A New Normal for Global Health:
Navigating Today’s Challenges and Opportunities

December 8, 2017  |  Washington, DC

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8:30 – 9:00 AM: Check-in & Light Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 AM: Welcome – Loyce Pace, President & Executive Director, Global Health Council, & Karen Goraleski, Executive Director, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

9:10 AM – 9:15 AM: Call to Action Chris Elias, President, Global Development Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

9:15 – 10:15 AM: Morning Plenary – Where Are We Winning? Where Are We Stuck? And Why?
It’s time for a reset. This has been an unusual year for advocates in international development, and the world of global health has been no exception. What have we learned from our efforts in 2017? How can we leverage those lessons for further progress in the years to come? Panelists will reflect on how the rules have changed and the adjustments our community could make to achieve mutual goals. In the roundtable discussions that follow, attendees will be asked to consider what approaches we collectively start, stop, or keep doing in 2018 and beyond.


Dennis Cherian, Senior Director of Health, World Vision US
Amanda Glassman,
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Lisa Hilmi, Executive Director, CORE Group
Jami Taylor, Senior Director, Global Public Health Systems Policy & Partnerships, Johnson & Johnson

Moderator: Tiaji Salaam-Blyther, Specialist in Global Health, Congressional Research Service

10:15 – 10:45 AM: Roundtable Discussion – Priority Challenges for the Global Health Community
What are our collective priorities? Which issues are internal to our organizations and which are external, shaping the broader global health community or the environment in which we operate? Participants will be asked to share and discuss what they believe our community’s focus should be for next year and years to come.

10:45 – 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM: Morning Breakout Sessions
Morning breakouts are an opportunity to take a deep dive into topics raised during the morning plenary. These breakouts will continue the focus on facing the challenges and creating opportunities in our current context.

Track 1: Partnerships

What’s In It For Everyone?
As global health programs rely more on private funding from corporations, foundations, and other sources, it becomes increasingly important to broker meaningful relationships and collaborations that meet objectives across sectors. How successful are these partnerships and at what cost? What are key sticking points encountered in partnerships and how can we overcome them? This session invites participants to have an honest conversation about the practices and pitfalls of partnerships and how to best align agendas and outcomes for shared success.

Session Speakers:

Claudia Morrissey Conlon, Senior Maternal and Newborn Health Advisor & U.S. Government Lead, Saving Mothers, Giving Life, U.S. Agency for International Development
Roopa Dhatt, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Women in Global Health
Mary-Ann Etiebet
, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers
Kirsten Gagnaire, Managing Director, FSG, Inc.

Track 2: Mobilization to Action

Changing the Narrative
We know that global health works. But the same arguments for investments and engagement might not hold in today’s political and financial climate. This session will present other narratives that are resonating in the new normal.

Session Speakers:
Jerrica Mathis, Senior Government Relations Manager, District Policy Group
Neal Myrick, Director for Social Impact, Tableau
Jamie Bay Nishi, Director, Global Health Technologies Coalition
Jenny Ottenhoff, Policy Director for Global Health, Education, and Gender, ONE Campaign

Track 3: Integration

From Silos to Solidarity
The global health community has succeeded in securing funding and policies for specific diseases. However, there remains an opportunity to better leverage our numerous activities and investments for joint initiatives and campaigns that highlight overarching global health priorities. This session will offer ideas for how we advocate across the health sector in a way that advances cross-cutting goals.

Session Speakers: 

Vince Blaser, Director, Frontline Health Workers Coalition & Advocacy and Policy Advisor, IntraHealth International
Asma Lateef, Director, Bread for the World Institute
Danielle Zielinski, Sanitation Policy Project Officer, WaterAid America

Track 4: Investments

Lost in Transition
Countries are facing shifts in funding across a number of global health initiatives. How prepared are they for these changes and how can we as a community best communicate what’s at risk? This session will discuss data and timelines for upcoming funding transitions and opportunities for the community to limit shock and negative impact on vital global health programs or infrastructure.

Session Speakers:
Stephanie Cappa, Deputy Director and Senior Policy Advisor, Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN)
Chris Collins, President, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, Global Health Council
Heather Teixeira, Policy and Advocacy Manager, ACTION

.12:15 – 1:00 PM: Lunch & Conversation with USAID – Dr. Bill Steiger, Chief of Staff, U.S. Agency for International Development

1:00 – 2:15 PM: Afternoon Plenary – Staying Ahead of the Curve
Some stakeholders have anticipated and responded quickly to the changing global health landscape. From maximizing investments to integrating services, NGOs, corporations, and government organizations are already doing business differently and demonstrating how the broader community could evolve to accommodate a new normal. Panelists will offer candid perspectives on their own experiences, including the impetus and process for embracing change. They will present ideas that attendees can explore further in afternoon sessions. The goal is to elevate best practices from across issues and sectors that could be adopted widely.


Paurvi Bhatt, Managing Director, Global Health and Community Well-Being, Medtronic Foundation
Raj Kumar, Founding President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Anand Parekh, Chief Medical Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center
Michele Sumilas, Managing Director, Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute
John Townsend, Director for Country Strategy, Population Council.

2:15 – 2:30 PM: Break

2:30 – 3:45 PM: Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Afternoon breakouts are an opportunity to take a deep dive into topics raised during the afternoon plenary. These breakouts will continue the focus on the future of global health – the emerging norms and practices that can help our community do business better.

Track 1: Partnerships

Not the Usual Suspects
Private sector partners for global health go well beyond the healthcare companies that many of us first think of. Organizations are exploring options to tap into the power of partners across multiple industries, from small to large businesses and local to multinational corporations. This session will use partnerships around technology as the basis for a conversation with representatives from the private sector, NGO, and government to talk about why they are at the table and how best to identify others who might have a role to play.

Session Speakers:
Roslyn Docktor, Director for Watson Health Policy and Director for Middle East and Africa, IBM
Jennifer Fluder, Senior Innovation and Partnership Advisor, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, U.S. Agency for International Development
Carolyn Reynolds, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, PATH
Nancy Wildfeir-Field, President, GBCHealth

Track 2: Mobilization to Action

Getting Outside the Beltway
The current political climate in the U.S. and abroad warrants new messages and messengers for global health. Multiple organizations are mobilizing local community champions to advocate for ongoing government support for global health programs. This session will offer an opportunity to hear from them as well as understand how you can help.

Session Speakers:

Lisa Bos, Director for Government Relations, World Vision US
Elisha Dunn-Georgiou
, Vice President for Programs, PAI
Crickett Nicovich, Senior Advisor, Global Policy and Government Affairs, RESULTS
Rachel Pittman, Senior Director for Membership and Programs, UN Association USA

Track 3: Integration

Meeting Needs Everywhere
With the proliferation of sudden-onset and protracted humanitarian crises globally, a growing proportion of health needs are in fragile and humanitarian settings. Efforts to address health needs in these contexts call for communication and cooperation across many boundaries. This session will focus on key opportunities and challenges, from policy initiatives to resource mobilization, and encourage participants to discuss how we can best use advocacy efforts to support populations in these settings.

Session Speakers:
Jesse Hartness
, Senior Director for Emergency Health and Nutrition, Save the Children
Elizabeth Ivanovich, Director of Global Health, United Nations Foundation
Alicia Phillips Mandaville, Vice President, Global Development, InterAction
Annie Toro, Director, International Regulatory Policy and Advocacy, USP

Track 4: Investments

Financing the Future
Man cannot live by ODA alone. We keep hearing about the need for alternative sources of global health funding but not as much guidance on how we pursue those. We’ll hear from organizations and investors from the social enterprise community about their efforts to unlock new, sustainable resources for health and how other organizations can do the same.

Session Speakers:
Brandolon Barnett, 
Senior Director of Partner Solutions, Global Impact
Preeth Gowdar, Transaction Lead, Capital Advisory Services, Enclude
Deepti Tanuku, Senior Advisor, Scale x Design Accelerator, CARE International
Stephanie Turpin
, Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships, FHI 360

3:45 – 4:00 PM: Break

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Closing Plenary – The Future of Global Health
So, where do we go from here? Join us for a conversation with leading figures in international development on how the global health community could best focus our efforts in the coming year, based on the opportunities, priorities, and solutions we have identified throughout the day.


Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi and Founder, Joyce Banda Foundation

Moderator: Nasserie Carew, Director, Global Communications & Office of Public Affairs, BBG & Board Member, Global Health Council

5:00 PM: Networking Happy Hour