UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Workshop: How to build a health commons approach to pandemic preparedness and response

16 January 2023, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

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This is a hybrid event, co-hosted by DNDi, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) and Friends of the Independent Panel.

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Date: 16 January 2023
Time: 13:00 - 15:00 pm (GMT) UK / 14:00 - 16:00 pm 
(CET) Geneva

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The aim of this workshop is to start to identify the key elements of a collective framework to organize, finance, and coordinate health innovation by public and private sectors. It will discuss some of the latest economic thinking on collective ownership, explore current examples of managing collective knowledge to develop vaccines and treatments for PPR and help identify areas where policy makers can and should act to increase our collective capabilities for the development and equitable delivery of health technologies for pandemic preparedness and response.

Hybrid event, co-hosted by DNDi, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, & Friends of The Independent Panel. Participation in-person at DNDi offices in Geneva or online. To confirm in person attendance please contact DNDi rcrockett@dndi.org. If attending in person, please arrive at the DNDi offices promptly at 13:45 CET (Geneva) for a 14:00 start. 


Moderated by Spring Gombe, Partner and Principal, Public Affairs Practice, Market Access Africa.

Keynote | Health for All: From a Public Good to a Common Good approach

Initiatives to deliver common good for health

  • Chan Park, Medicines Patent Pool: Technology sharing and managing collective knowledge within the WHO mRNA technology transfer Hub
  • Annette Von Delft, University of Oxford: Knowledge sharing within the Moonshot consortium
  • Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou, Researcher at CEIMIA and Founder of the Mboa Lab: Using emerging technologies for improving NTDs diagnostics: Open Science principles applied to AI and local manufacturing for medical labs in Africa


Closing remarks

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About the Speakers

Prof Mariana Mazzucato

Founding Director and Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). She is winner of international prizes including the Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana in 2021, Italy's highest civilian honour, the 2020 John von Neumann Award, the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, and 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' by The New Republic, one of the 50 most creative people in business in 2020 by Fast Company, and one of the 25 leaders shaping the future of capitalism by WIRED.  
She is the author of three highly-acclaimed books: The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths (2013), The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy (2018) and most recently Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism (2021). She advises policymakers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth. Her current roles include being Chair of the World Health Organization’s Economic Council on Health for All and a member of the South African President’s Economic Advisory Council, the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors, and the United Nations High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs, among others.  More about Prof Mariana Mazzucato

Dr Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou

Researcher at CEIMIA

Dr Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou
Dr Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou, a Cameroonian scientist, holds a PhD in Public Communication from Laval University, Canada. With a focus on decolonial studies and critical approaches to development, his research interests include digital humanities, the 4th industrial revolution, digital technologies and particularly artificial intelligence for the common good. Dr. Thomas Mboa is currently Researcher in Residence at the International Centre of Expertise In Montreal on Artificial Intelligence (CEIMIA), where his main mission is to put in place mechanisms to ensure a better inclusion and representation of Africa in the international ecosystem of Artificial Intelligence. 

In a practical way, Thomas Mboa founded the Mboalab, a collaborative space whose mission is to catalyse local sustainable development through Open Science. The main activities of the Mboalab are therefore oriented towards: biotechnology, smart technologies (IoT, electronics), digital manufacturing (3D printing, prototyping) and artificial intelligence applied to health. You can learn more about Thomas Mboa's work here. More about Dr Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou

Spring Gombe

Partner and Principal at Market Access Africa

Spring Gombe
Spring leads the Public Affairs Practice at Market Access Africa, which provides strategic advice to multilateral agencies, governments, and a range of non-state actors working towards equal access to health with particular emphasis on the needs of medically underserved, vulnerable and neglected populations.

Bringing 20+ years’ experience to MAA, Spring was previously Programme Manager, Technology Access Partnership at the UN Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries, a Senior Policy Advocacy Manager with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and a Senior Health Policy Analyst with the Knowledge Ecology International, for whom her work focused on neglected tropical diseases and diseases of epidemic potential. 

Her other work experiences include advocating for access to health technologies with civil society organizations, including MSF Access Campaign and Oxfam International. Spring holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a Master of Arts in Global Health Policy from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. More about Spring Gombe

Helen Clark

Co-chair of The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, and former Prime Minister of New Zealand at The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response

helen clark
Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms from 1999–2008. She was the first woman to become Prime Minister following a General Election in New Zealand and the second woman to serve as Prime Minister.

Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister and as a Member of Parliament over 27 years, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international affairs, economic, social, environmental, and cultural spheres. She advocated strongly for a comprehensive programme on sustainability for New Zealand and for tackling the challenges of climate change. She was an active leader of her country’s foreign relations, engaging in a wide range of international issues.

In April 2009, Helen Clark became Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. She was the first woman to lead the organisation, and served two terms there. At the same time, she was Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of all UN funds, programmes, agencies, and departments working on development issues. As Administrator, she led UNDP to be ranked the most transparent global development organisation. She completed her tenure in April 2017. More about Helen Clark