2013 Forum Highlights


The annual InterAction Forum serves as a venue for leaders and innovators of NGOs, governments, philanthropy, corporations and civil society to come together and forge common solutions that focus on our work to improve the lives of the world's poor and marginalized and that move us toward a world that works for all. 


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  • Engage with government decision makers, private sector leaders, relief and development experts and hundreds of peers who share your interests and commitments.
  • Learn about latest developments in issues that affect our sector. Get trained in best practices and skills that support your work.
  • Shape the direction of the NGO sector and build our effectiveness as a community of the most accountable and professional nonprofits engaging internationally to build a sustainable and equitable world.

Featuring thought-provoking plenary sessions and workshops with more than 100 experts from around the world, Forum 2013 brought together 1,000 professionals from more than 350 organizations representing the international nonprofit community, government, corporate and philanthropic sectors.


Closing Session Features 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).  

The session, A Conversation with the World Bank President, took place Wednesday, May 1 at 1:45pm in Salons IV, V, VI.

Opening Keynote

Antonio Guterres was the opening speaker at Forum 2013. The High Commissioner spoke on how he plans to respond to the ever more complicated and challenging global context. This was followed by a panel discussing the problems of marginalized populations in the world's most troubled areas and how to ensure their participation in development.




Introducing the Young Professionals Summit

The second day of InterAction’s Annual Forum, Tuesday, April 30, was host to InterAction’s Young Professionals Summit. The summit was a full day of speakers, workshops, and networking events tailored for professionals in the first half of their careers. Participants were introduced to cutting-edge innovations in the sector, interact with NGO CEOs, and challenged as future leaders. Click here for more details!

Jo Luck Named Julia Taft Leadership Award Winner

Jo Luck is the recipient of the 2013 Julia Taft Leadership Award. After teaching in Nashville, Tennessee, San Diego, California, and Little Rock, Arkansas, Jo Luck became involved in politics and worked for Arkansas Governors Bumpers, Pryor, White and Clinton before taking the position of International Program Director at Heifer International for three years. In 1992 she became President & CEO of Heifer International until 2011, when she retired from that position. During that time the nonprofit grew from an annual income of $7 million to $130 million, providing sustainable development assistance and dignity to millions of small-holder farmers and families in developing countries and in the U.S.Currently Jo Luck works as a consultant on global food security issues and the empowerment of women in developing countries. She serves as Chair of the Program Oversight Panel for Aquatic Agricultural Systems for WorldFish (CGIAR) based in Penang, Malaysia. Additionally, she is a President Obama appointee to the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development (BIFAD) advising the Administrator of USAID in the State Department; a member of the Global Agriculture Development International Committee, Chicago Council of Global Affairs; and a member of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agricultural Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century. Jo Luck will recieve her award at the Gala Dinner on Tuesday, April 30th at 7pm. Visit our awards page for more award winners!

2013 Forum Co-Chairs

Dr. Mirza Jahani is Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA). Since joining AKF USA in 2009, Mirza has focused on widening and deepening partnerships with U.S.-based organizations, strengthening support to Aga Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) civil society development portfolio and promoting impact investments for AKDN projects in Africa and Asia as a way to boost development resources and foster public-private partnerships. Before that he served for 15 years as CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in the UK, East Africa and Tajikistan, helping to conceptualize, implement and secure funding for programs in rural development, health, education and civil society, often in post-conflict environments. Mirza began his career in the early 1980s as an economist with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). He served with DFID again from 2004 to 2009 as Senior Governance Advisor in Jordan, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Central Asia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mirza was born in Uganda and educated at the University of London and Harvard University. He earned his doctorate in 2009 at Cambridge University. He and his wife Nazira have two children, Rabia and Rumi.

Tessie San Martin, Ph.D., joined Plan International USA as President/CEO in 2010. Plan International USA is part of a global federation that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children. San Martin holds a Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University, a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her career includes 25 years of work in public and private sectors, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, and academia – as well as a wide variety of international development roles. Prior to joining Plan International USA, San Martin served as Vice President for International Development at Abt Associates, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based consulting company that provides research and technical assistance expertise on a wide range of social, economic, and technological policy issues in the U.S. and overseas. San Martin also previously worked as the Director for the Operations Group of the World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and was a Partner in IBM Consulting Services. San Martin lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two teenage daughters. She is on the road frequently, traveling between Plan’s offices in the U.S. and abroad. But she always finds time to go running, and, as time permits, enjoys tennis and baking (and eating) bread.