Sessions in detail

Monday, November 16th


Tuesday, November 17th


Wednesday, November 18th



Monday, November 16th




Opening the Geneva Health Forum in times of unprecedented global health crisis

09:30 - 10:30 (Swiss time)

  • Ignazio Cassis, Federal Councillor, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Swiss Confederation
  • Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
  • Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), Government of India
  • Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Bertrand Levrat, General Director, University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG)
  • Antoine Geissbuhler, Co-President of Geneva Health Forum, Vice-Rector of the University of Geneva, University of Geneva
  • Nicole Rosset, Co-President of Geneva Health Forum, Geneva University Hospitals (HUG)
  • Alexandra Calmy, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva, Faculty of Medicine of Geneva, UNIGE
  • Piyush Singh, Counsellor, Embassy of India, Berne


The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020, a catalyst for change

11:00 - 12:00 (Swiss time)

  • Howard Catton, Chief Executive Officer, International Council of Nurses (ICN)
  • Elisabeth Iro, Chief Nursing Officer, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Roswitha Koch Heepen, Board member, International Council of Nurses (ICN)
  • Soosmita Sinha, Founder and President, Health Law Institute 


How can the world advance towards AI maturity in health? Novartis Foundation

12:30 - 13:30 (Swiss time)

  • Kwasi Boahene, Director of Advocacy and Director of West Africa at the PharmAccess Group
  • Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director; co-Founder, Women in Global Health
  • Kanishka Katara, Head Digital Health (India), PATH
  • Derrick Muneene, Head of Capacity Building and Collaboration, World Health Organization
  • Lucy Setian, Associate Director HealthTech Innovation, Novartis Foundation


Contributing to human progress: Open Innovation for Infectious Diseases. Merck

12:30 - 13:30 (Swiss time)

  • Kelly Chibale, Neville Isdell Chair in African-centric Drug Discovery and Development, University of Capetown
  • Natalie Mrak, Global Health Strategy & Partnerships Lead, Merck
  • Benjamin Perry, Discovery Open Innovation Leader, DNDi
  • Charles Randolph, Head, Global Health, WIPO
  • Thomas Spangenberg, Head, Global Health Drug Discovery, Merck


COVID-19 : Geneva at the forefront of the epidemic response

14:00 - 15:00 (Swiss time)

  • Christine Choirat, Chief Health Data Scientist, Swiss Data Science Center EPFL
  • Manuela Cirilli, Leader Medical Applications in Knowledge Transfer Group, CERN
  • Sana De Courcelles, Attachee Sante, Permanent Mission of France to the UN in Geneva
  • Philippe Duneton, Executive Director UNITAID
  • Antoine Flahault, Director if Institute of Global Health
  • Emma Hannay, Director of Access & Lead, ACT-A Diagnostics Pillar at FIND
  • Françoise Vanni, Director, External Relations and Communications, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria


Promoting expert patients as co-creators and disseminators: Prior, during and after the pandemic

15:15 - 16:15 (Swiss time)

  • Karen Alparce-Villanueva, Board Member, Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO)
  • Bisi Bright, CEO and Founder, LiveWell Initiative (LWI)
  • Angela Grezet, Association Savoir Patient
  • Neda Milevska Kostova, Board Vice Chair, International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO)


(Dis)United in crisis: Is Covid-19 the end of global health?

16:30 - 17:30 (Swiss time)

  • Thomas Cueni, Director General, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)
  • Robert Mardini, Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Priti Patnaik, Editor, Geneva Health Files