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Friday, September 29 • 10:20am - 11:05am
Building Innovation Culture: Development Organizations on the Rise

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As development organizations evolve to respond to the shifting nature of international development in the 21st century, a culture of innovation becomes critical. Organizations that promote creativity, agility, risk-taking and new forms of collaboration will be best poised to respond to the changing context of development and to scale innovative solutions. During this panel, leaders of development organizations from the Donor and partner community will share their experiences and lessons in encouraging a robust culture of innovation and enabling their staff to function as “intrapreneurs”, and their organizations to effectively respond to the change context of development practice. They will discuss what mindset, capacities and skills are increasingly needed by development professionals, the role of leadership, what tactics have been successful in fostering innovation, collaboration and adaptive learning in their organization, how they overcome challenges associated with organizational change and the future of role of innovation in the development industry.

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Sara Farley

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Global Knowledge Initiative
Sara co-founded and built GKI from a concept to an organization serving more than 60 countries and one that The Rockefeller Foundation designated as one of the "Top 100 Social Innovations for the next century".  Collaborative Innovation is her calling card, cultivating more than... Read More →

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Benjamin Kumpf

Innovation Specialist, UNDP
Benjamin Kumpf leads the Innovation Facility of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. Benjamin manages UNDP’s Innovation Fund, a pooled funding vehicle created to support and scale innovations that address challenges related to poverty, governance, climate change and... Read More →
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Seema Patel

Chief of Innovative Design, USAID
Seema Patel is the Chief of Innovation Design in the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID.  For the past decade, she has been leading efforts to advance the Agency and it partners’ results by fostering a culture and capacity for innovation​ in the development industry, strategic... Read More →
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Mark Viso

Mark Viso is building on Pact's past to shape a future for the organization centered on locally designed solutions, partnerships and measurable impact. Under Mark’s leadership, Pact has established itself as a preferred partner for national aid agencies and corporations and embraced... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 10:20am - 11:05am EDT
Amphitheater Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center