DEVEX WORLD 2018
June 12, 2018. Washington, D.C.
MORE THAN A CONFERENCE, IT’S A BREATH OF FRESH INSIGHT.
Thinkers & doers, changemakers & expert practitioners will converge by the hundreds at The Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. on June 12, 2018. The second edition of this unique global development event, Devex World is a full day of inspiring, interactive, collaborative sessions with one focus: you.
We enter a future where new models reign. No sector, no function, no professional can afford to miss the data revolution or arrive late to innovations transforming lives at scale. This more global, dynamic, competitive ecosystem is brimming with possibility.
Devex World is not just about understanding this future. It’s about charting it for you, your organization, and the world. Tickets are limited - reserve your place now.
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Devex World will offer nearly 30 sessions designed for you, no matter which sector your work. Take your pick of workshops, plenaries and expert presentations and create your own unique learning experience.
Wendy is the CEO and Co-founder of Teach for All, a global network of partner organizations across 46 countries and six continents, cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure everyone has the chance to reach their true potential. She’s previously founded Tech For America an has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
CEO and Co-Founder of Teach for All
Dr. Tedros Adhanom
Dr. Tedros serves as the first African Director-General of World Health Organization. For the past three decades, he has transformed Ethiopia’s health system to expand quality care and access to tens of millions of Ethiopians, and helped key global actors like The Global Fund and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership operate with greater efficiency and effectiveness.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom
Director general of the World Health Organization
Miguel is the co-founder and chief culture officer of WeWork, the company redefining work and one of the most impactful private companies in the world today, valued at $20 billion. Miguel oversees diverse initiatives across the company, ensuring that WeWork’s foundational values are infused into all aspects of the company.
Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, WeWork
Malcolm has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996 and is the host of the podcast Revisionist History. He is the author of three New York Times best-sellers: “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” and “Outliers”; a collection of his New Yorker articles titled “What the Dog Saw,” and, most recently, “David and Goliath.” Previously, he worked at the Washington Post.
As the head of IMF, Christine has not only helped its member countries overcome the global financial crisis and give greater voice to emerging markets, but has expanded the work of the IMF to include critical areas like inequality, gender, and the environment. Before joining the IMF, she served in various minister roles in the French government, including as Finance and Economy Minister.
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Ebele has been called “the secretary of state of Facebook” for the African continent, in charge of helping Facebook balance questions of privacy, openness, and government concerns about security. Before joining Facebook, Ebele headed up global human rights at Yahoo, where she led efforts to address issues around privacy, free expression, and access.
Public Policy Director for Africa, Facebook
As Chief Impact Officer, Holly oversees all development and execution of Social Impact campaigns for Participant Media, further strengthening the company’s mission to create entertainment that compels and inspires social change. Before joining Participant, Gordon co-founded Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, named the #1 most Dynamic Social Initiative by Forbes Magazine in 2012.
Chief Impact Officer, Participant Media
Arif established The Abraaj Group in 2002 and has since then made it into one of the leading private equity firms in the world. He has over three decades of experience investing in companies and has led the group’s investment strategy, resulting in some of the most notable private equity transactions across growth markets over the last decade, efforts for which he received the Oslo Business for Peace Award.
Founder and Chief Executive, The Abraaj Group
Alex, formerly a senior official at USAID and the UN, joined ODI in January 2017 from Triple Helix, a consultancy firm which he founded to increase access to renewable energy in Africa and Asia. As the executive director of ODI he oversees the institute’s global efforts and ambitious agenda to influence policy and practice across the globe.
Executive Director, Overseas Development Institute
Kevin spent most of the last decade as a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which won him four Emmy awards and a Writers Guild Award. In 2013, he spent three months in Kyrgyzstan where he executive produced Central Asia’s first political satire news show. As a speechwriter, he’s contributed to many of the (funnier) speeches of President Barack Obama.
Best-selling author and speechwriter
Mala is a co-founder of Surgo Foundation, a non-profit 'action tank' focused on behavioral drivers impacting health and development. She’s also a trustee of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and a founding trustee of Ariadne Labs and The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Technology. She is a member of the advisory board of The Economist and is a trustee of The Paris Review Foundation and of the Tate.
Co-founder, Surgo Foundation
Forest is the founder and CEO of WPDI, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, and a member of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group. He is dedicated to cultivating youths’ artistic talents and is working closely with elementary school students to demonstrate the limitless power of the arts to express their voices.
Actor & founder of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative
Mark R. Dybul
Mark is a professor and the faculty co-director of the Center for Global Health and Quality at Georgetown University Medical Center. He served as Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and was an architect of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which he headed from 2006 to 2009.
Mark R. Dybul
Director of the Center for Global Health and Quality, Georgetown University Medical Center
Sema is the co-founder and executive director of Surgo Foundation, a non-profit 'action tank' focused on behavioral drivers impacting health and development. She works at the intersection of behavior, data, and technology to solve complex global development problems. Previously at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she led large-scale health programs in India and Africa.
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Surgo Foundation
Shivani is the founder and CEO of Tala, a data science company that is opening up financial access for underserved people in emerging markets. In 2016, Fast Company ranked Tala as one of its top 10 companies in Money, and Forbes named it one of the top 50 FinTech companies in the world. Prior to founding Tala, Shivani held positions in global health, microfinance, and investment banking, including with the UNPF.
Founder & CEO, Tala
Toyin Ojora Saraki
As founder and president of Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and Inaugural Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives, Her Excellency Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki is a Nigerian philanthropist with two decades of advocacy experience covering maternal, newborn and child health, gender-based discrimination and violence, and improving education, socio-economic empowerment and community livelihoods in Africa.
Toyin Ojora Saraki
Founder-President, Wellbeing Foundation Africa
Vikas is the chief executive of the Varkey Foundation, a family foundation improving global teacher capacity and promoting universal access to quality education. He has spearheaded the training of over 25,000 teachers and has pioneered an innovative technology platform to reach marginalized girls in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader for his work in education.
Chief Executive, Varkey Foundation
First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani has taken up the torch of amplifying the voices of Afghani women by using her position to elevate the voices of women in her adopted country. She also brings her insights on the challenges facing conflict-ridden countries struggling to support worthy lives during long-term displacement, having worked directly with many of Afghanistan's uprooted citizens.
First Lady of Afghanistan
As a survivor of FGM and child marriage herself, Jaha started Safe Hands for Girls after realizing that a survivor-led movement and support system was long overdue. At just 26 years old, she made the list of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world after having led a successful campaign to ban FGM in the Gambia.
Founder, Safe Hands for Girls
Caroline Roan is president of the Pfizer Foundation and oversees Pfizer’s corporate responsibility function, from stakeholder engagement and reporting, to the design of social investment strategies and skills-based volunteering initiatives. During her tenure, the Pfizer Foundation has refined its strategy to create innovative solutions to complex global health challenges.
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Pfizer
An epidemiologist who has worked in health facilities in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, Dr. O’Brien works closely with ministries of health and non-governmental organizations in lower-income countries to develop technical solutions to address barriers to high-quality treatment, including workforce development, access to medicines, laboratory strengthening, and service delivery.
Managing Director, Global Cancer Treatment
Neil Buddy Shah
Dr. Neil Buddy Shah is the CEO and co-founder of IDinsight, a client-service organization that helps developing country governments, NGOs and social businesses make socially impactful decisions by using rigorous evidence. Dr. Shah holds a B.A. from Harvard, an M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and an M.P.A.-International Development from Harvard.
Neil Buddy Shah
CEO and Co-Founder, IDinsight
Avnish Gungadurdoss leads and coordinates Instiglio’s global strategy and Results-Based Financing Practice, and provides technical direction in key projects. He also developed and now steers the Performance Management practice. Mr. Gungadurdoss formerly worked for MIT's Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), for the World Bank, and as a consultant to a DFID challenge fund.
Managing Partner and co-Founder, Instiglio
Lisha McCormick joined Last Mile Health in 2013 leading the team through a period of tremendous growth. Last Mile Health is now a nearly $10 million organization supporting the Government of Liberia to extend lifesaving healthcare to 1.2 million Liberians, and advocating globally for more inclusive health systems and health systems financing. Lisha has nearly 20 years of non-profit management experience and expertise in strategic partnerships and planning.
COO, Last Mile Health
Mr. Washburne is a Texas-based investor who has a long history of heading successful businesses. Over the course of his career, Mr. Washburne has served on the board and loan committees of several banks, infrastructure, construction, and manufacturing businesses. As a real estate investor, he acquired and developed a wide range of properties, from office buildings and warehouses to shopping centers and land developments.
President and CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD, is a Rwandan pediatrician and Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity. For 20 years, she contributed to reshaping the health sector in Rwanda through innovation and served in high-level government positions, including five years as Minister of Health.
Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity
Paul O'Brien is the Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at Oxfam America where he oversees our research, policy, advocacy, and campaigning work to influence the US government and US corporations. Before joining Oxfam in 2007, he lived in Afghanistan for five years where he worked in the office of the President and the Ministry of Finance as an advisor on aid coordination, development planning, and policy reform.
Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Oxfam America
Neelima Grover is the CEO and Founder of The QED Group, an Arlington-based consulting firm founded in 1998. Under her leadership, QED has grown into an internationally renowned organization known for its work in monitoring and evaluation, performance management and learning. Since its founding, QED has monitored more than $3.5 billion in programs in 96 countries, completed more than 500 program evaluations for 23 clients.
CEO/FOUNDER, THE QED GROUP
Devry Boughner Vorwerk
Spanning a tenure of nearly 12 years, Vorwerk led Cargill’s global government relations activities in Washington and Corporate Affairs for Latin America, which included management and oversight of government relations, communications, and corporate responsibility across the region; and, separately, served as Director of Cargill’s International Business Relations, specializing in its Asia Pacific trade and investment portfolio, which included short assignments living in India and China.
Devry Boughner Vorwerk
Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Cargill
Maury serves as President and CEO of Premise, a data and analytics technology company that empowers decision makers with “Ground Truth” sourced from its global network of contributors. Maury is passionate about the intersection of technology and public policy and has over 20 years of experience leading mission driven technology companies. In 2016, Ernst & Young named Maury 'Northern California’s Entrepreneur of the Year' – becoming the first Civic Tech entrepreneur to win the award.
President and CEO, Premise Data
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