The Next Frontier in Global Financing: High-Impact Solutions for Women and Children

The Next Frontier in Global Financing: High-Impact Solutions for Women and Children

Jan 19, 2017
07:30 - 08:30 AM

Salon Spina
Steigenberger Granhotel Belvédère
Davos, .

Current funding models will not achieve the ambitious gains in health needed to help the poorest countries prosper socially and economically. Bolder approaches to financing and investment are critical to endure greater – and more sustainable – impact in improving the health of millions of women and children.

Join global leaders who will gather to discuss smart and innovative investment strategies that support the GFF and the valuable role that the private sector can play in the next wave of financing global health solutions.

MSD for Mothers, MSD’s 10-year, $US500 million global initiative to end preventable maternal deaths.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Julie Gichuru, Africa Leadership Dialogues

Please note that this event is invitation-only.



Børge Brende

Minister of Foreign Affairs



Børge Brende is Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway. He started his political career in 1985 as political adviser with the Young Conservatives. He has been Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party (1994–1998) and a member of the Storting (Norwegian parliament) for more than 10 years. From 2001 to 2004 he was Minister of the Environment. He was Minister of Trade and Industry from 2004 to 2005. In 2008, Mr Brende was appointed as Managing Director of the World Economic Forum in Geneva. He was Secretary General of Red Cross Norway from 2009 to 2011, before returning to the World Economic Forum in 2011. Mr Brende was Chair of the UN Commission of Sustainable Development in 2003–2004 and member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (advisory body to the Chinese Government) from 2005 to 2013. He has also been Chair of the Board in Mesta, Norway’s largest onshore contracting group, and Member of the Board in Statoil. Mr Brende has a degree in economics, law and history from NTNU in Trondheim.

Awa Coll-Seck

Minister of Health


Kenneth C. Frazier

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer



Kenneth C. Frazier is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Merck & Co., Inc.

Previously, Ken served as president of Merck with responsibility for the company’s three major divisions: Global Human Health, Merck’s sales and marketing division for pharmaceutical and vaccine products; Merck Manufacturing Division; and Merck Research Laboratories. Ken has held a broad range of senior management positions since joining Merck in 1992 as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Astra Merck Group.

Prior to joining Merck, Ken was a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. Ken sits on the boards of PhRMA, Weill Cornell Medicine, Exxon Mobil Corporation and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia, PA. He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the President’s Export Council, The Business Council, the Council of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association. Ken received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. 

Bill Gates

Co-Chair and Trustee

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grantmaking strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization. 

Gates began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. Its name changed to the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 to reflect its focus on ensuring that low-income minority students are prepared for college and have the means to attend. In 2000, to increase efficiency and communication, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 1975, Gates left Harvard University in his junior year to focus on Microsoft. In July 2008, Gates transitioned into a new role as chairman of Microsoft and advisor on some key development projects.

Jim Yong Kim


World Bank Group


Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D. is the President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he became president in July 2012, the organization established two goals: ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. Kim's career has been focused on health, education, and delivering services to the poor.

Before joining the World Bank, he served as President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003-2005, as Director of the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS Department, he led the "3 by 5" initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which helped to expand AIDS treatment in developing countries. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization now working in poor communities on four continents. Trained as a physician and an anthropologist, he has received several awards, including a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, and recognitions such as one of America's "25 Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report, and in 2006 TIME magazine named him as one of its "100 Most Influential People in the World."

William Francis Morneau

Minister of Finance



William Francis Morneau is an accomplished business leader who has been an active volunteer in Toronto Centre for more than 20 years.

When consulting and outsourcing company Morneau Shepell was founded, it employed 200 people. After Bill assumed leadership of the family business in 1990, the company expanded to providing meaningful and stable work for over 3,300 families across Canada. 

Bill studied retirement issues as a member of the Government of Ontario’s Pension Advisory Council and, in 2012, he was appointed as Pension Investment Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Finance. Bill’s community service in Toronto Centre is extensive. He has worked to support the arts, help street kids, and improve access to health care and education. He was chair of the board of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, and sat on the boards of The Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, and The Learning Partnership. In addition he has been chair of the board of Covenant House and the C.D. Howe Institute.