Toyin Ojora Saraki to deliver Keynote Speech to SwitchPoint 2019 Conference


Major US Conference set to tackle Global Health, Impacts of Misinformation, Immersive Technology and Innovation

Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Toyin Ojora Saraki, is set to deliver the keynote address to the SwitchPoint2019 Conference in North Carolina this week, as global humanitarian experts gather for the annual sessions hosted by IntraHealth International.

Each year SwitchPoint draws hundreds of attendees from around the world, including non-profit and development professionals, corporate experts, educators, policy makers, innovators and social entrepreneurs.

Mrs Saraki is expected to address key aspects of the health workforce, maternal and child health, and gender equity, drawing upon her experience leading a Foundation at the frontline of healthcare solutions, in addition to her advisory role to the Independent Advisory Group to the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa and as the Global Goodwill Ambassador to the International Confederation of Midwives.

In addition to Mrs Saraki’s keynote speech, presentations will also be made by global health leaders and innovators, including:

- Leah Borromeo, creator of the Climate Symphony, which turns data on climate change into musical composition

- Andrew Zolli, head of global impact initiatives at Planet, a breakthrough space and AI organization that has deployed the largest constellation of Earth-observing satellites in history.

- Githinji Gitahi, CEO of Amref Health Africa, who will be speaking about rights-based universal health coverage in Africa.

- Tine Knott, vice president of the Center for Secure and Stable States at DAI, who designs programs to counter violent extremism and build peace and security.

- Hawa Talla, a chief of party for IntraHealth in Senegal, who pioneers efforts to expand new contraceptive technologies in West Africa and new ways to get African city mayors involved in family planning.

- Serge Attukwei Clottey, an artist known for Afrogallonism, a concept that explores the relationship between material objects—such the ubiquitous yellow, gallon-size oil container—in relation to consumption and necessity in the lives of modern Africans.

Representatives from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, Harvard and Duke Universities, Pfizer and the US Agency for International Development, among many others, will also be in attendance this year.

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