Event Summary

The world is currently facing multiple existential challenges simultaneously; an ever changing climate threatens extinction and mass migration of global communities, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged economic recession exacerbates poverty and inequality worldwide; and food and water insecurity challenges implicate populations everywhere. Yet, across each of these intertwined development issues lies catalytic solutions and a world of social innovators looking to design, deploy and scale solutions to meet the moment.

The U.S. government’s development agencies including USAID, DFC, MCC and the State Department possess enormous potential to support innovation and drive progress on the sustainable development goals. USAID and federal agencies broadly are uniquely positioned to think creatively about how to use the power of policy levers and procurement as a means to stimulate innovation to address and solve the biggest issues of our time.

On Wednesday, April 27th from 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET, the Federation of American Scientists — in partnership with UnlockAid — is hosting a virtual discussion that will unpack opportunities to leverage federal policy levers and procurement to drive innovation in global development. The speakers for the discussion are:

Tom Kalil

Chief Innovation Officer at Schmidt Futures and former Deputy Director of the Office of Science, Technology, and Policy (OSTP)

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Maura O’Neill

Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and former USAID Chief Innovation Officer

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Jason Kessler

Program Executive for the NASA SBIR/STTR program

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Thank you to Arizona State University for their support in hosting this event. This is an RSVP-only webinar, closed to the public and press. For more information, please reach out to Maeve Skelly at mskelly@fas.org