Partners
in Health
 

with Ida Luka-Lognoné, CEO Health, Allianz Partners.
Excessive use of social media can fuel anxiety, depression, FOMO and other mental health issues. Let's discuss how to change your habits for the better with Dr. Courtney Tracy - Psychotherapist, Smriti Joshi - Chief Psychologist at Wysa and Moira Marshall - Psychologist from LifeWorks.
Tai Chi is a martial art and a sophisticated tool for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual 'development' and health. In this session, Sensei Sandeep Desai will introduce us to this ancient art.
Pandit Dasa, Mindful Leadership Expert and Urban Monk, will take us through a mindfulness session maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
with Paula Covey, CMO Health, Allianz Partners.
with Ida Luka-Lognoné, CEO Health, Allianz Partners
Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy. Join our special guest as we discuss how stretching can help with reducing your stress and giving you a boost of energy.
Join Olympic athlete Marit Bouwmeester, for a short 10-minute workout performed at moderate to high intensity that you can do at home or in the office.
Whether you're considering eating less meat or giving it up entirely, the benefits are clear: less risk of disease and improved health and well-being. Stephen and David Flynn will take us through their journey towards veganism.
Preventing food from going to waste is one of the easiest and most powerful actions you can take to save money and help the planet. Alessandro Vitale will give us tips to prevent food waste and help you grow your own urban garden.
with Paula Covey, CMO Health, Allianz Partners
with Ida Luka-Lognoné, CEO Health, Allianz Partners
The benefits of optimizing patient journeys through Digital Health are tremendous. Let's learn what's coming and what to expect with Andrej Mekionis from Allianz Partners.
Let's discover innovative companies like Toothfairy and Wysa who are harnessing powerful technologies to create healthcare products and services that benefit patients and providers alike.
Patrick Kramer inspires individuals with insights into current cyborg technology. His talks include tips on how we can better ourselves through innovative technologies
Dr Bertalan Mesko will discuss how the Metaverse addresses specific issues such as mental health, access to health without geographical limitations, virtual wellness and fitness, and connecting with people.
with Paula Covey, CMO Health, Allianz Partners
Ida Luka-Lognone
Ida Luka-Lognone
CEO Health
Allianz Partners

Ida Luka-Lognoné was appointed CEO of Health in 2015, the global line of business of Allianz Partners, after originally joining the Board of Allianz Partners in 2014 as Head of Strategy and Innovation. Having joined Elvia Travel Insurance Group in 1992, she was appointed Director of Business Development for Central and Eastern Europe in 1996. She became Director of the European Region for Mondial Assistance Group in 2000, and a Member of its Executive Committee in 2002, in charge of EMEA and APAC in 2007.

A Polish and French citizen, Ida holds a Masters degree from Krakow University and Paris Inalco, and completed Executive Programs of INSEAD.

She is a sponsor of Allianz NEO, the Allianz global network that focus on gender inclusion. In recognition of her professional achievements and contribution to the French economy, Ida Luka-Lognoné was  awarded the French Legion d'Honneur. 

Patrick Kramer
Patrick Kramer
 Biohacker

Dr. Patrick Kramer is one of the world’s most influential thought leaders on the next level of digitization – mankind as Homo Deus. He is a body hacker who constantly experiments with new technology on his own body and carries digital implants inside himself.

His vision has changed over the years, to one where digital transformation in humans would be through implants under the skin instead of on the skin. His work and insights into inbody technologies have resulted in Patrick Kramer being recognized by various international media. Amongst these, he includes PC World, RedBull Media, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired magazine, to name but a few.

As a founding member of VivokeyTechnologies, Patrick Kramer helps provide a secure identity platform worn under your skin. The implants, he believes, could replace bank payment and access cards, and allow you to carry your digital identity around with you.

Paula covey
Paula Covey
CMO Health
Allianz Partners

Paula Covey is responsible for marketing Allianz Partners’ international health business under the Allianz Care, NextCare and Medi24 brands, as well as for helping to achieve Allianz Partners group’s ambitious plans to grow health activities and services across all of its lines of business, as Allianz Partners’ Chief Marketing Officer for Health.

Throughout her career, Paula has held a series of senior and director level global roles within marketing, market development, product development and operations. 

Paula joined the company from Allianz Global Life & Health where she was Head of Global Health. She brings with her over 30 years of experience in healthcare, 20 of which were in international health.

Gerry Hussey
Gerry Hussey
Performance
Psychologist

Gerry is a performance psychologist and consultant whose experience extends across a range of sectors and settings from working in multinational businesses and with executives to elite sporting environments including Munster Rugby and Irish Olympic Boxing.

Whether it is working with high performing athletes or executives Gerry’s core belief has always been that “humanity is irresistible” and his greatest breakthroughs with his clients occur when he enables them to connect with this idea in real and meaningful ways in their life and work.

Aileen Ho
 Aileen Ho 
Head of Proposition
APAC, Allianz Partners

Customer-obsessed, Aileen strives to create meaningful health solutions that make members and clients choose Allianz Partners in Asia. She is based in fast-paced Singapore and is still on her quest to live ‘in the moment’.

Sensei Sandeep
Sensei Sandeep Desai
Master of T'ai Chi
Yoga and Martial Arts

Sensei Sandeep Desai is a master of T'ai Chi, Ashtanga Yoga and Martial Arts having several international accolades to his name. He has trained arduously and extensively in Chenjiagou village, the birthplace of T'ai Chi in China. He is the first Indian to be authorized by Chinese Grandmaster Zhu Tian Cai to teach the original Chen Style T'ai Chi in India.

Sensei has been a full-time teacher of the martial arts for over four decades and teaches the Chinese martial art T'ai Chi, to students all over the country and abroad.

Sensei Sandeep Desai has been felicitated by the Hon. Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi for his work in the field of T'ai Chi across India. He is the author of 'The Small Book of T'ai Chi'. He regularly contributes articles on Meditation, Breathing, and T'ai Chi in leading Indian magazines and publications such as Times of India (Speaking Tree column) and Indian Express. T'ai Chi.

Sensei is regularly invited to teach foreign nationals who participate from more than 97 countries at the International Yoga Festival held at Rishikesh every year.

 Gaelle Chiodi
 Gaelle Chiodi
Head of Partnerships and Delivery
Global Health Services

Gaelle Chiodi has 15+ years of experience in living and working across the 4 continents for large international organisations supporting B-partners to innovate and grow their business with added value health services, always focusing on the customer first. In her current role, Gaelle is responsible for leading the partnerships and delivery of health services at Allianz Partners Health. 

Stephen and David Flynn
Stephen and David Flynn
 The Happy Pear

The Happy Pear started out back in 2004 with Steve, Dave, a tiny shop and a dream of helping people to eat more veg! Fast forward 18 years, The Happy Pear now consists of over 60 food products, a suite of online courses, two wholefood retail cafes & shops, a range of international bestselling cookbooks, a farm, a roastery, a community of over 1 million people on social media living healthier happier lives and over 40 million views on YouTube.

We work with a range of medical professionals including a cardiologist, gastroenterologist, dietician and other expert practitioners. With these expert partners, we have developed our suite of online courses that have helped over 60,000 people worldwide improve their health.

Steve and Dave have a wealth of experience in providing health & wellness talks and cooking demonstrations across Ireland, the UK, Europe, and USA and have been key speakers in BBC Good Food, Jamie Oliver and Wellfest to name just a few.

Alessandro Vitale
Alessandro Vitale
Content creator
Spicy Moustache

Alessandro is an Italian tattoo artist who turned his urban London backyard into a thriving urban garden.  Coming from a small town in regional Italy and inspired by his grandpa, Alessandro created his urban oasis to help reconnect with nature.

Today, he is known as Spicy Moustache and has built successful social media channels as well as launched his own line of chilli seeds – all while maintaining his extraordinary garden. In 2021, Alessandro was able to grow enough fruit and vegetables from his urban garden to predominately sustain him and his partner for several months.

He shares helpful gardening tips and tricks, educating his followers about how to grow food in an urban environment and its benefits to the environment and broader sustainability practices. Alessandro has worked with brands including Vans, NatWest and the BBC and is publishing his first book ‘Rebel Gardening’.

Emma Crosby
Emma Crosby
 TV
presenter

Emma Crosby is one of the UK’s most experienced and best-known television journalists. `She is currently presenting on Sky News.

Emma has been the anchor on ‘5 News’ between 2011-15 and co-hosted the popular ITV breakfast show GMTV. Between 2003-2008 she presented on Sky News where her coverage of the Glasgow Airport terror attack earned her and her team a BAFTA for best news coverage.
Emma started her career as a business presenter at CNBC, broadcasting out of London and New York, and later was Sky News’ business presenter during the 2008 financial crisis. Emma’s passion is travel writing and she is a proud ambassador for the charities SOS Villages, RSPCA and Kicks Count.

Pandit Dasa
Pandit Dasa
 Mindful Leadership
Expert and Urban Monk

Pandit Dasa is a mindful leadership expert, author, and keynote speaker.

Considered a top Mindfulness Leadership Expert, Pandit Dasa presents the latest in scientific research on the topic of Mindfulness, and as a speaker has addressed myriad Fortune 500 as well as Fortune 100 companies. In doing so, he has inspired both leaders and those aspiring to leadership positions to manage and lead in a mindful way without ego.

He is a sought-after speaker on Mindful Leadership, conducting workshops on the topic at Google, Bank of America, The Royal Bank of Canada, JP Morgan Chase, Harvard, Columbia University, Novartis, UBS, Intel, Citibank, The World Bank, and many more. Pandit has also presented at Oracle HCM, National SHRM conventions, the World Government Summit in Dubai, LEAD2017, SHRM Arkansas and WorkHuman Conferences. He has also appeared at a TEDx conference.

Smriti Joshi
Smriti Joshi
 Chief Psychologist-International
Wysa

Smriti Joshi is the Chief Psychologist-International at Wysa. She has carved her niche in the area of digital mental health and remote delivery of mental health services and has been actively engaged in this field for the past 10 years. She has published papers and book chapters to share her knowledge and experiences of working in this field.

She has contributed to setting up of tele-counselling guidelines for Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists and has been providing training to psychologists practicing in India to offer legally and ethically safe mental health services via tele modalities. She is also leading the Ethics and Science in Mental health Tech conversations on Therapists in Tech platform supporting 1000+ mental health professionals. 

Smriti is considered to be thought leader amongst her contemporaries and has been recognised nationally and internationally as a prominent leader in the field of telemental health service delivery. 

Marit Bouwmeester
Marit Bouwmeester
Dutch Sailor
4 time sailboat World Champion 

Born on 17 June 1988 in Wartena, Friesland, Marit Bouwneester grew up on the water, like most people from this area in The Netherlands. From the age of 6 she could be found more on a boat than on land. For her brother Roelof, a successful sailing career was ascribed. By working really hard for it, Marit also emerged as "talented".

Good to know: she doesn't believe in the term talent. Without hard work and making sacrifices you will never fully excel. Long story short: in the end her brother sailed a different route to the Olympus... he is now her coach. After a silver medal at the Games in London 2012, Marit won the first Olympic gold medal for the Netherlands in a sailboat in 80 years in Rio 2016. And during the Games in Tokyo 2021 she won bronze and since then she's the proud owner of all Olympic colours. Besides that she's a four time World Champion and three time European Champion.

It makes her the most successful Dutch sailor ever. Through her long and at times successful career Marit has been able to learn a lot about herself, but especially about personal development and self-management. She is excited to pass this knowledge to other people.

Dr. Bertalan Meskó
Dr. Bertalan Meskó
Director of The Medical Futurist Institute

Dr. Bertalan Mesko, PhD is The Medical Futurist and the Director of The Medical Futurist Institute analyzing how science fiction technologies can become reality in medicine and healthcare. As a geek physician with a PhD in genomics, he is also an Amazon Top 100 author. He is also a Private Professor at Semmelweis Medical School, Budapest, Hungary.

With 500+ presentations including courses at Harvard, Stanford and Yale Universities, Singularity University's Futuremed course at NASA Ames campus and organizations including the 10 biggest pharmaceutical companies, he is one of the top voices globally on healthcare technology.

Dr. Mesko was featured by dozens of top publications, including CNN, the World Health Organization, National Geographic, Forbes, TIME magazine, BBC, and the New York Times. He publishes his analyses regularly on medicalfuturist.com.

Moira Marshall
Moira Marshall
Psychologist
Lifeworks

Moira Marshall is an Alliances Manager & Counselling Psychologist at LifeWorks.

Moira supports large Alliance partners at LifeWorks as a Senior Customer Success Manager.  She is a Counselling Psychologist, who has worked globally in the EAP industry for over 17 years.  Moira has an extensive knowledge and understanding of employee wellbeing, both from the perspective of delivering EAP and wellbeing services, as well as from directly managing and supporting employees as a people leader.

Andrej Mekionis
Andrej Mekionis
Digital & Marketing Director MEA
Allianz Partners

With over 22 years of experience in management consulting and senior management roles across Europe, MEA, and Central Asia, Andrej joined Allianz Partners in 2020. After having built a digital business at Daman (Munich RE) as their Digital & Marketing Director. 

Andrej brought a strong understanding of the strategies across different regions. He had practical experience driving major initiatives for leading organizations in Telecoms, Media & Technology (TMT). 

Over the years, he developed a solid knowledge of the TMT & Digital industry dynamics across diverse markets and various organization maturity levels. 

During his career, he advised organizations on various strategic solutions, leading to repositioning towards a fully digital player, turn-around & scaling up to a mature organization. He was building digital brands & creating digital insurance capabilities.

Andrej is at the forefront of the Nextcare and Allianz Partners digital agenda on a global scale.

Dr Courtney Tracy
Dr Courtney Tracy
Psychotherapist
and speaker

With over 2 million followers on social media,
Dr. Courtney Tracy, known as "The Truth Doctor", is a renowned psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker, healthcare entrepreneur, creator, speaker, writer, activist, and social media show/podcast host.

By the age of 29, Dr. Courtney successfully completed her A.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Math and Science, B.A. in Psychology, Masters in Social Work, and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology—with multiple honors—and received independent licensure from the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California.

While completing her doctorate, Dr. Courtney founded and became CEO of her first full-service (from detox to outpatient) multidisciplinary treatment center and non-profit community housing facility. After a family trauma in early 2019, Dr. Courtney entered the online world as "The Truth Doctor" sharing the truth about her own struggles (even as a mental health professional) and normalizing what it means to be a 'human'.

Within a few years, Dr. Courtney has been named the American Influencer Awards 2021 Wellness Influencer of the Year, the Anthem Awards 2022 Best Health Strategy (silver) & Best Health Leader of the Year (silver), and was a 2022 nominee for two Webby Awards in Education & Discovery and Health, Wellness & Lifestyle, and a 2022 Shorty Award in Fitness, Health & Wellness.

Dr. Courtney lives with her husband and young child in Southern California. She is currently developing plans for her second inpatient treatment center.

Ramakant Vempati
Ramakant Vempati
Founder
Wysa

Ramakant is a co-founder of Wysa. Previously, Ramakant worked at Goldman Sachs in London as a COO supporting a $10Bn EMEA capital markets business, and at Barclays Capital in their global strategy team. He has also served as a Senior Advisor to a UN and World Bank-backed entity building a $100m+ impact investment portfolio, where his work has twice won the Thomson-Reuters Ethical Finance award and includes building the world’s first shariah-compliant crowdfunding platform, Somalia’s first bank, and the Arab region’s first youth microfinance fund. 

Earlier, Ramakant was a management consultant with Booz & Co in London, where he won professional excellence awards for his public sector transformation work. Prior to this, he was with the leadership cadre of the $100B Tata Group (TAS) in India, where he held roles at the group’s venture incubator and in starting up India’s largest internet services firm. 

Ramakant holds an MBA from the London Business School, where he was a merit scholar. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), in Kanpur, India.

Ravneet Gill
Ravneet Gill
Chef

When Ravneet Gill was 14 an astrologer told her mother she would work in the food industry. Ravneet was a fussy eater and at the time it seemed ridiculous, but after completing a psychology degree her passion for pastry and cooking led her to study at Le Cordon Bleu. She went on to work her way up the ranks in different sections all over London - most notably, St. JOHN, Llewelyn’s, Jamavar, Black Axe Mangal and Wild by Tart.

In May 2018 she set up Countertalk; a platform designed to help connect chefs, provide education and promote equality and positive, nurturing working environments in the hospitality industry. Through Countertalk, Ravneet holds much-lauded food-based events and industry talks. In 2019 she was voted one of the 100 most influential people in the hospitality industry.

She set up the pop-up bakery and online bakery school PUFF which delighted Londoners and saw queues around the block from their temporary location. The online cookery courses had over six thousand students signing up.

Her first book, The Pastry Chef’s Guide: The secret to successful baking every time, was published by Pavilion in 2020 and is aimed at chefs and home bakers alike who FEAR baking. The message: pastry is easy. This is a straight-talking no-nonsense manual designed to become THE baking reference book on any cookery shelf. Ravneet’s second book, Sugar, I Love You also came out in 2021 that takes homemade patisserie to the next level with Rav’s signature style, wit and easy-to-follow approach. Ravneet is a judge on Junior Bake Off (2021-22).

‘Desserts are fundamental, and for this reason there should be a little room for a pastry chef to flap their wings like a butterfly, a little leeway for culinary cheekiness. Rav has this in spades.’ - Fergus Henderson, St.JOHN, London

‘Everything we love in the world of food right now.’ - The Observer Food Monthly

Adam Richardson
Adam Richardson
Personal Trainer

Adam is a London and Online based Personal Trainer working to get us up out of our seat and moving the way our body is intended to move.

In 2015 Adam overcame Meningitis twice in 5 months thanks to the incredible work of the NHS, which slowly set his life in a different direction. After years of unfulfillment and rapidly declining mental health, Adam left his job in the charity industry to pursue a career as a personal trainer. Aiming to improve mental wellbeing through movement. Only to be blown away by the sheer volume of pain and discomfort people (himself included) experience day to day due to the demands of our world!

Adam’s mission is to inspire people to take care of their body, which he passionately believes is the one true house we’ll live in for the rest of our lives. Striving to bridge the gap between physical and mental health by educating people on how to build a stronger body, relieve physical stress and take steps towards a pain free life through his social media and coaching.

Whether you’re an avid exerciser or have never dabbled before, Adam believes mobility training is the key to reclaiming our body.

Dr Courtney Tracy
Deepak Aulak
Toothfairy

Dr Deepak Aulak is one of the UK's leading dentists and the clinical lead for Toothfairy. Having been awarded over a dozen awards, including the prestigious Full Shields by three medical hospitals in London, Dr Aulak has published pioneering research in teledentistry and its role in digitalising the patient experience. His experience in the field has been crucial in Toothfairy becoming the UK's first health-regulated dental app, as well as winning awards such as app of the year at Industry awards.

Shashank Sridharan
Shashank Sridharan
Digital Manager – Engagement Solutions
Allianz Partners

Shashank, a digital native, holds over 12+ years experience in building digital products and services; a majority of it is in healthcare marketing and digital health. He has consulted startups & large pharma brands across MEA markets to transform digital health experience for consumers to push advocacy & utilization. 

He joined Allianz Partners MEA in 2021 to lead digital engagement through Zoe; an omnichannel AI bot that converses with insured members and assists them to interact with the healthcare policy, automates enquires and access to digital health.

François-Xavier Duchateau
François-Xavier Duchateau
Group Chief Medical Officer
Allianz Partners

François-Xavier first joined Allianz Partners in 1997, managing medical evacuations and repatriations under the banner of ELVIA. He then held different roles across Medical Assistance in France and as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of our Medical Global Competency Center (MGCC) in Brussels. For the past five years, he has been Deputy Group CMO within the Group Medical Operations team. In his current role, François-Xavier manages the Allianz Partners medical community and secures medical risk across all activities involving medical competence. 

In parallel to his career at Allianz Partners, François-Xavier remains an active emergency physician with the SAMU, the French emergency medical service.