The International Development Conference is pleased to offer participants the opportunity to attend one of our enrichment lunches:
“Learning Lunches” are informal, educational conversations led by a development practitioner focusing on his or her area of expertise. The host of each Learning Lunch has been invited to the conference specifically to discuss his or her area of focus. These conversations will allow conference participants to further explore a targeted development topic, including technological innovation and development, renewable energy, agriculture, and microfinance. Note that participants need not have any background in a given area to attend a Learning Lunch, and enrollment will be restricted to 30 participants per Learning Lunch.
Renewable Energy in the Developing World
Oman Al-Kuwari | Chief Executive Officer, GreenGulf
It has become increasingly evident that a reliable and affordable source of energy is a basic human need in the modern world. All the same, around 1.6 billion people in developing countries lacked access to adequate energy services in 2002. Energy poverty is categorized as an individual’s inability to have access to at least the equivalent of 35 kg LPG per year for cooking and 120kWh electricity per year for lighting.
This session will present initiatives taking place in the developing world to utilise renewable energy. We will discuss projects already in place, its benefits over traditional fuels, and the challenges faced in encouraging widespread use in remote regions. We hope to initiate a compelling dialogue in this short session to examine the case for renewable energy in the developing world, with a particular focus on the Arab world.
Omran Al-Kuwari is an Energy professional and the Chief Executive Officer of GreenGulf Inc., a leading clean technology advisory business based at the Qatar Science & Technology Park. Omran holds an undergraduate degree from George Washington University and an MBA from Cass Business School, London. Omran has considerable experience working in the Energy Industry in the Middle East, Far East and the United Kingdom since 1999, working for Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas and ExxonMobil. Omran also sits on the Executive Committee of the Bin Omran Group and is a Board Member of Salam Bounian Real Estate company. He is fluent in Arabic, French and English.
ReAllocate: Rapid Prototyping from Discovery Show to a Nonprofit
Mike North | Founder & CEO, ReAllocate
Mike North holds Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in Engineering. He’s published in a half dozen major scientific journals, and continues to speak internationally on design and innovation. Dr. North masterminded the Discovery Channel show Prototype This!, where he led teams of crack inventors, scientists, builders, and engineers to create never-before-seen spectacles of engineering. Currently he is bringing innovation to the toy industry as Chief Technology Officer at Nukotoys, Inc.; runs his own design consultancy, North Design Labs, LLC; and is Founder/CEO of ReAllocate, a non-profit that engineers for humanity.
Exploring New Horizons in Microfinance: Pakistan’s Akhuwat
Muhammad Amjad Saqib | Founder, Akhuwat
Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib is a prominent social scientist, volunteer and development professional. He joined the civil service of Pakistan (DMG) in 1985, where he remained until 2003. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the American University in DC. Dr. Saqib is the founder of Akhuwat, the first ever interest free microfinance programme. Keeping in view his efforts in poverty alleviation, he was asked by the Government of the Punjab to lead two of its flagship programmes, the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) and the Punjab Welfare Trust for the Disabled (PWTD). His areas of expertise include poverty alleviation, microfinance, social mobilization and education management.
“Networking Lunches” are informal, career-focused conversations hosted by one of the conference panelists or speakers. By signing up for a Networking Lunch, conference participants will have an opportunity to discuss professional development, career paths, and job opportunities in the development field relevant to the lunch host. Enrollment will be restricted to 15 participants per Networking Lunch.
Position / Organization
|Aruna Roy||Co-founder, MKSS; Member of National Advisory Council of India|
|Carla Koppell||Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID|
|Donald “Larry” Sampler||Principal Deputy Assistant to the Administrator & Deputy Director of the Office of Afghanistan & Pakistan Affairs, USAID|
|Jamie Boex||Senior Public Finance Expert, The Urban Institute|
|Jishnu Das||Senior Economist, World Bank; Visiting Scholar, Center for Policy Research|
|José Ugaz||Board of Directors of Transparency International|
|Kevin Cassidy||Communication and External Affairs Officer, International Labor Organization Office for the UN|
|Martin Wolf||Chief Economics Commentator of the Financial Times|
|Michelle Klein Solomon||Permanent Observer, International Organization for Migration|
|Nicola Crosta||Head of Policy, Knowledge and Advocacy of the United Nations Capital Development Fund, UNCDF|
|Rebecca Winthrop||Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution|
|Simone Dietrich||Postdoctoral Research Associate, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University|
|Stephenie Foster||International Consultant, Women’s Advocate|