PSI Hosts its First Global Governance Summit

By Annie Davies, Special Assistant to the Executive, PSI

PSI believes development is best when it is locally-rooted and draws from global best practices. So we are proud of our robust, global network of locally-governed organizations across the PSI world. United by this strong network, we strive to maximize our health impact, source and scale the best innovations, and continually improve approaches that make it easier for people to lead healthier lives.

In July 2016, seventeen Board Chairs from across PSI’s network met in Washington D.C. for our first Global Governance Summit. During the three-day workshop on governance, participants explored new leadership models and developed a declaration of best practices to guide PSI boards. Thought-leaders and influencers from PSI’s partner organizations including, Kyle Peterson, Managing Director of FSG, Raj Kumar, Founding President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex, and Susan Reichle, Counselor to USAID, presented on the future of development at  the Summit.

Karl Hofmann, President and CEO of PSI, reflected, “PSI has a long history of utilizing national expertise in the countries where we work. Based on the engaged and lively discussions we had this week, I am pleased to see this practice strengthened and look forward to stronger governance practices among our PSI-affiliated Boards.”


(From left to right) Anick Supplice, Chair of Organization Haitienne de Marketing Social pour la Santé; Lily Olm, Translator; and Frans Baneke, Chair of PSI Europe, enjoy the view from the Rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington.



PSI Board Chairs and PSI staff celebrate at the end of their Summit. (Standing up, from left to right) Tariq Kirmani, Chair of Greenstar; Pascal Payanzo, Chair of ASF; Mamadou Seck, Chair of ADEMAS; Kim Schwartz, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of PSI; Adalbert Nguidjoe, Chair of ACMS; Karl Hofmann, President & CEO of PSI; Frans Baneke, Chair of PSI Europe; Michael Joubert, Chair of SFH South Africa; Abdul Dudha, Chair of PSI Malawi; Cosmas Checka, General Counsel for West & Central Africa to PSI.




Board chairs and special guests overlook Washington on the Rotunda balcony.



Guests gather at the reception for food and drinks.



PSI President and CEO Karl Hofmann speaks to Global Governance Summit attendees about the PSI Network.



Brian Atwood, PSI Board Chair, discusses the past, present and future state of global health and development.



Guests gather at the reception for food and drinks.

Photo Credit(s): Sophia Greenbaum