Ana has three years of work experience both in the for-profit and in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Masters Degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School, San Francisco, California. Ana is currently a volunteer at Nexus Global Youth Summit as their public private partnerships coordinator in Washington D.C., United States, and is mainly responsible for the relationships with institutions such as the United Nations and the White House. She joined the team in May 2016. Prior to that, Ana worked for a year at a public relations firm in San Francisco, California. She started as an intern and left as their sustainability manager & account coordinator with responsibilities that ranged from working with clients to managing the junior staff. Before leaving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to get her Masters Degree in the United States, Ana worked for a year with the Dutch profit-for-non-profit startup and hotel chain Good Hospitality Group, where she started as a volunteer and left as a project coordinator and business developer. She had her first experience with the creation of a social business and the multifaceted environment of a young organization. Ana’s most recent developed skills include team and office management, high-level events planning, partnerships development, marketing and branding, process development, and strategy building. Ana shifted her career path into the nonprofit sector in search for more impactful work experiences. She is particularly interested in impact assessment, risk management, strategies, leadership building, and youth development.
Carlos has eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector in Peru and Haiti. He holds a Bachelor´s degree in Communication for Development from The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. He focuses on advocating for children’s rights and opportunities for vulnerable populations. While working as a Member of Technical Team of Nutriwawa project for the Peruvian Ministry of Health, he monitored and evaluated communication strategies and activities aimed to reduce early childhood malnutrition. Carlos also worked for Young Lives Peru, an international longitudinal study on childhood poverty. In his position as a Communications Assistant, he advocated children’s rights through branding, planning events, and creating website content. His international experience includes working at Groupe d’Appui aux Rapatriés et Réfugiés (GARR) in Haiti. There he supported the communication office of GARR, and carried out workshops about ICT and photography with four nonprofit organizations. Through these experiences, he learned technical skill such as using HTML language and design programs to redesign websites, create and disseminate content for websites and diversify social networks; he also learned how to plan conferences and workshops for advocacy and developed his public speaking skills. Carlos is passionate about cross-cultural understanding and multi-sectoral collaboration to achieve unity among people. Also, he enjoys travelling, engaging in sports, photography, meditation, and ICT for issues such as development, health, education, environment and cultural issues.
Fellow Role at Social Progress Imperative:
Carlos will be part of a small team that leads communications for the global Social Progress Imperative effort. He will test social media strategies and forms of micro-content, write and edit blog posts, help report on the effectiveness of communications activities, and manage a website and email newsletter in multiple languages.
Elton has four years of cumulative experience in the nonprofit sector and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Communication from The University of the West Indies, Mona in Jamaica. Previously, Johnson worked in the Arts providing communication support to numerous fundraisers and initiatives aimed at preserving Jamaica’s arts and culture, and securing scholarships for Jamaica’s next generation of artists. This he achieved over his three years in marketing communications with the Caribbean’s premier arts institution, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the Arts Foundation of Edna Manley College. He has also volunteered extensively in anti-discrimination as a Youth Ambassador for the dynamic Respect Jamaica campaign. Elton’s efforts have been aimed specifically at dismantling gender, class and LGBT discrimination. Simultaneously, he worked as Social Media Consultant with Respect Jamaica, raising awareness of the adverse effects of discrimination on Jamaica’s development using social media tools. With UNICEF Jamaica, he volunteered as a youth advocate with the mandate of increasing youth representation and youth participation in nation building. Elton’s future goals include serving as a global civil servant with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and becoming a documentary filmmaker.
Host: Bread for the City
Fellow Role at Bread for the City:
Elton will participate in departmental meetings and activities respective to their role. He will develop creative content to capture and engage audiences, work directly with clients to help them tell their stories in a variety of mediums, and gain valuable writing, communications, and fundraising experience in a nonprofit setting.
Hussein Baoumi has been a democratization and human rights activist since 2010. He graduated with honors in Political Science and History from the American University in Cairo (AUC). He also received certification from the Harvard Kennedy School in community organizing and leadership. He volunteered with several human rights groups in Egypt, including Amnesty International and Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), before joining the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms in 2013. He then moved to Washington D.C, to intern with Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), where he contributed to editing and drafting several reports and policy papers in English, Arabic and French with Egyptian, Tunisian, Libyan and Yemeni partners. He became the Programmes Director of ECRF, where he helped designing the strategic plan for ECRF and managing ECRF operations. He has been engaged in a transcontinental project studying the relationship between multipolarity, donors, and restrictions on the civil society in the global south, as a fellow with Dejusticia in Bogota, Colombia. Hussein’s work focuses on democratization, human rights and civil society. He has co-authored a quantitative study with Sada Journal at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace Studies, published on civil society funding with Open Democracy, and has a book chapter on transitional justice in Egypt undergoing editing for publication with Dejusticia.
Fellow Role at TIMEP:
As the TIMEP-Atlas Corps Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow, Hussein will work in a research capacity with the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), for the duration of six months. The design of the Fellow’s research will be developed in conjunction with TIMEP’s directorial staff.
Imran completed his undergraduate studies at Pune University majoring in Cost & Works Accountancy. After a Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance and several concentrated certificate courses within the field of sports sciences, coaching and sports business management, he has been involved in sports based youth programming (sport for health) for various organizations over the past five years. As a 2015-16 Global Health Corps fellow in the U.S, he served as a Program Manager for Student-Athlete development with The Grassroot Project. Prior to the Global Health Corps Fellowship, he worked with SE TransStadia Pvt. Ltd as “Manager- Coaching operations” spearheading strategic planning for establishing a financially sustainable Community Football club in Gujarat, India while directly managing on-the-ground implementation and maintenance of delivery quality of its sports and health education programs in schools. Imran is an Exemplar Global (RABQSA) certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt dedicated towards achieving process excellence for organizations. Additionally he has been certified in the Sciences and Technology of Coaching by AISTS Academy (Lausanne, Switzerland), represented his State and University in the game of CRICKET aside from being an AIFF certified football (soccer) instructor in India.
Host: Global Health Corps
Fellow Role at GHC:
Imran will provide dedicated support to GHC fellows, alumni and partner organizations who are based in the US. His primary responsibilities include supporting fellowship program activities for the 40 US-based fellows as well as alumni chapter programming, including organizing quarterly workshops, planning placement organization meetings and overall, supporting fellows in their professional and leadership growth throughout the fellowship year.
Jeremiah has over six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Technology degree in Geology from the Federal University of Technology, Minna - Niger State, Nigeria. Jeremiah loves communication, and has displayed a strong, consistent passion for social development, championing causes with various youth groups, and consulting for local NGOs. He is an Associate Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative, a Technical Working Group member of the Young Legislative Advocacy Project (YLAP) in Nigeria, a pioneering member of the African Youth Initiative on Population, Health & Development (AfrYPoD), a #Choice4Life Advocate, and a Co-Founder at Social Good Nigeria. Along with 54 other young advocates at #Choice4Life, Jeremiah championed an online campaign that culminated in the passage of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Bill into an Act, ending its 13 year journey in the Nigeria National Assembly. Having worked on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Gender issues, He enjoys working on Citizen Rights and Participation in Governance, as well as Technology and Innovations around Social Entrepreneurship.
Host: RFK Human Rights
Fellow Role at RFK Human Rights:
Jerry will provide crucial support to all aspects of the Young Leaders program, including volunteer engagement, communications, and fundraising. The Young Leaders program is expanding, and Jerry will greatly assist with developing Young Leaders chapters in new cities. The Fellow will coordinate events, organize volunteers, and support advocacy efforts.
Jia Chen is a Development and Marketing professional with 5 years experience in international organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Jia holds an MA in Communications from Leeds University in the UK. She worked as a Development and Marketing manager with Heifer China. she is responsible for marshaling resources, cultivating public and private sector champions for Heifer China’s mission which focus on ending hunger and poverty. Prior to Heifer China, Jia worked with Teach For China’s Development team to advance Teach For China’s mission of educational equality for all children in China. Jia started her non-profit journey as a volunteer with an American NGO based in rural Thailand in 2013, where she worked on micro enterprise in the development of a viable retail network for handicrafts made by local women. Before working in the non-profit sector, Jia worked as a account executive with a international advertising agency in corporate marketing. She facilitated after sales communication with end consumers for Ford. Through these experiences, she developed strong corporate development and marketing skills. Jia is very passionate about women and youth empowerment.
Host: PYXERA Global
Fellow Role at PYXERA Global:
Jia will be assisting in managing and continuing to provide value to members of the PYXERA Global facilitated International Corporate Volunteer Council. Assistance will be in the form of organizing calls, providing media items of interest, as well as strategizing on how PYXERA Global can use the Council to benefit the practice area. Jia will also assist in M&E practice through the creation of training materials, continuous improvements to Salesforce, as well as reporting.
Kanishka is a development practitioner with experience particularly in DDR and Peacebuilding, Community Engagement, Development Communications, Post-Crisis Development, Migration, and the Third Sector. Kanishka has worked with conflict associated groups, war victims, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and marginalized groups. He has proven expertise in project management, formulation and administration with a background in development communications, and earned a Masters in Media in Development from SOAS, University of London. He has managed community projects and delivered creative workshops and information campaigns on community engagement, conflict transformation, youth empowerment, for multicultural audiences. Through these experiences, he developed substantive experience in project management, partnership & coalition building, community mobilization, conflict mapping, and social marketing. Kanishka is a recipient of the Chevening Fellowship awarded by the British Government recognizing the next generation of global leaders for development. Kanishka enjoys focusing on the topics of Community Activism, Conflict Transformation, Social Integration, Development Communications and using Media as a tool for social change.
Host: Philanthropy University
Fellow Role at Philanthropy University:
Kanishka will oversee the cultivation and growth of communities throughout the PhilU platform. This will involve communities of practice outside of course (e.g. groups of learners grouped by region, topic, etc) as well as inside courses (helping moderate forums, stimulate conversation, etc). Community is a pivotal component of the PhilU experience.
Akram has seven years of experience in program design and management, monitoring and evaluation, and research for diverse community development projects, both for national and international non-profit organizations. He earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan, earning distinctions in his course and research work. He recently worked with the Marie Stopes International for a DFID-funded project as Manager of Technical Services in Punjab province, where he developed and implemented the monitoring and evaluation system at provincial level, developed protocols of four research studies,, and managed them at regional level in nine districts, analyzed beneficiaries’ data using STATA/SPSS/Pivot table on a monthly basis, and ensured the project progress via Franchise Live Application for Monitoring and Evaluation. In an additional role, Akram has piloted the implementation and monitoring of Marie Stopes’ behavior change communication strategy and action research tools, and developed and implemented 80 small scale social action projects at a regional level. Previously, Akram has worked on several community development projects funded by the USAID, UNICEF, The Asia Foundation (TAF), Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), and British Council (BC). He has strong writing and analytical skills and wrote 16 successful grant proposals for different local nonprofit organizations. He has rendered services to different organizations and developed their systems, profiles, annual and decades’ reports. He also conducted mid-evaluation of Ilm Ideas Program funded by the UK-Aid and managed by the PRISE in district Nankana, Punjab. Akram has six research publications in internationally recognized journals and 15 articles. He also volunteered with The Citizens Foundation, World Council of Religions and Dialogue Pakistan. Akram has keen interest in working on system improvement and quality indicators of community development projects in collaboration with the nonprofit sector and aspires to help marginalized communities.
Fellow Role at CIRF:
Akram will help CIRF expand its research, education, media production, and advocacy, working at the intersection of Islam and religious freedom, in support of religious freedom, both in populations where Musilms are a majority, and in populations where Muslims are a minority.
Nchotou has over four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Curriculum Studies and Teaching/Biology and a Master’s degree in Zoology (Medical Parasitology) from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Nchotou is also a U.S. National Institute of Health-Fogarty International Center Fellow in Biomedical Research Ethics through the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI) where he earned another Master’s degree in Research ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. While working as a Public Health project Coordinator with Research for Development International in Cameroon, he worked alongside researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Cancer Center to design and implement cervical cancer screening project for women living with HIV in Cameroon. He has also contributed to the successful implementation of the International epidemiologic Database to Evaluate HIV/AIDS in Cameroon and the Active Search for Pediatric HIV/AIDS, which helped improve the health of children living with HIV. Through these experiences, Nchotou has developed skills in project management and implementation, research, project planning, leadership development, research ethics, as well as monitoring and evaluation. His work in research ethics from the African perspective earned him an award to present at the International Association of Bioethics (IAB) Satellite Symposium in Edinburg. Going forward, he has strong passion working with institutions to translate health research into policy and health policy into practice that improves the health conditions of populations.
Fellow Role at Susan G. Komen for the Cure:
Nchotou will provide support to the Komen Global programs by working with the different components of the program, from breast cancer assessment reports to individual projects. He will assist with data collection to assess impact and also create presentations and market tools as necessary to communicate successes, progress, and needs.
Oyindamola has six years’ experience in the nonprofit sector with particular focus on youth empowerment and communication for development. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria. Oyindamola is a VIP Fellowship Alumni (Volunteering for International Professionals). The program established by the Malaysian Government enables international professionals contribute their expertise towards social development in Malaysia for four months. While in Kuala Lumpur, Oyindamola served with Discover Muaythai, a social enterprise which uses sports to empower underprivileged young boys by ensuring positive attitudinal change, through informal learning and life skills development. In June 2016, Oyindamola hosted a workshop at Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur, on social media for entrepreneurs. He also develops communication strategies for social enterprises. Oyindamola currently serves as an Advisory Mentor for The Queen’s Young Leaders program, where he offers his expertise in supporting young leaders around The Commonwealth to make a difference through socio-cultural and environmental change. From 2010 to 2014, Oyindamola served as Creative Director for LoveWorld Music & Arts Durban, South Africa, where he managed a team of over 300 individuals skilled in using creative and performing arts as a medium of social engagement. In June 2015, Oyindamola was selected as a “Top 100 Brightest Young Minds” by BYM South Africa and Barclays Africa. The program is an initiative to equip the next generation of young African leaders to use entrepreneurship and innovation in accelerating growth in Africa. In November 2015, Oyindamola was given the award of “African Youth Hero” by the African Union Commission, in recognition of the role he plays in promoting young people’s rights in Africa. Through the experiences of working on development projects in Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Canada and Malaysia, Oyindamola has developed strong leadership, communication, and management skills.
Host: Practice Makes Perfect
Fellow Role at Practice Makes Perfect:
Oyindamola will support the company’s scale group in maintaining calendars, scheduling appointments and meetings both internally and externally. He will also help prepare meeting materials, follow up on discussions, coordinate travel for the scale group, work on quarterly evaluations; hire, train, and onboard new employees; prepare and approve financial statements and budgets; and develop PMP’s programs and services.
Pascal has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Systems from the Institute of Public Administration and Management, University of Sierra Leone. As a development professional, he has diverse experience in child advocacy, youth empowerment and gender equality issues. Pascal has worked as a child ambassador for Search for Common Grounds where he later became a trainer for the Golden Kids News (a program that advocated for the voiceless and marginalized children). As a Knowledge Management Coordinator of JSI Research Camp, Training Institute, Inc. in Sierra Leone under the USAID-funded Advancing Partners and Communities project, he worked on reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health (RMNCH), and water and sanitation components by creating and distributing compelling stories of beneficiaries and communities. Previously, Pascal worked as the Communications Lead of BRAC Sierra Leone (after going through a six-months International Young Professional training in Bangladesh) for over three years and was integral in raising the organization’s profile. He developed and rolled-out the communications policies and strategies, ensured brand compliance of all collateral materials, and initiated an emergency response unit that developed community needs assessment across program areas to inform BRAC’s economic recovery plan. Pascal is the founder of Zenith Academy, a free home remedial for school dropouts in Sierra Leone. He is one of the pioneers of the Africa Changemakers Network where he leads the Social Innovations unit, and he is a YALA Citizen journalist. In all these commitments, he has developed strong research and interpersonal communication skills, and leadership in project management and emergency response. As a survivor of a decade civil war and an Ebola outbreak, Pascal is passionate about child, gender and youth issues with more focus on how social innovation and entrepreneurship can be used to reinvent and boost up these areas. Pascal is a HeForShe advocate and loves storytelling, composing songs, and is curious to learn new languages.
Fellow Role at World Vision International:
Pascal will foster communication, networking, and information sharing to improve learning and collaboration on child protection and gender efforts across the organization and with partners, that supports more effective programming and advocacy at the national level, strengthens World Vision’s influence externally, and builds credibility with donors. This includes coordination and strengthening of mechanisms and processes to manage and grow dynamic global WV Child Protection and Gender Communities of Practice.
Fernanda has 6 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and recently earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language Teaching from the Binational Center Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano de Relaciones Culturales. She started as a grassroots volunteer at “COMAC” working with people living with HIV-Aids and the LGBTIQ+community, advocating for human rights, reaching out to at-risk youth, as well as hosting an internet-radio program. She was selected on the entrepreneurship program “Jovenes con Valor” 3rd generation by Ashoka when she founded “It Gets Better Mexico,” which is the 10th international affiliate of the “It Gets Better Project.” In 2011, she was chosen to be part of the “U.S. Consulate General Monterrey’s Youth Council” where she functioned as a president, and developed social-community projects to strengthen Mexico-U.S. relations. She also works to date with them to advance LGBTIQ+ rights in their foreign diplomatic agenda. This work led Fernanda to be selected for the “International Visitor Leadership Program” by the U.S. State Department in the field of “Human Rights and Gender Identities.” Fernanda is a well-known speaker who has participated in (inter)national forums about gender and sexual diversity, including giving a TEDx talk. The organization “Paz Es” recognized her as an exemplary citizen, and the U.S. State Department as a “top young leader,” both in her hometown. Her fields of expertise are focused on: entrepreneurship, leadership, advocacy, education, diversity, languages, and youth development combined with strong skills such as management, strategic planning, logistics, public relations, and a global citizen view. Most recently, Fernanda became a member of “Global Shapers,” an initiative of the World Economic Forum.
Fellow Role at LAYC:
Fernanda will work with the Teen Center (TC) staff to facilitate recruitment and registration of middle/high school youth and evaluating student progress in the programs. Fernanda will also collaborate with TC staff to assess the needs of youth, and then liaison with LAYC staff to identify workshops and activities that address those needs. A primary role for this position will be the development of a youth leadership project.
Santiago earned a Bachelor’s of Institutional Communication and Advertising from Argentinian´s Catholic University and has almost three years of experience in the social sector. While working for the Government of the City of Buenos Aires he received training in public management and supported the communication of the various programs carried out by the government in health, education, public works and transport matters. He travelled to Africa as part of AIESEC´s Global Community Development Program and volunteered for one year in a boarding school for kids with disabilities in rural Kenya. This experience opened his eyes to a more inclusive community approach by integrating vulnerable communities into society. He used his storytelling and photography skills to fundraise and install solar water pumps to bring water to the school in a sustainable way. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation Management from the Amani Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, and utilized new skills to design, prototype and implement his first social innovation venture as Co-Founder and Managing Director of Drums in the Dark, an initiative to change the existing paradigms & mental models around blind people in Kenya´s society. In acknowledgment for his work towards the prevention of blindness, rehabilitation, training and education of the blind, he was given an Appreciation Certificate issued by Kenya Society for the Blind and awarded a recognition diploma as East Africa`s Emerging Social Innovators issued by Ashoka and American Express Foundation. As an apprentice at Ashoka East Africa he was exposed to different social entrepreneurs and systems change theory models that helped him comprehend the value of sustainable solutions to address social issues. He coordinated and supported Africa Yoga Projects (an Ashoka Fellow) Disability Team in writing funding proposal, budget planning and communications best practices in order to scale their impact. His passion for long lasting and positive change, his communication skills and his empathetic personality to connect with a wide range of people from various social sectors made him quickly find a job as Communications Officer & Social Entrepreneurs Coordinator in Socialab´s headquarters in Argentina. Interested in exploring new ways for innovation he joined Neelus, a consultancy that leverages creativity and innovation in both private companies and public institutions.
Host: American Red Cross
Fellow Role at American Red Cross:
Santiago will serve as a Disaster Preparedness Associate for the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) within ARC’s International Services Department (ISD). GDPC offers support services to the global Red Cross/Red Crescent network in areas related to disaster preparedness and innovative solutions for national societies for knowledge management, research and technical assistance.
Solange Nyamulisa is a human rights advocate, journalist from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She earned a Bachelor in Journalism at National University of Rwanda and a postgraduate degree in Diplomacy and Strategy at “Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques” in Madagascar. Most importantly she is a proud mother of two daughters. Solange has eight years experience working in the field of communications, public information, advocacy and networking with media, government, grassroots organizations, Non for profit Organizations and international organizations. In 2007 Solange did a training of trainers in journalism with Tiziano Project which is dedicated to expand knowledge and access to information worldwide by empowering communities to tell their own stories. During this training, she produced few short documentaries that were broadcast on CNN. In 2008, while working as a Communications Officer for ActionAid in eastern Congo, Solange joined a Women’s Rights Movement called Sauti ya Maman mu Kongomani, (Congolese women’s voice). Her journalism background allowed her to play a key leadership role within the movement as the spokesperson for stakeholders’ outreach and public awareness. In 2009, she worked as a reporter and producer of documentaries and radio broadcasting for Internews Rwanda as a focal point for DRC within the project called Information exchange sensitization Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. These documentaries contributed in the conflict resolution and peace dialogue between Congolese and Rwandese people. Solange served as a Communications Specialist in different international organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme (Central Africa Republic, DRC), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (DRC). The materials she produced helped to increase the organizations ‘visibility, highlighted key achievements and contributed to resources. Starting in 2011, Solange volunteered for 4 years as a Communications Officer for UNDP in Madagascar where she played a central role during the electoral process in developing and implementing the organization`s communications strategy, including its resource mobilization strategy. Solange has the goal to develop a communications tool that will allow easy access to information and outreach on women’s rights, since she believes “whoever has information has power.”
Host: Voice of America
Fellow Role at VOA:
Solange’s Fellowship in the Africa Division will engage audiences and outreach to the youth of our target countries in Africa. She will learn about the VOA, and its unique news gathering and broadcasting operations around the world. She will work with news production and broadcasting techniques, US journalism, VOA’s code of journalistic ethics.
Yoctan has more than four years of experience in the nonprofit sector and holds a Master’s Degree in International Politics (Globalization, Poverty and Development) from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom where he was a Chevening scholar. Previously, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Universidad Americana in Managua, Nicaragua. In recent times, Yoctan has been a project coordinator at several Nicaraguan nonprofit organizations, most recently at Grupo Fundemos where he worked more than two years designing, planning and executing development projects directed at young citizens and focused on developing educational programs on the subject of democratic governance and youth civic empowerment. Through these experiences he has developed skills in project design and coordination, research, public speaking, and event logistics management.
Host: Atlas DIY
Fellow Role at Atlas DIY:
Yoctan will support the building and supporting of cooperative, front desk management, program facilitation, research, and operations support. In this role, Yoctan will work to enhance the services and programs Atlas DIY is able to offer our growing community of 500 members. This role will be crucial to living out the Atlas DIY vision and uplifting our commitment to the immigrant communities we serve.
Abid is a mobilization, monitoring and evaluation professional, with five years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector of Pakistan. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur Sindh. Currently, he is working with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization as a Social Mobilization (Team Lead) and District Focal Person in the Human Security Project, funded by UNTFHS. He is engaged in field operations, implementation, and as a liaison to the government and other stakeholders. He helped more than 2000 male and female farmers gain access to their social rights and maintain good relations with their landowners by signing tenancy agreements, along with economic development through on-farm and off-farm activities. His tenure helped develop his leadership, project management, rapport building and monitoring and evaluation skills. Beyond his skills and professionalism, he is very interested in youth empowerment through education and social entrepreneurship activities. He has voluntarily organized many sessions at schools in his vicinity to raise awareness for future opportunities for youth in education and development sector. Abid is an adventurous person, who loves to explore famous places, cultures, meet different people and learn new languages.
Fellow Role at Creative Associates International: Abid will be supporting the Business Intelligence Function with research and analysis of the international development market to help inform strategic decisions. He will be conducting research on Creative’s competitors, partners, clients, and news sites to analyze where the market is and Creative’s advantages and potential opportunities.
Abida has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Peshawar in Pakistan. She has diverse work experience as a program support personnel in planning, monitoring, evaluation, research, reporting, and knowledge management. Abida has worked with host communities, internally dislocated people as well as with refugees, in development and emergency contexts. While working as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with the Sarhad Rural Support Program, she helped in providing social mobilization support to the Community Driven Local Development policy of the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, under the funding of the EU. Abida has also helped in providing opportunities to the rural women of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in their homes, through the provision of skill development and microfinance trainings, under the AUSAID-funded livelihood strengthening project. Previously, Abida worked as a Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Officer with the Danish Refugee Council in Pakistan to support sustainable solutions for Afghan refugees living in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, by creating livelihoods and improving general living conditions. Through these experiences, she has acquired strong monitoring and evaluations skills, which are applicable across different areas. Abida enjoys focusing on the topics of women empowerment, economic development, promotion of Civil Society Organizations and rural development.
Fellow Role at Empowered Women International: Fellow Role at Empowered Women International: As EWI relies heavily on monitoring and evaluation of our program impacts for use in fundraising and communications with potential clients and donors, Abida will be helping shape the continued improvements to Monitoring & Evaluation by both assessing and updating the current systems, and researching & implementing a new Customer Relationship Management system by late 2016.
Adelide has four years of experience in the non profit sector. She earned a Bachelor's degree in International Studies, graduating magna cum laude, from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea and a Master's degree in Public Policy, graduating summa cum laude, from Korea Development Institute Graduate School of Public Policy and Management. Adelide is currently the country director of the Africa Young Entrepreneurs Support Center in Kenya, a non profit which focuses on youth, leadership development and social entrepreneurship. She also has experience working in both government and non-governmental agencies such as the Global Peace Foundation and the Korea Trade Promotion-Investment Agency where she was actively involved in policy analysis, project management, event planning, research and report writing. Adelide has also volunteered with international organizations such as the Youth Federation for World Peace and the United Nations. Through these experiences, she has developed strong analytical, communication and marketing, and planning and coordinating skills. Adelide enjoys focusing on the topics of women and youth development, social entrepreneurship and economic development. She also enjoys academic and report writing and has won several awards. Adelide has also has participated in various professional development initiatives notably as adjudicating judge in the G20 Youth Model Summit in Incheon, Korea and the World Bank Regional Impact Evaluation Workshop in Seoul. Adelide hopes to use her knowledge and skills to contribute to the social and economic development of women and youth to enhance their contribution to the process of economic development.
Amira holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery from University of Khartoum and a Master’s of Public Health in Global Health – Leadership, Management and Policy from University of Washington. Amira currently works as a health officer supervisor for the Project for Strengthening Peace through the Improvement of Public Services in Darfur States. She is also a member of the University of Washington (UW) assessment team for the upcoming partnership project between UW and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) that aims to strengthen FMoH capacity leadership and management and implementation science. Previously Amira worked with UNDP-Global Fund (GF) as a national consultant supporting FMOH implementation of the current Health System Strengthening (HSS) project. During her work as HIV specialist with UNDP-GF she carried out a situation analysis and proposed the first HIV/AIDS service intervention package targeting Internally Displaced Population (IDPs) in Sudan to be implemented in Darfur states. Throughout her eight years of experience Amira recognized that most of the health problems in Sudan are attributed to weakness of the health system. Hence, she started to focus her efforts on strengthening the health system through provision of technical support to FMOH in different programs. The experience she has working with health system in Sudan enabled her to develop a good understanding of productive solutions. She is also interested in development of leadership, management skills in public health, health system strengthening, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health.
Fellow Role at International Center for Research on Women: Amira will be using her skills in quantitative data analysis and program monitoring and evaluation for supporting ongoing projects and providing input into the design of new research studies across the Gender, Population and Development portfolio. She will also deepen her skills in data analysis, research design, scientific writing, and business development.
Ankit is a queer feminist activist. They are a member of Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) and also serves on the Board of Directors. Ankit are passionate about reproductive justice for queer and trans youth, and have worked on range of issues from Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and public safety to environment and climate change. They serve on the Advisory Group to The Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and the CIVICUS's Youth Action Taskforce. Ankit has also worked as a Consultant with International Center for Research on Women, The YP Foundation and Samarthyam.
Fellow Role at Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute: As a program manager, Ankit will be working on the international program expanding to other countries including India. They will contribute their knowledge of the situation in India to the program. Overall, they will be supporting Victory’s programs in a range of different countries.
Anna has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector. In 2009, she earned a Bachelors of Sciences in Social Work from Tomsk State University, Russia. She earned a Specialist’s degree in Social Work in 2010 and a Translator’s diploma (English) in Social Sciences in 2012. In 2010 Anna was employed as a full-time volunteer for six months at Hope Community Resources, Inc., in Anchorage, Alaska (U.S.) as a member of the Art Studio staff serving children and adults with disabilities. From 2011 to 2012, Anna was employed as a social worker for the Alyona Petrova Charitable Foundation, with responsibility for press coverage, grant writing, and fundraising for assistance to children with cancer. In 2012, she became a project coordinator at the largest regional charity, Ordinary Miracle, where she created customized presentations, made site visits, and founded an art therapy program. She has implemented various fundraising projects and grant-awarded social programs for children and adults with disabilities and their families. Also she provided the website modernization program. Since becoming Associate President of Ordinary Miracle, Anna has further improved her managerial, analytical, collaborative, and evaluation skills training local and regional nonprofit professionals in creating social projects, raising resources, applying for grant competitions, working with mass media, evaluating impact, and making donor reports. Anna is interested in monitoring and evaluation activities at all levels of social programs, and local charity development and fundraising management. This year she has enrolled in the Master’s program in Social Work at National Research Tomsk State University with a specialty in research monitoring and evaluation activities in a social programming field.
Host: Miriam's Kitchen
Fellow Role at Miriam's Kitchen: Donors give because they want to make a difference in their communities. Anna will help communicate the impact of MK to its donors, and help locate new donors that identify with the mission of MK. Specifically, Anna will work with Development department by conducting prospect research both for foundations and major gifts, stewardship of donors, and draft and share impact stories.
Arrey Tambe Tabot has seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Buea in Cameroon, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja in Nigeria. He is currently finishing his PhD in Computer Science at the same University where he was an African Development Bank scholar. In 2014, he founded the EduTeens Science Development Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Nigeria whose work is focused on improving student achievement, teacher effectiveness and overall school quality through the implementation of technology-led initiatives. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Head of Department for Computer Science at the Nigerian Turkish Nile University where he served in volunteer roles as Android Student Club Facilitator, Google Computer Science First Advocate and capped it all by winning the highly competitive Google Computer Science for High Schools grant (one of the only four African Universities that won it globally that year). He was also a member of a 4-man team that participated at the first African Grand Challenge in Arusha, Tanzania where they presented their idea to combat maternal sepsis through a Personal Interactive Voice Response System that makes use of mobile phones, Radio Frequency Identification and Voice Commands. The same project was profiled by the AFP amongst the top innovative startups to emerge from Africa's premiere Science Forum during the Innovation Challenge at the Next Einstein Forum in Dakar, and featured on Yahoo News. He was a former Google Student Ambassador, and now serves as an Ambassador for the Next Einstein Forum, and an Ambassador for Global Education at A World at School. Through these varied experiences, he has developed strong project supervision, program evaluation, grant writing and budget management skills. His interests lie in education, technology, youth development, and social entrepreneurship.
Host: Affinis Labs
Fellow Role at Affinis Labs: Tabot will apply his skill set to develop for iPhone and Android applications based on the innovations that emerge from Affinis Labs. He will design and build mobile applications based on initial designs from Affinis Labs hackathons, he will interface with app development consultants, and build web platforms for Affinis Labs that can be used to organize, run, and publicize hackathons.
Brenda Hali has five years of experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. During these years she has had the opportunity to serve and work in marketing, sales, product development, internal communication, social projects management and the organization of international conferences and summits, all in different countries across Latin America. She earned a Bachelor´s Degree in Business Trades from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico. Brenda Hali most recently worked as Chief Marketing Officer in the NGO AIESEC in Panama. With her team, she organized more than three hundred international volunteer and professional experiences, facilitating a network of one hundred youth leaders. She also created and replicated in Panamanian universities a forum called “Youth Competitiveness in a Multicultural Country” to create awareness about the social situation in the country. Through her experiences, Brenda Hali has developed strong multi-cultural teamwork, project management, volunteers management, facilitation, startups development consulting and mentoring skills. Brenda Hali feels ownership over the second big problem in Latin America: Education. She believes that good youth leadership and social entrepreneurship can make a difference in her region.
Fellow Role at Meridian International Center: As a communications coordinator, Brenda Hali will recruit and place Fellows in fellowships. She will coordinate site visits, cultural and volunteer activities, and speaking engagements that will provide opportunities to apply skills. Uniquely positioned at the intersection of the public, private and diplomatic sectors, Meridian’s broad network will support Summit and Fellowship components.
Douglas is a communications and development professional with two years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He has a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos and a Bachelor’s in English Language from Lagos State University. Douglas also has journalism certifications from Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, NORAD/Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa and the School of Media and Communications, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria. While working with Mara Foundation’s youth development and entrepreneurship focused program, Mara Mentor, Douglas was at the forefront of stakeholder engagement. He leveraged support from public, private and nonprofit decision-makers to influence policy to focus on capacity development for young Nigerians as a tool to mitigate unemployment, stimulate job creation, and spark development in local communities. In his role as Communications Manager, Douglas sourced and managed partnerships with stakeholders in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He also oversaw media relations and the communications needs of the program. Douglas worked closely with the Country Manager in developing relationships with decision makers in government and provided communications support for the organisation’s development strategy, while working with business leaders and top professionals to mentor young, aspiring entrepreneurs in their local communities. Through his experience in the non-profit sector, Douglas has developed strong government relations, policy, and advocacy skills. He has also consolidated his capacity to manage development communication. Douglas is particularly passionate about youth empowerment and education. He has also worked as a Global Youth Ambassador for Education in Nigeria with A World at School, and is a strong advocate of using the media to drive social change projects.
Host: Restless Development
Fellow Role at Restless Development: Douglas will add capacity to continue leading the strategic growth of the US hub, which launched 4 years ago in New York, including helping to deliver on existing new projects and helping branch out in new areas. Specific areas Douglas will work on include: communications for general and targeted audiences, project management of a new corporate pro bono partnership, and research and coordination for expanding work on girls empowerment and gender equality.
Duha is a global changemaker with four years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a bachelor's degree in NGO Management from The National Ribat University in Khartoum. Duha seeks to create a positive impact both locally and globally and she is especially passionate in the field of education, youth development and empowerment because she believes that education is the most important tool of positive change, and that youth hold immense potentials which need to be tapped into to achieve prosperity within nations. Duha has volunteered in various community-based organizations working with different target groups inside Khartoum and in the rural areas of Sudan. She was also the communication assistant for RedR UK, and her latest accomplishment was serving for a year as a community development officer for Science Of Life Studies 24/7 (SOLS 24/7), an organization based in southeast Asia, proving high quality education and life skills for underprivileged communities.
Host: DC Scores
Fellow Role at DC Scores: As a development fellow, Duha will add much-needed capacity to the small development team. She will be a significant contributor to our being able to both respond to the unique challenges and leverage the unique opportunities of this critical moment in DC Scores’ history.
Anesu has 7 years of experience in technology for development in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Honors Degree in Computer Science from the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe. He is a young social purpose leader who believes that young people and technology play a critical role in development. Taking this passion forward, Anesu has been involved in a number of youth initiatives in Zimbabwe and around the world. He is a co-founder of Zimbabwe's foremost internationally convened platform by young people, TheSpace Zimbabwe. He consulted for Wings Learning Centres, an edtech social entreprise in Kolkata and Bangalore in India, where he was responsible for digital marketing and partnerships. In 2015 he was awarded a scholarship to be an IDEX global fellow in India. He worked for Janaagraha Center for Citizenship and Democracy as a Product Associate where he coordinated and managed I Paid a Bribe International (IPAB), an online tool which seeks to expose and understand retail corruption by capturing data through crowdsourcing. He managed to expand IPAB’s operations to more than 10 countries worldwide including Serbia, Sierra Leon and Egypt. In 2014 he was selected to represent Opportunties for Zimbabweans at the International Youth Forum Seliger in Russia where he was responsible for reporting and addressing the key social critical issues affecting young Zimbabweans. He has also done a lot of volunteering work in marginalized societies in Zimbabwe, helping young talented people to get access to global resources and opportunities. Apart from bringing along the experience of having worked in developing countries and understanding their needs, Anesu is also a skilled web applications developer as well as a social media analyst. His skills also include public speaking, youth engagement and mentoring.
Host: American Express
Fellow Role at American Express: Anesu will support the overall strengthening of leadership development in the nonprofit sector by helping to expand the American Express Leadership Academy franchise. Building on the American Express role in supporting best-in-class leadership practices and capacity building, he 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.
Lina has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector working on public-private strategic alliances. She earned a Bachelor´s Degree in International Relations from the Rosario University, and a Specialization in International Cooperation and Development Projects. With a deep interest in the development field and corporate social responsibility, she worked to build alliances with companies and institutions to promote health, education, and economic development projects, and also worked on a fundraising plan. As a specialized professional in the international cooperation field, she contributed in the completion of strategies to achieve the NGO mission: Overcome Poverty in Latin America. Previously, Lina worked to promote the private sector’s contribution to the community in coordination with a IT recycling company that works for inclusion of the recyclers community, building bonds between them and big companies.After finishing college, Lina helped to create a NGO that promotes de volunteering programs and education projects for tribal communities in Amazonas, Colombia.
Host: America Solidaria
Fellow Role at America Solidaria: Lina will support the Executive Director in activities related to raising funds and contributing to the sustainability of the organization. America Solidaria currently operates with a very small team and Lina will be key in making sure crucial fundraising and communications tasks are accomplished as the organization becomes more established in the U.S. She will be focusing on developing corporate partnerships, supporting grant-writing endeavors, and managing communications related to donor and partner cultivation and maintenance.
Masooma has 6 years of experience in the non-profit sector with the United Nations (UN) in Pakistan. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Karachi, Pakistan. During her tenure with the UN, Masooma has worked with the World Food Programme as a Food Aid Monitor looking after the planning, implementation, and monitoring related to food assistance in emergencies (2010 floods in Pakistan) to recovery projects including Cash for Work, Food for Work, and Nutrition-specific interventions. Masooma has specific expertise in Cash and Voucher Programming and has also worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN as a Cash Working Group Coordinator. During this time she worked to promote efficient response analysis, implementation, and harmonization in cash and voucher projects during emergencies, early recovery, and social protection by bringing together humanitarian organisations and Government to the CWG coordination platform. Cash and vouchers are considered as ways to address basic needs and to protect and re-establish livelihoods, especially when the local market system is functioning during or post disasters.
Over the years, Masooma has been able to develop specific knowledge and skills in the Food Security and Livelihoods Sector, Coordination in Emergencies, and Cash and Voucher Programming. Masooma is passionate about playing an active role towards the betterment of society, continuously developing her knowledge and skills across the various Humanitarian and Development sectors, and applying them to support communities build resilience and sustainable livelihoods.
Host: American Red Cross
Fellow Role at American Red Cross: Masooma will support the design and implementation of a new disaster preparedness and business continuity initiative, with the opportunity to leverage and enhance skills in disaster preparedness, knowledge management, data analysis, and stakeholder outreach. The primary aim of this initiative is to build disaster resilience of small and medium-sized enterprises, and in turn help make safer communities as the two continuously rely on one another.
Qaisar is brought up and schooled from Lasbela Balochistan, and he has been active doing social and volunteer work since the age of nine, He is the founder and CEO of several initiatives including Welfare Association for New Generation (WANG), a Balochistan based NGO which struggles for fairer society through it’s different intervention with young people. He is also the Chairman of Chanan Development Association (CDA-Pakistan) one of Pakistan’s leading youth focused organizations, At 25, Qaisar’s work has already been recognized by organizations in his native Pakistan and globally. Qaisar recently launched MeriReport.com® which is a platform enabling voices from grassroots levels to reach the mainstream through participatory approaches. MeriReport.com® is an idea to centralizes the news that matters to local people in rural areas and areas where mainstream media has no direct outreach, to further democratize media.Qaisar is leading Youth Peer education network (Y-PEER Pakistan) as the national focal point In charge, Y-PEER is a youth peer education network initiated by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Its membership includes thousands of young people working in the area of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health.Qaisar’s work runs the gamut – from grassroots development work to advocacy to policy, His development work includes community workshops and trainings in issues including: Leadership, Change, Conflict resolution, Civic Education, Countering Violence and Extremisms, citizenship, communication skills, , Social Media Activism, girls’ rights, sexual and reproductive health, human rights, social enterprise, micro-entrepreneurship, youth engagement, cross-cultural understanding and safe motherhood. His advocacy work has focused largely on these same issues, and working with agencies including USAID, UNFPA, Rutgers World Population Foundation, Do School Global and Soliya, In addition to his activism, Qaisar is a regular contributor to various local and national newspapers and he blogs at www.roonjha.com He has been recognized for his work by the British Council, as a Global Changemaker by British, as Global creative art winner by Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS, and more.
Host: Girl Rising
Fellow Role at Girl Rising: Qaisar will be involving in managing various Girl Rising campaigns. Girl Rising is in the initial stages of launching a Pakistan campaign and Qaisar will be crucial in this effort. This will include formative assessment of education issues in Pakistan, particularly as they relate to girls, engaging and managing partners across sectors and in general assisting in the development of the Pakistan campaign. In addition, he will also be working on multiple global campaigns.
Sunha has more than three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Myongji University in Seoul, South Korea. She is currently pursuing her MA in the Distribution Industry in Sejong University. Sunha worked at an international development NGO called the World Channel Sharing Foundation (WCSF) as a manager of the international cooperation team. She was sent to Cambodia to manage two charity schools from 2014 to 2015. As the Director of Cambodia Foreign Language School(CFLS), she managed the overall school system, including administration, finance, and cooperation with the headquarters in Korea in order to organize and implement a number of seminars and relief aid activities. She developed a new charity school and a community library, and also helped poor children in rural areas to be educated at the school. Previously, Sunha consistently participated in volunteer work in developing countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, and Cambodia while she was working in the for-profit sector. She was selected from Myongji University Volunteer Service Center to work at Workcamp in France through the International Workcamp Organization (IWO) in order to restore cultural heritage in 2008. Sunha is particularly interested in Children, Education, Project Management, and Gender Equality in third world countries. She is passionate about learning new things, and loves a new challenge.
Host: World Vision
Fellow Role at World Vision: Sunha will be working on project management and research support to several early grade reading programs in a number of national offices. She will also support the build out of our Literacy Boost model in Uganda, Ghana, Malawi and Nepal and help develop tools and resources that support improved teacher training, community action and reading assessment processes.
Umair has nine years of experience in journalism, and earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations from University of Karachi, Pakistan and Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan. Being a career journalist he has worked in print, electronic and online media and has vast experience in news reporting, editing, script writing, researching, interviewing and broadcasting.
He has been working for Voice of America (Urdu Service) as an Assistant Editor/Reporter since 2010 where he contributes to and oversees content development and editorial work for different platforms including Radio, TV and Web. He received VoA’s Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution in 2012. Previously, Umair worked as Copy Editor-Web at ARY NEWS, one of the leading news channels in Pakistan; as Staff Reporter at Daily Business Recorder, the most reputable financial daily in Pakistan; and as Staff Reporter at Pakistan Press International, Pakistan’s largest news agency. He has extensively covered international relations, politics, culture, terrorism, conflicts, and government affairs in his career and has written hundreds of original news stories, features, and TV and radio scripts. He has interviewed many foreign and Pakistani dignitaries and celebrities; and developed content and coverage plans for various newsworthy events, occasions and incidents. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Philosophy for European Studies program at Area Study Centre for Europe (ASCE), University of Karachi, Pakistan, and briefly served the Centre as Research Associate before arriving the U.S.
Host: Voice of America
Fellow Role at Voice of America: Umair will learn about the VOA, its unique news gathering and broadcasting operations around the world. He will gain experience in new production and broadcasting techniques, U.S. journalism, and its code of journalistic ethics. He will participate in producing multimedia reports and programs, and he will write and edit scripts and conduct interviews.
Umer has served for over 8 years in the humanitarian sector in a very progressive manner, dedicated to moving up the ladder with each passing year. He has been working in this sector since 2006 with national and international organizations such as; WHO, UNHCR, USAID, World Bank Funded Southern Areas Development Project, Provincial Disaster Management Authority and Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS). He has earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Kohat University of Science and Technology, Pakistan and another Master’s degree in Project Management from Abasyn University Peshawar, Pakistan. In his current role as a Provincial Campaign Control Room Officer for the World Health Organization (WHO) Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI), he has gained extensive experience in working with communities and partner organizations. He has monitored polio campaign activities in the field, analyzed data, and generated reports at a provincial level. Umer received a certificate of recognition from the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) for his vital role in the program. Previously, he worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with the World Bank funded Southern Areas Development Project aimed at supporting the recovery and rehabilitation needs of people in the Southern districts of Khyber Pakhtoon Khwa province in Pakistan. Umer has also worked in various positions in the sector of infrastructure development, relief activities, and with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Refugees. He loves focusing on the areas of research, poverty/homeliness, economic development, peace/conflict resolution, public/community health, refugee/humanitarian relief, data analysis and monitoring and evaluation.
Fellow Role at InterAction: Umer will play an instrumental part in InterAction’s 2016 Self-Certification- Plus process, during which the 190 members self-certify their compliance with our Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) Standards. He will be the main line of communication between InterAction and the member organizations during the submission and review process. He will also provide assistance with the analysis of the data that comes in.
Victoria has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and began to acquire her experience as an undergraduate student. While a sophomore international law student, Victoria actively participated in local Rotaract club activities and masterminded the implementation of a few projects that included teaching English in Irkutsk’s orphanage. Her interest in social issues has given her a chance to become a GLOBAL UGRAD Exchange Program fellow, and allowed her to spend a year at Murray State University where she volunteered at the MSU Womens’ Center and assisted in various projects aimed at helping female students overcome crisis situations. Also, Victoria completed an internship at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy as a legal intern, and assisted a public defender in her work and with case preparation. From 2011-2012 Victoria worked as an administrative assistant at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Irkutsk, Russia. After graduating from the university with a bachelor’s degree in international law, Victoria spent a year at KyungHee University in South Korea where she combined classes in international relations, international development and East Asian studies with volunteer work as an English teacher. In September 2015, Victoria completed her Master of Arts in Euroculture from University of Deusto where, inher third semester, she completed an internship at Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo in The Netherlands and gained experience in public diplomacy and cultural event planning.
Host: Youth Service America
Fellow Role at Youth Service America: As a manager of communications, Victoria will support a robust communications and marketing strategy for increasing the number of young people YSA engages in service, the number of partner organizations YSA works with,and the number of youth-led projects YSA supports that lead to measurable change in communities.
Yana has six years of experience both in the nonprofit and the private sectors. She earned a Master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Yana leads the projects related to investment promotion and industrial and economic development of Moscow region in Russia as a part of the Moscow Region Development Corporation’s team. Before that, she facilitated social adaptation of vulnerable members of society and development of local tourism market as a Head of Tourism Sector in a Russian nonprofit organization. Her previous experiences also include carrying out project activities pertaining to private sector development in the South Caucasus at GIZ in Tbilisi, Georgia and coordinating a major international investment project in Astana, Kazakhstan. Yana enjoys deploying her project design, management and monitoring and evaluation skills in economic development projects, and she is particularly passionate about capacity building and social entrepreneurship.
Fellow Role at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy: Yana will report to the YPFP President and will be responsible for conducting financial and market research, assisting the Chief of Staff to maximize volunteer effectiveness, improving the organization’s HR system, and helping manage organizational and program budgets. She will work with the Executive Team to contribute to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies, and practices.
Yuleidy has over six years of experience in nonprofit, health-related communication, journalism and marketing. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Catholic University Saint Antony (Murcia, Spain) and a Master in Media and Communication from City University London (London, UK). Merida Gonzalez’s former job was at the National Centre for Sexual Education in Cuba, where she became Head of the Communication and Public Relations Department after 8 months working as a Communication and Marketing Manager – Senior Specialist. During that time, she was in charge of the communication, external relations and editorial teams. Her previous professional experience also includes working as a science journalist for almost 2 years and as a communication and marketing specialist for over 3 years at a nonprofit clinical research organization. Yuleidy Mérida González is mainly interested in public health, gender equality, sexual and human rights, politics and democracy.
Fellow Role at Planned Parenthood: Yuleidy will be making institutional data processes more efficient and improving data quality. She will be making data more accessible through visualization to support organizational learning, decision-making, and strategy development with the ultimate goal of improving access to sexual and reproductive health services. In addition, she will support the planning, implementation and follow up of a conference related to NGO-academic collaboration conducting research on topics of sexual and reproductive health in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Yury is a young professional in New Media and International Relations. He was born in the North West of Russia, in 2011 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a Bachelor of Arts in Regional Studies. He lived and studied in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. In 2015, he successfully graduated from Jagiellonian University -- the oldest university in Poland -- with a Master of Arts in International Relations. Two years ago he founded the 'RuFabula' Journal - one of the few independent Russian media outlets. He is familiar with DC as he did his internship at the Cato Institute this spring. Yury enjoys travelling, swimming and he's a big cat lover!
Fellow Role at National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry: Yury will be monitoring legislation, researching and reporting on regional developments, producing publications, maintaining the web site, attending hearings and briefings, organizing and staffing events, and general administrative duties. He will also work independently to develop new publications on U.S.-Eurasia relations, combating anti-Semitism and hate crimes, and issues of importance to Jewish communities in the region.
Agha Mohsin Ali has been working in the development sector since 2006 with National & International organizations including NRDP, WWOP, Youth in Action, UNDP, BBSA, CPEA Network and SEHER in different management positions. He earned a Master's in International Relations from the University of Balochistan, Quetta Pakistan. While working with the National Rural Development Programme (NRDP) Pakistan in Islamabad as Manager, Program Planning and Partnership Development, he led overall fundraising, resource mobilization, program research, planning, and program development processes. During 10 years of experience he implemented, coordinated, and developed partnerships with major donor agencies like USAID, DFID, UK-aid, UNICEF, USAID, CIDA, UNICEF, UNDP, USIP and IOM. Agha has had in-depth experience in child rights, education, and youth empowerment in Pakistan. He worked to protect children from abuse, neglect, and exploitation as well as to provide access to education through establishment of child-friendly spaces and temporary learning centers in flood affected areas. He has provided child protection actors opportunity to interact, share their experiences and avoid any duplication of resources through the CPEA Network and 12 larger projects on education, child rights, democracy and nutrition. Over this period, he has developed skills in monitoring and evaluation, program development, program implementation, proposal writing and resource mobilization. He has also written different articles and blogs on child rights and education in different news sites like ARY Blogs, Hamari Web, Duniya News and The Nations News. Agha also participated in different national and international forums like the World Youth Conference, 2010 in Leon City, Mexico, where he was as a delegate.
Fellow Role at Creative Associates International: Agha will be assisting project staff with the development of an indicator database for a new evaluation project with the ExxonMobil Foundation. This project will be assessing the progress of client grantees in women’s economic empowerment on outcome indicators.
Alanna Sousa has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has earned a Bachelor´s degree in Law School from CESUSC in Florianopolis, Brazil, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Innovation Management from the Amani Institute, in Nairobi, Kenya. While living and studying in Nairobi, in the first semester of 2015, Alanna worked as an Associate, and Venture. She also received a Fellowship in Ashoka East Africa, where she was responsible for developing a guideline program for supporting the Ashoka´s fellows in planning, measuring and reporting social impact. She also worked as a Business Development Manager in Liter of Light Kenya, leading the first ground actions in the country, and expanding the organization's night light solution in poor villages and slums. Previously, in 2012, Alanna co-founded the Brazilian chapter of Liter of Light, where she held responsibility for coordinating the national team and fundraising for the organization in its first two years of activity. In the same year she founded her own company, Todoos Impacto Social. It is a consultancy for social impact. Alanna has over one year of experience working youth leadership and entrepreneurship development at Junior Achievement Santa Catarina and at AIESEC in Florianopolis. These experiences led her to develop strong communication, strategic planning, and leadership skills. Alanna is passionate about topics involving social entrepreneurship, access to energy in developing countries, and youth leadership development.
Host: Liter of Light USA
Fellow Role at Liter of Light USA: As the Program Officer in Liter of Light USA Alanna is responsible for providing Project Managing activities in the U.S., such as building new partnerships, deepening and refining all aspects of communications, aggregating project level data to continuously improve interventions, and engaging in strategic business planning process for Liter of Light’s national and global expansion.
Andrew Tangas has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Sociology from La Trobe University in Australia. While working at the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), a leading Australian youth program delivery and policy advocacy organization, Andrew engaged with federal and state governments to leverage program funds and influence policy change around youth-related education, employment, entrepreneurship, and social change. In this role, Andrew oversaw the development and implementation of the organization's government relations strategy, worked closely with the CEO in developing relationships with key government decision-makers, and supported the organization's program teams in generating government funding streams. Through his experience in the nonprofit sector, Andrew has developed strong government relations, strategic thinking, and communication skills. Andrew is particularly passionate about creating strategic partnerships between governments, nonprofit organizations, and social entrepreneurs to maximise the social impact of innovative change projects.
Host: Atlas Corps
Fellow Role at Atlas Corps: Andrew will be managing special projects within Atlas Corps, including the long-term plan to franchise the Atlas Corps model around the world. In addition, he will assist the CEO with organizational development, fundraising, and streamlining internal processes. He will help manage strategic partnerships and donor relationships.
Anna-Kim has seven years of work experience in the development sector and is passionate about youth leadership and empowerment. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Economics and a Master’s Degree in Economic Development Policy. Her experience in the development field started at age 15, when she participated in a U.K.-based global youth-to youth mentorship project. This experience gave her the opportunity to interact with young leaders from the U.K., South Africa, and the U.S., and inspired her to start a youth-to-youth mentorship program in Jamaica. As a young professional, Anna-Kim continued her promotion of youth empowerment as the Project Officer of Sports Development and Youth Leadership at the N.C.B Foundation. There, she assisted with the design and implementation of grassroots initiatives that provided access to basic necessities and encouraged young people to shape their own futures. She also managed the Foundation's operating expenditure and public relations and advertising budgets. Throughout her career, Anna-Kim has worked in several areas of development, such as education, youth empowerment and development, rural regeneration, health safety and security, social entrepreneurship, and advocacy. Through these experiences, she has developed strong competencies such as grant writing for USAID, UNICEF, and UNDP funding, project coordination and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, budget forecast and tracking, marketing and communications, event coordination, and community mobilization.
Fellow Role at Heartland Alliance International: Anna-Kim will support the operational aspects of HAI, including but not limited to: subaward, human resources, budget, and finance management and provide translation or interpretation as needed. She will provide back-end support to ensure quality operations that are on par or better than international standards and best practices.
Ann has over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned her Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Philippines and received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Santo Tomas. Formerly, Ann was the Policy Officer of NGO Forum in ADB. The Forum is an independent network of over 250 civil society organizations in Asia based in Manila, Philippines. The network champions the rights of local communities adversely affected by the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) large scale infrastructure projects and policies. As the Policy Officer, Ann had the opportunity to be involved in the safeguards evaluation process of the Bank, and to work with its local partner, CSOs to institute affected communities in filing complaints for ADB’s Accountability Mechanism. Prior to joining the Forum, her inclination to local governance and development work led her to join the Leagues of Cities of the Philippines for three years as Junior Program Officer. LCP is the mandated organization of all cities in the country that tackles local governance agenda at the forefront of the country’s national development. As the Junior Program Officer, she was able to handle projects on improving the state of maternal health in the country, like its governance and making cities resilient among others. Through these experiences she had developed strong skills on project management and policy advocacy. Therefore, Ann is interested to further work directly with local communities, be immersed on issues of local governance, human rights, urban planning and advocacy targeting international financial institutions.
Fellow Role at International Accountability Project: Annabel will serve as the IAP Smitu Kothari Fellow. The Smitu Kohtari Fellowship is a unique work and learning opportunity for young advocates created in honor of IAP founding board member Smitu Kothari. The aim of the Smitu Kothari Fellowship is an opportunity to continue growth within the movement for global justice and to strengthen their abilities as activists, critical thinkers and change-makers.
Bora has two years of experience working for Root Impact and has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Media from the University of Yonsei in Korea. While working as a senior manager in Root Impact, a for-purpose organization supporting change-makers including social entrepreneurs, she executed the social contribution program with client company and helped to build a vibrant community of change-makers based on co-working spaces. Previously, Bora worked for LINE Plus to expand user base of mobile messenger application into East Asian countries by creating TV and digital advertisements. Given her experiences in both, nonprofit and profit sectors, she achieved balanced perspectives for communication skills and strong project implementation. Bora enjoys focusing on the topics of innovative business model to solve social issues in terms of social and financial impacts, and has a strong desire to be a professional in the field of social entrepreneurship and impact investment.
Host: D3 Jubilee
Fellow Role at D3 Jubilee: Bora will assist her supervisor in conducing due diligence on start-up companies, impact funds, and direct deal structures.She will also prepare quarterly reports for investors, look for investment opportunities, and help arrange meetings, seminars, and other networking events.
Cosmos Elorm Godson has five years of work experience in the nonprofit sector and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Finance from Université Mohammed V, Morocco. As a humanitarian worker, he helped New Forest Green to bring education to the youth, skill development for women, gender equality activism and domestic violence prevention in the deprived communities in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He currently works with Strategy Africa as Project Coordinator where he coordinates educational programs for brilliant but needy students and deals with human rights issues. In the past, Cosmos volunteered to teach in a public Senior High School in the Upper West Region of Ghana to help bridge the educational gap between the Northern (where there is acute lack of qualified teachers) and Southern Ghana. As a Rotarian, Cosmos has volunteered and served on many charitable projects of the club. Some of these projects include Rotary Family Health Day. Just to mention a few, this project brings health screening, immunization and distribution of drugs to the deprived communities in Accra; Walk for Polio Eradication, which creates awareness and raises funds to eradicate polio globally; career guidance training in schools; donation of books and learning materials for schools. Additionally, Cosmos contributes to Strategy Africa's quest to bringing education and human right’s advocacy to marginalized children. Throughout his several volunteering experiences, he gained strong project management and fundraising skills. Cosmos is strongly interested and passionate about learning and achieving goals in youth empowerment and humanitarian microfinance.
Fellow Role at Heartland Alliance International: Cosmos will support the operational aspects of HAI, including but not limited to: subaward, human resources, budget, and finance management and provide translation or interpretation as needed. He will provide back-end support to ensure quality operations that are on par or better than international standards and best practices.
Eyitayo has more than eight years of experience in the development and social impact investment sector. He has led projects and strengthened labour and enterprise forces in West Africa. Eyitayo studied Physiology at the University of Ilorin. He also received a certification from Lagos Business School in Finance and Data Analysis. He is a certified PMP project manager and a Lean VI Sigma Professional. In 2014, with the grant support of the United States Government through the consulate in Nigeria, he Co-founded TIE Nigeria, a governance and social leadership driven organization. The organization launched a 'Speak to leadership' programme which was measured to improve women and youth participation in 4 communities, engaged more than 131 youth leaders on the 2015 electioneering procedures and also created platforms for engaging public officer holders. He was a 2014 Carrington Fellow of the United States Consulate, Lagos where he served with the governance team for a year and moved in 2015 to become an Associate Fellow of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative and Social Innovator fellow of Leap Africa. Eyitayo also worked on a Commonwealth sponsored project between 2012 and 2013; the project provided enterprise support to more than 14 startups across Africa and engaged about 370 entrepreneurs on business leadership. Between 2013 and 2014, he was the Project and Strategies Lead of Initiatives of Change, Nigeria where he worked on 4 major development projects. He developed better models for volunteers management and team trainings. He managed the project “celebrating the unseen projects” and 4 governance dialogues which had about 160 top influencers in Nigeria discuss the future of political participation. He enjoys developing training programmes, managing enterprise support projects and mobilizing grassroot learning. He is more focused on human and institutional capital development in Nigeria. He currently serves as the Founder and Project team lead of PM Hub Nigeria, an organization working in 2 West African countries, 4 states and 15 universities developing the business competence and corporate leadership skills of young people.
Fellow Role at Creative Associates International: Eyitayo will provide support to a variety of internal and external clients using iterations of the CreativeU e-learning platform to promote active use of the courses, communities of practice, and resource libraries. He will also work to build new content partnerships to generate additional modules and resources with international and national partner organizations.
Giannina has more than three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Trade from Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela, and a Master’s degree in Think Tank Management from Atlas Economic Research Foundation in the United States. While working as a Public Relations and Social Media Manager of the most influential free-market think tanks in Latin America, The Center for Dissemination of Economic Knowledge for Freedom (CEDICE Freedom), Giannina helped to create and manage social media campaigns with high impact, and coordinate forums and round tables for the Public Spending Observatory, Economic Legislative Observatory, and the young core of CEDICE. In addition, she also serves as International Programs Director of CEDICE, where she coordinates the fundraising of international programs for women, children and youth. Previously, Giannina worked as Project Manager of the Economics Program for Children and Youth, developing the comic book “Justice League of Freedom", educating free market ideas in low income areas of Venezuela, and also developed the program Women, Leadership and Communication, creating training workshops for young female journalists. Giannina also has been a writer and junior researcher working with several media outlets around the world, such as Panam Post, Peru 21, International Society for Individual Liberty, and the Venezuelan Council for Investment Promotion, on issues of freedom, entrepreneurship, human rights and Venezuelan economy. Giannina enjoys focusing on the topics of youth development, civic engagement and fundraising.
Host: Atlas Corps
Fellow Role at Atlas Corps: Giannina 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.
Hashim has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the Sikkim Manipal University, India and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Project Management from Sudan International University. In his current role as Project Manager for the British Council, he has extensive experience working with communities and educational programs in Sudan, specifically in grant-funded projects partnering with ministries of education, schools, universities, and socially responsible partners. For large-scale projects, he has implemented, monitored, and evaluated a portfolio of large scale teachers’ training programs in ten states around Sudan through a partnership with the Federal Ministry of General Education. In this role, he assessed the impact and results of the program, suggested improvements, and provided feedback. He has been organizing over 20 Management Forum sessions for young and mid-career professionals and business practitioners in association with MTN (a regional telecoms company operating in Sudan). Most recently, Hashim has managed Premier Skills (a project in partnership with Sudanese Football Association, the British Embassy, USAID, and the Youth and Youngsters Organization) to train and coach educators. This project supports community youth football leagues to productively engage youth and build the capacity of coaches in inclusive community development activities. Hashim has also designed an art-and-music community-based project, which utilizes art and music to turn negative behaviors into positive ones. He organized Open Mic events and cultural forums at the British Council to give a platform to youth and develop their talent. Hashim’s overall aim is to develop youth as social entrepreneurs.
Fellow Role at Making Cents International: As the Youth Development Research Associate, Hashim will be supporting the Vice President of Youth Development and the technical team in conducting research; developing monitoring and evaluation strategies; contributing to new business development; and creating strategic action plans and products on topics related to cross-sectoral youth development, youth economic opportunities, and soft skills development. He will also enhance technical assistance through assessments, capacity building, and monitoring & evaluation.
Hira Tauqeer is a Project Management Professional. She has worked as a Resident Administrative and Project Officer with the NDI office in Islamabad, Pakistan. In this role she has used her well-honed organizational and communication skills to make a positive contribution to Political Parties Development Program. She also utilizes her master training, leadership, team building and personnel management skills to benefit the program. She is adventurous, loves challenges, and believes in lifelong learning. She is flexible, creative, and loves to work in teams. . Currently, Hira is working with the Senior Project Manager of Training Fellowship Program. In this role she is a master trainer to train young members of political parties to assist them with leadership, political organizing, communication and public speaking skills. During her university life, she organized workshops and seminars, and she managed events. Hira organized an International Applied Business research conference for her university. She earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance and a Master’s degree in Project Management from Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology. She has written a number of research papers including "Conflict among global virtual teams" and "Mentoring". She is fluent in English and Urdu.
Fellow Role at Making Cents International: Hira will be supporting the full cycle development and implementation of Making Cents’ annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit. She will support the execution of a thoughtful and well-planned industry-leading Summit, which in 2016 will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. She will also YouthEconomicOpportunities.org learning hub and webinar series, which leverage relationships and content from the Summit and provides a learning platform that strengthens the youth economic opportunities field.
Ilona Filimonova has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She obtained a Bachelor of Political Science from National Research University in the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, with a dual Master of Arts (Euroculture) from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and Uppsala University, Sweden. Thus, she received a prestigious European Commission scholarship for European Neighborhood Policy countries and Russia. For the last four years, Ilona has been working as Head of Public Relations at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia. She was responsible for implementation of communications strategy, maintaining partner relations, promoting the organization's mission and supporting volunteers through engaging events and trainings. She served as a Big Sister herself, mentoring a 13-year-old girl living in one of Moscow’s orphanage. Ilona has also helped improve BBBS of Russia’s image as a transparent and trustworthy nonprofit. She has increased its visibility for the public, resulting in attracting a steady inflow of volunteers and establishing successful partnerships. Ilona's previous experience includes an internship for Council of the Baltic Sea States, and Children at Risk Unit, in Sweden. She carried out a research project on early childhood interventions in the Baltic Sea region. Ilona is particularly interested in social interventions and has a strong passion for volunteering for the girls’ empowerment and youth development.
Host: Taproot Foundation
Fellow role at Taproot Foundation: As a Taproot Foundation DC Program Manager, Ilona will be guiding programs bringing capacity building support to hundreds of the region’s nonprofits every year. To achieve this, she will collaborate with a strong program team and tap into a talent pool of over one thousand professionals donating their expertise as pro bono consultants.
Kiran has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has earned her Master’s degree in Education from Hamdard University in Karachi, Pakistan. While working with a provincial education foundation as Training and Development Officer, she leads an important portfolio of teachers’ capacity building with special emphasis on early childhood development and child centered learning pedagogies at Learning Support Unit. Her core contribution is towards seeking the betterment through education. She has empowered more than 3000 teachers of Sindh province to become professional teachers, under different projects of Sindh Education Foundation. Given her teaching experience and on-the-ground work with teacher trainings, she is adept at designing robust programs and adapting to various learning styles. She has been active in the International Inspiration, a London 2012’s sports legacy programme which is organized by the British Council as a partner organization and selected as a Master Trainer for Pakistan region. Kiran also serves as Vice Chairperson of an emerging nonprofit Child Rise. It focuses on the children’s rights in Pakistan by ensuring access to quality education, protection from all types of exploitation and economic empowerment to adolescents and women. Kiran is very interested in adolescents and youth empowerment, training designing and facilitation, academic and administrative management. She has also inspired many young students to volunteer by organizing different training programs at community- based setting.
Fellow Role at Youth for Understanding- International Secretariat: YFU will launch a new Learning Management System, taking YFU trainings online for the international network. Kiran will be responsible for building up the content, creating trainings in various areas and topics, serving and supporting the YFU network of 55+ countries.
Lamia has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Marketing from NUST Business School in Pakistan. Currently, Lamia works as a Grants Writer with IOM within their Pakistan Transition Initiative project in Pakistan under the USAID/OTI project to strengthen government-community relations and improve the socioeconomic status of communities in conflict-prone areas of Pakistan. She supervises grant closing, reviews final evaluation report and oversees donor and independent monitoring unit queries. Previously, Lamia worked with a capacity building organization on a mission to create change-makers who promote socio-economic transformation. Lamia has a preceding background in Microfinance. She worked with a prestigious roster of clients including ADB, UNIDO, UNDP, ILO, and the Government of Pakistan. She has had the opportunity to focus on multiple thematic areas, including community development, youth empowerment, livelihood and enterprise development, gender sensitization and mainstreaming, institutional development and good governance. Lamia was able to acquire project design, project implementation and management, curriculum design and training cycle management, monitoring and evaluation, documentation and report writing, and client coordination that enhanced her leadership skills.
Fellow Role at World Vision International: Lamia will coordinate and expand a global, multi-agency network of facilitators and organisations using a unique internationally recognized conflict analysis tool called ‘Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts’ (MSTC). She will manage network communications and resources, while making a key contribution to strategic planning and resource development for future network growth.
Kamran Malik has 8 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. Kamran holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with two independent majors in Financial Management and Project Management. For the past 3 years, Kamran has been working with The Asia Foundation in Pakistan for improving and strengthening Human Rights in Pakistan. Kamran has played a key role in establishing a national network of 25 organizations to promote religious freedom and protection of rights in Pakistan. With an Undergraduate Degree in commerce, and a Diploma in cost and management accounting, Kamran started his career in the corporate sector. Driven by his passion towards establishing a fair and just society, Kamran left the lucrative corporate sector after four years and started working in the nonprofit sector. Over the past 8 years, Kamran has worked with several national and international nonprofits in Pakistan on issues including disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, post-disaster rehabilitation, health and hygiene, and protection of religious minorities in Pakistan.
Fellow role at CARE: Kamran will be responsible for assisting with the financial management of advocacy department of CARE USA. In addition, he will assist with monitoring and reporting of international advocacy grants, and he will have the opportunity to learn about how CARE utilizes advocacy to help achieve its mission. Kamran will also support the women and girls lead global international advocacy program—an advocacy initiative that receives quarterly reports from offices in five countries.
Mary has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector focused on gender and women's issues, peace and conflict resolution, media engagement, human rights, and civil rights. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and mass communication from University of Khartoum, Sudan. Mary currently works for the Niles as a journalist, where she collects and writes news articles for publication. In this role, she has engaged with women activists by offering civics trainings, encouraging women to participate in public life, and advocating for women’s rights. Previously, Mary worked as an assistant project coordinator for Justice Africa: Sudan, where she wrote and implemented projects and compiled project reports. Mary also collected data for a collaborative research project entitled “Identity and Citizenship in Sudan,” conducted in 2011 by Khartoum University, the University of Oxford, and New York University. Mary has developed skills such as report writing, policy advocacy, government relations, and capacity building. As an Atlas Corps fellow, Mary will be working with the Global Women Institute (GWI). She will write original blog posts and articles for the Policy and Outreach team and advise current research projects on gender-based violence in South Sudan. Upon returning to South Sudan, Mary will assist in disseminating key findings from the research to her community.
Host: Global Women’s Institute
Fellow Role at Global Women’s Institute: Mary will serve a variety of needs in both the Policy and Outreach and Research portfolios at GWI. She will advise on a current research project on gender-based violence in South Sudan, and will help with research dissemination once she returns to South Sudan. Mary will also write original content (blog pieces, articles, etc.) for the Policy and Outreach team, along with supporting all projects of that team.
Mehak has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Environmental Policy from the Lahore School of Economics. While working as an Assistant Manager for Communications and Knowledge Management at Nur Center for Research and Policy, Mehak spearheaded a DFID-UKAID funded project for developing the first National Knowledge Portal for Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH). This knowledge portal serves as a platform to share and collate maximum available MNCH knowledge in Pakistan, to facilitate public health experts and establish policymakers in developing evidence-based policies to strengthen the MNCH sector in Pakistan. Mehak also worked as Project Lead for an operational study with UNICEF on the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) initiative, where she was intricately involved in organizing training sessions for skilled birth attendants and designing interventions based on the findings of the research. In the past she has worked for different social and development projects, supporting youth and women’s rights, which she feels passionately about. Previously, Mehak has worked on a one year USAID funded project on rehabilitating survivors of gender based violence (GBV) at a shelter-home. Her work involved developing holistic rehabilitation plans for the GBV survivors in order to reintegrate them back into society. Through these experiences, she has developed strong project management, report writing, event planning and communication skills, especially with regards to donor-funded projects. She is also a certified fitness instructor and works part-time at a fitness studio, leading High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts.
Host: Atlas Corps
Fellow Role at Atlas Corps: Mehak 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. Mehak will ensure the overall excellent experience for staff, speakers, and Fellow participants.
Nadia Taha is a journalist working for Ahyin and Nuba Reports in Nairobi, Kenya. As a trained lawyer, Nadia holds an LLB from Nilein University in Khartoum, Sudan. With Ahyin and Nuba Reports, Nadia works as the Director of Communications. In addition to being the public face of the organization, Nadia has gained skills in video production, social media marketing, and an in-depth understanding of political and social dynamics of Sudan's conflict zones. Nadia has also worked as an associated producer and researcher for VICE on two projects. The first was a film about Darfur refugees, and the second was about the Chadian army fighting Boko Haram. This has helped strengthen Nadia's skills. Nadia previously worked with Sudan Radio Service based in Nairobi. She introduced a program specifically covering women’s issues in Sudan that deal with human rights, legal issues, gender concerns, war crimes, and female education. This program was broadcasted to Darfur and the rest of Sudan each Friday. Nadia was also a lead actor in the Al-Dawahi series, a radio drama series that tackles issues such as human rights, rape in the Darfur conflict, early marriage and the role of the UN in peace in Darfur. She has been instrumental in getting radio programs produced by the Sudan Radio Service to be rebroadcast on an FM station in eastern Chad, which broadcasts to several Darfur refugee camps located in that country.
Host: Voice of America
Fellow role at Voice of America: Nadia 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. She will expand her skills in journalism and storytelling and produce radio reports for international broadcast and/or digital content for the voanews.com/southsudan website. In addition, Nadia will support the editorial process of planning daily news coverage, and be expected to participate actively in daily news meetings.
Phales has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Zambia. During the time she worked for World Vision as a monitoring and evaluation officer, Phales gained a lot of experience working with the rural communities and programming projects to ensure that they met their goals. She helped vulnerable children with access to education, good health and clean water. She also has led the Sinazongwe area development program in conducting the end of cycle evaluation in which all the project's’ impacts were assessed against the baseline. When she served as a global health corps fellow in 2014 to 2015, she witnessed how health equity and social justice are possible to achieve. This experience exposed her to public health and has strengthened her leadership skills. Phales has worked on a number of projects ranging from access to sexual reproductive health and rights, to HIV and AIDS, food security, and economic empowerment. She also participated in an early childhood development community sensitization. It addressed developmental delays in children and gave technical support on a Smartcare project which included training health workers in the electronic health system. Phales enjoys interacting with children, conducting presentations, research, report writing and project management.
Fellow role at World Vision International: Phales will help develop a new framework and narrative for World Vision International to decrease vulnerabilities of children, with a special focus on disability inclusion and gender. Her portfolio will include extensive research including literature reviews, environmental scans, position papers, communications and analysis of opportunities to strengthen equality and inclusion through the Sustainable Development Goals.
Selma has five years of experience in Turkey’s non-profit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s of Political Science and International Relations from the Bahcesehir University in Turkey, during which she was an Erasmus exchange student at European University Viadrina in Germany for one semester. She also holds a Master of Global Politics and International Relations from Bahcesehir University. She most recently served as Deputy Director of International Leadership Application and Research Center. There are two departments in this center: the School of Government & Leadership, and the American Studies Center. She worked closely with the government to facilitate dialogue among policy makers, experts, civil society leaders and academics on regional and global issues. She also helped to organize Bahçeşehir University’s School of Politics U.S. program, which is a two week program for graduate school students to meet with political and business institutions including nonprofits, the U.S. Congress, think tanks, media organizations, and lobbying groups. Selma also organizes the Global Leadership Forum, which gathers international policy makers, academics and experts from around the world. In 2012, Selma led the Young Turkey - Young America Program, representing both Turkish young professionals as well as her own university. Selma enjoys focusing on the topics of leadership development, global politics, diplomacy and youth empowerment. She is also a Co-Opinion Young Professional Fellow, which is a policy-oriented youth solidarity network that advocates an integrated approach for youth policies in the Middle East and North Africa region to improve the agency of youth and to enhance their economic and social prospects. She has a strong passion for human and social capital development. Through these experiences, she has developed strong project coordination, implementation and management skills. In addition to her professional roles, Selma works on a social project to help Syrian refugees. Selma has been continuously contributing opinion pieces and interviews to Project on the Middle East and the Arab Spring (POMEAS), an online open forum for reflecting on and analyzing the various dimensions of the Arab Spring and its echoes in the region today. Selma has a passion for soccer, theatre and urban exploration.
Host: John D. Evans Foundation
Fellow Role at John D. Evans Foundation: Selma will be maintaining relationships for the foundation’s Grantees. In addition, she will attend various meetings with the Foundation. She will conduct necessary research and will also help with the Board work of the Executive VP’s foundation duties.
Dr. Shahd Osman obtained her MBBS from Ahfad University for Women, and an MSc. In Epidemiology from the American University of Beirut. Shahd also has a fellowship in Health Sciences Education and a PGC in Research Ethics. She has been working for the past year as an Educational Quality specialist at the Public Health Institute, Federal Ministry of Health. Her current position enables her to participate in setting standards, auditing and evaluating the educational process. During the past seven years Dr. Shahd has been involved in many educational programs both at part time and full time basis. Currently she is also a lecturer of Public Health Ethics and Epidemiology at Ahfad University and Al-Neelin University in Sudan. Upon her graduation and working several years in the clinical field, Shahd has recognized that many of the dilemmas she and her colleagues face are complex ethical issues associated with minimal contextual research to provide solutions for her community. Consequently she sought a career in Epidemiology and grew an interest in Ethics. Dr. Shahd has many activities including research, mentoring students, coordinating and facilitating workshops (mainly in health sciences education, research ethics and evidence based medicine). She has apparent leadership skills and aims at promoting leadership among her peers and in her surroundings, Shahd is a recognized Heymann fellow (i.e. Fellow of the IANPHI Leadership Academy). She has special interest in Non-communicable diseases research, Public health, Research ethics and development of human resources for health.
Fellow Role at Women’s Refugee Commission: Shahd will join the reproductive health team to support their work on adolescent reproductive health, disaster risk reduction, and community based SRH interventions. Shahd’s fellowship has been developed to bring a greater capacity for research to the SRH team as well as expertise from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, where much of the current SRH work is being implemented.
Suyoung has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is in the process of obtaining her Master’s Degree in Social Policy for Development, from International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Suyoung previously worked for World Vision Korea, an international humanitarian organization, where she organized and coordinated fund-raising filming visits to 12 countries with Korean National TV stations. She communicated with many locals in need and local counterparts, and effectively delivered their reality to Korean audiences via mass media. She also contributed to Global citizenship education and peace building program for youth, by organizing the 24 Famine campaign and planning overseas volunteering programs. Through these experiences she developed strong communication and project coordination skills, and gained experience in the TV fundraising. Suyoung enjoys focusing on the topics of cross-cultural understanding and youth empowerment and has a strong passion for education.
Host: Jubilee JumpStart
Fellow Role at Jubilee JumpStart(JJS): Suyoung will support the Director of Development in managing JJS’ comprehensive giving program to help raise funds, with special attention given to JJS’ growing portfolio of individual supporters. She will work closely with Director and Executive Director to broaden and improve communications and awareness-building efforts. Overall, Suyoung will grow the effectiveness and impact of development and fundraising efforts.
Yemisrach has nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of Gondar. She finished her postgraduate studies in the field of Sociology from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). While working as a Program Manager with Talent Youth Association, she led and coordinated sexual and reproductive health programs, and helped improve the health of youth. Since December 2006, she worked in different nonprofit organizations as a Monitoring and Evaluation officer, Capacity Building Officer, Evaluator, Program Coordinator, Project Officer, and also as a Social Worker. Yemisrach has extensive and contextual knowledge on youth development, sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, women's empowerment, economic and social justice, emergency response, social accountability and good governance. Through these experiences, she developed strong program coordination and implementation, leadership, communication, and strategic planning skills. Yemisrach is interested in youth leadership, good governance, human rights, and conflict resolution. She enjoys reading, walking, and communicating with people.
Fellow Role at Population Action International: Yemisrach will oversee the Monitoring and Evaluation of PAI’s advocacy and research work to improve reproductive health and rights. She will work with program staff to collect M&E data. She will also be responsible for synthesizing and condensing the collected data into monthly and quarterly reports.
Ana Paula has over nine years of experience working for the nonprofit sector, private sector and international organizations. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. While working as a coordinator for a youth project in the Jardim Angela/Capao Redondo neighborhood, (the neighborhood was considered by United Nations the most dangerous place on the planet in 1996), she developed several partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, universities, international organizations and government entities to offer poor adolescents opportunities to change their lives through access to formal education. Previously, Ana worked for UNICEF to advance child and adolescent rights in Brazil’s public agenda, especially for those who live in poor and rural areas of the country. During her work as an assistant of the UN Resident Coordinator's office, she focused on topics of race, gender, access to education, violence and youth empowerment. She volunteered as a popular educator for over ten years, promoting human rights, gender, race and peace in Brazil.
Fellow Role at International Planned Parenthood Federation:
Ana will assist staff by managing the portfolio of sexual and reproductive health programs related to youth, gender-based violence, and HIV/STIs. She will implement programmatic strategies in sex education, access to quality health services, prevention of gender-based violence and sexual rights, amongst other programs.
Arpine has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master’s degree in Policy Analysis and Administration from Duquesne University and a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from Tbilisi State University. Arpine brings a unique combination of experience in research and grassroots development. For over seven years, in affiliation with the Caucasus Research Resource Centers, GeoWel Research, and as an independent consultant, Arpine conducted research in the South Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia and the U.S. for a number of international and local organizations. Research covered a wide range of issues: migration, gender based violence and reproductive health, media, economic development, value chains, and justice. Arpine worked with JumpStart Georgia, where, besides researching and reporting, she trained media and nonprofit organizations in Armenia to use data, technology, and storytelling techniques to better advocate for human rights and civil society issues. She also has over ten years of experience in project design, fundraising and management, and transferred these skills through leading multiple workshops across the South Caucasus. Arpine served as a development expert for Ajakits NGO and Caucasus Research Resource Center-Armenia, and was a trainer and training specialist for the U.S. Peace Corps, among others. Through her nonprofit work experience Arpine acquired a diverse set of skills that include community facilitation using participatory civic engagement tools, and project design. Arpine is interested in asset-based community development models, the role of statistical data in development, and is passionate about women's empowerment.
Host: Eurasia Foundation
Fellow Role at Eurasia Foundation:
Arpine will facilitate professional collaboration between Russia and the United States in the academic and social spheres. She will be assigned to a portfolio of projects under both the UPP and SEE programs, and will conduct a variety of tasks concerning them, including evaluation and monitoring, communication with implementing partners in both Russian and English, identifying networking and expansion opportunities, and examining possibilities for post-award sustainability. She will also conduct original research and present recommendations to senior staff members, draft a variety of technical documents, and perform other duties as assigned.
Asmaa has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and completed her Master’s degree in Management and Human Resources from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Islamic University of Gaza majoring in Business Administration. While working as a Researcher and Business Development Specialist at Small Enterprise Center, she worked on the economic empowerment of marginalized people and areas of economic recovery in the Gaza Strip through Oxfam and UNDP projects. She provided more than 1000 training hours on entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, marketing and financing for small businesses. Furthermore, Asmaa conducted research on the demand and supply of business development services, needs assessments and sector relevant studies. Asmaa is a Global Shaper in Gaza Hub. She was responsible for organizing Gaza contribution in the Shaping Davos “Conflict Resolution” session; part of the World Economic Forum activities held in Davos in 2015. Additionally, Asmaa was one of the 50 shapers attending the World Economic Forum for MENA region where she stressed the role of entrepreneurship in youth empowerment. She is also a co-founder of an initiative called “PAL Initiatives of Change”, which aims to foster and reinforce the human values in the Palestinian society as well as develop the sense of individual and collective responsibility toward positive change. Previously, she worked as a part-time lecturer at Al-Azhar University-Gaza, giving courses, teaching in principles of management, research methodology as well as other areas in management. Asmaa is very passionate about economic development, entrepreneurship, youth empowerment, training, volunteerism and community service.
Fellow Role at Internet2
Asmaa will focus on the core development of the Internet2 Advancement program. She will be identifying and researching programs aligned with the mission, and she will support the membership’s advanced global research and educational priorities by creating case statements in support of various programs.
Asma Razaq has been working in both print and electronic media for the last six years. At present, she is working as a Reporter in SamaaTv, Pakistan’s top news channel. At Samaa, her primary responsibilities include: the coverage of economic affairs including the Federal Board of Revenue, the Ministry of Finance, financial institutions, foreign investment and assistance to Pakistan, the Privatization Commission, and health issues. Earlier, she worked for Abbtak news channel for two years. She was also working in an English Daily ‘Business Recorder;’ the biggest financial daily in Pakistan, and the first such publication in the Muslim world. She worked for Daily Business Recorder for five years. One of Asma’s articles was included among the top stories of a New York-based website ‘www.tobacco.org;’ her stories exposed a pharmaceutical company that was selling an anti-hepatitis injection without conducting human tests. Asma’s news articles on health issues put pressure on the government to form a Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) in Pakistan. Recently, her news package titled ‘IMF and Pakistan’ was widely appreciated and got national recognition, as well. Asma has worked with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a Coordinator. She had been nominated by the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan for the reporting tour on Global Food Security in the year 2011. She had also been selected as a participant of US-Pak Journalist Exchange Program-2014 by the East-West Center in Hawaii. During the program, she was selected as a guest in ‘Global Journalist,’ a popular radio program in Columbia.
Fellow Role at Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM)
As the Media and Communications Fellow, Asma Razaq will support the creative development and implementation of a media and communications strategy for UAEM North America. This involves implementing the interactive new website design so it is usable to share media and foster communication work in building a more effective and efficient internal communication strategy.
Hamza has five years of experience in the development sector of Pakistan, and has a strong academic background in Development Economics with a Postgraduate Degree (MSc.) in Economics from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. Hamza's thematic areas of expertise are regional connectivity and trade, development economics, democracy and social accountability, quantitative analysis, gender development, social budgeting, and child rights governance in Pakistan. He has gained experience progressively working for global, regional and national organizations on forwarding human rights of children, youth, women, and the most vulnerable populations in Pakistan. He was associated with the Economic Growth Unit at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), a premier think tank in Pakistan, in the capacity of Project Associate. Hamza also has experience working with various international non-profit organizations such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Save the Children, Actionaid International, The Asia Foundation and national non-profit organizations like Social Innovations, Pakistan Microfinance Network, Bedari, and Youth Parliament of Pakistan. He has shown resilience and commitment to working in sensitive areas of Pakistan for Afghan refugees and Internally Displaced People from the conflict area of Swat, in Khyber PakhtunKhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA). Hamza’s core competencies include a drive for results, working with people, communication, formulating strategies and concepts, analyzing and interpreting, networking, and strategic thinking.
Fellow Role at International Center for Research on Women
Hamza will be a Research Fellow specializing in quantitative data analysis and program monitoring and evaluation. This research will help to support ongoing projects by providing input into the design of new studies in various gender related initiatives.
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.
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.
Host: CARE USA
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.
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