Alumni Fellows

Tanzania
Biography 
Lawrence Chuma has over eight years of experience working with civil society in the areas of human rights, governance, and leadership as well as advocating for policies that influence the well-being of youth, women, and marginalized groups. He has served as a youth representative to various national and international events, and engaged as a convener, facilitator, trainer and panelist. Currently, Lawrence is a lead Consultant and founder of Diligent Solutions International, a company that works to build the capacities of civil societies, emerging business enterprises, and local government leaders. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Economic Diplomacy. Upon completion of the Washington Fellowship, he plans to mobilize and undertake a leadership training program that will empower youth to participate in governance, leadership and accountability.
Senegal
Biography 
Alassane Abdoulaye Dia has five years of experience serving as an Assistant English language Instructor for the Université Gaston Berger in Senegal. He served as Secretary General and President of the university’s English Club and also founder and Coordinator of the African Studies Group. Alassane was was an exchange in South Korea where served as a tutor of English and French classes with the Sookmyung Women’s University. He is currently studying to receive his Ph. D from Université Gaston Berger. Upon completion of the Washington Fellowship, he plans to work with national and international organizations to boost the sector of education and connect to global education leadership to improve the performance of academic institutions.
Mali
Biography 
Mahamadou Diakite is experienced in ICT and has worked in the industry of software development for five years. He currently serves as CT Officer for the USAID/OTI program that is implemented by AECOM International Development. The objective of the program is to build peace and reconciliation in Mali and Mahamadou is responsible for the ICT infrastructure of the program and the use of technology to promote program activities. He believes that all Malians should have access to a good quality education and is active in working with youth organizations  to  promote  peace  in  Mali.  He  holds  a  bachelor’s  degree  in Information Technology and Knowledge System and an honors degree in Management of Technology from the University of Pretoria. After the Washington Fellowship, he plans to use ICT to empower young people and promote peace in Mali.
Liberia
Biography 
James Alben Greaves has over four years of experience in youth development and child justice advocacy. Currently, he is the Coordinator of the Juvenile Diversion program and chair on the Independent Accreditation Committee of Orphanages in Liberia where he identifies specially designed programs for juveniles who come in conflict with the law and are ordered into diversion. He is a recent graduate of the President's Young Professional program, holds a certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the Cuttington University, and received a bachelor’s of arts  degree in  Public  Administration. He is currently pursuing a degree in General Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. James served as President of the Student Government at Cuttington and as Vice President for the Liberia National Students Union. Upon completion of the Washington Fellowship program, he plans to continue the implementation of the Juvenile Diversion program and create national awareness and outreach programs on relevant laws in order to prevent juvenile delinquency.
Mauritius
Biography 
Sabrina Gujjalu works at the Financial Services Commission in Mauritius, the regulator for the non-banking financial services and global business. As Manager in the Policy Unit, she conducts research and analysis for policy formulation and drives the introduction of new policies, standards and financial products. She is currently involved in the establishment of proficiency standards for licensees in the non-banking financial sector as well as in the development of a regulatory regime for credit rating agencies. Sabrina has spent the last eight years of her career in the financial sector in Mauritius, with five years at HSBC Group in commercial banking. Upon completion of the Washington Fellowship, she hopes to use the skills acquired to support the development and diversification of Mauritius as an international financial center.
Malawi
Biography 
Chipiliro Liyana Kansilanga is a Malawian journalist with an interest in issues related to gender, development, and new media. She has over six years of experience in writing and editing for online and print media and has held various positions in some of Malawi's forefront publications. Currently, Chipiliro is the Online Editor for Blantyre Newspapers Limited, where she champions new media projects. She holds a postgraduate diploma in Media Management and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, both attained with upper credits. Upon her return from Washington Fellowship, she intends to use her skills to advance leadership development for young women by promoting women’s literacy and new media training in order to narrow the male-female training and technology gap.
South Africa
Biography 
Casandra Hamel has over five years’ experience in educating the youth of South Africa. She volunteers to teach spring and winter school during the holidays to underprivileged and previously disadvantaged learners hoping to complete their grade 12 year. Casandra placed second in the National Teaching Awards for her innovative use of technology to enhance learning in the classroom and also volunteers with extra-mural activities at sister schools, where needed. She is on the grade 12 exam marking panel and also assists with Amanuensis, where she helps learners write exams. Casandra holds an honor's degree in Linguistics and was honored with an award from the Golden Key International Society for academic excellence. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Casandra plans to establish a remedial center in her community to ensure that no child is left behind academically and all receive quality education.

 

Tanzania
Biography 
Pamela Kanora has over six years’ experience in democratic governance and elections on the continent of Africa. She is currently involved in African Union election observation missions as a long-term observer and election expert, for which her duties include impartial, professional analysis and independent assessment of electoral processes in accordance with national laws and their conformity with international and regional norms and standards. Pamela holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in International Cooperation and Development from the University of Fernando Pessoa, Open University of Tanzania. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Pamela will continue to engage in harnessing democratic and credible elections in Africa through election observation, and plans to pioneer a youth based non-governmental organization in Tanzania to promote democratic governance, human rights, and youth political participation. 
Tanzania
Biography 
Aafke Kinemo (MBChB) has a year’s experience working in the Ministry of Health as an assistant coordinator for key populations at the National AIDS Control Program. She coordinates trainings for health care providers in the provision of key population-friendly services, and coordinates HIV preventive care and treatment services for key populations. She also mentors the youth in her community and is an instigator advocating for quality education. She will be joining a Master’s program in Community Health and aims to apply her medical knowledge to dispel myths and promote health in her community. After the Fellowship, she intends to continue her work in public health aiming to reduce HIV infections to zero and ensure equitable access to health services, free of stigma and discrimination. She also plans to build the capacity of schools in her villages so that all children, but especially girls, can enjoy the quality education they deserve.
Guinea
Biography 
Habib Kourouma has over seven years’ experience in various fields in the community development sector, and community health management in particular. He is currently a district medical officer in Forecariah, working with the community to tackle the Ebola virus in the health district of Forecariah, and also working with the community to improve their health condition through projects that address health equity. He was an international consultant on behalf of WHO and CDC in Burkina Faso, to ensure the technical support in vaccine preventable diseases. He also volunteers for UNICEF. Habib holds a state doctorate degree from Medicine University, a Master’s degree in Public Health Studies from the University of Conakry, and a Master’s degree in Health Economics from the University Auvergne, France. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Habib plans to reduce inequalities and factors that prevent poor people from getting access to health care.

 

South Africa
Biography 
Nangamso has over six years’ experience in youth, educational, and community development. She was born in Hewu in the Eastern Cape and single-handedly established Inqubela Foundation, an education-focused charitable trust that develops schools in developing communities into leading centers of academic excellence and leadership development. Since its inception, the foundation has served over 2,000 learners and over 28 schools and offers one-of-a-kind leadership and literacy development programs. Their flagship program, Intsika YeSizwe Fellowship has turned ordinary citizens into thought-leaders passionate about Africa's development. Nangamso is a published author, an experienced researcher, and program designer. Through her research and publications company, Umthawelanga she plans on publishing more on African history and philosophy. Upon her return, Nangamso plans on expanding the Inqubela Foundation into a self-sustaining trust and to reach out to more schools in the Eastern Cape.
Lesotho
Biography 
Setloke Lekhela has close to ten years’ experience in various fields of the community development sector, volunteering with youth initiatives and for solar cooker projects that assist guardians looking after orphans as a result of the high rate of HIV&AIDS in Lesotho. Setloke holds an associate degree in Events Management from Limkokwing University of Creative technology and is currently working in a junior position as camera operator at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations. Being there roused his interest in expanding his horizons and furthering his studies in the field of International Relations and Professional Communication. He believes his country would benefit greatly from someone with the right skills networking with other countries. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Setloke plans to further his studies and continue working with the youth to irradiate poverty and HIV&AIDS and to grow in public service of the Kingdom of Lesotho.
Ethiopia

Biography

Fregenet Zekiewos Gichamo has over two years’ experience in a government university working mainly as a dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. As such, she is the chief executive officer directing and coordinating activities of the department and other units of the faculty. In addition, Fregenet works on youth development in her community by organizing a program called ‘Generation Empowerment Program’. She is also a volunteer in blood-donation campaigns in her local community and schools.   Fregenet is a medical doctor working as a general practitioner in a hospital. She wants to study obstetrics and gynecology in order to strength her contribution against the harmful traditional practice of female genital mutilation. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Fregenet plans to continue her work on faculty development and against traditional harmful practices. 

Gilbert Nyandeje
Kenya

Biography

Gilbert Nyandeje has over three years' experience in public policy formulation and advocacy. Currently, Gilbert is the executive director and founder of Espoir Center, a Kenyan think tank, where he focuses on public youth policy formulation, advocacy, and training on entrepreneurship across Kenyan universities. Gilbert has skills in cyber-security management and helps organizations across East Africa ensure sound development of cyber-security policies and frameworks. Gilbert also speaks fluent French and English, with basic proficiency in both Spanish and Arabic.   Gilbert holds a master’s degree in Financial Management and Accounting from the National School of Management, Morocco, and other professional Information Technology certifications. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Gilbert plans to continue his work in public youth policy formulation, advocacy, and entrepreneurship training, with a major focus on creating opportunities for the youth.

Harrietta Redd
Liberia

Biography

Harrietta Redd has over four years of experience working in the educational sector of Liberia and has served in several capacities. Harrietta presently works as the executive assistant to the superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), the arm of the Ministry of Education that operates all public schools in Monrovia. She provides administrative and managerial support to ensure delivery of service to public schools. Within her community, she serves as a counselor and activist. She educates the youth on drug abuse and its effects on individuals and society. She also works with women and girls, advocating against domestic violence and abuse while promoting self-empowerment and girls’ education. Harrietta is a candidate for an MBA in Management at Cuttington University Graduate School. After completing the Fellowship, she plans to work with organizations that seek to address issues of empowerment, livelihood, and the protection of women and girls’ rights.

Jude Onwujei
Nigeria

Biography

Onwujei Jude has over four years of experience in public health practice. Through programs for the Nigeria Centre’s for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), he contributes to disease prevention, control, and implementation of public health interventions. He is currently the director of the department of training and leadership development in Jesusteenaglow Missions Foundation (Delta state), a faith-based nonprofit organization, where he develops and teaches leadership training modules and volunteers as a mentor to secondary school prefects. Jude is a postgraduate student with the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP) at the University of Ibadan and is studying Public Health Epidemiology and Medical Statistics. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, he plans to continue his support for public health practice in Nigeria and to build institutional capacity of local organizations involved in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Julia Amukoshi
Namibia

Biography

Julia Shalongo-Shandje Ndinelago holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Namibia. She has three years’ experience in teaching and two years’ experience in lecturing English for international students at the University of Namibia. She currently teaches History to high-school learners. She was responsible for having the master’s degree in English Literature implemented into the University of Namibia's curriculum.   Julia is also an author, having had her first work published in her second year of university. Her latest book was published in 2014. Julia represented Namibia at the SADC Poetry Festival while she was a third-year student. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Julia will use the experience, networking, and knowledge she will obtain in to help young Namibians. She believes that they have the seeds from which Africa's new blossoms will grow. 

Khotso Masheane
Lesotho

Biography

Khotso Masheane is the president of Lesotho Youth Coalition, and a founder of Opportunities for Basotho, an online opportunity hub. He is a youth development advocate and practitioner with 13 years’ experience. Khotso is passionate about youth development, politics, and sustainable development. He is an active member of All Basotho Convention political party. He is currently studying to qualify as a chartered accountant at Lesotho Institute of Accountants. He has served in national and international platforms representing young people including UNESCO, United Nations, African Union, Commonwealth, and SADC. On returning home from the Fellowship, he hopes to convene the first national forum on youth policies, which will bring together all stakeholders to deliberate on the state of Basotho youth, and forge a unified national youth development strategy. He also aspires to open a multipurpose youth center for youth to tackle their pressing challenges, train them, and support their work.