Preparing governments for future shocks

Co-Author:  Cristina Caballé, Executive Director, IBM Global Public Sector

Over the past two years, governments around the world have navigated and responded to the impacts of the pandemic. Throughout this journey, governments have captured valuable lessons and gained an understanding of critical areas of focus. But government leaders are now telling us they fear what were previously viewed as rare Black Swan events are now becoming more frequent—and more destabilizing.

Emerge Stronger and More Resilient: Responding to COVID-19 and Preparing for Future Shocks

Moreover, collective strategies have led to identification and resolution of challenges in way that brings together government leaders, scientists, data analysts, health care organizations, academic institutions, and industry.

Mike Stone

Mike is the Global Managing Director in public sector with the Healthcare and Life Sciences group of IBM.

COVID-19’s final phase: How governments can emerge stronger, more resilient

In the 19 months since the World Health Organization announced a peculiar coronavirus-related pneumonia in Wuhan, China, COVID-19 has turned families, businesses, and communities upside-down and inside-out. And also governments. From the US to the UK, from France to the Philippines, and from South Korea to South Africa, they were as thrown off-guard as anyone. More so, even. While the rest of us were mere passengers, they were the public-health pilots of an aircraft that had to be designed, engineered, and rebuilt—all in mid-flight.

Global Managing Director, Public Sector, Healthcare and Life Sciences
United States

Mike is the Global Managing Director in public sector with the Healthcare and Life Sciences group of IBM. His experience includes roles as Global Lead for Defense and National Security & Global Head of Technology Transformation for Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare, KPMG International, Chief Digital and Information Officer for the UK MOD, CEO of Defence Business Services, CEO of the MOD’s Information Systems and Services organization, Group EVP & Chief Client Officer of Mastek, President Service Design and CIO of BT Global Services, COO of BT International and CEO of BT OpenAccess.