Konektid’s USAID Market & Funding Lunch Discussion

  •  June 28, 2023
     12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

USAID distributed more than $30 billion last fiscal year. Join Konektid International’s CEO & COO to discuss recent funding trends and updates in this massive market. This is a great opportunity for both new and established USAID partners to meet to share their insights and learn how to optimize your work with USAID. We will discuss changes under the Biden Administration, the New Partnerships Initiative, Localization and USAID’s direction under Administrator Samantha Power. Please bring your questions about working with USAID!

Chief Executive Officer Mike Shanley and Chief Operating Officer Christy (Roach) Hollywood lead Konektid, drawing upon a combined two decades managing business development consulting firms and a combined 40+ years of USAID market experience. This experience has taught our team what works and what does not work in the USAID market, and allows us to match our clients with the right consultants to set them up for success.


Mike Shanley, Chief Executive Officer

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Mike Shanley spent nearly 20 years of his career working with USAID and its partners, leading business development and project management activities across five continents. He has overseen tens of thousands of hours of USAID consulting support to more than 60 clients: from established USAID prime implementers, to small businesses and subawardees, and new entrants to the USAID market. He founded Konektid in 2013, after years of working at Chemonics International, a large USAID implementing partner. Mike regularly speaks on the USAID funding market at aid conferences and events around the world, including with USAID and Devex, and he sits on the Board of Directors for the Society for International Development-US. Mike started his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. He also serves as CEO and Founder of AidKonekt Data: the USAID business development intel software.


Christy Hollywood, Chief Operating Officer

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Christy Hollywood supports Konektid clients and consultants with skills honed during 20+ years of leadership in international development, professional services, and consulting organizations. She led a successful consulting firm (Hollywood & Associates, Ltd) for 11 years before joining market leader Konektid.

Previously, she served as Vice President of Cardno (a large USAID and MCC contractor, now part of DT Global). There she oversaw business development, marketing, communications, and proposal recruiting and, as part of the Executive Committee, shared responsibility for all operations. She held pivotal business development roles at KPMG’s Emerging Markets Group, RTI International, PATH, as well as Fidelity Investments and Noblis. As an employee, she established and led turnaround of four business development units. As a consultant, she has advised on process improvements at many small, medium, and large organizations – and provided interim BD and regional leadership.

A recognized expert in business development consulting, she’s authored several articles and is five-time invited presenter at international conferences on proposal management, competitive intelligence, and business development.


This is an in-person event held at the Posner Center for International Development.


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