1Global Pandemics & Global Development: Impacts, Implications & Models with Andrew Natsios

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

What are impacts and implications of global pandemics on global development? What are models that global development organizations may pursue to address global pandemics?

Please join us for a virtual webinar with special guest Andrew Natsio as he discusses key topics at the intersection of global pandemics and global development including:

- Implications and impacts of COVID-19 and similar pandemics on global development
- Strategic and operational lessons from past pandemics experienced by global development organizations
- Response preparations from global development stakeholders (e.g., government donor agencies, NGOs, corporates, foundations)
- Structural models for addressing pandemics by individual organizations, cross-sector collaborations, and ecosystem approaches


Speaker: Andrew Natsios

Andrew S. Natsios is an executive professor at the Bush School and director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs. Mr. Natsios was most recently a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and former administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). As USAID administrator from 2001-2006, Mr. Natsios managed reconstruction programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan. He also served as US special envoy to Sudan in 2006-2007. Retired from the US Army Reserves at the rank of lieutenant colonel after twenty-three years, Mr. Natsios is a veteran of the Gulf War. From 1993 to 1998, he was vice president of World Vision US, the largest faith-based nongovernmental organization in the world, with programs in 103 countries. Earlier in his career, Mr. Natsios served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for twelve years and as the chief financial and administrative officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He also served as the CEO of Boston's Big Dig, the largest construction project in American history, after a cost overrun scandal.

Mr. Natsios is the author of three books: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1997); The Great North Korean Famine (2001); and his latest book, Sudan, South Sudan and Darfur: What Everyone Needs to Know, published in 2012 by Oxford University Press. He has contributed to thirteen other books. He has published numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, the New York TimesWashington PostWashington QuarterlyForeign Service Journal, and Wall Street Journal.

He received an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and holds a B.A. from Georgetown University. 

Host: Harvard Alumni for Global Development

The Harvard Alumni for Global Development (HAGD) aims to be a collaborative platform for Harvard alumni who work actively with emerging markets and developing countries. HAGD’s vision is to connect Harvard alumni across schools, disciplines, and professions to share field expertise, research, and ideas in order to encourage global engagement and cross-sector partnerships. For further information about HAGD, please contact harvardalumniglobaldevelopment@gmail.com.

Please click here to view the webinar recording!


11:00AM - 12:00PM Tue 21 Apr 2020, Eastern timezone