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Class #17: January 2015

Akhil Khurana, 23, New Delhi, India (Host: Creative Associates International)

Akhil holds an honors degree in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, and comes with a unique mix of private and social sector experience. In his most recent role, Akhil worked as a strategy consultant with a social enterprise in India to develop and execute their expansion plans, while simultaneously managing their global partnerships. Akhil previously worked as a consultant at two leading global human capital consulting firms, Towers Watson and Marsh & McLennan Companies. At the same time, Akhil managed social impact experiences for students and professionals across the globe. Over the past three years, Akhil's work involved developing a model for using MBA students and young professionals as pro bono consultants to fill human capital gaps for nonprofits and social enterprises in India. Through this work, Akhil maintained a strong network of nonprofit leaders, pro bono consulting chapter leaders, and MBA program directors at top 10 and Ivy League Universities.With his strong passion for human capital development and social entrepreneurship, Akhil hopes to bridge the talent access gap faced by nonprofits and social enterprises.

Host: Creative Associates International

Fellow Role at Creative Associates International:
Akhil will work on business development, partnership management, and communications strategies at Creative Associates, an international development firm. He will be engaged on one of their initiatives called CreativeU, which is positioned as a process to integrate blended learning for “people in development” across the world.

Avais Sherani, 32, Islamabad, Pakistan (Host: Center for Environmental Health)

Avais has six years of experience with development projects implemented by international nonprofit organizations. Avais has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Iqra University Islamabad, Pakistan. In Avais’s most recent assignment with The Asia Foundation, he developed the organization capacity of civil society organizations partnering with USAID Citizens’ Voice Project. In his previous position with Winrock, Avais promoted renewable and alternate energy technologies including biogas and biomass. He worked with dairy farming communities, and advocated for the installation of biogas plants for energy generation. He successfully piloted eight medium size biogas plants for electricity generation. Avais also worked with medium size industries to identify biomass energy potential, and enabled two industries to obtain donor support for implementation of their renewable energy projects. While implementing renewable energy projects, Avais contributed towards highlighting environmental issues and promoting environment protection by identifying carbon financing opportunities available through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

Host: Center for Environmental Health

Fellow Role at Center for Environmental Health:
Avais will serve as the lead coordinator for CEH 2015 annual Fracking and Health Symposium which will bring together scientists, academia, and community members to share information on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on community health.

Babar Ali Malik, 28, Multan, Pakistan (Host: PYXERA Global)

Babar has three years of work experience in the nonprofit sector and earned his Master degree in Development Studies from the University of Glasgow and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from Forman Christian College University Lahore Pakistan. He had worked in Monitoring and Evaluation section of Agha Khan Rural Support Program Pakistan for DFATD (Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development) Canada funded project focusing on Enhancing Employability and Leadership forYouth (EELY) and was also engaged with USAID funded project focusing on rural infrastructure and agriculture value chain development with the same organization. He was responsible for progress reports and development of work breakdown structure for the USAID funded project. He was also involved in developing outcome and output level success stories to gauge the impact of project deliverables. Previously, he contributed to establish Monitoring and Evaluation system for youth development based project interventions. He also conducted regular monitoring visits of the project interventions and developed data collection formats to ensure data inflow from the grass root level. Babar was also engaged with a community based organization for the skill development and capacity building of marginalized communities in rural and disaster stricken areas. He also worked as a Junior Operational Consultant at Chief Minister Punjab Office and had an exposure of primary research experience as a micro-finance field worker. Through these experiences he developed strong project coordination, monitoring, evaluation and data analysis skills. He is comfortable with extensive primary and secondary research. Babar enjoys focusing on the topics of youth development, sustainable livelihood and rural development.

Host: Project on PYXERA Global

Fellow Role at Project on PYXERA Global:
Babar is an Atlas Corps Fellow serving at Pyxera Global where he will gain a thorough understanding of three main programs of PYXERA Global that includes integrated community development, global pro-bono and local content development.He is actively engaged to develop and practice M&E framework & tools, program management and reporting skills. This specifically includes supporting program management and proposal writing in the Enterprise and Community Development (ECD) division of PYXERA Global. Moreover; Babar also supports M&E division in creating M&E frameworks and tools, survey administration, data management and analysis for PYXERA Global’s pro-bono, integrated community development and local content development programs. Babar will also contribute to the impact assessment of PYXERA Global programs that relates to an impact report production for the 25th Anniversary of the organization.

Bahaa Eddin Al Dahoudi, 27, Gaza Strip, Palestine (Host: Project on Middle East Democracy)

Bahaa has 2 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and completed his Master's Degree in Political Science and American Studies from the Heidelberg Center of American Studies, Germany. He received his bachelor's degrees from Westminster College in the United States where he double majored in Business Administration and International Relations & Diplomacy. Bahaa is very passionate about international politics and human rights, and he has been part of many projects that promoted youth capacity building, global leadership, peace, and tolerance among people, societies and nations. Before Atlas Corps, Bahaa worked as a Researcher and Project Coordinator at Pal-Think for Strategic Studies: a Palestinian think tank focused on promoting peace, freedom, and democracy through organizing debates on public issues, and producing policy recommendations to the decision makers in Palestine and Middle East. Previously, Bahaa worked for Humanity for Children in the U.S.A, and he is member of Amnesty International. In 2013,Bahaa attended the International Youth Leadership Conferences in Prague, Czech Republic where he encouraged innovative development solutions that challenge mainstream thinking in politics, economics and social issues. In addition he conducted research and published papers on U.S. foreign Policy in the Middle East, U.S. Think Tanks, and on the Arab Spring. Bahaa believes his education and work background madehim a global citizen, and allowed him to appreciate new perspectives and national differences.

Host: Project on Middle East Democracy

Fellow Role at Project on Middle East Democracy:
Bahaa will increase the capacity of the Host's Civil Society Partnerships Program to better serve its nine partnered think tank and advocacy organizations in the Middle East. He will develop projects in training, mentoring, and providing operational guidance for the growing partner organizations.

Ernesto Zelayandia, 26, San Salvador, El Salvador (Host: Human Rights Campaign)

Ernesto has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor´s Degree of Law from the Jose Simeon Canas school of The University of Central America in 2011. After graduation, he volunteered with El Salvador’s first LGBT legal clinic which inspired him to pursue a career on Human Rights activism. In 2012, Ernesto volunteered and partnered with several LGBTI organizations from the Salvadoran civil society, and became a founding member of the AMATE initiative: a project to recover and preserve the historical memory of the LGBT movement in El Salvador. As coordinator for the Global School program of Foundation Cristosal, a faith based human rights organization, Ernesto developed field courses to better understand development from a human rights approach. Through these experiences, Ernesto gained a working knowledge of social justice, grassroots organizations, learning through popular education, and human rights and equality advocacy.He also has experience facilitating dialogue and intercultural exchange between Salvadoran and North American communities. In the future, Ernesto wants to pursue a career in human rights advocacy and law.

Host: Human Rights Campaign

Fellow Role at Human Rights Campaign:
Ernesto will serve at the Human Rights Campaign on the “A la Familia Program” a bilingual project that promotes inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people within communidades Latinas. He will also provide support on a research project on the export of Homophobia from religious groups from within the U.S.

Ester Pitrelli, 33, Rome, Italy (Host: Save the Children)

Ester Pitrelli has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University, Italy, and she is currently enrolled in a distance learning program for a Postgraduate Certificate in Poverty Reduction from the School of African and Oriental Studies in the United Kingdom. She worked at Save the Children Italy as Communications and Donor Retention Officer where she led many direct marketing projects, including a fundraising program for the least developed Mediterranean areas. Previously, Ester worked as a Project Officer in Zambia for an Italian nonprofit organization where she increased organizational awareness, and wrote new project proposals on several topics including a home based care for people living with HIV/AIDS. . Ester is mainly interested in focusing on the topic of poverty reduction, especially for children. She hopes she will have the opportunity to use her current studies and acquired skills to become a professional in communication for development.

Host: Save the Children

Fellow Role at Save the Children:
Ester will contribute to support Global Sponsorship Growth by developing an effective ICS Fundraising Launch Approach. She will also implement the Global Sponsorship Market Intelligence to find top markets for the launch of the ICS product. Ester will support improvements of the Sponsor Experience by collaborating with SC US, SC Italy, SC Korea and SC Australia to increase the quality of acquisition and retention communication streams for various channels.

Esther Pinnock, 32, St. Catherine, Jamaica (Host: Atlas Corps)

Esther has over three years of experience in the non-profit sector, having served as Executive Director of Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), Jamaica. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Media and Communication from the University of the West Indies, Mona. While at CAB, Esther had managerial responsibility for the operations of the Bureau, Skills Training Centre, as well as the Early Childhood Institution it operates. As an Executive Director, she gained experience in corporate governance, operations management, and youth training and development. Esther previously worked as a Public Relations Officer with the Jamaica Information Service, (JIS) the public relations arm of the Government of Jamaica. Esther has also involved herself in youth leadership and community development in voluntary capacities in local community based organizations. Her professional experiences honed her into a strategic planner, who is competent in the application of communication for social transformation. Esther is passionate about empowering citizens through information and education. Through her pursuit of an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship, she aims to create a synthesis between development communication and entrepreneurship that will dismantle abject poverty and its effects, throughout her sphere of influence.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps:
Esther 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 Organizations and individual candidates and leveraging additional funding opportunities. She will be integral to the management of the organization’s social media strategy, and will be involved in event planning, and publications development, while assisting the execution of Atlas Corps Fellow Recruitment Strategy.

Harriet Kezaabu, 34, Kampala, Uganda (Host: Atlas Corps)

Harriet is a development practitioner with over seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Makerere University and a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University. Harriet worked as the Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Manager at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) implementing economic empowerment programs for refugee women in emergency settings, urban areas and women and girls in post conflict northern Uganda. As a Gender and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Specialist with the Production for Improved Nutrition project-USAID, Harriet spearheaded the development of the Gender Mainstreaming Strategy. She trained project staff and volunteers in gender sensitive programming while collaborating with the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development to ensure compliance and timely service delivery for vulnerable children. While serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors, and Young Professionals Chapter Coordinator at Uganda Rural Fund, Harriet was responsible for fundraising, grants research, program monitoring and evaluation, and youth leadership programming. Harriet has also served as a Social Worker and Unit Head at Francois Xavier Bagnold (FXB) International in Uganda. Harriet is passionate about Orphans and Vulnerable Children, women and youth programming.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps:
Harriet will be responsible for managing the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (GLL), a training program for rising global nonprofit leaders participating in the Atlas Corps Fellowship. She will also plan and manage this leadership development program to empower Atlas Corps Fellows in their professional journeys. Harriet will ensure the overall excellent experience for staff, speakers, and Fellow participants.

Hiba Safi, 25, Tunis, Tunisia (Host: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy)

Hiba Safi is a community leader with a fierce passion for the nonprofit sector, she currently serves as the Research Fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy with a special focus on Economic Policy Reforms. She is the Programs and Events Coordinator at the Arab Institute of Business Leaders (IACE, an independent business association and think tank representing the private sector in Tunisia). In this capacity, Hiba has contributed to the management of IACE’s broad range of initiatives in the four core program areas of Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Economic policy reforms and Civic engagement across Tunisia. She has been working on a long list of challenges to advocate and improve Tunisia’s economic and investment climate through policy reform. All of these activities are geared towards promoting the growth and viability of Tunisia’s private sector, and giving it a voice in the country’s evolving political landscape.

Hiba has worked with national and international organizations and government bodies and has the experience of successfully organizing regional projects and conferences that focus on transitional issues of Tunisia. Hiba has also worked on a research project to reform the entrepreneurship ecosystems in Egypt and Tunisia after the Arab Spring, and she contributed to reform municipal regulations and administrative procedures in Tunisia. Ms. Safi is a member of the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum and the Word Pulse Community. Before joining IACE, Hiba worked for the British Council in the Marketing and Communications department. She is also a member of the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum,the Word Pulse community and the Young Professionals in foreign policy.

Host: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Fellow Role at The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy:
Hiba will work in a research capacity with the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) conducting research analysis on economic policy reforms in the Middle East with special focus on Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

Huma Sattar, 26, Karachi, Pakistan (Host: Heritage Foundation)

Huma specializes in regional trade, trade policy and public sector development. She holds a Bachelors’ degree in Mathematics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) minoring in Economics and Philosophy. She has worked as an analyst at the Pakistan Business Council since 2012 contributing to several publications centered on Pakistan’s trade relations with emerging economies in the region, particularly China and India. Her work broadly aims to assess the development or lack thereof in Pakistan’s trade infrastructure in light of the changing political landscape, economic restrictiveness, bilateral and multilateral trade cooperation agreements and policy reforms. Her research identifies key focus areas at industry and government levels for Pakistan to create pathways for a sustainable growth in the mid and long term. She worked closely with the Pakistan Economic Forum to facilitate dialogue amongst policy makers, economic experts and academics on issues of trade, economic stability, energy and education. She is also a coordinator on the Pakistan side for the Pakistan India Joint Business Forum that consists of business leaders on both sides actively involved in the process of trade normalization between the two countries. She assisted the forum in making recommendations to the two governments on mutual opportunities and trade policy matters.

Host: Heritage Foundation

Fellow Role at Heritage Foundation:
Huma will undertake an independent research project focused on economic freedom and development in the South and South East Asian region closely studying rule of law, governance, regulation and open markets. She will also contribute in developing the next edition of the Index for Economic Freedom published annually by the Heritage Foundation.

H.Kelly (Hyun-jung) Shin, 35, Seoul, South Korea (Host: Global Good Fund)

Hyun-jung has ten years of work experience in the for-profit sector as a professional marketer. She earned a Bachelor's degree in English language and literature with a minor in Mass Communication and Global MBA at Korea University in South Korea. She previously worked at Amway Korea, CJ CheilJedang Corporation, and Double A Korea. Hyun-jung is experienced at CSR marketing, integrated marketing communication, brand management, new product development, marketing research and business data analysis. Hyun-jung’s interest in social entrepreneurship and leadership motivated her to help young social ventures as a pro bono marketing consultant, and she launched a three month social consulting academic program for university students. She has also designed and implemented a fundraising campaign to build a toy library for orphaned children. With her strong marketing background, she wants to devote herself to work in the non-profit sector in the future, with the goal to become part of making a better global community.

Host: Global Good Fund

Fellow Role at Global Good Fund:
Hyun-jung will work to manage portfolio of current and alumni Global Good Fund Fellows ensuring the Fellowship accelerates their leadership development. Not only will she identify and vet 2016 Global Good Fellows, she will also develop commercialization of leadership products.

Julia Jungmin Oh, 27, Seoul, South Korea (Host: The National Bureau of Asian Research)

Ms. Oh interned for one year in separate research roles for the Korea Economic Institute of America, in Washington D.C., and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, in New York City. While completing her MA, Ms. Oh also contributed to the Centre for Science and Security Studies in London and NK News, a North Korea–focused news and information service. She recently worked for the Korean government in London as a Marketing Assistant Manager for the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency. As a 2015 Atlas Corps fellow, Oh will join the National Bureau of Asian Research in Washington DC.

Ms. Oh holds a BA in Communications from the University of Delaware and an MA in International Relations from the Department of War Studies at the King’s College London, where her thesis focused on the role of North Korea's nuclear weapons program in domestic propaganda. She has native fluency in English and Korean.

Host: The National Bureau of Asian Research

Fellow Role at The National Bureau of Asian Research:
Julia will serve as part of the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs group and the Political and Security Affairs (PSA) group of NBR. As a member of these two groups, she supports the group leader, Assistant Director, and Project Manager in business development, project management, fundraising, and grant and contract management. Part of NBR’s mission is to train the next generation of Asia specialists and instill in them the importance of policy-relevant research.

Lawrence Yealue II, 35, Monrovia, Liberia (Host: Accountability Lab)

Lawrence received a BA in Human Resource Management from Wisconsin International University College in Ghana, as well as certificates of training in: securities trading; banking; analytical problem solving; organizational leadership; team playing and report writing; public speaking and presentation skills; international youth leadership; HIV/AIDS; conflict management and mediation; peace building; and a peace ambassador. He most recently worked as the Assistant Project Coordinator of the Business Start-Up Center Monrovia (BSC). Previously, he served as Electoral Commissioner for the Liberian Student Association-Ghana, National Coordinator for the World Youth Spirit Council, Project Director for the Rotaract Club of Wisconsin, and a volunteer for Africa Peace’s HIV/AIDS Education & Peace Initiative in Benin. He also founded and directed Liberian Youth for Peace & Development (LIRYPAD), and worked as a teacher, dean, and HR personnel for community schools in Ghana.

Host: Accountability Lab

Fellow Role at Accountability Lab:
Lawrence will serve as coordinator for Accountability Lab for its activities in West Africa, conducting research, developing project ideas, building relevant networks, and conducting outreach.

Luther Jeke, 27, Monrovia, Liberia (Host: Creative Associates International)

Luther has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology from the African Methodist Episcopal University in Liberia. In his most recent capacity at iLab Liberia as the Director of Training, Luther and his team have provided more than 1,250 Liberians the opportunity to use iLab’s computer lab and gain new technology skills. Previously, Luther worked as Training Director of Ushahidi Liberia, a nonprofit tech camp that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. Luther served as an exemplary leader in the Monrovia crisis, and partnered with the United Nations, the Government of Liberia, NGO’s and civil societyon using technology to map conflict and instability in Liberia. Luther is passionate about using technology for social good, particularly in the areas of using Crisis Mapping Technologies (Ushahidi, Crowdmap, SwiftRiver, basic GIS) to prevent conflict.

Host: Creative Associates International

Fellow Role at Creative Associates International:
Luther will provide support to the Technology for Development (T4D) unit in the Cross-Functional Group (CFG), which is responsible for incubating new ideas of how to use technology interventions. He will also work as a development agency contractor by learning about the latest in information and communication technologies for development and contributing innovative ideas that have potential for funding.

Mohammad Asideh, 27, Ramallah, Palestine (Host: Cure Violence)

Mohammad has four years of experience with OneVoice Organization as a Program Officer, advocating for the two states solution; running several campaigns, trainings, and activities that aim to raise awareness toward Middle-East peace process, and the challenges that the Palestinian new generation faces. He graduated from An-Najah National University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Mohammad volunteered with Tomorrow’s Youth organization in Palestine, working closely with youth in refugee camps, and neglected areas helping, and creating better opportunities for the Palestinian children in refugee camps. Hehas spoken at universities, political, and social centers in many countries addressing the history and future aspiration for the Middle East conflict.Mohammad won the Generations For Peace Samsung Award for Impact, for his own personal journey of change with Generations For Peace and his impact: training 300 leaders of youth, and involving more than 3,500 children in five Palestinian cities.

Host: Cure Violence

Fellow Role at Cure Violence:
Mohammad will identify, apply, replicate, and manage adaptations of the Cure Violence model for reducing violence. Also, he will help to expand Cure Violence’s work in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Ruth Kim, 31, Seoul, South Korea (Host: Pyxera Global)

Ruth has over three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned her Bachelor’s degree of Engineering in Architecture and Urban Design from Handong Global University in Korea. Ruth initially worked at Haeahn Architecture for four years as an architect in training where she operated as an intermediary between Korean and foreign firms and translated Korean-English documents. At the end of Ruth’s four year apprenticeship, she decided to make a career change to one which involved the social issues that she is passionate about, and utilized her professional skills. She most recently worked as a Vision Trip Specialist for Compassion Korea, an international nonprofit child advocacy organization focused ofrelieving childpoverty. For the past three years, she has coordinated and co-hosted trips to countries all over the world for individuals, corporations, VIPs, youths, church groups, advocates and other interest groups. She also planned and executed events for sponsors that have been on trips to ensure and expand future sponsorship and commitment. Through these experiences she has developed skills in leadership, communication, management and project coordination and implementation.

Host: Pyxera Global

Fellow Role at Pyxera Global:
Ruth will join Pyxera Global as a communications and public affairs fellow. She will support and eventually lead, the planning and execution of various seminars/events including PYXERA Global’s 25th anniversary. She will manage the overall event design, supportive brand building and communications, audio-visual production, budgeting, logistics, managing vendors and ensuring a good client/participant experience.

Samita Thapa, 24, Kathmandu, Nepal (Host: TechChange)

Samita has a strong background in research, writing, and communications. Samita has previously assisted the communications and marketing teams ofTechChange, a social enterprise providing online courses for international development professionals. Prior to TechChange, she worked at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants where she communicated with 33 affiliate agencies around the U.S. and was responsible for an online training to ensure compliance-based refugee resettlement. Samita earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Goshen College in Indiana, and as a senior in collegeshe initiated a semester-long internship with the local office of the Mennonite Central Committee, a relief and development organization. There, she researched and reviewed documents for a training for U.S. immigration advocates. Before starting college, she volunteered as a teaching assistant in an international school in Nepal. Samita is passionate about assisting in the development of Nepal, especially in the education sector. She is especially interested in the empowerment of women through education.

Host: TechChange

Fellow Role at TechChange:
Samita will communicate with TechChange's domestic and international clients on a daily basis as well as manage TechChange's social media accounts. She will create marketing campaigns for TechChange's courses and approach new partnership opportunities.

Sue Ohe, 26, Seoul, South Korea (Host: Polaris)

Sue has two and a half years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor's of Liberal Arts and Sciences in East Asian Languages and Culture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While working as a Legal Coordinator with International Asylum Protection Team of Refuge pNan, she helped asylum seekers from Africa, Asia, and Middle East with their refugee application and lawsuit filing, interviews, livelihood and social integration throughout their refugee status determination(RSD) procedure. One of her specialties is Country of Origin Information (COI) research, and she had taught at several lectures for Korean pro-bono lawyers and legal clinic students on how to conduct COI research. In 2013, she was a project coordinator of Center for Global Partnership, where she organized a roundtable on refugee resettlement and social integration. In 2014, she conducted field research in Myanmar and Thailand on local community capacity building to help returning Burmese refugees. As a part of effort to raise public awareness in Korean society, she lectured at high schools about refugee issues and civil diplomacy. Sue enjoys working on the topics of asylum protection and forced migration, and has a strong desire to be a professional in the field of humanitarian assistance and emergency relief.

Host: Polaris

Fellow Role at Polaris:
As a Campaign Fellow, Sue will provide critical support to the Strategic Intervention team, assisting the team in its effort to eradicate modern day slavery by combating sex trafficking. She will support the team as it focuses on grassroots action campaigns, legislative advocacy, law enforcement engagement, and bilateral collaboration with source-country stakeholders, providing unique capacity to the Korean community.

Tarig Ebrahim, 28, Khartoum, Sudan (Host: Heartland Alliance International)

Tarig has seven years of experience in the non-profit sector, and earned a Post Graduate Diplomas in African and Asian Studies from the Institute of African Asian studies University of Khartoum in Sudan. Tarigmost recently worked as an Education and Development Program Officer for Women’s Empowerment and Development at GOAL international in Sudan. At GOAL, Tarigdeveloped project design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of human traffickingin refugee camps in eastern Sudan.Tarig helped develop the rural areas in five states through empowering women to have stronger roles in their communities’ decision making through greater self-reliance by having a source of income and better health knowledge. Tarig developed strong project monitoring tools as a means of verifications for these targets, and coordinated theirimplementation. Previously, Tarig also worked at projects under the UNDP/Irish Aid/DFID and OFDA, and USAID funded women development programs. Tarig is committed to the empowerment of women through development and empowerment community techniques, and he desires to replicate his experience with conflict resolution and peace building by integrating ex-combatants in the civil community.

Host: Heartland Alliance International

Fellow Role at Heartland Alliance International:
Tarig will provide support across Heartland Alliance's monitoring and evaluation (M&E), program development, and operations departments. Tarig will also support successful implementation of programs across HAI’s program portfolios and regions.

Tarika Vaswani, 33, Mumbai, India (Host: Magic Bus USA)

Tarika has eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai; and a Master's degree in Sociology from S.N.D.T., Mumbai. For her first 6 years at GiveIndia, she was a member of the Online & Retail Giving team. During this time, she increased GiveIndia’s online presence by managing donor communication, and improving the user experience of the website. While Tarika’s primary issue is poverty, her experience also taught her the importance of technology. Because of this, she created a new website that brings grassroots stories of the impact created byGiveIndia’s nonprofits.

Host: Magic Bus USA

Fellow Role at Magic Bus USA:
Tarika will contribute to the planning and implementation of Magic Bus USA’s digital strategies to promote and advance its mission. Her contributions will include research, donor and other stakeholder communication, social media promotion, and website maintenance and promotion.

Tigist Mulugeta, 30, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Host: CARE International)

Tigist has eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Education majoring information Technology from Addis Ababa University, and a Diploma in Accounting from Addis Ababa Commercial College of Commerce. She has previously worked as the Senior Grants Compliance Officer with WaterAid Ethiopia which is an international nonprofit organization concerned with the WASH crisis: water, sanitation and hygiene. Previously, Tigist worked for Pact, ICAP Columbia University and Health Poverty Action as Grant Officer and Finance Administration Officer. Her partnership experience provided a great deal of experience in bringing together institutional capabilities and human resources to tackle common problems that are often beyond the capacity of a single organization or groups. Tigist has developed strong skill in project coordination, reporting, budget preparation, grant proposal writing, fundraising techniques and grant management, for USAID, CDC,EU, and DFID donor grants. Tigistvolunteers with Rotary International, and has a strong passion for education, social entrepreneurship, and gender and youth empowerment.

Host: Care International

Fellow Role at Care International:
Tigist will be responsible for assisting with the financial management of advocacy department of CARE USA. In addition, she will assist with monitoring and reporting of international advocacy grants, and she will have the opportunity to learn about how CARE utilizes advocacy to help achieve its mission. Tigist will also support the women and girls lead global international advocacy program—an advocacy initiative that receives quarterly reports from offices in five countries.

Wilson Saavedra, 26, Cochabamba, Bolivia (Host: Heartland Alliance International)

Wilson has three years of professional experience, and graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the Bolivian Private University. As a consultant, he worked to implement sustainable technology in small and medium enterprises. In addition, Wilson developed business plans and international markets for the Bolivian companies in the Organic Food sector. Previously, Wilsonworkedfor PricewaterhouseCoopers where he audited the financial resources of the Inter-American Development Bank in government projects such as “My Water” which increased and improved access to potable water in rural areas of Bolivia. He also worked with the United Nations for Development’s Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria where he developed an interest rate model for the National Bank of Bolivia for microcredit loans. Wilson also serves with the Junior Chamber International, supporting social and youth programs. Through these experiences, Wilson developed a clear vision of the key projects and industries which work in Bolivia to reduce poverty and encourage the development of the country.

Host: Heartland Alliance International

Fellow Role at Heartland Alliance International:
Wilson will support the development of knowledge management systems and the sub-award management process. Wilson will also provide legal and contract reviews, and he will coordinate and review the annual budgeting process.

Class #16: September 2014

Angela Betancur, 27, Medellín, Colombia (Host: Latin American Youth Center)

Angela Betancur has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector working with different social and development projects to support disadvantaged youth and women’s groups. Angela earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia and received formal training in Art Therapy to work with communities in University of Saint Buenaventura. She is currently working with the at-risk youth population in areas of drug abuse, crime, prostitution, and teen pregnancy. Through prevention campaigns and group interventions she works to restore youth rights. She also worked at an organization for rehabilitating people with physical disabilities and youths with cognitive and mental disabilities. Her work there also included supporting the families of the youths. After graduating from college, Angela worked as a Toy Librarian planning activities for children, teenagers, and their families while addressing possible abuses and rights’ violations. She also worked as a research assistant for two projects concerning migration and transnational families. She is especially interested in youth rights and women’s empowerment. Angela’s focus in college dealt with verbal and gestural expressions concerning gender-based violence in the school setting.

Host: Latin American Youth Center

Fellow Role at Latin American Youth Center
Angela will provide individual, family and group counseling services, diagnoses, treatment planning, and community support to approximately twenty-two youths and their families. She will work to create individual plans of care for her clients while consulting with qualified practitioners in the field.

Anwuli Ojogwu, 34, Lagos, Nigeria (Host: Thinking Beyond Borders)

Anwuli earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Benin in Nigeria. She has worked extensively in media, development, and management consulting. In the early stages of her career, she served as a journalist, columnist, and as assistant editor/PRO Officer at Kachifo Limited (Owners of the Farafina Trademark) working with acclaimed writers, such as Chimamanda Adichie, Chika Unigwe, and Binyanvanga Wainaina. Her other past experiences include stints as a communication manager at FATE Foundation, where she managed the communication strategy of the foundation and worked with budding entrepreneurs; Senior Consultant, Development Communications & Projects, ThistlePraxis Consulting, where she co-designed and lead media campaigns on sustainability for clients such as the Cross River State Government, and Ag Executive Director, Career Development Network (CDNet), a career development based non profit. Also, she has lead projects on youth development.Anwuli is a Fellow of the sustainability initiative at Leadership in Environment and Development Program in Africa (LEAD), a member of the Atlas Community Leaders, and a member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum.In addition, she serves as a global volunteer for the Global Dignity Day Project, affiliated with the World Economic Forum. Anwuli is currently in the process of setting up a publishing/communication outfit where she will be co-partner.

Host: Thinking Beyond Borders

Fellow Role at Thinking Beyond Borders
Anwuli will contribute to the planning and implementation of Thinking Beyond Borders’ digital communication strategies to promote and advance its mission. Anwuli’s contributions will include engaging take holders, research, planning content creation, building a long-term infrastructure for TBB digital media; disseminating information and promoting discussions on global issues of interest on sustainability and international development in line with Thinking Beyond Borders’ mission.

Grace Longwe, 27, Lilongwe, Malawi (Host: Population Action International)

Grace has over 4 years of experience working in the nonprofit area with focus on social development. She has completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Monitor and Evaluation at Cavendish University in Zambia. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from University of Malawi, Chancellor College. In 2010, Grace joined,Theatre For a Change as a volunteer, a nonprofit working in Malawi to promote behavioral change amongst groups of people that are at high risk of HIV&AIDS. Later on, she was hired to support with the monitoring and evaluation of the sex workers behavior change program where she conducted baseline and end line studies, needs assessments, and routine monitoring to help the program team make informed decisions regarding impact of the program. In 2012, Grace successfully joined Global Health Corps as an M&E Fellow at Dignitas International in Malawi for a year. Prior to becoming an Atlas Corps Fellow Grace was working with Riders for Health, an NGO working with the Ministry of Health in Malawi. Grace’s role was taking lead in managing the monitoring and evaluation framework of Riders Malawi to ensure outcomes, indicators, and donor requirements are met. In general, Grace has experience in monitoring and evaluation, project management, facilitation through experiential learning, training and planning logistics. Grace considers herself a student of life; looking out to learn from all her experiences and using them to improve herself, and where possible, help others learn and grow as well.

Host: Population Action International

Fellow Role at Population Action International
Grace will serve at Population Action International and work in the fields of subject expertise, research, strategic planning, and external representation. She will participate in producing written reports and analysis based on PAI’s strategic initiatives and make recommendations for leveraging PAI research and analysis products for the organization’s advocacy and funding purposes.

Hulu Chen, 29, Chengdu, China (Host: Youth for Understanding)

Hulu has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English. While working as a Project Coordinator with Shining Stone Community Action in Beijing for 3 years, she was responsible for trainings and community development projects. She helped build the capacity of residents, community workers, and nonprofit workers, government officials on governance, and conflict resolution, as well as participatory meeting methodologies. She also kept international communications and exchanges with trainers and facilitators around the world to learn and share experiences. Prior to this work, Hulu worked with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in Amsterdam to advance mainstream of sustainability reporting and GRI guideline. Through these experiences, she developed strong communication, training, project coordination, implementation, management, and monitoring and evaluation skills. Hulu enjoys focusing on the topics of social enterprise, and corporate social responsibility, and has a strong passion for facilitation and international exchange.

Host: Youth for Understanding

Fellow Role at Youth for Understanding
Hulu will support the expansion of the mission of global citizenry through public diplomacy and international exchange; explore, develop, and implement new programs in Exchange with China; and access to volunteers within the organization to provide resource.

Isaiah Owolabi, 27, Lagos, Nigeria (Host: GBCHealth)

Isaiah Owolabi has over six years of experience working to implement and advocate for development initiatives aimed at combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Environment Degradation and incorporating business models for such interventions. He is the project director and co-founder of HACEY's Health Initiative, a nongovernmental organization supporting and empowering vulnerable children, women and young people in Africa to live a healthy and productive life. He is also a co-founder and currently serves as the executive chair of the International Youth Alliance on Family Planning (IYAFP). He is the author of the book HIV/AIDS - The future of the infected and affected. He is also a contributing author to the Girls Sexual Health Promotion training manual and the co-author for the Sanitation and Hygiene Training Manual for School Children. Isaiah holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Physiology. He is a One Young World Ambassador, Alumni of the United States Consulate Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, a member of the International AIDS Society, Young Investigator Award winner for his presentation on Oral contraceptive at the International Union of Physiological Science Congress in Kyoto, Japan, and a 2012 finalist for the Commonwealth Youth Award for excellence in development. Isaiah is an International Associate of Wagner College, New York- a recognition of his completion of 6 weeks experiential learning program on Civic Leadership. In July 2014, Isaiah became an alumni of President Barack Obama’s prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program (Young African Leaders Initiative – YALI).He is passionate about implementing programs and advocating for policies that will help vulnerable people live a healthy and productive life.

Host: GBCHealth

Fellow Role at GBCHealth
Isaiah, in his role as Program Manager, will provide management and leadership for GBCHealth' Corporate Alliance for Malaria in Africa (CAMA). He will bring his technical and programmatic expertise to increase business engagement in multi-sector collaboration to fight malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa.

John Mwebe, 33, Kampala, Uganda (Host: International Accountability Project)

John has eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Land Management and Informal Settlement Regularization from IHS of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands. He has previously worked with Oxfam GB and Uganda land Alliance as an Advocacy Officer and Project Manager respectively advocating for the Land rights of the poor and vulnerable communities. John has been involved in extensive research on land rights and land use to inform policy development processes in Uganda and has engaged policy makers in the development of the National Land Policy and Amendment of the Land Act. He is actively involved in building the capacity of communities, local leaders and policy makers in land rights advocacy and has participated in the development of tools for regularization of tenure for informal settlements and the documentation of land transactions within the rangelands. In his line of work he has developed leadership, research, communication, and facilitation skills that have aided his participation in forums that address natural resource governance. He attended the Human Rights Advocates Program at Columbia University in New York, which empowered him to effectively advocate for human rights at national and international fronts. He has participated in initiatives for peace and reconciliation most notably, ‘A case for justice,’ a documentary by International Centre for Transitional Justice in New York.John is driven by the desire to see communities actively engage in resource management using every opportunity to promote their participation.

Host: International Accountability Project

Fellow Role at International Accountability Project
John will work with IAP to develop and provide information to communities that have been affected, and those yet to be affected by large-scale investments on land. He will participate in Global Land initiatives led by IAP that promote international level engagement with community activists and civil society organizations.

Lara Palmisano, 30, Martina Franca, Italy (Host: UN Foundation)

Lara has 7 years of experience in communications with a particular focus on nonprofit work, and earned a Master’s degree in Multimedia Communication from the University of Milan in Italy. She demonstrates strong skills of a Media Relations specialist. After obtaining her masters degree, she traveled to Cote d’Ivoire, where she was the Manager of a marketing company that specialized in events and advertising. Lara previously worked as External Relations Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Abidjan. She was a Public Information Officer for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan where she started up the office in the Warrap State; prior to this she was the Media Relations Officer for the Spokesperson of the United Nations Mission in Sudan. She was immediately entrusted with important assignments during active hostilities in Cote d’Ivoire and Sudan, and her performance during several UN high signor visits was praised.She was also a Web and Communication Assistant for an Italian American nonprofit with a mission to provide educational programs primarily to the Italian immigrant community in New York. While working as Media Relations Officer for the Italian NGO COOPI, apart from being in charge of designing communications plans and Media Relations strategies, she was responsible for various country-specific and institutional communications and advocacy campaigns; specifically taking the lead for communication for the 2010 Haiti earthquake, by acting as a liaison to other international organizations. In addition to being a native Italian, she is fluent in English and French, and she is proficient in Spanish.

Host: United Nations Foundation

Fellow Role at The UN Foundation
Lara will join United Nations Foundation in Washington DC. She will serve in the Media and Communication Department, where she will plan and execute digital diplomacy events with the diplomatic community, manage online campaigns, support in writing projects, press releases, outreach, translating and event planning and production.

Lucia Solorzano, 32, León, Nicaragua (Host: Latin American Youth Center)

Lucia has ten years of experience in the non-profit sector on both a local and international scale. She has an MS in Epidemiology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, both from the University of León, Nicaragua. She has extensive experience in counseling students in elementary and high school settings and has successfully created and delivered various workshops on self-esteem and creating goal oriented action plans. In 2012, Lucia worked as an In-Country Program Coordinator for Global Glimpse where she designed, organized, and led a three-week service and leadership development tripin León, Nicaraguafor low-income high school students from the United States. In 2013, she continued her work with Global Glimpse, becoming an In-Country Program Manager and opening a program site in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic. She has conducted research and published papers on suicide and addiction in Central America and on the connection between drug use and the maltreatment of children in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has a strong research background but her passion is working with youth to develop leadership skills and promote cultural exchanges. Lucia feels that her experience in working with different communities has allowed her to gain a new perspective as a global citizen, and has transformed her into a more compassionate and committed human being.

Host: Latin American Youth Center

Lucia will serve with Latin American Youth Center’s Community Peacebuilding Program to provide positive support for youths between the ages of 14 and 24. She will oversee the Resource Referral System, which offers individualized support, and provides case management services to link participants to social support services that enable the participants to reach their goals. She will gain direct experience in youth development and case management.

Lucy Poni, 30, Juba, South Sudan (Host: Voice of America)

Lucy has over seven years of nonprofit experience focusing on elections, public health, and youth development. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Resource Management from Kenya Methodist University. She also earned a Diploma in Community Development and Social Work, and a Certificate in Peace Building and Conflict Resolution in Kenya. Currently, Lucy works as a stringer for the Voice of America’s South Sudan Program where she reports on a variety of political, humanitarian, and social issues affecting South Sudanese in their day-to-day lives. In 2012-2013 Lucy worked as a Producer for the Institute of War and Peace Reporting project in South Sudan, training young women journalists and empowering them through training in gender sensitive radio reporting skills, and outreach strategies by raising fundamental rights issues at local, regional, and national levels. Lucy successfully coordinated the production of more than 50 half an hour women magazine programs. Previously, Lucy worked as a News Editor for one of South Sudan’s most trusted radio stations, Eye Radio, formerly Sudan Radio Service, a USAID funded radio where she spearheaded the coverage of some of the most important historical events in the country. As the news team leader she focused newsgathering efforts primarily on stories of national interest including political stories from Khartoum and northern Sudan, and reviewed news coverage patterns to ensure a balanced coverage of all the states of South Sudan. Through these experiences Lucy has cultivated a range of contacts and has developed an understanding of how media operates, and some basic understanding of the role a nonprofit has in its community. Lucy is passionate about educating the vast majority of South Sudanese population that is illiterate on their political, human and social rights to improve their living standards through radio.

Host: Voice of America

Fellow Role at Voice of America
Lucy will serve with VOA staff to identify and research stories in Sudan and South Sudan that are of interest to the audience, and conduct interviews. She will expand her skills in journalism and put together her own radio segment. Also, Lucy will support the editorial process for a daily radio program, and potentially host live programs.

Medha Sharma, 25, Kathmandu, Nepal (Host: The Nike Foundation)

Medha has eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master's in Public Health from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Women's Studies from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. She is currently working as Capacity Development Specialist for a USAID funded program ‘Health for Life Logistics’ in Nepal. She is also the Vice President of a youth-run and led organization named YUWA in Nepal. She has worked as Program Coordinator of YUWA in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of young people and women, where she led a team of young people to advocate for comprehensive sexuality education, capacity building of young girls to combat sexual violence, and capacity building of young key population of HIV and AIDS. She represented Asia and the Pacific in the New Generation Leadership Strategy of UNAIDS. Medha worked as an intern in the Monitoring and Evaluation unit of Nepal government's National Centre for AIDS and STD Control where she specialized on data management and reporting. Medha has developed strong skills on grant development, program implementation, team management, and advocacy. She has published several articles and blogs on national newspapers on women and gender issues, youth issues, and sexual reproductive health issues. Her college gave Medha the titles of ‘Miss Fresher’, ‘Miss Nobel’, and ‘Leadership Award’ for her excellent academics and extra curricular performance at college. She aims to emerge as a professional on the issue of women and adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Host: The Nike Foundation

Fellow Role at The Nike Foundation
Medha will help the Nike Foundation use its Investment Fund intelligently to take the Girl Effect to scale. She 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.

Michael Atit, 33, Wau, South Sudan (Host: Voice of America)

Michael has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor degree in Archaeology from University of Juba in South Sudan. While working as a stringer for voice of America in South Sudan, for a half hour program for aone-year period, he reports on current events and breaking news from theWestern Behr el Ghazal state. Previously, Michael worked with Voice of Hope radio under Catholic Radio Network to promote peace and reconciliation among different community. He has worked as a journalist on varieties of radio news, feature stories, and programs in South Sudan. Through these experiences, he developed a strong sense of identifying relevant topics and reports on them. Michael expects to expand his skills in journalism, storytelling, and produce radio reports for international broadcast.

Host: Voice of America

Fellow Role at Voice of America
Michael will serve with VOA staff to identify and research news and feature stories in Sudan and South Sudan that are of interest to the target audience, and will conduct interviews. He will expand his skills in journalism and produce radio reports for international broadcast. In addition, Michael will support the editorial process of planning a daily radio program.

Nicolás Torres Vieira, 29,Santiago, Chile (Host: Latin American Youth Center)

Nicolás has more than six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, particularly in activities related to labor unions, social and legal empowerment of vulnerable workers, and community development. Nicolás is a lawyer and graduated with high distinction from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and also earned a master in Public Policy from the Central European University in Hungary. While studying at the Law School he worked as a monitor at the Center of Labor Studies Alberto Hurtado, a nonprofit organization dependent on the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, training union and social leaders in labor law, leadership, and communication skills. After graduating from Law School, Nicolás worked as a lawyer in Ernst & Young Chile, rendering consultancy services in labor law, employment taxes, social security and immigration. Before starting his masters’ studies in Hungary, he contributed as a labor law professor at the Institute of Popular Education and Training in Santiago, working with vulnerable workers in order to improve their employment conditions and self-empowerment. During his professional career, Nicolás focused on labor studies, vulnerable workers employment conditions, and the effects of labor unions and collective bargaining on income distribution and poverty.

Host: Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)

Fellow Role at Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)
Nicolás will contribute as Job Developer for the Workforce Investment program. Nicolás work with the LAYC will focus on placing vulnerable youth in jobs, internships, and apprenticeship in order to achieve better employment conditions and self-empowerment. For this purpose creating employment networks and partnerships with private firms and public agencies will be crucial, coordinating with different actors of the job placement process.

Prem Sagar, 33, Karachi, Pakistan (Host: Care International)

Prem has eleven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master’s of Business Administration in Management from Muhammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi, Pakistan. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Economics from University of Sindh in Pakistan. While working as Program Implementation-Coordinator with Jhpiego, Pakistan under the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Health Program, he helped smooth implementation of maternal, newborn and child health interventions through field teams and sub-awardees in Sindh province of Pakistan. Previously, Prem worked with Save the Children as Project Manager to provide quality health, education and improved livelihood to 86,000 children working in cotton fields. Prem has also been training facilitator for community based organizations and enjoys proposal writing, project management, and communication skills as training subjects. Prem was awarded Best Humanitarian Award in 2011, by Government of Sindh for his volunteer efforts during flood in Sindh province, in Pakistan. Through these experiences he developed strong project coordination, implementation, and management skills. Prem enjoys focusing on the topics of education, community mobilization, and has a strong passion for child protection, and empowerment.

Host: Care International

Fellow Role at Care International
Prem 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. Prem 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.

Safa Hajjaj, 30, Marrakesh, Morocco (Host: Meridian International Center)

Safa is a woman entrepreneur who has more than five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing in 2007, from the “EcoleNationale de Commerce et Gestion” (ENCG) of Settat in Morocco. While working as Citizenship and Public Affairs Coordinator for Microsoft Middle East, Africa, and Pakistan, in Istanbul she supported over fifteen local teams reaching their goals in empowering nonprofit organizations and youth through technology. In Morocco she started her own handicraft venture in October, 2012, to support Moroccan artisans and cooperatives in reaching international markets and spreading the Moroccan design.Safa is currently President at Junior Chamber International (JCI) at her local committee of Marrakesh. JCI is a worldwide organization of young leaders and entrepreneurs that provides young people with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, social responsibility, and entrepreneurship and networking opportunities necessary to create positive change. She also represents JCI at Marrakesh’s Regional Counsel of Human Development. Through all these experiences, she developed strong regional project coordination, networking and coalition skills and team leadership skills. Safa enjoys focusing on the topics of entrepreneurship, economic development, and has a strong passion for capacity building.

Host: Meridian International Center

Fellow Role at Meridian International Center
Safa will join Meridian International Center’s Global Connect division, focusing on shaping Meridian’s Social Action Development program curriculum and honing training facilitation skills by presenting the developed modules for different youth and academic exchange programs as well as training Meridian staff on facilitation. Safa will have the opportunity as well to understand and learn how international exchange programs are developed.

Sheikh Sarahzin Ahmed, 34, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Host: Save the Children)

Sarahzin has eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master’s of Social Science in International Relations from the University of Dhaka. She earned a Post Graduation Diploma in Journalism from the Bangladesh Press Institute under the National University. Currently she is working at Plan International Bangladesh for more than 2 years as Communications Coordinator.Her focus is in Mass Communications, and thus, is developing communications strategy, yearly implementation planning with budget,and writing reports for the Donor like Netherlands Foreign Ministry. While working in Save the Children for 17 months, she was the team member of translating United Nations Concluding Observations from English to Bengali. She has also contributed her expertise in formulating National Child Policy. Besides participating in a Training of Trainers (ToT), Project Cycle Management, and Executive Certificate Course on Understanding Developments, she also conducted trainings for journalists and Fellows of American Center, Dhaka on child rights and protection. Through these experiences, she developed qualities of strong project coordination, making large campaign program and capacity building. Sarahzin finds interests in developing diversified communications materials for different types of stakeholders. She wishes to develop more knowledge and skills on child rights and protection issues, and to work for the common good.

Host: Save the Children

Fellow Role at Save the Children
Sarahzin will join Save the Children in Washington, D.C. She will work with the child protection team and represent Save the Children on the community level. She will also work to provide assistance to field based projects. Sarahzin will develop skills in program development and research through her experiences working with project leaders and stakeholder groups.

Class #15: May 2014

Arturo Gonzalez, 25, Monterrey, Mexico (Host: Kids’ Food Basket)

Arturo has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned his MA in International Relations from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where he was awarded with the Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence. He received a BA in International Relations from Tecnologico de Monterrey, where he graduated top of his class and received the highest honors for his performance in dramatic arts and social development projects. In 2013, he started LiberArte, a social development project that stimulates human expression in teenagers living in vulnerable communities through creative and artistic education. Arturo designed activities and imparted practical and theoretical courses for the program, as well as managing a group of volunteers. His project emphasizes on mentoring young people and giving them the opportunity to express their own personal story, their feelings, their daily hardships, and providing them with information regarding sexual health, drug addiction, violence, and professional orientation. He has volunteered in three different social development programs in Mexico, ranging from rural education strengthening, to community values communication in urban environments. In 2011, he received the “Best Student in a Social Development Program” award from the Institute for Sustainable Social Development at Tecnologico de Monterrey for his participation in a performance arts education program for people of all ages without any access to art sources, he later went on to coordinate this program himself. In the same year he also started and managed a social project, where volunteers implemented human rights education through artistic activities. In 2010, he conducted research and published a paper on the causes, effects and victims of unconventional gender violence in young adult couples in urban settings. Arturo is very passionate about innovative social education, making art a social right, building peaceful relations among conflicting groups, and fostering gender equality.

Host: Kids’ Food Basket

Fellow Role at Kids’ Food Basket
Arturo will join Kids’ Food Basket (KFB) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He will represent KFB in the community and perform several outreach efforts to communicate what KFB is all about to distinct audiences and community sectors. He will also participate in the daily operation and the management of volunteer groups.

Maria Teresa Gonzalez Garcia, 27, Mexico City, Mexico (Host: UN Foundation)

Teresa Gonzalez has ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in Communication Studies from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, in Mexico City. She also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Cultural Engineering from The European University of Madrid, in Spain.

In 2013, she was selected as one of the one hundred worldwide participants for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Summer School in New York. Teresa co-founded Liter of Light Mexico, in 2013, and Liter of Light Spain in 2012, which she now directs. She also participated with an international team, on the incubation and launch of Liter of Light India. In 2003, she co-founded Qohelet Foundation, a Mexican civil association committed to prevent crime, violence and addiction phenomena in vulnerable communities. At Qohelet Foundation she has been the Head of Communication and Creative Projects. Throughout her career, she has built projects together with various institutions and joined as a volunteer in nonprofit organizations like the Gypsy Secretariat and Architects without Borders. Teresa has also been a lecturer and facilitator in Mexico, Spain and India. Teresa is very interested and committed to learn and to achieve goals on social development, intercultural dialogue and empowerment for vulnerable groups.

Host: UN Foundation

Fellow Role at UN Foundation
Maria Teresa will contribute to the internal operations of international and national level campaigns focusing on girls’ education, engaging young people in development.

Renata Barradas Gutiérrez, 25, Mexico City, Mexico (Host: American Red Cross)

Renata has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Tecnologico de Monterrey and two Certificates in Woman, Gender and Development and International Relations from The University of British Columbia. While working as Communications Coordinator in Cinco Panes y Dos Peces A.C., a Mexican nonprofit organization, she helped indigenous communities in isolated regions in Mexico to apply a Risk Prevention, Control and Management Plan. Simultaneously, Renata taught a certificate in Financing Strategies and Fundraising for nonprofits. Previously, she coordinated two international volunteer projects in Belgium at the Red Cross Center for Asylum Seekers and at the ArAsylum Seekers and at the Arthur Regniers Center for motor and brain handicapped people. Renata has volunteered in ten projects nationally and internationally concerning a wide range of topics such as: orphan children, Down's syndrome children, reforestation, Elkhorn Coral Planting, fundraising, and reconstruction. Through these experiences, she developed project coordination and implementation, fundraising, web development and research skills. Renata enjoys topics related to philanthropy and has a strong passion for poverty relief and refugees. As a result, from her passion in the nonprofit sector, she has cofounded Amarte A.C., and Hoor A.C., two Mexican nonprofit organizations.

Host: American Red Cross

Fellow Role at American Red Cross
Renata will support the information and knowledge management needs of the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC). This includes providing immediate support for data collection and analysis, maintaining and refining an effective knowledge management system for a state-of-the-art resource center, and piloting of complementary knowledge management initiatives in conjunction with the wider American Red Cross International Services Department (ISD) and the global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Class #14: January 2014

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.

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.

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American Jewish World Service
AsianAmerican Lead
Center for Inspired Teaching
Civic Enterprises
CORE Group
Free the Slaves
Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute
Global Citizens Network
Global Fairness Initiative
Global Health Corps
Global Kids
Grameen Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
HasNa, Inc.
International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
International Peace and Security Institute
International Relief and Development
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Management Systems International
National Audubon Society
New York Needs You
One World Youth Project
Operation Smile
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Partners of the Americas
Points of Light Institute
Population Action International (PAI)
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
U.S. Peace Corps

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