20th Annual International Development Conference features compelling development thinkers and leaders.
We are thrilled to announce the Keynote Speakers for the 20th IDC:
His Excellency Frederick Tluway Sumaye
His Excellency Frederick Tluway Sumaye was born on May 29, 1950 in Arusha, Tanzania. He served as a member of Parliament from October 1985 until December 2005. His Excellency also served as Deputy Minister and Minister, consecutively, of Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives. He served as the Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania from November 1995 to December 2005, during which time he acted as the principal advisor to the President and led the implementation of policies and programs within all ministry, regional, and governmental agencies. His Excellency has chaired various committees, including the National Investment Steering Committee, Fast Track Privatization Committee, and the Disaster Management Committee. Following his time as Prime Minister, he served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) from 2005 to 2006. His Excellency Sumaye received his diploma from Egerton University, in Kenya, Africa. The mission of Egerton University is to generate and disseminate significant knowledge and offer exemplary education to contribute to, and innovatively influence, national and global development. After leaving office in 2005, he enrolled in Harvard University in 2006 for a one year program where he received a Masters Degree in Public Administration. n the board of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), is Director of the Center of Economic Policy Research’s development economics program and is a member of the President’s Global Development Council. She serves as the founding editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
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Esther Duflo, Co-Founder and Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, MIT
Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a founder and director of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Her research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including household behavior, education, access to finance, health and policy evaluation. Duflo has received numerous academic honors and prizes including The Dan David Award (Laureate in Future Dimension, 2013), the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award (with Abhijit Banerjee) for “Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty” (2011), the David N. Kershaw Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (2011), a John Bates Clark Medal for the best economist under 40 (2010), a MacArthur Fellowship (2009) and the American Economic Association’s Elaine Bennett Prize for Research (2003). Duflo is an NBER Research Associate, serves on the board of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), is Director of the Center of Economic Policy Research’s development economics program and is a member of the President’s Global Development Council. She serves as the founding editor of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
Kris Balderston, Senior Vice President & Senior Partner, Fleishman-Hillard and Former Special Representative, U.S. Secretary of State’s Global Partnerships
Kris Balderston is General Manager of the Fleishman Hillard Washington office. His 30 year career in Washington includes leadership positions dealing with state, federal and international Most recently, he served as Special Representative for Global Partnerships under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In that position, Kris helped to create the Global Partnership Initiative and launched a number of innovative public-private partnerships to address global problems. He specialized in forming market-driven collaborations involving private companies, NGOs and governments that achieved success by creatively leveraging the interests of multiple organizations toward a common goal. Under his leadership, the Global Partnership Initiative brokered alliances and relationships with more than 300 partners and secured more than $350 million in capital from private investors, investment banks, NGOs foundations, and governments around the world to fund early stage projects. Kris also served as Senator Clinton’s first Legislative Director and then as Deputy Chief of Staff during her term as Senator from New York. He provided advice and counsel on a wide array of political and policy matters during the Senator’s eight years in office. He also promoted economic development in New York State, initiating and implementing dozens of high impact Before joining Senator Clinton, he served President Bill Clinton in the White House as the Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet and the Deputy Assistant to the President where he acted as liaison between the White House and the Cabinet on a wide array of policy matters. He was also responsible for developing multi-agency solutions to immediate problems and coordinating communication between the policy councils and the Cabinet agencies. His Senate experience also included a stint as Senior Policy Advisor to Majority Leader George Mitchell. And he served as Deputy Chief of State at the Labor Department for Secretary Robert At the state level, Kris worked for the National Governors’ Association in the 1980’s and ran the Massachusetts State Office in Washington on behalf of Governor Michael Dukakis. Kris holds his BA in Political Science from LeMoyne College and his MA in Government from Georgetown University.
Michael Schlein, President and CEO, Accion
Michael Schlein is the president and CEO of Accion, a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world. A world pioneer in microfinance, Accion has helped build 63 microfinance institutions in 32 countries, which currently reach millions of clients and provide them with the financial tools that can help improve their lives. Today, Accion has operations and investments throughout much of Latin America, Africa, India, China and the Philippines. Schlein brings nearly 30 years of extensive international banking, management and public service experience to his role as president and CEO of Accion. As president of Citigroup’s International Franchise Management, Schlein managed the bank’s network of 100 Chief Country Officers. Before that, Michael ran communications, philanthropy, government relations, branding, and human resources for Citigroup. He served as chief of staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Clinton Administration and in New York’s City Hall in the Dinkins and Koch Administrations. He began his career in investment banking. Schlein has been involved with microfinance for many years, serving on the board and Executive Committee of Accion before becoming CEO and president, and playing a leadership role at the Citi Foundation, which has a long history of funding microfinance initiatives. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Schlein has graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.