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Forum 2017 Plenary Sessions

Tuesday, June 20 - Opening Plenary

United We Stand

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

Political leaders around the world are questioning the values of institutions, norms of governance and approaches to economics. In this uncertainty, U.S. NGOs must remember and renew our core values and mission. InterAction, our members and partners are internationalists, committed to improving the world with a deep belief that staying connected is the only way to advance human welfare and will make all people stronger.

We are all united in the global fight to eliminate extreme poverty and vulnerability, strengthen human rights and citizen participation, safeguard a sustainable planet, promote peace and ensure dignity for all people. This plenary session will be a reaffirmation of these values from a wide cross-section of our community, demonstrating that building bonds and relationships builds strength for the long-run. It is also an opportunity to hear how we can continue promoting dignity and action, particularly with closing space for civil society.

We start with have an opening keynote presented by U.S. President William J. Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation. This plenary will then feature a conversation with two former Heads of State, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of the Republic of Malawi and former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation. It then closes with a panel discussion on the role of non-state actors led by InterAction board member, Doug Rutzen.

Keynote

Bill Clinton, the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice, led the U.S. to the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation, and today, the renamed Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, works to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, through which over 11.5 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications. The Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Development Initiative, the Clinton Foundation's Haiti team, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership are applying a business-oriented approach to promote sustainable economic growth and to fight climate change worldwide and in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity and preventable disease through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. Established in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. So far, more than 3,600 Clinton Global Initiative commitments have improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries.


Opening Plenary Speakers

Joyce Banda is an entrepreneur, activist, politician, and philanthropist. She was President of the Republic of Malawi from 2012-2014, serving as Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second. Voted as Africa's most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine for two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda is a champion for the rights of women, children, the disabled, and other marginalized groups. Before becoming President of Malawi, Dr. Banda served as a Member of Parliament; Minister of Gender and Child Welfare; and Foreign Minister and Vice President of the Republic of Malawi. While serving as Minister of Gender and Child Welfare, Dr. Banda championed the enactment of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill in 2006, which provides a legal framework for the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. She sits on the advisory board of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) and is also a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Between 2013 and 2016 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in three roles; first for the Great Lakes region of Africa, then on Climate Change and most recently as his Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate. Mary’s memoir, Everybody Matters was published in September 2012.


Panelists

Karen Attiah is the editor of the Washington Post's newly created Global Opinions section. Previously, she was the deputy digital opinion editor for the Post's Opinions section. Her writing primarily focuses on Africa, and global issues of race, politics, identity and gender. She has written and reported from Ghana and Nigeria, and reported for the Associated Press from Curacao. A former Fulbright scholar, she holds a Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's in Communication studies and African studies.

Feliciano Reyna Ganteaume founded Acción Solidaria on HIV/Aids, a non-profit Civil Society Organization in 1995 and has since been its Executive President. He served as HIV/Aids Service Organizations Representative before the Technical Group on HIV/Aids of the United Nations Agencies in Venezuela. In 2000, Acción Solidaria became a member of Sinergia, Venezuelan Association of Civil Society Organizations, which presently groups 54 cross-sector organizations, from the areas of social development to human rights. Between 2005 and 2015, Feliciano acted as President of Sinergia's Board, particularly strengthening the organizations international agenda in the promotion and defense of the space of civil society in Venezuela. He co-founded CODEVIDA, the Coalition of Venezuelan organizations for the rights to health and to life and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Center for not-for-profit Law (ICNL), remaining on their Advisory Board. He served on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS, Global Alliance for Citizen Participation and founded CIVILIS Human Rights, dedicated to monitoring and documenting the situation of human rights in Venezuela. In 2010, Feliciano received the second edition of the Human Rights Award, given every year by the Center for Peace and Human Rights of Venezuela´s Central University and the Canadian Embassy in Venezuela. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University.

Rajiv Joshi

Rajiv Joshi is an activist, economist and social entrepreneur. He serves as a founding member and Managing Director of The B Team based in New York, also serving on the Executive Board of the organisation, overseeing operations and management of the staff team, and supporting the Board in service of The B Team’s mission. He is working actively with some of the world’s most influential business and civil society leaders, and former heads of state, to help redefine the role of business, to drive social, environmental and economic benefit.

Rajiv also currently serves as a Trustee of Oxfam where he advises on policy, campaigns and global programs, he also served as Executive Director and Head of Global Programs for the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), the world’s largest civil society alliance working to end poverty and inequality. He joined the coalition from 2004 from it’s founding by Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel in Maputo, Mozambique, and initially supported the Scottish National Coalition during the 2005 G8 Gleneagles Summit and the MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY campaign. During his time with GCAP he led global action towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, including mobilizing over 173 million people as part of the ‘Stand Up: Take Action’ initiative. Rajiv supported ‘The Elders’ with their Every Human Has Rights campaign and helped spearhead citizen participation in the post-2015 agenda, as co-founder of ‘The World We Want 2015’ platform and Chair of the Post-2015 Policy and Strategy Group.

Rajiv served for six years as an elected Board Member of CIVICUS based in Johannesburg, representing civil society organizations in more than 100 countries as the youngest director in the organization’s history. Rajiv also serves on the Board of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy and previously worked as a Senior Public Sector Consultant with Capgemini.

From 2005-2007 Rajiv served 2 elected terms as Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, during which time he was also a member of the World Youth Congress, 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.

Rajiv’s parents were born and raised in Kisumu, Kenya, with his family originating from Gujarat India, but migrating to Scotland after the spread of violence in neighboring Uganda. He holds a First Class Honors Degree in Economics from Strathclyde Business School and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPA) and International Economic Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York.

Kimber Shearer

Kimber Shearer is Counsel and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advances freedom and democracy worldwide. Kimber leads efforts on organizational strategy and development, new business development and partnerships, and oversees IRI’s institutional efforts to analyze global trends related to democracy and governance; cultivate innovative, informed programming; and foster a culture of innovation and learning across the organization. Kimber has held other positions at IRI including in the Asia and Latin America & Caribbean Divisions where she oversaw the development and management of various democracy, rights and governance programs. Prior to joining IRI in 2005, Kimber held numerous positions at the U.S. Department of State and was a Presidential Management Fellow from 2001-2003. Kimber has a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, a bachelor’s degree in political science from LaSalle University, and is a member of the Maryland Bar.


Moderators

Doug Rutzen is President and CEO of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, which has worked on the legal framework for civil society and philanthropy in over 100 countries.  Doug also teaches at Georgetown Law, serves on the Advisory Board of the UN Democracy Fund, and co-chairs the civil society pillar of the Community of Democracies. Doug is a member of InterAction’s Board of Directors and serves on USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. Under Doug’s leadership, ICNL received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the organizational analogue to MacArthur’s “genius award” for individuals. Upon Czechoslovakia’s transition to democracy, Doug served as Legal Advisor to the Czechoslovak Parliament. In the 1980s, Doug developed social enterprises in the Caribbean, and he wrote a book that revolutionized the production of eyeglasses in low-income countries. Doug is a graduate of Yale Law School, with undergraduate studies at Cornell and Oxford.

Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington is chief executive officer of InterAction, the largest alliance in the U.S. of nongovernmental international organizations, with more than 220 members and partners. Sam leads the U.S. NGO sector’s engagement at the highest levels with the UN, governments, and civil society groups around the world. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, routinely consults with the administration, speaks to boards and at universities, and is a regular contributor on numerous major national and international media outlets.

Previously, Sam served as chief executive officer of Plan International USA (1994-2006), a large child-focused development NGO. Sam also sat on Plan’s global executive management team and chaired Plan’s national CEO team.

Sam is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; serves on the Advisory Committee for Voluntary Foreign Assistance (ACVFA) at USAID and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) at the UN; and sits on the boards of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Van Leer Group Foundation, CIVICUS, and The Alliance to End Hunger. His numerous leadership roles include serving on the White House Task Force on Global Development and Poverty, working as a founding board member of the ONE Campaign, chairing the global NGO Impact Initiative on behalf of UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery Pres. Bill Clinton, and serving on the steering committee of the NGO Leadership Forum at Harvard University. Recently, he was a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center.

Sam holds a master’s degree with distinction from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. As a Fulbright scholar he completed postgraduate research at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, and as a midcareer professional, an executive leadership program at the Harvard Business School. Among other awards, he has an honorary doctorate. Sam and his wife Renée live in Bethesda, Maryland. They have three grown children Rachel, Jamie, and Lindsay.

Tuesday, June 20 - Afternoon Plenary

The Changing Dynamics of Migration

3:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

In 2015, the number of international migrants worldwide, or people residing in a country other than their country of birth, reached its highest ever recorded level, 244 million people. Sixty million of these people were forced from their homes by war or natural hazards, the greatest forced population displacement since World War II. The movements of these populations have been met with the growing rhetoric of populism, nationalism and xenophobia across the world. This plenary session will examine the reasons behind the increase in migrants, the challenges presented to governments and civil society by this mass movement of people, and the best practices for maintaining a culture of tolerance and acceptance.

PanelistsKristalina Georgieva

Kristalina Georgieva is the Chief Executive Officer for the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association). Georgieva’s role is to build support across the international community to help mobilize resources for poor and middle-income countries and develop more effective solutions for the poor at the scale required. Previously, Georgieva, a Bulgarian national, helped shape the agenda of the European Union, first as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, managing one of the world's largest humanitarian aid budgets, and later as Vice President for Budget and Human Resources, in charge of the European Union's €161 billion (US $175bn) budget and 33,000 staff around the world. Before joining the European Commission, Georgieva held multiple positions at the World Bank, including, most recently, Vice President and Corporate Secretary (2008-2010), and from 2007 to 2008, Director for Sustainable Development in charge of 60 percent of the World Bank’s policy and lending operations.

Eric SchwartzEric Schwartz is the incoming President of Refugees International, transitioning in June from his post as Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, until October 2011, he was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. Mr. Schwartz has also served as the United Nations Secretary General’s Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, and as Chief of Office in Geneva for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. From 1993 until 2001, he was on the staff of the National Security Council, ultimately as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs. Earlier in his career, he served as Washington Director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch.  He received a B.A. from Binghamton University, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Tejshri ShahTejshri Shah (Tish) is Chair of the Operational Centre Amsterdam (OCA) branch of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a member of MSF’s International Board and UK Board. She is also a practicing Paediatrician specialising in infectious diseases at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. Tish qualified as a doctor in 1994 and has worked with MSF since 1999, as a Physician and Medical Coordinator in the field and as Health Advisor and Head of the Manson Unit (a medical department) at headquarters. She returned to clinical practice in London in 2010, but also undertook a short MSF mission for the Ebola epidemic response in Sierra Leone. As the epidemic faded she became Child Health Team Lead for the World Health Organisation in Sierra Leone for eight months.


Spotlight: Reflections from a RefugeeMais Balkhi

Mais Balkhi is the Advocacy and Outreach Manager for Syria Relief and Development (SRD), a non-profit organization distributed more than $30 million in aid to nearly 900,000 Syrians in need since 2011. Mais has 10 years’ work experience in managing both emergency response and local development programs with non-profit organizations and she is currently the co-chair of the Syria/Iraq working group at InterAction. Before moving to the U.S in 2015, Mais worked at The Syria Trust for Development, a non-profit organization created to empower individuals and communities throughout Syria. She also managed a youth program that conducted over 600 training and awareness sessions for youth (age 16-25) to equip them with knowledge about the job market and with communication and presentation skills for their future careers. Mais moved to Lebanon from Syria in 2012 to work with Save the Children as their Shelter & NFI Program Manager. During that time, she managed four humanitarian relief projects funded by ECHO, DFID, UNHCR, WFP and co-chaired the Shelter & NFI working group in Bekaa with UNHCR.


Spotlight: Reflections from a RefugeeLenny Ndayisaba

Lenny Ndayisaba was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He and his family fled to Rwanda in February 1996 and were welcomed in Mudende Refugee Camp in west Rwanda. In 1997, militia attacked the Mudende camp twice and Lenny and his family moved to Gihembe Refugee Camp in north Rwanda thanks to the assistance of the UN. Lenny and his sister moved to Durham, North Carolina in July 2014 and four months later, his parents and younger brother joined them. Lenny currently helps newly settled refugees find jobs and navigate day to day tasks in the Durham area.


ModeratorPatricia McIlreavy

Patricia McIlreavy is the vice president of the Humanitarian Policy and Practice team at InterAction, an alliance of U.S.-based relief and development organizations. he leads InterAction’s efforts to assist the humanitarian community, including InterAction members, UN agencies, and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, to address the needs of vulnerable populations.Through her current role, she represents InterAction membership, expanding the position, partnerships and influence of NGOs in multilateral and bilateral fora and events. McIlreavy serves on the advisory board of the Charity & Security Network.

Wednesday, June 21 - Morning Plenary

The Human Side of Technology

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Innovation and breakthrough technologies are often cited as a key solution for more effective and more efficient ways to provide humanitarian relief or development outcomes. In some contexts, new technologies allow programs to reach farther, serve more people and deliver cost saving outcomes. However, for every successful prototype that reaches scale, there are dozens of others designed to solve the wrong problem and ultimately fail. This plenary session will look at the opportunities and challenges of utilizing new technology to address community needs and respect human dignity.

PanelistsAnn Mei Chang

Ann Mei Chang is an executive leader at the intersection of innovation, technology, and global development. She served as Chief Innovation Officer and the first Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID. The Lab is the newest bureau at USAID and leverages 21st Century advances in technology and innovation to accelerate the impact and scale of global development. Previously, Ann Mei was the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps and served as the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to her pivot to the public sector, Ann Mei had over twenty years of experience at leading Silicon Valley companies including Google, Apple, Intuit, and some startups. Most recently, she was as a Senior Engineering Director at Google, where she led worldwide engineering for mobile applications and services, delivering 20x growth to $1B in annual revenues in just 3 years.  At Google, she also led the product development team for Emerging Markets. Ann Mei currently serves on the board of global development NGOs, BRAC USA and IREX.  She holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Ed MartinezEduardo Martinez is President of the UPS Foundation and UPS’ Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. He is responsible for the operations and management of UPS’ global philanthropic, employee engagement, corporate relations and diversity and inclusion programs. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Eduardo represents UPS on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response and serves as UPS Executive Liaison to the Council of Independent Colleges. He is also a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for The National Council of La Raza, corporate liaison to the Points of Light Institutes’ Service Council, Chair of the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Volunteer Effort. He is also Co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences “Resilient America” program and Chair of IAVE’s Global Corporate Volunteer Council. Eduardo currently serves on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reeds’ Mayoral Service Board. Eduardo is a member of the American Bar Association, Florida Bar and Hispanic National Bar Association.

Nathaniel A. RaymondNathaniel A. Raymond is Director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) of the Harvard T.I. Chan School of Public Health. He was formerly Director of Operations of the Satellite Sentinel Project at HHI, which was a co-recipient of the 2012 US Geospatial Foundation Industry Intelligence Achievement Award.

Raymond was previously Director of the Campaign Against Torture at Physicians for Human Rights and served in a variety of roles at Oxfam America, including Communications Advisor for Humanitarian Response and Interim Coordinator for Tsunami Communications for Oxfam International. He has served in the field in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, the Gulf Coast, Jordan, and elsewhere.

He is a 2013 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and a 2010 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Security and Human Rights Reform Fellow. Raymond is a co-winner of the 2013 USAID and Humanity United Tech Challenge for Mass Atrocity Prevention. He has co-written four major peer-reviewed articles on the use of information communication technologies in humanitarian response and human rights work.

Nilmini RubinNilmini Rubin, vice president for international development at Tetra Tech, works to facilitate power and infrastructure transactions, promote clean energy solutions, expand electricity connectivity, boost energy service delivery, and improve utility operations. Prior to joining Tetra Tech, Nilmini served as a senior advisor to the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as a senior aide to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the White House's National Security Council, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a bachelor's degree in economics and development studies from the University of California, Berkeley.


Moderator

Alicia Phillips Mandaville is the vice president for Global Development Policy and Learning at InterAction, an alliance of international development and relief organizations. Through her role, she represents InterAction membership, expanding the position, partnerships and influence of NGOs in multilateral and bilateral fora and events.

Previously, Alicia was the vice president for international and social impact work at Amida Technology Services, a data-technology company focused on resolving complex problems in data access, interoperability, analysis, and security. Before that she spent nine years in U.S. public service, most recently as the chief strategy officer at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Alicia managed both the data-driven tools and qualitative research that the agency relied on to allocate billions of dollars for investments in infrastructure, agriculture, health, and other economic development programs. This specifically included developing research methods to assess and monitor country governance and human rights, economic growth, and development aid effectiveness. In 2009 Alicia was detailed to then Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew's office for the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. She joined the U.S. Government after working at the National Democratic Institute from 1999-2005, where she focused on the role of democratic institutions in national poverty reduction efforts.

Alicia holds a BA in international relations from the College of William and Mary, a masters in international conflict analysis from the University of Kent in Canterbury, and has completed the coursework for a PhD in Economics at American University. She has published work on the role of data in international development and on democratic institutions.

Thursday, June 22 - Closing Plenary

Navigating the New Washington

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The 2016 U.S presidential election sparked a major political transition in Washington, D.C. signaling changes in policy that deeply impact how the U.S. engages around the world. Proposed substantial reductions to foreign assistance, possible restructuring of USAID and the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord mark a clear departure from the two previous presidential administrations which developed deep collaborations with the international community, including the role of civil society and NGOs. This plenary session will examine how development and humanitarian actors can navigate rapid policy changes, assert their interests, and find common ground with new partners to alleviate global poverty, work towards social justice, and preserve U.S. and other institutional capacity to advance shared goals.

Panelists

Manish Bapna is the executive vice president and managing director of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and oversees their programs, chairs the management team and works to strengthen the impact of WRI research. Under his leadership, the institute has established offices in China, India and Brazil and initiated programs on cities, water, adaptation, and the sustainable development goals. Before joining WRI, Mr. Bapna was executive director of the non-profit Bank Information Centre (BIC). He also served as a senior economist and task team leader at the World Bank, where he led multidisciplinary teams on rural development projects in Asia and Latin America. Mr. Bapna serves on the board of directors of Oxfam America and is the Co-Chair of the Open Government Partnership.

Norman Ornstein Norman Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic and is an election eve analyst for BBC News. He served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Mr. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold that reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future; The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas E. Mann, which was named by the Washington Post as one of the best books of 2006 and called by The Economist “a classic”; and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, also with Tom Mann, published in May 2012 by Basic Books. It was named as one of 2012’s best books on politics by The New Yorker and one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post.

Daniel F. Runde

Daniel F. Runde is director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at CSIS. His work centers on the contributions of development assistance, the multilateral institutions, the private sector and good governance for creating a more free and prosperous world. A thought leader on international development, emerging markets and foreign policy, he has influenced many debates regarding the deployment of U.S. power in the world.  His work has been cited for preserving the Doing Business Initiative at the World Bank Group in 2013.  He shaped the conversation regarding U.S. participation in implementing the 2014 World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.  In 2015, he advised the U.S. State Department in its preparations for the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa; Mr. Runde’s work led to the creation of the Sustainable Financing Initiative, an effort by the U.S. government to leverage additional local government revenue for health. He also was active in bringing the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Executive branch to an agreement on IMF Quota Reform in 2016.  He has directed and published dozens of papers and reports.  He speaks often at international fora and convenes dozens of conferences and roundtables every year.

Gayle Smith

Gayle E. Smith is the President and CEO of the ONE Campaign. She served as a top advisor on development issues for two American presidents and is one of the world’s leading experts on global development. She brings an unparalleled expertise on development and democracy issues, and an extraordinary network of relationships across the African continent and around the world. In her most recent role, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Smith led a staff of more than 10,000 people working to end extreme poverty, foster sustained and inclusive economic growth, and promote resilient, democratic societies all over the world. Smith had previously served as special assistant to President Obama and senior director for development and democracy at the National Security Council, and as special assistant to President Clinton and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council. Before her work on the NSC Smith founded the sustainable security program at the Center for American Progress, and co-founded the ENOUGH project and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. She also worked as a journalist and with NGOs in Africa for more than 20 years. Smith is originally from Bexley, Ohio and earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado.


ModeratorLindsay Coates

Lindsay Coates is the president of InterAction, overseeing all management issues and institutional outreach to InterAction members and partners. A life-long advocate for human dignity, Lindsay currently serves on the steering committee of the World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability, the executive committee for Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), and the boards of Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) and United State Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC). She also served on the Obama administration’s task force on Global Poverty, was a Trustee for her alma mater the University of the South at Sewanee, and a board member for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Global Heath Council.

Before joining InterAction in 2008, she was the COO of Population Action International, a leading international NGO advocating for access to family planning services. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Lindsay practiced civil rights law in various capacities. She began her career in Mississippi, and then served as chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education, and an equal employment opportunity attorney at the National Gallery of Art.

From 2008-2009, Lindsay was a nonresident fellow of Seminar XXI, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies. She holds a JD from the University of Mississippi, a B.A. magna cum laude from Sewanee, and has studied at the London School of Economics.


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