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FT-PZU Spotlight on Global Access to Healthcare

Building robust and inclusive healthcare systems

Davos |
Speakers include:
Andrew  Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Proteus Digital Health

Githinji  Gitahi

Githinji Gitahi

Amref Health Africa

Peter  Lee

Peter Lee

Microsoft Healthcare


Moderated by David Crow, FT Banking Editor, this exclusive evening reception will bring together healthcare and technology pioneers to share world-wide collaborative approaches on how best to create robust and inclusive healthcare systems.

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According to the joint report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and The World Bank on Universal Health Coverage (December 2017), at least half of the world’s population do not have access to basic healthcare, and about 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty due to out-of-pocket health expenses. The growing population, the rising number of chronic diseases and the need to provide patients with new, innovative and affordable treatments are just a few hurdles countries must overcome. Achieving access to global healthcare will require a fundamental shift in the way resources are mobilised.

Consequently, technology is on the verge of creating a transition. A number of breakthrough innovations have been designed to reduce costs and make healthcare services more accessible to all -- from telemedicine to artificial intelligence-assisted medical consultants. Barriers like geographical distance and low resources, which have long prevented millions of people from getting the care they need, are much easier to overcome in the digital age.

Recognising the importance of healthcare innovation, PZU is building a cutting-edge business operating model to care for the health of clients – PZU Health is investing and rolling-out a nationwide network of proprietary standardised branches with a network of partnership services.


Agenda - 22nd Jan

  • 7:30pm
    Registration and Cocktail Reception
  • 8:00pm
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    David Crow, Banking Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:05pm
    Welcome from PZU

    Paweł Surówka, Chief Executive Officer, PZU 

  • 8:10pm
    Fireside Chat: Building Future-Forward Healthcare for All

    Keynote Opening 

    Andrew Thompson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Proteus Digital Health

    Fireside Discussion Points: 

    • What steps are currently being taken to improve the efficiency and access of national healthcare systems?
    • What can we learn from front-runners in developing and industrialized countries about Universal Health Coverage, including policy development, public and private sector partnerships and political commitment and allocation of state resources for health?

    Andrew Thompson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Proteus Digital Health

    Githinji Gitahi, Group Chief Executive Officer, Amref Health Africa 

    Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Healthcare 

    Paweł Surówka, Chief Executive Officer, PZU 

    Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, President, Thomas Jefferson University and CEO, Jefferson Health

    Moderated by David Crow, Banking Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:00pm
    Closing Remarks

    Roman Pałac, CEO, PZU Życie


Andrew  Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Proteus Digital Health

Andrew Thompson is Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Proteus Digital Health. His vision for Digital Medicines is focused on expanding global access to care, dramatically increasing the value delivered by drugs, and creating a more sustainable model for innovation in pharmaceuticals that leverages the power of silicon, software and mobile devices.

Thompson is a World Economic Forum Advisor, and a member of the selection committee for the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers. He also serves on the California Governor’s Health IT Security Advisory Board and is a member of the Fortune CEO initiative and Wall Street Journal's CEO Advisory Counsel.

Passionate about bringing digital innovation to education, he is Co-Founder and Board Member of Summit Schools, a leading Charter School organization with an acclaimed track record and unique digital platform, featured in the Davis Guggenheim movie “Waiting for Superman”. He works in digital humanities innovation as a Member of the Stanford University Libraries Board and with Cambridge University. He is a Co-Founder of Parker Library Online, a leading destination for digital medieval studies.

Thompson has been active as a venture capital investor and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for 30 years, completing several Fortune 100 M&A transactions and IPOs, and is a named author on 51 issued patents. He holds master’s degrees in Engineering (Cambridge), Education (Stanford) and Business (Stanford GSB).

Githinji  Gitahi

Githinji Gitahi

Group Chief Executive Officer
Amref Health Africa

Dr Githinji Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa as the Group Chief Executive Officer in June 2015. Amref Health Africa, founded in 1957, is the the largest African-led international organization on the continent and reaches more than 11 million people each year through 150 health-focused projects across 35 countries.

Until his appointment to Amref Health Africa, Dr Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International, Prior to that, Dr Gitahi was Managing Director for Monitor Publications in Uganda as well as General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa for the Nation Media Group. He held progressively senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline and also worked at the Avenue Group and in the insurance industry.

Dr Gitahi is Co-Chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee, a global World Bank and World Health Organization initiative for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). He is also member of the Private Sector Advisory Board of Africa CDC and of the World Health Organization’s Community Health Worker Hub. He is member of the Board of Directors of The Standard Group and holds Board member positions across Amref Health Africa offices in Africa.

Dr Gitahi has a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nairobi, a Master’s in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing, from United States International University and is completing a Certificate for Strategic Perspectives and Non-profit Management at Harvard University.

Peter  Lee

Peter Lee

Corporate Vice President
Microsoft Healthcare

Dr. Peter Lee is Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Healthcare. He leads an organization that works on technologies for better and more efficient healthcare, with a special focus on artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Dr. Lee has extensive experience in managing the process of going from basic research to commercial impact. Past illustrative examples include the deep neural networks for simultaneous language translation in Skypenext-generation IoT technologies, and innovative siliconand post-silicon computer architectures for Microsoft’s cloud. He also has a history of advancing more “out of the box” technical efforts, such as experimental under-sea datacentersaugmented-reality experiences for HoloLens and VR devices, digital storage in DNA, and social chatbots such as  XiaoIceand Tay. Previously, as an Office Director at DARPA, he led efforts that created operational capabilities in advanced machine learning, crowdsourcing, and big-data analytics, such as the DARPA Network Challenge and Nexus 7. He was formerly the Head of Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science department.

As a thought leader, he has spoken and written widely on technology trends and policies, spanning the fields of computing technology, healthcare, and innovation ecosystem. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. He served on President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. He has led studies for the National Academies on the impact of federal research investments on economic growthand testified before the US House Science and Technology Committee and the US Senate Commerce Committee.

Stephen  Klasko

Stephen Klasko

President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO
Jefferson Health

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health, was named 2nd to Modern Healthcare’s 2018 list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. Dr. Stephen Klasko is a transformative leader and advocate for a revolution in our systems of health care and higher education. His 2018 book is titled, Bless This Mess: A Picture Story of Healthcare in America - an account of how the USA was elected to the Intergalactic Council of Cool Health Systems by 2035. As President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health since 2013, he has steered one of the nation’s fastest growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining health care and higher education.

Paweł Surówka

Paweł Surówka

Chief Executive Officer

Pawel joined the PZU Group in January 2016 as a member of the Management Board where he served as the chief investment officer responsible for the Group’s investments. In June 2016, he was appointed chief executive officer of the PZU Życie (PZU Life) Board and in April 2017, he was named chief executive officer of the full Group.

Pawel has built his broad experience in the financial sector through numerous roles. From 2007 to 2013, he served as a financial advisor for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In 2013, he became a member of the Management Board of the Boryszew SA Group, one of Poland’s largest industrial groups, where he was responsible for developing the Group’s automotive segment and restructuring its various subsidiaries for two years. Prior to joining PZU, he served as advisor to the chief executive officer of PKO Bank Polski SA and head of Corporate Banking and Investments in Germany from 2015 to 2016.

Pawel is chairman of the Supervisory Board of Bank Pekao SA, the second largest bank in Poland, of which PZU is a shareholder. He also chairs the supervisory boards of PZU Życie SA and PTE PZU SA (pension funds).

Roman  Palac

Roman Palac

Chief Executive Officer
PZU Życie

Roman Palac is the CEO of PZU Życie, Poland's biggest Life Insurance. He graduated in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) and attained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from London Business School. He gained extensive experience working for Polish and foreign financial institutions. In 2003-2007, Mr. Pałac worked as Project Manager for the World Bank. From 2009 to 2016, he was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group.


Chair (1)

David Crow

David Crow

Banking Editor
Financial Times

David Crow became Banking Editor of the Financial Times, based in London, in October 2018. He was previously the FT’s Senior US Business Correspondent, based in New York and covering primarily pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he worked on the FT's main news desk in London, where he edited the front page of the print edition. Before joining the FT he was Managing Editor of City AM, the London financial newspaper. Mr Crow has an MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow.

Venue at Davos

Polish House
Promenade 58
Davos 7270 Davos Platz




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PZU is the largest insurance group in Poland with more than 200 years of experience, dating back to its founding in 1803. After acquiring two banks, Alior SA and Pekao SA, and expanding its businesses to include asset management, pension funds, health insurance and health services, it is also the biggest financial group in Poland. With nearly $100 billion in assets, 22 million customers and 150,000 directed and undirected employees, it is also the largest financial institution in Central and Eastern Europe.

Since 2010, PZU has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, where it is one of the largest and most liquid stocks. It has also been a member of the STOXX 600 Index since September 24, 2018.

In January 2018, PZU’s Management Board adopted a new strategy, defining itself as a data-driven service company, building all of its financial and health related solutions around client needs and positioning itself as a one-stop-shop for both individual and corporate clients. PZU is one of Poland’s most trusted brands.

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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