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“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity….I like to believe people, in the long run, are going to do more to promote peace than their governments.”

– President Dwight D. Eisenhower

HEALING A NATION THROUGH HOPE AND RECONCILIATION

Sri Lanka As chief growth officer at MAS Holdings, Nathan Sivagananathan (Sri Lanka ’15) is charged with generating new businesses that will be valued at $2 billion goal by 2020. A 2014 Eisenhower Fellow, his goal was to foster small business development in post-civil war Sri Lanka. After his fellowship, Sivagananathan worked with Eisenhower Fellow Harsha de Silva (Sri Lanka ’11) to launch an online platform that connects entrepreneurs with investors. They enlisted investors to provide $5 million to a total of 20 …

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BUILDING BRIDGES ACROSS TROUBLED WATERS

Chinese Taipei “We were hoping that they would fall in love with Taiwan, and they did.” – Harvey Chang (Chinese Taipei ’02) Harvey Chang (Chinese Taipei ’02) runs the largest news station in Taiwan, and is passionate about his work because of the role that media plays in society to foster democracy. “Taiwan is in a unique position because our relationship with China is very peculiar…I want us to play a very neutral role in this,” Chang says. At the …

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WORKING TOWARDS PEACE BASED ON TRUST

Pakistan Farzana Yaqoob (Pakistan ’16) “That is what we are working towards – building trust.” As the former Minister for Social Welfare & Women’s Development in the State of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Farzana Yaqoob represented the needs of women and children. In 2017, she founded the Asia Institute for Public Policy, a think tank that through its “Futures Index” polls the public on social, economic, environmental and political issues with the goal of offering this information to government policy makers.   The think tank is regionally focused to …

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