In this profile, founder and managing director of Gosele Advisory Services and Eisenhower Fellow Lesego Sennelo (South Africa '16) reflects on her pathway to leadership, saying "It’s important to me to develop women, period. Imagine if someone had not seen the value of developing me? What options would I have? You can’t expect to grow a sustainable economy, society, by excluding 50% of your population. It makes absolutely no sense." (




As the founder of We Love Reading, an award-­winning initiative based in Amman that aims to spread the love of reading, Eisenhower Fellow Rana Dajani (Jordan '14) wants to ensure every neighborhood in her home country has a library. “Reading did a lot to make me a change-maker and to think outside the box,” says Dajani. (


In an interview with The Wrap at the Awards Screening Series, Eisenhower Fellow Alvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Peru '14) discussed his film Retablo, the country's pick for 2020 Best International Film Oscar, and said he hopes his film can break the taboos surrounding homosexuality in Peru. "Families are seeing this film together. It shows to me that with love, anything is possible." (


Eisenhower Fellow Edward Mungai (Kenya '16), CEO of the Kenya Climate Innovation Center, was recently lauded for his efforts in promoting the mitigation of climate change. “We are working to impact thousands of livelihoods in this nation; to shape the climate change agenda and support of businesses in Kenya," Mungai said. (


"I am blessed to be in a professional position that sets the foundations for the future of my country," says Eisenhower Fellow Shahd Attar (Saudi Arabia '17) on her role in her country's digital transformation in Arab News.  (




Congratulations to Eisenhower Fellow Ernesto D. Garilao (Philippines '86) on receiving the 2019 Xiong’An International Health Forum Impact Award, a recognition of his outstanding achievement in improving global health. (


"My commitment to working with inner-city communities was cemented then as I recognized that Jamaica could only grow, and in harmony, when the divide between the formal and informal economy, between uptown and downtown, was bridged and everyone had equal access to opportunity." In conversation with Eisenhower Fellow Imani Duncan-Price (Jamaica '18), on her newest venture, the Central Kingston Small Business Development Program. (


Crain's Chicago Business interviewed Eisenhower Fellow Jason Coleman (USA '19) about his path to becoming executive director at Project SYNCERE. "Growing up, I didn't know what an engineer was. You can't be what you can't see." (




Eisenhower Fellow Oyun Sanjaasuren (Mongolia '03) received the Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award by The Asia Foundation for her leadership in promoting Mongolian democracy and stewardship of the environment. (


Eisenhower Fellow Dustin Haisler (USA '19) shares insights and reflects on his fellowship experience in this article for Government Technology News "My journey to China was a life-changing experience, providing me an international perspective on technology’s role in government-citizen interactions."





Eisenhower Fellow and founder of True Complexion Rozella Mahjhrin (Malaysia '19) was named one of 23 Amazing Women of 2019 by Marie Claire Malaysia. "True Complexion started as a story telling platform on social media. The stories gained so much attention that she was offered opportunities to bring the stories she discovered onto a podcast that shines the light on inclusive beauty." (

Founder & CEO of Strangeworks and Eisenhower Fellow William Hurley whurley (USA '18) spoke with Built In about building successful startups and his keys to success. "The myth of the visionary founder is not true. It doesn’t matter which founder you’re talking about; a billion things happening behind the scenes are powering their success. Without teams, they wouldn’t have made it anywhere." (


CEO of Pyron & Eisenhower Fellow Igor Jablokov's (USA '13) new startup is focused on utilizing Augmented intelligence in the workplace, meant to help make key decisions more efficiently rather than replace human employees. “I believe nobody’s going to be more creative than you. And nobody can have insights and intuitive leaps like you.” (



JULY 2019


Managing Director of Babyl and Eisenhower Fellow Shivon Byamukama (Rwanda '16) was recently interviewed by Taarifa Rwanda about her experience as a female executive. Her advice to young CEOs and those climbing the corporate ladder? "Do what you love and believe in. It allows you to give it your all sometimes without feeling like you are even working." (


Doctors in Nigeria recently benefited from a four-day training course aimed at reducing the country's high maternal mortality rates, thanks to the efforts of Eisenhower Fellow Bosede Afolabi (Nigeria '14). Afolabi worked with a local bank to secure funding to bring the Managing Medical and Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma training to Lagos. (


Eisenhower Fellow Ejaj Ahmad (Bangladesh '15), president and founder of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) hosted a roundtable discussion on reforming the national education curriculum to reflect changing global realities. (



JUNE 2019


The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a non-profit that provides millions of Indian children with free school meals, was awarded the BBC World Service 2019 Food Chain Global Champion Award. "It's a matter of great pride for us to be selected for this award," said CEO and Eisenhower Fellow Shridhar Venkat (India '14). "I would like to thank the BBC World Service, on behalf of 1.75 million children whom we serve every day, day after day." (


Congratulations to Eisenhower Fellow Dwaun Warmack (USA '19), who was just appointed President of Claflin University, the oldest historically black college or university in South Carolina. (



MAY 2019


Congratulations to Rez Gardi, Eisenhower Fellowships Youth Leader (New Zealand ’18). A former legal officer at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, Gardi has been awarded a Harvard Satter Rights Fellowship. (


A timely article by Trudy Rubin in today's on the 1989 & 2019 Island of Ireland Eisenhower Fellows. "As they gather in Philadelphia, the Fellows will all be wrestling with the conundrum of how to keep the border open and Irish peace alive." (


Crossing crocodile-infested waters in small wooden boats to get to school used to be a way of life for many in the Philippines' southernmost province. Then came the Boat of Knowledge, made possible in part by the Eisenhower Fellows Association of the Philippines. (



APRIL 2019


Proud to see Ayodeji Adewunmi (Nigeria '16) named as one of the 10 Most Influential Entrepreneurs in Nigeria Under 40, for co-founding Jobberman Nigeria, the country's number 1 recruitment platform (


Eisenhower Fellow Ifeoma Malo (Nigeria ’15), CEO of Clean Tech Hub - Energy Innovation Center, was recently featured in the Nigerian newspaperLeadership Newspapers for a workshop of Women Leaders in the Renewable Energy sector. “We want to make sure there are women working across all areas of renewable energy, whether wind, biomass, solar, biogas etc. The observation shows there is great opportunity to expand our thinking.” (



MARCH 2019


“We want to reach every child in every neighborhood across the world,” says Eisenhower Fellow, Rana Dajani (Jordan ’14) on her nonprofit ‘We Love Reading’ which was recently awarded a UN prize for mother tongue literacy. (PBS





babyl Rwanda was recognized as the Innovator of the Year during RDB’s Business Excellence Awards. "It is recognition of the true innovation that we are making in healthcare. We are at the forefront, developing cutting-edge technology that will change the way people experience healthcare." says Eisenhower Fellow and deputy CEO, Shivon Byamukama (Rwanda '16) (TheNewTimes)


Eisenhower Fellowships Youth Leader, Umulkheir H Mohamed (Kenya ’18) is taking part in Ms. President, a reality show in Kenya, designed to encourage more women into leadership positions. Contestants get leadership training and mentorship as part of a peace building initiative. She beat out over 1000 applicants to make it - you can catch episodes on YouTube if you're outside Kenya. 


Congratulations to Eisenhower Fellow, G. Nagesh Rao (USA ’16), recognized with a Gears of Government Award, which highlights individuals and teams across the Federal workforce whose dedication supports exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people. In his role at the SBA, Rao’s cutting edge approaches have helped small businesses more easily access $2.5 billion/year in R&D funding and helped SBA fund 187 startup accelerator programs, serving more than 5000 new small businesses. (





"...we don't operate for recognition, we don't operate for awards. But this being our 15th year, it has a special meaning to me personally, being here since the beginning" said Eisenhower Fellow, Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee (Jamaica '14) on the Mona GeoInformatics Institute's RJRGleaner Honour Award in the category of Science and Technology. (Jamaica Gleaner)
“I am passionate about positive change and I get agitated about systems not working,” says Eisenhower Fellow, Nuru Mugambi (Kenya '16), the director of public affairs at the Kenya Bankers Association, in this article by The East African.
Eisenhower Fellow, Marita Carballo (Argentina ’88) has been elected president of the World Association for Public Opinion Research. She is the first Argentinian to hold this position. Founded in 1947, WAPOR promotes the highest professional, ethical and technical standards for the conduct of surveys around the world. (


"There has never been a more important time to support the whole health and development of our youth and adolescents...." says Eisenhower Fellow, Kathy Higgins (USA '05) on her appointment as CEO at The Alliance for a Healthier Generation