2017 Forum

Sponsored and supported by NDIGD and the Keough School of Global Affairs, the 2017 Notre Dame Global Pathways Forum (NDGPF) will bring together NDIGD's public and private partners for comprehensive and well-rounded dialogue around the theme: 

Co-Creation: Bridging the Value Chain and Investment Gap

As public and private entities expand to address consumer needs in diverse economic markets, they are grappling with community engagement issues, political and currency stability, underdeveloped supply and distribution channels, as well as infrastructure issues, among others. Our theme for the 2017 NDGPF endeavors to initiate and continue dialogue among these stakeholders around these very challenging issues.


In addition to the keynote address, which will be announced closer to the date of the event, the 2017 NDGPF will feature several lightning talks and panels. During lunch, attendees at each table will have the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion addressing themes such as:

  • The Benefits of Corporate Responsibility

  • Responding to Sustainable Development Goals

  • Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Sustainability and Environment

  • Understanding Local Networks for Business

  • Innovation and Marketing

  • Applied Innovation

  • Education and Training

  • Design Thinking and Financial Inclusion

  • Impact Investing

*A full agenda will be announced closer to the date of the event.

In Attendance

As in previous years, this forum will bring together key thought leaders from the private sector, global development organizations, foundations, and the federal government. In previous years, our forums have brought together industry and government leaders from organizations like Accenture, Coca-Cola, the Department of State, GE, IBM, and USAID. Among others, representatives from the following organizations will be in attendance and be featured in many of our panels and discussions:

Gpf17 Headliners

Additionally, a number of key Notre Dame administrators and faculty will be active participants in the forum, including: