Business at OECD (BIAC) Presents

Forum on Health, Growth and Productivity

27 October 2017

Paris, France—OECD Headquarters

About This Event

Join us for a unique, cross-industry, multi-stakeholder event

In the follow up to the 2017 Meeting of OECD Health Ministers, the Business at OECD Forum on Health, Growth and Productivity will bring together senior business representatives – including selected CEOs, high-level government officials, OECD leadership and academia, as well as relevant OECD stakeholders – to discuss the proactive role of the private sector in attaining better health, growth and productivity.


Browse our current agenda with confirmed speakers to the event. We will be uploading new speakers regularly, so please check back soon for further speaker updates. Click here to download the agenda in PDF.

27 October 2017


Welcome Coffee and Registration



  • Bernhard Welschke, Secretary General, Business at OECD (BIAC)

Panel I: Integrating care – Transforming delivery systems around people

While health systems are increasingly struggling to meet demographic, epidemiological and budgetary challenges, an increasing fragmentation of health care systems leads to information not being shared efficiently across service providers. The transformation of delivery mechanisms has the capacity to adopt a more person-centered approach to health and social care, while at the same time may lead to a better, safer and more efficient provision of care. Panelists will discuss best practices and identify ways how health policies can blur the boundaries between hospital, primary, community and social care.

  • Francesca Colombo, Head of the Health Division, OECD
  • Marcel Saulnier, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Canada
  • Nicole Denjoy, Chair of the BIAC Health Committee; Secretary General, COCIR,
  • Erik Jylling, Executive Vice President, Danish Regions
  • Véronique Lessens, Global Head of Strategy, Business Development, and Market Intelligence, Agfa Healthcare

Panel II: Valuing Innovation: Better measuring, monitoring, and incentivizing R&D activities

Growing knowledge of the human genome, the advent of biological medicines, the digitization of healthcare, advancement in material sciences, big data analytics – health systems are in the middle of a new golden age of innovation that brings ground-breaking opportunities for patients worldwide. But sustainable innovation requires a climate that promotes knowledge exchange through collaboration across sectors, along with investment in educational infrastructure and public-private research programs. How can we continue to leverage global networks and share a wide range of expertise and experience to achieve ground-breaking progress? What kind of environment nurtures and enables innovation ecosystems to grow and thrive?  This panel discusses how innovation is working today and explains how health systems can better absorb new technologies for the benefit of all.

  • Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Thomas Cueni, Vice-Chair, BIAC Health Committee; Director General, IFPMA
  • Michel Ginestet, General Manager, Pfizer France
  • Paola Barbarino, CEO, Alzheimer’s Disease International
  • Government representative

Luncheon (OECD Château, Room Roger Ockrent)

  • Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization

Panel III: Investing in a healthier future

Investments in health literacy and healthy lifestyles can promote informed consumer choices, yield positive returns on citizens’ health and reduce public health spending. Different business sectors have effectively partnered with citizens and governments, and invested in prevention and communication activities that empower consumers and foster healthy choices. Business can go the extra mile, beyond its regular economic activity, to further that goal. Panelists will draw from their experiences in driving initiatives that invest in empowering populations, and in building a case for healthier habits.

  • Helen Durkin, Executive Vice President, IHRSA
  • Aoife Ní Mhurchú, Head of HR, Sky Ireland
  • Catherine Mellor, Executive Director, Global Health Initiative, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Joao Pinto, President, Erasmus Student Network

CEO Roundtable with  Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary General

Global CEOs will exchange on opportunities and challenges linking health, growth and productivity policies with the OECD Secretary General, and provide recommendations for future directions the OECD could consider related to this work. Global CEOs will exchange on opportunities and challenges linking health, growth and productivity policies with the OECD Secretary General, and provide recommendations for future directions the OECD could consider related to this work.

  • Angel Gurria, Secretary General, OECD
  • Bruno Strigini, CEO of Oncology, Novartis
  • Elie Lobel, CEO of Orange Healthcare

Panel IV: Promoting balanced choices and active lifestyles

Improving what people eat and drink, and increasing physical activity are key elements that can reduce the economic burden and the incidence of obesity and associated non-communicable diseases. Effective interventions that foster the supply of healthy products and services need to take into account a broad range of dietary consumption and lifestyle factors, and also align with priorities from other policy areas to avoid adverse effects. Panelists will discuss the multi-stakeholder approaches that can promote healthy lifestyles based on responsible business conduct whether product- or marketing-related, good regulatory practice and the right incentives. In particular, business can play a key role in this area, within its core economic activity itself.

  • Carmel Cahill, Deputy Director, OECD Trade and Agriculture
  • Mathilda Åberg, Deputy Head of Unit, Government Offices of Sweden
  • Pamela Bailey, CEO, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)
  • Boaz Soffer, Former Deputy Director for Planning and Economy, Israeli Tax Authority
  • Yuhan Tan, Double Olympian, Medical Doctor and Advocate for Global Active Cities

Closing Remarks

  • Ali Karami Ruiz, Director, Policy, Communications, and International Affairs, Business at OECD


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