In San Francisco, 27 prominent Fellows from 26 countries convened for the annual in-person meeting of the EF Global Network Council on October 18. This gathering of advisors to the president and senior leadership of EF came together from around the world to discuss important EF programs and initiatives and to brainstorm about ways to engage the global network to maximize the impact of our Fellows.
Guest speakers included Henry Ritchie, Partner of McKinsey & Company, who worked closely with EF throughout the course of 2018 to produce the organization’s first data-driven program impact evaluation study. Henry spoke about ways EF can build on our powerful legacy to advance our mission and ignite the network for impactful collaborations. Members of the Global Network Council discussed new digital tools to measure our impact, program the network and utilize technology to improve how and when our Fellows can connect virtually.
Nathan Sivagananathan (Sri Lanka ’15) and Wil McLellan (New Zealand ’14) shared compelling stories of how their fellowship projects empowered them to return home and make an even greater difference in their communities. Theirs and other stories of impact can be found on EF’s new Impact Blog, which was introduced to the Global Network Council during the meeting.
The Fellows in the GNC also discussed the EF capital campaign to grow the organization’s endowment and possible future steps to engage Fellows around the world to participate.