|H.E. Ms. Atefeh Riazi – Keynote|
|Assistant-Secretary-General Chief Information Technology Officer of the United Nations (United Nations-NY)|
H.E ATEFEH RIAZI, the Assistant Secretary-General of Office of Information and Communications Technology, started her speech by saying that there is so much positive energy, commitment, and dedication around us today. Ms. Riazi indicated that it is truly contagious how we all came here together to solve these big issues. She emphasized that for three decades we’ve talking about them, and we’ve been waiting for somebody else to solve them.
|Mohamed Ali Ansar|
|Co-Director, Timbuktu Renaissance Association (Mali)|
MOHAMED ALI ANSAR, the Co-Director of Timbuktu Renaissance Association, started his presentation by showing a short film of 6 minutes that gave more information about the situation of where he is from. Ansar indicated that it is hot but he told that they still have hope and all these goals are very fitting to what they need. However, he indicated that he is surprised to not see a goal about culture. Ansar stressed that the culture generates income to people, and it is a way to maintain peace.
|One Acre Fund (East Africa)|
|DAVID HONG, Global Senior Policy Analyst at One Acre Fund in East Africa Region, talked about One Acre Fund`s role in generating solutions that enables smallholders increase their farm income and escape the trap of hunger and poverty. Mr. Hong addressed the issues that the smallholder farmers, who compose more than 75% of the world’s poor population, face due to living in remote areas and lacking the access to basic agricultural tools and trainings. After his analysis with them, Hong concluded that these farmers struggle to grow enough crops to feed their families and face an annual “hunger season” of meal skipping.|
|President US India Investment Forum (India)|
MANOJ GURSAHANI, Co-Chairman of India Business Group and Former President Travel Agents Federation of India/Rotary Club of Mumbai Queens Necklace, delivered a speech that addressed the importance of developing all elements of welfare (i.e. sustainable infrastructure, good education, healthcare) for Indian citizens. Gursahani first referred to the India-US Ministerial Energy Dialogue, which was held on September 21, 2015 at the US Department of Energy in Washington.
|Mr. Lambert Koty|
|President and CEO, AGETUR, Benin|
H.E LAMBERT KOTY, President and CEO of Agetur and Former Minister of Public Works and Transport in Benin, discussed the contribution of the private sector in developing the infrastructure in Africa. He talked about the aftermath of the economic crisis of the 80s in Africa where a number of innovative development tools have emerged. The first Executing Agencies of Public Interest Works (AGETIPs) were established with the support of the States and financial partners, including the World Bank.