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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the world's vulnerabilities to health and economic ruin from disease outbreaks. The pandemic has also revealed fundamental weaknesses and contradictions in global health. During this conversation, Dr. Olusoji Adeyi will discuss the roots of these weaknesses and contradictions; how geo-politics, power dynamics, knowledge gaps, racism, and corruption affect global health; and why foreign aid for health is due for a radical overhaul. Drawing on his 30 years of experience, Dr. Adeyi will outline his recommendations for a brighter future for global health.

We hope you will join us for a discussion on Dr Soji Adeyi's book, which seems even more relevant given the potential new epidemics on the horizon. It is a riveting perspective on global health, looking at global health players, donors and African Governments.

Dr. Frannie Leautier; Partner, Executive Vice-Chair at SouthBridge Group and CEO of South-Bridge Investment.

Guest Speaker
Dr. Olusoji Adeyi; President, Resilient Health Systems and former Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank.

Dr. Segun Dawodu, CEO, PMREHAB Pain and Sport Medicine.

Ms. Zouera Youssoufou, Managing Director, CEO Aliko Dangote Foundation

If you are interested in joining us for this stimulating provocative conversation, please register at


Dr. Frannie Leautier


Frannie is a highly experienced and well-known Finance and Development expert leading and transforming organizations in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Currently, she is a Senior Partner and Executive Vice-Chair at South-Bridge Group and CEO of South-Bridge Investments. Her career at the World Bank Group saw her hold senior financial positions, including Chief of Staff to the President as well as Vice President. She serves on different boards in advisory and governance positions, including the UN Foundation, World Economic Forum, Regional Advisory Group for Africa, MIT, OCP Group, African Economic Research Consortium, Institute for Security Studies, and King Badouin Foundation US (KBFUS). She has several publications, including “Leadership in a Globalized World: Complexity, Dynamics and Risk”. A Distinguished Professor at Sciences Po Paris and Lecturer at MIT, she holds a PhD in Engineering (Thesis on Infrastructure Systems) and M.Sc. in Transportation from MIT, as well Doctorate in Humane Letters from North Central College, and Doctorate in Law from Lancaster University.

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Dr. Olusoji Adeyi

Guest Speaker

Olusoji is the President of Resilient Health Systems, a policy analysis and advisory services firm based in Washington DC, and a Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is the author of “Global Health in Practice: Investing Amidst Pandemics, Denial of Evidence, and Neo-dependency.”  In his prior career at the World Bank, Dr. Adeyi served as Director of the Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice and as Senior Advisor for Human Development, among other leadership responsibilities across the world. He was the founding Director of the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. He has co-led and shaped multiple partnerships and studies in global health. Dr Adeyi earned his bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Ife in Nigeria, Master of Community Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Master of Business Administration from Imperial College London and the University of London, and Doctor of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore


Dr. Segun Dawodu


Segun is the CEO, PMREHAB Pain and Sport Medicine. He is an Associate Professor of Pain at Albany Medical College, and a Physiatrist and Lawyer. He is a Fellow and Member of different organizations, including Fellow of the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electromagnetic Medicine, Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Royal Society for Public Health, Royal Society of Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Faculty of Clinical Informatics UK, and Medical Leadership and Management. He has been involved in many peer-reviewed articles – diagnosis and management of Spinal Cord Injury, Cauda Equina and Conus Medullaris Syndromes, Swallowing Disorders Traumatic Brain Injury, and Comprehensive Pain Management in the Rehabilitation Patient. He started one of the earliest blogs in Nigeria and established that discusses socio-political issues in Nigeria.


Ms. Zouera Youssoufou


Zouera is the MD/CEO of largest private foundation in sub-Saharan Africa, Aliko Dangote Foundation. She is responsible for management oversight as well as leading efforts to improve health, nutrition, education, and economic well-being for the under-privilege in Africa, primarily in Nigeria. She has had previous experience in international development sector, including Country Manager with the World Bank Group in three countries in Central Africa, European Union on Development issues in Niger, Equity Research Analyst with Citigroup’s Smith Barney, and Management Consulting with Deloitte and Touche, Ghana. She holds an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and BBA in Marketing from University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Isenberg School of Business.

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