Kay Jessel – President & CEO
Kay is a well-versed business economist, with extensive restructuring and reorganization experience in manufacturing, consumer products and brand management. As a financial advisor to corporations, creditors and equity owners, he has raised over 200 million dollars for public and private companies worldwide. Kay earned his MBA from Hamburg University and serves as a director for various companies in Europe and North America. At HeartForce he is responsible for the implementation of consumer driven business strategies and the procurement of equity and debt financings.
Dr. Farzad Khosrow-khavar - CTO
Farzad is a recognized expert in the analysis and interpretation of physiological signals deriving from the heart, with a focus on diagnosis and prevention of cardiac disease. With his vast experience in embedded and real-time systems, he is the principal architect of the company’s technology. Farzad earned a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the Faculty of Applied Science at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC). At Heart Force he leads the R & D department and is responsible for the company’s IP estate, consisting of patents, trade secrets and scientific publications.
Prof. Dr. Erwin P. Bauer – CMO
Erwin is a renowned heart surgeon and an accomplished medical doctor. He has worked at the University Hospital of Zurich and the Kerckhoff-Klinik of the Max-Planck-Institute, Bad Nauheim as a senior physician and deputy medical director. In the past, he has served as a director for three med-tech companies. He is also the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications. At HeartForce, he guides the design and documentation of our clinical studies, he helps to outline and draft our scientific publications, and he provides his professional medical expertise as needed.
Sean Ross - COO
Sean is a senior software developer with in-depth experience delivering software for critical systems with high availability requirements. At HeartForce, he has introduced test driven development and agile project management methodologies. He currently oversees daily operations, technology adoption, and product development.
Jennie Choboter, CA - CFO
Jennie is a chartered accountant with over 30 years of international experience in financial management and general corporate governance. She has held many senior financial management positions in a wide range of industries including natural resources, technology, pulp and paper, and insurance.
Kiarash Hessami - Director of Finance & Administration
Kiarash has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting concentration from Capilano University (North Vancouver, BC). At HeartForce, he manages all administrative tasks including financial forecasting, budgeting and bookkeeping. Kiarash focuses on the implementation of best business practices and efficiency within the Company.
Dr. Parastoo Dehkordi - Director of AI and Algorithm Design
Parastoo received her PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of British Columbia. Her expertise is in the analysis of cardiovascular signals using advanced signal and information processing. Before joining HeartForce, Parastoo worked for start-up companies, universities and hospitals. Currently she focusses on designing clinical studies and developing algorithms for the early detection of cardiac diseases using deep learning approaches.
Dr. Vahid Zakeri - Director of Research & Development
Vahid is a recognized industrial scientist with a PhD in electrical engineering from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. His broad experience in research and development benefits HeartForce’s goal in developing innovative heart-health technologies. Currently he oversees the algorithm development for atrial fibrillation (AFib) based on the evaluation of electromechanical signals deriving from the heart. Vahid has been a recipient of industrial and health research awards from The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).