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    2023 WILD Forum

    Leading in this moment

    May 3rd & 4th, 2023

    32
    sessions offered

    22 hours of programming available in 23 time zones

    130
    speakers

    From 40 countries, speaking on topics in plenary, workshops, roundtable & fireside chats

    1200
    participants

    From 200+ organizations and 110 countries

    99
    of post-Forum survey respondents said they would recommend the experience to others

    Session Highlights

    Track 1: Leading YOURSELF

    • In your power: React less, regain control, raise others
    • Leading from the C-Suite
    • Selling with noble purpose: How to sell yourself without feeling icky

    Track 2: Leading OTHERS

    • Yes, you can be effective coach!: Daily coaching techniques
    • Allyship in this moment: Hero or anti-hero?
    • Invitations, not limitations: Embracing your wonderhell

    Track 3: Leading ORGANIZATIONS

    • Intersectional leadership: The key to transformative equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility
    • Accessibility on an international scale
    • Leading global diversity, equity and inclusion – from performative action to sustainable DEI progress

    Track 4: Leading SECTOR TRANSFORMATION

    • Shifting realities, shifting capabilities: Understanding the evolving ecosystem of development and the next generation development professional
    • Leadership in the context of decolonizing global development
    • Donors leading the change – Funding locally-led development in Africa

    Pre- 2023 WILD Forum skill-building workshops

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    12apr10:00 am11:00 amMasterclass: How to build mentoring relationshipsAliza Licht (USA), Noor Tazka (Syria)10:00 am - 11:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    19apr10:00 am10:45 amMasterclass: Network audit: Gain clarity and confidenceStephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey (USA)10:00 am - 10:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    26apr9:00 am10:00 amPanel: DEI challenges & opportunities: Translating DEI programs across multinational organizationsNeneh Diallo (USA), Clifton Kenon (USA), Liz Nagel (USA), Jessica Duque (USA), Jennifer Leisch (USA)9:00 am - 10:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    27apr9:00 am10:00 amMasterclass: Communicate artfully: Authentic, nuanced, impactfulHilary Blair (USA)9:00 am - 10:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    2023 Virtual Women in Global Development Leadership Forum

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    Day 1: Wednesday, May 3rd, 6am – 2:30pm ET | 11am – 7:30pm BST

    Healthy Start: "Flow with change: An all-level hatha yoga session"Lamis Daoud (USA)6:00 am - 6:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Accessibility on an international scaleRuth Javati (Papua New Guinea)6:00 am - 6:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Workshop: Daily coaching techniquesDina Scippa (USA), Maria Wade (USA), Sophie Makonnen (Canada), Patricia S. Gutierrez (Argentina)7:00 am - 7:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Global voices of women leaders: Harnessing the power of youMalika Laasri (Morocco), Shalini Tripathi (Nepal), Ndeye Koroma (Sierra Leone), Moderator: Aysha House (USA)7:00 am - 7:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Women Deliver’s transformation: Our ongoing journey to become an anti-racist organizationDarcy Allen De Gracia (USA), Zanda Desir (Saint Lucia), Maria Rendo (Argentina), Moderator: Maliha Khan (Pakistan)8:00 am - 8:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Welcome! Day 1: KickoffLillian Chege (Kenya), Fiona Macaulay (Canada)9:00 am - 9:10 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Keynote: “In your power: React less, regain control, raise others”Sharon Melnick (USA)9:10 am - 9:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Global development leaders discuss their experience of being in (and out) of their powerTetiana Orlenko (Ukraine), Quanita Pokolo-Hassell (USA), Helen Anyasi (Nigeria), Divina Chingcuanco (Philippines), Moderator: Sharon Melnick (USA)9:30 am - 10:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Breakout rooms: What are you taking away about being in your power?Discussion question: What are you taking away about being in your power?10:00 am - 10:15 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Dynamic network for gender equityLaura Liswood (USA), Shelley Zalis (USA), Asha Castleberry-Hernandez (USA), Moderator: Fiona Macaulay (USA)10:30 am - 11:15 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Masterclass: Selling with noble purpose : How to sell your cause without feeling ickyLisa Mcleod (USA)10:30 am - 11:15 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Shifting realities, shifting capabilities: Understanding the evolving ecosystem of development and the next generation development professionalEvelyne Dioh Simpa (Senegal), Bama Athreya (USA), Yomna Mustafa (Egypt), Moderator: Tine Knott USA)11:30 am - 12:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: You're 10 years into your career, now what?Rowshan Hannan (UK), Taylor Jack (USA)12:00 pm - 12:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Fireside Chat: Why we set a goal to have 50% of women in leadership positions by 2025 - and how we are going to get thereJonas Prising (USA), Moderator: Jason Ighani (Costa Rica)1:00 pm - 1:15 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Fireside chat: Sexual harassment: Taking stock post #MeTooKurt Nemes (USA), Sandra Bunch (USA)1:00 pm - 1:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Allyship in this moment: Hero or anti-hero?W. Brad Johnson (USA), Candido Pastor (Bolivia), Onno Ruhl (Switzerland), Carl Murrell (USA), Moderator: Jason Ighani (Costa Rica)1:15 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Community conversations: Leading in this momentChoose from ~25 concurrent, roundtable discussions 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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    Day 2: Thursday, May 4th, 6am – 2:30pm ET | 11am – 7:30pm BST

    04may6:00 am6:30 amCommunity conversations: Leading in this momentChoose from ~25 concurrent roundtable discussions 6:00 am - 6:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    04may6:45 am7:45 amPlenary: Leadership in the context of decolonizing global developmentAissata Fall (Senegal), Sofia Sprechmann Sineiro (Uruguay), Gunjan Veda (India), Chernor Bah (Sierra Leone)6:45 am - 7:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    04may7:00 am7:45 amPanel: Co-leadership - The future of leadingZoe Greenwood (UK), Roisin Taylor (UK), Tatu Hey (Germany)7:00 am - 7:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    04may8:00 am8:45 amPanel: Leading from the C-SuiteShanna Marzilli (USA), Melizsa Mugyenyi (Kenya), Sylvia Megret (USA)8:00 am - 8:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    04may9:00 am9:30 amKeynote: Leading global diversity, equity and inclusion - From performative action to sustainable DEI progressDr. Rohini Anand (USA)9:00 am - 9:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    04may9:30 am10:00 amPanel: Intersectional leadership: The key to transformative equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibilityAnna Winoto (Indonesia), Dr. Nduka Iwuchukwu (Nigeria), Elizabeth Kellogg (USA), Mona Abdeljawad (Jordan), Moderator: Roslyn Brock (USA)9:30 am - 10:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    04may10:00 am10:15 amBreakout rooms: Global diversityAnna Winoto (Indonesia), Dr. Nduka Iwuchukwu (Nigeria), Elizabeth Kellogg (USA), Mona Abdeljawad (Jordan), Moderator: Roslyn Brock (USA), 10:00 am - 10:15 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    04may10:30 am11:15 amPanel: Donors leading the change – Funding locally-led development in AfricaConnie Shumba (Zimbabwe), Zahra Nensi (Tanzania), Sarah Mukasa (Uganda)10:30 am - 11:15 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    04may11:00 am11:30 amLunch & virtual exhibitor booth open11:00 am - 11:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    04may11:30 am12:30 pmTalks: Leadership FailLabLinca Michaella Tuyisenge (Burundi), Marianna Balampama (Tanzania), Lisa Simeon (USA), Evelyn Castle (Nigeria)11:30 am - 12:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    04may12:30 pm1:00 pmBreakout rooms: Join the Leadership FailLab speaker of your choiceLinca Michaella Tuyisenge (Burundi), Marianna Balampama (Tanzania), Lisa Simeon (USA), Evelyn Castle (Nigeria) 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    04may1:15 pm1:40 pmClosing plenary speaker: Invitations, not limitations: Embracing your wonderhellLaura Gassner Otting (USA)1:15 pm - 1:40 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    04may1:40 pm2:00 pmClosing celebration! Networking session1:40 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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    Post 2023 WILD Forum Workshop: Wednesday, May 31, 10am – 11:30am ET | 3pm – 4:30pm BST

    31may10:00 am11:30 amWorkshop: Ideas to action - How to take small and consistent steps for personal and professional changeMorag Barrett (USA)10:00 am - 11:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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    Secretary General, CARE International (Uruguay)

    Sofia Sprechmann Sineiro

    Secretary General, CARE International (Uruguay)

    A leader in international development and humanitarian response, Sofia brings over 25 years of experience of working at CARE. She spearheaded CARE’s first program strategy and was integral to placing gender equality at the very heart of CARE’s worldwide work. In CARE’s 75th year history, her leadership is pivotal to CARE’s 2030 Vision in contribution to Sustainable Development Goals.


    Sofia, originally from Uruguay, lives in Quito, Ecuador. First joining CARE in 1994, she has served in several positions, providing support to programs in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. With extensive experience in program design and implementation; impact measurement and evaluation; and advocacy, Sofia is dedicated to transforming power relations inside and outside of the organization. Her unshakable commitment to gender equality is drawn from many years of working alongside some of the worlds most marginalised women; from domestic workers, women working in the garment sector and victims of gender-based violence.


    Prior to working in international development, Sofía worked in the field of public opinion polls and audience research. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay and an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of London/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

     

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    Chief Diversity Officer, USAID (USA)

    Neneh Diallo

    Chief Diversity Officer, USAID (USA)

    Neneh Diallo is a seasoned executive whose experience spans DEIA, communications, and media. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, promoting Fortune 500 companies, raising awareness of the U.S. government’s poverty reduction programs, and advocating for representation.

    Prior to joining USAID as the first Chief Diversity Officer, Ms. Diallo served as the Senior Vice President for Communications at pocstock, a media platform focused on increasing representation in stock media. She also worked for the Millenium Challenge Corporation, where she led communications and the diversity program.

    Ms. Diallo earned her bachelor of arts in political science from Rutgers University and is an alumna of the United Nations International School in New York.

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    Senior Vice President, DAI

    Tine Knott

    Senior Vice President, DAI (USA)

    “Tine oversees the development, marketing, and delivery of DAI’s development solutions for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department, and other U.S. Government clients.

    Tine previously served as Vice President of DAI’s Center for Secure and Stable States, which she launched in 2017 with a mission to raise the bar for development and security programming in fragile environments. For the three years prior, she was DAI’s Managing Director for Governance, Transition, and Stability, where she was responsible for the company’s portfolio of good governance, stabilization, political transition, countering violent extremism, peace building, citizen security, and public financial management work.

    Before joining DAI in 2011, Tine spent 15 years with USAID, including assignments in Ghana, Jordan, Mozambique, and Peru, as well as in Washington, D.C. In her final USAID assignment, as the Senior Development Advisor in Jordan, Tine developed cross-sectoral and politically sensitive programming in human rights, good governance, and poverty, and was responsible for managing relationships with host government counterparts, other U.S. Government agencies, civil society, and the media. Before her career in development, Tine spent time in Nigeria teaching at the University of Ibadan and participating in the pro-democracy movement. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish with skills in French and Norwegian.”

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    Deputy Assistant Administrator, Development, Democracy and Innovation

    Bama Athreya

    Deputy Assistant Administrator, Development, Democracy and Innovation, USAID (USA)

    Seasoned executive leader and technical expert on gender and social inclusion, labor, business and human rights, trafficking in persons and digital rights. Experience in nonprofit management, strategic philanthropy and partnerships, and public policy. Certified in strategic diversity and inclusion management. Proven track record growing organizational revenues, increasing visibility, leading mergers and redefining vision, mission, and strategy for organizations entering new phases of growth and development. Expert trainer on gender and social inclusion. Current research focus on Future of Work. Extensive experience in public speaking, writing and serving as media spokesperson.

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    COO, Abt Associates

    Lisa Simeon

    COO, Abt Associates (USA)

    Lisa Simeon is the Chief Operations Officer for Abt Associates, a diversified, global professional services firm focused on research, monitoring and evaluation, digital solutions, and implementing programs in health, social and environmental policy, and international development.

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    Amazonia Senior Director, Conservation International (Bolivia)

    Candido Pastor

    Amazonia Senior Director, Conservation International (Bolivia)

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    President, WBG East Asian Women's Network, World Bank Group (Japan)

    Emiko Todoroki

    President, WBG East Asian Women's Network, World Bank Group (Japan)

    Emiko is currently President of the World Bank Group East Asian Women’s Network (EAWN) established in September 2021. The EAWN strives to improve diversity and inclusion in the WBG and advocates for actions to address challenges faced by more than 1,300 East Asian Women staff in the WBG. Beyond EAWN, Emiko’s “day job” at the WBG is to advise and support client countries develop their financial and private sector as an engine of economic growth and development. She has led many lending and technical assistance projects around the world and actively contributed to setting global standards in the financial sector.

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    Chairman & CEO, ManpowerGroup (USA)

    Jonas Prising

    Chairman & CEO, ManpowerGroup
    (USA)

    Jonas Prising was named ManpowerGroup Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in May 2014 and Chairman in December 2015. He leads all aspects of ManpowerGroup’s $21 billion business across 75 countries and territories worldwide. He’s been with the company for more than 20 years in roles ranging ManpowerGroup North America President and President of the Americas, while also leading the company’s operations in Southern Europe and overseeing the global Right Management and ManpowerGroup Solution businesses.

    A recognized expert on the labor market and future of work, Prising regularly speaks at global events and in the media on employment trends, jobs and skills. He plays a key role in championing ManpowerGroup’s ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) strategy and is especially passionate about preparing the next generation with work-readiness skills, accelerating women into leadership, supporting refugees into meaningful work, and delivering on climate action.

    Currently, Prising serves as global Board Chairman for JA Worldwide, where he helps JA achieve its mission of equipping more than 12 million young people each year with employment and entrepreneurship skills in 100 countries.

    Prising is actively engaged with the World Economic Forum, including as a member of the International Business Council (IBC), the CEO Alliance for Climate Leaders, the CEO Action Group for the European Green Deal, the Global Parity Alliance, and CEO Champion for the Reskilling Revolution.

    Prising also plays an active leadership role in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, business community, as a Board member and former Chairman of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. He also serves on the board of directors of Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS).

    Before joining ManpowerGroup, Prising worked for Electrolux, a Swedish multinational. During his tenure, he held various international positions within the consumer goods and business-to-business divisions. Prising holds an MBA (equivalent) from the Stockholm School of Economics and has participated in executive programs at Harvard, INSEAD, Stanford and Yale. He speaks five languages: English, French, German, Swedish and Italian and has lived in nine countries across Asia, Europe and North America. Prising and his family reside in the Milwaukee area.

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    President and CEO, ACDI/VOCA

    Sylvia Megret

    President and CEO, ACDI/VOCA
    (USA)

    Sylvia J. Megret serves as president and CEO of ACDI/VOCA. As a global development executive with 30 years of experience, she promotes the organization’s mission and lives its values in support of inclusive, sustainable development worldwide. Sylvia joined ACDI/VOCA in December 2016, first serving as chief operating officer (COO) and later as president and COO from February 2021 to April of 2022. She also served as interim CEO from December 2017 to June 2018.

    Sylvia has proven expertise convening diverse teams that bridge functions, cultures, and international borders. She is also skilled at identifying and institutionalizing effective teams and systems for maximum efficiency and success.

    Sylvia is currently board chair of the Fundación ACDI/VOCA Latin America (FAVLA). She also serves as a board member of the Society of International Development’s U.S. Chapter (SID-US) and as the 2022 SID-US conference chair. Sylvia led ACDI/VOCA’s role as a founding member of the Coalition for Racial and Ethnic Equity in International Development (CREED) and is also a founding member of Chief (Washington).

    She holds a master’s degree in international development from American University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from the University of Michigan. She is fluent in English and French, and her work has taken her from Africa to Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

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    Global Head of Inclusion for Women of Color

    Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey

    Global Head of Inclusion for Women of Color, Google (USA)

    Stephanie is the Global Head of Inclusion Programs for Women of Color and a Thought Leader in doubling-down on support and advocacy for caregivers globally. Prior to this role, she was a Retention Strategist, acting as a coach, advisor, and advocate for underrepresented employees to get satisfaction in their role, feel included at work and find opportunities to develop and grow.

    Leading up to this work, she co-created the State of Black Women @Google Summit and Collective, an initiative designed for black women Googlers, globally, to have dedicated space for community, conversation and connection. It has since expanded to include Latinas, Asian and Indigenous women.

    She graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering. After working in infrastructure engineering at Lehman Brothers during and right after college, she transitioned to the digital media industry; spending the next 10 years, working on big data, forecasting and inventory management for media powerhouses Forbes Media, FOX News Digital and NBC News Digital.

    Outside of the Googleverse, she is an Advisory Board Member of Per Scholas, a national workforce development focused on technology careers for individuals in overlooked communities. She also serves as an advisor for a number of startups.

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    Chief Global Equity Officer, Abt Associates

    Roslyn M. Brock

    Chief Global Equity Officer, Abt Associates (USA)

    A highly accomplished equity and health policy executive with demonstrated expertise in social impact, advocacy, social equity, community health, strategic policy analysis, coalition building, stakeholder influence and engagement, non profit board governance, public affairs, reputation management and risk mitigation. Demonstrated executive leadership, mentoring, negotiation, interpersonal, and crisis management skills. A strategic collaborator and change catalyst who leverages a deep and well cultivated network of influencers in government, corporate, community, philanthropy and health care. An innovative and collaborative problem solver and courageous thinker who delivers proven results.Currently serves as Chairman Emeritus, NAACP National Board of Directors; Vice Chairman, Women’s Caucus Comcast/NBCUniversal Diversity Advisory Council; Board Trustee, George Washington University and the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility; and International Connection/Social Action Chairman, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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    Acting Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, USAID (USA)

    Clifton Kenon

    Acting Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, USAID (USA)

    Dr. Clifton J. Kenon Jr. is the Acting Deputy Chief Diversity Officer and Division Chief for the People, Workplace, Culture, and Training team. Clifton is also a registered nurse by training, with clinical specialties in obstetrics and lactation.


    Clifton’s expertise and interest in diversity and inclusion stems from his lived experience as a health care provider and graduate/ post-doctoral experience, where he studied the intersections of microaggressions, health outcomes, and experiences of marginalized people interacting with the health care system. His research focus has been on the systematic effects of discrimination and micro messages in societies, with special emphasis on qualitative approaches.
    He has published internationally and lectured worldwide on inclusion, micro messaging, bias, and the systematic effects of such on health, wellness and societal harmony. Clifton received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Winston-Salem State University, double Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Doctorate of Nursing from Chatham University, and completed Post Doctoral education at the University of Tennessee.

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    Professor of Psychology, United States Naval Academy (USA)

    W. Brad Johnson

    Professor of Psychology, United States Naval Academy (USA)

    W. Brad Johnson, PhD is Professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. A clinical psychologist, Dr. Johnson is a mentoring expert specializing in developing gender-inclusive mentoring cultures for organizations around the globe. Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications including 14 books, in the areas of mentoring, professional ethics, gender inclusion. Recent books include: Good Guys: How Men Can Become Better Allies for Women in the Workplace, Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women (both with David Smith) and the Elements of Mentoring 3rd Ed. (with Charles Ridley).

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    President/CEO, Women Deliver

    Dr. Maliha Khan

    President/CEO, Women Deliver (Pakistan)

    Maliha joined Women Deliver as President/CEO in April 2022, at the height of the organization’s transition and evolution. An international expert in program design and performance, learning, and accountability, with a focus on the empowerment of girls and women Maliha is guiding Women Deliver to ensure its actions are led by and representative of feminist movements in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and people with marginalized and vulnerable identities, including the very girls and women who have been pushed to the margins of society because of who they are or where they live. Maliha has over 25 years experience designing rights-based programs focused on girls and women, as a professor of gender studies, and implementation of women’s programs in marginalized regions of Pakistan, and around the world.

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    CEO, Graça Machel Trust (Kenya)

    Melizsa Mugyenyi

    CEO, Graça Machel Trust (Kenya)

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    Regional Technical Advisor, FHI 360 (Nigeria)

    Helen Anyasi

    Regional Technical Advisor, FHI 360 (Nigeria)

    Helen Anyasi is a young Nigerian medical doctor who has worked on global health projects at FHI 360 for over 9 years. In her current role at FHI 360, she works on introducing and increasing access to new and existing Family Planning and HIV prevention products in low-resource settings. In her time at FHI 360, she has grown her career from serving on country teams to leading project teams and providing technical expertise to other country teams. Helen is open to sharing her experience working across multi-country projects with other young public health professionals like herself.

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    Sharon Melnick
    Author, “In your power: React less, regain control, raise others”

    Sharon Melnick, PhD

    Author, “In your power: React less, regain control, raise others” (USA)

    Sharon Melnick, PhD is a world authority on stress resilience and women’s leadership. A former researcher at Harvard Medical School, her speeches have created buzz with at Fortune 500 companies and conferences around the world (including the UN). She is the author of Success under Stress: Powerful Tools to Stay Calm, Confident, and Productive when the Pressure’s On, and the ‘go to’ executive coach for women who want to create a next level opportunity.

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    Dr. Rohini Anand
    Author, "Leading Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion"

    Dr. Rohini Anand

    Author, "Leading Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" (USA)

    Dr. Rohini Anand is CEO of Rohini Anand LLC providing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion advisory services to clients in the public and private sectors. She is a recognized pioneer, a sought after expert, a thought leader and a published author. Her recent book, Leading Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has won global accolades. Most recently she was SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo. She serves on the several boards including the diversity advisory boards for Sanofi and Charter Communications, advisory boards for Women Lift Health a Gates Foundation initiative, Tent Partnership for Refugees and Galt Foundation. She is a Senior Fellow with the Conference Board and is on the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Center for Inclusive Governance’s Advisory Council.

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    Social Protection & Inclusive Policy Dialogue Specialist

    Aissata Fall

    Social Protection & Inclusive Policy Dialogue Specialist, PRB (Senegal)

    Social Protection & Inclusive Policy Dialogue Specialist, PRB (Senegal)

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    Indonesia Country Representative and Strategic Adviser, Abt Associates (Indonesia)

    Anna Winoto

    Indonesia Country Representative and Strategic Adviser, Abt Associates (Indonesia)

    Anna Winoto is a public policy practitioner with more than 20 years of experience leading and managing complex development programs in Indonesia. Her areas of expertise include public health and nutrition, social protection, child protection, governance and service delivery, and community-led development. She is currently Abt’s Indonesia Country Representative and Strategic Adviser in Indonesia. From 2018 to 2022, Anna was the Team Leader of KOMPAK, a partnership between the governments of Australia and Indonesia to improve basic services and economic opportunities for poor and vulnerable Indonesians. Before KOMPAK, Anna provided strategic advice to the Ministry of National Development Planning on poverty reduction. Prior to that, she served in several positions in UNICEF Indonesia focusing on child-centered social protection and maternal and child nutrition. Anna is a passionate advocate for women leadership in development, coaching and developing young professionals based on her lived-in experiences.

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    Co-founder, KITE

    Jason Ighani

    Co-founder, KITE (Costa Rica)

    Jason is an executive coach and team development specialist with over 12 years of experience. He is the co-founder of KITE, a global consulting firm with the mission to elevate the practice of team leadership in the humanitarian and global development space, and the founder of The Humanitarian Coaching Network, an organization that supports the well-being and growth of humanitarian staff, particularly the most vulnerable and historically underserved. Additionally, his individual practice is focused on supporting the healing and growth of men and male leaders and for the past two years he has collaborated with the WILD Network to facilitate panel discussions on the role of men in advancing gender equity.

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    Manager, Policy and Advocacy, Women Deliver

    Darcy Allen De Gracia

    Manager, Policy and Advocacy, Women Deliver (USA)

    “Darcy is a Manager on Women Deliver’s Policy and Advocacy team, where she focuses on partnerships and policies for gender equality, health, health systems strengthening, and human rights. She has been with Women Deliver for 5 years and has participated in the organization’s internal and external processes to transform and become an anti-racist, anti-colonial global NGO.
    Prior to joining Women Deliver, Darcy spent 5 years at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) where she contributed to the management of global programs for maternal health, obstetric fistula, and strengthening policy and advocacy efforts for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
    Darcy earned her MA in International Development from The New School in New York and her BA in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. She lives in New York with her husband and 1-year-old daughter and enjoys birding in her spare time. ”

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    Disability Inclusion Technical Officer, FHI 360 (Ethiopia)

    Habtamu Buli

    Disability Inclusion Technical Officer, FHI 360 (Ethiopia)

    Habtamu is an international development, disability inclusion, and special needs education professional with 10 years of experience. Habtamu received his B.A, and M.A in Special Needs Education from Addis Ababa University. In 2019, he received his second master’s degree from Gallaudet University, Washington DC in International Development. Habtamu developed a passion for international development while he was at Addis Ababa University. He co-founded the Association of Students with Physical Disabilities, and the Deaf Students Association at the University and led as President and Public Relations Coordinator. Habtamu is a former Director of the Ethiopian National Association of the Deaf. Currently, he serves as Disability Inclusion Technical Officer at FHI 360, where he helps mainstream disability inclusion principles within project design and implementation. Also, he is the Co-founder and president of the Ethiopian Deaf community in the US.

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    Global Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Lead

    Elizabeth Kellogg, MA, PMP

    Global Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Lead, Abt Associates
    (USA)

    Global DEIA Manager and certified PMP passionate about the intersection of visual media, education, and social impact. Completed MA thesis on Depictions of Underrepresented Populations in Film and Television.

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    CEO, Skye Team

    Morag Barrett

    CEO, Skye Team (USA)

    Morag Barrett helps leaders achieve outstanding results through the power of their professional relationships. She is an in-demand keynote speaker, executive coach, leadership expert, and bestselling author of three books: Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships, The Future-Proof Workplace, and You, Me, We: Why we all need a friend at work (and how to show up as one!).

     

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    Founder and CEO, Enough Labs (USA)

    Dina Scippa

    Founder and CEO, Enough Labs (USA)

    Dina Scippa is a gender equality specialist turned certified life coach and Founder of Enough Labs. She supports women and girls in coaching on the intersections of leadership and confidence, is a seasoned trainer and facilitator, and is invited to speak regularly on radical self-acceptance, women’s empowerment and being enough. She hosts the internationally charted podcast Embracing Enough, which showcases the stories of women and girls and their journey to feeling confident. The podcast explores the stories that influence our collective experience and unpacks what it takes to embrace the belief that we are enough, just as we are.

    With nearly two decades of experience working in some of the most exciting and demanding environments around the world (Afghanistan, South Sudan, Fiji, Peru and 25+ more), Dina is able to bring practical real-world experience to her coaching and speaking. Dina is a recognized expert and leader in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment; and regularly mentors and coaches women and girls to step into their power, without compromising who they are or what they are looking to create in the world. Her goal is to help women and girls get in touch with what sets their souls on fire. Her mission: to give women and girls the space to explore the truth of who they are and embrace their inherent enoughness to counter all the reasons the world tells them they are not.

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    Director, Deloitte Africa

    Zahra Nensi

    Director, Deloitte Africa (Tanzania)

    Zahra is a Deloitte Africa Consulting Leader with over 15 years of experience working in international development, financial services and public sector industries. Zahra is currently the International Development Leader for Deloitte East Africa covering Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi. She has advised multi-lateral and bi-lateral development partners such as USAID, UNECA, UNWFP, SIDA, Global Affairs Canada, World Bank, among others.

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    Young Leader Alumni, Women Deliver

    Zanda N Desir

    Young Leader Alumni, Women Deliver
    (Saint Lucia)

    “Zanda served as the Regional Coordinator for the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network for the Caribbean and Americas (CYPAN). CYPAN is a Pan-Commonwealth network which utilizes grassroots, national and regional participation to promote sustainable peace. She also brought the #NotAskingForIt campaign to the University of the West Indies-Mona campus. Part of a global movement, the campaign raised awareness about blaming and shaming of sexual assault victims post abuse.
    Zanda advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion within development organizations. She is an advisor to the Free STEM Fund which aims to make STEM opportunities more available and accessible to women, girls, transgender and non-binary people through direct grants. She is a Women Deliver Young Leader Alumni and continues to contribute to the organization and its mission. In 2020, she was part of the Transformation Engagement Working Group, as Women Deliver embarked on a journey to become an anti-racist organization. Today, she serves as a member of the Advisory group for the Women Deliver Conference 2023 to ensure that as one of largest convenings for the advancement of gender equality, the dialogue and programming is inclusive and accessible.

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    Chief of Party, USAID Local Health System Sustainability Project (Jordan)

    Mona Abdeljawad

    Chief of Party, USAID Local Health System Sustainability Project (Jordan)

    Mona Abdeljawad has more than 20 years of experience managing development projects in health, reproductive health, development, and human rights. Her educational background is in human rights law from the University of Oxford, and she has focused on disability rights. Mona participated in drafting the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and served as the assistant secretary general of the Higher Council on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Mona has worked with Abt for the past five years and currently manages the $20 million LHSS Jordan Project. Under her leadership, the project supports the implementation of the country’s continuous professional development program and spearheads USAID’s efforts to support the Ministry of Health (MOH) in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mona has guided such initiatives as supporting the MOH’s launch of tele-counselling services and a COVID-19 training platform and training more than 13,000 Health Care Providers in the public and private sector.

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    Social Equity Project Lead, Junior Achievement Africa (USA)

    Memuna Williams

    Social Equity Project Lead, Junior Achievement Africa (USA)

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    Director of Administration and Finance, Tetra Tech (Burundi)

    Linca Michaella Tuyisenge

    Director of Administration and Finance, Tetra Tech (Burundi)

    My name is Linca Tuyisenge. I was born and raised in Burundi where I started my career. I am currently in Administration and Finance with more than ten years of experience in financial management of USAID, Dutch Government, European Union, Global Fund and CORDAID-funded projects. I am passionate about reading, listening to audiobooks, traveling, and spreading kindness.

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    Deputy Regional Director, Africa, Pact Inc (Tanzania)

    Marianna Balampama

    Deputy Regional Director, Africa, Pact Inc (Tanzania)

    Marianna Balampama is an international health expert and a stellar development sector leader with over two decades of experience. She currently serves as Deputy Regional Director, Africa at Pact, supporting multidisciplinary development programs across the Region. Marianna is driven by sustainable, inclusive impact and enhancing capacity of institutions and individuals. She volunteers on at Boards of numerous non-governmental organizations and has mentored many young leaders. Marianna has been honored with multiple awards, including Top Women in Management Africa 2021. Marianna resides in the oceanside city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and enjoys nature and travel.

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    CEO, Coach, Facilitator, ARTiculate Real & Clear (USA)

    Hilary Blair

    CEO, Coach, Facilitator, ARTiculate Real & Clear (USA)

    Hilary is a speaker and communication coach with years of experience as a professional voice over and stage actor. She has been coaching, training, and facilitating the connection to authentic presence for 35 plus years. She guides and challenges the enthusiastic and reluctant alike to communicate more powerfully.

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    Chief of Party, VectorLink Zambia, Abt Associates (Nigeria)

    Dr. Nduka Iwuchukwu

    Chief of Party, VectorLink Zambia, Abt Associates (Nigeria)

    Nduka Iwuchukwu is a Medical Doctor with more than 30 years of experience in clinical care, public health, safety, environment, and innovation management. He has provided technical assistance to National Malaria Control Programs in Nigeria, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Guatemala. He has developed several innovations in malaria vector control including indoor residual spraying (IRS) supervision and monitoring tools, field operational protocols, and novel designs for implementing community-based IRS operations.

    Iwuchukwu is currently the chief of party of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) VectorLink Project in Zambia, which implements IRS and entomological monitoring and supports the distribution of insecticide-treated bednets. He supervises six senior management staff and leads a field workforce of 21,000 people. They are responsible for protecting about three million persons from malaria annually in Zambia. Under his leadership, between 2018 and 2022, the project’s annual spray coverage improved from 90 percent to 99 percent and the proportion of female IRS staff increased from 28 percent to 47 percent. The team strengthened sustainable local capacity in entomologic monitoring by ensuring equipment, training, and mentorship were accessible to community-level participants.

    Iwuchukwu previously served as the chief of party for the PMI Africa Indoors Residual Spraying (AIRS) projects in Tanzania and Nigeria. He also worked as an AIRS regional operations advisor and operations manager, providing subject matter expertise on IRS planning and implementation.
    Prior to joining Abt, Iwuchukwu was executive director for Environment and Health Nigeria Ltd., which implemented turn-key health and environment projects for governments and private sector clients such as the Wildlife Hazards Assessment of the four major international airports in Nigeria (Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt). The assessment report led to the successful certification of the four airports by the International Civil Aviation Organization

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    Gender and Agriculture, ACDI/VOCA (USA)

    Nathalie Me-Nsope

    Gender and Agriculture, ACDI/VOCA (USA)

    Nathalie Me-Nsope (PhD) is a Gender and Social Inclusion expert with over 16 years of experience in the international development sector. She has led gender and social inclusion mainstreaming efforts for USAID and non-U.S. government-funded programs in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. In my current role at ACDI/VOCA, I provide technical oversight for integrating gender and social inclusion approaches within our programs, in alignment with the organization’s gender and social inclusion policy. My work involves close collaboration with project implementation teams across many countries with differences in sociocultural context that shape communication and workplace dynamics especially in virtual settings.

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    Global Manager- Diversity, Equity, Engagement & Inclusion, DAI (USA)

    Ryan Ubuntu Olson

    Global Manager- Diversity, Equity, Engagement & Inclusion, DAI (USA)

     

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    Chief Program Officer, ACDI/VOCA (USA)

    Maura Allen

    Chief Program Officer, ACDI/VOCA (USA)

    Maura Allen is chief program officer at ACDI/VOCA. She leads a portfolio that includes project management and operations divisions, business development, and awards and compliance. She previously served as an executive director overseeing a portfolio of projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Prior to that she served as a managing director of community development and began her career with ACDI/VOCA as a senior director of financial services. Before joining ACDI/VOCA in 2008, Maura worked for Chemonics International, International Executive Service Corps, and Counterpart International. She began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. She holds a master’s degree in international transactions from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Michigan State University.

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    PhD, Managing Economist, International Development Division, AIR (USA)

    Sonam Gupta, PhD

    PhD, Managing Economist, International Development Division, AIR (USA)

    Sonam Gupta, an applied economist, has more than 15 years’ experience in research, management, design, and implementation of complex, multi-country international development projects. Dr. Gupta’s areas of expertise include labor and workforce development, program evaluation, and mixed methods research.

    Dr. Gupta oversees a portfolio of technical assistance and evaluation projects in 25 countries. The key focus of her projects that are being implemented in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala is to strengthen government capacity to effectively enforce labor laws, administer labor justice, use data for effective decision making, and support worker efforts to exercise their right to bargain collectively.

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    Project Manager, Corus International (Venezuela)

    Yesibeth Centeno

    Project Manager, Corus International (Venezuela)

    Yesibeth Centeno is Venezuelan, graduated cum laude from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello with a degree in Social Communication, specializing in Marketing. In Venezuela she worked in Marketing for telecommunications, retail services and mass consumption companies. In 2017 she emigrated to Peru. In 2018 she joined the development team of the digital platform VenInformado, led by Lutheran World Relief. Since 2020 she works as a communication specialist for LWR coordinating communication projects, supporting the development of a new digital platform in Honduras and representing LWR Peru in the Working Group for Migrants and Refugees (GTRM) led by UNHCR and IOM.

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