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Where Are We on Global Health?

Hosted by LSE Festival: Shape the World

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building


Joe Cerrell

Joe Cerrell

Clare Wenham


Beth Kreling

With 10 years to go, will the world meet Sustainable Development Goal 3: ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages?

Joe Cerrell, Managing Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in conversation with Claire Wenham, Assistant Professor at the LSE, will discuss the progress made and challenges that lie ahead on targets such as ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and achieving universal health coverage. Discussion will focus on recent successes, lessons learned and how governments and the private sector could—and should—step up in the new decade.

Joe Cerrell (@CerrJ) is based in the Gates Foundation’s European Office in London. In this role, Joe oversees the foundation's relationships with donor governments in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. His team seeks to expand the foundation’s partnerships with these governments, but also corporations, foundations and other non-governmental organizations, to support increased global engagement and progress on global health and agriculture. Since joining the foundation in 2001, Joe has held a number of positions, including director for Europe and Middle East and director of Global Health Policy and Advocacy. Prior to his time at the foundation, he served in a variety of senior roles in government and strategy consulting practices, including positions in the Clinton White House under former Vice President Al Gore and at APCO Worldwide. Joe currently serves on the board of directors for the ONE Campaign and Comic Relief. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern California.

Clare Wenham (@clarewenham) is Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy, LSE. She is the Director of the MSc in Global Health Policy and sits on the steering committee of the LSE Global Health Initiative. Her work mostly falls in the cross-over between global health and international relations focusing on global health security and global health governance. In particular, her recent research has concentrated on Zika, Ebola, and more broadly, on the governance structures of the global health landscape and global disease control. She previously worked at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, delivering a series of projects relating to surveillance and transmission of infectious disease.

Beth Kreling is a Senior Policy Fellow in the Department of Health Policy, LSE and has spent a number of years at LSE working across the Department’s Global Health portfolio. She helped to establish and manage the Global Health Initiative, an inter-departmental research unit set up to increase the coherence and visibility of Global Health research activity across the School. Amongst other varied projects, she has led a multi-partner, EU funded, public-private initiative - Big Data for Better Outcomes - facilitating the use of “big data” to enable the transition towards value-based, outcomes-focused health care systems in Europe. Beth has a background in international development and consultancy, with a particular focus on Africa and India. Prior to joining LSE, Beth worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Health and Education Unit, engaging with stakeholders across Commonwealth governments, inter-governmental organisations and NGOs on education policy priorities. This built on previous experience as Chief Operating Officer of education NGO Link Community Development International, where she oversaw operations and programme development in the UK and across five sub-Saharan African offices.

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This event is part of the LSE Festival: Shape the World running from Monday 2 to Saturday 7 March 2020, with a series of events exploring how social science can make the world a better place.


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