Leid Zejnilovic
Leid Zejnilovic
Assistant Professor

Leid Zejnilovic is an Assistant Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he teaches in master, MBA, and executive programs. He is the chairman of Data Science for Social Good Foundation, co-founder of Orka (www.owis.com), and he volunteers as the Research and Operations Officer of Patient Innovation, a non-profit platform and social network.

Previously, Leid held various advisory and executive roles, and he worked as a telecommunications engineer.


Leid Zejnilovic received his dual Ph.D. degree in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Change from Carnegie Mellon University (U.S.A.) and Catholic University of Portugal. He earned Master of Science Degrees in Engineering and Public Policy, and in Information Technology, as well as Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications.



Open and user innovation, Technology strategy, Data Science

  • Oliveira, Pedro, Zejnilovic, Leid, Azevedo, Salomé, Rodrigues, Ana Maria, Canhão, Helena (2019). Peer Adoption and Development of Health Innovations by Patients: National Representative Study of 6204 Citizens. Journal Of Medical Internet Research, 21 (3), e11726.
  • Canhao, Helena, Zejnilovic, Leid, Oliveira, Pedro (2017). Revolutionising healthcare by empowering patients to innovate. European Medical Journal - Innovations, 1 (1), 31-34.
  • Oliveira, Pedro, Zejnilovic, Leid, Canhão, Helena, Von Hippel, Eric (2015). Innovation by patients with rare diseases and chronic needs. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, 10 (1).
  • Oliveira, Pedro, Zejnilovic, Leid, Canhão, Helena, Von Hippel, Eric (2014). Patient innovation under rare diseases and chronic needs. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, , 1.
  • Han, Qiwei, Ji, Mengxin, Martinez De Rituerto De Troya, Inigo, Gaur, Manas, Zejnilovic, Leid (2019). A hybrid recommender system for patient-doctor matchmaking in primary care. Proceedings - 2018 IEEE 5th International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics, DSAA 2018. Eliassi-Rad, Tina, Wang, Wei, Cattuto, Ciro, Provost, Foster, Ghani, Rayid, Bonchi, Francesco (Eds.), 8631410. 481-490.
  • Han, Qiwei, Martinez De Rituerto De Troya, Inigo, Ji, Mengxin, Gaur, Manas, Zejnilovic, Leid (2018). A collaborative filtering recommender system in primary care: towards a trusting patient-doctor relationship. Proceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics. 8419395. 377-379.
  • Oliveira, Pedro, Zejnilovic, Leid, Canhao, Helena (2017). Challenges and opportunities in developing and sharing solutions by patients and caregivers: the story of a knowledge commons for the patient innovation project. 1st ed. Governing Medical Knowledge Commons. Strandburg, Katherine J., Frischmann, Brett M., Madison, Michael J. (Eds.), 301-325.
  • Zejnilovic, Leid, Oliveira, Pedro, Canhao, Helena (2016). Innovations by and for patients, and their place in the future health care system. Boundaryless Hospital: Rethink and Redefine Health Care Management. Albach, Horst, Meffert, Heribert, Pinkwart, Andreas, Reichwald, Ralf, von Eiff, Wilfried (Eds.), 341-357.
  • Draca, D., Spalevic, P., Spalevic, L., Zejnilovic, L. (2003). Optical signal detection in the presence of intersymbol interference, white Gaussian and pulse noise. 6th International Conference on Telecommunications in Modern Satellite, Cable and Broadcasting Service, TELSIKS 2003 - Proceedings. Vol. 1, 1246189. 79-82.