aUGUST 2017


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 Sandra Glasgow (Jamaica '00) on becoming the first female chair person for Crime Stop Jamaica! (Loop Jamaica)


Read Nagesh Rao's (USA '16) op-ed about how the Supreme Court could strengthen the patent system. (The Hill)


july 2017


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)


India is undergoing major changes in its system of taxation. Read a thought provoking article by Praveen Chakravarty (India ’12), CEO of AnandRathi Financial Services. (South China Morning Post


June  2017


Co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, Michael Horn(USA '14) and other educators comment on blended learning in this Huffington Post article. (Huffington Post)


Congratulations to Ayodeji Adewunmi (Nigeria '16) and Ayisha Osori (Nigeria '13) on becoming graduate fellows of The African Leadership Initiative! (Niyitabiti)


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. 


Parris Lyew-Ayee (Jamaica '14) discussed the importance of being prepared for Hurricane season. (Jamaica-Gleaner


Congratulations to David Bray (USA '15) on being appointed as the first ever Chief of Ventures Officer at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. (FedScoop


Attorney, advocate and speaker, Nikki Johnson-Huston (USA '12) shared her inspiring story on Her Story with Kathy Romano. (95.7 BenFM)


Kathryn Finney (USA '16) had a great discussion with Madam Noire about women of color in the tech industry. ( Madame Noire)


Congratulations to Dr. Harsha de Silva (Sri Lanka '11) on being sworn in as Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development in the Sri Lankan government. ( The Island


May 2017


Heshma Wignaraja (India '14) recalls the extraordinary impact the dance production Samhara had on her life.  (Times of India) 


Abha Narain Lambah (India '02) was interviewed by Verve Magazine; she talks about her favorite projects and contextual design. (Verve


Douglas Foo (Singapore '13) discusses Sakae Holdings' advancements on making technology more accesible. (Straits Times


Fredrick Bruhn (Sweden '17) and Harri Ketamo (Finland '17) discuss artificial intelligence on Knowledge@Wharton. (Soundcloud)    


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)


aPRIL 2017


"I think most Indians are comfortable with multiple truths" , says Amish Tripathi (India '14) in an interview with The Hindu (The Hindu)


Meet one of our Future of Work conference speakers Dina Sherif (Egypt '15)! (Future of Work)


Congratulations to Nuru Mugambi (Kenya ’16) who shares the launch of the Kenya Green Bond Program. (Climate Bonds)


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. ( 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


Natalia Ponce de Leon (Colombia '17) visits Lehigh Valley to meet Mark Dillion and share her story. (69News)  


Having started off as a self-published author, after getting rejected by over 10 publishers, today Amish Tripathi (India '14) has sold over 3.5 million copies. (Idivia


march 2017


Barbra Nyangairi (Zimbabwe '16) calls for a sign language curriculum in Zimbabwe. (Daily News)


Omar Al-Madhi (Saudi Arabia '11) named a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. (Widgets.WeForm


Mason Ailstock (USA ’16) is our featured Huffington Post contributor. Here he shares his thoughts on his journey through Saudi Arabia. (Huffington Post


Congratulations to Shauneen Lambe (UK '15). A finalist in the 'Social Purpose' category of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman's Award. (We Are The City)  


Paula Bennett (New Zealand '10) is working to fix gender pay gap. (NewsHub


Teddy Totimeh  (Ghana '16) on improving Ghana's state of critical care.  (Knowledge@Wharton)


FEbuary 2017


"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.

"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)


January 2017 


Sanjeev Sanyal (India ’07) appointed as India’s Principal Economic Advisor (Times of India)

Carrie Rich (USA '16) has Ten Key Insights For Growing As A Leader. (Forbes)

Downtown Memphis Commission president Terence Patterson (USA 16) on the need for vibrancy and authenticity in the city. (

Chen Yulu (China '08) appointed Vice-Governor of the People's Bank of China (

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! (



Five different stories were told at the I Am Karachi Talks inaugural event at the Institute of Business Administration, one of them by EF's Zeba Bakhtiar (Pakistan '12). (The Express Tribune)

Dr. Stephanie O'Keeffe (Ireland '15), National Director for Health and Well-Being with the Health Service Executive notes the significant progress made in the last year towards reducing health risks and increasing access to education. (News Talk)

“Success is often described as turning art into numbers,” says Daniel Gallant (USA '16) in #34 of New York Magazine's 47 Reasons to Love New York. Gallant is director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, a place for music, laughs, and the arts. (New York Magazine)

Carrie Rich (USA '16) delivers valuable insight about the hiring process. Rich provides key traits that employers should look for in potential hires by analyzing interviewees through one simple question: would you  work for them? (Huffington Post)

Philly Startup Leaders (PSL) teamed up with Mogulette's founder and EF Fellow Brigitte Daniel (USA '11) to host an event that focuses on why diversity matters. (Generocity)

Mason Ailstock (USA '15) "Going forward, research parks have to have a greater diversity of spaces and diversity of tenants," says Mason Ailstock, chief operating officer of the Research Triangle Park (located centrally between Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, N.C.). "Having a partner is important, but research park leadership must build communities that focus on inclusivity; flexibility; and interactions with local businesses, residents, and governments." (NACUBO)

Paula Bennett (New Zealand '10) has been appointed deputy prime minister for New Zealand, after serving most recently as Minister for Climate Change Issues, Social Housing, & State Services. The new prime minister, Bill English, welcomed Bennett as deputy describing her as an "outstanding politician whose work on welfare reform is world leading". (Stuff)

Chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon (USA '15) believes that brands can learn something from the WWE. The success for the company speaks for itself on paper, but McMahon has more to offer. (Fortune)

After spending five years interviewing 200 of the world’s top entrepreneurs Amy Wilkinson (USA '15) shares 6 quick tips that has helped these entrepreneurs and their careers. (Yahoo Finance


JC Weliamuna (Sri Lanka '04), chairman of the Presidential Task Force on the Recovery of Stolen Assets speaks on Mahinda Rajapaksa and the fate of Sri Lanka. (The Australian

Jorge Riopedre's  (USA '15) health clinic Casa de Salud has began making home visits to help immigrants in St. Louis fight diabetes. The clinic works with members of the immigrant community that do have diabetes, or are at risk for the disease. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

"The festival circuit works as a tastemaker, identifying international talent and cutting edge trends. Our film-makers are making a name for themselves while introducing a piece of Singapore to the world with each and every film." Yuni Hadi (Singapore '16) on Singapore culture in the Cannes Film Festival.
(The Straits Times)

Ify Malo (Nigeria '15) on how renewable energy can complement the electrification gaps in Nigeria, provide jobs, and increase a number of social and community activities. (The Guardian)

"It is not enough to welcome these newcomers. We must retain them, and in order to do that we have to work more closely together to help them put down roots in the community," Jorge Riopedre (USA '15) on the thriving St. Louis foreign community. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).


"I value social justice, equal opportunities, and gender equity, which is really what’s behind everything happening in the Arab world and Arab Spring. If we, as leaders, don’t care, integrate, and mainstream these values in our day-to-day life and then professionally, they can’t be implemented on the ground, cascading," Ruba Al-Zu'bi (Jordan 2012)  interviewed on her leadership in Jordan. (Impact Squared)

Hugo Alconada Mon (Argentina '14) of newspaper La Nación, interviews Silvia Bacher (Argentina '01) on her recently published book about how the changing education environment and adoption of technology can break down cultural, social and digital barriers. Bacher states that education is not the sole domain of schools but should transcend various segments of society. Watch the interview (in Spanish) here. (La Nacion)

CNN en Español features Jorge Riopedre (USA '15) who gives an overview of the main issues affecting the Latino electorate in the U.S. presidential election. (CNN)

John Della Volpe's (USA '08) survey concluded that 44 percent of subscribed readers said the word they would use to describe the upcoming election is "fearful." (Cosmopolitan

Balazs Toth (Hungary ’16) critiques the Seventh Amendment to the Hungarian Fundamental Law, which prohibits the settlement of third-country nationals (non-EU citizens) in Hungary without the explicit approval of the national assembly. (

Onur Eryuce (Turkey ’16) Secretary General of SODEM (Association of Social Democratic Municipalities) and member of Global Democracy Lab, will moderate a networking event at the The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) on October 19. The event is titled ‘Cities Combating Urban Poverty’ and its objective is to discuss how global cooperation and a commitment to poverty reduction can be incentivized among cities. (Habitat III

Anwar Fazal (Malaysia ’72) has published ‘A Sourcebook for Changemakers’ - a compilation of inspiring materials on ethical and caring ways of living. Fazal hopes it will motivate changemakers to take similar action to make a difference and bring about a change for a better world.

(A Sourcebook for Changemakers)

President and CEO of the Memphis Downtown Commission Terrance Patterson (USA '16) is playing
a major role in his hometown by negotiating Memphis' largest business headquarters.
(Commercial Appeal)

"We are a big believer in investing in our own talents, and commissioning the winner of our
Best Singapore Short Film is a way for us, as the national film festival, to actively contribute to our film
community. We are proud to present it in our opening night and kick off the Festival with an emphasis on
the importance of telling our own stories." - Yuni Hadi (Singapore '16) (Today)

John Della Volpe (USA '08) discusses the millennial generation voter's view on the 2016 U.S. elections, their attitudes towards the presidential nominees, and more.(C-Span)


"Performing on our stage is very much a baptism by fire. You quickly find out which parts of your
material work and which parts don't" - David Gallant (USA '16) interview about the
Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (NYFA Current)

David Bray (USA '15) interviewed on the ethical implications of intelligent computers. 
(Enterprise Irregulars)

Edward Mungai (Kenya '16) writes that Kenya will be the first country to ever enact 
Climate Change laws. (Business Daily Africa)

Kathryn Finney (USA ’16) and Esther Baldwin (USA ’97) selected to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Department of Commerce

David Bray (USA 15), Government Chair at the 2016 ACTIAC Executive Leadership Conference,
discusses the dangers of a broken government. (FCW)

David Gallant (USA '16) discusses leading female artist from the Bronx, that has become a Nuyorican
Poets Cafe regular known as "La Bruja." (Wiener Zeitung)

Dr. Valerie Cummins (Ireland '12) is one of 47 Great Women To Be Inspired By. (Irish Tech News)

"Innovator by Profession"–Spanish newspaper, El Pais, features Pedro Moneo (Spain '14). (El Pais)

David Bray (USA '15) on empowering your employee said "If CIOs want to remain relevant they must 
they must listen to the public and the people on the front line." (FedTech)

EF Chairman Gen. Colin L. Powell speaks on segregation, racism, and U.S. Armed Forces 
as he donates one of his uniforms to the soon to be opened display at the Smithsonian National 
Museum of African American History and Culture. (CBSNews)

Christopher Laing (USA 15'), vice president of science and technology at Philadelphia's University City 
Science Center, is awarded $50,000 for contending in the Small Business Award accelerator 
competition. (Philadelphia Business Journal)

K. P. Rajan (India '00), the new Minister for Education, Youth, and Sport, is making headway 
with plans to improve testing performance. (The New Indian Express)

 August 2016

Leland Cheung (USA '12) is endorsed in race for U.S. Senate. (Boston Herald)

Daniel Gallant (USA '16) will oversee a $10 million-plus renovation to the Nuyorican 
Poets Cafe. (The Wall Street Journal)

Sabasaba Moghingi (Tanzania '16), Tanzania Postal Bank CEO, affirms the bank is gearing for listing
on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange to raise share capital. (All Africa)

Inspired by his travels to Vietnam and Sri Lanka, G. Nagesh Rao (USA '16), analyzes innovative 
payment options, the digital divide, and the sector's stalled use in the U.S. (Tech Crunch)

Shona McCarthy (Northern Ireland '14) presides over record breaking sales during her first year as 
Chief Executive at the highly acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Fringe.(Herald Scotland)

John Della Volpe (USA '08), director of  polling at the Harvard Institute of Politics, points to younger
voters as playing a decisive role in the U.S. presidential election. (Politico)

Mason Ailstock (USA '16) gives a glimpse of the futuristic transportation system that is 
accelerating at North Carolina State University. (Triangle Business Journal)


Chelsea Collier (USA '16) writes, "We're on the cusp of mobilizing groundbreaking innovation that can 
make virtual reality a fixture in our everyday lives." (The Hill)

Yuhyun Park (Korea '13) acknowledges the Fourth Industrial Revolution which is bringing together
digital, physical and biological advances in a systematic way while triggering the replacement of 
human mental labor with artificial intelligence and robots. Thus, the human spirit will become more
important than knowledge and skills. (The Huffington Post)

Tina Lo (China, Taiwan '13) selected as one of three delegates to the APEC Business Advisory Meeting
(Taiwan Today)

July 2016

Nathan Sivagananathan (Sri Lanka '15), MAS Holdings Chief Growth Officer, partners with Flextronics
International Ltd to integrate new technology into clothing. (Press Reader)

Bhavani Fonseka (Sri Lanka '15), Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives, speaks on Inside Story about Sri Lanka's path to justice and reconciliation. .
(Al Jazeera)

Anita Brown-Graham (USA '05) facilitates a meeting of the minds to make North Carolina a better 
place. (The News & Observer)

Analysis by Nuru Mugambi (Kenya '16) "No doubt, a paradigm shift is at hand." (Business Daily)

Javier Cremades (Spain '98) defends Leopoldo Lopez, a Venezuelan politician viewed by various 
governments and human rights groups as a political prisoner. (El Espanol)

Kuda Chitsike (Zimbabwe '15), director of the Research and Advocacy Unit working on human rights,
democracy, and governance issues in Zimbabwe, discusses MDC-T vice-president appointments and 
the effect they have on Vice-President Thokozane Khupe. (Zimbabwe Independent)

Sister Mary Scullion (USA '02), president and executive director of Project HOME, accepts the 2016 
Spiritus Paenitentiae award on behalf of her organization at an awards ceremony in Philadelphia
in June. (Saint Francis University)

Arch Wongchindawest (Thailand '16) encourages consumers to support more disadvantaged members
of society while still getting the 'best deals' on their purchases. (Billionare)

Oonagh McPhillips (Ireland '16), Assistant Secretary General, Corporate Affairs of Ireland's
Department of Justice and Equality, details her experience as an Eisenhower Fellow and her efforts to 
reshape organizational culture. (Via Science)

Sister Mary Scullion (USA '02), one of Philadelphia's most beloved residents and co-founder of Project
HOME, is quoted: "Almost all of our problems are related to poverty, our educational system is really
challenged and our prison population is way too high." (The Washington Post)

Cheryl Teh (Malaysia '15), now the choir director of the Philharmonic Society of Selangor, 
expresses gratitude to The Rotary Club of Petaling Jaya as she helps to raise funds for the 
club's Golden Child Project (The Star2)

Francesca Fedeli (Italy '14) and Roberto D'Angelo establish FightTheStroke, a strategy aiming 
to support young stroke survivors through early detection and rehabilitation 
(Thomson Reuters Foundation News)

Sister Mary Scullion (USA '02), executive director of Project HOME, finds employment and housing 
for formerly homeless veterans (CBS Philly)

In Philadelphia, South Street's newest art piece titled "The Atlas of Tomorrow" is analyzed by
Jane Golden (USA '03), executive director of the Mural Arts Program (Daily Mail)

Will Lambe (USA '15) is interviewed by Charles Davidson, a staff writer with Economy Matters.
The interview focuses on community development finance (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta)


JUne 2016

Dina Sherif (Egypt '15) honored as "Pioneer for Social Entrepreneurship" at UN Summit.
(Egyptian Streets)

Sonia Dias (Brazil '07), a sociologist and waste specialist, highlights the work of waste pickers and 
their contribution to recycling (Deutsche Welle - Germany and Pacific Standard)

Laura Alonso (Argentina '08) investigates 22 government officials -- "but no sanctions yet" 
(Buenos Aires Herald)

Jorge Riopedre (USA '15) argues that providing health care access to a nation's immigrants 
directly contributes to that nation's welfare (Huffington Post)

G. Nagesh Rao (USA '16), a former U.S. Patent Examiner and Senior Policy Advisor with the 
Department of Commerce, writes, "Many aspects of the intellectual property policy employed 
to govern and protect innovations were developed yesterday, the day before and sometimes more
than 100 years ago." (TechCrunch)