Bridging Mental Health and AI for Global Impact

September 22, 2023

Workshop Agenda

SUNY Global Center — Multipurpose Room

10 a.m. to noon September 22, 2023


Introduction and Welcoming Remarks (35 minutes)


  • Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik, Provost-in-Charge, SUNY

  • Havidán Rodríguez, President, University at Albany

  • Wayne J. Riley, President, SUNY Downstate

  • Pradeep Kakkattil, CEO, Health Innovation Exchange

Opening Remarks

  • Jihoon Kim, LMSW, Deputy Secretary for Human Services and Mental Hygiene, New York State Governor's Office

  • Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research


Center Overview (20 minutes)

Bridging Mental Health and AI for Global Impact: Empowering Underserved Communities Worldwide with AI Solutions in Mental Health Care

  • Thenkurussi “Kesh” Kesavadas, Vice President for Research & Economic Development, University at Albany

  • David Christini, Senior Vice President for Research, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

  • Additional faculty from each campus


Break (15 minutes)


Reaction Panel Discussion and Q&A (45 minutes)


  • Vinay Saldanha, Director of the U.S. Liaison Office in Washington, D.C., UNAIDS

  • Srinivasan Sankar, AI Strategist, Private Sector

  • Biju Jacob, CTO, Health Innovation Exchange

  • Ricardo Baptista Leite, CEO of IDAIR, founder of UNITÉ parliamentary forum and parliamentary leader


  • Dr. Paul Morgan, Director of the Institute for Social and Health Equity (ISHE), Empire Innovation Professor and Social and Health Equity Endowed Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior at UAlbany’s School of Public Health


Networking & Buffet Lunch

SUNY Global Center — Café & Terrace

Noon to 1:30 p.m September 22, 2023

Networking and informal discussions