Lorna KanyugaKenya (Host: Luminate)
Lorna Kanyuga is a development professional with five years of experience in the social sector, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi. She recently served as the Kenya Philanthropies Lead at Microsoft, where she coordinated digital skills and entrepreneurship training programs. Previously, she worked at Yusudi Limited, where she led the development, testing and launch of Jijali, an online learning program that uses blended learning techniques to provide personalized entrepreneurship and career training to over 1,400 young people. She was also a Life Skills Trainer at the same company, where she developed and delivered career preparation training to over 200 unemployed college graduates and young professionals. Prior to that, she managed the Social Projects Department at the AIESEC office in Kenya, where she led the development and implementation of strategies to grow the international volunteer program. Through these experiences, she has gained skills in project/program management, training, and youth development. In her spare time, Lorna volunteers at schools in informal settlements in Nairobi, where she supports schools in providing life skills training to students and fundraises for learning materials. She is passionate about skills development for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, youth development and the use of technology in education.
Host Organization: Luminate
Role at Host Organization: At Luminate, Lorna will serve as Project Management Fellow. She will help track and implement all of Partner Support’s major projects by collecting data and impact and by providing project management / implementation assistance. She will gain exposure to work across six regions (Southeast Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States), as well as multiple impact areas.
Mialy RasoanarivonyMadagascar (Host: Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship)
Mialy Rasoanarivony is currently a business analyst at BNI Madagascar. The position allows her a deeper understanding of the economic realities of her country over the past 4 years by assessing the scope of several activities. Surrounding herself with financial decision-makers and leaders has greatly enhanced her risk management, analytic skills, and financial decision making towards large to middle activities. BNI is the first banking Industry implementing the environmental and social management system toward the private sector businesses they accompany. She has a great interest for Development and Environment as SDGs goal to achieve. Madagascar has great environmental potential, as the country deserves to become a developed one regarding all of their resources. Her versatile background in environmental and financial fields up to Master Degrees will help her achieve the perfect intersection of business and environment. She also has focused her environmental studies on waste water optimization for textile companies, hydrological studies, assisting a borehole implementation to meet a company’s water needs with all technical studies, and the bioremediation techniques for soil polluted by hydrocarbons. Those have been done with strong collaboration with the Nationals Environmental and Industrial Centers. In addition to circular economy experiences toward some private sectors. She strongly believes that the sustainable financing accompanied with adapted environmental policies and strategies should be an impactful component for private sectors sustainable development achievements.
Host Organization: Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Role at Host Organization: At the Miller Center, Mialy will serve as the Impact Measurement and Management Fellow: Supporting the onboarding of social entrepreneurs onto an impact measurement platform and conducting independent research with SCU faculty.
Asma RouabhiaTunisia (Host: Girl Up)
Asma Rouabhia is passionate about working on the sustainable development agenda and empowering vulnerable communities to unleash their potential. She has 5 years of multidisciplinary experience in the development sector. She is pursuing a professional master’s degree in innovation, has studied diplomacy and international relations, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Asma is an alumna of the US MEPI Student Leaders program and won first place in the MEPI Alumni of the Year 2020 award. She worked with an international training institute and contributed to projects focused on sustainable development and good governance. She led the design and implementation of capacity building programs for policy makers and public sector reform, primarily in Africa. Asma was a Junior National Consultant to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in the Recovery and Resilience Team. She is a former regional focal point for the Arab States and West Asia with the Major Group for Children and Youth and a coordinator of the Youth Sustainable Energy Hub. Asma is one of UNESCO’s Arab Youth Leaders in ESD and Green TVET, and one of the laureates of GIZ’s Accelerate MENA program. She is part of the technical working group focusing on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the UN High Level Dialogue on Energy 2021. Asma launched a new initiative called Elkhadra Sustainable: A Better Tunisia for All to strengthen the knowledge and skills of young Tunisians in sustainable development and be agents of change.
Host Organization: Girl Up
Role at Host Organization: At Girl Up, Asma will be serving as the Girl Up MENA Regional Fellow: The Developing Girl Up’s strategic approach to program delivery and engagement in the Middle East & East Africa region, building on the existing grassroots network of Girl Up Clubs and youth leaders throughout the region.
Irina MkrtchyanArmenia (Host: National Academy of Public Administration)
Irina Mkrtchyan is circular economy and grant writing expert, as well as environmental enthusiast from Armenia. She holds a master’s degree in Marketing, PR and Advertising from the University of Sheffield,UK and a second master’s degree in agribusiness from Armenian National Agrarian University (ANAU) in Armenia. She holds a BA in marketing and agribusiness from the same university. She is the co-founded and development lead of “ISSD” Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development of Communities” NGO (founded in 2017), where she is leading various environmental and rural development projects, supported by organizations like UNDP, Norwegian Retailers Fund and others. Irina is supervising grant writing, marketing, fundraising and development activities. She has raised over 550,000USD in grants and donations within the last 2 years. She has 13+ years of experience in marketing, consulting, public relations/outreach, solid waste management and environmental protection, green communication, strategic planning and development, project/grant management, startup management. She is specialized in designing, planning, executing and monitoring project and marketing/PR campaigns. Irina has strong knowledge and international experience in various industries including Fortune 500 companies, the World Bank, UNDP, GEF, World Resources Institute. Her professional/research interests are circular economy, waste management, recycling, marketing, grant writing, rural development, women empowerment, environmental protection and policy development, partnership development for implementing joint projects.
Host Organization: National Academy of Public Administration
Role at Host Organization: At National Academy of Public Administration, Irina will be serving as a Business Development and Communications Fellow: Supporting the organization’s development and fundraising efforts, and expanding and implementing communications strategies to leverage technology and social media for visibility of the organization.
Selamawit MershaEthiopia (Host: ideas42)
Selamawit Mersha has seven years of experience in Program Management, Program Development and Quality in the non-profit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters of Social Work from Addis Ababa University. Selamawit is a RISE UP Youth Champions Initiative Fellow, Alumni of Young Leaders Training Program, and Alumni of Young Policy Makers of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Her professional background includes working on Migration, Livelihoods, Youth Development, SRHR and Gender equality programs. While she served as a Livelihood Specialist in Save the Children International Ethiopia, Selamawit improved the lives of Young Ethiopian and Eritrean migrants under the Ethiopia Migration Program supported by FCDO through Socio-economic reintegration, resilience and self-reliance programs. Previously, Selamawit improved the Sexual reproductive health and wellbeing of young people in Ethiopia through life skills, advocacy and meaningful engagement, provision of YFS and capacity building of partners through the GUSO SRHR program funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Selamawit has formed and led Youth Advocate groups for YNSD and FAWE Ethiopia who advocated for social issues such as SRHR, gender equality and meaningful engagement. Selamawit also improved the lives of young Ethiopians under projects funded by RISE UP, CSSP, Embassy of Finland and Packard Foundation. Selamawit has consulted government stakeholders, youth groups and nonprofit organizations on Program Development and Quality, Youth Engagement and Gender mainstreaming. Through these experiences Selamawit has developed skills in program management, technical and consulting expertise, and capacity building. Selamawit is interested in Youth Development, Gender Equality, and Behavioral Science.
Host Organization: ideas42
Role at Host Organization: At ideas42, Selamawit will serve as a Behavioral Design Fellow: contributing to different behavioral design projects in Global Health and participating in professional development opportunities, specifically around behavioral science and program design, with additional opportunities to contribute to research approaches.
Edrida Pulungan has 10 years worked in the Secretary-General House of Regional Representatives of Republic Indonesia and expert in partnership. She earned a double Bachelor’s in Economics and Education and also a double Masters in International Relations and Sociology. She currently pursues a Ph.D. in Government Science. She worked as a Parliament PR and was then promoted as a Policy Analyst in research and budget center which has opened her mind about public policy and collaborative government. During COVID-19 to recovery economy, she innovated a penta-helix model for developing creative economy under law no. 24 and proposed her innovation to the minister. She is also active in building partnerships with senators, local, central government, private sector, academician, community, and media to overcome the social and economic problem by initiating discussion Local Heroes Network which involved youth and community. Edrida was awarded as a Government Official by the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform. Edrida was concern with collaborative government, partnership, capacity building, climate change, woman empowerment, peace, and a creative economy. She published books, research, and opinion about global issues. Her book was part of the collection of Global Peace library in Paris, the title” The Peace Message of The Earth” and visited UNESCO. She is a Climate Change Leader trained by Al Gore. She also the Founder of Lentera Pustaka Indonesia which promotes literacy and the Founder of Corps International Government 4.0. She was selected to be part of Global Woman Leader ASEAN by IWB Malaysia. As a future leader, she believed her contribution to the Indonesian government and the US will increase the best partnership in the future.
Sahrini Rauf has over five years of experience in veterinary public health. Currently, She is working as a Professional Young Medic Veterinarian at Livestock and Animal Health Office, The Government of South Sulawesi Province. She completed her study in 2005 as a veterinarian at Bogor Agriculture Institute and gained her Master’s degree in Biology Education from Makassar State University in Indonesia. She is working to assist in technical policy and the action plan in her Office. She assists in controlling zoonotic diseases and animal welfare. She is also an auditor for food safety assurance of animal origin. She has repeatedly facilitated foreign cooperation between South Sulawesi Province and various institutions and governments, including Senior Experten Service Germany, Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, Government and University In Australia, and Dutch Government. She was invited to BIMP-EAGA as a delegate of Indonesia in Brunei Darussalam. She participated in various international courses including in the Netherlands and she got a short-term visit to the United States, in the International Visitor Leadership Program for Infectious Disease and Mitigation Response. Recently, she completed International Short Course organized by WHO & FAO for Joint Risk Assessment in One Health and became a trainer for District Government Officers. Besides that, She is the Founder of Life and Reason Society, a community engaged in Agriculture, Livestock, and One Health to empower local farmers and poor communities.
Roy Hendrawan has more than 10 years of work experience in the Government of Indonesia (ministries and agency). Roy has been working with the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform of the Republic of Indonesia (MABR) as a Policy Analyst that enabled him to contribute to developing the national policies of civil service management by conducting analysis in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of policies and giving recommendation to policymakers. Previously, he had worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (MFA) as a Treasurer and General Affair Officer that supported finance and technical area. He also worked in a multicultural environment abroad as Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in France that proven his ability to work in an international context. After he had earned a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Indonesia, he continued to work in Ombudsman of the Republic of Indonesia in assisting the surveillance and complaint handling of public service, especially in the human resources area. He has good analytical skills and a strong willingness to change government for betterment and development according to best practices of management. As a Policy Analyst, his ultimate goal is to take part in transforming civil service management in order to build highly qualified civil servants that enhancing the quality of public services, as a social goal that matters to him.
Niniek Yuliani has four years of experience in the government sector and six years of work in the private sector. Niniek earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Trisakti University in Jakarta. During her work as an engineer in the private sector, she realized her interest and goal of working to solve social problems in the community especially in the field of education, law enforcement, and public welfare. She works at an anti-corruption agency as a Specialist in Education. In this role, Niniek managed the anti-corruption prevention program for the business sector by facilitating advocacy forum at the local and national level in Indonesia, writing an anticorruption guidebook for the business sector, establishing a national work standard competency of Integrity Officer, and conducting anticorruption socialization, seminar and workshops for business, education, and public sector. Niniek focused on developing anti-corruption education programs by encouraging local governments to establish anticorruption education regulations and implement the program at schools. Thanks to this job, she was able to attract people’s awareness to complex social problems on anti-corruption, share anticorruption values and the rule of law, facilitate sessions for various segment from students to business people to improve their knowledge and awareness on anti-corruption, and engage them to involve and take actions to eradicate corruption through creative solutions for Indonesia free of corruption, fair law enforcement, and equal social welfare. Niniek enjoys focusing on topics of anti-corruption, education development, technology, and has a strong passion for self-development and public speaking.
Tifa Laily SavitriIndonesia
Tifa Laily Savitri has seventeen years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Master of Public Policy from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Tifa has worked at the National Civil Service Agency (NCSA). Tifa served as Head of the International Cooperation Subdivision. Tifa is responsible for managing foreign cooperation, preparing materials for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of international cooperation, including both short- and long-term education. The skills obtained from this designation are the aspects of cooperation in civil service and strengthening the international relations between NCSA and other civil service organizations in the world. Before joining NCSA, Tifa worked at the Directorate Vector Borne Disease Control, Ministry of Health, and the Indonesia National Committee for Avian Flu Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness, Coordinating Ministry for People Welfare. Tifa’s first career was as a Research Assistant at the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development Studies, Bogor Agricultural University. All of those experience provides excellent skills and supports her future career. Working in those important organizations has given Tifa a broad overview of how important it is for Indonesia to develop strategies to encourage more people to pursue education. Tifa believes that a more educated population leads to a better government for everyone. Education plays a role in creating young people as agents of change that carry the difference and create agents of producers who can create real change.
Sepri Andi earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a focus on development. He has over four years of experience in building communities across different issues in Indonesia. Recently, he took a full-time job to create one of the growing mental health communities called Social Connect. Before founding Social Connect, Sepri was a mental health survivor. Through Social Connect, Sepri and his team successfully reached 3 million youth online through a self-love campaign launched during the COVID-19 outbreak. Since then, Sepri has been working to build a safe space, forums, and virtual friends for mental health survivors like himself, with more than 50.000 members to date. Sepri’s previous work was also building a community from scratch for one of the leading logistic companies to support their mission of contributing to Indonesia’s economy. His work has reached 8.000 retails with 50M transactions per month. Andi starts his career by working for one of the top e-commerce companies in SEA to build a lasting relationship with the seller community across Indonesia. Through his experience, Andi has learned, joined, spoken, and contributed to community development, mental health, and youth empowerment.
Oky Adrian earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Bina Nusantara University and a Master’s degree in Information Systems Development from Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen (HAN), in the Netherlands, and a short course in data science at the University of South Australia. He became a government employee at the Ministry of Education and Culture and was then promoted to a supervisor with duties in collecting, processing, presenting data & information, analyzing current and future policy for policy formulation, implementation, evaluation publication, and public relations in the area of research and development. He was assigned as a Project Manager at the National Education Standards Agency to manage the meetings and policy brief for the board. Later, he was assigned project manager for the national assessment program. Those posts gave him experience and help him in shaping his ability and knowledge in government management and budgeting matters. For international fora, he also participated in meetings of the APEC Human Resources Working Group (APEC HRDWG) in Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Peru, Viet Nam, and Chile. Besides the work experiences, his personal interest in traveling has made him a more open-minded person and respect other’s way of life and cultures. Apart from traveling, he has a high interest in sports, particularly automotive sports: MotoGP and Formula 1. He believes that discipline, hard-working, and an open mind will bring us a successful person.