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Class 14: January 2014 Atlas Corps Fellows

Atlas Corps Class 14

Atiop Yach Gabriel, 27, Yambio, South Sudan (Host: Amir)

Gabriel has almost two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from Kampala International University in Uganda. While working as an Assistant Finance Manager and a Zonal Grants Accountant for World Vision International (April 2012 – December 2013) in Western Equatoria State, South Sudan he helped transform and set up financial systems in the zone, introduced procedural accountability in the zone, as well as facilitiated zonal audit by various donors. Through his work experience, he has developed an incredible knowledge of financial and grants management for USAID, EU, UK and AUSAID, funded projects in Western Equatoria state, he also has helped build capacity for national staff in the zone through his fair and credible financial management skills. He has enhanced good relations with the state government on financial matters, advocated for the welfare of the children in the state, and conducted an advice project to officers/managers in proper budget prioritization. Previously, Gabriel worked for an International Commercial Bank in Juba as the head of Customer Care and Relationships Officer. Within three months of his duties, he helped promote the bank’s popularity and increased their customer base despite the growing competition in banking activities in the new country. Gabriel is a constant advocate of proper, fair and credible financial management in any profession.

Host: Amir

Fellow Role at Amir
Yach will mainly work on budgeting, account management and reporting, and fiscal planning during his time at Amir Project. He will be responsible for ensuring monthly budget projects align with historical financial data and take into account organizational growth. He will also work to put together monthly expense reports, as well as work with CEO and Board of Directors to put together fiscal goals and upcoming milestones.

Fayyaz Yaseen Bhidal, 28, Islamabad, Pakistan (Host: The Atlantic Council)

Fayyaz Yaseen is a development practitioner with four years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned his Master’s degree in Economics and completed several professional courses on monitoring and evaluation, learning and accountability, qualitative and quantitative research methods, report and project proposal writing, and project cycle management. In 2012, the IDRC-SDPI awarded Fayyaz a fellowship in governance, security and justice for his M.Phil. in International Development Studies. Throughout his career, he has gained diverse experience by working in remote areas of Pakistan in different fields such as education, health, voice and accountability, women’s participation in political process, violence against women, child labor, and conflict resolution. In September 2012, in Islamabad, Pakistan he was one of the coordinators of the South Asia Economic Summit organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Fayyaz continued his work on the promotion of good governance in Pakistan with the help of civil society initiatives by establishing nationwide networks of CSOs known as Pakistan Social Accountability Networks (PSAN) to over 125 organizations. These diverse experiences in education, health, women's participation in political processes, violence against women, child labor and conflict resolution provided him with various skills and competencies; such as project design and management, research tools design, donor liaison and reporting, resource mobilization, monitoring and evaluation and financial management. His hobbies include reading political analyses and reviews and traveling.

Host: The Atlantic Council

Fellow Role at The Atlantic Council
Fayyaz will serve as a Research Associate, and will conduct on-the-ground research for an issue brief on U.S.-Pakistan relations in terms of security, public policy, and economic development.

Hae Soo Park, 26, Seoul, South Korea (Host: InterAction)

Hae Soo Park has three years of experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors and has earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Kyung Hee University in Republic of Korea. Currently, Hae Soo is interning for Good Neighbors International, a Korean nonprofit humanitarian organization focused on child education, community development, health, sanitation, and disaster relief projects. She is researching case studies of global campaigns and international governance, as well as updating current international issues and trends. Prior to her internship, Hae Soo was a Research Assistant at a private financial company in Korea, Woori Investment and Securities, for almost two years. She joined the firm in 2011 and assisted the equity research analyst in researching market trends, industry trends, and company updates. In 2009, she completed an internship for nine months at The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO). Her work mostly dealt with assisting the executive coordinator with updating membership database and information. She was also responsible for covering meetings on behalf of CoNGO at the United Nations. Finally, she assisted the staff of New York in organizing the logistics for CoNGO-sponsored meetings and receptions, including CoNGO Board Meetings as well as the Civil Society Development Forum. Through her experiences, Hae Soo has not only learned research skills, but she has also learned how to work proficiently in a fast paced environment. Hae Soo enjoys and feels passionately towards topics related to children's empowerment, education, and rights advocacy.

Host: InterAction

Fellow Role at InterAction
Hae Soo will provide support to InterAction’s Standards related work, as well as support the planning and execution of the 2014 InterAction Annual Forum.

Iryna Fedets, 26, Lviv, Ukraine (Host: Heritage Foundation)

Iryna has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master’s of Art in Sociology from the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy in Ukraine. As a Research Associate at the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER), a think tank in Kyiv, Ukraine, she applied her expertise in sociology, economics, and project management. She coordinated research projects which focused on the analysis of business climate in Ukraine. Previously, Iryna worked for Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms (UDAR), a liberal democratic Ukrainian political party that pursues economic and institutional reforms in Ukraine. There, she gave recommendations for the party’s policy based on electoral research and monitored current events. She also prepared statements and talking points for the party representatives. Outside of work, Iryna founded an informational website for students and youth which highlights events and opportunities in the field of civil society. Throughout her career in think tanks and politics, she has developed research, statistical analysis, and strategic planning skills. She has gained experience in analysis of economic and institutional reforms, benchmark indexes, and giving public policy recommendations aimed at improvement of institutional conditions for business. Her research interests include business climate and civil society development.

Host: Heritage Foundation

Fellow Role at Heritage Foundation
Iryna will preform independent research into all aspects of economic freedom and development, with a particular focus on Europe and Central Asia, and assist in the online, print and media packaging and presentation of the research, along with other research by The Heritage Foundation, for audiences in the United States and overseas. Iryna will contribute to research and drafting for the Index of Economic Freedom, and assist with outreach efforts.

Jennifer Obado-Joel, 26, Lagos, Nigeria (Host: Urban Institute)

Jennifer has over six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, focusing on policy-centered research. Jennifer holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan, a degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, and a degree in Public Policy from the Central European University in Budapest. She also holds a certificate in Health Law and Policy from the University of Latvia. Her professional interests include governance, energy, urbanization and environment. Jennifer was a member of the team that authored the Citizens’ Guide on Fossil Fuel Energy Subsidies in Nigeria. Jennifer conducted the evaluation of the 2009-2010 AGDC/International Youth Foundation Samsung Real Dreams in Nigeria. In the spring of 2013, she had the privilege of teaching seminar classes on Informal Politics in Africa at the University of Hradec Kralove in the Czech Republic. Recently, she participated in the development of a database of data visualization tools for think tanks in Central Europe for the Open Society Institute Think-Tank Fund Office in Budapest. She also worked with a team to produce an advocacy document based on a study of housing policies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) for the Habitat for Humanity CEE Regional Office. Through these experiences, Jennifer has developed skills in research, monitoring and evaluation and promotion of research uptake. Jennifer enjoys working in new environments, the performing arts, and writing.

Host: Urban Institute

Fellow Role at Urban Institute
Jennifer will join the research staff of the center and work as a part of a team implementing a series of research and advisory projects addressing issues of service delivery, municipal finance and governance and the enhancement of policymaker understanding of these issues.

Julie Lim, 32, Seoul, South Korea (Host: Net Impact)

Julie has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned her M.A in Business Administration at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. She is in process of obtaining her Ph.D. in Sociology. In 2008, Julie started the Work and Family Institute, a social enterprise that provides better information on how to balance work and family life. She provided consultations on how to have a more flexible work environment, as well as educational programs to enhance the quality of life for working parents. In 2010, Julie founded a nonprofit organization on her own, the Korea Work and Family Foundation. She successfully persuaded investors to help fund her foundation. She has worked on numerous projects with government officials and corporate sectors for a better working environment for working parents, and received an outstanding recognition award from The Ministry of Gender Equality Family and The Ministry of Health & Welfare. She was involved in many policy making processes, including workers’ rights, childcare, and flexible working time for working parents, with government officials. She advocated using press, news and media via off and online channels. Through these experiences, Julie developed project coordination and government relations skills. Julie enjoys focusing on the topics of Corporate Social Responsibility and Women’s issues, and has a strong passion for Social Entrepreneurship.

Host: Net Impact

Fellow Role at Net Impact
Julie will play a key role in Net Impact’s success by supporting projects that present skill building opportunities for students created in partnership with corporations and organizations such as Banana Republic, Walmart, and the National Park Service.

Karam Chae, 27, Seoul, South Korea (Host: Agora Partnerships)

Karam has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She double majored in Business Administration and Mass Communications, with a minor in English Literature, at Yonsei University in Korea. With her previous experiences at a social enterprise and in private equity, Karam has recently been concentrating on impact investment at the Happiness Foundation. She reviewed business proposals that were submitted by social enterprises which needed funding to scale up, evaluated their financial and social value, and structured investment instruments. Previously, she worked as a CFO at Delight, a social enterprise which manufactures and retails hearing aids. She negotiated investment terms and conditions with potential impact investors, developed annual cash flow forecasts, and obtained B Corp certification. As an analyst in a private equity investment team with Hana Daetoo Investment Bank, she reviewed investment opportunities, forecasted corporate values and monitored portfolio companies. Through these experiences, she developed financial management and evaluation skills. Karam enjoys focusing on the topics of novel financial investment structures in the social economy sector and has a strong passion for empowering the disabled, women, and youth.

Host: Agora Partnerships

Fellow Role at Agora Partnerships
Karam will work to strengthen Agora’s Investor and Mentor Networks in support of the Accelerator Program. She will plan and execute IIA, Agora’s largest event of the year and culmination of the Accelerator ’14. She will also support key initiatives in strengthening Agora’s brand in the US and internationally.

Karuna Dayal, 31, New Delhi, India (Host: CARE International)

Karuna holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the Indian Institute of Human Rights. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Delhi in India, and a Graduate degree in Information Technology from the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT), in India. She has extensive experience working with communities and the government sector, as well as six years of experience in the non-profit sector. Karuna has engaged in volunteer work with prominent nonprofits such as Prayas, Project WHY and Rotaract in India. Initially, Karuna enjoyed a brief exposure in the corporate sector with IBM and Adecco India. In her most recent role, Karuna worked as a Program Officer with Multiple Action Research Group (MARG). Her experience includes project management and implementation in the areas of empowerment, gender & governance, media and policy advocacy, youth development and capacity building on projects supported by UNICEF, UNDP and Oxfam India. She has closely worked with the media, advocacy groups, and the Delhi Task Force to combat trafficking and to mobilize support and create awareness of child labor. Prior to MARG, Karuna worked with the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), one of India's leading non-profits, contributing to multi-donor projects in order to combat human trafficking. As a part of the Delhi Task Force on Child Labor, she led teams in rescuing more than 300 victims of human trafficking from Jharkhand, Orissa, Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal, Bangladesh & Nepal. Karuna is passionate and committed to the cause of working towards bettering lives of marginalized women and children.

Host: CARE International

Fellow Role at CARE International
Karuna will be engaged in supporting research and analysis around implementation of donor and government policies addressing early forced marriage in Bangladesh and Nepal and will contribute to the development of an advocacy strategy to influence key stakeholders at global and national level. Karuna will also be engaged in supporting the Tipping Point team in strategic planning and project implementation including activities aimed at capacity building, communications and knowledge management.

Kate Kiama, 24, Nairobi, Kenya (Host: The Nike Foundation)

Kate Kiama has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of London’s International Program. Kate currently works as a legal officer at the AIDS Law Project, a nonprofit in Kenya that aims to advance the human rights of persons living with HIV & AIDS. Since 2010, Kate has been running a mentorship project in her own capacity for teenage girls in rural and semi-formal settlements in Nairobi. The project, dubbed “Sisterhood”, aims to support, inspire, and encourage young impressionable teens to be the best they can be. In 2011, she received The Humanitarian Finalist Award by the Pillar Awards Africa-Kenyan. From 2011-2012, she served as the Google Student Ambassador in Kenya. From 2012-2013, she served as the Kenyan Youth Ambassador for the United Religions Initiative in the Great Lakes Region, as well as one of the few One Young World Kenyan Ambassadors. Kate was recently appointed as the Hands Up for HER focal person for Kenya. She is also a recipient of a three-year fellowship from the Vital Voices, which offers mentorship by distinguished women who are championing women’s rights issues. She is an avid writer and blogger and has been commended for her legal writing especially in regard to issues pertaining to the New Kenyan Constitution.

Host: The Nike Foundation

Fellow Role at The Nike Foundation
Kate will help the Nike Foundation use her Investment Fund intelligently to take the Girl Effect to scale. Kate will help manage a portfolio of grant relationships that deliver maximize return on investment, capture and distill learning, and inspire large-scale initiatives for girls.

Mahmoud Bader, 25, Tripoli, Libya (Host: Project on Middle East Democracy)

Mahmoud Bader is a lawyer and legal reform activist in Libya. Mahmoud is currently completing his Master’s degree in International Law from Cairo University. He finished his Bachelor of Law from Tripoli University in Libya, focusing on International Law. Mahmoud’s main emphasis is on rule of law, human rights, and access to justice issues. He is working in Libya with local and international organizations to build a more tolerant society, incorporating the ideas and political participation of the country’s youth while building concrete foundations of rule of law in Libya. Prior to Atlas Corps, Mahmoud was working as the American Bar Association Rule of Law Project Manager. Mahmoud is the co-founder of the Libyan civil society organization established in 2011, H2O, which supports the transition to democracy and empowers youth participation. The organization was named “H2O” as an indication of their commitment to the values of transparency. While at H2O, Mahmoud managed a large project called Eye on the General National Congress, in which he monitored parliamentary performance and then provided the public with practical information about their elected body. He did this in order to help Libyan citizens regain trust in civil society and to close the gap between voters and GNC representatives. Throughout his career, he gained vast experience in legal consultancies, researches, and project management. He is very passionate about the field of youth development, civic education and participation, and human rights.

Host: Project on Middle East Democracy

Fellow Role at Project on Middle East Democracy
Mahmoud will aid POMED in expanding and refining its Libya-focused programming. Mahmoud’s activities at POMED will be housed within two different programs: advocacy and research where he will be working on many different projects.

Maiwen Dot Pheot, 25, Abyei, South Sudan (Host: The Enough Project)

Maiwen Dot Pheot has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Maiwen earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Language from the University of Juba in South Sudan, and is currently pursuing Postgraduate Studies in Public International Law at the University of London through distance education, focusing mainly on refugee and human rights law. While working as a Protection Associate for the UNHCR office in Abyei, South Sudan, Maiwen carried out assessments among returnees and displaced persons and initiated a case management strategy that helped hundreds of vulnerable women and elderly to access humanitarian assistance. As part of this case management strategy, he coordinated with many partners in different humanitarian sectors including health, non-food items, livelihood and protection clusters to advocate and follow up on the case of those vulnerable persons and to ensure that they have timely and unhindered access to their needs. Maiwen attended several professional trainings on protection, international humanitarian law, refugee law, human rights law, and community services. In addition, he completed a six-month UNHCR protection program called the Protection Learning Program (PLP), which aims at improving the capacity of UNHCR’s protection staff to understand the overall legal and humanitarian context of refugees and internally displaced persons. Before joining UNHCR, Maiwen worked for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) as a translator in Abyei, South Sudan. He helped his office by providing oral and written translation, including interpretation in official meetings with local authorities and community leaders. Through this experience, Maiwen initiated good relations with local community leaders and authorities in the area.

Host: The Enough Project

Fellow Role at Project on The Enough Project
Maiwen will serve as a South Sudan Research Associate at the Enough Project, where he will contribute to the policy team's research and writing on South Sudan. While at Enough, Maiwen will write short op-eds and add to components of longer reports, conduct ongoing research on situation in South Sudan, with a focus on Abyei and Jonglei, make introductions and facilitate meetings with contacts in the field, and make contributions to the analytic work of the Satellite Sentinel Project.

Maksym Beznosiuk, 25, Kyiv, Ukraine (Host: National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry)

Maksym has more than two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and has earned both a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in International Relations and International Law as well as a Specialist's Degree with Honors in Public International Law from the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University Institute of International Relations.Recently, he was awarded a Chevening Scholarship (funded by the UK Government) and was subsequently awarded an LL.M. in Global Environment and Climate Change Law at the University of Edinburgh. At the Renewable Energy Center, he worked on issues related to clean technologies and the renewable energy market of Ukraine with specific focus on areas such as biomass, solar and wind energy. While working as an Intern at OIES he has conducted research on energy market of Ukraine. At the same time, while working as an intern at UNDP Ukraine he worked on information issues related to UNDP and UN-led activities and provided of administrative support. Through these experiences, he developed strong organizational, analytical and mediating skills. Maksym enjoys focusing on the topics of energy policy and economic development, and has a strong passion for international relations.

Host: National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry

Fellow Role at NCSJ: National Conference Supporting Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia
Maksym will monitor and research political, economic, and social trends in the Euro-Asian region, especially with regard to Jews and Jewish affairs, U.S. relations with governments in the region, developing policy recommendations, and attending hearings and briefings in Washington.

Monica Aznar Diaz, 27, Granada, Spain (Host: Miriam's Kitchen)

Monica has more than three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Granada (Spain), and holds a Vocational Education in Social Integration degree from the Secondary Education Center Ramón y Cajal, Granada (Spain). She has two years experience in Community Social Services in the municipality of Granada (Spain), where she did her social integration and social work internship on topics such as the elderly, immigration, organization and management of resources, and project accounting. During those years, the University of Granada (Spain), gave her a scholarship to continue her experience in the field of Community Social Services. In the same city, she began cooperating with the Social Volunteer Platform on topics such as women, addictions, children, and immigration. Before completing her studies in social work, she received the European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS Program) scholarship, and she spent five months in Umeå (Sweden), where she was volunteer at Kärngården, a social cooperative which works with people with mental illnesses. Through these experiences, she developed strong communication skills, capacity building, case management and, project management. Monica has a strong passion for mental health, equality and, multiculturalism.

Host: Miriam's Kitchen

Fellow Role at Miriam's Kitchen
Monica will be working as a case manager at Miriam’s Kitchen. Monica will provide a variety of direct services to homeless individuals, complete a variety of projects to ensure smooth and efficient functioning as well as improvement of programs, and participate in provider groups and advocacy coalitions to help meet the needs of homeless individuals in Washington, DC.

Moses Wawich, 29, Jikow, South Sudan (Host: Center for Creative Leadership)

Moses Wawich has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has earned his Bachelor's degree in Literature and International Relations from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He has also earned Master's Degree in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Bradford. While working as a Program Officer for Democratic Governance Project with SKILLS for South Sudan in Juba, Moses helped train and support the South Sudanese officials in human rights and development issues. Moses has also worked with the Center for Creative Leadership as a Project Manager and with Pact Ethiopia as a Community Development Officer, where he worked on a conflict prevention project to organize and facilitate community-led peace processes in pastoralist societies. Through all these experiences, he has acquired strong leadership skills, creativity and strong analytical skills, especially conflict sensitive development programs. He hopes to continue his work with peace and conflict resolution, human rights, and good governance.

Host: Center for Creative Leadership

Fellow Role at Center for Creative Leadership
Moses will contribute to the COE (College of Engineering) efforts. He will also create a reflective piece on the work, efforts, and impact of LBB in Africa.

Munyaradzi Malunga, 29, Harare, Zimbabwe (Host: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota)

Munyaradzi has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector and holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies with the University of the Free State in South Africa. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe in 2007. Currently, Munyaradzi conducts and coordinates research that informs the efforts of the organization towards improved welfare for women, children and families. While working as a Special Programs Coordinator for World Education under the USAID funded OVC Program in Zimbabwe, Munyaradzi helped improve the lives of children with disabilities. He also set up coalitions for advocacy around issues affecting children with disabilities and participated in the development of new models for service delivery. Before joining World Education, Munyaradzi served Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Zimbabwe as a Program Officer and later as a Program Coordinator and Team Leader. While holding these positions, Munyaradzi facilitated service provision for children, women and youth and provided training and support to community leaders and stakeholders on governance, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, education, nutrition, child rights, and advocacy. Munyaradzi has volunteered as a Field Officer for ADRA Zimbabwe, providing psychosocial support to vulnerable children, including those orphaned by HIV/AIDS. He also volunteered as an Administrator for Tukondo Children Trust and helped set up the organization. Through these experiences and education, Munyaradzi has developed strong training, project management, monitoring and evaluation and research skills. Munyaradzi enjoys designing and conducting research to add value to the work of organizations and is passionate about children’s rights, youth empowerment and the well-being of families. He believes in amplifying the voices of various rights holders and holding the government and other duty bearers accountable.

Host: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Fellow Role at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Munya will provide leadership in working with the services for people with disabilities and the services for older adult teams as it relates to specific projects, service delivery systems, research and evaluation to enhance the service delivery systems of the organization. Munya will be working closely with executive leadership and their teams in a statewide delivery system structure.

Myounghwa Hwang, 29, Seoul, South Korea (Host: Save the Children)

Myounghwa Hwang has seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector in South Korea. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from Ewha Womans University, South Korea. She has worked for Save the Children Korea as a marketing manager. Myounghwa has been in charge of marketing and fundraising through the pilot testing of acquisition channels and campaigns. She has planned more than 15 projects to engage people to be actively involved with the activities of Save the Children. With her dedicated commitments, Save the Children has grown more than 30%. She was awarded the most outstanding staff member in 2012 and promoted to manager in the shortest possible term, becoming the youngest manager in the process. Before Save the Children, she worked for two and half year in the Hope Institute, a civically engaged think-tank. She was in charge of running a platform, called “Social Invention Ideas”, for citizens to propose any ideas to change society for the better. Myounghwa, as a trained qualitative researcher and planner, undertook a multi-country research project, suggesting innovative and differentiated Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) programs to corporations including Samsung. She did an internship in the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea, working in the office of the Domestic Press Team. She is a member of Korea Women’s Political Solidarity and Empowerment (KWPS) and Internet Alternative News Media, Pressian. She co-founded an education scholarship for youth, “Vitsol”, in 2008. Through the scholarship, around 15 students received support to graduate from high school. She is an avid reader and loves drawing. She is also a television critic. She earned an award for this and a critique was published in a book funded by the Foundation for Broadcasting Culture in 2009.

Host: Save the Children

Fellow Role at Save the Children
Myounghwa will provide account management support to existing global sponsorship partners (SC Italy & SC Korea) and will support the cultivation of new business through prospective Members. Myounghwa will also be responsible for supporting the management of the Child Guardian product (including Member relationships and marketing) and for supporting the development of a global marketing strategy to increase coordination among partners and improve operations, marketing and knowledge sharing.

Naledi Modisaatsone, 27, Gaborone, Botswana (Host: Urban Institute)

Naledi earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Economics from the University of Botswana. She has two years of work experience in a think tank, the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis (BIDPA), where she works in the Macroeconomics, Forecasting and Planning Unit. At BIDPA she has gained experience working with development partners like the African Development Bank on the Botswana Country Assistance Evaluation project and the African Capacity Building Foundation on the Africa Capacity Indicators project. She has been published in different journals, notably Rand/Pula Exchange Rate Volatility in Botswana, on the impact of exchange rate volatility on Botswana’s imports and what drives private savings in Botswana. She is a part of the team that writes the annual BIDPA Budget Brief. Previously, Naledi worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Botswana, providing teaching assistance in the form of mentoring and tutorial sessions to undergraduate students. She has also worked as an intern at the Public Enterprises Evaluation and Privatization Agency (PEEPA). At PEEPA she was involved in a number of projects including public enterprise performance review and an outsourcing project for the Institute for Health Sciences. She also did analysis and interpretation of public policy, regulations and laws that impact on public sector reforms, business and economic analysis of projects for advice on privatization and related activities. Naledi has aslo worked as a freelance research consultant. In 2009 she was awarded the Barclays-Mogae Scholarship for graduate studies.

Host: Urban Institute

Fellow Role at Urban Institute
Naledi will contribute to the expansion of Urban Institute’s program on urban service delivery – investigating the constraints on more effective, efficient and accountable delivery of essential services in the worlds rapidly-growing urban areas. This will involve helping collect and analyze data produced by UI’s several local and international partners, reporting on results and convening workshops of key actors in particular sectors such as health, education or solid waste. Naledi will work with partner think tanks and local consultants to build on-going capacity for this stream of research and support UI and these partners in funding requests for on-going work.

Narayan P Adhikari, 34, Kathmandu, Nepal (Host: Accountability Lab)

Narayan has eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Tribhuwan University. Narayan is currently working on the Accountability Lab Nepal project, which has been operational through the Nepal Economic Forum (NEA). As a Nepal Country Representative for the Accountability Lab, he led the development of several innovative tools for accountability, including: a Right To Information Tool Kit for investigative journalists; ‘Bolaun, an online network for Nepalese to resolve accountability issues; and Nalibeli, a wiki-tools website to crowd-source information on higher education and public services in Nepal. He is a founding member of the South Asia Representative for Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network (GYAC). Narayan also founded the social activism group Citizen Action, and served as Executive Director for Youth Initiative, in Nepal. While working for Handicap International, he developed a national strategy for sustainable service delivery for people with disabilities. He also represented the World Bank Institute (WBI) as Youth Ambassador in an international anti-corruption conference, and was a co-winner of the 2012 Global Changemakers Community Action Project for the BUJORN initiatives to promote youth participation in anti-corruption across education, health and local governance in Bulgaria, Jordan, and Nepal. He played a key role in mobilizing youth across sectors to campaign for the National Youth Policy, youth participation in the Constituent Assembly Election, and continued dialogue to promote youth issues in the constitution of Nepal. Through these experiences and many additional conferences and training sessions, Narayan developed strong leadership skills, extensive knowledge of anti-corruption and youth issues, and the ability to effectively advocate on a national and international level. He is passionate about working with young people and civil society to create social change.

Host: Accountability Lab

Fellow Role at Accountability Lab
Narayan Adhikari will provide wide-ranging support to the Accountability Lab’s organizational development, internal operations, program management, and outreach from its main office in Washington DC. He will specifically assist with research, blogging, financial management, grant writing, and social media.

Nixon Andu Amos, 35, Yei, South Sudan (Host: US Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Nixon Andu is a South Sudan national with two years of experience working with Justice Africa Sudan in Uganda and Kenya. During the Comprehensive Peace Agreement negotiations in Kenya, Justice Africa Sudan partnered with civil society to promote their collective, principled and legitimate presence, voicing citizens’ concerns towards the signing of the peace agreement. Nixon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stockholm University and a Master’s degree in Political science from Uppsala University, majoring in military and non-military security threats. Nixon has also just completed a Master’s degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from Uppsala University. Nixon is involved in research projects across Africa in areas such as hydro-politics and the conflict of the River Nile. His current project is titled “Emerging Military/Non-Military Security Threats in Sub-Saharan Africa."

Host: US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Fellow Role at US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Nixon will be placed at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide. Nixon’s primary project will apply the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides to a contemporary at-risk situation, such as South Sudan, with the intention of producing a high quality research paper or policy brief providing this analysis. The particular project will be determined in consultation between the selected fellow and CPG staff.

Patricia Linda Sewe, 32, Nairobi, Kenya (Host: Global Press Institute)

Patricia has ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology from the University of Nairobi. She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in International Studies at the University of Nairobi. Patricia presently works as the Programs and Communications Officer for the Social Protection Actors Forum, a coalition of Non-State Actors committed to support social protection in Kenya through the promotion of citizen’s engagement in the development, implementation and evaluation of social protection interventions. She is responsible for the delivery of public engagement and communications needs of the organization. Previously, Patricia worked with Grassroots Alliance for Community Education, an international nonprofit organization building the capacity of grassroots community based organizations to implement self-determined high impact and sustainable initiatives for better health and development. She worked directly with diverse grassroots organizations in implementing PEPFAR funded HIV/AID programs, sustainable income generation activities, and promotion of early childhood development education. Patricia is a self-motivated individual with a ‘can do’ approach and is passionate about empowering people with knowledge and skills that allow people to make informed choices.

Host: Global Press Institute

Fellow Role at Global Press Institute
Patricia will lead Global Press Institute’s regional operations in East Africa. Patricia will work with GPI reporters and editors across 4 countries in East Africa to train, story coach, fact check and copy edit feature news stories for publication on the Global Press Journal. Patricia will be responsible for managing workflow, assigning deadlines, providing educational feedback on all stories and tracking reporter development.

Paul Lokaba, 30, Juba, South Sudan (Host: Meridian International Center)

Paul has five years of experience in the charitable organization and nonprofit sector, and has earned a Bachelor’s of Education, Diploma in Education, and Certificate in Teacher Education from both the University of Nkumba as well as the Kyambogo University in Uganda. Paul worked as a Project Manager with Good Neighbors International South Sudan, in implementing Community Development Program and in collaboration with the local authorities. As a Project Officer with War Child Holland, Paul also implemented a Connecting Teaching project under DUTCH & UNICEF. Paul trained government officials to build their capacity on education management and planning, particularly with computer usage to develop wide research skills in teaching profession. Paul has executed his expertise in teacher training, HIV/AIDs Awareness, entrepreneurship skills, life skills/lifesaving messages, and capacity building. Paul led the implementation of small business management and vocational skills training among youth through planning, coordination, and implementation. Through these experiences, Paul developed strong project coordination, implementation and monitoring skills. Paul enjoys focusing on the topics of Peace education, human rights, children’s rights, gender sensitivity, conflict resolution and management, and has a strong passion for youth and women empowerment, specifically children who are termed as wealth earners in society.

Host: Meridian International Center

Fellow Role at Meridian International Center
Paul will be supporting The Pan African Youth Leadership Exchange Program (PAYLEP) and The Business and Entrepreneurship Exchange Program (BEEP). Paul will help develop concepts for emerging leader programs for professionals, entrepreneurs and, youth, research and develop innovative U.S.-based and in-country short term educational programs, write proposals and explore funding options and further develop programming opportunities for countries of interest such as Pakistan.

Rehema Ziyadah Namukose, 24, Kampala, Uganda (Host: Women Deliver)

Rehema has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Project Planning and Management from Makerere University, Kampala in Uganda. She has worked as a Public Relations/Communications Executive, team leader, peer educator and volunteer in areas of reproductive health, youth mentorship, environmental conservation, and renewable energy in Uganda. Due to her strong communication skills, Rehema was able to successfully develop and implement communication campaign strategies aimed at simplifying community sensitization struggles. In her position as the Public Relations Officer for the Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC), she championed the national media awareness campaign for the World Bank Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa (BEIA) project, which promoted an improved cookstove called MWOTO. She has implemented awareness creation activities about usage of institutional biogas in a national campaign implemented by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Uganda in partnership with CREEC. For over a year, Rehema served as one of the team leaders of the Youth Mentorship Initiative (YMi), a new nonprofit organization that seeks to give youth a platform to interact and learn from professionals and icons across all disciplines through mentorship. Previously, Rehema gained skills in strategic communication about sexual and reproductive health through her role as a peer educator for Reproductive Health Uganda. Her work experience has given her an opportunity to work with not only local but international organizations like the World Bank, World Wide Fund for Nature, United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Swedish International Development Agency. Through all these communication capacities, Rehema has developed expertise in events management, strategic planning, and project management. Her passion lies in communication about topics like environmental conservation, youth and girl child empowerment, and sexual/reproductive health.

Host: Women Deliver

Fellow Role at Women Deliver
Rehema will have a particular focus on a campaign Women Deliver is running in East Africa on access to family planning called ‘It Takes Two.’ Rehema will create and implement communications campaigns and manage online content for Women Deliver, including social media, our blog, the website, email marketing. Rehema will also contribute to the Exchange Youth Initiative, as well as other aspects of Women Deliver’s youth programming.

Saket Mishra, 32, Portblair, India (Host: Massachusetts General Hospital)

Saket Mishra earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai in 2007. He has seven years of experience in healthcare marketing as a Creative Director, designing strategy, concept and ideas for pharmaceutical brands and campaigns. Looking to engage in more fulfilling work, he took a sabbatical in 2009 to set up his own nonprofit that launched Maid in India. The project has been a success, raising over $15,000 in grant money, changed 250 lives and reached 1000 households. The project is making revenue of over $10 million and working towards training and employing 1000 maids by 2015. He also helped Online Buddies, a LGBT dating site to launch in India, by helping with strategic partnerships and designing their offline marketing strategy. Saket is a skilled community mobilizer and uses his marketing background creatively to launch grassroots awareness campaigns that engage end users and brings them to the program. Along with strong program management skills and social marketing, Saket is interested and involved in advocacy for labor rights and women's employment and health.

Host: Massachusetts General Hospital

Fellow Role at Massachusetts General Hospital
Saket is joining Partners HealthCare, Center for Connected Health in Boston. The Center is working on technology-based programs to revolutionize the delivery of healthcare and public health efforts in the US. As a fellow, Saket will be executing research pilots for new delivery programs in areas of chronic disease management, cancer care etc. Also, he will contribute to user interface design, and design strategy for new LGBT-based projects, as well as project manage existing projects for their design philosophy.

Smiti Gahrotra, 26, New Delhi, India (Host: The Nike Foundation)

Smiti has close to ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector in India and holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. Smiti is currently working with VOICE 4 Girls as a business development officer, helping them streamline their organizational policies and financial strategies. During her time as a student social worker/counselor with Muskaan, she was individually handling cases of children battling mental stress, as a result of parents seeking separation. Previously, she worked with People's Association of Training and Health, where she designed and conceptualized a program on preventive health and education for adolescent girls and older women of the community in Mumbai, India. Smiti has volunteering experience with organizations such as Rotary International, FIAPO, CARE India, Freindicos, World School Network, Goonj, Janarth Adivasi Vikas Sanstha, and IDA on projects relating to the thematic areas of health and environment. Her strengths include volunteer management, human resource management, event coordination, planning, listening and interpretation skills. Along with focus on mental health, Smiti also enjoys working with children, in the areas of health and education. She has a strong passion for rescue and rehabilitation of animals. In future Smiti sees herself working in the area of health and education.

Host: The Nike Foundation

Fellow Role at The Nike Foundation
Smiti will help the Nike Foundation use her Investment Fund intelligently to take the Girl Effect to scale. Smiti will help manage a portfolio of grant relationships that deliver maximize return on investment, capture and distill learning, and inspire large-scale initiatives for girls.

Sook Hee Yuk, 31, Seoul, South Korea(Host: Global Campaign for Education)

Sook Hee has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master’s of Development studies from the University of Ghana in Ghana and a Master’s of Economics in Middle East and Africa areas of studies from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. While working as a Director and Founder of Make Africa Better which is based in Korea and Ghana, she helped women and communities in northern Ghana to improve quality of life through an income generation project. At the same time, Sook Hee gave lectures about “Africa and Sustainable development” and “Africa and NGOs” at the Hankuk University of Foreign studies. Previously, she has worked as a research assistant in several research institutions including AFDB and Korea Legislation Research Institute. Through these experiences, she has developed balanced aspects of Africa development. Sook Hee enjoys focusing on the issues of poverty alleviation through income generation and education program, and has a strong passion for marginalized people in Africa.

Host: Global Campaign for Education

Fellow Role at Global Campaign for Education
Sook Hee will work the with Director on researching potential funders and writing grant proposals to foundations. She will also assist with the development and functioning of a GCE-US Youth Advisory Group to enable the organization to more effectively engage the next generation of advocates for Education For All.

Victoria Dangond, 29, Bogotá, Colombia (Host: Atlas Corps)

Victoria has five years of experience in public information and project development in the international cooperation and nonprofit sector. Victoria holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Journalism from Universidad de la Sabana, Colombia, and a Master’s degree in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies from the United Nations Mandate University for Peace. Victoria has worked on multiple USAID funded projects and has experience with multilateral organizations and agencies including the Organization of American States (OAS) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). As Communications Officer for USAID’s Access to Justice Program in Colombia, Victoria was responsible for information and outreach activities in four conflict stricken regions where she implemented virtual training courses for justice sector operators on human rights and provided access to justice for vulnerable communities. She interned for UNHCR in Costa Rica during her Master studies. More recently, Victoria participated in the OAS Internship Program in Washington D.C. and volunteered for the International Center on Religion and Democracy (ICRD). In the academic field, Victoria has worked as adjunct professor at Universidad de la Sabana teaching undergraduate students to design communication strategies for local social development projects.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps
Victoria will support the work of the Chief Development & Engagement Officer to raise the profile of the organization to better share the story of Atlas Corps with the purpose of increasing the pool of potential Host Organization and individual candidates and leveraging additional funding opportunities. Victoria will strengthen and practice skills in the implementation, evaluation and expansion of the Atlas Corps external presence as included in our communications and public relations strategy.

Younas Alam Chowdhry, 26, Lahore, Pakistan (Host: Atlas Corps)

Younas Alam Chowdhry has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He graduated with honors with his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is the founder and director of Laal Theater since 2009, which is a community-oriented street theater group that has trained children and adults from underprivileged communities to highlight social issues through performing arts. He also is part of the Laal cultural movement for social change in Pakistan, which includes band, film, social media, poetry, youth group, and theater. Younas is also a board member and manager at Social Awareness Media and Art Junction (SAMAAJ), a nonprofit serving the Pakistani social sector and working on issue-based projects via communication media. Previously, he worked in the education sector as Student Life Coordinator at Salamat International Campus for Advanced Studies (SICAS) and Teaching Assistant at the School for Social Science and Humanities at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). In 2012, Younas was awarded a prestigious Emerging Leaders of Pakistan fellowship by the Atlantic Council in the United States, and he also worked for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin after being awarded a CCP Fellowship in 2013. Younas also served in the advertising and public relations industry and hopes to utilize the skills gained in the corporate sector to benefit the social sector in Pakistan.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps
Younas will aid in the implementation, evaluation and expansion of Atlas Corps’ Global Leadership Lab – a customized professional development program for Atlas Corps Fellows. Younas will also lead the execution of orientation and graduation.

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