IDIA Managing Innovation for Impact

Class of 2018

 
 

The participants who successfully applied for the inaugural IDIA training on “Managing Innovation for Impact” represented 14 different countries (11 in the Global South) and a 50% men 50% women ratio:

 

MOLLY ABBRUZZESE - SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER (INNOVATION TEAM), THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

MOSES ALOBO - PROGRAM MANAGER (GRAND CHALLENGES AFRICA), AFRICAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

SHABEL FIRUZ - PROGRAM IMPACT & LEARNING MANAGER, ISLAMIC RELIEF WORLDWIDE

JANNE DINGEMANS - PROGRAM COORDINATOR, GRAND CHALLENGES CANADA

WON KI HONG - PLANNING, MONITORING & EVALUATION SPECIALIST, UNICEF SOUTH AFRICA

NOEL JUBAN - PHILIPPINES PROJECT LEAD FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION IN HEALTH INITIATIVE, SIHI GLOBAL NETWORK

LORIN KAVANAUGH-ULKU - SENIOR ADVISOR FOR GRAND CHALLENGES, USAID

MYRIAM KHOURY - VICE PRESIDENT (INNOVATION), MERCY CORPS

FARHAD IMAM - SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER (DISCOVERY AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCES), THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

ROY WILLIAM MAYEGA - DEPUTY CHIEF OF PARTY, RESILIENT AFRICA NETWORK

BATHSHEBA MBONGWE - DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & PARTNERSHIPS, BOTSWANA INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH & INNOVATION

CHRIS HOUSTON - SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER (HUMANITARIAN), GRAND CHALLENGES CANADA

KEITH METZNER - ENVIRONMENT TEAM LEADER, USAID MALAWI

SHIRA MUKIBI - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF INSECT PHYSIOLOGY & ECOLOGY

DAVID SARLEY - SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER, THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

ZOLEKA NGCETE - PROGRAM MANAGER, SOUTH AFRICAN MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

ELIZABETH ST GEORGE - HEAD OF SCALING INNOVATIVE CULTURE, AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS & TRADE

REINA OTSUKA - ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST, UNDP RWANDA

LOREE SEMELUK - DEPUTY DIRECTOR (DEVELOPMENT INNOVATION UNIT), GLOBAL AFFAIRS CANADA

VINITA JINDAL - SENIOR MANAGER, GRAND CHALLENGES INDIA

BORIS ALBERDA - INNOVATION MANAGER, OXFAM

GEREMEW TSEGAYE - PROGRAM MANAGER, GRAND CHALLENGES ETHIOPIA

MAGDA BANASIAK - SENIOR INNOVATION ADVISOR (RESEARCH & EVALUATION DIVISION), DFID

MICHAEL SANTOS - DEPUTY DIRECTOR (STRATEGY, PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT), THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION

 

This course was absolutely phenomenal. It had many flavours—spiritual retreat, technical seminar, networking event, and global health strategy session.
Super high-quality lectures; super high-quality facilitators; super high-quality logistical arrangements; above all super talented and experienced like-minded colleagues!
This opportunity was incredible. Having such considerable amount of time with colleagues grappling deeply with the issues I am dealing with is incomparable.

Reflections from Participants

 
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“Getting uncomfortable in one of the most beautiful places on earth”

Myriam Khoury is Vice President of Innovation at Mercy Corps, and has has worked in the international development field for over 20 years. Her role includes leading teams and systems changes to drive effective and efficient breakthrough solutions, achieving impact at scale for some of the world’s toughest humanitarian and development challenges.

“A week of learning and heated debate with an eclectic group of people”

Chris Houston is a Senior Program Officer for Grand Challenges Canada managing the Humanitarian Grand Challenge program. Prior to joining Grand Challenges Canada, Chris worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, Turkey, Ethiopia and Pakistan as a Logistician, a Project Coordinator and a Deputy Head of Mission.