Opening Remarks, Welcoming Remarks, Opening Keynote, and Plenary Panel
8:45 AM—Opening Remarks
Daniel F. Runde, William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, Director of the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, CSIS
9:00 AM—Welcoming Remarks
Dr. John Hamre, President & CEO, CSIS
9:15 AM—Opening Keynote Speech
Senator Christopher Coons, U.S. Senator from Delaware
9:45 AM—Plenary Panel: Getting from Billions to Trillions
Nadia Schadlow, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor
Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Zamira Kanapyanova, Chevron
Laura Frigenti, Director of the Italian Agency for International Cooperation (AICS)
Donna Sims Wilson, President of Smith, Graham & Co Investment Advisors; Chair-Elect of NASP
Moderator: Daniel Runde, William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, Director of the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development, CSIS
Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE)
Getting from Billions to Trillions (9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)
Christopher Coons is a U.S. Senator representing the state of Delaware. He is a member of the Senate Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics Committees. He is also the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.
He has emerged as a strong voice in Congress fighting for deficit reduction, progressive social justice, and forward-looking foreign policy. The Bipartisan Policy Center recognized Senator Coons for his commitment to working across the aisle and awarded him its Legislative Action Award. Senator Coons and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) founded the Senate Competitiveness Caucus to support policies that promote U.S. innovation and competitiveness in the global economy. Along with Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), Senator Coons founded and leads the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus. He’s also the cofounder of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, which he leads with Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC).
In May 2016, President Barack Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act, a bill that Senator Coons introduced with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to provide federal legal protections for trade secrets of U.S. companies. Senator Coons serves on the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy. He is focused on building partnerships throughout Africa and ensuring that health programs, food aid, economic development, and security assistance effectively reach those who need it most and has supported the passage of the Electrify Africa Act, the Global Food Security Act, and the Foreign Assistance Transparency and Accountability Act. Senator Coons’ election to the Senate in 2010 capped a decade of service in New Castle County government. He has previously served as the New Castle County Council president and as the New Castle County executive.
Senator Coons graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in chemistry and political science and earned his law degree from Yale Law School and a master’s degree in ethics from Yale Divinity School. He also holds two honorary degrees, a doctorate in public administration from Goldey-Beacom College, and an honorary law degree from Widener University Delaware Law School. Senator Coons grew up attending Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church and was an ordained elder with West Presbyterian Church.
For many years, international development focused on increasing the amount of foreign aid to help solve global challenges. With only a few hundred billion dollars of money available as foreign aid, there is a need to rethink how it can be leveraged to mobilize domestic resources of developing countries and private capital available globally to pay for the trillions of dollars of investments needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr. Nadia Schadlow
Dr. Nadia Schadlow is an Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy on the National Security Council (NSC). In February 2017, Dr. Schadlow was appointed as the lead drafter for the National Security Strategy by LTG H.R. McMaster, National Security Advisor. Prior to joining the NSC, Dr. Schadlow was a Senior Program Officer in the International Security and Foreign Policy Program of the Smith Richardson Foundation. The Foundation operates one of the country's largest grant programs on national security and foreign policy issues. She played a central role there identifying strategic issues which warrant further attention from the U.S. policy community and managed and developed programs and projects related to these issues.
She has written on national security matters and her articles have appeared in Parameters, The American Interest, The Wall Street Journal, Armed Forces Journal, War on the Rocks, and several edited volumes. Her book, War and the Art of Governance: Consolidating Combat Success into Political Victory, (Georgetown University Press, 2017) examines fifteen cases of the U.S. Army's experiences with political and economic reconstruction in wartime.
Dr. Schadlow has been a guest lecturer at the United States Military Academy; served on the Defense Policy Board from September 2006 to June 2009; is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and served as an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. Dr. Schadlow received a B.A. degree in Government and Soviet Studies from Cornell University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the John Hopkins SAIS.
Tørnæs served as Minister for Education in the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I (2001–2005) and as Minister for Development Cooperation in the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen II from 18 February 2005. From 2007, she was a member of the World Bank Group’s High Level Advisory Council on Women's Economic Empowerment, which was chaired by Danny Leipziger and Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul. She was also a member of the Prime Minister’s Commission on Effective Development Cooperation with Africa which held meetings between April and October 2008. From 2010 until 2016, Tørnæs was a member of the management committee of the Danish Liberal Democracy Programme (DLDP). She also served as Minister for Science, Technology, Information and Higher Education in the Lars Løkke Rasmussen II Cabinet of Denmark from February 2016 to November 2016.
Zamira Kanapyanova is general manager of Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA), for Chevron Europe, Eurasia, and Middle East Exploration and Production (CEEMEEP), based in London. She has held this position since 2011 and is responsible for Chevron’s PGPA activities across one of the most productive and longest-established energy basins in the world. The CEEMEEP operating company supports three Chevron business units and activities across 12 countries.Previously Kanapyanova served as Chevron country manager for Kazakhstan based in Almaty, from 2007 to 2011. In this capacity, she was responsible for managing a wide range of activities including PGPA, business development and business services. In 2005 Kanapyanova assumed the position of PGPA manager for Chevron’s Eurasia Business Unit, also based in Almaty. Prior to joining Chevron, Kanapyanova was a teacher at the Almaty Institute of Foreign Languages, before becoming a project management specialist for USAID’s Regional Mission for Central Asia in Almaty. She graduated from Almaty Institute of Foreign Languages in 1989 and received her master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands, in 2000.
Laura Frigenti was chosen as Director of the new Italian Agency for Development Cooperation under the administration of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. She stepped down in March of 2018, and has since joined KPMG. Ms. Frigenti previously spent nearly 20 years at the World Bank, which she joined in 1994 and where she progressed to increasingly senior positions: lead specialist for social protection for Africa (2000-2001); country programme coordinator for Turkey (2001-2002); sector manager for human development for Africa (2002-2007); country programme director for the central-American countries (2008-2010); director of strategy and operations director for Latin America and the Caribbean (2010-2012) and for Africa (2012); and chief of staff and director of the President’s office (2012-2013).
Donna Sims Wilson
Donna Sims Wilson is the President of Smith Graham & Co. Investment Advisors, L.P., a $6 billion investment management firm in its 28th year of operations. Mrs. Wilson is responsible for Business Development, Marketing and Client Relations. She also works in conjunction with the Chairman and CEO on new product development and short and long-term strategies for the firm. She serves on the firm's Executive Committee, Investment Policy Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors.
Mrs. Wilson has 30 years of financial services experience, including formerly serving as Executive Vice President of CastleOak Securities, L.P. a leading New York-based boutique investment bank, where she also served on the Management Committee of the firm. Previously, she was President of M.R. Beal & Company and was a Founder and Managing Director of Loop Capital Markets. Mrs. Wilson was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she sold mortgage-backed securities and started her career as an analyst in corporate finance at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb.
Mrs. Wilson currently serves as Chair of the Board of the National Association of Securities Professionals, a trade organization of minorities and women who work on Wall Street. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and the United Way of Houston. She is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Mrs. Wilson is a Past Chair of the Board of the Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the John G. Shedd Aquarium, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the CFA Society of Chicago.