Why the World Health Organization Election Matters: Its Impact, Implications and Opportunities

December 2, 2016 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Dentons, Founders Room, 1900 K Street NW, Washington, DC

With the World Health Organization (WHO) slated to elect a new Director-General in 2017 and the initial candidate deadline come and gone, what is the potential impact new leadership can have? In addition, are those that will be impacted even paying attention?

As the World Health Organization works to implement the reforms agreed to during the 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) earlier this year, the question global health stakeholders should be asking is what should the World Health Organization's new leader bring to the equation?

Please join Dentons and the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) for a conversation on what this moment in leadership means for the World Health Organization and its stakeholders, what opportunities it presents and why we should all be paying attention. In discussing the implications of this election, panelists from the US government, academia, the NGO community and the private sector will focus on its potential impact on the current fault lines in the global health debate. From pandemic preparedness to global health security to World Health Organization's engagement with non-state actors to battling antimicrobial resistance to diseases, "who leads the World Health Organization" will impact every one of these issues.

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Keynote Speaker

Ashish Jha
Director, Harvard Global Health Institute
K. T. Li Professor of Health Policy, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Distinguished Panelists

Amb. Jimmy Kolker
Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services

Catharine Taylor
Vice President of Health Programs Group, Management Sciences for Health

David Barash
Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director, Global Health, GE Foundation
Ashish Jha
Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute


Jenifer Healy
Senior Managing Director, Dentons