Zayna Khayat

Innovation Sherpa in Chief at
REshape Health Innovation Centre
at Radboud University Medical Centre

Zayna is currently on secondment from MaRS Discovery District, an innovation hub in Toronto, Canada to the REshape Health Innovation Centre at Radboud university medical centre in Nijmegan, Netherlands (January to December 2017).

At MaRS, Zayna is part of a rockstar team that helps smooth the path to adoption of health innovation by healthcare systems in Ontario and around the world. She is also an adjunct faculty with the Rotman School of Management in the Health Sector Strategy stream where she teaches a health MBA course on Healthcare Innovation.  At the REshape Center, she is working on several key initiatives to strengthen the Dutch health innovation ecosystem and connect it to international nodes.

Prior to joining MaRS, Dr. Khayat was a senior leader and adjunct faculty member with the International Centre for Health Innovation at the Ivey School of Business at Western University.

From 2010-2012, Zayna was an associate partner with SECOR Consulting/KPMG Canada. There, Zayna worked with medium and large sized public and private health and life sciences organizations in Ontario and nationally on issues of strategy and management. Prior to joining SECOR-KPMG, Zayna was a Principal with the Toronto office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm, from 2001 to 2010.

Zayna earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Toronto / Hospital for Sick Children where she was a scholar of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, studying how insulin and exercise regulate blood glucose in the muscle, and why/where this process breaks down during disease states such as diabetes. She has more than 10 publications and chapters in international journals and textbooks.

Zayna completed undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the University of Windsor, where she earned the President’s Medal for top all around graduate of the University (1996) and the Board of Governor’s Medal for top graduate of the biochemistry department.

Zayna speaks proficiently in French and Arabic, and is based out of Toronto where she lives with her husband and 3 children.

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