About Forum 2016


For the past three decades, InterAction's Forum has convened leaders from a variety of sectors, becoming one of the largest gatherings of international development and humanitarian professionals.

With 50 diverse workshops, four high-level plenary sessions, and an evening gala banquet, InterAction’s 2016 Forum creates a stimulating environment for participants to engage with colleagues and partners from a variety of sectors to forge common solutions on pressing global challenges. In 2015, over 1,000 attendees representing NGOs, governments, the philanthropic community, corporations, and civil society participated in the Forum.

In addition to networking, the Forum offers a series of workshop tracks specifically designed for attendees at different stages in their careers—including a CEO track, topical tracks for professional staff, and a Young Professionals Summit. The Forum also features an exhibit hall where attendees can see new technologies and solutions that are changing the way we all work.

In the past year, U.S. NGOs and their partners have faced an unprecedented range of challenges--including the recent drought in Ethiopia; protracted conflicts in Syria and Yemen, and the displacement or forced migration of millions. As we work to address the most crucial issues of our time, Forum 2016 provides a space for attendees to be on the cutting edge of our field’s thinking and to both hear and contribute to strategic discussions on how we can effectively address these complexities.

For additional information about how you or your organization can participate in or partner with InterAction's Forum please contact forum@interaction.org.

Forum Co-Chairs


Kathy Spahn is president and CEO of Helen Keller International (HKI), an international development organization dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the world’s most vulnerable through evidence-based programs that combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition. Spahn serves on the boards of InterAction and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). She is a founding board member of the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies (ANSA), and also serves on the 2020 and Strategic Advisory Council of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).


Douglas Jackson serves as the president and CEO of Project C.U.R.E. Each week, Project C.U.R.E. delivers approximately three semi-truck loads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries. Project C.U.R.E. is consistently recognized with the highest Four Star ranking from Charity Navigator, and was named by Forbes as one of the top 200 charities in America.

For information about previous Forums, see the web highlights for
Forum 2015 | Forum 2014 | Forum 2013.

Forum 2016 Sponsors

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