Keynote Speakers

Allen Hammond

Allen Hammond

Serial Entrepreneur
Allen Hammond is a serial entrepreneur (6 start-ups), an expert in market-based solutions to poverty, and a global leader in base of the pyramid (BOP) business strategies. He is also a member of the Leadership Group at Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs, and is also co-founder and VP for Strategy of Healthpoint Services, a global social enterprise implementing a disruptive model for delivering high-quality, affordable healthcare and safe drinking water to low-income rural communities in emerging markets. The company currently operates in India.

Dr. Hammond is also the principal author of The Next 4 Billion, a landmark study of BOP markets and has published extensively in the scientific, policy research, and business literature, including articles in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Harvard Business Review, and Innovations. He has served as a consultant to the White House science office, to several U.S. federal agencies, to the United Nations, to a number of major corporations, and to several private foundations. He holds degrees from Stanford and Harvard Universities in engineering and applied mathematics.

Patrick Apoya

Patrick Apoya

Director of the Africa Sanitation Think Tank, an Initiative of the Pan African Inter Governmental Organization, Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA)
Patrick Apoya is currently the Director of the Africa Sanitation Think Tank, an Initiative of the Pan African Inter Governmental Organization, Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA). Patrick Apoya has over 18 years of experience in Development Work, specializing in Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. He has experience managing community based programs at the Grassroots level in Ghana, as well as coordinating civil society Policy advocacy efforts at the National and international levels. He has served as Board member of Pan African and Global Civil Society Networks, and an Advisory member of the Fresh Water Action Network (Global). He is the immediate past Executive Secretary of the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation.

Chris Holmes

Chris Holmes

Global Water Coordinator, US Agency for International Development, Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade Bureau
Christian Holmes serves as the USAID Global Water Coordinator. He is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the USAID global water and development strategy. He has held senior positions in the public and private sector concentrating on international economic development, humanitarian assistance and environmental protection. These include serving as the third ranking official at the US Environmental Protection Agency , Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Administrator;; Director, US Trade and Development Agency; Acting Director, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Refugee Programs; and Vice President, Environment Safety and Health, Tenneco Energy. He served in the US Army, Second Lieutenant, Civil Affairs, receiving the US Army Soldiers Medal. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, Connecticut, B.A.

Dr. Fred Muhumuza

Dr. Fred Muhumuza

Economic Advisor to Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development, Uganda
Fred K. Muhumuza holds a PhD in Development Economist from the University of Manchester (UK), having graduated with a BSc (Economics) and MA (Economic Policy and Planning) from Makerere University.

In the last seventeen years, he has taught economics, business and development studies in a number Universities in Uganda including Makerere University, Nkumba University, African Bible University, and was short-term visiting Lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Since 1999, he has worked at the Economic Policy Research Centre – Makerere University, and is currently an Economic Advisor to the Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development – a position he has held since 2006.

Muhumuza is endowed with vast experience in the areas of development policy research, analysis and formulation. He has carried out considerable analysis of various aspects of the macroeconomics and socio economic development policies and outcomes in Uganda leading to publications and public discussions on the subject.

Muhumuza has contributed as a resource person to both the Poverty Eradication Action Plan and the National Development Plan for Uganda. He has been involved in a number of commissioned studies, including: The Institutional Impact of a Livelihoods Approach to development; Effects of Changing Modalities of Budget Support in Developing countries, Microfinance, Agricultural development policies, Social Sectors (Education and Health) and the Role of Elites in Poverty Reduction.

Given his knowledge of public sector policies and processes, Muhumuza has participated in capacity building programs for Parliament, Civil Society, Media and the Private Sector. He continues to be one of the major resource persons in macroeconomic policy, budgetary and institutional analysis in Uganda.

Dr. Muhumuza has been a Board Chair for World Vision Uganda since October 2011, Board Member for LAP Textiles (2008 — to-date), and Board Member for Bank of India (Uganda) from 2012.

Jan Willem Rosenboom

Jan Willem Rosenboom

Senior Project Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Jan Willem Rosenboom is a Senior Program Officer in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Seattle. Jan Willem manages a substantial grant portfolio combining sanitation investments (creating demand, improving delivery models) and water supply investments (increasing sustainability, improving quality). He has over twenty five years overseas experience in international development, predominantly in the field of water supply and sanitation. Prior to joining the foundation in December of 2010, Jan Willem managed the World Bank Water and Sanitation Program in Cambodia, worked on arsenic mitigation with UNICEF in Bangladesh and ran a consulting practice in Cambodia. Early on in his career Jan Willem worked in Kenya and Sierra Leone as a resident engineer for WaterAid UK. He has particular interest in sustainability, sanitation marketing and drinking water safety and has published several papers on those subjects.

Dr. Tessie San Martin

Dr. Tessie San Martin

President and CEO, Plan International USA
Tessie San Martin, Ph.D., joined Plan International USA as President/CEO on October 4, 2010. PlanInternational USA is part of a global federation that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children. Plan develops solutions community by community to ensure long-term sustainability.

Dr. San Martin is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of experience helping to address gaps in education, economic growth, capacity-building, corporate governance, political reform, and labor policy globally. Her work has taken her to Egypt, India, Mexico, Bosnia, and Indonesia, among other countries, where professional initiatives have involved supporting disenfranchised populations, a significant number of which are women and young girls.

Dr. San Martin holds a Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University, a Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her career includes work in public and private sectors, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, and academia–as well as a wide variety of international development roles.

Prior to joining Plan International USA, Dr. San Martin served as Vice President for International Development at Abt Associates as well as the Director for the Operations Group of the World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). Before joining MIGA, She was a Partner in IBM Consulting Services and an adjunct professor at Florida International University in Miami.