Donna E. Shalala is a distinguished educator and Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami. One of the most honoured academics of her generation, she has been elected to seven national academies, including the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Education, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Professor Shalala is one of the country’s first Peace Corps Volunteers (Iran). Her public service also includes serving as Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration for eight years. In 2008 President George W. Bush selected her as the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, the nation’s highest civilian award. She was named one of ‘America’s Best Leaders’ by U.S. News & World Report (2005), received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights (2010), and was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame (2011).

Professor Shalala received her A.B. from Western College for Women and her PhD from Syracuse University.

"The healthcare industry needs to make sustainability an integral part of its business strategy. It cannot be a public relations program. It requires every employee, in addition to senior management, to see sustainability as part of their, and the company’s, future. In other words, a cultural change in the industry."

Lord Prior is Deputy Chairman UK and Global Senior Advisor at Lazard.

He was educated at Cambridge University and subsequently qualified as a barrister.  He trained in finance at Lehman Brothers and Lazard Freres in New York before holding a number of senior positions within the industrial sector, including British Steel, where he was Commercial Director.   He was elected MP for North Norfolk in 1997 and became CEO and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. 

He served as Chairman of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2002 – 2012 before becoming Chairman of the Care Quality Commission.  In 2015, he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health and created a Life Peer.   In December 2016, he was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, with specific responsibility for developing industrial strategy.  He stepped down from this role in October 2017 to become Chairman of University College London Hospitals and subsequently became Chairman of NHS England and a member of the UK Life Sciences Council from November 2018 to March 2022.

He continues to advise the government on Life Sciences and is an advisor to Healthcare UK, providing strategic input into the Department of International Trade’s healthcare international exports work.   He is also Chairman of Protas, a not for profit clinical trials business, Chairs the Cambridge Life Sciences Council, and is a member of the Novo Nordisk Sustainability Advisory Council.

"I passionately believe that the model of healthcare in the developed world is irretrievably broken; it has become a late-stage sick-care system with high costs and poor outcomes. We must move rapidly towards prevention, prediction, early diagnosis and early treatment."

Andrea is a US-trained attorney and international human rights lawyer with over 20 years of experience in Business and Human Rights.

She began her Business and Human Rights career as a Legal Advisor at Amnesty International UK and the International Commission of Jurists before taking on the role of Legal Advisor to John Ruggie, the-then UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights (SRSG). There, Andrea led the SRSG’s work on investment contracts and treaties, advised him on international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law issues, and participated in developing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Andrea established and led the Investment & Human Rights Project at the London School of Economics until 2016, where she remained as a Visiting Fellow until 2019. She has been an Advisor to the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, a global, cross-industry, business-led organisation focused on advancing corporate respect for human rights, since 2011. Since 2020 Andrea is also GBI Chair, and she regularly teaches Business and Human Rights and guest lectures at law schools and business schools in the US and Italy.

"Beyond corporate ‘purpose’, corporate sustainability strategies need to reflect the external context in which the company operates—taking on international standards of responsible business conduct as a baseline expectation of what is a ‘responsible company’ will be key.  Large companies will eventually need to do this anyway because regulation will catch up with them. The question is whether they are going to lead the change and shape that change or whether they will just react to what is imposed on them."

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Prashant Yadav is a globally recognised scholar in healthcare supply chains and access to medicines. He is an Affiliate Professor at INSEAD, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of many peer-reviewed scientific publications, and his work has featured in prominent print and broadcast media such as the BBC, New York Times, CNN, Financial Times, WSJ and NPR.

In addition to his roles in academia and think tanks, Prashant serves on the boards of many health and development focused companies. In his previous roles, Prashant has worked as Strategy Leader-Supply Chain at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Vice President of Healthcare at the William Davidson Institute and Faculty at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan; Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program and Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics.

Yadav has been asked for expert testimony on medicine supply chains in the US Congress and Parliament/Legislative bodies of many countries. He works closely with and advises many country governments and philanthropic organisations on healthcare supply chain strategy.

Dr Peter Fantke is Professor and Head of the Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) section at the Technical University of Denmark. He develops methods for evaluating life cycle impacts of chemical exposure on human and environmental health, benchmarking chemical pollution against absolute environmental sustainability targets, and identifying safer alternatives to harmful substances and materials in products and technologies. He is Director of USEtox, the scientific consensus model for characterising chemical toxicity and ecotoxicity developed under the auspices of UN Environment’s Life Cycle Initiative, and coordinates global task forces on informing environmental and health impact reduction of pesticides, toxic chemicals and air pollutants.

"The healthcare industry needs to offer healthcare solutions that are fully in line with environmental impact reduction targets. For that, science-based, absolute targets need to be defined for benchmarking the environmental performance of healthcare products, especially related to chemical products (e.g. pharmaceuticals) and materials (e.g. plastic packaging) regarding (eco-)toxicity, antibiotic resistance and other effects. This can be done by combining funding for research and internalising absolute sustainability targets into investment decisions and operational production workflows."

Kate Daly is a Managing Director at the investment firm Closed Loop Partners, and leads their Center for the Circular Economy, an innovation centre for research, analysis and collaboration to accelerate the transition to a circular economy where materials are shared, re-used and continuously cycled.

Before joining Closed Loop Partners, Kate served in New York City government for more than a decade, most recently as Senior Vice President at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. At NYCEDC, Kate led a team launching innovative business development programs to foster the growth of entrepreneurship, strengthen New York City’s anchor and emerging industries and create new jobs. She managed a portfolio across sectors including smart cities, healthcare, cleantech, fashion, tech, media and advanced manufacturing. Kate previously served as the Executive Director of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Marianne Haahr is the Executive Director of the Green Digital Finance Alliance (GDFA), a not for profit foundation co-founded by UNEP with a mission to scale green finance with digital technology. Marianne has served on the Technical Expert Group to the TNFD. She has led the development of input papers for the G-20 Working Group on Sustainable Finance in tech-enabled green disclosure and rating practices, and she serves as a none executive leader on the Finance for Biodiversity initiative. In addition, Marianne has been an advisor to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Denmark on digital finance in emerging markets. She has also led ‘Sustainia’, a think tank working on technology for corporate sustainable transition pathways.

Marianne started her professional career building finance solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation in Africa. She holds an M.Sc from the University of Copenhagen and a Master's in Human Rights. Marianne has co-founded the Nordic Impact Investing Network. 

"The healthcare industry needs to start tackling the industry's pollution challenge as one of the sector’s most material drivers of nature loss. This needs to happen by defining time-bound targets for key pollutants accompanied by the formulation of concrete transition pathways that identify the specific technology mix to enable the transition and related technology investment plans."

 

Seth Schultz is the CEO of Resilience Rising, a new global non-profit consortium innovating to accelerate a safe, resilient, and sustainable future for all.  He has a long track record of building consensus, initiating change in sustainable development, and raising international awareness of the role of cities in tackling climate change.

Over the past two decades, Seth has worked with many of the most leading and innovative organisations in this space to turn theory into practice, including the Louis Berger Group, the US Green Building Council, the Clinton Foundation, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Global Covenant of Mayors, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Resilience Shift.

"Healthcare represents 18% of the U.S. economy and 10% of the world economy. Healthcare leaders have an opportunity to directly address the industry’s environmental footprint while simultaneously improving the health and well-being of the neighbourhoods and communities they serve in the face of potential climate change threats. A resistant public is one of the biggest barriers to implementing vital changes to the way healthcare is administered worldwide."

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