Conversations with Practitioners

Conversations with Practitioners brings leading professionals in the field of international affairs to campus to discuss their work with MSFS students. The series is designed to highlight exciting initiatives and expose students to the broad spectrum of IR work worldwide in the public, nonprofit and private sectors and in new areas at the intersection of these sectors. Guest speakers discuss their work and the work of their organizations; share their reflections on the field and recent trends; and advise students on how they can best prepare themselves to work in this field.

The Georgetown Anti-Poverty Society (GAPS), an SFS graduate student organization, is responsible for the organization and planning of the events in this series that focus on the field of international development. 


Upcoming Events:

Global Business and International Development: The Work of Lockheed Martin
Nancy Ziuzin (Vice President, International Business Development, Lockheed Martin)
Thursday, February 25, 12:30-2:00 (Executive Conference Room)
(joint with GAPS)

Business and International Development: The Work of Omidyar Network
Mike Kubzansky (Partner, Omidyar Network and Head, Intellectual Capital Team)
Thursday, March 3, 12:30-2:00 (Executive Conference Room)
(joint with GAPS)

IMF: Fiscal Policy and Income Inequality
Benedict Clements (Division Chief, Fiscal Policy and Surveillance IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department)
Wednesday, March 23, 10:30-12:00 (Executive Conference Room)
(joint with GAPS and BSFS)

Developmental State and Structural Transformation in Africa: What is New?
Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa (Former Chief Economist, African Development Bank)
Tuesday, April 5, 12:30-2:00 (Executive Conference Room)
(possibly joint with African Studies Program)


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Pioneering Solutions in Guatemala: Using Behavioral Theory to Encourage People to Pay Taxes
Marco Hernandez (Senior Economist, World Bank)
Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:00-2:30 pm

Careers in International Development: Grameen Foundation and Innovations for Poverty Action
Nathanael Goldberg (Program Director, Innovations for Poverty Action)
Christopher Tan (CEO, Grameen Foundation Asia)
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Accountability and Transparency in Financial Management and Development
Anthony (Tony) Hegarty (former Chief Financial Management Officer, World Bank)
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 3:00-4:30 PM (joint with the Finance Club)


The New Frontier of Global Engagement: Private, Public, and Social Sectors in International Development
Deirdre White (CEO of PYXERA Global)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 2:00-3:30 PM

Mobilizing Global Financial Resources to Support Social Entrepreneurs around the World: The Work of GlobalGiving
Mari Kuraishi (Co-Founder and President, GlobalGiving)
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:00 to 1:30 PM

Results for Development (R4D)
Gina Lagomarsino (Managing Director and COO, Results for Development)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 12:00 to 1:30pm

Careers in International Development: Oxford Policy Management
Kari Lipschutz (Consultant and Director, Oxford Law and Policy Fellowship Pilot Program)
Friday, February 20, 2015, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Business of Agriculture: Insights from the World Bank
Tea Trumbic (Program Coordinator, World Bank)
Nuria de Oca and Arnau Gallard-Agusti (Private Sector Development Specialists, World Bank)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 12:30 to 1:30 PM

Careers in International Development: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Francisco Javier Urra (Senior Operations Specialist, IDB)
Thursday, March 26, 12:00 - 1:30 pm (Leavey)

International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Responsible Finance
Lory Camba Opem (Project Manager and Global Specialist, IFC)
Monday, March 30, 2015, 3:00-4:00 pm

From Evidence to Policy: Impact Evaluations Worldwide and the Work of 3ie
Emmanuel Jimenez (Executive Director, 3ie)
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 12:00-1:30 pm

Impact Evaluation: Institutional Programs Supporting SMEs in Brazil
Jose Claudio Pires (Economics Lead Specialist, IDB Office of Evaluation and Oversight)
Friday, April 10, 2015, 11:00-12:00 pm 

Finance, R&D and Global Health
Joseph Pocrass (Director, R&D Finance, MedImmune)
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 12:00 to 1:30 pm (Joint with International Finance Forum)


Breaking the Cycle: Working to End Gender Violence and FGM
Leyla Hussein (British Activist, Psychotherapist, and Co-Founder Of Daughters Of Eve, Hawa's Haven and Dahlia's Project)
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Impact Evaluation in Practice: The Work of IMPAQ International
Jacob Benus (Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, Director of Research at IMPAQ International)
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 12:00-1:30 pm

Thinking and Working Politically in Development
Kari Lipschutz (Consultant, Oxford Policy Management and Director of OPM’s Oxford Law and Policy Fellowship Pilot Programme)
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 12:00-1:30 pm

Shared Prosperity and Poverty Eradication in Latin America and the Caribbean
Maria Eugenia Genoni (Economist) and Carlos Rodriguez Castelan (Senior Economist, World Bank)
With Carlos Mulas Granados (Discussant and Sr. Economist, IMF)
and Jenny Guardado (Moderator and Professor, CLAS)
Tuesday, October 19, 12:00-1:30
(Co-sponsored by BSFS/Carroll Round and CLAS)

Is Russia Entering an Economic Crisis?
Birgit Hansl (Lead Economist, World Bank) 
and Anders Aslund (Adjunct Professor, CERES  and Sr. Fellow, Atlantic Council)
Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 10:30-12:00 noon
(Co-sponsored by CERES and the Mortara Center)

Global Security Challenges and the Role of Russia
US Army Brigadier General Peter Zwack
Monday, November 9, 2015, 12:15 - 1:45 pm

Breaking Bread Journeys:
A Joint Israeli-Palestinian Venture
Elisa Moed (co-founder, Breaking Bread Journeys)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 1:00-2:30 pm

Kyrgyzstan: Briefing on 2015 Parliamentary Elections
Kadyr Toktogulov (Ambassador, Kyrgyzstan)
Friday, November 16, 2015, 12:00-1:30

We Are All Developing: Reforms in Advanced Economies inspired by Developing Countries
(Closed-door event)
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 12:00-1:30


Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific
Haoliang Xu (UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific) Tony Pipa (Senior Adviser, USAID)
Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 12:30-2:00 (Executive Conference Room)
(joint with Asian Studies Program and UNDP)

A Seat at the Table: An Inside Look as a U.S. Trade Negotiator
Wendy Cutler (Vice President, Asia Society Policy Institute)
Monday, February 8, 2016, 12:30-2:00, ICC 302-P
(joint with Asian Studies Program)

Gender Innovation Lab
Markus Goldstein (Lead Economist, World Bank and Head, Gender Innovation Lab)
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 12:30-2:00 (Executive Conference Room)
(joint with GAPS)

Migration Policy Institute: Internship Opportunities
Jeanne Batalova, Director of Internships
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 1:00-1:30
(joint with GCC and GAPS)

Finance and International Development: The Work of JP Morgan Chase
Matt Arnold (Managing Director and Head of Environmental Affairs, JPMorgan Chase)
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 4:00-5:30 (Executive Conference Room)
(joint with GAPS)

PFM Reforms in Malaysia (via videoconference)
Koshy Thomas, Head of the Outcome Based Budgeting (OBB) Project Team and Deputy Director of the National Budget Office, Ministry of Finance, Malaysia
Amit Mukherjee, MSFS Professor and WB Lead Public Sector Specialist
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:00-8:00 pm (Reiss 152)

UNDP Human Development Report
Selim Jahan (Director, UNDP Human Development Report Office)
Invited panel members: Nancy Birdsall (President, CGD), Steve Radelet (GHD), and Henry Richardson (Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy institute of Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University)
Monday, February 22, 2016, 1:00-2:30 (Fischer Colloquium)
(joint with UNDP, GHD and Global Futures Initiative)