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Devex Impact connects business and development around the practical information we all need to make an impact.

About Devex Impact

Devex Impact is a global initiative by Devex and USAID in partnership with top international organizations and private industry leaders. Here at the intersection of business and global development, companies, organizations and professionals connect to find the practical information they need to make an impact.

Where business and development intersect, opportunities abound.

There's a big opportunity in the developing world: a chance to do business successfully and improve lives. Companies get it. Development organizations get it. What's needed is the practical information to make it work. Devex Impact bridges the information gap: it's an online resource where companies, donors, recipient governments, implementers, NGOs, and professionals can get connected and stay informed.

In a word, join.

Whether you're involved in partnership development, supply chain sustainability, strategic corporate philanthropy or other related endeavors, we welcome you to join Devex and start connecting with Devex Impact now.

About Devex

Devex connects and informs the $200 billion global development community. More than 500,000 aid workers and development professionals and 1,000 donors, companies, and NGOs are Devex members. Founded at Harvard Kennedy School in 2000, Devex has 100 staff in four offices around the world.


USAID is an agency of the US government that implements development assistance programs and a global leader in public-private partnerships. Its Global Development Alliance (GDA) model is a market-based business approach to partnerships between the public and private sectors to address jointly defined business and development objectives. Since 2001, USAID has formed more than 1,000 alliances with over 3,000 distinct partners to leverage billions in combined public and private resources.

Meet the leaders of this global initiative.

The Devex Impact Strategic Advisory Council is comprised of leaders representing global corporations and international development organizations. These leaders – and the pioneering organizations they represent – provide the vision and expertise to ensure Devex Impact helps drive this new era in development.

In partnership

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Exxon Mobil
GAVI Alliance
The Global Fund
Thomson Reuters
World Vision

Meet the innovators driving change and opportunity.

At the busy intersection of development and business is the Devex Impact Strategic Advisory Council, a group of high-level global development organization principals and private business leaders representing key industry sectors. Annually, they meet to share information, lead global discussion and seek socially responsible development in emerging market regions.

The Devex Impact Strategic Advisory Council

Raj Kumar

President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex

Raj saw the world-shaping potential of Devex while a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School. He's been part of nine presidential campaigns, yet nothing instills more passion in Raj than the opportunity to change the world though social enterprise and new media. Part of President Clinton's national advance team, Raj later became Principal and Political Director at Penn, Schoen & Berland, the political strategy and polling firm that worked with Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Mike Bloomberg, Tony Blair, Bill Gates, and dozens of.
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Ricardo Michel

Director, Center for Transformational Partnerships, USAID

Ricardo Michel is the director of the Center for Transformational Partnerships in the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, responsible for the overall strategic direction to best use local and global public-private partnerships for accelerated sustainable development. Previously, Michel served as acting director for the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances, where he oversaw the agency’s efforts to find innovative solutions, including mobile technology and public-private partnerships, to address development challenges. Michel also served as the senior adviser for economic growth and trade in the Agency’s Bureau for Africa.
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Christoph Benn

Director of External Relations, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Christoph Benn joined the Global Fund in 2003 and is currently the Director of External Relations. He has been responsible for building and maintaining good relations to all Global Fund partners and mobilizing resources for the Global Fund almost since its creation in 2002, through the management of replenishment conferences and spearheading innovative approaches to resource mobilization including (Product) RED and Debt2Health.
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Rebecca Bryant

Assistant Director General, Sustainable Economic Development Branch, DFAT

From 2010-12, Rebecca was AusAID's Head of Office in Beijing, with responsibility for Australia's aid programs in China, Mongolia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. From 2008-10, she was Director Food Security and Rural Development, and from 2007-08 she was AusAID's Counsellor in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Rebecca was previously an adviser to the Victorian Premier. She has worked as a television journalist and a lawyer. Rebecca has bachelors degrees in law and international relations and a masters degree in anthropology.
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Trevor Davies

Global Head, Center of Excellence for International Development Assistance Services, KPMG

Trevor Davies has more than 23 years of experience working with Governments and development agencies. He leads KPMG's International Development Assistance Services Global Center of Excellence and works across the firm's global network of member firms. Trevor has worked closely with both the public and private sectors and has extensive experience working in developing countries, as well as being a member of KPMG's International Development Assistance Services Global Steering Committee.
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Timothy Docking

Lead, Emerging Markets Funding Group, IBM

Tim Docking is based in Washington, D.C. where he leads IBM's Emerging Markets Funding Group, a Public Sector business unit focused on the international development market in emerging economies worldwide. Before joining IBM Tim was the Executive Secretary and later, Senior Advisor to the CEO, at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (2004 – 08). Tim served as a White House Fellow, (2003 – 04) and has worked in the fields of U.S. foreign policy, international development and African affairs since 1989, when he began three years of service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali.
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Julie Felgar

Managing Director, Environment and Aviation Policy, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Julie Felgar is the managing director of Environment and Aviation Policy at Boeing Commercial Airlines. Prior to her current role Julie served as the Director of International Operations in Washington, DC., where she represented Boeing Company interests promoting commercial aircraft programs in the Americas and Asia. Previously, Julie was the senior manager of Government Relations and Licensing in Global Trade Controls. As such, she aided in shaping the export control regulatory environment.
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Rebecca Bryant

Lead, Business Engagement Hub, DFID

Laura is currently the Head of the UK Government's Department for International Development Business Engagement Hub. Her expertise is in trade and development and she has held a number of senior posts in government and non-government sectors covering a range of development issues. These include: leading the development of DFID's work on Emerging Powers; Cross-UK Government Afghanistan strategy development, and time as European Policy Director at ONE, the development advocacy and campaign organisation.
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Cate O'Kane

Director, Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy, PSI

Cate O'Kane is the Director of Corporate Partnerships & Philanthropy at PSI, headquartered in Washington DC. At PSI she leads the development of philanthropic, CSR and shared value partnerships, integrating the worlds of both purpose and profit to deliver win-win opportunities across sectors. Using a model focused on private sector efficiencies, PSI works across 70 countries to make it easier for women and their families to access the health care and services they need. Prior to joining PSI in DC, Cate was the Technical Services Director at PSI/Botswana where she led the platform’s marketing, communications and research programs across a multitude of HIV/AIDS interventions. She spent 16 years working in Europe and Asia, most recently as the Director of JWT's North East Asia team, expanding market share for companies in this dynamic region.
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Donald Peele

Vice President, International Operations, Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting

Donald Peele is Vice President of International Operations for the Government business of Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting. With Thomson Reuters since 2005 and based in Washington, DC, he is responsible for the group that develops and markets land management, valuation, and tax solutions to international governments. Prior to this role, he ran the Risk & Compliance business for Thomson Reuters Latin America as well as Corporate Development for Thomson Reuters Latin America and Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting.
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Jonathan Papoulidis

Executive Advisor on Fragile States
World Vision United States

Jonathan Papoulidis is World Vision’s Executive Advisor on Fragile States. In this role, he provides leadership on World Vision’s policy, programming and partnerships in fragile states, building collaborative relationships with leaders in the United States government, multilaterals, foundations, universities and corporations. Jonathan previously served with the United Nations, including as UN Special Advisor for Aceh, Indonesia. He worked for the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Liberia, and was senior UNOCHA representative in Turkey, preparing for the 2003 Iraq humanitarian response. Jonathan worked at UN headquarters in New York. He has a Master’s degree in International Relations from Cambridge University.
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Caroline T Roan

Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Pfizer Inc

Caroline Roan is Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Pfizer Inc, headquartered in New York. She is also President of The Pfizer Foundation. Caroline has direct oversight of Pfizer's Corporate Responsibility (CR) function, including stakeholder engagement, reporting, and the design of social investment strategies. During her tenure, Pfizer has refined its CR strategy to better support the company's evolving business priorities and communicate more effectively with investors and other stakeholders about how Pfizer integrates CR issues into its business practices.
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Jeffrey Rowland

Director, Private Sector Partnerships, GAVI

Jeffrey Rowland is Director of Private Sector Partnerships at GAVI. In this capacity, he leads corporate and foundation relationships for GAVI, a public-private partnership focused on providing life-saving vaccines to the world's poorest children. He draws on extensive experience from a career in public-private partnerships, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, communications, and new business development.
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Adrian Thomas

Vice President, Head of Market Access and Global Public Health, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Thomas leads the Market Access, Commercial Strategy Operations and Global Public Health groups within the Global Commercial Strategy Organization that supports Janssen, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson. Adrian has functional responsibility for Health Economics, Pharmaceutical Global Pricing, Patient Reported Outcomes, Global Medical Affairs, Public Health & Access Policy and Strategic Analytics & Commercial Insights. He has held numerous roles including Global Head of Benefit Risk Management and Chief Safety Officer for the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, Global Safety Officer for Biologics and Head of Safety Surveillance & Epidemiology.
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Dr. Jane Thomason

Senior Global Advisor, International Social Policy, Abt Associates

Jane Thomason, CEO of Abt JTA and senior advisor, international social policy, Abt Associates, has extensive experience in the Asia-Pacific region, working in several countries and with the Asian Development Bank. She has led multi-country research studies, including Health Sector Reform in Asia and Private Sector Growth in the Health Sector in Asia, as well as a number of health impact assessments and PPP designs for resource-sector clients. She is frequently invited to assist global organizations to develop future strategies.
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Manager, Global Issues and Policy, Chevron

Thomas currently has responsibility for the management of the Global Issues and Policy group. In this role he manages employees in California, Washington DC, and Brussels, Belgium overseeing the management of emerging issues and external engagement with stakeholders in the policy arena. Before joining Chevron, Thomas was employed by the U.S. Department of State where he worked on international policy and development issues both in Washington, DC and via overseas assignments in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Central America.
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Bernard Yvetot

Vice President, International Strategy, Orange

Bernard Yvetot is currently Vice President of International Strategy, Orange Group Strategy and Development Division. With over twenty years of experience in the French Economy and Finance administration in Paris and abroad, he has a broad range of experience in multilateral negotiation on trade and investment promotion activities. He played a key role in the creation of the Invest in France Agency in 2001 where he was Executive Vice President until 2006.
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