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Class #16: September 2014

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

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

Host: Latin American Youth Center

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

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

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

Host: Thinking Beyond Borders

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

Diallo Afadhali, 26, Gisenyi-Rubavu, Rwanda (Host: Potential Energy)

DialloAfadhali is from Rwanda. He has a Bachelor of Pharmacy and recently worked as a Nutrition Supply Chain analyst at Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Malawi and Pharmacist adviser on the UNICEF Primary Health Care medical kit project’s impact evaluation at CHAI on a Global Health Corps fellowship 2013-2014. Diallo was also part of the President of Africa Pharmacy students and International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF) 2012-2013, an organization aiming to promote pharmacy education, public health, and professional development and exchange programs. He has also served as an International Relations’ Officer at the Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP), a grassroots project focused on HIV/AIDS and Malaria awareness, gender equality, and social justice. Diallo has attended a WHO Supply Chain training at the Indian Institute of Health Management Research under the UN initiative in Jaipur, India. He has also been to the Netherlands and Belgium for meetings with world leaders in the field of pharmacy. Diallo was trained on global health issues at Yale University in 2013 where he represented his country as President of the Rwandan Pharmaceutical Students’ Association. He participated in the first IPSF African Leaders in Training (LIT) and the first African Pharmaceutical Symposium in Algiers, Algeria in 2012. As a hobby, Diallo enjoys writing about topics such as health and global issues. He was a silver medal winner for the 2012 IPSF International Essay competition and holds a certificate of participation from the UNESCO international essay contest. Diallo speaks Kinyarwanda, French, Swahili and English. His vision and commitment ensure his continued contributions and efforts to create a brighter future for the next generation.

Host: Potential Energy

Fellow Role at Potential Energy
Diallo will gain an understanding of the inner workings of a smaller nonprofit with global reach. He will also start to develop on-the-ground partnerships that will enable Potential Energy to conduct pilot sales and marketing trials in some Western African countries. He will deepen his understanding of international supply chain management through experiences with various Potential Energy projects and initiatives. Through his service Diallo will also learn about international business, stakeholder management, and donor/investor reporting.

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

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

Host: Population Action International

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

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

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

Host: Youth for Understanding

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

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

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

Host: GBCHealth

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

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

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

Host: International Accountability Project

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

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

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

Host: United Nations Foundation

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

Lore Espinoza, 24, Caracas, Venezuela, (Host: Fundación Rafael Pombo)

Lore Espinoza is a United World College Scholar, and graduated cum laude from Middlebury College, where they received a B.A. in International Studies. They have extensive international experience thinking, organizing, managing and implementing programs and activities geared to address social disparities and benefit marginalized communities. They have developed different projects in Serbia, Italy, Mexico, and the USA, working with low-income children and LGBT populations. In Colombia, They also founded the theUnBaile en TaconesMorados Art and Research Collective. TaconesMorados addresses disparities faced by LGBT populations in Colombia through the creation of an art anthology representing the voices of queer Colombians. In order to make the space open for all, regardless of previous experiences, the Collective offers free art workshops. The Collective also works with transgender homeless populations in the city of Bogotá in order to address social and health disparities faced by this population. Currently, They are a candidate for the George Washington University LGBT Health and Public Policy Graduate Certificate. Throughout all their project management experience, they has gained important fundraising skills in international settings using different platforms, knowledge they will share with their host institution.

Host: Fundación Rafael Pombo

Fellow Role at Fundación Rafael Pombo
Lore will develop and create a fundraising long term strategy for the Fundación Rafael Pombo including grant writing and development of online fundraising campaigns. They aim to fortify the Foundations fundraising efforts and to improve marketing and communication strategies inside of the Foundation, in order to support fundraising and development activities.

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

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

Host: Latin American Youth Center

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

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

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

Host: Voice of America

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

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

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

Host: The Nike Foundation

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

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

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

Host: Voice of America

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

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

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

Host: Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)

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

Prem Sagar, 33, Karachi, Pakistan (Host: International Relief and Development)

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: International Relief and Development

Fellow Role at International Relief and Development
Prem will provide the backstop support to the Sindh Community Mobilization Program. Prem’s efforts with CMP program will include coordination with private partnership for mobilizing resources/cost share and bring public private partnership share for program. He will also take business development initiatives along with IRD’s head quarter team, and work on preparing concept notes and proposals on different development subjects. Participation in meetings and ongoing networking with social development practitioner will be one of the important tasks Prem will be focusing at IRD.

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

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

Host: Meridian International Center

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

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

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

Host: Save the Children

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

Class #15: May 2014

Alimure Ali, 34, Kajo Keji County, South Sudan (Host: National Endowment for Democracy)

Alimure Ali is a prominent nonprofit organization practitioner with eight years’ experience working with USAID governance projects in the Republic of South Sudan. Alimure is skilled in identifying and advocating for persistent community issues for immediate government intervention. He has a long history of liaising and building relationships with national and state government institutions, international organizations, and other appropriate stakeholders to detect program synergies and increase impact of good governance in South Sudan. He worked as an Assistant Program Manager for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), a position that he assumed after holding several others in the organization. Alimure built the capacities of government officials, civil society organizations, and other appropriate stakeholders through workshops and trainings. He has trained and mentored government officials good governance initiatives best practices, budgeting, and work planning processes. Alimure holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Democracy and Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University.

Host: National Endowment for Democracy

Fellow Role at National Endowment for Democracy
Alimure will contribute to the planning and preparation of the World Movement for Democracy’s 2015 Assembly in Accra, Ghana. Alimure’s work with the Africa Program will include intellectual contributions to the analysis of our South Sudan portfolio, research support on thematic and regional issues of interest to the Fellow and the Africa Program, and participation in team meetings and events at the Endowment.

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.

Darren Gan, 29, Hengyang City, China (Host: Human Rights First)

Darren Gan is experienced in working in the nonprofit sector. He has been a committed volunteer at the Beijing-based NGO Aibai Culture & Education Center for nearly seven years. The organization's mission is to promote equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in China. Interested in LGBT culture, Gan started working as a translator and editor in 2006. His main responsibilities include looking for international LGBT news, translating them into Chinese, and editing them. Over the past three years, he has become an experienced part-time worker in Aibai, helping to build a professional news system, specialized in the translation work of international LGBT stories and news. Now, Aibai is the largest international foreign LGBT news provider in China. These international news and stories have given courage to thousands of LGBT people in China, and they also have guided many local NGOs in the LGBT field to progress in a more efficient way. Gan was a lifestyle journalist for China Daily, the biggest government-run English newspaper in China. He has written several important LGBT feature stories, including the challenges associated with openly identify as LGBT. Gan is also a very active freelancer for major Chinese magazines, including Time Out Beijing, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Architectural Digest (China). He also further honed his skills in English and Chinese writing, reporting, and editing.

Host: Human Rights First

Fellow Role at Human Rights First
Darren will provide research, content, and administrative support to the Advocacy Counsel at Human Rights First. Specifically, Darren will assist in achieving advocacy goals related to international lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights. As part of an expanding campaign, Darren will be integral in the pursuit of equality and dignity for the global LGBT community.

Justin Miteng Amos, 35, Torit, South Sudan (Host: STEMconnector)

Justin has in worked in the nonprofit sector in South Sudan for eight years. His area of expertise is in management, enterprise development, inclusive agriculture value chain development and Institutional/Organizational Development (ID/OD). He holds Bachelors of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from Makerere University in Uganda and Master of Science degree in International Natural Resource Development from Bangor University in the UK. Justin has extensive knowledge and experience in agribusiness and natural resource development. Over the years, Justin has worked with communities to build their entrepreneurship potential and help resolve natural resource related conflicts. He has worked with SNV Netherlands Development Organization as a Country Sector Leader for Agriculture. He has demonstrated experience in innovative initiatives for commercializing rural agriculture for the benefit of smallholder farmers. Justin led the implementation of agribusiness management and vocational skills development among youth through mentoring, training, joint planning, and coordination. Previously he was part of a team that set up an Agriculture Training Centre, as part of the South Sudan Agriculture Revitalization Program (SSRP) in 2005, a project funded by USAID, implemented in a consortium of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Chemonics and Government of South Sudan. Through these experiences, Justin developed strong leadership, management, implementation and monitoring skills. Justin enjoys focusing on the topics of inclusive business, gender sensitivity, agribusiness, human rights, and international development. Justin also has a strong passion for women and youth economic empowerment.

Host: STEMconnector

Fellow Role at STEMconnector
Justin will be assigned business development/client services roles to work on growing the STEMconnector client base and expanding its corporate outreach. His role will include supporting STEMconnector’s strategic outreach to service existing and potential clients. He will work on tasks including researching corporate social responsibility programs of major corporations, funding streams from government and foundation grant possibilities. Additionally, Justin will be an integral part of the STEMconnector team, contributing to their website by updating existing content and generating new research-based content.

Mara Paulini Machado, 27, Ouro Fino, Brazil (Host: Young Professionals in Foreign Policy - YPFP)

Since 2006, Mara has been working with nonprofit and grassroots organizations in Brazil, Morocco, Egypt and India. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy and Management at University of São Paulo, Brazil, she was the Director of Student Associations that fought for reforms in the educational system mainly to strengthen the role of the universities as agents of social change addressing the social, economic and political challenges.

In 2008, she helped the implementation of community banks in São Paulo, which are microfinance institutions run by grassroots organizations in order to improve local development. In 2010, Mara studied political science at the University of Santiago the Compostela in Spain for one semester, and when she returned to Brazil she joined the Institute for the Development of Social Investment (IDIS) as an intern supporting formulation of fundraising strategies and trainings for nonprofits. In AIESEC in Brazil, she was part of the national executive board supporting program development and managing national partnerships, while in Egypt she joined Youth Initiatives Team at UN Women focusing in supporting university student’s engagement. Her last assignment was as an Edge Growth Business Associate working for one of the top incubation center’s in India, CIIE (Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, which fosters innovation driven entrepreneurship. There she was a member of the ecosystem development team and has helped organize the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) India and developed knowledge management processes for the organization. As an engaged activist and through many volunteer and work experiences, she developed strong project management skills, which she hopes to use to improve women’s rights, youth empowerment and fight poverty in global scale.

Host: Young Professionals in Foreign Policy - YPFP

Fellow Role at YPFP
Mara will work at the heart of the initiatives, programs, and activities most critical to YPFP’s success – fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing young professionals with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they need to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers.

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.

Marlene Chiedza Gadzirayi, 27, Harare, Zimbabwe (Host: U.S. Global Leadership Coalition)

Marlene has more than five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor of Accountancy honors degree from Bindura University of Science Education in Bindura, Zimbabwe. While working as the Finance and Administration Officer for Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) for the last three years, she implemented finance and administration systems and has coordinated the organization's projects and activities. She has acquired strong management and interpersonal skills, and has learned how creating new partnerships can improve organizations, with special mention to partnership with the U.S. Embassy Harare. Previously, Marlene worked with the National Movement of Catholic Students as Finance Officer and prior to that she was with the Students Solidarity Trust as Assistant Accountant. Marlene was elected as the first female Vice President of Bindura University of Science Education for the period 2007-2008. She was also elected into the Zimbabwe National Students Union executive as the first female Secretary for International Relations for the period 2008-2010. In 2010, she received worldwide votes to represent Africa in the World Youth Movement for Democracy through 2013. She enjoys project planning and coordination and implementation, particularly the fundraising aspect. She has a strong passion for leadership, youth empowerment, and human rights.

Host: U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

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.

Trina Talukdar, 26, Kolkata, India, (Host: American Express Foundation)

Trina started working in Kalighat, one of Asia's oldest and largest red light areas, at the age of 18. Her interaction with commercial sex workers spurred her passion to spend her life working on gender empowerment. After graduating with a major in English Literature, Political Science and Sociology, she went on to do her Masters in Social Work, specializing in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work. During her Masters, Trina visited and interned with various women’s rights and anti-trafficking organizations. Trina started her own non-profit, Kranti at the age of 22, in Mumbai. Kranti identifies the potential in girls who have been trafficked to become agents of social change, as they have survived the worst social adversities, and have the passion and understanding to solve these social problems. Kranti uses counseling, education, and leadership training to empower marginalized girls as change-agents. Recently, Trina moved to Ashoka: Innovators for the Public to explore other areas and models of work in the development sector, through Ashoka’s fellow selection process.

Host: American Express Foundation

Fellow Role at American Express Foundation
Trina will support the overall strengthening of leadership development in the nonprofit sector by helping to expand the American Express Leadership Academy franchise. Building on the American Express role in supporting best-in-class leadership practices and capacity building, Trina will coordinate and grow the alumni network; help develop and improve communication and dissemination of best practice and provide overall project support as needed.

Class #14: January 2014

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

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

Host: InterAction

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

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

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

Host: Urban Institute

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

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

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

Host: Net Impact

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

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

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

Host: Agora Partnerships

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

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

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

Host: CARE International

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

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

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

Host: The Nike Foundation

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

Maksym Beznosiuk, 25, Kyiv, Ukraine (Host: NCSJ: National Conference Supporting Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia)

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

Host: NCSJ: National Conference Supporting Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia

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

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

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

Host: Miriam's Kitchen

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

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

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

Host: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

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

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

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

Host: Save the Children

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

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

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

Host: Urban Institute

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

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

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

Host: US Holocaust Memorial Museum

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

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

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

Host: Global Press Institute

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

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

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

Host: Women Deliver

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

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

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

Host: Massachusetts General Hospital

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

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

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

Host: The Nike Foundation

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

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

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

Host: Global Campaign for Education

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

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

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

Host: Atlas Corps

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

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

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

Host: Atlas Corps

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

Class #13: September 2013

Kunihiro Shimoji, 22, Okinawa, Japan (Host: The National Bureau of Asian Research)

Kunihiro has two and a half years of experience in the nonprofit sector in the U.S., England, and Japan. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a focus in International Relations from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in the U.S. Kunihiro is serving at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). He provides substantive assistance to NBR’s Political and Security Affairs (PSA), team on the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief project in the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, he is helping the Trade, Energy, and Economic Affairs (TEEA) team with the Energy Security project on Asia’s Uncertain Liquefied Natural Gas Future. Previously, Kunihiro worked for the National Association of Japan-America Societies, U.S.-Japan Council, and International Student Conferences Inc. Kunihiro enjoys focusing on a variety of topics including humanitarian assistance after disasters as well as the future of energy resources and its accessibility to less-developed international communities. He has a strong passion for education and youth leadership programs and hopes one day to organize programs that will help youth contribute to a variety of social issues that exist in today’s world.

Host: The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

Fellow Role at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)
As an Atlas Fellow, Kuni is part of the Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs group and the Political and Security Affairs (PSA) group at NBR. During his fellowship, he will coordinate research, publications, and logistics for a range of programs and projects, including the Pacific Energy Summit, Energy Security Program, and Strategic Asia.

Moeko Shinohara, 28, Okegawa, Japan (Host: GlobalGiving Foundation)

Moeko has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned two Master's degrees in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University in the U.S. and in Development Economics and International Cooperation from University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy. In the summer of 2013, Moeko worked as a UN intern at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). She enhanced the quality of IFAD’s future development projects through assessing the economic and financial analysis of its project design documents. Though this experience, she gained knowledge of some ways of the application of development economics. Her great interest lies in social and economic development including sustainability, inclusive growth, and governance, as well as conflict resolution, having gained substantial theoretical insights in academic trainings. She enjoys Argentine Tango dancing - as it is physically and mentally healthy exercise, and the tango communities elsewhere often reflect the nature of local society in terms of human interaction and values, which enriches her insights on world affairs.

Host: GlobalGiving Foundation

Fellow Role at GlobalGiving Foundation
Moeko will provide support for their In-the-Field program, which trains travelers to visit GlobalGiving partner organizations, conduct simple evaluations, and lead workshops for new organizations. She will be responsible for providing support while these travelers are in the office and abroad, including: setting up workshop registrations, ensuring quality evaluations are occurring, driving band-end system design to enhance tracking, and analyzing the impact of the ITF program.

Nabeel Mohamed Biajo, Khartoum, Sudan (Host: Voice of America)

Nabeel has three years of nonprofit experience focusing on elections, public health, and youth development. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Sudan University of Science and Technology. As an interpreter with the Carter Center’s International Election and Referendum Observation Mission in Sudan, he accompanied international election observers monitoring voter registration and polling centers in South Kurdufan state’s electoral process. Previously, Nabeel worked with a team of Carter Center conflict resolution experts to survey the town of Kadugli, South Kurdufan prior to the Referendum on South Sudan’s independence. After attending a workshop on AIDS and other STDs, Nabeel has volunteered to advance health education and promote adolescent reproductive health awareness with UNICEF and the Center for HIV/AIDS in Sudan. He participated in a campaign visiting different high schools and universities to hold seminars and talks on the subject. Additionally, Nabeel served as a volunteer English teacher for adults and kids at several institutes including the English Cultural Center, Future Leaders Primary School, and Sudan International Grammar School in Khartoum. Through these experiences, he developed an understanding of how NGOs function and strong project coordination and implementation skills. Nabeel is particularly passionate about gender issues, environment, and youth empowerment.

Host: Voice of America (VOA)

Fellow Role at Voice of America
Nabeel will serve with VOA staff to identify and research stories in Sudan and South Sudan that are of interest to our audience, and will be called up to conduct interviews. He will expand his skills in journalistic and storytelling and put together his own radio pieces. In addition, Nabeel will be supporting the editorial process for a daily radio program.

Randa Osman, 34, Khartoum, Sudan (Host: CARE)

Randa has eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Khartoum, and a Master’s degree in International Economics, Finance, and Development from University of Surrey. In her current role with the British Council, she was central to the rapidly developing nature of British Council operations in both Sudan and South Sudan over the last three years. Among her main responsibilities are financial management, financial planning, risk management, and context analysis as well as providing support to countries in the Sudan cluster. She has developed strong managerial skills and experience in the area of human resources. She is looking forward to an opportunity that will allow her to directly contribute towards economic development projects. She is also equally keen on gaining advanced managerial and leadership skills that will help in progressing her career and enhancing the scope of work that she can deliver in the future. She enjoys travel and enjoys working in a diverse environment.

Host: CARE

Fellow Role at CARE
Randa will support CARE International's efforts to appropriately position the organization in a global context by providing direct support to the Head of Advocacy. Additionally, she'll play an integral role in promoting effective fiscal oversight by preparing financial and fundraising pipeline information to CARE's Senior Management team.

Thembi Mdachi, 22, Blantyre, Malawi (Host: Agora Partnerships)

Thembi Mdachi has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is originally from Malawi, but spent most of her childhood years in Tanzania and Zimbabwe. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in International Studies. She has a strong background in conducting empirical and quantitative research and establishing metrics to track the social impact of microfinance on social and economic development in developing nations. She is interested in designing sustainable and empowering economic projects that address the root causes of poverty. In a self-designed internship in 2010, Thembi worked as a research assistant for FINCA International in Malawi, where she studied the role of micro-finance in reducing poverty and realized the vital importance of financial literacy, particularly among women, in achieving this goal. In 2011, she helped CARE International in the Malawi Economic Development Unit analyze the impact of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) through story telling. After graduating from college, she worked with early stage impact companies that are harnessing the power of business to solver critical social, economic and environmental challenges in their communities. She is dedicated to seeing more impact investing work replicated in Sub-Saharan Africa, where she feels the region has numerous untapped opportunities and talent.

Host: Agora Partnerships

Fellow Role at Agora Partnerships
Thembi will be serving at Agora Partnerships to gain more in-depth understanding of Agora’s Accelerator model and its application to poverty alleviation in Latin America. From Agora’s D.C. office, Thembi will handle most of the administrative duties of the organization, as well as support fundraising, systems management, and board development.

Class #12: May 2013

Ochuko Keyamo, 28, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria (Host: GBCHealth)

Ochuko has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry from Delta State University, and a Master’s degree in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. While working as a Research Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training in Nigeria under the WHO-funded malaria program, she helped improve the health of children living with malaria in western Nigeria. She also carried out the implementation and documentation of high quality research including the diagnosis of P. falciparum in saliva and blood specimen using rapid diagnostic test. This study was a landmark study, for the first time malaria was diagnosed using saliva specimen in Nigeria. Ochuko has volunteered as a Community Health Officer in different capacities, including for a help fare program annually held in Port-Harcourt, which involves offering free medical treatment to the poor and less privileged in the society. Over the years, she has accrued competencies in research and community health. Ochuko has a strong passion for maternal and child health. With GBCHealth, Ochuko will work with Host Organization staff on management and implementation of activities offered by the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa, including the planning, agenda development, collaborator communication and execution of workshops as well as pursuit of activities that offer value to the member companies with which the Host Organization works.

Host: GBCHealth

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

Tisa Muhaddes, 31, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Host: McKinsey & Company)

Tisa has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and four years of experience in the communication and public relations sectors in South Asia, United States, and the United Kingdom. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Marymount Manhattan College, and a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London. In her last position, Tisa was the Research and Communication Officer at the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University in Bangladesh. She was in charge of the communication and press department for the whole school and its various centers. As a trained qualitative researcher, she also co-coordinated and co-managed a multi-country research project looking into violence against marginalized women in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal that lasted for eighteen months. The project was envisioned by Creating Resources for Employment Action (CREA), a rights-based NGO in India, and overseen by the United College of London (UCL). Tisa is also an activist for sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and women’s rights in Bangladesh. As part of her activism, she founded and participated in civic groups to raise awareness, tolerance, and recognition of rights of disenfranchised communities in Bangladesh; she also wrote a column in one of the largest English daily newspaper in Bangladesh where she highlighted social issues and discrimination faced by women. Additionally, she is also a published fiction writer: her short stories have appeared in a series of international and national anthologies, literary magazines, and newspapers.

Host: McKinsey & Company

Fellow’s Role at McKinsey & Company:
Tisa conducts research on social sector issues with the knowledge team. Additionally, she also provides operational and communication support for the Social Sector Practice.

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New York Needs You
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