Ann Mei Chang served as the Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID. The Lab is the newest bureau at USAID and aims to leverage 21st Century advances in technology and innovation to transform global development. Previously, Ann Mei was the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps and served as the Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to her pivot to the public sector, Ann Mei was an engineering executive with over twenty years experience in Silicon Valley including Google, Apple, Intuit, and some startups. Most recently, she served for 8 years as a Senior Engineering Director at Google, where she led worldwide engineering for mobile applications and services, delivering 20x growth to $1B in annual revenues in just 3 years. At Google, she also led the product development team for Emerging Markets. Ann Mei is a member of the 2011 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute and holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Gabrielle Fitzgerald is a global leader who believes that innovative approaches and catalytic coalitions are needed to solve the most challenging issues. Her focus is on designing and driving strategies that measurably impact people, organizations and countries.
For more than two decades, Gabrielle has led teams and collaborated with partners to spark global change. Most recently, she directed the $100 million Ebola Program at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, investing in creative approaches to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Gabrielle previously served as the director of Global Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, running the team that advanced the policy and advocacy agenda for 14 global issue areas. She led efforts that raised $1.3 billion in funding from new philanthropists to solve global health problems, and oversaw the Global Vaccine Summit, held in Abu Dhabi in 2013, which secured $4 billion to end polio. Gabrielle also built a constituency of supporters and champions working towards a malaria-free world, and in 2014 she won the Gold Medallion award from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs for her leadership on malaria.
Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Gabrielle led the public affairs strategy for HIV/AIDS at the U.S. Agency for International Development and served as the communications director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees. She started her career as a speechwriter for President Clinton at the White House.
She is actively involved in the governance of several organizations, including the Washington Global Health Alliance and the steering committee of Africa United, and is an expert in innovative philanthropy, global health diplomacy, and governance.
Gabrielle holds a masters of public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor of arts from American University in Washington, DC.
David Fleming, MD, is PATH’s vice president of Public Health, which houses our programs in digital health solutions; health systems innovation and delivery; HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; malaria control and elimination; maternal, neonatal, and child health and nutrition; noncommunicable diseases; and reproductive health. He also oversees cross-programmatic collaboration at PATH, which seeks to maximize the impact of our work across the value chain in critical health areas, including maternal and neonatal health, diarrheal disease, and malaria.
Before joining PATH in 2014, Dr. Fleming served as the director and health officer for Public Health—Seattle and King County (PHSKC), with a budget of more than $300 million, serving a resident population of 2 million. Prior to that, Dr. Fleming was director of Global Health Strategies at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing a grant portfolio of more than $1 billion in vaccine-preventable disease, nutrition, maternal and child health, leadership, emergency relief, community health programs, and human resources and health information. Dr. Fleming also served as deputy director at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Science and Public Health, and as deputy administrator of the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Dr. Fleming currently serves on the boards of Global to Local Partnership and the Washington Global Health Alliance, both in Seattle, and the Trust for America’s Health in Washington, DC. He sits on the Advisory Committee to the director of the CDC and chairs the external advisory groups for the CDC’s Center for Global Health and its Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support. His former global health board service includes Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); the Health Metrics Network; and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
Dr. Fleming is a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Oregon Health Services Center and his preventive medicine residency at the CDC.
Tim Profeta is the director of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Since 2005, the Nicholas Institute has grown into a major nonpartisan player in key environmental debates, serving both the public and private sectors with sound understanding of complex environmental issues.
Profeta’s areas of expertise include climate change and energy policy, the Clean Air Act, and adaptive use of current environmental laws to address evolving environmental challenges. His work at the Nicholas Institute has included numerous legislative and executive branch proposals to mitigate climate change, including providing Congressional testimony several times on his work at Duke University, developing multiple legislative proposals for cost containment and economic efficiency in greenhouse gas mitigation programs, and facilitating climate and energy policy design processes for several U.S. states.
Prior to his arrival at Duke, Profeta served as counsel for the environment to Sen. Joseph Lieberman. As Lieberman’s counsel, he was a principal architect of the Lieberman-McCain Climate Stewardship Act of 2003. He also represented Lieberman in legislative negotiations pertaining to environmental and energy issues, as well as coordinating the senator’s energy and environmental portfolio during his runs for national office. Profeta has continued to build on his Washington experience to engage in the most pertinent debates surrounding climate change and energy.
In addition to his role at the Institute, Profeta serves as Chairman of the Board for 8 Rivers Capital, is a member of the Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors, and is a member of The American Law Institute. Profeta also holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Profeta earned a J.D., magna cum laude, and M.E.M. in Resource Ecology from Duke in 1997 and a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University in 1992.
Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the global conservation organization known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of people and nature. He is the author of the Washington Post and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling book Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.
Growing up as a city kid in Cleveland, Mark was a late-bloomer to conservation. It was becoming a parent that sparked his passion for nature. “I want to be able to look my kids in the eye,” he says, “and tell them I did all I could to leave the world a better place.”
A former managing director and Partner for Goldman Sachs, where he spent 24 years, Mark brings deep business experience to his role leading the Conservancy. He is a champion of the idea of natural capital — valuing nature for its own sake as well as for the services it provides for people, such as clean air and water, productive soils and a stable climate.
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.