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. WLGH18 supports women in all forms of leadership from local communities to global organisations, from science to politics. Join us at the conference to be part of the conversation and to engage in mentoring and skills building opportunities.

Programme highlights*

Day 1 (Thursday 8 November) Day 2 (Friday 9 November)

Welcome and opening comments

Key session topics will include:
- The current gender landscape in leadership
- A cultural lens on women and leadership
- Embedding change: the role of infrastructure
- The gender lens on the global burden of disease
- Organisational culture and leadership
- Creating an environment of mutual self-respect
- Gender in political leadership
- The road to Rwanda hosting WLGH19

Reception at Wellcome Trust, including performance by St Catherine’s College Girls’ Choir, Cambridge University

Mentoring breakfast and marketplace

Series of interactive workshops:
- Making it work: the road towards parity
- Discussing existing opportunities and fellowships
- Gendered response to disease outbreak and health emergencies
- Women and leadership across different health professions: Surgery, Nursing,
- Design workshop: What are the critical features of an enabling environment
- Communication and media skills-building
- Building a WLGH curriculum for Women’s Leadership in Global Health

Closing session on next steps towards change and enabling the next generation

The conference will also include leadership stories, film screenings, storytelling sessions, mentoring opportunities and other interactive activities.

Join the conversation at #WLGH18

Confirmed speaker highlights:*

  • Joanne Liu, International President of Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England
  • 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 MonnéDirector-General for Health and Food Safety at the European Commission
  • Ann Aerts,  Head of Novartis Foundation
  • Ashish Jha, Director, Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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

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

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

  • Jocalyn Clark, Executive Editor, The Lancet

  • 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 Assa Sidibe, Social Mission Director for Unilever and MRCBG Senior Fellow (Harvard Kennedy School)

  • Patty Garcia, Professor, School of Public Health and Administration, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

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

  • Florence Marie Saar, Community midwife, President of women’s health community group

  • Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director-General for Programmes at the World Health Organization 

  • Arachu Castro, Director of the Collaborative Group for Health Equity in Latin America (CHELA)

  • Elisabete Weiderpass, Future director of International Agency for Research on Cancer

  • Jon Snow, Channel 4 News

  • Malayah Harper, General Secretary, World YWCA

  • Emmanuella Gakidou, Director of Education and Training at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

  • Matthew Jackson, Director of UNFPA UK office

  • Vanessa Kerry, CEO of SEED Global Health

*Please note that the programme is subject to change.


Financial support for attendees

The WLGH Project Team invite applications from citizens of low or middle-income countries to apply for funding support in order to attend the WLGH 2018 conference. To apply, please complete the financial support application form, which also sets out the eligibility and selection criteria.



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