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Education, Healthcare & Life Sciences

FT Future of Health Coverage

Revolutionising health financing using mobile technology

Speakers include:
Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo

Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo

Senior Minister, Republic of Ghana

Sigrid  Kaag

Sigrid Kaag

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, The Netherlands

Peter Sands

Peter Sands

The Global Fund


FT Future of Health Coverage will stimulate transformative, cutting edge thinking on how best to adopt mobile technology for the delivery of health systems that benefit millions of people lacking access to health. Join us in Amsterdam on May 9, 2019 to engage with a full spectrum of experts and changemakers including company CEOs, government ministers, health insurers and providers, fintech startups, financing experts, international donors and NGOs to discuss the role of mobile in the road to UHC. 

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Full Overview

Mobile technology is changing the world with unprecedented pace, impact and reach. Today, with as little as a sim card, individuals can be included with marginal additional costs. This creates opportunities to connect millions of people to better healthcare. We can build a mobile infrastructure that empowers individuals to access and pay for (health) services and goods that were previously out of reach. 

The impact of mobile technology goes way beyond m-health. It opens new doors to fair redistribution of funds. It can put an end to inefficiencies and leakage. Data sharing presents an opportunity to reduce costs and improve quality of cure, care and prevention—if the technology is applied to its full potential in the interest of societies and its individual members.  

Joep Lange Institute, PharmAccess and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs were among the first to recognise the importance of financial innovation and the role of mobile technology in improving health systems in developing countries. Some of these initiatives have been taken to scale by governments and private sector in Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana. 

How can we allow those in need to ‘pay’ with their data? How can we find a balance between privacy first, in the interest of the individual, and mandatory sharing of (health) data, in the interest of society? During the FT Future of Health Coverage conference, we will talk about opportunities and potential pitfalls of the mobile health transformation. We will look at innovative financing models that pool resources and increase transparency within the system. We will hear from experts about the infrastructure required so that the money and insights from personal data can flow back to society, including those in need. 


Agenda - 9th May

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening speech by guest of honour
  • 9:20am
    Keynote address: Developing Future-Forward Health for All

    Keynote speaker will speak on the steps that are currently being taken to accelerate progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and on how digital and mobile technology can play a fundamental role in achieving long-term UHC.

  • 9:30am
    Opening speeches followed by dual interview: Keynote Dialogues

    Senior government officials from developing and donor countries take the stage to share their perspectives on the current state of global healthcare, the growing digital space and how bilateral relationships can enhance engagement and solidarity for UHC.

  • 10:00am
    Keynote followed by interview: The Future of Healthcare is Mobile

    Mobile phones allow inclusion of those who used to be excluded. Mobile payments are emerging as a promising candidate to help reverse trends and offer solutions for low-income consumers. How is the mobile phone making a tangible difference to the way healthcare is financed and delivered? How can patients, providers and payers use digital and mobile technology to develop sustainable health systems for UHC?

  • 10:30am
    Morning Refreshments
  • 11:00am
    The Value of Data for Health

    Big Data has changed the way we manage, analyse and leverage data in any industry. For the first time in history, we have the opportunity in developing countries - due to digital technology - to collect and analyse large amounts of health data. How can we assure the value created with health data flows back to society, to strengthen the health system for the good of all? 

  • 11:45am
    Fireside chat: Risk Pools as the Fundament of Sustainable Systems – Opportunities, Challenges and Insights from Behavioural Economics

    Achieving sustainable UHC is a matter of political commitment to prioritise health and to develop inclusive and sustainable health financing systems catalysed by the opportunities of mobile technology and innovations. Many embrace some form of health insurance to achieve sustainable UHC, to pool risks, foster prepayment, stimulate investments and improve quality. This session will discuss different approaches to and challenges of risk pooling, prepayment, co-payment and redistribution, and assess their feasibility for low- and middle-income countries. Special attention will also be paid to insights from Behavioural Economics.

  • 12:30pm
  • 1:45pm
    Keynote Interview: Private Sector Investments in Healthcare

    Interview with committed industry leader about the private sector’s role in Africa’s healthcare development and how best to work with public sectors and donors.

  • 2:15pm
    Panel: Future of Development Aid for Health – Turning Africa’s Health Challenges into Opportunities

    Investing in health is an opportunity to accelerate economic growth and development, save millions of lives and bring more countries closer to achieving objectives of UHC. The economic and technological advancements available today provide us with the opportunity to develop sustainable mobile health solutions. This will require an integrated approach, strategic partnerships and new business models. 

  • 3:00pm
    Afternoon Refreshments
  • 3:30pm
    Lightning talks: Spotlight on Innovation

    The home-grown pioneers of Africa’s digital transformation are driving change. As Africa shifts away from a resource-based towards an entrepreneurial and knowledge-based economy, there are high hopes for its tech industry. This session will shine light on how the region can boost healthcare through innovative and adaptive solutions with the potential to disrupt Africa’s health sector. 

  • 4:15pm
    Closing keynote discussion: Linking Commitment to Action

    Achieving sustainable UHC will involve commitment from both the public and private sector. Governments worldwide will need to prioritize developing inclusive and sustainable health finance policies that can be implemented worldwide. Keynote speakers across public and private sectors will summarise the day focusing on their individual and joint responsibilities in supporting the development of UHC, using the unique opportunities digital and mobile technology offers.

  • 5:00pm
    Chair’s closing remarks

    Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Networking drinks reception

Speakers (17)

Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo

Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo

Senior Minister, Republic of Ghana

For the past 50 years, Hon Osafo-Maafo has established himself as a result-oriented leader and an achiever through dedicated public service in different capacities. He is a product of Achimota School and a trained Engineer from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He has an impressive array of skills and expertise as an Engineer, Economist, Development Banker, Financial Analyst, Politician and a Statesman. 

Prior to his current role as the Senior Minister, Hon Osafo-Maafo served as a Member of Parliament for the Akim Oda Constituency for 12 years (1997-2009). During this period, he was first appointed as the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning (2001-2005) and later as the Minister for Education (2005-2006). He distinguished himself extremely well in both capacities and his legacy is still being felt today. His sterling performance earned him very many global awards. He is a past Managing Director for The Bank for Housing and Construction as well as the National Investment Bank. He is a Past President of the West African Bankers Association and has Chaired or served on over a dozen Boards of national and multi-national corporate entities including Nestle Ghana Limited. As the Minister for Education and Sports, he ensured that for the first time in our history, Ghana Black Stars qualified for the FIFA World Cup Tournament in Germany in the year 2006. He was a member of the constituent Assembly that drafted the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

Hon Yaw Osafo-Maafo was the Co-Chairman of the Team that oversaw the successful transition of power to the NPP Government in 2016. As the Senior Minister, he is responsible for overseeing the economic ministries of government and coordinating various policies as well as the implementation of government’s flagship programmes. He is the Vice Chairman of the Economic Management Team, Chairman of Cabinet’s Economic Committee and currently overseeing Public Sector Reforms, including reforms in Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country. He is also Chairing the Ghana Beyond Aid Committee to develop strategic pathways for the structural transformation of the Economy. The Hon Senior Minister is also the Chairman for government’s Committee to ensure Value for Money in Public Infrastructure Delivery as well as the Chairman for the Ghana-Cote Devoir Joint Committee for the Implementation of ITLOS Maritime Boundary Ruling. Hon Osafo-Maafo is a Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineering and Honorary Fellow of the Ghana Institute of Architects. He has delivered several keynote addresses and technical presentations on major platforms such as the World Bank and IMF among others.

Sigrid  Kaag

Sigrid Kaag

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, The Netherlands

SAM (Sigrid) Kaag MA, MPhil was employed at Shell International in London in the period 1988-1990 and from 1990 to 1993 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UN's political affairs department. She holds a range of international positions. From 1994 to 1997 she was the program manager, head of donor relations of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) in Jerusalem. Subsequently, from 1998-2004 she worked at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva.

In the period 2004-2005 Kaag was the senior adviser to the UN in Khartoum and Nairobi. She continued her career at UNICEF, where she held various positions between 2005 and 2010: in New York she was the Deputy Director of Programs and then Head of Cabinet, in Amman she was the Regional Director Middle East and North Africa of the UN Children's Rights Organization. She then moved to the UNDP (UN development program) where she became an assistant secretary-general at the UN development program in New York.
From October 2013 until September 2014 Kaag, as UN Under-Secretary General, led the mission for the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria. After this has been completed, in 2015 she became the under-Secretary General in Lebanon, responsible for all UN activities in the country, in this case the implementation of UNRCR resolution 1701.

In 2015 she received an honorary doctorate at the University of Exeter. In 2016 she was awarded the Carnegie Wateler Peace Prize for her dedication and the results of her work in the Middle East.

On 26 October 2017, Sigrid Kaag was appointed Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Rutte III cabinet.

Peter Sands

Peter Sands

Executive Director
The Global Fund

Peter Sands has been the Executive Director of The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria since March 2018.

Since June 2015 Peter has been a Research Fellow at Harvard University, dividing his time between the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Global Health Institute.

Peter was Group CEO of Standard Chartered PLC from November 2006 to June 2015, having joined the Board of Standard Chartered as Group CFO in May 2002.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Peter was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co.

Peter has served on various boards and commissions, including as Lead Non-Executive Director of the UK Department of Health, Director of the World Economic Forum/Davos, Member of the International Advisory Board of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Member of the China People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign People’s Global CEO Council, and Co-Chair of the UK-India CEO Forum.

Peter graduated from Oxford University with a First-Class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He also received a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was a Harkness Fellow. Peter, who grew up in Singapore and Malaysia, is married to author and bookshop owner, Betsy Tobin and has four children.

Anders  Nordström

Anders Nordström

Swedish Ambassador for Global Health
Stockholm Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Dr Anders Nordström is the Swedish Ambassador for Global Health at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm.

He is a medical doctor from the Karolinska Institute. His first international assignments were with the Swedish Red Cross in Cambodia and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Iran.

He worked for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) for 12 years, including three years as Regional Advisor in Zambia and four years as Head of the Health Division in Stockholm.

During 2002 Dr Nordström, as the Interim Executive Director, established the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as a legal entity.  

In 2003 he was appointed Assistant Director-General for General Management for WHO.  He served as Acting Director-General of WHO from 23 May 2006 until 3 January 2007 following the sudden death of Dr LEE Jong-Wook, Director-General. After handing over to Dr Margaret Chan, Dr Nordström was appointed Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Services.

From January 2008 until June 2010 Dr Nordström served as Director-General for the Swedish International Agency for Development Cooperation (Sida).

Dr Nordström was appointed Ambassador for HIV/AIDS at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs by the Government on the 26th of August 2010. In April 2012 the Swedish government appointed him the world’s first Ambassador for Global Health.

From October 2014 to March 2015 he worked with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Ebola, David Nabarro. April 2015 to June 2017 he was the Head of the WHO Country Office in Sierra Leone.  July-August the same year he worked for WHO/AFRO as project leader for the Functional Review Project.

He has served as board member of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, GAVI, UNAIDS and PMNCH. And he has chaired and been a member of several international task forces, committees and working groups.

Soumya  Swaminathan

Soumya Swaminathan

Chief Scientist

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has been appointed Chief Scientist heading the division created to strengthen the organisation’s core scientific work and ensure the quality and consistency of its norms and standards.

She was previously Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP). A paediatrician from India and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has worked throughout her career to translate research into impactful programmes. Most recently, Dr Swaminathan was Secretary of the Department of Health Research and Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research. From 2009 to 2011, she also served as Coordinator of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) in Geneva. 

She has sat on several WHO and global advisory bodies and committees, including the WHO Expert Panel to Review Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of the Global TB Department at WHO, and as Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission on TB. She received her academic training in India, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America, and has published more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. 

Jon  Lomøy

Jon Lomøy

Director General
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)

Jon Lomøy is the Director of the Development Co-operation Directorate. He provides both strategic leadership and orientation to the directorate to shape policies that promote sustainable development in support of the Millennium Development Goals.

Lomøy, a Norwegian national, has devoted his professional career to development and has held senior positions at the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD) headquarters. As Head of the Eastern Africa Division, and Deputy Director and Director of the Africa Department, he was responsible for the management of bilateral development cooperation with Africa and initiated a major reorganisation of the department to decentralise programmes and enhance work on general policy issues. From 1996 to 2000, as Ambassador of Norway to Zambia, he also managed bilateral development programmes, including education and governance.

Lomøy returned to NORAD from 2001 to 2004 as Director of the Southern Africa Department, where he implemented the first process of countrywide silent partnership with Sweden and Malawi. In 2004, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Director General of the Department for Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, where he was responsible for the overall management of the Norwegian bilateral assistance programme. During this period, he initiated the Oil for Development Programme and, with the World Bank, a review of multi-donor trust funds in post-conflict countries. From 2007, he was Ambassador of Norway to Tanzania, managing one of Norway’s largest bilateral aid programmes, with a particular focus on translating global policy initiatives – such as climate change, UN reform and the Partnership for Reduced Maternal and Child Mortality – to country-level activities.

Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely

James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics
Duke University

Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University and  Founder, Center for Advanced Hindsight

Despite our intentions, why do we so often fail to act in our own best interest? Why do we promise to skip the chocolate cake, only to find ourselves drooling our way into temptation when the dessert tray rolls around? Why do we overvalue things that we’ve worked to put together? What are the forces that influence our behavior?

Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, is dedicated to answering these questions and others in order to help people live more sensible – if not rational – lives. His interests span a wide range of behaviors, and his sometimes unusual experiments are consistently interesting, amusing and informative, demonstrating profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom.

He is a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, co-creator of the film documentary (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies, and a three-time New York Times bestselling author. His books include Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty, Irrationally Yours, Payoff and Dollars and Sense. 

In 2013 Bloomberg recognized Dan as one of Top 50 Most Influential thinkers. He also has a bi-weekly advice column in the Wall Street Journal called “Ask Ariely.” Dan can be found at

Stéphanie  Seydoux

Stéphanie Seydoux

French Ambassador for Global health
Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Stéphanie Seydoux has been appointed French Ambassador for Global health in May 2018. She has served as the head of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Division, assistant to the Director General of Women's Affairs and social cohesion from 2014 to 2017. Since November 2017, she was in charge of a support mission to the government for the revision of the bioethics law.

After starting her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Stéphanie Seydoux joined the General Inspectorate of Social Affairs (IGAS) in 2004. From 2007 to 2010, she was responsible for the promotion of equality in the High Authority for the fight against discrimination and for equality (HALDE). From 2010 to 2013, she joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as first advisor, assistant to the head of post at the French Embassy in Kenya.

Stéphanie SEYDOUX holds a master's degree in literature from the University of Oxford, a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and is a former student of the National School of Administration (ENA) - promotion "Léopold Sédar Senghor"

Onno Schellekens

Onno Schellekens

Joep Lange Institute

Onno Schellekens is speaking in his capacity as Chairman of the Joep Lange Institute, which was founded to continue the legacy of Dr. Joep Lange to make health markets work for the poor.

He also serves as the CEO of CarePay International. The company enables insurance companies to offer mobile health contracts that link public and private, payers and clinics to patients. Headquarters of the company is based in Amsterdam. The company has raised € 50 million in its first financing round. The company won the 2017 Financial Times/IFC Transformational Business Award in Health.

Prior to CarePay International Onno was the CEO of PharmAccess Group, a pioneer of HIV Aids treatment programs and health insurance in Africa founded by Joep Lange.

Onno has a Master’s degree in Business Economics from the University of Groningen and completed courses at Harvard Business School and INSEAD. He has published several articles and was one of the winners of the 2008 IFC/Financial Times Essay competition with an essay titled “A new paradigm for increased access to healthcare in Africa”.

Marcel Levi

Marcel Levi

Chief Executive

Professor Marcel Levi is consultant physician and Chief Executive of UCLH. After his medical training and specialization in Internal Medicine at the University of Amsterdam he obtained his PhD with honours (1991) and was appointed as a Fellow by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science. He has also worked at the University of Perugia, Italy and the Center for Transgene Technology and Genetherapy of the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Marcel Levi's key interests are general medicine, acute medicine, hemostasis (blood clotting) and thrombosis, vascular medicine, and angio-edema. He has published more than 700 articles in international scientific journals, has been awarded several international research awards, and serves as an associate editor for many international scientific journals. He was elected as a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science (KNAW) and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in the UK. He was dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Amsterdam and chairman of the Executive Board of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands between 2010 and 2016. Currently he is Chief Executive at UCLH and Professor of Medicine at UCL.

Precious  Lunga

Precious Lunga

CEO and Co-Founder
Baobab Circle

Precious Lunga is CEO and Co-Founder of Baobab Circle, a technology company using an AI-powered platform to deliver personalised management of diabetes and hypertension across Africa. She was previously at Econet Wireless where she established Econet Health and launched several services including the HealthTips platform which acquired more than 750,000 paying users within its first year.  Prior to joining Econet she was Strategic Advisor to the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Dr Lunga has worked as an epidemiologist across Africa and at UNAIDS Geneva. She sits on the boards of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Grassroots Soccer UK. Dr Lunga has a PhD in Neuroscience from Cambridge University and is a Yale World Fellow.

Joe Cerrell

Joe Cerrell

Managing Director, Global Policy and Advocacy
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Joe Cerrell is Managing Director for Global Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He oversees the Foundation’s relationships with countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East that are the largest international donors to overseas development. His team also supports the Foundation’s partnerships with corporations, foundations and other non-governmental organizations within these countries to support increased engagement and progress on global health and agriculture. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in 2001, he served in senior roles in U.S. government and strategy consulting, including in the Clinton White House under former Vice President Al Gore and at APCO Worldwide. Cerrell currently serves on the board of directors for the ONE Campaign. He is based in the Gates Foundation’s Europe and Middle East Office in London.

Biju  Mohandas

Biju Mohandas

Board Director/ Head of Health and Education Investment Team
Global Health Corps/ IFC

Biju leads the Health and Education investment team for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Sub Saharan Africa. In this role he is responsible for growing IFC’s investments in the Health and Education sectors in the region, managing existing investments in these sectors and for leading and developing a team of investment professionals.

Biju has several years of operating and investing experience across multiple emerging markets in India and Africa. His investment experience includes equity, quasi equity and debt transactions, distressed asset turnarounds and PPPs across healthcare, agribusiness and renewable energy sectors. Before IFC, Biju was the East Africa Director of Acumen fund and was responsible for their East Africa related investments, operations and business development activities. Additionally, He has an MBA from the Indian School of Business majoring in Analytical Finance and also served in the Indian Army.

Kees van Lede

Kees van Lede

Chief Executive

Kees van Lede is Chief Executive of CarePay. He has held this position since January 2017, after previously having been the company’s Chief Commercial Officer. Between September 2013 and February 2016, Mr van Lede led the mHealth (mobile health) activities that PharmAccess deployed in Kenya, including its partnership with Safaricom. Mr van Lede’s key achievement while in this role was the inception of CarePay. 

Before joining PharmAccess, Mr van Lede was one of three Managing Directors at Guidion, an IT services firm based in the Netherlands. He started his career working for Unilever, holding several international positions in the field of marketing, innovation and corporate strategy. At Unilever, he developed his focus on and interest in developing services for the world’s poorest communities.

Mr van Lede holds a Master’s degree with Distinction in Applied Physics from Delft Technical University and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD Business School in France.

Tom McPartland

Tom McPartland

Chief Executive Officer
ELMA Philanthropies

Tom McPartland is the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of The ELMA Philanthropies Services (US), Inc., The ELMA Philanthropies Services (Africa) (Pty), Ltd., The ELMA Philanthropies Services (East Africa), Ltd. and The ELMA Music Foundation (U.S.). Tom brings to his responsibilities at ELMA a broad background of senior management positions in public and private business in the areas of media, technology, investment banking, business and strategic development, and international intellectual property law.

Tom’s for-profit history includes senior leadership positions with the Redwood Capital Group, Liberty Digital (public company founder and CEO), the Zomba Group of Companies (North America) and the Bertelsmann Entertainment Group. Tom also brings to ELMA an extensive not-for-profit commitment through prior Board positions on the New York State Association of Independent Schools, The Cloud Forest School Foundation, the Russian Gift of Life (Co-Founder), the Green Vale School, and the Russian Children’s Welfare Society.

Gustaf Agartson

Gustaf Agartson

CEO and Founder

Gustaf has been CEO at BIMA since the company’s formation. He has played a hands-on role in transforming BIMA from a small pilot scheme, into a high-growth, international business.

He previously worked in management roles at the pan-European telecommunications company Tele2, including positions as Mobile Product Manager for Tele2 Netherlands and Head of Controlling for the Tele2 Global Sales and Marketing unit.

Gustaf holds a masters from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Stockholm Business School.

Jonathan Glennie

Jonathan Glennie

Writer and Practitioner, International Poverty and Human Rights

Jonathan Glennie is a writer and practitioner on international poverty and human rights, looking at the changing nature of aid and development cooperation as dominant paradigms and global economic relationships evolve. Until recently, he was Director of the Ipsos Sustainable Development Research Centre where he led the company’s growing portfolio of research on international and sustainable development. Previously he was Director of Policy and Research at Save the Children UK, Country Director of Christian Aid in Colombia, and Senior Research Fellow at ODI, leading research and policy advice on the future of aid and development cooperation. Jonathan has published a well-received book on aid (The trouble with aid: why less could mean more for Africa, Zed Books, 2008) and was until recently a regular columnist for The Guardian‘s Global Development website

He has a degree in Theology (Cambridge University), a Masters in Sustainable Development (Forum for the Future/Middlesex University) and a post-graduate certificate in Economics (Birkbeck, University of London). He has lectured on development in practice at the Universidad Externado in Bogotá, Colombia, and at the International Development Institute at King's College London where he is a visiting fellow. You can follow Jonathan on Twitter.


Chair & Moderators (3)

James Lamont

James Lamont

Managing Editor
Financial Times

James Lamont is the Financial Times’ Managing Editor, appointed in April 2012. He has global responsibility for staffing and strategic planning for the FT’s editorial department. Before relocating to London, Mr Lamont spent four years as the FT’s South Asia Bureau Chief, based in New Delhi. He spent the previous four years as World News Editor in London. Before that he was News Editor for FT Weekend and he has also been a Johannesburg-based Southern Africa Correspondent. Before joining the Financial Times in 2001, Mr Lamont was Editor of Business Report, South Africa's largest financial daily and a title owned by Dublin-based Independent News & Media. He was Deputy Editor of the Middle East Times in Cairo. He also reported on oil and gas in the region for the Opec news agency. Mr Lamont started his career in journalism writing for a UK-based consumer magazine. He completed his first degree at the University of York and did a postgraduate course in southern Africa studies.

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Global Education Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist for the Financial Times since 1990. He is currently the Global Education Editor, reporting and developing new projects including as editorial lead for free online FT access for schools. He previously ran the curated content team, picking the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web, including FT Health. He was previously Deputy Editor of the Analysis section, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, Paris Correspondent, Financial Correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception, as well as numerous specialist reports, and has appeared on the BBC and other media outlets.

Sarah Neville

Sarah Neville

Global Pharmaceuticals Editor
Financial Times

Sarah Neville is Global Pharmaceuticals Editor of the Financial Times, a position she has held since 2016. She joined the Financial Times in 2001 and has held a series of senior roles, including Weekend News Editor, Analysis Editor, UK News Editor and Public Policy Editor. She began her career on local and regional newspapers, eventually becoming Political Editor of the Yorkshire Post. In 1995 she was awarded the Laurence Stern Fellowship on the Washington Post. 

Organiser (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of 985,000, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc, which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community. 

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs works hard to promote Dutch interests and values around the world. Our embassies, consulates and permanent representations in around 150 countries function as both political antennae and our voice abroad. We assist Dutch nationals abroad and we negotiate and cooperate on many issues in the European Union and in organisations like NATO and the United Nations.

Joep Lange Institute is a thought-leading independent think tank and activist organization fighting relentlessly to influence key stakeholders of the potential mobile technology offers to grow inclusive, efficient systems for health. Working closely with experts, we initiate evidence-based collaborations to impact global and local policy to ensure health systems work for everyone, including the poor. We convince, mobilize and build forceful coalitions of the willing.


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