Keynotes, Invited Speakers and Panelists

Speakers and Panelists that have been confirmed:

Keynote Speakers

Speaker Name Affiliation Talk

Oliver Morgan

World Health Organization (WHO)
Public Health Emergencies: How can we make better use of data to protect people`s health and save lives?

Tina Comes

Delft University of Technology
Data for Good? Designing Humanitarian Technology

Paul Chong

IBM Watson

Invited Speakers

Speaker Name Affiliation Role

Vik Bakhru


Digital Tools in Practice

David Morgan
Safe Patient Systems Group Use of Digital Technology for Managing Terrorist Attacks and Delivering First Class Healthcare into Rural Africa

Jay Kola

Operon Limited

Healthcare Standards in the era of APIs & Cloud Computing – A platform oriented approach to building healthcare applications for safer clinical records

Pierre-Louis Mercereau

Médecins Sans Frontières
Contextualisation of software for frontline health workers

Emily Keane

Save the Children
Transform Nutrition – Tackling Malnutrition by Mobile App in Africa
Dan Campsall Road Safety Analysis 5 Big Digital Dilemmas for Global Health & Road Transport
Charlie Davie UCLPartners Digital Health – Unlocking the Power of Online Communities
Alexander Leff UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience Listen-In: Gamifying Practice-based Therapy for Patients with Aphasia
Jailson Correia Recife City Hall One mosquito, three epidemics and a global public health emergency: fighting Aedes aegypti in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Issac Bogoch University of Toronto Typhoid in Nepal: Using large data sets and surveillance networks to determine burden and drive policy
Philip Abdelmalik Public Health Agency of Canada #PublicHealthIntelligence: Exploring social media for the Global Public Health Intelligence Network


Interdisciplinary Global Health Research: from research funding to policy and impact

The Panel:

Panelist Name Affiliation

Michael Arthur (Chair)




David Golding


Innovate UK


Jill Jones


Medical Research Council


Evelyn Depoortere


European Commission


Sophie Laurie


Natural Environment Research Council


Alix Zwane


Global Innovation Fund


Edward Whiting


Wellcome Trust

Date: Monday 3rd July
Time: 14:00


In the times of dramatic shifts on the international political landscape it is more important than ever before to work together towards closer international collaboration, strengthening global partnerships between academia, industry and NGOs sectors, and promoting truly impactful research addressing real-world needs in the area of global health, preparedness and emergencies. The £1.5bil UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a strategic step in this direction. Philanthropic  initiatives and large research funders, such as Wellcome Trust and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, brought many successes in translational research for global health challenges, however, sustainable funding mechanisms remain a challenge. This debate will discuss on the following themes:

  1. In addition to grant based research funding schemes and large philanthropic initiatives – would institutional strategic support provide a self-sustainable route?
  2. Have the first year of GCRF funding scheme brought the desirable shift towards global challenges and international partnerships with ODA countries?
  3. How do funding bodies better incentivise translational research creating innovation and lasting impact?
  4. How do funders envisage international collaboration in the new UK – EU and Europe -US political landscape?



Digital imaging from the microscope to the satellite

The Panel:

Panelist Name Affiliation

Isaac Bogoch (Chair)


University of Toronto


Johan Lundin


University of Helsinki


Rick Dickinson


Dickinson Associates Cambridge


Chris Grundy


The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Date: Tuesday 4th July
Time: 14:00


Digital and mobile health technologies are rapidly revolutionising the healthcare field in virtually all aspects of care. Developing countries stand to gain enormously from this technology, however to date, there have been rather few innovations that have been implemented on a wide scale. Specifically, digital imaging at the micro and macro levels (e.g. raining from microscopy to drones, satellites and GIS systems) for public health and healthcare provision are lacking in developing countries.This panel seeks to address the potential that imaging technology can bring to developing regions, and discusses barriers to implementation and how to best overcome these barriers.Key questions to answer:

  1. What do you see as the role of imaging technology for improving diagnostics to large scale population mapping in 2017 and 2027?
  2. What are current the barriers to implementation and scale, and can you speculate on future barriers over the next decade?
  3. What is the best approach to overcome current barriers, and address potential future barriers to ensure a smooth transition to implementation and scale?


Data Sharing for Emergencies

The Panel:

Panellist Name Affiliation

Michael Edelstein (Chair)


Chatham House


Benido Impouma


WHO Regional Office for Africa


Asha Herten-Crabb


Chatham House


Jailson Correia


Recife City Hall


Sophie Mathewson


Wellcome TrustRecife City Hall


Laura Merson


Oxford University

Date: Wednesday 5th July
Time: 15:30


Public health data informs interventions that improve the health of individuals and populations. During public health emergencies, timely dissemination of data is critical to the rapid implementation of existing public health measures, and the development of new ones in order to save lives. Despite many calls for public health data sharing to become the norm, it does not systematically occur and the reasons are multiple and complex. Changing the data sharing paradigm requires us to understand why data is not always shared, and how this can be changed. There are many stakeholders involved in data-related issues during emergencies.

This panel will approach data-sharing from different perspectives and suggest ways to make sharing during emergencies the norm.

Key questions to answer:

  1. How can individuals involved in responding to emergencies share data without losing publication opportunities?
  2. Countries can be disincentivised to share data because of travel and trade consequences. How is this issue best addressed?
  3. Should there be a data sharing mechanism embedded in the IHR when a public health emergency is declared?