Current Speakers

Alexis Bonnell
Alexis Bonnell

Chief Innovation Officer & Director of the Office of Engagement and Communication

Alexis Bonnell is the Division Chief of Applied Innovation and Acceleration in the U.S. Global Development Lab of USAID. Alexis has delivered humanitarian and development programming in over 25 countries, in almost every sector from education to stabilization. Her more than 20 years of experience in management and communications has provided her incredible opportunities to work on/with: Wall Street, “Dot.coms”, Middle East Peace Plan, Afghan and Iraq Elections, global emergency response coordination  and major logistics operations. Her focus is how to leverage science, technology, innovation, and partnership for greater impact. Alexis founded the Global Innovation Exchange, and has been lucky enough to see USAID invest in more than 1,000 social innovators and entrepreneurs, changing millions of lives around the world.

Andrew Lustig
Andrew Lustig

President/Founder

Dr. Andrew Lustig is a worldwide humanitarian Naturopathic Doctor/EMT/I and the President/Founder of Global Outreach Doctors.

He has provided medical care in hospitals, ambulances, local clinics, mud huts and even under trees around the globe. For the past ten years Andrew has worked in disaster and poverty conditions in remote regions of the world including Haiti, Africa, Nepal, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Lesvos (GR), Syria border (JO) and the Amazon Jungle.

He was a member of the Disaster Medicine Assistance Team of NM. Andrew provided medical care for many years at annual large scale events including Bataan Death March (attended by 20,000 participants), Burningman (attended by 50,000 participants) and LovElution (attended by 10,000 participants).

As a humanitarian, Lustig has worked with solitary confinement, life sentence and death row inmates at the super max State Penitentiary of New Mexico.
He’s organized large scale events and raised substantial funds for his dear friends, the Maasai people of Kenya to build schools and provide food. Lustig and has given speeches and appeared in print, radio and television.

For two decades in Andrew’s prior life chapter, he was an owner/CEO of a diversified media corporation with 1000 associates in NYC and locations across the country. He lives in Venice, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Daniela Giardina
Daniela Giardina

Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Advisor

Daniela Giardina is Oxfam’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Advisor with specific focus on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, activities based in Boston. She has over ten years of experience working in the water, environment and sanitation sector with non-governmental organizations in East and West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Central Asia in humanitarian relief and in recovery/development programs. This work has included technical assessments, project design and proposals writing, project management and coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building of local partners among other tasks. In 2015 she was involved in the Ebola prevention and preparedness program in West Africa and in 2016 in the new displacement in Northern Darfur. She holds a PhD in Sanitary Engineering and Sustainable Development and Master Degree in Engineering for the Environment and the Territory.

David Hartshorn
David Hartshorn

CEO

David Hartshorn has more than 25 years of experience in the communications industry. He serves as CEO of Geeks Without Frontiers, a non-profit technology-neutral organization that applies financially sustainable innovation to solve connectivity challenges worldwide. Mr. Hartshorn leads the organization as it catalyzes public and private sector initiatives to bridge the “Digital Divide” and reach the UN “Sustainable Goals”

Dina Simon
Dina Simon

Chief Executive Officer

Dina Simon was appointed CEO of the USVI Hurricane Recovery & Resilience Task Force by the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands in November 2017, responsible for leading the initiative to produce a comprehensive report on the impact and recommendations for effective USVI recovery and resilience after the two 2017 category 5 hurricanes, Irma and Maria.

Prior to the 2017 hurricanes, Ms. Simon served as Senior Advisor to Governor Kenneth E. Mapp, providing him strategic counsel, helping to lead special projects in the areas of philanthropy, and strategic public-private partnerships and serving as the Governor’s liaison between cabinet members, special interest groups, elected officials and stakeholders.

Elizabeth Ashbourne
Elizabeth Ashbourne

Executive Director

As Executive Director of PQMD, Elizabeth (EJ) Ashbourne is responsible for furthering PQMD’s commitment to championing and advancing standards in medical supply and service donations by developing the vision, strategy, and execution of the organizations five pillars of work.

Prior to joining PQMD, EJ was most recently the Managing Partner for EJA Consulting, a small private firm specializing in strategic planning, fundraising, international development and joint venture support, mission driven event management, and all aspects of non-profit turn-around. Prior to that, EJ spent 17 years at the World Bank in a number of senior level positions, in the areas of private sector partnerships, global public health, infectious disease, and health management information systems.

Goulda Downer
Goulda Downer

Associate Professor

Goulda A. Downer, PhD, FAND, CNS, LN, RD is an Associate Professor in the College of Medicine at Howard University. Currently, at the helm of the Howard University Telehealth Training Center (HU-TTC) she is tasked developing and managing a national eLearning technology training program. The Center is designed to help strengthen the U.S. HIV clinical workforce and to provide culturally competent clinical care within racial and ethnic minority communities and thus reduce HIV disparity. She builds on two previous successful federally funded multi-million dollar National Centers which she designed, implemented and directed with consortium of national partners.

Dr. Downer has conducted joint venture with Boston University’s Healthcare Emergency Management Program to develop and conduct a “hybrid” exercise for the Uniformed Health Services Medical School. She has also supported efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in their training workshop program to integrate Emergency Management into Higher Education Minority Serving Institutions.

Mahnaz M. Harrison
Mahnaz M. Harrison

President CEO and Co-founder

Mahnaz M. Harrison, President, CEO and Co-founder of Last Mile4D, is a seasoned health executive that designs innovative community-centric health, education and economic empowerment solutions using mobile solar technologies and ICT. She has worked in international development projects in Georgia (Fulbright Scholarship), Uganda, Ethiopia, and Kenya among other locations.  Her many years of experience includes managing or advising officials, non-profit and profit organizations and boards on business strategy, organizational alignment and strategic change. She has led the process and guided the clients to strategic action, and performed management skills training for top tier management. She is a seasoned health executive with a broad range of work in health management, health system strengthening, health policy development, women’s health and women in health, gender-based and domestic violence, project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She has devised innovative health care programs, collaborating with many stakeholders to successfully move these projects from the pilot phase into full implementation. Her health management and familiarity with the political economy of the Caucasus led to her having been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Republic of Georgia, where she worked with governmental and nongovernmental Georgian stakeholders to draft a Comprehensive Cancer Control Policy. She co-edited the Country’s Non Communicable Disease (NCD) Policy. She also has worked with the Georgian National Museum, an umbrella organization managing 12 museums and three research institutes to assess their competency areas critical to change management and transition from Soviet era operation to modern management. In addition, Mahnaz sits on the board of World Pulse among other international and national boards.  She has consulted with the World Bank.  She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advance International Studies/SAIS.

Marko Szilveszter Macskovich
Marko Szilveszter Macskovich

Innovation Officer

Dr. Marko Szilveszter Macskovich is presently an Innovation Officer at the Global Protection Cluster, hoster by the the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He works with the Cluster to capture the phenomenon of innovation in a variety of manifestations and to harness its benefits in protection mandate delivery on a global scale.

After finishing his dr.jur. (MA) law degree at Szeged University Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, he has been engaged with the Hungarian Government in various capacities, e.g. in the field of international relations, migration management, as well as immigration.

He further pursued his studies at Osaka University, Osaka School of International Public Policy, obtaining an MA with a research direction on UN peacekeeping operations followed by a Ph.D. on the subject of technology-based humanitarian innovations, in particular, in refugee protection.

While working with the United Nations (UN OCHA, UNHCR), he has held assignments in Japan, Kenya, Thailand, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Switzerland.

He maintains a dedicated research engagement in emerging technologies’ application in humanitarian contexts, including considerations on identity, privacy with focus on in/exclusion and the driving powers.

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