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HU Center for African Studies welcomes the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows!

2017 Mandela Washington Fellows

Abayomi Akinbo

Country of Origin: Nigeria

Abayomi Akinbo has over three years’ experience in budget transparency advocacy and citizen engagement. Currently, Abayomi is a Project Manager for BudgIT where he focuses on budget access and governance policy, ensuring citizens understand government expenditure. Abayomi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. Abayomi is a 2016 Carrington Youth Fellow where he volunteered on good governance advocacy. Upon return from the MWF, he plans to continue to ensure civic participation in budget process and governance.

Roda Ali

Country of Origin: Somalia

Roda Ali is a proudly independent woman who believes in change. Through teaching, she has had the opportunity to change many lives. She believes the low quality of education available in her country is one of the biggest reasons for the non-existent development we experienced over the last two decades. Relying on her ambition and experience, her goal is to improve the education sector of her country.

Angela Ameso

Country of Origin: Uganda

Angela Ameso has ambitions to work as a human rights activist for an international organization for gender equality, education, and public health. She has over three years? experience in community development, focusing on education. She is the co-founder of the Kitabu-Buk Project, an NGO focused on initiating, designing and implementing activities for the neediest children in the community. Currently, Angela is a Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School, a UN initiative launched by the then UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and UN Special Envoy for Global Education. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Angela intends to use the acquired skills to continue advocating for education and creating awareness for women in the socioeconomic context.

Eulalia Awora

Country of Origin: Kenya

Eulalia Awora has over five years’ experience in the community development sector, specifically focusing on literacy. She currently is the Project Director for the Center for Adult Learning and Alternative Education, a project of the Jitihada Kenya community-based organization. Here, she focuses on designing, initiating, and implementing alternative learning programs in a bid to bridge literacy gaps in Kisumu, Kenya. Eulalia is driven by the strong belief that sustainability can be achieved. Her mission is to see to it that alternative education finds a permanent place in the Kenyan education system. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she intends to continue the advocacy for inclusion in the Kenyan education system via policy repeal.

Sheila Awuor

Country of Origin: KenyaSheila Achieng Awuor has over 3 years of experience in volunteering, specifically focusing on transformational leadership. Sheila is a cofounder and a key implementer for Jabulani Youths For Transformation, where she focuses on children and youth empowerment using several practical and daily encounters to improve the current and future lives of those she works with. Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. There, she focused on disciplines inclined towards food security and post-harvest management practices to help improve her country’s current situation. Sheila is committed to ensuring that the future generation in her country is well equipped with both manual and educational skills to help better themselves and society. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Sheila plans to continue with her work in children and youth empowerment and, if possible, begin the process to institutionalize Jabulani to get the most out of it and accomplish its key objectives.

Caillin Basson

Country of Origin: Namibia

Caillin Basson is a recent graduate of the University of Namibia Law School, where she completed her honors degree. She has always been drawn to working in politics, as she is a proud Namibian who plans to continue efforts to grow the still developing country of Namibia. Having worked for several years in the film industry, where she has helped to promote tourism from foreign countries to her home country, she plans to take that knowledge and utilize her law degree to one day work in foreign affairs and help further grow the nation she knows and loves. Caillin has a passion for justice, and as such worked with inmates on informing them of their rights, duties, and responsibilities. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she plans to continue her work, focusing more on human rights, as she moves towards the foreign affairs spectrum of the government.

Israel Bimpe

Country of Origin: Rwanda

Israel Bimpe is early in his career in the field of global health. Currently, Israel is President of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation (IPSF), representing more than 350,000 pharmacy students and recent graduates in over 80 countries worldwide, where he leads IPSF to be the leading international advocacy organization of pharmacy students promoting improved public health through provision of information, education, networking, and a range of publication and professional activities. Israel holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy. Israel is aspiring to be a leader in shaping health policies and building or strengthening health systems to shape a world where health systems are resilient to protect the poor and promote equity. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Israel plans to continue his work to shape, build, and strengthen health systems.

Betseto Bobeto

Country of Origin: Cameroon

Bertrand Betseto Bobeto has a strong interest in communication and culture and is committed to the preservation of the Dowayo culture and its mother tongue, Doyaayo. This commitment moved him to be the Communication Secretary of the Ajesdo, an association for the promotion of the Dowayo culture, for the past three years. He was also appointed Editor-in-Chief of the communication committee of his local church, where he led a team of over 25 reporters. He created The Faro Cafe, a club where students can learn through knowledge-sharing based on African values such as solidarity and mutual aid. In its third year of existence, more than 100 people attended the Faro Café’s sessions. Bertrand holds a degree in Public Law and Political Science. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, he plans to contribute to the creation of an Android application for people to learn Doyaayo as well as lead a social network via this app. In addition, he plans to set up literacy days in order to teach Doyaayo.

Emmanuel Chisalu

Country of Origin: Zambia

Emmanuel Chisalu has three years of community development sector experience and two years of experience in the public sector specifically focusing on Value for Money Audits. Currently, Emmanuel is a Performance and Environmental Auditor at the Supreme Audit Institution of Zambia, Office of the Auditor General. He focuses on promoting accountability, good governance, and transparency by conducting performance and environmental audits so as to assist those charged with governance and oversight responsibilities improve institutional performance and governance of public resources. Emmanuel holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Copperbelt University where he focused on Public Finance and Economics and a professional qualification in Performance Auditing from African Organizations of Supreme Audit Institutions. Emmanuel is driven by his commitment to ensuring that the public sector is fully transformed into an effective and efficient system through the Auditor General’s Value for Money Audits and he hopes that one day, government will be a source of inspiration and not degradation. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Emmanuel plans to critically engage himself and participate fully in democratic governance to foster accountability, good governance and transparency, which will enable him to contribute greatly towards making Zambia a great nation.

Hussein Dayow Idow

Country of Origin: Somalia

Hussein Dayow Idow is the founder of Sangooni Relief and Development Organization (SRDO) and the CEO of Dayow Language Service Consultancy Company in Kenya. He is passionate about advocating and empowering the marginalized minority communities in Somalia through education and vocational Training. By being brought as one of the most marginalized minority communities in Somalia in terms of education, job employment, and participation in national leadership and sharing of national resources. Hussein committed himself to empower the minority communities about their human rights and educating them through adult classes. At a tender age, he was already leading social transformative youth groups at community level. He spear headed different adult education and youth talent activities. Hussein later found that there a great need to socially transform his community to get self recognition and be able to participate in national leadership of Somalia. He later joined Kenyatta University to study Bachelor of Commerce to learn Business investment to solve the economic challenges these communities are facing and create job employment for them. He felt that this was the source problem of their poverty and lack of their involvement in national leadership. This led to the Creation of Sangooni Relief and Development Organization (SRDO) and Dayow Language Service Consultancy Company to empower and create job employment for the youth.

Bintu Jabbie

Country of Origin: Sierra Leone

Bintu Jabbie has over two years of experience in the Health System Strengthening Sector, focusing on quality care and building capacity of health care workers. Currently, Bintu Jabbie is a Quality Improvement Officer at ICAP at Columbia University in Sierra Leone. Bintu holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors division 1 in Nursing from the University of Sierra Leone. She is the leader of a small group called Let Girls Be Heard where issues related to health and STIs are addressed. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Bintu has plans to continue her work in health system strengthening and building capacity of health care workers in delivering quality care through mentoring and skills training.

Fontaine Kalisa

Country of Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Fontaine Kalisa has over three years of experience in community works. He currently works as the Education Manager at Coburwas International Youth Organization to Transform Africa (CIYOTA) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo under the Youth Department. CIYOTA is a nonprofit organization that seeks to unite, develop and transform African communities by empowering young people through education, socially responsible leadership, entrepreneurship, and active non-violence. He is a Co-founder of Jered, a youth organization that advocates for women’s rights and helps victims of violence and young mothers build a hopeful life for themselves and for their children despite the difficult situations endured. Fontaine graduated in General Pedagogy from high school and holds an undergraduate certificate in English and African Literature. Upon completion of Mandela Washington Fellowship, Fontaine plans to establish Youth Center for Change, where young people will acquire skills that will enable them to discover their potential, who they really are, and what they can do to shape their future and become social transformative leaders in the community.

Musawakhe Khumalo

Country of Origin: South Africa

Musawakhe Khumalo is the Chief Risk Officer at Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. Musa has worked in public service for more than 12 years. He is a member of various committees in the public sector driving the programming of prudent risk management standards and practice notes. Musa was awarded runner-up Risk Manager of the Year by the Institute of Risk Management South Africa in 2016. He has been in involved in various leadership roles concerning youth empowerment and is currently involved in the fight against drug addiction among youth.

Nelson Mandela

Country of Origin: Burundi

Nelson Mandela has over four years of experience as a volunteer English teacher through International Christian Ministries. He enables learners to effectively communicate in English and have a global mindset. Currently, Nelson is Founder and Representative of Hidden Talent English Club’s Agents of Change, a platform that helps students improve their English and use English as a tool to achieve their goals by discovering their dreams, talents, and potential. Students are then encouraged to become agents of change to the community they are staying in. Nelson completed three years at Universite Lumiere de Bujumbura in Finance and Accounting. Nelson is passionate about helping others, especially widows and orphans. Nelson wants to implement an orphanage and a school for them so that the destitute may be exposed to a good education and have hope for a better future. Nelson is excited to see people achieving their goals under his leadership. His vision after the fellowship is to serve his community by sharing his experience and the skills he will have learned and to keep on networking with other fellows.

Gerson Mario

Country of Origin: Angola

Gerson Mario is a lawyer with four years of experience. He served as legal adviser on technology matters for the Ministry of Science and Technology of Angola. Currently, Gerson is a special contributor providing legal support to UniNet, the institution managing the Angola Domain Name System (DNS.AO), and the representative body of the government at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Gerson served as main Speaker, advocating technological independence to safeguard the sovereignty of Angola. Gerson also works for BP Angola as Paralegal where he has the opportunity to provide legal support on various matters. Gerson is the Vice-President of Discovery Friends Club, a nonprofit organization for the free promotion of the English language learning and philanthropy. Gerson holds a Master Degree in Law of Oil and Gas, from Agostinho Neto University, where he focused on the use of renewable energy sources for a sustainable economic future. Gerson is driven by his commitment to the world’s digital democracy. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, he plans to continue his work through UniNet and the ICANN, advocating the construction of technological infrastructures and laws which set data and privacy protection rules.

Ahmad Mmadi

Country of Origin: Malawi

Ahmad is an economist at the Malawian Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare and co-founder of the award-winning Majuni Safe Water Project. He coordinates the formulation of the Ministry’s programs, policies and budgets. Ahmad is also the Ministry’s Sustainable Development Goals Champion and a member of Malawi Decent Work Program II technical drafting team. In addition, Ahmad inspires youth across Malawi to meaningfully get involved in public policy formulation and entrepreneurship through YALI and Youth to Youth Empowerment Networks. Upon completion of Mandela Washington Fellowship, Ahmad plans to design and propose more effective accountability mechanisms for the newly introduced Program Based Budgeting. For the county’s economic transformation, he plans to advocate for government-funded programs that promote social enterprises in hard-to-reach areas.

Jaran Ag Mossa

Country of Origin: Mali

With degrees in English and Human Resources Management obtained in Algeria, Jaran Ag Mossa is a young leader working in the sectors of Health and Education. He started an NGO called Sahara Sante back in 2006 with a group of medical studies graduates. This NGO works on helping people in far places in the desert. Jaran’s primary goal is to help his community by improving access to quality education and health care for all.

Adella Msoffe

Country of Origin: United Republic of Tanzania

Adella January Msoffe holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice. Currently, Adella is a volunteer under the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner’s office, where she is stationed in Kigamboni District to provide legal aid services solely on land, matrimonial, inheritance and employment matters. Adella is passionate about the development of the community, especially the social welfare and development of women and children. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Adella intends to use her skills to further help elevate her society at large and women specifically. She wants to fight against physical, sexual, and emotional violence Adella Msoffe which affects women individually and the society’s development as a whole.

Francine Ndong

Country of Origin: Senegal

Francine Ndong is a strategy consultant working at Dalberg, an international advisory firm focused on development. She has worked on several projects for governments, foundations, and NGOs to develop inclusive growth strategies and conduct data-driven analysis. Francine holds a master’s degree in Business, Administration, and Finance. Her daily tasks include coordinating and managing a project that aims to create a space in which women become financially empowered and included, both as recipients of funding and as investors. As such, she has led the structuring and the launch of the first investment club for women, by women in the West African region (Women’s Investment Club Senegal) which has over 60 investors to date. As part of this project, she is setting up an investment fund for women entrepreneurs to help them have access to tailored financial mechanisms as well as much-needed technical assistance. Through the Mandela Washington Fellowship program, Francine plans to strengthen her work in women’s empowerment, particularly in the public management field. Moreover, Francine is driven by her ambition to set up a foundation for people with disabilities, especially women, in the spirit of helping them have better living conditions.

Yuvenalis Ogendi

Country of Origin: Kenya

Yuvenalis Ogendi has over three years’ experience in legal and policy research. Currently, Yuvenalis is pursuing a post-graduate diploma in Law for admission to the Bar and sits on the Taskforce on Access for Persons Living with a Disability, aimed at creating a universal design policy in higher education institutions. He is also actively examining whether the legal and institutional policy frameworks in Kenya are sufficient and practical enough to get the country past the resource curse from a human rights-based approach. Yuvenalis has previously volunteered with Action for Children in Conflict and worked with Sichangi Partners Advocates. Yuvenalis holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) degree from Kenyatta University and a certificate in Structural Transformation of Africa from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, hosted by the University of Ghana. He is committed to the improvement of quality of life, especially as it relates to the poor, the marginalized, women and children, through quality legal and policy research. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Yuvenalis plans on enhancing capacity for quality legal research and policy analysis for the attainment of national development goals.

Fillemon Shikomba

Country of Origin: Namibia

Fillemon Shikomba has over three years? experience in the education sector. He focuses on helping orphans at rural schools, providing education to special needs students, and gathering funds to buy solar panels to help electrify rural schools. Currently, Fillemon works for the SWAPO Youth League at the district level and is a volunteer at the Namibia Red Cross Society. He is also currently establishing his own NGO. Fillemon holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Tambov State University of Russia. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, he hopes to use acquired experience to empower young people from the rural communities of Namibia to team up with the Namibian First Lady on her One Economy Foundation.

Elsie Sidy

Country of Origin: Liberia

Elsie Sidy has over five years’ experience in youth empowerment and rendering services to less fortunate children. Currently, Elsie is mentoring and teaching community children that are out of school. Elsie holds a B.A. in Sociology from the Cuttington University. Driven by her passion to educate and empower youth, she hopes that in the future, her country and all of Africa will be filled with more literate and empowered youth and as well as secured orphans. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Elsie plans to continue her work in youth empowerment, women and girls empowerment, and helping less fortunate children.

Laura Targbeh

Country of Origin: Liberia

Laura Targbeh has over two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, specifically focusing on education, mentoring girls, and youth empowerment. Laura is the founder and Executive Director for Keen Innovations that Develop Life (KINDLE) Liberia Inc., where she focuses on designing and implementing educational and charitable activities for the organization. Laura is pursuing an Undergraduate Degree in General biology from the University of Liberia. She is driven by her commitment to charity and hopes to see a society where every person has access to a quality education despite their economic, social, religious or political status. Upon her completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Laura plans to continue her charitable work in Liberia with a focus on education, mentoring and youth empowerment through vocational skills training.

Helina Teka

Country of Origin: Ethiopia

Helina Stiphanos Teka is an aspiring legal researcher from Ethiopia. She is currently interning at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where she supports the assessment of reports on the status of domestication of International Humanitarian Law instruments in Ethiopia. Helina is a 2016 graduate of Addis Ababa University, College of Law and Governance Studies and holds Bachelor of Laws, focusing on Public Laws. Before joining ICRC, Helina interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the African Union, where she complemented her interest in human rights and humanitarian laws with practical experience. She has also been participating in several initiatives which aim at women’s empowerment, free legal aid provision and peace building. After the Fellowship, Helina plans to continue her engagement in the Human Rights and Humanitarian Law fields through academia in Ethiopia and beyond.

Winnie Griffin Zakayo

Country of Origin: United Republic of Tanzania

Winnie Zakayo has over two years of experience in electrical engineering with an emphasis on design installation for public and private institutions. Currently, Winnie is an Engineer trainee at a private engineering and environmental management consultancy firm called FBNE Limited. Here, she focuses on preparation of proposals, designs and specifications, administration of tender documentations, and negotiations and managing of contracts in her respective field. She also volunteered for a year as a Tutorial Assistant at Arusha Technical College, where she taught diploma students basic electricity and electronic modules. Winnie holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She is also a registered Graduate Engineer and a member of the Structured Engineers Apprenticeship Program, working her way to become a Registered Professional Engineer. Winnie is motivated to see young girls excelling in education, especially in science subjects. She hopes to someday witness them bridging the gap between men and women in the field. Winnie plans to continue mobilizing young girls to pursue the engineering field. This will be achieved through public speaking in schools and networking with institutions promoting well-being of youth, as well as being a role model to them.