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Global Health Security Consortium Launches Partnership to Support B20 Indonesia’s Global Health Advocacy Agenda

The partnership leverages the political, scientific, and medical expertise of the Ellison Institute, Tony Blair Institute, and scientists from the University of Oxford to support the B20’s ambitious agenda goals

FEBRUARY 9, 2022 – Today, the Global Health Security Consortium (GHSC) launched a partnership to support B20 Indonesia’s ambitious global health and life sciences advocacy agenda.  The GHSC brings together the political, scientific and medical expertise of three world-leading organizations: the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, and scientists from the University of Oxford. 

The Business 20 (B20) is the official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community. This year, Indonesia takes over the G20 Presidency as the first Southeast Asian country to host the G20 Leaders’ summit, under the theme “Recover Together, Recover Stronger”. The Covid-19 pandemic underlines the need for international partnership and cooperation to address the global health security challenges of present and future as well as the need for concerted efforts to stimulate global recovery. Covid-19 has erased over USD 10trn from the world economy and exacerbated inequalities between wealthier and poorer countries.

Sir Tony Blair joins the B20 Indonesia’s International Advisory Caucus and under his leadership, the GHSC will help shape policy recommendations focusing on global public health in support of economic recovery and future pandemic preparedness.

This GHSC/B20 partnership is enabled through strategic support from the Bakrie Center Foundation and executed in collaboration with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KADIN) and Equatorise.

Dr. David Agus, Founding Director of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine and Senior Advisor on Covid-19 at the White House, said:

“The world needs sustainable solutions to build global health security.  GHSC’s partnership with the B20 will help steer life sciences investments and policy to ensure we never have another global pandemic of this scale again. Now more than ever, it’s critical that partnerships like this are formed to continue leveraging expertise, resources, and relationships to support global recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and to build out global health care infrastructure that prepares us for future challenges.”

At the B20 Inception, Sir Tony Blair, Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and former Prime Minister of the UK (1997-2007), said:

“I’m delighted Indonesia has the presidency of the G20 this year and I believe there couldn’t be a better country to lead the world in 2022.   The Global Health Security Consortium will support Indonesia to forge a Global Health Alliance, including enabling the B20 to convene industry, as well as the best minds, to turn November’s Bali declaration from theory into practice. It will be led by Government working with the WHO and other international bodies like CEPI and GAVI. But the Indonesia B20 – which as I know – is determined to play a much more active role, can be big catalyst because transformation requires the private and public sector to work in tandem.”

Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine of the University of Oxford, said:

“Working together on these ideas with the B20, KADIN and BCF leadership we can emerge from this pandemic with a positive legacy for the world.  One that not only improves the health of every adult on the planet but also puts in place resilient infrastructure for life sciences in emerging economies to protect us against future pandemics.  Indonesia is well placed to lead this legacy.”

Shinta Kamdani, Chair of B20 Indonesia; Coordinating Vice Chair on Maritime, Investment & International Affairs; CEO of Sintesa Group, said:

“International Advocacy Caucus (IAC) under B20 Indonesia Presidency in 2022 will drive three priorities on global health, green transition and inclusive growth. I am delighted to welcome Sir Tony Blair to be a member of the B20 Indonesia IAC. Under his leadership, the Global Health Security Consortium will be a strong partner for B20 Indonesia as we prepare concrete policy recommendations to the Indonesian G20 Presidency that will improve the global health architecture and advance inclusive, innovative, and collaborative growth. I am also hopeful that this partnership will enable Indonesia to demonstrate its leadership to global business community by forging a path towards better international cooperation in global health and leverage the post-Covid opportunities to become a hub for investments and research in life sciences.”

Arsjad Rasjid, Executive Chairman at Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), said:

“As Executive Chairman of KADIN, I welcome the announcement of the partnership between the Global Health Security Consortium and B20 Indonesia to advance the global health agenda, which aligns with one of the President of Indonesia’s G20 2022 priorities, namely the development of global health infrastructure. This partnership is built at the back of the annual mission of new KADIN leadership to the UK between 27 October – 2 November 2021 where we engaged Tony Blair Institute on B20. One of key KADIN’s priorities is to contribute to restoring public health and improving national health infrastructure, and I am confident that the GHSC, through its world-class expertise, can assist B20 Indonesia and KADIN in achieving that vision for the people of Indonesia.”

The Global Health Security Consortium

The three founding partners are:

  • The Tony Blair Institute, under the leadership of Tony Blair, brings a global perspective on health security and an understanding of how to deliver change at a national and international level. 
  • The Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, under the leadership of Dr. David Agus, brings deep expertise in technology-driven medical science, research and the intersection with health policy in the United States and abroad. 
  • Sir John Bell and a network of researchers at the University of Oxford provides academic rigor and scientific evidence to the work of the Consortium. 

The GHSC aims to provide insight, analysis and support for leaders around the world to help them deal with Covid-19 today and prepare for the health security challenges of tomorrow. 

It is a partnership seeking to provide an independent non-sovereign voice, informed by deep political and technical expertise, to support and guide leaders on the global health security agenda.  

It draws on expertise in science, medicine and policy with the aim of helping leaders end this pandemic as quickly as possible as well as prepare for future global health security challenges. It will support those global priorities identified by world leaders.  We seek to offer ideas across a number of areas, including: genomic sequencing, strategic global vaccine roll out, therapeutics, diagnostics, the role of data and data-driven insights, and other critical topics to be developed over time.   

GHSC publications can be found here seen here, including the latest paper ‘A Global Opportunity to Combat Preventable Disease: How to Use Covid-19 Infrastructure to Transform Public Health Worldwide’.

The Bakrie Centre Foundation (BCF)

The Bakrie Center Foundation (BCF), led directly by Anindya Novyan Bakrie and the third generation of the Bakrie family, was founded to advance human capital development to unleash Indonesia’s potentials. BCF aims to empower people, planet, and prosperity. BCF is one of Indonesia’s most active philanthropic organisations internationally. BCF has been building bridges connecting Indonesia to the world through its Bakrie Professorships and Fellowships with leading global think tanks and world class universities, such as Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Eisenhower Fellowship, Stanford University, Northwestern University, and Nanyang Technological University. BCF as a non-profit organisation also focuses on developing leaders in Indonesia, creating a talent pool that will eventually drive economic development and growth. As the Bakrie Group reaches their 80th anniversary in 2022, BCF has dedicated global health agenda as a key philanthropic priority in its people, planet, and prosperity empowerment.

B20 Indonesia

The Business 20 (B20) is the official G20 dialogue forum with the global business community. Established in 2010, B20 reserved companies and business organisations and it is among the most prominent Engagement Groups in G20. With an average of 1,000 delegates from the G20 countries, including top executives from the leading multinational corporations, B20 accounts for around 2,000 participants representing over 6.5 million businesses. The B20 aims to deliver concrete actionable policy recommendations on priorities by each rotating presidency to spur economic growth and development; B20 Indonesia will officially convey its final recommendation to the G20 Presidency at the occasion of the B20 Summit in November 2022.

Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN)

KADIN is the umbrella organization of the Indonesian business chambers and associations. KADIN is focused on all matters relating to trade, industry and services, and is highly committed to tapping potentials and synergies of the national economy, offering a strategic forum for Indonesian CEOs. It is privately funded, hence an independent spokesperson of private sector interests. It is also the only nation-wide business organization mandated by Law No. 1/1987 to speak on behalf of private business, maintaining a privileged liaison to Government Officials and covering all relevant sectors. 34 regional Chambers (KADIN Daerah) and 514 district branches ensure national coverage. Because of this huge network, KADIN Indonesia is the preferred partner for foreign companies initiating their engagement in Indonesia become a member of KADIN Indonesia. KADIN receives a mandate to drive and lead on B20 Indonesia as part of Indonesia’s G20 Presidency.


Equatorise is an international advisory house supporting Indonesian corporates and family offices to seize opportunities in the UK and the EU as well as helping UK/EU based companies and institutions to unlock values and thrive in Indonesia, the rising powerhouse in the Indo-Pacific region. We help our clients to navigate disruptions from the Covid-19 pandemic and to discover opportunities from the twin transformation of the decade – stemming from digital transformation and sustainable transition into a net-zero post-pandemic future.