Eisenhower Fellow and CEO of INJAZ Deema Bibi (Jordan '08) announces the launch of the Business Leaders Campaign (BLC), a campaign carried out for 5 weeks with the purpose of inspiring and motivating students. (INJAZ)
Eisenhower Fellowships Youth Leader Mihai Toader-Pasti (Romania '17) has spent the past few days in Dubai at the annual Solar Decathlon, created by the US Dept of Energy in 2001. 15 teams from 11 countries are competing and Toader-Pasti (founder of EFdeN) and his team are currently leading the contest. (ToaderPasti)
“I love my job,” Cooksey said. “And what I love most about it are the people. I have an amazing team of professionals who wake up in the morning committed to making a difference in their local community.” Eisenhower Fellow, Vanessa Cooksey (USA ’16) shares her #efjourney as she is named Corporate Executive of the Year by the St. Louis American Foundation. (STL American)
The entire Eisenhower Fellowships global family mourns today the passing of our Chairman Emeritus, President George H. W. Bush. We remember with gratitude his years of service to EF and extend our profound condolences to the Bush family. (Washington Post)
Eisenhower Fellow Polly Ruhland (USA '13) sits down with Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc. Open Mic to discuss her upcoming one year anniversary as CEO of United Soybean Board and some of the plans she has for the industry moving forward (Agri-Pulse)


"Ninety-eight percent of the festival are films that have never been seen before in Philadelphia and cannot be seen through any other means," says CEO, Director of the Philadelphia Film Society, and Eisenhower Fellow Andrew Greenblatt (USA '17) on this year's festival in Philadelphia. (6abc)
“What I care deeply about is action, getting results that make life better for people”. Congratulations to Eisenhower Fellow, Jorge Riopedre (USA '15), president and CEO of Casa de Salud, a clinic providing high-quality, low-cost clinical and mental healthcare to the uninsured, focusing on the new immigrant community. Riopedre was awarded the 2018 Ethical Society of St. Louis Ethics in Action Award. (Ethical Society)
Eisenhower Fellow Vishal Talreja (India '13) shares updates and future plans for Dream a Dream - an NGO partnering with the Delhi government to create a stimulating environment for learners from nursery to Grade 8, using a variety of methodologies to explore, experience and express happiness. (Deccan Chronicle)
"We mostly work locally, but think globally …" Eisenhower Fellow and Trustee, Shahid Mahmud (Pakistan '01) is interviewed here on his years of experience in the IT world (Phone World)
"We are looking at sustainable tourism — both in the sense of respecting nature and also because we want our tourism industry to be long-term." Chief Executive of the Royal Commission, Amr Al-Madani (Saudi Arabia '14) on the preservation of archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia (About Her)
Today we officially kicked off our 2018 Innovation Program with introductions from the Fellows. What an amazing group - we look forward to hearing about their #efjourney over the next seven weeks, as they travel the US and meet peers in their fields! (Flickr)




Want to learn more about quantum computing? William Hurley (USA '18) discusses more about the concept (Houston Chronicle)


A local story for Philly Fellows! Read more about the new University City Trolley Portal Gardens and Andrew Stober's (USA '12) thoughts on the new space here. Stober is the Vice President, Urban Planning & Economic Development for University City (Philly.Curbed)


“Drawing on our nearly 10 years of teaching leadership, we launched BYLCx to make our courses widely accessible to youth from all corners of Bangladesh and help them prepare for the challenges of the 21st-century workplace.” - Ejaj Ahmad (Bangladesh '15), Founder and President of BYLC, on the launch of BYLCx, an online academy. (Future Startup)


Chevaan Devavarathan Daniel (Sri Lanka '17) created Project Gammadda (Heart of the Village), an initiative to address poverty and suffering in Sri Lanka. Daniel is this week's impact focus - read more here. (EF Impact)


“During my Eisenhower Fellowship earlier this year, I was able to meet many resourceful and innovative people as I sought to understand how Jamaica could establish a thriving, holistic and consistently successful music industry. One of the key areas is wide scale access to music education." Imani Duncan-Price (Jamaica '18) (Loop Jamaica)


AUGUST 2018 


Martin Burt (Paraguay '94) is the focus of this week's impact post. In 1985, he co-founded Fundación Paraguaya with Guillermo Peroni (Paraguay ’70), to provide entrepreneurial skills to marginalized young people. (EF Impact)


Led by Mujiv S. Hataman (Philippines '14), Governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), a flagship program builds progressive communities. (Mindanao Examiner)


Nathan Sivagananathan (Sri Lanka '15) is profiled here by Omebiz. He also features on EF's impact website as he talks about his next steps to continue the work of reconciliation in Sri Lanka (EF Impact)


“OSIWA has been at the forefront of civil society’s work across West Africa, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help lead its efforts" Ayisha Osori (Nigeria '13)  (Premium Times)


“..Today as many of you represent your respective nations, remember to give ear to the people, listen to them. That’s where the truth lies, that’s where democracy lives, that’s where the fight is ultimately won." Chevaan Daniel (Sri Lanka '17) speaks at the 7th Bali Process Ministerial Conference, which brought together heads of governments and senior ministers from 45 nations and three UN Organisations. (News First)


"The way we look at success is only one version — how much you earn, how senior you are. And this is a very masculine way of looking at the world." Rana Dajani (Jordan '14), a professor of Biology at Hashemite University is interviewed in (SciDev.Net)


Congratulations Dr. David Bray (USA ‘15)! Dr. Bray, who has been labeled as one of the top “24 Americans Changing the World”, has joined Unibap’s management advisory board as a Senior advisor. (Unibap)


JULY 2018


Congratulations Perttu Pölönen (Youth Leader, Finland '17) on being named on the '25 and Under' list by the Nordic Business Forum. (Nordic Business Forum)


"Engaging with this kind of diplomacy at the grass roots level can really make the world better for everybody" Anthony Shop (USA '18) shares a video highlighting the 2018 Zhi-Xing fellowship. Welcome back to you all! (YouTube)

TradeMe has teamed up with Alexia Hilbertidou (Youth Leader, New Zealand, ’17) to host the GirlBoss New Zealand Awards – a celebration of incredible young women defying stereotypes and creating change in their communities! (Community.Scoop)

Congratulations to Nathan Sivagananathan (Sri Lanka ’15) for being selected as a Kauffman Fellow this year! (KauffmanFellows


Sanjay Podder (India '17) is the Managing Director of Accenture Labs India, and is working to advance the "adoption of financial services among low-income women and to improve financial capacity and decision-making for and by the poor." (FinancialExpress)

Stephanie McMahon (USA ‘15) was featured and recognized in AdWeek’s list of 30 Most Influential Women In Sports! (WrestlingInc)


JUNE 2018


"It's amazing that a company most Americans have never heard of has a billion users," Anthony Shop  (USA '18). The Zhi-Xing Fellows visited Tencent, one of the largest internet and entertainment companies in the world and the maker of ubiquitous Chinese apps WeChat and QQ. Interested in becoming a Zhi-Xing Fellow in 2019? Zhi-Xing Program


Sasibai Kimis (Malaysia ’15), CEO and founder of Earth Heir, recently released a jewelry collection called ‘Made51’ as a part of a global initiative to help refugees earn an income. (New Straits Times)

Strangeworks founder and CEO, William Hurley (USA ‘18), announced today that the company has raised $4 million in venture capital as it seeks to make the potential of quantum computing more accessible to a wider range of developers (Venture Beat)


The MagiCAMP Association, founded by Vlad Voiculescu (Romania ’18), has been awarded the 2018 European Citizen’s Prize. This prestigious award is given to groups who have distinguished themselves in strengthening European integration and cooperation (Romania-Insider)


TheWrap's Power Women Breakfast Series, welcomes Kathryn Finney (USA ’16) as a guest speaker to discuss the state of Black and Latinx women in the entrepreneurship and innovation economies! (The Wrap)


MAY 2018


Congratulations to Amish Tripathi (India '14) on receiving this year's India Kalinga International Literary Award! This award recognizes his unique and exceptional contribution to Indian literature on the global stage (OrissaPOST)


As the first woman to head the male-dominated Architectural Association of Kenya, Emma Miloyo (Kenya '15) comments on the need for more green space in cities (Business Daily)

Listen to Martina Viarengo (Switzerland '18) discuss The Education Exchange with Paul E. Peterson (Education Next)
"Ready access to electricity will reduce youth unemployment and increase productivity," Ifeoma Malo (Nigeria '15) on renewable energy in Nigeria (All Africa)

“In Scotland’s year of young people, the Fringe Young Writers’ Award and Young Critics’ programme will provide exciting opportunities for young people to develop their arts criticism skills.” - Shona McCarthy (Northern Ireland '14) on plans for next years Fringe Festival (The Scotsman)


APRIL 2018


EF collaborates with Knowledge@Wharton - a daily, two-hour, call-in business interview program, broadcasting live from The Wharton School's historic Ivy League campus.  (Sound Cloud)
Congratulations Fatima Kyari Mohammed (Nigeria '17) on this prestigious appointment (United Nations
"When you talk to the leader of Capital Factory, it’s clear that he is working from a passion and sincere belief in the region’s startup ecosystem." Read more about Capital Factory's success and its founder and executive director, Joshua Baer (USA '15) (Crunch Base)
2018 Fellows and EF President, George de Lama, were hosted at Fenway Park by Chief Marketing Officer of the Red Sox, Adam Grossman (USA '14) #efjourney
Laura Taylor-Kale (USA '18) talks about how technology can unlock potential #efjourney (Youtube)
"Do you ever wonder why Jamaica seems stuck in a low-wage, low-growth rut?" Read Imani Duncan-Price's (Jamaica '18) article here: (Jamaica-Gleaner)  
Michael Horn (USA '14) writes for Forbes Magazine about the need for colleges and universities to cut through the surface ideology surrounding innovation in higher education, and to drill down to the elements which help make the academic enterprise more efficient, more diverse in revenue bearing opportunities and more creative in implementing its various missions.  (Forbes)
“We have the technical know-how for alternative and low-cost designs that fit the demands of the government where houses will be affordable but dignified." -Architectural Association of Kenya president Emma Miloyo (Kenya '15) on a construction project in Kenya. Read more here: (Nation)


MARCH 2018


Paula DiPerna (USA '98) is interviewed on the release of her latest book 'Travels in the Time of Trump'
Shahid Mahmud (Pakistan '01) and Maria Sarungi-Tsehai (Tanzania '16) take the stage at the 'Leaders in Islamabad Business Summit' earlier today. EF President, George de Lama, is also in attendance.
Today on International Women's Day we celebrate just some of the 560 extraordinary women in the Eisenhower Fellowship's network! (Women's Leadership)
Pakistan's President, Mamnoon Hussain, met with EF President, George de Lama, and commented that "the fellows of this institution are performing invaluable services for the humanity." (DND)
Read more on Arvind Gupta's (India '14) thoughts on artificial intelligence at EmTech India 2018 (LiveMint)
John Chandler (USA '17) owner of Chandler Farms in California, comments on the issues caused by the recent freeze (YourCentralValley)
Can resilience be taught to those who might not come by it easily? Molecular Biologist, Rana Dajani (Jordan '14), is part of an experiment to support children living in conflict zones (Brinkwire)
Listen to Rengin Akillioglu (Turkey '06) as she shares the importance of emotions in achieving success, at her TEDxTalk held at Rice University last month (Youtube)
Congratulations to Chloe Lee - EF Youth Leader '17 for her selection as a 40 under 40 Girls in Tech Taiwan! #efjourney (Taiwan)
Congratulations to the Bangsamoro Young Leaders Program, a year-long initiative of the ARMM Regional Governor, Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines, and Ayala Foundation, Inc. (Mindanao)


"Congratulations to Rama Kayyali (Jordan '17), who has been selected to serve on the 77th Endeavor International Selection Panel (ISP) in Dubai!" (Albawaba)
“I came back from that experience with my eyes blown wide open," says Chelsea Collier (USA '16) after her fellowship in China. (Startland News)
What's the story behind Sakae's green frog logo? MONEY FM 89.3 chats with the founder and chairman of Sakae Holdings, Douglas Foo (Singapore '13), to find out his plans to grow the company, how he manages risk in running the business as well as what his favourite sushi is. (OMNY)
“All of you, your story is not written. Your story is before you, still to tell," says EF President, George de Lama, to the children of Uda Aparekke Primary School in Sri Lanka, which has recently joined forces with the Gammadda Weda Dahasak program, to provide clean water for the area. (NewsFirst)
"We are very thoughtful about how technology will play a bigger and bigger role in people’s lives as they age," says Anupam Pathak (USA '17) founder of Liftware​, a smart utensil which cancels out hand tremors. (MedGadget)
Join Jack BienkoCordell Carter IIChelsea Collier and Nate Robinson (all USA '16) at SXSW 2018 in Austin, TX. Learn about their #efjourneyin China. (SXSW)
Lindelwa Farisani (South Africa '16) has been awarded the UBS EMEA Employee Volunteer Award for 2017! Join us at EF in congratulating her! 
Congratulations EF Youth Leader, Alexia Hilbertidou (New Zealand '17) on being named one of the Queen's Young Leaders! #EFJourney
Congratulations to Selim Dundar (Turkey '17) at Dundar & Sir (DundarSir)




Nigeria’s Fatima Mohammed (Nigeria '17)  has been elected as African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security in Addis Ababa. (AR News)
"The willingness of entrepreneurs to bring people into their company is a big deal. It is a big change that has only occurred in the last few years," says Sandra Glasgow (Jamaica '00) Executive Director of FirstAngelsJA, interviewed by the Jamaica Gleaner 
Amish Tripathi (India '14) is announced as India's best selling fiction writer, according to Amazon India 


"Blockchain – in existence for over a decade but still a mystery to many." EF's latest Huffington Post article by Sanjay Podder (India '17) and Shridhar Venkat (India '14) 


"The entire conference was buzzing with a feeling of belonging, a feeling that the delegates matter to one another and to the group, and a shared belief that together we could create a genuine positive difference." New Zealand Youth Leader, Alexia Hilbertidou, shares her experiences at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (U.S. Embassy & Consulate in New Zealand)

Congratulations to Sanchia Jacobs Peace Kumalija (New Zealand '15) on her new leadership role as Chief Executive (


Congratulations to Sherina Edwards (USA '17) on her newest appointment (Cision)