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Meet the Mandela Washington Fellows

Mandela Washington FellowsOhio State's cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived on Friday, June 17 and they are more than ready to participate in a six-week Public Management Institute coordinated by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies. The 25 young professionals hail from 17 different countries, including Benin, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Niger, Uganda, Malawi, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia, Guinea, Ethiopia, and Senegal. Fourteen are men and eleven are women.

Fellows come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with experience in public, private, and non-profit work. Fourteen fellows are health professionals with specializations in maternal and child health, dentistry, psychiatry, anesthesiology, pharmacology, veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, food safety, infectious disease, and health management. Seven are in fields related to agriculture and food security, engaged in community development, energy and livelihoods, banking and credit. Several have backgrounds in economic development and planning, and several work with human rights and humanitarian aid concerns.

 Learn more about the Mandela Washington Fellows at Ohio State 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 generous support of the American people through the U.S. Department of State and administered by IREX. Ohio State is one of 36 academic institutions across the United States selected to host a cohort of YALI fellows. For more information, please visit MandelaWashingtonFellowship.state.gov.

Mandela Washington Fellows Bios - PDF document.