For the first time in HHL history, attendees received the unique opportunity to hear from not one, but three keynote speakers. At this year's virtual conference, we were joined by Ed Martinez (President, The UPS Foundation) moderated by Michelle Nunn (President and CEO, CARE USA), Esperanza Martinez (Head of Health, ICRC) moderated by George Fenton (Chairman and CEO, Humanitarian Logistics Association), and Anuradha Gupta (Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gavi) moderated by Ozlem Ergun (Co-founder, Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems).
On day one, we were joined by Ed Martinez (President, The UPS Foundation) moderated by Michelle Nunn (President and CEO, CARE USA) who discussed the effects of COVID-19 on logistics. Ed encouraged attendees to "never underestimate the human spirit." In reference to progress and innovation in unprecedented times, he stated, "It happens in the human heart, and if we have trust in each other we can move this world forward." The UPS Foundation invested in over 4,300 organizations in 170 countries in 2019. Since joining UPS in 1976, Ed has held an array of positions within the organization. He has contributed to multiple international humanitarian initiatives.
On day two, Esperanza Martinez provided insight into opportunities for improved collaboration, coordination, and pooling of resources in the global health sphere. George Fenton (Chairman and CEO, Humanitarian Logistics Association) moderated the session. Esperanza's experience spans NGO, governmental, and private sector organizations. In addition, she possesses over ten years' experience in conflict-affected regions. Esperanza is a medical doctor and general surgeon, trained in Colombia.
On day three of the conference, Anuradha Gupta (Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gavi) spoke about equity in vaccine coverage. The session was moderated by Ozlem Ergun (Co-founder, Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems and professor at Northeastern University). Anuradha has contributed to a number of global health initiatives and is an advocate for women and children. She served as Mission Director of the National Health Mission of India, where she ran the largest – and possibly most complex – public health programme in the world with an annual budget of US$ 3.5 billion. Her work contributed to Gavi's receipt of the Lasker-Bloomberg public service award.
Thank you too our keynote speakers for sharing their expertise during HHL 2020! Additional photos and conference updates are available on Facebook.
Registered attendees can now view the recordinged sessions here. Access to the public will be shared soon.