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.
April 4-5, 2017 // PYXERA Global Engagement Forum: Live
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.
Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs, IBM and President, IBM International Foundation
CEO, PYXERA Global
President & CEO, U.S. African Development Foundation
Chief Executive Officer, CollaborateUp
President, John Deere Foundation and Director of Global Brand Management and Corporate Citizenship, John Deere
Project Director, Joint Initiative for Village Advancement (JIVA)
Dr. Heather White
Senior Technical Advisor for Non-Communicable Diseases, PSI
Chief Program Officer, PYXERA Global
Dr. Alex Ariho
CEO, African Agribusiness Incubators Network
Director of Corporate Partnerships, PSI
Dr. Steve Sonka
Emeritus Chaired Professor of Agricultural Strategy, University of Illinois
Director of Program Analytics, PSI
Founder & CEO, Amplifier Strategies
Founder & CEO, Stawi Foods and Fruits Limited
Director, Global Citizenship & President and Executive Director, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation
Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Citizenship, PIMCO and Executive Director, PIMCO Foundation
Co-founder & Managing Director, Silulo Ulutho Technologies
President & CEO, Korngold Consulting LLC
Ahsiya Posner Mencin
Director, PULSE Volunteer Partnership, GSK
Dr. Paul Zeitz
Director, Data Revolution for Sustainable Development Team, U.S. Department of State
Vice President, Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases Global Initiative, RTI International
Dr. Jerri Husch
Senior Technical Specialist, Sustainable Health & Human Development, ICF International
General Manager, Global Programs and Alliances, Worldwide Corporate Affairs Group, Intel Corporation
Dr. Diana Caley
Food Security and Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor, Crown Agents
Acting Director and Chief of Operations, Peace Corps Response
President & CEO, PeaceTech Lab
Editor-in-chief & Head of Content Strategy, Futerra
Director, Social Investments, Corporate Responsibility, Pfizer Inc.
2017 Conference Agenda
Social challenges for which there are known and tested solutions
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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.
Prepare and productively employ youth at living wages with growth opportunities in environments of mutual respect.
In the lead-up, and after 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.
Participants brought relevant experience, expertise, examples, questions, and a commitment to participate.
Attendees represented leaders and influencers from across the private, public, and social sectors.
Participants were divided across three issue tracks and tasked to create collaborative action on solvable problems.
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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