Exciting line-up of international speakers announced as countdown begins to Digital Summit

Exciting line-up of international speakers announced as countdown begins to Digital Summit

We are delighted to announce a growing list of international VIPs and experts who will be joining our first ever Digital Summit ‘Global Development Beyond COVID-19’ on 24th September. Check out the latest version of our programme now to see which sessions you might attend.

Hosted on an easy-to-use flexible digital platform that will allow delegates to chat with each other and participate in live interactive sessions, this summit is a great opportunity for organisations and individuals from across the development sector to network, share learnings, and explore the changing landscape of the sector and the challenges and opportunities it presents.  

Over the course of the day, we will be hosting a wide range of sessions on everything from humanitarian action and education to funding and safeguarding, with an array of speakers from across the globe.

At one of our interactive morning sessions focussing on why climate resilience in development projects matters in the era of COVID-19 and beyond, our expert panel will be separated by more than 5000 miles of land and sea!

WaterAid’s Country Director in Bangladesh, Hasin Jahan will join Malawian Dr Blessings Kachale, Programme Officer at the Scottish Government funded Climate Change Programme Malawi, along with our very own climate specialist Dr Simon Anderson from the International Institute for Environment and Development.

In the afternoon, at a fascinating session on effective public health communication, attendees can look forward to hearing from a range of experts from across the media Landscape, including the BBC, Devex, Evidence Aid and Internews.

To top off the day, delegates can put their questions to our VIP panel during our final plenary session which will look at the big picture globally and why our response to the Coronavirus here in scotland and elsewhere must put us back on track to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

Joining us all the way from Johannesburg, Civicus Secretary General Lysa John will offer a global perspective on why strong civil society voice is so important to build back better after COVID-19. John Carstensen, Climate Change Lead at leading global consultancy firm Mott MacDonald and Caroline Rance, Climate and Energy Campaigner at Friends of the Earth Scotland will also offer huge insight from their own work in the private sector and environmental campaigning respectively.

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International will complete the panel and offer insight into how COVID-19 is changing their approach as a global NGO. Ms Albrectsen is a renowned leader in development and gender equality, and previously served as the United Nations Assistant Secretary General and as deputy executive director for the United Nations Population Fund.

She has worked for over 25 years in international development, human rights, change management and diplomacy, and has been named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Equality 2019

We're really excited to hear from her and all our other special guests at this landmark digital summit!

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