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APRIL 4–5, 2017 // PYXERA Global Engagement Forum: Live

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Solving the Solvable

On April 4-5, 2017, PYXERA Global convened an invite-only forum focusing on specific solvable problems related to Global Health, Agriculture, and Economic Opportunity. Leaders and experts from across sectors came together for two days of intensive collaboration to move the Global Goals from aspiration to achievement.

Featured Speakers

Stan Litow, IBM vice president of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President, IBM International Foundation

Stan Litow

Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM and President, IBM International Foundation
Mark Kramer

Mark Kramer

Co-founder, FSG
Deirdre White

Deirdre White

CEO, PYXERA Global
C.D. Glin

C.D. Glin

President & CEO, U.S. African Development Foundation
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Richard Crespin

Chief Executive Officer, CollaborateUp
Mara Downing

Mara Downing

President, John Deere Foundation and Director of Global Brand Management and Corporate Citizenship, John Deere
Virendar Khatana

Virendar Khatana

Project Director, Joint Initiative for Village Advancement (JIVA)
Heather White

Dr. Heather White

Senior Technical Advisor for Non-Communicable Diseases, PSI
Amanda MacArthur

Amanda MacArthur

Chief Program Officer, PYXERA Global
Alex Ariho

Dr. Alex Ariho

CEO, African Agribusiness Incubators Network
Cate OKane

Cate O'Kane

Director of Corporate Partnerships, PSI
Steve Sonka

Dr. Steve Sonka

Emeritus Chaired Professor of Agricultural Strategy, University of Illinois
Amy Ratcliffe

Amy Ratcliffe

Director of Program Analytics, PSI
Allison Duncan

Allison Duncan

Founder & CEO, Amplifier Strategies
Eric Muthomi

Eric Muthomi

Founder & CEO, Stawi Foods and Fruits Limited
Rob Vallentine

Rob Vallentine

Director, Global Citizenship & President and Executive Director, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation
Sarah Middleton

Sarah Middleton

Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Citizenship, PIMCO and Executive Director, PIMCO Foundation
Luvuyo Rani

Luvuyo Rani

Co-founder & Managing Director, Silulo Ulutho Technologies
Alice Korngold

Alice Korngold

President & CEO, Korngold Consulting LLC
Ahsiya Posner Mencin

Ahsiya Posner Mencin

Director, PULSE Volunteer Partnership, GSK
Paul Zeitz

Dr. Paul Zeitz

Director, Data Revolution for Sustainable Development Team, U.S. Department of State
Rachel Nugent

Rachel Nugent

Vice President, Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases Global Initiative, RTI International
Jerri Husch

Dr. Jerri Husch

Senior Technical Specialist, Sustainable Health & Human Development, ICF International
Marcelino Ford-Livene

Marcelino Ford-Livene

General Manager, Global Programs and Alliances, Worldwide Corporate Affairs Group, Intel Corporation
Diana Caley

Dr. Diana Caley

Food Security and Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor, Crown Agents
Tom Ross

Tom Ross

Acting Director and Chief of Operations, Peace Corps Response
Sheldon Himelfarb

Sheldon Himelfarb

President & CEO, PeaceTech Lab
Aman Singh

Aman Singh

Editor-in-chief & Head of Content Strategy, Futerra
Claire Maguire

Claire Maguire

Director, Social Investments, Corporate Responsibility, Pfizer Inc.

Conference Agenda

Solvable Problems

Social challenges for which there are known and tested solutions

PYXERA Global’s conceptualization of “solvable problems” is framed within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, ratified by the United Nations in 2015. The seventeen goals provide a comprehensive vision for a sustainable future. However, their broad reach often leaves individuals, organizations, and governments wondering, “Where do we begin?” We believe that starting with a focus on specific, solvable problems, within the context of these Goals, offers a path forward to create enduring, systemic change.

Certain global challenges can be distinguished as solvable because we’ve seen them successfully resolved on smaller scales. The tools, practices, and resources exist. What is needed now is leadership, vision, collaboration, and resources from the public, private, and social sectors, and a clear commitment to move forward. Converting need into opportunity provides strong incentives for all stakeholders to scale solutions and move the Goals from aspiration toward achievement.

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Post-Harvest Loss

Improve food and nutrition security, enhance livelihoods along the agricultural value chain, and reduce negative environmental impacts by eliminating the loss of food between field and market.

Skills Gap

Prepare and productively employ youth at living wages with growth opportunities in environments of mutual respect.

Preventable & Treatable Disease

Reduce the personal, societal, and economic impact from three Non-Communicable Diseases—cervical cancer, diabetes (Type 2), and hypertension.

In the lead-up to the Global Engagement Forum Live, PYXERA Global hosted three virtual events on Twitter using #GEFlive and featuring experts from all sectors. Follow the conversation in the links below to learn more about Post-Harvest Loss, the Youth Skills Gap, and Preventable and Treatable Diseases.

Participating in the PYXERA Global Engagement Forum

What to Expect

The Global Engagement Forum was not your average conference. Participants were expected to engage in intensive collaboration for the entire two-day event, sharing their own unique understanding, expertise, and approaches through a series of interactive work sessions aligned to a specific issue track. Through this facilitated collaboration, the event aimed to drive insight and inspiration to catalyze scalable solutions.

YOU

Participants brought relevant experience, expertise, examples, questions, and a commitment to participate. 

THE CONFERENCE

Attendees represented leaders and influencers from across the private, public, and social sectors.

THE TRACKS

Participants were divided across three issue tracks and tasked to create collaborative action on solvable problems.

The Sustainable Development Goals, ratified by the United Nations in September 2015, provide a compelling foundation for action to solve the world’s most difficult challenges. Seeing this as a tremendous opportunity to create shared value by harnessing the capabilities of the private, public, and social sectors, PYXERA Global convened the first Global Engagement Forum in November 2015.

The PYXERA Global Engagement Forum 2017 was held at:

FHI360
1825 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

Thanks again to all of the sponsors, contributors, and vendors for making this event a huge success!

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