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Women Leaders in Global Health Conference 2020

Connect | Commit | Act

13-15 October 2020​

From 13-15 October, WomenLift Health will convene the fourth annual Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH) Conference. This year’s conference will take 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.

COVID-19 is an acute reminder of what is at stake in global health decision making, and how disparities in leadership profoundly limit our ability to solve the world’s most complex health challenges. It has also shown us that when women lead, positive change happens for all. In 2020, against the backdrop of COVID-19 and growing calls for social change, the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference is more important than ever. 

The theme of this year’s conference is Connect | Commit | Act. We believe that by coming together, we can shape a collective vision for global health, where diverse women have a seat at the decision-making table. Join us!

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Women Leaders in Global Health 2020 will take place over the course of three days, with three hours of dynamic sessions and speakers each day.  There will be two distinct days on women’s leadership in South Asia and Africa, culminating in a day of global dialogue. While the geographic-specific days are geared toward South Asia and Africa through both timing and focus, these sessions are open to everyone.


What is the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference (WLGH)?
The Women Leaders in Global Health Conference convenes established and emerging leaders from across the global health community to meet and work together to advance gender equality in health leadership. The conference is an opportunity for women and men across sectors, disciplines, and countries to share experiences, ideas, and data about inclusive leadership, particularly women’s leadership in health.


Who generally attends the WLGH conference?
The WLGH Conference is attended by established and emerging leaders from across the global health community, spanning disciplines, countries, and sectors. It is also open to anyone who is interested in advancing gender equality in global health.


Is registration for WLGH 2020 free and is there a deadline to register?
There is no cost to register and participate in the WLGH 2020 Conference. There is also no deadline to register.


How will the virtual format work?
Live sessions will broadcast on the conference’s virtual platform. On the platform, you will also be able to engage in discussion threads with other attendees, lightning talks, recordings of past sessions, and more, which will be accessible to you at any time throughout the three days. 

A few weeks before the conference is set to begin, you will be notified when the virtual platform is open so you can start building your personal agenda and setting up your networking profile.


Are the regionally-focused days (spotlight on South Asia and spotlight on Africa) limited to people from these regions?
Each conference day is open to everyone. While the geographic-specific days are geared toward South Asia and Africa in terms of both timing and focus, we encourage participation from anyone who is interested.


Can I submit a speaker?
With shorter conference days than previous years, most of the conference sessions have been determined, but if you have a speaker proposal to submit, please send it to  Please include the name and bio of the speaker and the proposed session title and topic.


How is the conference program developed?
This year, conference host, WomenLift Health convened two committees: The International Steering Committee and the Content Development Group. The International Steering Committee is responsible for determining the vision and strategic direction of the conference and providing input on the agenda and speakers. The Content Development Group is responsible for tailoring the content to specific regions while ensuring a unifying theme, and helping to determine session topics, formats, and speakers.


Are you planning to have an in-person conference in 2021?
Yes, the global Women Leaders in Global Health conference will take place in India in 2021 and will be hosted by DBT/BIRAC.

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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