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.
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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.
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
With Motown Records, Thelma claimed the top of the Pop, R&B and Dance charts with her high-powered rendition of “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” That Gold Record classic gave Thelma the distinction of being the first solo female artist at Motown to win the Grammy Award for “Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.” Thelma’s 23rd album, “A Woman’s Touch”, was released recently.
Special guest performer
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
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 Afghan 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
Pam serves as Chief Operating Officer of Co-Impact, a global philanthropic collaborative focused on systems change efforts aiming to improve the lives of millions of people in developing countries by advancing education, improving people’s health, and providing economic opportunity so that all families, no matter where they live, have a more hopeful future. In that role, Pam provides strategic operations leadership including in the areas of finance and reporting; human resources; strategy; monitoring, learning and evaluation; media and communications; grants management; governance and compliance; and information technology.
Chief Operating Officer,Co-Impact
Nathaniel Raymond is the founding Director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has 18 years of experience as a humanitarian aid worker and human rights investigator. Raymond was formerly director of operations for the George Clooney-founded Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) at HHI.
Director, Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Dr. Githinji Gitahi
Dr Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa on June 1, 2015. Until his appointment at Amref Health Africa, Dr Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International, where he successfully established partnerships for long-term sustainability with various African governments. Prior to that he worked with the Nation Media Group, where he was the Managing Director for Monitor Publications in Uganda as well as General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa. He also held progressively senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline, Avenue Group and the insurance industry.
Dr. Githinji Gitahi
Group Chief Executive Officer, Amref Health Africa
Dr. Amel Karboul
H.E Dr. Amel Karboul is CEO of the Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East and Commissioner of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (The Education Commission). Dr. Karboul is a social entrepreneur, chairwoman, author and politician. She is passionate about nurturing a new generation of responsible leaders and building bridges between the private, public sector and civil society to solve today’s global challenges.
Dr. Amel Karboul
CEO, Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East
Executive Vice President Eric Reading joined Chemonics in 1994. He has served in leadership roles such as senior vice president, as well as chief of party and technical advisor for institutional strengthening programs in both Kosovo and Egypt. Mr. Reading’s development technical experience includes governance, infrastructure, economic development, financial services, agriculture, and post-conflict recovery. In addition to overseeing the implementation of Chemonics development and transition work globally, he leads Chemonics’ internal systems strengthening. Mr. Reading holds an M.A. from Florida State University and is a PhD candidate in Governance and Globalization at Virginia Tech.
Executive Vice President, Chemonics
Kanika Bahl is CEO of Evidence Action, a nonprofit organization which measurably reduces the burden of poverty globally by scaling proven solutions backed by rigorous evidence. The organization reaches over 200 million people in Asia and Africa through its Deworm the World and Dispensers for Safe Water program. Previously, Kanika served as Managing Director at Results for Development (R4D), where she established and led the Market Dynamics practice. Kanika received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her BA in Mathematical Economics from Rice University.
CEO, Evidence Action
Jude is Senior Director of Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM), a program financed by USAID and implemented by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) to expand access to quality priority medicines in LMICs by strengthening national medicines regulatory authorities and quality assurance systems, and supporting good manufacturing practices. In a 20-year career spanning the FDA, pharmaceutical industry, and nonprofit organizations, he has advised senior government officials in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on pharmaceutical policy and designed interventions to improve regulatory systems and pharmacovigilance for positive health outcomes.
Senior Director, Promoting the Quality of Medicines program, USP
Katja Iversen is the CEO of Women Deliver – a leading global advocate for investment in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women, with a specific focus on maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Iversen, an internationally recognized expert on development, advocacy and communications, has more than 20 years of experience working in NGOs, corporates and United Nation agencies. Previously, she held the position as Chief of Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy with UNICEF, a position she came to after almost six years of leading the team responsible for advocacy and communication on reproductive health and MDG 5 at UNFPA.
CEO, Women Deliver
Sheila leads the Bank Group’s efforts to build strategic relationships with foundations, philanthropists, parliamentarians, civil society and other key partners in support of World Bank Group’s mission to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. In this role Sheila oversees advocacy and corporate communications as well as government relations and legislative affairs in key donor countries.
Vice President for External and Corporate Relations, World Bank Group
John Hewko is the general secretary of Rotary International, one of the world’s largest service and humanitarian organizations, and of The Rotary Foundation. He oversees the operations of both entities and manages a combined operating budget of over $300 million and assets of more than $1 billion. Hewko also manages Rotary’s relationship with strategic partners and governments and leads a staff of almost 800 at Rotary’s world headquarters in Evanston, Illinois and in 7 offices outside the United States.
General Secretary of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation
Gargee Ghosh leads the international policy team as director of Development Policy & Finance. The team develops and funds innovative ideas to make finance more effective in solving the problems of extreme poverty around the world. It also oversees Gates Foundation relationships with multilateral development banks, aid policy bodies, and economic decision-makers in the developing world.
Director of Development Policy and Finance, Gates Foundation
Paul Weisenfeld is a senior executive with more than 20 years of experience in international development. He leads RTI’s international development practice, which designs and implements programs across a wide range of sectors to help low- and middle-income countries and communities address complex problems and improve the lives of their citizens.
Executive Vice President, International Development, RTI
Neal Myrick is director of social impact at Tableau, where he leads the company’s efforts in employee service and giving, community impact, and grantmaking. Within his role, he leads Tableau Foundation with a mission to encourage the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve world problems.
Director of Social Impact and Head of the Tableau Foundation
Anjali has worked on social justice issues for the past 24 years and is currently the Executive Director of the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation US. She’s worked with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights where she focused on child labor issues in India, supported the annual RFK Human Rights Award and served on the International Steering Committee for the Global March Against Child Labor.
Executive Director, Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation US
Dr. Naveen Rao
Dr. Naveen Rao has over three decades of experience in Global Health. As the Merck for Mothers Lead he is responsible for leveraging the company’s scientific and business expertise to accelerate progress in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and advancing Merck’s mission to improve and save lives. Prior to Merck for Mothers, Naveen held numerous leadership positions at Merck and was previously Head of Medical Affairs for Merck’s Asia-Pacific region and Managing Director of Merck’s subsidiary in India.
Dr. Naveen Rao
Lead, Merck for Mothers
Mayra Buvinic, an internationally recognized expert on gender and development and social development, is a Senior Fellow both at the Center for Global Development and the United Nations Foundation. Previously, she was Director for Gender and Development at the World Bank. She also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she headed the Social Development Division and was founding member and President of the International Center for Research on Women. She has a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Mary Ellen Iskenderian
Ms. Iskenderian joined Women’s World Banking in 2006 and leads the Women’s World Banking global team, based in New York and also serves as a member of the Investment Committee of its $50 million impact investment fund. Prior to Women’s World Banking, Ms. Iskenderian worked for 17 years at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. Before, she worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers. Ms. Iskenderian is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the Women’s Forum of New York and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.
Mary Ellen Iskenderian
President and CEO, Women's World Banking
Daniela Terminel is the CEO of Global Health Corps (GHC), which mobilizes the movement for health equity by building the next generation of health leaders. Before joining GHC, Daniela led the organization Endeavor through a period of expansion across five continents. She has also held executive roles in the private sector. Daniela was born and raised in Mexico City. She holds a BA in International Business from Universidad Anahuac Norte in Mexico City, and has completed executive leadership programs at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School, and Thunderbird School of Global Management.
CEO, Global Health Corps (GHC)
Elhadj As Sy
Elhadj As Sy is the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Prior to this role, Mr. Sy was UNICEF’s Director of Partnerships and Resource Development in New York. He has also served as UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa and Global Emergency Coordinator for the Horn of Africa, and held a number of senior roles with UNDP, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UNAIDS.
Elhadj As Sy
Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Ravi Gurumurthy is the chief innovation officer and head of the Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee. Prior to joining the IRC as vice president of strategy and innovation in 2013, Ravi spent 15 years in the government of the United Kingdom, holding a number of senior roles in social, environmental and foreign policy. From 2007 to 2010 he was the strategic advisor and speech writer to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, David Miliband. From 2010 to 2013, Ravi was the director of strategy and head of the Office of Climate Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Ravi began his career at the U.K. think tank, Demos.
Chief Innovation Officer, International Rescue Committee
Grant Gordon is a policymaker and political scientist who specializes in humanitarian intervention. He’s the director of innovation strategy of the Airbel Center at the IRC and has worked on humanitarian and development policy for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the U.N. Office of Humanitarian Coordination, the U.N. Refugee Agency, as well as the Rwandan government, the Open Society Justice Initiative and other organizations.
Director of Innovation Strategy, International Rescue Committee
Dr. Buford is currently the Global Medical Director of the Medicine and Occupational Health Department for Exxon Mobil Corporation. The department delivers services to over 80,000 Exxon Mobil and affiliate employees worldwide. In addition to traditional work-related occupational health services, their service portfolio includes emergency response, travel medicine, industrial hygiene, drug testing, infectious disease support and health promotion services delivered across a global network of over 90 clinics.
Global Medical Director, ExxonMobil
How do we create food systems that work for everyone, everywhere? That’s the question that guides Taylor’s work. He is dedicated to building systems where food is delicious, nutritious, affordable, and local. Leveraging his academic background as an anthropologist and practical background as a social entrepreneur, Taylor spends his days with farmers, food processors, government officials, and most importantly, people living in extreme poverty who are his target consumers. Taylor has developed and rolled out JUST’s first line of products in the complex business landscape of Liberia, and is now set to scale to other countries with massive malnutrition challenges.
Emerging Markets Director, JUST
As Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer for HP, Nate Hurst drives programs with a focus on the environment, society, and integrity that are aligned with HP’s business strategy. Nate leads a global team of experts focused on driving solutions in collaboration with non-profit organizations, governments, customers, and partners. His team reinvents sustainable solutions that address societal challenges in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, and the environment while utilizing HP’s technology.
Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer, HP
Mr. Dunlap is also a member of the broader Technology, Media & Telecommunications investment team at TPG, where he leads TPG’s efforts in growth-stage technology companies globally, with a focus on software / SaaS, FinTech, big data / analytics / IOT, education technology and cyber-security. Prior to TPG, he was at General Atlantic and JMI Equity, where he led growth-oriented investments in consumer internet, financial technology, enterprise software & SaaS, digital media & communications and financial services. Prior to General Atlantic, he worked in M&A at Morgan Stanley IBD in New York. Mr. Dunlap served as Co-Chair of the Social Investment Committee of Echoing Green.
Head of Technology Investing, The Rise Fund
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