About the event

For the second summer in a row, the Trump administration moved to retract billions of dollars in already appropriated aid funds. As Congress gets ready to come back into session in September, we'll take a look inside the attempted rescissions, the battle to protect aid budgets, the dynamic between the White House and Congress, and what it means for U.S. aid efforts and partners.

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The Speakers


Deborah Charles

Managing Editor
Deborah Charles is a veteran foreign and White House correspondent overseeing the global news operation at Devex. She spent more than two decades with Reuters covering coups, wars and the plight of refugees across four continents. Prior to joining Devex, she consulted for the World Bank and worked as an editor at the U.S. State Department.
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Michael Igoe

Senior Reporter
Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.

Augustin Augier

Director General
The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA)
After completing studies in business school, Augustin began is professional career in mergers and acquisitions, then in France's  National Assembly with a parliamentary group. Starting in 2005, he spent 3 years  as project coordinator for areas of conflict with an international medical NGO. In 2009, he was one of the founding members of ALIMA, for whom he served as Director General until 2013.

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.
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