Live captioning will be available for each presentation and breakout.

Wednesday, December 8

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

  • Welcome and Overview: Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
8:10 – 8:30 am PST / 11:10 – 11:30 am EST Opening Keynote Presentation

  • Scheaffer Okore, Goalkeeper Advisory Board, Gates Foundation, and Director of Policy and Advocacy, Women Political Leaders (WPL)
8:30 – 9:45 am PST / 11:30 – 12:45 pm EST Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout #1: SDG 16 Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  • Breakout #2: SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being
  • Breakout #3: SDG 13 Climate Action
SDG 16: Catalyzing and Building Strong Institutions

SDG 16 focuses on “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”, but what are “Strong Institutions”? What are the qualities that make some governments stronger, better performing, and more responsive to their citizens’ well-being? How do those inside and outside of government measure success? And what is the role of civil society to ensure that strong institutions actually result in better lives for the people institutions should serve? Hear from three accomplished women: one who is helping define and measure what it means to be a strong institution, another who has governed a nation, and finally one who is supporting civil society organizations around the world to create more peaceful and just societies.


  • Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, World Justice Project
  • Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica
  • Nancy Lindborg, President & CEO, Packard Foundation
  • Moderator: Leslie Tsai, Director of Social Investment, Chandler Foundation
SDG 3: Global Health Systems: Vulnerability and Resilience Through the Pandemic

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Currently, the world is facing a global health crisis unlike any other — COVID-19 is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy, and upending the lives of billions of people around the globe. The panelists in this session will provide their unique perspectives on the pandemic’s impact on health systems and global health supply chains, developing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics, and more. We will discuss how the pandemic is much more than a health crisis. It requires a whole-of-government and whole-of-society response – one that GlobalWA organizations are working together to achieve.


  • Shivanshi Kapoor, Senior Program Officer, Strategy, PATH South Asia Hub
  • Simba Nyanyiwa, Senior Manager for Supply Chains, VillageReach
  • Lakshmi Sethuraman, Principal, Sattva
  • Moderator: KJ Zunigha, Senior Consultant, Linksbridge SPC
SDG 13: The Climate Action Imperative

When U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry addressed this year’s annual ABA Meeting, he remarked:  “you are all climate lawyers now.” The same could be said for the international development field:  we are all climate development practitioners now. This panel explores the call to action of SDG 13, and the many areas where our organizations have committed missions and resources to combat climate change and its impacts. The panel will discuss overall trends to tackle the climate imperative in development work, as well as several specific efforts: addressing deforestation through protection of Indigenous community tenure rights, climate smart agriculture initiatives, and government commitments to safeguard coastal mangroves areas.


  • Kartick Kumar, Senior Portfolio Manager, King Philanthropies
  • Rachel McMonagle, Climate Change and Land Tenure Specialist, Landesa
  • Moderator: Khalil Shahyd, Managing Director, Environment and Equity Strategies, Environment, Equity, and Justice Center, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
9:45 – 10:00 am PST / 12:45 – 1:00 pm EST Issue Based Networking
10:00 – 10:10 am PST / 1:00 – 1:10 pm EST Presentation of 2021 Global Hero Award

  • Rose Berg, Director of Advocacy and Communications, Chandler Foundation, in memoriam
  • Jerilyn Brusseau, Founder, PeaceTrees Vietnam
10:10 – 10:55 am PST / 1:10 – 1:55 pm EST Plenary Panel: The Future of Global Development

  • Ruth Sincinele Sakhile Bechtel, Vice President of Programs, VillageReach
  • Rowlands Kaotcha, Global Vice President, The Hunger Project
  • Rose Tchwenko, Ghana Country Director, CARE
  • Moderator: Akhtar Badshah, Distinguished Practitioner & Senior Lecturer, University of Washington
10:55 – 11:35 am PST / 1:55 – 2:35 pm EST Plenary Conversation: A Clash of Contagions: COVID-19, Conflict, and Humanitarian Response

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic go far beyond a public health crisis. Recent research by Mercy Corps reveals how COVID-19 and response measures are exacerbating the underlying drivers of conflict and fraying state-society relations. From an uptick in criminal and gender-based violence, to expanded recruitment by armed opposition groups, this panel will discuss how these trends could spark new conflicts or worsen existing ones if left unchecked, the challenges this poses for humanitarian actors, and the steps we must take now to address the warning signs.


  • Dina Esposito, Interim Vice President, Policy, Research and Technical Leadership, Mercy Corps
  • Mayesha Alam, Senior Adviser, Policy & Research, Mercy Corps
  • Jennifer Daum, Director of Programs, Colombia, Mercy Corps
  • Miji Park, Country Director, Mercy Corps, Liberia
11:35 am – 12:00 noon PST / 2:35 – 3:00 pm EST Plenary Keynote

  • Keynote: Michele Sumilas, Assistant to the Administrator, USAID
  • Remarks: Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
12:00 – 12:30 pm PST / 3:00 – 3:30 pm EST Speed Networking 

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Thursday, December 9

8:30 – 9:00 am PST / 11:30 – 12:00 pm EST Networking, Virtual Exhibit Hall
9:00 – 9:10 am PST / 12:00 – 12:10pm EST Plenary Opening Remarks

  • Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
9:10 – 9:25 am PST / 12:10 – 12:25 pm EST Plenary Opening Keynote

  • Ankur Vora, Chief Strategy Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • In conversation with Sara Rogge, Chief of Staff, Global Policy & Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
9:25 – 9:45 am PST / 12:25 – 12:45 pm EST Plenary Conversation: Amazon’s Disaster Relief Program

  • Bettina Stix, Director, Right Now Needs and Disaster Relief, Amazon
  • Jane Meseck, Former Senior Director of Global Programs, Microsoft Philanthropies
9:45 – 9:55 am PST / 12:45 – 12:55 pm EST Fast Pitch

  • Tim Prewitt, President & CEO, The Hunger Project
  • Debadutta Dash, Secretary, Sukarya, USA
  • Karl Weyrauch, President, Pygmy Survival Alliance
  • Julia Guerette, Data Analytics Manager, VillageReach
9:55 – 11:00 am PST / 12:55 – 2:00 pm EST Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout #1: Gender Equity: SDGs 5 and 10
  • Breakout #2: Natural Capital & Livelihoods: SDGs 7, 12, 14, and 15
  • Breakout #3: Inclusive Growth & Innovation: SDGs 1, 8, 9, and 11
  • Breakout #4: Child Welfare: SDGs 4, 2, and 6
SDGs 5, 10: The Hidden Barriers to Gender Equality That Are Overlooked and Misunderstood

Achieving gender equality is one of the most important humanitarian issues of our time. In this special session you will hear from a panel of women’s rights experts about the barriers to equity for women that are often hidden, overlooked and misunderstood. Learn how menstrual health, childhood marriage, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, WASH, and policy/legal rights have a fundamental impact on the opportunity, dignity, and equality for women and girls around the world.


  • Ina Jurga, International Coordinator, Menstrual Hygiene Day, WASH United
  • Nur Kara, Attorney, DLA Piper LLP and New Perimeter
  • Severina Lemachokoti, Board Member, Samburu Women Trust
  • Celeste Mergens, CEO & Founder, Days for Girls
  • Moderator: Katrina Kwan, Senior Project Manager, Dalberg Advisors
SDGs 7, 12, 14, 15: Natural Capital & Livelihoods

Coming out of nearly two years of tremendous disruptions following a global pandemic in addition to the increasing severity of the impacts of climate change, communities and industries that rely on natural resources have experienced new levels of challenges. We have seen global supply chains struggle, putting already vulnerable communities further at risk, and examples of local and diversified supply chains flourishing. This session will explore how we can leverage this opportunity to rethink the relationship between our natural resources and community livelihoods and rebuild the blue and green economies with a focus on regeneration. With our panel of speakers we will examine the opportunities for systems level transformation, scalable innovative solutions and the enabling conditions needed in order to implement them at a community level. Participants will come away thinking about a path forward in moving towards a more regenerative future that promotes resilient and equitable livelihoods.


  • Dov Rosenmann, Head of Country, Earthworm Foundation Brazil
  • Nienke Stam, Program Director Landscape Finance, IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative
  • Diego Undurraga, Chile Director, Future of Fish
  • Moderator: Ethan Miller, Senior Analyst, Resonance
SDGs 1, 8, 9, 11: Inclusive Growth & Innovation; How Indebtedness or Lack of Savings Keeps People Living in Extreme Poverty

When Upaya Social Ventures, an organization focused on livelihoods for people living in extreme poverty, surveyed their jobholders during the Covid-19 pandemic, they discovered a concerning issue: despite continued employment and income, 77% of the poor households we surveyed in India reported having no savings at all. Why, despite them having access to dignified jobs and regular wages were they unable to build such a cushion? Having adequate savings is absolutely critical for poor households to survive a crisis. Around the world the pandemic has exposed that too few people have saved up enough to weather the storm. This is especially pronounced among the extreme poor. Now as we recover and rebuild, it is imperative that the jobs of tomorrow help those living in poverty save and build a safety net for future crises. While historical data shows weak correlations between certain variables (such as amount of income, access to savings accounts, and job tenure) and a person’s ability to save, we need better information around what factors correlate to encourage and support greater generation of savings.


  • Sybil Chidiac, Senior Program Officer, Gender Equality, Gates Foundation
  • Alberto Solano, President & Executive Director, Agros
  • Moderator: Kate Cochran, CEO, Upaya
SDGs 4, 2, 6: Child Welfare

Going on 21 months into the Covid-19 pandemic, let’s consider what was lost, what was gained, and what we should retain related to the well-being of children around the globe. Panelists will explore the unanticipated outcomes of prolonged school closures on students and communities, as well as the opportunities arising amongst local families, teachers, and other champions. Furthermore, the pandemic has shown us the importance of capacity building at the grassroots level for navigating present and future crises.


  • Jane Beck, Executive Director, Project GRAD, Kenai Peninsula
  • Eskinder Enreas, WASH Promotions Manager, Splash International
  • Malahat Mazaher, Executive Director, Sahar Education
  • Moderator: Kimani Nyambura, Alliance for Children Everywhere
11:00  – 11:45 am PST / 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm EST Plenary Panel: The Future of U.S. Based NGO Leadership

  • Nikolaj Gilbert, CEO, PATH
  • Janti Soeripto, President & CEO, Save the Children
  • Atul Tandon, CEO, Opportunity International
  • Moderator: Akhtar Badshah, Distinguished Practitioner & Senior Lecturer, University of Washington
11:45 am – 12:00 pm PST / 2:45 – 3:05 pm EST Plenary Keynote

  • Igor Belokrinitsky, Principal, Strategy& United States, PwC
12:00 – 12:20 pm PST / 3:00 – 3:20 pm EST Roundtable Discussions / Ask an Expert
India’s Philanthropy and Corporate Funding Landscape:Changes in India’s social sector impact 18% of the world’s population. Since 2014, companies in India have been mandated to allocate CSR budget amounts towards social impact spend. What social impact initiatives have Indian companies invested in and where? In parallel, a robust domestic philanthropy ecosystem has also evolved in the country – who are some key Indian foundations and how do they work, especially in the context of COVID-19?

In this session, we will attempt to demystify the Indian corporate and domestic foundation funding landscape and share insights from this ecosystem. Please feel free to share any questions beforehand.
Discussion Lead: Parvathy Ramanathan, Regional Head – Americas, Sattva Consulting

USAID Funding Best Practices: Mike Shanley has been helping new partners to enter the USAID market for nearly a decade. Attend this seminar to learn best practices for starting and growing your work with USAID. We can discuss changes under the Biden Administration, the New Partnerships Initiative, and USAID’s direction under Administrator Samantha Power. Please bring your questions about working with USAID!
Discussion Lead: Mike Shanley, Founder and CEO of AidKonekt Data
Creating Networks for Impact: Impact networks provide a transformational way of working together across the typical boundaries that often hold us back. They offer a collaborative infrastructure for a more equitable, interdependent world. As a powerful and flexible organizing system that can span regions, organizations, and silos of all kinds, impact networks underlie some of the most impressive and large-scale efforts to create change across the globe. Learn how to cultivate resilient networks for impact in this session with David Ehrlichman, author of Impact Networks and coordinator of the Converge network
Discussion Lead: David Ehrlichman, Author of Impact Networks. David will be joined by Marty Kooistra, Partner, Sapwood Advisors and Global Washington Board Member.
Continuous Inclusion of Community Feedback with Digital Technology: How well do we listen to local communities to deliver improved services? How can we continuously improve from listening, even when there are barriers like low-literacy and no Internet? Amplio will share what it has learned from supporting partners to do this in 13 countries over the last 13 years.
Discussion Lead: Lisa Zook, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor, Amplio
Nurturing Leadership in Global Development: Amidst the recent tidal wave of change and disruption, where do you find foundation for your leadership? What skills, mindsets, and behaviors do you seek? Where do you need support? In this mini-session, you’ll be guided through an exercise to clarify your growth goals and set a professional development goal(s) to advance your leadership.
Discussion Lead: Kim Rakow Bernier, MPA, ACC, Managing Director, Faculty, Global Leadership Forum
12:20 – 1:05 pm PST / 3:20 – 4:05 pm EST Plenary Conversation: Gender Equality and Democracy

  • Najla Ayoubi, Lawyer and Former Judge from Afghanistan, Every Woman Treaty
  • Abby Maxman, President & CEO, Oxfam America
  • Marina Pisklakova-Parker, Founder and Chair of the Board, Center for the Prevention of Violence
  • Moderator: Jane Barry, Executive Director, Linksbridge Foundation
1:05 – 1:20 pm PST / 4:05 – 4:20 pm EST Closing Keynote: Building a Gender Just World Beyond Crisis

  • Latanya Mapp Frett, President & CEO, Global Fund for Women
1:20 – 1:30 pm PST / 4:20 – 4:30 pm PST Closing Remarks

  • Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
1:30 – 2:30 pm PST / 4:30 – 5:30 pm PST Virtual Happy Hour Tables, Virtual Exhibit Hall

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