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.
Tyas Pusposari is an Indonesian social researcher with a profound interest in gender justice and grassroots activism. She currently works as a Learning and Evaluation Officer at Global Fund for Women where she supports its grantmaking strategy and organizational learning through monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Previously, she worked with several Indonesian grassroots organizations, mainly leading research projects. Her research spans from conducting comprehensive studies on child trafficking in Indonesia to mapping philanthropic support toward SDGs, to analyzing the Indonesian domestic workers’ rights movement. Recently, she worked with a grassroots disability organization to establish and develop its M&E systems for a program on ending gender-based violence against women with disabilities in Yogyakarta, funded by UN Trust Fund. She completed a Master of Public Administration as a Fulbright Scholar at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey where she wrote a thesis about the Indonesian Muslim women’s rights movement. She is based in West Java.
Prajwal Khadka has been working as the Associate Director of Development and Partnership at Teach For Nepal (TFN) for the past eight years. He was previously selected as one of the top applicants and signed up to teach as a TFN Fellow in a rural village of Nepal for two years, where he realized that the low academic outcome of his students wasn’t merely because of classroom investment, but also of systemic issues. This grassroots experience gave him a deeper understanding of the community, social issues, and how culture, history, and politics create injustices that could be reflected in the communities. It also enhanced his leadership, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a cross-cultural setting. Having understood that larger community involvement was critical for change in educational outcomes, he then joined TFN’s core team where he now leads Fundraising and Public/Private Partnerships. His portfolio involves working with government officials, particularly at the Ministry of Education, private corporations of Nepal, and other agencies to enhance and support funding and collaboration necessary for TFN. Besides TFN, he has experience working on issues like LGBTI rights, leprosy patient welfare, public education improvement, and youth advocacy. He is also serving as a visiting faculty for undergraduate students.
Polina Shubina has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video from the Saint Petersburg University, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Polina is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of a cultural foundation, Floating EKA, whose mission is to develop creative potential and build a cross-cultural dialogue between people, communities, and companies in the Baltic Sea region. After the past year of intense work in the nonprofit sphere — creating the mission, vision and strategy for the project — Polina gained experience in strategic planning, project coordination, and negotiations with potential partners and donors. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Polina spent eight years working with major international creative productions assisting a technical department, coordinating volunteers, working as a stage manager, and acting as an English-Russian interpreter. In 2018, Polina volunteered at a Bread and Puppet activist theatre, giving workshops to activist and community groups and college and elementary school students across the country. In 2014, Polina worked for two months on the Olympics and Paralympic Games ceremonies in Sochi as a Creative Department Assistant, assisting choreographers during rehearsals, managing 50 volunteers, and helping with translation. Polina believes that art and culture are ideal tools to talk about complex topics like environmental issues, peaceful society, and tolerance.
Oyenike Noimot OyewoNigeria
Oyenike Oyewo has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in General Medicine from Vitebsk State Medical University in Belarus in 2018. She completed her residency practice in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive health, with a specialization in obstetrics & gynecology in 2020. Oyenike is an ambitious entrepreneur, highly skilled in health care administration, communications, and social media marketing. She also has experience in student educational management, fashion design, hair styling, and catering. Oyenike uses her skills of media and healthcare to communicate with young ladies and single mothers like herself through personal experience to educate them on women’s health and personal hygiene. She further uses her skills in business development to train young females in Nigeria and Belarus. Oyenike volunteered as a peer educator on women’s rights, child abuse, women’s health, and reproductive health for several groups. Through these experiences, she developed strong project coordination and implementation skills. Oyenike is passionate about the value of maternal/ child health and female/ youth empowerment.
Evgeniya Dolina is a creative professional with a diverse background in media, marketing, and international NGOs. For over six years of her career, she accumulated the best practices of journalism, commercial content writing, and editorial management. She is currently working in a medical startup that contributes to fighting cancer. While still completing her degree in Journalism, she already worked at her first Olympics. Shortly after that, she made her first appearance as a news reporter on TV. After almost two years on screen, she paused her career to earn a Master’s degree at Goldsmiths University, London. In 2018 she started working as a Project Coordinator at the Japanese Broadcasting Company, NHK. Within the next two years, she helped produce numerous programs addressing Russian social and political issues. She eventually left to step into the role of Creative Editor at Movavi, an international IT company. Next, she took up a volunteer position as the Copywriting Team Lead at an international charity organization, Health & Help, which delivers medical help to some of the world’s poorest regions. Having gained some experience in medical content, Evgeniya joined MedTech, so she could expand her impact on the world.
Ahmidu BarrieSierra Leone (Org: Partners In Health)
Ahmidu Barrie has over ten years of experience in non-profit administration, logistics, and management. Ahmidu earned his first degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone in 2010 and later pursued his post-graduate degree in public administration at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM). His drive to help his country comes from seeing his parents work very hard to take care of their family, as well as his experience of being abducted and forced to be a child soldier during his country’s civil war. After working with Wellbody Alliance, a local NGO that helped care for amputees and others with war wounds, he knew his life’s work was to help the poorest of the poor. He established the Community Health Worker Program, which brought care to the doorsteps of people living with HIV and TB across Kono District. When Ebola came to Sierra Leone in 2014, Partners In Health began working with Wellbody, and they eventually merged. During this time, as lead Logistician, Ahmidu was tasked with creating Ebola care and treatment centers across two districts. Currently, as Chief Operating Officer for Partners In Health Sierra Leone, Ahmidu is helping shepherd the development of the Maternal Center of Excellence, which aims to improve health outcomes for women in a country with one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. Ahmidu is eager to learn from the experiences of his colleagues and hopes that sharing his experience in health systems strengthening in low-resource settings will be of use to others. The skills and training that he hopes to acquire will enable him to improve his capacities as a leader and be an even stronger advocate of social justice, health equity, and education.
Allison CoadyCanada (Org: Partners In Health Canada)
Allison Coady is a Senior Development Officer at Partners In Health Canada. Allison served as the Interim Director of Major Gifts at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières-USA (MSF-USA). She joined MSF-USA as the Development Officer for Foundations, responsible for managing strategic relationships with US-based foundation donors. She has extensive international experience working on the ground in 13 African countries in the field of human rights. Prior to working at Doctors Without Borders, Allison was based in South Africa representing Canada’s International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights & Democracy) and served as Programs Manager for the Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) in Pretoria. During her time with Rights & Democracy, Allison implemented projects aimed at strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations in their efforts to document human rights violations and protect the rights of Zimbabwean asylum seekers. At DHPI, Allison coordinated conflict management, good governance, and constitution-making training programs for local leaders in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Allison is a member of the associate board of ALIMA (the Alliance for International Medical Action). She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pretoria and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.
Fiona ClarkCanada (Org: SOS Children's Villages)
Fiona is a driven and organized individual, committed to positive social change in individual and global spheres. She is passionate about learning and minimizing her impact on the environment. Fiona has lived in six countries and traveled to 30 more, which allowed her to understand different ways of life and cultivate her values and passions. In her current role, Fiona conducts training around the world and enjoys observing how people learn and adapting the curriculum accordingly. Fiona has over seven years of experience in NGOs and currently works at SOS Children’s Villages International. In her role as Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, she leads the implementation of results-based management through a participatory training curriculum. She was also Interim Head of Monitoring and Evaluation, which gave her the unique opportunity to lead the M&E network and raise awareness about its importance in an increasingly results-focused environment. Prior to SOS Children’s Villages, Fiona worked as a Project Manager for APLE Cambodia, a child protection NGO. Here, she designed and implemented planning, monitoring, and reporting system that helped diversify funding and facilitated the creation of a multi-year strategic plan. Fiona has a Master’s Degree in International Development and Management from Lund University (Sweden) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from University of Ottawa (Canada).
Janet AjalaNigeria (Org: International Rescue Committee (IRC))
Janet Ajala is a dynamic leader who is passionate about championing Women’s Rights. She has over 13 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She currently works with the International Rescue Committee in Nigeria, where she currently serves as a Field Coordinator. She is responsible for the day to day running of the activities of her field location, where she ensures the necessary humanitarian assistance is provided to the thousands of vulnerable individuals displaced by the prolonged armed conflict in Northeast Nigeria, ensuring they have access to the much-needed medical care, education, and women protection and empowerment activities. In addition to her current role, she heads the IRC Nigeria Women at Work Group, a group established by the organization to provide a safe space for women in the organization. Under this group, she provides leadership on all fronts for the over 300 women in the Country program pushing for their interests with the Senior Management Team and ensuring there is more female inclusion and representation in the organization. Prior to joining the International Rescue Committee, Janet worked with the TY Danjuma Foundation as State Coordinator, where she coordinated the activities of the various community-based and faith-based organizations funded by the Foundation to implement Youth and Women Empowerment programs and Health. Janet obtained a BA in English from the University of Ibadan and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the same university.
Melanie SovernUnited States (Org: Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF))
Melanie Sovern has nine years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree from New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study in New York City, where she graduated summa cum laude with a focus on liberal arts, social justice, critical theory, and art. As Director of Mass Audiences at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières USA (MSF), Melanie oversees a $165M fundraising program of over a million donors. She leads the strategy for all marketing and fundraising campaigns, activities, and donor journeys for this critical audience. Prior to this role, Melanie served as the Senior Manager of Sustainer Giving at MSF, leading the sustainer program’s communications, strategy, and budget. She previously worked at the world-famous cancer hospital Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for five years. She has also worked in the non-profit arts industry. Through these experiences, Melanie has developed her strategic thinking, collaborative leadership, and fundraising skills. Her passions include public health access, human rights, and civil liberties.
Nerissa TaylorUnited States (Org: Fountain House)
Nerissa Taylor has nearly a decade of experience leading nonprofits to achieve their mission through strategic partnership building. She currently serves as Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving at Fountain House, a nonprofit based in NYC, focused on improving health, increasing opportunity, and reducing social & economic isolation for people living with serious mental illness. Previous to joining Fountain House, Nerissa was the lead philanthropy officer at the American Red Cross in New York. Nerissa spent several years working in Washington, DC. Nerissa joined the foundation arm of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) as Corporate Relations Officer. Nerissa spent nearly four years building a corporate engagement program from the ground up. Previous to this she spent three years at the National League of Cities, an organization focused on improving the lives of constituents by bringing together local elected officials. While on the Strategic Partnerships team she led strategic partnership building and multi-year partnerships between NLC, the private sector industry, and local government. Nerissa’s passion for public-private partnership building stems from her first role at the Clinton Global Initiative where she learned first-hand of the impact of bringing together the private and public sectors to create impactful social change. She is incredibly excited to be part of the Fountain House team during this critical time where the impacts of COVID-19, racial and social injustice, and social isolation have spurred national and global conversation around destigmatizing mental health. Nerissa is a graduate of Wellesley College.