Malik Kamran ElahiPakistan (Host: CARE)
Kamran Malik has 8 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. Kamran holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with two independent majors in Financial Management and Project Management. For the past 3 years, Kamran has been working with The Asia Foundation in Pakistan for improving and strengthening Human Rights in Pakistan. Kamran has played a key role in establishing a national network of 25 organizations to promote religious freedom and protection of rights in Pakistan. With an Undergraduate Degree in commerce, and a Diploma in cost and management accounting, Kamran started his career in the corporate sector. Driven by his passion towards establishing a fair and just society, Kamran left the lucrative corporate sector after four years and started working in the nonprofit sector. Over the past 8 years, Kamran has worked with several national and international nonprofits in Pakistan on issues including disaster relief, humanitarian assistance, post-disaster rehabilitation, health and hygiene, and protection of religious minorities in Pakistan.
Host Organization: CARE
Role at Host Organization: Kamran will be responsible for assisting with the financial management of advocacy department of CARE USA. In addition, he will assist with monitoring and reporting of international advocacy grants, and he will have the opportunity to learn about how CARE utilizes advocacy to help achieve its mission. Kamran will also support the women and girls lead global international advocacy program—an advocacy initiative that receives quarterly reports from offices in five countries.
Alanna SousaBrazil (Host: Liter of Light USA | Global Good Fund)
Alanna Sousa is a Social Intrapreneur and Global Citizen. Passionate about social (intra)entrepreneurship, innovation and youth leadership development, Alanna has spent the last six years working in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor´s degree in Law School from CESUSC in Florianopolis, Brazil, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Innovation Management from the Amani Institute, in Nairobi, Kenya. Originally from Brazil, Alanna has taught English to children with HIV in India, studied different approaches to justice and conflict resolution in Canada, applied Restorative Justice in Mozambique and brought light to the lives of people living in the slums of Brazil and Kenya. Since 2015, Alanna has been on a journey to better understand the impact of Privileges (and the lack of them) on people’s lives while also raising awareness about the importance of discussing the matter.
Host Organization : Liter of Light USA | Global Good Fund
Role at Host Organization: As the Program Officer in Liter of Light USA Alanna is responsible for providing Project Managing activities in the U.S., such as building new partnerships, deepening and refining all aspects of communications, aggregating project-level data to continuously improve interventions, and engaging in strategic business planning process for Liter of Light’s national and global expansion.
Yemisrach SeifuEthiopia (Host: PAI)
Yemisrach has nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of Gondar. She finished her postgraduate studies in the field of Sociology from Indra Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). While working as a Program Manager with Talent Youth Association, she led and coordinated sexual and reproductive health programs, and helped improve the health of youth. Since December 2006, she worked in different nonprofit organizations as a Monitoring and Evaluation officer, Capacity Building Officer, Evaluator, Program Coordinator, Project Officer, and also as a Social Worker. Yemisrach has extensive and contextual knowledge on youth development, sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, women’s empowerment, economic and social justice, emergency response, social accountability and good governance. Through these experiences, she developed strong program coordination and implementation, leadership, communication, and strategic planning skills. Yemisrach is interested in youth leadership, good governance, human rights, and conflict resolution. She enjoys reading, walking, and communicating with people.
Host Organization: Population Action International (PAI)
Role at Host Organization: Yemisrach will oversee the Monitoring and Evaluation of PAI’s advocacy and research work to improve reproductive health and rights. She will work with program staff to collect M&E data. She will also be responsible for synthesizing and condensing the collected data into monthly and quarterly reports.
Suyoung KimSouth Korea (Host: Jubilee JumpStart)
Suyoung has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is in process of obtaining her Master’s Degree in Social Policy for Development, from International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Suyoung previously worked for World Vision Korea, an international humanitarian organization, where she organized and coordinated fund-raising filming visits to 12 countries with Korean National TV stations. She communicated with many locals in need and local counterparts, and effectively delivered their reality to Korean audiences via mass media. She also contributed to Global citizenship education and peace building program for youth, by organizing the 24 Famine campaign and planning overseas volunteering programs. Through these experiences she developed strong communication and project coordination skills, and gained experience in the TV fundraising. Suyoung enjoys focusing on the topics of cross-cultural understanding and youth empowerment and has a strong passion for education.
Host Organization: Jubilee JumpStart
Role at Host Organization: Suyoung will support the Director of Development in managing JJS’ comprehensive giving program to help raise funds, with special attention given to JJS’ growing portfolio of individual supporters. She will work closely with Director and Executive Director to broaden and improve communications and awareness-building efforts. Overall, Suyoung will grow the effectiveness and impact of development and fundraising efforts.
Shahd OsmanSudan (Host: Women's Refugee Commission)
Dr. Shahd Osman obtained her MBBS from Ahfad University for Women, and an MSc. In Epidemiology from the American University of Beirut. Shahd also has a fellowship in Health Sciences Education and a PGC in Research Ethics. She has been working for the past year as an Educational Quality specialist at the Public Health Institute, Federal Ministry of Health. Her current position enables her to participate in setting standards, auditing and evaluating the educational process. During the past seven years Dr. Shahd has been involved in many educational programs both at part time and full time basis. Currently she is also a lecturer of Public Health Ethics and Epidemiology at Ahfad University and Al-Neelin University in Sudan. Upon her graduation and working several years in the clinical field, Shahd has recognized that many of the dilemmas she and her colleagues face are complex ethical issues associated with minimal contextual research to provide solutions for her community. Consequently she sought a career in Epidemiology and grew an interest in Ethics. Dr. Shahd has many activities including research, mentoring students, coordinating and facilitating workshops (mainly in health sciences education, research ethics and evidence based medicine). She has apparent leadership skills and aims at promoting leadership among her peers and in her surroundings, Shahd is a recognized Heymann fellow (i.e. Fellow of the IANPHI Leadership Academy). She has special interest in Non-communicable diseases research, Public health, Research ethics and development of human resources for health.
Host Organization: Women’s Refugee Commission
Role at Host Organization: Shahd will join the reproductive health team to support their work on adolescent reproductive health, disaster risk reduction, and community based SRH interventions. Shahd’s fellowship has been developed to bring a greater capacity for research to the SRH team as well as expertise from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, where much of the current SRH work is being implemented.
Selma BardakciTurkey (Host: John D. Evans Foundation)
Selma has five years of experience in Turkey’s non-profit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s of Political Science and International Relations from the Bahcesehir University in Turkey, during which she was an Erasmus exchange student at European University Viadrina in Germany for one semester. She also holds a Master of Global Politics and International Relations from Bahcesehir University. She most recently served as Deputy Director of International Leadership Application and Research Center. There are two departments in this center: the School of Government & Leadership, and the American Studies Center. She worked closely with the government to facilitate dialogue among policy makers, experts, civil society leaders and academics on regional and global issues. She also helped to organize Bahçeşehir University’s School of Politics U.S. program, which is a two week program for graduate school students to meet with political and business institutions including nonprofits, the U.S. Congress, think tanks, media organizations, and lobbying groups. Selma also organizes the Global Leadership Forum, which gathers international policy makers, academics and experts from around the world. In 2012, Selma led the Young Turkey – Young America Program, representing both Turkish young professionals as well as her own university. Selma enjoys focusing on the topics of leadership development, global politics, diplomacy and youth empowerment. She is also a Co-Opinion Young Professional Fellow, which is a policy-oriented youth solidarity network that advocates an integrated approach for youth policies in the Middle East and North Africa region to improve the agency of youth and to enhance their economic and social prospects. She has a strong passion for human and social capital development. Through these experiences, she has developed strong project coordination, implementation and management skills. In addition to her professional roles, Selma works on a social project to help Syrian refugees. Selma has been continuously contributing opinion pieces and interviews to Project on the Middle East and the Arab Spring (POMEAS), an online open forum for reflecting on and analyzing the various dimensions of the Arab Spring and its echoes in the region today. Selma has a passion for soccer, theatre and urban exploration.
Host Organization: John D. Evans Foundation
Role at Host Organization: Selma will be maintaining relationships for the foundation’s Grantees. In addition, she will attend various meetings with the Foundation. She will conduct necessary research and will also help with the Board work of the Executive VP’s foundation duties.
Phales MilimoZambia (Host: World Vision International)
Phales has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Zambia. During the time she worked for World Vision as a monitoring and evaluation officer, Phales gained a lot of experience working with the rural communities and programming projects to ensure that they met their goals. She helped vulnerable children with access to education, good health and clean water. She also has led the Sinazongwe area development program in conducting the end of cycle evaluation in which all the project’s’ impacts were assessed against the baseline. When she served as a global health corps fellow in 2014 to 2015, she witnessed how health equity and social justice are possible to achieve. This experience exposed her to public health and has strengthened her leadership skills. Phales has worked on a number of projects ranging from access to sexual reproductive health and rights, to HIV and AIDS, food security, and economic empowerment. She also participated in an early childhood development community sensitization. It addressed developmental delays in children and gave technical support on a Smartcare project which included training health workers in the electronic health system. Phales enjoys interacting with children, conducting presentations, research, report writing and project management.
Host Organization: World Vision International
Role at Host Organization: Phales will help develop a new framework and narrative for World Vision International to decrease vulnerabilities of children, with a special focus on disability inclusion and gender. Her portfolio will include extensive research including literature reviews, environmental scans, position papers, communications and analysis of opportunities to strengthen equality and inclusion through the Sustainable Development Goals.
Nadia TahaSudan (Host: Voice of America)
Nadia Taha is a journalist working for Ahyin and Nuba Reports in Nairobi, Kenya. As a trained lawyer, Nadia holds an LLB from Nilein University in Khartoum, Sudan. With Ahyin and Nuba Reports, Nadia works as the Director of Communications. In addition to being the public face of the organization, Nadia has gained skills in video production, social media marketing, and an in-depth understanding of political and social dynamics of Sudan’s conflict zones. Nadia has also worked as an associated producer and researcher for VICE on two projects. The first was a film about Darfur refugees, and the second was about the Chadian army fighting Boko Haram. This has helped strengthen Nadia’s skills. Nadia previously worked with Sudan Radio Service based in Nairobi. She introduced a program specifically covering women’s issues in Sudan that deal with human rights, legal issues, gender concerns, war crimes, and female education. This program was broadcasted to Darfur and the rest of Sudan each Friday. Nadia was also a lead actor in the Al-Dawahi series, a radio drama series that tackles issues such as human rights, rape in the Darfur conflict, early marriage and the role of the UN in peace in Darfur. She has been instrumental in getting radio programs produced by the Sudan Radio Service to be rebroadcast on an FM station in eastern Chad, which broadcasts to several Darfur refugee camps located in that country.
Host Organization: Voice of America
Role at Host Organization: Nadia will serve with VOA staff to identify and research news and feature stories in Sudan and South Sudan that are of interest to the target audience, and will be called upon to conduct interviews. She will expand her skills in journalism and storytelling and produce radio reports for international broadcast and/or digital content for the voanews.com/southsudan website. In addition, Nadia will support the editorial process of planning daily news coverage, and be expected to participate actively in daily news meetings.
Mehak ToseefPakistan (Host: Atlas Corps)
Mehak has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Environmental Policy from the Lahore School of Economics. While working as an Assistant Manager for Communications and Knowledge Management at Nur Center for Research and Policy, Mehak spearheaded a DFID-UKAID funded project for developing the first National Knowledge Portal for Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH). This knowledge portal serves as a platform to share and collate maximum available MNCH knowledge in Pakistan, to facilitate public health experts and establish policymakers in developing evidence-based policies to strengthen the MNCH sector in Pakistan. Mehak also worked as Project Lead for an operational study with UNICEF on the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) initiative, where she was intricately involved in organizing training sessions for skilled birth attendants and designing interventions based on the findings of the research. In the past she has worked for different social and development projects, supporting youth and women’s rights, which she feels passionately about. Previously, Mehak has worked on a one year USAID funded project on rehabilitating survivors of gender based violence (GBV) at a shelter-home. Her work involved developing holistic rehabilitation plans for the GBV survivors in order to reintegrate them back into society. Through these experiences, she has developed strong project management, report writing, event planning and communication skills, especially with regards to donor-funded projects. She is also a certified fitness instructor and works part-time at a fitness studio, leading High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts.
Host Organization: Atlas Corps
Role at Host Organization: Mehak will be responsible for managing the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (GLL), a training program for rising global nonprofit leaders participating in the Atlas Corps Fellowship. She will also plan and manage this leadership development program to empower Atlas Corps Fellows in their professional journeys. Mehak will ensure the overall excellent experience for staff, speakers, and Fellow participants.
Lamia Sameen MalikPakistan (Host: World Vision International)
Lamia has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Marketing from NUST Business School in Pakistan. Currently, Lamia works as a Grants Writer with IOM within their Pakistan Transition Initiative project in Pakistan under the USAID/OTI project to strengthen government-community relations and improve the socioeconomic status of communities in conflict-prone areas of Pakistan. She supervises grant closing, reviews final evaluation report and oversees donor and independent monitoring unit queries. Previously, Lamia worked with a capacity building organization on a mission to create change-makers who promote socio-economic transformation. Lamia has a preceding background in Microfinance. She worked with a prestigious roster of clients including ADB, UNIDO, UNDP, ILO, and the Government of Pakistan. She has had the opportunity to focus on multiple thematic areas, including community development, youth empowerment, livelihood and enterprise development, gender sensitization and mainstreaming, institutional development and good governance. Lamia was able to acquire project design, project implementation and management, curriculum design and training cycle management, monitoring and evaluation, documentation and report writing, and client coordination that enhanced her leadership skills.
Host Organization: World Vision International
Role at Host Organization: Lamia will coordinate and expand a global, multi-agency network of facilitators and organisations using a unique internationally recognized conflict analysis tool called ‘Making Sense of Turbulent Contexts’ (MSTC). She will manage network communications and resources, while making a key contribution to strategic planning and resource development for future network growth.
Kiran Kasim AliPakistan (Host: YFU-International Secretariat)
Kiran has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has earned her Master’s degree in Education from Hamdard University in Karachi, Pakistan. While working with a provincial education foundation as Training and Development Officer, she leads an important portfolio of teachers’ capacity building with special emphasis on early childhood development and child centered learning pedagogies at Learning Support Unit. Her core contribution is towards seeking the betterment through education. She has empowered more than 3000 teachers of Sindh province to become professional teachers, under different projects of Sindh Education Foundation. Given her teaching experience and on-the-ground work with teacher trainings, she is adept at designing robust programs and adapting to various learning styles. She has been active in the International Inspiration, a London 2012’s sports legacy programme which is organized by the British Council as a partner organization and selected as a Master Trainer for Pakistan region. Kiran also serves as Vice Chairperson of an emerging nonprofit Child Rise. It focuses on the children’s rights in Pakistan by ensuring access to quality education, protection from all types of exploitation and economic empowerment to adolescents and women. Kiran is very interested in adolescents and youth empowerment, training designing and facilitation, academic and administrative management. She has also inspired many young students to volunteer by organizing different training programs at community- based setting.
Host Organization: Youth for Understanding- International Secretariat
Role at Host Organization: YFU will launch a new Learning Management System, taking YFU trainings online for the international network. Kiran will be responsible for building up the content, creating trainings in various areas and topics, serving and supporting the YFU network of 55+ countries.
Kangkwon LeeSouth Korea (Host: Goodwill Industries International)
Kangkwon has over four years of experience in the profit and nonprofit sectors. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Korea University in South Korea. From 2013 to 2015, Kangkwon worked at KPMG, positioned in Climate Change & Sustainability Division. In 2015, Kangkwon, as a project manager, successfully developed ‘Creating Shared Value’ business model, which aims to revitalize depressed rural villages in Jeju Island, Korea. Kangkwon also worked at Eco-Frontier, a local consultancy, where he provided a number of advisory services on corporate social responsibility. Kangkwon also completed internships for research assistant role at the UN Global Compact Korea Network in 2010 and at People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) in 2009. Through the years of rigorous and demanding consulting experiences, Kangkwon acquired project management skills and a strong acumen for communication. Kangkwon is most concerned about issues that affect the youth, mostly education and unemployment, because he believes these are tools to foster success and empowerment. He has a strong passion to entrepreneurship for social change and one day hopes to find business-based solutions for education and employment issues facing young Koreans.
Host Organization: Goodwill Industries International
Role at Host Organization: Kangkwon will support the strategic expansion of the Goodwill social enterprise model internationally. He will join the International Development team, contributing in the areas of identifying new international partnership opportunities, supporting existing international affiliates and partners, and broad initiatives including data collection and analysis, fundraising, as well as development of tools for the delivery of technical assistance and training to international partners and other capacity-building mechanisms.