Monday 03 December 2018, 10:00 - 17:30

The Overlapping Crises of Democracy, Globalisation and Global Governance – what does it mean for global health?

10 Years of the Global Health Centre

Organised by the Global Health Centre

Governance of global health must adapt to political, economic and social changes. The current context of accelerating globalisation combined with the increasing attacks on democracy and good governance poses a new set of challenges. What should be done to ensure a smooth navigation through various intertwined crises of, among others, climate, commercial influence on health, and prolonged conflicts? How can we grasp the opportunities of increasing citizen participation, rise of new economies and people and workforces moving more freely across cities and borders?

This event celebrates the first 10 years of the Global Health Centre since its creation in 2008. We will take the opportunity to look back and at the same time will also cast a vision for the future, by exploring the trends that will likely shift and shape the next ten years of governance for health.


10:00-10:30 | Welcome & Opening

  • Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute
  • H.E. Valentin Zellweger, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva
  • Bernhard Schwartländer, Chef de Cabinet, World Health Organization

10:30-11:00 | Keynote Speech

  • David Held, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Durham University


  • Suerie Moon, Director of Research, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute

11:00-12:30 | Panel Discussion

  • Mariângela Simão, Assistant Director-General, Access to Medicines, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals, World Health Organization
  • Rachel Silverman, Senior Policy Analyst, Assistant Director of Global Health Policy, Center for Global Development
  • Michel Kazatchkine, Special Advisor to the Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Moderator: Thomas Zeltner, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute

12:30-14:00 | Lunch break & opportunity for networking

14:00-15:30 | Panel Discussion

  • Thomas Bollyky, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development and Director of the Global Health Program, Council on Foreign Relations
  • H.E. Nora Kronig-Romero, Ambassador, Vice-Director and Head of the Division of International Affairs, Swiss Federal Office for Public Health
  • N.N., representative of diplomatic community

Moderator: J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice-President, Director of the Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies

15:30-16:00 | Coffee break

16:00-17:00 | Keynote Speech

  • Ok Pannenborg, Chief Health Advisor/Director and Chief Health Scientist, World Bank (Retired)


  • Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary, African Leaders Malaria Alliance
  • Levi Singh, Secretary-General, African Youth & Adolescent Network on Population & Development

Moderator: Ilona Kickbusch