“I provide recruiting and respondent outreach expertise to support the growth, maintenance and further development of Lightning Health’s community of stakeholder experts”

60 seconds with Stefania Zaccari, Director of Stakeholder Engagement

Q: Tell us about you

A: I grew up in Italy and then moved to London, where I pursued an International Business degree. After earning my degree, I worked on environmental international cooperation projects across Italy, the Balkans, and East Asia, which helped develop my international and project management skills. I then moved back to London and was excited to use these skills in a different sector, market access and healthcare research. I recently relocated to the New York City area and am thrilled to be bringing Lightning Health to the US market.  

Outside of work, I enjoy hiking adventures with my wife and our two kids. We love to travel and explore new places and cultures, and can’t wait to explore our next bucket list destination. 


Q: What is your role at Lightning Health?

A: At Lightning Health, I am the Director of Stakeholder Engagement. I connect the life sciences sector with the most relevant payers and clinicians globally, to provide on-demand research via the Lightning Insights platform. The Lightning Insights community of experts spans decision makers across a range of therapy areas and healthcare systems. 

I provide recruiting and respondent outreach expertise to support the growth, maintenance and further development of Lightning Health’s community of stakeholder experts. I also lead the development and implementation of the Lightning Insights platform, to ensure the technology supports the constantly evolving needs of our clients and their research objectives. 


Q: Tell us more about the Lightning Insights community.

A: The Lightning Insights community is formed of leading industry and policy stakeholders from around the world. Using the Lightning Insights platform, community members are able to share knowledge with like minded stakeholders, and stay up to date with the evolving trends in the life sciences sector, and the likely implications these advances may have for healthcare systems.  

The platform enables members to support cutting edge market research programmes through fast turnaround online surveys, advisory boards, in-person and virtual roundtable discussions, and in-depth telephone interviews. The platform offers members the flexibility to answer surveys at any time via a mobile device, tablet, laptop or PC, with the option to pause and come back to surveys in progress. 

Our community is formed of expert payers who represent all levels of decision making, including recent former members of national HTA agencies, regional and local budget holders, members of health insurance organisations, and members of hospital formulary committees. Our physician network spans key opinion leaders across a wide range of therapeutic areas and treatment settings.  

We are continually growing our community membership, by bringing on board new experts across a range of roles, perspectives and healthcare systems to ensure we are able to address our clients complex research needs.  

It is our priority to bring accurate, honest insights to accelerate patient access to new and beneficial health technologies through fast and vigorous research. 



Article published 20 January 2022.