2014 Forum

The Global Impact Forum, held on October 30 at the Willard InterContinental in Washington DC, included stimulating dialogue and thought-provoking panel discussions by representatives from companies, government agencies, NGOs, and Notre Dame. 


Morning Discussion Session I: Shared values in public-private partnerships

What are the goals for corporations, and for government and funding agencies? How do we measure success of this type of relationship? What stumbling blocks occur?

Moderated by Robert Bernhard, Vice President for Research, University of Notre Dame


Morning Discussion Session II: Multi-faceted solutions that work for all

How research-focused institutions, implementing organizations, and the private sector can work together to provide innovative, multidisciplinary solutions to help solve global development challenges. How can we measure impact? 

Moderated by Tracy Kijewski-Correa, Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame 


Luncheon Keynote: U.S. Global Development Lab and Public-Private Partnerships
Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of USAID


Afternoon Session I: Leading through training: access to talent in the developing world (see video below)

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

  • Marc Hardy, Mendoza College of Business, Notre Dame (moderator)
  • Britta Bjornlund, U.S. Department of State
  • Carlos Passi, IBM
  • Joyce Warner, IREX


Afternoon Session II: Sparking economic growth in new markets 

Connectivity, Electricity, and Education for Entrepreneurship (The CE3 Project)

  • Sam Awad, Accenture (moderator)
  • Nate Hurst, HP
  • Mark Levett, Cummins
  • Tom Loughran, Department of Physics, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development
  • Gabrielle Oken, Accenture


Afternoon Session III: Decision-making in the face of global shifts 

Climate change and resilience assessment in action

  • David Leege, Catholic Relief Services (moderator)
  • Joyce Coffee, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index
  • Michael Cote, Engility Corp.
  • Robert Foster, Aspen Institute
  • Maureen Johnson, Deloitte