Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 08:00
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USAID LASER PULSE Research for Development Learning Summit

View the Agenda here and Speaker hereTo register, click herePlease note, space for in-person attendance is limited, so please register at your earliest convenience.  

This Summit is hosted by LASER PULSE (Long-term Assistance and SErvices for Research, Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine), a $70M program funded through USAID’s Innovation, Technology, and Research (ITR) Hub. LASER PULSE is a consortium led by Purdue University, with core partners Catholic Relief Services, Indiana University, Makerere University and the University of Notre Dame and implements 40+ projects in 20 countries through a growing network of 3,400+ researchers and development practitioners in 77 countries.

LASER PULSE operates with an objective to enhance the generation and use of Higher Education Institution (HEI)-based research for decision making in global development. This Summit aims to bring together representatives from USAID Missions, Bureaus and Independent Offices (M/B/IOs), the LASER PULSE consortium, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) , NGOs, private sector and donors, to share LASER PULSE’s experience of utilizing academic rigor to produce solutions for development challenges alongside 26+ USAID M/B/IOs.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub, USAID. 

In-person Location: 

Ballroom at Armour J. Blackburn University Center, Howard University 

2397 6th St NW

Washington, D.C. 

Virtual Location: Virtual via Zoom

To register, click here

View the Agenda here and Speakers here

This event is sponsored by LASER PULSE and supported by organizations in the LASER PULSE consortium. 

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Director of Global Grants, Catholic Relief Services
Senior Private Sector Engagement Advisor, USAID
Director Operations and Director Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab at the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), Makerere University, College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Director of International Programs in Agriculture, Associate Dean of College of Agriculture, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
Research Project Manager, LASER PULSE, Purdue University
Technical Director, LASER PULSE, Purdue University
Academic Director, LASER PULSE & Professor, School of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
Vice President, Research and Economic Development, Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University
Indiana University Consortium Lead, LASER PULSE & Associate Vice President for International Research and Development, & Director, Office of International Development, Indiana University
Senior Director of Evidence, Learning, and Data, Private Sector Engagement Hub, USAID
Makerere University Consortium Lead, LASER PULSE & Deputy Chief of Party of the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Makerere University
PI and Director, LASER PULSE & John A. Edwardson Dean College of Engineering, Robert V. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
Program Director, LASER PULSE , Purdue University
Lecturer, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Rwanda
Univ. of Notre Dame Consortium Lead, LASER PULSE & Executive Director and Keough School Term Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Notre Dame
Senior CLA Advisor, USAID Ethiopia
Director of the USAID Donald M. Payne Fellowship Program, Howard University
Professor of Applied Economics, Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education, North Carolina A&T State University
Founding Partner & President, Inclusive Development Partners (IDP) and Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Research Project Manager, LASER PULSE, Purdue University
Senior Inclusive Education Advisor, Center for Education, USAID
Founder and President, Somali Research and Development Institute (SORDI)
Institute Director, Institute Director, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KARLO) , Agricultural Mechanization Research Institute Katumani
Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Coordinator, USAID
Program Analyst III, Research Division, Innovation, Technology & Research Hub , Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, USAID
Team Lead, LASER PULSE  Senior Strategic Lead and Program Officer, Research Division Innovation, Technology & Research Hub, Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, USAID
Executive Director, Global Development and Innovation, Purdue Applied Research Institute, Purdue University