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July 28 | U.S.-Philippines Partnership: Prosperity, Development and Security

The U.S. Institute of Peace and the US-Philippines Society

invite you to a Roundtable Discussion

U.S.-Philippines Partnership: Prosperity, Development and Security

Friday, July 28, 2023
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EDT

The United States Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
In-Person Event


Michael Schiffer
Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Asia
United States Agency for International Development

America’s engagement with the Philippines through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the lead agency for development and humanitarian aid, and a vital element in U.S. foreign policy, has evolved over past decades in response to emerging challenges. The partnership contributed to Philippine-led initiatives for small, medium business enterprise inclusive growth, farm-to-market infrastructure, improving taxation systems, access to better quality healthcare and education, and strengthening rule of law. USAID supported water, sanitation and hygiene programs in displaced communities affected by the 2017 Marawi siege. Working with local governments, private sector and civil society, USAID delivered Covid-19 assistance including deployment of vaccines and medical equipment, upgrading of laboratories, specimen transport system, training of 7,000 health workers, strengthening supply chains logistics and tracking.

Following his recent visit to the Philippines, USAID Assistant Administrator Michael Schiffer will offer his views on joint Philippine and US efforts to reduce vulnerability in marginalized communities, and explore innovative approaches to address new challenges to food security, clean energy transition, and digital connectivity. Join us for a roundtable discussion with Assistant Administrator Schiffer. US Institute of Peace Senior Program Officer for Climate Change Kayly Ober will share her views on managing the impact of climate change. This event will be co-hosted with the U.S. Institute of Peace and take place at 2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC.


Seating is limited. Register in advance to guarantee admission.

Meet the Speakers

Michael Schiffer
Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Asia
United States Agency for International Development

From 2012 to 2022, Mr. Schiffer was a senior advisor and counselor on the Democratic Staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. From 2009 to 2012, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Before joining the Department of Defense he was a program officer at the Stanley Foundation, responsible for the Foundation’s Asia programs as well as a range of other U.S. national and global security issues and in 2004-2005 was a Council on Foreign Relations Hitachi International Affairs Fellow in Japan.


Kayly Ober
Senior Program Officer, Climate, Environment and Conflict, U.S. Institute of Peace

Kayly Ober is a senior program officer for the Climate, Environment and Conflict Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. In this role, she leads research and analysis on climate change, migration and displacement as well as transboundary water and conflict issues. Previously, she was the senior advocate and program manager of the climate displacement program at Refugees International. She has worked on climate change and migration issues for more than 15 years, during which time she has held positions at organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, the Overseas Development Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the World Bank.


Hank Hendrickson
Executive Director
US-Philippines Society

Hank Hendrickson (Moderator)

Hank Hendrickson helped launch the US-Philippines Society in Washington D.C. in May 2012 and continues to serve as the Society’s Executive Director. He is a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, with postings in East Asia (Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Korea), Europe, and the Middle East. During his postings to Asia, Hendrickson spent two tours in the Philippines, as a political officer (1979-83) and Counselor for Political Affairs (1995-97). Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was a commissioned officer in the Navy.

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