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Financing & Innovation in Global Health Forum

The deployment of blended finance, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology to drive effective and transformative global health investment

Terry Collins Assoc

On April 14 and 15, alongside the World Bank Group's annual spring meetings, funders from the private, public, and philanthropic sectors will come together for the inaugural Financing & Innovation in Global Health (FIGH) Forum.

FIGH aims to spark the deployment of blended finance, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology to drive effective and transformative global health investment. 

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we need a unique combination of capital and innovation from across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. But how do we make that happen in reality? To start answering that question with action, FIGH will address:

  • Trends and Disruptive Innovations in Global Health Technology, Finance, Policy and Partnerships

  • Making the Case for Investment in Mental Health

  • Private Sector Engagement in Improving Health Outcomes and Supporting the SDGs

  • Developing Blended Finance Solutions for Health

  • Beyond Health: Social and Economic Determinants of Health 

  • Simplifying to Scale: Reflections on the Promise of Innovation in Global Health

Speakers at FIGH will include:

  • Awa Coll-Seck, Minister of Health, Senegal

  • Ashish Jha, Executive Director, Harvard Global Health Institute

  • Isaac F. Adewole, Minister of Health, Nigeria

  • Ojo Maduekwe, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria

  • Paul Stoffels, Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson

  • Paula Zahn, Distinguished News Anchor

  • Ambassador Jim Glassman, Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy

  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee, U.S. House of Representatives, California's 13th district

  • Congressman Matt Salmon, U.S. House of Representatives, Arizona's 5th district

  • Ambassador John Simon, Former US Ambassador to the African Union

  • Wendy Taylor, Director, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact, USAID

For a complete list of confirmed speakers:


  • The Global Development Incubator

  • Convergence


  • Johnson & Johnson

  • Dalberg Global Development Advisors

  • PATH

  • L.E.K Consulting

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • PwC

  • GE Foundation


  • Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

  • EngenderHealth

  • Funders Concerned About AIDS

  • GBCHealth

  • Global Health Council

  • Grand Challenges Canada

  • Harvard Global Health Institute

  • Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design

  • Office of the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria



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