As the Executive Director of the Geneva Health Forum, I led the delivery of the fifth edition of the forum. A total of 748 participants from 66 countries attended the Forum. Of these there were 18 travel grantees from 15 countries. 41% of participants came from the academia/research sector, followed by 26% from civil society/NGOs, 16% Public sector/government, 7% for both the private sector and international organizations and finally 10% “other” sectors.

We swam against the trend by launching new rules of engagement at the GHF2014 and new dialogue formats. Many delegates rated the 2014 edition of the GHF as outstanding. Strategic partnerships that I had negotiated and navigated bore fruit in 2014. Our strategic partners were on board wholeheartedly and brought cutting edge content to the forum.

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Geneva Health Forum+
Geneva Health Forum


Global Health


Strategic planning; Strategic partnerships; Strategic Communication; Fundraising; Dialogue management; Project development;


Geneva, Switzerland


I was brought in to the GHF to expand its reach, funding base and help re-strategize so that the forum becomes sustainable.

The Geneva Health Forum is not just another conference on health. By looking to the future, it brings vision and thrives on all participants’ unique experiences and in depth insights on topics and initiatives generated and implemented all over the world. At the GHF it is believed that pooling intelligence will bring value and challenge common ideas to explore new territories of freethinking and build on inter-sectorial approaches to solving the problems of our time.
As it is held in Geneva, a city where all the major actors in Global Health are located, the Geneva Health Forum provides a unique opportunity to meet and shape tomorrow’s agenda on major health issues. Organized by the Geneva University Hospitals and the University of Geneva in partnership with the other main Swiss academic institutions and Geneva based organizations and key players in health, the GHF offers ample opportunities to debate freely on current health issues.


2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

What exactly?

I mapped, negotiated and implemented a three-tier partnerships strategy for the sustainability of the Geneva Health Forum (Content, Thematic and Geographic partnerships). This involves establishing Public-Private partnership arrangements without jeopardizing credibility. More about the GHF can be read on it’s website www.genevahealthforum.org
I conceptualized and negotiated inter-institutional linkages for the implementation of a robust communications strategy for the Geneva Health Forum. This effort links academic, research and teaching institutions with multilateral and bilateral donors, foundations, private sector and media.

With- whom?

Hospitals of the University of Geneva (HUG)

University of Geneva

Swiss Development Cooperation Agency (SDC)

Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

What happened?

Over the last four years the reach of the GHF has multiplied and it has established itself as an important event on the global health calendar. It attracts close to one thousand practitioners, academia and policy makers to Geneva to search for solutions in health.