About the authors
Dr. BS Ajaikumar
HealthCare Global Enterprises Limited
Dr. BS Ajaikumar is the Executive Chairman of HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd (HCG). He founded HCG to realize his vision of making advanced cancer care accessible to all. He has been the driving force behind HCG’s growth since its inception. He has served as the CEO from 2005 to Jan 2021. Dr. Ajaikumar’s contributions to the field of cancer care in India and his success as a first-generation physician entrepreneur have been widely recognized. He has been awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the CII Regional Emerging Entrepreneurs Award, and the BC Roy Award by the Indian Science Monitor. Dr. Ajaikumar is also the recipient of the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award. Dr. Ajaikumar has been a practicing oncologist in the US and India for over three decades. He completed his residency training in Radiotherapy from the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumour Institute of the University of Texas, and his residency training in Oncology from the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville. He received his MBBS from St. Johns Medical College, Bengaluru.
Dr. Ralf Meinhardt
Senior Global Marketing Manager
Ralf Meinhardt leads Siemens Healthineers’ thought leadership activities related to Transforming Care Delivery. Previously, Ralf worked in the pharmaceutical industry, as well consulting, and scientific research. Ralf holds a Doctor of Economics and Social Sciences degree from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Management. In addition to his academic work at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, he also studied at the Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru (IIMB). His scientific background is in the field of corporate strategy, a subject on which he has authored several publications.
Dr. Herbert Staehr
Global Head of Transforming Care Delivery
Herbert Staehr serves as Global Head of Transforming Care Delivery for Siemens Healthineers, driving the company’s activities and messaging around delivering high-value care. In this capacity, he develops and executes programs and outreach strategies aimed at healthcare providers around the world, as well as stakeholders in every branch of the healthcare industry. Before joining Siemens Healthineers, Herbert spent several years with one of Germany’s leading private hospital groups, as head of the Corporate Development department and serving as Managing Director of an acute care and a post- acute care hospital in Germany. He also spent several years with McKinsey & Company with their healthcare practice, providing strategic advice to a wide range of international clients. Herbert holds a doctorate in Healthcare Economics from the University of Hohenheim.