Complete Agenda


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Day 1 - Monday, August 29th

Time Session
7:30 - 8:30 Registration & Tea/Coffee
(Global Learning Center (GLC), 84 5th Street NW, 2nd floor foyer)
8:30 - 9:00 Welcome Address
GLC Auditorium, 2nd floor
9:00 - 10:00 Keynote Speaker

  • The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) includes a non-governmental sector group led by Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins that includes NGO and private company representation: GHSA primary POC Marc Forino ( The CDC Foundation is exploring ways to engage private sector partners with the GHSA. CDC Foundation POC: Rachel Ward Jackson (

GLC Auditorium
10:00 - 10:30 Poster Presentations and Tea/Coffee
GLC Foyer, 2nd floor
10:30 - 12:15 Panel 1: Strengthening Public Health Systems

This panel will focus on issues in public health not only related to treating or managing disease but also promoting (e.g., through primary care) and maintaining health. Poverty, ageing population, urbanization, environmental factors, etc. all contribute to the increasing challenges in achieving desired levels of health care. In addition to the “quantity” of care, “quality” is also important, which can be improved by filling the gaps in knowledge, new technologies, or a change in focus from “sick” care to “health” care. The panel will discuss current challenges and opportunities towards achieving long-lasting health, including education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and the prevention of disease.

  • (Moderator)
GLC Auditorium
12:15 - 1:30 Lunch
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 1st floor
1:30 - 2:30 Panel 2: Managing Complex Supply Chains in Refugee Crisis Response

The challenges in timely response to the needs of international refugees and internally displaced people include complex political and security contexts, physical movement of the beneficiaries, variable demand patterns from emergencies with high peaks to ongoing protracted situations. In addition, the wide scope of response from feeding and sheltering beneficiaries on the move or in camps to resettling them in new locations multiplies these challenges. However, some factors are addressed by innovative operations and policy design and coordinated response of the stakeholders. The panel will discuss challenges and opportunities in the context of both the highly publicized current Middle East emergency response and the global ongoing operations.

  • (Moderator)
GLC Auditorium
2:45 - 4:00 Workshops Session 1

Moving from global advocacy to sustainable country-based change: how People that Deliver Initiative (PtD) is transforming human resources for health supply chain management at the country level GLC Auditorium

Beyond Money and Drugs: Achieving Long-Term Impact with Public-Private Partnership GLC, Room 235

Impact from Anywhere: how technology can facilitate meaningful and productive humanitarian experiences across broad networks of volunteers GLC Auditorium, Room 233

4:00 - 4:30 Poster Presentations and Tea/Coffee
GLC Foyer, 2nd floor
4:30 - 5:45 Workshops Session 2

Collaboration and Segmentation – building blocks for an effective supply chain for neglected tropical diseases GLC Auditorium

Public Health Supply Chains: Shifting focus from the commodities to the patient GLC, Room 235

Visibility and Analytics as an enabler to improve Public Health supply chain decision making GLC, Room 233

6:00 - 8:00 Cocktail Reception (*hosted by Imperial Health Sciences)
"Square on 5th" Building (SQ5), 848 Spring Street, 25th Floor

Day 2 - Tuesday, August 30th

Time Session
7:30 - 8:30 Waffle House Breakfast
GLC Atrium (provided by Waffle House)
8:30 - 8:45 Wrap-up from Day 1
GLC Auditorium
8:45 - 10:15 Panel 3: Matching Supply with Demand in Emergency Response

The challenges in matching supply with demand in the context of disaster response is a much discussed topic with no one easy solution. The unpredictability of the demand, donations, market conditions and unwanted in-kind donations all challenge how effectively a supply chain can operate in emergency scenarios. In addition, shifting from “routine” demand and supply planning to “response” planning requires a supply chain and its managers to be flexible. Fortunately, the humanitarian and disaster response communities have been implementing new tools and better coordination mechanisms to face these challenges. The panelists will highlight some of these tools and mechanisms as well as discuss a variety of issues including how to effectively dual use emergency response and ongoing operations supply chains, emergency demand forecasting, recyclability and reuse of the emergency supplies, identifying the right supply chain modalities, and better coordination mechanisms.

  • (Moderator)
GLC Auditorium
10:15 - 10:45 Poster Presentations and Tea/Coffee
GLC, 2nd floor foyer (poster should be picked up from GLC corridor before lunch)
10:45 - 12:00

Workshops Session 3

Supply Chain Human Resources: moving from advocacy to country-based change GLC Auditorium

Globalization and the future worker GLC, Room 235

Using modeling and analysis to drive better strategic supply chain decision-making GLC, Room 233

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 1st floor (Posters should be removed and Tech Demos or any booths may be set up between lunch and 3:30)
1:00 - 2:00 Keynote Speaker Interview
  • (Interviewer)
GLC Auditorium
2:00 - 3:15 Workshops Session 4

Drones in Rwanda: how Zipline, GAVI, and UPS are changing the conversation on delivering critical medical supplies GLC Auditorium
  • Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, TBD

Public – private partnerships and reaching the last mile GLC, Room 233

Bridging the gap: Development of an integrated digital platform that links health, last mile logistics and other humanitarian services GLC, Room 235

3:15 – 3:45 Poster Presentations and Tea/Coffee
GLC Foyer, 2nd floor (Technology demo set-up)
3:45 – 5:00 Workshops Session 5 and "Innovative Solutions/Technology" Exhibit

Preparing for the future of global health supply chains GLC, Room 235

Technology Exhibit Presentations (GLC, Auditorium)
  • MOVE / Vaccine Direct Delivery: A suite of logistics management information tools to support health commodity supply chain in vulnerable communities. Adam Thompson, Executive Director, eHealth Africa.
  • Smarter Supply Chains: LLamasoft's end-to-end platform. Neelima Ramaraju, Director of Global Impact Initiatives, Llamasoft.
  • Supporting Nonprofit Supply Chains. Jill Bossi, CEO & Founder, Thrive GPO
  • Toilets for People - The CRAPPER Waterless Toilet. Jason Kass, President, Toilets for People.
  • Others TBD

Session moderated by Jarrod Goentzel, PhD, HHL Conference Co-Organizer; Director, Humanitarian Response Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

5:00 – 5:30 Day 2 Wrap-up discussion
GLC Auditorium
5:30 – 7:00 Reception and Technology Exhibits/Demos
GLC 2nd floor corridor (light refreshments provided)
8:00 – 9:30 Site Visits (Meet at Georgia Tech Hotel Lobby to board buses to both visits at 7:00pm. Time includes round trip travel. Buses will return to GA Tech Hotel Lobby after site visit)
  • UPS Sorting Facility
  • McKesson Pharmaceutical Distribution Center

Day 3 - Wednesday, August 31st: "Taking the Conference to the Field"

Time Session
7:45 - 8:30 Registration & Tea/Coffee
GLC Atrium, 1st floor
8:30 - 8:45 Briefing on Health & Humanitarian Site Visits
GLC Auditorium
9:00 – 12:00 Health & Humanitarian Site Visits (Buses will depart from GT Hotel drop-up in front on Spring Street at 9:00am sharp. Time includes roundtrip travel.)
  • AmeriCold, Temperature controlled storage facility
  • American Red Cross Blood Bank Facility Pending
  • Global Growers Bamboo Creek Farm
  • Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Cargo and Operations
  • MedShare International Headquarters
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, 1st floor

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