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May
11
Mon
Check-In and Welcome Reception
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at the Check-In and Welcome Reception starting at 7pm on Monday evening, 11 May.

Room Location:
The Loft, 1st Floor of the Le Meridien Cambridge-MIT

May
12
Tue
Humanitarian Innovation
May 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

“Creating the Environment for Humanitarian Innovation”
Keynote Talk by Tarun Sarwal, Head of the Innovation Initiative at the ICRC

USAID: Development Innovation And You
Special Session Moderated by USAID

Civilian-Military Coordination During Humanitarian Disasters (Special Panel Session)
May 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

United States and international militaries, while not considered first responders for most humanitarian assistance efforts, are called upon to assist the humanitarian sector in responding to major sudden onset disasters when there is an acknowledged gap between the disaster needs that the relief community is being asked to satisfy and the resources available to meet them. While coordination between humanitarian and military actors has improved over the past decade, there is still a need for more effective coordination and collaboration to provide more efficacious responses. This panel will explore strategies, concepts, education/training programs, or organizational changes that militaries should consider to improve the civilian-military humanitarian responses.

Moderator: DAVID POLATTY, Professor
U.S. Naval War College

Panelists:
MICHAEL MARX, Senior Civil-Military Coordination Advisor
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN/OCHA)

MICHAEL LAPPI, Director of Field Operations
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

BRITTANY CARD, Program Coordinator
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

May
13
Wed
Impact Investing in Humanitarian Technology (Special Panel Session)
May 13 @ 2:20 pm – 3:00 pm

The session will concentrate on explaining the roles and activities of the impact investor and the management of early stage humanitarian technology companies during and after an investment transaction. The panel, comprised of professionals from Impact Investment firms, will discuss:

  • the benefits of Impact Investing to HumTech companies;
  • the necessary requirements that HumTech companies must satisfy to become an attractive investment;
  • the due diligence that makes a successful investment transaction;
  • the ongoing post-close management/investor operating and reporting relationship.

The intent of the coverage areas is to give early stage HumTech company management a clear picture of the conditions that Impact Investors are looking for in early stage companies that make them attractive investments.

Moderator: Dr. Joseph Franceschi, iNGOvation, Inc.

Panelists:
JUSTIN DESROSIERS
Director of Investments,Investors’ Circle
Principal, PCC Funds

JANINE ELLIOTT, Venture Development Program Manager
VentureWell

CHRISTINA TAMER, Investment Analyst
Invested Development

May
14
Thu
Scaling Innovations to Change Lives (Special Panel Session)
May 14 @ 10:40 am – 11:40 am

Scaling Innovations to Change Lives

This panel will present the latest thinking and approaches to scaling complex social solutions and discuss the challenges,
opportunities and potential of digital technologies to achieve greater impact.
Moderator: Kyra Kaszynski
Client Relationship Executive
Deloitte Services Limited

Panelists:
Stephen Coller
Senior Manager
Monitor Deloitte

Jay Corless
Senior Director for Innovation
UN Foundation

Brooke Cutler
Deputy Director
Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action