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Education, Healthcare & Life Sciences

FT Future of Health Coverage

Revolutionising health financing using mobile technology

Speakers include:
Her Majesty Queen Máxima  of the Netherlands

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development

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


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

    *Please note that due to the attendance of Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, registration will close at 08:45am until 11:00am

  • 9:00am
    Welcome address

    James Lamont, Managing Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening speech by guest of honour

    Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development

  • 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.

    Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO 

  • 9:35am
    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.

    H.E Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, The Netherlands

    Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Senior Minister, Republic of Ghana

    Moderated by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

  • 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?

    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?

    Onno Schellekens, Chairman, Joep Lange Institute 

    Interviewed by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:25am
    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? 

    • What are the challenges and responsibilities of data ownership in terms of privacy, protection, property rights and value creation?
    • Who has the capabilities and can be trusted to manage the valuable assets health data are?
    • What lessons can we learn from front-runner countries in the application of big data analytics in health financing and delivery?
    • What lessons can we learn from social security systems?

    Marcel Levi, Chief Executive, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) 

    Ori Shaashua, Co-Founder,Neura 

    Elena Bonfiglioli, Managing Director, Health and Life Sciences EMEA, Microsoft 

    Payal Arora, Author of ‘The Next Billion Users’ and Associate Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam

    Moderated by Sarah Neville, Global Pharmaceuticals Editor, Financial Times

  • 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.

    Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University 

    Lydia Dsane-Selby, Acting Chief Executive, NHIA Ghana 

    Hon. Olajide Idris, Honourable Commissioner for Health, Ministry of Health, Lagos State

    Roelof Konterman, Supervisory Board Member Achmea Health Insurance, Former Vice Chairman, Achmea Group

    Moderated by Ewout Irrgang, Vice-President, Netherlands Court of Audit 

  • 12:40pm
  • 1:45pm
    Panel: The Role of the Private Sector in Health

    Committed industry leaders discuss the private sector’s role in Africa’s healthcare development and how best to work with public sectors and donors.

    Mary-Ann Etiebet, Lead & Executive Director, MSD for Mothers

    Tom McPartland,CEO, ELMA Philanthropies

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

    Jan-Willem Scheijgrond,Vice President, Global Government & Public Affairs, Philips

    Moderated by Sarah Neville, Global Pharmaceuticals Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:30pm
    Panel: The Future Role of Development Aid for Health

    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. 

    Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund

    Jonathan Glennie, Writer and Consultant/Expert in Field of ODA/DAH

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

    Anders Nordstrom, Ambassador for Global Health, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs 

    Khama Rogo, Lead Health Sector Specialist & Head of Health in Africa Initiative, World Bank Group

    Moderated by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times        

  • 3:15pm
    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. 

    Kees van Lede, Chief Executive Officer, CarePay 

    Precious Lunga, CEO and Co-Founder, Baobab Circle

    Gustaf Agartson, Founder and CEO, BIMA 

    Matt Guilford, Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer, Telenor Health

    Jaap Maljers, Co-Founder, INCISION Group

    Introduced by Monique Dolfing-Vogelenzang, CEO, PharmAccess Group

  • 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. 

    Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Senior Minister, Republic of Ghana

    Maurine Murenga, Civil Health Activist 

    Moderated by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Chair’s closing remarks

    Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Networking drinks reception

Speakers (26)

Her Majesty Queen Máxima  of the Netherlands

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands serves as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) since 2009. As Special Advocate, she is a leading global voice advancing universal access to affordable, effective, and safe financial services like a banking- or savings account, loans, insurances, mobile money, etc. Affordable access to and use of basic financial services helps people generate income, strengthen resilience to downturns and invest in their future. Worldwide, still 1.7 billion adults are financially excluded. This is greatest among poor people and in emerging and developing countries.

Since 2011, she has been the Honorary Patron of the G20 GPFI, Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion. She emphasizes that financial inclusion accelerates progress toward numerous development and economic goals, including poverty alleviation, job creation, food security, gender equality, and equitable growth.

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.

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. 

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.

Olajide  Idris

Olajide Idris

Honourable Commissioner for Health
Ministry of Health, Lagos State

Dr Olajide Idris is the Commissioner for Health for Lagos State, Nigeria’s most populous State, with 22 million inhabitants.  He is responsible for health care planning, health policy formulation, implementation as well as supervising health service delivery in the state.  

Under his leadership, initially as Permanent Secretary and now the Chief Executive, a position he has held for the last two terms, the Lagos State’s Health system has been significantly upgraded, through a comprehensive Health Sector Reform agenda covering systems reorganization, human resource development, infrastructural development, revitalization of the primary care system, healthcare financing, health promotion and disease prevention activities.

Dr Idris has over 30 years’ experience in Medical Practice, Healthcare Systems Management, Consulting, Pharmaceutical and Research.  In Medical Practice, he has worked as a medical doctor in his early and mid-career stages at hospitals and for private companies in Nigeria.  He also worked with two premier healthcare consulting companies covering healthcare planning and research, hospital management and direct provision of clinical services.  His primary research and publications have been in the cardiology field as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Columbia University, USA.

Dr Idris attended the highly respected King’s College, Lagos, Nigeria.  He is a graduate of the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, Nigeria, obtained his Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Yale University, Connecticut, USA. , and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Columbia University, New York, USA.

Dr Idris led the Lagos State response team in mobilizing the resources, coordinating the collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria and other International partners in containing the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently midwifing the implementation of the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme and the State’s Biosecurity Agenda.

He is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Nigerian Medical Association and a Board member, University of Ibadan Research Foundation as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research.

Elena  Bonfiglioli

Elena Bonfiglioli

Managing Director, Health and Life Sciences, EMEA

As lead for Health and Life Sciences, Elena is responsible to drive strategy, advance the digital transformation agenda with health and pharma customers, and represent Microsoft’s industry position, working together with a community of over 250+ professionals across the EMEA region.

Over the last ten years, Elena has been a proactive contributor in the areas of healthcare policy, health-tech innovation, and multi-stakeholder partnerships.  In July 2017, Elena was elected to the HIMSS Europe Governing Council.

Elena spearheaded key initiatives on Health 4.0 and health digital transformation.  Mobilizing a core group of industry stakeholders, Elena started the European Cloud in Health Advisory Council, a vendor-neutral C-level forum aimed to foster cloud-first innovation in the health sector. The Council promoted two Calls to Action: one on Health Data Saving Lives and Protecting Patients’ Rights (eHealth Week 2017); and Trust in the Cloud, leading with cloud-first policies (eHealth Week 2016). 

In 2013, working with a group of leading e-Health partners, Elena led two industry-wide go to market and advocacy positions on innovative health services; the Manifesto for a Healthier Europe and Healthier Cities

From 2007-2012, Elena held the role of Senior Director Health and Education Policy in Europe, when she led the creation of the Employability Alliance aimed to empower 20 Mil people with Skills for New Jobs.

Elena started at Microsoft in February 2003 as Director of Corporate Affairs and Corporate Responsibility with the task to define Microsoft CSR strategy and corporate philanthropy programs.  She is the co-founder and Board Member of the Women in Leadership (WiL) Network, a joint effort between Microsoft, INSEAD and the Women Forum. 

Before joining Microsoft, Elena worked for CSR Europe as Director of Corporate Programs - in charge of stakeholder engagement and CSR initiatives across member companies; actively contributing to the development of the CSR agenda at international level.  Elena co-founded the European Academy of Business in Society where she served as interim Executive Director.

Elena is part and founding member of the Centre for Evolutionary Learning CEL, a network of academic and management professionals devoted to empowering organizational and executive development through meditation and innovative learning practices.

Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely

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

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 and visiting professor within the Joep Lange Chair & Fellows program, 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

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”.

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.

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.

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.

Mary-Ann Etiebet

Mary-Ann Etiebet

Lead & Executive Director
MSD for Mothers

Dr Mary-Ann Etiebet is the Lead & Executive Director of MSD for Mothers, MSD’s $500 million global health initiative to create a world where no woman dies while giving life. Working with over 160 partners in more than 45 countries, MSD for Mothers has improved access to quality maternity care services and modern contraception - two of the most powerful ways to end preventable maternal deaths - for nearly 9 million women worldwide.

As the Lead of MSD for Mothers, Dr Etiebet is responsible for successfully implementing high impact maternal health programs and partnerships that integrate the private sector’s invention and expertise to empower women, equip health providers and strengthen health systems. Dr Etiebet draws on extensive experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors for this role. She joins MSD from Premier Inc, where she was a Principal Consultant in the Population Health Management team. Previously, she served as Director of Ambulatory Care Strategies for New York City Health and Hospital. Her work in international health includes serving as the Senior Technical Advisor of the Institute of Human Virology-Nigeria, a PEPFAR implementing partner, while she was Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Disease at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr Etiebet earned her MD and MBA from Yale University. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell and fellowship in Infectious Diseases Hospital System at New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center and is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases.

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.

Payal Arora

Payal Arora

Author of ‘The Next Billion Users’ and Associate Professor
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Born in India, Dr Payal Arora moved to the US where she studied digital usage and development at Harvard and Columbia University. She is the author of the award-winning “Leisure Commons” book and most recently, the enthusiastically reviewed book “The Next Billion Users” with Harvard Press. She has consulted on tech innovation in emerging markets including for UNESCO, GE, and HP and has given more than 150 talks in 36 countries including at TEDx. She sits on several boards such as Facebook SS1 Advisory Committee, and for a number of organizations in New York including Soteryx, Columbia University’s Earth Institute Connect to Learn program, Makeocity (an educational startup on design, fabrication and entrepreneurship) and The World Women Global Council. She is an Associate Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, founder of an activist organization Catalyst Lab and Editor for Global Perspectives, a new University of California Press Journal. She lives in Amsterdam and considers herself a global citizen.

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.

Roelof  Konterman

Roelof Konterman

Supervisory Board Member Achmea Health Insurance, Former Vice Chairman
Achmea Group

Roelof Konterman is member of the Supervisory Board of Achmea Health Insurance and was Vice Chairman of Achmea Group until January 1, 2019.

Achmea Group has a strong co-operative background. Today it is one of the leading multi-line insurance companies in the Netherlands. Achmea Health insurance is the largest health insurer in The Netherlands. In his long career at Achmea, Roelof among others led the health insurance business. As a member of the Board of Achmea Group he was responsible for Information&Technology and the international activities of the Group.

Roelof has extensive international experience as expatriate and in his capacity as responsible executive board member for the international activities of Achmea. He has extensive experience in the health sector in various capacities. At the International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP) he was chair of the Expert Panel ‘New Medical Technologies and High Cost Drugs’.

Currently he member of the Supervisory Board of Scout24, a Swiss leading digital platform, and member of the Advisory Board of Hemingway Corporate Finance.

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.

Ori Shaashua

Ori Shaashua

Neura Inc.

Ori Shaashua is a tech entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Neura Inc.

An innovator and team operator passionate about the interface between people and technology. Ori lives and breathes product inception, development and delivery, a full-stack product maker experienced in design, UX, interaction and branding.

Ori is fascinated about creating personal digital experiences in Mobile and IoT—a true believer of human-centric interaction design, and its ability to enhance and perfect the way technology services us. With background in medical devices and consumer IoT, Ori spent his career between product designers and data scientists.

Ori is product lead at Neura, making personal AI a reality, alongside a team of passionate engineers and creatives.

Khama Rogo

Khama Rogo

Lead Health Sector Specialist and Head of the Health in Africa Initiative
World Bank Group

Khama Rogo MB ChB, MMEd O/G, Ph.D currently serves as the Lead Health Sector Specialist and Head of the Health in Africa Initiative, a private sector in health focused program of the World Bank Group. Prior to this, he was a Senior Advisor for Population and Reproductive Health at The World Bank. He has published over one hundred peer reviewed papers, chapters and books. He continues to pursue academic through numerous Adjunct Professorial appointments, lectures and supervision of post- graduate students in Universities in Africa, Europe and North America.   

Trained as an obstetrician-gynecologist, Khama earned his PhD in Gynecologic Oncology from Sweden. After a successful career in academic medicine in three continents, he embarked on international health where he has been an articulate advocate for reproductive health and rights for over two decades. He is strongly committed to community health, reproductive health, and actively participated in all the definitive RH conferences of our time: Safe Motherhood (Nairobi, 1987), ICPD (Cairo, 1994), Beijing (1995) and Safe Motherhood plus 10 (Colombo, 1999). He has served as a consultant to all major international development agencies.  

In Kenya, Khama has been a strong and fearless leader in all matters of health and human reproduction for over three decades: he is a past President of the Kenya Medical Association (4 years), President of Kenya Cancer Society (8 years), Chairman of Kenya's National Council for Population and Development. He led the Kenya Obstetrical and Gynecological Society for many years. He is currently spearheading the formation of the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ECSACOG) and proud to be the premier Foundation Fellow.

Matthew  Guilford

Matthew Guilford

Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer
Telenor Health

Matthew Guilford is Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer of Telenor Health, a purpose-driven business focused on using technology to expand universal health coverage.  More than five million Bangladeshis have joined the company’s “Tonic” service, which provides health insurance, primary care access, and health engagement through mobile phones.  Within 12 months of launch, Tonic became Bangladesh’s largest health insurance program and a leading provider of primary care, having delivered over 300,000 consultations through phone calls and in-app chat.

Prior to joining Telenor, Matthew served in the administrations of Chicago mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel as Assistant Commissioner for Digital Excellence and Innovation, where he led the City’s digital health and smart city programs.  He completed his undergraduate training in behavioral neuroscience and in history at the University of Pennsylvania and earned an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in March 2019.   

Jan-Willem Scheijgrond

Jan-Willem Scheijgrond

Vice President Global Government and Public Affairs

Mr Jan-Willem Scheijgrond currently serves as Vice President Global Government and Public Affairs at Royal Philips, where he heads up the global network within Philips that is responsible for the relations with governments and related stakeholders to address societal challenges in particular in the area of large scale health care transformations.

He is also responsible for partnerships with international partners such as the United Nations and International donors. In that role, Mr Scheijgrond is focusing on partnerships that strengthen health systems in support of achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Mr Scheijgrond is a Board Member of the Partnership for Maternal and Newborn Child Health (PMNCH), member of the Global Finance Facility Investors Group and Chairman of the UN Global Compact Netherlands.

Mr Scheijgornd joined Philips in 2009 as Senior Director as part of the Corporate Sustainability Office with responsibility for risk and reputation management.

He started his career at the United Nations Environment Program, where he developed best practices guides related to cleaner production for emerging markets. Subsequently, he held a number of sustainability and government affairs related functions at the BLC Leather Confederation, Epson, and Hewlett-Packard.

Mr Scheijgrond holds a Masters degree in Environmental Technology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, he is married and has two childre

Jaap Maljers

Jaap Maljers


Jaap Maljers is a MD and MBA, entrepreneur with a strong focus on social impact. After a short career as a management consultant at McKinsey, he started his first enterprise (1991). Plexus became a leading consulting in the area of health care, technology and organization. In 2010 KPMG acquired Plexus. Over the years, he founded many businesses, all in health care and mostly in IT. Examples are 'ZorgDomein' (leading system integrator software in NL), 'Perfomation' (data management and benchmarking), 'Bergman Clinics' (leading chain of private clinics in NL). His personal style is to step out of active management once a company reaches a level of maturity.

Jaap is also Co-Founder of INCISION, a leading platform for interactive surgical training and knowledge development, worldwide. His investments consist of diverse companies in the area of healthcare AI. His social entrepreneurship consists of: Co-Founder of the Prinses Maxima Center for Child Oncology, Founder of the largest volunteer network for the support of lonely elderly (NLVoorelkaar). In the East African region, he is promoting diverse activities and was a Board Member of CarePay (digital health care payment for the poor).


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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. 

Monique  Dolfing-Vogelenzang

Monique Dolfing-Vogelenzang

PharmAccess Group

Since May 2018, Monique Dolfing-Vogelenzang serves as CEO of the PharmAccess Group, a group of not-for-profit organizations with a digital agenda. PharmAccess is dedicated to the strengthening of health systems in sub-Saharan Africa and connecting people to better healthcare through mobile technology. At PharmAccess, Monique established the Medical Credit Fund, a USD 45 million social financing fund that provides loans to healthcare providers in Africa. From 2016 to April 2018 Monique served as COO, overseeing all implementation activities of the Group, and was responsible for the Group strategy development, fund and partner management. Prior to joining PharmAccess, Monique held a variety of senior management positions in the private sector, predominantly related to complex IT projects for large financial institutions. She holds a Master of Laws from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.

Ewout  Irrgang

Ewout Irrgang

Netherlands Court of Audit

Ewout Irrgang has been a member of the Netherlands Court of Audit’s Board since 1 September 2017. He had previously worked for the PharmAccess Foundation and was a member of the House of Representatives for the Dutch Socialist Party.

Ewout studied economics and political science at the University of Amsterdam. He began his career as a policy officer for the Dutch Socialist Party (1998-2005). In 2005 he joined the Dutch central bank (DNB) as an economist and was elected to the House of Representatives (until 2012) for the Dutch Socialist Party in the same year. He started working for the PharmAccess Foundation shortly after becoming a member of parliament, first as Technical Director in Dar es Salaam and since 1 January 2017 as Advisory Services Director in Amsterdam.

Ewout is the author of many financial and economic publications.


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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 one million, 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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