Technical Director, University Hospital of Bologna, Sant’Orsola Polyclinic
President of the Italian Society for Healthcare Engineering and Architecture (S.I.A.I.S.)
Engineer Daniela Pedrini has a long career in the health sector, with
important roles in the management of technical aspects of the hospital.
Director of the Technical, Planning, Development and Investments
Department of the Hospital-University Authority of Bologna – Sant’Orsola
Polyclinic, one of the major hospitals in Italy. Has directed a
multimillion PFI contract for the total renovation of the hospital’s
energy production. She is Project Manager for renovations and new
She has served as speaker in many conferences in Italy and abroad. She teaches in many healthcare engineering courses and university masters. Co-founder and present President of “Italian Association of Architects and Engineers for Healthcare” (S.I.A.I.S.), 1st Vice President of IFHE (International Federation Hospital Engeeniring) and Past-President of IFHE-EU. She has been honored with a medal of the Italian Republic Order of Merit.
Darryl Pitcher is the past President of the International Federation of
Hospital Engineering (IFHE) and CEO of Bethsalem Care and Greenbriars
Village in South Australia. Darryl has more than 30 year’s experience in
hospital engineering in the public, private and aged care sectors.
He is a board member and Past President of the Institute of Hospital Engineering Australia (IHEA). In his role for the IHEA board he oversees technology and communications and he is editor of the Healthcare Facilities, the IHEA’s quarterly journal. Darryl’s passions include sustainability and innovation to deliver efficient and improved services to improve health and wellbeing.
Fábio Oliveira Bitencourt Filho
Fábio BitencourtArchitect D Sc, professor, researcher. Doctor in Architecture, Master in Healthcare Comfortin Architecture. Member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering (IFHE) since 2014. Member of the Brazilian Academy of Hospital Management (ABAH). Member of International Academy for Design and Health (Design & Health) and Leader of the South America Chapter. Professor in graduate and post-graduate courses in architecture, healthcare, ergonomics, and hospital management. Author of books and publications on hospital architecture, human comfort, healthcare environments and ergonomics. Past President 2011/2014 of the Brazilian Association of Healthcare Building - (ABDEH)
Yoshihisa Hirayama PhDYoshihisa Hirayama is managing director of PS Company Ltd, a HVAC systems manufacturing company in Japan. He has a background in mechanical engineering and his expertise is in the field of healthy indoor climate and thermal comfort. Yoshi has been an active member of the Healthcare Engineering Association of Japan since 2013, and also as Executive Committee member of the International Federation of Healthcare Engineering since 2016. He has been involved with the Organizing Committee of the Environmental and Equipment Design Award of the Association of Building Engineering and Equipment for the past 18 years, and is a member of the Architectural Institute of Japan, and the Society of Heating, Air-Conditioning and Sanitary Engineers of Japan