2018 Speakers


Klaus Dugi

Chief Medical Officer, Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Professor Klaus Dugi is Executive Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer at Ferring Phramaceuticals, a position he has held since October 2017. Professor Dugi is responsible for Global Medical Affairs, Quality Assurance and Pharmacovigilance. Prior…


Rachel Dunscombe

CEO, National Health Service (NHS) Digital Academy

Rachel Dunscombe is the CEO of the NHS Digital Academy leading learning in Digital Health for England and Scotland. She is also a visiting Professor at Imperial College Medical School as well as Director…


Ambassador Carlos Foradori

Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations Offices in Geneva

Ambassador Carlos Foradori is the Permanent Representative of Argentina to the International Organization in Geneva, a position he has held in 2015. Previously, Ambassador Foradori was Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina and G-20…

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Cristina González

Minister Counsellor, Mission of Uruguay to the UN in Geneva

Cristina González is Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the UN and other international organization, a position she has held since 2013. Previously, she served at the Mission of Uruguay to…


Anne Hassberger

Counselor, Agenda 2030 & Global Health, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Offices in Geneva

Anne Hassberger is a Counsellor on Global Health and Development at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva. She has worked 13 years for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation,…


Dr. Tim Hawkins

Managing Director, Clinical Solutions, EMEALA & APAC, Elsevier

Dr. Hawkins is Managing Director for Clinical Solutions outside North America for Elsevier, an information analytics business. In his current role, Dr. Hawkins and his team focus on providing decision support tools to help…


Amanda Hosken

Head of Life & Health Hub EMEA, Swiss Re

Amanda Hosken is the Head Life and Health Hub for EMEA at Swiss Re, a position she has held since 2017. Previously, Hosken worked in the U.K. as consultant on merger and acquisitions, and…


Dr. Raymond Hutubessy


Dr. Raymond Hutubessy is a Senior Health Economist at the World Health Organization (WHO). Since its inauguration in 2007, Dr. Hutubessy has been responsible as the Executive Secretary of the WHO Immunization and Vaccines…


Jayasree K. Iyer

Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation

Jayasree K. Iyer is the Executive Director of the Access to Medicine Foundation, where she leads the strategic direction and stakeholder direction. Additionally, she directs the research programs of the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark, the…


Karin Kadenbach

MEP (S&D, Austria), Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament

Karin Kadenbach is a Member of the European Parliament in the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats as a member the Austrian Social Democratic party. She has been a Member of…


Professor Mukesh Kapila

CEO, The Defeat-NCD Partnership; Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs, University of Manchester

Professor Mukesh Kapila is the Chief Executive Officer of the Defeat-NCD Partnership, a position he has held since January 2018. He is also Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of…


Jeremy Knox

Policy and Advocacy Lead, Drug-Resistant Infections Programme, Wellcome Trust

Jeremy Knox leads the Wellcome Trust’s Policy and Advocacy programme on antimicrobial resistance, as a key part of the organisation’s five-year, £175m commitment to support the global response to drug-resistant infections through integrated research…


Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Honorary Consultant Cardiologist

Dr. Aseem Malhotra is a UK NHS Consultant Cardiologist, as well as Visiting Professor of Evidence Based Medicine at the Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health in Brazil. As one of the most…


Marco Marsella

Head of eHealth, Well-being & Aging Unit, European Commission

Marco Marsella is Head of the eHealth, Well-being, and Ageing Unit in the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) at the European Commission. From 2016 to June 2018, Marsella led…


Dr. Carlos Mur de Viu

General Manager, Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada Madrid

Dr. Carlos Mur de Viu is General Manager of the Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada in Madrid, Spain, a position he has held since September 2014. He is a medical doctor and specialist in psychiatry.…


Alana Officer

Senior Health Advisor, World Health Organization (WHO)

Alana Officer is a Senior Health Advisor at the World Health Organization (WHO), where she oversees the WHO’s work on Age-Friendly Cities and communities combating ageism. Officer joined the Department of Ageing and Life…


Carlo Pettinelli

Director for Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies – DG GROW, European Commission

Carlo Pettinelli is the Director of Consumer, Environmental and Health Technologies at Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at the European Commission, a position he has held since 2015.…


Lois Privor-Dumm

Director, Policy, Advocacy & Communications, International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC)

Lois Privor-Dumm is the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Communications at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She leads the initiatives for IVAC that support…


Professor Guido Rasi

Executive Director, European Medicines Agency (EMA)

Professor Guido Rasi is the Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), a position he has held since 2015. Professor Rasi served as EMA’s Principal Adviser in Charge of Strategy from 2014 to…


Nina Renshaw

Policy & Advocacy Director, NCD Alliance

Nina Renshaw is the Policy and Advocacy Director at the NCD Alliance. She joined the NCD Alliance in July of 2018 after a decade of experience working on health, environmental and industrial policies at…


Michelle Rohrer

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Product Development Regulatory & Policy, ‎Roche

Michelle Rohrer is Senior Vice-President and Global Head of Product Development Regulatory and Policy at Roche. In her current position, Rohrer leads the global Regulatory organization overseeing Roche’s regulatory development strategies and policy efforts…


Marcel Salathé

Head of Digital Epidemiology Lab, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Marcel Salathé is Head of the Digital Epidemiology Lab and Associate Professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, a position he has held since 2015. Additionally, Salathé is Academic Director of the EPFL…


Dr. Rangarajan Sampath

Chief Scientific Officer, FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics)

Dr. Rangarajan Sampath is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), a position he has held since September 2017. Previously, Dr. Sampath was the co-founder of Ibis Biosciences and…


Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

Deputy Director-General for Programmes, World Health Organization

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan is the Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP) at the World Health Organization (WHO). Most recently, Dr. Swaminathan was Secretary of the Department of Health Research and Director General of the Indian…


Angus Thomson

Head, Vaccination Confidence & Coverage, Sanofi Pasteur

Angus Thomson is Head of Vaccination Confidence and Coverage in Global Public Affairs at Sanofi Pasteur based in Lyon, France. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at…


Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger

Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations Offices in Geneva

Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger is the Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations Office at Geneva, a position she has held since December 2017. Prior to her appointment to Geneva, Ambassador Tichy-Fisslberger served as…


Ambassador Adrian Vierița

Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations Offices in Geneva

Ambassador Adrian Vierița is the Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations Offices in Geneva. Previously, Ambassador Vierița was the Head of the United Nations Department in the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.…



Laura Greenhalgh

Assistant Policy Editor, POLITICO


Katie Jennings

Health Reporter, POLITICO


Sarah Wheaton

Senior Health Reporter, POLITICO


Pascaline Minet

Head of Sciences Section, Le Temps

2017 Speakers



European commissioner for health & food safety, EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Vytenis Andriukaitis was appointed European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety in November 2014. Before, he served as Lithuania’s Health Minister from 2012 to 2014. He was a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament for…


Helene Hellmark Knutsson

Minister for Higher Education and Research, SWEDEN

Helene Hellmark Knutsson has been Minister for Higher Education and Research of Swedish Government since 2014, and a politician in the Swedish Social Democratic Party. Hellmark Knutsson was formerly an ombudsman in the Swedish Trade Union…


José Inácio Faria MEP

Member on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, European Parliament

José Inácio Faria is a Portuguese Partido da Terra MEP and member of the European People’s Party. He was elected to the European Parliament in 2014 and sits on several committees, including the Committee…


Daciana Sârbu

MEP and Vice Chair of the ENVI Committee, European Parliament

Daciana Sârbu is a Member of the European Parliament and Romanian Social Democratic Party (PSD), part of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D). She is…


Ain Aaviksoo

Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation, Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia

Ain Aaviksoo is Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia, overseeing digital transformation and innovation of social security in Estonia, including health, labor, and social matters.…


Nicola Bedlington

Secretary-General, European Patients' Forum

Nicola Bedlington joined the European Patients’ Forum as its first Executive Director in 2006 and became Secretary-General in 2014. In this capacity, she is the Coordinator of the European Patient Academy on Therapeutic Innovation…


Thomas Bombelles

Head NGO and Industry Relations, WIPO

Thomas Bombelles is Head, Non-Governmental Organizations and Industry Relation Section at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining WIPO, Bombelles worked in the pharmaceutical industry as an international policy…

Ilona Kickbusch

Ilona Kickbusch


Ilona Kickbusch is Director of the Global Health Centre and an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her specialties include global health governance, health security, public health,…


Sally Davies

Chief Medical Officer, UK

Sally Davies was appointed Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to United Kingdom in 2010.  She advises on medical matters with a particular focus on public health and providing leadership to…


Nina Renshaw

Secretary-General, European Public Health Alliance

Nina Renshaw joined the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) as Secretary-General in late 2014 after eight years at Brussels-based environmental group, Transport & Environment, where she was Deputy Director. She has campaigned on a…


Karl Brauner

Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

Karl Brauner has been Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since 2013. Before, he was Director-General for external economic policy at the German Federal Ministry of Economics, where he was Germany’s member…


Henry Markram

Founder and Director, Blue Brain Project

Henry Markram is Project Director of the Blue Brain Project, Director of the Center for Neuroscience & Technology, and founder and co-Director of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s (EPFL) Brain Mind Institute. Markram founded…


Sinéad Hewson

Board Member, European Insitute of Women's Health

Sinéad Hewson is Board Member of the European Institute of Women's Health. Her background is in health and communications and she works with clients on how gender and diversity can increase performance in teams,…


Pascal Strupler

Director-General, Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

Pascal Strupler has been Director-General of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) since 2010. In this role, he coordinates office business with departmental planning and ensures that the office, and in certain…


Päivi Sillanaukee

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

Paivi Sillanaukee has been Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland since October 2012.  She has held various development and management positions within the public administration. In her current…


Line Matthiessen

Acting Director of the Health Directorate, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Line Matthiessen is acting Director of the Directorate for Health, in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission. Her responsibilities include providing overall strategic orientation and management of the Health Research…


Fumie Griego

Assistant Director-General, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations

Fumie Griego was appointed the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations’ (IFPMA) Assistant Director General for Strategic Planning, Policy and Research in early 2017. Griego leads IFPMA’s work on health economics and policy,…


Felix Frauendorf

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Aurora Health


Mark Pearson

Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

Mark Pearson is Deputy-Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He joined the Organization in 1992 and has held various positions throughout his tenure.…


David Nabarro

Sustainable Development Facilitator and former Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change

David Nabarro is currently Sustainable Development Facilitator. He has over 40 years of experience in public health, nutrition, and development work at the national, regional and global levels, and has held positions in non-governmental…


Alexander Natz

Secretary General, EUCOPE

Alexander Natz is Secretary General of the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE) and works as a lawyer for the law firm, Novacos, in Dusseldorf. From 2008-2013, he was head of the German Pharmaceutical…


Peter Braun

Head of Global Access Strategy and Health Policy, Roche

Peter Braun is Head of Global Access Strategy and Health Policy at Roche in Switzerland. In this role, Braun is responsible for leading global health policy, product communications and access strategy across the organization.…


Suzy Elneil

Chair of the Board of Trustees, FORWARD and Consultant in Urogynaecology, University College of London, Institute of Women's Health

Sohier Elneil is a Consultant Urogynaecologist and Gynaecologist at University College Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. She started her career in the field of Urogynaecology in the early…


Bruno de Oliveira Alves

Policy Advisor, DG CONNECT, European Commission


Mihaela Militaru

Senior Director, EU Patient Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships, Oncology, Merck

Mihaela Militaru is Senior Director of EU Patient Advocacy, Strategic Partnerships and Oncology at Merck. Before joining Merck in 2016, Militaru was Director of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC), a European umbrella organization…


Peter Singer

Senior Advisor to Director General, World Health Organization

Peter Singer is Senior Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He is also Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada and Professor of Medicine at…