CEO Track

Each year the InterAction Forum features a special track created for the CEOs of InterAction members, which meets during each of the workshop sessions of the Forum and joins other attendees during plenary sessions. This track allows the leaders of our member organizations to meet as peers, discuss strategic issues, and engage with experts from various fields and the leadership of InterAction. The workshop sessions in this track are closed to other attendees. 

InterAction member CEOs (or their designated representatives) are aslo invited to join InterAction’s Annual Members Meeting the afternoon of Tuesday, April 19.  A quorum for this session is required.

Monday, April 18

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast, & Networking

(Registration/Mezzanine Level)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Opening Plenary: The World We Want: Opportunities to Shape a Shifting Global Landscape

(Thurgood Marshall Ballroom)

For the first time in history the world’s nations have successfully adopted a universal framework that will shape human wellbeing through 2030. But as nations work to provide better emergency aid for their citizens and address challenges in urban settings, the new global agreements do not provide a clear role for international actors and resources.

The session will include opening and closing addresses from Deputy UN Secretary Generay Jan Eliasson and noted economist Jeff Sachs. Featured panel speakers will include Dr. Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Helene Gayle, CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative; and Victor Ochen, UN to be the Ambassador for Peace and Justice - SDG 16. Read more.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Conversation with Dr. Chris Elias and CEO Networking Lunch

(McKinley)

Dr. Chris Elias, president of the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will kick off this lunch by engaging with CEOs about how foundations and NGOs together can find innovative solutions that have the biggest reach and can create the greatest impact. InterAction member CEOs rarely have the time to network with each other, find new partners, or develop a new stream of relevant contacts. This is a chance for CEOs who are new or have been a part of this community for years to spend quality time with their colleagues.

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

CEO Workshop: Evolving Our Response in Today’s Changing Landscape

(Madison A/B)

With a universal framework that will shape human wellbeing through 2030 what is the role of the U.S. NGO? How we adapt ourselves to provide assistance in different settings, including in fragile and often violent environments, will shape NGOs for decades to come. What do these frameworks mean for your work as you partner with local civil society, multilateral, bilateral and UN agencies, foundations, and private donors?  How does your relationship with partners evolve as resources shift to local actors and what are some key tradeoffs? Our opening plenary session discussed the role of different actors in all facets of development including good governance, human rights, humanitarian assistance, climate change and rising inequalities. This session will go one step further, exploring the role of INGOs as they focus their limited resources to have the greatest impact.

Moderators:
Sam Worthington, Chief Executive Officer, InterAction

Speakers:
Ben Jackson, Chief Executive, Bond
Bill Abrams, President, Trickle Up
Burkhard Gnaerig, Executive Director, International Civil Society Center
Dr. Ahmad Faizal Perdaus, President, Mercy Malaysia
Dr. Carolyn Woo, President & CEO, Catholic Relief Services

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Afternoon Plenary Session: From Urban Fragility to Sustainable Cities

For the first time in history over 50% of all people live in cities which continue to grow. In response to this trend, the world has committed to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable over the next 15 years through Sustainable Development Goal 11. To reach this goal, it is imperative for civil society groups, governments, and the private sector to examine the drivers and obstacles in urbanization. Featured speakers will include Jonathan Reckford, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity International. Read more.

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hours, Happy Hour, Scavenger Hunt, & Networking

(Exhibition Hall)

Our exhibitors and sponsors are valued partners in our work, providing expertise and important services. Come and engage with our exhibitors and sponsors in our exhibit hall during the happy hour reception. Join us for a fun, engaging, and entertaining scavenger hunt in the exhibit hall. Collect all objects and win a prize! Note: Exhibit Hall will open at 4:30 p.m., but events will begin at 5:00 p.m.


Tuesday, April 19

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast, Exhibit Hours, & Artisan Trade Fair

(Exhibition Hall)

Be sure to visit the exhibit booths to find out about the newest technologies and ground-breaking initiatives while enjoying a continental breakfast in the exhibit hall.  Vendors will be selling a variety of arts and crafts made by indigenous artists from around the world during the Artisan Trade Fair.

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

CEO Workshop: More Flexible Funding: How Reforming Donor Tied Aid Could Bolster Local Ownership and Better Results

(Madison A/B)

Resources for development are often restricted by agendas outside the communities where the resources flow. From Official Development Assistance rules to foundation priorities and the requirements of public appeals, donors often restrict funds that limit the ability of local actors and their partners to shape programs and spending priorities. However, as local actors from community based organizations to national governments have increasingly shaped development strategies, restrictions on funding and donor rules have been often criticized for not allowing host governments and local communities the flexibility to fund locally determined needs. Representatives from civil society and government agencies, including the French agency for development, will explore the pros and cons of donor funding directives and their impact on efforts that bolster local ownership.

Moderator:
Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children

Speakers:
Dana Hyde, Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Alex Thier, Former Assistant to the Administrator for Policy, Planning, and Learning, USAID
Larry Nowels, Independent Consultant
Philippe Orliange, Director of Strategy, Partnerships, and Communication, Agence Française de Développement (French Development Agency)

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Afternoon Plenary Session:  Smart Solutions: How iNGOs Can Survive and Thrive - A UPS® - InterAction CEO Roundtable Event

(Thurgood Marshall Ballroom)

The global digital revolution has transformed how iNGOs communicate, collaborate, advocate, educate, coordinate, and deliver programs. Featuring a pair opening "Quick-fire" Tech Talks, this plenary session will bring together leading voices from the public, private and nonprofit sector in a frank examination of the opportunities and challenges presented by today's ever-changing digital age.

Featured speakers will include David Bonbright, Co-founder and Chief Executive, Keystone Accountability; Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO, OPIC; and Eduardo Martinez, President, The UPS Foundation. Read more.

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

CEO Networking Lunch

(McKinley)

InterAction member CEOs rarely have the time to network with each other, find new partners, or develop a new stream of relevant contacts. Whether you are new or have been a part of this community for years, spend quality time with your colleagues from InterAction's broad spectrum of members. There will be a CEO networking lunch each day as well as a special session in each of the workshop blocks for InterAction Member CEOs only.

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

A Conversation with the Executive Office

(Hoover)

This will be a candid, informal exchange on policy, leadership, and trends that are shaping our community and InterAction’s role. During this session, where any topic is welcome, InterAction’s Chief Executive Officer Sam Worthington and President Lindsay Coates will explore collective solutions to our common concerns, share lessons learned during the last year, and examine the priorities guiding InterAction’s future course.

Speakers:
Sam Worthington, Chief Executive Officer, InterAction
Lindsay Coates, President, InterAction

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Annual Members Meeting

(Hoover)

InterAction member CEOs or their designated representatives are invited to join InterAction’s Annual Members Meeting. The meeting will introduce members to issues under consideration by the Board of Directors, including the election of new Board members, revisions to the InterAction Bylaws, and offer a dialogue with Neal Keny-Guyer, InterAction’s Board Chair, Sam Worthington, Chief Executive Officer, and members on different committees on the Board. A quorum is required.

4:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Exhibit Hours & Artisan Trade Fair

(Exhibition Hall)

Be sure to visit the exhibit booths in the exhibit hall to find out about the newest technologies and ground-breaking initiatives. Engage with our exhibitors and sponsors. Vendors will be selling a variety of arts and crafts made by indigenous artists from around the world during the Artisan Trade Fair.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Gala Banquet Reception

(Exhibition Hall)

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Gala Awards Banquet

(Thurgood Marshall Ballroom)

Join us in celebrating years of dedication to saving lives and improving the human condition. The evening will honor the legacy of aid workers who lost their lives in service and acknowledge the achievement of individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the humanitarian and development community. The evening will be moderated by Rajesh Mirchandani, Vice President of Communications and Policy Outreach at the Center for Global Development and include a keynote from Gayle Smith, Administrator, USAID. Read more.

Wednesday, April 20

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m

Breakfast, Exhibit Hours, & Artisan Trade Fair

(Exhibition Hall)

Be sure to visit the exhibit booths in the exhibit hall to find out about the newest technologies and ground-breaking initiatives while enjoying a continental breakfast. Vendors will be selling a variety of arts and crafts made by indigenous artists from around the world during the Artisan Trade Fair.

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

CEO Workshop: Strategic Philanthropy: Addressing the Challenges of the 21st Century

(Madison A/B)

The strategy and theory of change foundations use to focus limited resources is shifting. This session will explore how major foundations are evolving their strategies to address issues of inequity and deeper engagement of local development actors while increasing access to services and working with new partners to achieve scale for successful programs. As new stakeholders--private sector, millennial philanthropists, donor advised funds, etc.--have emerged, foundations are partnering to both leverage their resources and to have a greater impact. Foundations are also aiming to maximize their impact by evolving their relationships with governments. Others are focusing on civic space and the voice of civil society. In the context of this new era, panelists will share their own investment strategies, how they are adapting to the changing aid ecosystem, and provide insights on how organizations can best adapt their practices to yield greater results.

Moderator:
Lindsay Coates, President, InterAction

Speakers:
Jonas Rolett, Special Advisor to Chairman George Soros, Open Society Foundations
Martín Abregú, Vice President for Democracy, Rights, and Justice, Ford Foundation
Eric Kessler, Founder, Principal, and Senior Managing Director, Arabella Advisors

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

CEO Workshop: Balancing Risks in Times of Uncertainty

(Madison A/B)

The presence of risk within our sector and in the contexts in which we work is not new. Often with limited data, NGO leaders must make decisions that can force a trade-off between the needs of the people we serve, and the mitigation of potential risk to our personnel, resources and reputation. Guided by InterAction’s recent analysis of risk management among 14 major operational INGOs, this session will introduce six risk categories--security (physical), fiduciary, legal/compliance, information, reputation and operational--and seek to explore how NGO leaders perceive the current risk environment for their organization. How do we interpret, differentiate, prioritize and manage risks against achievement of our mandates? What practices have we adapted that enable us to effectively manage risk within program implementation? This session will provide an opportunity for a reflection on risk within the NGO sector, and will develop insights into replicative practices through peer exchanges.

Speakers:
Patty McIlreavy, Acting Vice President, Humanitarian Policy and Practice, InterAction

Facilitators:
Sam Worthington, Chief Executive Officer, InterAction
Lindsay Coates, President, InterAction

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Conversation with Administrator Gayle Smith and CEO Networking Lunch

(McKinley)

Member CEOs will meet with USAID Administrator Gayle Smith to discuss the evolving role of U.S. NGOs in the changing development landscape and the potential future partnerships between civil society and the U.S. government. Sam Worthington will moderate this informal closed-door discussion. 

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Closing Plenary: People on the Move: Exploring the Opportunities and Costs of Global Migration

(Thurgood Marshall Ballroom)

We are witnessing the highest level of forced displacement since WWII and massive human migration away from danger and hardship. This plenary session will explore the global migration crisis in the global context of unprecedented levels of forced and voluntary migration.

Featured speakers will include Hannah Allam, Foreign Affairs Reporter, McClatchy Newspapers; Antonio Gutteriez, former UN High Commissioner for Refugees; Amb. Bill Swing (Director General, International Organization for Migration), Nancy Lindborg, President, United States Institute of Peace; and Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State. Read More.

Forum 2016 Sponsors

UPSPlan InternationalZakat FoundationPlanet AidSIT Graduate InstituteNCBA CLUSATzu ChiMercy CorpsGlobal CommunitiesIslamic ReliefPublic Interest RegistrySave the ChildrenSolidarity CenterSolidarity Center