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2019 Disrupting Development Highlights
Special thanks to all our speakers, sponsors and attendees for making the first-ever Disrupting Development possible! We look forward to building on this year's momentum and making next year even greater!
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About the Event
While digital technology holds the promise of improved results, the prevailing practice of running scores of pilots has created a sense of activity but little actual progress or strategic shift in the development industry. Hear from a variety of innovative tech startups and giants alike on adopting a data-driven approach to reshaping the development landscape.

General Sessions

What Is Digital Transformation? - Chris Watson, Business Development Manager, International Development Market, Premise
In the future, every development professional will be a data analyst. Data will be collected continuously, real-time dashboards will replace quarterly reports, and adaptive management will make five-year work plans obsolete. In this session, Premise will explain how digital transformation, which has already upended so many industries, can serve as a disruptive force for good.
*Due to technical difficulties, actual footage of this session begins at 4 mins 39 secs into the video
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Keynote Discussion with Bonnie Glick

In an intimate fireside chat, Maury Blackman will be joined by USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick to discuss her experience as a diplomat, business leader, and innovator. The discussion will cover USAID’s use of data for decision-making, the role of innovation in the Journey to Self Reliance, and the importance of engaging beneficiaries in the development of their countries.

Part 1

Disrupting Development Keynote Pt 1

Part 2

Disrupting Development Keynote Pt 2


Panel Discussion: Data-Driven Strategies in Action -

Innovation teams across the international development community are starting to scale on proven data-driven interventions and programming models. Hear from USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other donor organizations on how they're leveraging data to drive impact.

Part 1

Disrupting Development Panel Pt 1-1

Part 2

Disrupting Development Panel Pt 2


Cloud and Cognitive Technology for Global Development - 

We are at an inflection point in human history where the relationship between technology and society is fundamentally changing. In this session, IBM will share a vision for how cloud computing can serve as a foundation and cognitive technology an engine, for global development.


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Closing: A Synergistic Data-Driven Ecosystem - David Stanton, Director, office of HIV/AIDS, USAID


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Maury Blackman serves as President and CEO of Premise. He has over 20 years of experience leading mission-driven, high growth technology companies. Prior to Premise, Maury served as President and CEO of Accela, a global government technology company. Under his leadership, Accela raised over $300M in financing, achieved triple-digit valuation growth, and grew the company’s account base from 300 to 2,500+ governments around the world.


Chris Watson is an evangelist for data-driven adaptive management solutions that optimize the performance of international development and poverty programs. He currently leads Premise Data’s international development market, with a focus on product-market-fit, use case definition, and partnership development. Over the last two and a half years, Chris has helped define and grow Premise’s work in global health, humanitarian assistance, and democracy and governance.


Bonnie Glick serves as Deputy Administrator of the US Agency for International Development. Ms. Glick was most recently the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland State Department of Aging, where she was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan. Before joining the Hogan Administration, she worked in the non-profit world as a Senior Vice President at Meridian International Center. Prior to that, she worked for IBM in a variety of positions, which ranged from Account Executive in the Global Business Services Division to Business Development Executive in IBM's Research Division.


Caroline Andresen is a team leader covering humanitarian protection, monitoring and evaluation, assessment and analytics, and information management portfolios within USAID's Office of U.S Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). Caroline joined OFDA in 2013 as the Senior M&E Advisor, where she led the M&E team and served on the Syria, Ebola and South Sudan response teams. Before joining OFDA, she worked with Development Alternatives in Afghanistan as the M&E Manager on a USAID/OTI stabilization project in the eastern part of the country. Prior to her time in Afghanistan, Caroline worked on a security sector reform project in Mali and Senegal with AFRICOM.


Sawyer Baker, Manager 211 at United Way Worldwide, supports the diverse and expansive 211 network in providing unmatched, critical services to those who need it most. Clients contact 211 to access free and confidential crisis and emergency counseling, employment and veteran and family services, disaster, food, health care, stable housing and utilities payment assistance. To support this network and ensure that 211 is the first, most essential resource to anyone who needs help, Sawyer leads innovative technology partnerships, initiatives to increase service-delivery, and both internal and external communications strategies. Prior to joining United Way Worldwide, Sawyer was a Program Officer at the American Red Cross’s Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC).


Dr. Aisha Kasali is a Global Health Fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she works with the strategy, data and analytics team on the new technologies and solutions initiative to rapidly test and validate innovative approaches for collecting data towards the goal of improving health service monitoring, availability and delivery effectiveness. Prior to joining the foundation, Aisha worked as a Program Officer with the Child Health Advocacy Initiative in Nigeria on various M&E projects. She also previously worked in clinical practice as a primary care physician and is a healthcare entrepreneur. 


Jason M. Ladnier is currently an Interagency Senior Advisor for Security and Stabilization at the United States Institute of Peace on detail from the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Ladnier has been with the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) and its predecessor, the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, since 2006. In 2017, he served as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern, Western Hemisphere, and Europe and Eurasian Affairs. He has also served as the Director for several offices, including the Office of Partnerships, Strategy, and Communications, the Office of Analysis, Planning, Programs, and Learning and the Office of Learning and Training.


Glenn Finch is the GM and Global Leader of Cognitive Business Decision Support. Mr. Finch’s emphasis on Process Re-Imagination, Cognitive and Analytics is focused on the most challenging and transformative engagements which IBM undertakes. He combines his work across the Watson, IoT, Health, Data and Weather businesses. His engagements have leveraged broader Customer Centricity and Customer Experience work across the Customer Acquisition, Customer Management, and Servicing processes. 

He has over 25 years of experience with such organizations as The Weather Company, Twitter, Unilever, Vodafone, HSBC and GM.


David Stanton joined USAID in 1997 as a technical advisor on HIV/AIDS. He became director of the Office of HIV/AIDS in 2012 and in September 2017 he moved into various leadership roles in the USAID Bureau for Global Health. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the Bureau for Global Health where he leads a cross bureau team focused on digital health. Prior to joining USAID, he was on the staff of the Johns Hopkins AIDS Service for the span of 10 years where he served as an AIDS clinician and clinical epidemiologist. Prior to his tenure with Johns Hopkins University, he worked at the Baltimore City Health Department STD service and before that, the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle.