An Evening Conversation with Mark Lagon
Faith, Dignity, and Empowerment
We are delighted to invite you to our Evening Conversation with Ambassador Mark Lagon. Join us on Wednesday, August 30th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC for what promises to be a fascinating discussion on "Faith, Dignity, and Empowerment." Lagon will explore the connections between faith-based notions of human dignity and intenational development efforts to promote flourishing, empowerment, and access to justice and health for the world's most vulnerable individuals and communities.
This event is the second in a five-part series on "Faith and International Development" exploring the connections between faith and the challenging issues of development, made possible by the New Venture Fund with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mark Lagon, Ph.D, is a thought leader on global institutions, governance, and health, as well as human rights and human trafficking. He is Chief Policy Officer at Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. He is also Distinguished Senior Scholar at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He served as President of Freedom House, and served for five years as the Global Politics and Security Chair for Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service Program, as well as Adjunct Senior Fellow for Human Rights at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Previously, he was Executive Director and CEO of the leading anti-human trafficking nonprofit, Polaris. He also worked in three successive roles at the Department of State, including as Ambassador-at-Large to Combat Trafficking in Persons. He is co-editor of Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions and author of The Reagan Doctrine: Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War's Last Chapter. Lagon is also Founding Board Member of the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, and A.B. from Harvard University.
Responding to Amb. Lagon will be Katherine Marshall. Marshall has worked for over four decades on international development, focusing on the world’s poorest countries. A senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Professor of the Practice of Development, Religion, and Conflict in the School of Foreign Service, she is the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue. During a long career at the World Bank, her leadership assignments focused on Africa, Latin America, and East Asia. From 2000 – 2006, she was counselor to the Bank’s president on ethics, values, and faith in development. She holds or has held various board positions including the World Bank Community Connections Fund, AVINA Americas, the Opus Prize Foundation, the International Shinto Foundation, and the International Anti-Corruption Conference Advisory Board; she served as a Trustee of Princeton University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Recent books include The World Bank: From Reconstruction to Development to Equity and Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers, and she co-edited Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen.