World Health Day – Presenters
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD
Director-General, World Health Organization
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017. He is the first WHO Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer. He served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012–2016. In this role he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. He was also Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005–2012. He was elected as Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Board in 2009, and served as Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board, and Co-chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Board. He holds a PhD in Community Health from the University of Nottingham and a Master of Science in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London. He has published numerous journal articles and received awards and recognition including the Decoration of the Order of Serbian Flag and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award.
CEO, Delta Air Lines
Ed Bastian leads a team of 75,000 global professionals at Delta Airlines, focused on investments in technology, aircraft, airport facilities and employees. He was named CEO in 2016. His commitment to the health and safety of employees and customers first resulted in the airline’s Delta CareStandard, intent on a cleaner, more reliable and safe travel experience. Mr. Bastien joined Delta in 1998 as Vice President – Finance and Controller and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2000. He left Delta in 2005 and became Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Acuity Brands. He returned to Delta six months later to become Chief Financial Officer, and in 2007 was appointed to serve as Delta’s President. Prior to joining Delta, he held senior finance positions at Frito-Lay International and Pepsi-Cola International. He started his career with Price Waterhouse where he became an audit partner in its New York practice. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University.
Vice President, Medtronic Philanthropy; President, Medtronic Foundation
Paurvi Bhatt is the Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy and President of Medtronic Foundation, leading the philanthropic strategies of Medtronic, PLC. Ms. Bhatt’s career spans the corporate, nonprofit and government sector. She led outcomes-based initiatives at Levi Strauss and Co., Abbott, USAID, US GAO, and CARE. Her technical training is in health systems and economics – with specific focus on HIV/AIDS, women’s health and impact measurement. She serves on several advisory groups and nonprofit boards including The Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregivers, CaringBridge, and The Nurse Family Partnership. She advises the Council of Foundations, The Conference Board, GlobeMed, and Women in Global Health. Ms. Bhatt holds a Master of Public Health in health systems and economics from Yale University and a BA in neuroscience from Northwestern University.
President, Children’s HeartLink
Jackie Boucher has spent her entire career in health care, with a special focus on population health. She was named president of Children’s HeartLink in 2015. She previously held leadership positions at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, where she was chief operating officer and institutional officer for research, and led its Hearts Beat Back program, and at HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the United States. A registered dietitian, Ms. Boucher has served on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Board of Directors, as editor-in-chief of Diabetes Spectrum and received the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award from the ADA in 2018. She holds a Master’s of Science in nutrition from the University of Minnesota.
37th Prime Minister, New Zealand; Chair, The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, World Health Organization
Helen Clark served three successive terms as Prime Minister of New Zealand between 1999 and 2008. While in government, she led policy debate on a wide range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues, including sustainability and climate change. She currently chairs the World Health Organization’s Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response and served as Co-Chair for “A future for the world’s children? A WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission.” From 2009 to 2017, she was United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, the first woman to lead the organization. She was also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programs and departments working on development issues. In 2019, she became patron of The Helen Clark Foundation, an independent, non-partisan public policy think tank based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Phyllis Kurlander Costanza
Head, UBS in Society; CEO, UBS Optimus Foundation
Phyllis Kurlander Costanza is CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation and heads UBS in Society. She has been instrumental in reshaping the Foundation’s strategy and introducing innovative financing vehicles such as the first Development Impact Bond. Prior to UBS, she was a senior executive and Board Member of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Ms. Costanza also worked as a management consultant and as the New York City Representative for New York State Governor Mario Cuomo, advising on policy and politics in Manhattan. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F . Kennedy School of Government. She is a board member of Nutrition International, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), UBS Optimus Foundation UK, and an advisory board member to the Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East.
Managing Partner, United Ventures; Managing Director, United Capital Group
Ali Diallo is an award-winning financial technology and telecom entrepreneur, investor, futurist, author, and venture builder. He is a Managing Partner at United Ventures, an American venture firm with a global footprint that builds a connected future for the underserved and for the Next Billion Users by scaling a portfolio of companies in the TMT sector (Technology, Media and Telecom). He also serves as Managing Director of United Capital Group, a global impact consortium that aims to advance the UN SDGs. Mr. Dalio was a 2019 White House Presidential Innovation Fellow and the former Head of Global Programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he led several high-impact initiatives including the MIT Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion. He has more than 15 years of experience in financial and digital inclusion, impact entrepreneurship, minority capital and inclusive innovation. More recently, he co-founded Blutel Wireless, an American telecom infrastructure provider that powers a low-cost 5G-ready network for undeserved communities. He also co-founded several impact initiatives including PRISM (Pandemic Response through Innovation & Scientific Methodology); UBA (Universal Broadband for All), which aims to solve the digital divide in rural America and in Africa; and the BEAM project (Broadband Equality for American Minorities) which addresses broadband inequality in the US. He is an Advisory Council Member of the Harvard Business Review, a Global Panel Member of the MIT Technology Review, a Judge of the MIT Covid-19 Hackathon, and the recipient of more than 10 awards including the US Top 50 Tech Visionaries Award and the Harry Harden Jr. African-American Award.
Anton Decker, MBBCh/MD
President of International, Mayo Clinic
Anton Decker, MBBCh, MHA, MRCP(UK), is president of International at Mayo Clinic. With a workforce of more than 70,000, Mayo Clinic earns $14 billion in annual revenue while caring for more than 1.3 million patients each year from all 50 states and more than 140 countries. Dr. Decker uses his experience in health care operations, international partnerships, and health economics to develop new commercial opportunities and strategies to cure, connect and transform care for people worldwide. Having trained and worked within the medical systems of four countries, Dr. Decker understands the cultural and operational nuances of global health care. He works to create access and solutions for international organizations and providers to partner with Mayo Clinic specialists in the treatment of serious and complex conditions. Prior to returning to Mayo Clinic in 2019, Dr. Decker was president of Health Innovation for Bon Secours Mercy Health, an international health system. He also served as chief clinical officer for Mercy Health, president of Mercy Health Physicians, chief medical officer and board chair for Banner Medical Group, and board chair for Banner Health Network. Born in South Africa, Dr. Decker completed medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and trained at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science as a resident and fellow. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on issues in gastroenterology and in health administration.
Claudia Romo Edelman
Founder, We Are All Human Foundation
Claudia Romo Edelman is a social entrepreneur, an advocate and a catalyst for change. Her work focuses on unifying the U.S. Hispanic community and promoting sustainability and purpose-driven activities. She is the Founder of the We Are All Human Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the agenda of diversity, inclusion and equity through developing and hosting global, national and regional events, conducting research and developing research pieces/publications, creating content and corporate activation. A Mexican-Swiss diplomat, she is also a founder of Global GoalsCast which highlights global progress through the stories of champions making a difference. She has worked on humanitarian causes for 25 years with organizations such as UNICEF, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She was seconded to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to lead communications and advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), instrumental in the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Lion Awards, and is a special advisor for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. She is a Jury Member of the SDG Lion Awards in 2018 and 2019. She also has been a Jury Member of the D & AD Impact Awards.
Lieutenant Governor, State of Minnesota
Peggy Flanagan is Minnesota’s 50th Lieutenant Governor. Her work centers on advocating for children, working families, communities of color, and indigenous communities. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and holds a B.A. in American Indian studies and child psychology from the University of Minnesota (2002). She served on the Minneapolis Board of Education from 2005 to 2009. Ms. Flanagan went on to work at Wellstone Action as one of the original trainers of Camp Wellstone. She trained thousands of progressive activists, community organizers, elected officials, and candidates – including Timothy Walz, current Governor of Minnesota. Following her work at Wellstone Action, Ms. Flanagan served as the Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota, a nonprofit child advocacy organization. She was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2015 and elected Lieutenant Governor in 201.
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chair, GHR Foundation
Amy Goldman is CEO and Chair of GHR Foundation, a hope-fueled global funder of service to people and their limitless potential for good. Under her leadership, GHR elevates powerful movements of faith and inter-faith actors for community-led development; implements systems change strategies across public, private and faith sectors to keep children in families; unlocks significant funding from industry and government to prevent Alzheimer’s dementia and is launching new collaborations with Black, Indigenous and people of color-led organizations to address racial inequities. Ms. Goldman serves on Georgetown University’s board of directors and Walsh School of Foreign Service board of advisors, and is a trustee and vice chair of the board for the University of St. Thomas. She is also a member of Opus Holding board of directors, Visitation School board of trustees (chair), Jesuit Refugee Service International Development Group, Mayo Clinic Leadership Council, and Council on Foreign Relations. She previously served as a lead consultant for Washington D.C.-based International Trade Services, where she conducted trade negotiations and crafted investment strategies for global corporate clients. She holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University.
Juan José Gómez Camacho
Ambassador of Mexico to Canada
Juan José Gómez Camacho is a Mexican diplomat who currently serves as Ambassador of Mexico to Canada. He was appointed as Mexico’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York in February 2016. Gómez Camacho joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1988. Since then, he has held different positions both within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and overseas. Gómez Camacho studied law at Universidad Iberoamericana and holds a Master’s degree in International Law from Georgetown University. During his 30-year diplomatic career, he has gained broad knowledge across a wide range of subject areas and played a key role in addressing diverse and increasingly complex global challenges. Ambassador Gómez Camacho bears broad experience as a Mexican negotiator both in the bilateral and multilateral fields, in topics as varied as political affairs, human rights, telecommunications, nuclear and conventional disarmament, among others.
Co-ordinator, Every Breath Counts Coalition
Leith Greenslade co-founded and leads the Every Breath Counts Coalition, an alliance of 50 organizations from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors working together to help low- and middle-income country governments reduce deaths from pneumonia, including pneumonia that may occur with Covid-19. The Every Breath Counts Coalition is a flagship initiative of JustActions, which Leith founded in 2016 to mobilize global action around ten initiatives with the power to accelerate progress to a more just world rapidly, sustainably, and irreversibly. She is a proud member of the Every Woman, Every Child movement and has served as a Vice Chair with the MDG Health Alliance, a network of leaders committed to accelerating the achievement of global health goals. Deeply committed to the power of new ideas, Leith established two global innovation teams to improve child health, is a Board member of TEAMFund, and an adviser to several global health and development organizations. She served on the US Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and in several positions with the Australian Government.
President and CEO, Fairview Health Services
James Hereford joined Fairview in 2016 bringing extensive experience in strategically guiding organizations, strengthening core operations and bringing teams together to drive cultural change. He previously served as chief operations officer at Stanford Health Care, chief operations officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and a series of leadership roles with the Group Health Care Delivery System. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Montana State University. He has taught courses with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, University of Washington’s Master of Health Administration program and The Ohio State University’s Masters of Business Operations Excellence program.
Azza Karam, PhD
Secretary General, Religions for Peace International
Azza Karam serves as the Secretary General of Religions for Peace International, the largest multi-religious leadership platform with 92 national and 6 regional Interreligious Councils. She also holds a Professorship of Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Dr. Karam was a Senior Advisor on Culture at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and a Coordinator/Chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development (UN IATF-R&D). She is the founder of the Multi Faith Advisory Council of the UN IATF-R&D. In those capacities, she coordinated engagement of a global Interfaith Network for Population and Development with more than 600 faith-based organizations from all regions of the world. She holds a PhD. In Development, International Relations. and Political Islam from the University of Amsterdam.
Sister Carol Keehan
Head, Health Task Force Vatican COVID-19 Commission
Sister Carol Keehan leads the Health Task Force of the Vatican Covid-19 Commission established by Pope Francis in March 2020 to respond to the devastation of the global pandemic. She is the former president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States where she was responsible for all of the Catholic Health Association’s operations and led teams at offices in St. Louis and Washington, D.C. She held influential roles in the governance of health care, insurance and educational organizations that included the National Academy of Medicine, the International Federation of Catholic Health Care Associations of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Health Care, Catholic Relief Services, and more. She has been a member of several health, labor and domestic policy committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and serves on the finance committee of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Sr. Carol earned a Master of Science degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s College, and holds several honorary degrees.
Journalist; Co-Host, Global GoalsCast, We Are All Human Foundation
Edie Lush is an author, Executive Editor of Hub Culture, and co-host for the CBS distributed Global Goals podcast, which is part of the We Are All Human Foundation. She has been the economics and political correspondent for Bloomberg Television, a columnist at The Week magazine, and the Associate Editor of Spectator Business magazine. She is a regular contributor to the Spectator Magazine and the BBC. Before moving into journalism Ms. Lush was a political analyst for investment bank UBS in London and New York-based hedge fund Omega Advisors. She was also an international relations specialist for both the Secretary General of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. and Hungarian political party SzDSz in Budapest. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University.
CEO and Chairman of the Board, Medtronic
Geoff Martha is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic, a leading medical technology company with more than 90,000 employees and operations reaching more than 150 countries. Medtronic offers technologies and solutions to treat a wide range of medical conditions, including cardiac and vascular diseases, respiratory, neurological and spinal conditions, diabetes, and more. Mr. Martha has held prior leadership positions at Medtronic, including President, EVP and President of Medtronic’s Restorative Therapies Group (RTG), and SVP of Strategy and Business Development. He is a member of the Medtronic Foundation Board of Directors and serves as Medtronic’s Executive Sponsor to FIRST Robotics. He serves on the board of directors for Children’s HeartLink and Northside Achievement Zone, and is on the Development Council for Penn State’s College of Liberal Arts. Prior to joining Medtronic, he was Managing Director of Business Development at GE Healthcare and held several roles with GE Capital. Mr. Martha holds a BA in finance from Pennsylvania State University.
David Nabarro, BCh, BM/MD
Co-Director, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London
Dr. David Nabarro is the Co-Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at the Imperial College London. He is also Strategic Director of 4SD, a sustainable development enterprise based in Switzerland, and the Special Envoy of WHO Director-General on COVID-19. He worked for the British government in the 1990s as head of Health and Population and director for Human Development in the UK Department for International Development. From 1999 to 2017 he held leadership roles in the United Nations system on disease outbreaks and health issues, food insecurity and nutrition, climate change and sustainable development. He holds BM BCh (medicine, surgery) degrees from Oxford University and has worked in more than 50 countries in communities and hospitals, governments, civil society, universities, and United Nations programs. He also holds a Master’s in Public Health from London University and a Master’s in Medicine from Oxford University.
Michael J. Nyenhuis
CEO, UNICEF USA
Michael Nyenhuis brings more than 25 years of global humanitarian and development experience to his role as CEO of UNICEF USA. Before joining UNICEF USA, he was the President and CEO of Americares and CEO of the global nonprofit MAP International. He also served on USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and chaired the board of the Integral Alliance, a global network of faith-based NGOs. Mr. Nyenhuis currently serves on the board of InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S.-based relief and development organizations working internationally, and the leadership council at Concordia, an organization and forum that promotes cross-sector partnerships for social impact. A Minnesota native, he holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Emory University and Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Communications from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Michael Osterholm, PhD
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), University of Minnesota
Michael Osterholm is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota. From June 2018 through May 2019, he served as a Science Envoy for Health Security on behalf of the US Department of State. He is also on the Board of Regents at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Dr. Osterholm has held multiple advisory and policy positions for the United States government and served for 24 years (1975-1999) in various roles at the Minnesota Department of Health, the last 15 as state epidemiologist. He has led numerous investigations of outbreaks of international importance, including foodborne diseases, the association of tampons and toxic shock syndrome, and hepatitis B and HIV in healthcare settings. He is the author of two books and more than 315 papers and abstracts, including 21 book chapters, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).
Niousha Roshani, PhD
Co-Founder, Global Black Youth
Niousha Roshani works at the intersection of youth, economic empowerment, race and ethnicity, violence, inequalities and digital technologies. She holds a PhD in Education from the University College London (UCL) and a Master’s degree in international development from Cornell University. She is the co-founder of Global Black Youth, convening the world’s most innovative, disruptive, and entrepreneurial young black leaders and supporting them in generating knowledge and solutions that transform their ability to affect the world. She was a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School where she researched ways Black youth use digital technologies to address structural constraints and systemic racism in their communities in Latin America, Europe and Africa. She worked on digital entrepreneurship initiatives with young people and their engagement with cyber platforms in collaboration with Google, Microsoft and Samsung (LAC and MENA), on best practices for journalists to report on young women in digital media with TR Foundation (Asia); and addressing misinformation online with journalists (Europe, Africa and LAC). She was an IDB-ALARI Postdoctoral Fellow on Race and Public Policy in Latin America at the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University engaging with CSOs and national governments on the creation of inclusive policies and programs for racial equity. She was a research fellow at the Berkman Klein Center where she researched digital racism and counter speech of African-descendant youth in Brazil and Colombia. For more than a decade, she served as the Executive Director of the Nukanti Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering youth in LAC, Africa and Europe.
Nneka O. Sederstrom, PhD
Chief Health Equity Officer, Hennepin Healthcare
Dr. Sederstrom joined Hennepin Healthcare in January, 2021 as the Chief Health Equity Officer. In this role, Dr. Sederstrom leads the work to assess, build, and execute strategies across the system to cultivate a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion and transform how care is delivered. Dr. Sederstrom served as director of the Clinical Ethics Department at Children’s Minnesota and Director of the Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, where she also led the Spiritual Care Department and was the creator and Executive Director of the Journal of Hospital Ethics. Dr. Sederstrom earned a BA in Philosophy from George Washington University, MA in Philosophy and PhD in Sociology from Howard University, and a MPH in Global Health Management from George Washington University. She is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Critical Care Medicine and an affiliate faculty member of the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics.
Jean-Paul Smets, PhD
Founder, Nexedi; Founder RapidSpace; CTO, Blutel Wireless
Jean-Paul Smets is the Founder of Nexedi, Europe’s largest open source software publisher, which powers solutions for some of the world’s leading industrial and government organizations, including Airbus, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, France’s Ministry of Finance, and Sanef. Smets is also the Founder of RapidSpace, an award-winning provider of cloud and telecom infrastructure services. He serves as CTO of Blutel Wireless, a telecom infrastructure company and a founding member of the UBA initiative (Universal Broadband for All). Smets is an inventor who created ERP5, a leading Enterprise Resource Planning software that is adopted worldwide by banks, governments and corporations. He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure with a PhD in computer science and from Ecole des Mines de Paris with a Master’s in Public Administration. As a member of France’s prestigious Corps des mines, he gained industrial experience in the apparel, oil, and nonprofit sectors and the Lorraine region public administration. He is an active member of free software associations and has played a key role in the Eurolinux campaign that succeeded in protecting innovation from software patents.
Pierre R. Theodore, MD
Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Global External Innovation
Dr. Pierre Theodore is a Therapeutic Area Expert, Thoracic Surgical Oncology. He is responsible to help accelerate innovation, advance the standard of care within early stage science and to elevate existing and adjacent technologies. Additionally, Dr. Theodore is a Health Sciences Associate Professor of Surgery and holds the Van Auken Endowed Chair in Thoracic Surgery at The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He has more than two decades of experience in cardiothoracic surgery, surgical education, entrepreneurship and innovation. His practice focused on minimally invasive surgical approaches in thoracic surgery, interventional pulmonary procedures, and Global Surgery initiatives to expand surgical capacity in low-income countries. Dr. Theodore has engaged in innovation across a wide range of domains including health informatics, surgical oncology, and post-surgical rehabilitation. He founded several start-up companies devoted to health information technology and integrated care, and is a co-inventor of several medical devices and drug delivery platforms. Dr. Theodore has served as an advisor to numerous venture capital and private equity firms in Silicon Valley, helping to guide strategy in healthcare investments across the digital health, biotech, and medical device sectors. He is a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve Medical Officer Corps, holding the rank of Commander. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Princeton University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Virginia. He completed general surgical and cardiothoracic surgical training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Hôpital Universitaire Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris. Dr. Theodore completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Biology Research Center, Harvard Medical School.
Henry Ting, MD
Chief Health Officer, Delta Air Lines
Cardiologist Dr. Henry Ting joined Delta Air Lines in 2021 as Chief Health Officer. Working collaboratively with groups across the airline, Dr. Ting leads Delta Air Lines’ approach to health and well-being via new technologies, artificial intelligence, advanced analytics and innovative partnerships. Before joining Delta Air Lines, Dr. Ting served in multiple leadership roles at Mayo Clinic including enterprise Chief Value Officer, clinical practice Chair of the Department of Cardiology and Associate Dean. He also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Ting’s academic focus includes health services research, outcomes research and implementation science. He has written more than 200 journal articles, book chapters and publications and served on committees and boards for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Quality Forum and U.S. News & World Report advisory council. Dr. Ting received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Cornell University, Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.
Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
Dean, University of Minnesota Medical School
Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD is the Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School and a Distinguished McKnight Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Blood and Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy. He is also the Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Board Chair for University of Minnesota Physicians and co-leader of M Health Fairview, the Joint Clinical Enterprise between the University of Minnesota Medical School, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Fairview Health Services. An internationally recognized physician and researcher, Dr. Tolar is known for his care of patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. His research is focused on using hematopoietic stem cell transplant as a treatment for rare genetic disorders. Originally from the Czech Republic, Dr. Tolar received his medical education (MD) in Prague at Charles University. In 1992, he came to the University of Minnesota, where he completed his PhD in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology and Genetics.
Senior Director, Community Engagement, Fairview Health Services
Diane Tran is a Senior Director, Community Engagement at M Health Fairview, one of the largest academic nonprofit health care systems in Minnesota. She previously served as system director of Neighborhood Integration and Community Engagement at HealthEast. Prior to that, she was a senior project manager at Grassroots Solutions, directed Minnesota field activities for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ program to advance federal clean energy policies, and coordinated a campaign to pass the Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007, a smoke-free workplace initiative. Ms. Tran serves on the boards of Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation and Propel Nonprofits. She holds a BA in International Social Policy from the The College of Saint Scholastica. She was invited as an inaugural member of the Young American Leaders Program (YALP) at Harvard Business School and obtained her Certified Professional Project Manager (CPPM) from the Opus College of Business Executive Education at the University of Saint Thomas. She is the founder of Minnesota Rising, a statewide network of emerging leaders working to build relationships, trust and a shared vision for the state, and developing the collective capacity of the rising generation to impact Minnesota’s future.
Efe Ukala is an experienced private equity and institutional investment lawyer. She is the founder of ImpactHER, an international nonprofit helping African female entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of globally competitive businesses Ms. Ukala has extensive experience in private and public investments arising out of frontier markets. She previously served as a Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at Kuramo Capital Management, an independent investment management firm focused on alternative assets in emerging and frontier markets, where she advised on numerous cross-border investments deals across Africa and managed the firm’s fund formation processes. She holds an A.B. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law. She was an elected member of the board of the University of Chicago Black Alumni Association and Vice President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys NYC.
Margaret-Mary Wilson, MD
Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, UnitedHealthcare Global
Dr. Margaret-Mary Wilson is responsible for ensuring high-performance, high-reliability global clinical care. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Dr. Wilson was an associate professor of Internal and Geriatric Medicine at St. Louis University, Missouri, where she also served as director of Geriatric Ambulatory Services and director of the Ortho-Geriatric Service. Her experience also includes direct patient care, medical education, patient safety, quality improvement and risk management in a variety of health care settings in Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Dr. Wilson is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Healthcare Quality Management, and completed a Clinical Cardiology fellowship at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in Hammersmith Hospital, U.K. Dr. Wilson is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and a fellow of the American Institute of Healthcare Quality, the American Board of Quality Assurance & Utilization Review Physicians, and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. Dr. Wilson holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Management.