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Launch Reception Dinner and Thought Leader Symposium

October 11, 2017 - October 12, 2017

Keynote Speakers

Michael Sherraden, PhD

Michael Sherraden
Washington University at St. Louis
Center for Social Development

Michael Sherraden, PhD, is the George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor and founding director of the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St Louis. CSD conceives and tests social innovations. Sherraden’s research on civic service–National Service (1982) and The Moral Equivalent of War? (1990)—contributed to the creation of AmeriCorps in 1993. His research on asset building—Assets and the Poor (1991), Inclusion in the American Dream (2005), Assets and Low Income Families (2008), and Asset Building Innovations and Strategies in Asia (2014)—has informed asset building policies in the United States and many other countries.

Ashu Handa, PhD

Ashu Handa
Chief, Social & Economic Policy Section, UNICEF

Dr. Ashu Handa leads the Innocenti Report Card Series, UNICEF’s flagship publication on the well-being of children in rich countries. The 2014 Report Card, which Handa led, focused on the impact of the great recession on child poverty, and was featured in over 100 major media outlets across the globe, including the Washington Post, Financial Times, The Guardian (UK), Republica (Italy), El Pais (Spain), AP, and Rueters. Through the Transfer Project, Handa has led large-scale multi-year evaluations of national cash transfer programs in Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi . The Transfer Project evaluation of the Kenya Cash Transfer for Orphans & Vulnerable Children is the first study to examine the impact of a government poverty program on HIV behavioral risk.

Elizabeth Kellison

Liz Kellison, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Elizabeth (Liz) Kellison is the Gender Lead for the Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) team. Liz leads the team’s work to increase low-income women’s access to and usage of digital financial services. The FSP team works with a wide range of public and private sector partners to foster the development of digital payment systems – such as mobile money – that can reach hundreds of millions of people with the financial tools they need to mitigate risks and capture opportunities to move out of poverty. Prior to joining the foundation, Liz was instrumental in launching and managing, a learning portal for public library staff run by OCLC, the world’s largest nonprofit library cooperative.

Dennis Haraszko

Dennis Haraszko
MasterCard Foundation

Dennis Haraszko manages the monitoring, evaluation and research activities within the MasterCard Foundation’s rural & agricultural finance and savings portfolios.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Dennis worked at the University of Notre Dame, where he guided the Ford Family Program’s work in Kenya and Uganda, coordinating community engagement activities and research projects in health, youth entrepreneurship, and financial inclusion.  Previously, Dennis worked in partnership with Columbia University, in roles ranging from the West Africa Operations Manager for the Millennium Villages Project to advising municipal governments in East and Southern Africa through the Millennium Cities Initiative.



October 11, 2017
Rizzo Center, Chapel Hill
6:30am- 8:30pm

GSDI Launch Reception & Dinner

Remarks From

Dean Gary Bowen, PhD

Welcoming Remarks

Chancellor Folt
Chancellor Carol Folt

Chancellor’s Remarks

Gina Chowa
Gina Chowa, PhD

Introduction of Global Social Development Innovations (GSDI)

Michael Sherraden
Michael Sherraden, PhD

Michael Sherraden Inaugural Lecture

October 12, 2017
The Carolina Club

GSDI Launch & Symposium:
Setting the Research Agenda for the
Next Frontier of Impactful Work

8:30-9:15 Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Sheryl Zimmerman
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the UNC School of Social Work

Keynote Address

Ashu HandaDr. Ashu Handa
Chief, Social & Economic Policy Section, UNICEF Office of Research, Professor, UNC Department of Public Policy



9:15-10:30 Panel One: Holistic Interventions Towards the Economic Security of Marginalized and Vulnerable Populations

Dr. Isaac Osei-Akoto, University of Ghana
Public provision of non-farm employment for the rural poor and impact on health outcomes in Ghana: The role of social protection
Dr. Audrey Pettifor, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Empowerment and financial inclusion for young South African women
Dr. Sheri Weiser, University of California, San Francisco
The impact of food security on family health and economic security
Moderator: Dr. Clare Barrington, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

10:30-10:45 Tea Break

10:45-12:00 Panel Two: Economic Security and Youth Development

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:15 Plenary Speaker
Liz KellisonLiz Kellison
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation



1:15-2:30 Panel Three: Financial Inclusion and Economic Security

Dr. Dorothe Singer, World Bank
Measuring financial inclusion: Saving Credit and Financial Resilience
Moderator: Rani Deshpande, Save the Children

2:30-2:45 Tea Break

2:45-4:00 Panel Four: Scaling Social Development Innovations for Greater Impact

Swapnil Chaturvedi, Samagra
Financial inclusion, sanitation, and health
Gigi Gatti, Grameen Foundation
Connecting youth to digital work

4:00-4:30 Speaker Wrap-Up and Closing of Day

Dennis HaraszkoDennis Haraszko
The MasterCard Foundation


October 11, 2017
October 12, 2017
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