Together we Will Shape the Future of Healthcare

The Hague, The Netherlands
Improvement of global healthcare

Our foundation

The World Healthcare Forum Foundation was first created in 2012 by Jan Verhoef (CEO) and Harm Snippe (CFO). Our Foundation was founded to improve global healthcare with the universal goal of creating affordable healthcare for everyone. The forum wants to reach this goal by connecting leaders in the world of health from all over the world. It is not only the question what has to happen, but also how this should be implemented.
More than just a forum

World Healthcare Forum

Our Forum is more than a Forum – it is a movement throughout the year, aimed at connecting our partners with the goal of creating teams that commit themselves to work together to address key healthcare challenges. Their commitment will be captured in the world healthcare forum declaration of the Hague, to be signed in the Hague, The Netherlands.

2 Forum Days in 2018

Our Forum will be opened by some very special guests. It will be a forum with plenty of room for discussion and interaction. We will welcome leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the globe who share our vision of creating a future of sustainable healthcare.

Innovation Market

The Innovation Market is a cooperation between Accenture and the World Healthcare Forum. All participants of this market were nominated for the Accenture Innovation Awards. The Innovation Market is aimed at connecting health leaders with interesting innovations / Start ups.

Dutch Healthcare Safari

For our international participants, we will hold a Dutch Healthcare System ‘Safari’, which touches point on the topics of prevention, insurance, diagnosis, cure & care. During this safari, we visit several companies nearby. Only availible in addition to your Day Pass or Full Conference Pass.


Prof. Jan Verhoef M.D. Ph.D.

Professor Jan Verhoef (1944) first founded the World Healthcare Initiative in 2009, followed by the World Healthcare Forum in 2011. Professor Verhoef received his M.D. and Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Utrecht where he has been Professor of Clinical Microbiology.

As a scientist, physician, consultant and entrepreneur within the health sector, World Healthcare Forum founder Jan Verhoef has a solid track record on many different aspects of healthcare and healthcare innovations. After his retirement, Verhoef wants to make his dream come true:

‘My dream is to help creating a sustainable healthcare, accessible and affordable to everybody on this planet.’

Verhoef states that a joint vision of all stakeholders is the only way to create sustainable healthcare. Without drastic measures being taken in the coming 15 years, current healthcare systems will prove to be unsustainable throughout the world. Healthcare as an elementary human right is being threatened worldwide by a number of factors. Almost everywhere the demand for healthcare is rising, healthcare costs are steeply increasing, quality and access to health differs, and financial incentives in health systems often are incongruous.

About Prof. J. Verhoef

Background history

From 1978 till 2008 Prof. Verhoef has been Chairman of the Eijkman-Winkler Institute of Medical and Clinical Microbiology at the University of Utrecht. From 1983 to 1990 he was a member of the Dutch Governmental Advisory Board for the Registration of Drugs. He was the founder of Ugene B.V. (CRO) which was later sold to Kendle International. He received several honours and awards and has been a member of advisory boards of many pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He was the founder and first president of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, and is also a member of various editorial boards. He published over 650 scientific publications in journals and books.

Our governance

Global advisory board

The advisory board consists of a Dutch advisory board (45 members) and an international board (25 members). Both boards consist of key note figures in the world of health.

Our advisory board consists of representatives of all key stakeholder groups including supranational organizations, NGOs, governmental organizations, healthcare providers, insurance companies, healthcare suppliers, life-science/pharmaceutical companies, academia and educational institutions.

The advisory board has a supporting and thinking function, together they formulate advice that will lift help bring the World Healthcare Forum to a higher level. The board also contributes to the formulation of the program. As we believe in the power of combining both experienced and young minds, we also have a young board. Our young board help up keep a track of new ideas en new ways of thinking.

Our organization

Our Core Team

The World Healthcare Forum is an initiative of the World Healthcare Forum Foundation.

The Foundation was founded in 2012 to improve global healthcare with the universal goal of creating affordable healthcare for everyone. The Forum wants to reach its goal by connecting health leaders from all over the world. It is not only the question what has to happen, but also how this should be implemented. In 2017 the foundation has strengthen the WHF organization by a strategic partnership with Heliview Conferences & Training.

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