opening keynote speaker


Ms. Kristalina Georgieva

Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank

Ms. Kristalina Georgieva is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank. As the CEO of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association, the World Bank’s lending arms for middle-income and poor countries, Kristalina Georgieva will build support across the international community to help mobilize resources and develop more effective solutions for the poor at the scale required. Previously, Ms. Georgieva helped shape the agenda of the European Union, as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, where she managed one of the world's largest humanitarian aid budget and established herself as a global champion for resilience.


plenary session panelists

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Ambassador Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya


Ambassador Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya, a macroeconomist and public policy analyst, is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue in Bangladesh. He is also the chair of two global networks, Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals - a network of 49 think tanks serving as an open platform to stimulate and disseminate high-quality evidence-based analyses for discussions on the Sustainable Development; and LDC IV Monitor – a partnership of seven think tanks and international organisations, seeking to contribute to effective implementation of commitments envisaged under the Istanbul Programme of Action. He was also the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.

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Ms. Ann Mei Chang

former chief innovation officer at usaid

Ann Mei Chang served as the Chief Innovation Officer and the First Executive Director of the Global Development Lab at USAID. The Lab is the newest bureau at USAID and leverages 21st century technology in innovation to accelerate the impact and scale of global development. Prior to her pivot to the public sector, Ms. Chang had over 20 years of experience at leading Silicon Valley companies including Google, Apple, Intuit, and some startups. Most recently, she was as a Senior Engineering Director at Google, where she led worldwide engineering for mobile applications and services.


Mr. Sebastián Vielmas

Member of oxam-Quebec youth Observatory and CIVICUS Youth Action Team

Sebastián is currently a Master of Political Science candidate at the University of Laval. He is undertaking research on the creation of coalitions that influence the policies of student movements in Chile and Quebec (2011-2012). His political and social engagement began in Chili, his country of birth, where he advocated on behalf of multiple civil society organizations for education and student rights. He is currently working as the Membership and Mobilisation Officer for the International Council for Adult Education, an international organization that defends youth and adult educational rights through advocacy. He is also a volunteer member of the Oxam-Québec Youth Observatory and CIVICUS Youth Action Team

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Mr. Leis Bruel Haragirimana 

Founder of Youth building in synergy to end poverty

Leis Bruel Haragirimana was born and raised in Burundi. He is a journalist and social entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and International Relations. He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of “Youth Building in Synergy to End Poverty” (YBSP), a non-profit organization that operates several projects towards helping the most underprivileged people in Bujumbura-Burundi. One of his organization’s projects is “Feed a Child”, which he created in 2014. The goal of the project is to identify street children and return them to their families, a problem that escalated sharply in 1994 during the Burundi civil war. More than 1500 children have already benefited from this program.


pARALLEL session panelists

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Ms. Andrea Ordóñez 


Andrea Ordóñez is Research and Partnerships Coordinator for Southern Voice, a network of think tanks devoted to bringing research from the Global South to international debates on the development agenda. She has recently co-edited a new book "Southern Perspectives on the Post-2015 International Development Agenda" with Amb. Debapriya Bhattacharya, that compiles the research on a diversity of development issues by researchers in the Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Her work focuses on better linking researchers from the Global South with their counterparts in other countries, strengthening their presence in international debates and fostering better knowledge systems to support sustainable development. 

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