First look at the plenary sessions leading this year’s World Hospital Congress

18 April

Introducing the line-up of plenary sessions and speakers

The plenary sessions are a Congress highlight, featuring distinguished international speakers who provide thought-provoking insights into the biggest challenges and opportunities for today’s healthcare executives.

These are the plenary sessions you shouldn’t miss in Rio this September.

Plenary 1 

Generational leadership shift: Navigating new challenges, shaping better futures  

10 September, 9:40–10:40 BRT

Chair: Mr Pedro Delgado, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, UK

As generations evolve, so too do the challenges and expectations awaiting our future leaders. The expectations that future leaders have are also vastly different than their predecessors – or are they? How do we capture the wisdom and experience of now and carry it into the future?

Our plenary speakers will be joined by three IHF Young Executive Leaders for an intergeneration discussion about the future of hospital leadership, filled with insights and guidance for executive teams across the healthcare sector.

Plenary 2

Net zero in healthcare: Debunking the myths  

11 September, 9:00–10:30 BRT

Chair: Dr Toseef Din, CEO, M P Shah Hospital, Kenya

Climate change has a direct and increasingly damaging impact on both the health of communities and healthcare delivery. Luckily, the healthcare sector has many opportunities to reduce its negative environmental impact while contributing to better health for all.

This plenary session will engage you in myth-busting as the panel dismantle the barriers related to low-carbon, resilient, and sustainable healthcare, such as data and cost-related issues, sharing motivational case studies and examples along the way.

Plenary 3 

Revolutionizing healthcare: The current landscape of generative AI  

12 September, 9:00–10:30 BRT

Chair: Ms Sara Siegel, Global Head of Healthcare, Deloitte, UK

A year is a long time in generative AI and its applications in the world of healthcare management. So, is it the gamechanger we have been banking on? How will it impact on outcomes, staff, and equity? Will it only be available to high-income countries? Can it address the current gaps across the world?

The panel in this plenary will explore the current status of generative AI to explain what is working, and to share case studies of diverse use approaches including clinical care, patient experience, and operations.

Explore the preliminary programme here.