Breakout Session | Stage 2

Host: Impact Hub – Accelerate2030

Join Impact Hub and Accelerate2030 for a lively discussion on how health entrepreneurs are playing a vital role in achieving the progress towards the SDGs. The global pandemic of COVID-10 shows once more that actions to improve healthcare and wellbeing, with strong focuses on access, affordability, and inclusion, requires collaboration and leadership of various actors.

The session covers tangible health solutions by innovative businesses and experts that are at the centre of rebuilding a new economy, and demonstrate how entrepreneurs can move fast to adapt to burning needs, and with access to key resources and networks, can bring their solutions to scale.

The discussion includes entrepreneurs and partners from the global Accelerate2030 program, a global multi-stakeholder initiative with the mission to scale entrepreneurial solutions for the SDGs. Inspirational speakers include entrepreneur Laura Mendoza from Mexico, cofounder of Unima, a biotechnology company focused in the development of fast and low cost diagnostics, as well as Roberto Figueroa, COO of Portal Telemedicina in Brazil, a telediagnostic platform that automatically transfers data across medical devices, allowing doctors to provide fast, low-cost, and online diagnostics, mitigating the uneven distribution of specialist doctors across emerging markets. Health innovation experts such as Pradeep Kakkattil, Director of Programme Partnerships and Fundraising at UNAIDS, will provide insight into the importance of collaboration across sectors in order to achieve scale of these needed solutions to provide access to quality health services for all.



Flora Rosenow - Moderator
Global Brand & Communications Director at Impact Hub Network
Flora is passionate to use her expertise to drive good business - one that is collaborative, innovative and cares for people and the planet. Her background includes various international brand and marketing communications roles, for Nike as well as for a global NGO and the EU's main network for climate change innovation. She applies a holistic approach to get from a vision to execution to spark engagement on subjects that matter. That is how she created the first ‘Climathon’, a global climate action hackathon that empowers citizens to take action on climate issues, which received a Guardian Sustainable Business Award.
Laura Mendoza
Founder, Chief Product Officer, Biotechnology entrepreneur at Unima
Laura Mendoza started her career as a chemical engineer and holds a Master of Science in Biotechnology and a Master of Arts in Marketing. She has 20 years of experience working in pharma and building up a startup, as well as having been involved in accelerators to develop high technology companies. From a personal perspective, she is passionate about personal growth and development.
Roberto Figueroa
Chief Human Resources Officer, Portal Telemedicina
Improving company's processes through strategies and analysis can reduce operational costs up to 70%.
Through constant process improvements (user usability, automation methodologies, remote system's installation) and innovations of technologies geared towards online medicine (IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Security).
Today my activities contribute to a closer approach of medical specialists and patients in a way that is safe, fast, affordable and with the highest quality possible.
Pradeep Kakkattil
Director, Programme Partnerships and Fundraising, UNAIDS

As the Director of the Programme Partnerships and Fundraising Department, Mr Kakkattil oversees programmatic and political partnerships, including UNAIDS’ engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, political and parliamentary engagement and UNAIDS’ fundraising efforts. Pradeep Kakkattil started his career in India as a print and television journalist and filmmaker. He gave up his media career when a close friend tested positive for HIV in the early 1990s and started to respond to the potential threat of HIV to people of his generation. He became a principal investigator for the World Health Organization Global Programme on AIDS on the sex industry in south India, based in Chennai, and helped to establish networks of community organizations of female sex workers, men who have sex with men and transgender people. He later moved to Delhi to help design and expand prevention programmes and managed the partnerships for sexual health portfolio as a staff member of the India office of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development from 1996 to 1999. Mr Kakkattil joined UNAIDS in India in 1999 and has since worked in various capacities. He served as the Deputy Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific between 2012 and 2015 and served as a senior adviser to the UNAIDS Executive Director between 2015 and 2017. In that capacity, he coordinated the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in 2016.

Diana Carolina Quintero
Cofounder, BIVE LGT Impact Fellow at Bive, mothers2mothers

Diana Quintero is a social innovator passionate about building sustainable solutions for social challenges, especially in accessing healthcare. She worked at mothers2mother in Malawi, where she led development projects for people, especially women, living with HIV and coordinated a partnership with the Ministry of Health to strengthen the country’s community health system. She previously founded and served as CEO of Bive, a social enterprise that facilitates access to high quality and affordable healthcare services for Colombian low-income rural families. Currently, Diana is a Rotary Peace Fellow and she is pursuing graduate studies in International Development Policy at Duke University.

September 22, 11:45
11:45 — 12:30EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Health, Leave No One Behind, People, Technology

| Host: Impact Hub – Accelerate2030 |, Diana Carolina Quintero (BIVE), Flora Rosenow (Impact Hub Network), Laura Mendoza (Unima), Pradeep Kakkattil (UNAIDS), Roberto Figueroa (Portal Telemedicina)