Monday, August 23, 2010

Goal at the GBC conference

Editor's note: Sorry for the delay on this event summary! Must have gotten lost in the summer shuffle, but we're happy to share now!

Global Health Action, the 2010 Global Business Coalition (“GBC”) Annual Conference on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, was held on June 7-8 in Washington, D.C. It had a gathering of practitioners, strategists, donors, and government leaders for a hands-on meeting that blends the knowledge and practical skills of corporate and non-corporate leaders.

The 2 day conference saw multiple sessions dealing with the issues that GBC addresses. Chandni Lamba from Middle Market, OCC and Leading Country HIV Champion, India represented the Bank as a speaker on a panel “Tackling the Root Causes that make Girls and Women Vulnerable to HIV”, where she also showcased the bank’s Goal program on girl empowerment. The session was attended by over 100 GBC members.

The GBC’s Awards for Excellence in Business Action which gathered international leaders, corporations, governments and international agencies around a common objective of joining together to improve health and foster economic development around the world. Other attendees included U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, recording star and activist Annie Lennox and PSI Board member Ashley Judd  (with Chandni in the photo above). Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also was honored for her commitment and leadership in the creation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Chandni encapsulates “It was a humbling experience , interacting with and listening to the likes of Ms. Rice , Ms Judd and Ms. Lennox . The phenomenal work they have taken upon to do , to make a difference to the lesser world around them, is inspiring.”

The Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (“GBC”) honored Standard Chartered, the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, and ExxonMobil for NetsforLife with their ‘Business Excellence Award for Partnership.’ Vibhuti Sharma, Global Head of Development Organisations, accepted the award on behalf of Standard Chartered at the 2010 Business Excellence Awards dinner in Washington DC on Tuesday, June 8th.

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