Thursday, May 9, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 The 2019 Health at the Center Americares Partner Summit will explore resilience—how resilient communities recover from disasters, how resilience is key to mental health and how public health depends on resilient environments. Americares believes heath is fundamental to all aspects of development. With good health, people can attend school, be productive at work, care for their families and contribute to strong and resilient communities.


Featured Speaker
Sanjay Gupta, MD

A conversation with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, MD and CNN Anchor and National Correspondent Erica Hill.


Creating Pathways To Better Mental Health

One in four people across the world experiences mental health issues. While global support for mental health is building, the need for broader awareness and acceptance remains. Learn how mental health conditions affect all ages, races and income levels and listen to featured speakers’ innovative approaches to reducing stigma and promoting positive cultural shifts.

Building Resilient Communities

Extreme weather is the new normal. Learn how coordination before disasters can build community resilience from our expert panel of business executives, public officials and non-profit leaders. Panelists will bring insights from the health, energy, consumer goods and disaster management sectors to answer some of the most pressing questions in emergency preparedness. 

Connecting Health and the Environment

Health and the environment are fundamentally connected. Join a dynamic conversation around the intersection of health and climate change. Then, gain expert insight into how wildlife conservation impacts community health in Africa. 

Session speakers and times will be confirmed at a later date.

Confirmed Speakers

  • David Barash, M.D. – Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director, GE Foundation 
  • Rola Dagher – President, Cisco Systems Canada
  • Peter Fearnhead – Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, African Parks Network
  • Sanjay Gupta, M.D. – Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN
  • Erica Hill – Anchor and National Correspondent, CNN
  • Francine Katsoudas – Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President, Cisco Systems
  • Moyra Knight – Vice President Communications, Astellas US LLC
    President, Astellas Global Health Foundation
  • Jerry P. Leamon – Retired Global Managing Partner, Deloitte
    Chairman, Americares
  • S. Atyia Martin, LP.D., CEM – CEO, All Aces, Inc.
    Former Chief Resilience Officer, City of Boston
  • Honorable Gina McCarthy – Director, Center for Climate, Health & the Global Environment,
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Glen Moriarty, Psy.D.Founder and CEO, 7 Cups
  • Michael W. Painter, M.D. – Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Shweta Rawat – Chairperson and Co-Founder, The Hans Foundation
  • Stephen Sadove – Former Chairman and CEO,
    Saks Founding Partner, JW Levin Management Partners
  • Peter Seligmann – CEO, Nia Tero and Chairman, Conservation International

Americares Speakers

  • Shripad Desai – Managing Director, India
  • Kate Dischino – VP, Emergency Programs
  • Walter James – Country Director, Colombia
  • Christine Squires – SVP, Chief Development Officer
  • Tara Waters – Associate Director, Institutional Relations
  • Julie Varughese, M.D. – Chief Medical Officer

Award Presentation
Honoring Carol and George Bauer

Americares will honor Carol and George Bauer for their longstanding commitment to Americares and its mission to save lives and improve health for people affected by poverty or disaster.  


Speaker Bios

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

Sanjay Gupta, MD

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy® award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN’s shows domestically and internationally, and contributes to  

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Anchor and National Correspondent

Erica Hill

Veteran morning TV anchor and award-winning journalist Erica Hill serves as CNN lead fill-in anchor and national correspondent. Most recently, she anchored HLN's On the Story with Erica Hill, a daily, New York-based daytime news program. During her tenure, she covered major news stories on location including, in 2017, the Las Vegas shooting and hurricane Irma from Florida.

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Director, Center for Climate, Health & the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy is Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director, Center for Climate, Health & the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In this capacity, she leads the development of the School’s strategy in climate science, health, and sustainability; strengthens the climate science and health curriculum; and liaises with climate science leaders across the University.

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Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Cisco

Francine Katsoudas

Francine Katsoudas is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Cisco. She plays a major role in the company's overall performance, leading organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness, and elevating team performance through innovative leadership.

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Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Michael W. Painter

Michael W. Painter, senior program officer, is a distinguished physician, attorney and health policy advocate. His work includes identifying cutting edge ideas and investments that could help build a Culture of Health. He and his colleagues scour the nation and the world looking for those great ideas that can help us all learn how to build a healthy future. He is personally dedicated to ensuring that health equity is front and center in those efforts.

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CEO, Nia Tero and Chairman, Conservation International

Peter A. Seligmann

Peter A. Seligmann is the CEO and co-founder of Nia Tero, a joint venture of the Emerson Collective, the MacArthur Foundation, the Mulago Foundation and Conservation International. Nia Tero supports indigenous peoples and local communities in securing their rights, cultures, and well-being through agreements that secure the vitality of their oceans and lands.

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Former Chairman & CEO, Saks Fifth Avenue; member, Americares Board of Directors

Stephen Sadove

Mr. Sadove joined Americares Board of Directors in 2014, shortly after retiring as chairman and chief executive officer of Saks Incorporated.

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CEO and Founder of All Aces, Inc.

Dr. S. Atyia Martin

Dr. Martin is currently the CEO and founder of the social enterprise All Aces, Inc. All Aces mission is to activate the power of consciousness and critical thinking to manage the ways our unconscious mind can interfere with personal and organizational resilience. Additionally, she serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute.

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Executive Director GE Foundation

David M. Barash, MD

David leads the GE Foundation work in health, education and disaster response. In health, David and his team are striving to improve surgical access to underserved populations globally and to impact the opioid crisis in Massachusetts. On the education front, he is leading GE Foundation’s commitment to improve STEM education opportunities. 


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President, Cisco Canada

Rola Dagher

Dagher oversees all facets of Cisco Canada’s business including sales operations, engineering, services, finance, and marketing. Dagher brings a proven record of success and a broad understanding of the company's business to the Cisco Canada team. She also brings a strong emphasis on diversity and has made it her mission to empower and nurture employees, regardless of gender, culture, orientation or age.

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CEO and Co-Founder of African Parks

Peter Fearnhead

Peter has been involved in formal conservation since the age of 13, where in his native Zimbabwe he developed a 2,000-acre wildlife reserve on the school campus. He graduated with a BSc in Agric Economics from the University of Natal and an MSc in Agric and Resource Economics from the University of Oxford. Peter has been at the forefront of innovations in conservation for over 20 years. Today African Parks manages 15 protected areas in 9 countries, covering 10.5 million hectares.

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Psy.D., Founder and CEO, 7 Cups

Glen Moriarty

Glen Moriarty is founder and CEO of 7 Cups, an online therapy provider and on-demand emotional health service. Moriarty is a psychologist with a passion for technology who strives to reduce health disparities and ensure emotional support for underserved populations worldwide.

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Chairman of the Board, Americares Foundation Former Managing Director, Deloitte

Jerry Leamon

Mr. Leamon joined the Americares board in 2005 and was elected Chairman in 2015. He retired from the Deloitte network in 2012 as Global Managing Director responsible for client and market-facing programs. 

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