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Fall 2013 Professional Fellows Congress U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of Citizen Exchanges-Professional Fellows Division

Economic Empowerment Media Legislative Process and Governance


Participants of the ICFJ Africa Media Exchange program take a tour of NPR and learn about upcoming developments in U.S. media. Moses Walugembe shares his personal experience in Uganda with the group.

GLC Fellows discuss the principles of community organizing with Ramon Perez of the United North Toledo Organization.

Credit: GLC and WSOS

University of Montana Economic Empowerment Fellows learn social media strategies to reach rapidly growing audiences in Southeast Asia. Credit: University of Montana

Credit: ICFJ


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Table of Contents Professional Fellows Program Overview

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Hotel Map

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Area Map

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Congress Schedule Countries of Origin: Fall 2013 Fellows

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Professional Fellows Distinguished Alumni Awardees Speaker and Presenter Biographies U.S. Department of State Biographies

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Fellow Biographies, Fall 2013

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Partner Organizations

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The Professional Fellows Program provides targeted professional development and support to emerging leaders working in the fields of Economic Empowerment, Legislative Process and Governance, and Media. The Professional Fellows Program is designed to provide program participants with a four- to eight-week practical fellowship experience to broaden their professional expertise. Placed in private, non-profit and government offices across the United States, Professional Fellows learn how issues in their respective fields are addressed in the U.S., interact with a broad network of professional colleagues, and develop a more nuanced understanding of Americans and American society. During the Fall 2013 program, Professional Fellows from over 40 countries and territories participated in fellowships across the United States. In 2013, the Professional Fellows Program has supported approximately 450 foreign Fellows coming to the United States and reciprocal visits by more than 300 American participants in the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014. The Professional Fellows Program offers a unique opportunity for the foreign Fellows and their American colleagues to work together to address issues of mutual importance, develop new insights into professional approaches to common issues, and broaden their understanding of foreign working environments, practices and society. PROFESSIONAL FELLOWS CONGRESS At the conclusion of the Fall 2013 Fellowship program, 240 Professional Fellows will travel from their fellowship placements to Washington, D.C. to participate in the seventh Professional Fellows Congress, November 6-9, 2013. The Congress marks the culmination of the Program and provides a forum for Fellows to share their experiences with each other. The Fellows Congress also provides opportunities for Fellows to network with program colleagues working within their professional sphere, learn about best practices and creative solutions in their respective fields, share key insights into effective leadership models, and explore ways to apply their learning and expertise to a number of concrete and innovative activities upon their return home. The Congress will focus on leadership development as it relates to civic engagement, addressing the themes of Economic Empowerment, Legislative Process and Governance, and Media.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE The State Department is the United States’ federal executive department responsible for the international relations of the United States, equivalent to the foreign ministries of other countries. Created in 1789, the Department was the first executive department established. The State Department currently employs 19,000 U.S.-based employees and more than 50,000 people total in 190 countries. The State Department operates the diplomatic missions of the United States abroad and is responsible for implementing the foreign policy of the United States and U.S. diplomatic efforts. The Department is led by the Secretary of State, who is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. The current Secretary of State is John Kerry. The Secretary of State is the first Cabinet official in the order of precedence and in the presidential line of succession. For more information on the history of the State Department, U.S. Diplomacy, and U.S. Foreign Policy, please visit history.state.gov or www.usdiplomacy.org/history/overview/statedept.php. THE BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS (ECA), U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE The Congressional mandate of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State is “to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries…and thus to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations” (Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchanges Act of 1961). ECA engages youth, students, educators, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries in both the developed and developing world through a range of academic, sports, cultural, and professional exchange programs. To conduct the Professional Fellows Program in 2013, the Department of State has partnered with 16 organizations: American Councils for International Education, Bentley University, Hands Along the Nile Development Services, International Center for Journalists, International City/County Management Association, Great Lakes Consortium/WSOS Community Action Commission, Legacy International-Institute for Practical Idealism, Michigan State University, Partners of the Americas, Portland State University, University of Connecticut, University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, University of Oklahoma, World Learning, and the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions. ECA has nearly 1 million alumni around the world, including more than 40 Nobel Laureates and more than 300 current and former heads of state and government. One-third of member states of the United Nations are currently led by ECA alumni. For more information, visit exchanges.state.gov and alumni.state.gov.

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Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel Layout Second Floor

First Floor Outdoor Terrace Studio C

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Prefunction PFC Information Desk

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Arlington / Crystal City Map

Crystal Drive

Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel 2800 South Potomac Ave Arlington, Virginia 22202 USA

WELCOME! Crystal City, Arlington’s largest downtown, features an abundance of fine restaurants, cafÊs, specialty stores, bike trails, and an award-winning theater. With its quick access to Washington, D.C. and its proximity to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the area has attracted many businesses, non-profits, artists, tourists, and residents. The neighborhood surrounding the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel boasts 86 restaurants that serve a wide variety of cuisines. Most restaurants are along Crystal Drive or along 23rd Street. Ask the hotel concierge for specific recommendations, or just go out and explore!

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Program Notes Welcome One and All! We look forward to meeting and learning from each Professional Fellows Congress attendee. During the Congress, Fellows should contact staff from their U.S.-based organization should they have any needs, concerns, or questions. The information desk is staffed with World Learning and U.S. Department of State staff who are also available to assist with questions. Map Exhibits: We have provided maps to demonstrate how geographically diverse our Congress is. On the world map, please find your country or territory and place a sticker on it. Then, on the U.S. map, place a sticker on the state where you completed your Fellowship. Message Board: Please feel free to use the message board should you wish to connect with Fellows of similar interests, go out in the city with others who may be interested, find Fellows from particular countries/backgrounds, or seek any other information that you think would be of interest to your fellow Congress attendees. Dress Code: Dress pants, slacks, or dresses and collared shirts or professional blouses are the expected attire for the Congress. Please refrain from wearing jeans, t-shirts, sneakers, or other casual wear. Name Tag Color Codes: Media Fellows: Green Economic Empowerment Fellows: Maroon Legislative Process & Governance Fellows: Blue U.S. Based Host Organization Staff: Yellow U.S. Department of State: White Connect via Social Media: While we ask that you respectfully refrain from using your phones, laptops and other devices during workshops and presentations, we encourage you to post photos on Facebook and tweet about the Professional Fellows Congress on Twitter during breaks. Professional Fellows Division: Twitter: @ProFellows #ProFellows Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ProFellows Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Twitter: @ConnectStateGov and @ECA_AS (Assistant Secretary of State for ECA) Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ExchangesConnect

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Program Schedule Wednesday, November 6, 2013: Please note that breakfast today is on your own. You may eat in the hotel restaurant on the lobby level or enjoy breakfast at a restaurant or café nearby. Breakfast will be provided on Thursday and Friday on the second floor of the hotel outside of the ballroom. 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Congress Registration, Ongoing Please take the elevator to the second floor of the hotel. The registration area will be easy to identify. Here, you will receive your program book and packet of information from World Learning and U.S. Department of State staff. 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Time for Poster Preparation Location: Salons 1, 2, and 3 Tables and supplies will be provided for Fellows who signed up in September to present a poster during the poster session on Friday. 11:00-11:45 a.m. – Administrative Meeting with Partner Organizations Location: Studio F Mary Deane Conners, Director, Office of Citizen Exchanges, U.S. Department of State One representative from each organization should be present. 12:00-2:15 p.m. – Lunch, followed by Orientation Ballroom (Salon 4) 12:45 p.m. – World Learning Welcome and Orientation – Dr. Patricia Harrison, World Learning 12:55 p.m. – U.S. Department of State Welcome – Mr. Michael Stanton, Chief, Professional Fellows Division, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State 1:05 p.m. – Introduction of Distinguished Alumnae Awardees – Mr. Adam Meier, Professional Fellows Division, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Distinguished Alumnae Awardees: Ms. Olivia Coldrey, Australia and Ms. Betty Tshepiso Mokoena, South Africa

1:15 p.m. – Professional Fellows Program Overview – Ms. Carol Herrera, Professional Fellows Division, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. – Icebreaker Activity introduced by Dr. Patricia Harrison, World Learning

2:15-2:30 p.m. – Break 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Opening Keynotes: We Are the Change We Seek

Keynote Speakers: Ms. Betty Tshepiso Mokoena, Distinguished Alumni Awardee, South Africa Ms. Olivia Coldrey, Distinguished Alumni Awardee, Australia Mr. Andy Shallal, Activist and Entrepreneur, United States of America

Introduced By: Mr. Adam Meier, Professional Fellows Division, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

3:30-4:00 p.m. – Alumni Outreach Presentation by U.S. Department of State

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4:00-5:15 p.m. – Outbound Planning Panel Discussion

Panelists: Ms. Olivia Coldrey, Distinguished Alumni Awardee, Climate Change Fellow 2010 Mr. Ed Kelley, Journalist and Media Consultant, American Outbound Fellow, Spring 2013 Ms. Sherry Shapiro, Senior Research Advisor, Library of Congress, American Outbound Fellow 2011

Moderator: Mr. Brent Beemer, Professional Fellows Division, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Evening Free – Dinner is on your own; you may select from a variety of options in the neighborhood around the hotel. Poster Preparations may continue in Salons 1, 2 and 3. Thursday, November 7, 2013: 7:30-9:00 a.m. – Breakfast provided in the Ballroom. Ballroom (Salon 4) 9:00-11:15 a.m. – Fellowship Experience Small Group Exercise Ballroom (Salon 4) This session is designed to give you an opportunity to share your fellowship experience with other Fellows in your field and to discuss together the impact of your fellowships on your future work. Each group includes a mix of Fellows from different regions. The discussion will be moderated by a leader of one of the partner organizations. Your group number will be on the back of your nametag.

Group 1: Boardroom Group 3: Studio B Group 5: Studio D Group 7: Studio F Group 9: Salon 1 Group 11: Salon 3 Group 13: Salon 4 (Ballroom) Group 15: Residence Inn Terrace Room

Group 2: Studio B Group 4: Studio C Group 6: Studio E Group 8: Pre-function Area Group 10: Salon 2 Group 12: Salon 4 (Ballroom) Group 14: Salon 4 (Ballroom) Group 16: Studio A

11:15-11:45 a.m. – Break to Prepare for Ambassadors Luncheon 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. – Professional Fellows Ambassadors Luncheon Ballroom (Salon 4) Ambassadors to the United States and local embassy staff from Fellows’ countries are invited to dine and network with the Fellows. Welcome Remarks: Dr. Tomicah Tilleman, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emergicing Democracies, U.S. Department of State Introduced by Ms. Lee Satterfield, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State 1:15-1:30 p.m. – Break to Prepare for Visit to U.S. Department of State *Please meet in the lobby to board the buses. Departure time is 1:30 p.m. Please do not bring any large bags because everyone must pass through security screening. YOU MUST BRING YOUR PASSPORT. If you do not bring your passport, you will be denied entry.

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1:30 p.m. – Board buses and depart for U.S. Department of State 2:00-2:30 p.m. – Arrival at U.S. Department of State and Security Screening 2:30-2:45 p.m. – Welcome and Distinguished Alumnae Award Presentations

Official Welcome and Presentation of Awards: Ms. Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State Presented To: Ms. Betty Tshepiso Mokoena, Professional Fellows Program Distinguished Alumni Awardee, South Africa Ms. Olivia Coldrey, Professional Fellows Program Distinguished Alumni Awardee, Australia

2:45-3:15 p.m. – Distinguished Alumnae Presentations on Fellowship Experience and Current Work 3:15-4:30 p.m. – Global Issues Panel Discussion, Including Audience Questions and Answers Panelists:

Mr. Jefferson Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Mr. David Gilmour, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs Ms. Julieta Noyes, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Ms. Susan Stevenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ms. Kathryn Schalow, Office Director, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Mr. Richard Schmierer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Buearau of Near Eastern Affairs

Moderator: Mr. Michael Stanton, Chief, Professional Fellows Division, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

4:30 p.m. – Group Photo taken by Photographer Ralph Blessing 4:45 p.m. – Board buses and return to the Hotel for Dinner 5:30 p.m. – Dinner provided at the Hotel - Evening Free Poster Preparations may continue in Salons 1, 2, and 3. Friday, November 8, 2013: 7:30-9:00 a.m. - Breakfast provided in the Ballroom. Ballroom (Salon 4)

8:55-9:00 a.m. – Professional Fellows Resource Materials (“Electronic Library”) Ms. Karin Brandenburg, Professional Fellows Division, Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Professional Workshops: These sessions will be interactive and will feature a facilitator and a moderator. Fellows may choose which workshop they would like to attend. The workshops will be three hours long, with a 15 minute break in the middle. 9:00-10:30 a.m. – Workshop Session Part I 10:30-10:45 a.m. – Break 10:45-12:15 p.m. – Workshop Session Part II

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Workshops: 1. Women and Leadership: Learn It. Own It. Location: Studio A Participants should expect to learn tools to establish and communicate their brand and build their reputation as well as tools to use influence effectively in their organizations. Discussions will include cultural perspectives and opportunities and how to share best practices for developing and supporting women as leaders. Workshop Leader: Ms. Surry Scheerer, University of Michigan Moderator: Ms. Betty Mokoena, Professional Fellows Program Distinguished Alumna 2. Effective Stakeholder Coalition Building Location: Studio D This workshop will enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in the area of coalition building for effective policy making. Participants should expect to achieve three outcomes: to discuss and debate divisive and controversial issues that could divide a coalition, to learn from one another’s experiences, and to gain specific tools for effective coalition building. Workshop Leader: Dr. Preeti Shroff-Mehta, World Learning SIT Graduate Institute Moderator: Dr. Kofi Obeng-Asiedu, University of Connecticut 3. Embracing Innovation: Changing the Way Media, Government, and NGOs Work with Data Location: Studio B The rise of open data creates tremendous opportunities to enhance the impact that media, government and NGOs have on society. In this session, we will discuss new ways each can embrace data to spur innovation and break down institutional barriers. In the second half, participants will learn about the latest technologies to capitalize on data. Workshop Leaders: Mr. Ben Colmery and Ms. Maite Fernandez, International Center for Journalists Moderator: Ms. Elanie Steyn, University of Oklahoma 4. Access to Capital Location: Studio C This workshop will examine the types of financing available in the U.S. for start-ups and small businesses and will present the situation in the Middle East and North Africa as a case study of options in developing countries. Participants will be asked to pair up to discuss whether the financing options presented are available in their countries, and if not, what alternatives, if any, exist. Some options that will be discussed include: Short and Long-Term Bank Loans, Micro-Credit, Venture Capital, Angel Investment, Incubators/Business Accelerators, and Crowd Funding. Participants also will discuss the various obstacles to the above-mentioned financing options in the countries participating in the workshop, and how to overcome them. Cultural attitudes towards entrepreneurship, and how they influence financial support for business ideas will also be discussed. Workshop Leader: Ms. Barbara Peitsch, University of Michigan Moderator: Ms. Olivia Coldrey, Professional Fellows Program Distinguished Alumni 5. Effective Communicators = Effective Advocates Location: Studio E In the midst of globalization, the media have become the playing field for politics in the 21st Century. Expect to be inspired and empowered to voice your opinion on all the key issues of the day by gaining practical skills training on: Finding Your Voice, Op-Ed Writing, Developing Talking Points, Public Speaking, and On-Camera Presence. Workshop Leader: Ms. Sui Lang Panoke, Women Politics Media Moderator: Ms. Jessica Ellerbach, World Learning 6. Strategic Planning for Your Organization Location: Salon 1 This workshop will focus on how to make critical decisions regarding your organization’s future, including collaborating to decide on the focus of the organization, short-term and long-term organizational goals, and how to best utilize the resources you have available. Workshop Leader: Mr. Stephen Vetter, Partners of the Americas Moderator: Ms. Shpresa Halimi, Portland State University

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7. Creating an Institutional Climate for Entrepreneurship Location: Salon 2 This workshop will recognize that successful entrepreneurs do not operate in a vacuum, and require strong institutional environments. This session will focus on the institutional environment needed for entrepreneurs to succeed, discussing the issues of the informal sector, corruption, property rights, legal and regulatory structures, and others. The session also will address the role of entrepreneurs in shaping a positive institutional environment and how they can better engage their governments at all level to improve opportunities for themselves and others. Workshop Leader: Mr. Aleksandr Shkolnikov, Strategic Development Investment Group Moderator: Ms. Melissa Golladay, Partners of the Americas 8. Social Media for Social Change Location: Salon 3 This workshop will provide tools for engaging online and promoting active participation of followers. Participants will learn how to apply social media strategies that are effective for social justice, non-profits, and campaigns. Workshop Leader: Ms. Shana Glickfield, Beekeeper Group Moderator: Ms. Deena Mansour, Mansfield Center, University of Montana

12:15-1:30 p.m. – Lunch provided in the Ballroom 1:30-3:00 pm. – Solution Salon Ballroom (Salon 4) Fellows will divide by theme with 10 Fellows seated at each table. Each Fellow will have 3 minutes to present a professional problem. The rest of the group at the table will then spend 5 minutes brainstorming ideas and contacts to help this Fellow solve his/her problem. The problem cannot be about money or fundraising, but all other professional issues are allowed for discussion. 3:00-3:30 p.m. – Break to prepare for the Poster Show. 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Poster Show The poster show is an opportunity for Fellows to share their professional work and action plans with other Fellows and the State Department. Participants in the Poster Show should be prepared to stand near their poster and talk with others about their work and explain the elements of the poster. All others are invited to walk around to view the posters and ask questions of the presenters. Salon 1: Near East/North Africa Studio B: Western Hemisphere Salon 2: Western Hemisphere Studio C: Europe and Eurasia Salon 3: East Asia and the Pacific/ Africa Studio D: South/Central Asia Studio E: South/Central Asia

State Department staff and other outside guests have been invited to attend the Poster Show as well, so Fellows may have an opportunity to discuss their work and professional interests with these guests. If Fellows have business cards, this is a great time to hand them out. Please note that a contest will be held. Fellows will vote to determine the best poster in the following four categories:

Women, Minorities, or Persons with Disabilities Innovations in Media or Technology

Community Development or Sustainability Accountability and Transparency

Voting will close at 5:00 p.m. The winners will be announced on the dinner cruise this evening.

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5:30-6:00 p.m. – Break to Change for Dinner Cruise Attire: collared shirts for men, dresses or dress pants for women. The boat is covered, but has an outdoor area; be sure to bring a coat or jacket as the weather is likely to be cool. 6:00 p.m. – Board buses and depart for Dinner Cruise on the Potomac River aboard the Odyssey. Meet in the Hotel Lobby. Dinner will be served aboard the boat. A cash bar will be available. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased with your personal funds if you wish. 6:30 p.m. – Boat leaves the Dock at 6:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m. – Boat returns to the Dock; Board buses to return to the Hotel. Saturday, November 9, 2013: Departure Day Breakfast is on your own. *Evaluations and Certificates must be turned in to the World Learning desk before 11:00 a.m. You will receive a copy of the group photo when you turn in your evaluation.* 12:00 p.m. – You must be checked out of your room by 12 p.m. unless you have made arrangements to stay another night. Bon Voyage!

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World Learning Fellow Hina Ansari helps at the Classroom Center, a non-profit in Charlotte, NC that provides free stationary items for teachers working in low income school districts. Credit: Hina Ansari

University of Oklahoma Fellows explored, met local campers and got their first sneak peak of a U.S. RV at the Lake Thunderbird State Park just outside Norman, Oklahoma. Photo credit: Mahin Rony

Five Entrepreneurship and Innovation fellows from Russia visit 1776, a D.C.-based startup accelerator. Credit: American Councils

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Where are all the Professional Fellows from?

Armenia 3 Azerbaijan 2 Bangladesh 11 Bhutan 2 Brazil 10 Bulgaria 5 Burma 2 Cambodia 2 China 5 Colombia 2 Costa Rica 3 Dominican Republic 5 Egypt 13 El Salvador 4 Georgia 3 Ghana 3 Haiti 1 Hungary 5

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India Israel Kazakhstan Kenya Kyrgyzstan Laos Libya Maldives Mexico Moldova Nepal New Zealand Nicaragua Nigeria Pakistan Palestinian Territories Panama Paraguay

3 4 2 2 2 2 6 2 5 2 2 3 3 2 23 3 4 3

Peru Romania Russia Slovakia South Africa Sri Lanka Tanzania Tajikistan Thailand Tunisia Turkey Uganda Ukraine Vietnam

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Professional Fellows Program Distinguished Alumni Awardees The U.S. Department of State selected the winners of the Professional Fellows Distinguished Alumni Award, a new award recognizing the positive contributions of alumni of the Professional Fellows Program. For the Fall 2013 Professional Fellows Congress, two individuals were selected from over 60 applicants, whose participation in the program contributed to their ability to make a positive impact on their communities, countries, territories, or regions. The Award includes round-trip travel to the United States to attend the Professional Fellows Congress as a guest of honor. Awardees also have been invited to share and connect with current Fellows and inspire them to meet their goals for positive change. Please congratulate the Fall 2013 Winners!

Olivia Coldrey, Australia Professional Fellows Program Participant: Climate Change, Fall 2011

Betty Tshepiso Mokoena, South Africa Professional Fellows Program Participant: Legislative Affairs, Fall 2010

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Olivia Coldrey Consultant, Wyld Group

Current City and Country: Sydney, Australia E-mail Address: olivia@coldrey.net U.S. Host Organization: City University of New York U.S. Placement Organization: Sustainable CUNY, City University of New York, NYC Solar America City Partnership Month(s) and Year of Fellowship: September-October 2011 Fellowship Program Theme: Climate Change Ms. Olivia Coldrey is a lawyer and investment professional with over 15 years of experience in finance transactions, including specialist experience investing in the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies. Currently, Coldrey is a Consultant in sustainable energy investment with Wyld Group. Prior to this position, she was Investment Director and a founding member of the executive team at the Australian Solar Institute, the Australian government’s lead solar energy agency. In this role, she led investment operations to create a portfolio of solar energy Research and Development (R&D) activity valued at US$500 million and acted as Australian Program Manager for the U.S.-Australia Solar Energy Collaboration, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously, Coldrey was in-house legal counsel and a member of the management team at Australia’s export credit agency, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, where she worked on a range of financing transactions in developed and emerging markets. As a lawyer in private practice, Coldrey has worked with Baker & McKenzie in Sydney and Hong Kong and Latham & Watkins in New York. Her participation in the Climate Change Professional Fellows Program in 2011 informed and contributed directly to the successful implementation of the United States-Australia Solar Energy Collaboration (USASEC), a long-term agreement between the U.S and Australian governments to collaborate in solar research, development and demonstration (RD&D). The opportunities provided by the Fellowship enhanced her ability to generate tangible benefits for the Australian and U.S. solar energy sectors, contribute significantly to implementing Australia’s clean energy policy in the RD&D arena, and help lay the foundation for more widespread and faster deployment of solar energy in Australia and worldwide. USASEC is supported by an Australian Government funding commitment of over A$95 million (US$98 million) and a substantial in-kind commitment from the U.S. Government through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot program. The Collaboration supports over 40 leading research institutions and companies in the U.S. and Australia that, combined, are engaged in 76 RD&D projects and two eight-year Strategic Research Initiatives in leading-edge solar energy technologies. Fellowship activities that contributed directly to USASEC’s success included working and sharing expertise with the City University of New York and project managers of the DOE-funded NYC Solar America City Partnership urban solar deployment program. Additionally, exposure to U.S. climate change and renewable energy policy through meetings with public, private, and not-for-profit institutions and engagement with key USASEC stakeholders was impactful. As a result of the knowledge gained and networks developed during Coldrey’s Fellowship, CUNY is now an adviser to a major Australian solar mapping project. Significant new solar research collaborations have been forged through organizing a joint ASI-DOE workshop in Austin, Texas that brought together leading Australian and American solar researchers to discuss collaboration opportunities. Further, her Fellowship enabled in-person engagement with DOE SunShot program staff, resulting in closer relations between Australian and U.S. government officials working in clean energy policy and programs. Undoubtedly, these outcomes would not have been possible without the opportunities provided to her as a Climate Change Professional Fellow. USASEC’s legacy will be transformative solar research, knowledge transfer and enduring relationships at researcher, industry and government levels and it is in this context that the Professional Fellowship proved invaluable. Coldrey has bachelor’s degrees in economics and law from leading Australian universities and a master’s degree in law from the London School of Economics. She is a Fulbright Scholar and U.S. Department of State Climate Change Professional Fellow.

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Betty Tshepiso Mokoena

Sign Language Practitioner, Parliament of South Africa Current City and Country: Cape Town, South Africa E-mail Address: bmokoena@parliament.gov.za U.S. Host Organization: Applachian State University U.S. Placement Organization: American Association for People with Disabilities, in Washington. Month(s) and Year of Fellowship: October-November 2010 Fellowship Program Theme: Legislative Affairs Ms. Betty Tshepiso Mokoena was born to deaf parents in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is one of six children, all of whom are hearing. Currently based in Cape Town, Mokoena works for the South African Parliament as a South African Sign Language (SASL) Practitioner. Additionally, she is a SASL news anchor at one of South Africa’s most prominent news channels, ENCA. In 2003, Mokoena initiated various advocacy programs for the Deaf community. She is a founder of Khayelitsha Deaf Women Forum, Manager and Fundraiser for Phillipi Deaf Stars, Board Member of Sign Language Education Development, Co-Researcher for the University of Cape Town on “Accessibility to Medical Health Care for Deaf People” in the Cape Peninsula. Advocating for change and utilizing media to raise awareness and to fight for the plight of the Deaf community of South Africa, Mokoena took part in the Legislative Fellows Program in Fall 2010. Her passion has always been giving back to the community, through both empowering citizens who face daily challenges and community development. She says, “The biggest obstacle I had prior to the Fellowship was initiating community projects— especially implementing ones with limited resources. The Legislative Fellows Program and American Association for People with Disabilities accorded me the opportunity to enhance my leadership, negotiating, and marketing skills. Furthermore, the Fellowship strengthened my understanding of community empowerment within development programs.” Since returning to South Africa, she has founded two community projects in the impoverished township of Khayelitsha. One initiative, the Deaf Women Forum, is spearheaded by unemployed deaf women. Mokoena is personally funding the forum. The second is a soccer team, Phillipi Deaf Stars, for youths under fifteen. Thus far, she has managed to secure funding for the soccer team, but there are still challenges that they are experiencing to keep the team afloat. Mokoena’s experience at the American Association for People with Disabilities taught her that print, electronic, and social media are essential tools for attaining our goals and appealing to donors. In July 2012, she organized a Mandela Day Soccer Tournament between the Phillipi Deaf Stars and another team, Table View. Prominent television media captured the event and it was shown throughout the country. The aim of the event was to educate the hearing that deaf kids are no different. Africa News channel was keen to document a story about the team and it was shot on February 15, 2013. The Khayelitsha Deaf Women Forum was launched on May 30, 2011. Mokoena convinced local TV to cover the launch. As of now, they are working hard to start a “Feed My Community” garden project, but they are lacking resources. Nevertheless, Mokoena has been invited to different women’s events to talk about the Deaf Women Forum and she remains optimistic that the work will flourish. In August 2012, the Parliament of South Africa organized a National Women’s Day celebration; Mokoena addressed the Women of Parliament about the Forum and found keen interest her in work. Mokoena studied SASL Linguistics at the University of Witwatersrand. As a student, Mokoena researched and translated the life stories of deaf gays and lesbians in South Africa. She furthered her studies at Regenesys Business School and completed a postgraduate diploma in management. In addition, she has obtained advanced certificates in project management and presentation skills from the Desmond Tutu Women in Leadership program. In her free time, Mokoena enjoys travelling and exploring diverse cultures and languages—especially South African Languages.

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Speakers and Presenters Ben Colmery Workshop, Embracing Innovation: Changing the Way Media, Government, and NGOs Work with Data Mr. Ben Colmery is Deputy Director, Knight International Journalism Fellowships at the International Center for Journalists. Colmery assists in the implementation of the program, with special emphasis on project development, digital innovation, and monitoring and evaluon developing and evaluating initiatives in Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, and South Asia to build the capacity of journalists and citizen journalists to inform the public through both traditional and new media. He has also completed extensive research on the use of economic journalism to foster transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries in Ghana and Nigeria. His journalism development career began with a training program he launched in Ukraine, in the wake of the Orange Revolution in 2004, to promote print journalism in several small Ukrainian communities. He has a M.A. in international media development and communications from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a B.A. in English literature from Albion College. Follow Ben @bencolmery4 Maite Fernandez Workshop, Embracing Innovation: Changing the Way Media, Government, and NGOs Work with Data Ms. Maite Fernandez is Managing Editor of IJNet at the International Center for Journalists. A native of Uruguay, Fernandez worked as a reporter for the national daily newspaper El Observador and for its website, Elobservador.com.uy. She has a M.J. in multimedia journalism from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in journalism from ORT University in Uruguay. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has a basic knowledge of Portuguese and Italian. Follow Maite @maits Shana Glickfield Workshop, Social Media for Social Change Ms. Shana Glickfield is a founding Partner of Beekeeper Group, a D.C.-based public affairs firm, where she helps a wide array of clients with their communications and advocacy strategies, focusing on social media and online community building. Prior to launching Beekeeper Group, Glickfield was the Online Community Director for NextGenWeb.org, the online community of USTelecom, the broadband association. Shana’s efforts on the project landed USTelecom on the list of the “Top 10 Organizations Using Social Media” by Personal Democracy Forum. Before that, she was the Director of Strategic Communications at Amplify Public Affairs, where she was the first employee to be a hybrid of the public affairs and Internet departments. Before attendeding law school, she worked in-house at several national nonprofit organizations as a Legislative Assistant. Glickfield’s innovative approach to communications has been widely acclaimed. She was one of five women named to Washington Post’s list of “Up and Comers in Technology” in 2009 and was recognized that same year as one of the most creative people in new media by Washington Life Magazine. She is also the founder of the renowned local blog, “The DC Concierge,” which she authored from 2006-2010. Shana presents and comments frequently on social media topics, including appearances in CNN.com, Mashable, ABC News, TIME, Politico, and Capitol Hill. Glickfield graduated from Michigan State University and has a law degree from Temple University. When she is not at the Hive, Glickfield spends her time engaging on her favorite social media platforms and advocating for local organizations such as The Trust for the National Mall’s L’Enfant Society and the D.C. chapter of The Awesome Foundation.

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Ed Kelley Outbound Planning Panelist Mr. Ed Kelley is a veteran news executive, having served as editor of The Washington Times, in Washington, D.C., and The Oklahoman, in Oklahoma City. He has held a variety of other news positions in his career, including that of Washington bureau chief, managing editor and editorial page editor. He was named Editor of the Year in 1996 by the Washington-based National Press Foundation for overseeing The Oklahoman’s coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing. He served as a juror to the Pulitzer Prizes in 1998 and was named to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003. Kelley serves on the board of directors and acts as secretary of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, and is on the advisory board of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the National Press Club and the American Society of News Editors. Sui Lang Panoke Workshop, Effective Communicators = Effective Advocates Ms. Sui Lang Panoke, MPA is the Founder and Director of Women Politics Media, LLC – a global media and public leadership training organization designed to prepare today’s public leaders to engage in traditional and new media and ultimately use the media as a vehicle to impact public policy. She has designed and facilitated media and public leadership trainings for a number of local, national, and international women, minority, and young professional organizations. She is an op-ed author and political/media strategist that has been published in the Washington Post and a number of local and state-wide publications throughout the country. She is also committed to getting more women and minorities elected to public office. She has served at Emily’s List, the Congressional Black Caucus’ PAC, and the Young Democrats of America’s Women’s and Minority Caucus working on local, state-wide, and national campaigns. WPM is committed to empowering women around the world to engage in the political process and ultimately run for public office. Most notably in 2010, WPM partnered with the International Republican Institute’s Women’s Democracy Network and IRI Nigeria to train 40 women aspirants, political Party leaders, and media experts on political communications and messaging in Lagos, Nigeria. Panoke currently serves as Chair of the Young Women Leaders Board overseeing WeLEAD - a nonpartisan political leadership training program sponsored by American University’s Women & Politics Institute which targets young women who are pursuing careers in public service. She also serves on the National Governing Board of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and the Executive Board of Directors for the Patsy Mink Project. Panoke earned her MPA from American University with a Graduate Certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership and received the “Outstanding Women & Politics Graduate Student” award from the Women & Politics Institute. She earned her BS in Political Science from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

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Barbara Peitsch Workshop, Access to Capital

Ms. Barbara Peitsch is currently an international development consultant and a program director at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, where she manages several U.S. State Department and USAID funded projects in the Middle East and North Africa. One of the projects promotes entrepreneurship and private sector development, while another strengthens the research capabilities of women engineers and scientists from the MENA region. She also serves as the Finance Director of BayhDole25, an NGO focusing on biotechnology, and served on the board of the Arab American Women’s Business Council from 2008-2011. She worked for the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan from 2001-2006 where she developed the Institute’s public sector consulting and advisory capabilities. Prior to joining the Institute, Peitsch headed the Emerging European Fixed Income and Macroeconomic Research Department of Banco Santander Central Hispano in London. Peitsch has 10 years of international commercial and investment banking experience and was employed by First National Bank of Chicago, now JP Morgan Chase, from 1985-1991. Peitsch also has more than 8 years of multilateral agency/U.S. government experience. She worked for the OECD in Paris from 1992-1997, where she was responsible for OECD sponsored technical assistance in the area of foreign direct investment in Central and Eastern Europe and in the former Soviet Union. In 1991-1992, she participated in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Technical Assistance Program to promote financial sector development in former East bloc countries. She was a resident of Budapest, Hungary, where she advised the Chairman of the Hungarian Credit Bank on measures to be taken prior to privatization. Peitsch has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Follow Barbara @bpeitsch Surry Scheerer Workshop, Women and Leadership: Learn It. Own It. Ms. Surry Scheerer, LMSW, is a leadership and organizational culture consultant, trainer and coach in both the public and private sectors. Scheerer is a consultant coach for custom programs at The University of Michigan Ross School of Business Executive Education Program. She has also coached Ross students in the Executive Skills Program and the Tauber Institute for Global Operations. Scheerer serves as a leadership development trainer, coach and team facilitator for the Professional Fellows, a program sponsored and implemented by the U. S. Department of State and The University of Michigan. Scheerer is a Lecturer at the University of Michigan’s Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, where she teaches a course on “Pathways to Professional Development” to undergraduate and graduate students. Scheerer also consults with private firms on leadership development and organizational culture. Scheerer speaks and consults nationally and internationally on leadership development, communication, coaching skills, social styles and building effective relationships in the workplace. Scheerer received her B.S. degree in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.

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Preeti Shroff-Mehta, Ph.D. Workshop, Effective Stakeholder Coalition Building Dr. Preeti Shroff-Mehta is Dean of the World Learning SIT Graduate Institute. She has over 25 years’ leadership, management, and teaching experiences in the field of democratic governance, civil society strengthening, and institutional capacity development. She has taught graduate courses in Citizen Leadership, Policy Advocacy, Good Governance at World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute, and School for International and Advanced Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins. She has worked on USAID, the World Bank, and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) supported initiatives on Democratic Governance strengthening programs that promote citizen and stakeholder participation in public policy, governance, and service delivery for accountability and transparency. She served as the global director for civil society and governance programs at World Learning in Washington, D.C. from 2004-2008. She has developed and managed projects in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America supported by USAID, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Human Rights (DRL), and the Middle Eastern Peace Initiative (MEPI), the World Bank, Ford Foundation, The Zonta Foundation, Canadian Ministry for Economic Development, OXFAM England, Social and Health Ministry of Government of Finland, MISEREOR of Germany, UNICEF, and the Government of India. She specializes in grassroots leadership in civil society and governance sector capacity development, public policy advocacy and reform, multi-stakeholder coalition building, community driven development for local livelihoods and life-skills education, women’s economic and legal rights, and indigenous governance. She has lived and worked with indigenous communities around the world and has received numerous awards from leading academic institutions in India, England, and the United States of America. Follow Preeti @worldlearning Andy Shallal Inspirational Keynote

Mr. Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur. He was born in Iraq and moved to Washington, D.C. with his family in 1966. He is the founder of Busboys and Poets, a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market and community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted. Shallal describes Busboys and Poets as “a space where art, culture and politics intentionally collide” and “a place to feed your body, mind and soul.” Busboys and Poets is named after the great poet Langston Hughes, who was known as the busboy-poet. Since its inception, Busboys and Poets has been a magnet for book talks, community gatherings, panel discussion and networking. Currently there are four Busboys and Poets restaurants in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. In the summer of 2009, Shallal opened Eatonville Restaurant, a Southernthemed restaurant with artwork, murals and food that pay homage to Zora Neale Hurston. Shallal’s businesses adhere to sustainable business practices and are listed in the United States’ Healthful Food Council REAL Certification program. They are also recognized in the Restaurant Opportunities Center’s guide to restaurants that treat their employees well and pay living wages as well as offer opportunities for advancement. He has received numerous awards, including the Mayor’s Arts Award and the Mayor’s Environmental Award. Recently Andy Shallal was named by The Washington Business Journal as one of the 100 Most Powerful Business Leaders in the Washington region. Shallal has founded or co-founded several peace and justice organizations and holds leadership positions in numerous others. He is the treasurer for the Institute for Policy Studies and the Co-Chairman of Think Local First D.C., a local business association. He also sits on the board of several arts and peace organizations and continues to work to make his hometown of Washington, D.C. a more livable community. Follow Andy @andyshallal

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Sherry Shapiro Outbound Planning Panelist Ms. Sherry Shapiro recently retired as a Senior Research Adviser for Foreign Affairs, Defense, Trade and Technology with the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. A graduate of the George Washington University and the Catholic University of America School of Information Science, Shapiro served as the lead information specialist in the area of foreign policy, intelligence policy, national security, and issues related to U.S. defense, trade, and international technology issues for the Congressional Research Service and develops and tests databases to enhance access to information on national security, intelligence policy, foreign policy and foreign technology issues for the legislative branch. Shapiro provided information support for the 90 member research staff of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division of CRS and to key Congressional staff. In the performance of her duties, Shapiro facilitated the design and implementation of complex interdisciplinary research projects involving national security, intelligence, law enforcement and trade policy. Shapiro speaks regularly to parliamentary groups on the role of the legislator as consumers of information and on U.S. information and foreign policy issues and teaches classes in research skills and parliamentary issues. Shapiro managed the Jefferson Congressional Reading Room of the Library of Congress. She has compiled extensive bibliographic studies on such topics as information policy, legislative information systems, reform of the intelligence community, information technology, and Parliamentary libraries. Aleksandr Shkolnikov, Ph.D. Workshop, Creating an Institutional Climate for Entrepreneurship Dr. Aleksandr Shkolnikov is currently Principal at Strategic Investment Development Group and is involved in facilitating investment transactions in emerging markets. He was formerly Director for Policy Reform programs at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). He managed a variety of programs on corporate governance, anti-corruption, democratic development, and business association advocacy. He has authored a number of articles and policy papers focusing on democratic and economic reform issues in developing countries. Together with John D. Sullivan, CIPE executive director, Shkolnikov wrote a column for the International Business Times and his articles also appeared in international newspapers as well as in publications by a number of different policy institutes. Shkolnikov also frequently speaks at conferences and has participated as a trainer in several programs for business associations and journalists. A native of Moscow, Russia, Shkolnikov holds a Ph.D. in Economics, a master’s degree in international commerce and policy, and a bachelors degree in marketing -all from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Stephen G. Vetter Workshop, Strategic Planning for Your Organization Stephen G. Vetter has served as the President and CEO of Partners of the Americas since 2008. With over 35 years of experience in international and domestic development, Vetter offers a rich background in international voluntary service, grassroots community leadership and developing public-private partnerships to reduce poverty and improve the economic and social development of disadvantaged populations. He has been especially active in supporting the long-term partnerships between universities, local volunteer organizations and development programs, and is leading the Partners of the Americas partnership with the Department of State and NAFSA to implement President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative in the Americas. Prior to his arrival at Partners, Vetter held a number of executive-level positions at the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), a public corporation dedicated to supporting the self-help efforts of grassroots communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. He also served as the President and CEO of Eureka Communities, a non-profit leadership program that provided fellowship support to inner city leaders working to improve the life conditions of children and families living in poverty. Through this fellowship, Vetter supported over 500 non-profit leaders to improve their strategic planning capabilities and develop long-term plans for financial sustainability. Vetter has served on a number of philanthropic, nonprofit, and corporate boards and committees. He served as a member of the steering committee of the Council on Foundation’s “Philanthropy Along the Border” initiative, on the White House’s “Summit of the America’s Civil Society Task Force,” and as an advisory council member on the Board of Yankelovitch Partners Inc., a market research firm serving Fortune 500 companies. Vetter has also served on the boards of Aid to Artisans, The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and on the Ford Foundation’s Committee on Social Justice Philanthropy. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the 911 Fund, The US Center for Citizen Diplomacy and on the board of the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance. He is an active Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Vetter has an M.A. in Economics from Ohio University, where he also earned his undergraduate B.A. degree in Economics. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

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U.S. Department of State Evan Ryan Assistant Secretary of State, Educational and Cultural Affairs On September 26, 2013, Evan Ryan assumed her position as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In this capacity, she oversees a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional, youth, and sports exchange programs to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries and promote peaceful relations. ECA exchange programs engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in more than 160 countries and in the United States. ECA has had over one million program participants to date, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and over 350 current and former heads of state and government. From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Ryan served in the White House as Assistant to the Vice President and Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement. In this role she served as the Vice President’s liaison to elected officials and constituency groups. Prior to this, she served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Biden for President Campaign. Previously, Ms. Ryan was a Consultant for the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. In 2006, Ms. Ryan was Political Director of Unite Our States, and she was Deputy Chair in Governance for the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005. From 2003 to early 2004, she served as a Deputy Director of Communications for the John Kerry for President Campaign, and before that she was the Director of Scheduling for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senatorial campaign. Ms. Ryan previously served in the White House from 1994-2000, including as Deputy Director of Scheduling for First Lady Hillary Clinton and as Special Assistant to the First Lady’s Chief of Staff. Ms. Ryan served on the Board of Directors of Peace Players International from 2003 to 2008. She was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2008 to 2013. Assistant Secretary Ryan, a Virginia native, holds a B.A. from Boston College and an M.I.P.P. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Mary Deane Conners Director of the Office of Citizen Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Ms. Mary Deane Conners is currently the Director of the Office of Citizen Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). She is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. Prior to this assignment in Washington, she was the Country Public Affairs Officer in Pretoria, South Africa (2007-2010). She has also served as the Director of Public Diplomacy/Public Affairs for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (2004-2007), and as Public Affairs Officer in Guatemala and Mauritius. Other foreign assignments include positions in India, Argentina, South Africa (twice), The Netherlands, and Washington postings in the Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) Bureau and ECA (twice). Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1980, Conners worked in publishing in her home town of Philadelphia.

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Lee Satterfield Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Ms. Lee Satterfield serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Professional and Cultural Exchanges for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). She oversees a broad range of professional, cultural, youth, and sports exchange programs to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people around the world. Programs include the International Visitor Leadership Program, which for 70 years has brought established or potential foreign leaders and opinion makers to the United States to meet with their professional counterparts and to experience America firsthand, as well as initiatives supported by the Office of Citizen Exchanges such as The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, academic year youth exchanges, including Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES), and the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX). Led by Ms. Satterfield, the Office of Professional and Cultural Exchanges also supports major public-private partnerships, including the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists and the Fortune/State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. Prior to her current position, Ms. Satterfield served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States. In this role, Ms. Satterfield oversaw the visits of chiefs of state, heads of government, and other international dignitaries who visited the United States to meet with the President, Vice President, or Secretary of State. She also oversaw the Diplomatic Partnerships Division which conducts outreach to the Diplomatic Corps based in Washington, DC and presidential delegations sent to attend official ceremonies abroad representing the President. Before serving in the Office of the Chief of Protocol, she lived abroad with her family in London, England for two years. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she served in the Clinton Administration in several capacities. She was the Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, Special Assistant to the President and Staff Director for The White House Office of Public Liaison, Special Assistant to the President and Presidential Scheduler for President Clinton, and scheduler for Vice President Gore. Following her service in the Clinton Administration, she was director of Convention Planning for the Democratic National Convention Committee where she oversaw the site selection process for the 2004 Democratic National Convention held in Boston, Massachusetts. She also served as deputy chief operating officer for the Democratic National Committee. Ms. Satterfield is a native of South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor of arts in journalism.

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Tomicah Tillemann, Ph.D. Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies Secretary Clinton appointed Mr. Tomicah Tillemann as the State Department’s Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies in October 2010. He continues his service under Secretary Kerry. Tillemann and his team operate like venture capitalists, identifying ideas that can strengthen new democracies and civil society, and then bring together the talent, technology and resources needed to translate promising concepts into successful diplomacy. He and his team have developed over 20 major initiatives on behalf of the President and Secretary of State. Tillemann came to the State Department as a speechwriter to Secretary Clinton in March 2009 and collaborated with her on over 200 speeches. Earlier, he worked for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he was the principal policy advisor on Europe and Eurasia to Committee Chairmen, Senators Joe Biden and John Kerry. He also facilitated the work of the Senate’s Subcommittee on European Affairs, then chaired by Senator Barack Obama. Tillemann’s other professional experience includes work with the White House Office of Media Affairs and five U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns. He was a reporter with Reuters New Media and hosted a commercial radio program in Denver, Colorado. Tillemann is also a co-holder of four patents on advanced clean technologies and a co-founder of IRIS Engines. He has helped to found and lead numerous civil society organizations, including the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and the Student Campaign for Child Survival. Tillemann received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University. He holds a Ph.D. with distinction from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) where he also served as a graduate level instructor in American foreign policy. He has lectured at Yale and Princeton and testified repeatedly before Congress. Secretary Clinton personally nominated him for the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award in recognition of his innovative efforts to strengthen democracy and civil society worldwide. Follow SACSED @TomicahTD.

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U.S. Department of State Panelists Jefferson Brown Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Mr. Jefferson Brown, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. From April 2010 to June 2013, Brown was the Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina. Brown has previously served as Director for Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House and the Director of the Office of UNESCO Affairs at the Department of State. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador from 2005 to 2008. Brown’s other overseas assignments include Minister Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs in Mexico City; Cultural Attaché in Brazil, and Press Attaché in Paraguay, El Salvador, and Portugal. From 1995-97, Brown served as Executive Assistant to the Counselor of the U.S. Information Agency, the ranking career officer responsible for U.S. government public diplomacy operations abroad. From 1999 through 2000, he was a senior advisor in the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning, working on democracy initiatives. He spent the following two years as Director of the Washington Foreign Press Center, responsible for the coordination of U.S. Government outreach to and support for U.S.-based and visiting foreign correspondents. Brown was born in Boston and raised in New Jersey. He received a B.A. in Modern European History from the University of Chicago. David Gilmour Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs Mr. David Gilmour was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs in August 2013. Previously, he was the Africa Bureau’s Director of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, directing the deployment of public diplomacy personnel and resources at 48 U.S. embassies and consulates in Sub-Saharan Africa. Gilmour was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Panama (2008-2011), where he managed the operations of 22 U.S. federal agencies and over 500 employees, and coordinated the work of a large interagency law enforcement team focused on the security of the Panama Canal, illicit trafficking, money laundering and counter terrorism. Gilmour served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Malawi (2004-2007), where he oversaw U.S. assistance programs that totaled nearly $100 million annually, including the Millennium Challenge, President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Peace Corps, emergency food aid and peacekeeping programs. His other overseas assignments include Geneva, Switzerland; Sydney, Australia, where he worked on projects including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games; San Jose, Costa Rica; Pretoria, South Africa, where he managed a large program of exchanges during South Africa’s transition to democracy; Douala, Cameroon and Dakar, Senegal. Gilmour joined the Foreign Service in 1986 and attained the rank of Minister Counselor in 2010. He is a recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and Meritorious Honor Award. Gilmour holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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U.S. Department of State Panelists Julieta Valls Noyes Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Ms. Julieta Valls Noyes assumed her duties as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in July 2013. Her duties include responsibility for managing relations with the European Union and Western Europe and the Public Diplomacy portfolio. Previously she served as deputy executive secretary for the Department of State, where she oversaw the preparation of briefing materials for the Secretary and other Department principals and managed travel by the Secretary of State. She led close to twenty trips by two Secretaries of State, traveling over 200,000 miles and visiting every continent. Noyes was deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See from 2008-2011, where she managed the visit of President Obama to the Vatican in summer 2009. Prior to that assignment, she was deputy director of the Operations Center, the 24-hour crisis management and communications center of the State Department. Noyes also has served as the director of the office of Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and as deputy director of the office of Policy Planning and Coordination for the Western Hemisphere. While political chief at the U.S. Embassy in Panama from 1999-2002, Noyes organized the ceremonies to transfer the Canal to Panamanian control and negotiated a Visiting Forces Agreement, an achievement for she earned a Distinguished Service Award. Ms. Noyes has also served tours at the U.S. Embassies in Madrid and Guatemala, as desk officer for Greece and Panama, and as a vice consul on the Mexican border. Noyes speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and some French. A graduate of Wellesley College, she has a master’s degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She has received several Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. Kathryn Schalow Director, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs Ms. Kathryn Schalow is Director of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs’ Office of Public Diplomacy at the U.S. State Department. Schalow is a career foreign service officer and seasoned public diplomacy professional who has served at U.S. Missions in Bulgaria, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey. She also worked for one year as a peacekeeper in the Multinational Force and Observers mission in the Sinai desert. Just prior to becoming Director, Schalow was the Deputy Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Mission in Pakistan. In that capacity she managed one of the largest public diplomacy operations in the world, overseeing a $35 million annual budget. Prior to joining the State Department, Schalow was a speechwriter and analyst for the Wisconsin State Assembly Democratic Caucus and a lead lobbyist for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. She holds a B.A. in International Relations (magna cum laude) from Carroll College, an M.A. in Political Science from Marquette University and an M.S. in National Security Studies from the National War College.

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U.S. Department of State Panelists Richard J. Schmierer, Ph.D. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Ambassador Richard J. Schmierer assumed his current position as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in September 2012. He served as Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman from September 2009 through August 2012. Prior to his ambassadorship he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, from June 2008 through July 2009. Schmierer is a State Department Foreign Service Officer and member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor. He began his diplomatic career in 1980, with assignments in Bonn, Frankfurt and Hamburg, Germany, through 1984. Schmierer then served a three-year assignment at the American Consulate General in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (1985-88). From 1988 through 1992, he was posted at the headquarters of the US Information Agency and then from 1992 through 1996 at the US Embassy in Bonn, Germany. He returned to Saudi Arabia in 1997, where he served as Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Riyadh until 2000. From 2000 through 2004 Schmierer served as Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Berlin, followed by an assignment as Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Baghdad, 2004-2005. From 2005 through 2007 he taught at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he published a book entitled Iraq: Policy and Perceptions. From June 2007 through June 2008 Schmierer served as the head of the Office of Iraq Affairs at the State Department. Schmierer holds a B.A. degree from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Susan Stevenson Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Ms. Susan Stevenson was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in October 2012. She previously served as Director of the Foreign Press Centers in the Bureau of Public Affairs. Stevenson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with extensive experience in Asia. From 2010-2011, she served as Consul General in Chiang Mai, Thailand, covering Northern Thailand and the Burma exile community. Stevenson was previously Press Attaché and Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing (2006-2010) and the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong (2002-2006). She also served as Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City (1998-2000) after beginning her career in the Press Office of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok (1994-1997). Stevenson has lectured extensively on government-media relations at journalism schools and with government spokespersons. Stevenson is a recipient of the State Department’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. Prior to joining the U.S. government, she worked in product management for the Kellogg Company, including as Category Brand Manager for Children’s Cereal, Kellogg’s Produits Alimentaires, Paris, France. She holds degrees in multinational management and French from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In addition to French, Stevenson speaks Thai, Mandarin Chinese, and some Spanish.

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U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Office of Citizen Exchanges, Professional Fellows Division Mr. Michael Stanton, Chief, Professional Fellows Division, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Michael Stanton assumed his duties as Chief of the Professional Fellows Division in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) in August 2011. A career Foreign Service Officer, he previously served as Deputy Director of the Office of Western European Affairs. His overseas assignments include tours of duty in Iraq, the United Kingdom, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Peru. He also served a year as a Congressional Fellow on the National Security staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, 1979-82. Stanton joined the Foreign Service in 1992. Ms. Linnéa Allison Linnéa E. Allison is a Program Officer in the ECA Professional Fellows Division working on a global portfolio of exchange programs. Her career has been spent in the field of international education and development with a special emphasis on higher education. Allison served with the first Peace Corps Group in the Republic of Moldova. In addition to her volunteer service, Allison spent three years as the Moldova Country Director for a large non-profit organization. Allison has an undergraduate degree in history from Muhlenberg College and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Georgetown University. Mr. Brent Beemer Brent Beemer is currently a Foreign Affairs Officer in the ECA Professional Fellows Division. He has worked on various international exchange programs for the U.S. Department of State since 1994. From 2010-2012, Beemer was the Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. He also served as the Acting Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2009. Beemer holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Xavier University of Ohio and a master’s degree in international affairs from the American University in Washington, D.C. Ms. Karin Brandenburg Karin Brandenburg is a Program Officer in the ECA Professional Fellows Division and works primarily on the South and Central Asia programs. Prior to coming to the State Department, she worked in the field of international development pertaining to rule of law technical assistance in the regions of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet region. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis on Soviet politics from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and completed a master’s degree in government at The University of Texas at Austin. She grew up in West Germany and has studied Russian and lived abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. David Gustafson David Gustafson is a Program Specialist in the ECA Professional Fellows Division. He has been with the U.S. Department of State since 2002. Gustafason earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali and spent 10 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Ms. Carol Herrera Carol Herrera is a Program Officer in the ECA Professional Fellows Division and has worked in ECA’s Office of Citizen Exchanges since December 2001. At the core of her responsibilities is the evaluation of grant proposals and the management of professional exchange programs involving participants from dozens of Latin American and African countries. Prior to joining the Professional Fellows Division, she managed Fulbright programs for American senior scholars and students going to sub-Saharan Africa. She received a master’s degree in French language and literature at the University of Maryland, College Park. Herrera put her language and teaching skills to good use as an instructor at the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer. In addition to her volunteer service, Herrera served as Peace Corps Country Director in both the Comoros and Guinea-Bissau.

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Mr. Curt Huff, Ph.D. Curt Huff is a Program Officer in the ECA Professional Fellows Division with special interest in exchanges with African countries. Huff was previously an Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer (ACAO) for two years at the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria. Prior to that role, Huff was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria for four years. Huff received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Antioch College and master’s and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University. He studied for one academic year as an undergraduate at the University of Besancon in France. Ms. Sue Levenstein Sue Levenstein is a Program Specialist in ECA’s Professional Fellows Division and in the Youth Programs Division, working on projects involving East Asia and the Pacific. Prior to coming to the State Department, Levenstein worked at the Wilson Center’s Asia Program where she conducted research and coordinated events on social, political, and economic issues in Northeast, South, and Southeast Asia. She has a master’s degree in international relations and communications from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Tufts University. A California native, Levenstein spent her formative years in Taipei, Taiwan, and had traveled extensively through China and parts of Western Europe. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and French. Ms. Inga Litvinsky Inga Litvinsky is a Program Officer in the Professional Fellows Division currently working on professional exchanges with the Middle East and North Africa. She has been a career Foreign Service Officer for over ten years, and has served as Cultural Affairs Officer in Lahore, Pakistan; Public Affairs Officer in Almaty, Kazakhstan; Economic Officer in Baghdad, Iraq; and Vice Consul in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to joining the State Department, Litvinsky worked for USAID and the U.S. Department of Commerce on economic development and trade and investment issues. Litvinsky has a B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College, an M.A. in International Economics from George Mason University, and speaks fluent Russian. Mr. Adam Meier Adam Meier is a Program Officer in the ECA Professional Fellows Division. He has worked for the State Department for more than a decade, first in the Office of the Spokesman, and then in ECA as the Bureau’s primary Press Officer. Meier now works on exchanges with East Asia and the Pacific, as well as global exchanges. He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Indiana University, and has taught English at a college in China through the Peace Corps. Ms. Rosie Rauer Rosie Rauer is a Foreign Affairs Officer and Presidential Management Fellow with the Professional Fellows Division. Inspired by her experiences studying in Germany and Argentina as well as her time as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Rauer is passionate about international exchanges and public diplomacy. Most recently, she completed an assignment as the Acting Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia. She has also worked in ECA’s Cultural Programs Division and main administrative office. Before joining the State Department, Rauer worked on national brand strategy and communications for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) where she collaborated with such personalities as the beloved Count from Sesame Street and the esteemed newsman Jim Lehrer. Rauer graduated cum laude with a degree in German and Psychology from Smith College and has a master’s degree in International Education from George Washington University. Ms. Alana Rudkin Alana Rudkin is a Program Coordinator in ECA’s Professional Fellows Division. She is responsible for managing public affairs outreach across programs, working closely with partnering grantee organizations, U.S. embassy colleagues, and ECA’s strategic communications team to elevate the profile of the Professional Fellows’ exchange programs around the world. Alana holds a bachelor’s degree in public communications and international relations from American University (AU), and is currently completing her master’s degree in strategic communications at AU.

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AZERBAIJAN

Iren Danielyan Project Coordinator; Volunteer Assistant to an MP, World Independent Youth Union NGO; National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia Email: irene_danielyan@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Office of Hawaii State Representative Cheape-Matsumoto Motivation: To learn about U.S. legislative system, government transparency and role of civic engagement in law making processes.

Anar Rzayev Member, Khatai Municipality Email: rzayev86@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: City of Sacramento, Office of City Councilmember Jay Schenirer Motivation: To learn about the structure and management of U.S. municipalities. To exchange opinions and ideas with U.S. administration officials in order to increase efficiency of his own municipality in Azerbaijan.

Arshak Gasparyan President, Social Justice NGO Email: a.gasparyan@psychology.am Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Office of Hawaii State Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland Motivation: To learn how the U.S. Government system works, the processes provide goal oriented results, the probation system, parole, and to learn the crossnational similarities and differences between managerial responsibilities, institutional internal procedures. Hayk Tutunjyan Assistant to the Prime Minister, Government of the Republic of Armenia Email: hayk.tutunjyan@mail.ru Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Office of U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva Motivation: To learn about mechanisms for government accountability, citizen participation in legislative processes and about constituent services. AZERBAIJAN Tural Ahmad Legal Advisor to the Peace Keeping Forces Brigade, Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan Republic Email: tural64@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Colorado Secretary of State, Election Division Motivation: To learn about U.S. political campaign strategies and election processes.

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BANGLADESH Taufique Ahmed Assistant General Manager: News and Current Affairs (NCA), Channel i Email: tfqhmd@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: University of Oklahoma Fellowship Placement: The Oklahoman Motivation: To learn and apply journalistic skills, mix with people, get to know the U.S. culture, look keenly at the democratic practices in the U.S., to evaluate the media’s role as an advocate that can change a community and eventually an entire state. Md. Duke Ivn Amin Fundraising and Communication Officer, Jago Nari, Barguna Email: duke_amin@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Women’s Business Development Center Motivation: To learn about the U.S. legislature, political process, and the role of civil society. Jamsedur Chowdhury Senior Reporter, The Daily Jugantor Email: jamshedjugantor@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: University of Oklahoma Fellowship Placement: The Oklahoman Motivation: To learn about the society around, ethics, management practices and technological innovation and development related to media.


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BANGLADESH

Asma Khanom Senior Broadcast Journalist, Independent Television Email: mita1415@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: University of Oklahoma Fellowship Placement: Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) Motivation: To learn about U.S. society and the role of the media in that society and U.S. media organization. To bring changes in the culture of perception of her country by exchanging knowledge with professionals and applying what she has learned in her profession upon her return.

Sharmin Shabnam Rahman Senior Lecturer, BRAC Business School, BRAC University Email: tisharahman@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: University of Oklahoma Fellowship Placement: Various businesses, media organizations and tertiary education institutions throughout the OKC Metro Motivation: To be able to have a real-life experience in an organization with international setting which in turn will help her in building long-term relationships between BRAC University, Oklahoma University and U.S. State Department.

Mohammed Nurussafa Chief Editor, Current Affairs and Program, Ekattor Television Email: julhajmail@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: University of Oklahoma Fellowship Placement: Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) Motivation: To learn about the media’s role in strengthening democracy or political process and increasing the quality of human life, trends of media, editorial policy and skills, and advanced television production process which will help him enrich the media industry as a whole in his own country. Habiba Rahman Lecturer, Department of Television & Film Studies, Dhaka University Email: habibadu@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: University of Oklahoma Fellowship Placement: University of Oklahoma Motivation: As a media educator she works to become an agent of change in the media sector. Mahabuba Rahman Senior Coordinator, Policy and Programs, All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPGs), Bangladesh Parliament Email: mahabuba.rahman11@gmail.com; mahabuba. rahman@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Office of Representative Teresa Fedor, The Ohio State House of Representatives Motivation: To learn about public policy development and research, as well as to better understand the U.S. legislative process.

Mahin Abdullah Rony Senior Video Editor & Motion Graphic Designer (News and Current Affairs), Channel i Email: mahinrony@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: University of Oklahoma Fellowship Placement: Moore Monthly Motivation: To observe media activities, how the media professionals work in the projected deadline with supreme flawlessness and o gather valuable experience which can be implemented in his country. Mashiur Rahaman Shaon Sr. Broadcast Journalist, Reporting, Independent Television Email: mashiurrahaman@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: University of Oklahoma Fellowship Placement: Channel 4, KFOR Motivation: To learn how reporters in the American media industry deal with ethical issues. Mst Abeda Sultana Staff Reporter (News and Current Affairs), National Television Ltd (RTV) Email: muktamhd@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: University of Oklahoma Fellowship Placement: KGOU - NPR Radio Station Motivation: To develop a career in a globally competitive environment and to approach new ideas that will provide job satisfaction and advancement.

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BRAZIL

Tshewang Choden Assistant to the Chairperson, National Council of Bhutan Email: tshewangchoden@nationalcouncil.bt Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Office of Representative Michael Stinziano, The Ohio State House of Representatives Motivation: To learn from others how best to continue strengthening Bhutan’s socio-economic development and democracy.

Márcio Junior Cappellari Datacenter manager, Confederação Sicredi Email: marcio_cappellari@sicredi.com.br Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: World Council of Credit Unions Fellowship Placement: Tinker Federal Credit Union Motivation: To learn about how to keep alignment between the business and technology areas, understand IT Governance used, and know different kinds of technologies used in the Credit Unions.

Sonam Lhamo Officiating Chief Research Officer, National Commission for Women and Children Email: snmlhamo@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Office of Representative Teresa Fedor, The Ohio State House of Representatives Motivation: To learn about the legislative process in the U.S. and the role of civil society in bringing about change.

Hamilton Cassol Regional Manager Administrative and Financial, Sicredi Noroeste RS Email: hamilton_cassol@sicredi.com.br Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: World Council of Credit Unions Fellowship Placement: Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union Motivation: To learn about American economic strategy for development cooperatives in USA, best practices to become an agent of change, and to learn about American culture.

BRAZIL Adao Volmir Caraciolo Manager, Central Sicredi Pr/Sp Email: acaraciolo@sicredi.com.br Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: World Council of Credit Unions Fellowship Placement: A+ Federal Credit Union Motivation: To learn about the credit card business, actions to attract young members, and best practices to become a leader in the Credit Union industry. Anderson Aguiar Rodrigues Human Resources Analyst Senior, Banco Cooperativo Sicredi S.A. Email: anderson_aguiar@sicredi.com.br Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: World Council of Credit Unions Fellowship Placement: Communication Federal Credit Union Motivation: To learn about new ways of cooperative businesses, as well to understand human resources practices.

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Marina Bordin Sustainability Coordinator, Sicredi Email: marinaead@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: World Council of Credit Unions Fellowship Placement: BECU Motivation: To learn about sustainability, social responsibility and best practices to become an agent of change, to engage the employees, associates, partners and suppliers looking forward the sustainability. Karina Gaspar Senior executive secretary, Banco Cooperativo Sicredi S.A. Email: karina_gaspar@sicredi.com.br Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: World Council of Credit Unions Fellowship Placement: TruService Community Credit Union Motivation: To learn about the governance practices in the U. S., different kinds of cooperative systems, and to learn about different boards and secretary departments.


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BRAZIL

Clarice Koch Internal Control Supervisor, Central Sicredi Sul Email: clarice_koch@sicredi.com.br Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: World Council of Credit Unions Fellowship Placement: Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union Motivation: To develop leadership skills, selfconfidence and a greater understanding of the complexities of the world around them. To improve problem-solving skills and to learn best practices to become an agent of charge.

Maikel Zenkner Business Director, Sicredi Vale do Taquari Rs Email: maikel_zenkner@sicredi.com.br Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: World Council of Credit Unions Fellowship Placement: Texas Trus Credit Union Motivation: To learn about U.S. credit unions laws and how the credit unions are doing business, relationship programs with their members, marketing strategies, operational procedures and best practices to bring all this knowledge to a practice application in Brazil.

Raquel Ternes da Rosa Technical and Operational Coordinator, Administradora de Consorcios Sicredi Ltda Email: raquel_rosa@sicredi.com.br Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: World Council of Credit Unions Fellowship Placement: Sound Credit Union Motivation: To expand knowledge of the cooperative system in order to analyze opportunities, identify alternatives and to implement and to disseminate different forms of action in Sicredi. Maroan Tohme Executive Director, Central Sicredi Pr/Sp Email: maroan_tohme@sicredi.com.br Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: World Council of Credit Unions Fellowship Placement: Amplify Federal Credit Union Motivation: To learn about marketing and advertising, customer relationship management (CRM) and discover the best practices of helping to accelerate the growth of Brazilian Credit Unions. Luciane Werner Unit Manager, Cooperativa De Crédito De Livre Admissão De Carlos Barbosa - Sicredi Serrana Email: luciane_werner@sicredi.com.br Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: World Council of Credit Unions Fellowship Placement: Texas Trus Credit Union Motivation: To learn about cooperative models in the world, share experiences, to bring this knowledge to the other members that are part of her Cooperative. Rosemari Fatima Zamarchi Advisory Credit, Sicredi Central Paraná Email: rosemari_zamarchi@sicredi.com.br Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: World Council of Credit Unions Fellowship Placement: Arkansas Federal Credit Union Motivation: To learn how the credit unions are organized in the United States.

BULGARIA Hristo Angelichin Councilor (City Councilman), Sofia Municipality, Sofia City Council Email: hristo.angelichin@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/ WSOS Fellowship Placement: TakeAction Motivation: To practice and learn about fundraising and organizing events and activities for small communities. Viktoriya Borisova Manager, Resource center for education and culture “SHAM Foundation” Email: vicktoria@abv.bg Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/ WSOS Fellowship Placement: Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) & Logan Square Neighborhood Association Motivation: To learn more about the civil society and education in the U.S., best practices for community organizing and how to make social and policy change. Shaban Darakchi Assistant Professor in Gender Sociology and Gender Program Coordinator at ADHR-BG., European Association for the Defense of Human Rights Email: shaban.darakchiev@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/ WSOS Fellowship Placement: Jane Addams Senior Caucus Motivation: To gain theoretical knowledge and learn successful practices to contribute to his work in the nongovernmental sphere, enhance his academic knowledge and professional activities, and help in setting up the first Gender/ LGBTQI Department in Bulgaria.

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CAMBODIA

Vladimir Petkov Project Coordinator, CEGA Foundation (Creating Effective Grassroots Alternatives) Email: vladi@cega.bg Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/WSOS Fellowship Placement: Sunflower Community Action Motivation: To explore the relations between the decision-makers and the civil society organizations in the U.S. and compare it to the situation in Europe and to explore how community organizations are created, developed and supported and how they are reaching to the communities.

Theng Pagnathun Director General, General Directorate of Planning, Government of Cambodia Email: pagnathun@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Mansfield Center/University of Montana Fellowship Placement: Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development Motivation: To understand economic empowerment and linkage of government policies with implementation.

Kalina Valova Psychologist, Resource center for supporting the integrated education of students with special educational needs Email: k_vulova@abv.bg Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/WSOS Fellowship Placement: Arkansas Community Organizations Motivation: To learn about the diversity of social and educational services and community organizing provided for children with disabilities and their families, to share with the 900 members of the National Association of Resource Teachers to improve the education of special needs children in Bulgaria. BURMA Cho Thiri Maung Managing Director/Founder, Malikha Power Engineering LTD/Grand Bridge Travels and Tours, Co. Email: chothirir@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Mansfield Center/University of Montana Fellowship Placement: Frontier Angel Fund, LLC Motivation: To gain knowledge of U.S. best practices for economic growth and learn the experiences of formulating policies and strategies for corporate governance. Thida Thant Managing Director, New Link Marketing, LTD Email: thidathant10@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Mansfield Center/University of Montana Fellowship Placement: American Rural/Dsmith & Associates Motivation: To exchange ideas and to adopt and adapt best practices for business growth and capacity development for Burma communities.

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Ty Ratana Project Manager, Cambodia Rural Development Team (CRDT) Email: tyratana@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Mansfield Center/University of Montana Fellowship Placement: Montana Community Development Corporation Motivation: To learn about entrepreneurship and economic development, social enterprises, community economic empowerment networking and job creation, and best practices relevant to Cambodia’s context. CHINA Zhenzhen Ding Deputy Director, Xi’an Academy of Environmental Sciences Email: 18818748@qq.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: ICMA Fellowship Placement: City of Snoqualmie, Washington Motivation: To learn about the technical and managerial methods on reducing the discharge of acoustic noise, garbage, and wastewater. Feng Yigang Director of Changsha Urban and Rural Planning Bureau, Changsha Municipal Government Email: fygfyd@163.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: ICMA Fellowship Placement: City of Dubuque, Iowa Motivation:To establish the common understanding about the city’s future and guide the urban construction activities during the rapid urbanization period by means of urban planning theories and methods.


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COLOMBIA

Jingbo Wang Professor, China University of Political Science and Law Email: wangjingbo89@163.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: ICMA Fellowship Placement: City of Rancho Cordova, California Motivation: To learn legislative and administrative systems of the rubbish classification and waste disposal to establish a common understanding about the city’s future and guide the urban construction activities during the rapid urbanization period by means of urban planning theories and methods.

Katherine Pineda Marquez Advisor, Deputy Manager, Unidad Administrativa Especial de Gestión de Restitución de Tierras Despojadas (UAEGRTD) Email: kpinedamar@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Connecticut Fellowship Placement: Human Rights Watch Motivation: To learn about human rights, cultural and social identities of communities, advocating for peace, and social/ economic development.

Hui Wen Deputy Division Chief of Department of Political and Legal, Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Legislative Affairs, Sichuan Provincial Government Email: 13666260252@163.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: ICMA Fellowship Placement: Snoqualmie, Washington Motivation: To learn about citizen engagement in the legislative process of the U.S. and other countries. Yubao Xue Secretary General, Yangzhou Youth Federation Email: yztswxyb@126.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: ICMA Fellowship Placement: City of Ann Arbor, Michigan Motivation: To learn about the legislative process and governance of the U.S. and the management of local youth organizations. COLOMBIA Kandya Obezo Casseres Social Project Advisor, Corporación Afrocolombiana Katejena Email: kandiaobeso@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Connecticut Fellowship Placement: Ashoka Motivation: To learn how to use entrepreneurial concepts and techniques in order to promote economic opportunities in my community.

COSTA RICA Sara Herrera Alfaro Buyer, Café Britt Costa Rica Email: Saraherrera4987@msn.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Connecticut Fellowship Placement: University of Hartford Motivation: To learn how to encourage competitiveness, entrepreneurial concepts/strategies, and innovation and negotiation skills in small business. To work with an emphasis in marginalized communities to promote a sustainable market access. Samantha Kennedy Acevedo Consultant, Fundación Bien de Mujer, Consultorías Ambientales Surá, Neoambienta Email: samkenac@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Connecticut Fellowship Placement: Billings Forge Community Works Motivation: To learn skills that will allow her to generate sustainable projects, to network with people and organizations that have experience and to successfully develop new and creative ideas that can benefit different people. Vivian Pastor Editor and Media Management, Habitat for Humanity Email: vpastor@habitat.org Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Connecticut Fellowship Placement: HELP USA Motivation: To develop further capacities to carry on projects that boost underprivileged communities opportunities and their involvement in decision making process specifically in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, and tools to become a productive agent of change in her region.

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EGYPT

Alejandra Cueto Defensora Publica, Defensa Publica de Santiago Email: ale_c09@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: Office of the Public Defender - Ramsey County Motivation: To learn how public defenders perform their duties, as contributing to the implementation of justice.

Tawhid Abdelaziz Sharaky Manager of Educational Information Center, Kafer Elsheikh Education District Email: t_sharaky@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Hands Along the Nile Fellowship Placement: University of Illinois Chicago Department of Special Education Motivation:To understand the relationships between organizations in U.S. society that support strategic planning and monitoring of the government.

Aldemaro Mu帽iz Mena Judge, Poder Judicial Email: aldemaro23@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: Ramsey County District Court Motivation: To learn about judicial systems of the U.S. Karen Pannocchia Specialist in Economics and Environment, Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development Email: kjpannocchia@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: Greater New Orleans, Inc. Motivation: To enrich knowledge on what kinds of infomation or instruments sway decision makers. Guillermina Ram铆rez Bison贸 Transparency Programme Manager, National Competitiveness Council of the Dominican Republic Email: ramirez.guillermina@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: Office of the Governor, Mike Pence (Indiana) Motivation: To strengthen her knowledge of government transparency, accountability and fighting against corruption. Noriyuki Then Shimazaki Local Team Leader, Proyecto DECADA, Dajab贸n Email: noryshima31@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: City of Deland Motivation: To learn best practices to become an agent of change.

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Hayam Abdelrashid Gamil Manager, National Council for Disability Affairs Email: hayam.ncda@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Hands Along the Nile Fellowship Placement: State of Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services Motivation: To learn about the role of legislation and policies that ensure the participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in the U.S. and other countries. Bassem Ahmed CEO and Founder, Kijamii Social Media Agency Email: bassemhe@kijamii.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: Dell Computers Motivation: To experience US business culture, meet the digital gurus, get exposed to digital practices and dig deep into the entrepreneurial culture and the most importantly, share what he has achieved and introduce new concepts and approaches to his company. Rabab Ahmed Banha Child Centre Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic, Benha Mental Hospital, (Ministry of health and population, Mental Health Secretariat), Psychiatric Child Specialist and Senior Manager Email: rababmd@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Legacy International Fellowship Placement: U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee and the George Washington University School of Public Health Motivation: To strengthen skills of collecting and analyzing social data to be better prepared to prioritize community needs and set workable development plans.


EGYPT

EGYPT

Somaia Elsayed Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, School of Humanities and Social Science, Cairo University Email: msomaia@feps.edu.eg/msomaia@aucegypt. edu Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Legacy International Fellowship Placement: Office of Congressman Tom Petri (Wisconsin-6) Motivation: To be exposed to a different political environment to learn about day-to-day politics and the democratic tradition in the United States.

Mohamed Rakha Head of Training, Mubadra Centre for Promotion of Values and Tolerance Email: mubadra.eg@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Legacy International Fellowship Placement: Office of Senator Jon Tester (Montana) Motivation: To learn about the American political system, governance and the role of civil community in public life and the extent the public can influence the decision making bodies.

Nagwa Elshikh Lawyer and Legal researcher, Egyptian National Council for Human Rights Email: nagwaelshiekh@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Hands Along the Nile Fellowship Placement: Chicago Kent College of Law Health & Disability Legal Clinic Motivation: To learn about the legislative and judicial systems of the U.S. and other countries as they relate to disability rights. Moustafa Mahmoud Junior Judge, State Council Email: moustafa.ahmad.kamal@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Legacy International Fellowship Placement: Office of Congressman Alcee Hastings (Florida-20) Motivation: To learn about the United States’ legislative process, government transparency, and the role of advocacy groups and lobbies to be better prepared to return to Egypt and work to better his own country’s system. Ibrahim Melouk Marketing Manager, ABA-SME Email: imelouk@aba-sme.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: SWOT Tech Town Motivation: To learn about international trade and investment, small business development, entrepreneurship, and leadership development. Muhammad Al Garhy Founder and CEO, BasharSoft Email: garhy@garhy.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: Dell Computers Motivation: To learn more about entrepreneurship, private sector development, government transparency, business growth, and mentoring.

Maged Ramzi Founder/Secretary of the Board, True Light/ Integration Association of Assiut Email: mrattalla@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Hands Along the Nile Fellowship Placement: Chicago Lighthouse Motivation: To learn more about the integration of disabled people in society in the United States. Michael Saad Program Coordinator, Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services Email: michsaad@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Hands Along the Nile Fellowship Placement: Health & Disability Advocates Motivation: To learn about how persons with disabilities are integrated in the American community and what their role is in political life. Shaimaa Saleh Senior Secretary, The Library of Alexandria Email: Shaimaa.Saleh@bibalex.org Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Legacy International Fellowship Placement: Office of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (Connecticut-5), Institute for MultiTrack Diplomacy Motivation: To learn how administrative tasks are carried on with the highest level of professionalism and to develop a strong network of peers and to learn about the United States’ legislative process.

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GEORGIA

Gustavo Campos Clerk’s Chief, Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador Email: gacf05@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Motivation: To learn about the Constitutional system of the U.S. to achieve comparative investigations.

Nino Gogoladze National Program Manager, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Email: gogoladze.nino@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Latino Policy Forum Motivation: To learn about U.S. Regulations on Minority rights, Human Rights, the role of nongovernmental organizations in shaping policies and regulations.

Carlos Guzmán Researcher, FUSADES Email: cguzmansanchez@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: Indiana University - Office of Government Relations Motivation: To learn and share public or private initiatives aimed at modernizing the State. Iris Palma Recinos Consultant for the e-Government, Innovation Technology and Informatics, Office of the President of El Salvador Email: iris@irispalma.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: Sunlight Foundation Motivation: To learn about the use of ICT to help the transparency and efficiency of the Government. GEORGIA Giorgi Burjanadze Senior Legal Expert, The Office of Public Defender of Georgia, EU Funded Project “Support to Public Defender’s Office” Email: georgeburjanadze@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Ohio Justice and Policy Center Motivation: To learn about U.S. legislative system, U.S. Constitution, the process of drafting legislation, and about the use of ICT to help the transparency and efficiency of the Government.

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Irina Rekhviashvili Parliamentary Program Officer, National Democratic Institute Email: irinka.rekhviashvili@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Office of US Congressman Rick Nolan Motivation: To learn about U.S. Legislative system, U.S. Policy making process and Electoral system. GHANA Lorrencia Nkrumah Broadcast Journalist, (OMNI MEDIA LTD) CITI 97.3 FM Email: lorrenciadam@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: ICFJ Fellowship Placement: KUT 90.5 Austin Motivation: To learn about how journalism is practiced in the United States and the role that journalists play in society and the challenges they face in doing their jobs. Kwaku Owusu Peprah Broadcast Journalist, Joy FM (Multimedia Group LTD) Email: Kowusupeprah@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: ICFJ Fellowship Placement: Rubber City Group (WAKR-AM) Motivation: To learn about how journalism is practiced in the United States and the role that journalists play in society and the challenges they face in doing their jobs.


GHANA

HUNGARY

Fati Shaibu-Ali Senior Editor, Global Media Alliance (e.TV Ghana) Email: fatishaibuali@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: ICFJ Fellowship Placement: KSDK Motivation:To learn about how journalism is practiced in the United States and the role that journalists play in society and the challenges they face in doing their jobs.

Annamaria Kovacs University MA Student & Project Assistant, Eotvos Lorand Scientific University Budapest Faculty of Sciences & Foundation for the Development of Democratic Rights Email: anamona07@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/ WSOS Fellowship Placement: Jane Addams Senior Caucus Motivation:To learn about the state of the civil society in the states and the best practices of neighborhood work.

HAITI Doudly Elius SME Monitoring Officer, Fonkoze/Zafen Email: edoudly@yahoo.fr Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: Fellowship Placement: Rutgers - NJ Small Business; Intersect Fund Motivation: To develop professional networks, learn about the legislative processes of the U.S. and others. HUNGARY Jozsef Angyal Coordinating Manager, Ministry of Human Resources , Department of Social Inclusion Email: angyaljozsef@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/WSOS Fellowship Placement: Neighborhood Works/ Neighborhood Housing Services of Toledo Motivation:To learn about the community organizing and to see the best practices through fieldworks, learn about the U.S. culture, and share the Roma culture from Hungary, and take back new ideas to improve the Roma situation in Hungary. Robert Bekefi School Psychologist, Child Behavior and Education Counseling Center Email: nerbero@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/WSOS Fellowship Placement: The Seed House Motivation: To gain deep insight into the essential skills needed for community organizing and to develop these skills to implement in Hungary.

Zsofia Lenart Community Social Worker, Menedek Hungarian Association for Migrants Email: zsazsa.lenart@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/ WSOS Fellowship Placement: Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) & Logan Square Neighborhood Association Motivation: To improve skills related to working with minority clients and collecting good practices and ideas from the U.S. on how to organize a group from individuals with different nationalities and different cultural backgrounds. Andrea Tajti Project Manager, DARTKE Association Email: andrea.tajti@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/ WSOS Fellowship Placement: Granite State Organizing Project & United Valley Interfaith Project Motivation: To learn about community organizing among young people, to get to know some methods and tools by which students can be motivated and involved in our programs.

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INDIA

ISRAEL

Rajashri D. Girhepunje Chairwoman of Bhandara Panchayat Samiti Email: rdgirhepuje22@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Office of Representative Michael Curtin, The Ohio State House of Representatives Motivation: To learn about the political structure of the U.S. government and its legislative process, and to become familiar with U.S. civil society.

Yafit Dash Account Manager/International Trade, Bank Leumi Email: yafit.dash@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: Business Council for International Understanding Motivation: Utilize skills obtained from my studies and work experience on program development, passing legislations, both in Israel and worldwide.

Sridevi Entrepreneur Email: brindhameditrip@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Nevada Small Business Development Cente Motivation: To enhance knowledge of the U.S. and to learn about entrepreneurship in development projects Supriya Roychoudhury Program Coordinator, Oxfam India Email: supriya.roychoudhury@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Chicago Council on Global Affairs Motivation: To learn about the legislative process, how civil society organizations interact with the law, how advocacy strategies are crafted by civil society organizations, and how policy outcomes resulting from global decision-making can be more inclusive of local communities’ priorities. ISRAEL Yuval Beck Business Development Manager, Keren Shemesh Foundation Email: supriya.roychoudhury@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: Chicago Urban League Motivation: To gain a wider perspective on the work of similar organizations in other countries and be able to assess what may be assimilated to my organization.

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Jouna Khalil QA Engineer, Activiews Email: jounakhalil@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: Everist Gemonics Motivation: To improve communication and presentation skills, and learn more about how to promote entrepreneurship within the Arab-Israeli community. Bshara Rezik Architecht, Technion University Email: bshara@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: 1871 Motivation: To learn in a “hands-on” way how to promote entrepreneurship and encourage start-ups in his community. To continue organizing events and workshops for the Arab community in order to further encourage its individuals to become entrepreneurs and leave the cycle of being a tiny screw in a system they have no control over. KAZAKHSTAN Kassymkhan Kozhakhmetov Expert, Center for Strategic Elaboration and Analysis Email: k.kozhakhmet@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Office of Senator Christopher Widener, The Ohio State Senate Motivation: To improve knowledge of legislative and political processes, and the role of civil society in the political process.


KAZAKHSTAN

KYRGYZSTAN

Yenlik Tlesheva Chief Expert, Division for Strategic Development and International Cooperation Email: enlik.tlesheva@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Office of Senator Christopher Widener, The Ohio State Senate Motivation: To learn how U.S. authorities and organizations draft and implement legislative acts, and to share professional experience with representatives from other developing countries.

Meerim Dosmuratova Project Coordinator, Public Union “Interbilim” International Center Email: dosmuratova.meerim@mail.ru; meerim. dosmuratova@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Motivation: To gain new ideas about advocacy campaigns and projects in order to more successfully give recommendations to governance bodies on the improvement of laws.

KENYA

LAOS

Patrick Nzioka Bureau Chief/Provincial News Editor, Nation Media Group Email: kilonzop@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: ICFJ Fellowship Placement: Nevada Small Business Development Center Motivation: To learn about how journalism is practiced in the United States and the role that journalists play in society and the challenges they face in doing their jobs.

Sayvisene Boulom Lecturer; Faculty of Agriculture, National University of Laos Email: boulom.s@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Mansfield Center/University of Montana Fellowship Placement: Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center Motivation: To learn new business and management skills, and to share and exchange knowledge and create new working and friendship networks.

Maureen Mudi Chief Correspondent- Coast Region, Radio Africa Group- The Star Newspaper Email: maureen.mudi@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: ICFJ Fellowship Placement: Minnesota Public Radio Motivation: To learn about how journalism is practiced in the United States and the role that journalists play in society and the challenges they face in doing their jobs. KYRGYZSTAN

Bandith Ladpakdy Manager, Saoban Village Handicrafts Email: contact@saobancrafts.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Mansfield Center/University of Montana Fellowship Placement: Montana Department of Commerce, Office of Trade & International Relations Motivation: To learn about social entrepreneurship, women’s leadership, and economic development to improve his social enterprise and extend that knowledge to the 300 women with whom he works.

Siezbek Abdyldaev Deputy of City Council, Cholpon-Ata City Council Email: s.abdyldaev@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Tulsa City Council Office Motivation: To learn about legislative bodies and the political process in the U.S., how laws are drafted and adopted, and how civil society participates in politics in the U.S.

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LIBYA

LIBYA

Ammad Almusrati Human Resources Development & Training Manager, Misrata International Airport Email: ammad.almusrati@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Legacy International Fellowship Placement: Office of Congressman Bobby Rush (Illinois-1) Motivation: To learn more about American education and society and about democracy so that hecan improve the situation in Libya.

Mariam El Badri Student, Benghazi University/ Entrepreneurship Leader, Benghazi Entrepreneurship Center Email: maraim.elbadri@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: Dell Computers Motivation: To learn from American leaders to broaden his mind and help return to Libya better prepared to help develop Libya’s democracy.

Amna Alsallak Program Officer, National Democratic Institute (NDI) Email: amnaallsalak@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Legacy International Fellowship Placement: Office of Congresswoman Susan Davis (California-53) Motivation: To learn about how a functioning democracy ensures all its citizens are treated equality and protects them under the law, especially when it comes to women’s rights. Aynor Ben Omran Architect/NGO Leader, Self-employed and Save the Children Email: aynor.benomran@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: Al Ghafari Architects Motivation: To earn more about American education and society and about democracy so that she can improve the situation in Libya. Ibtehal El Mughrabi Student, Benghazi University Email: sweetbahoola90@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: SRI Energy Motivation: To gain experience and learn how ti become an entrepreneur.

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Abdelsalam Elmocassbi Maintenance Planning Engineer, Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Processing Company Email: ceemo_km@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Legacy International Fellowship Placement: Campaign Legal Center Motivation: To learn from American leaders to broaden his mind and help him return to Libya better prepared to help develop Libya’s democracy by sharing what he has learned. MALDIVES Aminath Ahmed (Suzan) Assistant Legal Officer, Human Rights Commission of the Maldives Email: suzan.shiham@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Office of Representative Michael Curtin, The Ohio State House of Representatives Motivation: To understand the legislative process in the U.S. and how human rights activists can influence governmental decisions. Hassan Shahid Deputy Mayor, Addu City Council Email: shahid@meedhoolive.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Office of the Speaker of the House - Representative William Batchelder, The Ohio State House of Representatives Motivation: To learn about democratic governance and civic activism.


MEXICO

MOLDOVA

Javier Berain Communications Officer and ONG Liaison, Arena Ciudadana Email: rberain@arenaciudadana.org Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: Fellowship Placement: National Democratic Institute (NDI) Motivation: To learn about the work on the open parliament in other countries and establish a network of actors.

Igor Chirosca Judge, Straseni District Court Email: chirosca@rambler.ru Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: University of Hawaii, Law School Motivation: To learn about U.S. Judiciary System and to observe U.S. Patent and Trade Organizations. Also to learn about U.S. practices in teaching law.

Miguel Angel Barrera Rojas Professor, Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo Email: miguel.barrera@uimqroo.edu.mx Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: City University of New York Malave Leadership Academy Motivation: To learn about the public policies of the U.S. for the native people. Luis Godoy Project Manager, OPI Open Intelligence Email: lgodoyru@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Motivation: To acquire new and different tools to link the government with citizens through technology. Mara Torres Pinedo Program Assistant, National Democratic Institute Email: maratpinedo@gmail.com Fellowship Focus Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Motivation: To learn, practice and share best practices on legislative and security systems to improve her work for Mexico. Alberto Velasco Chief Administrative Officer, Fundacion Nosotros Los Jovenes Email: alberto@nosotroslosjovenes.org Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Palcement: Youth Service of America Motivation: To learn the best practices of the U.S. organizations. To make a strong relationship and network with other NGOs and fellows committed to the improvement of society and human rightss. To learn about the legal policy for youth people in U.S. To use and improve his knowledge, skills for youth leadership development, promoting global initiatives for youth people.

Vladimir Palamarciuc Chairman, Young Lawyers Association of the Moldovan Bar Email: palamarciuc.vladimir@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: State Bar of New Mexico To learn about how U.S. Young Lawyer’s Associations are structured and how they operate and learn about legal and continuing education for young and professional lawyers. NEPAL Swati Thapa Program Officer, buildNepal Organization Email: swati_thapa@hotmail.com, swatithapa86@ gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Office of Chicago Alderman Will Burns (4th Ward) Motivation: To learn how civil society engages with the U.S. political process, and how it contributes to the establishment of a system of good governance. Prashannata Wasti Senior Officer, Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC) Email: prasanw@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence Motivation: To learn about the political structures of administrative units, including grassroots organizations.

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NEW ZEALAND

NICARAGUA

Peter Ridge Policy Analyst, Palmerston North City Council Email: peter.ridge@pncc.govt.nz Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: ICMA Fellowship Placement: City of Dubuque, Iowa Motivation: To explore community engagement practices in the U.S., and to identify ways in which community engagement in New Zealand can be improved.

Sergio Rugama Executive Director, PODEMOS Email: sergio.rugama@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Motivation: To learn new ways of working and strategies, and creating opportunity to network.

Rebecca Williams Event sand Community Development Manager , Dunedin City Council Email: rjawilli@dcc.govt.nz Legislative Process and Governance ICMA City of Flagstaff, Arizona To gain an understanding and appreciation of how other countries engage their marginalised communities in order to facilitate change in New Zealand. Naomi Woodham Community and Information Team Leader, Hurunui District Council Email: naomi.woodham@hurunui.govt.nz Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: ICMA Fellowship Placement: City of Flagstaff, Arizona Motivation: To explore local government policies and strategies for providing meaningful opportunities for participation and engagement, particularly by women and those from marginalized populations. NICARAGUA Evelyn Meneses Castro Administrative Manager, Finca San Andres Email: menesesevelyn@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: ServeDC Motivation: To learn about gender economic empowerment and the types of policies that make it possible. Alfredo JosĂŠ Ocampos Ortega Program Coordinator, Amigos de Las Americas/ Agentes de Cambio Email: ajooima@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: LGBT History Project Motivation: To learn about American society and legislation.

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NIGERIA Baraka Bashir Reporter , Freedom Radio Kano Email: barbash4gh@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: ICFJ Fellowship Placement: OPB Motivation: To learn about how journalism is practiced in the United States and the role that journalists play in society and the challenges they face in doing their jobs. Lara Owoeye-Wise Deputy Chief News Producer/ News Editor/News Anchor, Africa Independent Television, AIT Email: Email: yarinya2001@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: ICFJ Fellowship Placement: VOA and KSTP-TV Motivation: To learn about how journalism is practiced in the United States and the role that journalists play in society and the challenges they face in doing their jobs. PAKISTAN Said Afzal Shinwari Deputy Project Manager , Community Appraisal & Motivation Programme (CAMP) Email: afzalshinwari@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Southwest Michigan Council of Boy Scouts of America Motivation: To learn how to strengthen the roles of civil society organizations and youth in the political process, and gain a more in-depth understanding of the U.S. government.


PAKISTAN

PAKISTAN

Syeda Natasha Anwar Program Officer, International Human Rights Organization Email: natashaihro@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement:Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Motivation: To learn about the American way of life and share Pakistani culture. To inform others of the difficulties many women continue to face in Pakistan, especially in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Sajida Hameed Program Officer, Strengthening Participatory Organization Email: a.sajida@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Felllowship Placement: Volunteer Kalamazoo Motivation: To enhance her ability to promote marginalized people and to make long-lasting connections with civil society members in the U.S.

Ummi Asim Community Development Officer, Society for Skills Training and Development Email: ummiasim.sstd@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Edison Neighborhood Association Motivation: To gain a deeper understanding of U.S. society and to learn about ways the civil society structure in Pakistan can be improved. Sumera Azim Program Coordinator, All Women Advancement and Resource Development Email: sumera.azim@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Mecklenburg County Community Support Services, Women’s Commission Motivation: To pursue her goal of running her own NGO and to improve her knowledge of how women can play an active role in the legislative process. Sadia Cheema Program Officer, Strengthening Participatory Organization Email: sadia.cheema@spopk.org Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Alternatives for Girls (AFG) Motivation: To enhance knowledge of the legislative process and the role civil society organizations have in influencing it.

Ashiq Hussain Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Baltistan Culture and Development Foundation Email: ashiq_72hussain@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: American Red Cross Motivation: To gain knowledge about leadership so that he may better engage with the communities he is working for. The fellowship will equip him with better tools to work in the fields of good governance, gender equality, and community development. Beenish Marwat Chairwoman Peshawar, Women’s Concerns Organization Email: benish.wco@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Alternatives for Girls (AFG) Motivation: To expand understanding of how to promote women’s education through public policy and learn about innovative and mobile educational strategies from U.S. and program counterparts. Shah Jehan Chief Executive Officer, Kurram Welfare Home Email: utmankhel6@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement:: The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Motivation: To foster connections with other NGO leaders, to gain a better understanding of U.S. culture, and to develop his knowledge of research and development techniques so that he can use them to help the marginalized communities of Pakistan.

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PAKISTAN

PAKISTAN

Aziz Ahmed Khan Associate in Community Development, Monitoring, Reporting and Research Officer Email: utmankhel6@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Voices for Georgia’s Children Motivation: To foster connections with other NGO leaders, to gain a better understanding of U.S. culture, and to develop my knowledge of research and development techniques so that he can use them to help the marginalized communities of Pakistan.

Nasrullah Thahim Executive Director, Sustainable Environment and Development Foundation-SEDF Email: nasrullahthahim@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Center for Neighborhood Technology Motivation: To better understand governance, peace and democracy, and legislative issues.

Najma Khatian Assistant Manager, Agribusiness Support Fund, Karachi Office Email: Khatian_786@hotmail.com; nkhatian@ ymail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: People’s Food Co-Op NGO Motivation: To learn about the U.S. and how it succeeds to provide aid to the most needy; to understand the law making process, and how the government is held accountable for its actions; and to improve knowledge of monitoring and evaluation techniques. Abid Lashari President, Nawabshah Disability Forum Email: info@ndfpakistan.org  Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center Motivation: To learn about how civil society interacts with the legislative process in the US. Najeeb Ullah Regional Director, People’s Primary Healthcare and Educational Initiative Email: najibkhan712@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Literacy Action Motivation: To learn about American society, and to improve cooperation between the citizens of the U.S. and Pakistan.

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Sobia Nosheen Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Social Efforts for Education and Development Email: sobia@olasyar.org.pk Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: United Way of Southeast Michigan Motivation: To see how monitoring and evaluation is carried out in the U.S. governance system, and to learn how the government is responsive to the American people. Amina Sadaf Director, The World Pioneers Email: aminasadaf@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Focus: HOPE Motivation: To improve communication skills and share innovative ideas with other fellows and U.S. participants. Salmanuddin Project Manager, Focus Humanitarian Assistance Pakistan Email: samgojali@gmail.com; salman.shah focushumanitarian.org Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Tulsa Partners Motivation: To learn about the political system and legislative process in the U.S., and how policies are implemented; to understand civil society and culture in the US. Sami Ullah Field Supervisor, Balochistan Education Foundation Email: samiyousafzai@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: ThinkCERCA Motivation: To improve his knowledge of civil society organizations in the US.., and to learn how this knowledge can be implemented in Pakistan.


PAKISTAN

PAKISTAN

Hina Ansari Constituencies Coordinator for Supporting Transparency, Accountability, and Electoral Processes in Pakistan, Forum for Human Rights, Pakistan Email: ansari.hina15@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Hands On Charlotte Motivation: To learn about the legislative process in the U.S. in order to strengthen women’s empowerment in Pakistan.

Ahmad Zeb Project Coordinator, Youth Action for Governance and Democracy Email: zebswat@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: After School Matters Motivation: To gain knowledge and leadership skills to become more engaged in his community, to learn from the other participants, and to improve his understanding of civil society.

Sajid Ali Director, Sustainable Development Program for the Poor Email: sdppsind@gmail.com; sajidsolangi@gmail. com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Office of Councilman Kwanza Hall Motivation: To learn how to improve the success of his NGO and to strengthen his ability to teach others how to bring about sustainable improvements for the poor Sumera Mehboob Program Officer, Gender Focal Person, Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) Email: sumeramehboob@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: The Arc Community Advocates Motivation: To improve her skills as a social worker so that she may encourage other females in Pakistan to become active players in bringing about peace and development. Suneeta Aahooja Program Officer Society for Community Development Email: suneetaaja@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Poverty Reduction Initiative Motivation: To gain exposure to the U.S. democratic and legislative systems and to exchange ideas and knowledge with the other participants.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES Laila Abudahi CEO and Founder, MOTION Email: laila.dahi@student-partners.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: Dell Computers Motivation: To expand her professional horizon and to gain perspective on cultural and professional levels. To pursue my dreams of making a difference in Gaza. Ibrahim Aljabour ICT Program Manager, Mercy Corps Email: ibrahim.jabour@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: Digerati Motivation: To learn about entrepreneurship, private sector development, government transparency, business growth, access to capital. Doris Modrich Fundraiser, Inad Theater Email: dorisla2005@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: DC3 Motivation: To learn how to be a more effective fundraiser, and how American NGOs raise money to support the arts. PANAMA Juan Antonio CedeÑo President, Atrévete a Sonar Foundation Email: jcedeno@yamaoverseas.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Connecticut Fellowship Placement: Yale University Motivation: To learn about programs that help children who are in situations of social risk; to learn better ways to raise funds for a foundation.

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Alexandra Chen Creative Director and Founder, Crush (clothing brand focused on exclusive and accessible bathing suits made in Panama) Email: alechen04@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Connecticut Fellowship Placement: Human Impacts Institute Motivation: To learn as much as she can about entrepreneurship in other countries so she can use the knowledge to make improvements here in her own country.

Maria Ines Ramírez Advisor of the Commission of Science and Technology, Congreso Nacional Email: ramirez.maines@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes Motivation: To learn about work methods in the beginning stages of the law making process.

Julio Mosquera-Stanziola Chief Operations Officer, Groupo Julmos Email: julio@grupojulmos.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Connecticut Fellowship Placement: reSET! Motivation: To gain a better understanding of how economic models work, how to help others create self-sustainable projects, and to replicate what other organizations, people and community have done in order to help the ones around him. Argelis Y. Thompson Pérez ProjectFormulation,DevelopmentandManagement, Red Emprende Foundation Email: argelisthompson@ieee.org Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Connecticut Fellowship Placement: Greenskies Motivation: To learn implementation of economic and social models to generate wealth (particularly renewable energy applications) through sustainable ventures including women. PARAGUAY Alexandra Mara Gross García Lawyer, Estudio Jurídico Email: alexandra_gross@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research Motivation: To learn about legislative systems, judicial systems, and leadership training. Maria Lourdes Paredes Executive Director, MIDAMOS System Email: mlourdespg@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Citizen Advocacy andTransparency Host Organization: Partners of the Americas Fellowship Placement: City of Fort Lauderdale Motivation: Learning new approaches to public policy and develop new contacts.

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Andres Vázquez Proyects and Development Coordinator at the Human Rights Direction, Supreme Court of Justice of Paraguay Email: avazquez12@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative process and Governance Host Organization: Partners of the Americas FellowshipPlacement:RamseyCountyCommunity Corrections Motivation: To learn about new perspectives to respond to juvenile offenders’ response. PERU Melissa Guadalupe Huertas Regional Coordinator, VivePerú Email: mguadalupehuertas@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Connecticut Fellowship Placement: University of Connecticut Motivation: To learn about innovative and diverse action approaches for community development from various examples of successful interventions in settings that resemble her own. Cecilia Gutierrez Project Coordinator, IPTIG Email: cgutierrezdc@outlook.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Connecticut Fellowship Placement: New Farmers Alliance CT Motivation: To learn about other countries entrepreneurship initiatives and to understand how culture influences economic empowerment. Zeleste Vela Project Manager, TACTICA 3.0 Marketing and Communication Email: Zeleste.vela @tactica3.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Connecticut Fellowship Placement: Imperative Motivation: To learn how to maximize the investment resources and knowledge in order to apply them in the development of social enterprises.


ROMANIA

ROMANIA

Oana Botezan Project Assistant, Ratiu Foundation for Democracy Email: oana.botezan@ratiudemocracycenter.org Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/WSOS Fellowship Placement: Arkansas Community Organizations Motivation: To learn how community organizing works, so she can improve her skills and how groups can be mobilized in a constructive way.

Laura Stefanut News Department Researcher, DIGI 24 Television (RCS/RDS) Email: laurastefanut@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/ WSOS Fellowship Placement: Jane Addams Senior Caucus Motivation: To learn about ways to support social change from within vulnerable groups as well as from the governmental level, especially related to the Filipino community.

Elena Carbunaru Project Assistant, “Romano ButiQ� Association Email: elena.carbunaru@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/WSOS Fellowship Placement: The Seed House Motivation: To learn new skills to involve citizens in decisions making; to learn about the specific communities and minorities in the U.S. and taking over some of successful programs about the community organizing and developing them in the communities. Lia Gaudi University MA Student, Board Member, Western University of Timisoara and Open Wings Organization Email: saes77lia@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/WSOS Fellowship Placement: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Motivation: To gain personal and professional development, to gain more knowledge about the specific tools used in community organizing in the United States and new ideas of approaching social work which can be used in her work in Romania. Iustina Neagu Community Organizer, Resource Center for Public Participation- CeRe Email: iustina@ce-re.ro Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/WSOS Fellowship Placement: CASA de Maryland Motivation: To learn about different types of organizing, to learn more about managing the different roles of the organizer, to learn more examples of big bold actions, group dynamics, various examples of structure in community organizations.

RUSSIA Yulia Druzhnikova International Projects Manager, Russian Venture Company (RVC) Email: ydruzhnikova@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: MassChallenge Motivation: To learn about the American experience in the innovation development. To get practical and theoretical knowledge about innovation strategies in order to learn how to support and manage innovations in a more efficient way. Andrei Durakov Head of the Laboratory of Instrumental Tools for Software Development, Perm State National Research University Email: adurakov@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Illinois Institute ofTechnology University Technology Park Motivation: To learn US best practices in the field of innovation, startup development and venture funds. He is eager to exchange his ideas with both fellows and his American counterparts.

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SLOVAKIA

Mikhail Erman Head of business incubator “LIFT”, Astrakhan Technopark SK, CJSC Email: mikhail.erman@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group (EIG) , Arizona State University Motivation: To learn about U.S. startups development, accelerators, incubators, and venture capital. To enhance professional networks, to know what processes stimulate U.S. students to create startups and use this knowledge in his region.

Boba Baluchova Expert, Trnava University, Faculty of Health Care and Social Work Email: boba.baluchova@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/ WSOS Fellowship Placement: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Motivation: To learn more about community organizing - how to encourage her neighbors and students to be more active and involved into finding the solutions for their own local issues.

Denis Matvienko Executive director, Russian Association for Entrepreneurship Education (RAEE) Email: den.matvienko@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: The Jim Moran Institute, Florida State University Motivation: To learn how to enhance the strategic capacity of HEIs in fostering innovative entrepreneurship and strengthening partnership between university and concerned parties at national and international levels through collaborative development.

Roman Kollarik Co-President, TransFuzia Email: roman.kollarik@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/ WSOS Fellowship Placement: Community Voices Heard Motivation: To absorb practices that would be innovative for community work back at home, especially those about understanding community and mobilizing it to an action, advocacy and shifting public opinion.

Aleksei Sukhochev Director, Center of Cluster Development of the Voronezh Region Email: al.sukhochev@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: IC2 Institute, University of Texas Motivation: To gain practical experience in the sphere of innovative entrepreneurship and to enhance his professional network. His major goal is to learn models and best practices in the sphere of businessuniversities-government cooperation as a key factor for innovation and regional development.

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Gabriela Mezeiova Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava Email: gabrielocka@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Great Lakes Consortium/ WSOS Fellowship Placement: Jane Addams Senior Caucus Motivation: To learn about the executive, legislative and judicial systems of the U.S., minorities’ rights, civil society and community involvement, and best practices in community organizing to incorporate in new training materials in Slovakia.


SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

Grace Baloyi Investment Case Specialist, Technology Innovation Agency Email: gbaloyi@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Bentley University/South Africa Partners Fellowship Placement: Mass Medic Motivation: To learn about technology start-ups and funding in the U.S. context and observe how institutions and companies in the U.S. close the gap between science and markets.

Keith Kenneth Director: Strategy and Marketing, Telenetix Technology Solutions Email: keith@telenetix.co.za Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Bentley University/South Africa Partners Fellowship Placement: Mass Broadband Institute Motivation: To study best practices in the roll-out of high speed infrastructure.

Sheila Bizana Community Development Worker, Ikwezi Lomso Child and Family Welfare Society Email: bizana360@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: Northwest Initiative Motivation: To learn about community development and best practices to become an agent of change. Lebogang Bogopane Project Coordinator and Admin Manager, Mothotlung Network against Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Email: klbogopane@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: SIREN/Eaton Shelter Motivation: To learn the best income generation projects we can start that are viable and will work, ensuring that the income generated will sustain the organization long term. She would also like to learn as to how she can refine marketing strategies that will lead to an increase in awareness and impact. Thys Cronje Managing Director, Diacoustic Medical Devices Email: thys.cronje@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Bentley University/South Africa Partners Fellowship Placement: M2D2, U Mass. Lowell Motivation: To study market entry strategies in the medical devices field, learn how new technologies are adopted in the health care sector in the U.S.

Portia Maime Brand Ambassador, The Creative Counsel Email: Pmaime5@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: Entrepreneur Institute of Mid Michigan Motivation: To learn best practices on women’s empowerment. Francois Malan Commercialization Manager, Savant Analytic Email: francois@savantic.co.za Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Bentley University/South Africa Partners Fellowship Placement: Cambridge Innovation Center Motivation: To observe the innovation ecosystem in Massachusetts with an eye to strengthening the same in South Africa. Madelein Mkunu Founder and President, Leading Women in Africa Email: madelein@leadingwomenofafrica.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: Entrepreneur Institute of Mid Michigan Motivation: To reinforce knowledge and strategy on the mechanism to strengthen women economic empowerment. Mtheza Mtyopo Project Manager: Youth Innovation Fund, Technology Innovation Agency Email: mtheza.mtyopo@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Bentley University/South Africa Partners Fellowship Placement: Mass. Life Sciences Center Motivation: To learn and understand the enhancers of building innovation economy from the U.S. perspective and how they can be used in a developing country with efficiency driven economy to stimulate entrepreneurship.

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SOUTH AFRICA

Nomsa Nabo Program Manager, Eastern Cape Social Economic Consultative Council (ECSECC) Email: nomsa@ecsecc.org Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: SIREN/Eaton Shelter Motivation: To develop leadership skills; and learn best practices to promote women entrepreneurship.

Makhosi Zondi Director, Edi Training and Community Development Email: makhosi@edi.org.za Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: Women’s Center of Greater Lansing Motivation: To develop skills on sustainable community development.

Vuyo Ncwaiba Chief Executive Officer, VuMali Empowerment Advisors Email: vuyo@vumali.co.za Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: MSU Center for Community & Economic Development Motivation: To learn about strategies for efficiently and effectively develop women’s entrepreneur development support including methodologies for creating profitable and sustainable small business ventures. Refilwe Ngoato Technology Transfer Manager, University of Pretoria Technology Transfer Office Email: refilwengoato@webmail.co.za Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Bentley University/South Africa Partners Fellowship Placement: MIT Technology and Licensing Office Motivation: To study how U.S. universities work with researchers to commercialize the technologies they develop. Fundisile Serame Senior Specialist: Application Development, SITA Email: fundisile.serame@sita.co.za Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Bentley University/South Africa Partners Fellowship Placement: State Street Financial Motivation: To study technology innovation in the U.S., specifically mobile technologies and how they can improve delivery of government services. Anthony VanWyk Bioprocess Scientist, Quorus Biotech Email: antvwy@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Bentley University/South Africa Partners Fellowship Placement: Biogen Idec Motivation: To study how to implement effective and efficient process control and operations management procedures for entry into global markets.

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SRI LANKA Manori Ratnasekara Vice President, Citizens Front Email: rnmanori@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Office of the Speaker of the House - Representative William Batchelder, The Ohio State House of Representatives Motivation: To learn about American culture and how civil society influences the political process. Niranjala Somasundaram Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant Officer, Family Rehabilitation Center Email: niranjala120@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Mecklenburg County Community Support Services, Women’s Commission Motivation: To learn about the U.S. and civil society’s engagement in the political process, and improve her ability to carry out development work in Sri Lanka. TAJIKISTAN Shoirajon Olimova Civil Society and Political Party Specialist, Government of Sughd Province Email: Shoira.ah@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Office of Representative Michael Stinziano, The Ohio State House of Representatives Motivation: To learn about the U.S. political process and legislative system, and to gain insights into democratic practices and principles of other participating South and Central Asian countries.


TAJIKISTAN

TANZANIA

Abdujabbor Homidov Executive Director, Rural Development Center (SOF) Email: abdujabborh@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: World Learning Fellowship Placement: Community Service Council Motivation: To become familiar with U.S. culture and its political process, and to create meaningful connections with the participants in order to share knowledge and ideas.

Agnes Nambeye Hassan Regional Nursing Officer, Prime Ministry’ s Office - Regional Administrative Secretary and Local Government, Health Department Email: agsmza@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: Women’s Center of Greater Lansing Motivation: To learn about leadership capacity and professional skills; women’s economic empowerment development in relevant areas for good governance.

TANZANIA Sarah Ali Abdalla Program Assistant, Youth Self Employment Foundation Email: srh_abdalla@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: Entrepreneur Institute of Mid Michigan Motivation: To develop leadership skills to help other women to become leaders. To learn best practices on women’s empowerment and financial independence. Amina Ali Vice Chairperson, Zanzibar Female Lawyers Association (ZAFELA) Email: msammy69@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: Haven House Motivation: To learn how to empower women socially, politically and economically, and to become an agent of change. Maleso Chogo Community Development Officer, Kisarawe District Council Email: maleso.chogo@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: Northwest Initiative Motivation: To learn about best practices on civil society and community involvement; strenghthen leadership skills.

Natu Rashidi Msuya Dean of Students, Dar es Salaam University College of Education Email: nattumsuya@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: MSU Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives Motivation: To learn best practices on how to empower women. Edna Harriet Mtoi Assistant Lecturer, Head of the Gender Studies Department, The Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy Email: mtoiedna@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: MSU Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives Motivation: To learn leadership and training skills, lobbying, community entry, working and mobilizing disadvantaged groups. Ester Steven Mzilangwe Lecturer, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences Email: estersteven@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Michigan State University Fellowship Placement: SIREN/Eaton Shelter Motivation: To strengthen leadership skills and learn best practices in community outreach programs.

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TUNISIA

Bampen Chaiyarak Coordinator, Ecology and Culture Study Group Email: wunjunre@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Mansfield Center/University of Montana Fellowship Placement: Clark Fork Coalition Motivation: To learn and experience how to empower communities and facilitate economic development.

Besma Agoubi Special Educator, School for the Deaf and Disabled in Gabes, Tunisia Email: bessmag@live.fr Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Hands Along the Nile Fellowship Placement: Chicago Public Schools Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services Motivation: To learn more about the teaching methods in the United States to enrich her skills and to exchange new cultural traditions and lifestyles.

Wicha Chanklom Policy and Plan Analyzer, Udon Thani Provincial Governor’s Office Email: wichachanklom@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: ICMA Fellowship Placement: City of Ann Arbor, Michigan Motivation: To learn strategies to develop positive working relationships between organizations, techniques to enable officers to take ownership strategic plans, to explore models of community outreach, and techniques for applying new technologies to benefit the organization and its partners. Kanlaya Chularattakorn Resource Mobilization Coordinator, Hmong Women’s Network of Thailand Email: kanlaya2005@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Mansfield Center/University of Montana Fellowship Placement: University of Montana Motivation: To learn about social entrepreneurship and best practices in sustainable economic development in the U.S. Aphakorn Trairekpan Community Developer, Songkhla Municipality Email: aphakorn@live.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: ICMA Fellowship Placement: City of Rancho Cordova, California Motivation: To develop her knowledge, skills and abilities for improving job performance on local development.

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Ines Amri English Teacher, Tunisian Ministry of Education/ President of Will and Citizenship Organisation Email: amri.ines@ovcorg.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Legacy International Fellowship Placement: Office of Congresswoman Betty McCollum (Minnesota-4) Motivation: To learn new skills and strategies, to develop her network and positively represent her country Tunisia and exchanging views on civil society’s roles, elections, democracy, civic engagement, democracy mechanisms and global exchanges. Nada Aridhiim Public Service Counselor, Ministry of Social Affairs Email: aridhinada@yahoo.fr Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Legacy International Fellowship Placement: Office of Congressman Ed Perlmutter (Colorado-7) and the AFL-CIO Motivation: To become familiarized with the American congress and way of creating, implementing and enforcing laws. She is concerned about the democratic transition in Tunisia following the revolution. Amira Athimni Digital Strategic Planner, Mediterrean Business School/Web Marketing Firm Email: amira.athimni@mbs.tn Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: Cibola Motivation: To learn more about American business culture and society and about best practices in promoting small business growth.


TUNISIA

TUNISIA

Emna Ben Smida Student, National Engineering School of Tunis Email: emnabensmida@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: Sensei Change/Shifting Gears Program Motivation: To learn about American society and culture, ad how to run her own business successfully.

Imed Ouertani President, Association for the Defense of the Rights of Person with Disabilities Email: imed.ouert@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Hands Along the Nile Fellowship Placement: Access Living Motivation: To learn about the legislative and judicial systems of the U.S and best practices in disabilities rights in order to become an agent of change.

Aymen Cherif Educator, AGIM Zarzouna (Branch of National Association of People with Physical Disabilities) Email: aymen_cherif03@yahoo.fr Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Hands Along the Nile Fellowship Placement: Chicago Park District, Disability Policy Office Motivation: To develop his capacities regarding the legislative processes of the U.S and the other countries to become an agent for change for disabled rights in Tunisia. Chiraz Karoui Consultant Lawyer and PhD Researcher in International Law, Research Center on Investment and International Trade Law, Research Center on International Relations, Market and Negotiations Email: karoui.chiraz@yahoo.fr Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Legacy International Fellowship Placement: U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairss; ALF-CIO solidarity center Motivation: To broaden professional experience and perspective; having practical experience and a deeper understanding of the American political system and American society. Ali Mnif Co-founder/Manager, MAZAM Email: alimnif@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: University of Michigan Fellowship Placement: University of Michigan Events Motivation: To expand his perspectives; to start practically thinking globally; to learn from American entrepreneurs the best practices; to have more positive impact in his country.

Anis Rouissi Head of Service, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research Email: anis.rouissi@mes.rnu.tn Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Legacy International Fellowship Placement: Office of Congressman Gregory Meeks (New York-6) Motivation: To learn from the success stories of people who make differences in their own countries, to open his mind to different social, professional, and political ways of life, all lessons which would in turn enrich his life and career. Lobna Smida Disability Rights Activist, Tunisian Government/ regional and international NGOs Email: roselobna@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: Hands Along the Nile Fellowship Placement:The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Motivation: To learn ways to make the community and government aware of the important role of people with disabilities in the development of our countries. TURKEY Aysen Atlay Legislative Expert, Grand National Assembly of Turkey Email: aysencaglar@tbmm.gov.tr Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Law Library of Congress Motivation: To learn about U.S. legislative processes and research that contributes to law making.

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TURKEY

Fatma Elif Kalan Coordinator at the International Youth Leadership Academy Project, Habitat Center for Development and Governance Email: elifkalan@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement Motivation: To learn about U.S. legislative processes, civic participation, as well as the role of NGOs and CSOs in decision making processes.

Ilyas Sir Labor expert, Ministry of Labor and Social Security Email: isir@csgb.gov.tr Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Jobs With Justice and American Rights at Work Motivation: To learn about issues of minimum wage, labor regulations and occupation safety, as well as learning more about government oversight and accountability in the U.S.

Murat Koylu External Relations Coordinator, Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association Email: murat@kaosgl.org Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Office of U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan Motivation: To learn about U.S. legislative processes, civic participation, as well as the role of NGOs and CSOs in decision making processes.

Umit Baris Urhan Liaison Officer to the Turkish Parliament, Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) Permanent Ankara Representation Email: barisurhan@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Office of U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott Motivation: To learn about U.S. legislative system, voter’s rights and policy making processes.

Dilek Kumcu Technical Specialist, Turkey Grand National Assembly - Constitution Conciliation Committee Email: dilek_kumcu@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Office of US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke Motivation: To learn about U.S. Legislative Processes, Federal Government and ways that US government protects human tights. Arda Ozansoy Assistant Legislative Expert, Grand National Assembly of Turkey Email: ardaozansoy@tbmm.gov.tr Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: International Relations Office, City of San Antonio Motivation: To learn about U.S. Legislative process, research and its impact on policy-making, government transparency and accountability.

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Yasar Kemal Yılmaz Sub-Governor (Kaymakam), Icisleri Bakanligi Email: yilmazyasarkemal@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Department of Economic Development, City of Cincinnati Motivation: To learn about U.S. government first hand, and to see how U.S. government officials and politicians deal with a variety of issues including security, education, and economic development. UGANDA Becky Birungi Producer, Uganda Media Women’s Association Email: birungir@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: ICFJ Fellowship Placement: KALW Motivation: To learn about how journalism is practiced in the United States and the role that journalists play in society and the challenges they face in doing their jobs.


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UKRAINE

Nancy Kacunigra News Anchor/Reporter, NTV Uganda Email: nanckiana@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: ICFJ Fellowship Placement: KDLH Motivation: To learn about how journalism is practiced in the United States and the role that journalists play in society and the challenges they face in doing their jobs.

Olga Stelmakh Seniour Consultant, Parliament of Ukraine Email: stelmakholga@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Office of Pennsylvania State Senator Joe Scarnati Motivation: To learn about U.S. Legislation, especially the regulations for protecting environment in the process of drilling for shale gas. This experience would be directly applicable to her work in Ukraine and would allow her to bring new ideas and methods into her work in the Verkhov

Walugembe Moses Tusubira News Reporter, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation TV Email: wmosest@hotmail.com Fellowship Focus: Media Host Organization: ICFJ Fellowship Placement: WKOW Motivation: To learn about how journalism is practiced in the United States and the role that journalists play in society and the challenges they face in doing their jobs. UKRAINE Lina Ostapchuk Head of the Promotion Unit at the Department of Tourism, Lviv City Council Email: linaostapchuk@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Illinois Office of Tourism Motivation: To learn about accountability, government transparency, U.S. local government. Nadiia Pashkova Project manager of “Smoke Free Donetsk” Project, DRO “Committee of Voters of Ukraine” Email: nadiya.pashkova@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Legislative Process and Governance Host Organization: American Councils for International Education Fellowship Placement: Office of Hawaii State Representative Gene Ward Motivation: To learn about U.S. NGOs, lobbying and advocacy.

VIETNAM Brian Hoa Nguyen Marketing Director, Cai Lan International Containe Terminal Email: Brian.Nguyen@cict.com.vn Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Portland State University Fellowship Placement: Port of Portland Motivation: To learn how to become a leader in the Vietnam maritime industry. Dang Phi Lan National Program Coordinator, Peace and Development Email: phi.lan.dang@pazydesarrollo.org Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Mansfield Center/University of Montana Fellowship Placement: Jefferson Local Development Corporation Motivation: To learn best practices in economic development. Dinh Tri Dung COO, Founder and Board Member, Aprotrain Inc, Hanoi Vietnam Email: dung.dt@aprotrain.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Portland State University Fellowship Placement: Pacific Northwest College of Arts Motivation: To learn how to streamline the operations of our current business units, increase the efficiency and profit, to have a good corporate governance and efficient use of common resources of the company, and to build a good corporate culture.

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VIETNAM

Le Ngoc Thao Deputy Manager, Cham Islands Marine Protected Area Email: thaolengoc@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Portland State University Fellowship Placement: National Policy Consensus Center Motivation: To learn how the government, business and community work together in conflict management while developing economic empowerment in eco-city building strategy.

Phan Tuan Anh Project Manager, Vietnam Green Building Council Email: tuananh.phan@vgbc.org.vn Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Portland State University Fellowship Placement: V3 Group and Veritas Architecture Firms Motivation: To learn how to promote a green growth strategy for Vietnam.

Nguyen Thi Huong National Program Officer, FAO Vietnam Email: thaohuong76@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Portland State University Fellowship Placement: OSU Extension Service Motivation: To learning about the governance, management and operation of either NGOs, private sector and the government in the US. Nguyen Thi Mo Senior International Cooperation Officer, FPT University Email: mont@fpt.edu.vn Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Portland State University Fellowship Placement: PSU College of Engineering/ Office of International Affairs Motivation: To learn how to train students in science and engineering with the necessary skills to enter the workforce in Vietnam. Nong Thi Ngoc Advisor, Pro-Poor Partnership for Agro-Forestry Development (3PAD) Email: ngoc3pad@gmail.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Mansfield Center/University of Montana Fellowship Placement: Jefferson Local Development Corporation Motivation: To learn about how economic development is done at the community level. Phan Thi Hoang Hoa General Director, Apollo Inc, Vietnam Email: hoa.phan@apollo.edu.vn Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Portland State University Fellowship Placement: Intensive English Language Program Motivation: To learn how to train good leaders who can make a positive impact in their organizations and community.

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Tan Anh Vice Dean of Public Policy Department, Academy of Policy and Development at the Ministry of Planning and Investment Email: tananh1979@yahoo.com Fellowship Focus: Economic Empowerment Host Organization: Portland State University Fellowship Placement: Hatfield School of Government Motivation: To learn how to become a leader of an institution of higher education.


University of Montana Economic Empowerment Fellows attend a community fundraiser at a historic homestead, featuring traditional frontier activities and music around the campfire.

Credit: University of Montana

Fellows from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Credit: American Councils

Fellows pose with Detroit Youth Voice leaders at the Harriet Tubman Center in their t-shirts.

Credit: GLC/WSOS

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Partner Organizations AMERICAN COUNCILS F O R

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E D U C A T I O N

Leslie Ryan lryan@americancouncils.org

Professor Abdi Eshghi aeshghi@bentley.edu Carol Jackson Cashion jcashion@sapartners.org

Ivana Smucker ismucker@handsalongthenile.org

Sameen Dadfar sdadfar@icfj.org

Laura Hagg lhagg@icma.org Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development

Atefeh Leavitt aaleavitt@legacyintl.org Elizabeth Balint glc_teachdemocracy2@hotmail.com Professional Fellows Congress - Fall 2013


Deena Mansour deena.mansour@mso.umt.edu Barbara Peitsch bpeitsch@umich.edu.

Bรกrbara Cernadas Doty dotyb@msu.edu

Elanie Steyn elanie@ou.edu

Melissa Golladay mgolladay@partners.net

Marcus Ingle, Ph.D. mingle@pdx.edu Jessica Ellerbach jesssica.ellerbach@worldlearning.org

Kofi Obeng-Asiedu kofi.obeng-asiedu@uconn.edu

Professional Fellows Congress Team: Patricia Harrison Deborah Waggoner Anna Lippard Tajwar Mazhar profellowscongress@worldlearning.org 67


University of Montana Economic Empowerment Fellow and food scientist Sayvisene Boulom makes apple cider the old fashioned way at a historic homestead.

Credit: University of Montana

GLC Fellows and Mentors visit the world famous Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH for some fun and relaxation after their first week of workshops. Credit: GLC/WSOS

The Fellows and Maria Krasinski from partner organization World Chicago gather for a photo before a dinner to meet their fellowship hosts.

Credit: Hands Along the Nile

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Participants of the ICFJ Africa Media Exchange program take a tour of NPR and learn about upcoming developments in U.S. media.

Credit: ICFJ

A Fellow from Armenia and a Fellow from Russia in American Councils’ office get ready to present their group activity. Credit: American Councils

Bentley University and South Africa Partners Fellow Keith Kenneth with his worksite placement host, Judy Dumont of Mass Broadbrand Institute. Credit: Keith Kenneth

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