secretleaders | Ali Parsa and Dr Rangan Chatterjee: The Global Impact of Coronavirus

Ali Parsa and Dr Rangan Chatterjee: The Global Impact of Coronavirus

Kicking off series 5 of Secret Leaders are two fantastic guests – Ali Parsa (CEO and founder of Babylon) and Dr Ranjan Chatterjee. Ali has been on the show several times before – firstly on his own, and secondly for one of our live events where he shared the stage with Michael Acton-Smith, founder of Calm.

In the light of the current global crisis, nobody knows what the world is going to be like when the dust settles at the end of this pandemic. And this is what we discuss in this episode – what the business and social impact of the coronavirus on society will be.

Because currently, it isn’t looking good. The economy is tanking. Borders are closed. Everyone is practicing social distancing. The strain on political leaders is evident. And the pressures on the NHS are close to crippling it.

Ali Parsa is one of the best placed people in the world to talk about some of the predicted health impacts of the virus, in particular what he’s seeing in his own industry of healthcare. Dr. Ranjan Chatterjee is also incredibly well placed, and comes at it from how to handle things on a more personal level. His podcast is the number one UK podcast in health and wellness, and he has set himself a personal mission to help 100m people realise they can be the architects of their own health.

“I worry about what is the consequence of shutting down society in terms of mental health problems: depression, anxiety, isolation, the sort of things that we were already struggling with in society two months ago, even one month ago, pre-lockdown, we were struggling with these.”

We chat about:

  • Accessibility to health care
  • Comparison of prevention versus cure
  • What global healthcare might look like in the future
  • The consequence on our health of shutting down society
  • What you can do in isolation to look after yourself


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The Secret Leaders podcast features interviews with key figures from the UK tech and creative ecosystem. From entrepreneurs (both early and latter stage), to journalists, VCs - and even royalty - the series profiles those who have helped shape the nation's culture of innovation and growth.

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