Diana Mpyisi (Rwanda '17) and 2017 EF Youth Leader Nancy Sibo (Rwanda '17) have both been nominated for the Africa Youth Awards 2017.


“American political institutions are at a tipping point. Millennials are now the largest generation in the electorate." said John Della Volpe (USA '08), polling director at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, on a Harvard university poll.


Sammy Samuels (Myanmar '17), leader of Myanmar's Jewish community, met with Pope Francis earlier this week in Yangon, along with a dozen other religious leaders including representatives of the Buddhist and Muslim communities.




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Sammy Samuels (Myanmar '17), leader of Myanmar's Jewish community, met with Pope Francis earlier this week in Yangon, along with a dozen other religious leaders including representatives of the Buddhist and Muslim communities. 


Kapruka, Sri Lanka’s largest online store, won SLIM’s Online Brand of the year for the third year in a row. Kapruka is owned by Dulith Herath (Sri Lanka ’17). 


Mural Arts Executive Director, Jane Golden (USA '03) announces that Philadelphia's Mural Arts Restorative Justice program has received one of the inaugural grants from the Ford Foundation’s Art for Justice Fund. 


Interviewed by The Hindu newspaper, Vishal Talreja (India '13) says “Working with companies has helped us build a strong network of volunteers needed to run our programmes.” Talreja is co-founder and CEO of Dream a Dream.


Eisenhower Fellowships Youth Leader Alexia Hilbertidou (New Zealand '17) has been awarded the "Most Creative in Education" at the 2017 Idealog Creative People Awards


Congratulations to Harri Ketamo (Finland '17) and Anu Passi-Rauste (Finland '14) and all of Hedai for their big win in Sitra's Ratkaisu 100 Challenge 


Read Kelly Davenport and Elliot Weinbaum's (both USA '17) Huffington Post article on Changing China: Education Reform in the World’s Largest System


Musiclock wins bronze at the UX Awards in California. Musiclock was invented by Eisenhower Fellowships Youth Leader Perttu Pölönen (Finland)


Jude Ilo (Nigeria '16) is EF's latest Huffington Post contributor. Read his article Liberia's Season of Hope here.




Nate Robinson (USA '16) leads a team at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) which was awarded $85,000 to study the potential installation of a new generation of space launching services in Portugal. (


Congratulations to EF's Brigitte F. Daniel (USA '11), who has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (Philly Trib)


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)


Read Nate Robinson's (USA '16) piece in the Huffington Post  Chinese R&D, Innovation, and the Search for Zhōng 中





Josh Baer (USA '15), founder and director of Capital Factory, presents his app to Apple CEO, Tim Cook (Biz Journals)


Rana Dajani's (Jordan '14) 'We Love Reading' program has spread to over 40 countries. (Relief Web)


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)


Dr. John M. Sumansky (Czech and Slovak Republics ’94) has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. (Butler Art)




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)




"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)




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! (