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Class 16: September 2014 Atlas Corps Fellows

Atlas Corps Class 16

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

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

Host: Latin American Youth Center

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

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

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

Host: Thinking Beyond Borders

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

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

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

Host: Population Action International

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

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

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

Host: Youth for Understanding

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

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

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

Host: GBCHealth

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

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

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

Host: International Accountability Project

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

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

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

Host: Latin American Youth Center

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

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

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

Host: Voice of America

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

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

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

Host: The Nike Foundation

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

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

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

Host: Voice of America

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

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

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

Host: Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)

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

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

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

Host: Care International

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

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

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

Host: Meridian International Center

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

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

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

Host: Save the Children

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

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