Dignitaries and Speakers

Holy Father, Pope Francis




Private Virtual Audience for Participants with
Holy Father
Pope Francis

H.Em. Cardinal Pietro Parolin




Remarks by
H.Em. Cardinal Pietro Parolin,
Vatican Secretary of State

Grand Hospitaller, H.E. Dominique Prince de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel



Remarks by Grand Hospitaller,
H.E. Dominique Prince de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel,
Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion in Obedience,
The Sovereign Order of Malta



H.Em. Cardinal Gianfranco  Ravasi

President, Pontifical Council for Culture

Robin L. Smith, MD

Founder, President and Chairman, Cura Foundation and Stem for Life,
and Vice President and Director,
Science and Faith (STOQ) Foundation

Monsignor Tomasz Trafny

Head of Science and Faith Department, Pontifical Council for Culture and
General Secretary, Science and Faith (STOQ) Foundation

Renato Poletti

President, Science and Faith (STOQ) Foundation and President, Foundation for Heritage and Cultural and Artistic Activities of the Church


The 2021 event will bring together the world’s leading physicians, scientists, leaders of faith, ethicists, patient advocates, policymakers, philanthropists, and influencers to engage in powerful conversations on the latest breakthroughs in medicine, health care delivery, and prevention as well as the anthropological outcomes and the cultural impact of technological advances. Together, they will focus on advances in medical innovation and seek to catalyze the creation of new, interdisciplinary approaches and partnerships for curing disease and improving health, wellbeing and understanding human uniqueness. Participants will explore the role of religion, faith and spirituality, and the interplay of mind, body and soul and look for areas of convergence between the humanities and the natural sciences.

Senior Rabbi, Jewish Council of the Emirates and Association of Gulf Jewish Communities

Former Principal Deputy Commissioner and Acting Chief Information Officer,
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Executive Vice President, Sanford Health

Program Director, Type 1 Diabetes Program,
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

President and General Manager North America,

Chief Executive Officer,

President, Blueprint 1543; Honorary Professor of Theology and the Sciences, St. Andrews University, School of Divinity

The Rennert Chair of Aging Research, Professor of Medicine and Genetics and Director, Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Biology of Aging, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Chair and CEO,

Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology,
Yale University

Founder and CEO, Murmuration

Chairman and CEO, Pfizer

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University

Blue Zones

Executive Chairman,
Firefly Health

Founder, The Chopra Foundation and
Founder, Chopra Global

Founding Core Faculty and Lead, Wyss Institute, Harvard University; Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard and MIT

Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Health Policy, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School

Vice Chair,
Clinton Foundation

Co-Founder and Chair of the Board,
The diaTribe Foundation

U.S. National Institutes of Health

Model and Entrepreneur

Chairman of the Board and CEO,
Amicus Therapeutics

Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-CIO, Bridgewater Associates;
Author, New York Times Best-Selling Book, “Principles: Life & Work”

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director, Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Distinguished University Professor and Past President,
MD Anderson Cancer Center 

President, Hospital and Health Systems, Teladoc Health

Co-Founder and Managing Partner,
The Cynosure Group 

Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Theology,
University of Notre Dame

Peter Munk Chair in Multinational Clinical Trials; Director, Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence; Vice-Chair, Research and Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto

Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health

Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, U.S. National Institutes of Health

Founder and CEO,

Vice President, Head of Google Health,

John A. Creighton University Professor and
Chair, Department of Medical Humanities,
Creighton University

Soprano; Arts and Health Advocate;
Artistic Advisor, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Chair in Epistemology, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy and Director of International Center for Philosophy and Center for Science and Thought, University of Bonn, Germany

Chief Executive Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health

CEO, LSU Health Care Services; Former Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health

Division Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine; Senior Director of Clinical Research for Strategy and Growth for the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine

President and CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Director, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center

Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute and 23rd Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Physician-in-Chief of Oncology Services, Hackensack Meridian Health; Chair, John Theurer Cancer Center, and Founding Chair of Oncology, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Todd and Linda Broin Chair for Diabetes Research; Director of Clinical Trials, The Sanford Project, Sanford Research; and Associate Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota

Founder, Chairman and CEO,

President, Therapeutics,

Founder and Co-Host,

Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control,
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Founder and CEO,

Head of Strategy and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

General Authority Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Chief Executive Officer,

Chairman, President and CEO,
Sorrento Therapeutics

Compassion Institute

Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy and Director, Center for Cellular Immunotherapies, Perelman School of Medicine; Director, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, University of Pennsylvania

Professor, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School;
Founder, Foghorn Therapeutics

President, DEKA R&D;
Chairman, ARMI and
Founder, FIRST®

Executive Vice President,  Healthcare Management and Transformation, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Thomas Jefferson University and Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson Health

President and CEO,
JDRF International

Director of the Preventive Cardiology Program and Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Chief Executive Officer,
CRISPR Therapeutics

West Health Policy Center

President, Medical Director and CEO, The Angiogenesis Foundation

Cardiovascular Specialist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Intermountain Healthcare

President and CEO, Gary and Mary West Foundation

Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

NFL Athlete; Co-Founder, Project 375 and Founder, House of Athlete

Director, Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy and Robert J. Margolis, MD, Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy, Duke University

Founder and CEO, Shatterproof

Founder and Chair, OneShared.World

Professor and Director, Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute, University of Alabama at Birmingham

President and CEO,
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Immediate Past President, Union for International Cancer Control; Patron of International Society for Pediatric Oncology; Honorary President of European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer; Special Envoy for NCD’s for Vital Strategies; Member of WHO Expert Group for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer

Associate Dean for Neurosciences Initiatives and Interim Director of the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, Department of Neurosciences, University of California San Diego

Dean, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy,
Tufts University

President, Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

Associate Professor,
Rutgers University

Founding Dean Emeritus and The Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy, Jefferson College of Population Health

Mahlon Powell Professor of Philosophy,
Indiana University

President and CEO, Samaritan Feet International

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Bioethics and Medical Humanities, The Medical College of Wisconsin; Chairperson and Director, the Initiative on Islam and Medicine

President of Innovation, Research, and World Clinic, Sanford Health

Chief Executive Officer, Outcomes Matter Innovations and
Director, Celularity

Lead Guitarist, GRAMMY®-Winning Songwriter and Co-Founder of the American Rock and Roll Band, Aerosmith

Professor, MIT Media Lab; Chief Scientist and Chairman, Empatica

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Professor in the Division of Education and Bioethics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University; Attending Physician, Montefiore Medical Center

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Chief Medical Officer and VP of Healthcare, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft

Full Professor in Hygiene, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome; President, Mission Board for Cancer of the European Commission; and President, World Federation of Public Health Associations 

Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing 

Director of Metabolism and Lipids, Mount Sinai Health System and Professor of Medicine and Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara

President and Co-CEO,

Managing Partner,
Sculley Advisors

Managing Director, Akkad Holdings;
Executive Servant Leader, J&B Medical

Chairman, President and CEO,

Chief Medical and Corporate Affairs Officer,

Executive Director,
Regenerative Medicine Foundation

Professor, Department of Genetics and Co-Director, Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging Research, Harvard Medical School

Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology,
Harvard Medical School

Managing Director, Senior Biotechnology Research Analyst, Piper Sandler and Companies

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Villanova University;
Editor-in-chief, Social Epistemology

Associate Professor, Oncology and Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health

Founder and Chairman, Health eVillages; Founder and Chairman, Tramuto Foundation; Author and Health Care Activist

Professor, Chair and Chief of Medicine, Cooper University Health Care, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University 

John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Director of the Human Flourishing Program, and Co-Director of the Initiative on Health, Religion and Spirituality, Harvard University

Vice-Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

President, Samaritan Health Initiatives and
Former Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and
12th Director of the National Cancer Institute

Associate Vice President and Assistant Provost; Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Philosophy and Department of Information Technology, Analytics & Operations, University of Notre Dame

Senior Director of Therapeutic Development, Sanford Research

Professor and Chief of Molecular Medicine, UCLA School of MedicineDirector, Institute for Infection & Immunity, Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA; and Chair, Medical Sciences, Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation

Chair, British Board of Scholars and Imams and Fellow, Royal College of Psychiatrists