Wednesday, December 7 | Virtual

7:30 – 8:00 am PST / 10:30 – 11:00 am EST Virtual Networking
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: Trust-based Philanthropy

  • Naina Subberwal Batra, CEO, Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)
8:30 – 9:45 am PST / 11:30 – 12:45 pm EST

Breakout Sessions:

  • Breakout #1: Quality Education (SDG 4) and No Poverty (SDG 1)
  • Breakout #2: Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3)
  • Breakout #3: Zero Hunger (SDG 2)

Quality Education (SDG 4) and No Poverty (SDG 1): Powering Youth Employment in Africa: History has shown that countries thrive when there are employment opportunities for youth entering the workforce. This untapped potential can form the basis of innovative economies, create cohesive societies, and provide stability for individual well-being. The continent of Africa has the highest number of youth per population than anywhere in the world. By 2030, there will be 375 million young people entering the job market. The next few decades will be a moment in time for countries to catalyze inclusive growth or experience an incredible missed opportunity. This panel will discuss what it takes.


  • Abdul Mahdi, Dean of Students & Community Affairs, Ashesi University
  • Teddy Nalubega, Instructor, Remote Energy
  • Zulumoke Oyibo, Co-Founder, Inkbot

Moderator: Chimdi Onwudiegwu, Associate Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3) Global Health Systems: What Changed and What Stayed the Same: The Covid pandemic locked down the traditional flow of personnel and resources for global health in low and middle income countries. In response, was there a shift in capacity building, funding, and decision making to staff outside the U.S. during the pandemic and are these resources staying? How have countries adapted to a post-pandemic world? We will discuss the new normal for health services and a renewed focus on the resilience of health systems, from the country directors’ perspectives.


  • Shripad Desai, Senior Director of Asia and Eurasia Programs, Americares
  • Dr. Rotafina Donco, Mozambique Country Director, VillageReach
  • Lorraine Misquith, Director of Global Advocacy, SightLife

Moderator: KJ Zunigha, Senior Consultant, Linksbridge

Zero Hunger (SDG 2): Global supply chains, political crises, and climate change are threatening a system of food security that is already tenuous for millions of people around the world. There are multiple factors that cause a community to experience a famine, thus successful interventions must be multi-faceted, rapid, and community-driven in order to promote sustained well-being. This panel will address effective community-based efforts in agriculture, food security, and nutrition and what is needed to accelerate solutions to prevent a food crisis.


  • Jedidah Ganira, Livelihoods and Resilience Advisor, World Vision Kenya
  • William Mafwalal, Project Manager, Oxfam Nigeria
  • Anjali Makhija, CEO and Trustee, SM Sehgal Foundation India
  • Irene Naikaali, Head of Programs, The Hunger Project – Uganda

Moderator: Robin Barr, Global Lead, Development and Community & Indigenous Rights, Earthworm Foundation

10:00 – 10:55 am PST / 1:00 – 1:55 pm EST

Plenary Panel: What “co-creation” means to those living in low and middle income countries: The term “co-creation” is popular right now for U.S.-based global development organizations. It provides a methodology to shift decision-making and power imbalances from U.S. headquarters to people in closer proximity to the work. This panel will explore how “co-creation” has been received in low and middle income countries from the perspective of country leaders of U.S.-based iNGOs.


  • Semi Lotawa, Co-founder, Rise Beyond the Reef
  • Yussuf Sane, National Coordinator, Guinea-Bissau, Tostan
  • Ivan Greco, Research Associate, Future of Fish

Moderator: Rebecca Ecwou, Program Director, Geneva Global

10:55 – 11:35 am PST / 1:55 – 2:35 pm EST

Plenary Keynote:

  • Wamuyu Mahinda, Governing Council Member, Catalyst 2030 and Co-Chair, Africa Forward
11:35 am – 12:00 noon PST / 2:35 – 3:00 pm EST

Plenary Keynote:

Social movements, especially youth-led movements, are at the forefront of shifting public narratives and achieving sustained political, social, and economic change. In order to thrive, they need flexible funding and support beyond financing that can be responsive to their rapidly-changing needs. What is the appropriate role of investors, partners, and advocates in furthering the work of social movements in low and middle income countries? From a philanthropic perspective, effective relationships between funders and grantees should be based on trust and communication and evolve to meet needs in shifting contexts. In particular, youth-led movements face barriers such as access to funders, not speaking the language of funders, political pressures, and fast-changing social dynamics. Seattle International Foundation’s Natalia Lozano will speak about trust-based philanthropy as it applies to youth movements in Central America from direct experience working with SIF’s Central America and Mexico Youth (CAMY) Fund.

  • Natalia Lozano, CAMY Fund Director, Seattle International Foundation
12:00 – 12:30 pm PST / 3:00 – 3:30 pm EST

Virtual Watch Parties:

Film #1: “Living Bodies” (Cuerpos Vivos) (15 minutes): According to the Honduran Public Ministry, during the 2020 pandemic outbreak, more than 100,000 phone calls were made by women to the police over domestic violence. Less than 30% of these calls were answered by authorities. “Living Bodies” is a documentary that portrays a society submerged in indifference, allowing viewers to see a journey of daily life through the lens of a camera. Fragmented shots of a city are overlaid with the calls of women seeking help through the emergency line. As we see a mosaic of bodies, we also hear the testimony of Amara, a young Honduran woman who suffered violence at the hands of her partner. “Living Bodies” transforms into an experimental documentary that seeks to vindicate the empowerment of female bodies.

Film #2: Brave Girl Rising (20 minutes): Filmed in one of the largest refugee camps in the world, Brave Girl Rising tells how a courageous girl named Nasro, inspired by the magical dreams of her mother and the sisterhood of her friends, succeeds in getting the education she deserves. Girl Rising, the non-profit behind the global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment, presents a powerful short film. Made in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee and filmed in one of the largest refugee camps in the world, Brave Girl Rising is a testament to how hope and love can propel us beyond even the bleakest of circumstances. Written by poet laureate Warsan Shire, voiced by Tessa Thompson and Golden Globe-winner David Oyelowo, and directed by Oscar-nominated Richard E. Robbins and Martha Adams.

Film 3#: Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times (34 minutes): Nations United is a special, first of its kind film, created by the United Nations on its 75th Anniversary and to mark five years since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. In the midst of a pandemic radically transforming our world, Nations United tells the story of the world as it is, as it was, and as it could be. It focuses on the solutions and action we need to tackle poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change. Featuring the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, Malala Yousafzai, Don Cheadle, Michelle Yeoh, Forest Whitaker, Thandie Newton, Sugata Mitra and an exclusive performance from Grammy nominated singer Burna Boy, and a new version of a previous UN performance by multi-Grammy award winning artist, Beyoncé. Chapter 1: 5:09 – Climate and our planet Chapter 2: 11:15 Poverty and inequality Chapter 3 : 19:25 Justice and Human Rights Chapter 4: 23:30 – Gender equality

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Thursday, December 8 | In-person

8:00 – 9:00 am PST Registration, Continental Breakfast, Marketplace of Ideas
9:00 – 9:10 am
Harbor Room

Opening Remarks

  • Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
9:10 – 9:30 am
Harbor Room

Fast Pitch: What is “co-creation”? Presenters will explain what co-creation means to their organization – internal with staff, external with partners and funders, and with complex initiatives.

  • Brian Baird, Chair, Board of Directors, National Museum and Center for Service
  • Julie Budkowski, Director of Global Operations, Future of Fish
  • Alejandra Gonza, Executive Director and President, Global Rights Advocacy
  • Jason Hatch, Foreign Engagement Officer, Operation Snow Leopard
  • Sharon London, Development Director, FSC Investments & Partnerships
  • Erin Meyer, Director of Conservation Programs & Partnerships, Seattle Aquarium
9:30 – 9:50 am
Harbor Room

Opening Plenary Keynote:

  • Enock Chikava, Interim Director, Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
9:50 – 10:45 am
Harbor Room

Opening Plenary Panel: Co-creation for Global Development: We are at a moment in time to make great strides in advancing equity, health, and well-being. Now is the time to come together as a community to problem-solve, create partnerships, and correct power imbalances. Now is the perfect time to learn from crises, evolve, and co-create new solutions. How should NGOs, Corporations, and Foundation integrate collaborative problem-solving into their operations and program design? What does “co-creation” mean and how can it be useful as a methodology and mindset? Join leaders in the sector to hear their approach and outlook on the future of global development.


  • Jennifer Butte-Dahl, Senior Director, APCO Impact
  • Ashley Jackson, Team Lead, Sexual and Reproductive Health, PATH
  • Katie Young, Senior Vice President, Global Growth and Development, Starbucks

Moderator: Joshua Muskin, Senior Director, Geneva Global

10:45 – 11:00 am Break
11:00 – 12:10 pm

Breakout Discussions: These sessions will be interactive with a facilitator and discussion leads to spark the conversation. Session attendees will be asked to bring their own experience with the topic to help create a pathway to collaboration using a co-creation framework.

  • Breakout #1: No Poverty (SDG 1) / Decent Work, Economic Growth (SDG 8)
  • Breakout #2: Peace and Justice (SDG 16)
  • Breakout #3: Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3)
  • Breakout #4: Quality Education (SDG 4)

No Poverty (SDG 1) / Decent Work, Economic Growth (SDG 8): What is the role of blended finance and other creative approaches to mobilizing capital in support of decent work and economic growth in the Global South? How might they contribute to shifting power and addressing global challenges like environmental sustainability, climate resiliency, and gender equity? We’ll surface the types of collaborations and approaches that have addressed barriers to financing in support of decent work and economic growth (SDG 8).

Discussion Leads:

  • Peter Battisti, Executive Director, Future of Fish
  • Caroline Bressan, CEO, Open Roads
  • Tony Machacha, Board of Directors, Ecologist Without Borders

Facilitator: Greg Snyders, Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors

Peace and Justice (SDG 16): SDG 16, the sustainable development goal to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels” is critical to progress on all other SDGs. Without a peaceful society, trust, strong and fair justice systems, and good governance, progress on other SDGs is incomplete at best. That said, waning public trust and corruption are strong deterrents to progress on SDG16 and all other SDGs alike. How can we co-create with local actors to address corruption and advance SDG16? What does this look like in practice?

Discussion Leads:

  • Serena Cosgrove, Board Member, Seattle International Foundation
  • Reilly (Zlab) Martin, Senior Program Manager, Open Contracting Partnership

Facilitator: Maura Donlan, Director of Advocacy & Effective Social Investing, Chandler Foundation

Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3): How have global health systems adjusted to post-pandemic life? What can we expect in terms of health services, policy, supply chains, and a new agility within health systems? This panel will discuss the disruption and subsequent strengthen of local health systems due to Covid.

Discussion Leads:

  • Joanne Carter, Executive Director, RESULTS
  • Heidi Breeze Harris, Executive Director, PRONTO International
  • Taruni Khurana, Deputy Director, Malaria, Neglected, and Tropical Diseases, PATH

Facilitator: Aaron Milner , Senior Consultant, Linksbridge

Quality Education (SDG 4): Slow progress towards SDG#4 was further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1.6 billion learners experienced school closures, cutting them off from any learning opportunities. Furthermore, the digital divide prevented many from accessing online education, particularly in rural and underdeveloped areas. With inequitable access to quality education on the rise, how do we collaboratively work together to bridge the gap and achieve inclusive education?

Discussion Leads:

  • Laura Baerwolf, Chief Operating Officer, Mona Foundation
  • Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, Founder, Fridays for our Future Uganda
  • Gabriel Walder, CEO, Alliance for Children Everywhere

Facilitator: Kimani Nyambura, Co-Founder, Kenya Kids Education Fund

12:10 – 12:45 pm
Lunch Service
12:45 – 1:45 pm

Lunch Program

Keynote: Degan Ali, Humanitarian Leader and Organizational Development Consultant

Presentation of the 2022 Global Hero Award

1:45 – 2:05 pm Break
2:05 – 3:15 pm

Breakout Discussions: These sessions will be interactive with a facilitator and discussion leads to spark the conversation. Session attendees will be asked to bring their own experience with the topic to help create a pathway to collaboration using a co-creation framework.

  • Breakout #1: ED/CEO only roundtable: Operating and Funding Highly-Regulated Environments
  • Breakout #2: Climate Action (SDG 13) and Clean Energy (SDG 7)
  • Breakout #3: Zero Hunger (SDG 2)
  • Breakout #4: Gender Equality (SDG 5) & Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10)

ED/CEO only roundtable: Operating and Funding Highly-Regulated Environments: Making grants into countries with highly regulated charitable sectors poses unique challenges to funders and NGOs alike. In this executive session, you’ll have a chance to share experiences and discuss strategies for working in China, India, and other markets.

Discussion Leads:

  • Birger Stamperdahl, President & CEO, Give2Asia
  • Eric Stowe, Founder and Executive Director, Splash

Climate Action (SDG 13) and Clean Energy (SDG 7): A Closer Look at Climate Solutions: As the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions continue to dominate the headlines, and the COP27 delegates return from Egypt after yet another round of discussions, the push for renewable energy in policy and practice accelerates. These efforts to address climate change, and the broader sustainability efforts of the companies behind them, raise inevitable questions: Are they enough? Might they worsen climate change in the near-term before turning the tide in the long-term? This panel engages Washington State thought leaders working on these questions locally and globally. Together with their panel audience, they will explore what’s working, what’s not, and what should guide us forward.

Discussion Leads:

  • Laura Eshbach, Program Director, Corporate Engagement, Landesa
  • Taylor Leyden, Program Manager, Energy & Sustainability, Microsoft
  • Ben Packard, Executive Director, EarthLab, University of Washington

Facilitator: Sun McElderry, Founder & CEO, esgEvolution

Zero Hunger (SDG 2): Within Sustainable Development Goal 2 there is a call to double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, while also ensuring sustainable food production systems and maintaining biodiversity. For many working in this space, this is an “either/or proposition,” but to achieve a world with healthy and nutritious food for all, we need agriculture that contributes both quantity and quality. This roundtable discussion will explore the differing perspectives on how we can achieve a world with no hunger. Participants will come away from the session with a stronger understanding of how we can leverage collaborative approaches to blend proven approaches to increasing productivity and maintaining biodiversity.

Discussion Leads:

  • Sarah Freed, Senior Manager, Global Responsibility, Starbucks
  • Carmen Jaquez, Senior Advisor, Agriculture and Livestock, Mercy Corps
  • Jay Sehgal, Executive Vice President, Sehgal Foundation

Facilitator: Tim Prewitt, President and CEO, The Hunger Project

Gender Equality (SDG 5) & Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10): In this session, we’ll dive into SDGs 5 and 10 to co-creatively explore how the confluence of multiple factors such as climate, health, education and poverty, exponentially compound issues of gender and lead to increased inequalities. Conversely, we’ll discuss how bringing a gendered lens and a focus on reducing inequalities is essential to an intersectional approach to solving some of these tough global issues.

Discussion Leads:

  • Emily Bancroft, CEO, VillageReach
  • Seinne Lai Zaw, Fulbright Scholar
  • Miyon Kautz, Director Marketing and Engagement, World Vision

Co- Facilitators: Jeanne Anyouzoa, Every Woman Treaty and Kaitlin McGarvey, World Vision

3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 4:20 pm
 Harbor Room

Afternoon Plenary Panel: Funding for global development can influence the degree to which localization occurs. There is an inherent power imbalance in global aid, however many funders and NGOs are breaking the mold and finding ways to create more equity in funding. Elements of trust-based philanthropy, partnering with community-based organizations, and finding smaller iNGOs to fund are some of the new trends in global aid. Join leaders in the sector to hear their approach to funding partners that creates better, more equitable outcomes.

Opening Remarks: Michele Sumilas, Assistant to the Administrator, USAID


  • Birger Stamperdahl, President & CEO, Give2Asia
  • Jay Sehgal, Executive Vice President, Sehgal Foundation

Moderator: Akhtar Badshah, Author, Senior Lecturer, and Board Member of Global Washington

4:20 – 4:55 pm
Harbor Room

Afternoon Keynote: Amazon uses a “working backward” method to almost everything they do. This conversation will explain what this corporate approach means in humanitarian disaster relief with the case study of the Amazon and Save the Children partnership in the Ukraine. Speakers will also describe the use of technology to enhance service delivery and new innovative approaches in global development.

  • Abe Diaz, Senior TPM, Disaster Relief, Amazon
  • Amanda Morgan, Director, Emergency Fundraising, Save the Children US

Moderator: Linda Low, Senior Director, APCO Impact

4:55 – 5:00 pm
Harbor Room

Closing Remarks:

  • Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, Global Washington
5:00 – 6:00 pm

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