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DEVEX WORLD 2018

June 12, 2018. Washington, D.C.

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The global development event of the future, Devex World is a full day of inspiring, interactive, collaborative sessions with one focus: you. Take your pick from over 30 workshops, expert interactives, multimedia & hands-on experiences, and main stage conversations with leaders driving this future.

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  • Mark Dybul, Director of the Center for Global Health and Quality, Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Deena Buford, Global Medical Director, ExxonMobil
  • Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Fichandler Theater
Showcasing transformative leaders (big names and new faces) developing radically new tools that will shape the way all of us work
  • Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
  • Shivani Siroya, Founder and CEO, Tala
  • Jaha Dukureh, Founder, Safe Hands for Girls
  • Miguel McKelvey, Co-Founder and Chief Culture Officer, WeWork
  • Kami Dar, Executive Vice President and Founder
  • Maury Blackman, President and CEO, Premise Data
  • Adva Saldinger, Associate Editor, Devex
  • Ray Washburne, President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Cargill
  • Nadia Naviwala, Devex Special Correspondent
  • Rula Ghani, First Lady of Afghanistan
  • Raquel Alcega, Manager, Development Data, Devex
Innovation Zone & Tech Lab
Kogod Cradle
Vox’s Displaced Podcast is going live from Devex World! Join hosts Ravi Gurumurthy and Grant Gordon for an intimate conversation and live recording with a special guest to discuss the most innovative ways to respond to global crises.
Kreeger Theater
Innovation — It’s the most overused word. But scale adds a new dimension that changes the whole idea. Delivering real, measurable change to people in need today by the millions is no buzzword — it’s the future of global development and a necessity if we’re to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. With a special focus on the challenge of scaling up humanitarian response in a moment of unprecedented crisis and displacement, we’ll uncover the opportunities for your mission.
  • Sara Jerving, East Africa Correspondent, Devex
  • Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of the Red Cross
  • Nathaniel Raymond, Director, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Alex Thier, Executive Director, Overseas Development Institute
  • Gargee Ghosh, Director of Development Policy and Finance, Gates Foundation
  • Pete Troilo, Director, Global Advisory and Analysis, Devex
Rehearsal Room
Empathy is the undervalued stock of innovation. When we practice empathy, we are more inclusive of the diversity we strive for. That integration is how innovative ideas and solutions are formed. Through this workshop, you will be empowered with tools to break the mold of stale routine methodologies and learn to make new connections.
  • Saleema Vellani, Co-Founder and COO, Innovazing
  • Rachel An, Mavasive Leadership Institute Faculty Member
Innovation Zone
Storytelling
  • Nice Nailantei Leng'ete, FGM Activist (Johnson & Johnson Fellow)
In traditional Maasai culture, to be considered a woman, girls between the ages of eight and 12 are expected to go through female genital mutilation/cutting. Once they are cut, girls are expected to leave school, get married and start having children of their own. Through culture change, led by Maasai communities themselves, these harmful practices are beginning to change. Alternative Rites of Passage for girls are replacing female genital mutilation/cutting and child marriage. More and more girls are continuing their education instead of getting married. Change is happening through involvement with the whole community – elders, girls, boys, men, women. Since 2009, in my work with Amref Health Africa, more than 16,000 girls in Kenya and Tanzania have gone through Alternative Rites of Passage without female genital mutilation/cutting.
Tech Lab
Data Revolution
  • Christoph Aubrecht, European Space Agency Representative to the World Bank, Senior Geospatial Strategist
Data is increasingly being recognized at the heart of addressing sustainable development challenges and as foundation of development policy and effective program implementation. Satellite Earth Observation provides an unbiased, consistent and timely perspective that can inform data-driven decision-making. Recent advances in Earth Observation technology and analytical capabilities push the boundaries of development challenges to be addressed at scale. The European Copernicus program and its fleet of Sentinel satellites contribute to these developments providing free and open data at unprecedented scale. Collaborative action and capacity building are key to mainstream these innovations into development operations which the European Space Agency spearheads through its partnership with International Financial Institutions.
Innovation Zone
New Funding Models
  • Alexis Bonnell,, Acting Director, Office of Engagement and Communications, USAID
Development is changing fast, and we want to know how that will affect those of us working in the sector. Through a survey of more than 2,000 development professionals conducted earlier this year, Devex, DAI and USAID hope to shed light some of those changes - particularly what are the skills and expertise the next generation of development professionals will need to succeed. Alexis Bonnell will give an early look at some of the results and insights of the survey prior to the full report launch later this month.
Tech Lab
Storytelling
  • Ntokozo Zakwe, DREAMS Ambassador (Johnson & Johnson Fellow)
Women account for more than half the number of people living with HIV worldwide. Young women (10-24 years old) are twice as likely to acquire HIV as young men the same age. HIV disproportionately affects women and adolescent girls because of vulnerabilities created by unequal cultural, social and economic status. This Talk will discuss how an initiative supported by the US Government and other stakeholders providing a holistic approach to addressing issues affecting young women saw about a change in the lives of Girls in Africa.
Innovation Zone
Business
  • Nayab Ahmad,, Barakat Bundle (Johnson & Johnson Fellow)
Every year almost 5 million infants die and almost 300 thousand women die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Barakat Bundle's life-saving care and education bundles are designed to address the major barriers to care and reduce preventable infant and maternal mortality. Learn how Barakat Bundle has co-created our bundles with local community members including mothers, fathers, and healthcare workers in India and has taken a financially sustainable approach to our work to ensure that every newborn and every mother have an equal access to a healthy start.
Tech Lab
New Funding Models
  • Richard Lackey, Founder & CEO of The World Food Bank
Across the globe, more than 800 million people are food insecure. The challenge of hunger and malnutrition is epic and cannot be solved by government and philanthropic aid alone. It is essential that the private sector step up to the plate now, alongside governments and NGOs, to become part of the solution. In 2015, Richard Lackey founded The World Food Bank to provide both a new model for governing global food systems and a collaborative, innovative finance platform that catalyzes the investment of much-needed private capital into global food security. The World Food Bank’s mission is to revolutionize and bring efficiencies to global agricultural systems by empowering family farmers with the right tools, mobilizing private investments into global agriculture in order to produce great social returns and financial returns for investors, and, ultimately, ending hunger.
Fichandler Theater
In a moment when progress is so often blocked by politics, don’t “communicate” at me. Tell me a story. Make it an inclusive narrative that can get us past politicization to action. With a deep dive on what’s possible in the education sector, we’ll consider a way forward that’s not about communications plans or social media strategies but coalitions, community activism, and, ultimately, building a movement.
  • Sophie Edwards, Reporter, Devex
  • Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-Founder, Teach for All
  • Amel Karboul, CEO, Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East
  • Kevin Bleyer, Best-Selling Author and Speechwriter
  • Kate Midden, Engagement Editor, Devex
  • Paul O’Brien, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Oxfam America
  • Alex Cabaret, Associate Director, Partnerships, Devex
Naveen Rao, Lead, MSD for Mothers
Powered by MSD for Mothers
Attendance to this roundtable conversation is by invitation only. For inquiries, please email events@devex.com
Innovation Zone
Data Revolution
  • Chris Watson, Business Development Manager, Premise Data
Tech Lab
Innovating at Scale
  • Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainaility and Social Impact Officer, HP
We are on the cusp of a global manufacturing revolution that will fundamentally change how we conceive, design, produce, distribute, and consume nearly everything. The 4th Industrial Revolution is being driven by a suite of new and disruptive technologies, including 3D printing. Nate Hurst, HP’s Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, will look into the future as he shares how 3D printing at production scale is poised to help drive both a 4th Industrial Revolution and sustainability revolution, and what this means for global development.
Innovation Zone
Innovating at Scale
  • Daniela Terminel, CEO of Global Health Corps
What if the key to innovating at scale is less fast and furious and more slow and steady? Less individual breakthroughs and more collective action? Less silver bullet and more perseverance through the unsexy middle? To solve systemic global development challenges, we first need to rewrite the rules of innovation. This belief is at the heart of the work Daniela Terminal is doing as CEO of Global Health Corps, a movement of nearly 1000 bold young health equity leaders. In this flash talk, Daniela will share stories and insights from her decade of experience overseeing global teams working to change the world.
Kogod Cradle
Powered by Pact
Participant Media, the leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires social awareness and engaging audiences to participate in positive social change, proudly presents a selection from the upcoming award-winning documentary KAILASH, followed by a conversation – featuring Sarah Anthony, the film’s producer, Holly Gordon, Chief Impact Officer at Participant Media and Anjali Kochar, Executive Director of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation – on the power of storytelling to connect with and inspire audiences – from individual citizens to the world’s foremost business leaders and policy makers. Tied to the release of the film, Participant Media will work with The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation and other partners in launching a global campaign aimed at increasing the reach of Kailash’s work, as well as to inspire and equip global changemakers to ensure that all children are free, safe and educated.
  • Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
  • Holly Gordon, Chief Impact Officer, Participant Media
  • Karen Hayes, Vice President, Mines for Markets, Pact
  • Anjali Kochar, Executive Director, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
Kreeger Theater
Sensors, imagery, frontline worker inputs, and end-user behavior data is becoming cheap and ubiquitous. We’re drowning in data, and there’s still a tidal wave yet to come — especially from the frontlines. How can we use data to drive results? We’ll consider how a data revolution — if we lead it — can make even the toughest global development challenges tractable.
  • Catherine Cheney, Senior West Coast Correspondent, Devex
  • Ebele Okobi, Head of Public Policy, Africa, Facebook
  • Neal Myrick, Global Head of Tableau Foundation
  • Lisha McCormick, COO, Last Mile Health
  • Paul Weisenfeld, Executive Vice President, International Development, RTI
  • Toyin Saraki, Founder-President, Wellbeing Foundation Africa
  • Helen Morgan, Associate Editor, Devex
  • Neelima Grover, CEO/Founder, The QED Group
  • Arnau Rovira, Operations Lead, Development Data
Innovation Zone
Business
  • Jade Benoit, Sales Force Effectiveness and Account Management Team Lead, US Brands, Pfizer Essential Health Todd Wagner, Managing Director, Eliquis Healthcare Professional Marketing, Pfizer Innovative Health
Working as a Global Health Team, Pfizer colleagues volunteered with Doctors for You, an India-based medical humanitarian non-profit organization, to share skills and hone business expertise to grow its offerings and support delivery of healthcare services to underserved communities. This FlashTalk will focus on real world examples of skills-based volunteering and the benefits of these unique partnerships.
Tech Lab
New Funding Models
  • Ariana Fowler, Impact Analyst, ConsenSys Social Impact
Blockchain has become quite the buzzword in the past few months, breaking out of the fintech space and spreading to every industry. Particularly as it relates to international development, commonly referred to in the space as "social impact", blockchain remains a bit abstract and distant. ConsenSys' Ariana Fowler will help to break down the technology, dispel some of the most common myths, and describe what it means for those dedicated to solving global challenges.
Innovation Zone
Innovating at Scale
  • Doug Stropes, Deputy Division Director, Humanitarian Policy and Global Engagement Division, USAID
Humanity, neutrality, impartiality, independence. The humanitarian principles are what grounds humanitarian actors. But what grounds the private sector? Balance sheets and shareholders? In reality, the private sector has a wide array of incentives to engage in humanitarian work, and there's significant shared value with traditional humanitarians at all levels - local, national, and global. From philanthropy to continuity of operations and employee safety, core corporate financial, environmental, and social interests are at stake pre- and post-disaster. With the frequency, scale, and funding needs for responses to disasters and crises increasing, there is a need for engagement with the private sector. Businesses have often been viewed merely as suppliers of goods and services, and occasionally small-scale donors through corporate social responsibility programs. Over the past decade, the private sector has increasingly been recognized as a major stakeholder in multiple areas of humanitarian response. At USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), we are moving beyond traditional private sector partnership models and are looking for ways to co-create sustainable solutions to mutual problems. OFDA sees innovation as one channel to convene, produce and enable meaningful and effective private sector engagement opportunities in humanitarian assistance. Through its Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge, OFDA has set out to pilot, test, and scale innovative solutions to the world’s most difficult humanitarian challenges in conflict. Central to this program is engagement with the private sector, which can contribute valuable technical expertise, new solutions, risk management, and access to networks and data - just to name a few. By consulting and engaging with companies around select issue areas that speak to core corporate interests, innovative solutions are more likely to reach scale, impact, and long-term sustainability. Furthermore, co-investments (both financial and non-financial) in innovation can serve to address mutual barriers to entry, build technical response capacity, enhance organizational operations, and translate lexicons, which all contribute to building long-term public-private engagement in order to save lives.
Tech Lab
Storytelling
  • Unami Jeremiah, Johnson & Johnson Fellow
Safety and dignity are basic human rights that have to be protected especially for young women because they are vulnerable to being abused. In Botswana where 2 out of 3 women will experience some form of Gender based violence in her lifetime, sexual harassment is one of them. For many young women it is difficult to report sexual harassment when it happens and instead remains a closed-door conversation with friends. Hence, we implemented Project Unbreakable BW as a campaign to sensitize and raise more awareness on sexual harassment as a form of gender-based violence. It was targeting young women in the University of Botswana. This project was founded to lobby for a more comprehensive sexual harassment policy implementation. Although policy alone does not deter the abuse, I believe in the power claiming one’s voice to speak up and speak out against this abuse.
Fichandler Theater
The intersection of business and global development is rich terrain. We’ll mine it together, with a special focus on what’s possible in global health. It might just turn out that getting to a big thing like universal health coverage is all about starting small and focusing on the consumer.
  • Jenny Lei Ravelo, Senior Reporter, Devex
  • Mark Dybul, Director of the Center for Global Health and Quality, Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Meg O’Brien, Managing Director, Global Cancer Treatment, American Cancer Society
  • Githinji Gitahi, Group Chief Executive Officer, Amref Health Africa
  • Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity
  • Karl Hoffman, President and CEO, PSI
  • John Hewko, CEO, Rotary International
  • Alan Robbins, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, Devex
Kogod Cradle
Powered by ExxonMobil Foundation
Over 1 billion women lack access to financial services due to economic and social barriers, time and mobility constraints, and discrimination in service provision. Financial services delivered digitally can address these barriers by providing women with safe and accessible channels. The Center for Global Development, ExxonMobil Foundation, and Women’s World Banking have formed a partnership to research and test the success of projects supporting women’s financial inclusion, with a focus on digital technologies, branchless banking, and business skills training. We’ll take a close look at what interventions work and core indicators for evaluating the impact of women’s economic empowerment projects.
  • Kevin Murphy, President, ExxonMobil Foundation
  • Mary Ellen Iskendarian, President and CEO, Women’s World Banking
  • Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Tech Lab
Data Revolution
  • Matt Wolf, Development Analyst, Devex
Powered by GHR Foundation
Development challenges are complex and interwoven, and cannot be solved in isolation. How might we design and build solutions that bridge the gaps between people, organizations, issues and beliefs to achieve better outcomes? In this fast-paced, hands-on workshop you’ll learn and apply the emerging practice of ‘bridging’ to a real-world challenge and walk away with actionable, human-centered problem solving techniques.
  • Luisa Covaria, OpenIDEO
  • Chris Berger, GHR Foundation
  • Sarah Gesiriech, USAID
Innovation Zone
Innovating at Scale
  • Jack Hisard, Executive Director of Mama Clinic (Johnson & Johnson Fellow)
Tech Lab
Data Revolution
  • Jeremy Hale, Global Development Manager, Digital Globe
Visualize how our world is built and changing over time with the first (and only) global building footprint extraction product that employs the most advanced high-resolution satellite imagery, artificial intelligence and cloud compute power available.
Innovation Zone
Data Revolution
  • Karol Boudreux, Women's Land Rights Director, Landesa
The land sector is tied in critical ways to many development objectives. Over the past decade practitioners and researchers have examined linkages between secure rights to land for women, men and communities and outcomes such as agricultural productivity, deforestation, conflict and women's empowerment. Land also plays an important role in the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda, as several Goals call on states to measure progress related to land documentation and/or perceptions of tenure security. This is important progress however, the land sector suffers from a significant data gap, which constrains our ability to develop targeted interventions to achieve development goals. This talk will briefly explore the state of our knowledge about land holding, identify why we have a major knowledge gap in this sector and what the implications of this gap are, and then highlight some exciting projects and activities that are helping expand our understanding of who owns, controls and uses the world's land.
Tech Lab
Innovating at Scale
  • Sandy Hwang, VP of Business Analytics and Development, Safe Water Network
Safe, clean drinking water is a basic human right, and yet billions around the world don’t have access, largely because it is difficult to walk the balance between maintaining financial viability of water treatment and offering affordable pricing to those who need it most. This flash talk will take the audience on Safe Water Network’s journey to achieve this goal at scale. We will share how we use our portfolio of 300+ stations – and growing – as a living lab, leveraging technological innovations from one part of the world (e.g. solar, ATMs, cloud-based data management systems), to bring safe and sustainable water access to 1M+ people living below the poverty line in Ghana and India.
Kreeger Theater
There’s a results revolution coming, and the way development is financed might never be the same. Call it pay-for-performance, development impact bonds, tiered funding, or blended finance. But one thing we should all call it? The future. We’ll talk to a band of leaders at the forefront of this revolution to find out what financial innovation might mean for solving the world’s toughest challenges - and when it’s coming.
  • Adva Saldinger, Associate Editor, Devex
  • Avnish Gungadurdoss, Managing Partner and Co-Foudner, Instiglio
  • Neil Buddy Shah, CEO and Co-Founder, IDinsight
  • Pam Foster, Chief Operating Officer, Co-Impact
  • Kanika Bahl, CEO, Evidence Action
  • Naveen Rao, Lead, MSD for Mothers
  • Alan Robbins, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, Devex
  • Eric Reading, Executive Vice President, Chemonics
  • Manola de Vos, Project Lead, Survey and Advisory Services
Innovation Zone
Business
  • Gib Bulloch, Independent Consultant, Writer, Speaker
Today, over half of the largest economies in the world are global businesses - controlled by the few, and impacting the many. Business clearly has the power to change the world - but what if we, as individuals, had the power to change the world of business? For over a decade, Gib Bulloch led a corporate "guerrilla movement" within one of the world's largest global consulting organisations. Plaudits, prizes and promotions followed. But success came at a price: It ultimately cost him his job, his health and perhaps even his sanity. But is it really so crazy to suggest that business has a role to play in solving the challenges of global development? Or to believe that the SDGs might actually be business opportunities in disguise? This talk is a call to action for all aspiring social intrapreneurs inside large organisations, to find your purpose even if to others, it may seem like you’ve lost your mind.
Tech Lab
Storytelling
  • Maimuna Ahmad, Founder and CEO, Teach for Bangladesh
Innovation Zone
Innovating at Scale
  • David Milestone, Acting Director, USAID Bureau for Global Health's Center for Innovation and Impact (CII)
Design has the potential to address a number of challenges that are critical to achieving the SDG’s. However, the global health community needs to work together to mainstream its use to unlock this opportunity. With this in mind, USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation convened a cross-section of design service firms, funders, and program implementers to discuss challenges and design a collective path forward. Since then, we have co-created a set of public goods to provide practical guidance and a vision for design in global health. This talk will describe this journey, public goods, and provide details on the upcoming launch of this work in late June.
Tech Lab
Business
  • Taylor Quinn, Emerging Markets Director, JUST
Today in Liberia, moms can now afford to buy nutritious delicious food in their local markets. JUST has built a model that’s owned and operated by Liberian small businesses, who are producing a line of fortified cassava-based porridge that is sold to school feeding programs, hospitals, and in open-air markets - cheaper than the cheapest Liberian food.
Fichandler Theater
How some of the most prominent leaders, companies, and organizations are driving a whole new approach to development.
  • Carine Umuhumuza, Associate Director for Communications, Devex
  • Malcolm Gladwell, Author
  • Sema Sgaier, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Surgo Foundation
  • Mala Gaonkar, Co-Founder, Surgo Foundation
  • Caroline Roan, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Pfizer
  • Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
  • Jude Nwokike, Senior Director, Promoting the Quality of Medicines Program, USP
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization
Closing Performance by Grammy award-winning artist, Thelma Houston
Terrace
  • Kate Warren, Executive Vice President, Devex
  • Katja Iversen, CEO, Women Deliver
  • Nice Leng'ete, JJ Fellow

Throughout the day:

Flash Talks

Gather for 10-minute “FlashTalks” from key voices in our community from stages located in both the Innovation Zone and Tech Lab.

Tech Lab

Roll-up your sleeves and get your hands on the latest tech, alongside your fellow development gearheads in the Tech Lab. This zone of the conference is sponsored by the satellite company DigitalGlobe and the visualization software company Tableau - both of whom will offer demonstrations of their technologies for humanitarian and development efforts. You’ll also get to check out VR experiences by Facebook’s virtual reality business Oculus and, taste test fortified porridge from JUST, a food tech startup making waves in Liberia, and learn more from Consensys about how blockchain technology can impact our work in global development.

Innovation Zone

Mingle and chat in the grand lobby Innovation Zone while taking an up-close look (and maybe even a tweetable pic) at the latest innovations from our partners Cargill, Pfizer, United States Pharmacopeia, and Premise.

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