Closing remarks and Outlook

Thursday, 17. October 2013 | 12:30 Uhr


Hans Groth


President of the Foundation


Hans Groth, President of the Academia Engelberg Foundation, expressed his conviction that a welfare state is also needed in the 21st century. This welfare state must of course be set up such that it remains stable.
Ultimately, the following sentence is to him the decisive key to the central issue: „We can only afford as much as we generate. You can twist it any way you want, in the end it’s about how we save in the course of our life, how long we work, and how long the period lasts during which we consume benefits!“ And with this in mind, the crucial challenge is most likely how we can continue to develop a welfare state to allow as many people as possible to remain employed.
The theme of next year’s congress will be on ‘Food Security’. The meeting will be conducted in English and translated to German.

Hans Groth

Hans Groth holds the office of President of the Foundation Board of Academia Engelberg.

Dr. med. Hans Groth, MBA is Senior Director of Healthcare Policy & Market Access for the Oncology Business Unit from Pfizer Europe and Member of the Executive Board for Pfizer Switzerland. His responsibilities include governmental affairs, healthcare policy, pricing & reimbursement across Europe and tailored communication strategies to gain broad societal acceptance of innovative medicines and modern personalized oncology treatment regimen in particular. Hans Groth has been working with Pfizer for twenty-three years. He has comprehensive experience in over 30 healthcare markets including Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the USA and Canada.

His previous responsibilities have included medical affairs, clinical research, regulatory, marketing & sales as well as international public affairs including negotiating pricing and access conditions with government authorities as well as healthcare payers. In 2003, he was appointed “Pfizer Global Health Fellow” by UNAIDS to conduct case studies in Central Asia and Siberia in order to quantify the threat potential of HIV/AIDS/TB in that region. For his subsequent commitment towards supporting public health infrastructure projects in Southeast Siberia and Kirgizstan, he received in 2008 the “Pfizer Global Health Fellow Award”.

For the past ten years, Dr. Groth has been studying the interaction between global demographic change, economic development, wealth and societal stability (c.f. “Europe’s Demographic Challenge – Unlocking the Value of Health” Hans Groth & Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt, 2007). The focus of his research has built upon theories of economic development & productivity and employing the value of health as a sustainable tool to unlock new ways to tackle the imminent challenges of demographic change. Since 2009, Dr. Groth has worked as a guest lecturer at the University of St. Gallen/Switzerland with the topic “Megatrend: Global Demographic Change”. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Demographic & Ageing Forum (WDA) at the University of St. Gallen and elected member of the “Global Agenda Council on Global Population Growth” for the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Dr. Groth is married with two adult children. He has dual citizenship of Switzerland and Germany.

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