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Keynote Speakers

  • Lawrence Gostin

    Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD (hon.) is an internationally distinguished scholar on global health. Gostin serves as Faculty Director and Founding Chair, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and holds Georgetown’s highest academic rank, “University Professor” conferred by the University president. He is s Member of the National Academy of Medicine and Council on Foreign Relations, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.

    Gostin is director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights and he has served on major WHO committees including the Director-General’s advisory committee for reforming the WHO. He served on two global commissions investigating WHO’s response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. In 2016, President Obama appointed Gostin to the National Cancer Advisory Board.

    Gostin holds international academic professorial appointments at Oxford University, the University of Sydney, and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, among others, and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. The National Consumer Council (UK) conferred the Rosemary Delbridge Memorial Award on Prof. Gostin for the person “who has most influenced Parliament and government to act for the welfare of society.” The American Public Health Association awarded Gostin its Distinguished Lifetime Service Award. He is JAMA’s Legal & Global Health Correspondent.

  • Richard Wilder

    Mr. Wilder is Associate General Counsel in the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he provides legal support in a range of projects for the development and delivery of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics in the developing world. He also has cross-foundation leadership roles on emerging issues of open access, data and science. He was previously Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at Microsoft Corporation where he was responsible for defining and driving the company-wide policy in all areas of intellectual property. Prior to that he was a partner in a global law firm, where he specialized in international law where he represented countries and companies in international trade disputes – in particular those involving intellectual property. He also practiced in the field public health – including on access to existing medicines and the development of new ones, with particular focus on developing country needs. In this connection, he has advised the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, the World Health Organization, the Medicines for Malaria Venture, the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Mr. Wilder is a former Director of the Global Intellectual Property Issues Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization – a specialized agency of the United Nations in Geneva. While there he had responsibility for diverse issues, including public health, genetic resources, traditional knowledge and human rights.

    Mr. Wilder has taught law – including at the University of Malaya, Malaysia and currently as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University - and speaks and writes often in the field of international and intellectual property law.

    Mr. Wilder has an engineering degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington and practiced as a power generation engineer for several years - primarily in the developing world. He has a law degree (Juris Doctorate) from the School of Law of the University of New Hampshire.