USAID Frontiers in Development

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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), Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 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.

Note: Media check-in is on Healy Lawn in front of Gaston Hall

June 11 – MONDAY – Development, Democracy and Security

Opening Remarks
Dr. Rajiv Shah

USAID Administrator

Opening Keynote Address
The Honorable Richard Lugar

United States Senator

9:00am – 10:30am
Development, Democracy, and Global Security in the 21st Century
Moderator: Judy Woodruff (Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour)
Joyce Banda (President of Malawi)
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (President of Liberia)
Atifete Jahjaga (President of Kosovo)
Mary Robinson (former President of Ireland, founder Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative)
Administrator Helen Clark (former Prime Minister New Zealand, UNDP Administrator)

11:00am – 11:15am
ADM James G. Stavridis, USN
NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe

11:15 – 12:15am
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 (CSIS)

1:05pm – 1:20pm
Luncheon Addresses
The Honorable Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President of the Republic of Liberia

2:45pm – 3:45pm
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, DCHA)
Mark Schneider (Vice President, International Crisis Group)

4:15pm – 4:25pm
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Managing Director World Bank, Former Finance Minister of Indonesia

4:15pm – 4:25pm
Keynote Address
The Honorable Atifete Jahjaga

President of the Republic of Kosovo

4:45pm – 5:30pm Helping Democracies Deliver:  Creating Dialogue and Change through Open Government
Moderator: Donald Steinberg (USAID Deputy Administrator)
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

8:55am – 9:55am 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)

9:55am – 10:20am
Conversation: Mobile Financial Services
Vikram Pandit (CEO, Citigroup)
Rajiv Shah (USAID Administrator)

10:20am – 11:00am
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)
Sam Agutu (CEO, Changamka Microhealth)

11:30am – 11:45am
Mobile Gaming
Sheryl WuDunn (Half the Sky)
Anne Shongwe (CEO, Afroes Transformational Multi-Media)

11:45am – 12:15pm
Conversation: Collaborating on Innovative Solutions for Accessible Healthcare
Sir Andrew Witty (GSK)
Dr. Rajiv Shah (USAID Administrator)

12:15pm – 12:40pm
Keynote Address
The Honorable Joyce Banda

President of Malawi 

1:50pm –  2:50pm
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)

3:20pm – 4:20pm
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)
Tjada McKenna (USAID Assistant Administrator)

4:20pm – 5:00pm
Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development
Rajiv Shah (USAID Administrator)
Gunilla Carlsson (Swedish Minister for Development Cooperation)
Kathleen Merrigan (Deputy Secretary USDA)
Kathleen Rogers (President Earth Day Network)
David Mohler (CTO Duke Energy)
Frank Sesno (Journalist, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington)

June 13 – WEDNESDAY – The Future of Development

9:10am – 10:10am
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 (USAID, Chief Economist)

10:55am – 11:55am
Investing for Sustainable Development
Moderator: Don 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)

11:55am – 12:15am Addresses: Development and Investment
Daniel Yohannes, CEO Millennium Challenge Corporation – invited
Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Health Minister Senegal

1:50pm – 2:50pm
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)

3:15pm – 4:15pm
Beyond the Usual Suspects
Barbara Bush (President, Global Health Corps)
Mandy Moore (Actress, Philanthropist)
Kay Warren (Saddleback Church)
Jim Kolbe (former Arizona Congressman)

4:15pm – 5:00pm
Young Innovator Launch
Moderator: Helen Coster (Forbes)
Monique Coleman, UN 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: August 17, 2012

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