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Eleven Hubert H. Humphrey fellows from 10 emerging democracies and developing countries are spending the year at the Maxwell School partaking in graduate study, professional development and cultural exchange.
This year’s fellows hail from Belarus, Brazil, Burkina Faso, India, Latvia, Pakistan, Panama, Russia, South Korea and Tunisia.
The fellows’ diverse professional experience and academic interests include public finance, public administration, IT policy and management, NGO management, public policy, and public-private partnerships, 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 resources for faculty, classes, clubs and organizations
The fellows are part of a cohort of 151 Humphrey fellows from 96 countries. Syracuse University is one of 13 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 and administered by the Institute of International Education.
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Mr. Rodolphe Bance has been a Technical Advisor to the Director General of the General Directorate of Treasury and Public Accounting for the last four years. He provides technical assistance and advice on public finance reforms, policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation of actions, performance evaluations and strategies, and policy design. He also is a member of the Board of Directors. As a Humphrey fellow, he strives to advance his leadership in public administration and public policy effectiveness, building a platform to share knowledge. Rodolphe believes that global development depends on a cultural acceptance and exchanges so he welcomes all those who want to learn or get information in diverse areas of West African countries. He received his master’s in Economic Policy from the University of Cocody.
Ms. Barbara Cecilia Barrios Dumanoir has been working as collaborative projects specialist at the Manzanillo International Terminal in Panama for the past 20 years. She analyzes and documents the processes used by the different departments, designs virtual courses for the learning management system, and coordinates a document standardization project of different departments and terminals. Barbara would like to teach young people and adults of all educational levels and design technology policies that would help support Panama's educational system. She also wants to help improve the way technology is used in order to ease work and education, and increase technology literacy. Barbara received her Doctorate in Education from UNIEDPA and her MBA in Maritime Administration from ULACIT.
Mr. Maxim Glagolev is the Senior Operations Manager in the Augmented Reality (AR) Startup (Itorum MR) which helps to digitalize business processes and operations. Recently, Maxim worked as the Head of the Joint Venture Project at Gazprom StroyTEK Salavat, JSC. Maxim was in charge of the full project management cycle of a compressor production plant development. During his Humphrey year, Maxim seeks to gain outstanding business and technology management skills and widen his network of promising business relations in order to improve the innovative technology development in Russia. He received his MPhil from Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, and an MSc in Energy Systems and Economics and Management from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute. Maxim is also an alumnus of Stanford US–Russia Forum.
Mr. Imran Hamid has been District Administrator for the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2009, acting as principal representative of the provincial government, responsible for supervising and coordinating all departments, including those of infrastructure development at the district level. When he returns to Pakistan, he intends to work in one of the departments of provincial government, preferably health or social welfare. He would also like to introduce initiatives aimed at reducing bureaucratic procedures, introducing ICT, and increasing reliance on empirical evidence for policymaking. Imran completed his master’s in history and political science from the University of the Punjab.
Mr. Seungwan Hwang has worked as the Deputy Director of the Electronic Parts Division for the Ministry of Trade in South Korea since 2009. In this role, he fosters the semiconductor industry, which involves promoting investment projects for private enterprises, responding to trade disputes, and protecting industrial technologies. This is accomplished through cooperating with multiple organizations including private enterprises, affiliated government organizations, foreign counterparts, and local governments. One of his goals is to become an expert who contributes to Korea’s technological innovation and development at the local level. Seungwan is looking forward to the Humphrey program providing an inspiring and academically stimulating environment. He completed his bachelor’s in education of earth science at Seoul National University.
Mr. Marco Konopacki is a political scientist focused on collaborative law and policymaking processes. Some highlights of his professional career include his coordination for the Democracy and Technology department at the Institute of Technology & Society, program implementer at the Secretary of Culture of Rio de Janeiro, and advisor for the Ministry of Justice of Brazil on online public participation platforms for collaborative lawmaking. During the Humphrey Fellowship Program, Marco aims to improve his leadership for public sector projects as well as his management skills in order to lead multi-stakeholder projects regarding collaborative law and policymaking processes. Marco completed his master’s at the University of Parana and is pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Minas Gerais.
Ms. Ieva Krekovska is Head of the Operational Planning section at the Ministry of Defense of Latvia. Her responsibilities include planning, executing and coordinating Latvia's participation in international military operations and missions and developing policy proposals regarding Latvia’s participation in the EU, NATO and UN military operations/missions. Ieva also develops and coordinates Latvia’s position on the EU and NATO crisis management policy and institutional framework. Through the Humphrey program, she is looking to improve her academic knowledge and broaden knowledge on U.S. foreign policy, as well as enhance her professional experience, leadership skills and increase her network across the field. Ieva earned a master’s degree in diplomacy and bachelor’s in political science from the University of Latvia.
Ms. Sreeparvathy S. L. is currently working as the Under Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance. She contributes in the design and implementation of indirect taxation policy, issuing clarification to trade and other stakeholders on service tax, and interacting with other ministries on service tax issues. During her Humphrey year, Sreeparvathy seeks to further her expertise in strategic thinking, HR management and negotiation, and learning customs practices in the U.S. Her future goals include serving in positions of increased responsibility, introducing more IT-driven platforms, and deepening understanding of economic crimes. She received her master’s in economics from Government College for Women Trivandrum and her Ph.D. in social capital from the University of Kerala.
Ms. Kherel Naksyl was most recently the Head of Department at the Service for Financial and Budgetary Supervision for the government of the Republic of Tuva. Her responsibilities included preparing annual audit plans, supervising and leading the audit teams, preparing analytical reports to the regional government on the efficiency and effectiveness of regional programs, and ensuring the achievement of key performance indicators. During her Humphrey year, Kherel seeks to deepen analytical skills and knowledge in economic policy and learn regional economic development best practices in order to contribute to the economic development of her community. Kherel received her Bachelor’s in Foreign Trade Management from the Russian Foreign Trade Academy.
Ms. Hanna Yahorava is the Executive Director at the Regional Press Publishers Association in Belarus where her responsibilities include fundraising, project management, organizing competitions, contests, conferences and leadership programs. Within five years, she anticipates being elected to the Belarusian Parliament or serving in a ministry, with a focus on youth and gender issues. Hanna is interested in the problem of women's participation in public and political life, gender disproportion in decision-making, and women's leadership. During her Humphrey year, she would like to learn how the U.S. overcame issues Belarus is currently facing and to establish connections with international organizations dealing with democratic development and transformation. Hanna completed her master’s in comparative history from European Humanities University (Lithuania) and obtained a diploma in political science from Warsaw University (Poland).
Mr. Nader Zayer was most recently a Public Services Advisor at the Tunisian General Authority of Public-Private Partnerships under the Presidency of the Government. He is responsible for monitoring concession and partnership contracts and ensuring training courses in concessions and public-private partnerships. During his fellowship, Nader seeks to gain leadership, public management, and international cooperation skills to enhance his participation in the development efforts of his country. He plans to continue working to implement an efficient PPP framework as a way to advance the progress of the public services infrastructure in Tunisia. He graduated in statistics and information analysis engineering from the University of Carthage and received an executive post-graduate degree in public administration from the ENA National School of Administration of Tunis.