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Global Health Council Summit 2020

Global Health Council Summit 2020
Our FULL virtual GHC summit agenda and speaker information is now LIVE! Join us on November 19-20 in our discussions focused on three pillars: Pandemics, Politics, and Privilege. These conversations will take a critical look at how we approach global health investments and initiatives with a stronger focus on equity, justice, and humility.  Session topics include:Unpacking Race, Privilege, and Intersectional Bias as Drivers of Global Health Policy Building Back Better After COVID-19…to What and for Whom?Reimagining U.S. Global Health Initiatives in Light of Pandemics, Politics, and Privilege Furthermore, we’ll host a leadership dialogue with global health executives from programmatic and philanthropic organizations and urge decision-makers to commit to racial equity beyond checklists and statements. For a more in-depth preview of these sessions and what they will entail, click the image above. 
We hope to see you there!
Caya Lewis Atkins

Caya Lewis Atkins

Founder and Principal, GlobalDC Strategies
Lori Adelman

Lori Adelman

Vice President, Global Fund for Women
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Georges Benjamin

Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Winnie Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima

Executive Director, UNAIDS

Ngozi Erondu, PhD

Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

Jamila Headley, PhD

Chief of Staff, The Center for Popular Democracy
Dr. Jamechia Hoyle

Jamechia Hoyle

Science Lead, Toeroek Associates, Inc.
Sarah Hillware

Sarah Hillware

Deputy Director, Women in Global Health
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Crystal Lander

Executive Director, Global Affairs, Pathfinder International
Solome Lemma

Solome Lemma

Executive Director, Thousand Currents
Rosebell Kagumire

Rosebell Kagumire

Curator & Editor, AfricanFeminism.com
Stephanie Kimou

Stephanie Kimou

Founder & Lead Consultant, PopWorks Africa
Dr. Joanne McGriff

Joanne A. McGriff

Associate Director of the Center for Global Safe WASH, Emory University
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

Matshidiso Moeti

Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for Africa

John Nkengasong, PhD

Director, Africa CDC

Loyce Pace

President and Executive Director, Global Health Council
Dorothy Peprah

Dorothy Peprah, PhD

Senior Global Health Security Agenda Advisor, USAID
Angela Bruce-Raeburn

Angela Bruce-Raeburn

Regional Advocacy Director, Africa, Global Health Advocacy Incubator
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Algene Sajery

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst Global Strategies, LLC

Niniola Williams

Managing Director, DRASA


Thursday, November 19

8:45     Welcome

9:00     Privilege

Unpacking Race, Privilege, and Intersectional Bias as Drivers of Global Health Policy 

What would it look like to be “anti-racist” in global health? And, why is that so radical? Building on our dialogues with Black leaders this and last year, we’ll be creating space to have deeper reflections on how institutions and individuals move beyond the current colonial framework in U.S. global health.

Keynote: Solome Lemma, Executive Director of Thousand Currents

Presentation: Stephanie Kimou, Founder of PopWorks 

10:00   Breakout Sessions*

12:00    Pandemics

Building Back Better After COVID-19… to What and for Whom?

We thought we were ready for this moment and, yet, when COVID-19 hit the world was tested in unanticipated ways. Join us for a real time post-mortem on the global response and our active recovery, with conversations on the Global Health Security Agenda’s highlights and lowlights as well as findings from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. We’ll offer country and community perspectives from downstream and shine a light on governments that got it right, challenging our assumptions about readiness and resilience.

Keynote: Dr. Matsihidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa

Panel Discussion: Dr. Ngozi Erondu, Dr. Jamechia Hoyle, Dr. Joanne McGriff, Dr. John Nkengasong, Dorothy Peprah, Niniola Williams

13:00    Breakout Sessions*

15:00    Politics

Reimagining U.S. Global Health Initiatives in Light of Pandemics, Politics, and Privilege

We’ll be hearing from country and community leaders their take on existing U.S. global health policies and how they perpetuate a culture of colonialism. How could we revisit what might not be working as well as we thought, particularly in a post-COVID world? Beyond a set of principles, what are specific proposals we can put in front of a new presidential administration or congressional leaders that correct those shortcomings? Policymakers will be on hand to respond to recommendations and offer their take on immediate opportunities for change.

Keynote: Rep. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (invited)

Panel Discussion: Caya Lewis Atkins (confirmed), Travis Adkins, Linda Etim (invited)

16:00   Breakout Sessions*

Friday, November 20

8:30     Virtual Networking Session 

9:30     Recap of Day 1

Keynote: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS

10:15   Concurrent Roundtables (invite-only)

PowerGlobal Solidarity

Building on the Day 1 topic of colonialism and racism in global health, this interactive session will inspire and rejuvenate attendees by recognizing participants’ links to one another, drawing resources from a wide community of global health practitioners to find power in our collective action and envision a new way forward for global health. Hear from a globally diverse panel of movement leaders who are rejecting the status quo and engaging in creative, visionary and models of transnational solidarity in their global health practice. The writer Arundhati Roy has written of how “historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different.” As mainstream media outlets are openly and incredulously questioning why some health systems in Africa or Asia have been able to deal with the pandemic more effectively than others in the West, we must double down on efforts to interrogate, unpack, question, and overturn definitions and hierarchies that have accompanied traditional global health practices. We’ve urged countries to learn from each other. Now, we need to learn from them.

Policy: A Call to Action for the Next U.S. Presidential Administration

This closed door, ‘roll up your sleeves’ interactive discussion will bring together U.S. government global health implementers and key Congressional staffers who are trusted allies of global health policies and programs to debate lessons learned from the field and implementation strategies for operationalizing GHC’s Big Ideas recommendations. 

Practice: Racial Equity & Leadership  

More than organizational pledges or internal taskforces, industry leaders must confront the realities of inequities in global health leadership and programs to address their root causes and consequences once and for all. This session will follow on a closed door precursor to the summit on November 18th by asking executives how they are tackling racial justice through their work today and what lessons they are learning real time about critical, urgent change.

*Due to technological restrictions, breakout space will be limited and available to GHC member orgs or their employees on a first come, first served basis. However, all panels or keynotes will be public and allow for Q&A or other active audience participation.