News Release: Research, School of Medicine

Mar. 27,  2009

Global Development and Health Symposium Links Business and Health to Target Extreme Poverty

As part of Emory's inaugural Global Development and Health Week, the Emory Global Health Institute and Emory's Goizueta Business School are cosponsoring a Global Development and Health Symposium. The symposium will focus on the power of business and health to reduce extreme global poverty through sustainable development.

The symposium will be held Thursday, April 2, 2009, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., at Emory University Goizueta Business School, Boynton Auditorium, Room 130, 1300 Clifton Rd., Atlanta GA 30322.

The symposium aims to generate awareness of the obstacles confronting global development, consider the intersection of business and health to create sustainable outcomes in developing nations, and provide examples of successful business and health initiatives to overcome these obstacles and create models for global replication.

"The symposium reflects a student-led initiative to broaden our communities' global perspective," says Chris Brown, Goizueta Business School MBA Class of 2009. "Globalization is rapidly changing the architecture of the world we live in, driving towards an integrated world community. Approximately two billion people are living on the equivalent of less than two dollars per day, and as a result extreme global poverty is an issue that impacts everyone.

"Each of our speakers contributes an essential perspective and a unique approach to addressing the challenges that confront over 30 percent of the world's population living in extreme poverty and prevents them from accessing basic resources and participating in the global economy.

The symposium has assembled a diverse range of thought leaders to share perspectives from the for-profit private sector, global health organizations, the not-for-profit economic development community and academia.

Symposium speakers include:

  • John McArthur, CEO, Millennium Promise (Keynote), "Defining Sustainable Development from the Business and Health Perspectives"
  • Bruce McNamer, President and CEO, TechnoServe, "Transforming Lives of the Rural Poor with Market-based Solutions"
  • Steve Sencer, Deputy General Counsel, Emory University, "Building Drug Discovery Capacity in South Africa and Beyond"
  • Afzaal Malik, Director, International Government Relations, The Coca-Cola Company, "Harnessing For-profit Mechanisms to Generate Positive Economic and Social Return"
  • Jeffrey P. Koplan, Vice President for Global Health, Emory University, "Creating a Path Towards Better Development and Health Globally"

While registration is not required, you are encouraged to visit to confirm your attendance and to find out more about the symposium.

Global Health Case Competition

In addition to the symposium, the Emory Global Health Institute is co-sponsoring with the Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Senate a Global Health Case Competition as part of Global Development and Health Week. This student-initiated and coordinated competition will focus on a global health-related case that will require an interdisciplinary approach to formulate recommendations. Case teams may address issues such as health care policy, public health implementation and planning, business partnership/investment, medical research, logistics management, faith/cultural understanding, and international law.

Eight teams comprising three to five students each will participate from multiple disciplines and schools at Emory. The Case Competition Presentations and Awards Luncheon will take place April 4, 2009, from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at Emory University School of Medicine, Room 110. For more information about the competition, visit

For more information about the Emory Global Health Institute, see


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