Opening Speaker: C.D. Glin
PRESIDENT AND CEO, USADF
C.D. Glin is the President and CEO of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), a catalytic, grant making, local capacity development organization established by the U.S….
C.D. Glin is the President and CEO of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), a catalytic, grant making, local capacity development organization established by the U.S. Congress to support and invest in African designed and community-led programs, promote inclusive economic growth and create pathways to shared prosperity for underserved, marginalized, poor and vulnerable populations. Glin annually oversees approximately $115 million in philanthropic and social impact investments in more than 1200 civil society nonprofits, grassroots organization and small and medium-sized enterprises in 20 country offices in fragile states throughout Africaâ€™s Horn, Sahel and Great Lakes regions. He leads strategic, programmatic and financial operations to address some of the biggest humanitarian assistance, global development, and peace and security challenges e.g. food insecurity, energy poverty, and unemployment, particularly among women and youth. Additionally, Glin champions the Foundationâ€™s strategic partnerships and collaborations with non-profit, philanthropic, and private sector organizations, as well as academic institutions, foreign governments and Executive Branch agencies. Prior to leading USADF, from 2011-2016, Glin was based in Nairobi, Kenya and served as Associate Director with the Rockefeller Foundation. His responsibilities include shaping and scaling innovative solutions in promotion of the Foundationâ€™s dual goals of building resilience and promoting inclusive economies. Glin contributed to several initiatives including Harnessing the Power of Impact Investing, Climate-Smart Rural Development, Digital Jobs Africa, 100 Resilient Cities and led YieldWise, a $130 million effort to improve incomes and to create jobs for smallholder farmers by reducing post-harvest crop loss and promoting sustainable sourcing in African agriculture value chains. From 2009-2011, he was a White House appointee serving as the Peace Corpsâ€™ first Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Global Partnerships. Glin established the Office of Strategic Partnerships, directed inter-agency stakeholder engagements, thought leadership initiatives and internal and external communications, as well asÂ relationship management efforts to maximize the Peace Corps’ $400 million budget, 79 countries and 9,000 volunteer’s contribution to U.S. Foreign Assistance priorities and presidential initiatives e.g. Feed the Future, Power Africa, and the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Previously, as Vice President for Business Development with PYXERA Global, a global non-profit with the mission to reinvent how public, private, and social interests engage to solve global challenges, Glin established local content, skill-based volunteering, business advisory, employee engagement and corporate social responsibility programs for Fortune 100 companies throughout Africa, Central Asia, Europe and the Americas. Earlier in his career he consulted for the State Department, USAID and the World Bank Groupâ€™s International Finance Corporation while living in Ghana and Northern Nigeria. Glin served as a volunteer in the first Peace Corps South Africa group, during the Presidency of Nelson Mandela. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University; a Masterâ€™s level post-graduate diploma in Strategy and Innovation from University of Oxfordâ€™s Said Business School and completed the Venture Capital Executive Program at UC Berkeley. Glin is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Directors of Root Capital, a non-profit social investment fund operating in poor rural areas of Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. He is a past member of World Economic Forumâ€™s Transformation Leaders Network and past participant in the Aspen Executive Seminar on Leadership, Values, and the Good Society. In 2011, Glin was designated by the White House as a â€œChampion of Changeâ€ for his commitment and contributions to international service and civic participation.