The case competition is an interactive event where participants will be develop creative solutions to one of two timely international development problems. Through a simulation based case study, participants will offer policy solutions to government agencies and explore innovative partnerships between the private and public sector
Hosted by H John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University
The case competition is organized by the International Development Group – a graduate student organization at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College devoted to promoting awareness of social, political, economic, and cultural issues around the world from a public policy and international development perspective. Each year, participating students form teams to tackle real world, urgent problems and crises that require creativity, innovation, and compassion to solve. Judged by professionals directly involved with or having experience with the issues presented in the cases, this is an excellent opportunity for participants to get professional feedback on the viability of their case solutions and learn about challenges in the development space. This year’s cases address a diverse range of development priorities and issues such as empowering women, child mortality, entrepreneurship, and improving governance.
Participants will be confronted with complex and nuanced problems in areas such as delivering time-sensitive, critical healthcare to avoid an imminent health crisis. They will also be asked to think non-linearly about development, to develop creative technological solutions to a humanitarian crisis through tools and ideas that may not be apparent. The problems are layered, intricate, and involve myriad subtleties. These are real challenges confronting governments, development practitioners, and the world. Participate to gain valuable insight into what’s going on. We are proud to have with us a distinguished panel of judges for the competition. They bring with them a wealth of expertise working in the space of international development. Here are the bios:
Rema Padman (Carnegie Mellon University) is Professor of Management Science and Healthcare Informatics in the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She is also a Thrust Leader of Health Informatics Research at iLab at the Heinz College, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Honorary Professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford in UK. Dr. Padman’s research examines healthcare operations and decision support and process modeling and risk analysis in the context of information technology interventions in healthcare delivery and management. She has developed and applied optimization, machine learning, statistical and behavioral science models and methods for investigating IT interventions such as e-health, m-health and chronic disease management. Some new research directions include developing and evaluating IT-enabled personalized healthcare solutions for underserved and disabled populations and novel analytics to support ‘consumability’ of healthcare data for better decision making by clinicians and consumers.
Joseph Mertz (Carnegie Mellon University) is an Associate Teaching Professor in the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University. His teaching focuses on two threads: developing technical-professional leadership skills and using technology for development. He is director of Technology Consulting in the Global Community, which has sent 57 students to 11 developing countries to help government ministries and NGOs improve their strategic use of technology. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from Penn State and the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon. Between degrees, he worked as a systems software developer for Bell Laboratories for 5 years.
Eileen de Ravin is Program Manager of the Equator Initiative, a UNDP partnership that brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. The biennial Equator Prize shines a spotlight on outstanding community-based initiatives across the world that improve local wellbeing through sustainable natural resource management and environmental conservation. The partnership sponsors Community Dialogues where community-based practitioners share lessons learned and best practices peer-to-peer, as well as with regional and national policymakers. Ms. de Ravin brings experience with health care and environmental issues, program management, and partnership building to the Equator Initiative. Eileen holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. Before coming to UNDP she spent eight years leading a Community Based Development Programme in India with a strong focus on health care and environment. Earlier Eileen was a women’s health care practitioner in inner city New York.
Maika Hemphill is Potential Energy’s Director of Development and Strategy, Maika is helping to lead the organization through a period of impact-based growth — taking successes in PE’s work in Darfur, Sudan, and translating them to operations throughout sub Saharan Africa. Formerly tasked with developing Kiva.org’s presence in the US domestic microfinance market, Maika was responsible for widespread domestic growth and recognition– both through Kiva’s portfolio-based investments as well as strategic partnerships. Prior to her time at Kiva, Maika worked as an investment banker under Piper Jaffray’s Financial Restructuring Group as well as a Senior Loan Officer under ACCION USA’s lending team. Working in-depth with US micro-entrepreneurs, and with corporations in financial distress or bankruptcy, has allowed her a strong eye towards recognizing both strengths and hidden weaknesses in non-traditional organizational settings. Maika holds a B.S. in both Finance and International Business as well as a minor in Spanish from New York University.
Selena Joe is a manager in the Life Science & Healthcare practice at Deloitte Consulting LLP. She works with large/academic health systems to implement CIS/EHR systems to support organization strategy/regulatory requirements/ performance improvement initiatives. She advises and coaches clients through full life cycle implementations to design/build clinical systems that support clinicians in their workflow and facilitate projects’ end-user adoption, training, change management and activation. A Carnegie Mellon graduate, she has worked with clients like Kaiser Permanente, Univ. of Michigan Health, Univ. among others.