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The World Health Summit is one of the world’s leading strategic forums for global health. Held annually in Berlin, it brings together leaders from politics, science and medicine, civil society, and the private sector to set the agenda for a healthier future. Over 300 speakers and 2,500 participants from 100 countries take part, including ministers, top scientists, and CEOs.

It is traditionally held under the high patronage of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, the President of the French Republic, and the President of the European Commission.

Founded at Charité in 2009, the World Health Summit is built on the academic foundation the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities, and National Academies, a scientific network spanning 18 countries.

Epsy Campbell Barr
Vice President of Costa Rica

Jens Spahn
Federal Minister of Health, Germany

Jane Ruth Aceng
Minister of Health, Uganda

Kwaku Agyeman-Manu
Minister of Health, Ghana

Diane Gashumba
Minister of Health, Rwanda

Julio Daniel Mazzoleni Insfrán
Minister of Health, Paraguay

Luiz Henrique Mandetta
Minister of Health, Brazil

Alisher Shadmanov
Minister of Public Health, Republic of Uzbekistan

Heyo Kroemer
CEO, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)

Peter Sands
Executive Director, The Global Fund

Jeremy Farrar
Director, Wellcome Trust

Carissa F. Etienne
Director, Pan American Health Organization

Thomas Cueni
Director General, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Soumya Swaminathan
Chief Scientist, World Health Organization (WHO)

Elhadj As Sy
Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Vikram Patel
Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School


Detlev Ganten
World Health Summit

Prof. Detlev Ganten is President of the World Health Summit, which he founded in 2009. The goal: to improve global health. A medical doctor specializing in pharmacology and molecular medicine, he is one of the world's leading scientists in the field of cardiovascular disease. He was previously CEO of Charité, one of the largest university hospitals in Europe, Founding Director and President of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch, and President of the Helmholtz Association of National Research Centers. 

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Ali Jafarian
International President
World Health Summit 2019

Prof. Ali Jafarian is International President of the World Health Summit 2019, representing M8 Alliance member Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS). After graduating from TUMS in 1992, he was appointed as faculty member in the General Surgery department in 1999. His focus of research are Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation. He has served as Dean of the Medical School from 2008-2009, Vice Chancellor from 2009-2011, and Chancellor of TUMS from 2013-2017.

Regional Meeting 2020 - Kish Island, Iran