Press Schedule: USAID Frontiers in Development

For Immediate Release

Friday, June 8, 2012
Kamyl Bazbaz

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will hold the inaugural Frontiers in Development forum on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC June 11-13, 2012.

The three day event will convene world leaders, government officials, corporate executives and international development experts to address the important issues facing the future of foreign assistance and international development.

The invitation-only audience will consist of 700 prominent leaders from various communities involved in foreign assistance and development, including government officials, leaders from the private sector and non-government organizations (NGOs).  Confirmed speakers include Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia; Atifete Jahjaga, president of Kosovo; Joyce Banda, president of Malawi; Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland; Senator Richard Lugar (R - IN); Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD);Kay Warren, Saddleback Church; Mandy Moore, actress, singer/songwriter and activist; Admiral James G. Stavridis, USN, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe; Former Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ.); Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline; Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes; Vikram Pandit, CEO, Citigroup; Paul Collier, author of “The Bottom Billion” and director for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford; and a special taped video message from Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Interested media will need to be credentialed before the event.  For more information and to register, please contact Kamyl Bazbaz at or 202-712-5174.   Check-in and registration is on Healy Lawn at Georgetown University.

June 11 – MONDAY – Development, Democracy and Security

835 Opening Remarks 

Dr. Rajiv Shah
USAID Administrator 

845 Opening Keynote Address

The Honorable Richard Lugar
United States Senator 

900-1030 Development, Democracy, and Global Security in the 21st Century 

Moderator: Judy Woodruff (Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour)
Her Excellency Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi
Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia
Her Excellency  Atifete Jahjaga, President of Republic of Kosovo
Her Excellency Mary Robinson (former President of Ireland, founder Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative)
Administrator Helen Clark (former Prime Minister New Zealand, UNDP Administrator)

1100-1115 Remarks

ADM James G. Stavridis, USN
NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe

1115-1215 Development in Conflict-Affected Environments 

Moderator: Ray Suarez (PBS Newshour) 
ADM James G. Stavridis, USN (NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe)
Gayle Smith (Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council)
Nadwa Al-Dawsari (Partners for Democratic Change, Yemen) 
Johanna Mendelson Forman (Center for Strategic and International Studies)

105-120 Luncheon Address

Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President of the Republic of Liberia

245-345 Strategies for Transitioning from Fragility to Prosperity 

Moderator: Kaj Larsen (CNN) 
Emilia Pires (Finance Minister, Timor-Leste)
Sarah Cliffe (Special Advisor and Assistant Secretary General, Civilian Capacities, United Nations)
Nancy Lindborg (USAID Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance)
Mark Schneider (Vice President, International Crisis Group)

415-425 Remarks

Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Managing Director World Bank, Former Finance Minister of Indonesia

415-425 Keynote Address

Her Excellency Atifete Jahjaga
President of the Republic of Kosovo

445-530 Helping Democracies Deliver:  Creating Dialogue and Change through Open Government

  Moderator: Donald Steinberg (USAID Deputy Administrator) 
  Amirzai Sangin (Minister of Communication and Information Technology of Afghanistan)
Rakesh Rajani (Head & Founder, Twaweza)
  Warren Krafchik (Senior VP for Int’l Programs, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

June 12 – TUESDAY – Addressing Critical Challenges of Development

900-955 Equitable Delivery of Health Services

Moderator: Lincoln Chen (President, China Medical Board)
John Kufuor (former President of Ghana)
  Walter Gwenigale (Minister of Health, Liberia)
  Julio Frenk (Dean, Harvard University, School of Public Health)
  Ariel Pablos-Mendez (USAID Assistant Administrator for the of Global Health)

955-1020 Conversation: Mobile Financial Services

  Vikram Pandit (CEO, Citigroup)
  Dr. Rajiv Shah (USAID Administrator)

1020-1100 Mobile Technology Solutions

Moderator: Cecilia Kang (Washington Post)
  Ambassador Matthew Kirk (Director, External Affairs, Vodafone) 
  Jay Collins (Vice-Chairman of Global Banking, Citigroup)
  Bruce McNamer (CEO, Technoserve)
  Samuel Agutu (CEO, Changamka Microhealth) 

1145-1215 Conversation: Collaborating on Innovative Solutions for Accessible Healthcare 

Sir Andrew Witty (GlaxoSmithKline)
Dr. Rajiv Shah (USAID Administrator)

1215-1240 Keynote Address

  Her Excellency Joyce Banda
  President of Republic of Malawi  

150-250 Pressures on the Planet: Major Trends in Climate Change, Food Security, and Population

  Moderator: Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post)

  The Honorable Mary Robinson (former President of Ireland)

  Eleni Gabre-Madhin (CEO, Ethiopian Commodity Exchange)

  Paul Collier (Oxford University)

  Paul Weisenfeld (USAID Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Food Security)


320-420 Pressures on the Planet: Food Security In an Increasingly Complex Ecosystem

  Moderator: Frank Sesno (Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, The

  George Washington University; Former White House Correspondent, CNN)

  Judith Rodin (President, The Rockefeller Foundation)

  Chris Policinski (CEO, Land O’Lakes)

  Calestous Juma (Harvard University Kennedy School)

  James Boomgard (President and CEO, DAI)


420-500 Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development

  Dr. Rajiv Shah (USAID Administrator)

  Gunilla Carlsson (Swedish Minister for International Development


  Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

  Kathleen Merrigan (Deputy Secretary, USDA)

  Kathleen Rogers (President, Earth Day Network)

  David Mohler (Chief Technology Officer, Duke Energy)

  Frank Sesno (Journalist, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at   

  George Washington)


June 13 – WEDNESDAY – The Future of Development


910-1010 The Future of Development Assistance

  Moderator: Nina Easton (Fortune Magazine)

  John Kufuor (former President of Ghana)

  Chris Policinski (CEO, Land O’Lakes)

  Paul Collier (Oxford University)

  Steve Radelet (Chief Economist USAID)


1055-1155 Investing for Sustainable Development

  Moderator: Donald Steinberg (Deputy Administrator USAID)

  Emilia Pires (Finance Minister, Timor-Leste)

  Amara Konneh (Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs)

  Rakesh Rajani (Head & Founder, Twaweza)

  Paul O’Brien (Vice President for Policy and Campaigns, Oxfam America) 


100-120 Keynote Address

  The Honorable Benjamin Cardin

  United States Senator 


150-250 The Power of Story Telling 

  Moderator: Roger Thurow (Chicago Council)

  Michael Elliott (CEO, ONE)

  Carolyn Miles (CEO, Save the Children) 

  Christy Turlington Burns (Founder, Every Mother Counts)

  Sheryl WyDunn (Co-author, Half the Sky)


315-415 Beyond the Usual Suspects

              Moderator: Liz Schrayer (Executive Director, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition)

  Barbara Bush (Co-founder and CEO, Global Health Corps)

  Mandy Moore (Actress, Philanthropist)

  Kay Warren (Co-founder, Saddleback Church)

  Jim Kolbe (Former Arizona Congressman)


415-500 Young Innovator Launch

              Moderator: Helen Coster (Forbes)

              Monique Coleman (United Nations Youth Champion)

              David Auerbach (Sanergy)

  Bailey Klinger (Entrepreneurial Finance Lab)

  James Long (Afghanistan Polling)

  Alla Jezmir (EGG-energy)


  Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator


 The full program can be found at

 Interested media will need to be credentialed before the event.  For more information, please contact Kamyl Bazbaz at or 202-712-5174.   Check-in and registration is on Healy Lawn at Georgetown University.

Last updated: June 21, 2012

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