Innovation at Pact: Working on 'permissionless innovation' across 40 countries

Michelle Risinger, innovation director at Pact.

WASHINGTON — Michelle Risinger, innovation director at Pact, joined the international NGO in 2013 from the American Red Cross, where she worked in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“All we did was real-time problem solving and firefighting — ‘I have to solve this problem right now because someone’s life depends on it’ — but we don’t have that same type of real-time urgency in development,” she said.

This article is for Devex Members

For full access to the content of the article sign in or join Devex.

About the author

  • Cheney catherine%2520%25281%2529

    Catherine Cheney

    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.