Gates and Branson speak at Grand Challenges Conference in Central Hall Westminster

Central Hall Westminster played host to the annual Grand Challenges meeting 24-26 October 2016, a three-day conference with Bill Gates and Richard Branson among the speakers.

The conference, which attracted 1,800 delegates, was co-hosted by the Wellcome Trust, Grand Challenges Canada, USAID, the EC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The plenary session was held in the venue’s Great Hall on the topic of new UK and global innovations that help achieve sustainable development goals.

UK secretary of state for international development, Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, joined Gates and Branson in a session moderated by Natasha Kaplinsky.

Central Hall MD Paul Southern said: “We were delighted to have been chosen to host the Grand Challenges annual meeting and support such an important cause that shares our values for a more sustainable future. At Central Hall we have been working on a number of sustainable initiatives over the past five years to help reduce day-to-day carbon emissions and aim to continue developing this in 2017.”

Grand Challenges was launched in 2003 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is part of an expanding network of research and funding partnerships spanning areas of global health and development.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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