Global Day 2020

Global Day 2020 has been postponed until the fall semester. Please check back for more updates at a later date.

Theme: HEARTH: Health, Ecosystems and Agriculture for Resilient Thriving Societies

Elizabeth Daut – Natural Resources Specialist and HEARTH Team Member, USAID
Dan Bena – Former Senior Director of Sustainable Development, PepsiCo
Linda Vakunta – Executive Director of Project 1808 Inc.

There will also be a poster session, photo contest, and reception.


Elizabeth Daut

Natural Resources Specialist and HEARTH Team Member
United States Agency for International Development, USAID

Dr. Elizabeth Daut is a Natural Resources Officer in the Forestry and Biodiversity Office at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Elizabeth started at USAID as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow where she continues to work in global biodiversity conservation, including integrated, cross-sectoral One Health development approaches and combating wildlife trafficking and other conservation crimes. She is co-coordinator of a new private-sector partnership opportunity called HEARTH designed to co-develop transformative and integrated solutions to benefit high-biodiversity landscapes and communities dependent on those landscapes.

Dan Bena

Former Senior Director of Sustainable Development, PepsiCo
Board Member, United Nations Association, Westchester Chapter

Dan is an honorary professor for Glasgow Caledonian University and is a Board Trustee of its New York College. Bena advocates for the power of the private sector as a force for good in society. He is Senior Advisor to Paul Newman’s charity, Safe Water Network, and serves/has served on the Leadership Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); Steering Board of World Bank’s 2030 Water Resources Group; Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO mandate; the Global Agenda Council on Water Security of the World Economic Forum, US Water Alliance and Creative Visions Foundation. He was recently named a “Global Goals Local Leader” by the UN Association.

Linda Vakunta

Executive Director of Project 1808 Inc.
Madison Deputy Mayor

Dr. Linda Vakunta has a background in program evaluation and qualitative research with experience conducting evaluations and using data to implement program changes. Her professional work has included youth development work, human trafficking victims support services, stakeholder engagement, as well as team training and management. Her effective leadership in local and global partnership development has led to the successful implementation and growth of several programs, most notably in her role as Executive Director of Project 1808 Inc., a Sierra Leone-based education and health-focused INGO that aims to promote STEM fields and leadership skills among young people.

Poster Session

UW faculty, staff and students are invited to present a poster describing their projects which contribute to HEARTH concepts: biodiversity conservation, health, food security, governance, economic development and livelihoods, water supply and sanitation, education, modern energy solutions, forest management and restoration, and climate resilience. 

We seek contributions that focus on basic and applied research, education and outreach, and/or other aspects of international development. Up to three $500 awards will be offered to one lead author for each selected poster. 

Posters will be judged based on content, appearance and presentation.  Award recipients will be featured on the CALS Global website and other possible media outlets.

Photo Contest

Send us your best snapshots from your work/time abroad and take part in Global Day 2020’s Photo Contest!

Three winners will receive a $100 award, a print of their submission, and be showcased on campus and in CALS Global print and digital media.

All attendees of the event are welcome to vote on the ten final photos to decide the top three winners!


1:00 CALS Dean Welcome, Speakers, Q&A Sessions
2:40 Poster Session, Reception, Photo Contest Voting
4:00 Photo Contest Voting Ends
4:15 Presentation of Poster and Photo Contest Awards


  • African Studies Program
  • Agroecology Program
  • Department of Agronomy
  • Department of Bacteriology
  • Department of Horticulture
  • Department of Life Science Communications
  • Horticulture Equity and Diversity Committee
  • Food Research Institute
  • Global Health Institute
  • Institute for Regional and International Studies
  • International Division
  • Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics Program
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Education
  • 4W
Generous support provided by the University of Wisconsin Lectures Fund.


For questions, comments, or concerns please contact Jennifer Kushner at or call at 608-265-3705.