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Check out the 2022 agenda below...

  11:00 a.m.
Registration and Networking
(Lunch provided)
  11:50 a.m.
Opening Remarks

12:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Isobel Coleman, Deputy Administrator For Policy And Programming, USAID

  12:30 p.m.
Networking Break
  12:45 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Brian McKeon, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, U.S. Department of State 
  1:30 p.m.
Networking Break

1:45 p.m.

The Role of Development in Great Power Competition
China’s Belt and Road initiative in South Asia and Africa is just one example of Beijing flexing its development and diplomatic muscle.  Bilateral arrangements in the southern Pacific are attempting to diminish America’s economic and security role in the region are another. Recent U.S. foreign policy initiatives such as the “pivot to Asia” as well as trade sanctions and increased, overt political and military engagement with Taiwan over the last three administrations have been the result.  Hear from current U.S. officials about ongoing programmatic activities designed to bolster our efforts in this great power competition.

  • Nikolas Foster, Senior Policy Advisor, USAID 
  • Kristen Cordell, Senior Advisor, Office of Foreign Assistance, U.S. Department of State
  • Samantha Custer, Director of Policy Analysis, AidData 
  • Moderator: David Snelbecker, CEO, International Development Group

2:35 p.m. 
Networking Break

  2:50 p.m.

DEIA – From Proposed Policies to Programmatic Implementation
Starting on his first day in office with Executive Order 14035, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility – advancing DEIA in the federal workforce has been a cornerstone of President Biden. DEIA policies are imbedded in everything from federal hiring to contracts.  Implementing those policies in foreign assistance programs and implementing partners has been both on-going and challenging given the nature and location of the work.  Hear from CIDC DEIA co-chairs and key USG officials as they discuss their efforts to realize these goals.  

  • Neneh Diallo, Chief Diversity Officer, USAID
  • Conny Mayer, Deputy Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, U.S. Department of State 
  • Indira Ahluwalia, Senior Advisor, Palladium, Founder/Chair CREED
  • Tracey France, Chief Diversity Officer, MCC
  • Moderator: Bobby Jefferson, Vice President and Global Head of Diversity, Equity, Engagement, and Inclusion, DAI
  3:40 p.m.
Networking Break

   4:00 p.m.
Localization – Lessons Learned and Next Steps 
USAID Administrator Power presented her vision for stronger localization efforts in a November 4, 2021 speech at Georgetown University.  Shortly thereafter, a pilot program CentroAmerica Local began the process of implementing many of these initiatives.  Panelists will discuss the lessons learned, what progress was made, what challenges still confront the Agency as it seeks to expand these efforts to other geographic bureaus, and what USAID’s expectations are from the CIDC community in strengthening these efforts.
  • Mileydi Guilarte, Deputy Assistant Administrator within USAID's Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
  • Adam Phillips, Director of the Local, Faith Based and Transformative Partnerships Hub in the DDI, USAID
  • Camilo Pinzón, Ecuadorian Economist
  • Moderator: Katy Vickland, Director, Youth and Workforce Development, Palladium

5:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Mahmoud Bah, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation

  5:30 p.m.
Wrap Up & Adjourn

  5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Networking Reception