Institute for Global Health


UCL Lancet Lecture Series

2020 UCL-Lancet Lecture: Global Health Preparedness in the Face of Emerging Epidemics

Jointly hosted by UCL Grand Challenges, UCL Institute for Global Health, and The Lancet, this online lecture presented key emerging lessons on global health preparedness as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, and implications for the future of global health.

The event took place on 13th July and was recorded.  It's now available to watch on YouTube.


15:00 (BST) - Global release of the lecture

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks (Professor Michael Arthur, President & Provost of UCL)
  • Meeting Chair (Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet)
  • Keynote lecture (Dr Muhammad Pate, Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group)
  • Response (Professor Andrew Hayward, Director of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health)
  • Response (Professor Ann Blandford, Deputy Director of UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering)

17:00 (BST) - Live panel discussion and Q&A with the audience
We will provide a link for all attendees to submit questions to the panel.

17:55 (BST) – Vote of thanks and close meeting (Professor Ibrahim Abubakar, Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health)

Dr Muhammad Ali Pate portrait
About the Speaker

Muhammad Ali Pate is the Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice of the World Bank and the Director of Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents, based in Washington DC.

Dr. Pate, a U.S. and Nigerian national, was until recently the Chief Executive Officer of Big Win Philanthropy, based in the UK, and prior to that held several senior positions, including that of Minister of State for Health in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was previously in the World Bank Group where he joined as a Young Professional in 2000 and worked on health issues in several regions including Africa and the East Asia and Pacific.

Dr. Pate is an MD trained in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with an MBA from Duke University. Prior to this he studied at the University College London. He also has a Masters in Health System Management from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK.

Full list of Previous UCL Lancet lectures

2019 Lancet Lecture: Dr Rachel Nugent

2017 Lancet Lecture: Ms Lilianne Ploumen

2016 Lancet Lecture: Ms Cristiana Figueres

2015 Lancet Lecture: Ms Amina J. Mohammed

2014 Lancet Lecture: Ms Arundhati Roy

2013 Lancet Lecture: Dr Agnes Binagwaho

2012 Lancet Lecture: Mr Michel Sidibé

2011 Lancet Lecture: Professor Jayati Ghosh

2010 Lancet Lecture: Ms Helen Clark

2009 Lancet Lecture: Professor Lord May

2008 Lancet Lecture: Professor Michel Kazatchkine

2007 Lancet Lecture: Professor Adenike Grange

2006 Lancet Lecture: Mr Jens Stoltenberg

From 2001 to 2005, the series was known as the IHMEC-Lancet Lecture.  Speakers in the IHMEC-Lancet series were as follows:

2001: Clare Short (Minister for Overseas Development)

2002: Jeffrey Sachs (economist and special adviser to several UN Secretaries General)

2003: Vandana Shiva (environmentalist and social activist)

2004: Amartya Sen (economist and Nobel Laureate)

2005: Daniel Kahneman (psychologist and Nobel Laureate)