The Promises and Pitfalls of Philanthropy in International Development


Friday, March 8, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Democracy Lab (R414 AB), Rubenstein Building 4th floor, HKS

nageeb sumarSpeaker: Nageeb Sumar, Vice President, Philanthropic Strategies & Relationship Management Private Donor Group, Fidelity Charitable

About the talk: Private global philanthropy is on the rise, which has resulted in a shift in the stakeholders involved in influencing international development policy and practice. During this talk, Nageeb Sumar will review trends in philanthropy- both with private foundations and individual donors- and present reflections on how these shifts are affecting issues in global health and development. He will touch on his recent experience at the Gates Foundation, as well as his current role at Fidelity Charitable to consider the appropriate role that philanthropy will play in the decades ahead to shape international development.

About the Speaker: Nageeb Sumar joined Fidelity Charitable in 2018 as a member of the Private Donor Group team. In his current role, Nageeb helps Fidelity Charitable’s most generous donors develop innovative solutions in catalyzing social change in the United States and around the world. Prior to joining Fidelity Charitable, he served in a leadership role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for nine years, overseeing the foundation’s work on policy, systems, and innovation in philanthropy. He also led and oversaw the Gates Foundation’s partnership with various governments in the U.S., Canada, and Asia-Pacific region.

Nageeb holds a law degree from McGill Law School, a master’s degree in international finance from Queen’s University School of Business, and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University.