Meet the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows

Mandela Wash Fellows-YALI 2016The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University is pleased to welcome the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows, who arrived on Thursday, June 16, ready to participate in a six-week public management institute led by Professors Stuart Bretschneider and John McPeak. The program is exclusively designed for them—exploring issues and topics that confront public sector managers on a daily basis. Academic study is augmented by workshops, mentorship, and networking opportunities with leaders in area businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations. Fellows hone their skills and learn best practices to propel their work and create lasting change in their communities.

The 25 young professionals hail from 20 different countries, including Benin, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Fourteen are women and eleven are men.

Fellows come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with experience in medicine, broadcasting and journalism, education, law, government, public relations, and international development.

Learn more about the Mandela Washington Fellows at Maxwell by viewing their personal statements describing what they hope to gain from the program.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and is made possible by the U.S. Department of State and administered by International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). Syracuse University is one of 36 academic institutions across the United States selected to host a group of YALI fellows. 06/29/16