At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023, key thought leaders described our current global challenges as a “polycrisis” of political instability, pandemics, and climate change. Under the theme of Cooperation in a Fragmented World, leaders from across academia, economics, innovation, government, and civil society gathered in Davos to discuss potential solutions to these overlapping challenges.
In this event, we will discuss takeaways on global health from Davos, hearing from Boston-based experts who were there. We will ask how new initiatives can create a healthier, more prosperous future in the face of endemic and emerging plights. Can social entrepreneurship not just deliver technology but also support frontline workers? How can technological solutions be scaled while respecting basic medical needs and ethical limits? And how should governments and businesses work together to implement biosecurity measures that prevent or treat disease and respect privacy? Join the discussion to learn about frontline innovations in global health. A networking reception will follow the discussion.
- 5:15pm – Doors Open
- 5:30pm – Opening remarks and introductions
- 5:35pm – Moderator led discussion between panelists
- 6:05pm – Q&A session
- 6:30pm – Networking
- 7:30pm – Doors Close
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As Head of Innovation, Nathalie leads Swissnex’s startup and innovation programs on the East Coast. After several years in the music industry and co-founding an e-commerce startup, Nathalie worked at STARTUP CAMPUS to support Swiss entrepreneurs in turning their ideas into businesses. Nathalie holds an MS in Business & Management from the Stockholm School of Economics and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Bern.
Jonathan JacksonCo-Founder and CEO, Dimagi
Jonathan Jackson is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dimagi. Jonathan oversees a team of global employees who are supporting digital solutions in the vast majority of countries with globally-recognized partners. He has led Dimagi to become a leading, scaling social enterprise and creator of the world’s most widely used and powerful data collection platform, CommCare.
Jonathan has founded multiple organizations focused on leveraging technology to improve healthcare delivery worldwide, including Cogito Corp, a pioneering behavioral analytics company. He is a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur and has been recognized by Business Week as one of the Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs. Jonathan earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Matthew F. McKnightGeneral Manager of Biosecurity, Ginkgo Bioworks
Matt leads Biosecurity at Ginkgo Bioworks. Biosecurity is Ginkgo’s business unit focused on national security and global pandemic response. Prior to building the Biosecurity business, Matt spent 4 years as Ginkgo’s Chief Commercial Officer and 7 years as an investor at IndUS Growth Partners where he was also the President and COO of Decision Resources Group. Matt has worked supporting business development at Palantir Technologies and is an active venture investor. Early in his career, he served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Matt completed a degree in History at Dartmouth College and is a graduate of the joint degree program at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Zuckerman Fellow.