Global Partnerships Practitioners Forum:

Innovators, Changemakers, and Disruptors:
New Ideas In the Partnerships Landscape

Monday, March 7 2016 | 9:00AM to 5:00PM

Agenda and Session Descriptions

 As part of Global Partnerships Week, the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Concordia, and PeaceTech Lab will organize the second annual Global Partnerships Practitioners Forum to kick off the week on March 7, 2016.

This is an invite only event. For more information please contact

8:30AM - 9:00AM

9:00AM - 9:40AM

Breakfast and Networking

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Opening Video:

  • The Honorable John F. Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State


  • Sheldon Himelfarb, CEO and President, PeaceTech Lab
  • Andrew O’Brien, Special Representative for Global Partnerships, Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, U.S. State Department

9:40AM - 10:30AM

Opening Plenary: Transforming the Game and the Rules - The How-To's of Partnering with the Tech Sector

Governments, NGOs and civil society organizations are increasingly looking to partner with the fast-paced performance-driven technology sector to accelerate innovation in development. But, with vastly different cultures, timelines and agendas, this may be easier said than done. How can these diverse communities collaborate more and drive more innovative partnerships? What is the tech sector looking for in partners and opportunities (and what don’t they want to hear)? Come hear from industry experts on their experiences and advice for understanding and partnering with the tech industry.


  • Ann Mei Chang, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director, U.S. Global Development Lab, U.S. Agency for International Development 


  • Nicole Isaac, Head of U.S. Public Policy, LinkedIn 
  • Ross LaJeunesse, Global Head of International Relations, Google
  • Sean Milliken, Head of Global Social Innovation, PayPal
  • Lena Trudeau, Practice Manager, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

GPW Marketplace Opens

The GPW Marketplace, located in the atrium, is a place to convene, network, and display participating organizations and their work.

10:00AM – 4:30PM

10:30AM - 10:45AM


Endorsed by more than 50 development organizations, the Principles for Digital Development are a set of 9 best practices to inform the design and implementation of tech-driven development programs. Merrick Schaefer (TBC) will give an overview of the Principles and discuss the inclusive community-based approach that has been taken to turn these principles into actual best practice. (New Principles for Digital Development will be launching on Feb 29th)

Global Entrepreneurship Summit:

  • Courtney Beale, Senior Director of the Global Engagement and Special Assistant to the President, National Security Council

The Power of Local Partnerships and Country Ownership:

  • Casey Dunning, Senior Policy Analyst for the Rethinking U.S. Development Policy initiative, Center for Global Development

Principles for Digital Development:

  • Merrick Schaefer, Lead, Development Informatics, U.S. Global Development Lab, U.S. Agency for International Development

10:45AM - 11:00AM


11:00AM - 12:00PM

Morning Breakout Sessions

Morning Breakout #1: The Art of Partnership: Creating Your Pitch, Design, Co-Creation, and Negotiation

No matter what line of work you’re in, we’re all trying to sell our ideas on a regular basis. Despite how often we have to pitch our partnerships, and despite how much the ability to do so successfully can move us forward in all areas of our lives, many of us don’t give very much thought to how to go about it. We rely too often on the thought that a good idea will simply sell itself. But if that was the case, luxury cars would be shaped like shoeboxes on wheels, food would come in plain brown packages bearing only the item’s name, and books would have no designs on their covers. Of course that’s not how partnerships or products are sold, because that’s not how people operate and make choices. Packaging and presentation matter. Come learn how successful partnership builders have created their pitch, how they have tailored their pitch to their audiences, and learn the tricks of the trade.


  • Chris Jurgens, Director, Partnerships, U.S. Global Development Lab, U.S. Agency for International Development


  • Sean Carroll, Senior Director, Creative Development Lab, Creative Associates International 
  • Gretchen Ehle, Vice President, GlobalConnect, Meridian International Center 
  • Tonia Wellons, Associate Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships, Peace Corps

Morning Breakout #2: Using Prizes, Hackathons, and Grand Challenges to Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Challenge and prize competitions are one path that federal agencies take to drive innovation and solve mission-centric problems — whether technical, scientific, or creative. More than 460 challenges have been run in the Federal government since 2010 and competitions have been around since colonization of the Americas, including the 1927 Orteig Prize, the transatlantic flight that made Charles Lindbergh famous. How can partnerships and prizes work together? Get some insights from people making these two concepts coexist.


  • Jim Thompson, Director of Innovation, Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, U.S. State Department


  • Ben Bartlett, Manager, Global Policy Development, Facebook
  • Neeta Bhandari, Public-Private Partnerships Specialist, Private Sector Engagement, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, U.S. State Department
  • Quintan Wiktorowicz, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Affinis Labs
  • Elizabeth Yee, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Solutions, 100 Resilient Cities 

Morning Breakout #3: Innovative Tools for Partnership Financing

Map the impact investment economy and discover what innovative funding tools are available to finance your project. Learn more about the frameworks behind several popular funding mechanisms and determine which are most appropriate to your objectives. Hear insight from different financial institutions on funding trends and criteria, from their perspective.


  • Adva Saldinger, Associate Editor, Devex Impact


  • Leigh Moran, Senior Officer, Strategic Initiatives, Calvert Foundation
  • G. Nagesh Rao, Chief Technologist, Office of Investment and Innovation, Small Business Administration
  • Mitchell Strauss, Special Advisor for Socially Responsible Investment Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • Amy Wang, Assistant Vice President, Global Social Finance Group, Deutsche Bank

Morning Breakout #4: Tech-ify Your Partnerships: When, How, and Why to Use Technology

They say necessity is the mother of invention. How has the changing tech landscape engaged in partnerships to prevent or mitigate violent conflict? And how can tech be thought of as an integral part of a partnership rather than an afterthought? This panel will convene experts from the public and private sector around how technology has been involved in projects overseas, both successfully and unsuccessfully.


  • Nancy Payne, Vice President, PeaceTech Lab, U.S. Institute of Peace


  • Matt McNabb, Co-Founder and CEO, First Mile Geo
  • Dina Najem, Iraqi Social Media Activist
  • Keith Porcaro, Head of Technology and Development & General Counsel, SIMLab

Morning Breakout #5: Measuring The Impact – New Tools and Approaches to Data Mining for Development

Data. The word is on everyone’s lips yet effective data collection in development remains challenging at best. How do we successfully measure the impacts of our development efforts? What tools exist to extract accurate data that tells the story of how programs directly impact beneficiaries in the field? As the demand for data increases, the need for tools to analyze and collaborate in data sharing also increases. This session will highlight innovative approaches to data collection and new software that is helping to ensure efforts remain aligned and partners can learn from each other’s successes and failures.


  • Avery Ouellette, Senior Partnerships Advisor, Center for Transformational Partnerships, U.S. Global Development Lab, U.S. Agency for International Development


  • Nanette Barkey, Global Director of Results and Measurement, Pact
  • Trevor Davies, Global Head International Development Assistance Services Institute, KPMG 
  • Joel Meyer, Senior Vice President, Dataminr, Inc.
  • Sarah Thorn, Senior Director, Global Government Affairs, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 

12:00PM - 1:30PM


1:30PM - 2:00PM

Lunch & Global Marketplace

During lunch, informal roundtable discussions will offer an additional opportunity to share experiences and network with other practitioners.


  • John O. Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

2:00PM - 3:00PM     

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Afternoon Breakout #1: Creating More Inclusive Partnerships through LGBT, Diaspora, Youth, Minorities, Faith-Based Outreach

Working through partnerships offer opportunities to engage new partners for governmental efforts. Unlike contracts and grants, partnerships can draw in communities that have traditionally not been at the forefront of governments outreach efforts. This discussion will highlight new partner opportunities and get input from these communities on best outreach techniques to their constituencies.


  • Steve Schmida, Managing Director and Founder, SSG Advisors


  • Semhar Araia, Executive Director, Diaspora African Women’s Network
  • Steve Wozencraft, Chairman & CEO, JOD Global Philanthropies
  • Anthony Cotton, Senior Advisor, LGBTI Office, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Andreas Hipple, Senior Program Advisor, GHR Foundation

Afternoon Breakout #2: New Approaches to Legal Issues - Authorities, Due Diligence, Partner Selection

Partnerships have few legal parameters and yet are proliferating across government. Legal experts in government share their insights on the development of policy guidelines, best practices, and what’s new on the forefront of partnering today.


  • Valerie Wenderoth, Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State


  • Alissa Ardito, Attorney Advisor, Administrative Conference of the United States
  • Lauren Marks, Director, Private Sector Engagement for PEPFAR, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State

Afternoon Breakout #3: More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Making Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives Work

To solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, the global development community has launched an ever-growing number of multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs) in recent decades – including the Better Than Cash Alliance, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, and the Alliance for Affordable Internet. But what makes MSIs succeed or fail, and how do we know if an MSI was the best choice to address the problem in the first place? This interactive discussion will use concrete examples of past, present, and potential future MSIs to help participants understand whether an MSI is the best-suited mechanism to address a problem and if so, how they can set it up for success.


  • Andrew Stern, Founder and Executive Director, Global Development Incubator (GDI)


  • Monica Ellis, CEO, Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF)
  • Katie Fry Hester, Senior Associate, The Partnering Initiative
  • Priya Jaisinghani, Director, Center for Global Solutions, U.S. Agency for International Development

Afternoon Breakout #4: Making the Business Case with Social Metrics (presented by USCIB’s Business for 2030)

The global sustainability movement has come a long way in just the last decade, with a growing number of companies and governments actively pursuing partnership and shared value strategies. However, despite this, lingering misperceptions regarding financial returns remain. The private sector has a crucial role to play by deploying innovative technologies and developing new business models to meet changing social and economic circumstances. Making the business case with social metrics requires evidence-based links between social impact and strong business. This session will reflect companies that are meeting these challenges, positioning themselves for both long-term growth and positive societal impact.


  • Ariel Meyerstein, Vice President, Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Governance, United States Council for International Business


  • Paul Bakus, President, Nestlé Corporate Affairs, Nestlé
  • Paul Garnett, Director, Affordable Access Initiatives, Microsoft
  • Davida Heller, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Citi

Afternoon Breakout #5: Partnerships to Confront Online Extremist Narratives

Extremist organizations closely coordinate the creation and distribution of their propaganda. The ISIS digital team alone boasts more than 50 professionals. Our success in countering these radical ideologies depends in large part on our ability to coordinate our efforts. Intelligent partners are attacking different strategies in countering violent extremism. Our panel explores the strengths and gaps in mounting a proportional response, and ways in which partners in the public and private sectors can come together to gain a clearer understanding of how to make a difference.


  • David Lawrence, Founder and Chief Collaboration Officer, RANE


  • Curtis Hougland, CEO, Attention
  • George Selim, Director, Office of Community Partnerships, Department of Homeland Security
  • Rhea D. Siers, Scholar in Residence, Center for Cyber and Homeland Secuirty, George Washington University

Afternoon Breakout #6: Partnerships to Support Entrepreneurs

Move beyond the traditional public-private partnership with innovative ways to build partnerships that support entrepreneurs. Discuss how to bring the right partners and resources together to effectively support funding, investing, and scaling entrepreneurs and SGBs and to overcome ecosystem barriers. Hear from banks, capacity-building organizations, impact investors and USAID on the lessons learned around building partnerships to strength entrepreneurs and SGBs.


  • Rob Schneider, Senior Partnerships Advisor, Center for Transformational Partnerships, U.S. Global Development Lab, U.S. Agency for International Development


  • Lisa MacDougall, Vice President, Office of Corporate Engagement, Goldman Sachs
  • Kate McElligott, ‎Director, Strategic Development, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)    
  • Roland Pearson, Managing Director, Capacity Solutions, Enclude
  • Ben Powell, CEO and Founder, Agora Partnerships

3:00PM – 3:15PM


Live Debate: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is Dead.  Long Live CSR!


  • John Mennel, Director, Social Impact, Monitor Deloitte 


  • John Buckley, former Global Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, BNY Mellon 
  • Richard Crespin, CEO, CollaborateUp 
  • Gawain Kripke, Director, Policy and Research, Oxfam America
  • Gina Tesla, Director, Corporate Citizenship, IBM

3:15PM – 4:00PM


Engaging Local Partners: An Example from El Salvador

In El Salvador, where urban crime and violence are prevalent, USAID partnered with Grupo Agrisal and FUNDEMAS to form Sustainable Communities, a partnership designed to promote job training and entrepreneurship opportunities. Engaging the local private sector provided USAID the necessary insight into the challenges facing the local private sector in El Salvador and a partner that was deeply committed to improving local conditions and combating crime in its own neighborhood.


  • Paloma Adams-Allen, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Agency for International Development


  • Carlos Arce, Economic Growth Bilateral Team Leader, U.S. Agency for International Development/El Salvador
  • Ricardo Augspurg, Director, Grupo AGRISAL; Founder of La Asociación La Escalón
  • Rebeca Parker, Executive Director, La Asociación La Escalón
  • Gerardo Tablas, Regional Public Private Alliance Builder, U.S. Agency for International Development/El Salvador


4:00PM - 4:30PM


The Sustainable Development Goals: What’s next?

  • Daniella Ballou-Aares, Senior Advisor for Development, U.S. Department of State

Partnering for Innovation: Satellite Assisted Pastoral Resource Management

  • Chris Bessenecker, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Project Concern International

Creating a Marketplace for Development

  • Alexis Bonnell, Chief of Applied Innovation and Acceleration, U.S. Global Development Lab, U.S. Agency for International Development

The Power of Blended Capital

  • Daniel Hsu, Director of Partnerships, Village Capital

4:30PM - 5:00PM



  • Eric Postel, Associate Administrator, US Agency for International Development


  • Abigail Disney, Documentary Filmmaker, CEO, and President, Fork Films

Closing Remarks

Matthew A. Swift, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Concordia



Sponsored by USCIB’s Business for 2030


5:00 PM