Congratulations to G. Nagesh Rao (USA '16). The Chief Technologist & Entrepreneur-in-Residence, US Small Business Administration, is one of four finalists for the Startup Nations Award for Groundbreaking Policy Thinking (Global Entrepreneurship)
XOLO - Sri Lanka's first smart classroom could move into 25 other schools. Dr. Harsha de Silva (Sri Lanka '11) Deputy Minister, Sri Lankan government helped launch this initiative back in January. (Read Me)
Just in time for the Future of Work Conference in Malaga, Spain, Kyungsang Yu (Korea ’17) is our latest Huffington Post contributor and shares his thoughts on the impact of artificial intelligence on industry and workplaces (Huffington Post)
Carrie Rich (USA '16) will share her personal story of entrepreneurship – including the highs and the lows – and discuss the barriers she sees for women seeking investment at the Yale Women Innovator Seminar Series: Funding Social Change (City.Yale)
Over the last 15 years the number of black women accountants rose from 407 to over 4 000 and of them, 2 500 were African. Lesego Sennelo's (South Africa '16), President of African Woman Chartered Accountants, goal is make sure that number keeps rising. (IOL)
"Texas is the most promising technology investment opportunity in the United States and Capital Factory is going to turbocharge it. Already the 10th largest economy in the world, there is still untapped potential and more growth in its future." writes Joshua Baer (USA '15), Founder and Executive Director of Capital Factory. (Austin Startups)
We would like to congratulate Alfonso Vegara (Spain '87) on receiving the Public Service Star award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singapore! Vegara was recognized for his service as Honorary Consul General from Spain.
Congratulations to Oonagh McPhillips (Ireland '16) on being appointed Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality of Ireland! "I’m proud of our work over the past year on our organizational culture. We’ve consulted widely with staff and stakeholders and developed an inclusive, collaborative approach to changing our culture from what was once considered a “traditional counter-productive silo” to a more open, learning organization.", says McPhillips.
John Della Volpe (USA '08), CEO of SocialSphere, Inc, has conducted a poll for the International Rescue Committee on how millennials view the current famine crisis. "Since 2001, our polling has consistently found that millennials seek tangible ways to make an impact in their community, country and the world. We can clearly see through these new results that America’s largest generation is ready to engage on one of the world’s greatest challenges and save the lives of tens of millions of people at risk of starvation." (Rescue)
Congratulations to Chris Laing (USA '15) on his new position as the Executive Director at Capital City Innovation in Austin, Texas. Capital City Innovation, a newly formed non-profit, will help established businesses and enterprising startups become part of the health ecosystem that is developing around the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and a new modern teaching hospital. (Prweb)
Congratulations to Tonee Ndungu (Kenya '16), whose company Kytabu, was awarded the King Baudouin African Development Prize. The award recognizes the achievements of young, African tech-entrepreneurs driving social change across the continent. (Disrupt-Africa)
Jarrett Barrios (USA '09), CEO of American Red Cross, provided some insight on this fall's smoke alarm installation event; one of the goals is to install 4,000 smoke alarms in vulnerable communities in Los Angeles, CA. (Red Cross Talks)
Annabel Crabb (Australia '11) spoke at the 2017 Maitland Black and White luncheon for Vision Australia. The Black and White Committee of Vision Australia organize fundraising events through the year and the proceeds are directed towards Children’s Services Development Fund of Vision Australia. (The Maitland Mercury)
Congratulations to Pilvi Torsti (Finland ’13) who was sworn into parliament in Finland last week representing the Social Democratic Party.
Najam Ahmed Shah (Pakistan ’12), Secretary, Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education, stresses the need for working with commitment and dedication to bring change in health sector. (Pakinstan Observer)
"I think most Indians are comfortable with multiple truths" , says Amish Tripathi (India '14) in an interview with The Hindu (The Hindu)
Want to listen to "some smart people talk about Al, automation and the future of work"? G. Nagesh Rao (USA '16), chief technologist at the U.S. Small Business Administration and David Bray (USA '15), CIO of the FCC, are teaming up to bring one such conversation to D.C. (Technical.ly DC)
Cyber bullying has proven itself to be a vicious component of the digital era. GEMS Wellington Academy, in Dubai, UAE, invited EF Fellow and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Yuhyun Park (Korea '13) to discuss the issue. (Albawaba)
"When I started Leading Ladies' Network in 2009, the vision was to help fill Africa's future leadership pipeline. My inspiration for that was partly from my own personal story." Yawa Hansen-Quao (Ghana '16) expresses the challenges of nurturing African female leadership, particularly as entrepreneurs. (Knowledge@Wharton)
"The worst part about being a black woman in tech wasn’t blatant cruelty—it was that her colleagues didn’t pay her much attention at all." Kathryn Finney discusses how she found her footing in the technology field. (GOOD) "Big data has given us a powerful new tool to predict the future with uncanny accuracy and disrupt entire industries. But what if data alone isn’t enough?" Michel Morvan (France '09) and his colleagues seek to answer the "why." (Datanami) Candice Smith (USA '17) talks about her struggles coming into a dominantly white aviation field, what she did to overcome them, and her career as Director of Global Engineering and External Technical Affiliations. (DNAInfo) Congratuations to Amr AlMadani and his new role as Cheif Executive Officer for Saudi General Entertainment. (Trade Arabia)
Downtown Memphis Commission president Terence Patterson (USA 16) on the need for vibrancy and authenticity in the city. (memphisdailynews.com)
Chen Yulu (China '08) appointed Vice-Governor of the People's Bank of China (cnbc.com)
Edward Mungai (Kenya ’16) wants ‘doing good’ to be on your business agenda (Business Daily Africa)
"The Global Good Fund wants to invest tens of millions of dollars into startups and entrepreneurs looking to make the world a better place. But to begin, it's starting small." CEO, Carrie Rich (USA '16) talks more about this pilot scheme (Bizwomen)
Jamil Ahmed (Bangladesh ’12) has started a new initiative in an effort to mobilize the youth community in Bangladesh. The ‘Parliamentary Debate Program’ will broadcast every Friday at 7:00pm. Ahmed hopes to raise awareness of parliamentary democracy and human rights issues among young people. You can watch recent episodes on youtube.
Nuru Mugambi (Kenya ’16) comments on the changes taking place in the way the world views Kenya.
“I recently had the opportunity to engage with top business leaders across America, in conjunction with the US President Eisenhower Fellowship programme, and during my sojourn I learned that Kenya had finally earned a seat at the corporate America table.” (Business Daily Africa)
Congratulations to David Ndii (Kenya '07) on his newest accomplishment, ranking 33rd in the top 100 Most Influential Economists in the World. Ndii is co-founder and director of the Kenya Leadership Institute, and previously worked as a research advisor and consultant for the World Bank. (Richtopia)
Esteban Bullrich (Argentina ’06), Argentina’s Minister for Education, is reforming schools in Buenos Aires with a radical approach. (Financial Times)
EF is one of the trendiest fellowships of 2016 according to ProFellow, an online resource for professional and academic fellowships. We were up 465% on 2015! (ProFellow.com)