Forum 2014 Highlights


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InterAction Celebrated 30 Years of Impact

The most influential event of its kind, the 30th annual InterAction Forum brought 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.

Held from June 10-13 in Washington, D.C., Forum 2014 was our most ambitious and exciting program ever. Not only did 2014 mark InterAction's 30th anniversary, but this milestone was 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 offered an unprecedented opportunity to raise the effectiveness of our work and find solutions to these challenges. To see highlights from previous Forums, see the web summaries for Forum 2012 and Forum 2013.



Forum 2014 Featured a Closing Conversation with Counselor to the President, John Podesta

John Podesta is currently serving as Counselor to the President. His duties include overseeing climate change and energy policy. In 2008, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming administration’s agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees. He is the former Chair of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton. He also recently served on the President’s Global Development Council and the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Sen. Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996).


Forum 2014 Featured a Conversation with USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah

Dr. Rajiv Shah serves as the 16th Administrator of USAID and leads the efforts of more than 9,600 professionals in 80 missions around the world. Shah managed the U.S. government's response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; co-chaired the State Department's first review of American diplomacy and development operations; and now spearheads President Barack Obama's landmark Feed the Future food security initiative. He is also leading “USAID Forward,” an extensive set of reforms to USAID's business model focusing on seven key areas, including procurement, science & technology, and monitoring & evaluation.

Before becoming USAID's Administrator, Shah served as undersecretary for research, education and economics, and as chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At USDA, he launched the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which significantly elevated the status and funding of agricultural research. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Shah served for seven years with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as director of agricultural development in the Global Development Program and as director of strategic opportunities.


Kristin Hetle, Alnoor Ebrahim, and Nancy Lindborg Spoke About What Lies Ahead

Kristin Hetle is director of strategic partnerships, advocacy, civil society, communications, and of the resource mobilization division at UN Women. Ms. Hetle has worked in the UN system, the Norwegian government, and the private sector.

Previously, she served as director of communications for the Ministry of Labor in Norway. Until 2008, she held the position of Chief of UNFPA’s Media Services Branch. Prior to that, Ms. Hetle served as director of Media Lion Inc., media advisor for the Norwegian Red Cross and information officer in Norway’s Ministry of Environment. She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Oslo University College.


Alnoor Ebrahim is an Associate Professor in the General Management Unit, and the Social Enterprise Initiative, at the Harvard Business School. His research and teaching focus on the challenges of performance management, accountability, and governance facing social sector organizations. He is also affiliated with the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University. Professor Ebrahim is author of an award-winning book and has been the recipient of awards for best article in numerous journals. His professional work has included commissioned reports on civil society relations with the World Bank,  NGO accountability at the Inter-American Development Bank, and projects with a number of nongovernmental organizations over the past two decades, such as CIVICUS: The World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., the Tata Energy Research Institute in New Delhi, and the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in western India. He holds a BSc degree from MIT (1991) in civil and environmental engineering, and a PhD from Stanford University (1999), where he studied environmental planning and management.


Nancy Lindborg is the USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and leads efforts in nine offices focused on crisis prevention, response, recovery and transition. Since being sworn into office, Ms. Lindborg has led DCHA responses as the Syria Task Force Chair, during the Sahel 2012 and Horn of Africa 2011 droughts, the Arab Spring, and numerous other global crises. She continues to spearhead USAID efforts to build democracy, advance resilience, and tackle fragility as a means to help communities out of chronic crisis. Ms. Lindborg has spent most of her career working on issues of transition, democracy and civil society, conflict and humanitarian response. Prior to joining USAID, she was president of Mercy Corps. Ms. Lindborg has held a number of leadership and board positions including serving as co-president of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and chair of the Sphere Management Committee. She is a member of Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a B.A and M.A. in English Literature from Stanford University and an M.A. in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Salil Shetty, Anne Goddard, and Rajiv Joshi Took a Closer Look At Change and the Future

Salil Shetty joined Amnesty International as the organization’s eighth Secretary General in July 2010. A long-term activist on poverty and justice, Mr. Shetty leads the movement's worldwide work to end human rights violations. Prior to joining Amnesty International, Mr. Shetty was Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign from 2003 to 2010. He played a pivotal role in building the global advocacy campaign for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

From 1998 to 2003, he was Chief Executive of ActionAid, and is credited with transforming the organization into one of the world’s foremost international development NGOs. Salil Shetty studied at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad and at the London School of Economics.


Anne Lynam Goddard is president and CEO of ChildFund International, the global child development organization dedicated to helping children in poverty gain the capacity and opportunity to thrive and bring positive change to their communities. Thought leader and frequent contributor to the national media forum, including the Huffington Post, Goddard has been an articulate voice for the world’s most vulnerable children for more than 30 years.

Goddard is a passionate, involved global citizen. After earning a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, she lived and worked overseas for almost 20 years, serving in a variety of roles in Kenya, Somalia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Egypt. Goddard has viewed first-hand the deprivation the world’s poor experience. She has a deep appreciation for the diversity and dignity of people around the globe and a fierce commitment to a world that values and protects the rights of all, particularly children.  


Rajiv Joshi is the interim CEO for The B Team. He formerly served as Acting Executive Director and Head of Programs for the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), where he led global action towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, supported ‘The Elders’ with their Every Human Has Rights initiative, and helped spearhead citizen participation in the establishment of a Post-2015 Sustainable Development Framework. Rajiv currently serves as a Trustee of Oxfam where he advises on policy, campaigns, and global programs, and is an elected Board Member and Corporate Secretary of CIVICUS: The World Alliance for Citizen Participation based in Johannesburg as the youngest director in the organization’s history. He serves on the Board of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy and has previously worked as a Senior Public Sector Consultant with CapGemini.

From 2005-2007 Rajiv served two elected terms as Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, during which time he was also a Senior Advisor to the British Council and a publicly appointed member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland Committee. In 2008 Rajiv founded the CIVICUS Youth Assembly and continues to drive the development of a Youth Participation Index.


Daryl Brewster, Kathy Calvin, and Richard Leach Discussed Going Beyond Philanthropy

Daryl Brewster, who spoke at InterAction's Thursday morning plenary session, Beyond Philanthropy, has nearly 30 years of executive experience in the U.S. and abroad. He has been an officer for several Fortune 500 companies, served as the turnaround CEO of a publicly-traded company, run five multi-billion dollar business units and currently serves on several privately-held and nonprofit boards.  He served as President of Kraft’s $6 billion North American Snacks, Confections, Cereal, and Pet portfolio; President of the Planters Specialty Products Company; the turnaround CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc.; and Managing Director of Campbell's $300 million UK operations; doubled revenue and quadrupled profits. In addition, Daryl served on the board of E*Trade Financial Holding Company and Krispy Kreme, Inc, and currently serves on the board of several privately-held companies. He also has an extensive background in nonprofits, having served on the boards of the American Marketing Association; several colleges & university councils; the Y Alliance; CIFF-Funded MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Assistance); and the RWJohnson-supported Partnership for Healthy Kids.


Kathy Calvin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career has spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S.  leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors. Her leadership brings together the largest network of supporters of UN issues in the United States and a global network of corporate, civil society and media partners.  Kathy has been named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Rock the World,” was listed in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women,” and her innovative work in the philanthropy and international NGO sector was featured by the New York Times. 

Prior to joining the UN Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in 2003, Kathy served as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation where she guided philanthropic activities and was the chief architect of the company's corporate responsibility initiatives. She joined America Online in 1997 as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, and was responsible for the company’s brand, social responsibility, and external relations.  Prior to joining AOL, she was a Senior Managing Director at Hill and Knowlton, she served as Director of Editorial Administration for U.S. News & World Report, and  has taken an active role in a range of philanthropic activities, including the boards of the International Women's Media Foundation, City Year, Internews, the Newseum, Share Our Strength, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and the East-West Center.  She is a frequent public speaker and commenter.


Richard (Rick) Leach, who spoke at InterAction's Thursday morning plenary session, Beyond Philanthropy, serves as president and chief executive officer of World Food Program USA (WFP USA). Leach established WFP USA (formerly Friends of the World Food Program) in 1997 and led the organization until 2004. He returned to lead it in 2010. From 2006–2008, Leach developed the plan for the World Health Organization to halt the production and trading of counterfeit drugs. Leach also developed an initiative to help ensure that essential health technologies are incorporated in the health systems of developing countries. From 2003–2005, Leach launched and directed a global campaign in collaboration with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the World Health Organization, and the American Cancer Society. He served as chairman of the board of directors of the American Lung Association for the District of Columbia from 2004–2006 and is currently a member of the board of trustees of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.


Forum 2014 Featured 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.


Jane Nelson, Lester Brown, And Amina Mohammed Discussed The Next 30 Years

Jane Nelson is Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a senior associate of the Programme for Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University. She has co-authored five books and over 70 publications on the role of business in society and five of the World Economic Forum's Global Corporate Citizenship reports. Nelson serves on the boards of Newmont Mining Corporation, FSG, the ImagineNations Group, and the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, and on advisory councils for Abbott, the Abraaj Group, Clinton Global Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, ExxonMobil, GE, Initiative for Global Development, and the International Finance Corporation. She received a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics with Honors from the University of Natal in South Africa, and an M.A. Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.


Lester Brown started his career as a farmer, growing tomatoes in southern New Jersey with his younger brother. In 1959 Brown joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service as an international analyst, then became an adviser to Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman on foreign agricultural policy. In 1966, the Secretary appointed him Administrator of the department's International Agricultural Development Service. In early 1969, he left government to help establish the Overseas Development Council.

With support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Lester Brown founded the Worldwatch Institute in 1974, the first research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental issues. Brown has authored or coauthored over 50 books in some 40 languages. In May 2001, he founded the Earth Policy Institute to provide a vision and a road map for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy. He is the recipient of many prizes and awards, including 25 honorary degrees, a MacArthur Fellowship, the 1987 United Nations' Environment Prize, the 1989 World Wide Fund for Nature Gold Medal, and the 1994 Blue Planet Prize for his "exceptional contributions to solving global environmental problems." In 2012, he was inducted into the Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto.


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.



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


Forum 2014 Sponsors

CRSPADFPlanet AidRockefeller & Co.Global CommunitiesNCBA CLUSABuddhist Tzu Chi FoundationAga Khan FoundationIRD