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Programme and speakers


Through an interactive programme pairing open discussion in plenary sessions with focused workshops, the Summit aims to pinpoint both the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of action needed to improve circulatory health.  

Three workshop sessions will be thematically focused and delegates will be able to participate in the workshop that best corresponds to their interests. 

The workshop sessions will feed directly into the plenary sessions to provide a synopsis of agreed action points and commitments, and foster dialogue between all participants.  

The programme of the Summit will be organized around three key themes:

1. Knowledge Exchange (National CVD Action Plans/ Access to essential and affordable medicines and technologies / Funding the CVD Fight)

2. Tools for Action (WHO Global HEARTS Package and WHF Roadmaps / Enabling technologies to promote cardiovascular health / Promoting Healthy Cities and Physical Activity)

3. Effective Outreach (Political Advocacy / Communication challenge: Reframing common messaging  / Building a civil society movement including the patient voice)

Please find the programme outline here


International speakers:

Monika Arora – Director, Health Promotion Division, Public Health Foundation of India 

Álvaro Avezum – Director, Research Division, Dante Pazzanese Institute of Cardiology

Tran Quoc Bao – Head, Division of Non-Communicable Disease Control and School Health, General Department of Preventive Medicine, Viet Nam Ministry of Health.

Douglas Bettcher – Director, Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, World Health Organization 

Michael Bloomberg – WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), Founder of Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies, and 108th Mayor of New York City (video address) 

Fiona Bull – Program Manager, Surveillance & Population Based Prevention, Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, World Health Organization 

Katie Dain – Executive Director, NCD Alliance 

Mike Daube – Professor of Health Policy, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Mohammad Daud – Director, PHC Revitalization Division, Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health, Nepal

Simon Gillespie – Chief Executive, British Heart Foundation

Rohan Greenland – President, Asia-Pacific Heart Network

Asmus Hammerich – Coordinator Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) & Acting Director Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH) Department, WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO)

Werner Hacke – President, World Stroke Organization

Richard Horton – Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet

Floris Italianer – CEO, Dutch Heart Foundation

Jennifer Keltz – Health Communications Specialist, Global NCD Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Etienne Krug – Director, Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organization

Daniel T. Lackland – President, World Hypertension League

Dolores Manese – Ministry of Health, Philippines 

Helen McGuire – Program Leader, Noncommunicable Diseases, PATH 

John Meiners – Chief of Mission Aligned Businesses, American Heart Association (AHA)

Jagat Narula – Chief of Cardiology, St. Luke’s & Roosevelt Hospital of Mount Sinai 

Oyere Onuma – Medical Officer, Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, WHO

Sim Kui Hian – Minister, Cabinet of Sarawak, Malaysia

Jack Tan – Chair, Organizing Committee, Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress 2017

Kathryn Taubert – Vice President, International Science and Health Strategies, American Heart Association (AHA)

Durhane Wong-Reiger – President & CEO, Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders

Prashant Yadav – Senior Research Fellow and Director of Healthcare Research, William Davidson Institute (WDI), University of Michigan

Pang Sze Yunn –  Director, Hospital to Home, Philips

Salim Yusuf – Executive Director, Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University