The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vast applications of data science and AI-driven tools in the health sector. Yet as countries continue to integrate the use of these technologies into their national strategies, it is imperative that they simultaneously invest in the local people and workforce that will create and use them. During this discussion, experts will explore the role of education and professional development as a means to unlock the full potential of AI-for-health tools, and reflect on how countries can best prepare to create, recruit and retain expertise in the field. This panel will hone in on the importance of youth engagement, gender equity and the equitable distribution of skills in low-and-middle income countries.
This event is hosted in collaboration with UNITAR.
Moderator: Natasha Sunderji
Global Health Lead, Accenture Development Partnerships
Natasha Sunderji is the Global Health Lead for Accenture Development Partnerships – an innovative business unit at Accenture that works with leading international development organizations to address the world’s social, economic and environmental issues. Natasha has 15+ years of experience advising multinational companies, social enterprises, NGOs, and multilateral agencies on growth strategy, business model design, digital health, and cross sector partnerships. She has worked with leading organizations to design patient centric technology solutions, supported health impact investors to develop commercialization and scaling strategies, and advised policy makers on the regulations and investments needed to drive a robust digital health ecosystem. She has written multiple articles and reports on the promise of digital health, in collaboration with Devex, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, IFC, and others. Natasha holds a Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.