Shafi Ahmed Keynote Speaker

  • Founder and Chair, Webit Health summit and Co-Founder, GIANT health summit
  • Named one of the top 20 global influencers in digital health and innovation and a 2020 HIMSS Future50 clinical leader
  • Received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination from Islamic University of Gaza

Shafi Ahmed's Biography

Professor Shafi Ahmed is a futurist, innovator, entrepreneur, teacher, humanitarian, multi-award winning cancer surgeon, and keynote speaker on the future of healthcare and digital transformation.

As a University Professor, he teaches a range of subjects including digital health, digital transformation, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He is Professor of Strategic Innovation at the University of Bolton, and an honorary visiting professor at The University of Bradford, where he delivered the public lecture to open the Digital Health Enterprise Zone and the Cantor Lecture of Technology in 2017. He is a visiting Professor at Imperial College, London an Honorary Professor at the Islamic University of Gaza, and part of the faculty at Harvard Medical School, Bart’s Medical School, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University, Bradford University and Singularity University.

Shafi is dedicated to advancing innovation in the healthcare industry. He the Founder and Chair of the Webit Health summit in Bulgaria. He co-founded Medical Realities, an XR education company, as well as Digital Therapeutics Ventures and the GIANT health summit in London, which brings together a community of 200,000+ digital health innovators and entrepreneurs. He mentors several startups, and is Nonexecutive Director of global health marketing agency, The Considered, and communications platform for healthcare professionals and Online Digital Hearing, Medic Bleep. He is a humanitarian and has worked in many countries including war and conflict zones.

He is a valued advisor to several organisations. He is a member of the NHS Assembly, advising on the NHS long term plan, and a Vodafone as a Connected Health 5G Ambassador. Previously, Shafi has advised Abu Dhabi Ministry of Health, and consulted companies including Google, PwC, Johnson and Johnson, Roche, FDA, and Biogen, among others.

Shafi was an elected council member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, where he led the international surgical training programme and global health programme, and an Associate Dean at Barts Medical School.

He has received many awards in recognition of his outstanding and groundbreaking work.  In 2020 Shafi was awarded the Spinoza visiting Professorship from the University of Amsterdam, and he received a nomination from the Islamic University of Gaza for the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work and global surgical education.   He was named one of the top 20 global influencers in digital health and innovation and a 2020 HIMSS Future50 clinical leader.  He received the the 2018 Future NHS award for NHS70, and was named the Top British Asian star in Tech 2017 and the British Bangladeshi of the Year 2017. He also received the 2006 Silver Scalpel award for the best UK trainer in surgery.

Shafi has also been awarded honorary doctorates from several institutions including Bradford University, Udabol University, Bolivia, SIISDET Colombia, University of Science, Peru and EXIBED, Spain.

He is the Associate Editor for innovation and technology for the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons and an Editorial Strategic Advisory Board Member for BMJ innovations, and his work frequently appears in media publications, including Sky, BBC, CNN, CNBC, Forbes, Bloomberg, among several others.

Shafi has spoken at events across the world, including three TEDx conferences. He has delivered over 250 international keynotes.

Speaking Topics

  • Digital transformation of health
  • Digital Surgery
  • Future of Education
  • 5G and Healthcare
  • Exponential technologies
  • Immersive technologies AR/VR/XR/MR
  • Surgical Metaverse
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Videos of Shafi Ahmed

Connecting a billion minds | Shafi Ahmed | TEDxGoodenoughCollege
Connecting a billion minds | Shafi Ahmed | TEDxGoodenoughCollege
Shafi Ahmed: Building the Hospital of the Future | WIRED UK
Shafi Ahmed: Building the Hospital of the Future | WIRED UK
Shafi Ahmed 'The World's Most Watched Surgeon' on How Tech is Changing Surgery | WTF Health
Shafi Ahmed 'The World's Most Watched Surgeon' on How Tech is Changing Surgery | WTF Health
Digital Surgery: The Robot will Assist the Surgeon Now. Shafi Ahmed at Exponential Medicine | Exponential Medicine
Digital Surgery: The Robot will Assist the Surgeon Now. Shafi Ahmed at Exponential Medicine | Exponential Medicine
Connect the Dots LIVE show: with Professor Shafi Ahmed
Connect the Dots LIVE show: with Professor Shafi Ahmed

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