2017 Global Development Career Day

November 3, 2017 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
OpenGrounds/Center for Global Health on the UVA Corner
2017 GDCD

Friday, November 3rd 2017 10:00 am EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

Open Grounds and CGH on the UVA Corner Open Grounds 1400 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA, 1400 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA




9:30-10am: Registration

10-11:15am: Breaking into the Field of Global Development Panel w/ Moderator • Akwasi Asante, Booz Allen Hamilton and Citizens Initiative • Leah Azeze, Chemonics International • Bailey Morton, USAID • Robin Uncapher, Global Communities • Moderator: Catarina Krizancic, Director of CORE, UVA International Studies Office

11:30am-1pm: Networking Lunch with Alumni

1-3:00pm: Simultaneous Afternoon Sessions | You’ll have the chance to sign-up that day for the following: • Rotational Small Group Mentoring Chats with Alumni/Employers** • Global Development Hiring Landscape by Devex offered at 1pm and 2pm • Crafting Your Resume/CV for Global Development with the Career Center • Global Development Resource Fair w/ University Partners

Global Development Resource Fair Attendees: Peace Corps, Global Development Organization, Global Studies Majors, Office of Global Internships, Social Entrepreneurship @ UVA, Center for Global Health, Clinton Global Initiative University, Culture Orientation Reflection and Engagement (CORE), International Studies Office - Education Abroad, University Internship Program, National Scholarships and Fellowships, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Alumni/Friends of UVA Participating in the Networking Lunch and Small Group Mentoring Chats:

Akwasi Asante | Senior Consultant/Founder | Booz Allen Hamilton/Citizens Initiative Akwasi Asante is a Senior Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, a global management consulting firm. Concentrating in Enterprise Architecture, Akwasi works with government organizations to evaluate legacy systems, identify problems, and apply a model-based architecture approach to develop modifications for existing systems. Akwasi is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of Citizens Initiative, a non-profit social impact incubator that equips young African students with the right knowledge, skills, and habits to tackle community problems through projects. Since the launch of Citizens Initiative in 2015, the organization has been able to conduct their annual Citizens Initiative Program in 3 cities, graduate 40 fellows, fund over 10 community-based projects, and host 3 leadership conferences in Africa. Akwasi graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Education (Sports Medicine concentration) from the Curry School.

Leah Azeze | Project Manager | Chemonics International Leah Azeze graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with a B.A. in Global Development Studies, a B.A. in African-American and African Studies, and a minor in French. She currently works at Chemonics International in Washington, D.C., the largest U.S. Agency for International Development implementing partner. She currently has a split portfolio at Chemonics, both operational and technical as a Project Manager in the East and Southern Africa Region of Chemonics International. On one hand, she oversees field offices in East Africa (South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) from a contractual, administrative, and financial perspective for the worldwide Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) project - a leading provider of early warning and analysis on acute food insecurity. Created in 1985 by the USAID after devastating famines in East and West Africa, FEWS NET provides objective, evidence-based analysis to help government decision-makers and relief agencies plan for and respond to humanitarian crises. On the other hand, she is a Coordinator on the FEWS NET Markets and Trade team, which conducts regular analysis of markets and trade, monitors local staple food prices and regional trade flows, as well as macroeconomic drivers. In this role, she undertakes various technical activities, including research and literature reviews to inform upcoming reports and publications, planning for market assessments and trainings, preparing technical materials, onboarding personnel, and arranging field-level logistics.

Bailey Morton | Program Analyst | USAID Bailey Morton is a Double Hoo (CLAS '09 and Batten '14). She got her start in international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan, where she focused on gender and education. After earning her Master of Public Policy at Batten, she began consulting at the Department of State, first on refugee and IDP affairs in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and later on a Department-wide project to integrate gender into decision making. She is now an analyst at USAID's Bureau for Food Security, where she works on agriculture programs related to private sector engagement and inclusive markets. She has field experience in Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Mexico, and Turkey, and speaks Azerbaijani, Spanish, and a little Turkish. In her free time, she enjoys working out, trying to keep her vegetable garden alive, and playing D&D.

Robin Uncapher | Senior Manager, International Talent Management | Global Communities Robin Nixon Uncapher is Senior Manager, International Talent Management for Global Communities (formerly CHF International) an international development NGO based in Silver Spring, MD. As a member of Global Communities’ International Operations division, Robin manages recruitment for USAID and other donor funded proposals and programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caucasus, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Technical areas include Economic Development, Financial Inclusion, Governance and Urban Management, Humanitarian Assistance, Food Security and Agriculture, Global Health, Civil Society and Capacity Development, Infrastructure and Construction, Working with Women and Youth, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH.) With over twenty-five years of international experience, Robin has traveled extensively and worked with business operations in Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East and the United States. She holds a B.A. in History from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Derek Brown | Secretary & Co-Director | Peace Appeal Foundation Derek Brown serves as Co-Director of the Peace Appeal Foundation. Since joining the Peace Appeal Foundation in 2005, his work has focused on supporting multi-stakeholder institutions and dialogue processes in South and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. In 2015-2016, he was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. where his research focused on studying the institutional structures that support national dialogue processes. Prior to joining the Peace Appeal Foundation, he served as Vice President and Associate Chair of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a global institution investing in leading social entrepreneurs. Derek holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a BA in History from Yale College. (Only available 2-2:45pm)

Dr. Rebecca Dillingham | Director/Associate Professor of Medicine | Center for Global Health/Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health Rebecca Dillingham, MD/MPH, is the Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Global Health. Dr. Dillingham holds faculty positions in the Division of Infectious Disease and International Health and in Public Health Sciences. She has led the development of global health training across UVa’s campus as the director of the UVa Framework Program in Global Health, which is supported by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institute of Health. Dr. Dillingham received her B.A. from Harvard/Radcliffe College and then traveled to the Ivory Coast where she worked on HIV prevention for two years prior to entering medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She served as a resident and chief resident in Internal Medicine and as a fellow in infectious diseases in the UVa Health System. Dr. Dillingham has been awarded numerous teaching awards in recognition of her skill as an educator as well as her humanistic approach to medicine. Dr. Dillingham’s major clinical activity is the care of adult patients infected with HIV. Her major funded research projects include the use of cell phone-based technology to help vulnerable populations improve adherence to medications used to treat HIV and the evaluation of the impact of changes in water and sanitation on the incidence of water-borne disease. This research takes place in Haiti, rural Virginia, and South Africa.

Brian Hannon | CEO & Partner | Millennium Partners Mr. Hannon is the Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Partners Consulting, LLC (“Millennium Partners” ( a woman owned international consulting firm. Dr. Esther W. Hannon is the Chairman and majority owner of Millennium Partners. Millennium Partners provides advice and technical assistance on democracy and governance and economic growth among other areas. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Millennium DPI Partners ( a special purpose vehicle company to manage the USAID rule of Law IQC contract. Millennium DPI is majority owned by Millennium Partners and currently has three rule of law task order contracts in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Sri Lanka totaling over $22 million. Mr. Hannon has over 25 years of international experience and has developed and managed over $300 million in fully funded USAID and other donor funded projects including numerous and complex IQC contracts. He is also the President of Hannon International since 1995 that has supported numerous clients and successful ventures and co-authored a chapter on economic growth in Foreign Aid and the National Interest for the former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios with Dr. Hannon and Yung Whee Rhee. Prior to 1995 he led the start-up of Booz Allen and Hamilton’s USAID business. There he managed large USAID privatization and economic reform programs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Previously, Mr. Hannon served at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he directed the Center for International Enterprise (CIPE) program for Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union that was funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and USAID. Earlier in his career he served in the US Government for the USAID Administrator, Alan Woods co-authoring Development and the National Interest and also at the U.S. Department of Commerce as a trade negotiator and at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Rachel Henderson | Manager, Executive Affairs | Smart Electric Power Alliance Rachel Henderson joined the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) in 2016 as Manager of Executive Affairs. SEPA is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing the electric power sector’s transition to a clean energy future through education, research, standards, and collaboration. In her role at SEPA, she supports the Board of Directors and Utility Executive Exchange Forum, an executive-level group that provides opportunities for utilities to engage with their peers on the topics of distributed energy resources and the evolving utility business model. Prior to joining SEPA, she worked for CSRA supporting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as Lead of the Program Management Office for a large IT contract. Rachel served as a Spring 2017 Fellow in the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) in Washington, D.C. CELI is a leadership development organization dedicated to building a diverse community of professionals to advance innovative clean energy solutions. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Global Development with a concentration in Public Health from the University of Virginia. While at UVA, she conducted community-based research in Cape Town, South Africa and was a founding member of COHL, a JPC-funded public health project in Williamson, WV.

Ajay Kalotra | CEO | International Business and Technical Consultants Inc. (IBTCI) Mr. Ajay S. Kalotra, IBTCI’s Chief Executive Officer, leads the company’s portfolio of international development projects within: Agriculture and Food Security (AFS), Conflict, Crisis and Governance (CCG), Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) and Global Health (GH) Practices. IBTCI provides monitoring, evaluation, learning, knowledge management, communication, capacity building, implementation and training services to clients globally (300 projects in over a 100 countries). In addition to his corporate role, Ajay serves as a Project Director and Quality Control Officer on a myriad of programs. Most notably, Ajay served as the Project Director of the qualitative evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the USAID/Iraq Community Stabilization Program (CSP) as a non-lethal tool for counterinsurgency (COIN). Prior to joining IBTCI, he served as Head of the U.S. Office of a boutique financial research firm with primary operations in U.S., U.K., and Singapore, where he managed acquired companies’ integration into the worldwide group of companies. He managed the delivery of foreign exchange, fixed income and equities research through intranet, internet and mobile platforms. Ajay holds an MBA from Cambridge University, U.K., and a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Gracie Rosenbach | Senior Research Assistant | International Food Policy Research Institute Gracie Rosenbach graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and minoring in French. She then continued for an additional year at UVA to obtain her Master of Public Policy in 2016. While studying at UVA, she consulted for USAID's Africa Bureau and Water Office, as well as for two USAID implementing partners and an education research organization. Gracie recently returned from a year in Kampala, Uganda where she completed a Princeton in Africa Fellowship as a Sustainability Fellow working in Corporate Social Responsibility for Olam International's East Africa supply chains. Currently she is a Senior Research Assistant at the International Food Policy Research Institute, in the Development Strategy and Governance Division.

Todd Shelton | Vice President for U.S. Government Relations | World Wildlife Fund Before coming to World Wildlife Fund as Vice President for U.S. Government Relations, Todd Shelton was Senior Director of Public Policy and External Relations at InterAction where he directed government relations and budget and policy advocacy for the network’s 187-member NGOs from 2005 to 2011. Prior to joining InterAction, Todd served as lead government relations representative for the Sheridan Group focused on its international development portfolio from 2002-2005. He was Congressional Liaison Officer for USAID from 1998 to 2002, as well as Deputy Research Director for Policy and Public Affairs from 1996-1998 for Mathis & Associates. Todd also worked as Deputy to the Chief of Staff in the Office of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) from 1990 to 1994. He has been VP, US Government Relations, WWF from 2011 to present. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in American Government and a Certificate in Public Policy. (Only available 1-2:30pm)

Anna Sullivan | Return Volunteer and UVA Rep | Peace Corps Anna Sullivan worked for the Peace Corps in Bolivia as a Water and Sanitation Volunteer. Collaborating with community agencies and women's groups, she helped establish programs to ensure safe drinking water and improve community and environmental health for their town of 6,000 people. Anna has additional experience in program management with several area nonprofits and schools, and she holds an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the Curry School of Education. She is passionate about helping people shape and pursue their goals, and Anna currently works with UVA’s Career Center supporting students as they take on new challenges in pursuit of their professional and personal development.

Edel Tessema | Associate, Supply Chain Solutions | Chemonics International Edel Tessema is a young international development professional with educational and practical exposure to data collection and knowledge sharing in bilateral donor funded international development projects. She completed her B.A. in Global Development Studies from the UVA, and currently serves as an Associate within Chemonics International’s Supply Chain Solutions division. In this capacity, Edel carries out industry outreach, research, and internal capacity building for staff through trainings and knowledge sharing. The division oversees the implementation of supply chain technical assistance and commodity delivery in over 53 countries around the world. Her thesis at UVA was on donor techniques for determining program success through data collection.

Marta Woldu | Former Project Coordinator | Grassroots Environmental Group Marta Woldu is a 2015 graduate of UVA’s Global Development Studies (GDS) and Environmental Science programs. Under her GDS program, she had the opportunity and benefit to learn from and collaborate with international staff and members from the Promoting Local Innovation (PROLINNOVA) network, aimed at promoting the role of smallholder farmers in rural development. She attended international partner workshops in Cambodia and Ethiopia, and contributed to reports on the country platforms’ implementation of participatory innovation development (PID). Her lessons abroad on participatory decision-making informed her work domestically. She interned with Virginia Organizing Project is Charlottesville for a summer and engaged in grassroots advocacy and fundraising efforts. In 2016 she worked as a Project Coordinator at Justice and Sustainability Associates, LLC, a conflict resolution consulting firm aimed at building more transparent, inclusive and consensus-driven land-use decisions. She helped to design and implement civic and stakeholder engagement processes for various community development and land-use issues including campus planning, city-level master plans, and sustainable supply chains. Interested in further pursuing a career that plans and builds more socially conscious and sustainably designed cities, Marta is currently applying to graduate programs for a master’s degree in Urban Planning.