Human Welfare Conference 2019: speakers and programme details

Human Welfare Conference 2019

An exciting and varied agenda of speakers and topics has been confirmed for the 2019 Human Welfare Conference, taking place at Green Templeton College on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May.

Registration is now open: REGISTER TO ATTEND

The theme for the 11th annual Human Welfare Conference is Innovate: Balancing interests in resource-constrained settings, welcoming graduate students, academics and practitioners to offer diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives on tackling the most pertinent issues facing our society today.

The conference will focus on the solutions being being developed at various scales to improve human wellbeing in areas as diverse as poverty alleviation, education, health, and social welfare.

Highlights across the two-day conference will include an opening lecture by Soledad Nuñez Mendez, former Minister of Housing, Paraguayan Government and now an MPP student at Blavatnik School of Government, who will discuss the current challenges in human welfare and what solutions should look like.

There will be a series of expert panel discussions, delving into topics including what kinds of innovation will drive future improvements in health, how can investment drive human welfare improvements, and how to balance food, health and the environment in a changing world system.

Speakers across the two days include:

  • Green Templeton Research Fellow Mara Airoldi, Director of the Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab) at Blavatnik School of Government.
  • Green Templeton Research Fellow Nick Fahy, Senior Researcher at Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.
  • Green Templeton Doll Fellow Alexander Finlayson, CEO and Head of Product at Nye; GP.
  • Green Templeton Associate Fellow Mike English, Professor of International Child Health, Centre for Tropical Medicine & Global Health, University of Oxford; Senior Research Fellow of KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Nairobi.
  • Maria Jose Alencastro, Food Security Technical Coordinator – Research and Innovation, Action Against Hunger.
  • Thomas Cousins, Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology of Africa, University of Oxford; Fellow of St Hugh’s College.
  • Mohamadou Diagne, Inspector General of The Global Fund.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mihai Lupu, Founder of EduCaB.
  • 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.
  • Chris Paton, Group Head, Global Health Informatics, University of Oxford.
  • Boya Wang, Research Fellow and Quantitative Lead for the Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd.

There will also be poster sessions welcoming graduate students to present papers, based on their own original work and research, relating to human welfare. Graduate students from any area of study can apply to present their research. Anyone interested in doing so must submit an abstract here by Friday 10 May 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by May 11 and invited to present on the first day of the conference.

There will also be an optional Innovation Workshop taking place on Saturday, which includes an exploration of what innovation means in the context of each discipline, discussion of the constraints and limitations of innovative advancements, and a highlight of the gaps and how they can be bridged between researchers and innovators. The workshop invites innovators from policy, start-up entrepreneurship, civil society, industry, as well as graduate students and early career researchers.

A full programme for the conference and details on how to book into dinner on Friday evening and register for the Innovation Workshop can be found here.

Information about previous Human Welfare Conferences can be found here.

Please send queries to the Human Welfare Conference executive team.

Human Welfare Conference 2019 Poster

Created: 3 May 2019