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Class 17: January 2015 Atlas Corps Fellows

Atlas Corps Class 17

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

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

Host: Creative Associates International

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

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

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

Host: Center for Environmental Health

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

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

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

Host: Project on Middle East Democracy

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

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

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

Host: Project on PYXERA Global

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

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

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

Host: Human Rights Campaign

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

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

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

Host: Save the Children

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

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

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

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps:
Esther will support the work of the Chief Development & Engagement Officer to raise the profile of the organization, to better share the story of Atlas Corps, with the purpose of increasing the pool of potential Host Organizations and individual candidates and leveraging additional funding opportunities. She will be integral to the management of the organization’s social media strategy, and will be involved in event planning, and publications development, while assisting the execution of Atlas Corps Fellow Recruitment Strategy.

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

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

Host: Atlas Corps

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

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

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

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

Host: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

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

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

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

Host: Heritage Foundation

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

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

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

Host: Global Good Fund

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

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

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

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

Host: The National Bureau of Asian Research

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

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

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

Host: Accountability Lab

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

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

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

Host: Creative Associates International

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

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

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

Host: Cure Violence

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

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

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

Host: Pyxera Global

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

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

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

Host: TechChange

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

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

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

Host: Polaris

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

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

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

Host: Heartland Alliance International

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

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

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

Host: Magic Bus USA

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

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

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

Host: Care International

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

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

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

Host: Heartland Alliance International

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

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