The World Health Summit brings together leading researchers, physicians, government officials, and representatives from industry and civil society worldwide. Speakers at the World Health Summit 2020 include:

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, Switzerland

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General, World Health Organization

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been Director-General of the World Health Organization since 2017. Upon assuming office, he outlined five key priorities for the WHO: universal health coverage; health emergencies; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; health impacts of climate and environmental change; and a transformed WHO. Tedros is globally recognized as a health scholar, researcher, and diplomat with first-hand experience in research, operations, and leadership in emergency responses to epidemics. He previously served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, and Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.  

Roopa Dhatt

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Women in Global Health

Dr. Roopa Dhatt is a physician by training and an advocate by principle, striving for greater health and well-being for all people through working in global health. She is the Executive Director and co-founder of Women in Global Health, a movement that strives to bring greater gender equality to global health leadership. Since its foundation Women in Global Health, an organization staffed entirely by volunteers, has expanded to become a global movement, with chapters in four continents and more than 21,000 followers in 90+ countries.

Christian Drosten, Director, Institute of Virology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Christian Drosten

Director of the Institute of Virology of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Christian Drosten is the Director of the Institute of Virology of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. This year he has become an internationally respected COVID-19 expert. In 2003 he discovered the unknown virus causing SARS and developed a diagnostic test that enabled public health authorities worldwide to stop a beginning pandemic. Drosten has co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and coordinated research consortia funded by the European Union, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the German Ministry of Research. He is a member of the internal advisory board of the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF) and the speaker of the German National Research Network for Zoonotic Infections. He received the German Federal Cross of Merit for his work to counter the SARS epidemic.

Henrietta H. Fore

Executive Director, UNICEF

Henrietta H. Fore has been UNICEF’s Executive Director since 2018. She has worked to champion economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in a public service, private sector and non-profit leadership career that spans more than four decades. She has previously served as Administrator for USAID and Director of United States Foreign Assistance, Undersecretary of State for Management at the US Department of State, Director of the United States Mint in the US Department of Treasury, and Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, a manufacturing and investment company.

Stefan Germann

CEO, Fondation Botnar

Dr. Stefan Germann is the CEO of Fondation Botnar, which works to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing secondary cities, connecting diverse partners and investing in solutions that leverage AI and digital innovation. Germann was previously Executive Director of onegoalglobal.org, an innovative collaborative child nutrition and healthy lifestyle campaign, and Senior Director of the World Vision International Sustainable Health Partnership, Innovation and Accountability unit based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has also held several board and advisory board memberships.

Sir Andrew Haines

Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Sir Andrew Haines is Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health at LSHTM, with a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health, Environments, and Society and in the Department of Population Health. He was previously Director (originally Dean) of LSHTM for nearly 10 years, and before that Professor of Primary Health Care at University College London. He worked part-time as a general practitioner in North London for many years and has been a member of a number of major international and national committees. Haines was knighted in 2005 for his services to medicine.

Rachel Huxley

Director of Knowledge & Learning, C40

Dr. Rachel Huxley is Director of Knowledge and Learning, responsible for C40’s knowledge management strategy and research program. Rachel has been with C40 for over 4 years during which time she has developed and led a priority program of research on the multiple benefits of urban climate action and overseen the launch of C40’s flagship Knowledge Hub. Prior to this Rachel was Chief Executive of Peterborough Environment City Trust, leading the Trust’s work on sustainable behavior change and engagement project delivery, as well as, working strategically with city partners to develop a sustainable city plan.  As part of her work on sustainable cities Rachel established and led the Sustainable Cities Network, an informal network of leading UK cities to enable sharing of best practice and challenges. Rachel has a PhD from the University of Leeds on the processes and practices of sustainable transition and decision making in cities. 

Jayasree Iyer

Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation

Dr. Jayasree K. Iyer leads the Access to Medicine Foundation as Executive Director, directing strategy, stakeholder dialogues, and research programs. As a spokesperson, she is actively involved in stimulating change within the pharmaceutical industry. She has worked at the interface of the global health community and the pharmaceutical industry for 12 years. Before joining the Foundation, Iyer was responsible for creating, negotiating, and managing public private partnerships in R&D for infectious diseases and oncology. She has worked at NGOs, academic institutions and think tanks.

Natalia Kanem

Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Dr. Natalia Kanem is the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations sexual and reproductive health and rights agency. Appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in 2017, Dr. Kanem has more than 30 years of strategic leadership experience in the fields of preventive medicine, public and reproductive health, social justice and philanthropy. Dr. Kanem holds a medical degree from Columbia University in New York, and a Master’s degree in Public Health with specializations in epidemiology and preventive medicine from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University in history and science.

Stefan Kaufmann

Director, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Germany

After holding several positions including Staff Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg and Chair of the Department of Immunology at the University of Ulm, he became the Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin. The Microbiology and Immunology expert is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Ilona Kickbusch

International Advisory Board Chair, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute Geneva

Prof. Ilona Kickbusch’s work focuses on the political determinants of health, health in all policies, and global health. She established the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute and served as its director until 2019. She advises countries on global health strategies and trains health specialists and diplomats in global health diplomacy. Among other positions, Kickbusch is a member of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board and the WHO High-Level Independent Commission on NCDS and is co-chair of UHC 2030. She acts as Council Chair to the World Health Summit in Berlin. She has had a distinguished career with the WHO and chairs the international advisory board for the development of the German global health strategy.

Carlos Nobre

Director, Center for Earth System Science, Brazil

Carlos A. Nobre is an Earth System scientist from Brazil. He graduated in Electronics Engineering from the Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA), Brazil, in 1974 and obtained a PhD in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, in 1983. He dedicated his scientific carrier mostly to Amazonian and climate science at Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) and National Institute of Space Research (INPE). He is a former National Secretary of R&D of Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil and former President of the Federal Agency for Post-Graduate Education-CAPES. He is foreign member of the US National Academy of Sciences, member of the Brazilian Academy of Science and of the World Academy of Science. He was awarded the Volvo Environmental Prize in 2016, the Von Humboldt Medal of EGU in 2010 and was one of the authors of IPCC AR4 awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Peter Piot, Director, LSHTM

Peter Piot

Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Peter Piot was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 until 2008, as well as the Associate Director of the WHO Global Programme on AIDS. He was a co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, and his research focuses upon HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and women’s health.

Michael Ryan

Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization

Dr. Mike Ryan has been at the forefront of managing acute risks to global health for nearly 25 years. He served as Assistant Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response in WHO's Health Emergencies Programme from 2017 to 2019. Dr. Ryan first joined WHO in 1996, with the newly established unit to respond to emerging and epidemic disease threats. He has worked in conflict affected countries and led many responses to high impact epidemics. He completed medical training at the National University of Ireland, Galway, a Master’s in Public Health at University College Dublin, and specialist training in communicable disease control at the Health Protection Agency in London and the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training.

Aleš Šabeder

Minister of Health, Slovenia

Prior to his appointment to Slovenia’s Ministry of Health, Aleš Šabeder managed the country’s largest healthcare institution, the University Medical Centre in Ljubljana. He has also held several management positions at leading Slovenian companies such as Mercator, Petrol, and Semenarna Ljubljana and has also worked at foreign companies with branches in Slovenia. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business in Maribor.

Jens Spahn, Minister of Health, Germany (© Bundesministerium für Gesundheit)

Jens Spahn

Minister of Health, Federal Republic of Germany

Jens Spahn is Germany’s Federal Minister of Health. He is a member of the German Bundestag and part of the center-right party Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), which governs in partnership with the center-left Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Spahn was party speaker for health policy from 2009-2015 and then served as Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Finance before becoming Minister of Health in March 2018.

Marta Temido

Minister of Health, Portugal

Dr. Marta Temido has served as Portugal’s Minister of Health since 2018. She has also served as Chair of the Board of Portugual’s national health system and of several hospitals. Temido holds a PhD in International Health from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, as well as a law degree and master’s degree in health economics and management from the University of Coimbra. She has authored and co-authored several scientific publications on health topics.  

Ursula von der Leyen

President of the European Commission

Ursula von der Leyen is a German politician and has been the first female President of the European Commission since December 2019. She is a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the European People's Party (EPP). She has previously served in the federal government of Germany as Federal Minister of Defence, Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs as well as Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

Lothar H. Wieler,  President, Robert Koch Institute, Germany

Lothar H. Wieler

President, Robert Koch Institute

Prof. Lothar H. Wieler is president of the Robert Koch Institute, the national public health institute in Germany. The Robert Koch Institute is in charge of health monitoring and surveillance, pandemic preparedness, and preventing and recognizing attacks with biological agents. Prof. Wieler's own research focus has been zoonoses, particularly on molecular mechanisms, enabling bacterial pathogens to infect different hosts, and develop antibiotic resistance. He is author/co-author of more than 220 peer-reviewed papers. Wieler is also deputy spokesperson of the intersectoral research consortium InfectControl 2020 and a member of the scientific advisory board of the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R), the WHO Europe Advisory Committee on Health Research (EACHR), and the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Infectious Hazards (STEG-IH). Since 2010, he is an elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences.