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The Harvard Project for Sustainable Development presents…
Exploring Careers in Development
A luncheon event with Kennedy School of Government Mid-Career Fellows
Microfinance | Environmental Sustainability and Green Energy | Global Health | Development in Africa | Development in India and South Asia | Advocacy, Human Rights, and Activism | Innovation in Development and Bottom of Pyramid Approach | Innovation in Education
Friday, December 3
12 pm – 3 pm
SOCH Penthouse P02
Lunch and dessert will be provided!
To attend, RSVP here.
Interested in these topics? Wondering what it’s like to work in these sectors or ways to get started?
Join us for lunch followed by short panel discussions with Kennedy School Mid-Career Fellows, professionals in the public service and non-profit sectors with many years of full-time work experience.
*RSVP is required to attend. Space is limited.
Fellows Bio Information:
Caroline Pearce international ngos; africa
Caroline Pearce has worked for 11 years for organizations that aim to achieve social change through campaigns, lobbying, and public mobilization. Most recently, she spent three years as Oxfam’s West Africa regional advocacy coordinator; this involved working with a range of national and regional civil society organizations, supporting them in their efforts to influence and monitor government policy, spending and action, particularly on education and healthcare. She also led research, analysis, and policy development on essential services and development
finance for Oxfam in the region, acted as a mentor to the African Network Campaign for Education for All, and was a founding committee member of the African Civil Society Education Fund. Caroline previously worked for the Jubilee Debt Campaign in the UK, leading their campaigns and policy work before, during and after the successful campaign for a significant debt cancellation agreement for low-income countries at the 2005 G8 meeting in Gleneagles,
Scotland. She has also worked as parliamentary affairs and policy officer for the Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading women’s rights lobby group, and for Survival International, which campaigns with tribal peoples for their rights to land and self-determination and of which Caroline is still a trustee.
Anton Best health, hiv, aids
A physician who has been working with the Ministry of Health in Barbados since 1999 immediately after he completed his medical training at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and Barbados. Anton received his Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005. Since graduation he has worked at the main hospital in Barbados, government health centers and as a private general practitioner. He has been working in the Barbados AIDS Program in the Ministry of Health since 2002 and is
currently the Senior Medical Officer of Health (CD), managing that program from June 2007 – June 2010. The main duties of this job include:
1. Advising on evidence based national policies for the prevention and control of HIV/STI/TB;
2. Program administration of a robust and comprehensive AIDS program;
3. Managing and coordinating health related projects with various international donor organizations;
4. HIV and STI research and
5. Clinical Management of people with HIV.
Branka Andjelkovic un; poverty development/alleviation issues
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Branka enrolled in the Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program in July 2010. She already holds a MA in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University and MA in Theory of Literature from the Belgrade University, Serbia. Before HKS she was a visiting scholar at the Center for European and Eurasian Studies, UCLA, where she also worked on the 2010 UNDP Human Development Report for Europe. Branka was a Head of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Development department in UNDP Serbia until 2008. As UN expert she advised the Government
of Serbia on the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, employment activation programmes for disadvantaged populations, civil society participation in public policy formulation and in this capacity closely worked on breaking poverty and social exclusion in Serbia.
Sujeet Kumar south asia; poverty development issues
Sujeet comes to the Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program with a decade’s experience in the private sector, grassroots and international NGOs and government. Sujeet is the Executive Director and co-founder of Kalinga Kusum, a social enterprise that addresses challenges tied to education and entrepreneurship in rural communities in India. Previously, he worked as a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva, Switzerland. Earlier, he worked for the United Nation Development Program
(UNDP) and for Infosys Technologies in India. Sujeet also holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford, where he received the Skoll Foundation’s inaugural Skoll Scholarship in Social Entrepreneurship. His passions are political advocacy, learning about other cultures and building linkages between them, livelihood-enabling education, and the role of social media in contemporary society.
(Desiree Flores) grant-making; philanthropy
Desiree was the Program Officer for Health programs at the Ms. Foundation for Women, where she led grantmaking, fundraising and programmatic work for the Foundation’s Reproductive Rights Coalition and Organizing Fund, Women and AIDS Fund, and Sexuality Education Advocacy Initiative. She was active in the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights and Funders Concerned about AIDS, where she served as board chair. Before joining the Foundation, Desiree was a Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute where she worked at the National Endowment for the Arts and National Organization for Women Legal
Defense and Education Fund. She is a UCLA graduate where she majored in Dance and Chicana/o Studies.
Eric Kacou development in africa
Raised in Cote d’Ivoire, Eric Kacou’s passion is enterprise solutions to poverty for Africa and the rest of the developing world. Eric is actively engaged in consulting, energy ventures, and investing across Africa. Eric was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2010. Eric has also been selected as an Archbishop Desmond Tutu fellow.
Eric’s book, Entrepreneurial Solutions for Prosperity for BOP markets, is scheduled for publication in January 2011 by Wharton School Publishing. Eric identifies breakthrough approaches that can help businesses in low-income countries grow successfully, and profitably.
Drawing from his on-the-ground experience, Eric shows how companies and nations can overcome the Survival Trap mindset that breeds dependence, mistrust, and failure. By integrating mindset, business and development, Kacou offers solutions that not only lead the way to success for businesses but also for communities and countries. Eric leverages case studies and his own experience to articulate tangible recommendations that can truly launch a “virtuous cycle” of prosperity creation.
Over the past ten years, Eric has advised CEOs and leaders in over a dozen developing nations in Africa and the Caribbean. Eric served as Managing Director of OTF Group, a competitiveness consultancy focused on emerging markets. An expert in post-conflict economic reconstruction, he led the Rwanda National Innovation and Competitiveness Program, an initiative by President Paul Kagame to upgrade Rwanda’s economy. Eric also co-founded the Academy for Leadership in Competitiveness and Prosperity (ALCP) to train young Rwandan leaders in owning their nation’s development agenda.
In addition, Eric helped launch the Pioneers of Prosperity Africa awards. Featured in the documentary “Unlocking Africa”, this initiative between the OTF Group and the Social Equity Venture Fund (SEVEN) recognizes dynamic companies in emerging markets that serve as role models for future business leaders.
Prior to joining the OTF Group, Eric worked a strategy consultant with Monitor Company in Toronto and Paris advising Fortune 500 executives. Representatively, Eric advised a global pharmaceuticals firm on the launch of its drug in France, supported a North America chemical manufacturer on the optimization of its supply chain, and restructured the joint-venture portfolio of a US healthcare firm.
Eric earned his MBA at the Wharton School and is currently completing a Mason Fellowship in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. Eric also serves on the Wharton Executive Board for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Eric is the author of several articles on competitiveness and private sector development, and a contributor to the book In the River They Swim: Essays from Around the Globe on Enterprise Solutions to Poverty published in May 2009. Eric’s knowledge, experience and enthusiasm have made him a sought after speaker.
Violet Gonda human rights
Violet works for a radio station which is Zimbabwe’s first independent broadcaster, although she has been forced to broadcast from exile in London because of extreme media restrictions back home. She has been reporting and exposing the crisis in Zimbabwe from the UK for the last nine years. In 2002, she was banned by the Mugabe regime from returning to Zimbabwe because of her work at the radio station. The station broadcasts on shortwave to Zimbabwe; and via the internet to the estimated three million Zimbabweans living in exile in the Diaspora.
She is a producer/presenter and have a popular programme where she puts government officials in Zimbabwe under the spotlight.
Violet holds journalism qualifications from Zimbabwe and a Master’s degree in International Journalism from City University in the United Kingdom. She believes that it was through her dedication to work for social rights that she won an international award for Best Radio documentary from the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, for her portrayal of the plight of women in Zimbabwe (2005). Our radio station of only nine individuals has over the years won numerous awards for exposing the atrocities taking place in Zimbabwe, including receiving a team Free Media Pioneer Award from the International Press Institute. In 2006, the station was awarded the International Station of the Year from the Association of International Broadcasters. That same year, she was a nominee for the International Press Freedom Award by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.
Violet was a Stanford University Summer Fellow in their Centre on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. In 2007 she was awarded a John S. Knight Fellowship to study at Stanford University – a year long fellowship for journalists.
Mariam Jashi hiv, health, working for un
Mariam comes with 14 years of professional experience within Government and NGO sectors, and the United Nations system. For almost 11 years she has worked with UNICEF leading health and nutrition programme portfolio in Georgia and Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), and inter-agency partnership in mother-to-child-transmission of HIV at UNICEF New York HQ. Mariam also served as UNAIDS focal point for Georgia (2000-2006) and as the HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor to the First Lady of Georgia, Chair of the Country Coordination Mechanism
(2004-06). Over the last nine years Mariam has leveraged $97 million from USAID, JICA, Global Fund, GAVI, GAIN and UNITAID through strategic and operational planning for health, nutrition and HIV programmes in Georgia and countries of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Middle-East. Mariam is a medical doctor (MD) and holds a master degree in public health (MPH) from the Tbilisi State University, Georgia. She has joined the Kennedy School as the
Mason Fellow and Mid-Carrier MPA candidate for the class of 2011. She is fluent in Georgian (native), English and Russian.
Chaminda Rajkapse environmental issues; sustainability
Chaminda is a current Mid-career MPA student at Harvard Kennedy School. Before that he worked for the United Nations helping Angola, Botswana and Namibia decide how to use and conserve the land and water resources of the Okavango River. He also has extensive experience working with the Mekong River in Southeast Asia and the Zambezi in Southern Africa.
Sadaffe Abid microfinance
Sadaffe Abid is a social entrepreneur from Pakistan. Sadaffe was part of the pioneering team of Kashf Foundation, one of the leading microfinance organizations in Pakistan and catalysed the development of the organization from two rooms to 150 branch offices with an outreach of 300,000 clients and a loan portfolio of $ 50 million. She has been an advisor to Acumen Fund’s Pakistan office. Acumen is a non profit venture fund based in New York that supports social enterprises and use of business principles to create social good. She is a mentor to MIT Legatum Fellows assisting in development of strategies for building enterprises focused on low income households. Her interests include yoga, meditation, cycling, trekking and reading. Sadaffe has a Bachelors in Economics and International relations from Mount Holyoke College, U.S.A. She is currently enrolled in the Mid Career Master’s in Public Administration Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Chris Kasabach bottom of the pyramid; innovation in ngo sector; education
Chris has broad international experience in new venture creation, entrepreneurship and integrated product development. Over the last 20 years he’s merged design, technology and social engagement in the fields of healthcare, computing, education and the arts. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Discover magazine, the Smithsonian/ Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Venice Biennial as part of Japanese artist Mariko Mori’s Wave UFO art installation. His work has received the awards that set the standard in design and business including two Gold IDEA awards. Chris’s career started as a Thomas J. Watson (IBM) Fellow in the early ’90s when he lived in most countries below the Sahara desert working as a designer and researcher. His work influenced the first consumer protection legislation for southern Africa, which he helped draft with the United Nations Development Program.
In 1999, Chris co-founded BodyMedia, today a world leader in the field of wearable health monitoring. BodyMedia’s reach extends from major hospitals to rural clinics, scientific expeditions to network television. While growing BodyMedia his roles included Head of Product Development and Vice-President of Product Design. In 2005 he led the company’s development expansion to Asia and in 2009 led its market expansion to over 25 countries in Europe and Africa. Chris teaches widely, most recently as the lead faculty member of Carnegie Mellon’s Graduate Design studio. He is an inventor on over 20 patents, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Design Program and currently an MPA candidate at Harvard’s Kennedy School.