Finding new partners in the global fight against Big Tobacco

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Start: Wednesday, 3 March 2021 @08.30am UK

End: Wednesday, 3 March 2021 @ 09.30am UK

Dr Bronwyn King AO, CEO and Gail Hurley, UK & Europe Advocate


Dr King will describe her mission to broker innovative partnerships between the health sector and the finance industry – to bridge the staggering gap between those who suffer from tobacco and those who profit from it.

Dr King’s career started on a lung cancer ward at the Peter MacCallum Cancer in Melbourne, and steadily transformed into days filled with conversations with global leaders in finance, business, diplomacy and health.

Gail Hurley will outline her extensive experience in advocating for responsible investment practices that align with prosperity for all, as well detail her remarkable leadership in spearheading the development of the world’s first tobacco social impact bond.

With a small but mighty team, Tobacco Free Portfolios launched the Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge at United Nations’ headquarters in New York in 2018. To date, there are 160 Signatories with combined assets of US$11.4 trillion, including some of the world’s largest pension plans, banks, insurers and asset managers.

This pivotal work was described by Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization as “the missing piece of global tobacco control” and provides renewed hope that the tobacco epidemic can one day be brought to an end.


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