Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand 23 - 26 April 2020

Keynote speakers

We are excited to announce our keynote speakers.



Professor Ian Couper

Ian currently works at the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Department of Global Health, in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Stellenbosch University. He divides his time between the Worcester and Tygerberg campuses. He also teaches in the Centre for Health Professions Education. Ian does research in Rural health, Human Resources for Health, Public Health, Primary Care and Medical/Health Professions Education.

His current projects include evaluating the expansion of undergraduate training in Upington, Northern Cape, and tracking graduates of the rural clinical school.      


Professor Trish Greenhalgh

Trish is an internationally recognised academic in primary health care and trained as a GP.  She joined the Department in January 2015 after previously holding professorships at University College London and Queen Mary University of London.

As co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Research In Health Sciences (IRIHS) unit, Trish leads a programme of research at the interface between social sciences and medicine, with strong emphasis on the organisation and delivery of health services. Her research seeks to celebrate and retain the traditional and humanistic aspects of medicine while also embracing the unparalleled opportunities of contemporary science and technology to improve health outcomes and relieve suffering.

Trish is joint module coordinator on the Knowledge Into Action (KIA) module of the MSc in Evidence Based Health Care.     


Dr Alexander Ng

Alexander is the Deputy Director and China Country Office Head of Health and Innovation at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads a team that works to build health partnerships with key stakeholders in China, including the Chinese government, private sector and NGOs. The goal is to identify, develop and deliver high-quality, low-cost health products (drugs, vaccines, biologics, diagnostics) for use in developing countries to tackle endemic diseases and other urgent health needs. Alex's team also works with local partners to design and deliver programs that address domestic health challenges such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and poverty.

Alex joined the foundation in 2015 after nine years at McKinsey & Co., where he was an Associate Partner and co-led McKinsey's Healthcare Practice and Corporate Finance Practice in Greater China, where he served public, private and social sector clients on strategy, health system reform, operations transformation and investments.

Alex completed his undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and a postgraduate diploma in Health Informatics at the University of Otago, New Zealand. From 2004 to 2005 he served as Chief Resident at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital – a tertiary referral hospital for South Pacific, before completing an MPH in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Since 2010, Alex has been an Honorary Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong and has been a Council Member of Hong Kong Council of Smoking and Health since 2012.           


Dr James Renwick

James has nearly four decades' experience in weather and climate research. His main field is large-scale climate variability and climate change, including such things as El Niño, the Southern Hemisphere westerly winds, and the impacts of climate variability and change on New Zealand and the Antarctic.

James was a lead author for the last two Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and is a Convening Lead Author for the new 6th IPCC Assessment.

He was recently awarded the Prime Minister's 2018 prize for Science Communication.
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