2020 National Forum Agenda

Monday, December 7
7:30 — 8:00 am PST
10:30 – 11:00 am EST
Networking, Virtual Exhibit Hall
8:00 — 8:30 am PST
11:00 – 11:30 am EST
Opening Plenary

  • Welcome and Overview: Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
  • Keynote Presentation: Zia Khan, Senior Vice President, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Keynote Presentation: Blessing Omakwu, Deputy Director, Goalkeepers, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
8:30 – 9:45 am PST
11:30 – 12:45 pm EST
Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout #1: Ensuring A Just Recovery
  • Breakout #2: Natural Capital and Sustainability
  • Breakout #3: Disruption and Leapfrogging to a Better Future
Ensuring A Just Recovery

The global pandemic has illuminated and at times exacerbated inequalities in our healthcare, economic systems, and access to justice. We are at a moment in history to reset and reimagine a better and more equitable future. We should not build back to the status quo. Fundamental aspects of human rights, justice, and equity should underpin our decisions in 2021. Join a panel of speakers who will talk about the evolving dimensions of ensuring a just recovery.


  • SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being: Carla Blauvelt, Director of Programs, VillageReach
  • SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities: Irit Tamir, Director, Private Sector Department, Oxfam America
  • SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: Ted Piccone, Chief Engagement Officer, World Justice Project
  • Moderator: Jennifer Faust, Executive Director, Pacific Council on International Policy
Natural Capital and Sustainability

Natural Capital represents the world’s stock of natural resources on our land and in the water. These resources underpin our economy and make life possible. Additionally, the Monterey Framework underscores livelihood security and access to resources alongside ecological sustainability. At this moment in time, how can we foster economic models that ensures environmental sustainability? Join experts on this panel to explore the intersection of economic development, preservation of small scale farmer and fisher livelihoods, and eco-system survival.


  • SDG 2 Zero Hunger: Alexandra Spieldoch, CEO, Bountifield International
  • SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy: Luka Powanga, Executive Director, African Energy Conference
  • SDG 14 Life Below Water: Peter Battisti, Executive Director, Future of Fish
  • Moderator: Julia Kennedy, Development & Communications Director, Posner Center for International Development
Disruption and Leapfrogging to a Better Future

The world took a collective pause during the worldwide spread of COVID-19. The pandemic disrupted our economies, healthcare, and social constructs. However, it presents an opportunity to reimagine future strategies that could leapfrog our current thinking, tools, and technology. The introduction of the cell phone to many low and middle income countries sparked new advances in mobile payments, mHealth, and digital infrastructure. What should we be thinking about now for this next leapfrog opportunity? How can we ensure equity and sustainability as we transition into 2021? Join experts on this panel to discuss strategic and equable leaps for global development given the disruption of COVID-19.


  • SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation: Rachel Anne Cardone, Deputy Director, Water Health and Development, Stanford Woods Institute
  • SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth: Atul Tandon, CEO, Opportunity International
  • SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy: Matthew Harris, Director of Business Development, Latin America, Solar Energy International
  • Moderator: James Bernard, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Resonance
9:45 – 9:50 am PST
12:45 – 12:50 pm EST
Networking Break
9:50 – 10:00 am PST
12:50 – 1:00 pm EST
Presentation of 2020 Global Hero Award
10:00 – 10:45 am PST
1:00 – 1:45 pm EST
Plenary Panel: Fundamental Aspects of the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were established to track progress on 17 distinct goals ranging from clean energy to global health. While each of the goals will need deep area expertise deployed to reach the targets, there are certain foundational elements that cut across all the goals. Fundamental aspects that are cross-cutting include equity, human rights, adapting to a changing climate, and using a gender focused approach to name a few. Join leaders from multiple sectors and disciplines who will bring to light the underlying aspects of the SDGs to help guide a holistic approach.

  • Ali Mokdad, Chief Strategy Officer, Population Health, University of Washington
  • Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, World Justice Project
  • Monica Gorman, Vice President, Responsible Leadership & Global Compliance, New Balance
  • Moderator: Tony Pipa, Senior Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution
10:45 — 11:25 am PST
1:45 – 2:25 pm EST
Plenary Panel: Global Development Post-Election in the U.S.
2020 was a tumultuous year staring with a global pandemic, calls for racial equality, and most recently a divisive election. President-elect Joe Biden is starting to build his Administration, vowing to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, and reaching out to world leaders, signaling a departure from President Trump’s America First doctrine. Yet, the recent election revealed a deeply divided electorate in the U.S. that might hamper strategies promoting global engagement. What can the global development community expect from a Biden Administration given the current political context? Join to hear expert their perspectives and insights.

  • Clarence Edwards, Legislative Director, Sustainable Energy and Environment, Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Dan Glickman, Former Secretary of Agriculture and Senior Advisor, USGLC
  • Tjada D’Oyen McKenna, CEO, Mercy Corps
  • Moderator: Michael Igoe, Senior Reporter, Devex
11:25 – 11:35 am PST
2:25 – 2:35 pm EST
Plenary Keynote

  • Keynote:Laurel Patterson, Head, SDG Integration, UNDP
  • Remarks: Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
11:35 – 12:00 pm PST
2:35 – 3:00 pm EST
SDG Multi-Media Session

Introductory Remarks: Rick Steves, Travel Writer

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Melinda Gates: How Women Are Left Behind in the Pandemic Economy
  • Deetken Impact: Deetken Impact Sustainable Energy
  • Future of Fish: La Islilla
  • The Hunger Project: #GirlsChangeTracks – Empowering Adolescent Girls
  • Remote Energy: Women At the Front of the Room
  • Rick Steves: Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala
  • VillageReach: Improving Health Care for Communities at the Last Mile
  • Vulcan: Hunger Ward
  • World Vision: Messania’s Story
Tuesday, December 8
7:30 – 8:00 am PST
10:30 – 11:00 am EST
Networking, Virtual Exhibit Hall, Featured Videos
8:00 – 8:55 am PST
11:00 – 11:55 am EST
Opening Plenary

  • Welcome and Overview: Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
  • Keynote Interview: Kate Behncken, Vice President and Lead, Microsoft Philanthropies. Interviewed by Jason Hunke, Vice President of Communications, Vulcan Inc.
  • Fireside Chat: A Purpose Mindset
    • Akhtar Badshah, Author and former Director, Microsoft Philanthropies
    • Will Poole, Managing Partner, Capria
    • Tazin Shadid, Founder, Spreeha Bangladesh
8:55 – 10:05 am PST
11:55 – 1:05 pm EST
Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout #1: Feminist Leadership
  • Breakout #2: Effective Partnerships and Social Capital
  • Breakout #3: Movement Building
Feminist Leadership

Mexico, Canada, and Sweden have explicitly called their development assistance and foreign policy as feminist. Meaning, a leadership approach that is supportive and inclusive of those most marginalized due to their gender identity. In order to achieve each of the SDGs, a feminist approach needs to be a fundamental aspect of program design, implementation, and leadership. Join experts in this area to discuss strengthening feminist leadership for global development.


  • SDG 1 No Poverty: Mary Ellen Iskenderian, CEO, Women’s World Banking
  • SDG 5 Gender Equality Speaker: Robbin Jorgensen, Founder & CEO, Women Igniting Change
  • SDG 13 Climate Action Speaker: Marie-Noëlle Keijzer, Co-founder, Vice-president of the Board, WeForest
  • Moderator: Radha Friedman, Lead, Gender and Philanthropy Practice, Stanford Global Center for Gender Equality
Effective Partnerships and Social Capital

No one sector of society will be able to achieve the SDGs on their own. Often incentives and objectives for stakeholders do not align to achieve equity and sustainability for those most marginalized in low and middle income countries. However, there are outstanding examples of effective partnerships among NGOs, private sector, faith leaders, and local governments. What are the ingredients needed to form effective partnership to advance the SDGs? What is the appropriate role of each sector to maximize success? Join experts in forming effective partnerships to examine this evolving topic.


  • SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: Greta Bull, CEO, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
  • SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities: Jonathan Papoulidis, Executive Advisor, Fragile States, World Vision
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals: Abe Diaz, Senior TPM, Disaster Relief, Amazon
  • Moderator: Marty Kooistra, Board Member, Global Washington
Movement Building

We have 10 short years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The need to galvanize support and get back on track for the SDGs is urgent. Failure could mean that hunger and starvation would double, a raging pandemic would go unabated, and we would pass the tipping point of a climate catastrophe. The cost of inaction is too high. However, there is a resurgence of civil action in support of global issues and hope for the future. Join this session to hear from motivational leaders who have catalyzed movements to achieve the SDGs.


  • SDG 4 Quality Education Speaker: Adriana Alejandro Osorio, UNICEF USA
  • SDG 12 Responsible Consumption Speaker: Anne Costello, Director of Coffee, Peace Coffee
  • SDG 15 Life on Land: Colleen Scanlan Lyons, Project Director, Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force
  • Moderator: Jonathan Scanlon, Owner, Scanlon Consulting
10:05 – 10:10 am PST
1:05 – 1:10 pm EST
Networking Break
10:10 – 10:55 am PST
1:10 – 1:55 pm EST
Plenary Panel: Next Gen Leadership for Global Development

2020 marks an inflection point for the global development community and an opportunity to build more equitable solutions. This change will not happen overnight and will take strong, dedicated leadership for decades to come. Fortunately, there has been a resurgence of youth activism around the world on topics such as climate change, human rights, and the SDGs. Bringing youth voices to the table will be essential to advancing the SDGs. Join three young professionals who are leading the way for the future of global development.

  • Jasmine Burton, WEF Global Shapers
  • Nikhil Taneja, Global Advisory Board Member, Goalkeepers, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Laura Vergara, Board Member, FRIDA
  • Moderator: Jennifer Butte-Dahl, Senior Director, The Tembo Group
10:55 – 11:30 am PST
1:55 – 2:30 pm EST
Closing Plenary

  • Introductory Remarks: Owain James, Global Director, 100 Million Campaign, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
  • Keynote: Special Guest, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation
  • Closing remarks: Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington