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HHL Conference announces Keynote speaker Rick Brennan, Director of Emergency Operations at World Health Organization (WHO)

April 27, 2017

WHEN: June 7-9, 2017

WHERE: UN City, Copenhagen

WHAT: Panels and interactive sessions focusing on topics such as:

  • Global Health Emergencies

  • Innovation and Influencing Markets

  • Strengthening Health Supply Chains


*As the 2017 conference will be hosted at the United Nations City, it will be free of charge. All attendees must be registered online prior to the event and must present an official form of government-issued photo ID to enter the UN City conference venue.


The HHL Conference is pleased to announce the opening Keynote address from Dr. Richard Brennan, Director of Emergency Operations, Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO) in geneva, who led the Ebola Response from October 2014 to January 2016 as the Director at the WHO HQ. Dr. Brennan now oversees WHO’s response to health emergencies globally as part of the new Emergencies Programme which brings together several departments to streamline WHO’s role in emergencies globally, from prevention and preparedness to response, and from humanitarian emergencies to disease outbreaks. See full bio here.

Each year the Conference on Health & Humanitarian Logistics (HHL) provides an open forum for the discussion of challenges and new solutions in disaster preparedness and response, long-term development and humanitarian aid, and global health delivery. This neutral platform encourages learning and collaboration within and across institutions; promotes system-wide improvements in organizations and the sector as a whole; identifies important research issues; and establishes priorities in terms of strategies, policies and investments.

Speakers and participants in the event come from across global health and humanitarian sectors, from governments, NGOs, foundations, private industry, and academia, and share diverse perspectives in health and humanitarian challenges. The agenda features keynote addresses, panel discussions, focused interactive workshops, oral presentations, lunchtime group discussions, and interactive poster sessions covering a broad set of research topics and applications.

Submissions were accepted for 3 categories this year: interactive workshops, oral presentations, and posters, which explore challenges and solutions for building efficient and effective supply chains for health and humanitarian challenges. Particular topics of interest include public private partnerships, innovative uses of data or technology, and creating sustainable supply chain systems.More information about these sessions is available here. The final list of presentation, workshop sessions, and posters will be online at the links here as they are confirmed.

2017 Conference Co-organizers:

  • Özlem Ergun, Northeastern University
  • Jarrod Goentzel, Humanitarian Response Lab, MIT
  • Etleva Kadilli, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen
  • Pinar Keskinocak, CHHS, Georgia Tech
  • Julie Swann, CHHS, Georgia Tech
  • Luk Van Wassenhove, Humanitarian Research Group, INSEAD


2017 Speakers and presenters include representatives from:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, (CDC), Central Medical Stores Trust of Malawi, Chemonics International, DHL, Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) Pakistan, GS1 Nigeria, Global Scientific Solutions for health, Imperial Health Sciences, John Snow Inc., Laerdal Global Health, Logistimo India, Medecins Sans Frontieres, National Medical Stores Uganda, National Primary Health Care Development Agency of Nigeria, Nexleaf Analytics, North Star Alliance, Partnership for Supply Chain Management, UCLA, Vienna University of Economics and Business,  UNICEF Supply Division, UN World Food Programme, UPS, World Health Organization, USAID, and more.

  • Rick Brennan
    Rick Brennan
  • 2017 HHL Conference
    2017 HHL Conference
  • UN City Copenhagen
    UN City Copenhagen
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    Conf flyer image

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765 Ferst Drive, NW, Suite 228
Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404.894.2343