GlobalPDX Conference | November 2, 2018 | Portland State University

GlobalPDX Conference 2018

In 2017 GlobalPDX hosted it's first conference in response to the demand from our members for a forum in which they can engage with others in Oregon with similar interests. The conference focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and took broad strokes on topics such as innovative financing models, inclusive development, working cross-sectorally, and advances in technology that support monitoring and evaluation activities.

On Friday November 2nd GlobalPDX hosted their second annual conference at the Smith Memorial Student Union. Nearly 160 people from across Oregon attended the conference representing a wide range of non-profits, businesses and universities. Participants engaged in multiple networking opportunities, workshops, panel discussions, and plenary sessions.

The conference kicked off with Patrick Hiller, Executive Director at the War Prevention Initiative, and Rebecca Wolfe, Director of Evidence and Influence, at Mercy Corps. These keynotes set the foundation for the theme of the conference; helping us all to think critically about the intersection of humanitarian aid, international development and peacebuilding and how we can be positive change agents for a more equitable world. In the afternoon we had several panels hosted by various organizations covering topics such as how to address Gender Based Violence, durable solutions for refugees, wildlife conservation and planetary health, monitoring & evaluation, and fundraising.

Conference Photos

Thanks to our wonderful volunteer, Bianka Arapovic, for capturing the conference in photos.  Click on the image below to access the photo album.

Conference Program

The GlobalPDX Conference 2018 is a full-day conference (9am - 6pm), lunch will be provided. There are two keynote sessions in the morning provided by Rebecca Wolfe, Director of Evidence and Influence, Peace & Conflict at Mercy Corps and Patrick T. Hiller, Executive Director at the War Prevention Initiative. There are a total of six breakout sessions in the afternoon. We close with a reception and an informal poster presentation where individuals and organizations have an opportunity to present their work.


Ticket price included all day conference access to keynote and breakout sessions, lunch, and an evening reception.


The conference took place at the Smith Memorial Student Union at Portland State University, located at 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201.

The area is served by multiple bus and Max lines. For details on how to get to the conference using public transit, visit TriMet. There are bike racks and street parking nearby. PSU's visitor parking information can be found here.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The conference offers opportunities to learn, network, collaborate and exhibit amongst development professionals from across Oregon. It will consist of multiple networking opportunities (including an evening reception and poster session), workshops, panel discussions, facilitated knowledge sharing and a forum focused on fostering partnership and collaboration.

Support towards this conference will be of significant importance to Oregon’s development community and will contribute to elevating the impact we can each have on poverty alleviation around the world while protecting the planet. Conference sponsors will benefit from visibility and access to conference events. We anticipate an audience of approximately 200 people representing both the public and private sectors, academia and government. Conference participants are thought-leaders in the field of international development representing organizations that work in multiple countries around the world, practitioners who spend time in the field, researchers seeking solutions to global challenges grounded in science, and funders interested in investing for impact.

To register your sponsorship for the GlobalPDX International Development Conference, please provide the information requested on the online form, plus your logo to [email protected].  Upon receipt, instructions will be provided on how to submit payments.

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