19th May

12:30 - 13:30 BST - The Pandemic's Impact

The lessons that we gain from the COVID-19 pandemic must go on to inform future pandemic responses. From impacts on hard to reach communities to other underlying health issues this session will aim to look at what responses have worked, the key lessons we have learned as an international community, what has changed in terms of effects on other health issues to issues of equity and delivering at the last mile. 


  • Dr. Paul Barach (M), Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

  • Cristina Parsons Perez, Capacity Development Director, NCD Alliance, UK

  • Alberta Freeman, Community Health Services Supervisor, Gbarpolu County, Last Mile Health, Liberia

  • Vanessa Peberdy, Associate Director, Global Health Policy, IFPMA

13:45 - 14:35 BST - Vaccines

The introduction of the vaccine for COVID-19 has brought hope and also challenges regarding equitable distribution, ethics and vaccine hesitancy. In order to assess these issues, we hope to look at all aspects of vaccines, from challenges of delivery in least economically developed countries, to the equitable distribution and the future. 


  • Tonya Villafana (M), Vice President, AstraZeneca, US

  • Thomas Tighe, Global Franchise Head, DirectRelief, US

  • Dr. Nir Eyal, Henry Rutgers Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Center for Population–Level Bioethics, Rutgers University, US

  • Q&A

14:50 - 15:50 BST - Mental Health and Psychosocial Support:  Global Challenges and Ways Forward

The current pandemic has caused severe issues regarding global mental health as well as psychosocial support, from children and families. Therefore, it has given us the opportunity to look at the key challenges and potential solutions, from aiming to support it at a more local level through localisation to improving mental health resilience.


  • Fahmy Hanna, Technical Officer, WHO, Switzerland

  • Zeinab Hijazi, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Specialist, UNICEF (NYHQ), US

  • Ananda Galappatti, Co-Founder, Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Network

  • Mike Wessells (M), Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health, Columbia University, US

  • Q&A

16:00 - 17:00 BST -  Training and Education

Training and education will always be a core aspect of supporting humanitarian aid workers. Therefore, creating a community and analysing critical challenges in global health security from how to respond in conflict or fragile settings can only help to assist the safety and security of humanitarian workers. 


  • Dr. Jamie Ranse, Founding Director, Mass Gathering Collaboration, Griffith University, Australia

  • Dr. Attila J. Hertelendy (M), Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University, US

  • Dr. Gregory Ciottone, Health Policy and Management, Harvard University, US

  • Dr. Sharon Chekijian, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale Medical School, US

  • Q&A

17:15 BST - Fireside Chat


  • Dr. Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology, Oxford University Vaccine, UK

  • Hollie S. McKay (M), Investigative and International Affairs Journalist, US

20th May

11:45 - 12:45 BST - The Underserved

Providing healthcare to certain groups has been made more difficult by the pandemic, from women and girls in crisis to refugees and internally displaced peoples. All of these groups have faced specific challenges over the last year which require certain responses, from improving WASH facilities for refugees to providing healthcare at the last mile.


  • Tabinda Sarosh, Country Director for Pakistan, Pathfinder, Pakistan

  • Dr. Robert Blum, William H. Gates Sr. Chair, Department of Population, Family & Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins, US

  • Helen Seibel, Global Head of Community Investment and Philanthropy at AstraZeneca

  • Esther Lehmann, Partnership Leader, World Vision

12:50 - 13:50 BST - Taking Care of Those Who Care

Supporting the health and wellness of humanitarian workers is also a critical element of humanitarian action, improving access to staff mental health and psychosocial support, as well as investing in employee wellbeing can provide clear returns on investment. Humanitarian aid workers are routinely exposed to traumatic events, therefore is it vital that we find new ways to deliver psychosocial support. 


  • Dr. Kaz de Jong (M), Mental Health Specialist, MSF, Netherlands

  • Dr. Carla Uriatre Chavarri, Clinical and Social Psychologist, ICRC, Switzerland

  • Melly Preira, ‎‎International Human Resources Director, Jesuit Refugee Service, Italy

  • Dr. Tim Frazier, Faculty Director, Emergency and Disaster Management, Georgetown University, US

14:00 - 15:00 BST - Driving Effectiveness and Efficiency in Healthcare

Enhancing effectiveness through mobile data collection, analysis and medical intelligence can assist us in sustaining effectiveness. Similarly, food, nutrition and innovations in the sector need further spotlights to see where the next technological solutions can advance our goals of a healthy world. 


  • Satchit Balsari, Centre for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, India (Moderator)

  • Mohini Bhavsar, Global Head of Digital Health Partnerships, Dimagi, Senegal

  • Victor Akinwande, Research Engineer, A.I Science, IBM, Kenya

  • Radhya Almutawakel, Co-Founder and Chair, Mwatana for Human Rights, Yemen

  • Gareth Presch, Founder and CEO, World Health Innovation Summit, UK

15:05 - 16:05 BST - Bridging the Gaps

From conflict humanitarianism to climate change, medical and health professionals are facing increasingly challenging issues which are having vast implications on the sustainable development goals. As such, for this session we hope to address the gaps, from wild weather and disease X to issues that we overlook in the international community.


  • Dr. Johan von Schreeb (M), Global Disaster Medicine at the Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

  • Nimrod Eisenberg, Creative Consultant, Dream Doctors Project, Israel

  • Dr. Tracey McNamara, Professor of Pathology, Western University of Health Sciences, US

16:10 - 17:10 BST - Building Back Better: Global Action Plan on Health and Well-being

As the theme of WHF London, The Global Reset dialogue requires a full discussion on how we can build back better post-COVID 19. With support from UN agencies and INGOs, we hope to analyse a potential action plan to ultimately determine the future of building back better. 


  • Crystal Lander (M), Executive Director, Global Affairs, Pathfinder/FLHW, US

  • Katie Dain, CEO, NCD Alliance, UK

  • Henia Dakkak, Head of Policy and Liaison Unit, UNFPA, US

  • Amina Dorayi, Country Director, Nigeria, CD Pathfinder, Nigeria

  • Elizabeth Njoroge, International ICT, Kenya

  • Ebengo Honore, Founder and CEO, Kakuma Camp, Kenya