Trailblazers From 23 Countries to Embark on Eisenhower Fellowship

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Ascendant leaders from all sectors will exchange knowledge and ideas with leading experts in their fields.

Twenty-four professionals representing every region of the world and a broad range of sectors have been selected as the 2016 Eisenhower International Fellows. These ascendant leaders will embark on a seven-week journey throughout the United States to engage in a transformative exchange of knowledge and ideas with the leading minds in their fields.

“From cyber security to education, cancer research to social entrepreneurship and land policy to arts management, these Fellows are at the vanguard of their fields and strive to serve their societies,” said General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret), chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships (EF). “We are proud of these global leaders and excited to propel them on a journey that will open new paths to fulfill their vision and better our world.”

EF’s 2016 International Fellows are:

Mary Beloff, Argentina
Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot, Belgium
Fernando Koch, Brazil
I-I Chan, China (Taiwan)
Balázs Tóth, Hungary
Anu George, India
Fritz Pasaribu, Indonesia
Oonagh McPhillips, Ireland
Adi Gigi, Israel
Rosalba Striani, Italy
Lorna Irungu-Macharia, Kenya
Bernardo Altamirano-Rodríguez, Mexico
Farzana Yaqoob, Pakistan
Stephanie Caragos, Philippines
Edwin To, Philippines
Dan Manolescu, Romania
Mohammed Abaalkheil, Saudi Arabia
Wahyuni Hadi, Singapore
Vuyisile Phehane, South Africa
Andres Torrubia, Spain
Arch Wongchindawest, Thailand
Onur Eryüce, Turkey
Maxwell Mutema, Zimbabwe

The 2016 International Fellows are exceptional leaders in their countries, representing a diverse mix of private, public and non-governmental fields. Each Fellow will travel independently across the U.S. on individualized itineraries to serve their goals, typically visiting 8 to10 cities and meeting with 60-80 of the top people in their fields. The 2016 program begins on April 4, with a leadership development seminar in Philadelphia. During their travels, Fellows identify specific projects they will undertake upon returning home. “Outstanding, innovative leaders in all fields are essential for successful societies,” said Governor Christine Todd Whitman, chair, Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee at EF. “We welcome this group of dynamic leaders to Eisenhower Fellowships’ influential global network to build on their achievements and reach for even greater impact.”

Successful candidates for EF programs are exceptional leaders eager to advance their personal and professional growth, who can articulate how the fellowship will serve them to produce impactful change and who commit to lifelong engagement with the organization and its nearly 1,500 active Fellows around the world. “This compelling group of leaders will explore the U.S. and bring their own expertise to create a rich exchange of knowledge that is a signature component of the Eisenhower Fellowships journey,” said George de Lama, president of EF. Fellows apply what they learn from their peers and in their meetings with experts in their respective fields to maximize their potential and produce sustained impact through a transformative fellowship experience and collaboration within the EF global network.


Eisenhower Fellowships identifies, empowers and connects innovative leaders through a transformative fellowship experience and lifelong engagement in a global network of dynamic change agents committed to creating a world more peaceful, prosperous and just.

Gypsy Guillén Kaiser
Director of Communications
Eisenhower Fellowships
Tel. +1.215.965.1970

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