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Twenty years after the first Rio Earth Summit, the world’s most vexing sustainability problems around health, environment, agriculture and economic growth haven’t changed. But technologies have –– and they could provide critical and innovative solutions. In this university podcast, Maura O'Neill, chief innovation officer at USAID, addresses international ministers from developing countries, technology experts, and NGO professionals convened by the U.S. State Department and the Stanford Graduate School of Business to discuss how connection technologies can support sustainable development, and what USAID is doing to support that.? O’Neill delivered her remarks at the USRio+2.0 Conference hosted by Stanford.
Maura O’Neill is the chief innovation officer and senior counselor to the administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In the public, private, and academic sectors, O'Neill has focused on sustainable energy development as well as entrepreneurship and innovation. Before coming to USAID, she served as a chief of staff and senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as chief of staff for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. O'Neill has started four companies in the energy, education, and high technology areas and was named the Greater Seattle Business Person of the Year in 1989.Resources