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FII INSTITUTE SERIES: HEALTH IS WEALTH

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EVENT OVERVIEW

Alongside the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), this hybrid event on the topic of “Health is Wealth” will convene the world’s most prominent governmental and corporate leaders to address the pressing issues of today: the future of health, pandemic responses, biotechnology, and more. COVID-19 has transformed the world as we know it: the global economy shrunk by approximately 4%, mobility came to an abrupt standstill, millions of people were pushed into extreme poverty, and weaknesses in our global health systems were harshly exposed. Amidst the extreme challenges experienced by the world over the past year and a half, the pandemic has propelled global leaders forward toward finding solutions to these complex issues. Now is the moment to charter a path toward more equitable, sustainable, and resilient health systems.

EVENT PROGRAM

8:30-8:35

WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

High-level introduction to “Health is Wealth.”

Speaker:

  • Richard Attias, CEO, FII Institute

8:35-8:55
Debate

REVITALIZING RESILIENCE

INVESTING IN HEALTH FOR GROWTH

Each year, poor health around the world results in about 15% lower GDP from premature death and lost productivity (Brookings). Beyond the obvious benefits to individuals and societies, addressing health weaknesses has the potential for massive economic payoff. It is estimated that for every $1 invested in health, we could see an economic return between $2 and $4 across developing countries (Brookings). This conversation will address how sustained interest and investment in the health and pharmaceutical sectors can position the world for growth.

  • How can we incentivize governments and the private sector to invest in health?

  • How can investing in health build resilience toward other health risks (e.g., future pandemics, climate change, antimicrobial resistance, etc.)?

Moderator: Richard Quest, Anchor, Correspondent & CNN Business Editor-at-Large, CNN, United States

Speakers:

  • Thomas P. (Todd) Gibbons, CEO, BNY Mellon, United States

  • David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, The Carlyle Group, United States


8:55-9:00
Spark Talk

VACCINE INEQUALITY: THE PROBLEM & THE SOLUTION

Speaker:

  • Prof. José Manuel Barroso, Board Chair, Gavi - The Vaccine Alliance, Former President of the European Commission (2004-2014), and Former Portugal Prime Minister (2002-2004)

9:00-9:10
In Conversation

SPECIAL CONVERSATION WITH A WORLD LEADER

While COVID-19 has indiscriminately caused health and socioeconomic crises around the world,some regions have fared better than others in terms of both death toll and economic impact. While sub-Saharan Africa’s confirmed case numbers and per capita death figures are lower than any other region, the continent is currently experiencing a regional third wave that is seeing their case numbers and deaths surge. Meanwhile fewer vaccines per capita have been administered in Africa than in any other region. Despite these challenges, Africa has also shown the world resilience and the value of decades of experience in combating communicable disease. This conversation will discuss how COVID has uniquely impacted Africa and how the continent can build back stronger.

  • What can be done to rectify Africa’s critical vaccine shortage and unequal access to health technology?

  • How can a focus on strengthening health and building back stronger help restart African economies and bolster them?

  • How can Africa leverage its unique multilateral institutions and human capital to build toward a stronger future?

Moderator: Richard Attias, CEO, FII Institute

Speaker:

  • H.E. Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

9:10-9:20
In Conversation

ONE VACCINE, INFINITE POTENTIAL

Considered to have the most rapid design and rollout in history, the COVID-19 vaccines are feats of great innovation made possible by decades of scientific research. Nearly 90% of COVID-19 vaccines that made it to clinical trials used technology that could be traced back to HIV vaccine trials. This year a similar RNA-based technology was patented to vaccinate against malaria, and scientists are exploring how this technology could be used against the flu as well as other maladies (The Atlantic). This one-on-one conversation will discuss how the technological innovation made globally known by the COVID-19 vaccines can be leveraged to impact future health solutions and outcomes. How can we build on the technology used for the COVID vaccine and apply it to other critical diseases, such as tuberculosis (TB), malaria, and HIV?

  • Which best practices from the COVID-19 vaccine development process can we apply to non-pandemic vaccines or drugs?

  • It has been 100 years since the first administration of the only TB vaccine – what can COVID-19 vaccine development teach us about the research, funding, and attention needed to create a new TB vaccine?

  • What is needed from governments and the private sector to fully leverage mRNA technology’s potential?

Moderator: Anthony Berkley PhD, Director of ACT & Head of Investments, FII Institute, Saudi Arabia

Speakers:

  • Dr. Mel Spigelman, President & Chief Executive Officer, TB Alliance, United States

  • Dr. Özlem Türeci, Chief Medical Officer, BioNTech, Germany

9:20-9:25
Spark Talk

HEALTH IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

We are living in an age where humans have had a substantial impact on our planet, effecting significant change including global warming and habitat destruction. Climate change influences human health and disease, with the WHO reporting that between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress per year. Environmental shifts, including the destruction of natural habitats, has gravely impacted our proximity to wild animals, consequently influencing the spread of viruses. What can we do to prevent and slow the changing environment’s impact on worsening health outcomes?

  • How do climate change and environmental shifts impact pandemic occurrence and severity?

  • Not all populations are evenly impacted by the influences of climate change: how can we ensure that we build back better in a way that brings benefit to all, especially the most vulnerable populations?

  • How can governments and the private sector most efficiently act in the area of climate change (e.g., policy changes, technological innovation, etc.) to optimize health outcomes?

Speaker:

  • Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, United Kingdom

9:25-9:35
In Conversation

SPECIAL CONVERSATION WITH H.E. YASIR AL-RUMAYYAN

Moderator: David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, The Carlyle Group, United States

Speaker:

  • H.E. Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Governor of the Public Investment Fund, Chairman of Saudi Aramco›s Board of Directors and Chairman of the FII Institute, Saudi Arabia

9:35-9:40

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: INFECTIOUS DISEASE INDEX

9:40-9:45
Spark Talk

VACCINE DISTRIBUTION: FOR ALL?

The pandemic has illuminated the vast inequity of our world: a variety of factors cause COVID-19 to disproportionately impact certain demographics over others. These inequities have further surfaced during the process of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

  • How can governments and private organizations ensure that vaccine-related innovation benefits all, regardless of age, race, socio-economic class, geographic access, and other \ demographic-based determinants?

  • How can leaders leverage the lessons learned from the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to strengthen health systems of the future?

Speaker:

  • Bechara Choucair, MD, Vaccinations Coordinator, The White House COVID-19 Response Team, United States

9:45-10:05
Debate

BALANCING THE SCALES OF GLOBAL HEALTH

HOW TO ERASE THE HEALTH GAP

According to the World Health Organization, about one third of the world’s people lack access to essential health products, including vaccines and diagnostic tools. The low rates of vaccination against COVID-19 across middle to low-income nations support this fact. In a globalized world, where we are all intrinsically connected to one another, the world cannot afford to have such health disparity that places a disproportionate burden on vulnerable populations. What are the world’s leaders doing to close the dangerous health gap that exists globally?

  • What is the role of private sector investment and public-private partnerships in driving health innovation and decreasing disparities in healthcare?

  • Surrounding recent discussions regarding vaccine passports, how can leaders ensure that the world does not become further divided along lines of wealth and vaccine access?

  • How can global leaders advance universal health coverage around the world?

Moderator: Richard Quest, Anchor, Correspondent & CNN Business Editor-at-Large, CNN, United States

Speakers:

  • Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group, Côte d’Ivoire

  • Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group, Côte d’Ivoire

  • Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Partner & Vice Chairman, Global Infrastructure Partners, United States

  • Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO-OMC)

10:05-10:15
Debate

SURGING TOWARD THE FUTURE

HOW TO DRIVE DISCOVERY

Scientific innovation and discovery are critical pillars of progress. Over the past year and a half, populations around the world have increasingly relied on innovation for improved medical care, ranging from the development of telemedicine apps to the groundbreaking research behind precision medicine. Health practitioners, executives, and scientists have been exploring digital health’s positive impact on efficiency, access to holistic patient data, physician satisfaction, clinical trials, and more. To continue the momentum driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the unparalleled vaccine development efforts it necessitated, governments, institutions, and the private sector must promote innovation

  • How can health systems best find solutions to extant health-related conundrums?

  • Is telemedicine here to stay, and if so, how can our health systems shift to deliver the highest quality of care to the broadest range of demographics?

  • How can an increase in digital health solutions impact clinical trials and scientific innovation?

  • What do governments and the private sector need to do to foster curiosity and discovery through research?

Moderator: Bret Baier, Fox News Chief Political Analyst and Anchor/Executive Editor of Special Report with Bret Baier, United States

Speakers:

  • Prof. Adah Almutairi, Professor and Co-Director, Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine & Engineering, University of California San Diego and Board of Trustees Member, FII Institute, United States

  • Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, President & CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, United States

10:15-10:30
Debate

BUILDING BACK HEALTHIER

A VISION FOR THE FUTURE

Lessons learned over the past decade, including insights gained from the COVID-19 pandemic, can bring about a brighter future for the health of the world. As we imagine what more effective, sustainable, and ​​equitable health systems could look like, where should world leaders prioritize their attention and investment?

Moderator: Bret Baier, Fox News Chief Political Analyst and Anchor/Executive Editor of Special Report with Bret Baier, United States

Speakers:​​

  • Nomzamo Mbatha, Actress and Goodwill Ambassador, The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), South Africa

  • Prof. Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate and Founder, Grameen Bank, Bangladesh

10:30

CLOSING REMARKS

A message of hope for the future.

FEATURED SPEAKERS


speaker

H.E. Félix- Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo

President ​Democratic Republic of Congo

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speaker

H.E. Yasir Al-Rumayyan

Governor of the Public Investment Fund, Chairman of Saudi Aramco’s Board of Directors & Chairman of the FII Institute Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia

speaker

Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina

President African Development Bank Group
Côte d’Ivoire​

speaker

Prof. Adah Almutairi

Professor & Co-Director,Board of Trustees Member, FII Institute, Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine & Engineering University of California San Diego
United States

speaker

Richard Attias

CEO FII Institute

speaker

Prof. José Manuel Barroso

Board Chair, Gavi - The Vaccine Alliance, Former President of the European Commission (2004-2014), and Former Portugal Prime Minister (2002-2004)

speaker

Anthony Berkley

PhD, Director of ACT & Head of Investments, FII Institute

speaker

Bechara Choucari, MD

Vaccinations Coordinator The White House COVID-19 Response Team
United States

speaker

Thomas P. (Todd) Gibbons

CEO BNY Mellon
United States

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Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

President & CEO Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
United States

speaker Credits: ​Stuart Clarke

Dr. Jane Goodall,

DBE, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace,
United Kingdom

speaker

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Director-General World Trade Organization (WTO-OMC)

speaker

Dr. Jim Yong Kim

Partner & Vice Chairman Global Infrastructure Partners
United States

speaker

Nomzamo Mbatha

Actress & Goodwill Ambassador The UN Refugee Agency
South Africa

speaker

David M. Rubenstein

Co-Founder & Co-Chairman The Carlyle Group
United States

speaker

Dr. Mel Spigelman

President & CEO TB Alliance
United States

speaker

Dr. Özlem Türeci

Chief Medical Officer BioNTech
Germany

speaker

Prof. Muhammad Yunus

2006 Nobel Peace Laureate and Founder, Grameen Bank
Bangladesh

WITH SESSIONS MODERATED BY


speaker

Richard Quest

Anchor, Correspondent and CNN Business Editor-at-Large, CNN
United States

speaker

Bret Baier

Fox News Chief Political Analyst and Anchor/Executive Editor of Special Report with Bret Baier,
United States

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speaker

Jane Witherspoon

Bureau Chief, Euronews Dubai,
​​United Arab Emirates

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FII Institute is a new global nonprofit foundation with an investment arm and one agenda: Impact on Humanity.

Global, inclusive and built on ESG principles, we foster great minds from around the world and turn ideas into real-world solutions in five critical areas: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Education, Healthcare and Sustainability.

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We empower the world s brightest minds to identify technological solutions to the most pressing issues facing humanity

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