2021 National Conference

Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 4 PM EDT

Schedule at a Glance

The conference starts at 10:30 AM EDT and will conclude at 4 PM  EDT. The morning session will feature CEO Rukmini Banerji, President and Co-Founder Madhav Chavan and programmatic updates on three verticals. The afternoon session will focus on the US with fundraising and donor engagement sessions. Harvard economists Isabel Guerrero and Michael Walton, both formerly with the World Bank, will offer their expert insights into Pratham’s work.

10:30 am Welcome
10:40 am India session
12:20 pm Guest speakers
1:10 pm Lunch
1:45 pm US session
3:30 pm Closing

Breakouts are planned for both the morning and afternoon sessions. However, space is limited. Register promptly to ensure placement in your preferred room. View the program.

Isabel Guerrero

Isabel Guerrero has spent the last six years building IMAGOGG, a nonprofit that works with grassroots, social entrepreneurs and governments around the world to scale up innovations from the Base of the Pyramid.

In addition to being the ED of IMAGOGG, Isabel teaches “Scaling up for Development Impact” at Harvard Kennedy School since 2014. She also teaches scaling up at HKS executive education for the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs and for the Bernard Van Leer Foundation. From 2014 to 2017 she was a Senior Lecturer on leadership at MIT Sloan School.

Isabel is an economist that worked at the World Bank for most of her professional life, including as VP for South Asia where she managed a 39 billion dollar portfolio, between 2008 and 2013. Before that she was a Country Director for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru and Paraguay.

Isabel received her MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and trained as a psychoanalyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and the Peruvian Psychoanalytic Society. Isabel sits on the Board of the UN University and is a frequent guest at CNN Dinero and is part of the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

Michael Walton 

Michael Walton is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. He was VKRV Rao Chair Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore for 2008 and 2009.

From 1980-2004, he worked at the World Bank, including extended periods on Indonesia and Zimbabwe, adviser to two Chief Economists, Regional Chief Economist for East Asia and the Pacific (1995-97), Director for Poverty Reduction (1997-2000), Chief Economist for Human Development (1999-2000) and Adviser for Poverty and Human Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (2000-2004). He was part of the management group for World Development Report 2000/2001: Attacking Poverty, and played a central role in the design of the poverty reduction strategy process for low income countries. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked for the Central Planning and Development Office for the Government of Lesotho, 1997-99.

He has been teaching at the Kennedy School since 2004, primarily in the MPA in International Development, and also in Executive Education on social enterprise. Since 2014 he has also worked with IMAGO Global Grassroots, a non-profit whose mission is to support grassroots organizations scale up, primarily with clients in India and Latin America, focusing on strategy, business plans, systems and impact assessment.