2016 Guest Speakers & Contributors

A number of exciting speakers have already been confirmed for this April’s conference. Over the coming weeks, we will announce the speakers who will be participating in our panels and delivering breakout sessions.

Guest Panel – Financing for Healthcare Development: How Shall We Split the Bill?


Priya Madina
Director of Government Affairs, Global Issues at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
After receiving her degree in Classics and Modern Languages at Trinity College, Oxford, Priya started her career with the Stop Tuberculosis department of the World Health Organisation. She the went on to work in a number of roles in the public sector including the Human Tissue Authority and the Department of Health before joining the UK Pharmaceuticals business at GSK.
Robert Yates
Project Director of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Policy Forum at Chatham House
Prior to his current position, Robert worked as a Senior Health Economist for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). He is also a member of the ‘Health for All’ Thematic Group of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is widely regarded as an expert on progressive health financing and Universal Health Coverage.

Anna Marriott
Health Policy Advisor at Oxfam
As the Health Policy Advisor at Oxfam, Anna Marriott oversees Oxfam’s international work on health policy with a specific focus on policies pertaining to healthcare financing and delivery. Anna received a Masters in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. Anna has worked as an editor for Eldis, an online information service that shares international development policy, practice and research at the Institute for Development Studies. Additionally, Anna has worked as a Programme Officer for non-governmental organisation called International Care and Relief, or as it is known today, Build Africa. This NGO works to eradicate poverty in rural communities in Kenya and Uganda through education and livelihood programmes.
Jeffrey W. Mecaskey
Partner at Health Partners International (HPI)
Jeffrey W. Mecaskey has worked in the field of international development for 35 years with a specific focus on health and political economics as well as health policy and management. In this time, he has worked and consulted in a range of countries including Bangladesh, Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, France, to name a few. Jeffrey has previously worked as the Head of Health and HIV at Save the Children from 2006-2008, constructing policy on health equity and health systems as to secure child rights internationally. He is currently a partner at Health Partners International (HPI), an organisation owned and managed by health and development professionals. In his time at HPI, Jeffrey served as the Managing Director of Health Partners International from 2009 to 2013 and as the chair of a programme working to improve access to health care in the poor region of Northern Uganda. Jeffery is also the Senior Technical Expert on the EU Support to Immunisation Governance in Nigeria (EU-SIGN), a project that aims to improve maternal, new-born and child health in Nigeria with improved routine immunization.

Breakout Sessions


Multi-disciplinary Efforts to tackle Global Health challenges – Including a spotlight on Neglected Tropical Diseases
Gail Davey
Gail Davey is the professor of Global Health Epidemiology at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and a medical epidemiologist specialising in non-communicable diseases in developing countries, with a particular focus on podoconiosis. Gail has worked to raise podoconiosis’s international profile; establishing Footwork, the International Podoconiosis Initiative, and advocating for the disease’s inclusion in the World Health Organisation’s list of Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Technology & Innovation
Marc Koska
Marc Koska is the Founder of SafePoint, a charity that aims to inform and solve basic healthcare problems such as the unsafe re-use of syringes for injections. He invented the K1 Auto-Disable syringe as a practical and affordable solution and pushes public awareness campaigns to educate public healthcare providers and governments of these issues. He has devoted close to 30 years of his life to injection safety and injection safety and was honoured OBE for his efforts.

The Role of Advocacy in Healthcare
Zoe Gray
Zoe Gray works as an Advocacy Manager at the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). In this role, Zoe provides centralized support to work groups, regional staff and members on advocacy as well as supports advocacy strategy for the organization. IAPB’s advocacy work revolves around the following key points: advocacy for policy change and planning to promote eye health programmes; and advocacy to secure the resources to implement prevention of blindness plans. Zoe has worked in the field of development and human rights for the last 15 years with a particular focus on advocacy efforts for vulnerable groups and the promotion of their rights. Zoe has a MA in International Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
The Role of Advocacy in Healthcare
Saoirse Fitzpatrick
Saoirse Fitzpatrick is an Advocacy Officer at STOPAIDS, an organisation working to maintain a global response to HIV and AIDS. STOPAIDS works to properly support people with HIV with a fully financed response to HIV and AIDS that promotes and observes human rights. With such an effort, people with HIV will be healthy and safe, and people without HIV will remain HIV-free. STOPAIDS works closely with decision-makers in the development of policy by helping to identify and lobby for the best practices and host public campaigns on HIV and AIDS. As Advocacy Officer, Saoirse leads campaigns and advocacy efforts to achieve a fully funded and effective Global Fund that has helped to save 17 million lives since 2002. By the end of 2016, STOPAIDS Global Fund will save an estimated 22 million lives. Saoirse also works on campaigns that push for affordable and accessible medicines for HIV patients.

Solving the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Crisis
Leena Al-Hassan
Leena Al Hassan works at Brighton Sussex Medical School (BSMS) as a postdoctoral research fellow in Global Health in the Department of Clinical medicine. Within the field of Global Health, Leena is currently focusing on bacterial genetics and the field of medical microbiology, more specifically antibiotic resistance in hospital-acquired infections. Leena received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2013. She has worked as a Clinical Researcher for two years at a Children’s Cancer Hospital to coordinate the clinical protocols and research studies in infectious diseases.
Gender/Sexual Health Initiatives
Pauline Oosterhoff
Pauline Oosterhoff has over 20 years of international experience in public health research and advisory services. She has developed and managed programs around the world, from the US and Europe to Africa and Asia, most notably focusing on sexual and reproductive health and HIV as well as gender and human rights issues for Medecins Sans Frontieres, UNDP and Amnesty International to name but a few. She is currently working at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) as a research fellow.

Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Strategies
Robert Chambers
Robert Chambers is a leading figure in participatory development research methods and practice in the field of international development studies. He has played a major contribution in shifting the focus of development studies towards people-centered and bottom-up approaches, placing the poor and marginalized at the centre of development policy. Robert is an honorary fellow of the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and has over 40 years of experience as a researcher at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).
Drug Policy
Martin Drewry
is the Director of Health Poverty Action, an international NGO working to improve the health of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people. Previously, Martin was Head of Campaigns for Christian Aid for close to 10 years, playing a major role in Jubilee 2000, Drop the Debt and the Trade Justice Movement and was also a coordinator of Make Poverty History. Initially an award-winning grass-roots community development worker, Martin now has more than 20 years of experience in the development sector.

MSF Breakout Sessions


Responding to a Humanitarian Crisis
Mary Houldsworth
Mary Houldsworth, known as Flowa, is an experienced nurse and midwife working at Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Throughout her 18-year career, Mary has worked in a number of MSF missions in the following areas: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Calcutta and Liberia. As part of a team of 80 international staff, Mary spent six weeks working in the largest purpose built MSF Ebola centre in Monrovia, Liberia. Mary has also worked as part of the Refugee Crisis in the Greek Islands.
Getting Resources to the Under-Resourced: The MSF Access Campaign
Mary Gallagher
Mary Gallagher is currently working as a Campaigns Coordinator at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the UK. Mary works according to MSFs vision that “Medicine shouldn’t be a luxury” within the MSF Access Campaign. This campaign argues for the increased access to, and development of, affordable, practical and effective medicines, diagnostic tests, and vaccines for patients around the world. Mary has previously worked as a Policy and Advocacy Officer at Practical Action, a non-profit organization that works with the world’s poorest communities to find solutions to disease, hunger and poverty with the use of sustainable technology. During her time at Practical Action, Mary co-authored the briefing The Energy-Water-Food Nexus at Decentralized Scales that reflected on the potential of decentralized energy to meet the demand for energy in remote areas. Mary received an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies after finishing her undergraduate degree in History at Oxford University.

MSF in the Field: Adapting stable programs to adverse events – Prioritising Health Needs
Rob Verrecchia
Rob Verrecchia is a medical doctor who has worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in The Central African Republic and The Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to this he worked in rural South Africa where he developed an interest in HIV/TB and maternal health. He is also a keen photographer and kept a photo blog in his most recent mission, collaborating with HIV patients to share their stories. He is currently undertaking an MSc in public health.
MSF in the Field: Overcoming Challenges Faced When Implementing Healthcare Initiatives
Mary Ibeto
Mary is currently a Global Health Fellow in a GP specialty training programme in the South West of England. Prior to this she worked for 3 years in South Africa. The 1st of these was spent working in a district level hospital in Cape Town and the later 2 were with MSF in its Khayelitsha project. During her time with MSF Khayelitsha, she managed its clinical mentoring programme, developed its prevention of mother to child transmission programme and created training modules to aid the dissemination of several of the projects HIV/TB related health initiatives.

‘Every Last Child’ Film Director Tom Roberts Q&A


Tom Roberts
Film Director
Tom Roberts is the writer, director and producer of Every Last Child – a documentary following the struggle to end polio in Pakistan. The film documents the dramatic stories of five people who have been impacted by this devastating disease. Tom is a multi-award winning documentary film director and producer with dozens of films to his name with subject matters ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the Arab/Israeli conflict to homeless children on the streets of Britain.

As speaker arrangements are subject to change, a final version of the speaker list will be published on Thursday 14th April.