USAID: Development Innovation And You

This session highlights development innovation’s past, the incredible opportunities for its future, and how you can be part of its present. Hear from an Innovation Specialist just returned from the front lines of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s efforts to tackle the West African Ebola crisis by harnessing technology, real-time data and crowdsourcing. Learn from the U.S. Global Development Lab’s Innovation Evangelist how the development industry is being “hacked,” and how HumTech attendees can be a part of this revolution.


A Moseson

Moderator: ALEXANDER J. MOSESON, Fellow at the US Global Development Lab

U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID

Alexis Bonnell

ALEXIS BONNELL, Director, Office of Engagement and Communications

U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID

Alexis Bonnell is the Director of the Office of Engagement and Communications in the U.S. Global Development Lab (The Lab). Over her career, Alexis has developed and delivered over a billion dollars of
humanitarian and development programming in over 25 conflict, post-conflict, and emergency countries, in almost every sector from education to stabilization, for more than 30 International Bi-lateral donors, 10 UN agencies, the military, and the private sector.

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Alexis Bonnell is the Director of the Office of Engagement and Communications in the U.S. Global Development Lab (The Lab). Over her career, Alexis has developed and delivered over a billion dollars of
humanitarian and development programming in over 25 conflict, post-conflict, and emergency countries, in almost every sector from education to stabilization, for more than 30 International Bi-lateral donors, 10 UN agencies, the military, and the private sector. Prior to her career in development, Ms. Bonnell worked as director of marketing for the Internet Trade Association, where she helped Wall Street and the corporate world understand the impact that the Internet, innovation and technology would have on business, customers and society. She is co-author of the book
“Get your Dream Job.”

Eric King

ERIC KING, Innovation Specialist

U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID

Dr. Eric King is an Innovation Specialist with the Mobile Data Team, where he focuses on turning data into action to accelerate international development and amplify humanitarian assistance. In general, his work seeks
to harness the power of emerging technologies for social good, from encouraging digital hardware development for poor communities, to crowdsourcing solutions to gun violence in the US.

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Dr. Eric King is an Innovation Specialist with the Mobile Data Team, where he focuses on turning data into action to accelerate international development and amplify humanitarian assistance. In general, his work seeks
to harness the power of emerging technologies for social good, from encouraging digital hardware development for poor communities, to crowdsourcing solutions to gun violence in the US. Prior to joining USAID, Dr. King was a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his Ph.D. in Planetary Physics from the University of California in Los Angeles.