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Rhodes Policy Summit: Creating a Positive Legacy from the Pandemic



You are invited to join us for the inaugural hybrid Rhodes Policy Summit either online or in Westminster, Central London

Rhodes Policy Summit: Creating a Positive Legacy from the Pandemic

Breaking the cycle of panic to neglect with an Always On approach.

Friday 14 April 2023

Central London location in Westminster. Exact venue to be announced 48 hours before the event for security reasons, due to a high profile speaker.


Join some of the most influential voices in global health to debate how we use the lessons of COVID-19 to bolster our defences against future pandemic threats. With public and political interest in preparedness at risk, the inaugural Rhodes Policy Summit will ask how can we ensure we have equitable and practical measures in place to prepare us for the next global health crisis.

The summit will bring together some of the world’s leading scientists, internationally influential political figures, business innovators, civil society representatives and thought leaders in global health.

The aim of the Summit is to set out an ‘Always On’ approach to pandemic preparedness: where global health architecture is developed that can be used for routine healthcare delivery and when responding to the next pandemic. This includes developing capacities for digital infrastructure, vaccination, surveillance and manufacturing that could pivot between use for pandemics and during peacetime.


  • David Agus, Physician, biomedical researcher, Director of the Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine and CBS News medical contributor
  • John Bell, Immunologist and Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford
  • Mia Malan, Founder and Editor-in-chief, Bhekisisa
  • Prabhat Jha, Professor of Global Health, University of Toronto
  • Amadou Sall, CEO of Institut Pasteur
  • Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School for Government, University of Oxford

More speakers and agenda to be announced soon.


Please note that this event is invitation only. If you have any questions please contact

• All invitations are non-transferable, and you must RSVP to gain admittance

• Government issued photographic ID must be brought with the invitation

• Entry is conditional on being prepared to be searched. Bringing of large bags, etc. is discouraged

After purchasing your ticket, you will be invited to register on our Forum event platform and app closer to the conference date.


Please contact if you have any questions or have any difficulties booking.

Delegates are responsible for organising their own accommodation. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Dress Code: Business Casual - No Ties

We rely on the generosity of individual donors and other sponsors to cover the costs of this Forum. This particular event was made possible through the generous support of one of our donors. Your ticket includes lunch, refreshments and snacks throughout the day, plus a full day of conferencing.

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Forum Speaker

  • Dr. David B. Agus is one of the world's leading doctors and pioneering biomedical researchers. He is the founding director and CEO of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine and a professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California. A medical oncologist, Agus leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers dedicated to the development and use of technologies to guide doctors in making health care decisions tailored to individual needs. An international leader in global health and approaches for personalized health care, Agus serves in leadership roles at the World Economic Forum and is co-chair of the Global Health Security Consortium.
  • Hala is the CEO of Unizima, part of Belgian life sciences group Univercells. Unizima is a biomanufacturing services and technology provider, providing the expertise and cutting-edge technology needed to enable sustainable production of biologics such as vaccines, monoclonal antibodies and insulin in emerging markets. Hala joined Unizima from a career in government and global public health, including heading the pioneering UK review on antimicrobial resistance, chaired by Jim O’Neill. She has also been a senior leader in the UK Treasury Department and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority where her role focused on modernizing delivery of the government’s major projects and portfolio including through modularised construction. Earlier in her career she was an international arbitration lawyer with US law firm Skadden, Arps in New York and London.
  • Sir John Bell GBE, FRS is Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University. President of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2006 to 2011); Chair, Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research until 2017; Chair, Rhodes Trust; UK Life Sciences Champion since 2011. Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in 2015 for services to medicine, medical research and the life science industry. Co-developed and wrote both 2017 UK Life Sciences Industrial Strategy and 2021 Life Sciences Vision providing recommendations to HM Government on ensuring the long-term success of the life sciences sector.
  • Professor Prabhat Jha is a University Professor at the University of Toronto, Endowed Professor in Global Health and Epidemiology and Canada Research Chair at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the founding Director of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael's Hospital. Professor Jha is the lead investigator of the Million Death Study in India, which quantifies the causes of premature mortality in over 3 million homes from 1998 to current. His publications on tobacco control have enabled a global treaty now signed by over 180 countries. He founded the Statistical Alliance for Vital Events, which focuses on reliable measurement of premature mortality worldwide. Earlier, Professor Jha served in senior roles at the World Health Organization and the World Bank. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012. Professor Jha holds an M.D. from the University of Manitoba and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Mia Malan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa. She has worked in newsrooms in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington, DC, winning more than 30 awards for her radio, print and television work. A former Knight International Journalism Fellow and a Reuters Institute Journalism Fellow, Mia speaks internationally about health issues in Africa and media sustainability in the Global South. Mia has published widely in books and academic journals, including the Brown Journal of World Affairs and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. She was a TEDx speaker on how Covid changed news reporting and regularly moderates panels for high-level events.
  • Professor Ngaire Woods is the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at Oxford University. Her research focuses on how to enhance the governance of organisations, the challenges of globalisation, global development, and the role of international institutions and global economic governance. She founded the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University, and co-founded (with Robert O. Keohane) the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme. She led the creation of the Blavatnik School of Government. Ngaire Woods serves as a member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s International Advisory Panel and as a Non-Executive Director at Rio Tinto. She is a trustee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Education Foundation, and the Van Leer Foundation. She is a member of the Conseil d'administration of the Institut National Du Service Public. She sits on the advisory boards of the Centre for Global Development, the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business & Society, the African Leadership Institute, the School of Management and Public Policy at Tsinghua University, the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy at Cape Town University, and the International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE). She is Vice-Chair of the Alfred Landecker Foundation’s Governing Council and a member of the UK Department for International Trade’s Trade and Economy Panel. She is also an honorary governor of the Ditchley Foundation and is co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Frontier Risks.

Forum Moderator

  • Tamsin has extensive experience in government and expertise in public policy. She lead serology and prevalence studies for the Government at the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic and as the former Director of the UK government’s Office for Life Sciences she worked with Sir John Bell to write the UK’s Life Sciences Industrial Strategy. This led to £3 billion of investment into UK biotech across a number of public and private partnership projects. Tamsin held a number of leadership positions in government, spanning policy, corporate and communications roles including at the Cabinet Office, Department of Health and Public Health England. She began her career in consultancy at Accenture.
  • Dr. Gabriel Seidman leads the global and domestic public health work at the Ellison Institute and its partnership with the Global Health Security Consortium. He has lived and worked on public health issues with governments across Africa and with multilateral global health organizations, including the World Bank and the Global Fund. His research and work focuses on global governance for health, health systems strengthening, and digital tools to improve health outcomes. Gabriel holds a Doctorate of Public Health from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

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