I4A at the 2016 Annual Meetings: Guest Speakers

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Ideas for Action: Global Young Leaders Dialogue on Innovations and Financing the Sustainable Development Goals and IdeaLab

Entrepreneurship, leadership and youth engagement are key for the design and implementation of innovative solutions to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to achieve sustainable, measurable, and scalable impact. Many innovative and fresh ideas that tackle the new challenges that the world faces will most likely come from young entrepreneurs. The Ideas for Action Initiative seeks to highlight the importance of ideas, inspiration, and commitment, combined with entrepreneurship and leadership of those who will soon assume regional and global responsibility for sustainable development and shared prosperity.

The Global Dialogue will feature the progress and the impact of the Ideas for Action (I4A) Initiative and focus on the important role of the partnerships between government, private sector, international organizations, academia, and young entrepreneurs.Presenters will include experts and entrepreneurs from around the world, attending the dialogue both onsite and online. Representatives of the World Bank Group, academia, and the private sector as well as the winners of the I4A competition will participate in the conversation. The Global Dialogue will connect young people all over the world to discuss common issues, development, and shared prosperity.

Here is an overview of some of our keynote speakers to learn more about them. We encourage you to ask any questions to our speakers during the event using the hashtag #Ideas4Action during our Global Leaders Dialogue.

Mahmoud Mohieldin

mohieldin Mahmoud Mohieldin is the SVP for the 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations and Partnerships at the World Bank. Prior to assuming this role, he served as Managing Director, President’s Special Envoy and Corporate Secretary. Dr. Mohieldin holds high-level certifications from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Certificate in Housing Finance) and Georgetown University (Certificate of Merit, Leadership Seminar). He also holds a B.S. in Economics from Cairo University, a Masters in Economics and Social Policy Analysis from the University of York and a Ph.D. from the University of Warwick.
Dr. Mohieldin has helped his home country, Egypt, become one of the top 10 global reformers and top regional reformers in the annual “Doing Business” 2010 report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation. He’s served on the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Egypt, on the Board of Directors of HSBC-Egypt, on the Board of Directors of Telecom Egypt, and on the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Diplomatic Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Mohieldin was the Minister of Investment in Egypt. He will be introducing and closing Ideas for Action’s first 2016 annual meeting at the World Bank on October 4th.

Nena Stoiljkovic


Nena Stoiljkovic is one of two vice presidents for Global Practices at the World Bank Group and a member of the IFC Management Team. Ms. Stoiljkovic’s key responsibilities include the setup and oversight of the new Global Practices, which will bring together the best expertise from across the Bank Group and from partners to help tackle the most difficult and pressing development challenges.

Under her leadership, IFC supported the banking sector and expanded much-needed trade finance in a region particularly hard hit by financial crisis. IFC, in collaboration with the World Bank, also helped make energy efficiency an integral part of economic development across the region.

Prior to joining IFC, Ms. Stoiljkovic worked as a consultant at the Economic Institute of Belgrade. She holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Djordjija Petkosiki

petkoskiDr. Petkoski is a Wharton Lecturer and Senior Fellow who also founded Global CDL. He also consults and advises multiple organizations such as the World Bank, the OAS, ILO as well as governments and other institutions. In the World Bank, Dr. Petkoski held senior positions including head of the Business, Competitiveness, and Development program. At Wharton Dr. Petkoski teaches courses on responsibility in global management, corporate responsibility and ethics both in MBA and undergraduate programs; he also thought at several Executive Development Programs at Wharton and Harvard Business School.

Tara Nathan

taraTara Nathan, as Executive Vice Present of Public Private Partnerships at MasterCard, leverages MasterCard’s innovation capabilities to help governments around the world address critical needs. Prior to this role, Tara was the company’s executive director for International Development. In this role, she focused on creating partnerships with multilateral and bilateral development organizations, international financial institutions, corporate foundations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), designed to use payments technology to advance financial inclusion, humanitarian response, government transparency and economic formalization.

Tara notably played a crucial role in the launch of the MasterCard Aid Network, an end-to-end, non-financial service designed to streamline aid distribution even in the absence of telecommunications infrastructure. Her team also helped establish MasterCard Labs for Financial Inclusion, with support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Nathan originally joined MasterCard in 2010 to lead the commercial development of the MasterCard Mobile Payments Gateway across key markets including Egypt, Brazil and Turkey. Before joining MasterCard, she held various management roles at Citigroup. Earlier, Nathan was a diplomat at the U.S. State Department, holding posts in Taiwan, Japan and China.
Nathan serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response. She holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Science from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.