"Pandemics in a Changing Climate: Evolving Risk and the Global Response," with experts from The World Bank, USAID, Swiss Re, on April 26, 2016


"Pandemics in a Changing Climate: Evolving Risk and the Global Response," a panel discussion presented by Dean Vali Nasr and the Global Leaders Forum of the Energy, Resources and Environment Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Ebola, Zika and MERS are among the recent outbreaks that have highlighted insufficient global capacity to predict and respond to large-scale public health emergencies. The effects of climate change threaten to further undermine preparedness by increasing the uncertainty of the location and severity of an outbreak. The 2015-2016 ERE-Swiss Re Practicum Team will present their preliminary research findings on pandemic risk in a changing climate, followed by a panel discussion with experts on how innovative financial responses can more effectively mitigate global threats.


5:30-5:45 p.m. Opening remarks by Dean Vali Nasr
5:45-6:05 p.m. Preliminary Findings & Recommendations by the 2015-2016 Johns Hopkins SAIS ERE-Swiss Re Practicum Team:
Rachel Estrada, Andrew Griffith, Colbye Prim and Jeongsu Sinn
6:05-6:15 p.m. Practicum Q&A
6:15-6:45 p.m. Panel Discussion
Nikhil da Victoria Lobo, Senior Vice President, Head Global Partnerships Americas, Swiss Re
Dr. Dennis Carroll, Director, Global Health Security and Development, Bureau for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development
Daniel Barnett, MD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Priya Basu, Manager, Development Finance, The World Bank

6:45-7:00 p.m. Panel Q&A
7:00-7:30 p.m. Reception

Moderated by Celeste Connors, Associate Practitioner in Residence, ERE Program, Johns Hopkins SAIS


5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Kenney Herter Auditorium, Nitze Building
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036


The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press may RSVP by completing the online registration form.

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About the Energy, Resources and Environment Program

The Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Program of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies is an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on developing innovative solutions to urgent global energy and environmental challenges. The program educates students who aspire to play leadership roles at global, national and local institutions that will shape the world's future. ERE faculty provide students with the intellectual framework and analytic skills to devise solutions to policy, financing, technological and governance challenges facing the international community.

For more information, visit the Energy, Resources and Environment Program or @ERESAIS.



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