Global Health & Innovation Conference [Recommended Event]

16 Sep

GH/Innovate 2011
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 8th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, April 17, 2011

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

Unite For Sight’s must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  The conference convenes 2,200 people from all 50 states and from 50 countries.

Conference registration is now open. Register by September 30 to secure the lowest registration rate. The registration rate increases after September 30.

Interested in presenting at the conference? We have two types of presentation opportunities.

  • Call For Abstracts: Do you have an abstract for oral or poster presentation?  Submit your abstract for presentation.  The final abstract deadline is September 30, 2010.  Complete details are on the conference website.
  • Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development?  Submit your idea for presentation.  Social enterprise pitches are accepted on a rolling application deadline, and the first quality pitches will be accepted for oral presentation.  When the social enterprise pitch spots are filled to capacity, applications will no longer be accepted.  See social enterprise pitch instructions on the conference website.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Victoria Hale, PhD, Founder of Medicines360; Founder and Chair Emeritus, OneWorld Health

Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Millennium Village Project, Earth Institute at Columbia University

More keynote speakers to be announced

200 Featured Speakers, including these confirmed speakers:

“How Do You Know When You’ve Revolutionized An Industry?: Ashoka’s Approach to Assessing Impact,” Karabi Acharya, ScD, Change Leader, Ashoka

“Workshop – Social Entrepreneurs: Systems Thinking in Action,” Karabi Acharya, ScD, Change Leader, Ashoka

“Design Education in the Humanitarian Sphere: Designmatters Best Practices,” Mariana Amatullo, Vice President, Director, Designmatters Department, Art Center College of Design

“Readying Orphans For Their Community: Models For Taking Orphans Out Of Isolation,” Jane Aronson, MD, CEO and Founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University

“Doctors as Storytellers: Using Our Stories For Social Change,” Neal Baer, MD, Institute for Photographic Empowerment at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications; Executive Producer, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

“Workshop – New Media For Global Health,” Neal Baer, MD, Institute for Photographic Empowerment at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications; Executive Producer, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

“Investing in Adolescent Girls — The Transition to Adulthood,” Wendy Baldwin, Vice President, Poverty, Gender and Youth, Population Council

“Singing for Life: HIV/AIDS, Music, and Health in Uganda,” Gregory Barz, PhD, Ethnomusicologist, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University

“High-Impact Social Entrepreneurship” Elmira Bayrasli, Policy and Outreach, Endeavor

The complete list of confirmed speakers can be seen at

The conference will include more than 200 featured speakers, and more featured speakers will be announced.  In addition to the sessions with featured speakers, the conference will also include “Social Enterprise Pitch” Sessions and “Student Leaders in Global Health” Sessions.


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