My EF Journey: Natalia Ponce de León

In March 2014, Natalia Ponce de León’s life was irrevocably changed after a stalker threw a liter of sulfuric acid on her face and body. Ponce de León has since been, in her words, “reborn from the ashes” of that attack to become a symbol of perseverance and a living testimony to the restorative power of forgiveness. After establishing an eponymous foundation, she achieved passage of the “Natalia... Read More

Zhi-Xing Program 2017

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On June 2, eight outstanding American Fellows arrived in Beijing to kick off the 2017 Zhi-Xing fellowship program. This year’s cohort of Zhi-Xing Fellows included Kelly Davenport, Executive Director of Build the Future; Robin Emmons, Founder & Executive Director of Sow Much Good, Inc.; J. Andrew Greenblatt, Executive Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Film Society; Elzandi Oosthuizen, Vice... Read More

19 Middle East and South Asia Leaders Selected as Eisenhower Fellows

For Immediate Release   19 Middle East and South Asia Leaders Selected as Eisenhower Fellows   Philadelphia, June 22, 2017– Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) has selected 19 leaders from government, business and civil society in 11 countries across the Middle East and South Asia to embark on a six-week fellowship in the U.S. this fall, engaging in a transformative exchange of knowledge and... Read More

Observations from Marawi City

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Violence has again entrenched Marawi City in the southern Philippines where government troops are attempting to defeat a group of Islamic State-aligned militants following their rampage of the city. Since the May 23 siege of Marawi on the island of Mindanao, about 20 civilians, 138 militants and 39 government troops have been killed, according to press reports quoting the Philippine military.... Read More

Humanitarian Relief in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is enduring some of the worst flooding in 14 years, with over half a million people displaced, hundreds dead, injured or missing. Only two weeks after returning from his Eisenhower Fellowship, Chevaan Daniel (Sri Lanka ’17) responded quickly to the call for humanitarian assistance and emergency relief. Daniel is Group Director with the Capital Maharaja Organization and was twice... Read More

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates to Chair Eisenhower Fellowships

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Eisenhower Fellowships is pleased to announce that former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who served eight American presidents of both political parties, will become the 9th Chairman of the Board of the nonprofit international leadership organization. He will succeed General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired) as Chairman in May, 2018.   Secretary Gates served as the top civilian official at... Read More

Fellowship Impact in Saudi Arabia

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  Prior to taking his role as Minister of Agriculture and later establishing the Al-Dabbagh Group, a family conglomerate founded in 1962, Abdullah Al-Dabbagh became the first Eisenhower Fellow from Saudi Arabia in 1960.  He was sent on a six-month tour of the USA sponsored by Eisenhower Fellowships (EF). It ended with a meeting with President Eisenhower at the White House.  According to His... Read More

EF Mourns the Passing of Saskia J. Stuiveling

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It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Eisenhower Fellow Saskia J. Stuiveling (Netherlands ’86) on April 20 at the age of 71.   Stuiveling was president of the Dutch Eisenhower Fellows chapter and served on the Nominations Committee.  In 2013, Stuiveling and the chapter welcomed then EF Chairman of the Executive Committee Gov. Christie Todd Whitman and EF Director of the... Read More

Passing of Antonio Dias Leite, Jr

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It’s with deep sorrow that we report Eisenhower Fellow Antônio Dias Leite Jr. (Brazil ’60) passed away earlier this month at age 97 in his home country.  He died of complications from a fall he suffered two weeks prior, but until then he had been healthy and lucid, family members told a Brazilian newspaper.   Leite was an active participant with EF in the past several years, attending an EF... Read More

Next Challenges for Latin America - EF Regional Conference in Chile

  Under the leadership of their President, Francisca Valdes (Chile ’08), the Eisenhower Fellows of Chile organized a successful regional conference where substantive themes such as pensions, sustainability and politics were discussed.   The gathering, titled Next Challenges for Latin America, was held April 19-21 in Santiago.  There were over 50 attendees, including 30 Fellows from across... Read More

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