Technology, Governance, and Global Development

Technical innovation is vital to solving problems of global development. Yet fundamental questions about the interdependence of technology and governance remain unanswered. The conference on Technology, Development, and Governance will bring together leaders from business, government and nonprofit organizations, as well as journalists, academics and philanthropists, to examine novel integrative approaches to poverty alleviation and human development around the world.

Two plenary sessions with keynote speakers Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Microsoft founder, and Condoleezza Rice, 66th Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, and four panels:

  • “The Promise of Information and Communications Technology”
    Can information and communications technology transform the lives of individuals, even in poorly governed countries?

    Megan Smith, VP, New Business Development,
    Jared Cohen, Policy Planning Staff, US Department of State
    Joshua Cohen, Martha Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, Professor of Political Science, Philosophy and Law, and FSI affiliate

  • “Panel of Young Alumni Leaders in Global Development”

    Nava Ashraf ’97, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
    Jane Chen MBA ‘08, founder,
    Jonny Dorsey ‘07, founder, FaceAID

    Moderated by Coit D. Blacker, Director & Senior Fellow at FSI, Olivier Nomellini Professor in International Studies, School of Humanities and Sciences, Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education

  • “Governance, Innovation, and Service Delivery”
    Can innovative institutions and technologies overcome poor governance and deliver services in underdeveloped regions?

    Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development
    Reyad Fezzani, CEO, BP Solar
    Paul Wise, the Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society, Professor of Pediatrics, and Senior Fellow, FSI

  • “Creative Markets for Technological Innovation”
    What institutions and incentives can stimulate the development of products and technologies that address the needs of the poor?

    Clifford Samuel, Gilead Sciences
    Sam Dryden, Director, Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    Roz Naylor, Professor of Environmental Earth Systems Science, the William Wrigley Senior Fellow, FSI and the Woods Institute for the Environment
    Scott Rozelle, the Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow, FSI

» Technology, Governance, and Global Development Conference Website