Innovation Lead, Pact
Michelle Risinger is a gender specialist with 8 years’ experience in humanitarian assistance, social innovation and vulnerable populations specializing in conflict and post-conflict countries. She is currently serving as the Innovation Lead at Pact, working to cultivate, harvest and monetize innovation in international development programs. She serves as Pact’s technical expert in human-centered design and is the creator and facilitator of Pact’s Country Office Innovation Workshop, Pact’s FailFest methodology and Pact’s internal Global Innovation Competition. She manages an internal knowledge management platform to catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship within the organization and manages business development opportunities for innovation and asset creation. Previously, Risinger served with the American Red Cross in Iraq and Afghanistan, where she designed and implemented health and education programs for women and youth. She was also responsible for the logistics and distribution of humanitarian supplies across the middle east and south central Asia. With a master’s degree in international peace and conflict studies, she has been published in numerous periodicals on women’s issues, social innovation, and health awareness campaigns.