Thursday, 14.00-15.00 (Balcony B)

Are we ready for innovation and adaptive management? Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Internews; Leslie Wingender, Mercy Corps; Danielle de Garcia, Social Impact; Jacqui Watson, Praekelt; Linda Raftree, Independent Consultant (moderator)
There is lots of talk about how technology enables innovation and adaptive management, but what about the rest of the equation? How do we enable our people and organizations to be more open and able to generate, integrate, and iterate on new ideas, approaches and tools? How do we set up responsive human and institutional systems and space for experimentation? What needs to be in place to truly be innovative, adaptive and responsive? Join us for a lively discussion on how to create environments that foster and enable change.  Level: beginner, intermediate, advanced

Session Level:

Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Session Details:

This session will be a lively discussion on how to create environments that foster and enable change. We’ll bring in experiences from various organizations, including how Internews has created mechanisms that enable greater responsiveness to feedback from program participants; Mercy Corps recent mapping of it’s adaptive management journey and Social Impact’s work on determining whether organizations and institutions are ready for adaptive management; and’s Health Engagement Lab which seeks to understand patient engagement. We’ll run the session as a roundtable, with plenty of participant input and dialogue.

Session Leads:

Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Senior Director – Humanitarian Programs, Internews. Anahi Ayala Iacucci leads the Internews Humanitarian team as the Senior Director for Humanitarian Programs. Anahi plays a key role in developing Internews’ global Humanitarian program strategies; while also closely supporting teams in the field and managing Internews Emergency Response Program. Since 2006 Anahi has been consulting for NGOs and international organizations like UNOCHA and the World Bank on the use of ICT4D, new technologies and crisis mapping, merging her skills in Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid with her technical expertise on the use of technology for development. In 2015 Anahi became the Humanitarian Director for Internews South Sudan, where she managed a multimillion dollars portfolio of 6 different projects before moving to her current position in 2017. Anahi holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Bologna; a Master Degree in International Affairs from Colombia University; a Master in Human Rights from the University of Padova; and a Post-Graduate Degree on Humanitarian Assistance from the Center for the Rights of People of the Padova University. She is also the co-founded of the Standby Task Force, a member of the International Network of Crisis Mappers and a Board member of Elva. More about Anahi here, on Twitter @anahi_ayala or at Internews.

Leslie Wingender, Senior Advisor, Mercy Corps Program Performance & Quality. Leslie works closely with Mercy Corps global teams to ensure quality M&E systems. Prior to joining the PaQ team, she was the Peacebuilding Adviser on Mercy Corps’ Peace and Conflict team where she supported country teams on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of various conflict management programs in diverse contexts like Central African Republic, Colombia, Guatemala, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, and Yemen. She has led her team’s work on developing robust M&E tools for programs implemented in conflict-affected areas and provides technical support on conflict sensitivity, reconciliation, peacebuilding M&E and conflict analysis. Leslie holds a Master’s degree in conflict resolution from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in peace and conflict studies from University of California-Berkeley. She grew up in Bogota and Medellin, Colombia. Leslie speaks Spanish, French, and Arabic. She lives in DC with her husband and her two kids Eliana and Remy. More about Leslie here and at Mercy Corps.

Danielle (Dani) de García is a Director of Performance Evaluation, Innovation, and Learning with Social Impact, where she oversees a portfolio of monitoring, evaluation, and learning contracts. Dani’s recent work includes leading and participating in a number of evaluations and strategic planning engagements for USAID, Carter Center, MasterCard Foundation, MCC, US Department of State, and MacArthur Foundation initiatives around the world. Throughout her career, Dani has provided performance management and organizational development assistance to the World Bank, CATHALAC, and international NGOs; and has worked in more than 25 countries. A lover of social network analysis, participatory methods, and technology, she also has developed and delivered trainings to thousands of governmental, multilateral, and NGO staff around the globe.  See Dani’s full bio here.

Jacqui Watson is a senior service designer at Using co-design and design thinking, she creates / strategizes digital services for governments, NGOs and social impact organizations. She has years of experience in designing national scale maternal health messaging platforms in South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria. Recently, she has led the development of’s Health Engagement Lab, which seeks to understand patient engagement with digital services and how it can impact and transform the health system. The lab has adopted real-time analytics and iterative design to quickly explore problem statements and gather faster insights.

Linda Raftree (moderator) supports strategy, program design, research, and technology in international development initiatives. She co-founded MERLTech in 2014 and Kurante in 2013. Linda advises Girl Effect on digital safety, security and privacy and supports the organization with research and strategy. She is involved in developing responsible data policies for both Catholic Relief Services and USAID. Since 2011, she has been advising The Rockefeller Foundation’s Evaluation Office on the use of ICTs in monitoring and evaluation. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Linda worked for 16 years with Plan International. Linda runs Technology Salons in New York City and advocates for ethical approaches for using ICTs and digital data in the humanitarian and development space. She is the co-author of several publications on technology and development, including Emerging Opportunities: Monitoring and Evaluation in a Tech-Enabled World with Michael Bamberger. Linda blogs at Wait… What? and tweets as @meowtree. See Linda’s full bio here.