19 - 21 April 2022

  • 19 APRIL
  • 20 APRIL
  • 21 APRIL
  • Online
13:30 - 15:30 CETSESSION 1 | Policy-Making in the Post-COVID Era

This session addressed the Post-COVID Era from a policy-making standpoint. How can we tackle the Post-COVID Era with adeguate and effective policies?

This session was composed of one conversation:

CONVERSATION 1 | Climate governance and green deals
13:30 – 15:30 CET

Speakers discussed the much-needed support that policymakers will need to mobilize to meet the transformative needs of society and business.


Bjarne Steffen, Senior Research Associate and Lecturer, ETH Zurich

Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation

Juliano J. Assunção, Executive Director, Climate Policy Initiative Brasil

W. John Kress, Distinguished Scientist and Curator Emeritus, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

Maria Spyraki, Member of the European Parliament, ITRE Committee Member

Moderated by Renzo Guinto, Chief Planetary Doctor, PH Lab, Philippines

16:00 - 18:00 CETSESSION 2 | Post-COVID Approaches to Healthcare

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This session evaluated how health care and frontline medicine will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. Being one of the sectors that was most affected by the crisis, healthcare was tackled from different points of view.

This session was composed of three conversations:

CONVERSATION 1 | Post-pandemic changes to healthcare and social welfare systems
16:00 – 18:00 CET

Speakers discussed how social welfare and health systems will be altered in the Post-COVID Era, as both a consequence and a response to the pandemic.


Ben Osborn, Regional President Hospital for International Developed Markets, Pfizer Hospital Business

Angela Spatharou, Senior Partner and EMEA Industry Leader, Healthcare & Life Sciences, IBM Consulting

Agnès Soucat, Director for Health Systems Governance and Financing, World Health Organization

Chris Wolff, Deputy Director, Global Delivery Program, Global Development Division, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Moderated by Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health and Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School

CONVERSATION 2 | Risk assessment and prevention
16:00 – 18:00 CET

Medical risk assessment was examined, particularly with a focus on how the spread of infectious diseases can be predicted and halted. Can we conceive and design a physical environment that is better suited to disease prevention?


Pol VandenbrouckeChief Medical Officer, Pfizer’s Hospital Business Unite

Andrew J. Tatem, Director of WorldPop, University of Southampton

Jeffrey Shaman, Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

John P.A. Ioannidis, C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention, Stanford University

Robert C. Gallo, The Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor in Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Co-Founder & Director, Institute of Human Virology

Tolullah Oni, Clinical Senior Research Associate, MRC Epidemiology Unit; Honorary Associate Professor, University of Cambridge

Wolfgang Philipp, Head of Unit, Public Health, Country Knowledge, Crisis Management Directorate of the European Commission

Moderated by Christopher Dye, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Oxford

CONVERSATION 3 | Technological breakthroughs driving medical advances
16:00 – 18:00 CET

This conversation navigated the technological breakthroughs that are driving medical advances, with participants discussing their vision for the future of healthcare and medicine.


Edward Abrahams, President, Personalized Medicine Coalition

Jennifer Miller, Founder, Bioethics International

Kenji Shibuya, Professor and Director of the Institute of Population Health, King’s College London

Laurie H. Glimcher, President and CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Othman Laraki, Co-founder and CEO, Color

Peer M. Schatz, Managing Director, PS-Capital Management GmbH

Yoshiyuki Sankai, CEO and President, CYBERDYNE Inc.

Moderated by Carlos Bustamante, Principal Investigator, Stanford University School of Medicine

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13:30 - 15:30 CETSESSION 3 | The Future of Venture Capital, Economic Interdependencies and Financial Markets

This session’s debate focused first on the impact of the pandemic on the specific market of venture capital. How is it possible to promote innovation and long-term investment through start-ups? Speakers also discussed how national economies, local businesses, and vulnerable workers and households can be supported in the Post-COVID Era. On the global level, speakers also contributed to the conversation by providing their insights on how trade, commerce, and finance will change in the post-pandemic age.

This session was composed of two conversations:

CONVERSATION 1 | Unlocking society’s benefits through Venture Capital and Start-ups in the Post-COVID Era
13:30 – 15:30 CET

This conversation focused on the impact of the pandemic on venture capital, proposing different ways venture capital can unlock potential benefits for the global economy.


Rudy Aernoudt, Senior economist DG GROW, European Commission

Josh Lerner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School

Luisa Alemany, Associate Professor, London Business School

Pär-Jörgen Pärson, General Partner, Northzone

Ramana Nanda, Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance and Academic Lead of the Institute for Deep Tech Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London

Rob Kaplan, Founder and CEO, Circulate Capital

Thomas Hellmann, DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Saïd School of Business, University of Oxford

Xabier Goenaga, Head of the Knowledge for Finance, Innovation and Growth Unit, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Moderated by Nina Rawal, Partner and Co-Head of Ventures, Trill Impact

CONVERSATION 2 | Reshaping international economic and financial interdependencies in the Post-COVID Era
13:30 – 15:30 CET

Speakers contributed to the conversation by providing their insights into how trade, commerce and finance will change in the post-pandemic age. They provided their informed understanding of this crucial topic by envisioning the future of global markets.


Moreno Bertoldi, Adviser on International Economic and Financial Affairs, DG ECFIN, European Commission

Adam S. Posen, President, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Andrea Conte, Economist, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Dalia Marin, Professor of International Economics, TUM School of Management, Technical University of Munich

Eswar Prasad, Nandlal P. Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy and Professor of Economic, Cornell University

Guntram B. Wolff, Director, Bruegel

Sven Smit, Chairman and Director, McKinsey Global Institute; Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Carlos Arteta, Lead Economist in the Development Prospects Group, World Bank

Moderated by Sandra Phlippen, Chief Economist of Group Economics, ABN AMRO

16:00 - 18:00 CETSESSION 4 | Leveraging New Technologies in the Post-COVID Era

How can we make the most out of technological advances in the Post-COVID Era? The need for containment and monitoring measures has certainly found an ally in technology: apps, tracking devices and AI-based technologies of all sorts have served the purpose of flattening the curve.

This session was composed of two conversations:

CONVERSATION 1 | Welcoming new ways of working and living and bridging the digital divide
16:00 – 18:00 CET

The debate took a look at how technology is helping societies reshape the way people work and live, without neglecting that access to remote working and distance learning is not equally available to all people. How can we bridge the digital divide, then?


Carlos Zorrinho, Member of the European Parliament, ITRE Committee

Arun Sundararajan, Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology, New York University

Klára Dobrev, Member of the European Parliament , European Parliament

Michael Matlosz, President, EuroScience

Titi Akinsanmi, Policy and Government Relations Lead for West and Francophone Africa, Google

Moderated by Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK

CONVERSATION 2 | Leveraging AI and Big Data to empower people and businesses
16:00 – 18:00 CET

The debate turned to how people and businesses can be empowered by leveraging AI and Big Data in the Post-COVID Era.


Anand S. Rao, Partner, Global AI Lead, PwC

Sinan Kayhan Aral, David Austin Professor of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, University of California, Berkeley

Moderated by Mark Purdy, Managing Director of Economic Research at Accenture Research

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13:30 - 15:30 CETSESSION 5 | Transforming Society

In what ways will societies differ in the Post-COVID Era? This session will focus on the transformations that societies will experience in the post-pandemic world. The spread of COVID-19 has certainly had an impact on the way people work and live. An increasing amount of social scientific research has looked at the implications of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the quarantine measures that have been implemented.

This session was composed of two conversations:

CONVERSATION 1 | Factoring in the psychological and sociological implications of COVID-19
13:30 – 15:30 CET

Speakers assessed the psychological and sociological effects on populations, notably on vulnerable people.


Elke Van Hoof, Expert in the Superior Health Council of Belgium, European Parliament

Frances MK Williams, Professor of Genomic Epidemiology and Hon Consultant Rheumatologist, King’s College London

Juan C. Palomino, Post-Doctoral Research Officer, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI), University of Oxford

Magda Osman, Lecturer in Experimental Cognitive Psychology, Queen Mary University of London

Sandra L. Shullman, President, American Psychological Association; Managing Partner, Columbus Office

Moderated by Antonis KousoulisDirector for England and Wales, Mental Health Foundation

CONVERSATION 2 | Historical and philosophical lessons from post-pandemic societies
13:30 – 15:30 CET

Which historical and philosophical lessons can we draw from post-pandemic societies? Participants addressed the Post-COVID Era from a historical and philosophical standpoint, in an attempt to better prepare for the future by learning from the past.


Alexander Bird, Bertrand Russell Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

David S. Jones, A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, Department of History of Science, Harvard University

Rae Langton, Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Frank Snowden, Andrew Downey Orrick Professor Emeritus of History, Yale University

Moderated by James Wilson, Professor of Philosophy, University College London

16:00 - 18:00 CETSESSION 6 | Business and Innovation for the Post-COVID Era

This session explored business concerns in the Post-COVID Era. Speakers thus discussed best practices and innovation strategies that businesses across sectors should implement to tackle the impact of the pandemic.

This session was composed of two conversations:

CONVERSATION 1 | Fostering innovation through public-private partnership and data collaboration
16:00 – 18:00 CET

Innovation was discussed through the lens of public-private partnerships and data collaboration in the Post-COVID Era.


James Eshelby, Vice President & Head of Pfizer Global Public-Private Partnerships and Vice-Chair of Research & Innovation Strategy Group (RIS) at EFPIA

Mike England, COO, RS Components

Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Member of the European Parliament, ITRE Committee Member

Jessica Espey, Senior Advisor, United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Matthew Harrington, Global President and Chief Operating Officer, Edelman

Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief of Research and Development, Governance Laboratory, New York University

Samuel Scarpino, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University

Moderated by Scott David, Executive Director, Information Risk and Synthetic Intelligence Research Initiative, University of Washington (Seattle) 

CONVERSATION 2 | The innovation potential of the Energy sector
16:00 – 18:00 CET

In this conversation, close attention was devoted to the Energy sector and its potential for innovation.


Afnan Hannan, Co-Founder and CEO, Okra Solar

Anes Jusic, Senior Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development

Douglas J. Arent, Deputy Associate Lab Director, Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Elvira López Prados, Head of CEO Office – Energy, ACCIONA

William Brent, CMO, Husk Power Systems

Moderated by Xiangkun Elvis Cao, Climate & Sustainability Consortium Impact Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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