Webinars

DASH WEBINAR SERIES

THE ROLE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE COVID-19 RESPONSE IN LOW RESOURCE SETTINGS

As COVID-19 spreads to low resource settings, there is an increasing need to explore the role of AI in the response to the pandemic.

Big data and artificial intelligence are playing a role in the COVID-19 response globally. AI is being used to assess effectiveness of social distancing measures; accelerate the development of novel therapeutics and identify possible cases within the population. As COVID-19 spreads to low resource settings, there is an increasing need to explore the role of AI in the response – to better understand the health needs on the ground, leverage existing tools for modeling infectious disease outbreaks and assess what solutions have the most promise for impact.

In response to this need, the Harvard Global Health InstituteNovartis Foundation and partners are hosting a webinar series to unpack these pressing questions. Building off the community created through the Data Science & AI Summit for Healthcare (DASH), we are convening innovators, policy makers, data scientist and health experts to share nuanced insights on the role of AI in the COVID-19 response.

The series is focused on understanding the most pressing COVID-related health needs in low resource settings.

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WEBINARS

AI, Health and the Future Workforce

Wednesday, December 2 | 9 AM EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vast applications of data science and AI-driven tools in the health sector. Yet as countries continue to integrate the use of these technologies into their national strategies, it is imperative that they simultaneously invest in the local people and workforce that will create and use them. During this discussion, experts will explore the role of education and professional development as a means to unlock the full potential of AI-for-health tools, and reflect on how countries can best prepare to create, recruit and retain expertise in the field. This panel will hone in on the importance of youth engagement, gender equity and the equitable distribution of skills in low-and-middle income countries.

This event is hosted in collaboration with UNITAR.

MODERATOR

Natasha Sunderji
Global Health Lead | Accenture Development Partnerships

Natasha Sunderji is the Global Health Lead for Accenture Development Partnerships – an innovative business unit at Accenture that works with leading international development organizations to address the world’s social, economic and environmental issues. Natasha has 15+ years of experience advising multinational companies, social enterprises, NGOs, and multilateral agencies on growth strategy, business model design, digital health, and cross sector partnerships. She has worked with leading organizations to design patient centric technology solutions, supported health impact investors to develop commercialization and scaling strategies for their portfolio grantees, and advised policy makers on the regulations and investments needed to drive a robust digital health ecosystem. She has written multiple articles and reports on the promise of digital health and the challenges in scaling leading solutions, in collaboration with Devex, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, IFC, and others. Natasha holds a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

Panelists

Bethany Hedt-Gauthier
Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine | Harvard Medical School

Bethany Hedt-Gauthier is a Biostatistician and an Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine (Harvard Medical School) and Biostatistics (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health). Her primary research interests include quantifying the health needs of and evaluating programs targeting marginalized populations, with a focus on global surgery research. She currently leads research related to provision of cesarean sections and outcomes at rural district hospitals in Rwanda. This body of work includes developing machine learning algorithms for image-based diagnostics for surgical site infections. In addition to her research work, Hedt-Gauthier leads scholarship and advocacy on equity in global health research collaborations. Her work spans multiple countries, with extended residencies in Namibia, Malawi, and Rwanda.

Anjelou Marie Estrella
Senior Manager | reach52

Anjelou Marie Estrella is a Senior Manager at reach52, a Singapore headquartered social enterprise looking to create healthcare systems for rural areas across the Philippines, Cambodia and India. She implements community-based projects in the Philippines, that are bridging the gaps within healthcare systems through digital, community-run solutions. She leads both physical and virtual training for community healthcare workers and youth leaders in rural areas, as well as manages a team rolling out a range of health services.

Anjelou is an academic fellow of Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) at Kennesaw State University, and is a member of Ashoka’s Changemaker Xchange in Asia and Global Shapers Community Iloilo Hub. She is a public health advocate with a passion involving youth in nation-building. At age 19, she co-founded a youth organization called Team Dugong Bughaw that aims to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS testing, and empower those living with HIV.

Mahadia Tunga
Co-Founder and Director of Capacity Development | Tanzania dLab

Mahadia Tunga is trained as a computer scientist with specialization in data science. She has a keen interest in strengthening the data ecosystem in Tanzania and Africa through capacity development. Mahadia has vast experience in managing capacity development projects as well as gender-based and youth-engagement programs, with special interest in assisting young women.

Mahadia has delivered strategic consulting for both public and private health programs focused on machine learning, open data, data innovation, visualization, and analysis. Her consulting services have been sought out by many organizations including Cambridge Education, Irex, World Bank, and African Monitor. Mahadia has also trained over 2000 individuals and 50 organisations in Tanzania, Uganda, Congo, South Africa, Cairo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia, Somalia, Djibouti, etc.

At the University of Dar es Salaam, Mahadia has contributed to the development of the first ever MSc Data Science Curriculum in East Africa. She is driven by a desire to impact lives—especially those of young women—through training, skills enhancement and knowledge development.

Past Webinars

Sustainable Business Models for AI in Health

Thursday, November 12 | 9 AM EST

Digital health and AI tools have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The potential is enormous –  yet the long term scalability and sustainability of these innovations remains unknown. As the digital health space propels forward, key questions remain on how we can create an environment where innovators thrive and governmental policies support sustainable business models. In this panel discussion, speakers will reflect on the types of partnerships and structures needed to ensure high-impact products reach those most in need, and tools which improve health outcomes continue to do so well beyond the pandemic.

MODERATOR

Sarah Des Rosiers
Stakeholder Engagement Lead | Novartis Foundation

Sarah Des Rosiers is a global health professional dedicated to use the power of innovation and partnerships to solve today’s health access challenges. In 2020, Sarah joined the Novartis Foundation to shape the outcome measurement work of its cardiovascular urban health initiatives and to build cardiovascular population health approaches in low-middle income countries that are driven by innovative health and care delivery.

A former management consultant with PwC, she advised major healthcare players (pharma industry and global health organizations) on projects that focused on market access, management improvements and impact evaluation.

Prior to this, she held roles at WHO, UNAIDS and the Clinton Health Access Initiative and built her expertise in program and grant management, focusing on strengthening health systems and increasing access to affordable services and medicines globally. Through all these roles, she worked closely with health authorities and partners in countries like Haiti, Tanzania and Cameroon. Sarah received an MSc in International Health Policy & Economics (LSE) and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland. She was born in Canada and lives with her family in Switzerland.

PANELISTS

Marelize Gorgens
Senior Specialist | World Bank

Marelize leads a global program on Decision and Delivery Science in Health and Human Development at the World Bank. The aim of this program is to accelerate the use of analytics and digital health innovation to improve human development outcomes in low and middle income countries. With an academic background in engineering, mathematical modelling, public health, and predictive analytics, her career started in management consulting, and then switched gears to international development — working first for the Government of Malawi and later for the World Bank. 

She has spent over 20 years working alongside Governments, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations in low and middle income countries improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health and education programs. She has been invited faculty at master’s degree courses at Universities. She has published extensively (both academically and technical books, some of which are used as teaching materials in universities), and is on the editorial board of two journals.

Cole Sirucek
Founder and CEO | DocDoc

Cole Sirucek is an investor and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience founding, investing into and otherwise supporting entrepreneurial ventures. He is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of DocDoc, the world’s first patient intelligence company. On the investment side, Cole is currently a Managing Director at Founders Equity Partners, a direct secondary investment fund.

Prior to DocDoc, Cole spent seven years in the direct investment team of Temasek Holdings. In this capacity, he has successfully invested over US$500M in private equity direct and
secondary transactions. He has also served as an Independent Member of the Board of Directors for Global Eagle Acquisition Corp, a US$190M, NASDAQ listed SPAC focused on the media and entertainment industry.

Cole attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Bocar BA
CEO | SAMENA Council

Bocar BA is an advocacy specialist, focused on the promotion of sustainable digital development, ICT infrastructure expansion and investment through collaboration and multi-stakeholder partnerships in the Middle East and Africa regions. BA is the CEO and a board member of SAMENA Telecommunications Council, which serves as a sector-development partner to governments and the telecommunications industry toward jointly creating a sustainable ICT environment as the enabler of sustainable digital economy.

In his capacity as CEO of SAMENA Council, BA helps bring together and builds alliances between digital ecosystem stakeholders, including regulators and other government bodies, to address critical technocentric, policy, and regulatory issues. His efforts have directly helped drive key regional initiatives, summits and roundtables in areas including affordable infrastructure, advanced digital services, data and privacy regulation, spectrum management, and industry fees and taxation. BA is a strong advocate of advancing socio-economic progress and contributing to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through ecosystem-wide collaboration on proliferating ICTs, and setting incentives for investment in digitization and advanced communications infrastructure. 

How COVID-19 is Shaping the Digital Health Space

Thursday, October 29 | 9 AM EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered health priorities around the world. Across all sectors, organizations are engaging with digital solutions to tackle the spread of the virus and relying on data to make critical decisions around healthcare delivery and resource prioritization. In this webinar, panelists will discuss why we are seeing an increase in the use of digital during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this extreme experience has awakened the world to the crucial infrastructure that needs to be in place in order to rapidly respond to future health emergencies.

Moderator

Bruno Villetelle
Head of Data and Digital Global Drug Development | Novartis

Bruno joined Novartis in April 2019 and leads the Data and Digital function for the company’s Global Drug Development (GDD) organization. He drives GDD’s data and digital vision, strategy and governance, and is focused on embedding data science and digital technologies to enhance asset development. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience spearheading digital and technology led innovation and new business model creation in the pharmaceutical, consumer health, and service industries. Prior to joining Novartis, he worked for Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited as the Chief Digital Officer.

Bruno has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Organization & Methodology and a Master of Science in Business Systems Management from the University of Lyon, France. He also has a Master of Engineering in Enterprise Information Systems from the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers, France. In 2017, he was nominated one of the Top 40 healthcare transformers by MM&M (Medical, Marketing and Media).

PANELISTS

Maimuna (Maia) Majumder
 Instructor | Boston Children’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School

Dr. Maimuna (Maia) Majumder is a member of the ladder-rank faculty at the Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) based out of Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital and a recent graduate of the Engineering Systems program at MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS). In between her graduate studies and her current position at CHIP, Maia spent a year at the Health Policy Data Science lab at Harvard Medical School’s Health Care Policy department as a postdoctoral fellow. During her masters and doctoral studies at MIT, she was funded through a graduate fellowship at HealthMap computational epidemiology group. 

Prior to Maia’s arrival at MIT, she earned a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Science (with a concentration in Civil and Environmental Engineering) and a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Tufts University. While at Tufts, Maia was a field researcher with the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), where she worked with clinic patients (and their data) to learn how to better tell their stories. Her current research interests involve probabilistic modeling, data science, and “systems epidemiology” in the context of public health, with a focus on causal inference for infectious disease surveillance using digital disease data (e.g. search trends; news and social media). She also enjoys exploring novel techniques for data procurement, writing about data for the general public, and creating meaningful data visualizations.

Helmi Zakariah, MD
CEO | Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology (AIME)

Dr Helmi Zakariah begins his journey in Big Data Analytics & Digital Epidemiology as the Chief Executive Officer of AIME and AI4Good, where he led the delivery of data analytics solutions in public health, women & reproductive health, and sustainable agriculture across 3 continents.

In Nov 2019, Dr Helmi Zakariah was appointed as a member of the WHO/ITU Working Group for AI in Outbreak, a multi-institutional and global platform that aims to leverage Machine Learning to mitigate outbreaks. When the Covid19 pandemic reached Malaysia, he was tasked to lead the Digital Epidemiology portfolio for the Selangor State Task Force for Covid19 – the most densely populated state in Malaysia, where he pioneered the nation’s first QR-based e-tracing ecosystem, which was then replicated nationwide.

Dr Helmi Zakariah had his early education in MRSM Jasin, and holds a Medical Degree from the Russian Federation with a Master in International Public Health from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. He regularly speaks through global cooperative forums like Chatham House, World Economic Forum, and Commonwealth Digital Health Forum.

Akhona Tshangela
 Programme Manager, Mortality Surveillance | Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Ms. Akhona Tshangela joined the Africa CDC in 2016 and is one of the first staff members, she played a critical role in launching Africa CDC and developing its first programs. Currently her main role is to manage the Mortality Surveillance Program. In this role, she is responsible for designing and executing the program’s strategy for understanding the numbers and causes of death in African countries and improving the use of this data for decision making. Currently for the COVID-19 response she is currently the chair for the Sciences, regulations and standards technical working group; under the Africa Task Force on Coronavirus (AFTCOR), a joint partnership between Africa CDC, partners and Member States, supporting Member States with making science based policy decisions.  She also leads the knowledge management platforms, innovations and research for the COVID-19 response and part of the Steering Committee for the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition.

The Role of AI in the Post-Pandemic Era

Tuesday, July 7 | 9 AM EST

In many countries around the world, COVID-related restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the virus are now being lifted. For policymakers, innovators, and researchers who quickly leveraged digital tools and AI as part of the acute response, this could mean re-thinking and pivoting priorities. As the world transitions to the next phase of response and beyond, the question remains: what is the role of digital tools and AI in a post-pandemic world?

In this webinar,  we bring together panelists with a diverse range of expertise in AI and data science to collectively think on how we can continue to move through, and forward, in the COVID-19 crisis. Experts reflect on how they foresee their own field of work changing, discuss the obstacles that lie ahead and comment on the partnerships and investments needed to effectively and meaningfully leverage AI for good beyond the pandemic.

Moderator

Kirsten Gagnaire
CEO, Kati Collective

A Seattle-area native and passionate advocate for women’s and girls’ issues globally, Gagnaire’s work concentrates on culturally relevant technology for social impact, focusing on girls’ and women’s empowerment applications for effectively educating communities and maximizing outcomes for the underserved across the globe. Gagnaire believes digital interventions can improve the health of mothers and babies in low-and-middle-income settings. 

Gagnaire has lived and traveled extensively across Africa and Southeast Asia. She is an innovator for social impact and social enterprise thought leader, having developed and led groundbreaking business models and partnerships with global multi-sector organizations including governments, corporate, United Nations agencies, and grassroots social entrepreneurs.

PANELISTS

Cansu Canca
Founder and Director
AI Ethics Lab

Cansu is a philosopher and the founder and director of the AI Ethics Lab, where she leads teams of computer scientists, philosophers, and legal scholars to provide ethics analysis and guidance to researchers and practitioners. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy specializing in applied ethics. She primarily works on ethics of technology, having previously worked on ethics and health. Prior to the AI Ethics Lab, she was a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, and a researcher at the Harvard Law School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, National University of Singapore, Osaka University, and the World Health Organization.

Leo Celi
Clinical Research Director | Laboratory for Computational Physiology
Massachusetts Institute for Technology

Leo Anthony Celi, MD, MPH, has practiced medicine in three continents, giving him broad perspectives in healthcare delivery. As clinical research director and principal research scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology and as an attending physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he brings together clinicians and data scientists to support research using data routinely collected in the process of care. He is one of the course directors for HST.936 – global health informatics to improve quality of care, and HST.953 – collaborative data science in medicine, both at MIT, and an editor of the textbook for each course, both released under an open access license. The massive open online course HST.936x “Global Health Informatics to Improve Quality of Care” was launched under edX in February 2017.

Edson Amaro Junior
Head of Big Data Analytics
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein

Edson Amaro Junior completed his PhD in Medicine from the University of São Paulo in 2000. Since 2007, Amaro has worked as a professor. Amaro is currently an MS-5 professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of São Paulo, and honorary lecturer at King’s College and the University of London. Amaro is responsible for Big Data Analytics and is a neuroradiologist in the Department of Imaging at Hospital Albert Einstein.

He has published more than 180 articles in specialized journals, and has interacted with 405 collaborators in co-authorship of scientific works. Amaro specializes in ​​Medicine, with an emphasis on Functional Magnetic Resonance and Data Analysis.

Closing the Data Gap: Novel approaches for Data Use in the COVID Response

Tuesday, June 30 | 9 AM EST

AI-driven solutions are only as good as the data used to train them. From accurate testing numbers to comprehensive infection rates, data are essential to understanding COVID-19 and crafting national policy, including the allocation of limited health-resources. Yet high volume, high quality data isn’t readily available everywhere, and the gap between what is needed and what is available can be substantial, especially in low resource settings. 

Understanding the importance of data for informing decision-making, this webinar brings together data scientists and policy experts to discuss opportunities and challenges to meet this urgent need. Panelists reflect on novel approaches for acquiring data; discuss the ethical and regulatory implications of their use and dive into recommendations on how to overcome ongoing barriers to data collection during COVID-19.

Moderator

Bruno Villetelle
Head of Data and Digital | Global Drug Development
Novartis Foundation

Bruno joined Novartis in April 2019 and leads the Data and Digital function for the
company’s Global Drug Development (GDD) organization. He drives GDD’s data
and digital vision, strategy and governance, and is focused on embedding data
science and digital technologies to enhance asset development. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience spearheading digital and technology led innovation and new business model creation in the pharmaceutical, consumer health, and service industries.

Prior to joining Novartis, he worked for Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, a global top 10 pharmaceutical company, where he was Chief Digital Officer and oversaw more than 40 digital lighthouse programs. He also led the development of a portfolio of digital health companies offering game-changing digital solutions for patients and drug development.
Bruno has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Organization & Methodology and a Master of Science in Business Systems Management from the University of Lyon, France. He also has a Master of Engineering in Enterprise Information Systems from the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers, France.

PANELISTS

Sekou Remy
Research Scientist
IBM Research Africa

Sekou L. Remy is a Research Scientist and Technical Lead at IBM Research Africa.  A member of the healthcare team, he is excited about developing appropriate technologies based on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain and data analytics with the goal of transforming Africa and the world. As the lead for Policy Making with AI, one of Remy’s research efforts explores the application of technologies to accelerate the eradication of malaria and to transform the development of intervention policies. Remy has a BA in Computer Science from Morehouse College and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Laura McGorman
Policy Lead | Data for Good
Facebook

Laura McGorman is the Global Policy Lead for Facebook’s Data for Good Portfolio, which focuses on sharing privacy preserving datasets with nonprofits and researchers to address crises. Prior to joining Facebook, Laura held positions during the Obama Administration at the US Department of Commerce, Opower, the World Bank and USAID. She has a BA from Columbia University and a Masters in Development Economics from Harvard.

Vamba Lolleh
E-Health Officer
Partners in Health

Vamba Lolleh is the Monitoring, Evaluation, Quality Improvement and eHealth Officer for Partners in Health Sierra Leone. Lolleh focuses on designing and implementing mobile data collection and electronic medical record systems for health centers and community health workers. He also designs and implements quality improvement projects and reports on key performance indicators to program managers as well as the Ministry of Health. Lolleh has recently started collaborating with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health around how the ministry can use innovation to improve and strengthen the country’s healthcare system.

AI Chatbots in the COVID-19 Response: Opportunities and Challenges

Tuesday, June 23 | 9 AM EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for transparent, timely, and up-to-date information sharing. In order to fill this need, governments, multinational organizations and industry partners have made unprecedented investments in the development and deployment of chatbot solutions. While these tools hold immense promise, there remain concerns surrounding the safety of chatbots; including potential amplification of misinformation, provision of incorrect guidance to users, and data security. 

In this webinar, we bring together digital health experts from across sectors to address some of the most critical questions surrounding the use of chatbots as a public health tool. Panelists discuss why chatbots can play a critical role in the COVID-19 response, especially in low resource settings; explore the shortcomings to using these tools and ways to overcome them; and share the next steps to maximizing the potential of chatbots and mitigating harm.

MODERator

Yuri Quintana
Chief | Division of Clinical Informatics
Beth Israel Medical Deaconess Center

Yuri Quintana, Ph.D., is Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics, BIDMC, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. His research is focused on developing innovative technologies and systems that empower communities of healthcare professionals, patients and families. He has developed several award-winning global online and mobile collaboration networks that have had a transformational impact on healthcare delivery. At Harvard, with funding from AHRQ, Dr. Quintana and colleagues have created InfoSAGE Health, a family-centered private social network for supporting the care of older adults.  He has developed Alicanto, an online social learning platform for health professionals that is in use at leading academic hospitals and centers at Harvard affiliated hospitals and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With Homewood Research Institute and international colleagues, he is working on improved methods to evaluate mental health apps using evidence-based approaches. Previously, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, he envisioned, implemented, and managed global eHealth solutions for children with cancer that have improved the lives of countless children and made a significant contribution to global clinical informatics. The platforms he has developed have been used as a reference model for collaborative platforms developed by international agencies such as UICC, WHO, and IAEA. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Western Ontario where he served as director of the New Media Research Lab developing innovations in interactive media and online education. Quintana was also a principal investigator in the Canadian HealNet Research Network, focusing on consumer health informatics. He has held high-tech positions at IBM Canada Limited and Watcom. He serves on the editorial board of several journals including the International Journal of Medical Informatics and the Journal for Cancer Education. He is an advisor on e-health to the Pan American Health Organization. Quintana obtained his engineering degrees from the University of Waterloo in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Systems Design Engineering.

PANELISTS

Hila Azadzoy
Managing Director | Global Health Initiative
Ada Health

Hila Azadzoy is the Managing Director of Ada’s Global Health Initiative which is focused on improving the availability and delivery of primary care to underserved populations worldwide. Hila is an accomplished social entrepreneur dedicated to using the power of technology for social good. Prior to Ada, she was a Founding Member and Head of Academics of Kiron Open Higher Education, an award-winning social startup working to remove the barriers to higher education for refugees worldwide through smart digital solutions. 

Hila is a recipient of the Digital Female Leader Award, an MIT Solver and a frequent public speaker, having spoken at international forums such as TEDx, Clinton Global Initiative, UNESCO NGO Forum, UBS Social Innovator and World Summit AI.

Miriam Obibi
Programme Specialist | U-Report 24/7
UNICEF, Northeast Nigeria

Miriam Obibi is a Programme Specialist overseeing U-Report 24×7, UNICEF’s pioneer digital accountability platform in Northeast Nigeria. Trained in Business Intelligence and Analytics at the University of Westminster, London, she has over 12 years’ experience in communications, data analytics and the deployment of innovative solutions. Over the years she has been driven by the passion for strengthening organizational performance through innovations.

Miriam pioneered the set-up and roll-out of U-Report 24×7, an SMS based platform, designed to support emergency response. Her work currently focuses on driving digital engagement with vulnerable populations affected by the NE Nigeria crisis and ensuring that UNICEF’s programme investments achieve desired objectives including accountability to the affected population. In an environment with limited telecoms coverage, she oversaw the recruitment of over 200,000 internally displaced persons into the U-Report 24×7 platform, making it the feedback and response channel with the most reach in NE Nigeria. On this platform the novel COVID-19 chatbot for risk communication and community engagement was launched.

Andrew Beam
Assistant Professor | Department of Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Andrew Beam, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with secondary appointments in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Newborn Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research develops and applies machine-learning methods to extract meaningful insights from clinical and biological datasets. Previously he was a Senior Fellow at Flagship Pioneering and the founding head of machine learning at VL56, a Flagship-backed venture that seeks to use machine learning to improve our ability to engineer proteins. He earned his PhD in 2014 from N.C. State University for work on Bayesian neural networks, and he holds degrees in computer science (BS), computer engineering (BS), electrical engineering (BS), and statistics (MS), also from N.C. State. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and then served as a junior faculty member. Dr. Beam’s group is principally concerned with improving, stream-lining, and automating decision-making in healthcare through the use of quantitative, data-driven methods. He does this through rigorous methodological research coupled with deep partnerships with physicians and other members of the healthcare workforce. As part of this vision, he works to see these ideas translated into decision-making tools that doctors can use to better care for their patients.

Can image-based AI meaningfully impact COVID-19 response in low resource settings?

Tuesday, June 16 | 9 AM EST

Practical uses for image-based radiological AI tools are being explored as part of the COVID-19 response globally. These solutions are being proposed to complement and fill gaps in the current response through applications, such as increasing testing capacity by distinguishing COVID-19 from community acquired pneumonia and improving the detection rate and treatment consistency of COVID-19 cases. While these tools have immense potential to address critical needs, there remain concerns about their practicality, accuracy and utility, especially in low-resource settings.

By bringing together experts in the field of radiology and beyond, this webinar explores the opportunities and challenges for the use of imaged-based AI tools in the COVID-19 response. Panelists discuss the broader context for the application of these tools; explore how they are being developed and evaluated; and identify what steps need to be taken to maximize the potential of image-based AI while mitigating the risks.

MODERATOR

Skye Gilbert
Executive Director | Digital Square
PATH

Skye Gilbert joined PATH in 2016, and assumed Digital Square’s Executive Director position in 2019. Prior to joining PATH, Skye worked on health and information systems from a variety of different lenses, first as an academic researcher living in Senegal and China, then as a consultant to the private sector at the Boston Consulting Group, and finally as a Program and Strategy Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Skye has a Global Executive M.B.A. from INSEAD and bachelor degrees in Economics, International Studies, and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

PANELISTS

Judy Gichoya
Assistant Professor
Emory University School of Medicine

Judy Gichoya is a medical doctor specializing in radiology with training and more than 6 years of experience in informatics. She has worked with multiple global health organizations in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Colombia and Tanzania, implementing mHealth and eHealth solutions targeting patient care. Her passion is to create health care ecosystems through a social entrepreneurship model that combines her medical and technology skills.

Eldad Elnekave
Chief Medical Officer
Zebra Medical Vision

Eldad Elnekave, MD is a US and Israeli Board-Certified Radiologist and has served the Chief Medical Office of Zebra Medical Vision since its founding. He completed his Interventional Radiology training at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and practices clinically as the Director of the Interventional Oncology clinic at Davidoff Oncology Center. Dr. Elnekave envisions a foreseeable future in which machine learning algorithms will contribute substantial, even critical, insight in every radiologic examination, from X-ray to CT and MRI.

Marco Bego
Executive Director | Chief Innovation Office
University Hospital (HC), São Paulo

Marco Bego currently serves as the Executive Director of the Chief Innovation Office at the University Hospital São Paulo (Hospital de Clínicas). In this position, he leads the cross-functional efforts to integrate innovation in all activities of the hospital and associated departments through public-private partnerships, private sector collaboration and entrepreneurship. Marco is an effective member of the Technical Chamber of Informatics in the Brazilian Federal Council of Medicine (CFM) and assumed the presidency of the Brazilian Association of Chief Innovation Officers in Health in May 2017. Marco has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has 27 years of experience in Health IT.

Mature tech solutions in the COVID-19 response: Leveraging what already works to improve health OUTcomes

Tuesday, June 2 | 9 AM EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed rapid innovation globally. Yet as novel digital solutions emerge, so has awareness of the breadth of tech-driven tools that already exist. In many low resource settings, these tools, such as SMS and telemedicine, already play a critical role in healthcare delivery, and have proven to be essential assets in the COVID-19 response. 

In this webinar, we bring together experts across sectors who are repurposing or expanding existing digital solutions as part of the COVID-19 response. Panelists discuss the value of leveraging mature technologies in the fight against COVID-19; explore how these existing tools can complement new ones; and share relevant lessons learned.

Moderator

Adele Waugaman
Senior Digital Health Advisor
USAID

Adele is the Senior Digital Health Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Over the past decade she has led programs and engagement campaigns at the intersection of digital technologies in global development, including as founder and managing director of an independent consulting practice, and, previously, as head of a $30M partnership between the United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation.

Her past experience includes work as a journalist, editor, and communications advisor to both humanitarian groups and technology companies. She is an affiliated expert at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and a member of several advisory bodies for companies and non-profits advancing strategic digital innovation in the health and humanitarian sectors.

panelists

Shabnam Aggarwal
Senior Director of New Business
Dimagi, Inc.

Shabnam Aggarwal is an innovator of tech solutions for low-income consumers, a social enterprise startup advisor, and a published author covering topics such as entrepreneurship, failure, and startups. Her role at Dimagi is akin to one of an “entrepreneur in residence.” Leading the New Business division, Aggarwal and her team test new product ideas in the international development market to determine if and how they can support Dimagi’s clients and mission to create greater impact while enabling Dimagi to become a self-sustaining organization. Aggarwal’s career has spanned the education and healthcare technology industries across Cambodia, India, and now, based out of Rwanda, she focuses on East Africa.

Koku Awonoor
Director of Policy, Planning | Monitoring and Evaluation
Ghana Health Service

Koku Awoonor-Williams (MD, MPH, MPA, PhD) is a Public Health Physician Consultant and currently the Director responsible for Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Ghana Health Service. He has almost 3 decades of experience in senior health management positions in Ghana including 16 years as District Medical Officer and 8 years as Regional Director of Health Services. Prior to that he had been the National Coordinator of Ghana’s flagship Primary Health Care Program, the Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Initiative. His interests include health policy, health systems development for marginalized populations and implementation science for evidence-based decision-making. He currently leads a major primary health care health system strengthening project CHPS+ funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation under the African Health Initiative in Ghana.

Karin Kallander
Digital Health Lead
UNICEF

Dr. Karin Källander is a Senior Health Specialist in the Implementation Research & Delivery Science Unit in the Health section at UNICEF. She is the unit focal point for child and community health, and the global lead for digital health. She previously worked as Senior Research Advisor at Malaria Consortium in London, UK, where she was heading the organisation’s research group, leading and guiding research and evaluations in the areas of maternal, newborn and child health, pneumonia, and digital innovations for effective health service delivery. She is a specialist in pneumonia and health systems research as well as community-based primary healthcare. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Global Health at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Dr Källander has over 18 years of experience as researcher, lecturer, program coordinator, and consultant in both development and emergency settings.

‘NEW’ AI SOLUTIONS IN THE COVID-19 RESPONSE: GETTING AN IDEA OFF THE GROUND DURING A PANDEMIC

Thursday, May 28 | 9 AM EST

‘Necessity is the mother of innovation’, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. While the rapid spread of the virus has led to unprecedented health needs, it has also created a window of opportunity for innovators globally.

In response, this webinar brings together innovators from low and middle income countries who are creating AI solutions that specifically address COVID-related challenges. Entrepreneurs discuss how they transitioned creative ideas to tangible output; highlight the ways the innovation ecosystem has changed in the midst of the pandemic; and reflect on why local ideas can sometimes be the most impactful ones.

MODERATOR

Natasha Sunderji
Global Health Lead
Accenture Development Partnerships

Natasha Sunderji is the Global Health Lead for Accenture Development Partnerships – an innovative business unit at Accenture that works with leading international development organizations to address the world’s social, economic and environmental issues. Natasha has 15+ years of experience advising multinational companies, social enterprises, NGOs, and multilateral agencies on growth strategy, business model design, digital health, and cross sector partnerships. She has worked with leading organizations to design patient centric technology solutions, supported health impact investors to develop commercialization and scaling strategies for their portfolio grantees, and advised policy makers on the regulations and investments needed to drive a robust digital health ecosystem. She has written multiple articles and reports on the promise of digital health and the challenges in scaling leading solutions, in collaboration with Devex, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, IFC, and others. Natasha holds a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

PANELISTS

Darlington Ahiale Akogo
Founder and Director of Artificial Intelligence
minoHealth AI Lab

Darlington Ahiale Akogo is a global leader in the field of AI. He is the Founder and Director of Artificial Intelligence at GUDRA and its subsidiaries: minoHealth, minoHealth AI Labs, karaAgro AI, Runmila AI Institute, and Gudra AI Studio. Akogo is involved in AI and tech across several other platforms and industries. He’s the topic driver for AI4Radiology under the United Nations International Telecommunication Union and the World Health Organization’s Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence for Health (AI4H). At UN AI4H, Akogo leads the development of global regulations and standards for AI in radiology. He is an Advisory Board Member and Ambassador to West Africa at AI Expo Africa, the largest business-focused AI community in Africa. Additionally, Akogo is involved with the MIT Tech Review Global Panel and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. Akogo was adjunct faculty of Artificial Intelligence at Academic City College and is the Bioinformatics (AI & Data Analytics) resource person at West African Centre for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP). He has spoken at numerous international conferences including NeurIPS, ​MIT’s Global Community ​BioSummit, and the ACP Heads of States and Government Summit, among others. Akogo also writes for ​Synapse Magazine and MIT Tech Review Insights.

Mike Endale
Lead
Ethiopia COVID-19 Response Team

Mike Endale is a Principal at BLEN Corp, and Co-Founder and CEO of Moxit, Inc., a software tech company that provides a complete tech stack for care providers. He has over 20 years of experience working in the tech space and has consulted in both private and public sectors; including The White House, and the Department of Education. In addition, he is one of the ops leads for the Ethiopia COVID-19 Response Team, a global volunteer team of 1,700+ software engineers, doctors, and ML experts, to help the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and other African countries respond to COVID-19.

Data Mining Large Internet Networks to Predict COVID-19 Hotspots

Tuesday, May 12 | 9 AM EST

Every day counts in the COVID-19 response. How many lives would be saved if we were able to predict COVID-19 a week earlier? Or even a month? With the growing field of artificial intelligence, early prediction of outbreaks through large Internet networks is becoming a reality. Yet while artificial intelligence holds immense promise, challenges remain to harnessing its full potential. 


By bringing together experts in artificial intelligence and health, this webinar explores ways that data mining of Internet-based networks can be leveraged to predict COVID-19 hotspots; how we can overcome structural and political barriers to timely reporting and dissemination; and what partnerships are needed to reap the benefits of these tools globally.

This program is supported by Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Medical Deaconess Center.

Moderator

Yuri Quintana
Chief | Division of Clinical Informatics
Beth Israel Medical Deaconess Center

Yuri Quintana, Ph.D., is Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics, BIDMC, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. His research is focused on developing innovative technologies and systems that empower communities of healthcare professionals, patients and families. He has developed several award-winning global online and mobile collaboration networks that have had a transformational impact on healthcare delivery. At Harvard, with funding from AHRQ, Dr. Quintana and colleagues have created InfoSAGE Health, a family-centered private social network for supporting the care of older adults.  He has developed Alicanto, an online social learning platform for health professionals that is in use at leading academic hospitals and centers at Harvard affiliated hospitals and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With Homewood Research Institute and international colleagues, he is working on improved methods to evaluate mental health apps using evidence-based approaches. Previously, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, he envisioned, implemented, and managed global eHealth solutions for children with cancer that have improved the lives of countless children and made a significant contribution to global clinical informatics. The platforms he has developed have been used as a reference model for collaborative platforms developed by international agencies such as UICC, WHO, and IAEA. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Western Ontario where he served as director of the New Media Research Lab developing innovations in interactive media and online education. Quintana was also a principal investigator in the Canadian HealNet Research Network, focusing on consumer health informatics. He has held high-tech positions at IBM Canada Limited and Watcom. He serves on the editorial board of several journals including the International Journal of Medical Informatics and the Journal for Cancer Education. He is an advisor on e-health to the Pan American Health Organization. Quintana obtained his engineering degrees from the University of Waterloo in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Systems Design Engineering.

 

Panelists

Yu-Chuan Jack Li
Distinguished Professor | College of Medical Science and Technology
Taipei Medical University

Dr. Yu-Chuan Jack Li is currently a Distinguished Professor of Graduate Institute of Biomedical Informatics at Taipei Medical University, Chair of Department of Dermatology at Wan Fang Hospital (TMU), the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal for Quality in Health Care and BMJ Health & Care Informatics journal, and he has been served as president-elect ( 2019-2021 ) of International Medical Informatics Association. His main areas of expertise are Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, Patient Safety Informatics, and Medical Big Data Analytics. He has dedicated himself to evolving the next generation medical Al for patient safety and prevention (“Earlier Medicine”). He has been involved deeply not only in biomedical informatics projects in Taiwan, but also has developed international collaborations across several continents including America, Europe, and Africa.

 

Elaine Nsoesie
Assistant Professor | Global Health
Boston University 

Dr. Nsoesie applies data science methodologies to global health problems, using digital data and technology to improve health, particularly in the realm of surveillance of chronic and infectious diseases. She has also been appointed as a BU Data Science Faculty Fellow, as part of the BU Data Science Initiative at the Hariri Institute for Computing. The Data Science Faculty Fellows program assembles a cluster of uniquely talented faculty whose expertise transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries to enable fundamental advances in data science. Dr. Nsoesie completed her PhD in Computational Epidemiology from the Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program at Virginia Tech, and her PhD dissertation, Sensitivity Analysis and Forecasting in Network Epidemiology Models, at the Network Dynamics and Simulations Science Lab at Virginia Tech BioComplexity Institute. After postdoctoral associate positions at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Nsoesie joined the faculty of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

Marcelo D’Agostino
Senior Advisor | Information Systems and Digital Health
Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Actions in Health, PAHO/WHO

Mr. D’Agostino currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Information Systems and Digital Health, in the department of Evidence and Intelligence for Actions in Health at PAHO/WHO. He has held a variety of managerial positions at PAHO/WHO since 2008; including acting as the Senior Advisor for Knowledge Management, and the Director for Knowledge Management and Communications, Bioethics and Research. His work with PAHO dates back to 1987, when he worked as a programmer at the Pan American Center for Zoonosis, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His experience includes working as a consultant at the Pan American Center for Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; a program analyst for the Pan American Institute for Food Protection and Zoonosis (INPPAZ); and the Coordinator of the Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Latin American Center for Health Science Information and the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA). Mr. D’Agostino has also served as the Regional Advisor for Information Dissemination in the area of Information and Knowledge Management in Washington, D.C.

COVID-19: Health Needs and the Role of Technology in Low Resource Settings

Thursday May 7, 2020 | 10 AM EST

Technology has already played a major role in the COVID-19 response globally. Yet digital tools, including AI, are not ‘one size fits all’; in order to be effective, solutions need to be developed and deployed based on the context and greatest need. This is particularly salient for low resource settings or areas with high socioeconomic disparity, many of which are poised to see a surge in cases in the coming weeks.

By bringing together key international and national policymakers, this webinar highlights the most pressing health needs in the COVID-19 response in low resource settings; the technological solutions that could address them and strategy needed to reap the benefits.

This program is supported by the Harvard University Center for African Studies.

Moderator

Ann Aerts
Head
Novartis Foundation

Ann Aerts has been Head of the Novartis Foundation since January 2013. During this time, she has been leading an organization committed to catalyzing innovations that transform the health of low-income populations. Since 2019, the Novartis Foundation sharpened its focus to concentrate on how digital technology, data science and artificial intelligence can reimagine health and care around the world.

Ann holds a Degree in Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Leuven, Belgium, as well as a Degree in Tropical Medicine from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.

Passionate about improving health outcomes through data science and digital technology, Ann applies her relentless commitment to overcoming global health inequities to pioneer solutions that can advance health and care globally. Ann chairs the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development Working Group on Digital Health, is a member of the Governing Council of the UN Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries and the International Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health. In 2017-2018 Ann served as a member of the US National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Committee on Improving the Quality of Health Care Globally and currently sits on the US National Academies of Medicine Commission on Healthy Longevity. Ann has authored numerous publications on digital health, infectious and noncommunicable diseases, and multisector partnerships that address global health challenges.

For more information on the Novartis Foundation:

www.novartisfoundation.org
www.youtube.com/novartisfoundation

 

Panelists

Bernardo Mariano Junior
Chief Information Officer (CIO) | Director of Digital Health & Innovation
World Health Organization

Bernardo Mariano Junior is the Chief Information Officer at the World Health Organization. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating WHO’s digital health vision and strategy. He leads and oversees all aspects of information technology, data security, and enterprise applications, ensuring WHO is advancing its digital capabilities to deliver its global health goals effectively.

Prior to joining WHO, Mr. Mariano was the Senior Regional Adviser to the Director General at International Organization for Migration(IOM), where he was responsible for strategic oversight of IOM’s activities within the Sub Sahara Africa region and advised on emerging trends and developments including regional and national policy initiatives. Mr Mariano also held the position of Regional Director for the Southern African Office, where he was responsible for the management of the IOM field office operations, overseeing activities in 15 countries. Before that, he held two strategic roles at IOM as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of Information Technology and Communications. He was responsible for the development of innovate ICT-driven solutions that improved IOM’s field operations management, and for introducing collaboration technology to advance working practices internally and with external partners. He received much recognition for his leadership in technology during his tenure at IOM, including awards for “innovative use of technology” and “outstanding commitment to manage migration and promote partnership.”

Marcos Vinicius de Souza
Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation
State of São Paulo, Brazil 

Marcos is the Secretary of Science, Technology and Innovation of the State of São Paulo, working within the Secretary of Economic Development. The area of Science, Technology and Innovation is responsible for actions to stimulate research and technological progress to encourage economic and social development. Prior to assuming this position in 2019, Marcos served as National Secretary for Innovation and New Businesses at the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services in Brazil, where he was responsible for innovation policies, startup programs, intellectual property regulation, international negotiations, investment attraction, workforce training, and digital economy strategies for the country, as well as R&D plans for the Amazon region. He lead the largest startups accelerator program in Latin America and the Brazilian Strategy for Impact Investments and Social Business. With a Bachelor of Business Administration, an MBA in Cluster Development from ECLAC/United Nations and training in innovation policy by VINNOVA, a Swedish Innovation Agency, Marcos is a member of Advisory Boards and Steering Committees related to innovation policies, social investment and technology . Before pursuing a career in public services, he worked in management consulting and venture capital funding.

 

Akhona Tshangela

Programme Manager | Mortality Surveillance
Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Ms. Akhona Tshangela joined the Africa CDC in 2016 and as one of its first staff members, she played a critical role in launching Africa CDC and developing its first programs. Currently she manages the Mortality Surveillance Program. In this role, Akhona is responsible for designing and executing the program’s strategy for understanding the numbers and causes of death in African countries, and improving the use of this data for decision making. Currently for the COVID-19 response she is the Chief Science Officer and co-chairs the Sciences, regulations and standards technical working group; under the Africa Task Force on Coronavirus (AFTCOR), a joint partnership between Africa CDC and Member States, supporting Member States with making science based policy decisions.  She also leads the knowledge management platforms, innovations and research for the COVID-19 response.

Before arriving at Africa CDC, Akhona held several positions at South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), including working as a medical scientist and working as an epidemiologist at the Centre for Respiratory Diseases and Meningitis. She is a graduate of the Field Epidemiology Training Program graduate, a sister program to the Epidemic Intelligence Service program of the US CDC. She is a member of the women in global health movement and is passionate about building gender equity in public health.