Foreign Policy and Tech Launch: Data-Driven Innovation in International Development


May 15, 2019


6:00 PM


25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900 Washington, DC 20001

Location: 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900 Washington, DC 20001

Access to an ever-expanding sea of data is fundamentally changing the way societies operate. Data-driven innovation can and is significantly altering productivity, economic competitiveness, and social well-being, but it is not without its risks. How can we leverage this critical resource to empower communities, make better policy decisions, and to build stronger societies around the world? How can we use data more creatively to help tackle the world's greatest challenges? 

Ann Mei Chang  is a leading advocate for social innovation and author of LEAN IMPACT: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good. As Chief Innovation Officer at USAID, Chang served as the first Executive Director of the US Global Development Lab, engaging the best practices for innovation from Silicon Valley to accelerate the impact and scale of solutions to the world's most intractable challenges. She was previously the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps and served the Department of State as Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues. Prior to her pivot to the public and social sector, Chang was a seasoned technology executive, with more than 20 years' experience at companies including Google, Apple, and Intuit, as well as at a range of startups. Chang serves on the boards of BRAC USA and IREX, is a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. @annmei 

Justin Richmond is the founder and executive director of Impl. Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, specializing in data collection and analysis in conflict affected and non-permissive environments. Impl. Project assesses the root causes of community problems, and facilitates community-driven, targeted programming to create development and stability solutions. Before starting Impl. Project, Richmond worked as a forward deployed engineer at Palantir Technologies, where he led field implementation during both the Typhoon Haiyan and Typhoon Hagupit responses in the Philippines. Previously, Richmond served two tours in Afghanistan as USAID's District Stability Framework coordinator, mentoring joint civilian/military/Afghan teams on stabilization implementation in eastern Afghanistan. Prior to USAID, he served in the US Army as a special operations team leader in the southern Philippines, focusing on stabilization, counterinsurgency, and information operations. @implproject. 

Stacia George (Moderator) is a director in Chemonics' West and Central Africa and Haiti Division. She previously served as the deputy director for USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives and is an expert in conflict management and international development with specializations in conflict-affected environments, stabilization, democracy, and community-driven development programming. Prior to this Ms. George was a Foreign Policy Fellow for Senator Chris Coons and also worked at Caerus Associates. She held an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations in 2011 and previously spent 13 years with USAID including service in Pakistan. She managed OTI's Afghanistan program as the deputy team leader for Asia and the Middle East, established programs in Colombia, Nepal, and Sudan, and served as their country representative in the DRCs. Ms. George holds degrees from Niagara University Johns Hopkins SAIS. @StaciaGeorge 

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