Global Chief Information Officer, The Aga Khan University Hospital (Pakistan)
Mr. Russel Withers is the Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) for The Aga Khan University (AKU), overseeing AKU’s information systems landscape in Pakistan, United Kingdom, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Afghanistan.
Russel has over 30 years of experience in managing complex information technology environments. Before joining AKU, Russel was working as an Executive Director and CIO, Information and Performance, at Western Health, Melbourne, Australia. Prior to this, Russel was ICT Director for Serco Asia-Pacific at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, Australia. He has also held roles as Program Director for major public health initiatives including delivery of all ICT Infrastructure and Systems at the “greenfields” Gold Coast University Hospital and the e-Health program, Radiology Informatics Program, at Queensland Health in Australia. Prior to that he has held roles from Senior Vice President, Vice President, Managing Consultant and Product Manager across organizations in aviation, healthcare, finance, utilities, telecommunications, management/technology consulting sectors. He has worked extensively across Asia and the USA having lived in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Seattle and Dallas.
Russel has implemented major digital solutions across health systems, in projects valued as high as $2B. He has developed Clinical Informatics Blueprints and Strategic Plans for hospitals and health systems, major transition programs within and across multiple hospitals and facilities, corporate and clinical data governance systems, innovation hubs, and designed and delivered data analytics services, and designed and implemented complex cyber security systems.