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2024 Headline Speakers


Chief Economist

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


Senior Manager and Advisor

to the President and CEO

Bezos Earth Fund



Clinton Global Initiative University Clinton Foundation

September 10 Headliner


Dean Karlan is the Frederic Esser Nemmers Distinguished Professor of Economics and Finance at Northwestern University, and the Founder and former President of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting solutions to global poverty problems. Since November 2022, Karlan is Chief Economist of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to that, he was on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab. In 2015, he co-founded ImpactMatters, a nonprofit dedicated to estimating and rating impact of nonprofit organizations to help donors choose good charities and to promote more transparency in the nonprofit sector. 

His research focuses on microeconomic issues of poverty, typically employing experimental methodologies and behavioral economics insights to examine what works, what does not, and why to address social problems. His work spans many geographies and topics, including sustainable income generation for those in abject poverty, credit and savings markets for low-income households, agriculture for smallholder farmers, small and medium entrepreneurship, weight loss and smoking cessation, and charitable giving. He has worked in over twenty countries around the world, including both low-income countries and the United States. 


September 11 Headliner

Fiona McRaith is the Senior Manager and Advisor to the President and CEO at the Bezos Earth Fund. In this role, she works across internal and external teams to weave together narratives and advance strategic objectives and initiatives. Before joining the Earth Fund, she spent three years at the World Resources Institute.  


Fiona began her environmental career when she was 14 years old, after being inspired by a high school teacher. She and two friends started a nonprofit that sought to raise awareness and action on plastic debris. Fiona became a youth ambassador and activist with on climate change and climate solutions.  

‍Fiona has previously held roles with the White House Office of Management and Budget during the Obama Administration, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and Action for the Climate Emergency. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Climate Initiative. Fiona is a graduate of McGill University. 


September 12 Headliner

Ragina Arrington returned to the Clinton Foundation as the CEO, CGI University. She came back to CGI U from Leadership for Educational Equity where she served as the Senior Director, Regional Impact over the New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and National Capital Regions where she was responsible for managing and supporting Directors in setting vision, identifying goals, work scopes, and strategy in addition to coaching and supporting their professional development. Prior to that, she worked with Teach For America, New York where she was the Director of Community Partnerships. With Teach For America, Ragina worked to cultivate and maintain relationships with a variety of community, city, and state stakeholders, all with the goal of elevating the teaching profession and creating access points for native New Yorkers, first-generation, Black, AAPI, and Latinx students.

She also curated and executed engagement strategies to increase the number of highly diverse, talented, and committed applicants to Teach For America, New York. When not supporting her region, she lent DEI expertise to the national organization as a DEI Facilitator for incoming first-year educators, building a scaffolded learning opportunity where teachers centered their personal identity development as the vehicle for understanding racism as a function of systemic oppression. In her passion work, she served as the Director of Partnerships and Co+Investment Strategies with Unboxed Philanthropy Advisors, where she supported individuals, foundations, and nonprofits in realizing their personal philanthropic dreams with a strong focus on social justice. This included building out and reinforcing strategic growth plans, conducting market and landscape analysis, and curating critical relationships. In her previous tenure with the Foundation, Ragina operated as the Senior Outreach Manager, CGI U and was heavily focused on improving and sustaining its diversity outreach and student selection. She also created and grew the Clinton Global Initiative’s University Network which provided skilled mentorship and fiscal support of over 3 million dollars to student projects from around the globe.   

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