Industry Insights - Pradeep Kakkattil
Leveraging Innovations and Investments for Health
Guest Speaker: Pradeep Kakkattil
The COVID-19 Pandemic has illuminated one of humanity's greatest challenges: half of our world's children, women, and men do not have access to basic health services. Furthermore, nearly 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year due to health care costs. Healthcare – for those who do have access - is beset by severe inefficiencies. An estimated 20-40% of health spending is found misdirected.
As COVID-19 continues to devastate global economies, the need for resilient systems for health care has never been more urgent. Technology and innovations are critical to addressing some of the traditional challenges in scaling healthcare – they can be leveraged to transform healthcare access at a speed, efficiency, and at a cost that was unimaginable even a decade ago. Furthermore, building resilient health systems capable of responding to future challenges also provides an opportunity to create economic opportunities through health entrepreneurship for the most vulnerable.
What are the opportunities in building innovations, and technologies that can be transformative in healthcare access, and at the same time are sustainable, and profitable? How can innovators leverage investments in health technologies? What are the opportunities for entrepreneurs in health?
This session will provide an insider view on the health challenges facing the world along with the economic, as well as the impact opportunities that it presents. Kakkattil will additionally discuss how innovators are coming up with solutions that are getting us closer to the 2030 SDG targets on Health, and development.
Pradeep Kakkattil is Director of the Office of Innovation at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) based in Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for building, and implementing an innovation culture designed to generate new, and innovative solutions for the broader health, and HIV response globally. He is also co-founder of the Health Innovation Exchange (HIEx), a multilayered platform connecting governments, policymakers, innovators, and investors to leverage innovations and technology toward scaling up access to health care.
A former journalist and filmmaker, Pradeep serves on the Advisory Boards of the Graduate Institute in Geneva and is a founding member of the Board of the Geneva Innovation Network. Additionally, he is a member of the Global Council on Health as part of the United Arab Emirates’ “SDGs in Action” initiative, a member of the African Union Digital Health Strategy Taskforce. Moreover, he is a member of the Science, and Innovation Accelerator working group hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO). The World Economic Forum/ Schwab Foundation named him 'Public Innovator' 2022.
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