A global macro investor for more than 50 years, Ray Dalio founded Bridgewater Associates and ran it for most of its 47 years, building it into the largest hedge fund in the world. His investment innovations changed the way global institutions approach investing and he has received several lifetime achievement awards. Today, Ray remains an investor and mentor at Bridgewater and serves on its board. He is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an active philanthropist.
Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1975, and transitioned full-time in 2008 to build the Gates Foundation’s work expanding opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged. As cochair, he shapes the Foundation’s strategic direction. For 20 years, he has worked on many development issues including pandemic prevention. At Gates Ventures, he pursues his work on Alzheimer’s research and other healthcare issues. At Breakthrough Energy, he is addressing climate change by supporting the next generation of innovators.
Cina Lawson is the Minister of Digital Economy and Digital Transformation of Togo. With over 17 years of experience and expertise in telecommunications policy and regulation, she leads Togo through a profound transition to an inclusive digital economy. Her transformative initiatives, namely strengthening data protection and cybersecurity, implementing biometric ID, digitizing public services and government-to-people payments, and accelerating the deployment of high-speed internet across the country, have laid a solid foundation for Togo's economic modernisation.
Deborah L. Birx, M.D., has spent her first career serving the United States, as an Army Colonel and later, running some of the most high-profile and influential programs at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of State. She is dedicated to program improvement and change management to increase the health impact of every dollar spent; she has spent a lifetime mentoring young women in the Federal Government and translating science into effective implementation.
Kristalina Georgieva is Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. Previously she served as CEO of the World Bank and Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, managing one of the largest humanitarian aid budgets. She serves on the Global Commission on Adaptation and the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing. In 2020, she received the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished International Leadership Award for exceptional and distinctive contributions during her public service career.
Kennedy Odede is one of Africa’s best-known community organizers and social entrepreneurs. In 2004, he earned $1 for ten hours of work, and saved 20 cents to buy a soccer ball to start Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). Today, SHOFCO impacts over 2.4 million urban slum dwellers in Kenya and is on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. He is the author of Find Me Unafraid: Love, Hope, and Loss in an African Slum.
Hosna Jalil is the former Deputy Minister of Policy and Plan at the Ministry of Women's Affairs of I.R. Afghanistan. Her portfolio was focused on ensuring women’s equal access to services & resources across the country, empowering & integrating women across all sectors and providing them a safe and healthy environment, and strengthening women’s role in peace & security. Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in Strategic Security Studies, focusing on counterterrorism and irregular warfare at the US National Defense University.
Makhtar Diop is the Managing Director of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a position he has held since March 2021. Previously, he was the World Bank’s Vice President for Infrastructure. Prior to that, Mr. Diop served for six years as the World Bank’s Vice President for Africa. An economist by training, he began his career in the banking sector before joining the IMF and then the World Bank. He was also Minister of Economy and Finance of Senegal.
Mark Malloch‐Brown is president of the Open Society Foundations. He has served as deputy secretary general of the United Nations under Kofi Annan; as head of the United Nations Development Programme; director of external affairs at the World Bank; and as a British government minister. He co-founded Crisis Group and chaired Best for Britain. He has led the boards of the Royal Africa Society, the UN Foundation, and the Business Commission for Sustainable Development.
Dr. Nkengasong leads, manages, and oversees the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in his role as the U.S. global AIDS coordinator and special representative for health diplomacy. Born in Cameroon, Nkengasong is the first person of African origin to hold this position. In 2017, he was appointed as the first director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Through his leadership, a framework for moving Africa CDC into a full autonomous health agency of the Africa Union was established.
Nidhi Sahni is a partner and head of Bridgespan's U.S. Advisory Services. She has worked on social issues advising philanthropists and nonprofits in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the U.S. Before joining Bridgespan in 2010 Nidhi worked with a private management consulting firm. She grew up in India and has engaged with grassroots feminist organizations over the years. She recently co-authored "Lighting the Way: A Report for Philanthropy on the Power and Promise of Feminist Movements."
Dr. Amadou A. Sall is CEO of Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal and director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fever. An expert virologist in epidemics response, he is chairman of both the Pasteur and Global Outbreak Alert and Response Networks. He is co-chair of the COVID-19 lab technical group of Africa CDC, and a member of CEPI Scientific Advisory Board and AFTCOR steering Committee and Senegalese Committee for COVID-19.
Indira Ahluwalia leads KAUR Strategies to enable authentic and transformative growth through advisory and coaching services. Previously, she founded Development & Training Services Inc., inculcating equality, accountability, and sustainability in 90 countries. She facilitated dTS’ acquisition by Palladium, where she remains a senior adviser. Recently, Indira founded the Coalition for Racial & Ethnic Equity in Development, which has launched a pledge to advance racial and ethnic diversity, equity, and belonging at U.S.-based organizations.
Jennifer Alcorn leads giving opportunities at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working with philanthropists to support their giving in a range of areas. She also leads Gates Philanthropy Partners, a public charity that allows donors to give alongside the foundation to support priority issues. Jennifer has worked across the foundation’s global policy, advocacy, and philanthropy portfolios. She graduated summa cum laude from Ursuline College, with a dual degree in history and historic preservation.
As Chief Executive Officer at Islamic Relief USA, Sharif oversees a dynamic team of executives committed to carry out IRUSA’s humanitarian programs in the areas of disaster response, international relief and development and domestic social services programs. Sharif is a subject-matter expert and frequent speaker on various topics in the humanitarian and development sector, including the intersection of faith and humanitarian relief and development.
Francesco Saverio Ambrogetti is the principal adviser on innovative and alternative finance for children at UNICEF. He formerly led the agency’s supporter engagement strategy, and he directed its marketing and fundraising in Italy. He also led innovative finance at the United Nations Capital Development Fund. Over 25 years, Francesco has helped raise billions of dollars for major agencies and NGOs. He is a professor at the University of Bologna, a frequent speaker at fundraising congresses, and the author of “Emotionraising” and “Hooked on a Feeling.”
Elizabeth champions PQMD’s commitment to advancing standards in medical donations by developing the vision, strategy, and execution of the organization’s five pillars of work. Formerly, she spent 17 years at the World Bank in senior level positions in the areas of private sector partnerships, global health, infectious disease, climate, education and results management. Elizabeth holds a MA in International Education from American University and a BSc in Communications and History from Ithaca College.
Monisha is the Associate Director of Health Initiatives at the U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC). Previously, she was a Senior Advisor for Market Access & Innovative Finance at the Center for Innovation & Impact (CII) in USAID’s Global Health Bureau. Previously, Monisha worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and World Bank. She holds an MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School and BAs in Economics and Public Health from the UC Berkeley.
Deborah leads the design and harmonization of global services for Worldreader to drive reader engagement in low-resourced communities. Her career has spanned refugee assistance with UNHCR, policy reform with the Abu Dhabi Government, running an edtech funding with the All Children Reading Grand Challenge and management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton. A believer in the power of collaboration and human-centered design, she is a development leader who guides organizations in achieving greater impact through innovation and partnerships.
Rukmini Banerji is the Chief Executive Officer of Pratham Education Foundation. Over the years, she has worked extensively in Pratham’s education programs in rural and urban areas including large scale partnerships with state governments in India, for improving children’s learning outcomes. Rukmini led Pratham’s research and assessment efforts including the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) exercise from 2005 to 2014. She was awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Development in 2021.
Stephanie Benedetto co-founded Queen of Raw, software to intelligently resell and recycle unused inventory. She previously worked as a lawyer in media, tech, and other industries and co-founded a sustainable textile manufacturing facility. An advocate for women in business and sustainability, Stephanie’s companies have been featured in NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and other outlets. She is a member of Pledge 1% and founding member of the New York Circular City Initiative and the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.
Hari is a proven sustainability expert driven by the belief that all types of capital can be deployed to achieve impact. Starting as a tropical marine conservationist, he later led the monitoring and evaluation function at Conservation International where he oversaw 150+ projects in 45 countries. In 2012, Hari founded EcoAdvisors to help clients grow the amount of capital flowing toward environmental impact, and EcoInvestors Capital, an emerging full-service Advisory and Investment Management firm.
Dr. Ben Bellows is co-founder and Chief Business Officer at Nivi, a digital health marketplace empowering individuals with referrals to pre-qualified, nearby products and services. Ben previously was a health researcher at the Population Council, conducting studies of performance-based financing, reproductive health vouchers, and primary health policies. His lifelong work covers user-facing information technologies, human rights, and reproductive health. Ben has published more than 50 peer reviewed manuscripts and holds a PhD in epidemiology.
Sarah Butterfield Bromma is Pinterest’s Head of Policy. Her team crafts policies for content, ads, and shopping to cultivate a positive and inspiring environment for Pinners. Prior to joining Pinterest in 2018, Sarah spent 13 years as an analyst and manager in the US intelligence community, where she supported national security policymakers. She has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree from Georgetown University. Sarah lives in the Bay Area with her husband, two spirited young daughters, and an aging Labradoodle.
Barbara Bulc is a social designer and the founder of Global Development and the non-profit collaboratory SDG Colab in Geneva, Switzerland. Her transdisciplinary practice focuses on design and research of alternative social structures for the well-being of people and the planet. She worked for over two decades in executive leadership roles in global diplomacy, business, public health, and international development with the Clinton Foundation, Global Business Coalition, and KRKA Pharmaceuticals in more than 30 countries.
As CEO, Shashi Buluswar leads GH Labs’ team of scientists, researchers, and global health experts to develop innovative tools and technologies that address unmet needs, especially in low-resource settings. For more than 25 years, Shashi has served as a scientist and business strategist to drive solutions that address poverty and disparities in health, water security, environmental protection, and energy access. Shashi holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Massachusetts, an MBA from Northwestern University, and a B.A. from Goshen College.
Amy Chen is the Chief Operating Officer of UPSIDE Foods — the first company focused on growing real meat directly from animal cells and has led the industry ever since. Amy leads global strategy and commercial functions, including sales and marketing, finance and operations, product development, food safety and public policy. Prior to joining UPSIDE Foods, Amy was Senior Vice-President for PepsiCo Beverages North America and Chief Marketing Officer for PepsiCo Snacks in the Greater China Region.
Before joining UNFPA, Mariarosa was the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Benetton Group, as well as President and CEO of Benetton’s UNHATE Foundation. She has extensively worked for Civil Society Organizations, including leading the movement of the Global March against Child Labour within the European Union. Mariarosa was a professor in International Law Cases in the Faculty of Law of the University of Milan-Bicocca and senior lecturer at the Catholic University of Milan, Faculties of Law and Political and Social Sciences.
Dr. Mariana Dahan is the Founder and CEO of the World Identity Network (WIN) Foundation, a nonprofit advocating for a self-sovereign identity platform that leverages exponential technologies, such as blockchain. Prior to launching WIN Foundation, Dr. Dahan created and led the Identification for Development global program at the World Bank. She currently serves as an Expert Member at the UNDESA, and is a Founding Member of the Global Blockchain Business Council.
Charles Dalton is a senior health specialist at the International Finance Corporation with 30 years of operational and strategic management experience in public, private, and health insurance settings. Charles is responsible for informing the IFC health investment strategy and program. He works with IFC offices and clients in the screening of potential investment opportunities and completes comprehensive evaluations of health sector investment. Since joining IFC in 2013, he has completed over 70 due diligence projects and 40 country system reviews.
Dr. Alex Dehgan is the CEO of Conservation X Labs, which harnesses frontier technologies to prevent the 6th Mass Extinction. Previously he served as Chief Scientist at USAID, creating the “DARPA for Development” and advancing science in service to diplomacy. Dr. Dehgan is the author of the book, The Snow Leopard Project, which describes his work creating Afghanistan’s first national park, which won the Gold 2020 Nautilus Book Prize.
Dante Disparte is the chief strategy officer and head of global policy at Circle. An entrepreneur and global risk expert, he founded Risk Cooperative and was a founding executive at the Diem Association. Dante belongs to the Council on Foreign Relations and a World Economic Forum digital currency consortium. He has advised the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and co-authored “Global Risk Agility and Decision Making.” He earned a B.A. at Goucher College and an M.S. at New York University, and graduated from a Harvard University leadership program.
Tim Docking, a Washington-based business executive with 20 years of emerging-market and public sector experience, is CEO at the Refugee Investment Network. Prior to RIN, he worked at the nexus of business, tech, and international development at IBM. Tim helped launch the Millennium Challenge Corporation and directed Africa research at a Washington think tank. He has testified before Congress, commented widely in the media, and helped form and implement policy as a White House fellow. Tim holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from Boston University.
Audrey Anderson Duckett is the Co-CEO of Be Girl, Inc., a social enterprise that is bringing premium-quality, sustainable menstrual protection to underserved emerging markets. As Co-CEO, Audrey directs strategy, fundraising, and organizational priorities to scale operations throughout Africa. Prior to Be Girl, Audrey worked in the public sector for NGOs including Mercy Corps and Plan International, where she managed global programs in gender, resilience, and adolescent girls’ development.
Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet has two decades of experience improving health care outcomes for vulnerable populations and transforming health care delivery at the front lines. As the lead and executive director at MSD for Mothers, Mary-Ann is responsible for successfully implementing a robust set of innovative maternal health programs and high-impact partnerships that integrate the private sector’s invention and expertise to design, deploy, and scale solutions that empower women, equip health providers, and strengthen health systems.
Chris Hale, founder and CEO of Kountable, a global B2B marketplace for sustainable trade with payments and credit built in, is an entrepreneur with a deep understanding of capital markets. Before Kountable, he built one of the fastest growing RIAs in the US to manage over $1B in assets and consulted to some of Silicon Valley's top tech startups innovating in the asset management and advisory spaces.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu is an Assistant Director General for the Division of Health Emergency Intelligence and Surveillance Systems in the Emergencies Programme of the WHO, leading the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence. Prior to this, Dr Ihekweazu was the first Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. He led the transformation of the agency to one of the leading national public health agencies in the world, working closely with the Africa Centre for Disease Control.
Benjamin Fels is the CEO of MACRO-EYES: venture-backed technology company reorienting supply chains to respond precisely to what comes next, rather than what already occurred – saving lives and slashing waste. MACRO-EYES technology works for corporations and governments across 10+ countries. Early in his career, Benjamin traded derivatives and managed teams that built and ran algorithmic trading systems. He has published on AI in the FT and lectured widely on AI for the real world.
Originally from Mexico, Marcela is a food entrepreneur with a background in Unilever, Quorn and Divine Chocolate. She has a Masters in Sustainability Leadership specializing in circular, regenerative agricultural models. She currently lives in the UK with her husband, daughter and two dogs who require a lot of walking in the beautiful Derbyshire peaks.
Bruce is founder & CEO of the Good Food Institute, a global nonprofit organization that works on alternative protein policy, science, and corporate engagement.
Jim is a serial tech and social entrepreneur, with deep experience in applying tech for good to advance entire fields in the social sector. Prior to founding Tech Matters, he was the founder/CEO of Benetech, delivering large-scale change in partnership with hundreds of organizations in a variety of fields. Jim is widely recognized for his social change work, including being selected as a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
C.D. Glin leads the social- and community-driven impact efforts for Pepsico Foundation, overseeing the foundation’s strategic direction and leading internal and external engagement around its three core pillars of creating equitable access to nutritious food, safe water, and economic opportunity. He previously served on the Foreign Assistance Agency Review Team for the 2008 Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and in 2011, was honored as a Champion of Change in Civic Engagement and International Service by the White House.
Eric Gordon is a professor of media art at Emerson College and the director of the Engagement Lab. He studies the contemporary transformation of cities through the invention and implementation of civic technologies. Eric’s work examines the mechanics of incorporating novel technologies and processes into governance structures. In addition to his research, Eric is a designer, with experience working all over the world co-creating engagement processes and civic games.
Ms. Siobhan Green is the Director of Digital and Data Governance and Transformation (DDGT) at DT Global. She has 25 years of experience assessing and designing data driven development and humanitarian programs, working with FCDO, UNHCR and other United Nations agencies, USAID, non-profits, for-profits, and various foundations. She also regularly presents and trains on topics including responsible data, data governance, appropriate digital technology in international development, sustainability and ownership issues, digital inclusion, and data ethics.
Avnish Gungadurdoss leads Instiglio’s global strategy and results-based financing practice, and he steers the performance management practice. He formerly worked for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and World Bank, and he was a consultant to a U.K. challenge fund. Avnish has a master’s in public administration for international development and a diploma in nonprofit performance management from Harvard University, as well as a B.A. from Dartmouth College. He was named an Echoing Green fellow and one of Forbes’ “30 under 30” social entrepreneurs.
Popularly known as the Clothing Man and the recipient of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay award, Anshu Gupta founded Goonj with a mission to highlight some basic but ignored needs of people on the development agenda, using clothing as a metaphor. His core philosophy is to value dignity and change the language and lenses of looking at people and issues with a subaltern approach while recognizing their traditional local knowledge, wisdom, and skills.
Dr. Richard Hatchett is CEO of CEPI, a private-public partnership working to create a world in which epidemics and pandemics are no longer a threat to humanity. CEPI has led on the development of COVID-19 vaccines and launched an innovative plan to prepare for future infectious disease threats. Hatchett previously served as Acting Director of the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) after serving as BARDA’s Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Director.
As Co-Founder & CEO of wearwell, Erin is working to change the fashion industry for good. wearwell is fixing how frustrating it is to shop for ethically and sustainably made clothes with a one-of-a-kind membership service through which you can easily discover and buy clothing that pays garment workers fairly and uses environmentally sustainable materials.
Michael Khoo is the co-founder of UpShift Strategies, a firm founded to help people and organizations develop strategies that breakthrough, make an impact, and create change. His work has focused on climate change disinformation, technology policy, women’s empowerment, reproductive health, environment and food issues, and international development.
Gour is a Zimbabwean born digital entrepreneur with a passion for mobile internet technology. He has led multiple early-stage internet businesses since 1996. His current venture, Datafree, focuses on addressing digital inclusion by enabling #datafree access to internet services. Datafree is a world-first SaaS (Software as a Service) offering that enables mobile data costs to be reverse billed. Datafree also developed the #datafree Moya super-app with over 6 million monthly active users in South Africa.
Justine Lucas is the Executive Director of Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation which focuses on climate resilience and climate justice in the Caribbean and United States. She is also currently a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Justine was the Global Director of Programs at Global Citizen & a Producer of the 2012 - 2015 Global Citizen Festivals. Justine has worked extensively on human rights issues in Cameroon & began her career at Safe Horizon.
Sarah Mak is a passionate entrepreneur driving change through real stories. She is the co-founder and CEO of Folktale, a technology platform with a mission to transform how global organizations approach storytelling in order to monitor, evaluate and communicate their ongoing impact. With a career spanning public health, global development, filmmaking and technology, she is shifting how communities, programs and donors connect their hearts and minds through the power of story.
Daniel F. Morris is currently a Senior Climate Change Specialist and Clean Energy Lead for the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and has spent nearly fifteen years working on the frontiers of policy, economics, and finance to build lasting solutions to the climate crisis. Daniel works with CIF partners to support innovative clean technology operations that can help developing countries get on the pathway to a zero-carbon economy.
Nuru Mugambi recently served as director with the Kenya Bankers Association and lead designer of the Kenya Green Bond Program. She has led banking industries in several countries towards adopting Sustainable Finance progressive practices and was one of the youngest women bankers awarded the Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Bankers designation in 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama recognized her as an emerging African leader and has received several other prestigious leadership awards.
Vongai Nyahunzvi is Chief Network Officer and Head of Region - Africa at Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations working to develop collective leadership to ensure all children can fulfill their potential. Vongai has held senior leadership positions across the corporate, government, and not-for-profit sectors for more than 20 years. She is known for her entrepreneurial approach and her passion for helping senior leaders think clearly, strategically, and practically.
Nick O’Donohoe joined CDC as its Chief Executive in June 2017 and is also a member of the CDC Board. He was previously a Senior Adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he specialized in the use of blended finance models to support the work of the Foundation. Prior to this role, Nick co-founded, with Sir Ronald Cohen, Big Society Capital (BSC). He served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2011 to 2015.
Yusuf Omar is Co-founder of Seen, a global video publisher with over 5 million followers. They’ve empowered over 20,000 people in 140 countries to make video stories with their phones. Yusuf is an award-winning journalist and Tedx speaker, previously at CNN International in London.
Camila Osorio is a pediatric clinical psychologist at Fundación Clínica Noel in Medellín, Colombia. She has worked as a psychosocial adviser for Smile Train since 2019, providing psychosocial care to families and patients impacted by clefts. She is passionate about advancing mental health for all patients, families, and communities, particularly those affected by clefts.
Job is the founder of StanLab Ltd, an education technology company that is leveraging immersive technology to build learning solutions to create access to quality education. Stanlab's 3D interactive, virtual laboratory application provides practical science education to students especially those who do not have access to traditional laboratories in lower-middle and low-income countries of Africa.
Gopi is the founder of The Blue Yonder, a pioneering and multiple award winning experiential travel company. With a two decade long experience in community based palliative care & disaster management, Gopi has repurposed his business to be an effective first responder in major disasters ranging from earthquake in Nepal to Floods in Kerala in the past fifteen years. Climate Resilient & Climate Responsible Destinations is his new focus area to bring together Tourism and Humanitarian sectors.
Tom Perry is the World Bank’s Communications lead for the Pacific region. Tom has worked for 15 years telling stories from across East-Asia and the Pacific, including four years in the Solomon Islands. Tom has previously worked for CARE International and for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in roles focused on content, storytelling, media and partnerships. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, photography and butchering the guitar.
Jumana Qamruddin co-leads the World Bank’s new investment with the Africa Centres for Disease Control on regional public health preparedness capacities. As part of WB’s pandemic response, Jumana was at the forefront of designing a US$12 billion framework for COVID-19 vaccination and forging a historic partnership with the African Union to close the vaccine access gap. Jumana also co-leads the Health Service Delivery Innovation global team and supports health and human capital portfolios in Africa.
Nithya Ramanathan is CEO and Co-Founder of Nexleaf Analytics, a tech non-profit partnering with countries to ensure they have the data needed to improve public health. Nithya brings over 20 years of experience as a computer scientist to the development of sensing and analytics applications. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Vaccine and Nature Climate Change.
Kavita N. Ramdas is a globally recognized advocate for gender equity and justice. She is an inspirational speaker and thought commentator on the challenges facing philanthropy and civil society as they seek to advance sustainable development and gender and racial equity. She leads a global grantmaking and advocacy program that supports the voice, power and agency of women and gender-nonconforming communities. She founded KNR Sisters, a consulting practice serving civil society movements and philanthropy.
Michelle Risinger is an award-winning innovation strategist, facilitator, and public-speaker. Her career began in the humanitarian space, then transitioned to international development where she was Director of Innovation at Pact, institutionalizing and managing a global innovation portfolio. She launched innovation strategy firm Rising Solutions in October 2020. Her new training unit, Rising Innovators, combines nearly a decade of research in creativity, neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral design to address innovation failures of the modern workplace.
Susan Rae Ross is the senior private sector engagement adviser for the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She engages with multinational, U.S., and local companies, financiers, investors, nonprofits, and governments to explore new approaches and business models, building on partners’ core competencies to improve health outcomes for women and children. She has been a key contributor in operationalizing USAID’s private sector engagement policy to achieve health outcomes.
Edgar Sandoval has an unstoppable passion to see that every child – especially the most vulnerable – can experience life in all its fullness. Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in Latin America, returning to the U.S. alone at age 18 with just $50 in his pocket. Edgar has 20+ years of innovative leadership experience in corporate America, including directing the creation of Procter & Gamble’s acclaimed #LikeAGirl campaign. As World Vision U.S.’s President and CEO since 2018, Edgar travels to some of the world’s hardest places. He has led the organization to raise record-breaking donations, including for COVID-19.
Susannah Schaefer is the president and CEO of Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft-focused organization with a sustainable and local model of supporting surgery and other forms of comprehensive cleft care. Susannah joined Smile Train in 2013 after serving as a member of the organization’s board for over 10 years. She oversees Smile Train’s vision to expand access to health care and increase local cleft care capacity in countries where it has active programs.
Barron Segar is President and CEO of World Food Program USA, which supports the mission of the U.N. World Food Programme to feed the world’s hungriest people. Barron is a leading voice on global food security. His experience in philanthropic and cause marketing for organizations spans across global humanitarian aid, public broadcasting and finance. He is also a proud founding and current Board Member at the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
As the President of UNICEF USA’s Impact Fund for Children, Cristina leads the Bridge Fund and the Fast Fund, two of the organization’s impact investing tools that help speed the delivery of live-saving fund to UNICEF. Previously, led multiple impact investing and philanthropic initiatives at Goldman Sachs. She has also led organizations that support female entrepreneurs, small businesses, and social innovation. She has worked in city government and ran a consumer product business at L’Oréal.
Clayton is the Chief Technology Officer at Dimagi where he leads the technical development of CommCare, the world’s largest digital health platform. Since 2006, he has led engineering initiatives in designing and developing ICT systems that improve service delivery at the last mile. His work has focused on applying human-centered interaction and industry best practices to build scalable, permanent open source software systems in low-resource settings.
Kate has a long career in the off-grid power sector, most recently as Energy Director for Power Africa. Prior to Power Africa, Dr. Steel was on the Energy Access and Investments team at Google and was manager of the World Bank-IFC Lighting Africa initiative.
In 2022 Marshall Stowell founded Intentional, LLC to help nonprofits, foundations and corporations reframe their relationship with communities and create communications and advocacy plans that move decision-makers to action. Stowell has led advocacy, partnerships, and communications for some of the world's largest foundations and nonprofits. He is a leading voice calling for a change in how organizations and donors represent, engage, and fund the communities they serve.
Carmen Tedesco is Director of Analytics at Fraym, a geospatial company mapping humanity to help partners solve the most pressing global challenges. Carmen provides thought leadership and strategy, serving as data analytics translator, bridging data science capability and client needs to help derive insights. She has applied geospatial solutions to challenges in development, working with USAID, World Bank, FCDO, and NASA, and in the field in 20 countries around the world.
Elizabeth Wathuti is a passionate environmentalist and climate activist from Kenya. She is the founder of Green Generation Initiative (GGI) and the Head of Campaigns and Coordinator of Daima Coalition for the Protection of Urban Green Spaces at the Wangari Maathai Foundation. At the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, she appealed to world leaders to open their hearts and act urgently to prevent the worst impacts of the climate crisis.
Trey Watkins is a senior global health and development adviser with nearly 20 years’ experience in strategic communications, advocacy, public policy, and external relations for NGOs, the private sector, and the United Nations. He currently leads global health and corporate responsibility at communications agency GCI Health. Trey was formerly a health adviser at the U.N. and has worked on several award-winning public health campaigns. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named to PR Week’s “40 under 40” list in 2021.
Sherrie Westin is President of Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. Westin leads the organization’s efforts to serve vulnerable children through mass media and targeted initiatives in the United States and around the world. She serves as Sesame Workshop’s chief mission ambassador, raising awareness, developing strategic partnerships, and cultivating philanthropic support to further the Workshop’s mission to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.
Noor is a 6-year-old Rohingya girl who loves to learn and play. She lives in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp with her twin brother, Aziz, and their family. Aziz, Noor’s brother, is a playful 6-year-old Rohingya boy who loves to use his imagination to create and act out stories about kings, queens, and animals.
Robert Young is the founder and creative director of The Cloth, he initiated the process of creating a fashion label designed & made in the Caribbean over the last 36 years. The Cloth is a vehicle for Caribbean representation within the global design narrative. Due to the diasporic nature of the Caribbean it is made up of many displaced communities, and The Cloth creates a visual language and vocabulary that speaks to the conditions and terroir of this region
Sandra Zhao co-founded Zuri with Ashleigh Miller in 2016. Both Americans living in Nairobi, Kenya, they bonded over a mutual love for textiles and comfortable clothing. Zuri is an ethical fashion line based in Kenya with the goal of outfitting all women for all occasions with #justonedress. We believe in job creation, not aid, for a sustainable and healthy long-term economic future in East Africa. We develop textiles on the continent and work with ethical manufacturing partners in Kenya.
Dr. Olusoji Adeyi is the president of Resilient Health Systems and a senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is the author of “Global Health in Practice: Investing Amidst Pandemics, Denial of Evidence, and Neo-Dependency.” Olusoji previously served at the World Bank as director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice and as a senior adviser for human development. He was also the founding director of the Affordable Medicines Facility for malaria at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Dr. Frank Aswani is the CEO of the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance, a network aiming to boost capital for social investments in Africa. He holds a veterinary medicine degree from the University of Nairobi and an MBA from the University of Pretoria. He previously spent 14 years with Eli Lilly, including as the sales director for South Africa and regional director for sub-Saharan Africa. He was also the vice president and director of strategic relations at African Leadership Academy and the African regional director with Absolute Return for Kids.
Emily Bancroft is a global leader in systems change, dedicated to transforming health care delivery. She sets the vision for how VillageReach works with governments to solve health care delivery challenges to ensure quality primary health care for the most under-reached. Emily is recognized for her expertise in supply chain, health workforce development, and digital health technologies. She has been instrumental in VillageReach’s growth since 2010, first as the health systems group director before becoming vice president and eventually president.
Solange Bandiaky-Badji is coordinator of the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition of over 150 organizations advancing the rights of Indigenous peoples, local communities, and Afro-descendant Peoples. She also serves as president of the Rights and Resources Group. She previously led RRI’s strategy for engagement in Africa with a focus on tenure rights reform. She also spearheaded RRI’s gender justice thematic program and ensured the implementation of a global gender strategy on women’s tenure rights.
Simon Bishop joined The Power of Nutrition as CEO in January 2021. He is a passionate advocate for the eradication of extreme Poverty. He has more than 25 years of experience in international development, including as deputy chief executive of global children's charity Plan International UK and as special adviser to the U.K. government’s secretary of state for international Development. He is also currently chair of the Coalition for Global Prosperity and a trustee of the John Lewis Foundation.
The Rev. Eugene Cho is president/CEO of Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice of individuals, churches, nonprofits, and other partners who work together to urge our nation’s decision-makers to end hunger and extreme poverty at home and around the world. Before coming to Bread for the World in 2020, Eugene founded Quest Church, an urban, multicultural, multigenerational church in Seattle, Washington, where he served as senior pastor for 18 years. He also founded the grassroots movement One Day’s Wages.
Peggy Clark started her tenure as CEO and president for the International Center for Research on Women in October 2021. Throughout her three decadeslong career, Peggy worked tirelessly to tackle and address unequal gender norms, and racial equity and diversity. She has worked at Aspen Global Innovators Group, The Ford Foundation, and Save The Children. She was also the founder of Realizing Rights, which was instrumental in passage of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the Ethical Recruitment of Health Workers.
Larry Cooley has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of strategic management, public sector reform, and international development. Currently serving as president of the Society for International Development and board chair of World Learning, and as a trustee of ELMA Philanthropies and the National Academy of Public Administration, he is the author and co-author of widely used methodologies for managing policy change, scaling innovation, entrepreneurship development, and results-based management.
As Chief executive officer at Mercy Corps, Tjada leads a global team of more than 5,600 humanitarians, who provide immediate relief to save lives and livelihoods and work to create transformational change reaching 37 million people in more than 40 countries. Previously, she served as chief operating officer at CARE, where she oversaw the organization’s programming and global operations. Tjada spent more than a decade working to end world hunger in roles with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. government.
Suzanne Ehlers is the CEO at Malala Fund. In this role, she provides leadership to a global network of experts and advocates in breaking down barriers that prevent girls from going to school. Suzanne works closely with co-founders Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai, a highly regarded board of directors and professional team to advance progress toward girls’ education globally. Before her role at Malala Fund, Suzanne served as president and CEO at PAI. Under her leadership, PAI’s budget grew fourfold and it dramatically expanded its work to more countries.
Jessie End is the vice president of social good and nonprofit partnerships at Dataminr. She has nearly two decades of experience working in social impact and technology. Jessie was the founding head of industry for nonprofits at Google, where she helped launch its pro bono creative technology consultancy. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer and served as director of brand partnerships at Duolingo and as chief revenue officer at Girls Auto Clinic. She has an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from Duke University and a B.A. in Biology from Brown University.
Reem Goussous is the chief growth officer at Village Capital where she leads the partnerships, communications, and innovations functions. Reem was previously the managing director of Endeavor Jordan where she engaged with high-impact entrepreneurs, business leaders, disruptors, and investors from over 40 markets around the world. Before that, she worked for many years in development consulting and spearheaded the establishment of several research and reporting units. She also has worked as a policy adviser for the Minister of Planning in Jordan.
Dr. Richard J. Hatchett is chief executive officer of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. Richard was previously the acting director of the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and served as director of medical preparedness policy on the Homeland and National Security Councils under former Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama, respectively. He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and completed his clinical trainings at Cornell University and Duke University.
Mark Henstridge is the CEO at Oxford Policy Management. Mark joined OPM as its chief economist in 2012. He previously served as the acting executive director of the International Growth Centre, an initiative funded by the U.K. government, and was also the head of macroeconomics at BP. He worked in the African and fiscal affairs departments of the International Monetary Fund and in Uganda’s finance and planning ministries. He is a research associate in the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economies at the University of Oxford.
Karl Hofmann is the president and CEO at Population Services International, a nonprofit global health organization. PSI operates in over 40 countries worldwide, with programs in family planning and reproductive health, malaria, water and sanitation, HIV, and noncommunicable diseases.
Ann Hudock is the president and CEO at Counterpart International. Previously, she led the expansion of Plan International USA’s international program portfolio and served as a managing director at DAI. She was also a deputy country representative and acting country representative for The Asia Foundation in Vietnam. Earlier, she was the head of democracy and governance at World Learning in Washington, a democracy fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and a special assistant to the U.S. undersecretary of state for global affairs.
As a recognized thought leader in digital health, Darlene Irby has led in the development, implementation and scale of technologies and data platforms across Africa, Asia and Latin America. She currently serves as executive director of digital health and innovation at Pathfinder International where she leads organizational digital strategy and digital transformation. In her 25 years of experience, she has lead cross -disciplinary teams of data and technology experts across HIV, SRHR, Malaria, MNCH, TB and HMIS programs and projects.
Abby Maxman is the president and CEO at Oxfam America. Since 2017, she has elevated Oxfam’s focus on gender and climate justice, as well as fighting inequality. She is also the vice chair at InterAction, chair for the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response, a member of the Classy Awards Leadership Council, and a board member at Frontline AIDS and the Global Executive Leadership Initiative. Abby has served across the world with CARE, several U.S. government agencies, Germany’s development agency, and the World Food Programme.
Lisha McCormick is CEO at Last Mile Health, leading a team of more than 200 people to strengthen community health systems in partnership with governments in Africa. Lisha joined Last Mile Health in 2013, serving as chief development officer and president and chief operating officer before assuming the position of CEO. Under her leadership, Last Mile Health has grown from a district-level pilot in Liberia to an international organization reaching nearly five million people at the last mile.
Sylvia Megret serves as president and CEO at ACDI/VOCA. As a global development executive with 30 years of experience, she promotes the organization’s mission and lives its values in support of inclusive, sustainable development worldwide. Sylvia has proven expertise convening diverse teams that bridge functions, cultures, and international borders. She is also skilled at identifying and institutionalizing effective teams and systems for maximum efficiency and success. Sylvia is currently board chair of the Fundación ACDI/VOCA Latin America.
Tara Nathan is EVP for the humanitarian and development sector at Mastercard. In this role, she leads the company’s strategy to develop and scale products and solutions for the Base of the Pyramid. Before this role, Tara served as CEO at Mobile Payment Solutions, a Mastercard/Smart Hub, Inc. joint venture. In this role, she led the innovation and commercial development of the Mastercard Mobile Payments Gateway. She also used to lead Citigroup’s cross-sell business and also held various management roles across Citigroup’s retail banking business.
Patrick O. Okigbo III is the founding partner at Nextier, a multicompetency consulting firm that works with African governments to provide answers to difficult development questions. He is recognized for his work in economic development, governance, public service reforms, energy, and investment promotion. Patrick has over 25 years of experience providing policy, strategic, and financial advisory services. Earlier in his career, he was a special assistant to the president of Nigeria and chief financial officer at Transcorp Plc.
Sara Pantuliano is chief executive at ODI. She is a member of the U.N. secretary-general’s sixth advisory group of the UN Peacebuilding Fund and of UNFPA’s ICPD25 high-level commission. She also serves on the High-Level Group on Humanitarian Resilience and Investing, the Digital Currency Governance Consortium Steering Committee, and the Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Fragility and Resilience of the World Economic Forum. Sara is a managing editor of Disasters, Trustee of The New Humanitarian, and vice-chair of the Board of Muslim Aid.
Alix Peterson Zwane is chief executive officer of the Global Innovation Fund, a hybrid investment vehicle that accelerates evidence-based innovation through early-stage debt and equity investing, as well as grant-making. Alix has 20 years of experience advancing the agenda of evidence-based aid and international development as an investor, a social entrepreneur, and an innovator. She was the executive director at Evidence Action. Alix has also advocated for evidence-based philanthropy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Google.org.
Chris Purdy is the board chair at DKT International and also serves as its president and CEO. From 1996 to 2011, he was the country director of DKT programs in Turkey, Ethiopia, and Indonesia. He served as executive vice president from 2011 to 2013. He is also the founder and CEO of carafem, a network of reproductive health centers serving populations in the U.S. He is the author of numerous articles on family planning, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship.
Katherine Raphaelson joined SID-Washington as its president in April 2013. She previously was a director of the Gorongosa Restoration Project, a conservation and human development effort in Mozambique, which she helped manage for nearly 10 years. In addition, she spent six years in association management: having founded and managed the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council. Katherine also worked with numerous startup companies, including International Wireless/International Online, where she was the vice president of international marketing.
Carolyn Reynolds is co-founder of the Pandemic Action Network, a network of more than 250+ organizations around the world whose mission is to drive collective action to end COVID-19 and prevent the next pandemic. She is also a Senior Associate with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she serves as an expert adviser to the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security.
Ruth Richardson brings over 25 years of experience in the philanthropic sector in her role as the executive director of Global Alliance for the Future of Food, and of particular relevance to this undertaking, she has extensive experience in starting new and complex things. These include being the first director of the Unilever Canada Foundation, founding chair of the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network, and the first environment director at the Metcalf Foundation. Richardson also served on the advisory committee for the 2021 Food Systems Summit.
Tessie San Martin is the CEO at FHI 360. Previously, she was CEO and president at Plan International USA. Tessie has held senior executive positions at Abt Associates, the World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and sits on the boards of InterAction and Friends of Publish What You Fund. She has a doctorate and a master’s from Harvard University, as well as a bachelor’s from Georgetown University.
Laura Schwartz is a senior external relations officer for the North American Representative Office of the Asian Development Bank. She previously worked in international consulting at organizations such as International Technology and Trade Associates Inc. and Albright Stonebridge Group. Laura was also a project manager at the National Bureau of Asian Research. She has expertise in areas such as energy and environmental security in the Asia-Pacific and U.S. climate policy. She has an M.S. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Cornell University.
Preeti Sinha is a globally experienced investment and development banker with a 30-year track record associated with raising and managing institutional public and private development capital. She served as CEO and president of FFD Financing for Development LLC. Preeti has also served as an adviser to the United Nations, international organizations, and private sector on mobilizing public and private finance for development. She has led and worked in investment banking at HSBC, Rabobank, Lehman Brothers, and JP Morgan.
Gayle E. Smith is CEO at the ONE Campaign. She is a leading expert on global development and global health security, and she has served as a top adviser on international issues for three U.S. presidents. In 2021, Smith was the State Department’s coordinator for global COVID-19 response and health security. Previously, she was the administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She founded the Sustainable Security Program at the Center for American Progress and co-founded the Enough Project and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network.
Rabih Torbay has designed and implemented relief, transition, and global health programs in some of the world’s most challenging conditions. He has worked extensively in responding to humanitarian crises in numerous countries across continents, including Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, and the United States. Since becoming Project HOPE president and CEO in 2019, Torbay has elevated the organization’s mission and evolved its global health, humanitarian response, and sustainable development programs.
Kelly Van Husen has over 16 years of experience in the international development field, with a focus on humanitarian assistance, stabilization, and post-conflict transition programming. As vice president of humanitarian assistance at Global Communities, she oversees Global Communities’ humanitarian programming and business development and sets the strategic direction for the department. Kelly previously worked in Indonesia, Afghanistan, and West Africa managing humanitarian and development programs.
Wade Warren is Deloitte’s chief strategy officer for international development, providing strategic insight, thought leadership, and innovative solutions to U.S. foreign assistance and international development clients. Wade also chairs the board of the Society of International Development, the U.S.’s largest organization devoted to educating the public about foreign assistance. A globally recognized leader in international development, he previously served as acting administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
William Warshauer is the president and CEO at TechnoServe. During his six years as CEO, Will has led TechnoServe to grow its impact to historical highs, helping its clients earn over $200 million in 2019 alone, when TechnoServe was rated the number one charity for poverty reduction by the independent rating agency ImpactMatters. Will has over 25 years of experience in international development and the private sector. Before joining TechnoServe, he served as chief operating officer at Pact and as president of the Pact Global Microfinance Fund.
Camilla Waszink is currently chief of staff to Jan Egeland, secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council and a member of NRC’s senior management group. She will soon take up the position as NRC’s executive director of partnerships and policy. She has previously held positions in International Law and Policy Institute, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Norwegian Red Cross, and the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution. Waszink has also worked as a researcher and consultant.
Debra Whitman is an economist. She has extensive experience in U.S. policymaking and international research. She is a strategic thinker whose life’s work has been devoted to improving the systems that impact us all throughout our lives. As chief public policy officer for AARP, Debra leads a team of experts in all aspects of policy development, analysis, research, and global thought leadership.She serves as an AARP spokesperson on a diverse set of issues, including retirement and financial security. Debra has a doctorate degree from Syracuse University.
Prashant Yadav is a globally recognized scholar in the area of health care supply chains and access to medicines. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, professor at INSEAD, and lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of many peer-reviewed scientific publications. Apart from his roles in academia and think-tank, Prashant serves on the boards of many health and development focused companies. He works closely with and advises many country governments, and philanthropic organizations on health care supply chain strategy.