June 05th, 2018, I received an email that made me happy.  The email says:

Devex World Conference, which will take place next Tuesday, June 12th in Washington, DC is offering complimentary tickets for Atlas Corps Fellows.
I immediately filed the application to attend this amazing conference.

June 12,  7:05 am getting ready for the amazing experience of the day.

07:50 am, time was flying fast and I decided to take a Lyft to get as faster as I could to the Devex World Conference place on the Mead Center for American Theater, located by the waterfront on 1101 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20024.

08:15 am, I was in, I did the registration at the Tech Lab & Innovation Zone, eat that delicious breakfast with yogurt and fruit and walked into the Fichandler Theater.

08:40 am, Raj Kumar, President, and Editor-in-Chief, Devex was in front of me, in the middle of the Fichandler Theater stage.

09:20 am, Shivani Siroya the CEO of the Tala organization, who did a historical raised by 104 million dollars, her motivational speech, her ideas, her vision was so impressive, to expend financial access, choice and control for the underserved globally. Currently, 3 billion people are financially underserved. Tala uses alternative data to prove their potential. Talas has 1.5 million customers over 5 countries.

But what Devex World 2018 was? Just a random conference?


Thinkers & doers, changemakers & expert practitioners will converge by the hundreds at The Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C. on June 12, 2018. The second edition of this unique global development event, Devex World is a full day of inspiring, interactive, collaborative sessions with one focus: you.

We enter a future where new models reign. No sector, no function, no professional can afford to miss the data revolution or arrive late to innovations transforming lives at scale. This more global, dynamic, competitive ecosystem is brimming with possibility.

Devex World is not just about understanding this future. It’s about charting it for you, your organization, and the world.

And what Devex is?

Devex is the media platform for the global development community.

A social enterprise, we connect and inform development, health, humanitarian and sustainability professionals through news, business intelligence, and funding & career opportunities so you can do more good for more people.

Global Development is a bigger tent than ever, and Devex World covers all of it. Private & public, NGO & corporation, foundation & social enterprise – we’re all in this together. Whether you design, operate or lead solutions to the world’s toughest problems, Devex World is for you. We won’t put you in a box but if you must know, these are the kinds of professionals you’ll meet:

Let’s discuss one great statement:

“What if we think about the mother in a village in rural India with the same kind of sophistication as we think about the upper-middle class Chevy buyer in the suburbs of New York?”

— Malcolm Gladwell, trustee at the Surgo Foundation

The answer, they found, was not that nurses lacked training, but that they had stopped viewing preventing risk to patients as their primary goal. Fending off the risks they themselves faced had crowded out their ability to focus on patients. Their working environment was stressful and characterized by “punitive supervision,” which would see them blamed if anything went wrong. Their first instinct was not, “how do I deliver a comprehensive suite of care to this pregnant mother?” — but instead, “how do I save myself from being blamed?” Sgaier explained.


I can trustworthy say that was not just a milestone but an ideal to design, operate, or lead solutions to the world’s toughest problems, a story to write, a start for a mission, an international vision that we will reach…