04 May

New Paradigms for Global Health: Building Capacity through Science and Technology Partnerships

04 May 2018
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
AAAS Headquarters

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Hitachi Ltd. are pleased to invite you to the 2018 Annual AAAS-Hitachi Lecture on Science and Society

“New Paradigms for Global Health: Building Capacity through Science and Technology Partnerships”

Featuring Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, Visiting Scholar in the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, and former Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

May 4, 2018
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Light luncheon to follow

Why are science and technology partnerships—and science diplomacy—more critical to global health than ever before? Jimmy Kolker, former U.S. ambassador to Uganda and to Burkina Faso and the Obama administration’s chief HHS health diplomat, offers a practitioner’s perspective on new ways of integrating and advancing global health science, security, and assistance. Public-private and technical partnerships can enable the best experts to build sustainable capacity in low- and middle-income countries, strengthening global health science, policy, systems, and delivery.

Jimmy Kolker

Jimmy Kolker

Jimmy Kolker is a Visiting Scholar in the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy. He retired in January 2017 as Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was directly involved in the U.S. response to the 2014 Ebola and 2015 Zika outbreaks. He represented the United States at many high-level World Health Organization sessions. A 30-year Foreign Service Officer, he served as ambassador to Burkina Faso (1999-2002) and Uganda (2002-2005), was Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. embassies in Denmark and Botswana, and won awards for political reporting at earlier posts in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. From 2005-2007 he led the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator. From 2007-2011, Amb. Kolker was Chief of the AIDS Section at UNICEF’s New York headquarters.  

Amb. Kolker holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Carleton College in Minnesota. He speaks French, Swedish, and Portuguese.