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.