New Partnerships, Technology and the Future of International Development

On January 12, Asia Society Northern California hosted Dana J. Hyde, Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation; Karen Little, Director of Development, Kiva; and Birger Stamperdahl, President and CEO of Give2Asia. The speakers focused on the future of development in Asia, the rise of public-private partnerships, and the role of technology in international development. Ms. Hyde emphasized the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s focus on country governance, while Ms. Little and Mr. Stamperdahl noted the transition of certain countries (like China) from recipients of aid to donors. A complete video of this event will be available on this page shortly.

More about the speakers:
Dana J. Hyde was nominated by President Obama to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in May 2014. As CEO, Ms. Hyde oversees a portfolio of roughly $4 billion in economic assistance programs aimed at reducing poverty, spurring growth, and advancing America’s interests around the globe. Ms. Hyde brings more than 20 years of experience in law and public policy.

Karen Little thrives at building authentic connections. Educated in international relations and human development, Karen has spent the past 12+ years as a bridge-builder between the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As the Director of Development at global microfinance non-profit Kiva, Ms. Little cultivates and expands strategic partnerships in the US and across Asia with a portfolio of corporate and foundation partners.

Birger Stamperdahl has been part of the Give2Asia team since 2006, applying his experience in nonprofit development and partnership building to expand Give2Asia’s work. From his years of experience serving donors, clients and project partners, he has developed a passion for the diverse and ever-changing landscape of nonprofits and social ventures in the Asia-Pacific region. He has 15 years of experience in for-profit and nonprofit business management.

Watch the entire video below. (1 hr., 20 min.)