July 11, 2012 - July 12, 2012
A Global Fund Business Forum
GBCHealth partnered with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to host a two day business forum in Bangkok, Thailand on investing in health in the Asia-Pacific region. The forum brought together government officials from Thailand and business leaders from the region to make the business case for partnering with the Global Fund in Asia-Pacific. Partners of the event included Friends of the Global Fund Japan, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund and the Thailand Business Coalition. GBCHealth Managing Director Michael Schreiber spoke on the opening panel entitled The Global Fund and the Role of the Private Sector in Response to the Three Diseases.
Anita Wei, Director PR & Communications, BD
Anthony Pramualratana, Executive Director, Thailand Business Coalition on AIDS
Antonio Bautista, Deputy Program Manager— Field Operations of the Movement Against Malaria, Pilipinas Shell Foundation
Dr. Christoph Benn, Director, Donor Relations and Resource Mobilization, Global Fund
Ken Shibusawa, President, Japan Center for International Exchange; Director, Friends of the Global Fund, Japan; and Chairman, Commons Asset Management
Koichi Kaneda, Senior Director, Corporate Communication, Takeda Pharmaceutical
Lyn Kok, President & CEO, Standard Chartered Bank Thailand
Michael Schreiber, Managing Director, GBCHealth
Peter Botten, Managing Director, Oil Search and Global Fund Principal Recipient, Papua New Guinea
Dr. Paijit Warachit, Permanent Secretary, Thailand Ministry of Public Health
Sherwin Charles, Director, Nando’s
Tatsuo Mizuno, General Manager, Vector Control, Environmental Health Division, Sumitomo Chemical
Wendy McCarthy, Chair of the Advisory Council, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund
From left to right: Apichal Mongkol, Anthony Paramualratana, Dr. Christoph Benn, Dr. Paijit Warachit, Ken Shihusawa, Wendy McCarthy and Michael Schreiber
Bringing together business leaders and government officials from Thailand, the Global Fund Business Forum was a call to action for Asian companies to engage with the Global Fund. The many successful initiatives highlighted throughout the event served as models of strong and successful partnerships. Speaking on the opening panel session, GBCHealth Managing Director Michael Schreiber highlighted the work of several GBCHealth members in partnership with the Global Fund:
Panelists responded to questions from participants about company motivations for partnering with the Global Fund and how to make the business case for such interventions. Koichi Kaneda of Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Anita Wei of BD and Tatsuo Mizuno of Sumitomo Chemical stressed the importance of financial viability and employee participation in a company’s public health initiatives to ensure sustainability. Speakers from the Pilipinas Shell Foundation and Oil Search Ltd. spoke about their contributions to the Global Fund’s mission as recipients of Global Fund grants in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea respectively.
Lyn Kok, the CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Thailand, remarked on the rationale for sustainable engagement and underscored the importance of a corporate culture that supports investing in public health initiatives. Such investments will create a highly desirable work environment for employees and will be profitable in the long term.
Thailand Business Coalition Executive Director Anthony Pramualratana, Global Fund Director for Donor Relations and Resource Mobilization Dr. Christoph Benn, and Regional Director of GBCHealth China Michael Shiu closed the forum with a panel session exploring next steps. Pramualratana stressed the possibility of multi-country collaboration to address public health issues, while Benn emphasized the need to engage with the private sector on all levels, from corporate to small and medium enterprises. Shiu stated that sharing best practices between private sector companies at events such as this forum is a valuable tool to motivate companies and catalyze action.
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