World leaders explore the future of healthcare at FII Institute’s Health Is Wealth high-level roundtable

September 17, 2021
  • Health is Wealth high-level roundtable will be held as a hybrid event on the margins of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, on September 21, 2021.
  • FII Institute will launch its exclusive Global Infectious Diseases Index on the occasion of its series Health is Wealth, with the participation of heads of state, UN ambassadors, government officials and CEOs who will address the future of healthcare.

NEW YORK, 17 September 2021: COVID-19 has transformed the world and global leaders continue to pursue solutions to the complex issues presented by the pandemic. From disparate investment in health, to inequalities in access, the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute’s Health is Wealth roundtable will address these issues and drive tangible solutions.

Held as a hybrid event alongside the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Health is Wealth will bring together prominent government and corporate leaders to discuss how the world can better prepare and respond to future pandemics, and how we can work together for the benefit of all. Speakers have been drawn from across the globe including FII Institute Chairman His Excellency Yasir Al-Rumayyan from Saudi Arabia, World Trade Organization Director-General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, UN Refugee Agency Goodwill Ambassador and actress Nomzamo Mbatha from South Africa, and United States TB Alliance President and CEO Dr. Mel Spigelman.

Health is Wealth is presented by FII Institute, a global non-profit foundation with an investment arm and one agenda: Impact on Humanity. “The pandemic uncovered some harsh realities; the global economy shrunk by about 4%, mobility came to an abrupt standstill, millions of people were pushed into extreme poverty, and weaknesses in our global health systems were exposed,” FII Institute CEO Richard Attias said.

“For every $1 invested in health, the world could see an economic return between $2 and $4 with developing countries benefiting from the highest returns,” Mr. Attias continued. “Now is the moment to charter a path toward more equitable, sustainable, and resilient health systems.”

Health is Wealth forms part of FII Institute’s event series launched in April 2020 with year-round seminars and roundtables designed to pursue topics and actions from the Institute’s flagship platform.

“Health is Wealth will feed into FII’s 5th edition in October by kick-starting conversations and driving global leaders and experts to cultivate and support innovative solutions,” Mr. Attias said. “Our global series offers a unique platform to share knowledge and exchange ideas, debate the latest research and innovations to pursue tangible actions that will have an impact on humanity.”

Media Note: Interview opportunities are available for Health is Wealth speakers, moderators and attendees and media are invited to attend the event live in New York (capacity limited). Contact FII Institute for more details.


About FII Institute

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