The Future of Global Development: USAID’s Response to COVID-19

  •  August 11, 2020
     8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

In the midst of a global pandemic, USAID has shifted its priorities to support this rapidly changing environment. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Ken Staley, USAID’s COVID-19 Task Force Executive Director, to hear how USAID is leading COVID-19 global response efforts; helping governments and communities mitigate and respond to the negative impacts, particularly on vulnerable and marginalized populations; adjusting programming to future development priorities; and creating opportunities for new organizations to partner with USAID in the short, medium, and long-term recovery efforts. We will also discuss how these changes may affect your Global Development organization, whether or not you have received USAID funding in the past.

We will end with an open discussion to share how COVID-19 has impacted your organizations, challenges you are facing, and how you are adapting your programs to address future international development priorities.

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Dr. Kenneth Staley | Executive Director, COVID-19 Task Force, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Dr. Ken Staley was appointed to lead the USAID COVID-19 Task Force in March 2020. He joined USAID in April 2018 to lead the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, a collaborative U.S. Government effort led by USAID in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of State, the White House, and others.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Staley was a consultant at McKinsey and Company, where he assisted with large public health crisis responses to Ebola and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome and served clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Before joining McKinsey, Dr. Staley was an executive at Medtronic, where he led several ventures to expand access to medical technology in emerging economies.

During the George W. Bush administration, Dr. Staley served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterproliferation in the Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. Prior to his work at the Department of State, he served as Director for Biodefense Policy at the White House Homeland Security Council Biodefense Directorate, where he coordinated implementation of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza and developed preparedness and response policies against biothreats.

Dr. Staley received his M.D. from the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and an A.B. in biology from Washington University in Saint Louis.


Mike Shanley | CEO, Konektid International

Mike Shanley has fifteen years of experience working in the USAID market, including at Chemonics International, USAID’s largest implementing partner. In 2013, he founded Konektid International to support new partners to enter the USAID market. Konektid has worked with foreign aid organizations of all types and sizes including both established and new USAID partners, to support their USAID partnering portfolio. Konektid’s clients have ranged from the Fortune 500 and Ivy League, to local NGOs and US small businesses. He regularly works directly with clients and leads seminars on USAID partnering best practices and trends. Konektid has partnered with the top foreign aid associations, including USAID, Devex, Society for International Development (DC), British Expertise International, Johns Hopkins University, Bond UK, Dochas, AidEx, Impact Hub Geneva, and the Posner Center for International Development.

This event will be held remotely via Zoom. Registration closes at 12pm MDT on Monday, August 10th. Find your time zone here.

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