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WISH is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices.

Our mission: A healthier world through global collaboration.

At its heart is a biennial global gathering that brings healthcare leaders, practitioners, advocates, researchers and idea generators together. In 2018, 2,500 participants from 100 countries convened in Doha. WISH 2020 is going to be different.

This year, WISH will take place virtually in a unique and fully immersive 3D platform across more days, featuring more sessions, and involving significantly more participants – under the banner of ‘One World, Our Health’.

Global health has never been more in the spotlight. There has never been a greater need to work together to tackle major health challenges. Join us online this November.


WISH 2020 Partnership with The BMJ to Significantly Widen the Global Reach of Policy Research

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), Qatar Foundation’s global health initiative, has announced a strategic partnership with The BMJ, one of the world’s oldest, most respected, and most cited general medical journals. Under the new partnership, WISH have worked with The BMJ on three…

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WISH Collaborates with Imperial College London on Five New Reports

Under The banner ‘One World Our Health’, WISH 2020 will virtually bring together global healthcare leaders, health practitioners, researchers, and innovators to disseminate and discuss evidence-based content and to showcase health innovations. Five of this year’s discussion topics center on reports that are being produced…

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Registration Now Open for November’s Fully Virtual WISH 2020 Global Health Summit

Qatar Foundation (QF) has announced that applications are now open to attend the fifth gathering of its biennial global health initiative World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). WISH 2020 will take place in a unique virtual format from November 15-19, under the banner ‘One World…

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Sporting Stars Turn The Spotlight On Mental Health Ahead of Virtual WISH 2020

Stars who shone on the athletics track, the football field, and the cricket pitch joined an expert on sports psychology recently to discuss the impact that sport can have on mental health, hosted by the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), in an online event…

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Executive Chair
World Innovation Summit for Health

Dr. Alia Abd El Hadi

Chair of Assisted Reproductive Center and Senior Consultant
Hamad Medical Corporation

Prof. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

Co-Director / Founding Director
Centre for Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto / Institute for Global Health & Development, Aga Khan University, Karachi

Prof. Helen Christensen

Director and Chief Scientist
Black Dog Institute

Dr. Maitreyi Bordia Das

Practice Manager and Global Lead
World Bank

Prof. Howard Frumkin

Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington

Dr. Mohammed Ghaly

Professor of Islam and Biomedical Ethics, Academic Director
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Prof. Gillian Griffiths

Professor of Immunology and Cell Biology, FMedSci, FRS
Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Surgeon General of California

Prof. Jeremy Hess

Professor in Emergency Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Global Health.
University of Washington

Ms. Abby Hoffman

Senior Executive
Ministry of Health, Canada

Dr. Tom Insel

Co-Founder and Chair of Humanest Care
Humanest Care

Prof. Rachel Lowe

Associate Professor & Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Dr. David Nabarro

Co-Director, Institute of Global Health
Imperial College London

Prof. Russell Viner

Professor in Adolescent Health
University College London


This year’s summit will explore a wide range of topics that deal with some of the world’s greatest health challenges, including Covid-19. At the core of WISH 2020 will be panel discussions based around topics for which WISH has commissioned reports authored by leading experts in their field. This year’s core topics are:

Cyber security


Health Challenges of Major Sporting Events

Digital tech and mental health

The Role of Schools in Child and Adolescent Health

Toxic Stress and PTSD in Children

Communicable Diseases and Climate Change

Healthy Dry Cities

Climate Change and Health

Infertility and Islamic Ethics

Innovation hub

The Innovation Hub is a large exhibition space that will give visitors to WISH 2020 an opportunity to engage with a variety of organizations who are working to promote health and health innovation. As well as highly interactive booths, where visitors can engage directly with our partners in a unique, 360º environment, the Innovation Hub is home to discussion spaces, stages, a cinema, a gallery and a wellness area. It is also where the winners of WISH’s two innovation competitions – the WISH Spark Competition for start-ups and the WISH Booster competition for healthcare innovators wishing to scale-up are showcased.


Virtual WISH 2020 will feature a range of structured networking opportunities. By opting in to the ‘Who’s who’ section on the registration form, guests will be able to profile match with industry peers and set-up direct discussions. Due to the event being virtual, many more interactions will be possible and present a unique opportunity for networking and information sharing.