Keynote speakers at RCPCH Conference Online

We're looking forward to insightful talks from leading voices at this year's RCPCH Conference Online. Booking is now closed for this event. If you've registered, you'll get an email with instructions on logging in and using our event platform, CrowdComms.
Devi Sridhar

Professor Devi Sridhar

Devi Sridhar is a Professor at the University of Edinburgh Medical School and holds a Personal Chair in Global Public Health. She is the founding Director of the Global Health Governance Programme and holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. She was previously Associate Professor in Global Health Politics and a Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University. 

Professor Sridhar was also a visiting Associate Professor at LMU-Munich and guest lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Public Health Foundation of India. Her books include ‘Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?’ (OUP, 2017) and ‘the Battle against Hunger: Choice, Circumstance and the World Bank’ (OUP, 2007) and she has published in Nature, Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet and the British Medical Journal. She served on the board of Save the Children UK, on the World Economic Forum Council on the Health Industry and co-chaired the Harvard/LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola. She holds a DPhil and MPhil from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and a B.S. from the University of Miami in the Honors Medical Program. Her work is concentrated in three areas: international health organizations, financing of global public health and developing better tools for priority-setting.

Devi will be delivering a plenary talk titled: 'Strengthening the weakest link for child health: lessons from the pandemic' at this year's RCPCH Conference Online.

Göran Henriks


Göran Henriks

Göran Henriks is Chief Executive of Learning and Innovation at Qulturum in Region Jönköping County, Sweden

Mr Henrik's academic background is in Psychology from the University of Lund and has worked as a child psychologist. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Gothenburg. He worked as a child- and school psychologist during 1976-1983. Between 1978 and 2000 he was also engaged in high-level sport as a coach of national teams in basketball.

Mr Henriks has more than thirty years’ experience of management in the Swedish healthcare system. He is a member of the Region Jönköping County’s Top Management and Strategic Group.

Göran is a board member of the Swedish Institute for Quality, senior advisor and chairman of the Improvement support for Knowledge Management at SALAR (Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions), chair Emeritus International Forum Programme Advisory Committee.  Chairman of the South East Health Care regions Cancer processes and Chairman of the Quality registers centre. Göran is also appointed as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Health Care Improvement. He is appointed as professor in Quality Management at University of Yerevan, Armenia.

Göran is appointed as keynote speaker and teacher at many national and international conferences, such as the International Forum of Quality and Safety, APAC and the international ISQUA conference. He has written articles about balanced scorecard, learning, access and spread, and improvement of quality in cancer care.

Göran will be speaking on 'Leadership and innovation in a time of crisis' at this year's RCPCH Conference Online.

Agnes Binagwaho

Professor Agnes Binagwaho

Professor Agnes Binagwaho currently resides in Rwanda and is the Vice Chancellor and co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners in Health.

She is a Rwandan pediatrician who returned to Rwanda in July of 1996, two years after the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. Since then, she has provided clinical care in the public sector and served the Rwandan health sector (1996-2016) in high-level government positions, first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission, then as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and lastly as Minister of Health for five years. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Global Health Equity, based in Rwanda, which focuses on changing how health care is delivered around the world by training global health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. Professor Binagwaho is a Senior Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of pediatrics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Professor Binagwaho is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. She has published over 210 peer-reviewed articles and was named among the 100 Most Influential African Women for 2020.

Agnes will be exploring the Impact of COVID-19 globally on achieving Sustainable Development Goals at this year's RCPCH Conference Online.

Jaideep Prabhu

Jaideep Prabhu

Jaideep Prabhu is Professor of Marketing, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise, and Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

He has published in and is on the editorial board of leading journals such as the Journal of Marketing. He has appeared on BBC News24, BBC Radio 4 and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and has been profiled in BusinessWeek, BBC World Service, The Economist, The Financial Times, Le Monde, The New York Times and The Times. He has consulted with executives from Bertelsmann, Barclays, BP, BRAC, BT, GE, IBM, ING Bank, M&S, the NHS, Pearson, Roche, Shell, Siemens, Unilever and Vodafone.

He is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, described by The Economist as “the most comprehensive book yet” on the subject of frugal innovation. His 2015 book Frugal Innovation: How to do Better with Less won the CMI’s Management Book of the Year Award 2016. His most recent book How Should a Government Be: The New Levers of State Power was published in February 2021.

Jaideep will be delivering a keynote talk titled: 'Lessons for Child Health: Learning from innovations and ideas outside medicine' at this year's RCPCH Conference Online.

Guddi Singh

Dr Guddi Singh

Guddi is a paediatric doctor, health campaigner and TV broadcaster. Passionate about social justice and health equity, Guddi has worked for the World Health Organization, Health Education England and in resource-poor settings around the world. She is on the board for the National Centre for Creative Health, Secretary for the Paediatrics and Child Health Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, Advocacy Lead for the British Association for Child and Adolescent Health, and helps to manage the independent health think-tank, the Centre for Health and the Public Interest. Guddi is interested in reimagining the role of the doctor to better meet 21st century healthcare challenges, which she researches for her PhD at King’s College London. 

Guddi will be delivering a keynote talk titled: 'Climate change and Inequality: A Tale of Two Crises - and your role in getting us out of them' at this year's RCPCH Conference Online.

Nick Watts

Dr Nick Watts

Dr Watts is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the NHS, responsible for its commitment to deliver a world-class net zero emission health service. Based in London, he leads the Greener NHS team across the country, which focuses on improving the health of patients and the public through a robust and accelerated response to climate change and the broader sustainability agenda.

Nick is a medical doctor licensed in Australia and the UK, and has trained population health and public policy. He is a Member by Distinction of the Royal College of Physicians’ Faculty of Public Health, and an Honorary Associate Professor of University College London’s Institute for Global Health. 

Prior to the National Health Service, Nick worked internationally as the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown and the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, a collaboration of UN agencies and academic centres across the world. He has also focused on engaging the health profession on the links between public health and climate change, having founded both the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change. 

Nick will be asking 'Is the pandemic a threat to or an opportunity for tackling climate change?' at a plenary session at this year's RCPCH Conference Online.

Helen Bevan

Helen Bevan

Helen has been supporting quality improvement within the health and care system for nearly 30 years. She has led and facilitated many nationwide initiatives to improve care, including in cancer services, urgent and emergency care, services for people living with dementia and care in the community.

Helen has demonstrated a constancy of purpose and resilience to stay within the system over the years that is rare in internal change agents. She has managed to keep learning, growing and delivering change. Over time, her focus has shifted from managing big programmes of change to approaches that mobilise and build energy and commitment to change on a very large scale.

Helen has an ability to connect directly with thousands of frontline staff and patient leaders. She is one of the top social influencers in healthcare globally, reaching more than a million people each month through her social media connections, virtual presentations, commentaries and blogs.

Helen will be speaking on 'Leadership and innovation in a time of crisis' at this year's RCPCH Conference Online.

Prof Michael Marmot

Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot

Sir Michael Marmot has been Professor of Epidemiology at University College London since 1985.  He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world, and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health. Professor Marmot is the Advisor to the WHO Director-General, on social determinants of health, in the new WHO Division of Healthier Populations; Distinguished Visiting Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong (2019-), and co-Director of the of the CUHK Institute of Health Equity. He is the recipient of the WHO Global Hero Award; the Harvard Lown Professorship (2014-2017); the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health (2015), and 19 honorary doctorates. Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for nearly 50 years.

He chaired the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas, set up in 2015 by the World Health Organization’s Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/ WHO) and chaired the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’ in August 2008.  At the request of the British Government, he conducted the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. This was followed by the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, for WHO EURO in 2014; Health Equity in England: Marmot Review 10 Years On, in 2020; Build Back Fairer: the COVID-19 Marmot Review in 2021; and the Report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, for WHO EMRO, also in 2021.

Professor Marmot also chaired the Expert Panel for the WCRF/AICR 2007 Second Expert Report on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective; the Breast Screening Review for the NHS National Cancer Action Team,  and was a member of The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health.  Early in his career, he set up and led a number of longitudinal cohort studies on the social gradient in health in the UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health (where he was head of department for 25 years): the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality; the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, and several international research efforts on the social determinants of health.  He served as President of the British Medical Association in 2010-2011, and as President of the World Medical Association in 2015.  He is President of the British Lung Foundation.  He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology; a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences; an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians.  He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years and in 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities.  Professor Marmot is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Professor Sir Marmot will be delivering a keynote talk titled 'Social justice and health equity "Building back fairer" for children and young people' at this year's RCPCH Conference Online.

Karen Luyt

Professor Karen Luyt

Karen Luyt is Professor in Neonatal Medicine at the University of Bristol.

She read medicine in South Africa and specialised in Paediatrics (Neonatal Medicine) in the UK. She has a clinical academic post, based in Neonatal Intensive Care at St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol. 

Karen’s research concerns optimising health outcomes in newborn infants and children. She serves as national clinical lead for the PReCePT (Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in preterm babies) programme. She is programme lead for England’s National Child Mortality Database and directs the Child Mortality Analysis Unit in the Bristol Medical School. 

Karen will be delivering a talk titled 'Social justice and health equity "The Impact of Social Deprivation on Child Mortality in England" for children and young people' at this year's RCPCH Conference Online.

Anthony Costello

Professor Anthony Costello

After serving as Director of the Department of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, WHO Geneva, Anthony Costello returned to University College London in June 2018 as Professor of Global Health and Sustainable Development. Previously he was Director of the Institute for Global Health at UCL. He is co-chair of the international  Lancet Countdown for Climate Action and Health, and senior adviser to the Children in All Policies 2030 programme supported by WHO, UNICEF and the Lancet.

His research has focused on cluster randomised trials of community mobilisation for maternal, newborn and metabolic health in Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Malawi. His book ‘The Social Edge. The Power of Sympathy Groups for our Health, Wealth and Sustainable Future’ describes this work and speculates on ways we might tackle 21st century problems in the western world. With Sir David King he was a co-founder of  Independent SAGE which aims to bring a greater focus on public health, transparency and public engagement to the UK Covid response. 

Anthony will be delivering a talk titled 'Social justice and health equity "Lessons from Covid19 and the need for 'children in all policies’" for children and young people' at this year's RCPCH Conference Online.