2019 Featured Development Speakers

  Mark Green
Administrator, USAID
Mark Green was sworn in as the 18th USAID Administrator in August 2017. Prior to joining USAID, he served as president of the International Republican Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing democracy and human liberty around the world. He has also served as president and chief executive officer of the Initiative for Global Development, a nonprofit organization that engages corporate leaders to reduce poverty through business growth and investment in Africa and senior director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a network of 400 businesses, nongovernmental organizations, policy experts and other leaders supporting development tools in American foreign policy. Read more.
  Adam Boehler
Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
Mr. Boehler has extensive experience in investment, entrepreneurship, and innovation both in and outside of the U.S. Government. Prior to his confirmation, he led healthcare innovation for the United States. He served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Director of the Innovation Center at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, Mr. Boehler oversaw 600 people focused on innovation in the American healthcare system to create better outcomes for patients, healthier communities, and lower the cost of healthcare. Read more.
  Christopher Burns
Director for the Center for Digital Development, USAID
Christopher Burns is the Director for the Center for Digital Development. In this role, he leads technical teams focused on Digital Finance, Development Informatics, Digital Inclusion and advanced data and geospatial analysis, and the role they play in driving an inclusive digital economy. He previously served as Senior Coordinator, Digital Development for Feed the Future, working alongside the Bureau for Food Security, to integrate a suite of digital technologies into the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative. He also served as Acting Director for the Digital Development team, as well as Senior Advisor for Digital Inclusion, within the Lab. In these positions, he led a fast growing and multidisciplinary group focused on widespread adoption of mobile and digital technologies in the developing world. In his nine years with USAID, he has spearheaded and served as technical lead for a number of public-private partnerships including the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), the GSMA Connected Women Program and the Alliance for Affordable Internet. Read more.
  Julie Cram
E3 Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID
Julie Cram is a Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3). Her portfolio includes the Offices of Education and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Ms. Cram concurrently serves as Senior Coordinator of United States International Basic Education Assistance. In this capacity, she is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all resources and activities relating to the promotion of international basic education, including the development and implementation of a comprehensive U.S. strategy for international basic education across 10 U.S. government agencies and departments. Read more.
  Timothy Meisburger
Director, Democracy and Governance, USAID
Tim Meisburger is Director of Democracy and Governance at USAID since 10/2017. Prior to joining USAID he worked for The Asia Foundation for twenty years, and has worked in international development since 1988, and specialized in elections and democratization since 1992. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1997, he worked for the UN, OSCE, and as a consultant in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. His interests and technical expertise include elections assessment (including public opinion surveys and qualitative research), program development and management, project monitoring and evaluation, civic and voter education, civil society strengthening, legal and regulatory reform, election systems, sustainable election administration, political party development, and democratization. Read more.
  Cristina Mossi
CEO, Devis
As owner and Chief Executive Officer, Cristina Mossi is responsible for setting and executing the vision and goals of Devis. She is directly involved in defining the business growth strategy for the company. She also oversees Devis’ day-to-day operations and is responsible for personnel and technical resource allocation for all software development projects. As part of her management responsibilities, Mossi designs and implements project management systems develops strategic plans and related monitoring systems and coordinates proposal and contracting teams. Using her considerable planning, monitoring, and implementation skills, Mossi also acts as the Acting Director for the Project Management Office and is a leader and mentor to all Devis’ Managers leading federal government projects. Read more.
  Susi Mudge
President & CEO, Chemonics
President and Chief Executive Officer Susanna Mudge came to Chemonics in 1992 and has served the company in many key leadership roles, including as executive vice president, senior vice president of the Latin America and Caribbean region, and as director of several of the company’s larger programs. She brings in-depth global expertise in strategic private sector development, organizational development, trade and investment promotion and sustainable natural resource management. Read More.
  Michelle Parker
Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Digital Development, USAID
Michelle Parker is a career Foreign Service Officer with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), currently serving as Senior Policy Advisor in the Center for Digital Development, managing the implementation of USAID’s first ever Digital Strategy. Ms. Parker’s technical expertise is in Crisis and Stabilization, where she specializes in advancing democracy, human rights, and governance in conflict and closing political space environments. Read more.
  Jim Richardson
Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, U.S. Department of State
James “Jim” Richardson is the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources at the U.S. Department of State, where he coordinates the allocation of more than $35 billion in foreign assistance resources. Previously, Jim served as Assistant to the Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) and Coordinator of USAID’s Transformation Task Team, where he led the Agency’s historic reorganization to reshape the Agency around the principle of ‘Ending the Need for Foreign Assistance’. Read more.
  Kimberly Rosen
E3 Acting Assistant Administrator, USAID
Kimberly Rosen is Acting Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment.  Ms. Rosen joined E3 in July 2018.  She oversees the work of the Offices of Economic Policy (EP), Trade and Regulatory Reform (TRR), and Local Sustainability (LS). Previously, Ms. Rosen served as the Mission Director for USAID/Kyrgyz Republic, and led a portfolio that included economic growth, democracy and governance, health and education reform.  Prior assignments include the Director of West Africa Affairs Office in USAID’s Africa Bureau, Deputy Mission Director in Liberia, Director of the Economic Growth Office in USAID/Afghanistan, and Deputy Office Director of the Economic Growth Office in the Central Asia Republics Regional Mission. Read more.
  Santiago Sedaca
Managing Partner, Palladium
Santiago leads the Economic Growth practice for the US Business Unit, which implements projects worldwide in the areas of value chain upgrading, agricultural development, financial inclusion, trade and investment promotion, workforce development, and policy reform. Prior to joining Palladium he served as President of CARANA Corp. Over the last ten years he has developed practical methodologies for identifying and nurturing public-private partnerships and inclusive business models, developing case studies, identifying good practices, and training practitioners and policymakers on how to engage the private sector. Read more.