Global Health Council Summit 2020

Pandemics, Politics, and Privilege: The Good, Bad, & Ugly U.S. Legacy in Global Health

NOVEMBER 19-20, 2020


Since 2015, Global Health Council has been convening members of its network in Washington, DC for an
annual symposium to discuss current trends and calls to action in global health. Over the years, we have
acknowledged a “new normal” in global health policy and our responsibility as a community to pursue
communication, collaboration, or campaign practices that facilitate meaningful change and shared
progress. Those events have led to calls for new narratives and partnerships for USG programs as well as
commitments to integrated, country-based investments or plans, in pursuit of UHC and a broader 2030
agenda. Nothing has made these conversations more relevant than the game-changing events of 2020.

Enter this year’s symposium, less a singular forum and more a series of events hosted with a range of
global and regional stakeholders. Our virtual 2020 summit this November will take place over two days
with a focus on Pandemics, Politics, and Privilege: The Good, Bad, & Ugly U.S. Legacy in Global Health.
We know that we don’t have all the answers as an organization or subset of actors but we want to be
part of driving the solution to longstanding challenges and push us all to do better by those we serve.
This means taking a hard look with and hearing more from those directly affected by U.S. policies and
programs to discuss where those efforts have succeeded and failed, and how we approach investments
or initiatives with a stronger focus on equity, justice, and humility. We want to walk away from this time
together with a deeper commitment to shifting the power dynamics and structural barriers not only to
respective goals but also our ideal method of reaching those such as shared plans and resources or local
leadership and decision-making. The current system isn’t built to make these dreams we have a reality.

We hope that you will join us and sign up to receive updates on the program as that is developed in the coming months.


Global Health Landscape Symposium 2019

Passing the Baton in Global Health

GHLS 2019 Graphic

DECEMBER 6, 2019



The 2019 Global Health Landscape Symposium explored a number of themes and considerations that get to the heart of what it means – for all actors – to #DemocratizeGlobalHealth. To achieve health for all people, national health programs must be driven by country strategies, local leadership, and domestic resources rather than external donors or partners. 

This approach requires passing the baton from international and bilateral agencies to stakeholders on the frontlines. A revolution in global health thinking will require finally adopting new ideas or goals and shifting our joint narratives and campaigns moving forward. 

Now is the time for the global health community to change the status quo and commit to different models driven from the ground up.


8:00am         Breakfast 

9:00 am       Welcome

                       Loyce Pace, President & Executive Director, Global Health Council

9:15 am       Opening Keynote

                       Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director, US Climate Action Network

9:30 am       Community Dialogue: How do you #DemocratizeGlobalHealth?

                       Moderator: Lori Adelman, Vice President, Influence and Engagement, Global Fund for Women

10:00 am      Frontline Perspectives on Local Ownership

                       Victor Chelule, Senior Manager, Software Engineering, Living Goods

                      Lindsay Coates, Managing Director, Ultra-poor Graduation Initiative, BRAC

                      Javier Guzman, Technical Director, Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program, Management Sciences for Health

                      Jamila Headley, Managing Director, Health Global Access Project (GAP)

Moderator: Lori Adelman, Vice President, Influence and Engagement, Global Fund for Women

11:15 am      Passing the Baton: Rhetoric versus Reality

                       Mark Clack, Independent Consultant, Community Economic Development and Political Strategy

                       Anuradha Khanal, Director, Global Health Advocacy Incubator/Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

                      Kelly Saldana, Director of the Office of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health, USAID

                       Conor Savoy, Executive Director, Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network

                       Moderator: Kate Dodson, Vice President for Global Health Strategy, United Nations Foundation

12:15 pm      Lunch

1:15 pm        Breakout Sessions: Actionable ideas and aspirations for the future

                       1. U.S. Global Health 3.0: Exploring Policy Proposals to Support Program Transition


                        Catherine Connor, Vice President of Public Policy, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

                        Megan Snair, Public Health Consultant

                         Kiki Kalkstein, Director of Advocacy and Engagement, Global Health Council

                        Keifer Buckingham, Senior Policy Advisor, Open Society Foundations

                       2. The Big Lift: Tackling Structural Challenges to Country Ownership


                       John Coonrod, Executive Vice President, The Hunger Project

                       Jenelle Williams, Director of Programs, Global Health Action

                       Lisa Hilmi, Executive Director, CORE Group

                       Elizabeth O’Connell, Global Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Consultant

                       3. Speaking Their Language: Building the Communications Narrative with Local Partners


                       Gina Lagomarsino, President and CEO, Results for Development

                       Philip Caroll, Senior Manager, Health Advocacy, Johnson & Johnson

                       Nicole Schiegg, Chair, Women in Global Health - Washington D.C

                       Juliet Glassroth, Strategic Communications Consultant            

3:00 pm       Setting a Way Forward

3:30 pm       Closing Ceremony

                        Yogesh Rajkotia, Founder & CEO, ThinkWell

4:00 pm       Networking Reception

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