investigating approaches to inferring and augmenting human intelligence using computer games, EEG, and transcranial electrical stimulation.
Previously, Pavel was the director of the Smart and Connected Health Program at the National Science Foundation, a program co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Earlier, he served as the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Oregon Health & Science University, a Technology Leader at AT&T Laboratories, a member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories, and faculty member at Stanford University and New York University. He is a senior life member of IEEE.
Senior Scientific Advisor
Holly B. Jimison is a joint professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. As a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, Jimison has made significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics in the areas of pattern recognition, decision support, and consumer health informatics.
Prior to joining Northeastern, she was a medical informatics faculty member at the Oregon Health & Science University, where she researched technology for successful aging and scalable remote care. She then went on to serve as a technology advisor for the Big Data Initiative for Monitoring Health Behaviors at Home and in the Environment at the NIH. She has served on the Executive Board of the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology and was past president of Oregon’s Health Information Management Systems Society chapter.
Jimison continues to deepen her influence in the field through her research on technology for successful aging and scalable remote care for older adults, including models for tailoring interventions in cognitive exercise, physical exercise, socialization, and sleep management using new behavioral metrics derived from this type of data.
As the director of the Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care at Northeastern University, she leads a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional effort to facilitate research in the area of home monitoring of health behaviors. Her research strives to help address the challenges of big data related to large amounts of complex and noisy streaming data from multiple sources which are used to infer clinically relevant health behaviors.
Senior Sustainability Advisor
Dorothy is a Registered Dietitian working in food sustainability with unique experience in and passion for driving behaviour change for positive health and environmental outcomes. Over the past fifteen years she has worked across media, retail, health care, and the fitness industry championing food choices to enable personal and planetary health.
Her most recent piece of work is the Knorr Future 50 Foods report, which is a collaborative thought leadership report in which food system issues are outlined and nutrient dense foods that promote agrobiodiversity and reduce the negative environmental impact of food are identified. Dorothy’s recent work has been featured in over six thousand national, international and social media pieces with features in far reaching credible channels across 95 countries. She has been a long-term spokesperson for sustainable nutrition and has spoken at well-known conferences and events including the International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France and at the EAT Forum in Stockholm, Sweden. In addition to this, Dorothy has written various pieces as a guest blogger, news contributor, and guest food writer.
Her expertise has brought her all over the world, joining forces with renowned experts and partners to achieve measurable change. Dorothy received her undergraduate degree from Framingham State University and her master’s degree in Public Health Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dorothy has held various roles in Unilever across Research and Development and Marketing for the past 10 years, focusing on nutrition, food sustainability and food system change through behaviour change.
She has a personal passion and love for overall well-being with vast experience in development and scale up of employee, customer and consumer wellness programmes and is a trained yoga and pilates teacher.