Houssam Eddine BentridiAlgeria (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.
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.
Zaneta PereiraIndia (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 Organization: Teach For All
Role at Host Organization: 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.
Vivien SolomonNigeria (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 Organization: Susan G. Komen
Role at Host Organization: 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.
Sushmita LamaNepal (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 Organization: Internews
Role at Host Organization: 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.
Shorouk ElkobrosEgypt (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 Organization: Nestle
Role at Host Organization: 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
Sara TariqPakistan (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 Organization: Atlas Corps
Role at Host Organization: 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.
Rachael KentenyingiUganda (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 Organization: Global Communities
Role at Host Organization: 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.
Natalia AlonsoChile (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 Organization: Open Road Alliance
Role at Host Organization: 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.
Najoua SoudiMorocco (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 Organization: Affinis Labs
Role at Host Organization: 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.
Hasan KilaniJordan (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. Traveling and meeting new people are among his hobbies.
Host Organization: Heartland Alliance International
Role at Host Organization: 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.
Génesis LuigiVenezuela (Host: IPPF/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 Organization: International Planned Parenthood Federation / Western Hemisphere Region
Role at Host Organization: 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.
Eya ChamliTunisia (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 Organization: UBM
Role at Host Organization: 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.