Keynote Speakers

Boris Johnson

CRT 2025 Evening Keynote Speaker Monday, March 10, 2025

Rt Hon Boris Johnson served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Leader of the Conservative Party, Foreign Secretary and Mayor of London.

In 2019 he led the Conservative Party to an extraordinary election victory, winning their biggest majority in the House of Commons since 1987 and the highest share of the vote of any party since 1979. The result was a major realignment in British politics, with Boris Johnson’s Conservatives winning unprecedented support in areas they had never before represented.

Delivering Brexit – the UK’s exit from the European Union – was Mr Johnson’s first major achievement in Downing Street. His government shattered the political and parliamentary deadlock that crippled the process since the 2016 referendum result. Under Mr Johnson’s leadership, the UK restored sovereign control over its borders, economy and lawmaking, finally enacting the will of the British people.

At home, he unleashed a visionary agenda of domestic policy reform, with a focus on infrastructure, education and technology. He worked to ‘unite and level up’ the country, a major cross-government project to address regional economic and social disparities with his ‘levelling up’ agenda. He worked to protect the union of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and tackled unresolved challenges avoided by other administrations, such as adult social care.

When Covid-19 struck, he led the UK through the darkest days of the pandemic, at one point becoming seriously ill from the disease. He commissioned the world’s foremost scientists and industrialists to work on a UK vaccine, resulting in the discovery of the Oxford AstraZeneca jab. His government delivered the fastest vaccine rollout in Europe and the fastest booster rollout, allowing the UK economy to reopen and lifting restrictions more quickly than comparable countries. Under Mr. Johnson’s leadership, the UK emerged from the global crisis as the fastest growing economy in the G7.

More recently, Mr Johnson emerged as the preeminent global leader in the effort to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian invasion. Under his leadership the UK committed more than £2.4 billion in military assistance, huge humanitarian support and became Ukraine’s foremost European political partner. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a close friend. The Kremlin said it considers Mr Johnson ‘enemy number one’.

Mr Johnson first entered Parliament in 2001 as MP for Henley. He was twice elected Mayor of London (with the biggest personal mandate ever won in British politics). As Mayor he oversaw the London 2012 Olympic Games, commissioned the new Routemaster bus, and introduced the now-ubiquitous “Boris Bike” cycle hire scheme.

After being returned to the House of Commons in 2015, representing Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Mr. Johnson served as Foreign Secretary, prioritising global development work on girls’ education and female empowerment. He also led the Foreign Office response to Russia’s use of a nerve agent on the streets of the English city of Salisbury.

In addition to his work in politics, Mr Johnson is an award-winning journalist, writer and editor. He is the author of almost a dozen books, from the globally bestselling historical biography of Winston Churchill, The Churchill Factor, to the self-illustrated children’s book The Perils Of Pushy Parents. He edited the Spectator magazine for six years and has written for dozens of major publications including, most notably, London’s Daily Telegraph.

Mr Johnson, who was born in New York City, has a special affection for the United States. He was educated at and the University of Oxford, and married his wife, Carrie, in May 2021.

Geoff Martha

HHS FDA Townhall Keynote Speaker Tuesday, March 11, 2025

Geoff Martha is Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, the global leader in healthcare technology. In his role, Geoff leads the $31 billion company and its 95,000 employees to deliver groundbreaking technology solutions for more people in more places around the world. Medtronic served 74.3 million patients in FY23. Geoff leads the enterprise in pursuit of fulfilling the Medtronic Mission to use technology to improve human welfare. Since becoming CEO in 2020, he has been recognized as a driven and innovative executive, including as a top CEO in healthcare technology by the Healthcare Technology Report and as one of Modern Healthcare’s most influential people in healthcare.

Under his leadership, Medtronic is leveraging the latest advances in cutting edge technology to transform healthcare. In 2023, Medtronic was ranked number one in Healthcare Technology Report’s Top 100 Health Tech Companies of the year, named to the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the first time, and ranked second in DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity – reinforcing the impact the company has had with its unwavering commitment to inclusion, diversity, and equity (ID&E). Fortune and Great Place to Work named Medtronic one of the ‘World’s Best Workplaces’ in 2022, and the company has been consistently recognized as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Geoff joined Medtronic in 2011, and notably led the acquisition and integration of Covidien, the largest acquisition in the history of the medical technology industry. Before joining Medtronic, Geoff spent 19 years at GE Healthcare and GE Capital.

Geoff is a member of the Business Roundtable and the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, serves as a board member of the U.S.-China Business Council, as Treasurer for AdvaMed, and is also President of the Executive Committee of the board of directors for the Minnesota Business Partnership. In 2021, he served as co-chair of the Taskforce on Health and Life Sciences for B20, a G20 engagement group.

An ardent supporter of philanthropic and diversity initiatives, Geoff serves on the Board of Trustees for the Asia Society and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Medtronic Foundation, the Northside Achievement Zone, and the YMCA of the North. He was also one of the founding members of OneTen coalition, an organization committed to breaking down systemic barriers for Black Americans and serves as Medtronic’s Executive Sponsor to FIRST Robotics.

Geoff received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Pennsylvania State University, where he currently serves on the Development Council for its College of Liberal Arts. He was also captain of the Penn State men’s hockey team and later inducted into its Hockey Hall of Fame.

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