Like any other European project, FrailSafe needs guidance and advice to ensure the success of its work. This role is assumed by the Advisory Board. Its members are stakeholders from outside the consortium and steer the partners in the right direction when needed and monitor and control that the project outcomes maintain commercial exploitability of results. Indeed, it is critical for the long term business success that the exploitation efforts and the development of the business plan are evolving in the right direction. The FrailSafe Consortium would like to welcome its six Advisory Board members:
Dr. Elizabeth Mestheneos: Dr. Elizabeth Mestheneos is a UK trained sociologist who taught in the Department of Sociology, University of East London. She relocated to Greece in 1983 working in film production, and then as independent researcher since 1988 in a range of research projects covering the labour market, refugees, and ageing. In the field of ageing she has worked on research projects on family care, older workers, elder abuse, homecare services, chronic disease and ICT. She has published widely on these subjects. She is co-founder of the NGO “50+ Hellas” promoting the human rights of older people and their well-being. She is a member of the Hellenic Gerontological and Geriatric Association where she is currently involved in the development of a Greek e-library on gerontology and geriatrics. She was elected President of AGE-Platform Europe 2008-2011, an umbrella organization with 120 member organizations, having served on the Board since 2003. She has served as advisor and juror on several EU projects, many concerned with new technologies e.g. AAL, ReAAL, JUMP and Acccessible Cities.
Mr. Jim Playfoot : Director of Strategy & Ideas, is co-founder of White Loop and a technology implementation expert with 15 years' experience consulting and managing large public and private sector projects. He is also a respected communications expert, has been widely published and is emerging as one of the UK's leading social entrepreneurs. Jim founded and is the CEO of the Creative Network. He also writes regularly on innovation, creativity and communication.
Dr. Malena Fabregat : Dr. Malena Fabregat has a PhD in Sociology of Health and specialist in Socio-Technological Change. She has also achieved an Advanced Studies Diploma in Educational Psychology. Since 2001 and up to date she has participated in 33 research projects I + D + I, highlighting those funded by the European Commission.
Mr. Filios Savvides : Filios Savvides (B.Sc, ACA) is a UK Civil Engineer, Chartered accountant, an ex-auditor and banker. For the past 15 years he has been active in a broad spectrum of activities, including older adult care, active ageing, youth employment and training, and ageing-related grass roots projects. He has been consulting organisations (including Materia Group in Cyprus and Aktios Group in Greece) in the business development of older adult care. For the last 10 years he has been actively involved in new service set-ups in Cyprus. His expertise lies in the business development process and strategy, as well as business plan creation and business skills development in non-business (mostly health care) professionals and young entrepreneurs.
Dr. Nick Guldemond : Dr. Guldemond is professor in Integrated Care and Technology at the Institute of Health Policy and Management at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He holds a degree in medicine and electric engineering. Beginning 2000s he was the founder of the “Medical Field Lab’, an early example of a health/medical oriented living lab based on open-innovation and co-creation for which he received international acknowledgement. He is a key expert on healthcare transformation, eHealth implementation and public-private partnerships with a passion to create an impact for society, science and business. He is an advisor for various international organisations such as WHO Global eHealth Observatory, EU Programmes as the EIT Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) Health and KIC Digital, Ambient Assisted Living, Innovative Medicine Initiative, H2020 and the Netherlands Innovative Medical Device Initiative. He is active in numerous international, national and regional eHealth programmes. Often in collaboration with industry such as multinational companies in Pharma (Roche, Novartis, Genzyme, J&J, Grunenthal), Medtech (Philips, MEDTRONIC, COCIR), Health IT (Microsoft, Ascom, Ortec, Vodafone) and finance (Rabobank, Natwest, RBS). Dr. Guldemond was architect of the national eHealth and Big Data implementation strategy and programme director eHealth on behalf of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU). He is a successful coordinator of the European initiative EIP on Healthy and Active Ageing. Dr. Guldemond is also member of the ISO strategic advisory group on Ageing Societies.
Dr. Gil Gonçalves : Dr. Gil Gonçalves is INOVA+'s Chief Scientific Officer and has been involved in ICT/health projects for many years. He is a collaborator of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Active Health Ageing (AHA) and coordinates a sub-group of Action Group C2 for Independent living solutions.