Now well into its second year, the COVID-19 pandemic remains front-and-center in global conversations. From vaccine rollout challenges and the rise of multiple variants to indefinitely disrupted day-to-day operations across sectors, the virus continues to loom large. And yet it is by no means the only topic on the agenda. While global leaders seek to vaccinate and recover economically, there is also a shared urgency to build momentum around the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Climate Agenda.
The crisis is a global wake up call for the need to redouble efforts to work together to solve shared challenges. Coinciding with the 76th annual United Nations General Assembly, Devex will convene U.N. agency heads, government leaders, development practitioners, and private sector actors to discuss the most effective ways to build back better. Over three days of programming, the return of our UHC Pavilion, and a number of ecosystem events, our reporting team will ask the tough questions and take you inside the most important conversations driving the agenda.
From Sept. 21 to 23, we will bring you inside the 76th annual United Nations General Assembly to cover key topics such as:
Welcome & introduction by Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Fireside Chat: What to expect from UNGA 76
• Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)Moderator:• Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Panel: Climate, health and energy in the lead up to COP 26
• Rachel Kyte, Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
• Harjeet Singh, Senior Advisor, Climate Action NetworkModerator:• Michael Igoe, Senior Reporter, Devex
Fireside chat: A status report on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout
• John Trizzino, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Business Officer, Novavax, Inc.Moderator:• Jenny Lei Ravelo, Senior Reporter, Devex
This session is a part of Devex’s UHC Pavilion
Partner spotlight: Transforming global health partnerships for the SDGs
• Ashling Mulvaney, Vice President, Global Sustainability, Access to Healthcare, AstraZeneca
• Dr. Juliet Nabyonga-Orem, Country Director, WHO KenyaModerator:• Raj Kumar, President & Editor-in-Chief, Devex
This session is a part of Devex’s UHC Pavilion and produced in partnership with AstraZeneca
Partner spotlight: Stopping the silent pandemic: Ramping up action on antimicrobial resistance
• Lutz Hegemann, Group Head, Corporate Affairs and Global Health Head, Novartis
• Richard Saynor, CEO, SandozModerator:• Jenny Lei Ravelo, Senior Reporter, Devex
This session is a part of Devex’s UHC Pavilion and produced in partnership with Novartis
Fireside Chat: Ending global food poverty
• Ertharin Cousin, Former WFP Director and Stanford Center on Food Security Visiting ScholarModerator:• Teresa Welsh, Reporter, Devex
Partner spotlight: Making food systems more equal and resilient for small-scale farmers
• Gilbert Houngbo, President, IFADModerator:• Raj Kumar, President & Editor-in-Chief, Devex
In partnership with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Presented by Rabobank
Panel Discussion: A fighting chance: The intersection of climate change and food systems
• Dr. Margot Hurlbert, Canada Research Chair in Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability Policy; Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina
• Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)Moderator:• Teresa Welsh, Senior Reporter, Devex
• Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
• Teresa Welsh, Senior Reporter, Devex
Welcome & introduction by Adva Saldinger, Senior Reporter, Devex
Fireside Chat: UNDP’s strategic plan for extraordinary times
• Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDPModerator:• Adva Saldinger, Senior Reporter, Devex
Panel Discussion: What will it take to decolonize aid and development?
• Ovigwe Eguegu, Policy Analyst, Development Reimagined
• Wale Osofisan, Senior Director, Governance Technical Unit, International Rescue Committee (IRC) UK
• Nithya Ramanathan, CEO and Co-Founder, Nexleaf AnalyticsModerator:• Amruta Byatnal, Associate Editor, Devex
Panel Discussion: Leveraging digital health technology in a rapidly changing world
• Dr. Henry Mwanyika, Regional Director, Center of Digital Excellence, PATH
• Moz Siddiqui, Head of Strategic Innovation and Partnerships, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
• Dr. Mandeep Dhaliwal, Director of HIV, Health and Development Group, UNDPModerator:• Catherine Cheney, Senior Reporter, Devex
This session is a part of Devex’s UHC Pavilion
Partner spotlight: Leveraging communities to achieve health equity
• Dr. Patrice Matchaba, Head, U.S. Corporate Responsibility and President, Novartis US FoundationModerator:• Rumbi Chakamba, Associate Editor, Devex
This session is a part of Devex’s UHC Pavilion and produced in partnership with Novartis Foundation
Fireside Chat: Focus on health tech startup founders
• Adebayo Alonge, Co-Founder and CEO, RxAll
• Daisy Isiaho, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Zuri HealthModerator:• Catherine Cheney, Senior Reporter, Devex
This session is a part of Devex’s UHC Pavilion
Partner spotlight: The road to improved nutrition for all
• Dr. Asaf Bitton, Executive Director, Ariadne Labs
• Miriam Nabie, Clinical Nutritionist, IcFEM Dreamland Mission Hospital; Nutrition Adviser, Smile Train East Africa
• Susie Schaefer, CEO, Smile TrainModerator:• Sara Jerving, Global Health Reporter, Devex
This session is a part of Devex’s UHC Pavilion and produced in partnership with Smile Train
Panel Discussion: Safeguarding SRHR in conflict zones
• Sanou Gning, Sahel Director, MSI Reproductive Choices
• Sarah Rich, Associate Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health Program, Women’s Refugee Commission
• Juliana Laguna Trujillo, Staff Attorney, Women’s Link Worldwide; Women Deliver Young LeaderModerator:• Jenny Lei Ravelo, Senior Reporter, Devex
This session is a part of Devex’s UHC Pavilion
Partner spotlight: Special announcement: Strengthening systems for safer childbirth
• Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Lead and Executive Director, MSD for Mothers
• Ambassador John Simon, Founding Partner, Total Impact Capital
• Jan Van Acker, President, Emerging Markets Human Health, MSDModerator:• Catherine Cheney, Senior Reporter, Devex
This session is a part of Devex’s UHC Pavilion and produced in partnership with MSD for Mothers
• Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
• Adva Saldinger, Senior Reporter, Devex
Opening Remarks by Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Fireside Chat: Emerging from the pandemic with a better future for every child
• Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEFModerator:• Michael Igoe, Senior Reporter, Devex
Partner spotlight: Tackling a historic hunger crisis
• Christopher Nyamandi, Afghanistan Country Director, Save the Children
• Janti Soeripto, President and CEO, Save the ChildrenModerator:• Teresa Welsh, Reporter, Devex
In partnership with Save the Children
Fireside chat: COVID-19 vaccine equity and rollout
• Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDSModerator:• Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Partner spotlight: Accelerating efforts on family planning amid a pandemic
• Dr. Claus Runge, Global Head of Market Access, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Pharmaceuticals Division, Bayer AGModerator:• Kate Warren, Executive Vice President, Devex
This session is a part of Devex’s UHC Pavilion and produced in partnership with Bayer
Partner spotlight: Why we need to strengthen systems for safer childbirth
• Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Chief Executive Officer, LifeBank
• Craig P. Kennedy, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management, Merck
• Lesley Bearman Lahm, Representative, North American Representative Office, Asia Development BankModerator:• Rebecca Root, Editorial Associate & Reporter, Devex
This session is a part of Devex’s UHC Pavilion and produced in partnership with MSD for Mothers
Panel: How the COVID-19 pandemic could shape global philanthropy
• Phil Buchanan, President, the Center for Effective Philanthropy
• Heather Grady, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
• Dedo N. Baranshamaje, Director of Strategy in Africa, Segal Family FoundationModerator:• Stephanie Beasley, Senior Reporter, Devex
Panel: How the U.N. works with the private sector
• Florian Rhiza Nery, Local Coordination Specialist, Connecting Business Initiative
• Marcos Neto, SDG Finance Sector Hub Director, UNDP
• Lila Karbassi, Director of Programmes, UN Global CompactModerator:• Adva Saldinger, Senior Reporter, Devex
One-on-One: A Conversation with David Miliband
• David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue CommitteeModerator:• Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
One-on-One: A Conversation with Martin Griffiths
• Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)Moderator:• Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
• Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
• Teresa Welsh, Senior Reporter, Devex
Jan Van Acker is MSD’s President of Emerging Markets, with responsibility for the Human Health business across these geographies. Jan is an advocate for experimentation and learning as necessary elements to provide innovative solutions to further access to MSD’s medicines and vaccines. Prior to this role, Jan was Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for the Human Health’s pharmaceutical business where he oversaw Primary Care, Hospital and Specialty, Women’s Health, and Diversified Brands. Jan has held positions across different geographies including president for the Latin America and Asia-Pacific regions, managing director in Vietnam, regional lead for MSD’s Diversified Brands teams in the EMEAC region and managing director in Belgium.
Adebayo Alonge is a pharmacist, inventor, deep tech entrepreneur, and market development professional. He emerged as the winner of the 2019 Hello Tomorrow Global deeptech Challenge otherwise known as, BNP Paribas Group Deep Tech Award, for creating a handheld nanoscanner that detects counterfeit drugs. He is the first African to win the contest. He is the CEO and co-founder of RxAll Inc., a US-based deep tech start-up firm. Adebayo has 10+years in market development and strategy consulting across Africa working with BCG, BASF, Roche and Sanofi.
Dr. Asaf Bitton is a practicing primary care physician and assistant professor of medicine and health care policy at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He leads Ariadne Labs’ work around measuring and improving primary care performance as part of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI), a joint effort with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank, The Results for Development Institute, and Ariadne Labs. Dr. Bitton is also Senior Advisor for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in Washington, DC.
Winnie Byanyima is the Executive Director of UNAIDS and an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. She leads the UN’s efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Before joining UNAIDS, Ms Byanyima served as the Executive Director of Oxfam International, a confederation of 20 civil society organizations working in more than 90 countries worldwide, empowering people to create a future that is secure, just and free from poverty. Ms. Byanyima was elected for three terms and served 11 years in the parliament of her country, Uganda. She led Uganda’s first parliamentary women’s caucus, championing ground-breaking gender equality provisions in the county’s 1995 post-conflict constitution.
Ertharin Cousin is a global agriculture, food security and nutrition solutions thought leader and sustainability advocate who currently serves as a Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Center on Food Security and Environment, and the CEO and Founder of Food Systems for the Future, a nutrition impact investment fund. From 2012 until 2017, Cousin led the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). In 2009, Cousin was nominated and confirmed as the US Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. Prior to her global hunger work, Cousin helped lead the U.S. domestic fight to end hunger including service as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of America’s Second Harvest - now Feeding America
Ovigwe specialises in security geopolitics and geo-economics with particular reference to Africa in a changing Global Order. His work is aimed at realising the political, policy, and systemic solutions to address foreign and security policy issues in Africa. His research interests ranges from, energy, natural resource governance, infrastructure. Ovigwe analyses Global System processes and structures, Global Order and the shifts of change to bring global events into valuable perspective. He provides expertise on geopolitical and geoeconomic due diligence as well as systemic risks. His work also covers the role of borders in development, with a special focus on questions of territory, security, statehood, and sovereignty in the pursuit of development.
Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet has two decades of experience improving healthcare outcomes for underserved populations and transforming healthcare delivery at the frontlines. She serves as AVP for Health Equity at Merck and the Lead of Merck for Mothers, Merck's $500M global health initiative to help create a world where no woman has to die giving life. Since 2011, Merck for Mothers programs and partnerships have resulted in healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries for over 13M women in 50 countries.
Gilbert F. Houngbo became the sixth president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development on April 1, 2017. Houngbo was reappointed for a second term in February 2021. This year IFAD aims to increase the incomes of 20 million low-income small-scale food producers, 50% of whom are women, by 20%. Houngbo is also chair of UN-Water, which coordinates the efforts of over 30 U.N. entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues. Houngbo has more than 30 years of experience in the public, multilateral, and private sectors including as deputy director-general of the International Labour Organization; prime minister of the Togolese Republic, and a number of executive-level positions at the United Nations Development Programme, including director of finances, chief of staff, and assistant secretary-general. He spent a decade in the private sector, including at PwC.
Giwa-Tubosun is the founder and CEO of LifeBank, a platform that delivers medical supplies 24/7 to hospitals in Nigeria and Kenya using technology and a multi modal distribution network. In December 2020, Giwa was awarded the Global Citizen Prize for Business Leader, for her groundbreaking work using technology and innovation to address blood-shortages in Nigeria, and for LifeBank’s response to the pandemic, including launching testing centers, and free delivery of medical oxygen to COVID-19 patients in isolation centers.
Daisy Isiaho has built a reputation as one of Kenya's outstanding business leaders. A mentor and a leader in both her private and professional life, Daisy is the recipient of several awards, which include being appointed as an International Peace Ambassador by Universal Peace Federation Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace. Daisy has spearheaded initiatives to empower women in business and entrepreneurship and is a member of World Women Leading Change(WWLC), a movement that empowers business women to lead change and give impact to their families, work field, communities, environment and industries. She is also an accredited executive coach, Founder of DaisySmiles Fitness Brand and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Multimedia University of Kenya.
Craig has a track record of driving operations improvement in the manufacturing environment for the past 19 years. Craig is responsible for all elements of Merck’s global supply chain, including Supply Chain Management, manufacturing support for emerging markets, the Merck Production System and the company’s Manufacturing Strategy. Prior to his current role, Craig successfully created a lean manufacturing culture as head of Merck’s North America manufacturing operations. He joined the company in 1996, and his experience has encompassed plant management and direct manufacturing operations, change management, Supply Chain and inventory management, capacity management and materials management.
Patrice Matchaba, MD is President of the Novartis US Foundation. Previously, as Novartis Group Head of Global Health & Corporate Responsibility, Patrice helped integrate the Novartis Access Principles where the company seeks to make its medicines & healthcare solutions accessible to all, regardless of geography, income or limitations of local health systems. Novartis aims to reach 50% more patients through these programs by 2025, and plans to increase the number of patients receiving its innovative medicines in LMICs. To further solidify the Company’s commitment to making an impact, under Patrice’s leadership, Novartis issued an industry-first sustainability-linked bond in 2020, bringing these targets into the core of its business operations. Patrice qualified & practiced as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Southern Africa, before joining Novartis in 2000.
Ashling Mulvaney has been in the pharmaceutical industry for 20 years, and with AstraZeneca since 2008, in a range of access-focused roles across therapy areas including cardiovascular, diabetes and respiratory. In 2016, Ashling took on leadership of AstraZeneca’s flagship Healthy Heart Africa (HHA) programme, active since 2014 tackling hypertension and cardiovascular disease across East and West Africa, as well as India. In her current role, Ashling leads one of the three priority pillars of AstraZeneca’s sustainability strategy, working towards a future where all people have access to sustainable healthcare solutions for life-changing treatment and prevention.
Nithya Ramanathan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Nexleaf Analytics, a tech non-profit dedicated to partnering with countries to make sure they have the data they need to improve the health of people. Nexleaf’s unique approach brings together sensor design, data analysis, software engineering, and field engagement to identify and address big problems. Nexleaf technology currently protects the vaccine supply for 1 in 10 babies born each year. Nithya and her team have achieved this outsized impact by working shoulder-to-shoulder with Ministries of Health — rather than attempting to bypass governments — to scale cutting-edge technologies refined through close collaboration with personnel at every level of the health system, from top-tier government officials to Last Mile health care workers. Nithya is a TED Fellow, PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, Switzer Environmental Fellow, and a Rainer Arnhold Fellow. She is the winner of the 2017 Hedy Lamarr Award for Female Tech Pioneer as well as the 2020 Tällberg Foundation/Eliasson Global Leadership Award.
Claus Runge leads the Market Access, Policy Affairs & Sustainability group at Bayer AG – Pharmaceuticals. He is a pharmacist and health economist by training and holds a Ph.D. from the Humboldt University in Berlin. With 21 years of experience in working in the pharmaceutical industry, he has held senior roles at both local and global levels in various multinational companies. In his career, he has been responsible for a broad span of functions, including Commercial, Pricing & Market Access, Communications, Governmental Affairs as well as Patient Advocacy. He also led a large Business Unit in the field of respiratory and infectious diseases. Claus served as one of the editors of the European Journal of Health Economics from 2006-2017, helping it to become a renowned journal in the field. He has published numerous articles in high impact journals, with a focus on health economics and quality of life research.
Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General, is an economist and politician from Cape Verde. A leading expert in global development issues, she has worked in public service for over thirty years. Over the last decade, FAO has helped shape a new global narrative where agriculture is prominently recognized as a solution in addressing increasingly complex emerging issues – from transforming food systems to dealing with climate change.
Ambassador John Simon is a distinguished government official with special expertise in innovative finance and is currently founder and managing partner of Total Impact Capital, an impact investing firm. He has served as United States Ambassador to the African Union, and as Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). At OPIC, Ambassador Simon championed impact investing, including efforts to develop a series of social development funds for Africa. Ambassador Simon also served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development for the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House, the first to hold this post.
Achim Steiner became UNDP Administrator on 19 June 2017 and will serve for a term of four years. The United Nations General Assembly confirmed his nomination on 19 April 2017, following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres. Mr. Steiner is also the Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, which unites 40 entities of the UN system that work to support sustainable development. Over nearly three decades, Achim Steiner has been a global leader on sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation. He has worked tirelessly to champion sustainability, economic growth and equality for the vulnerable, and has been a vocal advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Wale Osofisan is senior director for the Governance Technical Unit at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). In this role, he leads the unit’s team of senior and technical advisers, and specialists overseeing program support to over 30 IRC country offices. Wale has two decades of professional experience researching and working on humanitarian, development, conflict prevention and peacebuilding issues. Prior to joining the IRC, he worked with Plan UK, HelpAge International UK, and the UNDP Nigeria in various roles from technical assistance to research and evidence, policy influencing, and advocacy. Wale holds a PhD in Post-War Recovery Studies from the department of politics from the University of York in the UK.
Phil Buchanan, president of CEP, is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. Hired in 2001 as the organization’s first chief executive, Phil has led the growth of CEP into the leading provider of data and insight on philanthropic effectiveness. Phil is author of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, published in 2019 by PublicAffairs and named the “Best Philanthropy Book of the Year” by Inside Philanthropy. He is co-host of a podcast, also called Giving Done Right, with CEP’s Grace Nicolette. Phil is a frequent blogger for the CEP Blog, author of op-eds that have appeared in publications such as The Financial Times and The Boston Globe, and a frequent commentator on philanthropy in the media. Phil is co-founder of YouthTruth, an initiative of CEP’s designed to harness student perceptions to help educators and funders accelerate improvements in K–12 schools and classrooms. In 2016, he was named the Nonprofit Times “influencer of the year” and he has been named nine times to that publication’s “Power and Influence Top 50” list. Phil serves on the boards of directors of Philanthropy Massachusetts and the National Council on Aging.
Dr. Henry Mwanyika serves as PATH’s Center of Digital and Data Excellence Regional Director for Africa. With more than 20 years of experience in both the commercial ICT sector and the public sector, Dr. Mwanyika is a trusted advisor to governments across Africa. In his current role, he supports government and NGOs in their digital transformation journeys through development of vision, the creation of road maps that support the design, investment, and implementation of end-to-end, integrated digital systems. Dr. Mwanyika has worked with several governments in Africa to develop a vision for digital transformation for example in Zambia, Eswatini, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr. Mwanyika holds a PhD in Health Informatics from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute at the University of Basel in Switzerland, an MSc. in business and information technology systems from the University of Strathclyde in the UK, and a BSc in computer science from the University of the West of England.
Sanou joined MSI Reproductive Choices in 2012, as the Senegal Social Marketing Director before going on to become Programme Director, Country Director and Sahel Director. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from Metz University, a Bachelors in Foreign Languages, and speaks Spanish, English and French. Prior to joining MSI, Sanou worked for different Pan-African Banks in Senegal.
Margot’s experience includes 11 years of private practice in law, 7 years at SaskPower as the Assistant General Counsel, Coordinating Lead Author with the IPCC Land and Climate Report (2019) as well as current contributing author and review editor in the sixth Assessment Report (2021-2) in both Working Groups I and II, and member Future Earth Working Group on Transformations. Having actively contributed to all three IPCC working groups Margot has a deep background in climate change science, adaptation and mitigation. With over 100 publications, her research interests focus on energy, climate change, agriculture, and water. Her Canada Research Chair is focused specifically on addressing climate change and achieving net zero emission by 2050 by involving people. Margot has led and participated in many SSHRC, NSERC and IDRC research projects, and participates as a reviewer for these councils (chairing the geography section last year for the SSHRC Insight grants and reviewing the IDEAS lab on circular economy in fall 2021).
Sarah Rich is the Women’s Refugee Commission’s associate director of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program. She leads the organization’s work on improving access to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition services in northeast Nigeria through an innovative project supporting the state government to develop and implement community and primary health care programming. She also co-leads the Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises sub-working groups on supplies and contraception. Sarah has worked in reproductive health, gender, and poverty reduction advocacy, programs, and evaluation for more than 15 years. Prior to joining WRC, Sarah was a senior technical advisor for the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, where she led advocacy strategies to integrate emergency contraception into reproductive health and post-rape care efforts at the global and national levels. Sarah received her master’s degree in public affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Rachel Kyte is the 14th dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. A 2002 graduate of Fletcher’s Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) and a professor of practice at the school since 2012, Kyte is the first woman to lead the nation’s oldest graduate-only school of international affairs. Prior to joining Fletcher, Kyte served as special representative of the UN secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change, leading the run-up to the Paris Agreement. Kyte is a member of the UN secretary-general’s high-level advisory group on climate action and an advisor to the UK government for the UN climate talks, COP26. Kyte is co-chair of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI), chair of the FONERWA, the Rwanda Green Fund, and chair of the ESG committee of the Private Infrastructure Development Group.
Harjeet Singh is a global expert on the issues of climate impacts, migration and adaptation. He has been supporting countries across the world on tackling climate change. He is a Senior Advisor at Climate Action Network International (CAN-I) and also provides strategic advice on global partnerships to the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative. He has experience of coordinating emergency response and disaster resilience programmes globally. He is a member of the United Nations’ Technical Expert Group on Comprehensive Risk Management under Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. Harjeet has co-founded Satat Sampada, a social enterprise that promotes sustainable and environmental solutions such as organic food and farming in India and beyond. He has served as a board member of Climate Action Network International (CAN-I) and the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR).
Lesley Bearman Lahm is Representative of the North American Representative Office of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In this role, Lesley mobilizes financing and support for ADB’s developing member countries; shares development knowledge and experience; establishes and deepens partnerships with public, private, and nonprofit organizations in North America; and raises public awareness of ADB with key stakeholders in Canada and the United States. Lesley previously led strategy and policy development coordination for key strategic and institutional considerations relating to non-sovereign operations, public-private partnerships, and SOE engagement. She also led ADB’s participation in G20 activities and chaired the Blended Finance Committee. Lesley earned a JD cum laude in 1993 from Tulane University, School of Law, and a BA in East Asian Studies magna cum laude in 1988 from Columbia University, Barnard College in New York.
Christopher Nyamandi is the Afghanistan Country Director for global humanitarian organization Save the Children. He has served in this role since August 2020 and previously worked as the Afghanistan Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council. In this role, he directly managed over $30 million annually in humanitarian and early recovery funding with over 1,400 humanitarian workers spread across the country. Nyamandi has worked in Afghanistan for an aggregate of seven years. An attorney by training, Nyamandi began his career in Zimbabwe in 1998 for Care International. Over the past 20+ years, he has worked as a humanitarian and development professional, managing programs and operations in some of the world’s most challenging contexts such as Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria and Afghanistan.
Juliet Nabyonga-Orem is the acting WHO Representative in Kenya. She is a health systems expert with experience spanning over 2 decades. She has been instrumental in the transformation of health systems in many African countries and has published extensively in the area of health systems and services. She led the Health Financing and Investment program at WHO Africa Region, and worked at the sub regional level providing technical expertise to the 20 countries in East and Southern Africa to strengthen their health systems. Previously, she was the Regional advisor on health systems partnerships, monitoring and evaluation based at the WHO Regional office for Africa in Congo Brazzaville. Prior to moving to the Regional office, she worked at the WHO Uganda office as a Health Economics advisor and head of the health systems and services cluster. Before joining WHO, Juliet worked at various levels of the health care system in Uganda. Juliet is a member of several scientific committees including the Africa Health Economics and Policy Association and Health systems Global, and a member of the Scientific advisory committee of the European and developing countries clinical trials partnership (EDCTP). Juliet has played an instrumental role in resource mobilisation for health systems strengthening which has had tremendous impact in many Sub Saharan Africa countries. Juliet is a graduate of Makerere University, Kampala Uganda where she obtained MB ChB, obtained a MSc in Health Economics from University of York, UK and a PhD in Public Health from Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
Janti Soeripto is President and CEO of Save the Children, an organization that gives children in the U.S. and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. She previously served as deputy CEO of Save the Children International. Prior to that, Soeripto spent nearly 20 years in the corporate sector at companies including Kimberly-Clark and Unilever. She has master’s degrees in Economics and Finance.
Henrietta H. Fore became UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director on 1 January 2018. She has worked to champion economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in a public service, private sector and non-profit leadership career that spans more than four decades. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Fore served as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Director of United States Foreign Assistance. The first woman to serve in these roles, she was responsible for managing $39.5 billion of U.S. foreign assistance annually. Immediately prior to her appointment with UNICEF, Ms. Fore was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, a manufacturing and investment company. She also served as Global Co-chair of the Asia Society, Chair of the Middle East Investment Initiative, and Co-Chair of WomenCorporateDirectors. She also served on the boards of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Aspen Institute, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) and the Center for Global Development (CGD).
Miriam Nabie is a Clinical Nutritionist at IcFEM Dreamland Mission Hospital in Kenya. Miriam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Eastern Africa Baraton and currently provides nutrition rehabilitation to patients with various medical conditions including cleft lip and palate. Miriam was part of the team that helped develop the Smile Train/SPOON cleft nutrition curriculum and in the last couple of years she has been instrumental in rolling it out in Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and most recently in West and Central Africa. Currently Miriam works as a Nutrition Advisor for Smile Train in East Africa.
Susannah “Susie” Schaefer is Executive Vice Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer of Smile Train, an international organization focused on empowering local medical professionals to provide free cleft lip and/or palate surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. Susannah joined Smile Train in February 2013, after serving as a member of the organization’s Board for over ten years. In her role as CEO, she leads Smile Train’s vision to expand access to healthcare and increase local capacity in countries in which Smile Train helps children. During her time as CEO, Susannah has led an organizational rebrand, seeded funding for hundreds of thousands of new smiles, grown and improved Smile Train’s digital medical records database, expanded cleft surgical training and education programs throughout the world, and helped to establish organizational partnerships in Haiti and Rwanda. Susannah also led the team in developing Smile Train’s ground-breaking Virtual Surgery Simulator, further accelerating cleft surgical training and enhancing the organization’s “teach a man to fish” model. In addition, Susannah championed Smile Train’s recent acquisition of Simulare Medical, one of the top cleft surgery simulators in the world, providing Smile Train partners with greater access to safe, high-quality training, particularly in regions with limited resources. Susannah came to Smile Train after almost twenty years in operational roles, bringing a vast network and past experiences to the team. Previously, Susannah served as Vice President, Director of International Marketing at CA Technologies, where she led implementation of the company’s international marketing strategies. Earlier in her career, Susannah was the Director of Marketing, Asia for CA Technologies, where she built the organization’s presence throughout the region and hosted the first regional CA World conference in China. Susannah is a Trustee of The Smile Train UK and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children as well as the Board of Directors for Lifebox. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the State University of New York College at Oswego.
Dedo is a network builder and social justice advocate. With a background in strategy and innovations, he has spent over 10 years of his career at the intersection of public good and private interest. As Director of Strategy, Dedo is responsible for challenging the status quo & leading our foundation into its next decade. He is a connector who brokers partnerships between philanthropists, key government officials, and visionary social entrepreneurs and leaders. He inspires organizations to think differently and turns competition into collaboration. He is a tireless activist and networker; engage him over a glass of wine on how to drive more responsive philanthropy and investment in Africa. His secret power: He is always unexpected.
Juliana is a Colombian feminist lawyer and activist. She studied Law at the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, and is currently a master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and Rule of Law candidate at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, Juliana works at the Global Survivors Fund, a multi-stakeholder mechanism endorsed by the UN Secretary-General whose mission is to enhance access to reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence across the globe, where she is supporting the Colombia chapter of the Global Reparations Study. Previously, she worked as an attorney at Women’s Link Worldwide, a feminist international human rights organization, where she contributed with her work to the recognition of reproductive violence as one of the practices of the conflict in Colombia in which the reproductive autonomy of women and girls was violated. Likewise, she worked in the struggle to advance the recognition and guarantee of sexual and reproductive health services, including abortion, in countries such as the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Venezuela.
Mr. Trizzino is executive vice president, chief business officer and chief commercial officer with responsibility for global commercial strategy and execution and oversight of IT, investor and public relations, and corporate affairs. He has broad experience in publicly held companies and in vaccines, with previous roles overseeing commercialization, policy, strategy, business development, financing, and investor and public relations. Since rejoining Novavax in 2014, he has held roles of increasing responsibility, including chief financial officer and senior vice president of commercial operations. Mr. Trizzino served as CEO of Immunovaccine in 2011, successfully leading the company into clinical development while securing the funding commitments required to advance the company’s lead candidate. Earlier in his career, Mr. Trizzino held leadership roles at several companies with a focus in infectious disease vaccine markets, including MedImmune, LLC (now AstraZeneca), ID Biomedical and Henry Schein, Inc. Mr. Trizzino holds a bachelor of science degree from Long Island University, CW Post and a master of business administration degree from New York University, Stern School of Business.
Dr. Mandeep Dhaliwal is the Director of UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Group and a strong advocate for planetary health and stronger synergies between the climate and health movements. Dr. Dhaliwal brings to the organization over 20 years of experience working on HIV, health, human rights and evidence-based policy and programming in low-and middle-income countries. Dr. Dhaliwal, a physician and lawyer, joined UNDP in 2008 as the Cluster Leader: Human Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversities in the HIV/AIDS Group. She was the architect and lead for the Global Commission on HIV and the Law which UNDP convened on behalf of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS. Prior to joining UNDP, she was a senior adviser to the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute’s Special Programme on HIV/AIDS and the lead on HIV care and treatment at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.
When Richard Saynor was appointed CEO of Sandoz in 2019, he took on the mission to turn the Novartis generics and biosimilars division into the world’s leading and most valued generics company. Today, these efforts are well on track. Sandoz reaches 500 million patients a year with its broad portfolio of affordable medicines, including biosimilars and generic cancer therapies, and generates annual sales of USD 10 billion. Richard’s efforts were recognized when he was named Leader of the Year in the 2020 Global Generics & Biosimilars Awards. Richard has a wealth of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including at both innovation-driven companies and generics makers. He previously held regional leadership roles at Sandoz between 2005 and 2010. As head of the global organization, he aims to make Sandoz both a market leader and a thought leader on increasing patients’ access to critical medicines.
As Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Global Health, Lutz Hegemann is responsible for driving forward the corporate strategy of Novartis and integrating global health and environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters into the core of the business. In this newly created role, Lutz leads three teams: the Corporate Strategy function, which oversees the execution of the Novartis strategy; the ESG Management Office, which integrates ESG activities across the company; and the Global Health organization, which focuses on transforming health in low- and middle-income countries, with flagship programs targeting malaria, leprosy, sickle cell disease and Chagas disease.
On 18 May 2016, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Patricia Espinosa of Mexico as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Ms. Espinosa took office on 18 July 2016. Ambassador of Mexico to Germany since 2012 and from 2001 to 2002, Ms. Espinosa was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, bringing more than 30 years of experience at highest levels in international relations, specialized in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality and protection of human rights. As Mexico's representative on multilateral bodies and international organizations in Vienna, Geneva and New York, Ms. Espinosa has been engaged as leader in the global challenge to address climate change and its consequences, notably as President of the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC leading to the adoption of the Cancun Agreements. Named by the UN Secretary-General to the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, she is a tireless supporter of multilateralism as a way to improve conditions for development in all regions of the world, understanding the inextricable link between the aims of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Heather is a vice president in RPA’s San Francisco office and leads the practice area of Environment, Rights and Global Development. This portfolio includes a range of sponsored projects and donor collaboratives as well as advisory engagements, research and publications. She also leads the Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems initiative that encourages funders to place longer-term, more adaptive resources with grantees who are tackling systemic challenges from the local to the global level. Heather serves as an adjunct professor at the China Global Philanthropy Institute and frequently publishes on philanthropy. Heather’s approach to this work has been shaped in part by two decades living and working in countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, managing development and humanitarian programs focused on a range of themes including livelihoods, environment, agriculture, health and education, and gender equality. Heather was previously a vice president for Foundation Initiatives at The Rockefeller Foundation where she oversaw an annual grantmaking budget averaging $65 million. Prior to that, she served as the managing director of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, a decade-long partnership between Columbia University, The Aspen Institute, and the International Council on Human Rights Policy founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. During this period, she also served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Marcos Athias Neto joined UNDP in February 2013 and has since led UNDP’s global work on private sector development and foundations, first at UNDP’s headquarters in New York and then, from November 2014, as head of the Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD). In April 2019, Marcos returned to New York to lead the establishment and management of UNDP’s new Finance Sector Hub. Marcos led the development of UNDP’s new private sector strategy and its offers on SDG Finance. He co-chairs the executive boards of the Business Call To Action and the Connecting Business Initiative. Apart from his role at UNDP, Marcos also serves on the Supervisory Boards of CARE International and the Museum of Tomorrow International. Over the past 25 years, Marcos has been a leader in sustainable development, poverty eradication and multi-stakeholder partnership building. He is a passionate advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to joining UNDP, Marcos spent 17 years at CARE International. During his tenure at CARE International, Marcos served in numerous roles including Regional Manager for Asia and Latin America at CARE UK, Executive Director of CARE Brasil, and Program Director in Central America.
In May 2021, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Martin Griffiths of the United Kingdom as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Mr. Griffiths brings extensive leadership experience in humanitarian affairs at headquarters and country levels, both strategically and operationally, as well as senior level experience in international conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation, most recently as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen (since 2018), a position he will continue to serve until a transition has been announced. Mr. Griffiths served as Adviser to three Special Envoys of the Secretary‑General for Syria and Deputy Head of the United Nations Supervision Mission in the Syrian Arab Republic (UNSMIS) (2012-2014). He was the first Executive Director of the European Institute of Peace (2014-2018) and founding Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva (1999-2010), where he specialized in developing political dialogue between Governments and insurgents in a range of countries across Asia, Africa and Europe.
David Miliband is President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he oversees the agency’s humanitarian relief operations in more than 40 war-affected countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs in over 20 United States cities. From 2007 to 2010, Miliband was the 74th Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, driving advancements in human rights and representing the U.K. throughout the world. In 2006, as Secretary of State for the Environment, he pioneered the world’s first legally binding emissions reduction requirements. He was Member of Parliament for South Shields from 2001 to 2013. His accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former President Bill Clinton's words, as "one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time," and as an effective and passionate advocate for the world's uprooted and poor people. Miliband’s parents fled to Britain from continental Europe during World War II and its aftermath. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal commitment to the IRC's work. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Louise Shackelton, and their two sons.
Harald Nusser is heading Global Patient Solutions at Gilead Sciences, a team which is responsible for the leadership of the Gilead portfolio in more than 120 countries in Central America & Caribbean, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Africa as well as India & South East Asia. Access to and affordability of medicines is a priority for this unit. Besides, Harald is a Global Ambassador of the G20 Health & Development Partnership. Until spring 2021, Harald led Novartis Social Business. In that capacity he was recognized by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship as a Corporate Social Intrapreneur of the Year 2019. Harald served on the Board of the UNITAR hosted Defeat-NCD Partnership in its inaugural year. Prior to his engagement with Novartis, he has been leading the Bayer Healthcare Business in 48 LMICs in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Harald holds a PhD in Mathematics of the Free University of Berlin and an Executive MBA from Bradford University, UK.
Stephanie Beasley is a Senior Reporter at Devex, where she covers global philanthropy with a focus on regulations and policy. She is an alumna of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Oberlin College and has a background in Latin American studies. She previously covered transportation security at POLITICO.
Amruta Byatnal is an Associate Editor at Devex based in New Delhi. She reports on global health, gender and human rights. Previously, she worked for News Deeply and The Hindu. She is a graduate of Cornell University where she studied international development.
Rumbi Chakamba is an Associate Editor at Devex based in Botswana, who has worked with regional and international publications including News Deeply, The Zambezian, Outriders Network, and Global Sisters Report. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of South Africa.
Deborah Charles is a veteran foreign and White House correspondent overseeing the global news operation at Devex, She spent more than two decades with Reuters covering coups, wars and the plight of refugees across four continents. Prior to joining Devex, she consulted for the World Bank and worked as an editor at the US State Department.
Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Catherine also works for the Solutions Journalism Network, a non profit that trains and connects reporters to cover responses to problems.
Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.
Sara Jerving is a Global Health Reporter based in Nairobi. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vice News, and Bloomberg News, among others. Sara holds a master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Lorana Sullivan fellow. She was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists in 2018, part of a Vice News Tonight on HBO team that received an Emmy nomination in 2018 and received the Philip Greer Memorial Award from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2014. She has reported from over a dozen countries.
Raj Kumar is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.
Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.
Rebecca Root is a Reporter and Editorial Associate at Devex producing news stories, video, and podcasts as well as partnership content. She has a background in finance, travel, and global development journalism and has written for a variety of publications while living and working in New York, London, and Barcelona.
Adva Saldinger is a Senior Reporter at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.
Teresa Welsh is a Senior Reporter at Devex. She has reported from more than 10 countries and is currently based in Washington, D.C. Her coverage focuses on Latin America; U.S. foreign assistance policy; fragile states; food systems and nutrition; and refugees and migration. Prior to joining Devex, Teresa worked at McClatchy's Washington Bureau and covered foreign affairs for U.S. News and World Report. She was a reporter in Colombia, where she previously lived teaching English. Teresa earned bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin.
Kate Warren brings two decades of global development and digital media experience to cover and shape the important conversations driving the Sustainable Development Goals. In her role as EVP and Executive Editor, Kate leads Devex’s special coverage including news events, Devex Pro, and other editorial initiatives tied to key moments on the global development calendar. Kate is a frequent speaker and author on human capital, talent, leadership, skills development and career trends in the social impact and global development space.