CAPRI Partnership

Reform for Resilience Commission

Strengthening Commitment to Healthy and Resilient Growth

COVID-19 has revealed that the world was not prepared for a pandemic that we had every reason to anticipate. Yet we neglected to adequately invest in developing and maintaining global health system resilience. Consequently, the COVID-19 pandemic should serve as a wake-up call to global leaders that is every bit as significant – and urgent – as the Global Financial Crisis of more than a decade ago and the worsening climate emergency of today. 

As global leaders emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must seize the opportunity to learn the lessons from this crisis, making it a catalyst for serious reforms – both for improving the health resilience of economies and for looking more deeply at the issue of healthier alongside cleaner growth.

The Reform for Resilience Commission (R4RX) was created to shape new models, metrics, and practical policy reforms to help leaders in the public and private sectors deliver the changes needed for healthier growth.

The Asia Pacific was successful in preserving public health and economic prosperity in 2020, piquing interest in how the region tracked, contained, and controlled the spread of COVID-19. However, the pandemic has posed systemic challenges to these societies that will change how public health, business, and environmental stewardship are conducted.

The Asia-Pacific Hub of the Reform for Resilience Commission housed at CAPRI collaborates with the Harvard Secretariat, the Americas Hub at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and international partners to spearhead the Resilience Commission’s research and networking.

CAPRI at Global Health Security Conference 2022

During June 28 – July 1, 2022, the CAPRI team and members of its board of directors traveled to Singapore to attend the Global Health Security Conference 2022 (GHS2022), where the Reform for Resilience Commission’s co-chairs and hubs met in person for the first time. We spent an afternoon on the sidelines of the conference discussing the commission’s strategic direction, research, and convening for 2023.

Vaccination and beyond: Lessons for ending the pandemic from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and the U.S.

On October 26, 2021, the Asia-Pacific Hub of the Reform for Resilience Resilience Commission partnered with the Miller Center, the North American Hub at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and the European Hub at the European University Institute School of Transnational Governance and Cambridge Public Health to present a global, online event on recent successes and challenges in pandemic management.

Reform for Resilience Commission

Co-Chairs and Founding Convenor

His Excellency José Manuel Barroso


Chair of GAVI;
President of the European Commission (2004-14)

The Honorable Malcolm Turnbull


Prime Minister of Australia

Prof. Michelle A. Williams


Dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Mr. George Freeman MP

Founding Convenor

UK Minister for Science, Research and Innovation (2021-22); Minister for Life Science (2014-16)

Reform for Resilience Commission


Sir John Bell

Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford University

Prof. Chen Chien-jen

Distinguished Professor, Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica

Vice President of Taiwan (2016-20)

Lord Ara Darzi

Co-Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

Dr. Sumbul Desai

Vice President, Apple Health

Lord William Hague

UK Foreign Secretary (2010-14)

Ms. Connie Hedegaard

European Commissioner for Climate Action (2010-14)

Prof. David Heymann

Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at LSHTM

Mr. Leif Johansson

Chairman, AstraZeneca

Ms. Roula Khalaf

Editor, The Financial Times

Prof. Sharon Lewin

Director, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Prof. Syaru Shirley Lin

Research Professor, Miller Center, University of Virginia

Adjunct Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Ms. Marcella Panucci

Director General of Confindustria (2012-20)

Prof. Ramesh Raskar

Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab

Mr. Stan Shih

Chairman of StanShih Foundation

Co-Founder and Honorary Chairman, Acer Group

The Honorable Alexander Stubb

Director of the School of Transnational Governance, EUI

Prime Minister of Finland (2014-15)

Prof. Eng-Kiong Yeoh

Director of the Center for Health Systems and Policy Research, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food, Government of Hong Kong SAR (1999-2004)