Human Welfare Conference 2019

Friday 17 May 2019 to Saturday 18 May 2019


Green Templeton College

The theme for the 11th annual Human Welfare Conference at Green Templeton College is Innovate: Balancing Interests in Resource-Constrained Settings.


The conference will focus on solutions being developed at various scales to improve human wellbeing in areas as diverse as poverty alleviation, education, health, and social welfare. The goal is to offer diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives on tackling the most pertinent issues facing our society today.

Academics, students, and practitioners will offer diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives on tackling the most pertinent issues facing our society today.

Programme highlights:

The Human Welfare Conference takes place at Green Templeton College across two days.

Friday 17 May, 9:30 – 18:15 (followed by dinner)

9:30 – 10:00
Registration and networking

10:00 – 10:15
Welcome address by Denise Lievesley, Principal of Green Templeton College, and HWC 2019 co-chairs Rachel Dixon and Anna Vasylyeva

10:15 – 11:45 – David Watson Memorial Lecture

‘The role of higher education and innovations in preparing students for working in resource-constrained settings’

Professor Mrs. Goski Alabi, Vice-Chair, African Network for Internationalization of Education, Ghana; Professor of Quality Management and Leadership.

11:45 – 12:00
Conference poster session introduction

12:00 – 13:30
Lunch and poster session

13:30 – 15:00 – Parallel panel discussions

‘Health: what kinds of innovation will drive future improvements in health?’

Dr Mara Airoldi, Green Templeton College Research Fellow; Director of the Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab) at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

Dr Nick Fahy, Green Templeton College Research Fellow; Senior Researcher at Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

Dr Alexander Finlayson, Green Templeton College Doll Fellow; CEO and Head of Product at Nye; GP.

Professor Kokila Lakhoo, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon,  Children’s Hospital in Oxford and University of Oxford; Chair of the International Forum, British Association of Paediatric Surgeons; President, Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery.

‘How can investment drive human welfare improvements?’

Mouhamadou Diagne, Inspector General of The Global Fund.

Thierry Martin, Executive Director (a Swiss private bank funded by Kuwaiti capital); Bachelor in Finance (Geneva University); former Major (Swiss Army). He is speaking in a private capacity and not on behalf of the bank where he is Executive Director.

Dr Boya Wang, Research Fellow and Quantitative Lead for the Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd.

15:00 – 15:30 – Coffee break and networking

15:30 – 17:00 – Panel

‘Eating in a changing world system: balancing food, health and the environment’

Maria Jose Alencastro, Food Security Technical Coordinator – Research and Innovation, Action Against Hunger.

Professor Thomas Cousins, Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology of Africa, University of Oxford; Fellow of St Hugh’s College.

Dr Karin Eli, Senior Research Fellow, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick; Research Affiliate, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford; Research Associate, SOAS Food Studies Centre, SOAS, University of London.

17:00 – 18:15 – Keynote speaker

‘What are the challenges in human welfare and what should solutions look like?’

Soledad Nuñez Mendez, Former Minister of Housing (Paraguayan Government); MPP student (University of Oxford).

18:15- 19:00
Drinks reception

19:00 – 21:00

Saturday 18 May, 9:30 – 15:35

9:30 – 10:00
Registration / check-in and networking

10:00 – 10:05
Reflections from Friday. Remarks by HWC 2019 co-chairs Rachel Dixon and Anna Vasylyeva

10:05 – 11:35 – Speaker session
Innovations in health

‘Doing research together with stakeholders to design a human resource innovation’
Mike English, Associate Fellow of Green Templeton; Professor of International Child Health, Centre for Tropical Medicine & Global Health, University of Oxford; Senior Research Fellow of KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Nairobi.

‘LIFE Project: Making healthcare training possible without boundaries’
Dr Chris Paton, Group Head, Global Health Informatics, University of Oxford.

11:45 – 12:30 – Student speaker session

Data Collection and Teacher Wellbeing
Shailen Popat, DPhil student, Department of Education, University of Oxford; Senior Hulme Scholar, Brasenose College; Board Member, Management in Education Journal.

Equity, Fairness and Justice in Protection of Health of Marginalized Populace in India Towards an Entitlement-Focused Capability Development Model
Maheswar Satpathy, MSc candidate in Global Health and Development, University College London; Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Indian Journal of Health, Sexuality and Culture; Associate Professor of Psychology, Utkal University. 

n-hBiostimulants: future of food security in a circular economy
Acheampong Atta-Boateng, DPhil in Plant Sciences, University of Oxford; Research Director, Urban Ecology and Design Laboratory; Founding Team, Agrofides, Massachusetts. 

12:30 – 13:45
Lunch and networking

12:45 – 13:45
Parallel sessions

Poster Session

Innovation Workshop
Victoria Ma, Executive Member, Organising Innovation Network
Dennis West, Co-Founder, Organising Innovation Network

14:00 – 15:30 – Closing Lecture

‘How can we balance resources for education among urban and rural communities?’

Mihai Lupu, Founder of EduCaB; International Resident Researcher, Charles F. Kettering Foundation; Board Member, Academics Stand Against Poverty.

15:30 – 15:35
Closing remarks, announcement of the People’s Choice Award winners and HWC Drive to Action.

Free lunch will be provided to registrants on both Friday and Saturday of the conference.

Green Templeton College
43 Woodstock Road

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