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Atlas Corps CIPE Think Tank LINKS Fellowship

Atlas Corps CIPE Think Tank LINKS Fellows

"When Sergio joined us, we expected him to make a significant contribution to our understanding of Latin America. Waht we did not expect was for him to become a leading advocate throughout the region...that is that happened."       - Ambassador Terry Miller, Director of the Center for International Trade and Economics at The Heritage Foundation

Read more about the Fellows in the CIPE November Overseas Report.

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and Atlas Corps, with the support from the National Endowment for Democracy, have launched the new Think Tank LINKS (Leaders, Innovators, and Knowledge Sharing) Fellowship. This innovative program is an opportunity for talented young professionals from developing countries with strong research backgrounds to shadow leading U.S. think tanks for six months and conduct research in issues of democratic or economic reforms.

The next class of Atlas Corps-CIPE Think Tank LINKS Fellows will take place January through July 2015 in Washington, DC.

Interested in developing your research and leadership skills?
Learn more about becoming a Think Tank LINKS Fellow!

Interested in hosting talented young professionals from around the world?
Learn more about hosting a Think Tank LINKS Fellow!

Class 14: January 2014 Atlas Corps Fellows

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

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

Host: The Atlantic Council

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

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

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

Host: Heritage Foundation

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

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

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

Host: Project on Middle East Democracy

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

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

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

Host: Urban Institute

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

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

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

Host: Accountability Lab

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

2013 Think Tank LINKS Fellows

Maksim Karliuk, 25, Minsk, Belarus (Host: The Cato Institute)+

Maksim has four years of research experience and has earned an LL.M in European Law from the College of Europe. He has been involved in a number of research projects on the issues of regulatory impact assessment (RIA), legal approximation and Eurasian integration and pursues his own research in the philosophy of human motivation. He cooperates with the Ecole National d’Administration in France, University College London in the UK, works as analyst at the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, and lectures at the Belarusian State University. Through these and other experiences, he has developed strong research, leadership and productivity skills and reinforced his enthusiasm to bring about a positive change in his country and region.

+Think Tank LINKS Fellow

Host: The Cato Institute

Sally Roshdy, 24, Cairo, Egypt (Host: Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED))+

Sally Roshdy has three years of experience as a researcher in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelors’ degree of Political Science from the University of Cairo in Egypt in 2009. While working as a Policy Researcher at One World Foundation for Development and Civil Society Care in Cairo (OWF), she contributed to the transition-focused research work of Refa'a Al-Tahtawy Forum, an independent Egyptian think tank of OWF. Her area of research focuses on the transition issues in Egypt with an emphasis on the Democratic Reform and Security Sector Reform (SSR). Sally has participated in the assessment of Egyptian civil society needs concerning engagement in SSR through coordinating the joint program of SSR learning exchange in collaboration with Policy Association for an Open Society (PASOS). She has coordinated a study visit to Serbia on an exchange of Egyptian and Serbian experiences of SSR. Sally has written number of policy briefs addressing the Egyptian issues of reform. She has contributed in the organization of regional conferences that focus on the transition issues of Arab Spring Countries, the most recent one was, the Exchange of Arab NGOs Experience conference hosted in Egypt in collaboration with the Network of Democrats in the Arab World. Throughout her career, she has gained vast experience in Democratic Reform with a focus on electoral processes. She also contributed to voter education through interacting with groups of citizens in number of provinces in Egypt during the last election.

+Think Tank LINKS Fellow

Host: Project on Middle East Democracy

Sergio Daga, 29, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (Host: Heritage Foundation)+

Sergio has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Bolivia, and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Chile. In his years of experience he has acquired solid quantitative and qualitative research skills, has conducted several research projects, and has developed interpersonal and team working skills. He started as a researcher in a microfinance institution assessing the impact of microloans on poverty among less-developed areas of Bolivia’s highlands. Afterwards he worked as a researcher in the infrastructure sector of the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) at its headquarters in Venezuela. Back in Bolivia, he worked in the Research Department of the Ministry of Planning (UDAPE), where his main research interest was the relationship between the financial system, private investments, and labor markets. Since January, 2010, he has worked in the Research Department of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Santa Cruz (CAINCO) in Bolivia, where he runs the macroeconomic and financial research agenda. He is also the Director of the Economic Program in POPULI (Políticas Públicas para la Libertad), a public policy independent think tank that promotes well-designed public polices for a free society. He has several publications, including chapters in books and working papers.

+Think Tank LINKS Fellow

Host: Heritage Foundation

Become a Think Tank LINKS Fellow!

Responsibilities of Think Tank LINKS Fellows:

  • Conduct research on a topic that relates to democratic or economic reforms.
  • Produce research results that meet the thematic and quality criteria set by CIPE, Atlas Corps, and the host think tank.
  • Contribute to CIPE's Development Blog (www.cipe.org/blog) to highlight key findings.
  • Participate in Atlas Corps Nonprofit Management Series training sessions.
  • Attend orientation, roundtable discussions, and other activities as required by CIPE, Atlas Corps, and the Host Think Tank.
  • Return to home country after the Fellowship.
  • Once selected, pay a USD$250 participation fee, which will be returned upon successful completion of the fellowship.


CIPE and Atlas Corps are looking for qualified candidates who have:

  • Demonstrated research background relating to issues of democracy and/or economic reform.
  • Bachelors degree or higher, preferably in Economics, Public Policy, Finance, or a related field.
  • At least two (2) years of professional experiences with proven record of research-based work.
  • Proficiency in English (both in writing and speaking).
  • Age 35 or younger.
  • Current work for a think tank, policy research institution, or a similar organization.

After the initial screening by CIPE and Atlas Corps, top applicants will be interviewed and selected by the respective Host Think Tank staff. Preference will be given to non-OECD applicants.

Click here to read more about the application process, and the benefits and responsibilities of becoming a Fellow. The priority deadline to be considered for our January 2015 Think Tank LINKS Fellowship is August 15.

Host a Think Tank LINKS Fellow!

Benefits to Host Organization:

  • Receive full-time, experienced, and bilingual/multilingual professional engaged in research activities relating to democratic or economic reform.
  • Benefit from a professional (Fellow) who has insider knowledge and research of what's happening at the local level in respective countries.
  • Build organizational capacity with an international professional for less than the cost of an entry-level employee. With the cost-share model, Host Organizations only contribute $5,000 to receive a Fellow, which covers approximately 20% of the total Fellow cost. This program is funded with generous support from the National Endowment for Democracy and other sources.
  • Be listed as a "pilot" Host Organization in this new initiative on both CIPE and Atlas Corps communication channels.
  • Join the Atlas Corps network, which includes more than 120 organizations and 300 Fellows from 60 countries. Activities include networking events, professional development activities, and cross-promotion opportunities.
  • Receive "priority Host Organization" status if decide to host a standard Atlas Corps Fellow (12 to 18 months), which includes cost share discount and advanced application review.
Next Steps: Timeline:
1. Complete "interest form" (http://bit.ly/ThinkTankLINKSForm)
We use this information to select up to five candidates for review.

August 31

2. Review and Interview* pre-screened candidates provided.
There is no cost or commitment to review candidates.

3. Select Candidate to serve as Fellow, sign Host Agreement, and submit cost share.
October 19

4. Engage Fellow in six months of full-time service in organization. January

5. Conclude Fellowship.


Click here to find out about the benefits of hosting a fellow, and how to become a Host Organization. Deadline is August.

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE's key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth. www.cipe.org

Atlas Corps is an international nonprofit that addresses critical issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Profiled as a "best practice" in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and the World Economic Forum, Atlas Corps engages experienced leaders in 12-18 month, Our network of Fellows includes 130 nonprofit leaders from 35 countries. Atlas Corps Fellows serve at organizations such as Ashoka, CentroNia, Habitat for Humanity, Points of Light Institute, Public Health Institute, UN Foundation, and the U.S. Peace Corps. www.atlascorps.org

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