Investments to end poverty report launch – panellist announcement

The inaugural Investments to End Poverty report will be launched at the Harvard Club of New York City from 5pm on 23 September, to coincide with the High Level Meetings of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.

We’re very pleased to announce that our chair will be Rajesh Mirchandani, the award-winning BBC journalist. With 20 years’ experience, he is currently based in London as World Affairs Correspondent and anchor. He recently spent more than five years based in the US, covering geo-politics and periodically anchoring the BBC’s global network, BBC World News, from Washington DC.

Appearing at the event alongside our Executive Director Judith Randel, who will present the report, is Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for the Global Economy and Development programme at Brookings Institution. He will open up the meeting and discuss the wider post-2015 agenda, and the global challenge and opportunity faced by the international community with the Millennium Development Goals expiring and a new agenda being agreed.

Also speaking is Tony Pipa of US Agency for International Development (USAID), and Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, who will reflect on the need for universal responsibility in financing post-2015 goals and on improved accountability mechanisms.

Get involved- follow the launch live on Twitter @devinitorg using #zeropoverty

About the Panel

Rajesh Mirchandani, award-winning BBC journalist

Rajesh Mirchandani

In his 20-year career as an award-winning BBC journalist, Rajesh  Mirchandani has covered a huge range of stories, including two  US Presidential elections, the Haiti earthquake, AIDs in India, the Chilean miners’ rescue, and everything from the Oscars in Hollywood to the aftermath of storms, hurricanes and floods on  both sides of the Atlantic.

He is also a recent graduate of the MA in Public Diplomacy  program at USC’s prestigious Annenberg School, where he focused on the communication strategies of state and non-state actors, social movements as agents of change, and issues of development and climate change.


Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for the Global Economy and Development programme at Brookings Institution


Homi Kharas is a senior fellow and deputy director for the Global  Economy and Development program. Formerly a chief economist  in the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank, Kharas  currently studies policies and trends influencing developing  countries, including aid to poor countries, the emergence of a middle class, the food crisis and global governance and the G20.

He has served most recently as the lead author and executive secretary of the secretariat supporting the High Level Panel, co-chaired by President Sirleaf, President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Cameron, advising the UN Secretary General on the post-2015 development agenda.

His most recent co-authored books are Getting to Scale: How to Bring Development Solutions to Millions of Poor People (Brookings Press, 2013); After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World (Oxford University Press, 2012); and Catalyzing Development: A New Vision for Aid (Brookings Press, 2011).

Read his full profile on the Brookings website.

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International


Winnie Byanyima, is a grass-roots activist, human rights advocate,  senior international public servant, and world recognized expert on  women’s rights and is currently Executive Director of Oxfam  International.

Winnie was appointed to the diplomatic service in 1989, where she  represented Uganda in France and at UNESCO in Paris. She returned  to Uganda in 1993 and for the next ten years she served as a member  of parliament, creating an all-woman parliamentary caucus.

From 2004 until 2006, Winnie served at the African Union Commission to improve the institution’s governance and equality by establishing the Directorate of Gender and Development.

In 2006, she moved to the global stage as director of the Gender Team of the United Nations Development Programme, working on democratic governance and crisis prevention. On 1 May 2013 she began a five-year term leading Oxfam International, which provides strategic guidance, support, expertise and coordination across the global organisation.

Read Winnie’s full profile on the Oxfam website.

Tony Pipa, USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning and Learning


Tony Pipa is Deputy Assistant to the Administrator for USAID’s  Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, where his portfolio is  focused on aid effectiveness and donor engagement. As an  independent consultant prior to joining USAID, he directed the NGO  Leaders Forum based at Harvard University, a semi-annual retreat  for chief executives of major US-based international relief and  development NGOs.

Pipa is co-author with Sam Worthington of “Private Development Assistance: The Importance of International NGOs and Foundations in a New Aid Architecture,” published by the Brookings Institution. Pipa previously served as founding executive director of the Warner Foundation in North Carolina and has been founding staff or board chair of several other nonprofit organizations.

Read Tony’s full profile on the USAID website.