Executive Team

Phillips Kuhl

President, Cambridge Innovation Institute

Phillips KuhlPhillips Kuhl is the co-founder of CII, and has been president of the company since the company began in 1992. Phillips has been responsible for the steady and profitable growth of the business to its current scope of organizing 100 conferences and tracks during the current fiscal year, all focused on biotechnology and pharmaceutical issues. During 2006 CII acquired Bio-IT World, a leader in print and electronic publishing covering the implications of informatics and IT for better decision-making for biological and pharmaceutical research. At the beginning of 2007 the reports unit was re-integrated into CII and rebranded as Insight Pharma Reports. Prior to CII, Phillips spent three years developing the Life Science Division of conferences for IBC US. His prior experience also includes senior positions in consulting, market research and an operating position in a life science company, covering eleven years. Phillips received his BA in Economics and in Russian Studies from Haverford College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.


Edel O’Regan, Ph.D

Vice President of Conference Production

Edel O'ReganEdel has managed the production and scientific content of CII’s conferences since 2001.  Since then she has successfully directed the growth of CII’s conference portfolio from 50 to over 300 events per year, positioning CII as the world leader in life science conferences. Prior to joining CII, she conducted research at the Imperial Cancer Research Foundation in London, and at Northeastern University in Boston. Edel holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Ireland, Cork.


Jim MacNeil

Vice President of Marketing

Jim MacNeilJim MacNeil has been with Cambridge Innovation Institute since its inception in 1992. He has fifteen year's conference marketing, promotion planning and database building experience. Prior to joining CII he worked on marketing initiatives for the World Economic Development Congress. His current responsibilities include managing a department of 17 marketing professionals, overseeing the marketing strategy behind CII's 100+ conferences and corporate brand. As head of strategic marketing he oversees event branding, direct mail and email-marketing design, planning and execution as well as heads corporate marketing initiatives. Jim received his B.S.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.


Angela Parsons

Vice President of Business Development

Angela ParsonsAs Director of Business Development, Angela established the CII Telesales Department and is responsible for sponsor and exhibit sales for CII conferences and publications. Prior to CII, she worked at NMHCC as VP Strategic Solutions for large-scale healthcare events, and at such companies as Hamamatsu, Parker Hannifin, and the Stride Rite Corporation. Angela holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Bentley College.


Shauna Samson

Vice President of Human Resources

Shauna SamsonShauna has a Bachelor's degree in chinese Studies & French literature from Wellesley College and a Master's in Clinical Social Work from Boston University. Her graduate and post-graduate clinical work focused on individual and group therapy with children and families through Germaine Lawrence School and Judge Baker Children's Center. She started her career change to the human resources field as a staffing specialist at North Shore Medical Center, where she was responsible for recruiting healthcare staff, conducting diversity training, and instituting a career training and development program for Welfare-to-Work grant recipients. Shauna is currently the H.R. director at CII.


Janette Mandile – Harper

Vice President of Meeting Planning

Janette MandileJanette Mandile-Harper, has been a member of the meetings industry for over 15 years. Since 1998, she has been in her current position as Director of Meeting Planning for Cambridge Innovation Institute, and has been responsible for producing meetings around the globe. Prior to CII, she held a position as Conference Manager for (NMHCC) National Managed Health Care Congress and before that held many other positions in the hotel and restaurant business, totaling 20 years in the hospitality industry. Janette earned a Bachelor of Science and Associates of Science degrees in Hotel/Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.


Ben Patel

Chief Financial Officer

Ben PatelHas worked in the finance-related fields since graduating out of the University of London, England. Originally from East Africa, Ben has been with CII for three years.


Naila Ganatra

General Manager, Barnett Educational Services

Naila GantraNaila Ganatra joined Barnett in 1996 and has over 12 years of pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology training and programming experience. She is responsible for the daily oversight and management of Barnett International, including the training consulting, live seminars, web seminars, eLearning and publications business lines.  She has planned and overseen multiple training events that have been attended by thousands of industry professionals, and has played an instrumental role in the development of Barnett’s training consulting programs. Naila’s healthcare career spans a 15 year timeframe in training and clinical research administration and includes positions with major medical centers and training providers, including Cedars Sinai Medical Center, the Harvard School of Public Health/Beth Israel Hospital, Baystate Medical Center and International Business Communications.


Rich Handy

Senior Director of Marketing

Rich HandyRich Handy is the Senior Director of Marketing, and has been at CII for more than 15 years (since 1995). He is responsible for the day to day operation of the marketing department. Promoting, planning and driving event and product revenues are his key initiatives. Prior to joining CII, Rich was the Director of Marketing for the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology for four years. Rich was also a Senior Direct Mail Supervisor for the USPS for five years. With over 22 years experience in biotech/biomed conference and event promotion, Rich has helped plan, manage, market, brand, and deliver more than 500 meetings to the scientific and business communities.


Lisa Scimemi, MBE, MSM

Publisher, Healthtech Publishing

Lisa ScimemiLisa Scimemi has over 17 years of marketing experience within the life sciences and healthcare conference industries as well and the IT industry, and has been with Cambridge Innovation Institute since 2002.   Overseeing Insight Pharma Reports, Bio-IT World, Clinical Informatics News, and Diagnostics World, she is responsible for the publishing and promotion of new Insight Pharma Report titles and the day to day activities of the Bio-IT World, Clinical Informatics News, and Diagnostics World websites, newsletters, digital advertising and lead generation products.   Lisa holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from Suffolk University, a Master’s in Business Education and Corporate Training from Southern New Hampshire University and Master’s in Marketing from Lasell College.


Craig Wohlers

Executive Director Conferences, Knowledge Foundation

Craig WohlersCraig currently serves as an executive director of conferences for Cambridge Innovation Institute, he is responsible for program development on various meetings within the energy and defense market sectors. Previously to joining CII, from its inception in 1998, Craig was the founder and president of the Knowledge Foundation until it was acquired by CII in 2014. Additionally Craig was the Director of Marketing and Operations for IBC USA (an informa company) as well as the Director of Marketing for a regional printing company and as a director of production for a financial publisher. Craig holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa.