HEU In Conversation

The health and care system must change with the times to survive. But who decides what changes to make? And how can we ensure they’re making the best decisions?

The Health Economics Unit has invited a selection of key health and care leaders to join us for a series of live discussions examining the future of health and care, how we can improve outcomes and reduce inequalities, and the role that data and analysis has in this.

Upcoming sessions

HEU In Conversation with… Alex Bottle, Professor of Medical Statistics at Imperial College, London

When is a postcode lottery not a postcode lottery? What do a hospital’s mortality figures tell us about quality of care? Are risk prediction models any good?

Join Professor of Medical Statistics at the prestigious Imperial College, London, Alex Bottle, as he consider all these questions and more, in conversation with Andi Orlowski. Alex will draw on his 20 years’ experience of NHS public inquiries and analysis using administrative databases and electronic health records to share his insights and answer your questions live online.

Previous sessions

HEU In Conversation with… Stefan Swartling, Professor of Global Transformation for Health at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden


How can we turn health systems into systems for health? And insert “precision” into the mix?

Professor Stefan Swartling Peterson joined Health Economics Unit Director Andi Orlowski to discuss his thoughts and answer audience questions live online.

Stefan Swartling Peterson is Prof of Global Transformation for Health at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and former chief of health for Unicef.

HEU In Conversation with… David Wilson, program director at the World Bank

In this session HEU Director Andi Orlowski spoke with David Wilson from the World Bank, who explored how innovations in technology can improve preventative healthcare in today’s world. Along with Andi’s discussion, David answered insightful questions from attendees. Watch the session recording above.

David is Program Director in the Health Team and Team Leader of the World Bank’s COVID-19 and Health Emergency Preparedness and Response. David has over published approximately 150 scientific papers. He has worked in approximately 60 countries on all continents, including 28 countries in Africa and many fragile and conflict settings in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific.

HEU In Conversation with… Esther Nzenza, CEO and Founder of Decisive Consulting

HEU Director Andi Orlowski was joined by Decisive Consulting CEO and Founder Esther Nzenza to look at how both industry and public sector can learn from each other, and improve decision making in health and care.

This talk built on the recent series of videos where Andi and Esther discuss topics ranging from data quality to creating a culture that values data and analytics.

Esther founded Decisive Consulting to bring the curiosity, capability, and capacity companies need at “Decisive Moments” of their evolution.  Decisive Consulting is a team of 40 people with broad global expertise across the Market Access & HEOR landscape who bring active support to harness the power of rebel thinking for better decisions.

Esther has 23 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and has enjoyed a broad and varied career spanning Market Access & Pricing, Policy, Marketing, and General Management at both domestic and international levels across multiple companies. Over the course of her career, Esther has led all commercial functions ex-US and enjoys exploring and strengthening the ways that diverse functions can collaborate for success. Esther is best known for her ability to solve complex problems, whether in the context of organizational ways of working or specific external challenges. Esther is passionate about developing durable capabilities within organizations and catalyzing real change – leaving things better, and ready for what comes next.