The Frontiers of Innovation conference was held at the Harvard Kennedy School, March 31–April 2, 2008, and hosted participants from more than 50 countries. The conference highlighted how governments can be more effective at solving problems and improving the lives of their citizens through innovation.

Global healthcare has undergone momentous changes in the last decade as a host of new organizations, many of them public-private partnerships, has emerged outside of traditional multilateral institutions (such as the World Health Organization). One focus of these organizations is the so-called "neglected diseases," a group of infections including yellow fever, tuberculosis, and cholera, which are widespread in the developing world but generally receive little research investment. Using case studies of new approaches to these illnesses, this panel evaluated recent system-wide reforms in health care research to determine the successes of these innovations.

  • Professor Gowher Rizvi, Former Director of the Ash Institute, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Ms. Rhoda Kadalie, Executive Director of the Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust, South Africa
  • Ms. Cecilia Kinuthia-Njenga, Founder of the Mashariki Innovations in Local Governance Awards Program (MILGAP), East Africa
  • Professor Gonzalo Portocarrero Maisch, Director of the Participation and Local Management Program, Peru
  • Ms. Amy Besaw Medford, Director of the Honoring Nations Program at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Professor Peter Spink, Director of the Public Management and Citizenship Program at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Professor Yang Xuedong, Assistant Director of China Local Governance Innovations Program, China