9th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit

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2020 Meridian Summit: The Rise of Global Health Diplomacy

On October 23, 2020, Meridian virtually convened more than 40 world leaders to explore solutions to shared challenges at The Meridian Summit on The Rise of Global Health Diplomacy. The Summit was comprised of eight sessions of over nine hours of content, on topics ranging from global health security, healthcare equity, supply chains, the role of private-public partnerships in economic recovery efforts and health innovations in the time of COVID-19. Each session featured leaders in the health and diplomatic spaces from across sectors and borders, whose conversations presented salient emerging themes and key takeaways.

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Summit Agenda

  • Harnessing Momentum to Build Global Health Security
    • Joe Daly, Senior Partner, Gallup
    • Hatice Küçük, Executive Director, The G20 Health and Development Partnership
    • Jonathan Margolis, PhD, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space, and Health, Bureau of Oceans and International Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
    • Huda Al-Katheeri, Senior Director, Ministry of Public Health, Qatar
    • Elise Labott, Founder, Twopoint.o Media
  • Reconceptualizing and Retooling the Global Health Workforce
    • Christoph Koenen, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Otsuka Pharmaceutical
    • Georges Bwelle, MD, Visceral Surgeon, Central Hospital of Yaoundé, Cameroon; President and Founder, ASCOVIME
    • Kelly Saldaña, Director of the Office of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health, USAID
    • Rabih Torbay, President and CEO, Project HOPE
  • Advancing Equitable Access to Healthcare Worldwide
    • Brad Knox, Senior Vice President & Counsel, Federal Relations, Aflac
    • His Excellency Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union to the U.S.
    • Monica Webb Hooper, PhD, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
    • Tara Kangarlou, Journalist; Founder, Art of Hope
  • The Private Sector’s Role in Rebuilding a More Equitable Economic Recovery
    • Ambassador Stuart Holliday, President and CEO, Meridian
    • Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
    • Suzanne Clark, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    • Christa Gyori, Co-Founder and CEO, Leaders on Purpose
    • Sekou Kaalund, Managing Director, Northeast Division; Director, Consumer Banking, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
    • Puru Trivedi, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Meridian
  • Trading Up: Rethinking International Health Supply Chains
    • Her Excellency Kirsten Hillman, Ambassador of Canada to the United States
    • The Honorable Fred Hochberg, Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States
    • Prashant Yadav, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations, INSEAD
    • Terrance Brick, Vice President, Global Supply Chains, Boston Scientific
    • Luiza Savage, Executive Director, Editorial Initiatives, POLITICO
  • Global Health Innovations in the Time of COVID-19
    • Natalie Jones, Senior Vice President for External Affairs and Diplomatic Engagement, Meridian
    • Betty Chiang, MD, Vice President of Public Health and Medical Affairs, Gilead Sciences
    • Megan Molteni, Biotechnology and Public Health, Staff Writer, WIRED
    • Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Health, Government Whip, Singapore
  • The Honorable Ann Stock, Board of Trustees Chair, Meridian

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Summit Co-Chairs

Richard Jonas & Katherine Vernot-Jonas
Mary & John Walsh

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Project summary

9th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit | October 2020
Number of Attendees: 500
Regions: Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Near East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Western Hemisphere
Impact Areas: Global Health
Program Areas: Diplomatic Engagement
Partners: Diplomatic Corps, Individuals/Donors, Private Sector, Public Sector
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