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Nine Hubert H. Humphrey fellows from emerging democracies and developing countries are spending seven months at the Maxwell School partaking in graduate study, professional development and cultural exchange.
The 2020-2021 cohort hails from Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Montenegro, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Tanzania and Togo.
The fellows’ diverse professional experience and academic interests include public finance, public administration, IT policy and management, NGO management, civil society, and public policy, among other areas.
While at Syracuse University, Fellows engage with students, faculty, civic organizations and their professional counterparts in diverse learning and exchange opportunities. This collaboration can take any number of forms, including as resources for faculty, classes, clubs and organizations.
The fellows are part of a cohort of more than 125 Humphrey fellows from 81 countries. Syracuse University is one of 12 campuses across the country to host fellows.
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program was initiated in 1978 to honor Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and his life-long commitment to international cooperation and public service. The program is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by the Institute of International Education.
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Ms. Piyabelan Bouyo is a technical manager at Mainway, a Togolese company in digital, electrical, and environmental transition. She previously spent 18 years at Togo telecom as Network Switch Manager and Head of Audit and Billing.
During her Humphrey year, she is interested in leadership and strategy skills to make Togo’s policy development more efficient and practical training in local government or private technology organizations. Her goal is to establish an IT consulting
firm to develop a practical framework integrated with Togo’s National Development Plan and U.N. Sustainable Development Goals by incorporating data-driven decision making. Piyabelan earned a Master of Science in Information and Communication
Technology from the Institute National des Postes et Télécommunications, Morocco and Ecole Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications, Senegal.
Ms. Jovana Bulatovic is a UNDP local consultant for strategic planning in the Secretariat General of the Government of Montenegro. She works on improving policy coordination, implementation, and reporting systems. Jovana previously was a policy researcher in several think tanks covering topics such as civil society organizations and public institutions' cooperation. During her Humphrey year, she is interested in policy evaluation, gender mainstreaming methods in policy development, ethics in the decision making, and how to ensure that public officials effectively serve the common good. Upon return to Montenegro, Jovana aims to contribute to the professionalization of public administration, creating best practices to share with other countries. She earned master’s degrees in European studies from the University of Szeged in Hungary and Science Po Lille in France.
Mr. Jordan Dean is a Senior Grants Management Officer for the PNG Science and Technology Secretariat. He has developed grant policies, manuals and accounting system, grant monitoring and evaluation and coordinated research and
development grant applications. He has also been acting Director, Grants Management while his supervisor was away on study leave. During his Humphrey year, Jordan is interested in enhancing his skills in strategic management, public policy,
accountability and governance, leadership and change management, and transformation. Upon return to Papua New Guinea, he hopes to broaden his responsibilities and develop locally relevant science, technology, and innovation policies. Jordan
earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Divine Word University in Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Ramiro Suárez Galán is currently a senior researcher at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness in Mexico City. His role includes managing and supervising research projects with public finances, accountability, open government
and democratic development. During his Humphrey year, Ramiro would like to strengthen his skills in leadership and public policy while exchanging ideas and best practices with colleagues from around the world. When he returns to Mexico he
wishes to work on anticorruption and accountability issues and public policy development, eventually running as an independent candidate in his hometown of Huatulco. Ramiro earned a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the People’s Autonomous University
of the State of Puebla in Mexico.
Mr. Resham Kandel is Under Secretary for the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration. He coordinates with multilateral and bilateral development partners in designing and implementation of programs
and projects. During his Humphrey year, Resham seeks to learn best practices in the public policy process that focus on inclusive and sustainable development and how policymakers use innovative ideas in designing evidence-based policies and
localize national development goals. He intends to use these skills to become a thought leader in public policy in Nepal. Resham earned a Master of Public Policy from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan.
Ms. Doreen Bangapi Mwanyama is the head of research and learning for BBC Media Action in Tanzania responsible for overseeing and managing all research and learning activities across areas of governance, health, gender and social
inclusion, resilience to climate change and humanitarian responses. Her area of interest as a Humphrey fellow includes public administration, technology and innovation, leadership, policy and budget analysis, policy implementation and its
sustainability, global issues and their impact on Africa. After her Humphrey fellowship, Doreen seeks to promote the use of scientific data to policy analysis and empower adolescents to lead healthier life through social and economic well-being
and increase farmers’ value-added products. She earned a Master of Public Administration from Mzumbe University.
Ms. Nompumelelo Radebe is currently Director at South Africa’s National Treasury with responsibilities in public financial management, public policy analysis, and expenditure management. She has also served as Independent Interview
Panel Member in Africa for the Australia Awards Scholarship program. During her Humphrey year, she seeks to acquire skills on data analytics, specifically on how it can be used to inform public policy and decision making, and expand her skills
in global leadership, sustainable development and innovation. Upon return to South Africa, Nompumelelo will advocate for utilization of data analytics and innovation for effective policy development and implementation and improve technical
capacity in public finance and public policy. She received her Master of Public Administration from Australia’s University of Sydney.
Ms. Débora Teixeira is currently the Deputy Manager of the Institutional Relations Unit of Sebrae, the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service in Brasilia. Her role is to implement institutional relationships with public
and private entities, at national and international level. During her Humphrey year, Débora seeks to deepen her knowledge in entrepreneurship and policy formulation, especially in regard to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). After her
Humphrey program, she will continue to better the business environment, collaborating across all levels of government as it relates to public policies. Débora earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations at IESB (Instituto de Educação
Superior de Brasília) and a MBA with specialization in International Relations from the University of Brasília.
Mr. Julio Herrara Toledo is co-founder and executive director of Red Ciudadana, a civil society organization in Guatemala, which aims to develop relations between government and citizens, increase citizen participation, transparency,
and accountability. He develops programs and projects for citizen security, transparency and accountability and open government. During his Humphrey year, Julio will focus on democratic institution building, formulating technology policy,
managing technological change, policy management methodologies, innovation, and digital disruption. When he returns to Guatemala he will focus on formulating technology policy and planning and managing technological change in order to deliver
more opportunities for Central America. He received his master’s degree in Business Management from UNIS Business School in Guatemala.