AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


Accelerating Health Innovations and Innovative Financing Models in Response to COVID-19

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and India

Date & time

21 May 2020



21 May 2020


About this event

This is a Three-Part Series of Webinars
Accelerating Health Innovations and Innovative Financing Models in Response to COVID-19

Date : Thursday, 21 May 2020
Time : 4:00 – 5:00pm (IST)

Public health emergencies like COVID-19 put a strain on health systems. While healthcare entrepreneurs and innovators have the ability to improve access and affordability to healthcare solutions, they are faced with challenges which include access to capital and access to markets. To improve chances of success, there is a need for collaboration amongst governments, capital providers, philanthropists, entrepreneurs and civil society to promote innovative financing mechanisms such as blended finance, pay for performance models, that can improve outcomes and scale.

Objective & Approach:

The webinar will promote interaction and knowledge-sharing amongst healthcare entrepreneurs/innovators, development partner agencies, and healthcare financing experts, including philanthropists, corporations, among others, who have a shared vision of supporting the Government Of India’s (GOI) COVID-19 response.

Key Discussion Points:

  • In-depth insights into innovative health solutions (inclusive business models) that are looking to address key health emergencies including COVID-19
  • Unraveling common challenges faced by health entrepreneurs and their expectations in terms of financing options, policy support, etc.
  • Learn more about innovative blended finance models, including development impact bonds, that can contribute towards improved health outcomes for the underserved
  • Looking ahead – perspectives and interactive discussions on how stakeholders can collaborate, leverage resources and tackle health emergencies in a more coordinated and time-bound manner

Who should sign up for the webinar?
Healthcare entrepreneurs, healthcare investors/funders, innovators, corporates, and development agencies

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Dr. Neeta Rao,
Senior Health Specialist,
USAID, India

Dr. Neeta Rao is a public health specialist with 16+ years’ of diverse experience on health financing, research and evaluation, policy formulation, and program management. At USAID, she leads the efforts on health financing, especially focused on how it helps address the developmental challenges. She manages the USAID’s initiative on innovative financing, PAHAL, and is currently leading USAID efforts in establishing a blended financing facility in collaboration with the National Health Authority, to address COVID-19 and other emerging public health threats.

Badri Pillapakkam,
Investment Partner,
Omidyar Network India

Badri leads the Emerging Tech strategy and related investments and the Portfolio Support function at Omidyar Network India. Since 2010, Badri has led & managed investments and served on the Boards of companies such as Dailyhunt, 1MG, Healthkart, Quikr. Current active themes of interest include digital health, MSMETech, employability. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Badri served as a vice president, investments and fund operations at Xander Advisors, a private equity firm.

Dr. Syed Sabahat Azim,
CEO and Founder,
Glocal Healthcare Systems Pvt Ltd.

Dr. Sabahat is a former IAS officer (year 2000 batch), served as Secretary to the then Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tripura, Director of IT, Director Vigilance, to name a few. He ran a pan India rural ICT Venture in 2007 before establishing Glocal in 2010. Under him, Glocal has set up 11 Super-specialty hospitals in Bihar, UP, Odisha & West Bengal and runs 170 Digital Dispensaries (Telehealth centres). Glocal is now making an international foray in public health in Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tanzania, and Mongolia with an aim to accelerate WHO’s goal of UHC.

Gautam Chakraborty,
Development Assistance Specialist (Health Finance),
USAID, India

Gautam Chakraborty is the Innovative Health Financing lead at USAID/India. In the India Mission, he manages the USAID’s first Development Impact Bond on Maternal Health and Health loan-portfolio guarantees with three banks and financial institutions. He is also involved with an innovative financing mechanism in India that works towards mobilizing private capital and impact investments for primary healthcare models in India.

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