2022 Annual Meeting Events 

May 18-19

May 18

A Conversation with Tom Friedman

Eisenhower Fellowships will host a dinner conversation with best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, our 2022 Africa Fellows combating climate change and our 2021 USA Fellows at 6:00 PM Wednesday, May 18 at The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center.  

Thomas L. Friedman

May 19

Annual Awards Dinner

2022 Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service


Secretary Gates will award the 2022 Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service posthumously to late EF Trustee and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright at the Annual Awards Dinner at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 19 at the National Constitution Center.

Madeleine Albright

Dr. Madeleine K. Albright


Eisenhower Fellowships Trustee

Former U.S. Secretary of State

2022 Distinguished Fellow Award


Rajshree pathy

Rajshree Pathy, India 2000


Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals

Raman Madhok

Raman Madhok, India 2004

Managing Director

Kahani Designworks

Secretary Gates will present the Distinguished Fellow Award to two prominent Eisenhower Fellows from India, entrepreneur and philanthropist Rajshree Pathy and international business executive Raman Madhok

Awards Dinner Hosts


Dr. Robert M. Gates
Chairman, Eisenhower Fellowships
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

Ray Suarez

Ray Suarez
Former Chief National Correspondent, PBS News Hour
Host, NPR Talk of the Nation

Chairman’s Seminar and Pin Ceremony 

with Secretary Gates

Eisenhower Fellowships Chairman, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, will host the Chairman’s Seminar and Pin Ceremony for our 2022 Africa Fellows, 2021 USA Fellows, 2021 Global Scholars and invited guests at 3:00 PM at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.


Eisenhower Fellows build bridges of understanding across borders and cultures and work together to better our world.

Mohamed Abou El-Enein

Germany 2019


Executive Director
Joint USC/CHLA Cell Therapy Program


Mohamed Abou-el-Enein named Executive Director of USC/CHLA Cell Therapy Program

1 of 20

Dearbhail McDonald
Ireland 2012


Independent journalist, author, broadcaster

BBC Radio Ulster


Outstanding Achievement Award presented to Dearbhail McDonald for her contribution to journalism.

2 of 20

Laura Stefan
Romania 2015


Executive Director
Expert Forum


Laura Stefan re-elected for RAI Chairperson

3 of 20

Sbusisiwe Myeni
South Africa 2016


Chief Executive 
Imbeleko Foundation


New digital academy for rural Valley of 1000 Hills

4 of 20

Shivon Byamukama
Rwanda 2016


Managing Director
Babyl Rwanda


Babylon’s E-health Reaches 30% of Rwandans via Phone-Sharing

5 of 20

Jonathan Lavender
Israel 2021


Global Chairman, KPMG Enterprise and Head of Markets
KPMG Israel


Responsible Investing

6 of 20

Samar Nassar
Jordan 2021


Secretary General
Jordan Football Association


Arab Nations reap rewards of development of women’s game

7 of 20

Annabel Crabb
Australia 2011


Chief Political Writer
Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Won silver for Best Current Affairs podcast at the Australian Podcast Awards

8 of 20

Diego Valenzuela
Argentina 2008


City of Tres de Febrero Buenos Aires, Argentina


Mayor Diego Valenzuela celebrated a clear victory in Tres de Febrero, including the popular neighborhoods.

9 of 20

P. Sainath
India 2000


Founding Editor
People’s Archive of Rural India


Recipient of the Fukuoka Grand Prize 2021

10 of 20

SreyRam Kuy
USA 2021


Deputy Chief Medical Officer, South Central VA Network
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Administration


Houston’s Dr. SreyRam Kuy will be spotlighted as a national inspiration

11 of 20

Anita Brown-Graham
USA 2005


Professor and Director, ncIMPACT
University of North Carolina, School of Government


2021 Eisenhower Fellowships Distinguished Fellow Award

12 of 20

Stephanie McMahon 
USA 2015

Chief Brand Officer
World Wrestling Entertainment


Stephanie McMahon inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame

13 of 20

Adam Thiel
USA 2018


Fire Commissioner and Emergency Management Director
City of Philadelphia


Philadelphia is the second city in the United States to welcome refugees from Afghanistan.

14 of 20

Tyrone Grandison
USA 2018


The Data-Driven Institute


Black scientists around the world are calling for action, equality and representation

15 of 20

Nathan Sivagananathan
Sri Lanka 2015


Co-Founder and Director


Hatch awarded best co-working space in the world at Global Startup Awards 2021

16 of 20

Bam Aquino
Philippines 2021


Former Senator
Senate of the Philippines


Kaya Natin Movement, PAPO, and MSD launch Pandemic Playbook


17 of 20

Ratish Nanda
India 2007


CEO, India

Aga Khan Trust for Culture


UNESCO has conferred two major awards on the Aga Khan Trust for Culture

18 of 20

Saffrey Brown
Jamaica 2019


Leap Co.


PSVI vaccinations surpass 20,000 private sector employees

19 of 20

Yan Speranza
Paraguay 2014


Executive Director
Fundacion Moises Bertoni


Promoting the Circular Economy

20 of 20

EF spotlight

Eisenhower Fellows making an impact around the world

From our president

  Together Again

As we turn the page on 2021, we reflect on the path just taken and the road ahead. Despite the obstacles to physically convening and the unthinkable loss of so many dear friends, Eisenhower Fellows never have succumbed to despair.

Meet our Spring 2022
Africa Fellows

EF selects leaders combating climate change

Fellows fighting Covid 
across the globe

Making the world more peaceful, prosperous
and just

Bam Aquino (Philippines 2021)
Kola Masha (Nigeria 2012)
Dwaun Warmack (USA 2019)

Leaders Inspiring Leaders

Upcoming Events

2022 Annual Meeting
May 18-19  

Start your EF Journey

USA Programs

Exceptional candidates who receive a USA Fellowship will travel from the United States to one or two countries in the EF network.

Global Fellows will travel to the United States for an immersive four-to-six weeks of professional networking, exchange of knowledge.

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