2019 World Cancer Leaders' Summit Programme

07:30 – 08:30

UICC Young Leaders' breakfast
By invitation only
Closed to press & media

Find out more about the speakers of the day by reading their biographies here

09:00 – 09:20



09:20 - 09:50

Master of Ceremony - Tanya Beckett
Welcome and Keynote addresses

  • H.R.H. Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
  • H.E. Berdibek Saparbaev, Deputy Prime Minister, Kazakhstan

Perspectives on cancer and UHC from UN agencies

  • Ren Minghui, Assistant Director General, UHC, Communicable Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases of World Health Organization
  • Elisabete Weiderpass, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
  • May Abdel-Wahab, Director, Division of Human Health, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
09:50 - 10:20 Sharing the perspectives of women leaders on cancer and UHC

Chaired by - Tanya Beckett

  • H.E. Madam Sika Kaboré, First Lady of Burkina Faso
  • Hon. H.E Yuthar Al Rawahy, Host of the 2020 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and World Cancer Congress in Oman; Founder and Honorary Life President of the Oman Cancer Association
  • H.R.H. Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

10:20 – 10:35

Keynote presentation – "Ensuring UHC reforms prioritise cancer services"

  • Robert Yates, Head of UHC Policy Forum, Centre on Global Health Security

10:35 – 10:55

Interviews and discussion panels conducted by Charles Goddard, The Economist
Interview - Providing sustainable coverage of cancer services: A perspective from the OECD

  • Francesca Colombo, Head of the Health Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

10:55 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 11:45

Presentation/talk: "Defining the essential national UHC package"

  • Perspective from Uruguay: H.E. Dr Jorge Basso, Minister of Public Health
  • Perspective from Mongolia: Tsetsegsaikhan Batmunkh, Founder & CEO, National Cancer Council, Advisor to the Health Minister

11:45 – 12:05

Interview - Investing in UHC: A perspective from Kazakhstan

  • H.E. Yelzhan Birtanov, Minister of Healthcare, Kazakhstan
  • H.E. Ruslan Yensebayev, Vice Minister of Finance, Kazakhstan

12:05 – 12:20

Keynote presentation: "Towards cervical cancer elimination: The central role of UHC" 

  • Karen Canfell, Chair, Cancer Screening and Immunisation Committee, Cancer Council Australia
12:10 – 12:40 Press conference
12:20 – 12:40 Views and perspectives from the audience
12:40 – 13:50 Lunch

13:50 – 14:35

Discussion panel: Multi sectoral perspectives on ‘Access creates Progress’

  • Bente Mikkelsen, Director, Director of the Division of NCDs and Promoting Health through the Life-Course, WHO/EURO
  • Carmen Auste, CEO, Cancer Warriors Foundation, Philippines
  • Jeffrey Sturchio, CEO, Rabin Martin
  • Ahmedin Jemal, Scientific Vice President, Surveillance and Health Services Research, American Cancer Society (ACS)

14:35 – 14:50

“Shaker session”: introduce yourself and share two points of view / take home messages from the day. Feedback from the audience.

14:50 – 15:35 Discussion panel - Making the case for cancer treatment and UHC
  • Esteban Burrone, Head of Policy, Medicines Patent Pool
  • Jayasree K. Iyer, Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation
  • Indranil Bagchi, Senior Vice President, Global Head, Value & Access, Oncology, Global Value and Access, Novartis
  • Lisa Stevens, Director, Programme for Action for Cancer Therapy, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Mary Gospodarowicz, Past President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) - Medical Director, Princess Margaret Cancer Center
15:35 – 15:50 Planning and costing cancer control interventions: a health economics perspective
  • Filip Meheus, Health Economist, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

15:50 – 16:00

Live Q&A session - participants can submit questions through the WCLS mobile app

16:00 – 16:20 Coffee Break

16:20 – 16:40

Views and perspectives from the audience - how do we make cancer treatment affordable?

16:40 – 16:50


16:50 – 17:00

Call to action

  • Cary Adams, CEO, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

Closing addresses

  • Wahid Ali Al Kharusi, Board member, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
  • Anil D’ Cruz, President-elect, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
17:00 - 18:00 World Cancer Leaders' Summit cocktail reception
19:30 - 21:30 Thank you dinner
Farhi Hall restaurant

By invitation only


Last update: 
Tuesday 29 October 2019