Ford Fellows Alumni

Each year, a group of 20-24 emerging leaders from different regions of the world are selected to become Ford Fellows of 92nd Street Y. The program includes a three-week residency in New York City and ongoing communication before and after the residency via telephone and email.

Alumni also have access to a private alumni website.


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_, Shalawati (Indonesia, 2011)

In-Country Consultant, American Jewish World Service (AJWS)

Alleviates poverty, hunger and disease by supporting grassroots organizations, voluntary works, advocacy, education and sustainable development; provides administrative and in-field support to 17 grassroots organizations that assist women, conflict victims, tsunami victims, farmers and children.

Areas Of Inteterest: Children and Youth - General, Economically Disadvantaged Communities - General, Economically Disadvantaged Communities - Rural, Economically Disadvantaged Communities - Urban, Environment and Sustainable Development, Immigrants, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Refugees, Interethnic Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Women and Girls
 

Abalansa, Peter (Ghana, 2004)

Co-Founder and Coordinator, Nyansa Youth Association; Customer Development, Unilever Ghana LTD

Creates self-reliant rural communities that support primary education, proper sanitation, and incentives for young people to stay.

Areas Of Inteterest: Children and Youth - General, Economically Disadvantaged Communities - Rural, Healthcare and Health Education - Sexual and Reproductive Health
 

Abbass, Abbass (Israel, 2011)

Founder and General Director, AlManarah Association for the Advancement of Arab Blind People in Israel

Improves the overall welfare and advances the status of disadvantaged Arab people with disabilities, especially visual disabilities.

Areas Of Inteterest: Ethnic/Religious Minority Communities - Arab, Ethnic/Religious Minority Communities - Jewish, People with Disabilities
 

Abia, Alphonsine Mutabonwa (Rwanda, 2003)

Director, Gaperi Fruits Sarl Gooseberry Farmers Association.

Expands gooseberry farming, products and international sales to address underlying poverty-related issues in rural communities; trains women to lead health education programs. In 2005, served as Coordinator of Psychosocial Services in Darfur for 12 months, an emergency response though CARITAS and ACT (a Catholic-Protestant joint effort).

Areas Of Inteterest: Agriculture, Economically Disadvantaged Communities - Rural, Healthcare and Health Education - Sexual and Reproductive Health, Women and Girls
 

Abu Jaffar, Yousef (Israel, 2007)

Executive Director, Alber Walekha; former Financial Director, Rahat City; currently studying Masters at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Re-organizes and re-builds organization's activities, which include: educational programs for children, students and women; sports teams; religion-oriented activities; charitable assistance for economically-disadvantaged families.

Areas Of Inteterest: Children and Youth - Education, Education - University, Ethnic/Religious, Women and Girls
 

Abu Obaid, Sultan (Israel, 2005)

Deputy Director, Negev Branch, Shatil (The New Israel Fund's Empowerment and Training Center for Social Change Organizations)

Empowers Bedouin Arabs to achieve social mobility and social change through reorganizing and improving the Bedouin Arab Negev education system; secures basic government services for unrecognized villages; achieves Arab-Jewish shared society in Israel by integrating Arabs, particularly Bedouins, into the life of the country.

Areas Of Inteterest: Children and Youth - Education, Economically Disadvantaged Communities - Rural, Education - Skill-Building, Ethnic/Religious Minority Communities - Arab, Family Stability, Immigrants, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Refugees, Interethnic Tolerance and Conflict Resolution
 

Adige, Brinda (India, 2010)

Director and Team Leader, Global Concerns India (ANANYA), mentor-ASTRA, mentor-CHILD Ashram

Finds shelter and provides various aid to domestic violence/abuse victims; facilitates training workshops & activities related to good accountable governance with elected women representatives, plans events, initiates programs and attends meetings relating to the rights of women and children and the right to information; acts as a catalyst or participant when responding to case interventions involving domestic conflicts, lost / kidnapped / missing children. Is involved in campaign against human trafficking of children and women and related human rights / women's rights issues.

Areas Of Inteterest: Family Stability, Human Rights, Sex Trafficking, Women and Girls
 

Ahmadi, Niemat Adam (Sudan, 2007)

Darfuri Liaison Officer, Save Darfur Coalition, Washington DC.

Responsible for coordinating between the Coalition and the Darfuri Diaspora NGOs in the Coalition's advocacy work for Darfur; addresses needs of women from Darfur in exile in East Africa; prepares these women to be ready to participate in political life when peace returns; creates grassroots NGO networks.

Areas Of Inteterest: Democratization, Human Rights, Immigrants, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Refugees, Interethnic Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Women and Girls
 

Ahmed, Shahinaz (Egypt, 2010)

CEO, Education for Employment Foundation (EFE) - Egypt

Empowers young underprivileged Egyptian youth to gain the knowledge and skills needed to secure and maintain employment, thereby becoming socially mobile and slowly breaking down the boundaries of nepotism and marginalization of the poor as non-contributing members of a society.

Areas Of Inteterest: Business, Children and Youth - General, Economically Disadvantaged Communities - General, Education - Skill-Building
 

Akbarzai, Jamila (Afghanistan, 2005)

Founding Executive Director, Afghan Women's Welfare Department (AWWD); Executive Committee Member, Afghan Women's Network (AWN)

Create opportunities for Afghan women through education, vocational training and job placement; provide emergency health care for women; enable women to participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan; cooperate with national and international organizations with similar objectives.

Areas Of Inteterest: Children and Youth - Education, Democratization, Economically Disadvantaged Communities - Rural, Education - Skill-Building, Healthcare and Health Education - Sexual and Reproductive Health, Women and Girls
 
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