Announcing Keynote Speaker Jeffrey Sachs for Global Health Interdisciplinary Symposium

May 5, 2015

On November 19-20, 2015 in Chicago, the Buffett Institute is co-sponsoring an interdisciplinary symposium with the Feinberg School of Medicine titled, “Global Health Then and Now: Equality, Development, and Globalization.” Other co-sponsors include the Buffett Institute's Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) program, the Program of African Studies, and the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern.

About Keynote Speaker Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs

We are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the event will be economist and author Jeffrey D. Sachs. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders.

Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

About the Symposium 

The central goal of this two-day symposium is to catalyze the exchange and cross pollination of ideas and research on the interdisciplinary factors, impediments, and solutions to the advancement of global health. Where multiple perspectives come together around some of the world’s largest problems, we can find the greatest potential for impactful global health solutions.

Although global health research and practice began as a primarily medical enterprise grounded in tropical medicine and public hygiene, the last decade has seen a significant change. Increasingly, it has become apparent that a confluence of factors, including good governance, effective economic infrastructures, and functional legal systems are central to building a robust framework to support a successful long-term global health agenda.

Through interdisciplinary panel sessions and keynote addresses, this symposium will bring together scholars, policy experts, non-governmental organization practitioners and other health professionals to discuss subjects including but not limited to

  • Global health governance in the age of epidemics
  • Innovation and social entrepreneurship in global health
  • Global health funding
  • Marketing and social mobilization
  • Social determinants of health and economic development
  • Public-private partnerships in global health coordination
  • Corporate social responsibility and health
  • The impact of epidemics on human capital
  • Translating research into policy: maximizing the impact of quantitative and qualitative research on global health
  • Historical global health milestones

To register and learn more about the symposium, visit the official website for the event.

Africa, Americas, Asia, Development, Europe, For Graduate Students, Global Health, Law, Middle East, US Foreign Policy