On Thursday, October 1st, we’re excited to host a culminating convening for this initiative. We hope for this event to be both an honest reflection on the difficulty of this global pandemic and a moment of celebration of how different communities are adapting rapidly to meet their own needs, as they have historically.
Cross-Disciplinary Panel + Ideas Pitch Session + Open Conversation
This event will include a panel during which attendees will hear from experts in the field, an Ideas pitch session to learn more about the top selected concepts, and an open conversation to build connective tissue across a community of innovators tackling this challenge.
Alongside OpenIDEO and La Victoria Lab, the event will be framed by our Challenge Advisory Team. This event will also be an opportunity for selected concepts to receive visibility and relationship building, to support with additional investment and localized implementation.
USAID's Center for Innovation & Impact
Innovation Team LeadSee Bio
Executive DirectorSee Bio
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Inter-American Development Bank
Chief of the Innovation & Creativity DivisionSee Bio
El Movimiento by Roche
La Victoria Lab
At USAID’s Center for Innovation and Impact (CII), Will works to harness innovations to address some of the thorniest global health challenges. Over the past eight years, CII has launched Grand Challenge innovation competitions to address the Zika and Ebola outbreaks, as well as to develop prevention and treatment for pregnant mothers and newborns through the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge. Before USAID, Will worked at the World Bank on poverty measurement and health, investigating the impact of donor projects and external shocks on households' income and well-being. Forsaking the world of policy for the startups of San Francisco, Will worked at multiple startups before returning to Washington DC for his current position. Will graduated magna cum laude in Ethics, Politics & Economics from Yale University and holds a Masters of Public Affairs from Princeton University.
Juliana Uribe is a young Colombian woman who lives at the intersection of social innovation, the digital age, and international relations, as a social entrepreneur and activist. In 2016 she founded Movilizatorio, a citizen engagement and social innovation Lab for Colombia and Latin America. Before that, she was part of the Purpose team, from where she advised on global mobilization strategies organizations such as Hewlett Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and Ikea Foundation, among others.
Since March 2020, Juliana is co-founder of the Colombia Cares for Colombia initiative,which is one is the alliance of more than 300 civil society organizations and the sector private to connect and mobilize people, organizations, foundations, companies and Government, to mitigate the negative impact of COVID19.
Colombia Cuida Colombia has managed to donate more than 22,101,633 kilos of food, benefiting 1,709,858 people in vulnerable conditions in more than 158 municipalities in the country.
She was also linked for more than 6 years to the public sector in Colombia as Marketing Director of ProColombia, leading the campaign "Colombia, the risk is that you want to stay", and as Director of International Relations for the mayoralty of Bogotá.
Juliana has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University (2013) and studies in International Business Cum Laude from the University of Barcelona (2005), and is an Economist from the Universidad de Los Andes (2004).
Bright Shitemi is the Executive Director Mental 360, a social enterprise that raises awareness on mental health, advocates for and caters to the mental health needs of the youth in Kenya by providing relatable, holistic, and affordable solutions. A highly stigmatized topic in African communities Bright is driven to change perceptions and increase access to mental health care. To know more about us or partner, please visit www.mental360.or.ke or email us at email@example.com.
Currently Founder of Lapsus School and Kusqa.com, Volunteer Organizer of the OpenIDEO Lima Chapter and professor of the Entrepreneurship Center of University of Lima; with postgraduate studies on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Holds an MBA from the PAD of the University of Piura. He was Shared Services Manager at ScotiaContacto and has advised several startups.
Delfina Irazusta is Founder and Executive Director of the Local Innovation Network, an NGO that works with mayors and other local government officials in Argentina, providing them with the tools and resources they need to improve their management capacities. With her team, she created the Mayor's Language and the Global Map for Local Solutions, two initiatives that promote knowledge management among mayors around the world. She is part of the Ashoka network of entrepreneurs and was selected to take part in the first Young Leaders Summit by the Obama Foundation. Young Global Leader of the WEB Class 2020. She has an MA in City Management and previously worked as an adviser in the Buenos Aires city government.
Juliano Seabra serves as the Chief of the Innovation & Creativity Division within the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Knowledge, Innovation and Communications Sector since February, 2019. Prior to joining the IDB, he served as the Innovation and New Business Director for Latin America at TOTVS, the largest IT company in southern hemisphere – and President at the Institute of Exponential Ideas (Idexo), a pioneer initiative to foster innovation between startups and corporations. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as Managing Director of Endeavor Brazil, the biggest affiliate of the New-York based global non-profit that foster high impact entrepreneurship.
In the past, Juliano has served as the head of Senac’s entrepreneurship center – one of the most innovative initiatives to foster entrepreneurship to higher education in Brazil, impacting thousands of students. He also served as Executive Director of Prospectiva Consulting – one of the most influential think tanks on business and policy in Brazil.
Juliano holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations at Sao Paulo’s Catholic University and a Master’s in Public Policy and Government at Fundacao Getulio Vargas.
Hector Pourtale is the Movimiento Leader in LatAm, having worked in social initiatives within healthcare and public agreements in LatAm and Europe. Before that, he worked and learned about social impact initiatives in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Italy. His current dedication with a team to the design of scalable impact solutions for healthcare systems in LatAm is preceded by treatment humanization initiatives for childhood in Brazil and reconstruction works in Chile's 2011 earthquake. He is the father of Isidro.
Maria Alejandra Campos is a political scientist from the Catholic University of Peru. She leads the anti-COVID-19 project in La Victoria Lab. Before that, she was deputy political editor at El Comercio, the most important newspaper in Peru. She has also been project manager of social research at Ipsos and has conducted multiple studies for multilateral organisms, ministries and private sector.
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