ICSD 2016

The aim of the conference is to identify and share practical, evidence-based solutions that can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s conference theme is Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice. The ICSD provides a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the United Nations, international agencies, NGOs, and grassroots organizers to share practical solutions towards the achievement of more sustainable and inclusive societies.

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Photos from ICSD 2015

Featured Speakers

  • Savaş Alpay Chief Economist, Islamic Development Bank

    Professor Savaş Alpay joined the Islamic Development Bank as Chief Economist in June 2015. Professor Alpay received his PhD in economics from Johns Hopkins University in 1997, and taught at different universities in Turkey. Outside of academia, his professional experience includes consultancy services at a policy institute in the USA, and board membership in a Public Regulation Authority in Turkey. The principal focus of his earlier research has been on interactions among economic growth, international trade and the environment with an emphasis on the design and implementation of policies towards sustainable growth. More recently, his research focuses on policies towards boosting equitable and inclusive socio-economic development as well as knowledge economics, science and technology policies in developing countries. His first book, entitled “Trade and the Environment,” was published by Kluwer in 2002, and more recently he has edited many books on social and economic issues pertaining to OIC Member Countries. He has authored many articles published in different journals and conference proceedings, and has also been the editor of the Economic Cooperation and Development Review and the Journal of Economic Cooperation and Development, which publish scholarly articles on socio-economic development in the OIC Member Countries as well as in other developing countries. Previously he served as the Director General of the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) between 2006 and 2015.

  • Shaida Badiee Managing Director and Co-founder, Open Data Watch, Inc.

    Shaida Badiee, is a co-founder and managing director of Open Data Watch, an NGO focused on monitoring and promoting open data in national statistical offices. She has been an active member of the UN Secretary General’s advisory group on data revolution, co-chairs the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Data Network, and has played a key role with the startup of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. Shaida brings several decades of experience in managing global development statistics as the long-time Director of the World Bank’s Development Data Group. During her tenure, flagship global statistical products were launched such as the World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, and the Atlas of Global Development. In 2010, she led the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative, a ground-breaking program to provide full and free access to the World Bank’s extensive statistical databases. Prior to that, she played a key role in the creation and operation of PARIS21 as well as leading international efforts to coordinate technical and financial support for statistics through initiatives like the Marrakech Action Plan.

  • Nicolas de Cordes Vice President Marketing Anticipation, Orange Group

    Nicolas de Cordes has been in the telecom industry for 18 years, and is today Vice President Marketing Anticipation for the Orange Group, in charge of identifying trends and exploring new business opportunities. He helped open Call Data Records for Senegal and the Ivory Coast through the Orange D4D challenge. Nicolas is also member of the WEF’s Global agenda Council on Data-Driven Development 2014-2016, and serves on the UN Secretary-General Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on the “Data Revolution for Development.”

  • Grete Faremo UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UNOPS

    Ms. Grete Faremo joined UNOPS as Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director in August 2014. Before this appointment, Ms. Faremo held various senior-level positions for the Government of Norway. Most recently she was Minister of Justice and Public Security, a role she held for two years. During her first appointment as Minister of Justice, Ms. Faremo initiated negotiations between Schengen member countries and Norway on security and free movement in Europe, which culminated in the Nordic Schengen Agreement, signed in 1996 by the Governments of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. She was Minister of Defence (2009-2011), Minister of Oil and Energy (1996), Minister of Justice (1992-1996), and Minister of Development Cooperation (1990-1992) for the Norwegian Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was elected member of Parliament from 1993 to 1997.

    Ms. Faremo also brings a wealth of experience from the private sector, working as the Executive Vice President for the Norwegian insurance group, Storebrand, from 1997 to 2003. From 2003 to 2008, she held the position of Director of Law and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Corporation’s Western European Office, where she developed the legal and public affairs division responsible for corporate compliance in the region.

    Ms. Faremo has sat on various advisory boards and associations throughout her career, including Norwegians Peoples’ Aid, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, the Competence Development Fund of Southern Norway, Norsk Hydro ASA, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Bergen.

    Ms. Faremo graduated from the University of Oslo in 1978, with a degree in Law, specializing in International law. She entered the public service in 1979, as an executive officer in the Norwegian Government’s Ministry of Finance, later moving to NORAD in 1980, and the then newly established Ministry of Development Cooperation, where she worked for six years.

    Ms. Faremo was born in 1955 in Byglandsfjord, Norway. She is quadrilingual, fluent in English, Danish, Swedish, and her Norwegian mother tongue. She is married and has one daughter.

  • Rebeca Grynspan Mayufis Secretary General, Ibero American Conference

    Rebeca Grynspan, economist and former Vice President of Costa Rica, was unanimously chosen as the Latin American Secretary General on 24 February 2014 in Mexico DF, by the 22 countries that form part of the Latin American Conference. Her term of office began on 1 April 2014.

    Before her appointment as the Latin American Secretary General, Mrs. Grynspan was a UN Under-Secretary-General and Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), appointed by the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 1 February 2010. During her term in the UNDP she was President of the GSIC (Gender Steering and Implementation Committee), a high level corporate mechanism commissioned with designing and ensuring implementation of the gender equality and parity strategy within the entire UNDP, from which she promoted the transversalization of gender equity in the organisation scheduling. She was also the spokesperson for gender before the UNDP Executive Board.

    She worked as a UN Representative on the Temporary Committee for the Reconstruction of Haiti, a board comprising Haitian government officials, former President of the United States Bill Clinton and other high-level international partners. From 2006 to 2010 Mrs. Grynspan was Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the UNPD. Prior to this appointment she has been Director of the Subregional Headquarters in Mexico of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), from which she co-chaired the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Executive Board and took part in the advisory group for the PROLEAD Programme (supporting women’s leadership in Latin America) of the IADB.

    Before entering the SEGIB and the United Nations, Mrs. Grynspan was elected Vice President of Costa Rica, 1994-1998. She was also Minister for Housing, Minister Coordinator for Economic and Social Affairs during that same period and Deputy Minister for Finances for her country in Oscar Arias’ Government.
    As Vice President she coordinated the creation and implementation of the Task Force on Poverty from the Social Council within the framework of which she created the first programme aimed at female heads of households, a programme that became a Republic Law through at the initiative of the then MP Maria Lydia Sánchez.

    Since 1 May 2014, Rebeca Grynspan has served as the President of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). In addition to her experience as an adviser, lecturer and author, Mrs. Grynspan has been actively involved in key United Nations initiatives such as the Millennium Project’s Task Force on Poverty and Economic Development and on the High-Level Panel on Financing for Development. She is also a member of the International Advisory Group of the Think Tank Initiative of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). She has worked with several governmental institutions, and national and international organisations as an adviser, consultant and researcher.

    Mrs. Grynspan is the author or co-author of numerous articles and books on social and economic policy, and on gender and poverty. Born in San José, Costa Rica, she has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Sussex (United Kingdom).

  • Jody Heymann Dean, Public Health School, UCLA; Founding Director, WORLD Policy Analysis Center

    Jody Heymann, MD, PhD is the Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Dean Heymann works with faculty, staff, students and FSPH community leaders to expand the school’s partnerships with communities in the U.S. and globally, advance efforts focused on reducing health disparities and increasing inclusion, and improving the spread and effectiveness of translating research to impact. Under Heymann’s leadership, FSPH has developed a series of new programs for students including the Opportunity and Recognition Awards, Public Health Leader Awards, Ric and Suzanne Kayne Fellows, Bill and Laurie Benenson Fellows, and the expansion of global health fellowships. Opportunities for faculty and students to pilot initiatives with community partners have been expanded. Global partnerships with schools of public health and population health programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have been expanded. Heymann has overseen the school’s reaccreditation, strategic planning, and departmental reviews.

    Heymann also serves as Founding Director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center. An unprecedented effort to improve the level and quality of comparative policy data available to policymakers, researchers and the public, WORLD examines health and social policies and outcomes in all 193 UN countries. WORLD’s mission is to strengthen equal opportunities worldwide by identifying the most effective public sector approaches, improving the quantity and quality of globally comparative data available, and working in partnerships to support evidence-based improvements in countries worldwide. WORLD has worked with global bodies (WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, ILO and others), civil society, research groups, private sector leaders and other global change agents. WORLD’s launches on policies affecting children reached people in 190 countries, as did their No Ceilings partnership with the Clinton and Gates Foundations on equal opportunities for women, men, girls, and boys. Heymann previously held a Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Social Policy at McGill University where she was the founding director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy. While on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, she founded the Project on Global Working Families.

    Heymann has authored and edited more than 300 publications, including 17 books. Selected titles include Changing Children’s Chances (Harvard University Press, 2013), Making Equal Rights Real (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Lessons in Educational Equality (Oxford University Press, 2012), Protecting Childhood in the AIDS Pandemic (Oxford University Press, 2012), Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder (Harvard Business Press, 2010), Raising the Global Floor (Stanford University Press, 2009), Trade and Health (McGill Queens University Press, 2007), Forgotten Families (Oxford University Press, 2006), and Healthier Societies (Oxford University Press, 2006).

    Heymann has received numerous honors, including election to the U. S. National Academy of Medicine in 2013 and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2012. She has worked with leaders in North American, European, African, and Latin American governments as well as a wide range of intergovernmental organizations including the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, the World Economic Forum, UNICEF, and UNESCO.
    Heymann’s findings have been featured on CNN Headline News; MSNBC; Good Morning America; Fox News; National Public Radio’s All Things Considered; Fresh Air and Marketplace; in The New York Times; Washington Post; Los Angeles Times; Business Week, Inc; Portfolio; Forbes India and USA Today among other internationally and nationally syndicated programs and press.

  • Sanjeev Khagram John Parke Young Chair in Global Political Economy, Occidental College

    Professor Khagram has been with the Diplomacy and World Affairs department since 2012. He is the chair and director of the John Park Young Initiative on the Global Economy, and a co-faculty advisor to Oxypreneurship. Dr. Khagram was recognized as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and wrote the UN Secretary General's Report on the Impacts of the Global Economic Crisis in 2009. He was previously also Dean of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, Senior Advisory Policy/Strategy at the World Commission on Dams, Associate Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Wyss Visiting Professor at the Harvard Business School, and Professor of Public Affairs and International Studies/Director of the Lindenberg Center for International Development at the University of Washington. Most recently, Dr. Khagram was the Architect/Producer of the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency and Founder/Chair of Innovations for Scaling Impact. He has worked with global networks, multi-stakeholder initiatives, international agencies, governments, corporations, civil society organizations, professional organizations and universities all over the world. Dr. Khagram's recent research has focused on open governments, fiscal transparency, and open data. See his widely acclaimed volume published by Brookings Press, Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation and Accountability.

  • Claire Melamed Director of Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme, ODI

    Claire Melamed is the Director of Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme at ODI. She was previously the Head of Policy at ActionAid UK. She has also worked for Christian Aid, the United Nations in Mozambique and taught at the University of London and the Open University. Claire's work focuses on measurement of poverty and inequality and on how to use the insights from measurement to improve policy and outcomes. She heads ODI's work on the post-2015 agenda, looking at sectoral and cross-cutting issues, tracking the political negotiations, co-leading the 'MY World' survey with UNDP and working on the 'data revolution'.

  • Amina Mohammed Minister of Environment, Nigeria

    Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is Minister of the Environment in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria. She is also the CEO/Founder of the Center for Development Policy Solutions and an Adjunct Professor of the Master’s Programme for Development Practice at Columbia University, New York. Prior to that, Ms. Mohammed served as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals after serving three Presidents over a period of six years. In 2005 she was charged with the coordination of the debt relief funds ($1 billion per annum) towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria. Her mandate included designing a Virtual Poverty Fund with innovative approaches to poverty reduction, budget coordination and monitoring, as well as providing advice on pertinent issues regarding poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development. From 2002-2005, Ms. Mohammed served as coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education for the United Nations Millennium Project. Prior to this, she served as Founder and Executive Director of Afri-Projects Consortium, a multidisciplinary firm of Engineers and Quantity Surveyors (1991-2001) and worked with the architectural engineering firm of Archcon Nigeria in association with Norman and Dawbarn UK (1981-1991).

    Ms. Mohammed currently serves on numerous international advisory panels and boards, the Hewlett Foundation on Education, African Women’s Millennium Initiative, the Millennium Promise Initiative, and the Institute of Scientific & Technical Information of China. Ms. Mohammed received the National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic in 2006 and was inducted in the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007.

  • Femi Oke Internationally-Renowned Journalist, Writer and Moderator

    Femi Oke is an international journalist, writer and moderator. Since the 1980s, she has worked for BBC television and radio, Sky TV, all U.K. terrestrial television networks, CNN and U.S. public radio. Oke’s reporting has been recognized by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Communications Agency and InterAction. Her engaging moderating style is well known at the United Nations, World Bank, European Union and numerous NGOs where she regularly moderates at high profile events. You can connect with her anytime via Twitter @FemiOke.

  • John Cardinal Onaiyekan Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria

    H.E. John Cardinal Onaiyekan is the Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria, and a Co-Moderator of the World Council and Co-Chair of the African Council of Religious Leaders at Religions for Peace.

    His Eminence Onaiyekan was elevated to Cardinal on 24 November 2012. He was born on 29 January 1944 in Kabba, Nigeria. He received a licentiate in theology, a licentiate in Sacred Scriptures and a doctorate in theology from Pontifical Urbanian University. Cardinal Onaiyekan was ordained in 1969 at Sacred Heart Church in Kabba. He served in a variety of posts as a priest before he was ordained titular bishop of Tunusuda and auxiliary bishop of Ilorian on 6 January 1983. He was later appointed Bishop of Ilorin in 1984 and then Coadjutor Bishop of Abuja in 1990. Cardinal Onaiyekan became Bishop of Abuja on 28 September 1992 and Archbishop of Abuja on 26 March 1994.

    Cardinal Onaiyekan has served as President of the Christian Association of Nigeria and President of the Catholics Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria. He has also served as President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar. He currently serves as a Member of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and as a Member of the Presidential Committee of the Pontificial Council for the Family. Cardinal Onaiyekan was named Paz Christi International’s 2012 Peace Laureate.

  • Jeffrey D. Sachs Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network

    Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.

    Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Center for Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011). His most recent books are To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013) and The Age of Sustainable Development (2015).

    Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

    Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many awards and honors around the world. Professor Sachs is also a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune, Scientific American, and Time magazine.

    Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.

  • Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah Secretary General, Civicus

    Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah has been Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS since January 2013. His previous roles have included Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research. Danny is the author of numerous reports and academic articles on international migration and economic development. He writes and appears often in the media on a range of topics, including contributing regularly to Al Jazeera, Guardian, HuffPo, and Weekend on the BBC World Service. He sits on the boards of several organisations, including the Baring Foundation and International Alert, and was a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Humanitarian Finance. He has been a consultant to several international organisations and is a co-founder of the Ockenden Prizes and the Migration Museum Project. Danny holds a degree from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2012, he was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He can be found @civicussg on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Achim Steiner Director, Oxford Martin School

    Achim Steiner was appointed Director of the Oxford Martin School in February 2016. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme from 2006 to 2016. Before joining UNEP, Mr. Steiner served as Director General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) from 2001 to 2006, and prior to that as Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams. His professional career has included assignments with governmental, non-governmental and international organizations in different parts of the world. He worked both at grassroots level as well as at the highest levels of international policy-making to address the interface between environmental sustainability, social equity and economic development.

    Mr. Steiner, a German and Brazilian national, was born in Brazil in 1961. His educational background includes a BA from the University of Oxford as well as an MA from the University of London with specialization in development economics, regional planning, and international development and environment policy. He also studied at the German Development Institute in Berlin as well as the Harvard Business School. He serves on a number of international advisory boards, including the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED).


  1. Early Registration & Cocktail Reception

    Union Theological, 3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

  1. Registration Opens

    Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

  2. Keynote Addresses

    Femi Oke, Moderator

    Patrick Paul Walsh, Welcome

    Jeffrey Sachs, Keynote Address

    Achim Steiner, Keynote Address (Videoconference)

  3. The Role of the Private Sector

    Femi Oke, Moderator

    Grete Faremo

  4. Coffee Break

  5. Youth Solutions

    Rebeca Grynspan

  6. Lunch (on your own)

  7. Data for the SDGs

    Shaida Badiee, Nicolas de Cordes, Jody Heymann, Sanjeev Khagram, Claire Melamed, & Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah


  8. Keynote Addresses

  9. Wrap Up

  10. Music for A Sustainable Planet


    Join us for a special musical event at Zankel Hall within New York’s historic Carnegie Hall! Music for a Sustainable Planet will feature contemporary orchestral works celebrating the Sustainable Development Goals. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased from the Carnegie Hall Box Office in person or online. Student and senior discounts of 50% are available, but only if you purchase in-person at the box office.


    • ÆON Music Ensemble
    • Ruth Reinhardt, Conductor
    • DJ Spooky
    • Éru Matsumoto, Cello
    • Revital Hachamoff, Piano
    • Gloria Benedikt and Mimmo Miccolis, Dancers
    • The Nikolai Kachanov Singers
    • NET


    • TAE HONG PARK Big Noise, Big Cities, Big Data – SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities (World Premiere)
    • YURI BOGUINIA Path to Kailas – SDG 2: End Hunger (World Premiere)
    • RONEN SHAPIRA Piano Plus – SDG 16: Peace and Justice
    • DJ SPOOKY Arctic Rhythms – SDG 13: Climate Action
    • PENG-PENG GONG Ode to Limpidity – SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
    • VLADISLAV BOGUINIA Psalm – SDG 15: Life on Land(World Premiere)
    • GLORIA BENEDIKT / YURI BOGUINIA In All – SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals (World Premiere)
  1. Registration Opens

    Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY 10027

  2. Parallel Sessions

    1. A draft program of parallel session is now available!

      Click here to view the draft program. Please send any requests or corrections to info@ic-sd.org.

  3. Coffee Break

  4. Parallel Sessions

    1. A draft program of parallel session is now available!

      Click here to view the draft program. Please send any requests or corrections to info@ic-sd.org.

  5. Luncheon and Poster Reception (lunch provided)

  6. Parallel Sessions

    1. A draft program of parallel session is now available!

      Click here to view the draft program. Please send any requests or corrections to info@ic-sd.org.

  7. Closing Session

    Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003


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