About the event

With the proliferation of publicly available source code for programs ranging from apps to databases to GIS modeling, organizations in the technology for the development space may feel pressure to adopt this "open source" model for their work. But does open source make sense for everyone? Senior reporter Catherine Cheney is joined by experts from Omidyar Network and the Radiant Earth Foundation to discuss the benefits, drawbacks, and other key considerations for ICT4D practitioners and innovators. 

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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, 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.
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Anne Hale Miglarese

Radiant Earth Foundation
Anne Hale Miglarese is the founder and CEO of Radiant Earth Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to aggregate the world’s open Earth imagery and providing access and education on its use to the global development community. Prior to launching Radiant Earth, Miglarese served as president and CEO of Fugro Earth Data, president and CEO of PlanetiQ and as a principal director at Booz Allen Hamilton. In addition, she has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where she directed remote sensing and GIS programs for over a decade, and for several South Carolina agencies, including the Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Water Resources Commission and the Department of Natural Resources. Miglarese is the founding chairperson of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee and currently serves on the boards of TerraGo Technologies, Waggoner Engineering and Saildrone.

Peter Rabley

Venture Partner
Omidyar Network
Peter brings Omidyar Network more than 25 years of experience in the international property rights space as an entrepreneur, business leader, and technologist. In his current role, Peter invests in Property Rights in emerging markets. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Peter was the founder and CEO of International Land Systems until its recent acquisition by Thomson Reuters. Post acquisition, Peter was vice president for global business development and strategy for the tax and accounting government division at Thomson Reuters. He began his career implementing some of the earliest GIS/LIS into metropolitan government in the United States in the 1980s. Over the next decade, he translated this experience into innovative applications for international development as director of GIS/LIS at PADCO. Peter graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in economics and geography, as well as a master’s degree in geography.

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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