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Class 18: May 2015 Atlas Corps Fellows

Atlas Corps Class 18

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

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

Host: ChildFund International

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

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

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

Host: WakaWaka

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

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

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

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

Host: Disaster Accountability Project

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

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

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

Host: American Express Foundation

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

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

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

Host: Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Host: Internews

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

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

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

Host: Voice of America

Fellow Role at Voice of America:
Kaltuma will serve with VOA staff to identify and research news and feature stories in Sudan and South Sudan that are of interest to the target audience, and will be called upon to conduct interviews. Kaltuma will produce radio reports for international broadcast and digital content for the voanews.com/southsudan website. In addition, she will support the editorial process of planning daily news coverage.

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

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

Host: Voice of America

Fellow Role at Voice of America:
Kangu will serve with VOA staff to identify and research news and feature stories in Sudan and South Sudan that are of interest to the target audience, and will be called upon to conduct interviews. Kangu will produce radio reports for international broadcast and digital content for the voanews.com/southsudan website. In addition, he will support the editorial process of planning daily news coverage.

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

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

Host: International Planned Parenthood Federation

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

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

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

Host: Oxfam America

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

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

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

Host: The Tahrir Institute of Middle East Policy

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

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

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

Host: Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota

Fellow Role at Ashoka’s Youth Venture:
Rene will provide leadership in working with the services for people with disabilities and the services for older adult teams as it relates to specific projects, service delivery systems, research and evaluation to enhance the service delivery systems of the organization. He will be working closely with executive leadership and their teams in a statewide delivery system structure.

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

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

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

Host: American Red Cross

Fellow Role at American Red Cross:
Rofaida will support the information and knowledge management needs of the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC). This includes providing immediate support for data collection and analysis, maintaining and refining an effective knowledge management system for a state-of-the-art resource center, and piloting of complementary knowledge management initiatives in conjunction with the wider American Red Cross International Services Department (ISD) and the global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

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

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


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

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

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

Host: Meridian International Center

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

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

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

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

Host: VaxTrac

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

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