About the event

From incubation and acceleration to building new partnerships and ecosystems, support for SMEs in emerging markets is growing and diversifying. Building on lessons from the 2019 Social Capital Markets conference, Senior Reporter Catherine Cheney is joined by experts from Village Capital and The Innovation Village of Kampala, Uganda to highlight the challenges of supporting entrepreneurship in emerging markets — and how practitioners can work to connect innovators with the knowledge, resources, and capital needed for their businesses to thrive and scale.

Register on this page for the link to join by laptop, tablet or mobile device. We invite you to share your questions with us in advance to webinars@devex.com — or submit them to our speakers during the event using the live Q&A chat box.
Can't make it?
Register anyway and we'll send you a recorded version of the session.

The Speakers

Moderator

Catherine Cheney

Senior Reporter
Devex
Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Outside of her own reporting, Catherine also supports other journalists to cover what is working, through her work with the Solutions Journalism Network.

Allie Burns

CEO
Village Capital
Allie brings nearly two decades of experience working with entrepreneurs and innovators at the intersection of tech and social change to her role as CEO of Village Capital. Prior to joining the organization in 2016, she served as a senior executive at Revolution and the Case Foundation, the venture capital firm and private family foundation created by former AOL executives Jean and Steve Case. In that role, she led the organizations’ communications and marketing teams, and was instrumental in the development of major initiatives including the Rise of the Rest, the Startup America Partnership and the Be Fearless campaign.

CK Japheth

Founder
The Innovation Village Kampala
Japheth is building The Innovation Village; Uganda’s launchpad for leading Innovators and entrepreneurs co-creating the future through the smart application of technology to unravel challenges and create unique solutions. He works with mission-oriented entrepreneurs to capture new value from digital—creating products, experiences, and businesses. He helped set up The CEO Summit; a community of the top 100 captains of business and industry to dialogue and shape trends driving Uganda’s economy with the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development. Formerly he was Head of Talent at Uganda's largest utility, his mandate was to put the best Talent behind the company's Corporate strategy.

Leslie Koo

Nutrition Team Lead
USAID Bureau for Global Health
Leslie Koo is a Nutrition Team Lead with the USAID Bureau for Global Health. She has previous advisory experience in nutrition with Save the Children International, Concern Worldwide, and UNICEF. She received her MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University.

Paul Burford

Branch Chief
USAID Office of Acquisition and Assistance
Paul Burford serves as Branch Chief and Supervisory Contracting and Agreement Officer supporting the Bureau for Food Security and the President's Feed the Future initiative. He has over a decade of contracting and procurement experience across a number of USAID programs.
Share your thought leadership with our community. Partner with Devex LIVE on an event.