Corporate Wisdom with Gisela Abbam, GE Healthcare

17:45 - 20:15
Gisela Abbam, GE Healthcare
Leeds University Business School, Maurice Keyworth Building, Lecture Theatre G.02
Who can attend:
University of Leeds Alumni, staff, students and external guests

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Gisela Abbam
Global Executive Director
Government Affairs and Policy
GE Healthcare

'Medical Technology Innovation'

We are delighted to welcome Gisela Abbam, Global Executive Director at GE Healthcare. This presentation, followed by networking will focus on Medical Technology Innovation and Partnerships. Gisela will also provide examples of GE Healthcare’s partnerships to improve health outcomes globally.

GE Healthcare has broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, they partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Find out about the Centre for Technology Innovation and Engagement (C-TIE) 

Event format

5.45pm Registration in the Business School foyer
6.15pm Presentation followed by networking in G.02
7.15pm Networking and refreshments in the Business School foyer
8.15pm Close

About the speaker

Gisela Abbam, M.B.A., is Global Executive Director for Government Affairs & Policy for GE Healthcare. Gisela is responsible for the strategic direction of government affairs and policy for GE Healthcare, the $18 billion business unit of General Electric that provides transformational medical technologies and solutions to health customers in over 100 countries. She works in collaboration with WHO, the UN, World Bank and other international organizations to improve health outcomes. Furthermore, Gisela leads and drives a broad range of legislative, policy issues to shape global health policies. She is focused on addressing health needs of various countries. 

Gisela is currently a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicines Committee on Global Health and the Future of the US.  Gisela has written over 40 briefings on various policy issues including health reform. Gisela is also currently the Chair of the Global Diagnostic Imaging, Healthcare IT & Radiation Therapy Trade Association (DITTA) Global Health Working Group focused on working with WHO and the World Bank. 

Gisela was previously Head of Government Affairs for GE Healthcare for UK & Ireland and successfully initiated an Early Diagnosis Campaign in collaboration with several charities (NGOs) to improve early diagnosis in UK across all diseases which gained attention by the Prime Minister and key Members of Parliament. Due to her leadership, GE Healthcare won its first ever award for its contribution to improving Stroke management.

Gisela joined GE Healthcare in 2007 after 13 years working in the National Health Service and Local Government in the UK. Gisela was on the leadership team that set up of the Centre for Public Health Excellence at the internationally acclaimed National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). She developed the Operating Model and Structure for the Centre. Until April 2010, Gisela served on the board of Dimensions UK (formerly Adepta), a health charity. Gisela holds an MBA and an Honours degree in Education.

Gisela is currently a non-executive Director for Strong Tower Missionaries. Gisela holds an MBA and an Honours degree in Education.

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