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GHF2014 – PL03 – Global Health Governance: Integrating Competing World Views

Dr. Sunoor Verma
Executive Director, Geneva Health Forum, Switzerland
Prof. Ilona Kickbush
Director, Global Health Programme, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland
Prof. Ronald Labonté
Professor, Canada Research Chair, Globalization/Health Equity, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, Canada
Dr. Mira Shiva 
Chairperson, Health Action International Asia –Pacific, India
Mr. Pascal Lamy 
Honorary President, Notre Europe, Jacques Delors Institute, France
Mr. Bart Peterson
Honorary President, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Eli Lilly and Company, United States
Drawing on the personal journeys of a politician, an activist and two academic experts in the field of global health governance and diplomacy, this session will aim to illustrate how effective global health advocacy not only lies in the institutional and technical assets of GHG actors but among other things in their ability to strategically frame policy issues, in order to appeal to different audiences within specific contexts and timeframes.
Many of the most pressing global challenges facing the world today are intertwined with the complex dynamics of globalization, and require policy solutions that see national and international institutions acting in concert and the need for health communities across countries to cooperate more closely, and across a wider range of issues. The question, of how we should collectively protect and promote health in an increasingly globalized world, has opened up the policy space known as global health governance (GHG).The starting point of this session is the recognition that GHG space is inherently a political space, not limited to technical solutions based on 'best practice', cost effectiveness or evidence, but  a political arena characterized by competing frames, each with its own logic, language and preferred policy pathways. This creates a complex and contested policy space where different frames (with the worldviews and interests they represent) compete.

Sunoor -130Dr. Sunoor Verma

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

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.


PascalLamyMr. Pascal Lamy

Perspective: How to engage in dialogue with various actors who have differing interests and power positions while safeguarding public good interests?

Mr. Pascal Lamy has served two terms as Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from September 2005 to September 2013. He holds degrees from the Paris based Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He began his career in the French civil service at the Inspection Générale des finances and at the Treasury. He then became an advisor to the Finance Minister Jacques Delors, and subsequently to Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy. In Brussels from 1985 to 1994, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, and his representative as Sherpa in the G7. In November 1994, he joined the team in charge of rescuing Crédit Lyonnais, and later became CEO of the bank until its privatisation in 1999. Between 1999 and 2004, he was Commissioner for Trade at the European Commission under Romano Prodi. After his tenure in Brussels, he spent a short sabbatical period as President of “Notre Europe”, a think tank working on European integration, as associate Professor at the l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and as advisor to Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (President of the European Socialist Party). More recently, Pascal Lamy was the chair of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, a commission that brought together highly experienced leaders from government, business and society to examine the current gridlock in international and national attempts to deal with key global problems. The Commission has issued recommendations in a report entitled “Now for the Long Term” made public in October 2013.


Ronald_LabontéProf. Ronald Labonté

Perspective: How global health as a foreign policy issue is conceptualized, framed? And why is it important to study it?

Prof. Labonté is Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity at the Institute of Population Health, and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. His current research interests include globalization as a ‘determinant of determinants’ (he chaired the Globalization Knowledge Network for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health); ethics, human rights and global health development; global migration of health workers; revitalization of comprehensive primary health care; global health diplomacy.

He recently reviewed the various policy frames (security, development, global public goods, trade, human rights and ethical/moral reasoning) for health in foreign policy that inform global health diplomacy.


Ilona KickbushProf. Ilona Kickbusch, Switzerland

Perspective: What is global health diplomacy and why is it important to build capacity in this domain?

Ilona Kickbusch is the Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. She advises organisations, government agencies and the private sector on policies and strategies to promote health at the national, European and international level. She has published widely and is a member of a number of advisory boards in both the academic and the health policy arena. She has received many awards and served as the Adelaide Thinker in Residence at the invitation of the Premier of South Australia. She has recently launched a think-tank initiative “Global Health Europe: A Platform for European Engagement in Global Health” and the “Consortium for Global Health Diplomacy”.

Her key areas of interest are global health governance, global health diplomacy, health in all policies, the health society and health literacy. She has had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization, at both the regional and global level, where she initiated the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion and a range of “settings projects” including Healthy Cities. From 1998 – 2003 she joined Yale University as the head of the global health division, where she contributed to shaping the field of global health and headed a major Fulbright programme. She is a political scientist with a PhD from the University of Konstanz, Germany.


MiraShiva200x150Dr. Mira Shiva, India

Perspective: Mobilizing local communities and raising the voices of the women.

Dr. Mira Shiva is a physician and health activist (MBBS, MD Medicine, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India). She has been working on issues related to public health, women’s health, reproductive health & gender concerns, women ecology & health, food & nutritional security, health rights rooted in social justice & gender justice.

She is the Coordinator, Initiative for Health & Equity in Society/Third World Network, Founder Member & Steering Committee member of Diverse Women for Diversity, Peoples’ Health Movement, Health Action International-Asia Pacific, South Asian Focal Point-International Peoples’ Health Council.

She is member working Group Regulation of Food & Drugs by Planning Commission for 12th 5 year plan.She was member Central Council for Health, and  Chairperson of the Consumer Education Taskforce on Safety of Food & Medicine, Ministry of Health. She has been Member Health Committee National Human Rights Commission, Member, Central Social Welfare Board, Member-Advisory Committee, Gender and Communication Programme for Vigyan Prasar-Department of Science and Technology.

She was Director-Women & Health, Rational Drug Policy Head Public Policy in VHAI, Founder Coordinator All India Drug Action Network. She is steering Committee Member of Indian alliance of Child Righs & National alliance for Maternal Health & Human Rights, Right To Food Campaign, Doctors for Food & Biosafety.

She was involved in relief work following the Bhopal gas Tragedy 1984, was member of Supreme Court of India and member of the Commission that  investigated the causes of a cholera outbreak trans Jamuna, part of Delhi in 1988.


BartPetersonSMMr. Bart Peterson, United States

Mr. Bart Peterson joined Eli Lilly and Company in June 2009 as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications. He is a member of the company’s executive committee.

Peterson received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1980 and earned his law degree at the University of Michigan in 1983.Prior to joining Lilly, Peterson was Managing Director at Strategic Capital Partners, LLC from June2008 to June 2009. During spring 2008, Peterson was a fellow with the Institute of Politics of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. During the 2008-2009 school year, Peterson was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Ball State University. He continues as a fellow with the University’s Bowen Center for Public Affairs.

From 2000 to 2007, Peterson served two terms as Mayor of Indianapolis, the nation’s 12th largest city. He also served as President of the National League of Cities in 2007. As mayor, Peterson led a transformation of public education in Indianapolis as the only mayor in America with the authority to create new schools by issuing charters. He was responsible for 16 charter schools and won Harvard University’s prestigious Innovations in American Government Award for the initiative in 2006. He was also instrumental in the business expansions of FedEx, Rolls Royce, and WellPoint in Indianapolis, and the construction and development of major projects such as Lucas Oil Stadium, the Conrad Indianapolis, Simon Property Group’s world headquarters, the new Indianapolis International Airport’s Col. H. Weir Cook terminal building, and the future Indiana Convention Center expansion and J.W. Marriott Hotel.

Along with Indiana University, Purdue University, Lilly, and the Central Indiana Corporate

Partnership, he created BioCrossroads, a focused effort to push Indianapolis to the forefront   as a life sciences capital. Peterson was honored by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies with their city government leader of the year award for his efforts in cleaning up the Indianapolis waterways.

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