The Princeton-Fung Global Forum

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University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

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The The Princeton-Fung Global Forum, organized by the Princeton University will take place from 2nd November to the 3rd November 2015 at the University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. The conference will cover areas like Will Focus on the Current Ebola Crisis as a Critical Case Study of a Modern Plague. Resolving the Ebola Crisis Requires a Multidisciplinary Approach Involving Not Only Public Health and Medical Knowledge but an Understanding of Its Economic, Environmental, Political and Historical Roots and Consequences.


08:00 AM - 05:30 PM (Nov 02) (General)
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM (Nov 03) (General)

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Christopher L. Eisgruber

Christopher L. Eisgruber

president at Princeton University New York, United States
Emmanuel D’Harcourt

Emmanuel D’Harcourt

senior health director at International Rescue Committee (IRC) New York, United States
Cecilia Rouse

Cecilia Rouse

Dean at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School Washington DC, United States
Peter Piot

Peter Piot

director at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Washington DC, United States
Joel Achenbach

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staff writer at The Washington Post Washington DC, United States
George Armah

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associate professor at Department of Electron London, Canada

Schedule & Agenda

Mon, 02 Nov 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Breakfast and Registration
Mon, 02 Nov 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Christopher L. Eisgruber u201983, Princeton University PresidentWilliam Fung u201970, Group Chairman, Li & Fung Trading
Mon, 02 Nov 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Introducing the Issue
Peter Piot, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Mon, 02 Nov 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Mon, 02 Nov 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
The History of Plagues
This panel will set the stage for the day by providing a brief overview of past plagues, how they were handled (e.g. quarantine, treatment, prevention) and lessons learned. A question to frame the panel is: how is Ebola similar to past plagues and how is it different? Do the differences warrant a distinct approach to this epidemic that might differ from responses to past plagues?PanelistsAnne Case MPA u201983, Ph.D. u201988, Princeton UniversityMark Harrison, Oxford UniversityCormac u00d3 Gru00e1da, University College DublinKeith Wailoo, Princeton UniversityModerator: Sheri Fink, The New York Times
Mon, 02 Nov 12:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Luncheon Keynote Address
Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, Champion of Human Rights, Founder of the Mary Robinson Foundation u2013 Climate Justice and United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change
Mon, 02 Nov 02:00 PM - 02:15 PM
Mon, 02 Nov 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM
The Science of Plagues
This panel will examine the science that drives both the prevention and treatment of plagues. It will look at advanced medical fixesu2014vaccines and treatments that can help the crisis but also have cost implications. It will also examine how low-tech approachesu2014plastic gloves, education about transmission and prevention, quarantine and trackingu2014can aid in stemming the epidemic. (Note: the basic science of Ebola and infectious disease generally will have been covered in the introductory keynote address.)PanelistsGeorge Armah, University of GhanaBryan Grenfell, Princeton UniversityRebecca (u201cBexu201d) Levine u201901, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionThomas Shenk, Princeton UniversityModerator: Pam Belluck u201985, The New York Times
Mon, 02 Nov 03:45 PM - 04:00 PM
Mon, 02 Nov 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Disease and the Information Highway
How can policy makers and practitioners leverage information technology to avert, ameliorate and combat global crises? From sophisticated apps and social media campaigns about disease prevention, to hackathons that develop strategies for using technology for intervention, to technology used to keep education and commerce going while a country rebounds from crisisu2014information technology can be utilized in various ways to reduce the harms of a global health crisis.PanelistsBarry Andrews, Chief Executive Officer, GOAL IrelandDavid Blazes, U.S. NavyChristopher Fabian, UNICEF InnovationsPenelope Riseborough, John Snow, Inc.Matt Salganik, Princeton UniversityModerator: Brooke Gladstone, NPRu2019s u201cOn the Mediau201d
Mon, 02 Nov 05:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Tue, 03 Nov 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Breakfast and Registration
Tue, 03 Nov 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford
Tue, 03 Nov 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Politics of Plagues
This panel will examine the politicsu2014both capital P and little pu2014that determine how plague is controlled and the possible ramifications. For example, what are the political mechanisms that bring attention to a plague and influence how to approach the crisis? Does the media fuel a biased response by politicians, states, philanthropy and NGOs? How can countries and political players react and mobilize in a coordinated fashion, particularly if they are not typically political allies? Who decides what needs our attention and funds? And are there unintended consequences of focusing attention on one disease while others rage? Can efforts by the government to control a plague affect the political structure of the state? For example, does establishing a curfew, mandating quarantine or restricting mass gatherings or travel conflict with democratic decision-making? How do we deal with corruption at the state and NGO levels?PanelistsJou00e3o Biehl, Princeton UniversityAmaney Jamal, Princeton UniversityDominic MacSorley, Concern WorldwideLeonard Wantchekon, Princeton UniversityModerator: Joel Achenbach u201982, The Washington Post
Tue, 03 Nov 11:30 AM - 01:15 PM
Luncheon Keynote Address
Raj Panjabi, Last Mile Health, Harvard Medical School
Tue, 03 Nov 01:15 PM - 01:30 PM
Tue, 03 Nov 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Follow the Money
This panel will look at the financial implications of plague: 1) Who funds relief efforts: governments, philanthropy, NGOs; and 2) How money is allocated. Is there an ideal infrastructure for distributing aid? And what counts as reliefu2014enough to stop the crisis, enough to cure the sick or enough to rebuild the countries and neighborhoods that have been decimated economically by the plague? What role does corruption play in aid effortsu2014does relief just stop or are there work-arounds? Does outside money help or hurt the cause?PanelistsEmmanuel Du2019Harcourt, International Rescue CommitteeAngus Deaton, Princeton UniversityStefan Dercon, Department for International DevelopmentDoug Mercado MPP u201907, USAIDu2019s Disaster Assistance Response TeamCarolyn Rouse, Princeton UniversityModerator: Griff Witte (link is external) u201900, The Washington Post
Tue, 03 Nov 03:00 PM - 03:15 PM
Tue, 03 Nov 03:15 PM - 05:00 PM
After the Plague
This panel will conclude the conference with a preliminary measure of the cost of a plagueu2014particularly Ebolau2014in terms of lives lost, dollars spent and neighborhoods ravished. It will examine the lessons learned and propose policy reforms. In particular, what role can academia play in heading off the next crisis? What sort of predictive models can be created, medical advances researched and political reforms proposed? What role can Princeton in particular play on the world stage in helping to ensure that the next crisis is not a repeat of the Ebola plague?PanelistsJanet Currie, Ph.D. u201988, Princeton UniversityRaphael Frankfurter u201913, Wellbody AllianceAdel Mahmoud, Princeton UniversityMatshidiso Rebecca Moeti, Regional Director of the World Health Organization Regional Office for AfricaModerator: Richard Horton, The Lancet
Tue, 03 Nov 05:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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