About the World Health Summit


The World Health Summit is one of the world’s leading strategic forums for global health.

Every October, the World Health Summit draws international experts from academia, politics, the private sector, and civil society to Berlin. During the three-day summit, stakeholders and decision-makers from 100 countries and every field in healthcare work together to find solutions to global health challenges and set the agenda for a healthier future.

The World Health Summit was founded in 2009 on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Berlin’s Charité Hospital and is traditionally held under the patronage of the German Chancellor, the President of the Republic of France, the President of the European Commission, and the Director-General of the World Health Organization.

In addition to the World Health Summit in Berlin, there are annual Regional Meetings and regular Expert Meetings around the world. These meetings are organized by the M8 Alliance, the academic backbone of the World Health Summit.

Participants & Speakers

  • Leading scientists and medical professionals
  • Ministers and civil servants
  • High-ranking officials at international organizations
  • CEOs from industry and civil society
  • Young professionals and students


  • Improve health worldwide
  • Bring together stakeholders from all sectors
  • Facilitate constructive exchange in an environment of academic freedom
  • Strengthen international cooperation
  • Find answers to major health challenges
  • Set health agendas


  • M8 Alliance Declaration
  • Statements and recommendations for national academies, governments, and international organizations


  • Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (since 2009)
  • President of the French Republic (since 2009)
  • President of the European Commission (since 2013)
  • Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) (since 2019)



Axel R. Pries, Germany

Founding President

Detlev Ganten, Germany
(President until 2020)

International Presidents

2022 Eugenio Gaudio & Luciano Saso, Italy
2021 Charles Ibingira, Uganda
2020 Charles Ibingira, Uganda
2019 Ali Jafarian, Iran
2018 João Gabriel Silva & Fernando Regateiro, Portugal
2017 Hélène Boisjoly, Canada
2016 Antoine Flahault, Switzerland
2015 Shunichi Fukuhara, Japan
2014 José Otávio Auler Jr., Brazil
2013 John Eu-Li Wong, Singapore
2012 Michael J. Klag, USA
2011 Steve Wesselingh, Australia
2010 Stephen K. Smith, UK
2009 Axel Kahn, France

General Topics

  • Basic Biological & Medical Research
  • Clinical & Patient Research
  • Specific Diseases & Disorders
  • Diagnostics & Therapy
  • Medical Technology & Engineering
  • Health Policies & Systems
  • Universal Health Coverage
  • Translational Science & Medicine
  • Public Health & Prevention
  • Lifestyle, Physical Activity & Nutrition
  • Patient Safety
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Drugs & Vaccines
  • Regulatory Aspects
  • Health Visions, Strategies & Ethics
  • Evolutionary Medicine
  • Demographic Change & Healthy Aging
  • Global Health & Development

Session Formats

Keynotes: 90 minutes, max. 5 speakers, up to 800 participants onsite
Panel Discussions: 90 minutes, max. 6 speakers, up to 300 participants onsite
Workshops: 90 minutes, max. 6 speakers, up to 250 participants onsite

M8 Alliance

  • Academic foundation of the World Health Summit
  • 30 members in 20 countries
  • Growing network of excellent universities, research institutions, and medical branches of national academies of science
  • Rotation of the annual international presidency of the World Health Summit
  • Organizes annual Regional Meetings, Expert Meetings, and Summer Schools

World Health Summit Regional Meetings

2022 Rome, Italy
2021 Kampala, Uganda & Digital
2020 Meeting in Kampala, Uganda postponed due to COVID-19
2019 Kish Island, Iran
2018 Coimbra, Portugal
2017 Montreal, Canada
2016 Geneva, Switzerland
2015 Kyoto, Japan
2014 São Paulo, Brazil
2013 Singapore