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Class #19: September 2015 Atlas Corps Fellows

Alecia Maragh, 28, St. Catherine, Jamaica (Host: Childfund International)

Alecia has over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and is currently completing her Master of Science degree in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), under the British Chevening Scholarship. Alecia served as a Regional Programme Officer at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica from 2013-2014. While at UWI, Alecia coordinated the regional youth platform, University of the West Indies Student Today Alumni Tomorrow (UWISTAT). In this position, she gained experience in project management, programme development and youth training. Prior to this, Alecia served as an Assistant Language Teacher for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme and was based in Shizuoka, Japan, for three and a half years. In this position, she was responsible for curriculum design, capacity building and education. Alecia previously worked as a Public (Consumer) Relations Officer which, coupled with her current responsibility as a Chevening Scholar Social Media Ambassador, has honed her communication, public speaking and outreach skills. Alecia has been actively involved in youth leadership both in her community and at the national and international level. She participated in the Jamaican national consultation process for the Post -2015 as a youth advocate, and she has represented her country at several international fora. Alecia also volunteered in Ishinomaki, Japan, after the Great Tohoku Earthquake and she was an international volunteer on the Peace Boat’s 78th global voyage. With the knowledge gained from her professional, volunteer and multicultural experiences, Alecia intends to pursue a career in human rights policy-making and corporate social responsibility.

Host: ChildFund International

Fellow Role at ChildFund International:
Alecia Maragh will provide major support in conducting research on education, protection and economic strengthening. She will also be providing operational support, strict analysis and support to the National Offices and Lifestage team.

Alier Martin Garang Anyuon, 33, Juba, South Sudan (Host: Community Options, Inc.)

Alier has seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with Accounting and Finance from Cavendish University Uganda. Alier also holds a Diploma in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere Institute of Professionals in Kampala, Uganda. While working as a Senior Human Rights Officer (Team Leader) at the South Sudan Human Rights Commission office in Jonglei State, Alier managed to successfully monitor, inspect, advocate for, facilitate, administer and investigate in the field of South Sudanese human rights, with the South Sudan Human Rights Commission for a period of seven years. Alier is the Head of the Commission Office of the Jonglei state. In this position, Alier’s main responsibilities are identifying financial resources, maintaining the commission's state budget, writing correspondences on behalf of the commission, and representing the commission in various meetings and fora at the state level. Alier is interested in human rights standards training, transitional justice, legal aid, security management, security sector reform, economics and human rights, law enforcement and human rights, and peace-building and prevention work. He is also committed to developing and applying effective early warning, prevention and peace consolidation systems and interventions for local, national, regional and international actors. He is also interested in project management training among the related thematic trainings and Gender mainstreaming. Alier’s motivation is to have the in-depth knowledge and skills to work for more efficient and effective performance in South Sudan.

Host: Community Options

Fellow Role at Community Options:
In collaboration with the Executive Director and the national office, Alier will identify funding resources and develop relationships with foundations at the local, state and federal levels with the ultimate goal of developing program and employment opportunities.

Ana Paula Barreto, 32, São Paulo, Brazil (Host: International Planned Parenthood Federation)

Ana Paula has over nine years of experience working for the nonprofit sector, private sector and international organizations. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. While working as a coordinator for a youth project in the Jardim Angela/Capao Redondo neighborhood, (the neighborhood was considered by United Nations the most dangerous place on the planet in 1996), she developed several partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, universities, international organizations and government entities to offer poor adolescents opportunities to change their lives through access to formal education. Previously, Ana worked for UNICEF to advance child and adolescent rights in Brazil’s public agenda, especially for those who live in poor and rural areas of the country. During her work as an assistant of the UN Resident Coordinator's office, she focused on topics of race, gender, access to education, violence and youth empowerment. She volunteered as a popular educator for over ten years, promoting human rights, gender, race and peace in Brazil.

Host: International Planned Parenthood Federation

Fellow Role at International Planned Parenthood Federation:
Ana will assist staff by managing the portfolio of sexual and reproductive health programs related to youth, gender-based violence, and HIV/STIs. She will implement programmatic strategies in sex education, access to quality health services, prevention of gender-based violence and sexual rights, amongst other programs.

Arpine Porsughyan, 30, Gyumri, Armenia (Host: Community Options, Inc.)

Arpine has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master’s degree in Policy Analysis and Administration from Duquesne University and a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Tbilisi State University. Arpine brings a unique combination of experience in research and grassroots development. For over seven years, in affiliation with the Caucasus Research Resource Centers, GeoWel Research, and as an independent consultant, Arpine conducted research in the South Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia and the U.S. for a number of international and local organizations. Research covered a wide range of issues: migration, gender based violence and reproductive health, media, economic development, value chains, and justice. Arpine worked with JumpStart Georgia, where, besides researching and reporting, she trained media and nonprofit organizations in Armenia to use data, technology, and storytelling techniques to better advocate for human rights and civil society issues. She also has over ten years of experience in project design, fundraising and management, and transferred these skills through leading multiple workshops across the South Caucasus. Arpine served as a development expert for Ajakits NGO and Caucasus Research Resource Center-Armenia, and was a trainer and training specialist for the U.S. Peace Corps, among others. Through her nonprofit work experience Arpine acquired a diverse set of skills that include community facilitation using participatory civic engagement tools, and project design. Arpine is interested in asset-based community development models, the role of statistical data in development, and is passionate about women's empowerment.

Host: Community Options

Fellow Role at Community Options:
Arpine will provide strategic support in marketing, fundraising, and other administrative and public awareness projects. She will also work on leadership support to the Community Based day program by implementing a formalized teaching curriculum and facilitating regular self-advocacy groups for individuals with disabilities.

Asma Razaq, 34, Jhelum, Pakistan (Host: Universities Allied for Essential Medicine)

Asma Razaq has been working in both print and electronic media for the last six years. At present, she is working as a Reporter in Samaa Tv, Pakistan’s top news channel. At Samaa, her primary responsibilities include: the coverage of economic affairs including the Federal Board of Revenue, the Ministry of Finance, financial institutions, foreign investment and assistance to Pakistan, the Privatization Commission, and health issues. Earlier, she worked for Abbtak news channel for two years. She was also working in an English Daily ‘Business Recorder;’ the biggest financial daily in Pakistan, and the first such publication in the Muslim world. She worked for Daily Business Recorder for five years. One of Asma’s articles was included among the top stories of a New York-based website ‘www.tobacco.org;’ her stories exposed a pharmaceutical company that was selling an anti-hepatitis injection without conducting human tests. Asma’s news articles on health issues put pressure on the government to form a Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) in Pakistan. Recently, her news package titled ‘IMF and Pakistan’ was widely appreciated and got national recognition, as well. Asma has worked with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a Coordinator. She had been nominated by the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan for the reporting tour on Global Food Security in the year 2011. She had also been selected as a participant of US-Pak Journalist Exchange Program-2014 by the East-West Center in Hawaii. During the program, she was selected as a guest in ‘Global Journalist,’ a popular radio program in Columbia.

Host: Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)

Fellow Role at Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)
As the Media and Communications Fellow, Asma Razaq will support the creative development and implementation of a media and communications strategy for UAEM North America. This involves implementing the interactive new website design so it is usable to share media and foster communication work in building a more effective and efficient internal communication strategy.

Asmaa Abumezied, 27, Gaza, Palestine (Host: Internet2)

Asmaa has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and completed her Master’s degree in Management and Human Resources from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Islamic University of Gaza majoring in Business Administration. While working as a Researcher and Business Development Specialist at Small Enterprise Center, she worked on the economic empowerment of marginalized people and areas of economic recovery in the Gaza Strip through Oxfam and UNDP projects. She provided more than 1000 training hours on entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, marketing and financing for small businesses. Furthermore, Asmaa conducted research on the demand and supply of business development services, needs assessments and sector relevant studies. Asmaa is a Global Shaper in Gaza Hub. She was responsible for organizing Gaza contribution in the Shaping Davos “Conflict Resolution” session; part of the World Economic Forum activities held in Davos in 2015. Additionally, Asmaa was one of the 50 shapers attending the World Economic Forum for MENA region where she stressed the role of entrepreneurship in youth empowerment. She is also a co-founder of an initiative called “PAL Initiatives of Change”, which aims to foster and reinforce the human values in the Palestinian society as well as develop the sense of individual and collective responsibility toward positive change. Previously, she worked as a part-time lecturer at Al-Azhar University-Gaza, giving courses, teaching in principles of management, research methodology as well as other areas in management. Asmaa is very passionate about economic development, entrepreneurship, youth empowerment, training, volunteerism and community service.

Host: Internet2

Fellow Role at Internet2
Asmaa will focus on the core development of the Internet2 Advancement program. She will be identifying and researching programs aligned with the mission, and she will support the membership’s advanced global research and educational priorities by creating case statements in support of various programs.

Bethel Tesfye Tekle, 33, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Host: Community Options, Inc.)

Bethel has seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and holds a Master’s degree in Gender studies from Addis Ababa University. While working on the University Success Program (USP) funded by USAID, which has been operational through the Family Health International 360 (FHI360), she developed strong project coordination and implementation skills. She is a founding member of Horizon youth development and served as the group’s Executive Director. Previously , Bethel worked for Young Women’s Christian Association Ethiopia (YWCA); she developed a new project for accessible service delivery and better service utilization for people with disabilities. She also represented the YWCA as a Youth Representative in an international and regional Sexual Reproductive Health and Family Planning youth day conference, and she played a key role in mobilizing community dialogues on different issues. Through these experiences and many additional conferences and training sessions, Bethel developed strong leadership skills, extensive knowledge of sexual reproductive health, gender issues and youth issues, and the ability to effectively advocate on a national and international level. She is passionate about working with young people and civil society to create social change.

Host: Community Options, Inc.

Fellow Role at Community Options, Inc.
As a Medical Records Specialist, Bethel will assist in the daily oversight of the individuals supported medical needs and follow-up by contact with local and statewide physicians, nurses, hospitals and other medical providers.

Carolina Tejada, 32, Medellín, Colombia (Host: Mozilla Foundation)

Carolina has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Communications degree at the Universidad of Medellín. She recently completed postgraduate studies in Sociology and Political Sciences at FLACSO, Argentina. While working at the Organización VID, she helped to strengthen the image of the institution by redesigning their virtual media. Likewise, Carolina worked at FENALCO ANTIOQUIA; a nonprofit organization that unionizes medium and small traders, for helping them to strengthen their business. One of the most relevant goals that she achieved was being designated as a member of the Strategic Planning Team. Carolina has also volunteered as a teacher on Communication and Information Technologies, at an HIV childrens’ foundation. She taught a group of children how to use web tools for their own development and self-education. Through all these experiences Carolina has acquired significant skills such as: creating multimedia educational material, researching relevant information and pedagogical resources, and organizing memorable social and institutional events. Carolina strongly believes in the mixture of education, technology and communication, as a powerful key to fight poverty and improve quality of life.

Host: Mozilla Foundation

Fellow Role at Mozilla Foundation
Carolina will help design and develop a distributed training program for teaching web literacy skills. She will leverage existing research and conduct their own light research to inform and support a global program that provides guidance/instruction/community support for people that want to teach others how to read, write and participate in the digital world.

Deepa Khatri, 26 Jaipur, India (Host: Youth for Understanding)

Deepa has seven years of intense work experience in the nonprofit sector, where she trained and facilitated leadership experiences for young students around the world. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Rajasthan University and started working with AIESEC in 2007 as a volunteer. Most recently, Deepa worked as a management consultant and counselor/trainer for young people. Before that, she worked with AIESEC International for a year, where she was responsible for handling operations in the Asia Pacific region. Her main role was to guide young student leaders from different Asia Pacific countries to coordinate the operations and align their national strategies with the global strategies of AIESEC for growth and development. Deepa was the President of AIESEC organization in Mauritius for two years. During her tenure, she initiated various projects on issues like Environment, Youth leadership, Cultural Understanding, Education & Sports, Gender, and Drug abuse. Additionally, the projects also provided a platform for the local youth to discover and develop their leadership potential. She got reputable companies involved in these projects as CSR, and worked very closely with government bodies to get support and recognition for her projects. She also got her environment project funded by UN Habitat in Mauritius. For three years, Deepa volunteered with a child development nonprofit organization, rural development organization, and AIESEC. Deepa is very interested in youth development & empowerment, social enterprise management, and international exchange programs. She has a passion for training, facilitation and project management. She also cares deeply for animal welfare and environmental conservation.

Host: Youth for Understanding

Fellow Role at Youth for Understanding
Deepa will begin the implementation of a 5-year business plan with the primary focus being on the diversification of YFU’s revenue sources; including both short-term and long-term recommendations for YFU. This will allow the organization to operate more effectively.

Emmanuel Dukundane, 32, Kigali, Rwanda (Host: CorpsAfrica)

Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Chemistry from National University of Rwanda in 2009, Emmanuel is currently completing his second year in the Master’s degree program in International Education at the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. He has also had 5 years of experience directing cultural immersion and service-learning programs for American students in Rwanda and Senegal through the internationally acclaimed cross-cultural education program, “Where There Be Dragons.” While traveling as an experiential educator in this position, Emmanuel has co-created curricula and directed programs focused on critical service-learning, language study, and exploration of development issues in Rwanda and Senegal. He has also been responsible for setting up on-course activities including students’ homestays, arranging for workshop facilitators and guest speakers, and coordinating with local nonprofit organizations for students’ service-learning and internship opportunities. Through these experiences, Emmanuel has developed strong skills in program design and implementation, and a passion for participatory international service-learning and education for social change. Emmanuel’s strong belief in the benefits of cross cultural exchange and community empowerment also influenced the years he spent in volunteer service, including working as a counterpart to a US Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda in 2009 and later, working as language and cross culture facilitator (LCF) for US Peace Corps trainees in Rwanda. He also taught science to high school students through the Rwanda Girls Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to girls’ empowerment. Emmanuel is a fan of animated movies, loves Senegalese “Yassa Viande” and enjoys watching soccer.

Host: CorpsAfrica

Fellow Role at CorpsAfrica
Emmanuel will focus on developing a solid framework of communication and support for CorpsAfrica offices as the organization works to open offices in Sub-Saharan Africa. He will work closely with the senior management team with periodic travel to Morocco, Senegal.

Esam Mohamed Elhafiz, 35, Eldeaan, Sudan (Host: Community Options, Inc.)

Esam has seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Sudan University of Science and Technology in Sudan.

Most recently Esam worked for the American Refugee Committee (ARC) INGO as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program Manager responsible for planning and managing the implementation of water supply, sanitation facilities and hygiene promotion activities in Darfur, Sudan. He assisted both IDPS and host communities to access safe water, adequate sanitation facilities and good hygiene services. At the same time, he engages in volunteer work with local civil society organizations to promote and maintain social peace and a culture of acceptance of others among local communities. Previously, Esam worked with United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) to help vulnerable communities affected by conflicts to access clean water and improved sanitation and hygiene services. He identified the needs of the communities, designed projects, supervised, and monitored the implementation of such programs. Through these years of experience, he gained strong skills in planning, effective coordination, and proposal writing. Esam enjoys focusing on topics of humanitarian relief and development of local communities, and demonstrated great efforts to strengthen the civil society sector and empower youths in his country to effectively contribute in restoring peace and development.

Host: Community Options, Inc.

Fellow Role at Community Options
Esam will assist with establishing new employment programs, developing training programs for new employees, finding new funding sources, development of the Community Options Board Advisory Committee and finding volunteer opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Farhad Ahmed Jarral, 27, Islamabad, Pakistan (Host: Creative Science Labs)

Farhad has more than 5 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan. He founded a social media and public relations consultancy firm in April, 2015 named The Social Media Consultants. Previously, Farhad has worked as Communication Manager with UNDP’s project Strengthening Democracy through Parliamentary Development. He has also worked with the National Commission for Human Development, as well as Capital TV as Producer of a current affairs show, and Pakistan Peoples’ Party as central social media coordinator. He has played a pivotal role by teaming up with civil society to run campaigns for the cause of human rights. He also organized the regional South Asian Youth Conference in 2012. Through these experiences, he developed strong communication and public relations skills. He has also managed to build close contacts in civil society, political parties, and media. He loves writing and has a deep interest in new media technologies, human rights activism, politics, and international relations.

Host: Creative Science Labs

Fellow Role at Creative Science Labs
Farhad will lead market research and competitive analysis efforts, help develop and execute marketing plans, and be primarily responsible for the social media presence of Creative Science Labs.

Hythem Ibrahim, 32, Khartoum, Sudan (Host: Nexus Fund)

Hythem has eight years of extensive experience with three years of experience in grant management in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology in Sudan. As a Program Coordinator with Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Hythem was responsible for developing and managing the Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Report (PMER) basic tools in accordance with NCA global PMER. Hythem was also the country gender focal point for NCA Sudan. Previously, Hythem has worked with AECOM International Sudan (AIS) under the USAID- funded project Sudan Transition and Conflict Mitigation (STCM) project. During his works as a Grants Specialist with AIS, Hythem was a member of the grant management team that had managed almost 50 different grants per year in different sectors that include but are not limited to; livelihood, water, infrastructure, capacity building, conflict mitigation, and exchange visits. Through his work with different international organizations such as Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), AECOM International Sudan (AIS), and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Hythem has gained skills in proposal writing, project management, report writing, gender mainstreaming, and monitoring and evaluation. Hythem has strong passion for building the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to play a stronger role in positive social changes.

Host: Nexus Fund

Fellow Role at Nexus Fund
Hythem will utilize his experience conducting research and managing projects to build up the innovation lab and grants program and find ways to support civil society in countries at risk of mass atrocities. He will support the fundraising director in their efforts and build Nexus Fund’s capacity to liaise with grantees.

Imran Newaz Khurshid, 28, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Host: Compass Partners)

Imran has about five years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned the "Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers" from Cambridge University, United Kingdom and a "Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communication Engineering" from BRAC University, Bangladesh. While working for different philanthropic organizations including BRAC (the world’s largest nonprofit), he imparted education to underprivileged children, trained teachers, and facilitated international exchange and volunteer development programs. These activities addressed issues like the social and leadership development of young people, many of which were supported by the U.S. Embassy of Dhaka. Simultaneously, he was teaching the “Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers” to educators of various schools for about two years. Based on his understanding of young people’s needs of leadership development, Imran started his own initiative, “Mind Mechanics,” at the beginning of 2014. There, he designs and facilitates programs for various target groups representing different socio-economic, political and faith-based communities such as human rights activists, young political leaders, and students of 'Madrasas' (religious educational institutions). He does these to equip them with soft skills that promote employability, tolerance, co-existence, transformational leadership and democracy. Through these experiences Imran has developed strong leadership qualities, design thinking and facilitation skills for empowering youths of different age groups, and socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. He has a strong passion for holistic youth empowerment through youth leadership development.

Host: Compass Partners

Fellow Role at Compass Partners
Imran will be supporting the Executive Director through strengthening the program across 16 university campuses. He will play a pivotal role in revamping the curriculum, creating new hard-copy and online communications materials, enhancing regional and national communication/connectivity and improving upon campus-specific issues.

Izhar Ali, 33, Nowshera, Pakistan (Host: Bernardo Kohler Center)

Izhar Ali is a leading human rights’ lawyer who is widely known for his innovative application of legal skills to strategic human rights litigation against state and non-state actors in the most chaotic humanitarian setting. Working with SACH-Pakistan, his efforts to promote strategic human rights litigation in the justice sector department will go a long way in upholding human rights in the province of KPK, Pakistan. Ali’s litigation in human rights against the state has seen an immense success in producing missing people before the court and acquitting them with respect. Recommendations he brought forward in preventing human abuses were pivotal to bring a sustainable change in arena of criminal justice system-- this was incorporated into the National Judicial Policy. Being a freelance columnist, he writes prolifically on human rights, law and justice acclaimed both by national and international papers, journals and periodicals. He investigates the legal dimensions of international and domestic human rights instruments, theories, practices and institutional implementation in the backdrop of the current situation in Pakistan. The qualitative investigation in his current research project captioning “Human rights in post-conflict societies—appraising the role of democratic institutions in promoting and protection of human rights-- is set to send a deep inquiry into affairs of democratic institutions survived by civil conflicts and their respective transition to curb widespread corruption and injustice. Izhar Ali has tertiary level of qualification from University of Peshawar, Pakistan. While pursuing his LLB and Master’s in Political Science and English Literature & English Linguistics, he won many research accolades. He has specialized in human rights and refugee law throughout his career.

Host: Bernardo Kohler Center

Fellow Role at Bernardo Kohler Center
In accordance with the mission of Bernardo Kohler, Izhar will provide assistance to clients within the areas of abused, abandoned and neglected juveniles, victims of human trafficking, crime victims, and asylum seekers.

Lina del Pilar Bocanegra, 29, Bogotá, Colombia (Host: Latin American Youth Center)

Lina has two and a half years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor´s degree in Business Administration from the University of Los Andes in Colombia. While working as Social and Environmental Promoter in the Aqueduct of Bogota, she has helped to formulate projects about educating people and enterprises on how to handle their solid wastes. In 2013, Lina was chosen to be a fellow of Balloon Chile, where she gave classes on entrepreneurship and innovation to local entrepreneurs of Lonquimay and Malalcahuello, Araucanía, South of Chile. Previously, she worked in a Marketing Research Agency, coordinating quantitative and qualitative projects for different industries. Lina has volunteered in Asociacion Somos CaPAZes where she gave classes to kids about how to handle conflicts, and coordinated an environmental project. Through these experiences, she developed project formulation, and coordination, marketing research, and teaching skills. Lina enjoys focusing on the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation, and development of projects.

Host: Latin American Youth Center

Fellow Role at Latin American Youth Center
Lina will be working with Academic support and tutoring, Community Peace Building, and Arts & Media programming within the Teen Center. She will be responsible for working with Teen Center staff to facilitate recruitment and registration of middle/high school youth and evaluating student progress in the programs.

Mahwish Javaid, 29, Hyderabad, Pakistan (Host: Concern Worldwide)

Mahwish Javaid is a women entrepreneur, and an aspiring lawyer. She has six years of experience in nonprofit sector, and earned a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Reproductive Physiology from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Mahwish studied effects of hormonal contraceptives and stress on reproductive health of women in Pakistan for her thesis. She joined UN Women in March 2014, as Project Officer; specifically, she worked on Gender Training and Capacity Building under the Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) program funded by United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS), in Sindh. Along with the International Labour Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, she helped to improve livelihoods of 2500 landless peasant women and 2000 informal women workers by enhancing access to social security services, food security, land tenancy agreements, and income generating opportunities. She supervised activities for disaster risk reduction, sanitation, and onsite trainings for gender mainstreaming, numeric literacy among women, and first aid in 120 villages. Her job profile encapsulated skills of project coordination, policy advocacy, women’s entrepreneurship, and capacity building to realize the goals of the program. Mahwish has been winner of national essay writing competition, and debate competitions and has also held leadership positions in the Scientific Academic Society, Quaidian Intellectual Forum, and Literary and Debating Society, respectively, in her university. She hopes not only to be a skilled social entrepreneur herself, but also to develop a successful model which can be replicated at macro-scale.

Host: Concern Worldwide

Fellow Role at Concern Worldwide
Mahwish will utilize her background in business, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship by supporting efforts of the Innovations team to sustain and expand programs with a specific focus on the Maker Hub for Maternal and Newborn Health in Nairobi, Kenya.

Maya Guevska, 26, Sofia, Bulgaria (Host: Community Options, Inc.)

Maya Guevska has more than three years of experience in the social sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in European Projects from Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria. She has studied in Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic under the Erasmus program, in the field of special pedagogy and work with people with disabilities. Maya has unique experiences in both the public and nonprofit sectors. She has worked in the Sofia Municipality, Bulgaria, as a senior expert since April 2013 on international and national projects which benefit the local community. Most of her projects are transnational partnership projects related to improvement of the territorial, economic and social integration process in Sofia in various fields (including social entrepreneurship, energy efficiency, sustainable urban development). Maya is also the founder of a nonprofit organization called People Help, which aims to facilitate the process of providing social services to disadvantaged people in Bulgaria. Through this work she is able to work with children and people with disabilities, and with volunteers conducting charity campaigns. In 2010 and 2011, she worked with elder people on a university project for psychosocial support and wrote a publication for the university yearbook. Thus during the last couple of years she gained experience and developed strong skills in team management and leadership, financial management, and comprehensive analysis of documents. Maya is interested in planning, coordination and management of projects and campaigns in the social field, charity and volunteer work. She works for accomplishing her goals through uniting people in a common cause.

Host: Community Options, Inc.

Fellow Role at Community Options
Maya will work with colleagues to roll out the implementation of several systems including web based client record keeping and a financial management. She will ensure compliance with auditing of records through sample reviews, and will work with the Regional Vice President on development needs as well as identifying potential funding and grant opportunities.

Mayada Hassanain Osman, 24, Khartoum, Sudan (Host: Mentor Capital Network)

Mayada Abdelazim has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is a graduate of Economics with a major in Development from the University of Khartoum. She obtained her Masters in Development studies from The University of Medical Sciences and Technology. She is the co-founder of the SheLearns initiative, which has supported female education in Sudan since February 2012. Mayada has had in-depth experience in women's rights in Sudan and the horn of Africa, as a projects assistant at SIHA. She worked to enhance the capacity of women at the grassroots level, supporting them to organize themselves in cooperatives to improve their livelihood and gain access to rights. Mayada also worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a researcher on missing persons in Darfur. Mayada is interested in finding ways to link macroeconomic interventions and the development of local communities, by creating cost effective, pro-poor strategies.

Host: Mentor Capital Network

Fellow Role at Mentor Capital Network
Mayada will expand interaction with entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors (collecting and telling stories, performing due-diligence for investors, and identifying where to further support them). She will also identify potential new opportunities for collaboration.

Mehr Bajwa, 35, Lahore, Pakistan (Host: Nexus Fund)

Mehr has nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Manchester in the UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan. While working as the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Punjab with GRM Futures Group under the Dfid-funded voice and accountability project for better health and nutrition, she helped improve the health and nutrition of poor and marginalized women and children in the southern Punjab province of Pakistan. Previously, Mehr worked as a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with Chemonics International, Inc., to make local value chains in Pakistan such as fresh mango, fruit and vegetable pulping, and dates more competitive in both international and local markets under the USAID-funded economic growth and agriculture program. She also has extensive experience working with stakeholders from the private and public sectors. Through these experiences, she has acquired strong monitoring and evaluation skills which are applicable across different thematic areas. Mehr enjoys focusing on the topics of empowerment and economic development.

Host: Nexus Fund

Fellow Role at Nexus Fund
Mehr will utilize her experience conducting research and managing projects to build up the innovation lab and grants program and find ways to support civil society in countries at risk of mass atrocities. She will also support the fundraising director in their efforts and build Nexus Fund’s capacity to liaise with grantees.

Mizanur Rahman Kiron, 28, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Host: Community Options, Inc.)

With seven years of experience in leading and managing youth-led voluntary organizations, Mizan has been working for youth with disabilities through diversified activities since 2008. He earned a Master’s degree in Arts from the Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. To promote inclusive leadership and empower youth with disabilities, Mizan and his team officially launched the Physically-challenged Development Foundation-PDF in 2008. PDF is the largest organization in Bangladesh working to empower the youth and youth with disabilities. As of late, Mizan has been leading research on these issues and publishing reports. In 2014, The Daily Star publication recognized him as a Young Achiever of Bangladesh. Besides his non-profit works, Mizan worked professionally with Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP) as a disability rights activist. Mizan worked closely with its founder, Ms. Valerie Ann Taylor, and gained experience fundraising and grant writing for national and international donors. In his most recent role, Mizan has worked with one of the world’s largest organizations, Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee (BRAC), as a policy advocacy specialist for road safety issues. He is also experienced in facilitating the leadership training sessions at BRAC and National Youth Center, Bangladesh. These excellent experiences promoted his skills to liaise with government officials, and network with INGOs and NGOs. He has honed his problem identification and leadership, advocacy and communication, staff management and event management, facilitation and training intervention skills as well. Mizan enjoys focusing on the topics of youth empowerment and community mobilization, and has a strong passion to protect and empower youth with disabilities.

Host: Community Options

Fellow Role at Community Options
As the Training and Grants Fellow, Mizan will assist with the design and delivery of management related training and the roll-out of a day program curriculum. In addition he will assist writers in writing federal, state, local and foundation grant proposals to enhance housing development and employment for persons with developmental disabilities.

Mona Algherbawi, 30, Gaza, Palestine (Host: American Red Cross)

Mona has more than five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Master’s degree in Project Management from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, in addition to a professional Diploma in Development Design and Management in the Middle East from the University of Pavia in Italy. Mona has an extensive experience in managing emergency and development projects, working with both local and international non-profit organizations in Gaza Strip. Most recently, working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for three years, she participated in the design and management of emergency response and recovery program in Gaza, focusing on shelter and livelihoods for conflict-affected families in rural communities and using market-based tools. She has also been managing a disaster risk reduction program that aims at increasing the resilience of vulnerable urban communities in Gaza by building the capacity of local development committees and establishing community-led microfinance system that provides financial services to its members. Prior to her work with CRS, Mona worked in developing and managing capacity building programs in the Community Service and Continuing Education Deanship (CSCED). Her work focused on the integration of women engineers in the construction industry through a market-based skills development and on-the-job training program. She also managed different institutional capacity building programs for municipalities and local nonprofit organizations in good governance, accountability and financial management.

Mona gained hands-on experience in program management including project design, proposal development, and monitoring and evaluation. Her experience in different sectors allowed for a wider perspective on development and understanding of communities needs and strengths.

Host: American Red Cross

Fellow Role at American Red Cross
Mona will support the implementation of strategic projects and broad, cross-cutting initiatives of the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC), including coordination and dissemination of innovative programs in new technologies, social media, and beneficiary communications.

Mosab Ahmed, 29, Khartoum , Sudan (Host: Atlas Corps)

Mosab has seven years of experience with Finance and Administration in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Khartoum in Sudan, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Bahari University in Sudan. Mosab most recently worked with United Nation Development Program at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) as Administrative Associate. He also has worked as Finance and Administrative Assistant with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in the Food Security and Capacity Building Program. He previously worked as Finance Officer for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Income Generation Activities for a female sex workers project at the JASMAR Human Security Organization in Sudan. At UNDP, Mosab supported the administration and implementation of GFATM projects. Previously, at the JASMAR organization, he contributed to building the capacity of 27 local nonprofit organizations, focusing in fund management and financial reports. Mosab helped reduce the HIV/AIDS levels in the targeted areas by providing technical support and developing strong tools for effective and efficient monitoring of the project budget. Mosab has played key roles in the success of HIV/AIDS – And Income Generation Activities for a female sex workers project, which encouraged donors to allocate more funds for this project. Though these experiences, he developed strong financial resource management and financial control skills. He hopes to have the opportunity to use his current studies and acquired skills to become a specialist in non-profit organization finance and administrative management.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps
Reporting directly to the Controller and also assisting the Chief Operating Officer, Mosab Ahmed will work hand in hand in the daily oversight of the accounting and finance functions in the organization, including liaising between Atlas Corps staff and other Fellows on behalf of the accounting department.

Muhammad Hamza Abbas, 28, Sahiwal, Pakistan (Host: International Center for Research on Women)

Hamza has five years of experience in the development sector of Pakistan, and has a strong academic background in Development Economics with a Postgraduate Degree (MSc.) in Economics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Hamza's thematic areas of expertise are regional connectivity and trade, development economics, democracy and social accountability, quantitative analysis, gender development, social budgeting, and child rights governance in Pakistan. He has gained experience progressively working for global, regional and national organizations on forwarding human rights of children, youth, women, and the most vulnerable populations in Pakistan. He was associated with the Economic Growth Unit at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), a premier think tank in Pakistan, in the capacity of Project Associate. Hamza also has experience working with various international non-profit organizations such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Save the Children, Actionaid International, The Asia Foundation and national non-profit organizations like Social Innovations, Pakistan Microfinance Network, Bedari, and Youth Parliament of Pakistan. He has shown resilience and commitment to working in sensitive areas of Pakistan for Afghan refugees and Internally Displaced People from the conflict area of Swat, in Khyber PakhtunKhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA). Hamza’s core competencies include a drive for results, working with people, communication, formulating strategies and concepts, analyzing and interpreting, networking, and strategic thinking.

Host: International Center for Research on Women

Fellow Role at International Center for Research on Women
Hamza will be a Research Fellow specializing in quantitative data analysis and program monitoring and evaluation. This research will help to support ongoing projects by providing input into the design of new studies in various gender related initiatives.

Muhyi Homeida Salih, 27, Al Gadarif, Sudan (Host: Community Options, Inc.)

Muhyi Eldeen Salih has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Arts in the field of English Language and Linguistics from University of Kassala. He served for the Sudanese Red Crescent Society, and subsequently enrolled at the Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST) Graduate College, with a Master’s in English Linguistics. He has recently worked for the International Aid Services (IAS), Sudan Program, in Darfur region as a Community Development Officer (CDO). Through this work, he experienced the skills of mobilizing communities in deep remote areas for the implementation of a civil society development project funded by the Swedish Mission Council (SMC). Also in the Darfur region, he worked for the Al-massar Charity Organization for Nomads Development and Environmental Conservation as programs coordinator. Through his work at Al-massar he gained experience in the areas of proposal writing, project management and addressing issues of nomadic communities. Earlier in 2012, Muhyi joined the Sudanese Red Crescent Society in eastern Sudan and functioned as programs manager, where he gained skills related to livelihoods and community development projects at refugee camps. With his recent position for the International Aid Services (IAS), he developed his abilities in report writing, community mobilization and sensitization, community approaches, and total sanitation. Working closely with community development committees, Muhyi guided them on how to address their potential needs through proposal writing. Muhyi is interested in gaining further experience and knowledge in the field of urban/rural community development and people with disabilities.

Host: Community Options

Fellow Role at Community Options
In collaboration with the Executive Director and the national office, Muhyi will identify funding resources and develop relationships with foundations at the local, state and federal levels with the ultimate goal of developing program and employment opportunities.

Mustafa Barood, 33, Alsalame, Sudan (Host: Community Options, Inc.)

Mustafa Barood has over ten years of practical working experience in the non-profit sector and has earned a degree in English language from Elnelain University Faculty of Arts, Department of English. Supported by the American Refugee Committee and ARC Leads (Learning Education and Development System), Mustafa has also attended many online Training courses --including courses on project management, financial essentials, and strategic execution. Mustafa has also attended an international training course in Methods and Tools for Project Monitoring and Evaluation in ICD institute for Capacity Development South Africa (Pretoria). Mustafa has been working with the American Refugee Committee International as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer; he has gained experiences in the areas of community development, and implementation. He has conducted program monitoring and evaluation in the fields health, nutrition, reproductive health, food security & livelihoods, water sanitation and hygiene, ER/NFIs (Emergency response and non-food Items) and Peace building projects funded by international organizations. He developed tools and coordinated program assessment exercises across the country and has vast experience in the design and execution of a range of tools and methodologies for program assessments. Mustafa has contributed immensely to ARC project successes--his major achievements include developing the Country Program Logical framework, developing indicators for a tracking Matrix for countrywide ARC programs, creating assessment and evaluation questionnaires, and designing SPSS for the data analysis system. Mustafa has developed strong research, analytical, and leadership skills, and he is very interested in research/study activities such as assessment, project evaluation, baseline data collection surveys, and special studies.

Host: Community Options, Inc.

Fellow Role at Community Options
Mustafa will assist with establishing new employment programs and developing training programs for new employees. He will look for new funding sources and help develop the Community Options Board Advisory Committee. He will also find volunteer opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Niza Castañeda, 25, Monterrey, Mexico (Host: AYUDA)

Niza has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL), in Mexico, and a Master's degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from Pantheon-Assas University in France. While working for the International Forum of National NGO Platforms (IFP), based in France, she provided legal advice on the legal incorporation of the IFP and helped promote an enabling environment for nonprofit organizations. Previously, she undertook an internship at the OHCHR in Switzerland, where she reviewed and analyzed National Human Rights Institutions independence, legal mandates, and cooperation with nonprofit organizations. In Mexico, she worked at the Human Rights Commission of Nuevo Leon, where she handled and processed complaints for human rights violations. Niza has also worked as a professor for the Mexican Ministry of Public Education and the UANL for 2 years. Throughout her career, she has volunteered in two projects, nationally and internationally: at Peace Brigades International France, for protecting Latin-American human rights defenders, and at the Penitentiary Institution for Minors of Nuevo Leon, for teaching computer and English courses. As a result of these experiences, she developed strong skills on project coordination, monitoring and implementation, as well as analytical reasoning and legal research. Niza is fluent in written and spoken Spanish, English and French. She enjoys focusing on the topics of human rights, education and social development.


Fellow Role at AYUDA
Niza will conduct interviews with clients and draft client statements. She will prepare applications, petitions and forms collecting documentary evidence. She will perform statutory, case law, public records and country conditions research, and she will also prepare certified translations of legal documents.

Olga Smolenchuk, 32, Tomsk, Russia (Host: Youth for Understanding)

Olga has more than four years of experience in the non-profit sector as a youth development professional, and more than six years of research experience in international affairs and policy studies. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from Tomsk State University, Russia, in 2004. In 2005, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs awarded Olga a prestigious “MATRA” scholarship for her study at the University of Amsterdam, where she earned an Executive Master Degree in International and European Relations and Management. In 2009, Olga began her PhD in Modern History at Tomsk State University, where she has been conducting research on international peacekeeping and humanitarian affairs. In 2012 and 2014, through a fellowship at the Netherlands “Clingendael” Institute for International Relations in The Hague, and the Indian Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for sustainable development, Olga conducted interviews with international peace studies professionals. While working as a Project Manager at Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics (TUSUR), Olga led an English Language E-learning Project. She also acted as a youth development consultant, preparing students for exchange programs and internships abroad. Since 2015, Olga has continued working in the youth development and education field at National Research Tomsk State University (TSU) as an International Programs Officer. There, she has developed and strengthened international cooperation with educational institutions from abroad by attracting foreign students and monitoring and analyzing the international educational services market. Through these experiences, she has matured as a project manager with a series of published articles. Olga enjoys focusing on the topics of youth development, humanitarian affairs, and international peace and conflict resolution.

Host: Youth for Understanding

Fellow Role at Youth for Understanding
Olga Yuryevna Smolenchuk will have the primary responsibility of developing and driving the evaluation for the exchange experience forward. Additionally, Olga will work with the team to refine and improve processes around YFU’s National Standards of Care by monitoring, training, and supporting students, families, and volunteers.

Pablo Mattos, 33, Rio Grande - RS, Brazil (Host: Bernardo Kohler Center)

Pablo has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector in Brazil and Uganda. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the Federal University of Rio Grande – FURG, Brazil; and a Master's degree in Migration and Intercultural Relations from Carl Von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany. As a Legal Assistant at IMDH, a Brazilian NGO based in Brasilia, he is responsible for carrying on refugee status determination procedures, including the interview of asylum-seekers, country of origin information research, the preparation of legal opinions concerning asylum claims, and finally, the provision of general legal support to asylum seekers and refugees. In 2013, he worked for six months in a civil society organization in Kampala, Uganda, with the main goal of advocating for better oil and gas policies in the African Great Lakes region.. He also lived and worked for three months in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, as a intern at the Protection Sector of GIZ. He enjoys working on issues of human rights law, immigrant protection, forced migration, development and poverty reduction. He also intends to be a professional in the field of humanitarian assistance and emergency relief.

Host: Bernardo Kohler Center

Fellow Role at Bernardo Kohler Center
In accordance with the mission of Bernardo Kohler, Pablo will provide assistance to clients within the areas of abused, abandoned and neglected juveniles, victims of human trafficking, crime victims, and asylum seekers.

Samaya Jafarova 33, Baku, Azerbaijan (Host: Save the Children)

Samaya has fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned her BS in Mathematics and Information from the Azerbaijan International University in Baku, Azerbaijan. While working for SOS Children’s Villages Azerbaijan as a Corporate Fundraiser, she helped the organization to achieve sustainability while improving living conditions of children deprived of family care. Samaya provided humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced people from Nagorno Karabakh area of Azerbaijan affected by the war. Previously, Samaya worked with different development programs in Azerbaijan such as the Community Development Program implemented by Save the Children/USAID, the Integrated Solid Waste Management Program financed by the World Bank and the HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria projects funded by Global Fund and supervised by UNOPS. Through these experiences she developed strong monitoring and evaluation, project coordination, donor management, presentation, and reporting skills. As a member of Rotary Club of Baku International, Samaya takes part in different community service projects. Samaya enjoys focusing on the topics of mental health and cognitive based therapy, and has strong passion for women’s empowerment.

Host: Save the Children

Fellow Role at Save the Children
Under the HIV/AIDS team, Samaya will maintain personal narratives/human interest stories from all HIV and TB programs and interventions globally for the Department of Global Health’s document library and Save the Children’s Story Library. From this, a series of narratives will be produced to support the growth of the HIV/AIDS portfolio.

Sworo Momo Manasseh, 34, Juba, South Sudan (Host: World Vision)

Momo has 5 years experience in the non-profit sector, having studied Education in Kyambogo University in Kampala, Uganda. While working as Assistant Project Manager for Save the Children International (SCI), under the DFID (UK Aid) funded “Education for All” Project, he helped increase school enrolment in Lakes State, as well as helped in the identification of schools for rehabilitation and construction of Temporary Learning Spaces (TLS) and improving the professional skills of teachers through training. The project focused on people who missed the opportunity of getting formal schooling due to the long period of conflict in South Sudan. In 2014, Momo helped in the founding of; The Rescue Initiative (TRI-SS), a South Sudanese National organization, where he currently holds the portfolio of Board Chairman. Momo’s latest assignment has been in Malakal – Upper Nile State, the area worst hit by the crisis in South Sudan, where he worked for War Child and later MEDAIR. The tasks in Upper Nile involved the implementation of Education in Emergencies Projects and the distribution of Non Food Items (NFIs) and Shelter materials to the most vulnerable. With this experience, Momo has been able develop skills in coordination, training, strategy planning and development as well as the ability of understanding and gaining skills in overall Project cycle management. Momo is currently focusing on gaining skills in Multi Sector Programming to boost more school enrolment in a country that has the highest illiteracy rates in the world.

Host: World Vision

Fellow Role at World Vision
Momo will support the development of an Education in Emergencies strategy and capacity building materials for the World Vision National Offices. Momo will focus time on South Sudan and the Middle East by providing project management support to the strategy development.

Syed Ali, 29, Rawalpindi, Pakistan (Host: Echoing Green)

Syed specializes in project management, cross-cultural consulting, and volunteer services. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from National University of Modern Languages in Pakistan. Syed is also passionate about global affairs, international politics and human rights. Syed has worked with telecom company (UFONE) as Relationship Executive where he helped organize the “Pakistan Tum He To Ho” project in collaboration with AIESEC. He conducted highly interactive cultural diversity workshops where international participants discussed their perception of Pakistan, before visiting, and how their thought process had changed after spending a couple of months there. Syed was awarded the Volunteer Appreciation Award in 2014 by U.S. Department of State for his volunteer efforts regarding the betterment of underdeveloped communities especially homeless and elderly people. He volunteered in the areas of food and basic needs assistance. Through these experiences he developed strong communication, implementation, and management skills. He represented Pakistan, at various international events like Youth Assembly at the United Nations and the Canadian Red Cross Power of Humanity Gala. In 2014 and the U.S. Department of State granted him the Community College Initiative Program Scholarship to study and participate in volunteer activities. Syed enjoys focusing on the topics of social entrepreneurship and conflict resolution, and has a strong passion for leadership programs and development.

Host: Echoing Green

Fellow Role at Echoing Green
Syed will work alongside the community support team of the Fellowship department by researching various projects which will help build the Fellowship pipeline. Syed will create presentations and foster relationships with other social sector organizations in order to strengthen international presence and brand equity.

Class #18: May 2015 Atlas Corps Fellows

Aditi Mishra, 25, New Delhi, India (Host: ChildFund International)

Aditi has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and two years experience in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Delhi University followed by Master’s in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She interned with two nonprofit organizations in Mumbai, namely Society for Nutrition, Education, and Health Action (SNEHA) for reducing maternal and neonatal deaths, followed by work with Muskaan where she actively counseled children of parents undergoing divorce. Aditi has worked with Save the Children, India as an Institutional Partnership Officer where she was responsible for strategizing inflow of funds from active donors, such as DFID, European Union, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. These donations were used to run programs for reproductive, maternal, new born, child, and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) across fourteen states in India. Previously, as a global graduate of Rio Tinto, Aditi worked in one of the most rural areas of India. She spent two years as a social analyst assessing the needs of people through various on-ground surveys and pre-feasibility studies. She also initiated an innovative project of education through tablet games for children under the influence of drugs. Her major achievements include designing and implementing a multi-year adult education and skill-building program for 315 workers of the company to boost local employment and development.

Host: ChildFund International

Fellow Role at ChildFund International:
Aditi will support ChildFund’s Advocacy team in conducting research and policy briefs, providing operational support, analysis, support to National Offices, and contribute to raising ChildFund’s profile among US government actors and key decision makers.

Adriana Pineiro, 28, Panama City, Panama (Host: WakaWaka)

Adriana has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and nine years working with social ventures. She earned a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Social Communications from USMA University in Panama. In 2013, Adriana joined a social enterprise, ThinkImpact, as Country Coordinator to establish their in-country operations. These operations were focused on social innovation programs carried out by foreign volunteers in rural communities of Panama. Previously, Adriana served for nine months as Project Officer in Save the Children's regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean, and created internal communications channels to connect seven country offices. Earlier, Adriana worked for three years with the nonprofit, Global Brigades, as their Business Program Director and Deputy Director. As the first locally hired, she became President of the local entity of the organization as well. In Global Brigades and ThinkImpact, Adriana connected university volunteers from the United States with indigenous and rural entrepreneurs to create a social business or improve an existent business using design thinking, social innovation and consulting skills. She also built relationships with Peace Corps Panama, the U.S. Embassy, Indigenous Congresses, local nonprofits, academic institutions, community leaders and government agencies. Adriana has strong leadership, project management, strategy creation, and business consulting skills. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship, youth empowerment and corporate social responsibility.

Host: WakaWaka

Fellow Role at WakaWaka:
As Strategic Operations Coordinator, Adriana will provide extensive research and market analysis for Mexico market entry. In addition, she will coordinate the participation of WakaWaka in technology events and support the development of WakaWaka's marketing materials and campaigns.

Arsalan Masood Kashfi, 31, Muzaffarabad AJK, Pakistan (Host: Disaster Accountability Project)

Arsalan is a development professional with nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds a Master’s degree in Statistics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. His core functional and sector expertise include research, evaluations, program coordination and management, proposal writing / resource mobilization, microfinance, enterprise development, and post disaster recovery. He brings hands-on experience of managing donor funded projects for microfinance, enterprise development, livelihood, social mobilization, education, nutrition, and food security. He started his professional career in 2006 with National Rural Support Program (NRSP) when it launched the post earthquake operations in Azad Jammu & Kashmir. In a career spanning over 7 years, Arsalan, established the NRSP Microfinance portfolio and later introduced innovative micro loan products.

In 2009, he visited Thailand & Philippines for an ‘exposure cum learning visit’ to bring back learned lessons and new ideas for USAID/SBI funded Advancing Microfinance for Post-Disaster Economic Reconstruction (AMPER) project. In 2012, he was selected as one of the 15 fellows of the prestigious Emerging Leaders of Pakistan (ELP) program, launched by the South Asia Center of Atlantic Council, USA. The ELP program is aimed at creating an in-person and online networking forum for engagement and collaboration of civil society leaders from Pakistan. In 2013, Arsalan made a career move to development consulting and joined an international development consulting entity, where he lead the projects & partnerships development unit.

Host: Disaster Accountability Project

Fellow Role at Disaster Accountability Project:
Arsalan will help DAP build relationships with civil society organizations (CSOs) and NGOs in the U.S. and globally, train representatives of CSOs and NGOs to complete SmartResponse surveys, manage aspects of SmartResponse program and development, and assist with outreach efforts to “disaster donors,” the media, student groups, and diaspora networks.

Daniel Ochieng Friday, 33, Nairobi, Kenya (Host: American Express Foundation)

Daniel is a Computer Scientist with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Africa Nazarene University, Kenya. He is able to identify, formulate and solve problems using computer science techniques and methodologies. Daniel is also committed to making a positive difference in the lives of those suffering from humanitarian disasters by using his skills, knowledge and experience. He participates in activities that bring hope, compassion and solidarity to communities living below poverty levels in hopes to help reduce poverty levels and injustice. Daniel has over eight years of experience in the non-profit sector as a Field Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and Finance Manager on a USAID funded-HIV and AIDS program with Nazarene Compassionate Organization, and eleven years in computer information and systems. The HIV and AIDS program supported over 10,000 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), and 3,500 women affected or infected by HIV and AIDS. Daniel’s key achievements include training of 1700 trainers on HIV and AIDS programs; collecting, doing entries and reporting on data for over 10,000 OVC; managing various income generating activities; assisting many people on how to use computer; and assisting youths to become independent.

Host: American Express Foundation

Fellow Role at American Express Foundation:
Building on the American role in supporting best-in-class leadership practices and capacity building, Daniel will coordinate and grow the alumni network; manage and coordinate the global Alumni Summit; help develop and improve communication and dissemination of best practices and provide overall project support for the American Express Leadership website.

Foluso Ishola, 28, Lagos, Nigeria (Host: Susan G. Komen for the Cure)

Foluso has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned her Medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health in Developing Countries as a Chevening Scholar from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Foluso is the co-founder and International Programs Coordinator of the Global Youth Coalition against Cancer, where she advocates for cervical cancer prevention and the access of young people to screening, HPV testing, and vaccines. Previously, she worked as a program consultant to conduct an impact assessment of the Mobile Midwife Project in Nigeria funded by Grameen Foundation. She also worked as a volunteer with the Lagos State Government on the implementation of the Pro Poor Community Health Project funded by Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Foluso led community and statewide projects as a Medical Officer with Rivers State Ministry of Health to provide maternal health services to women in rural regions and slums. She served as a Student Ambassador at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she supported the coordination of programs organized by the institution. She is a member of the Royal Society of Public Health and the Interagency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises. Foluso is a 2012 Maternal Health Young Champion Finalist and 2013 World Summit Youth Award Nominee. Through her education and work experiences, she has developed strong research, project coordination, implementation, and advocacy skills. Foluso enjoys focusing on the topics of reproductive and maternal health and has a strong passion for empowerment of women.

Host: Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Fellow Role at Susan G. Komen for the Cure:
Foluso will provide support to the Komen programs in Africa, including the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partnership. Foluso will work with the different components of the program, from breast cancer assessment reports to individual projects. She will also assist with data collection to assess impact. She will create presentations and market tools as necessary to communicate successes, progress, and needs in the region.

Hyun Shin Kwack, 33, Seoul, South Korea (Host: CARE USA)

Hyun Shin has more than two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master’s Degree in International Development from the University of Sheffield in the U.K. While working as a coordinator in the Korean Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (KSRPD), she operated the Secretariat of Asia Pacific Disability Forum (APDF), an international disability organization. She also contributed to international partnerships with Disabled People’s Organizations in Asia and Pacific region by organizing seminars and conferences in Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Indonesia. She planned and organized different projects for youth leadership. She also worked as an executive assistant and interpreter to the President of APDF for meetings at the UNESCAP and the UN Headquarters. Hyun-Shin did an internship at the Development Education Centre in South Yorkshire in the U.K. in 2011, and finished her research on “An analysis of children’s development awareness.” Previously, Hyun-Shin worked as a co-worker in the Camphill Community in the UK in 2004, where she was responsible for the house unit looking after residents with disabilities, and completed the National Vocational Qualification in Care. She also worked as an English teacher for Korean middle and high school students in private sectors for four years. Through these experiences, Hyun-Shin developed project management and coordination skills as well as teamwork skills. She enjoys focusing on the issues of international development related to disability, global partnership, youth participation, gender, and education.


Fellow Role at CARE USA:
Hyun-Shin will work with the Senior Policy Advisor of the Gender and Empowerment team, which is involved in a number of policy and influence activities related to gender integration, prevention of gender-based violence, and mitigation and prevention of child marriage. Hyun-Shin will work to support the team’s efforts to influence global discourse and policy implementation on these issues, and to monitor progress against the team’s influence and policy implementation goals.

Ifesinachi Sam-Emuwa, 34, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria (Host: RESULTS)

Ifesinachi has over eight years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector working with the Treasureland Health Builders Initiative. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, and a Master’s Degree in Community Development and Social Work from University of Lagos. She has certifications in global health and international women’s health & human rights from the USAID and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health eLearning Center and Stanford University Online respectively. While working as a Project Coordinator and Community Development Specialist with Treasureland Health Builders Initiative under the Global Fund Malaria and HIV/AIDS Project, she helped improve the health of rural dwellers by reducing the incidence of malaria and HIV/AIDS in Western Nigeria.Ifesnachi has been an executive at the Association of Civil Society Organizations working on Malaria, Immunization & Nutrition (ACOMIN) in Lagos State and also a key member of TB Network, and has worked on the Nigeria "Stop TB Partnership Project.” Ifesinachi is passionate about the health of young people and women, and has mentored over 1,800 women & youth on becoming community volunteers in that area. She has written three books and has received a National Youth Service Honors Award and the LEAP Africa/Nokia Youth Leadership Award for her outstanding contributions to youth, women & community development in Nigeria. Through these experiences, she developed strong project coordination and implementation skills.


Fellow Role at RESULTS:
Ifesinachi will conduct policy research and coordinate with partners, across priority health issues including tuberculosis, vaccines and other child health priorities, and nutrition. The work would also focus on cross-cutting areas across RESULTS priority health issues, including financing for health and accountability tools.

Johanna Marcela Calle García, 30, Bogotá, Colombia (Host: Internews)

Marcela has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector working with human security and development projects. She earned a Bachelor´s Degree in Government and International Relations from the Externado de Colombia University, and a Master of Arts in National Defense and Security in Bogotá. With a deep interest in capacity building, sustainable development, youth rights and civil society strengthening, Marcela has participated extensively in technical assistance processes for the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies, especially in the human rights, public security, national defense and victims’ protection fields. While working as a specialized professional in the international cooperation field, she contributed in the completion of strategies to achieve sustainable development in Colombia. Previously, Marcela worked to promote the private sector’s contribution to the community in coordination with local government projects, primarily in the areas of violence and abuse prevention. Early in her career, as a consultant in Public Security, Defense, and Strategic Intelligence, she collaborated during three years with several public entities, both national and local levels, in their capacity building processes. During that time, she successfully participated with different public and private organizations and victims of the Colombian armed conflict in the evaluation of the National Public Policy to protect the rights of the victims. Before finishing college, Marcela was an intern at the Organization of American States in the Dominican Republic where she was selected as an electoral observer to guarantee the transparency in the presidential elections of 2008. Marcela has a special interest in education processes as a path to prevent and reduce violence. She is a dedicated lecturer at the Externado University, where she analyzes with her students the main urban security issues in Latin America.

Host: Internews

Fellow Role at Internews:
Marcela will work closely with a team of approximately 20 development professionals, who develop and implement projects in Latin America related to access to safe, affordable, and uncensored information. The projects range from providing financial grants, technical training, and advisory support to local civil society and media organizations, to policy and advocacy projects. Marcela will also be involved in developing technologies that enhance and make access to an affordable internet safer. She will be paying particular attention to aspects of digital security and evolving developments in cyber security, as they affect the public, media and civil society.

Kaltuma Vanesa Ahmed, 26, Juba, South Sudan (Host: Voice of America)

Kaltuma Vanesa Ahmed is 26 years old and was born in Torit, Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan. Kaltuma earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Nkumba University in Entebbe-Uganda and has two years of experience in nonprofit organizations. While working as an assistant with the Makulu Fund for Children in Uganda for a year, identifying and registering these children to the organization, under the supervision of her senior manager, she helped to improve the welfare of children living with HIV/AIDS and those whose parents died from HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Previously, Kaltuma worked with Radio Bilal, volunteering in a project raising funds for the people who were destroyed in landslide in Bududa in Uganda for 6 months, sensitizing people on the impact and showing how these people could be helped. Currently, she is working as a reporter and presenter at Voice of Eastern Equatoria radio. Through these experiences, she developed strong project coordination, communication skills, and her love for media presentation. Kaltuma is interested in women/gender issues as well as other topics that need to be communicated to the public.

Host: Voice of America

Fellow Role at Voice of America:
Kaltuma 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 be called upon to conduct interviews. Kaltuma will produce radio reports for international broadcast and digital content for the voanews.com/southsudan website. In addition, she will support the editorial process of planning daily news coverage.

Kangu Tito Justin, 27, Juba, South Sudan (Host: Voice of America)

Kangu has four years of experience in nonprofit sector focusing on education, elections, agriculture, youth empowerment and development. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in development communications from University of Juba, and a certificate in freedom of expression and professional journalism from South Sudan Media Forum. Currently, Kangu works as a journalist for Bakhita Radio under Catholic Radio Network to promote peace and reconciliation among different communities. As head of the news department, he edits and prepares news bulletins to go on air, decides on the best way of presenting a story, prepares interview questions, and conducts live or prerecorded interviews.Previously, Kangu worked as a broadcast journalist with Eye Radio where he presented information in a fair, balanced and accurate manner. He wrote and edited stories for multiple platforms, evaluated and followed up on news tips to develop a story idea, and he was a solo anchor for the weekday segment on the news program. In addition, Kangu worked for Century Films and assisted director Sam Benstead whilst shooting films in Juba to be shown on the BBC TV, and provided translation services. Kangu was also a Trainer of Trainees during South Sudan Referendum where he trained polling staffs especially in Morobo County of Central Equatoria State to produce valid results leading to South Sudanese independence. Kangu was a mathematics and science teacher at OmbchiKeliko Primary school in Morobo County of Central Equatoria State and at Kings Academy School in Juba. Through these experiences, Kangu has promised to be a development communication support and offer versatile communication for behavior change in both international and local media to mitigate poverty, illiteracy and also improve the rule of law through radio.

Host: Voice of America

Fellow Role at Voice of America:
Kangu 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 be called upon to conduct interviews. Kangu will produce radio reports for international broadcast and digital content for the voanews.com/southsudan website. In addition, he will support the editorial process of planning daily news coverage.

Maria Eugenia Robles, 26, La Paz, Bolivia (Host: International Planned Parenthood Federation)

Maria Eugenia Robles has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sciences from Bolivian Catholic University. She has also completed certificated courses regarding Public Policy and Research Methodologies. While working as a Project Coordinator for International Service (UNAIS) in Bolivia as part of the ICS Program, she designed and developed strategies to increase awareness about human rights, sexual health and, noise pollution aimed for a young audience at different Children Centers in La Paz. She is a co-founder of Ágora – an NGO that seeks to promote youth participation in the political arena. Previously, she worked at the Social Performance Area at Caja Rural Los Andes in Puno, Peru, where she developed and designed research projects defining the economic-cultural client profile to attend rural clients’ demands and financial needs. She gave proposals for social inclusion products and complementary services, and developed training workshops in order to establish a new social performance management strategy. She has done research and diagnosis on early pregnancy prevention, sexuality, and sexual education among teenagers throughout urban peripheral areas from El Alto, Bolivia, and managed leading roles on different workshops on the same topics supporting a UNICEF project. She also worked on creating political incidence for the human right to adequate food on five different departments in Bolivia with the Association of Promotional and Educational Institutions - AIPE. Through these experiences, Eugenia has developed strong research, analytical, and leadership skills. She is very interested in research, development, cultural exchange, and has a strong passion for photography.

Host: International Planned Parenthood Federation

Fellow Role at International Planned Parenthood Federation:
Eugenia will help manage the portfolio of sexual and reproductive health programs related to youth, gender-based violence, and HIV/STIs to implement programmatic strategies. She will provide vital support to achieving the desired outcomes of these programs and contribute to the strategic vision of the team, including monitoring existing programs and developing new ones.

Maureen Modong Paul Loku, 33, Juba, South Sudan (Host: Oxfam America)

Maureen has five years of experience in the non-profit sector with two nonprofit organizations and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences from University of Juba in South Sudan. While working as a National Program Officer with the United Nations World Food Programme for a year and nine months, Maureen provided technical and programmatic supports to Cooperating Partners in regard to Project Implementation in Upper Nile state, South Sudan.Previously, Maureen worked for FARM Africa as a Project Officer in Juba, South Sudan for two years and nine months. Later, she worked for Intermon OXFAM as a Livelihood Program Officer for six months in Western Bahr El Ghazal State in South Sudan. Through these experiences, she developed durable program management and implementation skills and also acquired capacity building and partnership skills. As a good team player she has contributed immensely to project successes of her past employers and previously contributed to the overall goals and objectives of the World Food Programme. Maureen is passionate about matters related to community development with emphasis on women empowerment, enterprise and agricultural development.

Host: Oxfam America

Fellow Role at Oxfam America:
Maureen will support and contribute to Oxfam America’s gender justice program and policy work. Oxfam America commits to the goal to build internal capacity to integrate and highlight gender in all work and transform unequal gender power relations through all programs and campaigns. Maureen will work with Global Gender Advisor in accomplishing this goal in coordination with other team members.

Mohamad Adam, 29, Cairo, Egypt (Host: The Tahrir Institute of Middle East Policy)

Mohamad Adam is a Cairo-based journalist. His work was published in The Economist, Mada Masr and Egypt Independent. Adam studied physics at Cairo University but got entangled in politics with the Egyptian uprising in 2011. He was driven to document the events as they unfolded and by 2012 he had fallen comfortably into a career of journalism. In 2013, Adam co-founded Mada Masr, an independent news website, with a group of journalists. He spearheaded the website's Arabic section, where he wrote, translated and edited content. Adam also freelanced for international publications such as The New York Times and provided analysis and reports on current Egyptian affairs to the Washington based Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP). He also worked as a local producer on an English documentary for Al Jazeera. He also joined the leading Egyptian NGO, The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights as a media officer in 2014. Adam covered topics ranging from Islamist affairs, the health sector, worker and human rights. He also authored investigative pieces on police affairs in Egypt.

Host: The Tahrir Institute of Middle East Policy

Fellow Role at The Tahrir Institute of Middle East Policy:
Adam will work in a research capacity with the TahrirInstitute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP). The design of his research will be developed in conjunction with TIMEP’s directorial staff and will reflect the Adam’s submitted project proposal exploring media biases in Egypt.

Rene Momene Otte, 34, Yaoundé, Cameroon (Host: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota)

Rene has eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in law from the University of Buea in Cameroon, and a Master’s Degree in International Relations. He specialized in international cooperation, humanitarian action and sustainable development from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon in partnership with Ca Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Rene is the founder and the Executive Director of “More Action For Disability Inclusion In Development”, a charity organization that works to promote equal opportunities and the social inclusion of persons with disabilitiesin the developmental processes of their respective communities. While working as a Community Resilience Program Manager with the Ecumenical Service for Peace, Rene helped improve the livelihood of vulnerable children, women, and refugees from Central African Republic and neighboring communities. Rene has worked recently with two community-based organizations simultaneously on several projects to promote inclusive education for children with disabilities and to build the capacities of youths, women, and disabled persons on income generating activities to promote self reliance to improve their livelihood. Rene has volunteered with UNICEF and UNHCR as a Child Protection Officer and a Field Associate to coordinate education in emergency programs for refugee children. Rene also worked as a Community Capacity Building Coordinator with Trauma Centre for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture in Cameroon. Through these experiences, Rene developed strong leadership skills in capacity building, research, project management, and fundraising. Rene is particularly interested in the sectors of education, humanitarian relief, human rights, and international development.

Host: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Fellow Role at Ashoka’s Youth Venture:
Rene 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. He will be working closely with executive leadership and their teams in a statewide delivery system structure.

Rofaida Elzubair, 31, Khartoum, Sudan (Host: American Red Cross)

Rofaida has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has earned a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management from the University Technology Malaysia. She has worked in nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private sectors as well. She also has experience in health informatics, knowledge management, business analysis, and data management.

Rofaida is a good volunteer that enjoys participating in community events and human aids, and she has been engaged in different activities and community service programs throughout her career. In 2012, Rofaida became a founding member of the Sudanese Knowledge Society SKS, which focuses on enabling people of Sudan to utilize the concepts, methods, and values of the knowledge society. She is particularly interested in ICT for development and knowledge management.Rofaida is always eager to learn new things that relate to her field, and she also loves traveling, reading, and event planning activities.

Host: American Red Cross

Fellow Role at American Red Cross:
Rofaida 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.

Sadia Ijaz, 31, Haripur, Pakistan (Host: RESULTS)

SadiaIjaz completed her Master’s in International Relations, from University of Peshawar, an LL.B degree from Ayub College of Law, Haripur, and Bachelor’s of Education (B.Ed.) from Hazara University Mansehra (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) in Pakistan. SadiaIjaz brings more than ten years of rich professional experience mainly in child rights, education, health and hygiene, communications, monitoring, reporting, documentation, and professional practice leadership roles. She has held progressive management roles at Saibaan Development Organization and De LaasGul (DLG) Welfare Program in child rights, child labor, women empowerment, library development, and water filtration plant projects funded by OXFAM Germany, ILO, Asia Foundation, Association for Development of Pakistan, and Global Funds for Children. She has seen great success in the development and implementation of these projects, and also has shown great leadership and initiatives that shows her persona. Sadia worked in Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE) project with Save the Children International funded by Netherlands Embassy for a year. She is presently the Senior Officerof Documentation, Reporting and Communications at Save the Children International. She has experience in improving coordination with external stakeholders and has overcome many challenges, which ultimately improved the impact of the projects implemented by Save the Children in the region. Sadia is an effective and dynamic leader with sound knowledge of issues related to teacher education, school development, leadership, and ECCE in the context of Pakistan. Through these experiences, she developed strong project coordination management, communications, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, documentation, and program implementation skills.


Fellow Role at RESULTS:
Sadia will ensure effective coordination of the International/Northern Civil Society Organizations constituency, through the establishment of an online communications platform, development of a constituency advocacy strategy, and contributions to ongoing research and analysis of key constituency issues. She will also regularly communicate across the other Global Partnership for Education Board civil society constituencies to ensure coordinated actions.

Saqib Riaz, 30, Islamabad, Pakistan (Host: Meridian International Center)

Saqib Riaz is a public outreach and advocacy professional with nine years of experience in nonprofit and media organizations. Saqib has demonstrated impactful contributions to improve the quality of elections as well as democracy in Pakistan. He managed the advocacy portfolio of Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), Pakistan’s largest election observation network, by contributing to mainstreaming the long-impending agenda of electoral and political reforms – a prerequisite for the deepening of democracy in the country. His academic grounding as a political scientist with a Master’s Degree from the University of Punjab, Lahore, has provided him the added advantage of steering complex advocacy campaigns to influence policy, legal and regulatory reforms. Harnessing the potential of new technologies, Saqib successfully blended traditional communication tools with more advanced and emerging social media to advance FAFEN’s electoral reforms work. More than 13,000 Twitter and 66,000 Facebook followers has given FAFEN a unique advantage of directly accessing attentive audiences interested in the country’s democratization. Saqib also excels in complete advocacy-based project cycle and has significant experience of working with projects funded by USAID, DFID, EU and The Asia Foundation. Keeping in view his expertise and skills, he recently worked on a unique project that is designed to study the relationship between citizens’ voices and actions, and the process of reforms in Pakistan’s education governance. Saqib started his career as a journalist and has worked with print and electronic media as desk editor and producer. He was the member of the founding team of Express 24/7, Pakistan’s first English-language news channel. His hobbies include traveling, trekking and photography.

Host: Meridian International Center

Fellow Role at Meridian International Center:
Saqib will develop emerging leader programs and develop innovative U.S.-based and in-country short term educational programs. He will support Meridian-wide communications channels and look globally for new partners for campaigns and other prospective programs.Saqib will also explore innovative ways to engage with program alumni and develop curriculums for short training workshops.

Subecha Dahal, 28, Kathmandu, Nepal (Host: VaxTrac)

Subecha Dahal got involved in the social sector in Nepal at the age of 17 when she started volunteering at a local youth organization. She earned her Master’s degree in Sociology from Savitribai Phule Pune University, India. She has worked with Daayitwa Public Service Fellowship program in Nepal that provides fellowship opportunities to young Nepalese to get them involved in the public and governance sector of Nepal and work with public bodies and parliamentarians.

With 5 years of experience in program coordination, communications and media, she has now worked with a variety of issues related to governance, health, youth, children, and women. Volunteering at a local non-profit helped her realize her potential and interest in the field, and she is now a strong advocate for social equality and universal access to basic rights to education, health and opportunities for a collaborative nation building.

Host: VaxTrac

Fellow Role at VaxTrac:
Subecha will be primarily responsible for supporting program and research & evaluation staff on managing and monitoring existing projects, as well as providing assistance with new project design and proposals. She will also support internal and external program communication initiatives.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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