See the coverage of the recent Atlas Corps Fellow-organized event: Africa Through Our Eyes: Atlas Corps African Fellows share first-hand views on changing trends on the continent

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PANELISTS – Atlas Corps Fellows

Eva Baguma (Uganda) is an Atlas Corps Fellow from Uganda serving at Ashoka. With more than five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Eva has a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism from Makerere University in Uganda and holds Certificates in Fundraising Database Management (Blackbaud, UK) and Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Management. Eva served as the Program Officer of Fundraising and Resource Mobilization at the Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC). In this capacity, Eva directed the organization’s public relations and media and communications campaigns, which included the development and production of the organization’s print media products and online communications. Prior to this role, Eva served as a hospitality and events manager in several capacities before finding her true calling in the development sector, where she has found a heightened sense of fulfillment in her work.

Mirette Bahgat (Egypt) is an Atlas Corps Fellow from Egypt serving at Earth Conservation Corps. Mirette graduated from Cairo University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Professional Development at the American University in Cairo. Mirette started her career as a banker at HSBC bank in Egypt. In her spare time, Mirette devoted herself to community-based social work. She volunteered at an orphanage where she employed games and experiments to teach English and science using an interactive approach. Mirette later volunteered as a facilitator with ILO-Cairo on the SCREAM project, which supports child rights through education, arts, and the media. Mirette’s enriching experience with this project led to a life-changing decision to devote her career to community development. Mirette is currently working as a non-formal education coordinator and youth educator at Alwan Wa Awtar NGO, an arts-for-development organization situated in rural Cairo.

Takawira Kapikinyu (Zimbabwe)is an Atlas Corps Fellow from Zimbabwe serving at Refugees International. Takawira has seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He has earned several degrees, including a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management, and a Master of Science in Rural and Urban Planning from the University of Zimbabwe. As a university student, Takawira was an active member of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace Zimbabwe and a representative to the Students Representative Council for his faculty. Most recently, Takawira worked as an Associate Researcher with Gender and Rural Development Consultants (GERUDE), where he provided consultancy services to many NGOs and development agencies. At GERUDE he gained vast experience in project planning and management, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing. He is currently the vice president of the Proudly Zimbabwean Trust Zimbabwe Chapter.

Yaw Adu-Gyamfi (Ghana) is an Atlas Corps Fellow from Ghana serving at CentroNia and a Consultant on Governance and Sustainable Development with over 5 years experience in community development, organizational, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises-SME capacity building. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director at Kumasi Center for Lifelong Learning, a center for business and technology skills development, entrepreneurship, research and policy advocacy based in Ghana’s second and ancient city of Kumasi. Yaw is also a Director at SpanAfrica and member of the Pan-African Competitiveness Forum, promoting shared best practices for bottom up development across the continent. But most importantly, he is a member of the famed Cheetah Generation, an emerging crop of African leaders who are hands-on problem solvers, identifying opportunities in challenges.

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