Global Health and Innovation Conference (3/28-29 in New Haven)

Our friends at Unite for Sight are offering discounted registration for their 12th annual Global Health & Innovation Conference, March 28-29, in New Haven. (That’s a full week after Wesleyan’s Spring Break ends.) The student price is only $110 until August 31, and it increases $10/month thereafter.

For full conference details, visit

Current students who register for this (or any other) conference are eligible to apply for a Patricelli Center Enrichment Grant to cover or defray the cost of attending.


Email from Unite For Sight:

I hope that you are doing well!  You and your colleagues may be interested in attending or presenting at the upcoming annual Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale, which is the world’s largest and leading global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference.  We would appreciate it if you could please forward this announcement to your colleagues who may be interested in attending or presenting.  For those interested in presenting at the conference, we are currently accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentation.  The first abstract deadline is August 31, and the final abstract deadline is September 30.  Register by August 31 for a very reduced early bird rate.

Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 12th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29, 2015

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  Register now to secure the lowest registration rate:

Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit an abstract for consideration.

To date, the conference’s 300 confirmed speakers include:

Keynote Addresses

  • Gary Cohen, President and Co-Founder, Health Care Without Harm
  • Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
  • Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Millennium Village Project, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • More speakers TBA

Business Principles in Global Health Speakers

  • “Measurement for Managers: Tools for Decision Making to Advance Health in Developing Countries,” Kim Longfield, Director, Research and Metrics, Population Services International
  • More speakers TBA

Design Thinking Speakers

  • Mariana Amatullo, Vice President, Director, Designmatters Department, Art Center College of Design
  • Cal Bruns, CEO/Chief Creative Incubationist, Matchboxology
  • Ramsey Ford, Visiting Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, University of Cincinnati; Design Director, Design Impact
  • Mark Goulthorpe, Associate Professor, MIT Department of Architecture
  • Meghan Majorowski, Director, Global Health at FSG
  • Meira Neggaz, Senior Program Officer, MSI-US
  • Natacha Poggio, Assistant Professor, Visual Communication Design, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford; Founder, Design Global Change
  • More speakers TBA

Environment Health, Energy, Food and Agriculture Speakers

  • Jessie Cronan, Executive Director, Gardens for Health International
  • Cheryl Dahle, Future of Fish
  • “Why Soy is Unhealthy: It’s NOT What You Think!” Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • Sasha Kramer, PhD, Co-founder and Executive Director, SOIL; Adjunct Professor of International Studies, University of Miami
  • Debra Shapira, Senior Manager Institutional Relations, Root Capital
  • More speakers TBA

Film, Photography, Art & Global Health Speakers

  • Firdaus Kharas, Chairman, Chocolate Moose Media and Culture Shift
  • Lisa Russell, Emmy-Winning Filmmaker and Global Health Advocate, Governess Films
  • More speakers TBA

Healthcare Delivery Models and Impact Measurement

  • Jane Aronson, MD, CEO, Founder, Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University
  • Shinichi Daimyo, Clinical Program Officer, Partners In Health
  • Martin Edlund, CEO, Malaria No More
  • Gabrielle Fitzgerald
  • Eva Harris, Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology; Director, Center for Global Public Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kala Mehta, DSc, MPH, Faculty Affiliate, Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
  • Josh Ruxin, Founder and Director, Health Builders
  • Camille Saade, Director, Partnerships,Global Health, Population and Nutrition, fhi360
  • “Closing the Delivery Gap: An Integrated Approach to Health Systems Strenghtening in Togo, West Africa,” Jennifer Schechter, MSW, MPH, Executive Director, Hope Through Health
  • Mohammed Abdus Salem, Country Representative, BRAC Liberia
  • “Quality Assurance in Vision Center and Outreach Eye Screenings,” Sarang Samal, Founder, Kalinga Eye Hospital, NYSASDRI, India; Unite For Sight Partner
  • Harsh Sule, MD, MPP, Assistant Professor and Director of International Emergency Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University & Hospitals
  • More speakers TBA

Health Education and University Education Initiatives in Global Health Speakers

  • “InnovateHealth Yale: A Program in Social Impact and Entrepreneurship — Implementation and Lessons Learned,” Marty Klein, MPH, PhD, Lecturer in Public Health, Associate Dean for Development and External Affairs, Yale University School of Public Health
  • Jordan Levy, Managing Director, Ubuntu Education Fund
  • Tucker Marion, PhD, Associate Professor, Co-Director, High-Technology MBA; Co-Director, Institute for Global Innovation Management; Samuel Altschuler Research Fellow, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University
  • Joia Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Richard Skolnik, Lecturer, Department of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health; Author, “Essentials of Global Health/Global Health 101”
  • Monica Slinkard, MSN, ANP-BC, WHNP-BC, Medical Director, LifeNet International
  • More speakers TBA

Health Policy & Advocacy

  • Rajesh Anandan, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and UNICEF Ventures, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
  • Sam Daley-Harris, CEO, Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation, A Project of RESULTS Educational Fund
  • Katie Taylor, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
  • More speakers TBA

Maternal and Child Health Speakers

  • Yet Asfaw, Vice President, EngenderHealth
  • “Why the Continuing Siege on Reproductive Rights?” Rebecca Cook, Professor of Law Emerita, FAculty of Law, University of Toronto
  • “In Your Own Words: Digital Youth Story Telling,” Nomi Fuchs-Montgomery, US Country Director, MSI
  • Kirsten Gagnaire, Executive Director, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)
  • “Just Actions: 10 Transformational Initiatives That Can Deliver the Next Wave of Health and Development Gains,” Leith Greenslade, Vice-Chair Child Health, Office of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and the MDG Health Alliance
  • Latanya Mapp Frett, Vice President, Global Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • “Mutual Learning and Reverse Innovation: Lessons from the Field,” Tricia Morente, COO, Kangu
  • James Nardella, Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance
  • More speakers TBA

Mental and Neurological Health Speakers

  • Andy Shih, Senior Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Autism Speaks
  • Stephanie Smith, Health and Policy Advisor for Mental Health, Partners In Health and Inshuti Mu Buzima, Rwanda; Fellow in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psycho-oncology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Research Fellow, Program in Global Mental Health and Social Change, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • “Global Mental Health and Development,” Chris Underhill, Founder, BasicNeeds
  • More speakers TBA

Other Non-Communicable Diseases Speakers

  • David Bouslough, MD, MPH, FACEP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Director, Division of International Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director of Life Support Education, Clinical Advisor for Emergency Medicine, Emergency Preparedness, and Palliative Care, LBJ Tropical Medical Center, American Samoa
  • Gene Kwan, MD, Clinical Fellow, Boston Medical Center and Partners In Health
  • “Income Inequality: It’s More Than Just Annoying,” Nader Moinfar, MD, MPH, Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology; Fellow, American Society of Retina Specialists; Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Central Florida School of Medicine; Diseases and Surgery of the Retina, Vitreous and Macula, Magruder Eye Institute
  • Mark Roithmayr, Chief Development Officer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • More speakers TBA

Patient-Centered Initiatives Speakers

  • Peter Doshi, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, University of Maryland School of Pharmacology; Associate Editor, The BMJ
  • Richard Siegrist, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Associate Academic Director, MHCM Program; Adjunct Lecturer on Health Care Management, Harvard School of Public Health
  • “How to Restore Trust and Social Responsibility in Medicine,” Leana Wen, MD, MSc, Director, Patient-Centered Care Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, The George Washington University
  • More speakers TBA

Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Speakers

  • Thomas Chupein, Policy Manager, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab           
  • Jennifer Galvin, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Yale School of Medicine
  • “Equitable Research in Global Health Equity: Increasing Technical Capacity and Ownership of Research in Rural Rwanda,” Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Instructor, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Peter Speyer, Chief Data & Technology Officer, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
  • James Tsai, MD, Robert R. Young Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Daniel Zoughbie, Founder and CEO, Microclinic International; Visiting Scholar, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
  • More speakers TBA

Philanthropy and Investment Speakers

  • Diana Ayton-Shenker, Founder & CEO, Global Momenta           
  • David Barash, Executive Director, Global Health Portfolio and Chief Medical Officer, GE Foundation
  • Shubha Kumar, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor & Director of Programs, University of Southern California (USC)
  • Angela Lee, Founder, 37 Angels; Executive Director of Teaching Excellence and Adunct, Columbia Business School
  • Jennifer Mccrea, Senior Research Fellow, Hauser Institute for Civil Society, Harvard Kennedy School
  • More speakers TBA

Social Enterprise Speakers

  • Molly Christiansen, Director of Research & Partner Development, LivingGoods
  • Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • “Unreasonable Capital // Investing at the Nexus of Explosive Growth & Impact” Daniel Epstein, Founder & CEO, Unreasonable Institute
  • Tyler Gage, Co-Founder and President, Runa
  • Peter Johnson, Partner, Developing World Markets
  • “Rising Expectations Lift All People,” Rodney North, The Answer Man – Information for the Public and Media, Equal Exchange Coop
  • Rashmi Pillai, Director, Strategic Partnerships & Advisory, Living Goods
  • Joe Whinney, Founder and CEO, Theo Chocolate, Inc.
  • More speakers TBA

Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

  • Ron Bills, Chairman and CEO, Envirofit International
  • “Keeping the Wheels Turning: A Practical Approach to Delivering Health Care to the Hard to Reach,” Andrea Coleman, Co-founder and CEO, Riders for Health
  • Al Hammond, Senior Entrepreneur, Ashoka’s Full Economic Citizenship Program
  • Brian Julius, Owner, Books of Hope LLC
  • “Social Impact Measurement and the Pretense of Knowledge,” Rich Leimsider, Vice President of Fellowship Programs, Echoing Green
  • Matt Nash, CASE Managing Director, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • More speakers TBA

Social Media & Marketing Speakers

  • Charlotte Cole, Blue Butterfly Collaborative
  • “Indiegogo: Crowdfunding for Impact,” Alisa Cordesius, Cause Vertical Manager, Indiegogo
  • “Energy & Impact: Creating Compelling Social Change Campaigns,” Dave DeLuca, Head of Campaigns, Do Something
  • Mehret Mandefro, President and Producer, Truth Aid
  • More speakers TBA

Surgery & Global Health Speakers

  • Scott Corlew, CMO/VP of Medical Affairs, St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital
  • Kathleen Casey
  • Robert Riviello, Instructor, Harvard Medical School
  • “Gratifactions and Hazards of Volunteer Service Abroad,” Aron Rose, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing, Yale University School of Nursing
  • More speakers TBA

Technology in Global Health Speakers

  • Bobby Jefferson, Director Informatics, Futures Group
  • Shainoor Khoja, Consultant/Previously Managing Director, Roshan Community
  • Kenneth Paik, MD, MBA, Director of Operations, Sana
  • Amish Parashar, Director of Innovation, Triple Ring Technologies
  • Carter Powers, COO, Dimagi, Inc.
  • More speakers TBA

Water and Sanitation Speakers

  • Zafar Adeel, Director, United Nations University, Institute for Water, Environment and Health
  • Ned Breslin, Chief Executive Officer, Water For People
  • Christoph Gorder, Chief Global Water Officer, Charity:Water
  • More speakers TBA

Interactive Workshops

  • Jane Aronson, MD, CEO, Founder, Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University
  • Cal Bruns, CEO/Chief Creative Incubationist, Matchboxology
  • Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • Perry Dougherty, Director of Institute for Spiritual Formation & Society, Still Harbor
  • “Bioethical Challenges Practicing Medicine in the Developing World,” Aron Rose, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing, Yale University School of Nursing
  • More speakers TBA

Complete conference details can be seen on the 2015 Global Health & Innovation Conference website.