Tackling inequities: Leading accessible, integrated delivery systems


Wednesday 11 September


Session description:

This session explores the strategic importance of addressing issues of equity when designing services and delivery models. Presentations will cover approaches including the journey towards an integrated system with enhanced patient-centred care and broader access to quality services, as well as ensuring diversity in research as a route to tackling healthcare inequities.


Wednesday 11 September



Dr Syed Farhat Abbas Naqvi

CEO, Aga Khan University Hospital and Health Services, Pakistan

Dr Farhat Abbas is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan University Health Services in Pakistan – overseeing 5 hospitals and the Outreach Health Network across the country. With fellowships in surgery and urology from Pakistan, UK and USA, he is a Professor of Urology and a well-recognized Uro-Oncologist and Reconstructive Surgeon with a rich academic background.

Dr Abbas has held various pivotal roles at the University, contributing significantly to health sciences education, service, research, and administration. As the Dean of the Medical College from 2010 to 2018, he oversaw significant developments: including the introduction of new academic programs and the establishment of research centres. He has served on several national and international committees including those of the World Health Organization and has also made substantial research contributions in the area of prostate and other urological cancers.

Beyond academia and leadership in health sciences, he has contributed to humanitarian causes in disaster relief operations, promoting postgraduate medical education, and other national initiatives in war torn Afghanistan. He is a Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and Pakistan Academy of Medical Sciences.

Recognized for his outstanding contributions, he has received numerous awards, including the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz and Sitara-e-Imtiaz from the President of Pakistan.

Mr Richard Stubbs

CEO, Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber; Chair, Health Innovation Network, UK

Richard Stubbs is Chief Executive of Health Innovation Yorkshire & Humber, and Chair of the national Health Innovation Network.

Through regional, national, and international roles, Richard works with the NHS, academic partners, and health innovators to drive the transformation of health and care delivery through spread and adoption of innovation, and to contribute to economic growth to improve population health and life outcomes.

Richard is the international lead for the Health Innovation Network and an Advisor to Healthcare UK, providing strategic input into the UK Department for Business and Trade’s healthcare export activity, he is a fellow of the Sciana Health Leaders’ Network, and a member of the IHF Scientific Committee which curates the annual World Hospital Congress.

Richard is a long-standing member of the NHS Assembly, board member of NHS England’s Accelerated Access Collaborative and also the Innovation Ecosystem Programme Advisory Group. He is passionate about driving policy level changes which will best enable the NHS to adopt innovation for the benefit of patient care, in addition to developing a clear blueprint for how the NHS can best support, and benefit from, a strong life sciences ecosystem.

Commitment to diversity and inclusion runs through everything Richard does, and he has twice been recognised by the Health Service Journal in their Top 50 BAME Powerlist as “one of the BAME figures exercising the most power and influence in English health policy.” As Co-Chair of the NHS Confederation’s BME Leadership Network, he plays a central role in increasing diversity within NHS leadership.