event countdown

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.


Supporting Immunotherapy Innovations is Vital

Clinical trials are revealing crucial roles for immunotherapies and new options in treating previously incurable and life-limiting diseases, according to a WISH 2020 research report Realizing the Promise of Immunotherapy: A Global Plan for Action that will be presented at the upcoming WISH conference. Breakthroughs…

Read More

Eva Longoria to be a Keynote Speaker at WISH 2020

WISH has announced that American actress Eva Longoria will be a keynote speaker at its upcoming global gathering of healthcare leaders, practitioners, advocates, researchers, and idea generators, taking place virtually from November 15-19, under the banner of ‘One World, Our Health’. As well as carving…

Read More

Schools Must Take Advantage of the ‘Social Vaccine’ They Provide

A WISH research report due to be released next month has recognized schools as ‘engines’ of health promotion with an important role to play in influencing the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents. Education is often referred to as a ‘social vaccine’ for a…

Read More

Dr. Tom Catena Confirmed as a Keynote Speaker at WISH 2020

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) has announced Dr. Tom Catena as a keynote speaker at the upcoming summit, taking place virtually from November 15-19, under the banner ‘One World Our Health’. ‘Dr. Tom’, as he is affectionately known to his patients, is the…

Read More

Infertility Treatments Raise No Insurmountable Theological Problems

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is collaborating with the Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE) at the College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), on a forthcoming research report Islamic Ethics and Infertility Treatment. Examining the challenging moral questions…

Read More


Dr. Tom Catena

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative

Eva Longoria

Actor, Producer, Director and Philanthropist
Eva Longoria Foundation


Executive Chair
World Innovation Summit for Health

Dr. Alia Abd El Hadi

Chair of Assisted Reproductive Center and Senior Consultant
Hamad Medical Corporation

Dr. Samya Ahmad Al Abdulla

Senior Consultant of Family Medicine and Executive Director of Operations
Primary Health Care Corporation

Dr. Dena Al-Thani

Assistant Professor and the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs
Hamad bin Khalifa University

Dr. Sanaa Alharahsheh

Senior Associate of Research & Policy
World Innovation Summit for Health

Sheikh Dr. Mohamed Bin Hamad Al Thani

Director of the Public Health Department
Ministry of Public Health, Qatar

Paola Barbarino

Chief Executive Officer
Alzheimer’s Disease International

Dr. Roberto Bertollini

Advisor to the Minister of Public Health
Ministry of Public Health, Qatar

Prof. Lucille Blumberg

Deputy Director
National Institute for Communicable Diseases (South Africa)

Dr. Maitreyi Bordia Das

Practice Manager, Urban, Resilience and Land
World Bank

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Surgeon General of California

Jim Campbell

Director Health Workforce
World Health Organization

Alastair Campbell

Writer, Communicator and Strategist


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:


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.