Agenda

Two-Day Hybrid Event

Action Against Hunger’s social movement features an inaugural two-day hybrid event, where we will convene an audience of practitioners, policymakers, activists, and the next generation of leaders in the fight to end hunger.

This event will be held in person in Washington, D.C, and via livestream. In-person participation will be limited. The livestream is free and open to the public.

Virtual Livestream

Register here to join us via virtual livestream and tune into the sessions happening throughout the day.

Washington, D.C.

We will be streaming live from The REACH at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Program Agenda

Day 1

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 9:00am – 4:30pm EDT

Welcome Reception

Skylight Pavilion – 4:30 – 6:00pm EDT

8:15 – 8:45am
Registration

Skylight Pavilion
(In-Person Attendees Only)

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Registration Opens (8:15am)

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Coffee & Breakfast Bites (Skylight Pavilion)

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Studio K Doors Open (8:45am)

9:00 – 10:15am
Opening Plenary Session: Coming Together

Studio K
(In-Person + Virtual Livestream)

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Welcome

Dr. Charles Owubah, CEO, Action Against Hunger – USA

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Opening remarks and welcome from Action Against Hunger CEO, Charles Owubah

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Coming Together: Purpose

Ashwini Kakkar, Chairman, Action Against Hunger International Network

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Reset The Table: Why addressing only hunger is not enough

Moderator:
Kate Warren, Executive Vice President, Devex

Speaker:
Roy Steiner, Senior Vice President, Food Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation

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This conversation will focus on why addressing just hunger is not enough, and how we must think of food more holistically at the intersection of health, nutrition, and what is good for the planet.

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Better Together: Shifting from Silos to cross-sector collaboration

Moderator:
Joe Kawly, Anchor/Journalist, Middle East Broadcasting Networks

Panelists:

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Networking Break (Skylight Pavilion - 10:15 - 10:45am)

10:45am – 12:00pm
Expanding The Possible

Studio K
(In-Person + Virtual Livestream)

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Radicalizing Data: The Confluence of food security, national security, and global stability

Moderator:
Kate Warren, Executive Vice President, Devex

Speaker:
Sara Menker, Founder and CEO, Gro Intelligence

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Everyone is a changemaker

Bill Drayton, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Ashoka

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Creating Change Starts Locally

Moderator:
Sean Callahan, President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services

Panelists:

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Lunch (skylight pavilion & outdoors - 12:00 - 1:00pm)

1:00 – 2:30pm
Concurrent Programming

PT 109, Justice Forum, Studio K
(In-Person Attendees Only)

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More Than Commitment (PT 109 - 1:00 - 2:30pm)

Co-facilitators:

  • Mwandwe Chileshe, Global Policy Lead, Food Security and Agriculture, Global Citizen
  • Asma Lateef, Policy and Advocacy Lead (Agriculture), SDG2 Advocacy Hub
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Human Power (Justice Forum - 1:00 - 2:30pm)

Moderator:
Marshall Stowell, President and Founder, Intentional

Speakers:

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Scalable Solutions: (Studio K - 1:30 - 2:30pm)

Introduction:
Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Panel Discussion:
Has the Status Quo Changed? Evaluating Our Progress Towards Realizing Anticipatory Action in Practice

Moderator:
Amy Guterman, Senior Director, Community Innovation, Salesforce

Panelists:

  • Imelda Awino, Deputy Hub Director, Program Development and Quality Assurance, Action Against Hunger
  • Shawn K. Baker, Chief Nutritionist, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Juan Echanove, Associate Vice President, Food and Water Systems, CARE
  • Daniel Maxwell, Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security at the Friedman School of Nutrition, and the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; Research Director at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University

Table Facilitators:

  • Amador Gomez Arriba, Director of Research, Action Against Hunger, ACF – Spain
  • Jessica Hood, VP Strategic Engagement + Digital Transformation, Salesforce
  • Greg Perlstein, Digital Transformation Lead, Salesforce
  • Pascal Revault, Expertise and Advocacy Director, ACF – France
  • Ellyn Yakowenko, Associate Director of Research, Innovation and Learning, ACF – USA
  • Stephanie Zeitz, Senior Product and Solution Manager, Impact Labs, Salesforce
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Over the past few years, anticipatory action has moved from a niche technical area into the mainstream. Although earlier actions – i.e., those planned and implemented before a disaster hits – are expected to save more lives and money, anticipatory action marks a paradigm shift in humanitarian response.

Transformation of the current system, particularly from one centered around crisis response to one based upon forward-looking risk management and crisis mitigation, will not be quick or easy but the growing momentum behind anticipatory action brings hope for lasting change.

Together, during the Scalable Solutions Facilitated Sessions, we will evaluate our collective progress towards realizing anticipatory action in practice, most especially in light of the unprecedented famine conditions now gripping parts of Africa. Each session will begin with an expert-led discussion exploring:

  1. With the growing momentum behind anticipatory action, has the status quo changed? If so, for whom and to what extent? If not, why not?
  2. What barriers have we observed within the past year (e.g., the Horn of Africa crisis) that have prevented an anticipatory response? What learning can we extract from this experience?
  3. What does scale look like in the context of anticipatory action? How would we know if we had successfully achieved scale?

Next, session participants will engage in interactive, facilitated small-group discussions. Please anticipate a rigorous, evidence-based debate and a collective decision-making process to identify “best bet” solutions to achieving anticipatory action at scale.

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Networking Break (Skylight Pavilion - 2:30 - 2:45pm)

3:00 – 3:55pm
Concurrent Programming

PT 109, Justice Forum, Studio K
(In-Person Attendees Only)

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More Than Commitment (PT 109 - 3:00 - 3:55pm)

Co-facilitators:

  • Mwandwe Chileshe, Global Policy Lead, Food Security and Agriculture, Global Citizen
  • Asma Lateef, Policy and Advocacy Lead (Agriculture), SDG2 Advocacy Hub
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Human Power (Justice Forum - 3:00 - 3:55pm)

Moderator:
Marshall Stowell, President and Founder, Intentional

Speakers:

  • Mariam Akior, Advocacy and Communications Coordinator, Action Against Hunger USA-Uganda Mission
  • Yusuf Omar, Co-Founder, Seen
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Scalable Solutions: Advancing The Effort (Studio K - 3:00 - 3:55pm)

Introduction:
Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Panel Discussion:
Has the Status Quo Changed? Evaluating Our Progress Towards Realizing Anticipatory Action in Practice

Moderator:
Amy Guterman, Senior Director, Community Innovation, Salesforce

Panelists:

Table Facilitators:

  • Amador Gomez Arriba, Director of Research, Action Against Hunger, ACF – Spain
  • Jessica Hood, VP Strategic Engagement + Digital Transformation, Salesforce
  • Greg Perlstein, Digital Transformation Lead, Salesforce
  • Pascal Revault, Expertise and Advocacy Director, ACF – France
  • Ellyn Yakowenko, Associate Director of Research, Innovation and Learning, ACF – USA
  • Stephanie Zeitz, Senior Product and Solution Manager, Impact Labs, Salesforce
Read More

Over the past few years, anticipatory action has moved from a niche technical area into the mainstream. Although earlier actions – i.e., those planned and implemented before a disaster hits – are expected to save more lives and money, anticipatory action marks a paradigm shift in humanitarian response.

Transformation of the current system, particularly from one centered around crisis response to one based upon forward-looking risk management and crisis mitigation, will not be quick or easy but the growing momentum behind anticipatory action brings hope for lasting change.

Together, during the Scalable Solutions Facilitated Sessions, we will evaluate our collective progress towards realizing anticipatory action in practice, most especially in light of the unprecedented famine conditions now gripping parts of Africa. Each session will begin with an expert-led discussion exploring:

  1. With the growing momentum behind anticipatory action, has the status quo changed? If so, for whom and to what extent? If not, why not?
  2. What barriers have we observed within the past year (e.g., the Horn of Africa crisis) that have prevented an anticipatory response? What learning can we extract from this experience?
  3. What does scale look like in the context of anticipatory action? How would we know if we had successfully achieved scale?

Next, session participants will engage in interactive, facilitated small-group discussions. Please anticipate a rigorous, evidence-based debate and a collective decision-making process to identify “best bet” solutions to achieving anticipatory action at scale.

4:00 – 4:30pm
Closing Plenary Session: Taking Action

Studio K
(In-Person + Virtual Livestream)

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Mobile Storytelling for Action

Yusuf Omar, Co-Founder, Seen

4:30 – 6:00pm
Welcome Reception

Skylight Pavilion
(In-person Attendees Only)

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Remarks

Ashwini Kakkar, Chairperson, Action Against Hunger International Network

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KBPC Jazz Quartet

Day 2

Thursday, October 13, 2022, 9:00am – 4:30pm EDT

8:15 – 8:45am
Registration

Skylight Pavilion
(In-person Attendees Only)

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Registration Opens (8:15am)

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Coffee & Breakfast Bites (Skylight Pavilion)

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Studio K Doors Open (8:45am)

9:00 – 10:15am
Opening Plenary Session: Coming Together

Studio K
(In-Person + Virtual Livestream)

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Introduction

Jan Sebastian Friedrich-Rust, CEO, Action Against Hunger, Germany

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Reflections and How to Get The Most Out of Your Day

Suzanne Rexing, Senior Director, Action Against Hunger – USA

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A Conversation with Jerry Greenfield: Business for Good and Why It Matters

Moderator:
Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex

Speaker:
Jerry Greenfield, Co-Founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.

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Decolonizing and Disrupting Aid by Rethinking Public Sector Support

Moderator:
Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex

Speakers:

  • Sarah Charles, Assistant to the Administrator, USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistant U.S. Government Lead for International Disaster Response
  • Terri Sarch, Nutrition Team Leader, United Kingdom, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
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Networking Break (Skylight Pavilion - 10:15 - 10:45am)

10:45am – 12:00pm
Expanding The Possible

Studio K
(In-Person + Virtual Livestream)

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Changing How We Collaborate to End Global Hunger

Moderator:
Teresa Welsh, Senior Reporter, Devex

Panelists:

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Big Think: Expanding The Possible

Moderator:
Teresa Welsh, Senior Reporter, Devex

Panelists:

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Lunch (Skylight Pavilion & Outdoors - 12:00 - 1:00pm)

1:00 – 2:30pm
Concurrent Programming

PT 109, Justice Forum, Studio K
(In-Person Attendees Only)

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More Than Commitment (Pt 109 - 1:00 - 2:30pm)

Co-facilitators:

  • Mwandwe Chileshe, Global Policy Lead, Food Security and Agriculture, Global Citizen
  • Asma Lateef, Policy and Advocacy Lead (Agriculture), SDG2 Advocacy Hub
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Human Power (Justice Forum - 1:00 - 2:30pm)

Moderator:
Marshall Stowell, President and Founder, Intentional

Speakers:

  • Mariam Akior, Advocacy and Communications Coordinator, Action Against Hunger USA-Uganda Mission
  • Yusuf Omar, Co-Founder, Seen
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Scalable Solutions (Studio K - 1:30 -2:30pm)

Moderator:
Amy Guterman, Senior Director, Community Innovation, Salesforce

Panel Discussion:
Has the Status Quo Changed? Evaluating Our Progress Towards Realizing Anticipatory Action in Practice

Panelists:

  • Imelda Awino, Deputy Hub Director, Program Development and Quality Assurance, Action Against Hunger
  • Juan Echanove, Associate Vice President, Food and Water Systems, CARE
  • Nhlanhla Ndlovu “NN”, Executive Director, Centre for Economic Governance and Accountability in Africa (CEGAA)

Table Facilitators:

  • Amador Gomez Arriba, Director of Research, Action Against Hunger, ACF – Spain
  • Jessica Hood, VP Strategic Engagement + Digital Transformation, Salesforce
  • Greg Perlstein, Digital Transformation Lead, Salesforce
  • Pascal Revault, Expertise and Advocacy Director, ACF – France
  • Ellyn Yakowenko, Associate Director of Research, Innovation and Learning, ACF – USA
  • Stephanie Zeitz, Senior Product and Solution Manager, Impact Labs, Salesforce
Read More

Over the past few years, anticipatory action has moved from a niche technical area into the mainstream. Although earlier actions – i.e., those planned and implemented before a disaster hits – are expected to save more lives and money, anticipatory action marks a paradigm shift in humanitarian response.

Transformation of the current system, particularly from one centered around crisis response to one based upon forward-looking risk management and crisis mitigation, will not be quick or easy but the growing momentum behind anticipatory action brings hope for lasting change.

Together, during the Scalable Solutions Facilitated Sessions, we will evaluate our collective progress towards realizing anticipatory action in practice, most especially in light of the unprecedented famine conditions now gripping parts of Africa. Each session will begin with an expert-led discussion exploring:

  1. With the growing momentum behind anticipatory action, has the status quo changed? If so, for whom and to what extent? If not, why not?
  2. What barriers have we observed within the past year (e.g., the Horn of Africa crisis) that have prevented an anticipatory response? What learning can we extract from this experience?
  3. What does scale look like in the context of anticipatory action? How would we know if we had successfully achieved scale?

Next, session participants will engage in interactive, facilitated small-group discussions. Please anticipate a rigorous, evidence-based debate and a collective decision-making process to identify “best bet” solutions to achieving anticipatory action at scale.

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Networking Break (Skylight Pavilion - 2:30 - 3:00pm)

3:00 – 4:30pm
Closing Plenary Session: More Than Hope

Studio K
(In-Person + Virtual Livestream)

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Declaration of Action Reading

Mwandwe Chileshe, Global Policy Lead, Food Security and Agriculture, Global Citizen
Asma Lateef, Policy and Advocacy Lead (Agriculture), SDG2 Advocacy Hub

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More Than Hope

Marjan Naderi, D.C. Youth Poet Laureate

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More Than Hope: Collective Declaration of Action

Dr. Charles Owubah, CEO, Action Against Hunger – USA

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Salesforce + Together Against Hunger Impact Lab

Amy Guterman, Senior Director, Community Innovation, Salesforce

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Knowledge and Innovation Hub

Oscar Cordon – Technical Services and Innovation Director, Action Against Hunger 

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Launching Into Collective Action

Dr. Charles Owubah, CEO, Action Against Hunger – USA

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Covid Protocol

Action Against Hunger understands the power of bringing people together in person and the importance of doing so safely. We commit to following, at minimum, the Washington, D.C. guidelines and ordinances.

On each day of the event, we request:

Proof of vaccination

Proof of a negative Covid self-test (via photo)

Attendees may provide proof of vaccine via photo, or by showing a physical copy of the vaccination card or official vaccination record.

Our team is closely monitoring the evolving global health recommendations and will update attendees with the most up-to-date protocols as we near the event. For additional information, The REACH at the Kennedy Center's health and safety protocols can be found here.