Sasha Dichter of the Acumen Fund, Khalid Malik of the UNDP, Ambassador Masood Khan, and Ambassador Yusra Khan explore today's increasingly competitive and fluid economic environments worldwide. NPR Executive Editor Madhulika Sikka moderates the conversation.
As Acumen Fund's Director of Business Development, Sasha Dichter is responsible for revenue-generation at Acumen Fund and for creating a healthy, vibrant, and engaged community of Acumen Fund Partners and Advisors. Before joining Acumen Fund, Dichter was Global Manager of Corporate Citizenship for the consumer finance business at GE (GE Money, formerly part of GE Capital), helping expand their financial offerings to underserved communities globally.
Prior to his time at GE, Dichter was Senior Program Manager for Corporate Citizenship at IBM, where he advised senior management on global corporate social responsibility issues and led a global program to support leadership training to improve public education.
Ambassador Yusra Khan is the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations. Prior to his appointment, he was the Coordinator of Economic Development, Environment, ITU, PV and WMO at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia in Geneva.
Ambassador Masood Khan is the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations. Previously, he served as Pakistan's Ambassador to China, and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva.
Madhulika Sikka is executive editor for NPR News a role she joined in January 2013. As executive editor, Sikka oversees all desks and reporters, and helps set the agenda for the entire News division. Previously she served as the executive producer of NPR's Morning Edition. Ms. Sikka joined NPR in 2006 as supervising senior producer of Morning Edition and was promoted to deputy executive producer in 2008 and executive producer in 2009. Prior to joining NPR, Ms. Sikka worked for ABC News's Nightline, where she was a senior producer responsible for all aspects of the daily news broadcast. Ms. Sikka has also worked for World Monitor Television, CBS News, and NBC News. She is the recipient of four Emmys, two duPont awards, a Barone award, two Peabodys, three SAJA Awards, and a NABJ Award. She was also the recipient of the India Abroad Publisher's Award for Special Excellence 2009 and is the author of the forthcoming book: A Breast Cancer Alphabet. Ms. Sikka received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics and politics of development from Cambridge University.