Women Leaders in Global Health Conference 2020

Connect | Commit | Act

13-15 October 2020​

From 13-15 October, WomenLift Health convened the fourth annual Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH) Conference. This year’s conference took place in a virtual format, providing an opportunity to reach a broader audience, elevate new voices and facilitate geography-specific discussion, while maintaining the sense of global community, learning and passion that has characterized the conferences since their start.

The theme of this year’s conference is Connect | Commit | Act. More than 2,000 people from 50 countries came together to shape a collective vision for global health, where diverse women have a seat at the decision-making table.

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Women Leaders in Global Health 2020 took place over the course of three days, with three hours of dynamic sessions and speakers each day. There were two distinct days on women’s leadership in South Asia and Africa, culminating in a day of global dialogue.

Thank you to our International Steering Committee & Content Development Group:

International Steering Committee

Renu Swarup

Co-Chair of WLGH-ISC, Secretary, Government of India, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology

Shobana Kamineni

Co-Chair of WLGH-ISC, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited

Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija

Former Chief Humanitarian Coordinator, Nigeria

Michele Barry

Founder, WomenLife Health; Senior Associate Dean & Director, Stanford Global Health

Amie Batson

Chair, WLGH 2020 Content Development Group; Executive Director, WomenLift Health

Agnes Binagwaho

Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity

Kent Buse

Director, Global Healthier Societies Program, The George Institute for Global Health

Jocalyn Clark

Executive Editor, The Lancet

Roger Glass

Director, National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center

Glenda Gray

President & CEO, South African Medical Research Council

Gagandeep Kang

Professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Heidi Larson

Director, Vaccine Confidence Project; Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, LSHTM

Soumya Swaminathan

Chief Scientist, World Health Organization

Ravi Verma

Regional Director, International Center for Research on Women – Asia Regional Office

Fiona Watt

Director of the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, King’s College London

Anita Zaidi

Director of Vaccine Development and Surveillance, and Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Content Development Group

Amie Batson

Chair, WLGH 2020 Content Development Group; Executive Director, WomenLift Health

Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija

Former Chief Humanitarian Coordinator, Nigeria

Shereen Bhan

Program Content Lead, WomenLift Health

John Cape

Vice President of Programs, Global Health Corps

Nazneen Damji

Policy Advisor, Gender Equality, HIV, and Health, UN Women

Roopa Dhatt

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Women in Global Health

Desta Lakew

Global Director of Partnerships and External Affairs, Amref Health Africa

Purnima Menon

Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

Iris Mwanza

Director, Community Health Roadmap

Anjali Nayyar

Executive Vice President, Global Health Strategies

Sania Nishtar

Special Assistant of Pakistan’s Prime Minister; Federal Minister, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Ministry; Chairperson BISP

Nanlop Ogbureke

Senior Advisor, West African Health Organization/Economic Community of West African States

Manisha Shridhar

Regional Advisor, World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia

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