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The most influential event of its kind, the 31st 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 22-24 in Washington, D.C., Forum 2015 promises to be our most ambitious and exciting program ever. Our work 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. Forum 2015 is an unprecedented opportunity to raise the effectiveness of our work and find solutions to these challenges.


Bill Easterly, Amina Mohammed, and Yves Daccord to Speak on the Future of Our Sector

William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute, which won the 2009 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge in Development Cooperation Award. He is the author of three books: The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor (March 2014), The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Harm and So Little Good (2006), which won the FA Hayek Award from the Manhattan Institute, and The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (2001).

He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed academic articles, and has written columns and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Review of Books, and Washington Post. He has served as Co-Editor of the Journal of Development Economics and as Director of the blog Aid Watch. He is a Research Associate of NBER, senior fellow at BREAD, and nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings. Foreign Policy Magazine named him among the Top 100 Global Public Intellectuals in 2008 and 2009, and Thomson Reuters listed him as one of Highly Cited Researchers of 2014. He was named among 100 Scientist Stars of Twitter by Science magazine. He is also the 11th most famous native of Bowling Green, Ohio.


Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, was born in 1961, in Nigeria. She 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 has four children.


Yves Daccord is Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, a post he has held since 2010. A former journalist, TV producer, and international relations expert, his ICRC career has spanned more than two decades in a variety of posts and challenging contexts – including Israel and the Occupied Territories, Sudan, Yemen, Chechnya, and Georgia. Prior to his appointment as Director-General, he held the posts of Head of Communication Division and Director of Communications. He assumed the chair of Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) in January 2015. He holds a degree in political science. Born in 1964, Mr. Daccord is married with three children.


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 2015 will bring together more than 1,000 professionals from more than 350 organizations representing the broad international development landscape.

2015 Forum Co-Chairs

Shawna Bader-Blau leads the Solidarity Center, the largest global worker rights organization based in the United States. Since October 2011, she has served as executive director of an organization of more than 220 staff in Washington, D.C., and 26 field offices, implementing programs in 60 countries. She has been with the organization for 12 years.

Shawna is an advocate and activist for working women and men seeking safe jobs with dignity that provide for their families and futures. As the public face of the Solidarity Center, she testifies as an expert witness at U.S. Congressional briefings and hearings on worker and human rights. She represents the organization at conferences and policy discussions around the world, promoting social justice, gender equity, decent work and more inclusive economic development and democratic societies. She raises the voice of workers within the international rights community and with the U.S. and other governments.

Shawna has worked in the field of international development and human rights for 17 years and has lived or worked in more than 25 countries. She is an Arabic speaker and holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Shawna currently serves on the Board of Directors of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).


Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH, combines his extensive experience as a technology business leader, global health advocate, and social innovator to accelerate great ideas and bring lifesaving solutions to scale. He oversees PATH’s work of driving transformative global health innovation to save and improve lives, reaching 219 million people in 2013.

Davis’ commitment to human rights and global development grew from his early work on refugee programs and policies, and from his later focus on Chinese politics and law. He has been a leader and strategist for a range of private and nonprofit organizations, including as CEO of the global digital media firm Corbis, director of social innovation for McKinsey & Company, and interim CEO of the Infectious Disease Research Institute.

Davis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), serves on the boards of InterAction and Global Partnerships, and sits on several advisory groups, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation and the Clinton Global Initiative’s Global Health Advisory Board.

Davis earned his BA from Princeton University, his MA in Chinese studies from the University of Washington, and his JD from Columbia University.

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