|PS30||WEDNESDAY, 16 APRIL 2014||ROOM: 3
|Debate Motion: “This house believes reverse innovation in health is a distinct category of innovation that holds the key to creating effective future health solutions.”
| Dr. Greg Martin
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Globalization and Health, Ireland
|FOR THE MOTION:|
| Dr. Shams B. Syed
Program Manager, African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS), Global Partnerships Lead, WHO Service Delivery & Safety (SDS), Switzerland
|Ms. Vivasvat Dadwal
Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa, Centre on Governance, Canada
|AGAINST THE MOTION:|
|Mrs. Bronwyn Lay
Writer, Jurist, Australia
| Dr. Sunoor Verma
Executive Director, Geneva Health Forum, Switzerland
Dr. Greg Martin is a South African doctor with a masters in public health and an MBA degree. Dr Martin’s involvement in global health has spanned a wide rang of subject matter including maternal and child health, cancer prevention, access to medicine and the treatment and care of people living with HIV, amongst others. He recently stepped down from the role of Director of Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission at the Clinton Health Access Initiative in order to move to Ireland where he recently got married. He is currently with Editor-in-Chief of the journal Globalization and Health and runs a Global Health YouTube channel as well as working as a clinician in a local hospital in Dublin.
Dr. Shams Syed is responsible for overseeing African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS), based at WHO Headquarters in Geneva. He has led the development and implementation of the programme since its inception in 2008. He assumed responsibility for global partnership development in the newly formed WHO Department of Service Delivery & Safety in 2013. Dr. Syed received his medical degree from St. George’s, University of London, and subsequently practiced as an independent General Practitioner in the UK. He received postgraduate public health training at the University of Cambridge. Subsequently, he trained in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, is US Board Certified in Public Health & Preventive Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. His previous experiences include: involvement in a future-focused multi-country health systems research consortium; working at the Pan American Health Organization with seven Caribbean countries on strengthening health systems with a focus on surveillance systems; and working as the Advisor on Family and Community Health at the WHO Country Office in Trinidad and Tobago with a focus on quality of care. Dr. Syed has a focused academic interest in reverse innovation in global health systems.
Viva is a civil servant by day, community-builder by night. Viva's multidisciplinary interests span local, national, and international spheres. She is engaged in a range of socially and politically minded activities - from Canadian history to global health. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa and Associate Editor of the London School of Economics-affiliated journal Globalization and Health. She has held prestigious internships at the World Health Organization and Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations and to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. She is also a guest blogger for World Bank's youth blog, Youthink! Viva holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biology from the University of Windsor, and an M.A. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Sunoor Verma is the Executive Director Geneva Health Forum.As a senior development expert, Sunoor Verma has worked in emergency, conflict and post-conflict situations. He has led the establishment of complex partnerships and coalitions by negotiating strategic agreements and their implementation plans. He has set up programs across sectors, including, Education, Health, Protection, Injuries, Sanitation, HIV/AIDS, Harm Reduction, Conflict Resolution, Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, Environment, Culture, Gender, Minority issues etc. He has worked in various locations, including Western Europe, South East Europe, South Asia, South East Asia, North Africa and Australia. Among others, he consulted and worked with UNHCR, UNICEF, and the European Centre for Minority Issues, Cambridge University and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Sunoor Vema has been the principal consultant of the strategy consulting practice ‘ProCube’ and is the founder of www.csrforchildren.org.
He is a seasoned speaker on the topics of strategy, partnerships and leadership. He is also sought after for his skills as an effective moderator on high-voltage panels. In a previous avatar, Sunoor Verma was a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon.
Bronwyn Lay currently lives with her family in rural France near the Swiss border.
Before moving overseas, Bronwyn worked as a legal aid lawyer in Melbourne, obtained post-graduate qualifications in political theory and was involved with various community organisations.
She now spends her time writing and pondering the world from the safety of her vegetable patch.