Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Day One – Sustaining and Protecting Gains 

8:00 AM – 8:10 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

David Pearl
ICGFM President

John Thissen
ICGFM Vice President of Programs

8:10 AM – 8:13 AM

Introduction of Keynote

David Pearl
ICGFM President 

8:13 AM – 8:23 AM

Opening Keynote Address

Mahmoud Bah
Acting CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation

8:23 AM – 8:33 AM


8:33 AM – 8:38 AM


8:38 AM – 9:48 AM

Protecting Data in the Face of Evolving Cybersecurity Threats

Robust protection of sensitive and critical government and user data has been challenged by increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks in recent years. Both the public and private sector become victims of data theft, ransomware, and espionage. Simultaneously, both public and private sectors have become increasingly dependent on electronic systems for process management, professional communication, and customer service. This panel discussion will discuss emerging cyber threats, threat management, and best practice in data protection.


Aleksi Aleksishvili
Chairman of the Board and CEO at Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG)


Bobby Jefferson
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, DAI Global Health

Giorgi Tielidze
Senior Advisor on Cybersecurity, Office of the National Security Council of Georgia

Jacek Gajewski
International Projects Coordinator at National Centre for Nuclear Research, Poland

9:48 AM – 9:53 AM


9:53 AM – 10:13 AM

Q&A Breakout Discussions

10:13 AM – 10:18 AM


10:18 AM – 11:18 AM

Risk Management in Remote Engagement

Travel restrictions and social distancing requirements imposed by the global pandemic have accelerated the use of remote communication and management tools, limiting on-site inspection, presenting new challenges in personnel management, and in many cases creating delays and increasing backlogs in service delivery. The application of remote oversight has far-reaching implications for the management and mitigation of risk in public sector revenue and service delivery. This panel will discuss best practice in risk management and its application/evolution within the evolving landscape fuel by remote engagement.


Jimmy Rollins
Senior Manager, Deloitte


Paul Sobel
Chairman, Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO)

Elizabeth Villarroel
Chief of Party, USAID Ukraine Health Reform Support (HRS) Project

Alvin Brown
Deputy Inspector General for Audit, USAID

11:18 AM – 11:23 AM


11:23 AM – 11:43 AM

Q&A Breakout Discussion

11:55 AM – 12:00 PM


12:00 PM – 12:55 PM

Special Presentation: Disruption, Innovation and Future Scenarios for Internal Audit

Richard Chambers 
Board Member, ICGFM; Senior Internal Advisor, AuditBoard 

12:55 PM – 1:00 PM


John Thissen
ICGFM Vice President of Programs

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Day Two – Emerging Challenges and Solutions

8:00 AM – 8:05 AM

Welcome Back

John Thissen
ICGFM Vice President of Programs

8:05 AM – 9:05 AM

Ensuring Equitable Treatment and Social Inclusion in Public Sector Service Delivery

While the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals codified gender equality and reduced inequality across all sectors of the population as development objectives, social movements such as #metoo and #blacklivesmatter have elevated social equity to a global priority. Equitable provision of public services has long been challenged along racial and gender lines, and the transition to greater utilization of electronic solutions for service delivery has introduced new achievements as well as new challenges. This panel will discuss the objectives of equitable delivery of public services, legacy and emerging challenges specific to public services, and opportunities learned from recent success stories.


Ginka Kapitanova
Chief of Party, USAID North Macedonia Strengthening Resource Mobilization Activity (SRMA), Cardno


Charles Cadwell
Institute Fellow for the Center on International Development and Governance at the Urban Institute

Mariana Moneva
PFM/Municipal Debt Management Advisor, USAID North Macedonia Strengthening Resource Mobilization Activity (SRMA), Cardno

Flora Brytes
Planning and Gender-Responsive Budgeting Adviser, Australia’s Governance for Development Program (GfD), Cardno

9:05 AM – 9:10 AM


9:10 AM – 9:30 AM

Q&A Breakout Discussions

9:30 AM – 9:35 AM


9:35 AM – 10:35 AM

Building Capacity for Robust Supply-Chain Management

Governments and donor organizations alike have, in the last decade, placed a priority on developing well-managed supply chains for the critical medical supplies needed for health service delivery, such as anti-malarial and HIV drugs. The global pandemic has significantly challenged even developed countries in providing timely access to life-saving vaccines. This panel will discuss lessons learned from the global pandemic with a focus on developing capacity for current and future supply-chain crisis management and mitigation.


Barry Chovitz
Technical Director, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project, Chemonics International


Deogratius Kimera
Country Director – Ghana, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project, Chemonics International

Maryanne Karanja
HOD Supply Chain Management, Chairperson, CIPS Kenya Branch – The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

Moses Keetile
Deputy Permanent Secretary for Health Policy, Research and Development at the Ministry of Health and Wellness in Botswana

10:35 AM – 10:40 AM


10:40 AM – 11:00 AM

Q&A Breakout Discussions

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM


11:05 AM – 12:05 PM

Public Sector Financial Mechanisms for Promoting Decarbonization

Reducing global carbon emissions as a means of mitigating disruptive climate change has been codified by the Paris Agreement which established emission reduction targets for countries around the world. Decarbonization will require investment in and increased utilization of green technologies, both current and future. Government policies and programs to stimulate development of and investment in such technologies range from tax incentives for new technology adoption to access to finance for both technology developers and their customers. This panel will discuss the emerging strategies to stimulate the adoption of green technologies as a means of promoting the decarbonization of national economies.


Adam Borison
Senior Advisor, Nathan Associates, Inc.


Justin DeAngelis
Partner, Co-Head Sustainable Infrastructure, Denham Capital

Mark Lambrides
Global Director, Low Carbon Future, The Nature Conservancy

Roberto G. Aiello
Principal Regional Energy Specialist, Caribbean Region, Inter-American Development Bank

12:05 PM – 12:10 PM


12:10 PM – 12:30 PM

Q&A Breakout Discussions

12:30 PM – 12:33 PM

Introduction of Closing Keynote

John Thissen
ICGFM Vice President of Programs

12:33 PM – 1:00 PM

Closing Keynote Address

Srinivas Gurazada
Head, PEFA Secretariat

1:00 PM – 1:10 PM


1:10 PM – 1:15 PM

Final Wrap-up

John Thissen
ICGFM Vice President of Programs