Speakers

The World Health Summit brings together stakeholders from politics, science, the private sector, and civil society from around the world to set the agenda for a healthier future. A full list of WHS 2023 speakers is available in our online program.

Confirmed speakers for the World Health Summit 2023 include:

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar

Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar

Minister of Health and Population
Egypt

Omar Abdi

Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF

Firass Abiad

Minister of Public Health
Lebanon
Photo: Lariba Zuweira Abudu

Lariba Zuweira Abudu

Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection
Ghana
Ahmed Al-Mandhari

Ahmed Al-Mandhari

Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, World Health Organization (WHO)
Photo: Ayoade Alakija

Ayoade Alakija

Special Envoy for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator), World Health Organization (WHO)
Kevin Ali

Kevin Ali

CEO, Organon
United States of America
Pascale Allotey

Pascale Allotey

Director, Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research SRH, World Health Organization (WHO)
Adnan Amin

Adnan Amin

CEO, 28th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP28)
Andrea Ammon

Andrea Ammon

Director, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
Inger Ashing

Inger Ashing

CEO, Save the Children International
United Kingdom
Jarbas Barbosa

Jarbas Barbosa

Regional Director for the Americas, World Health Organization (WHO)
Photo: Priya Basu

Priya Basu

Executive Head, Pandemic Fund Secretariat, The World Bank
Hatice Beton

Hatice Beton

Executive Director, The G20 & G7 Health and Development Partnership
United Kingdom
Catharina Boehme

Catharina Boehme

Assistant Director-General External Relations and Governance, World Health Organization (WHO)

Qasem Buhaibeh

Minister of Public Health & Population
Yemen
Photo: Christina Chilimba

Christina Chilimba

Founder and Executive Director, All for Youth
Malawi
Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda

Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda

Minister of Health
Malawi
Awa Coll-Seck

Awa Marie Coll-Seck

Minister of State to the President
Senegal
Francesca Colombo

Francesca Colombo

Head of Health Division, Organisation for Economic Cooperation (OECD)
France
Thomas B. Cueni

Thomas B. Cueni

Director General, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)
Switzerland
Gabriela Cuevas Barron

Gabriela Cuevas Barrón

Co-Chair of the Steering Committee, UHC2030
Switzerland
Katie Dain, CEO, NCD Alliance, UK

Katie Dain

CEO, NCD Alliance
United Kingdom
Photo: Alan Dangour

Alan Dangour

Director of Climate and Health, Wellcome Trust
United Kingdom
Neil Datta

Neil Datta

Executive Director, European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual & Reproductive Rights
Roopa Dhatt

Roopa Dhatt

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Women in Global Health (WGH)
United States of America
Ruxandra Draghia-Akli

Ruxandra Draghia-Akli

Global Head of Global Public Health R&D, Johnson & Johnson
United States of America
Christian Drosten

Christian Drosten

Director, Institute of Virology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Germany
Victor Dzau

Victor J. Dzau

President, National Academy of Medicine
United States of America
Omnia El Omrani

Omnia El Omrani

Youth Envoy to the President, 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 27)
Christopher Elias

Christopher Elias

President, Global Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
United States of America
Osahon Enabulele

Osahon Enabulele

President, World Medical Association (WMA)
France
Photo: Ngozi Erondu-Manyonganise

Ngozi Erondu-Manyonganise

Co-Chair, O’Neill-Lancet Commission on Racism, Structural Discrimination and Global Health
United States of America
Photo: Rose Leke

Rose Gana Fomban Leke

Director, Biotechnology Centre, Université de Yaoundé
Cameroon
Photo: Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande

Assistant Administrator, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
United States of America
Githinji Gitahi

Githinji Gitahi

Global CEO, AMREF Health Africa
Kenya
Photo: Marelize Gorgens

Marelize Gorgens

Lead, Digital Health Flagship Program, The World Bank
United States of America
Photo: Garth Graham

Garth Graham

Head, YouTube Health
United States of America
Pascalle Grotenhuis

Pascalle Grotenhuis

Vice-Minister for International Cooperation
The Netherlands

Anuradha Gupta

President, Global Immunization, Sabin Vaccine Institute
United States of America
Nivedita Gupta

Nivedita Gupta

Head of Virology, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
India
Shanelle Hall

Shanelle Hall

Founder, The Yellow House
Denmark
Eckart von Hirschhausen

Eckart von Hirschhausen

Physician, Science Journalist and Founder, Healthy Planet - Healthy People Foundation
Germany
Photo: Ivor Horn

Ivor Horn

Chief Health Equity Officer & Director, Google
United States of America
Photo: Chikwe Ihekweazu

Chikwe Ihekweazu

Assistant Director-General for the Division of Health Emergency Intelligence and Surveillance Systems in the Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO)
Photo: Amrillo Shodievich Inoyatov

Amrillo Shodievich Inoyatov

Minister of Health
Uzbekistan
Jayasree Iyer

Jayasree K. Iyer

CEO, Access to Medicine Foundation
The Netherlands
Kirsty Kade

Kristy Kade

CEO, White Ribbon Alliance
United States of America
Natalia Kanem

Natalia Kanem

Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Photo: Jean Kaseya

Jean Kaseya

Director-General, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)
Ethiopia
Zakia Khattabi

Zakia Khattabi

Minister of Climate, Environment, Sustainable Development and Green Deal
Belgium
Foto: Ilona Kickbusch

Ilona Kickbusch

Founding Director, Global Health Center, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Switzerland
Photo: Hans Kluge

Hans Kluge

Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization (WHO)
Frederik Kristen Ole Kristensen, Deputy CEO, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Norway

Frederik Kristensen

Deputy CEO, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
Norway
Photo: Heyo Kroemer

Heyo Kroemer

CEO, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Germany
Stella Kyriakides

Stella Kyriakides

Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
Photo: Alain Labrique

Alain Labrique

Director, Department of Digital Health and Innovation, Science Division, World Health Organization (WHO)
Foto: Karl Lauterbach

Karl Lauterbach

Federal Minister of Health, Federal Ministry of Health (BMG)
Germany
Photo: Steffi Lemke

Steffi Lemke

Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV)
Germany
Nísia Verônica Trindade Lima

Nísia Verônica Trindade Lima

Minister of Health
Brazil
by Jeronimus van Pelt

Michael Makanga

Executive Director, European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership
Sunao Manabe

Sunao Manabe

President and CEO, Daiichi Sankyo
Japan
Precious Matsoso

Precious Matsoso

Co-Chair, Pandemic Treaty Intergovernmental Negotiating Body
Isabel Mestres

Isabel Mestres

Chief Executive Officer, City Cancer Challenge Foundation
Switzerland
Bernd Montag

Bernd Montag

CEO, Siemens Healthineers AG
Germany
Suerie Moon

Suerie Moon

Co-Director, Global Health Center, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Switzerland
Jorge Moreira da Silva

Jorge Moreira da Silva

Under-Secretary-General, United Nations and Executive Director, UNOPS
María Neira

María Neira

Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization (WHO)

Sania Nishtar

CEO, Heartfile
Pakistan
Director Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

John Nkengasong

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
United States of America
Photo: Eleanor Nwadinobi

Eleanor Nwadinobi

President, Medical Women’s International Association
Photo: Kevin Outterson

Kevin Outterson

Founder & Executive Director, CARB-X
United States of America
Foto: Loyce Pace

Loyce Pace

Assistant Secretary for Global Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
United States of America
Joy Phumaphi

Joy Phumaphi

Co-Chair, Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB)
Sierk Poetting

Sierk Poetting

Chief Operating Officer, BioNTech
Germany
Bharati Pravin Pawar

Bharati Pravin Pawar

Minister of State of Health & Family Welfare
India
Sylvie Retailleau

Sylvie Retailleau

Minister of Higher Education and Research
France

Aurélien Rousseau

Minister of Health and Prevention
France
Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell

Executive Director, UNICEF
Photo: Smitha Sadasivan

Smitha Sadasivan

Civil Society Representative for the Global South on the UHC2030 Steering Committee

Suvanand Sahu

Deputy Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership
Switzerland
Foto: Peter Sands

Peter Sands

Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Switzerland
Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao

Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao

Managing Director Resource Mobilization, Private Sector Partnerships & Innovative Finance, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Switzerland

Lars Schaade

Acting President, Robert Koch Institute
Germany
Svenja Schulze

Svenja Schulze

Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Germany
Photo: Christine Stegling

Christine Stegling

Deputy Executive Director, Policy, Advocacy and Knowledge Branch, UNAIDS
Elhadj As Sy

Elhadj As Sy

Chair of the Board, Kofi Annan Foundation
Switzerland
Keizo Takemi

Keizo Takemi

Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
Japan
Photo: Theresa Tam

Theresa Tam

Chief Public Health Officer
Canada
Photo: Amelia Latu Afuhaamango Tuipulotu

Amelia Latu Afuhaamango Tuipulotu

Chief Nursing Officer, World Health Organization (WHO)
Photo: Juan Pablo Uribe

Juan Pablo Uribe

Global Director for Health, Nutrition & Population and the Global Financing Facility, The World Bank
United States of America

Justin Vaïsse

Director General, Paris Peace Forum
France
Christian Walzer

Christian Walzer

Executive Director Health, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Austria
Rhoda Wanyenze

Rhoda Wanyenze

Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health
Uganda
Foto: Lothar Wieler

Lothar H. Wieler

Chair, Digital Global Public Health, Hasso Plattner Institute
Germany
Miranda Wolpert

Miranda Wolpert

Director of Mental Health, Wellcome Trust
United Kingdom
Dorothy Yeboah-Manu

Dorothy Yeboah-Manu

Director, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana
Ghana