David Colvin: What Would You Do with 50 Million Dollars?

ISPI’s 2017 Conference lineup for Montreal is really something to be proud of. As an organization, we’re excited to feature insightful, fresh content in each of our 60-Minute Sessions, Roundtables, Keynotes, Master’s Series sessions. For the first time this year, we set the standard that all sessions must have 100% New Contentand our speakers certainly delivered!

Among our honored speakers is David Colvin, CPT, President and CEO of IBI, USAID’s 2015 Small Business of the Year.

In David’s 60-Minute Session, “What Would You Do With $50 Million?”, which is part of our Large Scale Applications track, he’ll confront issues facing PI professionals and help uncover new strategies to grow your skills within unique, complex, and large environments. If you join us for the session, get ready to:

  • Take your PI skills to scale
  • Anticipate challenges unique to a developing world context
  • Examine a fascinating case study
  • Explore root-cause analysis in highly complex settings
  • Meet others who use PI techniques for social impact

We’d like to thank David for joining us this year as a speaker!


More about David Colvin, CPT

As President and CEO of IBI, Mr. Colvin provides strategic and operational leadership for a range of international development projects. During his tenure, IBI has emerged as one of USAID’s leading small business partners and was named the 2015 USAID Small Business of the Year.
Mr. Colvin designs and manages economic growth and governance projects in alignment with IBI’s emphasis on local solutions, the priorities of host country partners, and the donor community’s evolving approaches to development. He makes frequent presentations at industry events to share IBI’s experiences and lessons learned, and to stay abreast of the approaches that work best in today’s fast-changing world.
Mr. Colvin has worked to improve the performance of institutions and individuals in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa. He has conducted specialized field work in small-scale mining and spatial analysis, helping governments establish and communicate growth policies that are balanced and responsive.
Prior to joining IBI in 2006, Mr. Colvin served for seven years in the U.S. Department of State as a public diplomacy officer, completing assignments in Washington DC, Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania.

Mr. Colvin earned his undergraduate degree in Middle East Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. He is a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) by the International Society for Performance Improvement, and holds a Certificate in Human Performance Improvement (HPI) from the American Society for Training and Development and a Certificate in Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation from the Center for International Development at Harvard University. He speaks French, Arabic and Kiswahili.