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Class 31: July 2018 Atlas Corps Fellows

Agang Keofe Ditlhogo, 31, Gaborone, Botswana (HOST: Tetra Tech)

Agang Ditlhogo is passionate about education and is co-founder of The Clicking Generation-ICT Academy for Kids and Teens; a social enterprise that offers computing and technology curriculum to kids and teens. She is currently National Expert for UN-World Summit Award Organization, Ambassador-ITU Young Innovator Competition, Ambassador-Africa Code Week and PR Officer - Internet Society (ISOC) local chapter. In these roles she partakes in encouraging Botswana youngsters in the Information Technology field on issues of innovation and e-content creation. She works closely with relevant stakeholders to implement Girls in ICT programmes throughout Botswana.

Agang is a Brightest Young Minds Alumni 2015, a selection of top 100 young Africans contributing to their communities. Agang forms part of the prestigious Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship program, being mentored by a successful and seasoned thought leader, Tony Elumelu. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellow 2016, an initiative by U.S. State Department. A Cherie Blair Foundation mentee she continues to receive social entrepreneurship training through the comprehensive support. Agang was selected as OkayAfrica Magazine publication top 100 women in 2017.

Host: Tetra Tech

Fellow Role at Tetra Tech:
Agang will support the leadership of Tetra Tech’s international energy division in implementing its new strategy to grow business in additional developing countries, with new clients and launch a new business line. She will use entrepreneurial skills to delve into different aspects of business development, marketing and operations.

Ahmed Koroma, 31, Freetown, Sierra Leone (HOST: Sheltering Arms)

Ahmed is an accomplished development professional with more than five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Sociology from Fourah Bay College (University of Sierra Leone). Like most young people in his country who witnessed the poverty and devastation caused by the ten year senseless civil war in Sierra Leone, Ahmed worked hard to make life better for himself and his compatriots in need; some of whom are women and children suffering from sexual and gender based violence, youths whose livelihoods are shattered and pregnant women and mothers in need of sufficient healthcare. Ahmed joined BRAC Sierra Leone as a Young professional in November 2013 and has provided quality data on development that have been used by BRAC to solve problem of essential healthcare, malnutrition, gender based violence, access to finance etc. As a monitoring manger in BRAC, Ahmed successfully implemented and managed a strong monitoring & evaluation systems of large scale projects for BRAC Sierra Leone. Ahmed also immensely contributed to providing legal aid services to more than 2000 poor and marginalized women and children who suffered various forms of gender based violence, whilst leading BRAC’s human right and legal empowerment team in 2014. During the Ebola Epidemic, Ahmed helped manage and design a project that catered to the right of quarantined individuals, households and communities badly affected. Ahmed raised around 70,000 (USD) from Trocaire/DFID to provide food and non food items to particularly quarantined households in 50 communities. In addition, Ahmed also facilitated social mobilization activities and psycho social supports to these communities, thereby helping them to deal with the unprecedented crisis.

Host: Sheltering Arms

Fellow Role at Sheltering Arms:
Ahmed will be tasked with collecting, compiling, and analyzing programmatic data with a lens towards outcome study, development and implementation. Working in conjunction with QI and programs, Ahmed will develop new ways to capture outcomes with a focus on innovative ways to measure service results and report out on findings.

Al Khan, 29, Peshawar, Pakistan (HOST: Eat Offbeat)

Altaf is a digital marketing aficionado and bona fide Software Engineer with over seven years of diverse experience working in the for-profit, nonprofit and government sector. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from City University of Science and Information Technology in Peshawar, Pakistan. Last year Altaf joined a team of entrepreneurs as CTO and helped them in developing an E-commerce store and formulating the online marketing strategy. In one year the store had over hundred thousand dollars in sales and it recently got incubated in the Government of Pakistan backed National Incubation Center Accelerator program. His Software Engineering background enables him to document, design, build, implement and manage large scale software development projects. Previously, at China Pakistan Economic Corridor project, he worked on conceiving, developing and implementing an encrypted project timeline monitoring and information relaying system. His nonprofit experience includes working on digital rights advocacy as an independent consultant for Digital Rights Foundation Lahore. Where he led a pilot project to build and manage a Right to Information web portal for District Government. For online fundraising, he built a digital ecosystem from the scratch for a nonprofit, Pehli Kiran School. Working in different sectors with his unique blend of marketing and development background, it has inculcated strong analytical skills, strategic thought process and leadership abilities in him. He plans to use his professional prowess to add more verticals to his personality and find an enabling environment where he can apply himself.

Host: Eat Offbeat

Fellow Role at Eat Offbeat:
Altaf will act as the Technology & Digital Marketing Fellow to build proprietary technology to increase flexibility and improve customer experience. He will also work on designing and running digital marketing campaigns for its current product and testing campaigns for new products.

Alamiga Mustafa, 34, Arua, Uganda (HOST: Aga Khan Foundation)

Alamiga is a thirty four year old Ugandan national from West Nile Region of Yumbe District. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance and Accounting) with first class honors from Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Uganda and has a certificate in Budgetary Management and Expenditure Control from Uganda Management Institute, Kampala, Uganda. Mustafa is a highly reliable, motivated and transparent Financial Accountant with proven and successful work experience of more than eight years with nonprofit sector since June, 2009 to date. Mustafa works for Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) Uganda, West Nile Program Area as the Assistant Project Accountant since July 2015 to date following previous employment with Community Empowerment for Rural Development (CEFORD) West Nile as the Finance Officer from June 2009 to June 2015. These experiences enabled him to; contribute greatly to strengthening the capacity of staff members and that of the partners on financial management and accountability, budget planning, implementation, monitoring and reviews, maintain proper books of accounts, accurate and reliable accounting information and records, and support development and implementation of the general operations manual (financial policies and procedures), enforce sound financial internal controls and assist in preparation and implementation of budgets. His passion is to take lead in areas of financial management and accountability, budget planning and management, resource planning and mobilization.

Host: Aga Khan Foundation

Fellow Role at Aga Khan Foundation:
Mustafa will act as the Finance Fellow and support the financial management of program grants including accounting, recording and reporting as well as supporting the general accounting and accounts payable functions.

Anaam Arif, 29, Chowk Azam, Pakistan (HOST: Michigan Women Forward)

Anaam has more than five years of experience in the development sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Pharm-D from Bahaud-din-Zakariya University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan. During her professional career she worked with UNFPA, Plan International, Association for Social Development and BDN Program-Kasur established by WHO-Pakistan. While working with UNFPA, she coordinated with public sector and worked on policy dialogue and advocacy on reproductive health and population and development issues. She organized capacity building sessions of public sector health care providers and established Knowledge Management Unit for evidence based decision making. She worked in development of multi-sectoral nutrition strategy for Government of Punjab, Pakistan. She is well versed in applying training need assessment tool, designing training, and conducting post training monitoring and evaluation. She also gained proficiency in team building, conflict resolution, and leadership. While working with BDN Kasur, she developed skills of organizing and empowering communities for health and related social issues. She established women entrepreneur groups using micro-finance as tool for economic development. She worked with marginalized community groups for sustainable development. She developed IEC material on health, hygiene, and life skilled based education for adolescents and youth groups. She possesses good knowledge of proposal writing, report writing, conducting research, and report dissemination.

Host: Michigan Women Forward

Fellow Role at Michigan Women Forward:
Working as a MicroLoan Fund Technical Assistance Fellow, Anaam will help in the pursuit to create a world class Entrepreneurial ecosystem with microfinancing, educational and networking opportunities. Supporting the mission to empower women and girls, Anaam will gain practical experience in dealing with the MicroLoan Fund process.

Ansa Rabia, 33, Lahore, Pakistan (HOST: United Way Bay Area)

A development professional with more than ten years of experience of working with public and private sector stakeholders particularly in the domain of public-private partnerships, skills development, counseling & placements, technological sophistication, labour market survey, institutional capacity building, and knowledge management for socio-economic development. Currently, working with Louis Berger on USAID Punjab Youth Workforce Development Project as a Lead for Placements, Partnerships, and Institutional Capacity Building. Ansa is providing strategic, technical & policy support, and advice on formulation and execution of capacity development initiatives for empowering vulnerable and marginalized youth; strengthening partnerships with public and private sector stakeholders at all administrative government tiers with an aim of improving accessibility, equity, and relevance of youth development services for sustainable socio-economic development. Previously, worked with GiZ as PPP Advisor and facilitated the Government and public-sector institutions in bridging the disconnect with private sector for demand-driven workforce development. Prior to that, served at Technology Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC), a subsidiary of the Ministry of Industries and Production, Government of Pakistan (GoP), for about eight years in multiple capacities, starting from a trainee metamorphosed into a Manager leading a team of four professionals. The sphere of responsibilities included orchestrating proposals and papers for the Government, multi-funding agencies, creating partnerships with bilateral/multilateral groups, corporate sector, and government bodies along with executing image building initiatives. Her educational pursuits involved an MPA from University of Punjab, Pakistan and a BBIT from Lahore College for Women University. The blend of classroom and on-job learning significantly inculcated leadership, cross-functional team work, effective communication skills, problem resolution, and resilience into her personality. She always has a balanced approach towards life, relishes her work as a development professional, and eager to mark herself as social entrepreneur contributing productively towards socio-economic melioration of local communities.

Host: United Way Bay Area

Fellow Role at United Way Bay Area:
Ansa will enhance UWBA’s business partnerships work through research, data analysis and the creation of a strategic plan. She will work with the Equity Team to assess current activities of the business partnerships team as well as conduct research on best practices across the nation, including feasibility of expansion in the Bay Area and analyze our data.

Aziz Ullah Bangash, 24, Peshawar, Pakistan (HOST: The Resolution Project)

Aziz Ullah has four year of experience in learning and development, entrepreneurship, business development and public speaking; working with non-profit and for profit both in private and public sector. He earned an MBA from National University of Modern Languages Pakistan, and B.Sc Civil Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar Pakistan. He is a certified trainer from School of Leadership Pakistan and has earned multiple national and international certifications. As an Acumen fellow Pakistan, he is working on creating sustainable solutions to enable the graduates from unprivileged areas receive training, improve their entrepreneurial and employability skills to be socially and economically stable and live a better life. Aziz has for four years of experience as a Co-Founder and CEO for the Center for Awareness Training and Development Pakistan, which is a training and management consultancy working with public and private sector to develop market needs based skills in individuals and employees, promote entrepreneurship and build capacity of startups and entrepreneurs, and fill the skill gap between job sector and academia. As a trainer, learning and development profession, he helps people and organizations reach their goals and perform with greater impact. Aziz Ullah facilitates learning programs nationally and internationally for corporate, non- profits, academia and youth to enrich their leadership values, employee efficiency, team performance and creativity and entrepreneurship skills. He has designed and delivered professional training modules & courses for 30 + local, national and international organizations during the past four years and has facilitated more than two hundreds learning programs, workshops and training conferences. Aziz has akeen interest is working with non-profit and for profit sector on promoting and developing entrepreneurial ecosystem, capacity building of graduates, startups, entrepreneurs and employees to help organization and individual be more effective, more efficient and more productive in creating greater impact with the work they do.

Host: The Resolution Project

Fellow Role at the Resolution Project:
Aziz will learn about and map Resolution’s 100 existing social entrepreneurship ecosystem partners (known as Pathway Partners) and plan a new activation framework for Pathway Partners through a public-facing online platform.

Christine Wachira, 31, Nairobi, Kenya (HOST: BronxWorks)

Christine has an Executive Masters in Development Policies and Practices from the Graduate Institute Geneva, a BSc. Computer Science from Catholic University of Eastern Africa, and close to eight years’ experience in both the private and the nonprofit sectors. Her ability to adapt and respond to emerging challenges, and embrace daunting learning opportunities, facilitated her transition from a career in banking to a career in international development. Her most recent experience was working as a Research and Policy Officer for the multi-agency $31 million Strengthening Education Systems in East Africa Project at Aga Khan Foundation, East Africa. In this position, she lead the Learning and Dialogue component and use evidence generated through targeted research initiatives to engage government authorities and other key actors. One of her notable accomplishments was leading the planning and execution of two major regional stakeholder events in Kenya and Uganda which allowed policymakers and practitioners to make evidence-based decisions on education reforms. Christine has excellent relationship and coordination skills and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people, especially the marginalized or less privileged. She desires to grow as a leader and a change agent in Africa.

Host: BronxWorks

Fellow Role at BronxWorks:
Christine will act as the Executive Coordinator provide a variety of executive, administrative, and strategic support to the Executive Director, members of the Executive Team, and Senior Program Leadership of a large social services agency serving communities of the South Bronx. She will act as liaison to multiple organizational structures and coordinate special projects and events.

Clara Li-Shan Wan, 31, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (HOST: Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives - Atlas Corps Malaysia)

Clara has seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham funded by a scholarship under the Star Education Fund. While working at Generasi Gemilang Foundation (GG), Clara led a team on a collaborative project with the local Corporate Responsibility Department of an international financial institution. She was involved in developing a plan to provide access to basic financial protection for the urban poor. Clara also trained children and youth to manage their finances wisely through financial education programs run in schools and communities across Malaysia. As part of the deployment of this project, she worked closely with relevant government departments, regulators, and nonprofit organizations to maximize results. Prior to that, Clara managed GG’s volunteer group, built the volunteering structure and mobilized hundreds of volunteers to serve the community. Through these experiences, she developed strong project management and implementation, leadership and presentation skills. Clara is passionate about increasing the financial inclusion of the poor and in partnering with companies to meet the needs of underprivileged communities through their corporate responsibility initiatives.

Host: Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives - Atlas Corps Malaysia

Fellow Role at Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives (CAL) - Atlas Corps Malaysia:
Clara will focus on developing, expanding and managing stakeholders and customer-base in Malaysia through various strategies and brand awareness initiatives. Clara will also provide management support for internal affairs in the areas of operations, project management, execution, and program development. She will look into creating a sustainable plan for the organization’s work and creating the organizational culture of CAL.

Edith Mecha, 32, Nairobi, Kenya (HOST: Transparency & Accountability Initiative)

Edith has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya and a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. She also received certifications in Social Media Marketing and Monitoring and Evaluation as offered by USAID. As Assistant Manager in Advocacy, Publicity and Fundraising with the National Fund for the Disabled of Kenya, she helped socio economically empower persons with disabilities through various advocacy initiatives, and increased awareness on disability issues. Previously, Edith worked with PATH where she developed Communication and Media Strategies for Malaria and Tuberculosis Elimination in Kenya. In addition, she edited the National Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Lung Disease Program (NTLD-Program) Annual Report of 2014. She has volunteered as a mentor and organizer of several disability awareness initiatives including the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and World Cerebral Palsy Day observance in Kenya. Edith is the founder of “Youth Speak”, a Facebook page for motivation and personal development. She has strong skills in advocacy and strategic communication, research and fundraising, web content management and social media. Edith has also worked in Education for All, Sexual Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, Good Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights, and Disability Awareness. She is strongly devoted to social inclusion of vulnerable people, gender equality and youth empowerment.

Host: Transparency & Accountability Initiative

Fellow Role at Transparency & Accountability Initiative:
Edith will work as a Communications & Operations Fellow to bring together leading international funders of transparency work. She will share knowledge and report for and with donor members, communicate knowledge products and activities, and raise the profile of TAI its members' programming on good governance.

Ehsan Gul, 27, Lahore, Pakistan (HOST: International Youth Foundation)

Ehsan is a sustainability enthusiast with a masters in Sustainability (Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management) from the University of Nottingham, UK. He holds a Bachelors in Environmental Sciences from Pakistan and has completed an exchange semester at SUNY Plattsburgh USA with mention on the Dean’s list. Ehsan shoots for the stars and is constantly thinking about new methods to generate effective engagement opportunities for the 1.8 billion global youth, rethinking the global Agenda 2030 of ‘leaving no one behind’. He has served as a youth member on UNDP’s panel for development of National Human Development Report 2016 in Pakistan and has been involved in over six social development projects in Pakistan in different capacities during his work at NUR Foundation for 3 years. He currently works as Technical Services Manager at Punjab Public Health Agency, Pakistan. He is also the module convenor for developing minimum viable product course at Startup School, MIT Enterprise Forum, Pakistan. Ehsan has also co-founded a social enterprise called, the Green Box; it is a youth led global think tank aiming to contribute towards creating routine attitudes, values and actions for sustainable development. The world is committed to achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030. Through Green Box, he wants to ensure that people acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, global citizenship, and appreciation of culture’s contribution to sustainable development. He plan to do this all in a very unconventional manner!

Host: International Youth Foundation

Fellow Role at International Youth Foundation:
Ehsan will work collaboratively with YouthActionNet team to support research and learning content development as well as the co-design of a new global initiative. He will gain a deeper understanding of the global social entrepreneurship, youth-led civil society, and youth advocacy sectors in addition to supporting a new global initiative focused on engaging the next generation of young people in demanding and delivering Sustainable Development Goals.

Giana Andonini, 30, Curitiba, Brazil (HOST: Women's Alliance for Knowledge Exchange)

Giana is a hands-on professional with 8+ years experience working with Communications and Project Management in Social Sector organizations from Brazil, U.S. and Spain. Giana holds a Bachelor degree in Social Communications from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (Brazil) and a Post Certificate Course degree in Social Innovation Management, from Amani Institute. Giana is currently studying a Master in Strategy and Technology for Development at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and working as project manager at Fundación Tomillo (Madrid). While Brazil is her home, she has been living for the past year in Spain and has lived for some time in Bolivia while volunteering at Proyecto Martadero. Giana was as a scout team leader, president of AIESEC in Curitiba (Brazil) and had volunteered in other various NGOs. On a professional level, she has worked on social impact projects in different sectors: at a multinational company, a governmental organization, a non-profit foundation and a social enterprise. Giana has experience working as 'intrapreneur' twice: when implemented the Social Franchise ‘Projeto Pescar’ at the multinational company Dixie Toga S.A. and when implemented the initiative ‘Estudar Fora’ at Fundação Estudar, one of the main non-profit foundations that support Brazilian youth in their education. Her interests are related to Education, Social Innovation and Sustainability and her way of working is based on a mixture of empathy, action, and strategic thinking. See more at www.gianaandonini.com

Host: Women's Alliance for Knowledge Exchange

Fellow Role at Women's Alliance for Knowledge Exchange:
Giana will work as a Strategic Planning & Marketing Fellow to contribute to the development of essential marketing materials and marketing campaigns that will help WAKE achieve organizational sustainability, partnership development, outreach and impact.

Hira Saeed, 26, Karachi, Pakistan

Born in a middle-class family in Karachi, Pakistan, Hira used to envy the life of bankers. The lavish branches chilled with ACs, shiny cars and home loans just for using computers all day. Wow! After completing the Intermediate, she got all excited to study chartered accountancy. Unfortunately, life had other plans and her family couldn’t arrange the fee. She got the talent farming scholarship, completed her business administration degree and won Gold. That’s where she found her Entrepreneurship gut. She was 18 when she started a business of organizing training on career-counseling. It failed and she entered into the corporate world (unwillingly). Writing has always been her passion, be it a personal diary, or an exam. The words flow as she takes out the pen. As her first internship, she stepped into the world of digital and started making social media strategies for them and her unique selling proposition was still her ‘words’. Tech industry embraced her talent like no other thing and she got recognized by many local and international companies because of her exceptional work. Fast forward to 5 years, she is currently a Tech Journalist writing for multiple top-tier tech publications including VentureBeat, TheNextWeb and Entrepreneur.com. She also heads blog and media for Coinschedule.com, a leading ICO listing the company in the UK. She is also the facilitator of Startup Weekend Karachi. In local sphere, Hira is famous has a tech evangelist and a public speaker involved in digital skills penetration and bringing inclusivity in the tech industry. She founded of a copywriting agency, Digital Doers and a closed community, Tech Geeks Pakistan where tech enthusiasts share their love for technology on one platform. She is also a certified Editor from IBA. Her website is www.hirasaeed.com

Humayun Nosheerwan, 30, Chakwal, Pakistan (HOST: LearnLaunch)

Humayun Nosheerwan is an international development professional, social entrepreneur, marketing and PR professional, social media activist, freelance photographer and artist. He has more than 8 years of dynamic work experience of handling different aspects related to nonprofit organizations and corporate sector. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree in International Development Studies from IQRA University, Islamabad and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with specialization in Marketing from International Islamic University, Islamabad.​ After graduating with a university degree in Business Management, Humayun co-founded and launched 4 business start-ups, in addition to several small-scale social entrepreneurship projects. Since early 2016, he has played a leadership role in Javan Jazba Foundation (JJF), a youth-led and youth-focused community based organization dedicated to creating a fairer and more empowered society. Javan Jazba, translated to"Passion of the Youth", currently has more than 100 trained volunteers working with donors, partners, and elders of the local community to promote micro social entrepreneurship initiatives for youth empowerment. Apart from that, Humayun has multiple years of experience of working directly and raising awareness about some of the most critical and important issues facing Pakistan today, such as youth development, education, environment/ecology, economic development, and the role of art/music in promoting peace and understanding. Humayun is passionate to use his academic knowledge and work experience of business enterprise and nonprofit sector to promote social entrepreneurship in Pakistan and help bring a radical change in the country.

Host: LearnLaunch

Fellow Role at LearnLaunch:
Humayun will work in the growing sector of the education technology ecosystem, combining support for the accelerator program activities and development of a knowledge database that would enable scalable programing and resource deployment.

Ishaq Zaighum, 27, Lahore, Pakistan (HOST: Seed Spot)

Ishaq has over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned two Master's of Science degrees in Project Management and Applied Statistics from the University of Management and Technology in Pakistan. He earned a Rector’s Award for scoring four out of four GPA during his MS in Applied Statistics. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Statistics from Government College University in Lahore, Pakistan with a Gold Medal for securing first position in the class. While working as a Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst with Chemonics International Inc. in Pakistan under the USAID-funded Punjab Enabling Environment Project for more than two years, he worked to measure the impact of policy interventions made for the economic growth in the Agribusiness sector of Punjab. Ishaq has also worked with USAID funded Pakistan Firms Project implemented by Chemonics International Inc. as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for more than two years that focused on accelerating sales and creating jobs in the targeted value chains of Agriculture and Industry sectors. Through these experiences, he developed strong monitoring and evaluation, project management and data analysis skills. Ishaq enjoys focusing on the areas of economic growth, women empowerment and gender equality, and has a strong passion for human and institutional capacity development initiatives.

Host: Seed Spot

Fellow Role at Seed Spot:
Ishaq will help design, collect, and track SEED SPOT measuring and evaluation work enabling more accurate and up to date data. Working with High Schools and SEED SPOT Communities across the country, he will help develop new modules and curriculum for Schools and Communities programs.

Komal Ashraf Syed, 29 (HOST: Microsoft)

Komal has seven years of experience in the technology and research sector, having earned a Bachelor’s and Master's degree in Computer Science from the Lahore University of Management Science. Her passion is educational technology, platforms, tools and techniques that leverage the power of the tech space to enhance educational learning outcomes both in academic and professional setting. She went onto to pursue a Master's degree in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard and worked as a Head Teaching fellow for the computer science department at Harvard. Most recently she has worked in various capacities in building globally implemented technology projects in various sectors like oil and gas, health, education, and airline industry both as a Project Manager and Technical Team lead. She is apart from doing technology consulting at various levels also teaching undergraduate courses in game development and mobile application design at the local university and is involved in faculty training at the institute.Through these experiences, she has developed a strong understanding of what it takes to build teams and the kind of training that is required for building efficient systems. She enjoys excellent research and problem solving skills learned through a number of years of research in academic institutes and the corporate world. She thrives at a good challenge in technology and education space, and has a strong passion for youth and student empowerment through the use of technology and connectivity, believing it to be the way for providing equal opportunities for all. Her current research interests lie in building cheap reliable hardware and software solutions for developing countries' students that do not have access to the resources to work in the development sector and is looking towards tech giants to lower the cost of access to development tools and platforms available.

Host: Microsoft

Fellow Role at Microsoft:
Working as a Cloud Solution Architect Fellow, Komal will support the Cloud Solution Architecture team to drive the deployment of the Airband partner workloads into Azure, increasing their consumption of the platform by providing deployment guidance and supporting development of the partners’ cloud adoption model.

Mahak Ali, 27, Islamabad, Pakistan (HOST: Teach For All)

Mahak has five years of experience in engaging talent for sustainable organizational performance through capacity building initiatives focused on women and youth empowerment for energy and financial sector of Pakistan. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Computers and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad. At USAID-Training for Pakistan Project, she worked on capacity building needs assessments to highlight technical areas which will contribute towards new global practices, challenges and developmental needs in line with Pakistan’s regional pacts. She successfully initiated and implemented 18 training programs focusing on financial management, cyber security, leadership and communication to achieve international best practices for sustainable organizational development. She has worked closely with young leaders from energy and financial sectors to enhance their capacities in areas promoting innovation to help strengthen long-term results. During the implementation of training programs, she also facilitated successful implementation of two courses by USACE for climate and water experts resulting in introduction of new simulation tools for effective management of the overall Indus River Basin. She also worked with ITCILO in organizing a Works Procurement Management course based on Pakistani needs which was later introduced as a regular course at Pakistan Audit and Accounts Academy, Lahore. Previously in 2013, she implemented a nation-wide USAID-Energy Internship Program for youth belonging from underdeveloped areas of Pakistan and it successfully increased women participation from 2% to 9% at Thermal and Hydro Power Plants of Pakistan. The program helped her draft the Gender Strategy for ministries of Pakistan; strategy detailed inclusion of more women in the energy sector in technical areas. She has been voluntarily working with a postpartum self-help group for endorsing mother-child health awareness campaign. All these experiences have developed her working knowledge in program development and implementation, stakeholder liaison and strategic planning for effective project management.

Host: Teach For All

Fellow Role at Teach For All:
Mahak will play a key role in helping build an influential network of champions for the MENA region (Middle East, North Africa) and provide critical behind the scenes support to early stage entrepreneurs seeking to join the Teach For All network.

Margaret Chambeshi, 32, Kitwe, Zambia (HOST: RestoreNYC)

Margaret is a 33 years old Zambian female citizen born in Kitwe, Zambia. She has 11 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. 3 years of volunteerism and 8 years different positions of full time contracts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies from Zambian Open University, Post-graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from Cavendish University-Zambia and Diploma in Social Work both from University of Zambia. Margaret works as a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning officer for the USAID funded Zambia Community HIV Prevention Project (Z-CHPP)/DREAMS Initiative based in Choma, Southern Province of Zambia. She supports the organization in ensuring a functional monitoring and evaluation systems. Her main responsibilities are; to ensure data is collected from service delivery points, analyzed and reported according to organizational and donor requirements, data quality audits, identifying success stories for organizational learning. From August 2014 to November 2016 she worked for Women and Law in Southern Africa - Zambia as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in Lusaka province. She contributed to Women and Law in Southern Zambia’s mission to contribute to socio-economic, political and legal advancement for women. Achieved through a collaborative, strategic action oriented research in the social and legal field; lobbying for legal reform and policy, changes on laws and practices which discriminate and disadvantage women and children. Her responsibilities were to assist programs with planning, manage programs information systems, conduct reviews of performance against targets, identifying and addressing implementation challenges, documenting lessons learned and most-significant success stories lastly oversee the entire organisational Monitoring and Evaluation system and participate in baseline studies. Margaret has acquired skills in activity scheduling and tracking, design and implementation of project monitoring and evaluation plans and Reproductive and Sexual health. Margaret is passionate about women and children's rights, Gender, HIV/AIDS and Disability issues.

Host: RestoreNYC

Fellow Role at RestoreNYC:
Working as an Impact Manager, Margaret will lead Restore’s team in its outcomes model and tracking across client services, housing, and economic empowerment programs. She will refine Restore’s impact infrastructure including manuals and processes, ensure effective implementation of impact activities, and analyze data and communicate results of findings to diverse stakeholders.

Muhammad Abdullah Arshad, 28, Lahore, Pakistan (HOST: BronxWorks)

Muhammad has five years of experience mostly in education sector specifically Technical and Vocational education. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Marketing from Lahore School of Economics and Bachelor's of Law LLB from University of the Punjab. He has been appointed as a CEO of City and Guilds International in Pakistan. While working at C&G International as a Quality Assurance Manager he has successfully managed to implement the best quality and compliance practices, which has elevated the brand reputation of the organization in Pakistan, and a program of 3000 students, 15 Master trainers of Culinary Arts and Patisserie Qualification was agreed between the Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority Punjab for one year. Previously, he has worked with Information Technology University, Punjab as an Outreach and Linkages Associate and helped the technical team to develop an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to find jobs for marginalized people and post jobs by the industries, it was backed by a research at the grass root level and a baseline survey. Also, during his job he has disbursed vouchers to Training Service Providers (TSPs) and apprentices for apprenticeship training to 1300 trainees over six months period. He has also worked at USAID Chemonics International at Procurement Department and developed robust procurement skills during 6 months period. During his work he has experienced following issues in the country; lack of skilled education, poverty, hunger, homelessness, women empowerment, youth development. Through his experiences, Abdullah has established a strong implementation and coordination skills, training and development, education management, marketing, business development, communication skills and outreach and creating linkages skills. He is passionate to work for skills development and encourage people to develop skills for themselves, businesses and eventually for the economy.

Host: BronxWorks

Fellow Role at BronxWorks:
Muhammad will act as the CQI Coordinator and will be responsible for tracking and assuring that business transactions are properly supported and recorded for various regulatory requirements. He will will work with the CQI team to understand key performance indicators and program metrics, conduct internal program audits, and present metric reports at inter-agency and internal meetings.

Ons Ziadia, 24, Menzel Temime, Tunisia (HOST: Atlas Corps)

Ons has over four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, earned a Master’s degree in English and International Relations, and a Bachelor’s degree in the English Language, Literature, and Civilization given by honors from the High Institute of Human Sciences of Tunis. While working as a Space Manager of Synergy, Ons was in charge of connecting a global community of youth, business leaders and decisions makers with the aim of implementing innovative impact strategic projects in the context of the democratic transition and social change. In partnership with Mercy Corps Tunisia and the International Institute of Debate, Ons planned leadership programs and hosted capacity building workshops and debate training sessions delivered to a network of students and recent graduates. Previously, Ons worked as the regional coordinator of Unleash Tunisia Venture Bus (UTVB) under the U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) funded entrepreneurship programs to spread startup mentality and to promote social business all across Tunisia. Ons has also volunteered extensively in various International Organizations, first in the world's largest youth-led nonprofit AIESEC both in Tunisia and in Romania where she assisted leadership and entrepreneurship exchange programs, and as a student activism coordinator with Amnesty International with the aim of addressing the social issues among women. Ons was also selected to take part of social innovation programs such as Social Innovators for Tunisia, which is a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy in Tunis and EL Space, and Open Startup Tunisia in partnership with Columbia Engineering and Business School. Through these experiences, she developed strong project coordination and implementation skills, public speaking, leadership, reporting, event planning, social innovation, communication and marketing. Ons is fluent in English, Arabic, French and German and has a strong passion for youth employment, social change and leadership development.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps:
Ons will act as the Training Manager responsible for managing the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (GLL), a training program for rising global nonprofit leaders participating in the Atlas Corps Fellowship. This includes logistical arrangements, coordination of staff and speakers, and ensuring an excellent experience for staff, speakers, and Fellow-participants.

Sihah Sheikh, 30, Islamabad, Pakistan (HOST: Enterprise Center)

Sihah is young tech entrepreneur from Pakistan, equipped with a strong command of business with a track record of proven success. She completed her graduation in Business Administration and IT Management in 2009. She was recently selected among top ten female entrepreneurs in Pakistan by “Be Your Own Boss” – online blog. She is first female graduate of Founder Institute Pakistan, also awarded as ‘Top Founder’ from Founder Institute Islamabad. She loves adventure sports, she was the president of the sports club and Chief Editor at her university. Her entrepreneurial journey began when she launched Solugix (www.solugix.com) in 2013, providing IT solutions to small and medium companies worldwide. Her first company is successfully running and funding her second startup Rise Mom (www.risemom.com). Rise Mom is established to empower working mothers, it assist working women by keeping them remotely connected with their children while they are at work. She have been participating in diverse panels as a panelist, at UNIDO, UNICEF, Higher Education Commission, U.S. Embassy, Startup Expo, National Incubation Center, Founder Institute etc, and have been the speaker to multiple local, and national events. She was selected among 5 delegates from Pakistan to represent her country in Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2018, in Hyderabad, India and her story was covered by Daccan Chronicle, most read newspaper in major states of India and siasat.com, BBC Urdu, and couple of other newspapers. Her name was mentioned by Govt of Pakistan in the video tribute to young female entrepreneur in Pakistan on women’s day 2018. More generally, Sihah aspires to promote female entrepreneurship in Pakistan and empower working mothers. She dreamed of building a company of her own from a young age and with its’ fulfillment she now aims to continue managing startups, mentoring founders and inspiring women to be independent and self-sufficient.

Host: Enterprise Center

Fellow Role at the Enterprise Center:
Sihah will develop, design, and deliver cross-functional collaboration and partnership content for The Grit Life, an entrepreneurial focused internet radio station. She will assist in the execution of small business development communication strategies for internal and external outreach, working off of the organizations three pillars - business, capital and community.

Syed Aman Ali, 33, Punjab, Pakistan (HOST: Frontier Design Group, LLC)

Aman is a Monitoring and Evaluation professional with expertise in evaluations, quantitative and qualitative research, assessments, surveys, studies, and report writing with more than eight years experience in government, private, and development sector organizations. He holds an MPA with majors in Evaluation from University of the Punjab, Pakistan, and an MBA in Finance from International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan. The passion for evaluation is reflected in his published work that he had presented at mega international conferences across three regions; Mexico, Uganda, and Thailand. He is a founding board member of Pakistan Evaluation Association (PEA) – an organization established with a vision to transform evaluation culture by impacting lives of millions in Pakistan. He has served as M&E Specialist in a provincial ministry, and in one of the world’s leading development consulting company for a USAID grant. For initial five years in his professional career, he served at IFRC, Nai Zindagi – a national NGO, and BRAC, where he created impact on lives of vulnerable segments of society. Over the years, Aman has monitored and evaluated projects of different donors including; USAID, World Bank, Red Cross, Government of the Punjab, and BRAC through which he has developed skills in M&E, assessments, reporting, and data management. He enjoys working with multicultural and diverse organizations, and has a strong passion for serving in governance, public health, disaster emergencies, and conflict affected communities.

Host: Frontier Design Group, LLC

Fellow Role at Frontier Design Group, LLC:
Aman will apply his regional and functional expertise to help the firm achieve its business development targets in the national security space. He will help guide a high-profile development client’s strategic planning process in Pakistan and contribute to Frontier’s additional work streams at the nexus between national security and cost effectiveness, systems practice, and design thinking.

Tahir Jahangir, 31, Karachi, Pakistan (HOST: Eat Offbeat)

Tahir is a meticulous resource who started his professional career when he was 16.5 years old only, initially working as a sales man in an upscale department store, he was offered a job as a human resource professional in an established IT firm operating out of UK. Tahir spent almost 3 years with the firm learning human resources operations, he then moved on to another firm and was working in HR & OD. At this point he had gathered around 5 years of HR experience and was then offered a position as Manager HR & OD in one of the largest used Japanese car company operating from Yokohama, Japan. In this job, Tahir expanded the company from 30 people up to 700+ people in a span of 3 years. He was driven with the passion to prove himself as a manager and hence was instrumental in ensuring that the company reached new heights in terms of profits. Tahir has a blend of people management skills, developing people using leadership pipeline method, entire spectrum of human resources management and organizational development. After succeeding with the assignment at the Japanese company he was appointed as Head of Human Resources of a local group dealing in food industry, Tahir developed entire HR systems and Training areas and at the same time worked in a parallel role as Franchising head for the same. After spending 2 years with the mentioned company he was offered a role as Head of HR at a multinational microfinance bank, he served for 1 year and now is pursuing his passion as an entrepreneur. Tahir has a master’s degree in political sciences and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in HR & organizational psychology from IOBM, hence overall he has 13+ years of working experience and complemented qualifications.

Host: Eat Offbeat

Fellow Role at Eat Offbeat:
Tahir will help Eat Offbeat develop procedures crucial HR processes to ensure an outstanding employee experience and allow for healthy scaling. He will implement those procedures in NYC and examine ways to translate them to other contexts as the company scales.

Victor Akumu, 30, Nairobi, Kenya (HOST: Aga Khan Foundation)

Victor has two years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences from Moi University in Kenya. While working as a Digital Engagement Officer with Yetu Initiative in Kenya, a USAID and Aga Khan Foundation funded project, he helped build capacity of Kenyan nonprofit in local resource mobilisation using digital platforms. Previously, Victor worked as a Digital Freelance Consultant where he helped organizations get online visibility, and build their brands online. Victor has volunteered with several nonprofits in helping them leverage on digital platforms for fundraising, community mobilization and dissemination of information. Through these experiences, he has developed skills in communication and local resource mobilization. Victor has a passion for helping nonprofits better leverage on digital platforms, in areas of communication and local resource mobilization.

Host: Aga Khan Foundation

Fellow Role at Aga Khan Foundation:
Victor will act as a Strategic Communications and Programs Outreach Fellow, gaining experience in developing content and using graphic design skills for programs, policy engagement, media campaigns and events.

Victor Anyebe, 32, Nigeria, (Host: San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium)

Victor is a Public health professional with 6 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Jos in Nigeria. Victor currently works as the Active Case Finding Coordinator at KNCV Tuberculosis foundation, a Netherlands based international organization providing technical assistance to countries on Tuberculosis control and eradication. He leads a USAID-funded TB case finding intervention across communities and key populations in Nigeria known as WOW (Wellness on Wheels) which uses a mobile clinic platform in identifying and linking diagnosed TB patients to free treatment through innovative screening and diagnostic methods. Prior to this, Victor coordinated two NIH research projects (ISTAR and mHealth) in Benue while working with Caritas Nigeria where congregation based approaches to prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV were implemented with outstanding results achieved. Victor has experience in research, institutional capacity building and project management. He believes that through evidence, solutions can be provided to public health challenges, women and gender issues as well as leadership development. Victor is optimistic that the efficient use of data in designing public health interventions and health policy will ensure sustainability and overall improvement in health systems across Africa.

Host: San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium

Fellow role at San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium:
Victor will serve as a SFCCC a Health Care Data Analytics and Strategy Fellow who will help develop a data strategy and streamline the processes used to collect, store, analyze, and report data. He will The work with partners to develop usable reports and validate the data used to deliver high quality health care to the most vulnerable residents of San Francisco.

Class 30: May 2018 Atlas Corps Fellows

Asim Nasar, 30, Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan (HOST: PYXERA Global)

Asim has nine years of experience in research, big data analytics, program design, and monitoring and evaluation of diverse community development projects that focus on women entrepreneurship and health interventions. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology in Pakistan and pursued his PHD from University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Asim recently worked in the capacity of research and evaluation for Entrepreneurship Beyond Boundaries project where developed standard operating procedures and evaluated the pilot intervention in Malaysia.

Previously, Asim has worked with Marie Stopes International for UKAID funded project and managed the Franchise Live Application for Monitoring and Evaluation, conducting Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation Research. Additionally, Asim has monitored the 18-months quasi-experimental research study to empower the women in rural settings as part of the behavior change communication strategy, and small-scale community action research projects using the comic power, photovoice and participatory reflection and analysis tools. Asim has a keen interest in working with the development sector organizations on entrepreneurial ecosystem development and system improvement via big data analytics to help marginalized communities.

Host: PYXERA Global

Fellow Role at PYXERA Global:
Working directly with senior staff conducting research and providing analysis on existing client engagements, Asim while helping to create processes and improvements to S.I.s operations and services. He will also conduct landscape assessments for existing client deliverables while building a consistent platform to ensure quality and efficiency.

Ha Nguyen, 25, Hanoi, Vietnam (HOST: Buffett Institute of Global Studies)

Ha has almost five years of working experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree (with honors) in English Language Education from Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Ha is currently working as a Program Manager at Student Exchange Vietnam, whose mission is to promote internationalization of Vietnam’s higher education via academic and professional exchange programs. Her work has focused on annual business planning, forming partnerships, and leading a team of five to develop and implement internship and study programs in Vietnam for international students. Ha has helped nearly 100 local Vietnamese universities and organizations of diverse industries to host over 200 students from 20 different countries. Previously, Ha served as an event organizer for the U.S Embassy in Vietnam’s Conference on boosting the number of U.S students studying abroad in Vietnam. Ha has volunteered as an English Instructor for the Department of Education and Training in Thanh Hoa and at VNU where she trained English to 150 board members of public schools within the province of Thanh Hoa and to a wide range of VNU’s non-English major students. Through these experiences she has developed strong intercultural communication, organizational management, facilitation, and project planning and implementation skills. Ha is passionate about promoting global understanding and cultural diversity, thus wishes to continue her career in the field of international education.

Host: Buffett Institute of Global Studies

Fellow Role at Buffett Institute of Global Studies:
Ha will manage specific undergraduate initiatives across the global engagement programming, including the undergraduate Fellows and Ambassadors programs, project and research grant opportunities, and curriculum for a coalition of student group leaders.

Huma Imdad, 34, Peshawar, Pakistan (HOST: Halcyon)

Huma has over six years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector, having worked to fight against poverty, hunger and illiteracy in her country. She earned her last degree in Business Administration from the Institute of Management Sciences. Huma has worked as an Assistant Project Coordinator for a UNWFP funded project which provided food assistance to the FATA region of her country. Previously, she worked for a UNODC funded project that helped provide health assistance to drug users in the province’s female prisons. Through her professional career, Huma acquired highly praised leadership, humanitarian-based research and communication skills. Huma also has an unbeatable command over her technical and report preparation skills. Easily commanding cameras and laptops, Huma's dream is to improve the quality of education in Pakistan by providing employment opportunities to the youth and empowering Pakistani women.

Host: Halcyon

Fellow Role at Halcyon:
Huma will work alongside the Director to help manage projects including the Halcyon Dialogue, Incubator Intensive and Halcyon’s scoping for international expansion of its social enterprise incubator. She will lead on several components of these programs, maintaining connections with external partners, and representing Halcyon in various scenarios.

Laura Torres Villamil, 33, Tunja, Boyacá, Colombia (HOST: Atlas Corps)

Laura has nine years of work experience, three of which were in the non-profit and government sector. She studied Graphic Design at the University of Mendoza, Argentina and obtained her Master’s degree in Education with accolades in Educational Informatics at the University of Chile. She has developed strong experience in knowledge management, innovation and organizational learning. While working as an ICT advisor in the Colombian Education Ministry, she supported the implementation of strategies to strengthen institutional knowledge management while also building the Corporate School, formulating strategies to promote the use of ICT tools to the Knowledge Management System. Professionally, she also has been in charge of the graphic design production for educational environments projects, virtual education and incorporation of ICT in pedagogical practice. Laura has also participated in professional volunteering in Chile with America Solidaria Foundation where she headed the project "Voices that create opportunities", working with women in situation of social vulnerability. Laura has developed a strong sense of ownership, motivation, creativity, talent and passion to create a positive social impact to be keen to drive ethical social change anywhere in the world.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps:
Laura will manage the Atlas Corps social media strategy and enhance the “storytelling” component of external events to better showcase the achievements of Fellows and Host Organizations. She will also help to expand the Atlas Corps external presence as included in our communications and public relations strategy.

Nilima Raut, Dolakha, Nepal (HOST: Making Cents International)

Nilima has five years of experience in the non-profit sector, earned a Masters Degree in Inter Asia NGO Studies from Sungkonghoe University in South Korea. While working as a Youth Manager with Marie Stopes International Nepal, she helped increasing the access of rural and urban young people of Nepal to sexual reproductive health information and services. Previously, Nilima worked with a youth based local NGO to build peaceful and democratic Nepal. Nilima has volunteered as a UNESCO Cultural Exchange Volunteer, One Young World Nepal Ambassador and served Rotaract as president of a local Rotaract Club. Through these experiences, she developed strong leadership, coordination skills and working in diverse culture. Nilima enjoys working with young people to empower them and has a strong passion for youth development and women empowerment.

Host: Making Cents International

Fellow Role at Making Cents International:
Nilima will support the YouthPower.org learning hub and YouthPower Learning webinar series, which provides a learning platform that strengthens the positive youth development field across all sectors (Health, Education, Economics, etc). Additionally, she will participate in the planning of the annual YP meeting and contribute to social media outreach.

Pheonah Wamayi, 31, Entebbe, Uganda (HOST: Voice of America)

Pheonah is a journalist with over seven years experience in media development programs. She earned a bachelor’s degree of Arts in Languages with a major in Communication from Uganda Christian University. As the Program Assistant for Center for Media Literacy and Community Development (CEMCOD), Pheonah is a key player in the implementation of the Community Media Project in Uganda, a project that amplifies youth voices in the development agenda of their communities. Working directly with young people she mentors, monitors and trains them in community media strategies. In February 2018, she led a team of selected Community Reporters to a three month exchange program to Zimbabwe, where she oversaw reporters as they shared community initiative practices. Pheonah recently worked on a project that documented the life stories of girls who dropped out of school due to pregnancy, advocating for the retainment and reeducation of these teen mothers. In 2016, she participated in the US Department of State funded Community Solutions Fellowship program, where she demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of transparency and accountability, earning a Learning Solutions Award from George Mason University. While at her host organization Voice of America (VOA) in Washington, she coordinated the Social Media department for the Swahili division, where she helped to improve two News programs (KwaUndani, VOA Express), to appeal to the younger social media consumers.

Host: Voice of America

Fellow Role at Voice of America:
Pheonah will conduct research and embark upon independent news reporting assignments. This will include script writing, video editing, and multimedia report and programming.

Yousra Abbud, 26, Gaza, Palestine (HOST: Enveritas)

Yousra has more than five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Accounting from Al Azhar University, Gaza. Upon graduation, she started working at the Youth Empowerment Center (YEC), a local nonprofit that works with international organizations. She worked to develop marginalized communities and empower youth to promote positive change in the society. As a Finance and Administration Manager, Yousra has worked with different international organizations like Oxfam, HelpAge International, and Caritas. Yousra also led strategic efforts and oversaw key operational functions including financial planning, accounts payable, budgeting, payroll, procurement, financial services, treasury, and monitoring the projects and the programs.

Yousra has gained hands-on experience in financial management, project management, strategic planning, and capacity building. Yousra believes in the role nonprofits play in addressing the social needs, and she is passionate about the finance and strategic planning in the nonprofit sector.

Host: Enveritas

Fellow Role at Enveritas:
Yousra will be responsible for ensuring the financial soundness of a social entrepreneurship startup that has been growing rapidly. Reporting directly to the Head of Finance, she will be responsible for bookkeeping, non-profit accounting, contracts and expense management, and accounting systems management.

Zafar Rathore, 35, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan (HOST: Code Platoon)

Zafar Rathore has 10+ years of diverse experience in social development, emergencies and technology management. He earned a Master's of Computer Science from PMAS University Rawalpindi, Pakistan, in 2006. He is actively engaged with different nonprofits and entrepreneurs around the globe for uplifting their business through the induction of digital marketing and technology since last 7 years. Earlier from 2007 to 2011, he worked on different positions with an International Organization, Islamic Relief Pakistan Chapter. He worked on different projects, during his stay with Islamic Relief, like Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Earthquake hit area, Community Livelihood improvement Project, Community Health & Education Support Project and different seasonal emergency projects/programs. He got a great exposure of Social Development, Livelihood, Gender & Development, Physical Infrastructure, Implementation of Technological Setup in Non-Profit Organizations, Human & Institutional Development and Micro-finance, during the national level 6 months internship program with Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF).

Host: Code Platoon

Fellow Role at Code Platoon:
Zafar will help expand awareness about the Code Platoon training program for veterans, and help with day-to- day operations. Specifically, he will do a deep dive and help manage the digital and email marketing and advertising campaigns.

Class 29: March 2018 Atlas Corps Fellows

Caroline Needles, 27, Waterloo, Canada (HOST: Council on Foundations)

Caroline has worked in international development for three years. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Global Studies while pursuing development projects abroad and domestically. After graduation, she started working for World Vision Canada where she gained managerial experience in fundraising. In September 2015, she continued her education by completing a postgraduate degree in International Development Business in Toronto, Canada. Focusing on health and education, Caroline worked on projects in the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Mexico aimed at HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, social enterprise projects and coordinating cultural exchanges. She aspires to continue evolving her career in the international sector and utilize her education and professional experiences to grow as a social leader.

Host: Council on Foundations

Fellow Role at Council on Foundations:
As the Global Philanthropy Fellow, Caroline will work closely with the Council’s Global Philanthropy Senior Director to grow a portfolio of internationally focused programming, including launching a new capacity building program for global grantmakers. Caroline will also support preparation for the 2019 Annual Conference.

Chaudhary Talha Waseem, 26, Lahore, Pakistan (HOST: Points of Light)

Talha has four years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and has expertise in using technology for social impact. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology in Lahore, Pakistan. While working with Chanan Development Association, he developed and implemented a digital strategy to optimize multiple projects in the sectors of sexual and reproductive health and rights, democracy and HIV/AIDS. He has also developed websites and mobile apps in the healthcare, medical, utilities and lifestyle sectors. He is passionate about solving world problems using technology and he has accomplished this by starting ibjects.com, a digital agency that leverages technology for social impact and innovation. He also co-founded and managed projects like Cafe Entrepreneurship, which engages young people to use technology in the development of solutions that can solve social issues of Pakistan.

Host: Points of Light

Fellow Role at Points of Light:
Talha will develop and manage a digital marketing and optimization strategy for the Points of Light Civic Accelerator (CivicX) program. He will further develop digital optimization skills and have the opportunity to implement strategy and create recommendations for senior program staff.

Esther Monchari, 27, Nairobi, Kenya (HOST: American Red Cross)

Esther has more than four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and she has a bachelor’s degree in business information technology from Mount Kenya University. She is a tech enthusiast, an entrepreneur, and a speaker. Most of Esther’s work revolves around technology because she believes that technology can solve most of the problems faced by society today. She is fascinated by global technological ecosystems and works to support entrepreneurs like herself to scale their work and impact on society. As one of the founders of sokonect, a platform that links small-scale farmers to buyers using mobile technology, she builds strong partnerships to solve these societal problems. Esther also serves as a board member for Girls in Tech Kenyan Chapter, a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase the visibility of women in the technology space through workshops, training, and conferences. Through these experiences, Esther has developed skills in project planning and management, event planning, coordination, and implementation. Her passion is to empower women, youth and the marginalized communities through technology.

Host: American Red Cross

Fellow Role at American Red Cross:
Esther will collect and disseminate knowledge from around the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) via preparecenter.org, Twitter, Facebook and other social media. She will continue to build a strategy and system for enhancing knowledge management while also reaching out and capturing knowledge from relevant external organisations including NGOs.

Freeha Ihsan, 29, Sialkot, Pakistan (HOST: Women’s World Banking)

Freeha Ihsan has six years of experience in the nonprofit and education sector. She earned her master’s degree in public administration from Fatima Jinnah Women University in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. To tweak her skills further, Freeha obtained her Master of Science with a specialization in management. She has developed expertise in project management, training and development, education, and economic empowerment. Most of her experience is based on projects specially design for underserved communities of Pakistan. As a Program Officer for the USAID funded education and economic empowerment for women project, she proved herself as a valuable team member because of her effective project management and communication skills. She also worked at the Parliament of Pakistan, on projects funded by the British Council & European Union, and with different universities as an educationist. Freeha has collaborated with diverse people, including elected leaders, bureaucrats, and people from underserved communities. Freeha is enthusiastic to help people, and she is always infatuated with opportunities to go out of her comfort zone.

Host: Women's World Banking

Fellow Role at Women’s World Banking:
Freeha will join the Women’s World Banking Strategy & Market Solutions teams. She will deliver solutions for the organization and its network member institutions concerning an array of microfinance initiatives including: credit, savings, youth products, financial education and microinsurance.

Gashaye Melaku Tefera, 31, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (HOST: United Way Worldwide)

Gashaye has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Gondar and a master's degree in social work from Addis Ababa University. While serving as the executive director of Guraghe People´s Self-help Development Organization (GPSDO), he developed and effectively implemented various projects focusing on women's empowerment, education, social accountability, reproductive health, and population and health issues. As the executive director of GPSDO, he takes the lead role in transforming the lives of women, children and marginalized people in the rural areas of Ethiopia. Prior to GPSDO, Gashaye worked for different nonprofit organizations on child education and protection, HIV/AIDS and youth empowerment projects funded by USAID, UNICEF, DFID and other donors. He also worked as a lecturer in two public universities in Ethiopia where he developed strong research and training skills. Besides his professional career, Gashaye is a songwriter and enjoys writing poems on socio-spiritual issues.

Host: United Way Worldwide

Fellow Role at United Way Worldwide:
Gashaye will represent the Africa & Caribbean Team as part of International Network (IN) Operations & Engagement. He will support Caribbean Expansion, identify funding opportunities for Network partners and drive data collection processes for the regions to inform strategic planning and recommendations.

Gayathri Suren Rajeevan, 34, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka (HOST: ChildFund International)

Gayathri has ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a degree in social science from Madurai Kamaraj University. For seven years, she served as a project officer with Save the Children and specializes in child protection, education, disaster risk reduction and emergency humanitarian response. She has experience in proposal development, monitoring and appraising of project sites, and report writing. She also worked as a monitoring and evaluation and communications officer at the Child Development Fund and focused on child and youth development. Through these experiences, Gayathri has developed technical competencies in planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of programs. She also acquired skills in training and report writing. She is passionate about working with children.

Host: ChildFund International

Fellow Role at ChildFund International:
Gayathri will support ChildFund’s Emergency Management Unit and improve the organization’s preparedness and response to emergencies and humanitarian crises. She will support global strategic functions, develop innovative tools and methods, and resource acquisition.

Issam Alzinati, 32, Gaza, Palestine (HOST: Hatch)

Issam has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Master's of Science in Big Data & Knowledge Management from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. While working as the Community Engagement & Innovation Officer with UCAS Technology Incubator (UCASTI) in Gaza, he improved external engagement between UCASTI and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. He planned and executed three initiatives that targeted enrolled and graduated entrepreneurs, ICT graduates and companies, and girls & women respectively. Previously, Issam designed and implemented an incubation model which recruited over ninety startups, led them through an incubation pipeline of pre-design challenges, that resulted in nine successful startups. Before that, he was an IT Project Manager and led a broad range of web, mobile, machine learning, and data warehouse solutions. Issam utilizes highly attuned analytical skills to develop IT and business strategies and employs cutting-edge technologies to increase productivity. He has volunteered as speaker, mentor, and organizer for several technology initiatives like Google Developer Group and Facebook Developer Circle. He was also an organizer for the first Gazan education startup and AI/Big Data community driver. Issam enjoys focusing on the topics of business and social entrepreneurship, new technologies such AI, Blockchain and Big Data, and has a strong passion for youth empowerment.

Host: Hatch

Fellow Role at Hatch:
Issam will support on all parts of the Hatch stack and will suggest ways to scale and improve the product. Issam's role will be on designing APIs, data modeling, and developing infrastructure to collect and report data.

Lida Minasyan, 25, Yerevan, Armenia (HOST: Global Fund for Children)

Lida Minasyan has seven years of experience in the human rights and nonprofit sector. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Yerevan State University and obtained her master's degree in Human Rights at Central European University. Lida is the Board Chair of the Non-discrimination and Equality Coalition in Armenia. Since 2012, she has been involved with Society Without Violence, which is a nonprofit organization focused on women's rights, as the Project Coordinator and Executive Director. Lida supervised the implementation of gender education and women's empowerment projects, and she advocated for the elimination of domestic violence and LGBTIQ rights. She also authored a toolkit called ''Advocating for the Implementation of UNSCR 1325'', which relates to women's involvement in peacebuilding processes. Previously, Lida worked in World Vision Armenia as a social worker and created a leadership school for teenagers. Through these experiences, Lida has developed strong skills in grant proposal writing, strategic decision making, and developing human rights advocacy strategies.

Host: Global Fund for Children

Fellow Role at Global Fund for Children:
Lida will will help to research, define, and develop a refreshed strategy for grantmaking in Eurasia and Eastern Europe to support grassroots organizations that promote child rights in education, freedom from violence and exploitation, gender equity and youth empowerment. She will also contribute to the design of capacity building services for partners in the region and help to drive improvements in grantmaking operations across the global portfolio.

Maryem Rahim, 29, Rawalakot, Pakistan (HOST: Global Communities)

Maryem has 5 years of experience in the development sector and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Bahria University in Islamabad, Pakistan. Maryem’s association with the development sector has been diverse both in terms of thematic and functional areas. While working as a program officer in USAID’s Small Grants and Ambassador Fund Program, she provided assistance to the grassroots level organization in designing initiatives in education, health, economic development, entrepreneurship, disaster, women's issues, culture, and the environment. As the regional manager at a consultancy firm, she helped with research and monitoring and evaluation. She also carried out institutional assessments and conducted capacity building exercises for DFID, EU, World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF and USAID funded projects. Through these experiences, she developed strong project coordination and implementation skills. Maryem enjoys focusing on the topics of economic empowerment and social entrepreneurship and has a strong passion for women's empowerment.

Host: Global Communities

Fellow Role at Global Communities:
Maryem will provide support to Global Communities’ economic development portfolio with a particular focus on entrepreneurship, enterprise development including cooperative development, access to finance, workforce development and private sector partnerships. She will develop specific technical products and tools, including programming frameworks/models for business advisory services and workforce development; cooperative enterprise development tools; and research briefs.

Mays Iseed, 25, Jericho, Palestine (HOST: Square Roots)

Mays has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector and graduated from Birzeit University in Palestine with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. While working as a media coordinator and fundraiser with Good Shepherd Youth Club under the USAID-funded "Partnership with Youth" program, she focused on empowering youth, promoting quality education, professional development, and job skills. She helped youth become community leaders and active, informed citizens. Mays also started a private practice to assess, treat and evaluate patients and help translate the science of nutrition into everyday understandable information about food. As a community nutritionist and educator for rural areas in Palestine, she helped raise awareness of maternal and child health through workshops and by using the power of social media. Through these experiences, Mays developed strong skills in community-based projects, including nutrition, health, media, and youth empowerment. She has a strong passion for the arts and sports. Mays believes in the power of community and the will of its youth to achieve positive change.

Host: Square Roots

Fellow Role at Square Roots:
Mays will research, identify and establish relationships with best maternal and infant health products, both nationally and internationally. This work will directly contribute to the establishment of the Square Roots Maternal Health Standard, a multi-tiered platform that will directly impact the lives of women, mothers and children by identifying and curating best products, practices and practitioners around healthy pregnancy, delivery and childhood.

Miguel Aguirre, 33, Quito, Ecuador (HOST: American Red Cross)

Miguel has ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector and with social corporate responsibility projects. He earned a master's degree in organizational government and culture through the Enterprise and Humanism Institute at the University of Navarra in Spain. Miguel also holds a bachelor's degree in communication, public relations and media at the Catholic University of Ecuador - PUCE. Since 2009, Miguel has been the Head of Communication at Telefonica Foundation in Ecuador. He has implemented communication strategies and social campaigns pertaining to child labour, youth entrepreneurship, digital education, disaster prevention, and corporate volunteerism. Miguel has extensive experience in marketing for nonprofit organizations, media, publications, and research. His passion is to help vulnerable people in Ecuador and Latin American region through social, educational, and technological development projects. He enjoys meeting people from different cultures around the world.

Host: American Red Cross

Fellow Role at American Red Cross:
Miguel will collect and disseminate knowledge from around the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) via preparecenter.org, Twitter, Facebook and other social media. She will continue to build a strategy and system for enhancing knowledge management while also reaching out and capturing knowledge from relevant external organisations including NGOs.

Nawal Abusultan, 34, Gaza, Palestine (HOST: Microsoft)

Nawal is an education reform advocate who has more than seven years of experience in the education sector and co­author of two published works. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Islamic University of Gaza and a Master’s degree in Education. While working as a teacher of technology, Nawal improved not only her students’ skills in technology but her colleagues’ too. Later, Nawal launched her own education-oriented startup called Menaship, which helps Arab students find scholarships outside of the MENA region. In addition to running Menaship, she is a mentor for the Technovation program, which supports young girls interested in the information technology field by helping them build their own mobile applications. Recently, she worked in the Disability Services Center of the University, focusing on the inclusion of disabled people in STEM education. Through these experiences, Nawal has refined skills in research, leadership, communication, social media management and fundraising.

Host: Microsoft

Fellow Role at Microsoft:
Nawal will serve on the Microsoft Learning and Readiness team (L&R) Content team as a software developer and trainer. She will create and publish online courses for Microsoft’s developer portfolio.

Patrick Okwir, 28, Oyam, Uganda (HOST: PowerPlay NYC)

Patrick Okwir is a public health professional with five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds a bachelor's degree in public health from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Patrick worked as Monitoring, Evaluation and Grants officer at Global Health Corps where he supported national partners in the development and strengthening of monitoring and evaluation systems, design and implementation of projects for health equity and social justice, fundraising, and partnership development. Patrick also worked as a Community Health Fellow at the African Union during the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in Guinea; he supported data-driven epidemiologic investigations and rehabilitation programs in HIV/AIDs and reproductive health. Patrick is the founder of “Healthy Women West-Nile”, a $300,000 community-owned micro-health insurance program that has supported and inspired access to anti-retroviral therapy among 327 orphans, women and girls living with HIV/AIDs in North-West Uganda. Working at the intersection of project management, fundraising and M&E, Patrick has raised over $900,000 for non-profit projects, managed and led monitoring and evaluation of six country-wide projects, fee-for-service M&E contracts and published five medical research papers. Patrick enjoys working in data science with a passion for community-driven, and evidence-based approaches to development. He is passionate about women and girls’ empowerment and envisages a fair, equitable, and just society for all women and girls. Patrick is curious, adventurous, flexible, and fluent in English and basic French.

Host: PowerPlay NYC

Fellow Role at PowerPlay NYC:
Patrick will serve as the Monitoring, Evaluation, Assessment and Learning (MEAL) Fellow, supporting PowerPlay NYC’s capacity to collect, process, and use information about our programs, operations, and external environment to further our mission. He will use data to drive program design and decision-making within the organization and collaborate with other staff to promote a culture of continuous improvement across the organization.

Precious Chinanga, 34, Harare, Zimbabwe (HOST: Atlas Corps)

Precious Chinanga has more than nine years of experience working with students, youth and young women in Zimbabwe and helps them address their evolving financial and socio-economic needs. She is a transformational leader and social change agent who believes in turning her vision into reality through strategic alliances and coordinated action. Precious earned a master's degree in business leadership from Bindura University of Science Education and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Finance from the National University of Science & Technology. As the Finance & Administration Officer for eight years and Acting National Coordinator at the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe, she has helped to mentor more than 3 000 high school and tertiary students over the years with the majority of them taking up leadership positions at tertiary institutions and in society at large. Precious has also worked closely with local authorities, students and youths in communities and tertiary institutions to promote inclusivity and helps strengthen the transparency and openness of public budgets, thereby helping promote social accountability and restore the public's confidence in public service. Through her work both within and outside her formal organization, she has honed invaluable skills in financial and grant management, leadership growth and development, capacity building and youth development.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps:
Precious will be a key member of the Atlas Corps finance team. She will have the opportunity to learn about and have an impact all the major accounting and finance functions including accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash management, general ledger, and reporting.

Class 28: January 2018 Atlas Corps Fellows

Celstina Mucollari, 31, Shkoder, Albania (HOST: Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence)

Celstina has 11 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Master of Science in Organizational/School Psychology from the University of Tirana in Albania. While working as psychologist and project coordinator, she actively supports women's rights through education, counseling and advocacy initiatives. Celstina has experience leading and organizing field projects to promote community engagement and spur concrete actions to elevate the status of women in the family and society. She specializes in the prevention of domestic abuse, gender based-violence and aggressive behavior among youth. Celstina has also served for five years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Shkodra. She has participated in a Community Solution Program, where she gained leadership skills and effective strategies for increasing participation in community development projects. Celstina has received several trainings and certificates abroad. Through these experiences she developed strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work in multicultural environments. She has a strong passion for social justice and enjoys traveling.

Host: Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence

Fellow Role at Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence:
Celstina will provide both individual and group support, peer-counseling, and appropriate learning to children, youth and families that have experienced domestic violence. She will work closely with the Support Group Coordinator to plan, implement, and evaluate programming for children and youth. Additionally, she will work with parents to access resources and services related to children/youth and parenting.

Edward López, 32, San Salvador, El Salvador (HOST: Solstice)

Edward has ten years of professional experience in web development and marketing for nonprofit organizations. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Computer Science from Jose Matias Delgado University in 2009, and a second bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 2014. In 2008, he started working for the National Center of Cleaner Production of El Salvador, where he has developed many projects in computer science areas aimed at increasing the efficacy of enterprises and saving natural resources like energy, water and oil. He has extensive experience in different kinds of web technologies, data bases, and marketing strategies. In the last ten years, Edward has developed web applications for the government, banks and for-profit organizations, and nonprofits alike. In addition to his work in renewable energy, recycling, market studies, and green marketing, he has experience in e-commerce working at a startup that sells t-shirts with a social message. In the future, Edward wants to pursue a Master’s degree in web security and continue working in entrepreneurship.

Host: Solstice US

Fellow Role at Solstice:
Edward will serve as a “design-geneer” to lead UI/UX, front-end design, and contribute to the overall development effort of the organization’s web-based solar marketplace and customer engagement platform.

Iman Ahmed, 29, Gaza, Palestine (HOST: Microsoft)

Iman has ten years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector. She completed her Master’s degree in Youth Development Leadership from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in the U.S, and she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in English from the Islamic University of Gaza in Palestine. Iman has a profound role in youth development and employment as well as income generating activities. Currently, Iman is a member of the “Youth Council for Development” in Gaza, which helps youth engage in community activities. After she completed her Master’s degree, she addressed unemployment in Gaza by leading her own USAID-funded initiative to help graduates gain Information Technology skills to win jobs online. While working under European Union projects, she helped 160 female-head of families create and develop their own businesses. She worked for Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organization, as a Program Officer in youth employment, where she managed different youth employment and livelihood programs such as internship programs, micro-grants for entrepreneurs, freelancing job opportunities, and graduate capacity building and training programs. During the last war on Gaza in 2014, Iman helped displaced families source food and non-food items, and she contributed to cash assistance and workforce projects for affected persons. In addition, she was a board member in a community-based organization for environment and community development. Iman has a strong passion for helping those in need, and for economic development activities, especially those related to youth.

Host: Microsoft

Fellow Role at Microsoft:
Iman will support the Program Management function and the wider Affordable Access Initiatives team to evolve global project engagements, partnerships, processes, tools, research, and thought leadership.

Lesego Otlhabanye, 26, Gaborone, Botswana (HOST: Youth INC)

Lesego has four years of experience in development banking and nonprofit work. She holds a degree in International Business Management from Asia Pacific University in Malaysia. Lesego worked under Microfinance at the Citizen Entrepreneurial Development Agency for three years, assisting startups and expanding informal businesses access to funding, financial literacy and business development. Within the same organization, she also worked in Research and Product Development. Lesego is a Global Shaper for Gaborone Hub, an Initiative of the World Economic Forum, having served as the Curator (Chairperson) for the term 2017/2018 and formerly the Head of Communications and PR. Lesego has led and worked on projects focused on leadership and youth development and empowerment with a particular passion for building capacity among nonprofit organizations. Through Global Shapers, she was selected to attend the World Economic Forum on Africa in 2017. Lesego is the founder of Rising Tswana, a nonprofit platform for Christian creatives to share their work. She has a keen interest for shaping the African narrative positively and as such is a contributing writer for She Leads Africa and Pristine Magazine, and has guest written for the World Economic Forum, Khalahari Review, the G-Blog and many others. Lesego is a co-author of a book with three other young African leaders titled Young Conversations, which focuses on the discussions around social interest topics around Africa and youth. The proceeds of the book will be going towards funding nonprofit work which the authors are passionate about.

Host: Youth INC

Fellow Role at Youth INC:
Lesego will work alongside the development team to create substantive communications output and improve Youth INC’s brand through creative marketing initiatives. She will execute the communications plan and manage its sustainability.

Maria Bevza, 27, Moscow, Russia (HOST: Public Square, Inc)

Maria has five years of experience in the civic sector. She graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University and has a Master's degree in Area Studies & Translation/Interpretation. During her studies she was in an exchange program in Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea. In 2014, Maria started working for the Association of Fundraisers of Russia and in 2015, she became an Executive Director. There, Maria worked with government and nonprofits to create infrastructure and develop educational programs in fundraising. Through free consulting, lecturing, and writing articles Maria contributed to the promotion of fundraising ethics and overhead needs in nonprofits. She provided services for over 60 members of the Association and was actively involved in fundraising from different sources. Between 2012-2014 Maria also worked in the corporate social responsibility departments of several businesses. There she was engaged in work with volunteers and nonprofits that helped underprivileged children. She was responsible for research, monitoring and grant management. Through these experiences she developed strong project coordination, reporting, budget management, and communication skills. Maria received grants from Pontis Foundation and Eurasia Foundation that helped her to learn more about the work of professional nonprofit associations in Europe and U.S. Maria feels passionate about the development of the social sector in Russia through education in fundraising, infrastructure support and professional unities. She is also committed to the capacity development of local organizations in the regions of Russia. Outside of work, Maria enjoys volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia and has a strong interest in human rights protection.

Host: Public Square, Inc

Fellow Role at Public Square, Inc:
Maria will serve as a Development Assistant and will be responsible for building up Public Square’s fundraising capacity; mainly through corporate sponsorships. This will involve researching potential prospects, making initial contact with them, setting up meetings to discuss sponsorship arrangements, and helping close deals.

Marilo Meta, 25, Tirane, Albania (HOST: Open Government Partnership)

Marilo Meta has over four years of experience in various social change sectors. He has certificates in Political Leadership and Cognitive Law from the Elita Professional Academy in Albania, as well as a Master of Science in Information Technology and Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from the University of Tirana at Albania. Marilo is the President of the Leadership Development Association of Albania, a global and independent nonprofit run by and for young professionals. Prior to that he served as the advertising and public relations marketing manager for the Albanian Police Force, and a computer services department manager for NOA Financing. Marilo served as a marketing coordinator for AEGEEE Tirana, a position in which he advocated for increased solidarity and activism towards gender equality. Marilo is a computer scientist with strong communication and organizational skills, with a keen interest in building a career in the field of international relations for nonprofit organizations, digitalization of communication and marketing of international solidarity and humanism.

Host: Open Government Partnership

Fellow Role at Open Government Partnership:
Marilo will discover and map Open Government Partnership’s organization-wide and team-specific practices of gathering, managing and sharing information and knowledge. Marilo will also contribute to other IT and data management needs.

Mouna Boujmal, 28, Rabat, Morocco (HOST: MIT D-Lab)

Mouna is a social impact enthusiast and catalyst who has spent the past five years developing and implementing strategies that enable a strong ecosystem for social and economic development in Morocco. She earned a Masters Degree in Environment and Water Management Engineering. Mouna has worked at NUMA Casablanca, the first accelerator in Morocco for mission driven startups, as an Acceleration Program Manager. Additionally, she founded and managed Bold Impact, an educational business that helps individuals, teams and organizations to stimulate innovation and improve their creations with Human-Centered Design. She co-founded and was the operations manager of Moroccan CISE, an NGO dedicated to promoting social change through social entrepreneurship. Mouna also worked on social entrepreneurship development with international organisations including Ashoka India, Ashoka Arab World, British Council Morocco, and Adam Smith International. Mouna is a community member of IDEX fellowship, Ashoka Changemakerxchange, JCI, and Global Shapers. Through these experiences, Mouna has developed strong skills in design, management and implementation of programs aiming for social and economic development.

Host: MIT D-Lab

Fellow Role at MIT D-Lab:
Mouna will serve as a Summit Coordinator Fellow. She will lead the planning and execution of D-Lab’s Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) co-design summit and preceding Creative Capacity Building (CCB) trainings in collaboration with local partners and in accordance with MIT D-Lab methodology and principles.

Muhammad Ilyas, 27, FATA, Pakistan (HOST: Street Sense Media)

Muhammad has eight years of experience in nonprofit sector in the fields of entrepreneurship, peace building, youth and women empowerment. He earned a certificate in Entrepreneurship from Bunker Hill Community College, Boston and a Bachelor's of Commerce degree from University of Peshawar. While working as a Program Coordinator with the Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) in Peshawar, Muhammad successfully managed and implemented several advocacy programs to strengthen rule of law, governance, youth and women empowerment, peacebuilding, and social entrepreneurship. Previously, he has worked with BUILD Greater Boston in the US to train dropout students and help them develop business plans, marketing strategies and showcase events to start their own small businesses. He has worked closely with youth groups, civil society, academia, law enforcers, and government agencies to enhance their capacities and mass awareness to prosper peace, strengthening rule of law, governance, democracy, and countering terrorism and extremism in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa(KP) and FATA regions of Pakistan. Muhammad has also voluntarily implemented projects on education, youth and entrepreneur mentoring, social entrepreneurship, and cultural exchange programs. Through these experiences, he has developed strong project management, implementation, strategic planning, report writing, communication and coordination skills, and has the ability to work in a fast moving, multicultural environment. Muhammad enjoys working on social entrepreneurship, positive youth development, and civic participation. He has a strong passion for creating a just society, peacebuilding, and economic uplifting of youth, minorities and women.

Host: Street Sense Media

Fellow Role at Street Sense Media:
Muhammad will serve as a Vendor Manager Fellow and will oversee a team of over 100 homeless and formerly homeless vendors who sell Street Sense Media’s print newspaper as a means to generate income and stabilize their lives. He will monitor the organization’s daily sales process while developing creative strategies to increase income for the organization’s hardworking vendors.

Oumayma Ben Abdallah, 27, Tunis, Tunisia (HOST: Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP))

Oumayma is a human rights leader and researcher with over five years of experience. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Studies from the University of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tunis. Oumayma is a research assistant in the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch (HRW). As part of the Tunisian office, she assists with research on human rights abuses for Tunisia and Algeria. Prior to joining HRW, she worked as a journalist for Tunisia Live. She has also worked as a consultant at Menapolis, a research and consultancy company working on political reforms in the MENA region, and as a project coordinator at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting where she was in charge of organizing training workshops for journalists and capacity building activities. Oumayma served as Parliamentary Attaché in the Tunisian Constituent Assembly for the period from July to December 2012. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic. She is excited to share the knowledge and experience she has gained in Tunisia with other global leadership.

Host: Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP)

Fellow Role at TIMEP:
As the TIMEP-Atlas Corps Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow, Oumayma will work under the supervision of the Executive Director and senior staff to build individual research, writing for publication, and advocacy skills. In addition to developing her own research project, Oumayma will provide assistance to ongoing research projects, analyze articles, and monitor ongoing issues.

Zohaib Noorani, 27, Karachi, Pakistan (HOST: Echoing Green)

Zohaib is a social entrepreneur with three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He is deeply passionate about adolescent and youth empowerment and has been working in both urban and rural settings for the last six years. His work focuses on capacity building for youth in underserved communities with the vision to equip youth with marketable skills to gain sustainable socio-economic advancement. Zohaib is a co-founder of MentHub (an ed-tech startup), an online community that aims to share knowledge within different tiers of society through mentorship interventions. His role involves critical decision-making on program launches, outreach, marketing, and communication, tapping funding opportunities and on-ground execution with community stakeholders. As a Program Manager at Amal Academy, a Stanford University supported ed-startup, he designed, tested and implemented a career-prep fellowship. This immersive experience empowered him to apply contemporary tools for greater impact & scalability. Zohaib is working with the British Council as a Master Trainer for Rural & Youth Social Entrepreneurship Program, where he develops training modules in collaboration with Social Enterprise Academy Scotland and trains youth from marginalized communities throughout Pakistan to create solutions for tackling poverty, social exclusion, and economic insecurity. Through Zohaib's diverse experiences in education innovation, entrepreneurship, youth empowerment and community mobilization, he has developed strong competencies in design thinking, strategic planning, business development, monitoring and evaluation and leadership development.

Host: Echoing Green

Fellow Role at Echoing Green:
Zohaib will support the creation and implementation of a strategic plan to overhaul internal communication at Echoing Green using Slack. He will also provide key administrative support to their Communities of Practice Program and assist with the program and logistical planning of the annual New Fellows Retreat and All Fellows Conference.

Selma Bardakci, 30, Istanbul, Turkey (HOST: Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives - Atlas Corps Malaysia)

Selma has eight years of experience in the nonprofit 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 at the John D. Evans Foundation as an Atlas Corps Fellow in Washington, DC. She spearheaded several high-profile events such as a Criminal Justice Reform Working Group Meeting, with diverse strategic partners such as the White House and George Washington University, built funding partnerships with organizations, worked closely with different kind of organizations’ senior-level representatives. Selma was the Deputy Director of International Leadership Application and Research 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. 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. In addition to her professional roles, Selma works on a social project to help Syrian refugees. She is the board member of Al- Shami Kitchen project in Turkey. A project that aims to empower Syrian refugee women and support their social and economic integration into the Turkish society. Selma has been continuously contributing pieces and articles to the Huffington Post and the National Interest.

Host: Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives - Atlas Corps Malaysia

Fellow Role at Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives (CAL) - Atlas Corps Malaysia:
Selma will support CAL to define feasible business model options for how the two organizations might partner to establish an Atlas Corps Fellowship program in Malaysia/Asia. She will focus on further developing relationships with CAL's existing network of partners, as well as creating new partnerships in all of CAL’s programs (i.e. Asia Leadership Trek, Asia Leadership Institute, Acumen Case Center and CALI Press). Selma will work to define overall strategic priorities for the organization and develop and implement a fundraising strategy for CAL.

Class 27: November 2017 Atlas Corps Fellows

Abigail Bokoyeibo, 28, Calabar, Nigeria (HOST: World Vision US)

Abigail Bokoyeibo has five years of experience as an advocate for women and girls development, renewable energy access, and business development in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Calabar in Nigeria. While working as a Business Coach and Facilitator at the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, Bayelsa, Nigeria, she trained students on vocational skills, entrepreneurial skills and business development, and also consulted for the business unit of the Institute. As the Founder and Team Lead of a Nonprofit Young African Women Connect initiative, she developed and led programs that built the capacities of young women on hand skills and empowered them through trainings on self-growth, entrepreneurship, business, career, leadership, personal finance, and advocacy. Previously, Abigail worked at Solar Sister as a Business Development Associate, where she recruited, trained and mentored rural women to become energy solution providers and solar entrepreneurs. Through her work, 30 women became active renewable energy advocates and solar entrepreneurs; each making an average of $1,000 annually through her mentorship. Abigail has volunteered as a facilitator, youth advocate, and agent of change, for diverse organizations including CornerStone Leadership Inspiration Transform foundation, Great Reformers Initiative, and Agent of Change Initiative. Through these experiences, Abigail has developed skills in capacity building, leadership development, business development and project planning and implementation. Abigail is interested in entrepreneurship, leadership, rural energy access, social entrepreneurship, business development, and management.

Host: World Vision US

Fellow Role at World Vision US:
Abigail will focus on the holistic youth workforce development project model called “Youth Ready: For Work, For Life”. She will particularly work on improving the learning activities and materials that make up the project’s extensive curriculum that focuses on life skills development, livelihood preparation (employability and entrepreneurship), financial education, digital literacy, and citizenship.

Aida Merabet, 33, Algiers, Algeria (HOST: Atlas Corps)

Aida Merabet has over ten years of working experience with different nonprofits and corporations in the fields of business empowerment for women and youth educational programs in Algeria. She earned an MBA in Management Marketing from ESG Paris. Aida is the Founder of the social enterprise “Power Harmony Solution.” Previously, Aida worked as the Middle East Partnership (MEPI) Alumni Local Chapter Coordinator, where she strengthened commitment to civic activism, thus creating an environment where alumni can work together to bring positive change to the region. She helped empower young people to work for their economic success as an Education & Training Officer at Injaz El Djazair. As a Hub Manager for the Middle East and North Africa Business Women Network (MENABWN), she was responsible for leading and managing a program to support business women in Algeria. She has also served as an Algerian Country Officer Alwane-Algeria, with Women’s Campaign International, an initiative that seeks to empower Algerian women to hold decision-making positions and to enhance their leadership roles so that they can become role models for the region. She also enjoys volunteering, whether it be as the Under Secretary General for Algeria’s national Model United Nations conference or as the Algeria Country Coordinator for the World Peace Initiative Foundation’s Project Peace In and Peace Out (PIPO).

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps:
Aida will support the overall strengthening of leadership development in the nonprofit sector through a partnership with American Express. In her role, Aida will help to expand the American Express Leadership Academy franchise. Building on the American Express role in supporting best-in-class leadership practices and capacity building, she 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 Leaderstories.org website.

Alaa Saqer, 29, Gaza, Palestine (HOST: Affinis Labs)

Alaa Saqer is a technology entrepreneur and one of the founding leaders of Gaza’s startup and technology community. An IT graduate from the The Islamic University Of Gaza, Alaa was a winner of Gaza’s first Startup Weekend in 2011 and went on to launch Datrios, a game and social network for sports fans. Datrios was one of the first two startups in Gaza to receive venture capital investment from Oasis500. In 2010, he co-founded Google Developers Group Gaza, a grassroots student organization that trains youth in tech and connects them to Google resources. Alaa previously worked with Nana Direct, a well-known startup company in Saudi Arabia, as their Product Manager and Business Development Manager. Alaa is well-versed in agile product development and has served as a mentor at startup events in Gaza, including the bootcamps at Gaza Sky Geeks. Prior to becoming a tech entrepreneur, he worked for Mercy Corps (the largest humanitarian organization in Gaza after the United Nations) as a program officer, providing psychosocial support to children via sports activities.

Host: Affinis Labs

Fellow Role at Affinis Labs:
At Affinis Labs, Alaa will help with the product development lifecycle for various projects at emerging startups and will help Affinis Labs build, cultivate, and strengthen entrepreneurship ecosystems including Minbar.

Alaeddine Oueslati, 26, Tunis, Tunisia (HOST: Planned Parenthood Global)

Alaeddine has three years of working experience in the nonprofit sector in Tunisia and beyond. He earned a B.B.A. from University of Tunis and has taken several language courses at Instituto Cervantes, Bourguiba Institute of Modern Languages, and University of Liverpool. In 2015, he joined the Women Deliver Young Leaders Program to advocate for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the MENA region through e-courses, capacity-building workshops and training sessions. He was also selected by UN Women as an Empower Women Global Champion for his work advancing women’s economic empowerment. In addition, Alaeddine has been named a 120 Under 40 Family Planning Award Winner by The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, and was selected as a Youth Media Professional by the African Union Youth Division. Alaeddine contributes to several media outlets and blogs as a freelance journalist and blogger, including Youth Time Magazine, UNICEF’s Voices of Youth blog, the Huffington Post, YaLa Press. He writes about gender equality, women’s SRHR, peacebuilding, human rights, as well as culture and society. Through these experiences, he was able to strengthen his policy and advocacy skills and acquire in-depth exposure to youth capacity building, women empowerment, and leadership development. Alaeddine has a strong passion for women’s rights, health, and well-being, and enjoys working on advocacy and civic engagement through media and public relations. Alaeddine also enjoys traveling, meeting people, and playing piano.

Host: Planned Parenthood Global

Fellow Role at Planned Parenthood Global:
Alaeddine will provide logistical and technical assistance to the global communications team. He will support the organization’s existing social media properties by writing and developing sexual and reproductive health and rights content, as well as providing key translation support. Additionally, Alaeddine will be a critical part of launching two new social media properties.

Amani Al-Nsairat, 32, Amman, Jordan (HOST: Peace First)

Amani Al-Nsairat has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a B.A. degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Hashemite University in Jordan, an M.A. degree in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Innovation from Amani Institute in Brazil. Amani’s work has focused on the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, a country which now hosts more than 600,000 registered refugees. Her recent work at SPARK organization focused on the implementation of two educational programmes, which address the educational needs of Syrian and Jordanian youth living in Jordan. Prior to this, she worked at Generations For Peace, implementing peacebuilding and conflict transformation programmes in schools and community centers in a number of governorates in Jordan. She focused on utilizing non-formal education tools, such as sport and art, for peace activities to foster positive behavioural change. Through her educational background and work experience, Amani has honed professional skills and key strengths in the areas of programme management, project management, content creation, field work, and facilitation. She is interested in the areas of peacebuilding, education, youth and community development. During her spare time, she enjoys meditation, yoga, reading, journaling, and taking photos.

Host: Peace First

Fellow Role at Peace First:
Amani will help identify, secure and engage international partners to grow the number of young people who are supported to turn their ideas into real peacemaking projects. She will provide key insights to inform Peace First’s evolving international growth strategy as the organization adapts its domestic program to better serve international partners.

Maham Faraz, 33, Lahore, Pakistan (HOST: PowerPlay NYC)

Maham Faraz has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s of Business and Information Technology (with honors) from the Punjab University in Pakistan. She successfully initiated, and later headed, the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research (MER) Department at Sudhaar, where she ensured accountability to field beneficiaries and achievement of all success indicators for program activities. Additionally, since January 2015, she has been the Project Coordinator for the USAID-funded Gender Equity Program (GEP) where she imparts employable skills’ trainings to gender-based violence survivors to promote their sustainable economic empowerment. Maham has also volunteered as a mentor, coordinator, and career counselor with The Citizens Foundation’s “Rahbar program” since October 2010, and has reached over 200 girls and boys from rural areas around Lahore and Muzaffargarh, South Punjab. All these experiences have enriched her learning and working knowledge to improve the accountability and M&E systems for effective implementation of educational project activities and amplified her interest in the development of working models for social entrepreneurship. Maham looks forward to applying international best practices at the local and national level in Pakistan. Her key interest is social entrepreneurship, focusing specifically on economic-inclusion and self-monitoring systems.

Host: PowerPlay NYC

Fellow Role at PowerPlay NYC:
As the Monitoring, Evaluation, Assessment and Learning (MEAL) Fellow, Maham will support PowerPlay NYC’s capacity to collect, process, and use information about the programs, operations, and external environment. She will use data to drive program design and decision-making and collaborate with other staff to promote a culture of continuous improvement across the organization. She will oversee the collection of surveys/data to make programmatic recommendations (both for improvements to existing programs and for new programs) based on quantitative and statistical analyses.

Raiza Cusi 31, Manila, Philippines (HOST: Heartland Alliance International)

Raiza has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master’s Degree in Political Economy with a specialization in International Relations and Development from the University of Asia and the Pacific in the Philippines. While working as the Executive Director for the Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy, she led the implementation of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid programs in various local government units and in the disaster-affected communities of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Previously, Raiza worked for numerous civic education and good governance initiatives to address critical issues and challenges related to rule of law, participatory budgeting, and disaster risk reduction and management. Raiza also taught courses on Philippine Politics and Governance and Political Theories at the Institute of Political Economy of the University of Asia and the Pacific. Through these experiences, she strengthened her skills in community research, project planning and management, resource mobilization, and training and workshop facilitation. Raiza enjoys focusing on the topics of good governance principles, organizational and leadership development, and mainstreaming gender and human rights issues. She recognizes these topics as important elements in transforming communities into ‘schools of citizenship’.

Host: Heartland Alliance International

Fellow Role at Heartland Alliance International:
Raiza will support the Director of Learning/Program Quality by providing research on the wider field of organizational learning, the development and dissemination of learning tools, the development and administration of HAI’s intranet-based learning landing page, and some administrative support related to HAI’s Technical Team. She will also provide some direct support to HAI’s Technical Advisors, specifically with research related to HAI’s technical areas (gender, mental health, and access to justice), and with the administration and management of HAI’s technical communities of practice.

Said Hassan, 32, Gaza, Palestine (HOST: LaunchGood)

Said has 9 years of experience in the nonprofit and business sectors and holds a BBA in Business Administration. Said is the Acceleration and Community Engagement Manager at Gaza Sky Geeks, the first and only accelerator in the Gaza Strip. He has worked on co-designing and overseeing the execution of Gaza Sky Geeks’ acceleration and incubation program, leading to Gaza’s first real equity investment. He also oversees and executes events like Startup Weekend, Startup Grind, multiple entrepreneurship bootcamps, and Gaza’s first ever "Hack-a-thon." Said began as a junior marketing consultant at Sadaf Technology Development in Gaza, one of the fastest growing tech startups in the Arab world. Later, he worked as a Marketing Manager for Souq.com, the largest e-commerce platform in the MENA region and the best IT company according to the 2013 Gulf Business Awards. Said is an award-winning graphic designer from Linux and winner of the 2013 Best Facebook Marketing Award by the Pan Arab Web Awards.

Host: LaunchGood

Fellow Role at LaunchGood:
Said will serve as a general campaign coach and assist with MENA outreach strategy. He will support campaign creators from across the world in achieving their dreams by helping them execute successful crowdfunding campaigns.

Class 26: September 2017 Atlas Corps Fellows

Adriana Alegre Matheus, 29, Lima, Peru (HOST: Meridian International Center)

Adriana has eight years of experience working in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Advertising from the San Martin de Porres University in Peru and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Barcelona in Spain. While receiving her Master’s, Adriana served at the Public Information Office of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Thailand. During this training, she created daily content for ESCAP’s digital platforms and social media campaigns and developed a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy to increase regional outreach. Prior to that, Adriana worked at Doctors Without Borders, forming partnerships and raising awareness about the organization. Through AIESEC’s Global Community Development Program, Adriana interned at a nonprofit organization in Brazil, where she supported the implementation of various government programs in HIV prevention, LGBT rights, and social inclusion, and she also coordinated training sessions and conferences for HIV-positive women. Additionally, Adriana has a strong background in the private sector, where she worked for four years in the marketing department in the hotel chain Starwood. There, she was in charge of the annual marketing plan, branding and product development, management of online and offline campaigns, sales initiatives, and the communication plan for the sustainability and corporate social responsibility program. The materials she produced during these years helped to increase Peru’s national brand visibility. Through these experiences, Adriana developed strong skills in leadership, multicultural teamwork, project and events coordination, and management. She shifted her career path into the nonprofit sector in search for more impactful work experiences. Adriana is passionate about poverty alleviation and women’s empowerment, specifically through the promotion of sustainable tourism practices in developing countries and their consumption patterns, social systems, and revitalization of local economies.

Host: Meridian International Center

Fellow Role at Meridian International Center:
Adriana will develop strategic communications plans, manage social media efforts, prepare graphic materials, support the monthly newsletter, manage the database, prepare the app for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) opening and summit, and collect program impact stories.

Aleksandr Prosekin, 28, Vladivostok, Russia (HOST: Roads to Success)

Aleksandr has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Bachelor’s degree of Journalism and a Master’s degree (with honors) of Strategic Management from the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia. Currently, Aleksandr serves as Founder and Director of KOLO consulting company, coordinator of the “School of Fundraising” educational program, and president of the Vladivostok Rotary Club. Aleksandr is in charge of strategic planning, communication policy, fundraising, and hands-on training for the Rotary Club. He works with nonprofits on various issues, ranging from strategy to endowments planning. Aleksandr is also a Founder and coordinator of The School of Fundraising, a one-month educational program for Russian nonprofits that helps executives manage their nonprofits effectively. Previously, Aleksandr worked as an entrepreneur and DJ, running youth dancing festivals and a night-club in Vladivostok. Through these experiences, Aleksandr developed strong project coordination and implementation skills. Aleksandr focuses on community development and education, and has a strong passion for youth empowerment.

Host: Roads to Success

Fellow Role at Roads to Success:
Aleksandr will be responsible for working with the Executive Director, the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and other members of the leadership team to develop and execute a fundraising strategy. His responsibilities will include finding new funding sources, writing grant proposals, cultivating funding opportunities and implementing a CRM system.

Alena Nazarova, 27, Volzhsky, Russia (HOST: UniversalGiving)

Alena has 6 years of experience in nonprofit organizations. In 2011, she earned a Specialist's degree in Social Psychology from Volgograd State University and a degree in Economics and Management from Volgograd State Technical University. After graduation, Alena moved to Moscow and started working for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia as a case manager, supervising matches of children in institutional care with their mentors. Alena was promoted to the position of Director of Internal Communications, through which she organized more than 40 workshops for orphans and their mentors, 11 holidays for children, and 3 large events for partners and donors. Currently, Alena works for two nonprofit organizations as a project manager: Impulse Club and the Foundation for the Development of Social Initiatives "For Future!" Through Impulse Club she builds partnerships with public schools to engage students in volunteer projects and promote social change. In the Foundation for the Development of Social Initiatives "For Future!” she manages the "Animals in the City" project, which aims to create social partnerships between nonprofits, animal shelters, businesses and the public sector to effectively solve the problem of stray animals. Alena is interested in child rights, women empowerment, volunteerism, and public service.

Host: UniversalGiving

Fellow Role at UniversalGiving:
Alena will be in charge of researching and conducting outreach to new NGOs in order to expand UniversalGiving's giving and volunteering database. Alena will also learn to apply UniversalGiving's 23-stage Quality model to vet both NGO partners for our public website as well as NGOs for our corporate partners.

Alexandra Jimenez, 35, Mexico City, Mexico (HOST: Southwest Economic Solutions)*

Alexandra has 9 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and a Master’s degree in International Cooperation for Development from Ortega y Gasset University Research Institute in Madrid, Spain. She was the Institutional Development Coordinator at Center Prodh - a human rights nonprofit in Mexico - for 8 years. She was also a consultant for AJWS. She has experience in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, as well as knowledge on methodologies such as Logical Framework Approach and Theory of Change. She has worked with U.S. private foundations and the EU-Mexico cooperation. Her experiences have provided her with an understanding of the main human rights issues and confirmed her deep commitment with social justice and strengthening of civil society. Alexandra enjoys processes of learning, cultural exchanges, the outside and the arts.

Host: Southwest Economic Solutions

Fellow Role at Southwest Economic Solutions:
Alexandra will develop, implement, and evaluate processes that integrate the work of SWES both programmatically and technologically. Her work will culminate in both the implementation of new programs as well as an actionable recommendation for integrative practices for the future.

*Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellow

Arwa Guesmi, 30, Tunis, Tunisia (HOST: CleanChoice Energy)

Arwa has five years of experience in the energy industry and two years of experience in the nonprofit sector - specifically in women’s empowerment, gender equity and inclusion of women in the technology and engineering sectors. Arwa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with focus on Electrical and Control systems from the National School of Engineers in Sfax, Tunisia. As an electrical and instrumentation specialist engineer Arwa worked in design and technical consultancy with oil and gas operating companies in Tunisia. She is responsible for carrying out conceptual engineering design, preparing technical engineering documents, budget estimation, testing and commissioning procedures, feasibility studies, and risk assessment reports.Arwa is a fellow of the Techwomen Program, an immersive leadership program administered by the U.S. State Department and the Institute of International Education tailored for emerging female leaders in STEM fields. Through the Techwomen program Arwa learned about day to day operations in Silicon Valley and visited the world’s top companies, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Symantec, and Autodesk. In 2015, Arwa was selected as a visiting engineer for an internship in SolarCity San Francisco America’s largest solar provider, during her internship Arwa worked with the Grid Engineering department on identifying solutions for energy integration problems. Arwa is also a fellow of the SHE ENTREPRENEURS, a recognized leadership program administered by the Swedish Institute in Sweden for female social entrepreneurs in the MENA region. Arwa is the co-founder and Communications and Social Media Manager of Women Leaders in Technology “WoLTech”, a Tunisian nonprofit promoting and empowering women in the tech field. She is passionate about renewable energies and sustainability, women empowerment and global citizenship.

Host: CleanChoice Energy

Fellow Role at CleanChoice Energy:
Arwa will work to help develop new consumer options to offer customers new opportunities to make clean choices. She will work on product development for new renewable energy, community solar, and smart home choices.

Carlos Rivera Gonzaga, 26, Lima, Peru (HOST: Bread for the City)*

Carlos has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication for Social Change and Development from Lima University in Peru. He has also earned a Diploma in International Law of Human Rights from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and a Diploma in Communication for Social Sector from ESAN Graduate Business School. Carlos started his career at the International Labour Organization, where he was responsible for managing the communication of ILO’s Office for the Andean Countries. Later on, he was hired as a Public Information Consultant for the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has also been a Volunteer Specialist at The United Nations Development Program, where he was in charge of more than 200 volunteers that offered their services to The Annual Meetings of The World Bank and The International Monetary Fund held in Lima in 2015. In addition, he has also worked as a Communication and Advocacy Analyst at the international NGO Action against Hunger, where he led the Volunteer Program, and assisted various cooperation processes with ministries and local governments, in order to support the implementation of national and international campaigns. In 2016, Carlos worked as a Gender Equity Program Coordinator in the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, where he trained more than 200 public employees in gender equality and gender mainstreaming. That same year he became the Liaison Officer for the Australian delegation at APEC 2016. Through these experiences, Carlos has developed skills in programming, public speaking, proposal drafting and managing social media. Carlos is passionate about human rights, conflict resolution, youth development, and gender equality.

Host: Bread for the City

Fellow Role at Bread for the City:
Carlos 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 build valuable writing, communications, and fundraising experience.

*Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellow

Chiudo Ehirim, 32, Port Harcourt, Nigeria (HOST: Seeding Labs)

Chiudo has eight years of experience in environmental management consulting and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Pure and Industrial Chemistry from the University of Nigeria, and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Technology and Management from the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Chiudo is Head of Projects at Rumines Limited, an environmental technology and management consulting company in Nigeria. His responsibilities include project management, environmental research, data collection and analysis, as well as technical report writing. Since June 2016, he has served as Country Manager for Nigeria with Climate Scorecard - a U.S.-based organization that monitors how the top 25 greenhouse gas emitting countries implement the Paris Agreement on climate change. As a participant of the USAID Young African Leaders Initiative training program that held in Accra, Ghana, from October to December 2015, he served as Research and Outreach Volunteer with U.S.-based Leaders of the Free World, a nonprofit that aims to improve positive outcomes for young Black males through training on leadership and self-efficacy, and international travel. Chiudo helped to develop a White Paper on the LFW program and contributed to blog articles. He is interested in environmental protection and sustainable development, as well as entrepreneurship and youth empowerment.

Host: Seeding Labs

Fellow Role at Seeding Labs:
Chiudo will be responsible for managing several partnerships with universities in the Instrumental Access program. He will also help increase the annual capacity of universities that Seeding Labs can support.

Diana Bwette, 33, Wakiso, Uganda (HOST: Heartland Alliance International)

Diana has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector offering legal services. She earned a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies from University of Rotterdam, Netherlands, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Uganda, and a Bachelor’s of Law Degree from Uganda Christian University. She has worked with War Child Canada as the senior legal officer on the Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration (BPRM) a United States Department of State Federal Assistance Grant project, and UN WOMEN Central Emergency Fund (CERF) project. She has advanced pro bono legal services to refugee sexual based violence survivors from South Sudan, the Congo, and Burundi. Previously, she worked for the Uganda Law Society Legal Aid Clinic on a Democratic Government Fun to represent children that come into conflict with the law. Diana prides herself in empowering women and girls to demand for their rights and seek justice through awareness raising, training, advocating for gender equality and ensuring that all human rights and fundamental freedoms for women and girls are respected, protected and fulfilled. Through these experiences, she has acquired skills in coordination, networking, mobilization, and strategic planning skills. Diane has a keen interest in human rights especially women and children's rights, gender equality, and social justice. When she is not busy advocating for human rights or representing the marginalized in court, you will find her site seeing or busy in the kitchen trying out all kinds of recipes.

Host: Heartland Alliance International

Fellow Role at Heartland Alliance International:
Diana will provide legal support in subaward management, contract management, lease management and registration management, as well as providing translation as needed. She will provide back-end support to ensure quality operations that are on par or better than international standards and best practices.

Diego Reyes Orantes, 30, Mexico City, Mexico (HOST: Goodwill Industries International)

Diego is an international business developer with 6 years of experience in business development, sourcing and sustainability within a Fortune 500 company as well as in international trade & investment in government organizations. He holds a Bachelor’s dual-degree in International Business Management from ESB Reutlingen in Germany and Universidad de las Américas in Puebla and an MBA from Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City. An upbringing in Mexico and the U.S., as well as extended academic and work experiences in Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and France, has given him keen cross cultural experiences and helped him become fluent in English, Spanish, German and French. Until recently, he led multi-sectoral efforts to promote Mexican exports and attract foreign direct investment as an international business consultant at the Trade & Investment Commission of Mexico in the U.S. and Germany. Previous experience includes leading Communication and PR Programs for Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility for water usage efficiency, residue management, renewable energy sources and human development within a Fortune 500 company. In 2016, he founded Xiik’ Business Accelerator, a boot camp for Mexican startups in founding stages with core businesses linked to environmentally sustainable business models. Through his experience as project leader in the public and private sector, he developed solid project management skills; enabling him to lead multiple projects and its budgets with a strategic approach while meeting strict time schedules and productivity targets. Diego is passionate about the current role of social entrepreneurship - with the firm belief of becoming a social entrepreneur himself - and would like to further pursue doctoral studies on how institutions can effectively foster economic development in Latin American countries.

Host: Goodwill Industries International

Fellow Role at Goodwill Industries International:
Diego will support Goodwill Industries International, Inc.’s goal to strategically expand the Goodwill social enterprise model internationally. He will join the International Development team, identifying new international opportunities, supporting existing international affiliates and partners, and contributing to broad initiatives including data collection and analysis, fundraising, the development of tools for the delivery of technical assistance and training to international partners, and other capacity-building mechanisms.

Dorena Dyrmishi, 25, Tirana, Albania (HOST: Young Professionals in Foreign Policy)

Dorena has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tirana, Albania. She has been working as Event Coordinator for around 5 months in a known company in Albania, which organizes big conferences for organizations such as UNDP, UNICEF, OSBE, World Bank, and UN Women, among others. She is responsible for organizing meetings, social programs, conferences, and similar business events in Albania. Dorena has been part of Peace Corps Albania as a short-term Medical Assistant and full time Administrative Assistant for the U.S. Peace Corps office in Albania. She has also been working for three years as Head of Human Resources at Unique Junior Enterprise, a very active student organization operating in the Faculty of Economics. She has vast experience working with people from all over Europe on different projects, since she has been involved in several activities of the Erasmus program part of European Commission, such as training, youth exchanges, seminars and conferences in Albania and abroad. Through her experiences and volunteer work, she has developed strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a fast-moving, multi-cultural environment.

Host: Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Fellow Role at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy:
Dorena 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.

Edison Frangu, 29, Lis, Albania (HOST: OpenGov Hub)

Edison has 13 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Bachelor’s of Law from the University of Tirana in Albania. While continuing his law studies, Edison has been engaged in several youth organizations with a wide scope of activities including human rights, environment, governance, social care programs under the leadership of organizations like British Council, Eden Center, Beyond Barriers, Albanian Life Quality Union, Walk Together etc. These experiences equipped Edison with a vast knowledge concerning social phenomena, versed him with organizational, managerial and leadership skills to promote, maintain and achieve longstanding objectives on behalf of the communities in need. From 2013, Edison entered the public administration service as a specialist of Foreign Relations in the local municipality of Kamza, Tirana where he was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Klos Municipality in Albania. These two official governmental positions have provided Edison with the opportunity to learn and understand fundamental problems from within the Albanian public administration, problems that require immediate reforms and to be in the grassroots of the rural problems and in touch directly with the inhabitants. Edision is passionate about reforming the public administration of Albania, helping improve the social polarization and inequality in rural zones and empowering youth.

Host: OpenGov Hub

Fellow Role at OpenGov Hub:
Edison will help to connect and facilitate the sharing of resources among organizations in Opengov Hub’s network of leading international organizations working on transparency, accountability and civic participation around the world.

Efe Songun, 31, Istanbul, Turkey (HOST: Human Rights Campaign)

Efe has seven years of professional experience and almost ten years of volunteer experience in civil society. After finalizing his AFS year in Wisconsin in 2004, he started as a volunteer in community based activities in Istanbul, Turkey. As a graduate of Psychology, Bilkent University in 2010, he took civil society field as a profession and worked both in the field and in providing operational support with UN-FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of United Nations), AFS (American Field Service) Turkey, Violence Stories in Turkey with CRA (Cross Cultural Research Association), LGBT and Human Rights with SPoD (Social Policy, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association) and KAOS GL, and Refugee and Asylum Seekers Rights with MdM (Medecins du Monde). As his primary interest in Human and LGBTQ Rights, he has prioritized a gender-based advocacy in the institutions and projects he has worked for. In 2015, he founded Harup, a project space that combines LGBTQ advocacy and arts as a medium. He has worked with several national and international media platforms where his writings and interviews were published. His intention is to be able to combine his passion for arts and culture and human and LGBTQ rights in order to work closely with different advocacy methods while keeping ties with local and global community.

Host: Human Rights Campaign

Fellow Role at Human Rights Campaign:
Efe will be a member of the HRC’s Global Office assisting with assignments to support programs in HRC Global and the HRC Foundation.

Evgeny Baranov, 23, Vladivostok, Russia (HOST: Voice of America)

Evgeny has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Far Eastern Federal University, and a Master's degree in International Relations from Central European University. Evgeny has been currently working at the Expert and Analytical Center of Far Eastern Federal University, whose goal is to provide an expert support to public organizations, and to facilitate research on cooperative endeavors in the Asia-Pacific region. From 2015 to 2017 he helped to execute projects and events related to the history and culture of the Russian Far East within his work at the Arsenev Regional Museum in Vladivostok, Russia. Since 2013 Evgeny was appointed President of the International Political Analytics Club and initiated a number of educational projects and events, which were aimed to improve students' skills in the research and analysis. Evgeny gained a considerable experience in areas such as coordination of the international conferences and panel discussions, an in-depth analysis of the different issues related to international relations (including field work with following reporting), and excellent skills in presentation and video editing. Evgeny is very passionate about regional development, education and environmental sustainability.

Host: Voice of America

Fellow Role at Voice of America:
Evgeny will serve with VOA staff to identify and research news and feature stories about UR-Russia relations and American life, thought and institutions. He will conduct interviews and produce TV reports for international broadcast and digital content for the golos-ameriki.ru website and work at its social media outreach. In addition, he will support the editorial process of daily news coverage.

Ingrid Xhafa, 26, Tirana, Albania (HOST: Peace Development Foundation)

Ingrid has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Joint Master’s of Arts in Public Policy from the Central European University in Hungary and University of York in United Kingdom. Just recently she worked as a Program Development and Quality Manager for Junior Achievement in Albania, where she was responsible for development and evaluation of programs in the organization major areas of expertise (youth entrepreneurship education, financial literacy and work readiness). She works with businesses and communities in ways that help create, retain and enhance jobs and economic opportunities. As a policy analyst, she assisted in analyzing the socio-economic conditions and agriculture policies of several municipalities in Albania, in the framework of drafting the new local territorial plans under the USAID Planning and Local Governance Project. Ingrid has worked in tourism destination management and development, and in related community involvement matters, related to integrated urban economic development, tourism improvement districts, multi-stakeholders integrated management of rural and cultural tourism, and planning and catalytic investments for social cohesion and sustainable tourism development. Moreover, Ingrid has a regional experience in the Western Balkans, having researched and drafted action plans on social sustainability and citizen engagement practices, under the World Bank’s Urban Partnership Program. Ingrid enjoys focusing on the topics of social and economic development particularly related to disadvantaged communities, and has a strong passion for tourism development, as an important sector for sustainable growth.

Host: Peace Development Foundation

Fellow Role at Peace Development Foundation:
Ingrid will foster a direct management relationship with grassroots community organizations that are fiscally sponsored by PDF. She will respond to inquiries from groups seeking to join the program, most of which she will manage. She will also have a role as a participant in PDF’s annual Community Organizing Grant Cycle, supporting the staff management team in Amherst and the PDF board in making grant decisions.

Jenny Park, 31, Seoul, Korea (HOST: International Student Conferences)

Jenny has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from Trinity Western University in Canada. As a legal coordinator of the refugee organization's International Asylum Refugee Protection team, she tackles important issues with children's rights, women's issues, domestic violence and legal difficulties. Jenny has experience working with other major stakeholders, such as the United Nations Refugee Agency and Save the Children, to cooperate for refugees' rights. Since refugees are the most marginalized people in Korea, resources are limited and helping them is a big challenge. However, Jenny has discovered many solutions on how to provide for the refugees' needs. By connecting with other networks in the area where many refugees reside, she was able to provide them with proper support and assistance. She is passionate about raising awareness of the presence of refugees in Korea and has appeared on the news channel SBS, a major broadcasting in Korea, to inform how poorly refugee children are being treated under Korea's limited social welfare systems. Moreover, Jenny's proposal for a program wherein refugee women instruct culinary classes, teaching their own recipes to Korean citizens, was accepted and implemented by the Korea Women's Foundation. Not only did the program provide a sustainable option for refugee women to generate their own income, but it also allowed the many Korean citizens who participated to learn about African culture and interact with the refugees as neighbors. Jenny is a very energetic, courageous and enthusiastic person, with a strong desire to put her experience to use working in the humanitarian field.

Host: International Student Conferences

Fellow Role at International Student Conferences:
Jenny will support staff in the planning and implementation of its three flagship programs: the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), Korea-America Student Conference (KASC), and the US-Japan-Korea Trilateral Forum. She will also mentor a group of 24 college/graduate students who are serving on the Executive Committees of the JASC and KASC.

Julie Mabala Lwando, 30, Kitwe, Zambia (HOST: Save the Children)

Julie has six years of work experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Master’s of Science degree in Project Management from the University of Bolton, and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Economics and Public Administration from the University of Zambia. Julie has worked as Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Officer for Pact Zambia in Ndola since November 2016. She supported the Zambia Community HIV Prevention project (Z-CHPP) focusing on community HIV prevention. Julie's main role was ensuring a functional monitoring and evaluation system to catalyze innovative sustainable, accessible and quality health solutions. She supported Implementing Partners to ensure that data was collected from health service delivery points, analyzed and reported, conduct data quality audits, identify success stories for organizational learning, and participated in all research work. From March 2016 to October 2016, Julie worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in Lusaka, Zambia for Society for Family Health (Population Services International). Her project portfolio included; Sexual Reproductive Health Initiative for all, Department of Defense, Expanding Effective Contraceptive Options and HIV self-testing. From February, 2012 to March, 2016 Julie worked for World Vision Zambia as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in Eastern province. She contributed to World Vision Zambia’s mission to work for the poor and oppressed through the implementation of area development programs aimed at enhancing transformational development by reducing poverty and empowering communities. At World Vision, Julie’s project portfolio included Health, HIV/AIDS, Sponsorship, Water and Sanitation, Education, Food Security and Livelihood. Julie has assisted programs with planning, managing information systems, reviewing performance against targets, identifying and addressing implementation challenges, documenting lessons learned and most significant success stories, report periodically and, oversee research activities, program assessments and designs. Julie has acquired skills in activity scheduling and tracking, design and implementation of project monitoring and evaluation plans and, conducting both qualitative and quantitative research. Julie is interested in development programming, research and policy formulation and implementation to improve development outcomes. She enjoys travelling, site seeing, meeting different people from all walks of life and dancing.

Host: Save the Children

Fellow Role at Save the Children:
Julie will work with the HIV & TB technical team to support the technical aspects of program implementation. She will assist with program oversight, operations, logistics, and monitoring and evaluation functions and will also support the technical and M&E teams in reviewing program documents/reports and ensuring their timely submission to the relevant quarters. She will also contribute to the development of new proposals, program innovations, knowledge products and various other technical tools and processes.

Lourdes Zapata Miranda, 23, Managua, Nicaragua (HOST: Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS)*

Lourdes has over three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and she recently graduated with honors from Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Nicaragua where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, during which she was an exchange student at Murray State University in the U.S. for one year as part of the Global UGRAD Exchange Program. While working as an Operations Coordinator at the Organization of American States (OAS), she helped coordinating logistics and administrative operations for the Inter-American Program of Judicial Facilitators (IPJF). Previously, she worked with the community-based organization Foundation for the Development of Cuapa (FUNDED CUAPA), where she assessed the impact of several poverty reduction projects. Recognized as a young leader by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and Junior Chamber International (JCI), Lourdes has also volunteered extensively in international organizations, first in the world's largest youth-led nonprofit AIESEC, and then as a Community Development Consultant in Brazil where she successfully developed strategies to address community needs and issues. As a fellow of the USAID funded Talent Cloud Fellowship Program, Lourdes has also conducted a research on volunteer experiences for the development of soft skills and their impact on youth employability in Nicaragua. Through these experiences she has developed skills in project management, impact assessment, research, and leadership. Furthermore, Lourdes has a strong passion for youth employment, social justice and women’s empowerment.

Host: Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS)

Fellow Role at Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS):
Lourdes will join a management team of three leaders with many years of experience to handle several major projects, including helping the Operations team at HHCS to grow toward a more strategic, coordinated approach by streamlining the infrastructure and customer service.

*Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellow

Luigi Barraza Cardenas, 27, Durango, Mexico (HOST: The Mission Preparatory School)*

Luigi has over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector in national and international environments. He earned a degree in Architecture from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico, obtaining Academic Excellence Honors and the CIESLAG Academic Merit Award. In 2016, Luigi worked with Ciclo Organico in Rio de Janeiro, where he developed visual content and consulted on sustainability, project development, and urban landscaping. As an Architectural Assistant at Groupe 3 Architectes in Morocco, Luigi developed strategies to implement sustainable policies on architectural and urban projects. Luigi collaborated with Dare Inc. in Rabat, where he expanded the Dare Build project for sustainable architecture and interior design, and imparted workshops on community development, social impact, and recycled collective art. At the Migrant Solidarity Group of Hungarian refugee camp in Bicske, Luigi provided humanitarian relief and capacitated refugees by conducting training sessions on sustainable development, leadership, and environmental awareness. In 2015, Luigi acted as a visual content developer and graphic designer for LEAD India in New Delhi, successfully reshaping the public image of the organization by improving the quality and outreach of graphic, photo and video material. Luigi applied his leadership development skills during the planning and execution of National Training Sessions on integrating conservation and climate adaptation into urban and rural development in India. Prior to that, Luigi co-founded and led Proyecto ECO Ephemeral Architecture & Conceptual Art, a community movement to achieve social impact through context-based sustainable ephemeral architecture installations in marginalized areas in Northern Mexico. Through these experiences Luigi has refined his proficiency at designing and developing visual and media products, strengthened his project management skills, and reinforced his educational experience by conducting workshops and training sessions. Luigi has developed as an artist, volunteer and activist for over a decade and believes art is a channel to attain sustainability and originate positive impact on societies around the world. Luigi is passionate about urban development, social housing, community engagement through artistic development, environment and sustainability, and capacity building.

Host: The Mission Preparatory School

Fellow Role at The Mission Preparatory School:
Luigi will partner with the Executive Director and School Director to support internal communications, such as notices and materials to provide families with logistical and educational information, and external communications, such as online and print materials to communicate with prospective families, current and prospective donors, and the broader public to share updates about the school and enrollment information, cultivate engagement, and connect people to the school’s mission and programs.

*Atlas Corps America Solidaria Fellow

Mehdi Mejri, 31, Zaghouan, Tunisia (HOST: Center for Islam and Religious Freedom)

Mehdi is currently a project administrative manager with Doctors without Borders Spain In the emergency Unit in the Congo. He was also a regional Program Coordinator with an international political foundation and a Program Manager at an organization that studies the intersections between Islam and Democracy working on several projects like youth empowerment and political participation. The main goal of this organization is to contribute in the efforts of the democratic transition success and working on establishing a durable coexistence between Islamists and seculars. Further, Mehdi is the founder of a national organization and member of the Human rights networks in MENA region. Prior to that he visited both upstate New York and Washington DC as a fellow of Leaders of Democracy Program in 2013. He has been a member of his city council since November 2011. He was also assistant for the Election Observation Mission with the European Union in Tunisia and legal assistant for a childhood protection Project for 19 months.

Host: Center for Islam and Religious Freedom

Fellow Role at Center for Islam and Religious Freedom:
Mehdi will assist with CIRF’s research, education, media production, and advocacy, working in partnership with Muslims in support of religious freedom. He will assist with research into the impact of secular law on Islam and religious freedom in the Middle East/North Africa region. He will take part in educational programs about religious freedom, provide advice to CIRF about its MENA work, assist with CIRF’s social media outreach in Arabic and French, and assist with grant applications as well as programming design and implementation for CIRF projects in MENA and other areas.

Mohammed Almadhoun, 34, Gaza, Palestine (HOST: IBM)

Mohammed has eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector; he earned MBA from the Islamic University of Gaza, and a Bachelor’s of Information Technology in Computer Information Systems from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan. Through his job as Research and Evaluation Officer - UNRWA Community Mental Health Programme (CMHP), Mohammed works in the monitoring and evaluation of the results and impacts of CMHP projects' and programmes' implementation. He gathers, standardises and maintains data on different structured programmes through databases for internal and external use for M&E and summary reporting purposes. Before his current position, Mohammed worked for CMHP as Training Coordinator where he helped in planning, organizing, and developing capacity building strategies for staff members who provide psychosocial support and counselling services to Palestinian refugees (children & adults) at both UNRWA schools and primary health care centres. Previously, Mohammed worked for UNRWA Khanyones Training College as Technical Instructor, he provided semi-professional training to students of Business Diploma Programmes; in addition to his academic experience in delivering a number of management and business administration modules, he contributed practically in delivering different ICT, MIS & Information Management modules. As part of being initiative, Mohammed had a voluntary role during 2014 summer hostilities in Gaza, he worked as a collective centre member in providing PFA, logistical, and emergency preparedness support for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the emergency shelters, which as a result contributed in enhancing IDP’s coping and resiliency. Mohammed is passionate in supporting youth development in different aspects such as training & capacity building as well as entrepreneurship initiatives.

Host: IBM

Fellow Role at IBM:
Mohammed will work closely with the Corporate Service Corps (CSC) Program Manager in Armonk on a number of projects to support the ongoing operations and deployment of CSC teams, in addition to developing new models for community engagement.

Nino Ben Haj Yahia, 26, Tunis, Tunisia (HOST: PYXERA Global)

Nino has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management from the International University of Tunis. After founding two social businesses, Nino became a social entrepreneurship specialist and has developed a curriculum for a MEPI funded job development project. The project will teach practical skills to young unemployed people on starting and running their own businesses. He also serves as manager of EL SPACE, a community shared workspace that he co-founded. EL SPACE provides interdisciplinary workshops for local business people and affordable office space for social entrepreneurs. While working on these initiatives, Nino developed project management skills: conception, research, design, planning, execution, quality control, and report writing. He is the volunteer head of an ongoing organization, Tunisian Association for Nature and Sustainable Development (ANDD), which educates people through public workshops and debates on climate change. This work followed his volunteer work with EVASIONS, an outdoor activity association which he co-founded, that encouraged good bodily health and exploration of Tunisia. Through EVASIONS, he learned how to manage large groups of people and organize events. He also managed the budget for EVASIONS and ANDD. Nino is determined to improve the community by developing social entrepreneurship thus encouraging economic development for young people.

Host: PYXERA Global

Fellow Role at PYXERA Global:
Nino will assist in improving local partner and participant training/tools for the SAP program that has a focus on assisting entrepreneurs. He will also help with Ares client management, social media/communications, project development, and impact measurement.

Rayan Abuamer, 26, Yafren, Libya (HOST: Impact Experience)

Rayan has over seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Architecture and Urban Planning in 2014 from the University of Tripoli in Libya. While working as a Program Officer at the American Bar Association in Tripoli under the USAID-funded National Dialogue and Constitution program by developing and implementing the rule of law across Libya. She was able to manage and implement more than 100 activities to promote the Libyan constitution, raise the public awareness and have conflict resolution and community dialogue Sessions in over 25 different cities across Libya. The role was to also train and raise awareness for over 1400 stakeholders and developed 19 recommendation letters that have been sent to the Constitution Drafting Assembly and many of the demands were considered in the final July 2017 Constitution. During her undergraduate study, Rayan was one of only 4 students who represented the Architect and Urban Planning department in an international workshop to design a proposal for a housing compound to host the illegal immigrants in the island of Lampedusa-Italy. Rayan is an active member in H2O team, a Libyan nonprofit organization that aims to bridge the gaps between youth and authority figures. Through these experiences, she has developed leadership in community engagement, conflict analysis, and project management. She is particularly interested in economic development, social entrepreneurship, and youth empowerment.

Host: Impact Experience

Fellow Role at Impact Experience:
Rayan will play a pivotal role in the strategy, execution, and growth of Impact Experience. She will help deepen the scale of Impact Experience’s work while engaging first hand with community leaders, helping to serve needy communities around the world.

Nadiah Saba'neh,, 33, Jenin, Palestine (HOST: IBM)

Nadiah has eleven years of diverse experience working for Relief International, an international non-governmental organization as a programs manager, Palestinian Cellular Operator Jawwal in the Project management and the strategic planning unit, in addition to Teaching at the Electrical Engineering department in BirZeit University. Nadiah was a DAAD scholarship holder and earned a very good standing M.Sc degree in Wireless Communication Engineering and Excellent standing B.Sc degree in Telecommunications Technology. Nadiah works as the Head of the Technical Development Directorate at the Palestinian Higher Council for Innovation and Excellence. Her responsibilities vary from evaluating projects, overseeing the incubation process of startups, leading the discovery of young innovators from schools and universities and building a strong innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Palestine. Throughout her work she has developed a diverse character with strong leadership, management and operational skills along with the solid technical background. Fostering and integrating innovation in various sectors and fields for better economy is Nadiah's main focus while empowering youth and women empowerment is of her main interests as she is an alumna of Techwomen mentorship program 2015. Nadiah enjoys voluntarism and traveling.

Host: IBM

Fellow Role at IBM:
Nadiah will work closely with the Corporate Service Corps (CSC) Program Manager in Armonk on a number of projects to support the ongoing operations and deployment of CSC teams, in addition to developing new models for community engagement.

Nastya Megid, 24, Omsk, Russia (HOST: Empowered Women International)

Nastya has seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master’s of Arts degree in International Relations and minor in Foreign Languages from the Omsk State University in Russia. She is a training and capacity building specialist with professional experience in program management, civil society empowerment, leadership development, community building and sustainability. While working as project manager and coordinator for Social Project for Transgender People "LAVERNA" - an initiative that she has launched in Siberia, Nastya has helped to build and develop the capacity of transgender communities in Siberia and has worked on women's empowerment in the region ensuring access of marginalized communities to professional, leadership, safety and economical support and development. Previously, she worked with community-based human rights organizations to advance human rights education and advocate for the rights of LGBTQI individuals and raise awareness about the discrimination and hate crimes in the country. She has also worked as coordinator in Siberia for American Councils for International Education promoting and strengthening youth leadership development and civil society empowerment in Siberia region. She has vast experience in coordinating regional projects, developing and conducting regional and international trainings with different international stakeholders, such as US Embassy, Amnesty International, TGEU, UN Women, IGLYO and ILGA-Europe. Through these experiences she developed strong coordination and project development and implementation skills. Nastya has a strong passion for women's rights, peace and conflict resolution and community building and leadership development.

Host: Empowered Women International

Fellow Role at Empowered Women International:
Nastya will assist the Program Director with implementing the entrepreneur training programs in three locations in the DC region, with a focus on seeking ways to enhance program delivery, recruitment, and communication. She will also gather written and graphic summaries of key impact information, for use in funding proposals and final reports, as well as in communication with individual donors.

Nesrine Souissi, 27, Tunis, Tunisia (HOST: PYXERA Global)

Nesrine has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Master Degree in Business Management in Marketing from the Mediterranean School of Business in Tunisia. She has worked as a Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator since January 2017 at the USAID-funded Business Reform & Competitiveness project (BRCP): a job creation project in Tunisia through a targeted technical and HR assistance for small and medium enterprises with the aim to increase their competitiveness. She worked closely with BRCP’s different components elaborating work plans, setting objectives jointly with the team and stakeholders. She also monitors on a regular basis the advancement and achievements of the project in accordance with the project goals - based on key performance indicators. She also reports the results to the project management, Home Office, and USAID. During recent years, she has been involved in the world of entrepreneurship and she took part in several different conferences in order to acquire more understanding in entrepreneurship. She also participated in an entrepreneurship based-program for empowering entrepreneurial minds in the emerging world. During this program, she had collaborated with other participants to create a participatory online platform to enable better communication between citizens and municipalities as well as between citizens themselves.

Host: PYXERA Global

Fellow Role at PYXERA Global:
Nesrine will help with the public and communications department in planning the Fall 2018 Global Engagement Forum, corporate sponsorship, and marketing material. She will also contribute her entrepreneurial experience to other events and strategic priorities.​

Ons Gharbi, 26, Tunis Tunisia (HOST: Microsoft)

Ons has more than two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Tunis Business School in Tunisia. As a national coordinator of Tounes at Ta3mal which is an initiative of Microsoft and Sialtech, Ons was responsible for every aspect of program activities in Tunisia. She contributed to the development and growth of the Ta3mal ecosystem, which includes building a network of key contributing partners, adapting continuously the platform to the Tunisian context, and handling the outreach efforts to promote the services to youth and youth-serving organizations. Previously, Ons was the employer engagement officer of Tounes Ta3mal and became a great added value to the team and to the overall performance of the project by building strong, authentic and sustainable partnerships between the “Tounes Ta3mal” platform and the corporate environment. Through this position, she was able to connect to young opportunity seekers with talent hunters, thus shortening the unemployment gap that is facing the young Tunisian communities. Looking back at these years of active civic engagement, Ons can now say that her experience with project management in complex organizational ecosystem was the major live-training field in which she developed both interpersonal and leadership skills, but also an analytical mindset that allowed her to take into consideration new different perspectives.

Host: Microsoft

Fellow Role at Microsoft:
Ons will help evolve global project engagements, partnerships, processes, tools, research, and thought leadership by supporting the AAI team, which collaborates with internal and external partners to develop innovative new products, solutions, and business models that enable billions more people to affordably get online and access applications and services powered by Microsoft’s Cloud.

Ridwan Sheikh-Nor, 27, Mogadishu, Somalia (HOST: Save the Children)

Ridwan has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Accounting from SIMAD University in Somalia. While working as a Finance Manager with Chemonics International Inc. under the USAID-funded Strengthening Somali Governance (SSG) project, he helped to manage project funds through information analysis, monitor project spending against projections to identify potential project under-orover-expenditure, and liaise with the DCOP to recommend the required action. He also assisted identifying areas for cost reductions and operational improvements, periodic forecasting, and assisting with periodic analysis of operations performance. Previously, Ridwan Worked with the Ministry of Education (MoE) of Somalia serving UNICEF funded Go to School Project as the Technical Finance Officer. He was responsible for maintaining financial information for project and disbursement of teachers’ salaries. He established good relationship with UNICEF and MoE on the liquidation of the advances taken in each period and submitting the monthly financial reports. Through these experiences, Ridwan has delivered financial, budgetary management, and internal control skills. Ridwan is very interested in financial management, budget and accountancy and has a strong passion for operational management.

Host: Save the Children

Fellow Role at Save the Children:
Ridwan will help the HIV & TB Unit of the Global Health Department, working with the Awards team to support the award management aspects of the program implementation. He will assist the award team on a daily basis on AMS support, approvals and coordination with Country Offices for their support in grant management, financial management and audits.

Sara Çapaliku, 24, Tirana, Albania (HOST: Internews)

Sara has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, from University of Tirana, Albania, an “Undergraduate Exchange Student Award” at University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s of Arts Degree in European Studies from the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany. As an Open Society Foundation Fellow of the “Undergraduate Exchange Program,” she lived and studied for one year in the U.S. and studied sociology. During her year in the U.S., Sara was a volunteer for two nonprofits, working in grassroots’ level in East Side Austin. As a Master's student, she was awarded a grant from the Jean Monnet Leadership Programme to implement her Community Project “In from the Margins”, in Albania, focusing on social and educational needs of marginalized children/youth in the extremely poor suburbs of Tirana. Through fundraising for this project she helped 30 beneficiaries with school supplies, and books. Currently, she is working as a Youth Trainer for the Youth Project of the nonprofit Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, in Tirana (Albania).Sara’s responsibilities as a Youth Trainer consist in designing and developing MWL Youth Leadership Porgramme, targeting youth located in highly marginalized rural areas in Albania; leading the Awareness-raising Training sessions on Human Anti-trafficking in more than 15 vulnerable areas of the country; supporting the Line Manager in implementing project's economic empowerment strategy for youth; collaborate for fundraising activities, and widen the network with third parties. Due to her job, Sara is part of various European Anti-trafficking Networks, such as RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation), ANDANTE (European Alliance of Catholic Women's Organizations), and URAT (United Response Against Trafficking). Through these experiences, she developed strong community-based project coordination skills, as well as, abilities to create innovative implementation ways in grassroots level. Sara enjoys focusing on youth empowerment, education, training on human anti-trafficking, and is very passionate about lobbying for human rights, fundraising and policy making.

Host: Internews

Fellow Role at Internews:
Sara will help Internews build new strategies that incorporate youth development and counter people-trafficking using the organization’s core capacities in media and information. Her tasks will include coordination across staff, consensus-building, administration and logistics for consultants, research, and supporting representation with partners and donors.

Shumaila Mansoor, 29, Chitral, Pakistan (HOST: American Red Cross)

Shumaila Mansoor has more than five years of work experience in the development sector with the rural communities in the northern areas of Pakistan. She earned her Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Peshawar in 2011. While managing the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research component of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, she contributed in improving the socio-economic conditions of the people through the regular work of the organization which included improving rural livelihoods, renewable and hydro energy, social development, women development and economic development programs. During her work with the AKRSP, she also led field research in the region focusing on the quality of life assessment, socio economic survey, poverty scoring survey and the labor market assessment. She has a good understanding of a number of analytical tools and frameworks for both field monitoring, result based management and field researches and also an experience of qualitative and quantitative field researches on gender, hydro and renewable energy, women economic empowerment, institutional and market development, livelihood in emergencies and youth development. Before joining the AKRSP, she had worked with a Norwegian funded NGO (CIADP) where she contributed to the overall wellbeing of women in accessing safe drinking water and better education and health facilities. Shumaila is a strong believer in just and equitable development and is interested specifically in development of mountain and rural communities. She has a strong inclination towards field researches and aspires to learn new cross cutting methods during her stay in the U.S.

Host: American Red Cross

Fellow Role at American Red Cross:
Shumaila will support a 2 year grant-funded project on Organizational Learning, conducting literature reviews of key learning questions, writing summary reports of program evaluations and supporting the dissemination and utilization of knowledge products, lessons learned, and evaluation findings.

Class 25: July 2017 Atlas Corps Fellows

Abdulrahman Galal, 34, Cairo, Egypt (HOST: SAP)

Abdulrahman has developed both extensive academic and industry experience over the past decade. He has worked in a diverse range of environments including public, profit, and nonprofit organizations. He completed a PhD in Computer Science at Cairo University, achieving the Most Outstanding Thesis Award. Before that, he complemented his academic path with an MBA in International Business from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport (AASTMT). While working at AASTMT as a Startup Support Officer, he helped students translate their ideas into business plans, worked on fundraising, and taught Computer Science. Previously, Abdulrahman supervised startup support activities at the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) where he orchestrated the Industry-Driven Startups Program to consult entrepreneurs on how to approach common challenges. Through these experiences, Galal has developed various skills, from programming, to giving public presentations, to drafting proposals.

Host: SAP

Fellow Role at SAP:
Abdulrahman will manage logistical tasks of the department’s programs, liaising with partners to coordinate programs’ related events, engaging as an instructor of the programs’ training offerings, and drafting reports regarding different aspects of the programs.

Abrefa Felix, 28, Accra, Ghana (HOST: Worldreader)

Abrefa has three years of professional experience and 12 years of voluntary experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. While working as a Monitoring and Evaluation officer with SABRE Trust in Ghana under the DFID and Comic Relief-funded FTTT program, he helped improve the educational outcomes for early primary school children in selected districts of the Western and Central regions of Ghana. Abrefa is the Co-Founder / Director of a community-based youth-led organization called Young Achievers Caucus and has, since 2012, contributed his effort to improving the standard of living of children from deprived communities through community outreach programs. His main aim has been providing sexual and reproductive health education to the youth in order to help curb teen pregnancy. Additionally, he runs the Adolescent Sexual Health Initiative, which focuses on helping teenagers in communities to better understand their sexuality and make informed choices to lead safe, healthy, and productive lives. Through these experiences, he has acquired skills in monitoring and evaluation, project data management, and other administrative duties. Through volunteering and as a co-founder, Abrefa has acquired strong project planning, coordination, and implementation skills, particularly at the grassroots level. He has a strong passion for community and child development.

Host: Worldreader

Fellow Role at Worldreader:
Abrefa will be responsible for developing monitoring tools, such as surveys, reading assessments, and electronic data collection templates; data analysis and visualization; reviewing, editing, and providing guidelines for the collection impact stories and lessons learned from the field. He will also ensure that data storage systems, records, and files are set up to support training for staff, enumerators and partners as required on data collection and monitoring as required; and support internal & external communication of lessons learnt and best practices.

Adelide Mutinda, 31, Nairobi, Kenya (HOST: RFK Human Rights)

Adelide has more than five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies (magna cum laude) from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea and a Master's Degree (summa cum laude) in Public Policy from the Korea Development Institute Graduate School of Public Policy and Management. Motivated by driving social change, social enterprise acumen, and youth capacity building, Adelide is the Co-Founder and Director of the Nairobi-based nonprofit organization Africa Young Entrepreneurs Support Centre, which runs youth social entrepreneurship and leadership training & exchange programs. Adelide has most recently worked as an Atlas Corps Fellow in Australia supporting the design and development of youth and social change programs at the Foundation for Young Australians in Melbourne. Previously, she has worked in 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. Through these experiences, she has developed strong analytical, logical, project management, program design, and development skills. Adelide is passionate about high performance in the social sector, social inclusion, education, and youth and female empowerment.

Host: RFK Human Rights

Fellow Role at RFK Human Rights:
Adelide will develop strategies for expansion, provide support to fellows and nonprofit partners with Fellowship placements, execute and market events for Fellowship programs and fundraising, and build and maintain relationships with nonprofit partners. She will also identify new individual major donors, foundation prospects, and corporate partners.

Ahmed Ghamgui, 27, Sfax,Tunisia (HOST: SD Mayer and Associates)

Ahmed has seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including two years in IT Management and three years in business administration. He studied at the Higher School of Engineering and Technology in Tunis (ESPRIT), as an IT Engineer specialized in software programming and embedded systems. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Enterprise Telecommunications from the National School of Electronics and Telecommunications in Sfax, as well as a Master’s Degree in Social Entrepreneurship from the Institute of High Business Studies (IHEC Carthage). Ahmed is the CEO and Co-Founder of Secure Drive Company, which develops ways to improve society and fix endemic economic problems through innovation and creativity. Secure Drive Company has been featured in TechCrunch as one of the top three most successful businesses in Tunisia. Previously, he has worked as a Project Manager of Unleash Tunisia Venture Bus, which funds projects promoting entrepreneurship and social business in Tunisia. He has also been selected several times to represent his country's ecosystem of entrepreneurship in many countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Egypt, and Morocco. Through these varied experiences, he has developed strong skills in leadership, public speaking, project management, business consulting, digital marketing, sales strategy, customer service, community management, technology, youth development, and social entrepreneurship.

Host: SD Mayer and Associates

Fellow Role at SD Mayer and Associates:
Ahmed will be responsible for strengthening SD Mayer and Associates’ current position in the nonprofit sector, while also expanding upon it. He will work on figuring out which services their clients could use in the future, and will assess the general needs of nonprofit organizations. Ahmed will also help market the firm, as well as to cultivate new client relationships and perpetuate current ones. Additionally, he will create an internal program to expand the community outreach of current employees.

Ava Danlog, 34, Manila, Philippines (HOST: Transparency & Accountability Initiative)

Ava is a development worker with nine years of experience managing global projects and campaigns, providing capacity development to communities and nonprofit organizations, conducting research, and designing and executing communications strategies for international NGOs. As Campaigns Officer for a regional organization on agroecology and food sovereignty, Ava supported the capacity development of communities and local organizations on community-based monitoring of the human rights implications of hazardous pesticides. She also initiated the development of a global campaign calling for the accountability of agrochemical TNCs for human rights abuse. Previously, she spearheaded a team to evaluate a large government program on a community-driven development approach to disaster recovery and rehabilitation. Ava has worked on various issues such as climate change, rights to water, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and aid / development effectiveness. As an activist, Ava is strongly committed to social justice, grassroots empowerment, and gender equality. She recently finished her Master’s degree in International Development at Massey University, New Zealand. In her downtime, Ava enjoys the outdoors to hike, swim, or aimlessly wander. She also likes to read, sing, and collect new experiences.

Host: Transparency & Accountability Initiative

Fellow Role at Transparency & Accountability Initiative:
Ava will help shape TAI’s communications, advocacy, and reporting. She will be responsible for managing the new TAI website, strengthening relations with member donor and grantee communications and knowledge management counterparts, raising awareness of TAI and members’ activities, and finding innovative ways to communicate findings from research and meetings to core audiences.

Hadeel Adel, 29, Cairo, Egypt (HOST: Kinvolved)

Hadeel has seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor's of Science in Economics from Cairo University in Egypt and a Diploma in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Cairo Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Through her work as a Senior Business Development Executive and a certified Innovation Facilitator at the Information Technology Institute, Hadeel worked to profoundly scale up the impact of the Egyptian youth in the ICT workplace. She helped to cultivate an entrepreneurial culture and mindset among Egypt's aspiring talents by managing the Virtual Incubation Program in partnership with Waterloo University in Canada. Hadeel is a Gabr Fellow 2016, between the U.S. and Egypt. She has been to The White House, United States Congress, International Monetary Fund, and other esteemed entities both in Egypt & the U.S. to address local, regional, and global challenges and to discuss potential proposals and initiatives orchestrated to build strong ties between the two countries. Previously, Hadeel has worked at Ashoka Arab World, promoting Social Entrepreneurship in the Arab World and empowering social ventures and NGOs in Egypt. She is strongly passionate about people, ideas, stories, cultures, creating a more interconnected world, and good coffee.

Host: Kinvolved

Fellow Role at Kinvolved:
Hadeel will be responsible for coordinating local and national events and meetings, representing Kinvolved in community meetings and events, implementing marketing and social media campaigns and strategies, measuring and tracking progress and goals of marketing strategy, and assisting with the design of basic marketing materials.

Moh Ajamieh, 30, Bethlehem, Palestine (HOST: Solstice)

Moh has nine years of professional experience in marketing and communications departments, strategies, and business development for for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He earned both his BA in Business Administration and Diploma of Computer Information Systems at Bethlehem University. Previously, he worked as a Chief Marketing Officer at Sinokrot Global Group (SGG), Palestine’s largest diversified family business, which consists of 15 companies and 3,000 employees. He is a communications expert with extensive experience in enterprise development, corporate marketing strategies, standards, and communications - both locally and internationally. Prior to his work at SGG, Moh worked as a Marketing Manager for four years at Union Construction and Investment (UCI), a leading Palestinian real estate company. During his work at UCI, Moh developed business models to sell Palestinian lands to Palestinians in diaspora using cloud applications, in addition to managing marketing for MENA Geothermal, a renewable energy start-up. Moh is well-versed in the Palestinian economy and market, and hopes to contribute to its development and growth in the future. Moh has participated in the Middle East Web Design Award in 2009,and was ranked as the #1 Best Rich Internet Applications Designer in the Middle East and North Africa.

Host: Solstice

Fellow Role at Solstice:
Moh will be responsible for generating inbound marketing content, including social media posts, blog posts, infographics, newsletters, and videos. He will run all online advertising and email marketing campaigns, create marketing collateral, update the company website, and optimize pages for relevant keywords. He will also drive new marketing channels to increase revenue and generate sales leads, and will build innovative marketing strategies to engage Solstice target audiences.

Mohsin El Hallouati, 25, Errachidia, Morocco

Mohsin is passionate about raising awareness and educating young Moroccans on gender equality, environmental issues, intercultural education, and Amazigh rights (the indigenous culture of North Africa). He is a 2015 Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Moulay Ismail in Errachidia. In addition to his background in mathematical and analytical skills, Mohsin maintains a passion for foreign languages. He speaks Arabic, English, French, German, Tamazight, and Spanish, and has spent time teaching these languages in both a formal classroom setting and as a volunteer. Mohsin has partnered with U.S. Peace Corps volunteers to teach Model United Nations, life skills, and journalism curricula. In 2016, he served as a Language and Cultural Facilitator with the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco, assisting youth development volunteers in strengthening their linguistic and cultural knowledge. While working with the Peace Corps, he developed lesson plans and adapted them to various learning styles and age categories. Additionally, he served as a bridge between trainees and their host families, assisting them in overcoming cultural gaps and misunderstandings. Mohsin is an avid writer, having contributed articles to the local all-English publication Morocco World News. His writings cover a variety of subjects, such as gender, Amazigh culture, education, and the environment.

Fellow Role at Host Organization:
Mohsin will help to manage global volunteers and NGO partners, and will work on Employee Experience and Strategy Development. He will also research Volunteer Opportunities, Employee Value Propositions, and the best practices in corporate social responsibility in order to develop recommendations for the organization.

Nada Belhassen, 31, Tunis, Tunisia (HOST: Deloitte)

Nada has over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, specifically in the fields of international education and youth development. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language, Literature, and Civilization from the University of Manouba. Nada is a strong advocate of cultural and academic exchange programs and their impact on the youth and other communities. Her drive to work in international education is rooted in her own experience as a Fulbright Scholar to the United States. While working at AMIDEAST Tunisia, Nada managed a variety of grants and scholarship programs, such as the Fulbright program, the Professional Fellows Program (NGO focus), and the Youth Exchange and Study Program. Over the last five years, she has helped to send over 400 students to various scholarship programs in the U.S. She also worked to establish two alumni associations to improve alumni programming in Tunisia and to help returnees from different programs and sectors invest in and impact their regions and communities. She has worked on programs and projects in a variety of sectors, including public health, democracy, community development, entrepreneurship, youth development, education, environment, tourism, law, and technology. She developed organizational management skills and gained experience in international and local conference-planning for different target audiences. Nada is interested in continuing to work in the field of international education focusing on youth development and community engagement.

Host: Deloitte

Fellow Role at Deloitte:
Nada will serve as a liaison for clients in Tunisia and DTT Tunisia, develop concept notes, reports, and analysis, moderate conversations on different topics, and act as the bridge between the U.S. and Tunisia teams.

Rukmani Kapoor, 32, Aurangabad, India (HOST: Dalai Lama Fellows)

Rukmani has a deep passion for educational equity. She has worked relentlessly for six years in the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors, developing sustainable and scalable solutions that have an impact on a systemic level. She has a Diploma in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick in the U.K. and a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Instrumentation from Cummins College of Engineering in Pune, India. In her most recent role as Project Head at Civic Response Team in Aurangabad, she served as the liaison for the local government to create and execute a professional teacher training plan for teachers working in public schools. She was responsible for building partnerships with government officials and nonprofits, fundraising, and building a strong team. Prior to this, Rukmani worked with a nonprofit, Learning Links Foundation, in which she managed a STEM training project which was funded by IBM. She traveled across rural India training 2,000 teachers, an experience that gave her deep insights into the gaps of India’s educational curriculum. She also worked with a social enterprise, Varthana, in which she researched the needs of low-income private schools and developed a school transformation program that was linked to monetary benefits for the school. Through experiences such as these, which have fueled her passion for education equity, she has developed a strong skill set in project management, implementation, and building partnerships.

Host: Dalai Lama Fellows

Fellow Role at Dalai Lama Fellows:
Rukmani’s role will include Fellow coordination, curriculum support, and marketing and selection support. She will work closely with the team to ensure engagement with the Fellows on the online learning platform, and will provide ideas on how to improve engagement and review. She will also work closely with the Director of Programs and Partnerships to prepare collateral and material, research key areas, coordinate with external faculty, and continuously integrate key insights and expert guidance within the curriculum from expert faculty and the global network.

Class 24: May 2017 Atlas Corps Fellows

Ali Atallah, 26, Saida, Lebanon (HOST: Heartland Alliance International)

Ali has about four years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned two Master’s degrees in Business with a focus on management and marketing research from Lebanese University. Ali started his career in human relations, was transferred to the supply chain department and then shifted to the programmatic side of the humanitarian sector. In that project he focused on economic recovery and development, working for two years managing the logistics of the program, all with the International Rescue Committee in Lebanon. Through his rotation, Ali gained genuine problem-solving and interpersonal skills, efficient and effective communication, organization, flexibility, multitasking, time and stress management, as well as negotiation skills by liaising with different departments on one side and the field and the head office on other side. Coming from a business educational background, Ali found his fit in the humanitarian sector due to the absence of profit maximization and competition. For fun, Ali likes yoga, reading, watching documentaries, cooking, traveling, and nature photography.

Host: Heartland Alliance International

Fellow Role at Heartland Alliance International:
Ali will be responsible for supporting human resources needs throughout the organization. Due to having to coordinate policies and resources across multiple countries, languages, cultures, labor laws, and salary scales, Ali is needed to navigate the many intricacies of this work. Ali will work primarily on compliance with labor laws, employment standards, administration of employee benefits, performance management, orientation, and some aspects of recruitment.

Beltina Gjeloshi, 27, Kruje, Albania (HOST: IMPACT2030)

Beltina has over six years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Originally from Albania, Beltina carried out her studies in the United States and lives in Italy. She is a trilingual international development professional with a Master’s degree in Global Development and Peace (2015) and a Bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in International Political Economy and Diplomacy (2013) from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. More recently, she completed international training studying terrorism and its geopolitics mutations at the United Nations Association of Italy (2016) in Rome (2016). As a technical consultant at the District Directorate Anti-Mafia in the prosecutor’s office in Venice, Italy, she helped implement operations to counter organized and drug-trafficking crimes in Italy and throughout Europe. Previously, Beltina worked with a New York City-based, state-funded nonprofit as an office manager and facilitator teaching life skills, adult education, and vocational rehabilitation to indigents and the disabled of all ages. Beltina also has worked for a community-based nonprofit to help refugees, asylum seekers, and victims of human trafficking transition in the United States, serving as a translator and a point of contact for resettlement in their new communities in Bridgeport. While advancing her studies, Beltina has consistently inquired into human development and international relations issues, delivering reports and supporting faculties’ publications and research journals while facilitating undergraduate and graduate courses in economic development, human security, and criminal justice. Additionally, her experiences at the United Nations headquarters provided Beltina the opportunity to take part in the Arms Trade Treaty (2012) and Sustainable Development Goals (2014) negotiations as an advising reporter. Beltina serves her community through active involvement in support of social justice causes and emergency preparedness with the Red Cross and the Volunteer Civil Protection of Italy. Through these experiences, she has developed leadership in community engagement, conflict analysis, writing, editing, and education management. Beltina enjoys focusing on gender equality and economic development, and she has a strong passion for education and women’s empowerment.

Host: IMPACT2030

Fellow Role at IMPACT2030:
Beltina will serve as The Action Team and Project Officer and will be the voice of IMPACT 2030 in the Action Teams as they are being developed and as support as they are implemented. No. 2 under the guiding principles is where Beltina will have the most impact. She will work together with the local Regional Voice Lead (RVL) and the RVL manager to ensure that there is consistency of information flow and goals/milestones are met in a timely manner, and she will aid in the facilitation of increased participation in the Action Teams as warranted.

Catherine Miano, 25, Nairobi, Kenya (HOST: Northwestern University Buffett Institute for Global Studies)

Catherine has over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. While working as a refugee status determination assistant with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), she determined whether people seeking international protection could be considered refugees under international, regional, or national law. She also worked as a resettlement intern at UNHCR, supporting the transfer of refugees seeking asylum in Kenya to third states willing to admit and ultimately grant them permanent settlement. Previously, she was founder and CEO of the nonprofit Pitch a Dream Organization, where she cultivated a reading culture by running reading and writing workshops in rural, underprivileged schools. Before this, Catherine gained one-and-a-half years of legal working experience from two law firms. In addition, Catherine volunteered for one year with the Arts in Medicine program at Mater Hospital in Nairobi, where she gained experience on using an artistic approach to working with children. She also volunteered for a year with a USAID- and PEPFAR-funded local nonprofit, Lifeskills Promoters, where she trained primary-school students on life skills and educated them on HIV, AIDS, and children’s rights. Catherine has participated in leadership training, including the USAID-funded Young African Leadership Initiative in 2015 to hone her leadership and management skills. Through these experiences, she has developed strong project planning, coordination, implementation, and monitoring skills on the grass-roots and policy levels. Catherine enjoys focusing on the topics of education, development, and international humanitarian affairs, and she has a strong passion for working with vulnerable people.

Host: Northwestern University Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Fellow Role at Buffett Institute:
Catherine will manage specific undergraduate initiatives across the global engagement programming, including the Buffett Award for Emerging Global Leaders, the undergraduate Fellows program, and project and research grant opportunities. She will contribute to partnership management, development, assessment work, and student preparation/orientation in the Global Engagement Studies Institute and Community-Based Research programs, especially with sites in East Africa. Catherine also will help to manage the transition of the Books & Breakfast program to new university partner.

Demna Devdariani, 28, Tbilisi, Georgia (HOST: National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry)

Demna has three years of professional working experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence from Georgian Technical University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Ilia State University in Georgia. He was granted a scholarship from the European Commission and studied at Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, as an exchange master student of social sciences. While working as a legal officer under the migration program for the United Nations Association of Georgia, he supported asylum seekers, refugees, and other individuals of concern with administrative and legal issues. Previously, Demna worked with a community-based organization to promote access to education for ethnic minority youths in Georgia. As a civil servant, Demna worked with state agencies for a number of years and was closely involved in institutional reforms in Georgia. He also conducted research on civil service and pension reforms in Georgia that attracted a lot of media attention. Through these experiences, he has developed strong analytical, project coordination, and implementation skills. Demna enjoys focusing on the topics of migration, personal data protection, public administration, and youth engagement, and he has a strong passion for analytical work.

Host: National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry

Fellow Role at NCSEJ:
Demna’s responsibilities include monitoring legislation, researching and reporting on regional developments, producing publications, maintaining a web site, attending hearings and briefings, organizing and staffing events, and general administrative duties.

Disha Arora, 28, New Delhi, India (HOST: Atlas Corps)

Disha has seven years of experience in the development communication sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Indraprastha University in New Delhi, India. She worked as communication manager with the Vasudha Foundation to promote socially just and sustainable models of energy in India. She also helped to develop the communication strategy for the foundation and its campaigns. She worked on creating the branding guidelines and specific communication material (audio-visual, print, and web-based) to be disseminated through media outlets. Previously, Disha worked on an independent documentary about women’s rights and religion in India. It was a self-initiated project, so she was responsible to do research, shooting, editing, and directing of the documentary. Disha has volunteered as a communications consultant for Outer Shell Africa, a social enterprise to enhance the wellness of Sub-Saharan Africans living with skin conditions. Through these experiences, she has developed strong strategic communication, graphic designing, and filmmaking skills. Being a feminist, Disha enjoys focusing on areas related to gender rights, and she has a strong passion for animal protection.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps:
Disha will be engaged in communications, public relations, project management, and partnership building. Disha will strengthen and practice these skills in the implementation, evaluation, and expansion of the Atlas Corps external presence as included in our communications and public relations strategy.

Eya Chamli, 25, Tunis, Tunisia (HOST: UBM)

Eya has more than two years of experience in the profit and nonprofit sectors in Tunisia and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Tunis Business School. She is working as an access to finance specialist under a USAID-funded job creation program, the Business Reform and Competitiveness Project. In this capacity, she is integrally involved in a broad range of initiatives designed to increase the accessibility of capital for small and medium enterprises in Tunisia, including promoting investment, capacity building with banks and microfinance institutions, technical assistance to enterprises seeking financing, and the implementation of economic reforms to improve the Tunisian business environment. Before this, Eya worked on the development and implementation of an online platform, Jamaity, serving nonprofit stakeholders and promoting their role in local development outcomes. As donor relations coordinator, she was responsible for grant management and coordination with institutional donors. Eya also is actively involved in diverse social organizations. During her studies, she was member of the International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences (AIESEC), where she worked on corporate social responsibility advocacy and participated in the organization of seminars and conferences to engage new AIESEC members. She also spent six weeks in Pune, India, teaching English to underprivileged children. She worked in the financial department of a social entrepreneurship organization ENACTUS, managing the budget of a nonprofit aimed at improving life for the disabled. Eya also has participated in several capacity-building programs such as EFE ideation camp, where her team developed a web/mobile application promoting ecotourism in Tunisia. Through these experiences, she has developed strong project management, organizational, reporting, and communication skills. Eya is a Coca-Cola Scholarship alumna, a MENA Leadership Academy fellow, and a World Youth Alliance-certified member. She is particularly interested in economic development, social entrepreneurship, and youth empowerment.

Host: UBM

Fellow Role at UBM:
In line with UBM’s Events First business strategy and globally accessible CE program, Aya will focus on the strategic alignment of event-charity components and partnerships beginning with the Platinum band, approximately 35 top-tier events. The events focus will not limit itself to the events space, so Aya will gain valuable experience and make invaluable contributions regarding the day-to-day operations of the CE program and business as well as the ongoing communities that exist outside of the live event space.

Génesis Luigi, 23, Caracas, Venezuela (HOST: International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region)

Génesis has more than three years of experience as an advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and youth leadership in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Universidad Central de Venezuela with academic honors and an invitation to serve as a teaching assistant in the Clinical Psychology Department. As a youth network coordinator for International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere, she developed the structure and functions of the network, supporting meaningful youth participation and the network’s engagement with the organization’s strategical framework for 2016 2022. She was in charge of planning and providing capacity-building activities for nearly 23 youth board members of IPPF/WHR’s Latin American and Caribbean partner associations. She also took part in several advisory groups on comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive rights. Previously, she was program coordinator at Construyendo Futuros Civil Association in Caracas, Venezuela, in charge of Quiero Saber (I Want To Know), a program aimed at providing comprehensive sexuality education to children and adolescents in vulnerable and rural zones of the Miranda State in Venezuela, including Petare, one of the biggest slums in South America. During her tenure, she systematized program indicators and statistics and developed the program’s handbook for teachers and facilitators, leading to 38% growth in the numbers of schools offering the program to its students. She has been a volunteer for Family Planning, Venezuela (PLAFAM) since 2013, representing the nonprofit at national and international events but also as a peer educator at clinics and in Caracas’ vulnerable communities. She has developed program/project management, strategic planning and communications, and community outreach skills. Génesis area of expertise and interest is sexual and reproductive health and rights with a focus on youth issues.

Host: International Planned Parenthood Federation / Western Hemisphere Region

Fellow Role at IPPF/WHR:
Génesis will assist staff in managing sexual and reproductive health programs related to youth, gender-based violence, and HIV/sexually transmitted infections (STI) to implement programmatic strategies related to: youth leadership, comprehensive sexuality education, increasing access to quality health services (including HIV- and STI- related services), prevention and mitigation of gender-based violence, sexual rights and sexual diversity, and youth participation in programs and governance. Génesis will provide vital support to achieving the desired outcomes of these programs and contribute to the strategic vision of the team, including monitoring existing programs and developing new ones.

Hasan Kilani, 27, Amman, Jordan (HOST: Heartland Alliance International)

Hasan has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Banking Science from Philadelphia University of Jordan. For the last three years, Hasan has worked as a protection assistant at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Amman, Jordan. The unit coordinates with inter-agency protection sectors and provides direct support in case management for child protection, sexual- and gender-based violence, legal, detention and diversity/minorities’ caseloads. Hasan is one of the main focal points working on LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) cases. He was instrumental in implementing the UNHCR Jordan LGBTI protection program, which included the development of training material and the setup of an interagency network. In this role, he has developed the ability to liaise with UN colleagues and external stakeholders on this sensitive topic with professionalism and organizational awareness. Hasan is passionate about working with marginalized groups, particularly within the LGBTI community. Travelling and meeting new people are among his hobbies.

Host: Heartland Alliance International

Fellow Role at Heartland International:
Hasan will work as the Sudan Taskforce Project Manager and will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the implementation of a project to support the taskforce. He will ensure that all program activities are implemented in line with the project’s work plan and in accordance with organization and donor requirements. Hasan will be responsible for oversight of all components of the project and for quarterly reporting.

Houssam Eddine Bentridi, 28, Algiers, Algeria (HOST: YLabs)

Houssam has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He graduated with honors in Finance and Actuarial Science from the High National School of Statistics and Applied Economics in Algeria and has attended training courses relating to leadership, teamwork, and business management in London, Moscow, Dubai, Zagreb, Cairo, and Tunis. Balancing his education and social work, he worked for three years as a volunteer with the International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences (AIESEC). The experience allowed him to gain not only technical skills related to the nonprofit field such as fundraising, community project management, and financial management, but also valuable soft skills such as teamwork, public speaking, and negotiation. Houssam has five years of experience in management accounting, working as a planning and reporting manager for a multinational company, with his main role involving budgeting and managing the company’s reporting process. Houssam’s biggest achievement with AIESEC was to contribute to the launch of two projects: Hand in Hand, which aims to cheer sick children by bringing fun and enjoyment through activities in hospitals, and Summer Sunshine School, a project that brings teachers from abroad to teach disadvantaged children new languages for free. Through this experience, he has developed strong project-management skills. Houssam has a passion for the education of underprivileged children and helping sick children feel better and forget about their pain.

Host: YLabs

Fellow Role at YLabs:
Houssam will act as the program manager and work closely with the director of programs to support the planning and coordination of projects in Africa and Asia. This role as a member of a small team in a new organization offers an exciting opportunity to gain a variety of skills related to project and organizational management. These include: project planning, financial management, remote support to staff in the field, partner communications, social media communications, dissemination of our research, and coordination of field activities.

Najoua Soudi, 31, Rabat, Morocco (HOST: Affinis Labs)

Najoua has more than eight years of experience in the venture philanthropy and nonprofit field, and she earned an MBA from Al Akhawayn University with concentrations in Finance and Business at the Bottom of the Pyramid. She recently wrote a research-backed paper about underprivileged women’s entrepreneurship that was commissioned by the European Union. Before this, she served as program manager for the Drosos Foundation, a Switzerland-based venture philanthropy, where she reviewed funding proposals and was involved in carrying out design, monitoring, evaluation, and learning to support programmatic and financial decisions. She also led the development of the Enactus Morocco program, inspiring and monitoring teams to develop and run entrepreneurial projects that improve the lives and standards of living of people in need. She is dedicated to inspiring new entrepreneurial approaches to solve global poverty issues, as well as conducting research on impacts measurements. She is persuasive and recognized for her ability to train, lead, and be part of effective teams. Her skills build on her eagerness for new learning, a genuine compassion for vulnerable children and people, and a belief that anything is possible if we can actively imagine it into existence.

Host: Affinis Labs

Fellow Role at Affinis Labs:
Najoua will apply her skill set to managing entrepreneurship projects primarily in the Middle East and North Africa region, including startup hackathons, prize competitions, and the supervision of the Minbar online entrepreneurship platform.

Natalia Alonso, 31, Santiago, Chile (HOST: Open Road Alliance)

Natalia has four years of experience in the public sector, and she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management Control Engineering at Universidad de Chile and a Master’s degree in Accounting, Auditing and Control at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. While working as a national funds analyst at Superintendencia de Seguridad Social (SUSESO) in Chile, she evaluated maternity grants, audited the expense reports of nationally funded subsidies, and analyzed the data related with maternity grants reported by different entities as well as preparing information for the study of public policy in the field of social security. Additionally, she was a studies analyst at Servicio Nacional de la Discapacidad (SENADIS) in Chile, analyzing information about different areas of disability and defining indicators. She also was the academic director of the management control diploma at Universidad Mayor in Chile, responsible for designing the academic program, structuring the courses, and recruiting professors in addition to her teaching activities. Finally, Natalia has volunteered as an accounting teacher in a program called Creeme, which supports microentrepreneurs who did not have the opportunity to pay for business consulting, providing them with business tools to improve their smaller companies, teaching them how to apply for national funds, and giving lessons about taxes, accounting, finance, and computing. Through these experiences, she developed strong analytic skills and the ability to work in teams. Natalia enjoys focusing on the topics of maternal and child health, disability, business consultancy, and education. She has a strong passion for public service.

Host: Open Road Alliance

Fellow Role at Open Road Alliance:
Natalia will support the expansion of Open Road’s recoverable grant portfolio. She will assist in the screening and development of the grant-making pipeline through sector mapping and outreach to appropriate professional networks, and she will be the primary driver on research projects.

Olga Kuzmina, 22, Blagoveshchensk, Russia (HOST: DC SCORES)

Olga Kuzmina has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Far Eastern Federal University in Russia, and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Central European University in Hungary. As an undergraduate student, she spent a semester in Evansville, Indiana, where she devoted much time to local volunteer projects, such as an after school center for children. She spent three years volunteering as a Projects Coordinator and President of the nonprofit organization Model United Nations of the Russian Far East, launching projects aimed at achieving sustainable development goals and developing student leadership. Olga has professional experience in teaching English as a foreign language, interpretation, and organizing business events. Through these experiences, she has developed strong project management, communication and analytical skills. Olga deeply cares about civil society building, education and youth empowerment.

Host: DC SCORES

Fellow Role at DC SCORES:
Olga will be a significant contributor to DC SCORES as she works to pilot and evaluate new program streams and to respond to the unique challenges and leverage the unique opportunities of this critical moment in DC SCORES’ history.

Rachael Kentenyingi, 33, Kampala, Uganda (HOST: Global Communities)

Rachael has more than seven years of progressive hands-on experience in communications, public relations and marketing in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in Uganda. She has particular expertise in creating and editing original communication works, brand management, events management, and media writing, among many other things. As a tech-savvy professional and keen connoisseur of the fast evolving social/new media landscape, Rachael has harnessed the power of social media and the Internet to optimize communication reach and impact. In her job as the Public Relations and Communications Officer at Makerere University Joint AIDS Program (MJAP), Rachael has been commended for her proactive role in advocating for addressing the human rights issues that aggravate the spread of HIV among adolescent girls and young women as a way of controlling the epidemic. She is also a campaigner for the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS and represented MJAP on the national organizing committee during the nationwide campaign launches. Her work at MJAP has given her a deeper understanding of HIV prevention, care and treatment, HIV policy, LGBTI issues, and sexual and reproductive health among others. In her previous job as Communications Manager at Barclays Bank of Uganda Limited, Rachael was a community investment champion and volunteered in projects aimed at equipping disadvantaged young people with the skills necessary for them to become employable or able to start their own businesses.

Host: Global Communities

Fellow Role at Global Communities:
Rachael will work across the team and focus on developing and implementing strategic partnerships internal and external communication strategy. Also, she will complete research and analysis projects of the current development landscape, including the identification and due diligence of potential partners.

Sara Tariq, 28, Lahore, Pakistan (HOST: Atlas Corps)

Sara Tariq has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and is passionate about educational empowerment and youth development. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Lahore School of Economics, and an Masters in Philosophy degree in Education from Beaconhouse National University. While working as an Acting Registrar at Nur International University, a project of Nur Foundation, she worked on developing a long-term strategy for a newly chartered university and led a cross functional team to successfully launch the university’s first undergraduate degree program within a short one month period. Her focus was to introduce programs that would strengthen academic-industrial nexus to harness full potential of the existing demographic youth bulge in Pakistan. While working with Nur Foundation, she also facilitated several other projects initiated by the Foundation including projects with Nur Center for Research and Policy (NCRP) and Nur Student Leadership Program (NSLP). With NCRP, she assisted in implementing the Ilm IDEAS funded School Health survey in Punjab, providing strategic direction for data collection processes geared toward assessing the existing status of public school children’s nutritional status. As a Program Coordinator at NSLP she was responsible for planning and implementing an internship program for young individuals to educate them about poverty issues, marginalization and social exclusion at community level. Sara also worked as Project lead with the Medical Education Department on developing a competency based curriculum for Fatima Memorial College of Medicine and Dentistry and Fatima Memorial Institute of Allied Health Sciences. Previously, Sara worked as an Academic Coordinator for the University of Louisville’s Masters in Public Health program being offered in Lahore in collaboration with Nur Foundation. Throughout her career, Sara has worked in several areas of development, such as education, health policy and advocacy, youth empowerment and community health. Through these experiences, she has developed strong competencies such as project management, project coordination and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, leadership development, policy development and marketing and communications.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps:
Sara 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.

Sheila Senfuma Nakanyike, 29, Kampala, Uganda (HOST: Financial Services Roundtable)

Sheila has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Professional diploma in Procurement and Supply from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS UK); and a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree majoring in Finance from Makerere University in Uganda. While working as a Project Coordinator for the USAID Spring Accelerator Program at Ensibuuko Technologies, she helped improve access to financial services through technology and mobile banking to youth, particularly girls in rural areas of northern and western Uganda, and also carried out capacity building and training of trainers programs to rural Savings Cooperatives’ staff in areas of financial technology and mobile banking. Previously, Sheila worked in the operations department of Citibank Uganda for four years, providing cash management services and incorruptible vault practices. Through these experiences, she has developed strong project coordination and implementation skills, capacity building, and event management skills. She has been a volunteer with Uganda Rural Fund and African Empowerment Hub for three years; mentoring and empowering youth, and also providing business and entrepreneurial training to rural women entrepreneurs in central Uganda. Sheila enjoys focusing on topics of microfinance and poverty alleviation, and has a strong passion for women’s and youth empowerment.

Host: Financial Services Roundtable

Fellow Role at Financial Services Roundtable:
Sheila will focus on the FinTech Ideas Festival (FIF), Technology Collaborators Program. She will assist with the full conference -working with sponsors, managing timelines, and securing speakers and small group facilitators.

Shorouk Elkobrsi, 23, Alexandria, Egypt (HOST: Nestle)

Shorouk has three years of experience in science and social entrepreneurship. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in physics and chemistry from Alexandria University, and initiated her start-up social enterprise to provide innovative solutions for water scarcity in Egypt using CSP technology. Her leadership and entrepreneurial skills helped her team receive technical and business support from TUB Campus El Gouna, Youthinkgreen-Egypt, GESR Misr El Kheir, and Nile University and get funded by the Academy of Scientific Research & Technology in Egypt. As a passionate, multilingual storyteller, she has encouraged her to team to work on a documentary about emerging social entrepreneurs in East Africa who are supporting climate protection. Previously, Shorouk contributed to informal educational programs for already existing entities and organizations, to promote sustainability and social entrepreneurship, she volunteered as an academic staff member, a head of the academic committee, and a project manager, she has also been a coach in several non-profitable organizations. She is a very dedicated researcher, an action-oriented worker and an excellent presenter.

Host: Nestle

Fellow Role at Nestle:
Shorouk will support stakeholder research, the development of communications on CSV topics (potentially including both short- and long-form writing and graphic design), digital media management and analysis, and media relations background research.

Sushmita Lama, 33, Kathmandu, Nepal (HOST: Internews)

Sushmita has more than five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and holds a Master's of Science in Microbiology from Bangalore University, India. While working as a Program Coordinator at Media Advocacy Group in Kathmandu, she coordinated several projects on gender equality in the media, safe migration, women's empowerment, civic education and right to information. Along with this, she managed overall programmatic and organizational activities including internal staff, donor reporting, event management and grant writing. Previously, Sushmita has worked in READ Nepal that builds Community Library and Resource Centers (CLRCs) to bring rural prosperity through education, social and economic empowerment, for three and half years. In READ, she gained communication and marketing experience along with project planning and implementation skills. Moreover, she got the opportunity to learn community engagement and community mobilization through direct interaction with women and marginalized community. Besides, she was engaged in short term hand washing project funded by UNICEF in several schools of Kathmandu. Over the years, she has managed programs for different donors including UN Women, UNDP, South Asia Women's Fund, USAID and FHI 360. Through these experiences, she has developed strong skills in policy advocacy, community mobilization, capacity building, partnership development, donor communication, event management, and media engagement. She enjoys working with diverse communities and has a strong passion for working for the rights of the socially excluded to bring positive social transformation in society.

Host: Internews

Fellow Role at Internews:
Sushmita will report directly to the Vice President of Global Technology, providing assistance on a broad range of matters ranging from events coordination to strategic planning and communications. She will also provide direct assistance in implementing Internet freedom and digital security programs.

Vivien Solomon, 29, Lagos, Nigeria (HOST: Susan G. Komen)

Vivien has seven years experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s of Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of Calabar in Nigeria. She has also taken short courses in public health and project management. She is a medical volunteer with Health Army Initiative, Project PinkBlue, and the Lakeshore Cancer Center where she educates women on the need for early detection of breast and cervical cancer through routine screening. She participates in the cancer support group at Lakeshore Cancer Center. While working for Omni Medical Centre Advanced Fertility Clinic, she was part of the pioneer team that implemented the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS program. She helped improve the health of rural communities in the Mushin area while working with the primary health care department by organizing mobile clinics, donating free medication and giving health presentations. She also served as the Deputy Head of the Samaritans Welfare group for two years where she organized and provided free health consultations and medications to members of the community. These experiences have helped her develop strong coordination, project management and, leadership skills. Vivien’s interests lie in public health, health education and cancer prevention. She is looking to gain further experience in public health that she can employ in her home country to increase disease prevention efforts. For fun, Vivien likes reading, basketball, swimming, and dogs.

Host: Susan G. Komen

Fellow Role at Susan G. Komen:
Vivien will be exposed to the different components of the organization, from breast cancer assessment reports and community profiles, to individual projects and grants. She will also assist with other program activities including the arrangement of site visits, planning of roundtable meetings, data collection to assess impact, and the creation of presentations and marketing tools.

Zaneta Pereira, 23, Pune, India (HOST: Teach For All)

Zaneta has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Master’s of Philosophy in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University in Cambridge in 2016 and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. As a United Nations Intern in the Office of the Special Representative to the Secretary General for Sexual Violence in Conflict, she worked with colleagues to produce country reports, briefing notes, communications material and project proposals. Zaneta worked for four years for the Los Angeles Loyolan, Loyola Marymount University’s National Pacemaker Award-winning student-run news organization, including a stint as Editor in Chief overseeing a 50+ person staff. As a journalist, her work has been recognized by the California College Media Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Zaneta also spent two summers interning with the International Justice Mission in their Kenya Field Office. As a Communications Intern in 2013 she developed specific curriculum for school trainings on issues related to child sexual abuse and produced all external communication and monthly reports for the office. In 2012, as an Administrative Intern, Zaneta compiled research reports on Kenyan legal and police policy issues and planned various projects including a police and prosecutor training co-sponsored by the US Department of Justice. Through these experiences, she developed strong skills in research and reporting, media and communication, and project management. Zaneta enjoys working on issues of justice and human rights and is particularly passionate about women’s and children’s rights.

Host: Teach For All

Fellow Role at Teach For All:
Zaneta will ensure the effective day to day operations of the Public Affairs team and contribute to the team goals of raising awareness of Teach For All and forwarding the work of other teams through communications and marketing support and project management.



Host Organizations

Our U.S. Partners:
American Jewish World Service
AmericaSCORES
AsianAmerican Lead
Ashoka
AYUDA
Center for Inspired Teaching
CentroNia
Civic Enterprises
CORE Group
Free the Slaves
Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute
GBCHealth
GeorgiaForward
Global Citizens Network
Global Fairness Initiative
GlobalGiving
Global Health Corps
Global Kids
GPConnect
Grameen Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
HasNa, Inc.
InsideNGO
International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
International Peace and Security Institute
International Relief and Development
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Management Systems International
MobileActive.org
Mobilize.org
National Audubon Society
NCOC
New York Needs You
One World Youth Project
Operation Smile
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Partners of the Americas
Points of Light Institute
Population Action International (PAI)
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
U.S. Peace Corps

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