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Thursday, October 20, 2016

ICGFM DC Forum Luncheon, March 1, 2017 - The Fiscal Transparency & Innovation Fund

The Fiscal Transparency & Innovation Fund
DC Forum Luncheon
March 1, 2017, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


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Our Speaker: 


Lisa J. Kubiske
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance & Development 
Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs


The Department and USAID created the Fiscal Transparency Innovation Fund (FTIF) in FY 2012. FTIF supports programs and activities that assist governments to improve their public financial management and fiscal transparency standards, and civil society organizations that promote budget transparency. The Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment solicit proposals and award funds in accordance with established guidelines.

Our Speaker:
A United States diplomat with experience in Latin America, China/Hong Kong, and Washington D.C., Kubiske served as the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras (2011-2014), Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazil (2008-2011) and Deputy Chief of Mission in the Dominican Republic (2003-2006).

Earlier assignments include service as the Western Hemisphere Economics Director at the State Department; Officer in the State Department's Operations Center and Secretariat Staff; Investment Director and Negotiator at the United States Trade Representative's Office (USTR); chief of the Economic-Political Section at the United States Consulate General in Hong Kong; and additional work in Shanghai, China and in Mexico, DF, Mexico.

She was awarded the State Department's highest honor, a Valor Award, for her coordination of U.S. search teams following the major Mexican earthquakes of September 1985. She has earned other awards as well, including a Superior Honor Award for her work as DCM in Santo Domingo and, most recently, Superior Honor awards for her participation in the public outreach campaign on behalf of the United States-Peru Free Trade Agreement and her efforts on behalf of the United States-Brazil biofuels cooperation.  Ms. Kubiske holds a Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University and a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree from Georgetown University.


A Three Course, Served Luncheon is included

Price:               Member - $35,  Non-Member - $37.50

Location:  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Time:  12:00-1:30pm


Sponsored By:
 Graduate School USA


ICGFM DC Forum Luncheon, November 2, 2016 - Public Financial Management in the Fight Against Corruption

Public Financial Management in the Fight Against Corruption
DC Forum Luncheon
November 2, 2016, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


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Our Speaker: 


Reggie Mitchell
Chief Financial Officer, USAID


During this session, Reginald W. Mitchell, Chief Financial Officer for the US Agency for International Development, will present a high-level overview of the development challenge surrounding corruption and provide his perspective on public financial management's role in building effective institutions and fighting corruption. 

Our Speaker:  Reginald W. Mitchell has served as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Chief Financial Officer since March 2014.  He is responsible for the worldwide oversight and development of USAID’s financial management policies, programs, and systems.  Mr. Mitchell provides executive leadership to Agency senior management and staff in ensuring the financial integrity of the Agency’s business operations.  Mr. Mitchell also served at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for 26 years, where he gained considerable executive experience.  Mr. Mitchell also served as the Agency’s Controller from 2011 to 2013, and as Budget Director from 2008 to 2011.  Prior to these assignments, he served in a number of senior executive and management positions at the headquarters and regional levels leading administrative operations, including financial management, information technology, human resources, budget formulation and execution, performance management, strategic planning, and space management.  Prior to joining the NRC, Mr. Mitchell served in the United States Navy on nuclear submarines.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from National-Louis University and a Master of Public Administration from American University.

Location:  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Time:  12:00-1:30pm


Sponsored By:
 Grant Thornton

Monday, September 26, 2016

ICGFM DC Forum Luncheon, October 5, 2016 - How a Deficit-Plagued District of Columbia was Transformed

How a Deficit-Plagued District of Columbia was Transformed into a Financially Healthy Municipality
DC Forum Luncheon
October 5, 2016, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Our Speaker:


Natwar Gandhi

Former Chief Financial Officer, District of Columbia


A first-hand account of:
·         How the District was transformed from a deficit-plagued, junk bond rated jurisdiction with $550 million negative fund balance into a financially healthy municipality with a string of balanced budgets and a fund balance of $1.5 billion at the end of 2013, and 

·               How the District secured multiple rating upgrades (a total of 13 rating steps since FY2000) from the major rating agencies for its general obligation bonds, which are currently rated A+ by Standard and Poor’s, AA- by Fitch Ratings and Aa2 by Moody’s Investors Service.


Our Speaker:  Natwar M. Gandhi, PhD, retired as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the District of Columbia at the end of 2013 after serving in that position since 2000.  After presenting evidence of the District's renewed fiscal strength to the financial community, Gandhi was able to secure bond rating upgrades for the city from the three major rating agencies, including a return to an 'A -' rating from Standard and Poor's and Fitch Ratings - the first 'A' level rating for the District since 1995.  Gandhi holds a doctorate in accounting from Louisiana State University, a master's degree in business administration from Atlanta University, and an LLB and BCom in accounting from the University of Bombay.


Location:  Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

Time:  12:00-1:30pm


Sponsored By:
 Devex