Reflecting on Panorama’s First Year as an Action Tank

I was lucky to have the opportunity to see Hamilton in Seattle with my family last month, and I was blown away by much more than the incredible performance. What impressed me just as acutely was the fact that someone could read an 800-page biography of one of America’s founding fathers and come up with […]

A Pledge on International Women’s Day: Female Donors, Join Forces

Originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March  8, 2018. We are facing a pivotal moment in history where two major movements are aligned. The #MeToo groundswell is changing the way we talk about taboo subjects that long seemed immune to honest discussion and genuine change. At the same time, women in philanthropy are achieving […]

Is the International Development Community Ready for a Pandemic?

Is the international development community ready for a pandemic? This is the question posed to Gabrielle Fitzgerald, CEO Panorama, and to Nancy Lee, Global Policy Lead at Wellcome Trust, by Carine Umuhumuza the Associate Digital Director at Devex. Watch the full discussion in the following video taken at the #SDGLive booth at WEF Davos 2018.

It’s Not Rocket Science: Ten Guidelines to Successfully Work Across Sectors

We all nod in agreement when we hear someone say we need to collaborate more. But turning this aspiration into action isn’t as easy as it sounds. This is especially true if you’re trying to get people from different disciplines or sectors – who don’t think or operate in the same ways – to work […]

Turning Hardship to Strength – the Promise of Planetary Health

I have to be honest, working in global health and development can be depressing. Thinking of the magnitude of the global problems we face, combined with Western world shifts towards nationalism and populism, I can barely see a light at the end of the tunnel. When these moments of doubt hit, I remind myself that […]

Shuttle Diplomacy to Outsmart Epidemics

Airplanes are what first introduced me to the global reach and danger of epidemic diseases. So it seems only appropriate that airplanes also helped me do something to address this growing threat. Frequent work travel between the United States and Asia at the height of the 2003 SARS epidemic exposed me to the serious problem […]

Global Campaigns in the Clicktivist Era

We all know we live in a globally inter-connected world. Changes in technology have greatly changed our daily lives, and we can now quickly speak out on issues that used to be distant problems. The current example is the atrocious kidnapping of school girls in northern Nigeria which has fueled international Twitter trending of the #bringbackourgirls campaign.

Together We Can Get to Zero

While the fight against Ebola is yet to be won, Americans should be proud of the role we have played in the progress made to date. We live in a complex, globally interconnected world, where ideas and viruses can spread almost instantaneously. The world has seen devastating health crises in the past, such as the […]

The Islamic Development Bank: Transforming Global Health and Development Through Partnerships

I’m a big believer in the power of partnership. By acting together, we can do far more to improve people’s lives than by acting alone. We saw this at the Global Vaccines Summit in Abu Dhabi, where partners from around the world collectively pledged more than $4 billion to end polio forever. It was a […]

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