The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is proud to be hosting the second annual Women Leaders in Global Health Conference on 8-9 November 2018.

Women are vital to the advancement of global health, making up 75% of the healthcare workforce - yet occupying less than 25% of influential leadership positions.

Building on last year’s hugely successful inaugural event at Stanford University, USA, the 2018 conference will:

  • highlight emerging and established women leaders in global health
  • engage in the latest thought leadership on advancing women in global health
  • support mentoring and skills building opportunities
  • support women in all forms of leadership from local communities to global organisations, from science to politics

Attendees will hear from leading women on some of the most urgent health issues facing the world today, including humanitarian crises, non-communicable diseases, and environmental health and climate change.

Join the conversation at #WLGH18

Confirmed speaker highlights:*

  • Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England
  • Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA
  • Sania Nishtar, Co-Chair of the WHO High-Level Commission on NCDs, Founder and President of Heartfile
  • Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Department for International Development
  • Xavier Prats Monné, European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
  • Ann Aerts,  Head of Novartis Foundation
  • Ashish K. Jha, Director, Harvard Global Health Institute

  • Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija, Founder and executive director of Transformation Development Agency

  • Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies

  • Irene Dankwa-Mullan, Deputy Chief Health Officer IBM Watson Health

  • Jocalyn Clark, Lancet Executive Editor

  • Julie Gerberding, Former Head of CDC, Executive Vice President, Communications, Global Policy, and Population Health & Chief Patient Officer at Merck

  • Maya Lavie-Ajay, Director, The Israeli Center for Qualitative Research of People and Societies

  • Melissa Briggs, Stanford Graduate School of Business lecturer

  • Myriam Sidibe, UNILEVER, Global Social Mission and Director for Lifebuoy soap

  • Patty Garcia, Dean of the School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH) in Lima-Peru, and former Chief of the Peruvian National Institute of Health (INS)

  • Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Associate Scientific Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa

  • Sokhna Sarr, Sage-femme (Midwife)

  • Soumya Swaminathan, Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Deputy Director General of Programmes (DDP) at WHO

*Please note that the programme is subject to change.



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