Forum 2014

Join Us at Forum 2014

The most influential event of its kind, the 30th annual InterAction Forum brings together leaders from not-for-profits, governments, philanthropy, corporations, and civil society to advance collaboration, effectiveness, and innovation in our work to end poverty and move us toward a more sustainable and equitable future.

Scheduled for June 10-13 in Washington, D.C., Forum 2014 promises to be our most ambitious and exciting program ever. Not only does 2014 mark InterAction's 30th anniversary, but this milestone is framed by enormous and rapid changes in the development and humanitarian landscape – technological advances, multisector partnerships, and new financing mechanisms, as well as complex challenges from climate change to food insecurity and economic instability. Our 30th anniversary is an unprecedented opportunity to raise the effectiveness of our work and find solutions to these challenges.

Registration is now open!



Amina J. Mohammed to Speak on The Future of Relief and Development

Ms. Mohammed was appointed in July 2012 by the UN Secretary General as Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning. Ms. Mohammed has more than 30 years experience as a development practitioner in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society. Prior to her UN role, she served as Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the MDGs, serving three Presidents over a period of six years. Ms. Mohammed has served on numerous international advisory panels and boards. She is a recipient of the Nigerian ‘National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic’ and was inducted in the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007. Ms. Mohammed was born in 1961, in Nigeria, and has four children.


Forum 2014 to Feature a Conversation with World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., became the 12th President of the World Bank Group on July 1, 2012. A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations worldwide. Dr. Kim comes to the Bank after serving as president of Dartmouth College, a pre-eminent center of higher education that consistently ranks among the top academic institutions in the United States. Dr. Kim is a co-founder of Partners In Health (PIH) and a former director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization (WHO).  

In 2013, Dr. Kim outlined a bold agenda for the global community toward ending extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity to boost the incomes of the poorest 40 percent of the population. In a speech at Georgetown University, Kim urged developing countries, donors, and development partners to work together to support equitable and inclusive growth, especially in fragile and conflict-affected states, and to fight climate change.


Young Professionals Summit

The second day of Forum 2014 will feature a special set of events targeted at young professionals. This will be a great experience and we encourage young professionals to attend and glean from the knowledge of others! For more information, check out the Young Professionals Summit page. You can also view detailed information about workshops on our Workshops page.


Engage   |   Learn   |   Build

  • Engage with government decision makers, private sector leaders, relief and development experts, and hundreds of peers who share your passion and commitments.
  • Learn about latest developments in issues that affect our sector. Get trained in best practices and skills that support your work.
  • Build our effectiveness as a community of the most professional and accountable nonprofits working internationally at creating a sustainable and equitable future.

Featuring thought-provoking plenary sessions and workshops with more than 100 experts from around the world, Forum 2014 will bring together more than 1,000 professionals from more than 350 organizations representing the broad international development landscape.


Sponsorships for Forum 2014 are currently being accepted.

Contact Taina Alexander for more information about sponsorship opportunities.


30th Anniversary Forum Committee


Michael Elliott, Co-Chair

President and Chief Executive Officer of ONE, the global campaigning and advocacy organization fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease. Prior to joining ONE in 2011, Elliott had a long and distinguished career in the media.

He served as editor of both TIME International and Newsweek International, and as Political Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of The Economist, where he was the founding author of both the “Bagehot” and “Lexington” columns. Elliott was a columnist on the global economy for Fortune magazine, and has written and presented many television documentaries that have been broadcast all over the world. He is the author of four books, including The Day Before Yesterday, an acclaimed history of the post-1945 United States.

Elliott was born and raised in Liverpool, England, and earned two degrees from Oxford University. Elliott sits on a number of official advisory committees and boards, including those of InterAction, the International Center for Journalists, and Beyond Sport. He has served as vice-chair and chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Poverty and Sustainable Development, is often cited in the international media on issues of global affairs, and frequently speaks and moderates at conferences all over the world.


Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, Co-Chair

President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS was founded in 1943 to serve survivors of World War II in Europe. Since then, it has become one of the world's largest and most respected international relief and development agencies, each year reaching more than 130 million people in nearly 100 countries.

Dr. Woo was featured in Foreign Policy (May/June 2013) as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet and one of only 33 in the category of "a force for good." Dr. Woo served from 1997 to 2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. Prior to the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Woo served as Associate Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purdue University.

Dr. Woo was born and raised in Hong Kong, and immigrated to the United States to attend Purdue University, where she received her B.S., M.S.I.A. and Ph.D. degrees, and became a member of its faculty.

Sam Worthington

President and CEO InterAction

Neal Keny-Guyer

InterAction Board Chair, CEO, Mercy Corps

Carolyn Miles

InterAction Vice Chair, President and CEO Save the Children

Tessie San Martin

InterAction Board Treasurer, President and CEO, Plan International, USA

Kathy Spahn

InterAction Board Chair Emeritus, CEO, Helen Keller International