Development with Dignity:
A Human-Centered Approach to Progress
February 24–25, 2017
The 9th Annual Human Development Conference
University of Notre Dame
Keynote Speaker Bios
Kennedy Odede founded and serves as chief executive officer of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), a nonprofit organization that combats extreme poverty and gender inequality for the urban poor by linking tuition-free schools for girls to a set of high-quality, holistic community services, including food, healthcare, and psychosocial services.
Raised in Kibera, Kenya, the largest urban slum in Africa, Kennedy experienced the devastating realities of life in extreme poverty and dreamed about changing his community. Today, he is one of Africa’s most well-known social entrepreneurs and community organizers.
The co-author of Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum (2015), Odede has been published in the New York Times and featured on CNN and NBC Nightly News. He received the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship for his social entrepreneurship and won the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition. Kennedy is also the co-chair of the Youth Panel for the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a senior fellow with Humanity in Action, and a trustee of Wesleyan University.
Carolyn Woo is the former president and chief executive officer of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). She led the organization from 2012 until 2016, after serving on the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2010. Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian organization of the Catholic Church in the United States. Without regard to race, religion, or nationality, CRS aims to alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in nearly 100 countries around the world.
Before becoming president of CRS, Woo led a distinguished career in academia. From 1997 to 2011, she served as the dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Woo was the first female dean to chair the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)—the accreditation body for business schools—and directed its Peace Through Commerce initiative. Additionally, she helped launch the Principles for Responsible Management Education for the United Nations Global Compact.