Keynote Speakers

The ICIN 2021 Congress Committee are very excited to announce the following keynote speakers.

Virtual Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sigrid Ladores

Dr. Sigrid Ladores is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the BSN Honors Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing.  She is a PhD-prepared pediatric nurse practitioner whose research is focused on reproductive health, fertility, and palliative care in cystic fibrosis.  She has been a nurse for over 23 years and a nurse educator for 17 years.

Sigrid earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from the University of Central Florida.  She teaches across programs, from pre-licensure students to doctoral students.

Sigrid is a well-published author and a respected scholar.  She has earned several awards for her teaching, mentorship, research and leadership, including the UAB Excellence in Mentoring Award, the Alabama State Nurses Association Citation of Excellence, among others.

When she is not teaching, mentoring future scholars, or conducting research, Dr. Ladores is a leader in the Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA) and its local chapters in Central Florida and Alabama.  She is the President-Elect of PNA-Alabama, and the Chair of the PNAA Research Committee.  She has been recognized for her outstanding service and leadership in PNAA and local chapters, and she received the 2019 Researcher of the Year Award from PNAA.

When she is not working, she enjoys exploring the world with her husband of 21 years and two sons, age 12 and 4.

National Keynote Speakers

Prof. Ged Williams

RN, RM, Crit. Care Cert., Grad. Cert. PSM,
Bach. App. Sc. (Adv. Nursing), Grad. Cert Law,

Since 2014, Ged has been the Nursing and Allied Health Consultant for SEHA, the public health service for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates serving around 3 million people while concurrently he has completed extended secondments as Chief Nursing Officer to 3 of the major teaching hospitals in the group. Most recently he has overseen the commissioning of Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, the largest and newest tertiary teaching hospital in the country.

From 2007-2013 he was Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Australia where he was responsible for transforming the nursing workforce to align with the building and expansion of two contemporary hospitals (combined building cost over $2.2 Billion). He is also Adjunct Professor of Nursing with Griffith University, Queensland and Emeritus Professor, La Universidad de Santander, Colombia.

Previously Ged has been the Executive Director of Nursing Services at Maroondah hospital, Melbourne from 2004-2007 and Alice Springs Hospital, in Central Australia from 1996 – 2003 and concurrently held the position of Principal Nurse Consultant for the Northern Territory jurisdiction from 2000 – 2003.

Ged is a registered nurse with qualifications in midwifery, critical care nursing, Public Sector Management, Company Directorship, Master in Health Administration and Master in Law. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing; Australian College of Health Service Managers and the American Academy of Nursing. He is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Australian & New Zealand School of Government; and Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Ged has also served as Director of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive Care and Critical Care Medicine for 8 years from 2001 and is currently board advisor to the African, South Asia, SE Asia and Latin American Federations of Critical Care Nurses as well as board advisor to the African Sepsis Alliance. He has received many acknowledgements throughout his career including Honorary Life member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses in 2001 and a Lifetime Fellow of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses in 2016 as founding president for both organisations respectively.

He spent four years on the Nurses Board of the Northern Territory and has been a surveyor with the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards and an International Advisor to the American Nursing Credentialing Centre (Magnet Hospital program).

Ged’s research and publication interests are broad including clinical practice and safety, workforce planning, education and training program development and other management and leadership issues in nursing and health. He has presented hundreds of presentations in more than 35 countries and published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is regularly involved in strategic nursing and health activities at the state, national and international level.

Ged’s passion for capacity building, community development and professional empowerment has expressed itself practically through his work with nurses, other health professionals and communities both in Australia and globally.
He never stops thinking how to make things better!

Prof. Meinir Krishnasamy


Professor Mei Krishnasamy is Chair in Cancer Nursing in the Department of Nursing at the University of Melbourne, Research and Education Lead for Nursing for the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) and Director of the Academic Nursing Unit at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. Her research focuses on the care experiences and health outcomes of people with rare and less common cancers, and the contribution of nurse-led cancer research to patient and family, organisation and system level outcomes.

In 2018, Mei was awarded funds under the auspices of the VCCC to establish the first ever Australian Cancer Nursing Research Innovation Hub and is senior CI on a recent $18.6m MRFF grant to enhance cancer research capability across regional Victoria.

David Stewart

David is a Health Policy Consultant for the International Council of Nurses. Prior to this role, he was engaged by the Queensland Government as a Director of Nursing in the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer. He has over 22 years’ experience in private and government health sector. David has expertise in public policy development, patient safety, strategy and innovation, health service planning, management and has worked in governance and development roles.

David has worked with numerous international agencies as an expert advisor including the International Atomic and Energy Agency supporting the education and training of nurses in Low and Middle-Income Countries; the World Health Organisation in the areas of Patient Safety and Medication Safety; the Global Coalition on Circulatory Health; the WHO on NCDs.

Master of Ceremonies

Andrea Burns

Warm, polished and engaging Andrea Burns is well known to WA audiences.

An award-winning journalist, for the past twenty years Andrea has worked as a presenter and reporter on programmes including Sunrise, Today Tonight and Seven News. She writes a popular Opinion columm for The West Australian newspaper and also has experience as as a radio broadcaster.

Smart and well-informed, Andrea is in demand to host some of WA’s biggest events including the Western Australian of the Year Awards and specialist industry conferences. She is also an accomplished course facilitator and public speaker.

Armed with a quick wit and a great sense of humour, Andrea easily handles any crowd – from senior business executives right through to children.