26 Global Leaders Selected as Eisenhower Fellows

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Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) has selected 26 global leaders from government, business and civil society to embark on a seven-week fellowship in the U.S., engaging in a transformative exchange of knowledge and ideas with the leading minds in their fields.

Eisenhower Fellowships (EF) has selected 26 global leaders from government, business and civil society to embark on a seven-week fellowship in the U.S., engaging in a transformative exchange of knowledge and ideas with the leading minds in their fields. These Fellows, representing 23 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania, will participate in EF’s spring Global Program from April 3 to May 19, 2017.

General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships, said these mid-career leaders advance the mission of the premier 63-year-old fellowship program to enhance international understanding and promote peaceful dialogue. “These impressive men and women will serve as outstanding international ambassadors as they travel around the United States and take their place in the Eisenhower Fellowships’ global network of influential leaders,” said General Powell.

Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, vice-chair of EF’s Board of Trustees, said this spring’s Fellows are innovative leaders who apply multi-disciplinary approaches to problem-solving and seek collaboration across geographic borders. “They are diverse, they are dynamic and they are doers,” Whitman said. “We are delighted to help them acquire new perspectives that will allow them to leave their mark on society.”

George de Lama, president of Eisenhower Fellowships, noted that these Fellows will come to the U.S. at an uncertain time around the world when American engagement with the international community is more important than ever. “These ascendant leaders will connect with Americans from all fields in a thoughtful, substantive exchange that will help build bridges and tear down walls,” de Lama said.

The 2017 Global Fellows are thought leaders in agricultural policy, education, health, entrepreneurship, communications, artificial intelligence, music and arts education, immigrant integration and public services.

The 2017 Global Fellows are:

Cecilia Aversa | Argentina
International Cooperation Advisor, Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation

Sue-Ern Tan | Australia
Manager, Access, Shell QGC

Daniela Mendez | Brazil
Country Manager, IE Business School

Chen Dali | China
Director, Division of American and Oceanic Affairs, Ministry of Education

Jamie Lin | Chinese Taipei
Founding Partner, AppWorks

Jonathan Malagón | Colombia
Vice President of Economic and Technical Affairs, Colombian Banking Association

Natalia Ponce de León | Colombia
President, Natalia Ponce de León Foundation

Harri Ketamo | Finland
Chairman of the Board, Headai Ltd.

Katharina Kurz | Germany
Managing Director, Braukunst Berlin GmbH (BRLO)

Moses Tia | Ghana
Executive Director, Savannah Young
Farmers Network

Sangeetha Madhu | India
Director, Chennai Institute of Learning
and Development

Swati Sharma | India
Special Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor, New Delhi

Teguh Dartanto | Indonesia
Director, Undergraduate Program in Economics, University of Indonesia

Benedetta Berti | Israel/Italy
Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies

Kyungsang Yu | Korea
Vice President of Global Strategy, SK Planet

Anita Ahmad | Malaysia
Senior Vice President, Community Development, Hasanah Foundation

Fatima Mohammed | Nigeria
Founder, LikeMinds Project

Jawad Khawaja | Pakistan
Joint Secretary, Establishment Division, Government of Pakistan

Richard Gakuba | Rwanda
Founder and Director, Health Systems Innovations

Diana Mpyisi | Rwanda
Founder and Director, Blue Oceans

Subramaniam Eassuweran | Sri Lanka
Deputy Chairman, Eswaran Brothers Exports

Chevaan Daniel | Sri Lanka
Group Director, The Capital Maharaja Organization

Fredrik Bruhn | Sweden
CEO, Unibap

Dolorosa Gitagno | Tanzania
Regional Manager, Pathfinder International

Selim Dundar | Turkey
Attorney/Partner, Dundar Sir Law Office

Thanh Bui | Vietnam
Managing Director, SOUL Corporation

EF brings together innovative leaders from across geographies and sectors, visionaries who tackle big challenges to better the world around them. Since 1953, nearly 2,000 mid-career leaders from 55 countries have benefited from the unique, customized experience of an Eisenhower Fellowship.

Successful candidates for EF programs are exceptional leaders, around 32-45 years old, eager to advance their personal and professional growth. They commit to lifelong engagement with the organization and its nearly 1,500 active Fellows around the world. 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 their 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.

Jane Grabias
Director, Fellowship Programs
Eisenhower Fellowships

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