In this session, CARE and scaling partners IDinsight and Geneva Global will provide insight into how CARE has mainstreamed scaling into institutional vision and strategy, and the organization’s ongoing efforts to embed and operationalize the principles, practices and mindsets of scale in its DNA. The panel will discuss:

  • Methods for assessing sustainable scale potential of legacy interventions
  • Designing new programs and proposals for scale from the start
  • Evolving country office operations to focus on scaling through other actors
  • Quantifying the impact of systems-level change and sustainable scale

Anita Sundari Akella

Anita Sundari Akella is Director for Impact at Scale at CARE USA, responsible for ensuring that CARE programs are designed for scale from the start, validating potential pathways to scale, and advising teams across CARE on realizing their potential for scale. Anita is a development and natural resource economist whose work has traversed the fields of conservation, livelihoods, business design and social enterprise. Anita holds an M.S. in Natural Resource Economics and M.A. in International Development Economics from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from Duke University.



Will Thompson

Dr. Thompson oversees the technical design and analysis of impact evaluations, process evaluations, and complex sample surveys. Will’s portfolio spans sectors and clients, including projects for government and non-government partners in spaces such as maternal and child health, agriculture, and Covid response. He also supports IDinsight’s Data on Demand team, which is working to make data collection faster, cheaper, and higher quality across India.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Will was a PhD student in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia, where his dissertation research focused on productive asset transfers to poor and marginalized women, as well as household resilience to shocks. While completing his PhD, he led a large-scale randomized control trial of Heifer International’s productive asset transfer programs in Nepal.

Will holds a B.A. in History from Davidson College, and a PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Georgia.



Emily Janoch

Emily Janoch is the Associate Vice President for Thought Leadership and Design at CARE, focusing on ways to leverage evidence and learning to improve impact, build dignity, and eradicate poverty. With 18 years of experience, she is an expert in designing systems to capture and share information. She loves facilitating conversations with practitioners and decision makers. She has a BA in International Studies from the University of Chicago, and a Masters’ in Public Policy in Internationals and Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School.



Joshua Muskin

Joshua Muskin has 35-plus years in international development, working with bilateral, multilateral, and nongovernmental organizations and governments across over 50 countries. Focused on basic education and training, he has supported quality, relevance, and impact in the areas of curriculum and pedagogy, teacher training, gender equality, community partnership, learning assessment, literacy, ICT, technical and vocational education and training, and others. Dr. Muskin’s involvement has covered policy setting, training, program design, monitoring and evaluation, and management across virtually all levels of an education system. Currently a Senior Director at Geneva Global, Dr. Muskin was most recently a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Senior Education Officer at the Aga Khan Foundation. He has numerous publications and completed his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania.



Caitlin Shannon

Caitlin Shannon is Director of Research at CARE USA. In her role she leads multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral research practice across CARE’s global federation, including research implementation, capacity strengthening, partnership development, and research translation. She is currently leading CARE’s participation in the newly launched Food Systems Transformation for One Health in African – a 13-partner, four-country research collaboration lead by the University of Leeds and Wageningen University, is a member of the Southern African Resilience Academy lead by Stellenbosch University and co-leads the CARE-Emory University collaboration. She has more than two decades of experience designing and leading field-based research, globally, with a focus on reproductive, maternal and child health. Prior to joining CARE, she served as Research Director for EngenderHealth, was on faculty at the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, was a field epidemiologist with Medicins Sans Frontiers and was a researcher at the Population Council and Gynuity Health Projects. Her research has been featured in the Lancet, the Bulletin of the World Health OrganizationBMJ Global Health, PLoS Medicine, and the Global Health and Science Practice Journal.



MODERATOR: Richard Kohl

For twenty-five years Dr. Richard Kohl has identified and solved complex problems for foundations, social and private enterprises, and international agencies. He is highly valued for his abilities to assess programs, synthesize his findings into compelling narratives, and crystallize them into high impact solutions. For the last fifteen years, he has specialized in developing and implementing scaling and growth strategies. Richard is an internationally recognized thought leader and expert on scaling impact. Dr. Kohl integrates his expertise in scaling up with 25 years as a Buddhist practitioner/teacher and business coach; he works with organizations where they are now. The results are sustainable impact at scale.


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