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Cambridge Global Challenges


This one-day conference, organized by the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, aims to address themes surrounding the role of the private sector in global health initiatives.

The establishment of working partnerships between governments, civil society and the private sector to strengthen national health systems and improve public health outcomes often result in debate. Despite this, the advances made in public health over the last 20 years, and the universally agreed Sustainable Development Goals demonstrate the value of private sector involvement in global health initiatives. Nevertheless, there are still many associated issues that raise legitimate concerns among public health stakeholders: conflicts of interest – both perceived and real – are often used as arguments against involving the private sector, as are the governance structures and financing models that underpin collaborative efforts.

This one-day conference will bring together a range of high-level stakeholders from academia, commercial for-profit companies, foundations and other prominent global health partners to stimulate discussion and identify the opportunities and challenges related to the private sector’s engagement in improving global health. 

Speakers include:

  • Charlotte Ersboll, Senior Adviser, UN Global Compact
  • Luc Debruyne, President, Global Vaccines, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Seamus O’Brien, Executive Director, Global External Scientific Affairs, Pfizer
  • Michikazu Koshiba, Head, Center on Global Health Architecture, Mitsubishi UFJ Research & Consulting Co Ltd
  • Mr Arnaud Bernaert, Head of Global Health and Healthcare Industries, World Economic Forum
  • Hilary Thomas, CMO and Partner, KPMG
  • Professor Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser, DFID
  • Mr. Ikuo Takizawa, Deputy Director General, Human Development Department, JICA
  • Dr Guénaël Rodier, Director Department of Global Capacities, Alert & Response, Outbreaks and Health Emergencies ,WHO
  • Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership
  • Professor Tom Kariuki, Director of the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), African Academy of Sciences
  • Dr Päivi Sillanaukee, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland 


Please find more information and register your interest here.

Thursday, 28 September, 2017 - 09:00 to 17:00
Event location: 
Chatham House, London
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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