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Tuesday, May 16 • 16:15 - 16:55
Public Private Partnerships: From donor to deep collaboration

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Cisco, Microsoft, MasterCard, ATMA Connect and Mercy Corps invite you to join a panel discussion about what makes an effective donor relationship today while exploring the challenges and opportunities for deeper collaboration within the humanitarian sector tomorrow.

The world is more fragile than ever. Food shortages have left millions of people hungry, while violent conflict has sent millions on the run. From poverty and malnutrition to natural disasters and climate change, it’s easy to see a world of insurmountable challenges, but transformative change is possible.

The humanitarian system is reaching capacity in addressing these challenges, and on its own will struggle to reach and realize the impact needed for real and lasting change.

Private organizations are often the fuel to the international relief and development effort through essential funding, but there is a lot more than can be accomplished by combining the power of the private sector with the contextual awareness and development expertise of NGOs.

This panel discussion will be led by Alan Donald, Mercy Corps’ Director of Technology for Development and will cover collaboration topics such as research, product development, innovation and experimentation, accelerated learning and new business models.

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Erin Connor

Public Benefit Investment Manager, Cisco Systems
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Justin Nelson

Program Manager, Microsoft Philanthropies
As Program Manager with Microsoft Philanthropies’ Technology for Good team, Justin Nelson is responsible for managing Microsoft’s global nonprofit software and cloud donation programs, and executing other priority nonprofit technology strategies to empower the nonprofit sector... Read More →
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Meena Palaniappan

Founder and CEO, Atma Connect
Meena Palaniappan is the Founder and CEO of Atma Connect, an award-winning global technology nonprofit focused on helping urban poor people connect, neighbor-to-neighbor. Atma Connect's social web app, AtmaGo, is a neighborhood-level mobile app in Indonesia for users to share real-time... Read More →
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Shashi Raghunandan

Vice President, Government and Development, Mastercard
Shashi Raghunandan heads the Global Solutions team at Mastercard, supporting Development Organizations and Governments.  In his role Shashi works cross-functionally to understand the needs of this segment and to develop a range of solutions for Governments, NGOs, Corporates, and... Read More →
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Ric Shreves

Manager, Internal Communications & Knowledge Management, Mercy Corps
Come talk to me about blockchain, DLT, or digital currencies in the humanitarian aid and development sector. We're attempting to lead the charge for adoption of these technologies for the benefit of social good. We published a white paper on DLT in relief and development in May of... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 16:15 - 16:55 IST
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