Alumni Fellows

Tanzania
Biography 
Chikulupi Kasaka is a lawyer working with the Parliament of Tanzania where she analyzes bills and laws, drafts private members motions, and prepares the schedule of amendments. She has been active in several committees and organizations including serving as Chairperson of Ruling Party Youth league –UVCCM, Vice President of East African Community Students Union-EACSU, Member of Parliament for Dar es Salaam University Student Government-DARUSO, and Publicity Officer of the University of Dar es Salaam Human Rights Association-UDHRA. As part of her work with the youth led NGO Tanzania Youth Vision Association (TYVA), she advocates for youth engagement in the ongoing new constitutional making process. Chikulupi is a graduate of the Law School of Tanzania and holds an LL.B from University of Dar es Salaam. Upon her return from the Washington Fellowship, Chikulupi plans to further her efforts with TYVA and campaign on youth participation in the forthcoming referendum on the new constitution in Tanzania.
Chad
Biography 
Kinga Nadege Koulouar has over three years of experience in public governance. She currently serves as a SIGASPE Controller for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Tourist Development where she prepares and oversees the human resource and salary management systems. Prior to this position, Kinga was a Program Assistant for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), where she supported the facilitation of inter-party dialogue processes among youth leaders in West Africa. Kinga has considerable experience in simultaneous interpretation and translation from English to French and has worked in a bilingual environment. She received a bachelor’s degree in Constitutional Law and Political Science and masters’ degrees in Public Law and Political Science and Public Administration. Upon completion of the Washington Fellowship program, Kinga plans to mentor young Chadian women leaders in public service with a focus on the development and strengthening of their leadership and communication skills.
Senegal
Biography 
Tchegoun Koba is a young professional with over five years of experience working in economics development, public policy and youth development issues. Currently, Tchegoun is an Associate Technical Expert on child labor and youth employment for the International Labour Organization for West Africa where he focuses on child labor elimination in West and East African countries. Previously, he  was  a Junior Professional Fellow at the United Nations University office in New York where he coordinated several research projects focused on poverty, higher education contribution to economic growth in Africa, aid effectiveness, MDGs, public policy, and economic crisis. As an African Union Young Expert and leader of the international student organization AIESEC in Senegal, he has coordinated several youth empowerment initiatives promoting entrepreneurship, advocacy, and youth participation. Tchegoun holds a bachelor's degree in Project Management and Business Administration, and a master’s degree in Economic Policy and Analysis from Dakar Cheikh Anta Diop University. Upon completion of the Washington Fellowship, Tchegoun plans to pursue a career in socio-economic development by fostering youth development and employment activities across Africa.
South Africa
Biography 
Percy Koji is active in the field of education and working with youth. As part of this work, he has set out to build a community library in his birthplace of Taung. He believes that education is the key for people to escape poverty and hopes to raise more funds to complete this library project soon. Percy is the current Chairperson of the Youth Council in Johannesburg where he is responsible for creating the committee’s economics and finance portfolio. He received a diploma in Tourism in 2005 and a diploma in Intercultural Communications, Gender & Globalization from Fulda University in Germany in 2012. Upon his return from the Washington Fellowship, he plans to raise more funds to complete his library project and develop a mentorship program for youth.
Togo
Biography 
Akouèba Atia Marie-Louise Kponton Quam Dessou is the IT Manager of Bank of Africa Togo since August 2013 and is also the National Vice President of Maritime Region in charge of the coordination of the activities of five local chapters of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Togo. During the past four years, she served as General Secretary in 2010, Vice President in charge of projects and international affairs in 2011, Executive Vice President in charge of the coordination of the whole activities in 2012 and I had the great honor to serve as Chapter President in 2013.
She is committed to helping solve the lack of blood donations used in hospitals. She has worked with the Blood Transfusion Center in order to develop an application that can help remind regular donors of their donation appointment by text messages and calls.
She holds a master’s degree in Management of Informative Systems from the University of Sciences of Fez in Morocco where her studies focused on IT and Management. After completing the Washington Fellowship, she is looking forward to organizing workshops, training sessions and communications for young students to educate them on the basic rules of road safety, blood donation and the advantages of citizenship in thier communities.
Zambia
Biography 
Raphael Kumwenda is a broadcaster with more than 10 years’ experience, with a focus on producing developmental programs. He currently works for the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation  as a producer, with responsibilities including program development and production for radio and television. One of his weekly programs, “Government Forum” seeks to enlist responses from Government ministers on various public concerns. Previously, Raphael worked as a paralegal officer for the Legal Resources Foundation for more than 5 years where he provided pro bono legal aid services and managed the Legal Advice Center in a Matero, one of the most populated constituencies in Lusaka. He contributes regularly to a publication of human interest stories in a monthly bulletin called the LRF News and participates in raising human rights awareness issues on national radio. Raphael has studied media at the Zambia Institute of Mass Communication Educational Trust and World Bank Institute, and has a certificate in Law from the University of  Zambia. Upon completion of the Washington Fellowship, Raphael hopes to apply new skills and knowledge acquired to enhance his efforts at work and in the community to advance good governance practices and promote development.
Botswana
Biography 
Tuduetso Madi is currently working as an administration officer for the Department of Curriculum Development and Evaluation Ministry of Education and Skills Development, and has been responsible for their many human resources and administrative functions since 2012. She was appointed Youth AIDS Focal person for the Month of Youth Against AIDS in 2015 and is on their Poverty Eradication and Community Service Committee. She is a mentor at Bona Naledi, a community development project that seeks to inspire, educate, and empower young people. She served as the Secretary General for JCI Gaborone in 2014. Tuduetso is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Politics and International Relations at the University of Botswana. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she plans to use the skills acquired to make a difference in her workplace and in Bona Naledi Society, by fostering positive change in her community and country as a whole.
Tanzania
Biography 
Tunu Mleli has seven years’ experience in public relations with a strong background in international Relations. Currently, Tunu is a protocol and public relations officer for the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) where she manages communication and promotes community education in corruption matters. She also handles official visits and organizing official events. Tunu participates in raising awareness of university and secondary schools students in anti- corruption and holds a Master’s degree in Development Policy for civil society from the University of Bradford, where she conducted research that focused on the contribution of civil society organizations in fighting corruption in Tanzania. Following the end of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Tunu plans to continue working in engaging and motivating students to actively fight against corruption.
Democratic Republic of Congo
Biography 
Jean Felix Mwema has over six years’ experience in various fields including youth capacity-building, civic engagement, social work, peace-building, intercultural dialogue, and volunteerism. Currently, he is a consultant and training facilitator for several organizations and particularly for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Kinshasa where he focuses on strengthening capacities of political party actors. He also volunteers in several organizations as a trainer and leadership coach for the youth and teaches in the department of peace education at the Maria Malkia University of Lubumbashi. Jean Felix holds a Master's degree in Peace, Leadership and Governance from Africa University in Zimbabwe, as well as two further degrees in Organizational Communications and Information, and Communication Sciences both received from the University of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Jean Felix plans to continue his work in youth capacity building and public management.
Kenya
Biography 
Kennedy Mwikya has close to four years’ experience in macroeconomic policy advocacy and LGBTIQ rights activism in Kenya. Currently, he is an organizer for the Kenya Tax Justice Initiative (K4TJ), where he focuses on advocacy and lobbying efforts to remodel the country’s tax policy to favor economically marginalized groups. He volunteers at the Mayibuye Collective, Africa-wide advocacy groups working on LGBTIQ rights in the continent. Kennedy is in his final year of law school at Kenyatta University in Nairobi. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, he plans to continue with and refocus his work in gender equality and LGBTIQ rights research.
Senegal
Biography 
Fatou has over a year’s experience in project management and is currently working for PYTOD, the company that created and manages Mackymetre.com, a website that promotes good governance and government accountability by giving Senegalese people a tool to keep track, and rate, the President’s actions. As the project manager, Fatou is responsible for the reporting, planning, management, coordination, and communication around the Mackymetre.com project. Fatou is an advocate of community development and besides volunteering with a few associations, is the vice-president and one of the founding members of Precious Gift, an association that promotes blood donation in Senegal (where there are only 4 blood donors per 1,000 inhabitants). Fatou holds a Master’s degree in International Law and International Organizations. Upon the completion of the Fellowship, she plans on launching a project that focuses on women’s empowerment, a topic that is very dear to her heart.
Cameroon
Biography 
Franklin Ngochi has worked for over three years as a Foreign Service Officer at Cameroon’s Foreign Ministry. He currently serves at the department in charge of Cameroon’s relations with European countries and the European Union. He volunteers in the music ministry of his local church and helps young graduates prepare for competitive examinations into Cameroonian civil service schools. Franklin holds a professional Master's in International Relations and a Master's of research in Applied Economics from the University of Yaoundé II. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Franklin plans to continue to continue working with the Cameroonian diplomatic service with a focus on policy research and planning, and to pursue his community volunteering activities.
Senegal

Biography

Maleine NIANG is a  dedicated Professional with a broad background on public policies. With an experience ranging from political affairs to economic development, Maleine is also an academic who has contributed in several research projects linked to democratic transitions and public finances.

At a national level (Senegal), Maleine has worked in Parliamentary Assistance, Civic Engagement, Constitutional reforms and the introduction of Result Based Management in the public administration. 

Maleine also provides support to the African Union's work in other countries through trainings, long term election observation and fact finding/assessment missions. He is an AU legal/political expert trained by the Department of Political Affairs who co-conducted the AU Pre-election assessment mission in Burundi in the month of December 2014.  He has also conducted trainings on election observation with the African Union. 

Presently, Maleine is a researcher at the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar working on Fiscal policies of WAEMU's member states."

Somalia

Biography

Marwa Mohamed is a senior nursing student at Edna Adan University Hospital. She has been actively involved in community service for the past three years, and has dedicated much of her time to youth development, with an emphasis on health and education. She currently volunteers with Somaliland Family Health Association (SOFHA), a national NGO that focuses on providing antenatal care, postnatal care, training, health-care promotion, vaccinations, counseling, and family planning.   In May 2015 Marwa was awarded a grant for her vaccination education proposal, which aimed to improve health care and decrease mortality and morbidity rates of the mothers and children in her community. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Marwa will apply the knowledge and skills gained into further strengthening her service commitments to her local community, with the hope that it will inspire the Somali youth to become actively involved in community service.

Maryse Djimasse-Mobe
Central African Republic

Biography

Drawing on over four years’ employment experience in public relation with various organizations, NGOs, and private companies, Maryse Djimasse-Mobe is currently the executive manager for a recruitment agency in which she trains young people and helps them to find jobs. She is also the public relations officer for the youth socialist party in Central African Republic, the official political party, which she belongs to. She works hard to make people, especially young women, get involved in politics, and choose leaders based on their leadership capabilities, and not because of their ethnicity. She makes people understand that their vote counts in the development of the nation. She is the co-founder of an NGO named ISCA, an organization which supports women’s initiatives. Maryse holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Reims University. Upon completion of the Fellowship, she plans to continue her career empowering women’s leadership in the Central African Republic.

Mary Watson
Ghana

Biography

Mary Watson has been a practicing educator and humanitarian volunteer for the past seven years, who believes in educating, empowering and influencing young people positively to be changemakers in society. Mary is currently the projects officer for Implementers, a multi-sectorial development-management organization, writing literacy content and training teachers for ZE-LEAP, a USAID-funded project to accelerate literacy in Zongo communities.   Mary also creates and designs girls’ empowerment content for the life-skills section of the ASANKA, an electronic educational content-release device through diverse formats like scenario-based games, documents, and interactive quizzes. She’s a feature writer for Parrot Media’s Young and Junior Parrot, a magazine for high schools meant to revive a reading culture in the youth. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Mary intends to run a supply-teaching agency and work on introducing the Montessori teaching model to schools in rural Ghana.

Nigeria

Biography

Olufunto Towobola Akinterinwa is a professional and qualified lawyer in Nigeria. She is the author of a novel, Stranded on Foreign Soil (Ibadan, Bolytag International Publishers, 2011), and also authored Activities of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora under the chairmanship of Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa. She has nine further books awaiting publication. Olufunto invented ‘Bible Board Game’, which is patented under the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. She has been advocating for the protection and advancement of the rights of women and girls in Nigeria for over two years. Olufunto is a member of the Alabaster Jar Foundation, which helps, houses, and counsels abandoned teenage mothers.   Olufunto has effective writing, communication, multitasking, organization, and coordination skills. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Olufunto plans to mentor women and girls in the areas of agriculture, creative writing, and sports.

 

Oluwatobi Victor Popoola
Nigeria

Biography

Victor Oluwatobi Popoola is an antiretroviral-therapy clinician with over three years’ experience in implementing a holistic care and treatment program for people living with HIV/Aids. He is currently the clinical coordinator for Aids Healthcare Foundation in Kogi state, where he oversees state-level implementation of antiretroviral therapy and prevention services while ensuring quality assurance, expansion, and overall improvement of the program in line with the organization’s goals and objectives. He is also a strong advocate for child rights and has championed several community sensitizations to improve the overall outcome of the average Nigerian child.  Oluwatobi has an MBBS degree from the University of Ilorin, where he was trained to cater for the general health needs of the populace. After completing the Fellowship, he hopes to continue his work in ensuring universal access to HIV treatment and improved child welfare through innovative ideas, efficient use of technology, and advocacy to relevant stakeholders.