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Friday, March 27, 2009

Healthcare: Early Detection And Prevention

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Session Description

Practitioner Showcase: The gap between rich and poor is manifest in any number of ways, particularly in healthcare, where governments and markets have failed the most vulnerable populations. Four passionate and gifted social entrepreneurs will discuss their innovations and demonstrate how lives can improve against seemingly insurmountable odds. Learn about the simple, scalable, and extremely successful approaches they’ve taken to healthcare delivery, prevention and education.


When | Where

10:45 - 12:15 Friday, March 27

Session leaders

  • Bart Weetjens Speaker
    Founder, APOPO
    Peace Punk, Rat Lover, Social Entrepreneur, Loving Dad, Wellbeing Prophet and Zen Monk
  • Gene Falk Speaker
    CEO, PointB Advisors |DGB
  • Larry Brilliant Speaker
    Acting Chair, Skoll Global Threats Fund
    Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH, is the author of Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventures of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History. He currently serves as the acting Chairman of the Board of the Skoll Global Threats Fund whose mission is to confront global threats like: Pandemics, Climate Change, Water, Nuclear Proliferation and the Middle East Conflict. He is also a Senior Adviser at the Jeff Skoll Group. Dr. Larry was formerly Skoll Global Threats Fund’s President and CEO. Before that, he was Vice President of Google and Executive Director of He is board certified in preventive medicine and public health and co-founder of The Seva Foundation, an international NGO whose programs and grantees have given back sight to more than 3.5 million blind people in over 20 countries. Dr. Larry lived in India for more than a decade working as a United Nations medical officer where he played a key role in the successful World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program in South Asia. He was professor at the University of Michigan and founding chairman of the National Biosurveillance Advisory Subcommittee. Prizes: Time 100, TED Prize, two honorary doctorates. He is on the boards of the Skoll Foundation and Salesforce Foundation.
  • Nathan Wolfe Speaker
    Professor/Founder, Stanford University
    Nathan Wolfe holds the Lorry Lokey Visiting Professorship in Human Biology at Stanford University. He received his doctorate in immunology and infectious diseases from Harvard University in 1998, and has been the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship (1997), the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award (2005), and the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award (2009). Wolfe’s research aims to chart the diversity of microbial life on earth, and combines methods from molecular virology, ecology, evolutionary biology, and anthropology. He founded and directs the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative (GVFI), a pandemic early warning system which monitors the spillover of novel infectious agents from animals into humans. GVFI coordinates activities of over 100 scientists and staff from countries around the world.
  • Paul Farmer Speaker
    Co-founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health
    Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world's poorest people. He is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. Dr. Farmer holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he is the Kolokotrones University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; he is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. Additionally, Dr. Farmer serves as the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.