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Cindy Huang is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. She works on issues related to refugees, fragile and conflict-affected states, gender equality, development effectiveness, and strengthening US development policy. Most recently, she co-chaired a study group on forced displacement and development, culminating in a report with the International Rescue Committee, Refugee Compacts: Addressing the Crisis of Protracted Displacement. Previously, Huang was the Deputy Vice President for Sector Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation where she led the strategic direction and technical oversight of a $2 billion portfolio of social sector investments. She also served in the Obama Administration as the director of policy of the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and as senior advisor to the State Department’s counselor and chief of staff. In her latter role, Huang managed the interagency leadership team of Feed the Future, a presidential initiative launched by a $3.5 billion, three-year commitment to agricultural development and food security. Huang has also worked for Doctors Without Borders and the Human Development Center in Pakistan. She has a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University.

Claudia Ringler is a Deputy Division Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. She currently leads IFPRI’s Natural Resource Management group, co-leads the Institute’s water research program and is also a flagship co-lead for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems. She chairs the Food, Energy, Environment and Water Nexus network, and is or has been a member at various international assessments as well as policy panels. Ringler is a recognized thought leader on water for food and natural resource management with a focus on the Global South.

Katharine Kreis is the director of Strategic Initiatives, International Development, International Program Management at PATH. Kreis has an extensive background in global health and international development at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Lydia Olander directs the Ecosystem Services Program and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. She leads the National Ecosystem Services Partnership which has worked with the US government to incorporate ecosystem services into federal decision making. She also works on environmental markets and mitigation, including forestry and agricultural based climate mitigation; wetland, stream and endangered species mitigation; and water quality trading.

Heather Tallis is Global Managing Director and Lead Scientist for Strategy Innovation for The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest environmental organization. She is a recognized scientific leader in bringing human well-being considerations into conservation. Tallis directs the Science iTeam, an effort to bring innovation and integration to conservation. Previously, Tallis served as the first female lead scientist in the history of the Conservancy. She also acted as Chief Scientist and founded and directed the Human Dimensions Program, an initiative that incorporates ecological, social and economic sciences so that human well-being is integrated into conservation practice from the planning stage forward.