About the event

Since 1995, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $58 billion in grants to almost 6,000 recipients covering more than 19,000 initiatives. The foundation has rapidly expanded beyond its United States roots into a global organization that supports ideas generated in 62 countries — with its core focus transitioned from education to global health and development.

Building off of our recent tableau visualization exploring 25 years of Gates grantmaking data, we're hosting a webinar to provide data-based insights into the Foundation's funding trends. We'll highlight areas of grantmaking priority, outline how the foundation’s focus has changed and expanded over time, and explore what development concerns are on the radar for future philanthropic efforts.

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The Speakers


Catherine Cheney

Senior Reporter
Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation 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 from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.
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Lisa Cornish

Reporter and Data Journalist
Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.

Lauren Bradford

Senior Director, Global Projects & Partnerships
Lauren’s work at Candid focuses on the philanthropy and civil society, their connections to each other and their role within the broader development ecosystem. She leads the Global Projects and Partnerships team to draw insight from data, developing research and projects that provide timely information on trends, and that support organizations to make strategic decisions. The work also focuses on data collection, sharing and education, as well as capacity building and leading key partnerships to ensure collaboration across the field. Lauren has worked with The World Bank, the Development Assistance Committee at the OECD in Paris, the World Heritage Center at UNESCO and with the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator in Dili, East Timor during the exit of the peace keeping mission. Before pursuing a career in international development, Lauren worked in the private and public sector in Australia in urban and rural planning.

JC Shine

Technical Officer, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
International Civil Aviation Organization
JC Shine is a Technical Officer with ICAO in the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Section. JC is on secondment from the FAA where she serves as an Aviation Safety Inspector (Operations). She holds an ATP, CFI, Ground Instructor, and Remote Pilot Certificates, and her education includes a BS and MBA from Oklahoma City University. Before joining the FAA in 2012, JC taught UAS at Fort Huachuca, Arizona for the Army where she also served on the Sierra Vista Municipal Airport Commission.

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.
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