We’re looking for the next round of health care professionals, innovators, and leaders to speak in 2018. Share with us your favorite doctors, scientists, startups, tech titans and movers and shakers in the global health community.

2018 Speakers


Sorina Pintea

Minister of Health, Romania


Riina Sikkut

Minister of Health and Labour, Republic of Estonia*

*subject to final approval of ministerial diary

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Dr. Manica Balasegaram

Director, Global Antimicrobial Research and Development Partnership (GARDP)


Dr. John Beard

Director, Department of Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization


Klaus Dugi

Chief Medical Officer, Ferring Pharmaceuticals


Rachel Dunscombe

CEO, National Health Service (NHS) Digital Academy


Jayasree K. Iyer

Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation


Karin Kadenbach

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


Jeremy Knox

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


Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Honorary Consultant Cardiologist


Carlo Pettinelli

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


Professor Guido Rasi

Executive Director, European Medicines Agency (EMA)


Nina Renshaw

Policy & Advocacy Director, NCD Alliance


Michelle Rohrer

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


Dr. Rangarajan Sampath

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


Despina Spanou

Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity, European Commission


Angus Thomson

Head, Vaccination Confidence & Coverage, Sanofi Pasteur

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…