Development Roundtable

Academic Year 2018 - 2019

Under the guidance of IDEV leadership and faculty, the Development Roundtable provides a forum for informed discussion of major issues facing the development community today. The event gives speakers the opportunity to address the challenges of global development assistance and to suggest new initiatives that will improve the field. For more than a dozen years, the annual series has hosted influential speakers at the lunchtime hour before a diverse audience comprised of the school's community and representatives from the academic, policy and government sectors.

Development Roundtable Coordinator 2018 - 2019: Stephanie Arzate
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The Panamanian Vice President Saint Malo with Ambassador Gonzalez-Revilla, Ambassador Sierra, and IDEV faculty, alumni and students (Photo Credit: Noel St. John)

Spring 2019 Schedule

Derek Mitchell - President of National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Daniel Twining - President of International Republican Institute (IRI)
The Future of Democracy Assistance and the Role of the United States
Wednesday, April 3rd, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
BOB 500

Dina Esposito - Vice President of Technical Leadership at Mercy Corps
Food Security and Food Assistance: Evolving Policy and Practice in Fragile Settings
Monday, April 8th, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
BOB 500

Sandie Okoro - Senior VP and Group General Counsel, The World Bank
Justice for Women
Monday, April 22nd, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
BOB 500

Fall 2018 Schedule

Francis Fukuyama -  Senior Fellow, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute
"Identity and Global Politics"
Tuesday, September 18, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Kenney-Herter Auditorium

Brian Levy - SAIS Professor of International Development
"When Inclusive Agendas & Bureaucratic Rigidities Collide: Some Lessons from South Africa"
Wednesday, September 26, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
BOB 500

Andree Simon - President and CEO of FINCA Impact Finance
Fintech and Financial Inclusion: Promises and Pitfalls
Thursday, October 18, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
BOB 500

Martin Spicer - Director of Blended Finance, IFC
The Critical Roles of the Private Sector and Blended Finance in Development
Wednesday, December 5th, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
BOB 500

Francis Fukuyama, Senior Fellow, SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, signing books for SAIS students. (Photo Credit: Noel St. John)

Past Series