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Brain Capital incorporates an individual’s cognitive, emotional, and social brain resources. Harris Eyre MD PhD, fellow at The Baker Institute and lead of the Brain Capital Alliance argues the world increasingly relies upon brain capital, where a premium is put on brain skills and brain health.

Mental health is a key component of brain capital given mental health disorders cost trillions of dollars per year to the global economy in lost productivity. Disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia also impact individuals, families, and communities.

Equity in mental health refers to ensuring that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of mental well-being. It is a key consideration particularly in developing countries because mental health conditions are far too burdensome to disadvantaged populations. Access to mental health care and support is not uniform and is often determined by a multitude of factors (e.g. economic, social..), leading to disparities in treatment and outcomes. By prioritizing equity in mental health innovation, we can ensure that the most vulnerable and marginalized populations have access to the care and support they need. This not only benefits individuals but also strengthens communities and society as a whole.

The webinar is motivated by the recent launch of the Brain Capital Dashboard at the Science Summit of the United Nations General Assembly and following the publication of  ‘The Global Brain Capital Dashboard’ from Brookings.

The webinar is organised by the Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) and the Brain Capital Alliance in collaboration with Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and will take place on Wednesday 11th October 15:00 CET on Zoom.

More information on the Brain Capital Project:
The Global Brain Capital Dashboard  seeks to measure and monitor the concept of Brain Capital. To build the dashboard, novel indicators were extracted from a wide range of data sources under the banner of three pillars: Brain Capital Drivers, Brain Health, and Brain Skills. The Brain Capital concept and dashboard help provide a better understanding of the social and economic value that can be derived through fueling and funding more equitable mental health policies. The dashboard was formally launched at the Science Summit of the UN General Assembly 78 following the publication of ‘The Global Brain Capital Dashboard’ from Brookings.


Moderator: Prof. Rym Ayadi, President and Founder, Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association

Welcome Address: Dr. Rola El-Serag, L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in Health Policy and Director of the Center for Health & Biosciences, Baker Institute


  • Dr. Harris Eyre, Co-founder of Brain Capital Alliance, Fellow at Baker Institute, Senior Fellow at Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
  • Steve Carnevale, California Mental Health Commissioner
  • Tina Hjortlund, Senior Director, Head of Global Public Affairs and D&I Officer, Lundbeck
  • Dr. Fadi Maalouf, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry, American University of Beirut
  • Dr. Facundo Manes, President of the Committee on Science, Innovation and Technology of the Argentine Parliament


  • Dr. Marina Tolou-Shams, Kilroy Realty Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Community Engagement, Outreach and Advocacy, UCSF Psychiatry
  • Marta Sanchez Bret, Cluster Manager, Cluster Salut Mental Catalunya
  • Kacie Kelly, Chief Innovation Officer, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
  • Dr. Luz Garcini, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Rice University
  • Dan Mannix, Advisor & Investor, Brain Capital

Register here to join the webinar


October 11, 2023