Global Business School for Health


Webinars - Reimagining Business and Management for a Healthier Society

Reimagining Business and Management for a Healthier Society is our free webinar series bringing together thought leaders from across the emerging health ecosystem.

Interconnections between business and health sectors are not well understood. Nevertheless, companies are increasingly seeing health and healthcare as a place where they can do business while making a difference to society. 

Reimagining Business and Management for a Healthier Society is a webinar series bringing together a diverse group of thought leaders who find themselves driving forward aspects of universal healthcare and wellbeing. Experts in big tech, consultancy, health innovation and finance will come together with academics to explore some of the emerging themes and questions of our time.

Hosted by the UCL Global Business School for Health (UCL GBSH) – the world’s first business school dedicated to health and healthcare management – this webinar series is part of our work to disrupt and reimagine global healthcare management. 

Programme of events

Wednesday 27 October, 2021

Social and Environmental Responsibility for Health

5:30pm (BST)

Providing universal access to healthcare is an important global ambition, but how do we address the social and environmental issues that impact health? 

Much of the discussion in health and healthcare currently focuses on how we can widen access to healthcare especially through health innovation and technology. It is without a doubt that we have an obligation to provide universal access to healthcare, but we also have an obligation to address the social and environmental issues that impact health.

The social and environmental determinants of health need to be addressed both in a local and global context. Many businesses are seeing these social determinants of health as part of the ESG (environmental, social and governance) responsibilities. In this webinar, we ask a panel of health and healthcare leaders to address the question of what it means to widen our responsibility beyond access, to include the social and environmental context of patients and citizens.

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Professor Michael Marmot, UCL, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity

Penny Dash, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company – Lead for Healthcare in Europe

Professor Ankur Sarin, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Professor of Public Systems Group and Ravi J Mathai Centre for Innovation in Education

Gisella Abbam, Senior Director for Government Affairs at PerkinElmer

Wednesday,  24 November 2021

Wearable Technology and the Future of Healthcare

1:00pm (GMT)

Preventing illness and early detection is key to the future of healthcare, but can wearable technology and health technology directed at patients and consumers be helpful solutions? 

Across the world, we are seeing an acceleration of chronic diseases coupled with ageing societies that have longer life-expectancies with more co-morbidities. Consequently, there is a drive for health innovations that help us prevent or diagnosis illness sooner. Wearable technology from smart devices such as watches, etc. have been around for over a decade, but in the past year, they have been the focus both by big tech and the healthcare sector.

Covid-19 has caused an acceleration in the development and piloting of “wearables” to assist not only with fitness and lifestyle changes, but the monitoring of patients particularly after being discharged from hospitals. The expansion of devices and their uses promises to change health and healthcare. In this webinar, we ask a panel of health innovators and leaders to address the question of whether wearables and health-tech directed at consumers/patients is the way forward for better healthcare.

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Chris Hardesty, KPMG, Director, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Singapore

Professor Catherine Holloway, UCL, Professor of Interaction Design and Innovation and Academic Director and co-founder of the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub)

Professor Sam Shah, Numan, Chief Medical Strategy Officer

Gloria Cosoli, Universita Politecnica Delle Marche, Postdoctoral Researcher

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Universal Healthcare Coverage for All – A Question of Finance?

1:00pm (GMT)

Providing universal health coverage by 2030 is something global governments are striving towards via the UN Sustainable Development Goals. But how can such a system be financed and does it matter who pays?

Governments across the world are committed to achieving universal health coverage as part of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The WHO has defined the goal “To ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them.” This aspiration for healthcare access particularly given the challenges of the past few year seems a long way off.

However, it has never been more important to achieve. Although government commitment is essential for taking this goal forward, there is also the question of how to finance such a system. In this webinar, we ask a panel of health experts from different health systems to address the question of whether it matters who the payers and providers are for delivering universal health and wellbeing.

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Professor Gerard F. Anderson, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School Public Health and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management

Professor Jolene Skordis, UCL, Deputy Director of UCL’s Institute for Global Health and Director of UCL’s Centre for Global Health Economics

Dr Folabi Ogunlesi MB BS DPhil MRCP (UK), Vesta Healthcare, Managing Partner, Nigeria

Sujata Rao, Former Union Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Health Innovation through Capital and Private Equity Markets

1:00pm (GMT)

Health innovation is essential for better healthcare, but is it true that capital and private equity markets are driving forward better and sustainable health innovation?

Across the world, there is a new appreciation that health innovation is essential for driving forward better quality and access to healthcare. Yet, there is a huge funding gap especially for low and middle-income countries (LMICs). With the demand for innovation, we are seeing an increase in the use of capital and private equity markets for funding health innovation.

Health systems as well as start-ups in HealthTech and hospitals are collaborating with private equity firms to finance health innovation. In this webinar, we ask a panel of financial experts and innovators to address the question of whether capital and private equity markets are actually driving forward better and sustainable health innovation.

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Christopher Laing, NUS -Duke University and SingHealth, Associate Professor and Vice Dean, Medical School, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Singapore

Ezra Mehlman, General Partner at Health Enterprise Partners L.P and Columbia Business School

Ann Pettifor, Economic Consultant and author of highly commended books, The Production of Money and The Case for the Green New Deal

Byron Wilson, Private Equity/Venture Capital Asset Management, Manhattan Atlantic Capital

Wednesday,  20 April 2022

Taking Stock of Workforce Challenges

5:00pm (BST)

UN Sustainable Development Goal Eight aims to address workforce challenges – something felt acutely in the healthcare sector. Can these challenges be adequately addressed by 2030?

One of the most important of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is number eight. This goal is to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. Having appropriate work, health and safety at work as well as laws that protect us at work is integral. Healthcare and the healthcare workforce could not be a more appropriate space to take stock of the workforce challenges as we arrive at the midpoint on our drive to 2030 in terms of reaching the goals.

The healthcare workforce is experiencing the pressures of an ageing population coupled with greater needs due to communicable and noncommunicable diseases. The demand for health services has never been greater while the workforce is simply too small worldwide to continue to meet the need. In this webinar, we ask a panel of experts to address the question of whether the SDGs concerning workforce challenges, particularly in healthcare, can be delivered by 2030.

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Dr. Amber Stephenson, Clarkson University, Associate Professor, David D. Reh School of Business

Dr. Jim Campbell, Director of the Health Workforce Department, World Health Organization, and the Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA)

Dr. David Walcott, NovaMed, Founder and Managing Partner