Global Health Diplomacy Workshop

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08 Nov

Global Health Diplomacy Workshop

November, 08 - November, 10
Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Venue: College Hall B1, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Organizer(s): GHI Academy and Graduate Institute of Geneva Global Health Centre

The three-day workshop focused on the interface of foreign policy and health, and trained participants on skills needed to negotiate with various regional and international stakeholders, and cross-border solutions for emerging health needs, especially at times of protracted conflicts. The workshop, which adopted a highly participatory approach, drew on the professional experiences of 13 regional and international facilitators and speakers. It included lectures by internationally-renowned experts in the field of global health diplomacy, multi-stakeholder panels, and working groups. A simulation exercise on “Negotiation on Health” was held in the evening to complement participants’ learning experience.


The workshop hosted around forty-two participants from different countries and with different professional backgrounds representing various health sectors including ministries, non-governmental organizations, international humanitarian aid organizations, educational organizations, and the private sector. Among participants of the workshop were the head of mission of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the regional primary healthcare program manager at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the director of primary healthcare department at Ministry of Health of Kuwait, and the International Health Relations coordinator at the Ministry of Health of Qatar. Other represented organizations and institutions included the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Medical Corps (IMC), Lebanese Ministry of Public Health, and AUB.




  • Understand key concepts in global health and global health diplomacy
  • Gain insights into current global health challenges and complexities in Low and Middle Income countries
  • Explore the role of global health diplomacy in enhancing social cohesion among refugees and host communities
  • Identify health diplomacy challenges in conflict settings
  • Determine the elements of an intersectoral collaborative approach for setting the agenda for NCDs
  • Improve negotiations skills through case studies dicussed  in working groups

Target Audience

  • Health and international relations professionals
  • Decision makers and diplomats with a portfolio related to health
  • Representatives from international, regional, governmental, and non-governmental organizations
  • Health professionals working in global health initiatives
  • Stakeholders working in global health networks and alliances

  • Michaela Told

    Executive Director
    Global Health Centre
    Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • Vinh-Kim Nguyen

    Department of Anthropology and Sociology
    Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
    Research Chair, Collège d'études mondiales
  • Akihiro Seita

    Director of Health Programs
    United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA)
  • Fouad M. Fouad

    Co-director of Refugee Health Program, AUB Global Health Institute
    Assistant Research Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
    American University of Beirut
  • Mona Osman

    Co-director of Refugee Health Program, AUB Global Health Institute
    Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
    American University of Beirut
  • Lamis Jomaa

    Co-director of Refugee Health Program, AUB Global Health Institute
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
    American University of Beirut
  • Ghassan Abu Sittah

    Co-director of Conflict Medicine Program, AUB Global Health Institute
    Assistant Professor of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine​
    Head of Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Faculty of Medicine​
    American University of Beirut
  • Christophe Martin

    Head of delegation in Lebanon
    International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)  ​
  • Walid Ammar

    Director General
    Ministry of Public Health, Lebanon
  • Farah Naja

    Associate Professor of Nutrition Epidemiology, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    American University of Beirut
  • Nasser Yassin

    Professor of Public Policy in Health, Faculty of Health Sciences
    Director of Research, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs
    Co-chair, AUB4Refugees Initiative
    American University of Beirut
  • Jonathan Whittall

    Director of the Analysis Department
    Médecins Sans Frontières, Belgium​
  • Abdul Rahman Bizri

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
    American University of Beirut​


The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an acclaimed institution of research and postgraduate education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues. The Institute is a longstanding member of the prestigious Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). Through its core activities, it aims to promote international cooperation and make a contribution to the progress of developing societies. More broadly, it endeavors to develop creative thinking on the major challenges of our time, foster global responsibility and advance respect for diversity.

The Global Health Centre (GHC) is the Graduate Institute’s research centre on global health governance and diplomacy. It is one of the first of its kind and it reflects the wider trend in both the practice and the analysis of global health, which pays increasing attention to the links between health, foreign policy, trade and development. The Centre builds capacity by engaging in research, knowledge translation and diffusion as well as by conducting executive training in global health diplomacy for and with major stakeholders in Geneva and worldwide. The Global Health Centre offers courses in Geneva in collaboration with the Institute’s Executive Education Department and in cooperation with partners in other locations.​

To visit the website of the Graduate ​Institute of Geneva Global Health Centre, Click here

  • Registration Rates
    Early Bird Rate (By September 24, 2017) | USD 200
    Regular Rate | USD 250

  • Deadlines
    Early Bird Registration | September 24, 2017
    Regular Registration | October 22, 2017
    Settlement of Registration Fee | October 25, 2017