Day One
7:30 – 8:30 am
McKinley Room
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 am
Kodiak Auditorium
Welcome – A Call to Action

Review of Conference Objectives and Agenda

Bookda Gheisar, Executive Director, Global Washington

Microsoft Welcome

Pamela Passman, Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

9:00 – 9:45 am
Kodiak Auditorium
Morning Keynote
Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, US State Department

Moderator: Geeta Rao Gupta, Senior Fellow, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

9:45 – 10:00 am
Foyer Of Kodiak Auditorium
Coffee Break
10:00 – 11:30 am
Kodiak Auditorium/
Rainier Room
Setting the Context: Review of Policy Recommendation from Global Washington “Global Development through Aid, Partnerships, Trade and Education”

  • Stephen E. Hanson, Herbert J. Ellison Professor and Vice Provost for Global Affairs, University of Washington

Plenary 1: The Time is Right: A Panel of Thought Leaders on The Changing Environment of International Development

This plenary will explore new and emerging trends in global development, such as foreign aid reform and private-public partnerships that address global development challenges in innovative ways. Guest speakers will highlight how these methods are being implemented to maximize impact and improve program design and service delivery.


  • Alonzo Fulgham, COO and Former Acting Administrator, USAID
  • Anita Sharma, North America Coordinator, United Nations Millennium Campaign
  • Sam Worthington, President & CEO, InterAction
  • Moderator: Susan Jeffords, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Washington Bothell
11:30 – 1:15 pm
Mckinley Room
Lunch – Networking and Video Recognitions Luncheon

Moderator: Stan Emert, Creator/Producer, Rainmakers

Video Recognitions

The Global Washington 2010 Showcase is a celebration of the dedication and hard work of an extraordinary global development community in our state. This Showcase will recognize individuals and organizations that embody best practices in innovation and collaboration while promoting global development. Selected videos will be showcased during the luncheon.

Networking Through Issue Areas

Each lunch table is dedicated to an issue area that is important to the international development community. We invite you to share your experience, insights and accomplishments involving the particular issue at your table of choice.

1:15- 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions: Trends in Development

Session A: Why Wait? How Youth Are Affecting International Development

Lassen Room

This panel will uncover the emerging role of youth in international development to highlight best practices, challenges, and future impacts of this trend. Featuring young leaders who are in senior level or founder positions at Washington-based organizations, we will explore various ways youth are engaging in and leading change in global development.

Panelists will describe their stories and experiences, including questions such as: What enticed their interest in making a difference? How can that interest be translated into becoming a social entrepreneur and/or establishing a non-profit organization? What were the challenges and lessons learned?


  • Jessica Markowitz, Founder, IMPUWE/Richard’s Rwanda
  • Cole Hoover, Outreach Coordinator, Lumana Credit
  • Nandie Oosthuizen, Founder & Executive Director, Hand and Heart Now
  • Nadia Khawaja, Co-Founder & COO, Jolkona Foundation
  • Moderator: Britt Yamamoto, Executive Director, iLEAP

Session B: A Multifaceted Survey of Technological Solutions to Global Development Problems

St. Helens Room

This panel explores technologies that address the full spectrum of development problems in the Global South. New technologies, such as fortified rice and a foot-powered pump that helps farmers irrigate their fields, promise to improve the provision of basic material needs. On the other end of the “needs” spectrum, the telecommunications industry has arrived en force in the developing world, providing unprecedented access to vital information and knowledge. Besides food security issues, the panel will explore the overall impact of wireless infrastructure on developing countries, and focus on a variety of uses for mobile phones, notably for the innovative delivery of health care.


  • Dipika Matthias, Project Director, Ultra Rice, PATH
  • Christopher Pannkuk, Director, International Programs/Research and Development, Washington State University
  • Brad Horwitz, Founder, president, and CEO, Trilogy International Partners
  • Andrea Newton, Executive Director, Imaging the World
  • David Edelstein, VP of Technology Programs and Director of Grameen Technology Center, Grameen Foundation
  • Moderator: Christopher T. Coward, Founder, Principal Research Scientist, and Director of Technology and Social Change Group, Information School, UW

Session C: Harnessing Commercial Strategies to Achieve Development Goals

Hood Room

This session will provide leading examples of both non-profits leveraging for-profit principles and systems to affect greater impact for their development programs, and for-profit organizations developing models to address opportunities in global development. Panelists will highlight challenges of integrating for-profit and non-profit sectors, highlight specific methodologies and tools they have developed to achieve impact and scale, consider the required management skills to lead such ventures, and discuss the future of non-profit/for-profit integration for development.


  • Charles Brennick, Founder & Director, InterConnection
  • Joe Whinney, Founder, Theo Chocolate
  • Will Poole, Social Technologist and Co-Chairman, NComputing Inc.
  • Fay Hanleybrown, Managing Director, FSG Social Impact Advisors
  • Joseph P. Ritzman, Vice President, Business Development, Carrix/SSA Marine
  • Moderator: John Beale, Director of Strategic Development, Village Reach

Session D: Investing in Women and Girls – Access to Rights and Resources

Rainier Room

Investing in women and girls is paramount for global development. Research has shown that the returns on investing in women and girls are very high for the women themselves, as well as their families and communities. The ability to generate income is a crucial step toward empowering women to become household financial decision-makers, as well as change-makers within their communities.

This session will follow the Global Washington 2009 panel on Washington’s contribution to the National and International Agenda on Women and Poverty, where leaders shared their strategies in addressing poverty through women.


  • Julia Bolz, Founder & Board President, Ayni Education International
  • Renee Giovarelli, Director, RDI’s Global Center for Women’s
    Land Rights
  • Laurie Werner, Director of Program, Agros International
  • Wenchi Yu, Senior Policy Advisory, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Moderator: Geeta Rao Gupta, Senior Fellow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Session E: Ensuring Environmental Sustainability: Stories of Successful Partnerships

Baker Room

The Ensuring Environmental Sustainability panel will discuss current challenges to making safe drinking water widely available, and devise a holistic and rigorous shared strategy for guiding our region’s efforts. The panel with focus on sustainability of community-based conservation programs, how organizations are redefining goals, about measuring their success, and share stories of partnerships that have advanced development goals while also addressing sustainability of the environment including forests, watersheds, and marine systems.


  • Kari Vigerstol, Hydrologist, Global Freshwater Program, The Nature Conservancy
  • Marla Smith-Nilson, Founder & Executive Director, Water 1st International
  • Rick McKenney, Executive Director, Water for Humans
  • Phillip Thompson, Engineers Without Borders, and Associate Professor and Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Seattle University
  • Lisa Dabek, Senior Conservation Scientist, Director of the Papua New Guinea Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, Woodland Park Zoo
  • Moderator: Lisa J. Graumlich, Dean and Virginia Prentice Bloedel Professor, College of the Environment, University of Washington
3:00- 3:15 pm
Foyer of Kodiak Auditorium
3:15- 3:45 pm
Kodiak Auditorium

Afternoon Keynote

Dean Karlan, Professor of Economics, Yale University, interviewed by Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Microsoft Community Affairs

Dr. Karlan will share his thoughts on the challenges and successes in evaluation and impact assessment for global development work. He will provide an economist’s perspective on these solutions, particularly:

  1. Evaluation matters: Wins and losses are not always where you expect them
  2. Methodology matters: Studying impact means answering a simple but elusive question: how have lives changed compared to how lives would have changed had the program not existed
  3. Design matters: The way products and processes are offered can have big effects on decisions people make
  4. The impact of mobile technology on development, highlighting examples and successful partnerships.
3:50-5:15 pm
Kodiak Auditorium
Plenary 2: Successful Partnerships. The panel draws on the experience of some successful cross-sector partnerships and leading practitioners from the public, private and nonprofit sector to explore lessons on building and scaling cross- sector alliances.

Introductory Comments & Moderator:

  • Jane Nelson, Director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s CSR Initiative, and Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government


  • Karen D. Turner, Director, Office of Development Partners, USAID
  • Chris Elias, President and CEO, PATH
  • Rosemary Barker Aragon, Past District Governor, Rotary International
  • Frank Schott, Global Program Director, NetHope
5:15-5:45 pm
Kodiak Auditorium
Closing Keynote

  • Keynote Address: Rogers Weed, Director, Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Moderator: Scott Jackson, Vice President, External Relations, PATH
5:45-5:50 pm
Kodiak Auditorium
Recap/Going Forward to Day Two

  • Scott Jackson, Vice President, External Relations, PATH
5:50-7:00 pm Reception

Moderator: Tim Dubel, Director of Global Programs, Community Affairs, Microsoft Corporation

Spotlight Sessions: Highlighting Partnerships

During the reception you will have an opportunity to network, enjoy yourself, meet likeminded individuals working around the world, and you will hear from a few groups about how they go about building cross-sector partnerships.

Day Two
7:30 – 8:45 am
Foyer Of Hood And Baker Rooms
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45-10:00 am
Hood and Baker Rooms
Plenary 3: Trends in International Philanthropy: A Dialogue with Experts

Given the current economic climate, many funders have been scaling back resources. This session explores the trends, challenges and successes for funding our work and provides an overview and analysis of the next road ahead.


  • Steve Gunderson, President and CEP, Council on Foundations
  • Renee Acosta, President & CEO, Global Impact
  • Moderator: Bill Clapp, Founder & Board Chair, Global Washington
10:00-10:15 am
Foyer Of Hood and Baker Rooms
Coffee Break
10:15- 11:30 am
Hood and Baker Rooms
Plenary 4: Assessing Our Impact: from Strategy to Implementation

This plenary will explore your experience as the implementer. The dialogue about impact evaluation is usually void of the context on the ground that implementing agencies like MC, WV and Grameen face trying hard to do their work for people.


  • Holta Trandafili, Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, World Vision International
  • Nigel Biggar, Senior Advisor, Grameen Foundation
  • Gretchen Shanks, Director, Design, Monitoring and Evaluation,
    Mercy Corps
  • Moderator: Jodi Nelson, Ph.D., Interim Director & Senior Specialist, Global Development Impact Planning & Improvement, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
12:00-12:45 pm
Foyer Of Hood and Baker Rooms
Networking and Video Recognitions Luncheon

Moderator: Stan Emert, Creator/Producer, Rainmakers

Keynote Speakers: Jessica Markowitz and Grace Mutesi, Richard’s Rwanda

Find out about the work of an inspiring fifteen-year-old from Seattle who started a school in Rwanda with her classmates. Meet a sixteen- year-old student from the school in Rwanda who is transforming her own life through education.

Richard’s Rwanda provides financial support to low-income girls in the rural area of Nyamata to enable them to complete their primary education and 6 years of secondary school. Through education, they hope to enhance their ability to earn income and become leaders in their community.

Networking By Issue Areas

Each lunch table is dedicated to an issue area that is important to the international development community. We invite you to share your experience, insights and accomplishments involving the particular issue at your table of choice.

12:45-2:00 pm
Hood and Baker Rooms
Plenary 5: Reflections on the Response to Haiti: Innovative Strategies for Collaborations and a Better Response to Disaster

After the devastating earthquake in Haiti last year, organizations from around the world have come together with aid and strategies to help rebuilt the country. This session will analyze the disaster response and lessons learned from Haiti from the perspective of our conference theme: using partnerships and innovation to further development goals. What are some examples of collaborations and new strategies that we have seen in response to the earthquake? What can we do better the next time we face a disaster of this magnitude?


  • Christopher Shore, Director, Natural Environment and Climate Issues, World Vision International
  • Bernard Fils-Aime, President, Voila Foundation, Executive Director, Communication Cellulaire d’Haiti S.A. (ComCEL)
  • David Gadsden, Nonprofit Program Coordinator, ESRI
  • Moderator: Ian H. Moncaster, President & CEO, World Affairs Council
2:00-2:15 pm
Hood and Baker Rooms
Closing Keynote

Keynote Address:

  • Representative, Adam Smith, (WA-9)
2:15-2:30 pm
Hood and Baker Rooms
Wrap-up & Conclusion

  • Susan Jeffords and Bill Clapp