About the event

Strong leadership is essential for organizations to succeed. In the global development sector, where staff are highly motivated to do good but may be working in challenging environments, leaders are often faced with unique challenges to support staff development, retain top talent, and inspire their teams.

Join us on July 25 to explore how development organizations are rethinking leadership competencies. Learn new strategies for identifying and addressing skill gaps — and become a better leader in your current or future role.

By joining this event, you will leave with insights on:
  • How some organizations, such as the U.N., have been rethinking leadership competencies.
  • How to identify and address skill gaps to take that next step in your career.
  • Ways that leaders can engage and interact with their whole team to have more impact.
  • How to get feedback from your team and build on it.
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The Speakers


Kate Warren

Executive Vice President
When it comes to understanding global development talent and careers, Kate is your go-to. The Devex career and recruiting guru in-residence, she has her finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in. As an Executive Vice President, she oversees Devex recruitment and career products and services, leading cutting-edge talent solutions for the major funding agencies, NGOs and consulting firms that make development happen. Kate also leads the strategy for career and recruiting insights content and programming across Devex and authors a popular career advice column, Ask Devex, for professionals working in global development. Before joining Devex in 2008, Kate honed her worldwide recruitment experience with an international NGO and a global development consulting firm.

Nina Segal

Nina Segal’s background in leadership development, learning design, career coaching, facilitation and training, with focus in the international development and human rights communities brings deep experience to the KITE team. Nina has consulted globally with UN agencies—UNICEF, UNFPA, UNOPS, IFAD, UN Secretariat, FAO and UNESCO—on a range of organizational and learning initiatives. Most recently, Nina led the leadership development function for UNICEF—conceptualizing and launching a diverse executive support toolkit to optimize the impact of UNICEF’s top executives.  She has coached senior leaders, co-created a leadership competency framework that resonates with the new UN System Leadership Framework, worked on numerous projects to help transform the leadership landscape at UNICEF, and developed global partnerships to deliver at scale. Nina has a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Communication from the George Washington University (Phi Beta Kappa).

Priyanka Rao

FHI Ventures
Priyanka Rao is the Principal of FHI Ventures, and leads the overall design, execution and management of the entity. Priyanka is also the Associate Director for Strategic Innovation responsible for leading organization-wide efforts that strengthen the innovation culture and architecture at FHI360 in close coordination with Operations and Enterprise Services. At FHI 360, she has also managed corporate strategic planning and supported executive and senior leadership in identifying opportunities for alternative business models and guided the development and execution of long-term strategies. Priyanka has an undergraduate degree in international studies from Michigan State University, holds a master’s degree in international affairs with an emphasis on economic development, global health and management from The New School University and completion of graduate coursework in philanthropy, public policy and nonprofit management from the University of Chicago.

Alex Evangelides

Senior Investment Manager
FINCA Ventures
Alex is a Senior Investment Manager with FINCA Ventures, an impact investing initiative by global microfinance pioneer FINCA International. FINCA Ventures provides patient capital and pre- and post-investment support to early-stage social enterprises across sub-Saharan Africa. In his role, Alex helps lead all aspects of the investment process, from pipeline development, to due diligence, to portfolio support. Prior to FINCA Ventures, Alex spent time at Fenix International, Dalberg Capital, and Deloitte Strategy Consulting. He completed his BA in Mathematics at Carleton College, and his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Sandra Jennifer "Sandy" Cheeks

From the Surface
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