Meet the Next Generation of Humanitarian Leaders
The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program aims to develop a robust pipeline of humanitarian leaders, offering a unique opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. Through placements with the Coalition at one or more of its members across the globe, Fellows engage in a variety of ways on topics that span the international development and humanitarian sectors. Since 2015, the Coalition has placed over 100 Fellows in more than 15 countries, representing more than 20 nationalities. Below are snapshots of a few Fellows in the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 classes.
Zytlaly Magana Corona
Zytlaly is a first-generation Mexican-American who is in the last stages of obtaining her master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. Zytlaly is passionate about gender quality and empowerment, which is why she is dedicating her master’s thesis on studying how a job’s level of complexity impacts the gender wage gap. More specifically, she is unpacking the social and structural aspects of job complexity and seeing how it has implication on how employers compensate and allocate rewards. In her thesis, she provides research on how society romanticizes leadership, gender norms/gender roles, social conformity, occupational segregation, etc., all factors that help explain why the gender wage gap persists today. Zytlaly hopes to publish her research to help bridge the research literature gap between job complexity and the gender wage gap.
Lindsay Harrington is the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with SOS Children's Villages, the largest non-governmental organization that provides humanitarian and development assistance to children and advocates for their rights around the world.
At SOS-CV, Lindsay conducted an analysis of the United States child welfare system and services landscape to inform the organization's strategic plan for domestic expansion. Using an intersectionality-based policy analysis framework, she produced recommendations for targeted policies and innovative program models geared towards building resilience and reducing vulnerabilities among at-risk populations.
Prior to joining SOS-CV, Lindsay obtained a Master's degree specializing in Policy from Columbia University School of Social Work and held several graduate student roles with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York City and in Namibia with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).
Roa Alhelou is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Women for Women International. She holds a master’s degree in Human Resources from the Catholic University, and has worked in teaching, media, non-profit organizations as well as at a foreign embassy. She is currently preparing for her PHR exam and pursuing a career in HR. Roa loves philanthropy and likes to meet people from different backgrounds.
Roa was born in Algeria and is originally Palestinian. Roa speaks Arabic, English and French. In her spare time, she likes to run, walk and read about health and personal development topics. She also likes to cook and try new middle eastern recipes, which keep her connected to her home country.
Fun Fact: Roa has travelled to more than 20 states and 8 countries abroad. She’s adventurous and likes to try new things.
Akvile Laigoniene is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in London with St Christopher’s Hospice, whose vision is of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to the care and support they need, when and wherever they need.
As societal needs have changed, St Christopher’s responded to meet those needs and has ambitious plans to engage with the communities it serves. Over the past three years, the hospice developed a number of community projects. Compassionate Neighbours is one such project, aiming to connect people with a view to building reciprocal and supportive friendships. Additionally, it enables individuals to support each other in the face of serious long term illness or bereavement.
As a Compassionate Neighbours Community Development Intern, Akvile helps the project coordinator to continue the rolling out of Compassionate Neighbours, drawing on knowledge learned to date and working with colleagues to pursue St Christopher’s ambitions around community action.
It is a learning opportunity to help support the expansion of Compassionate Neighbours, taking a community led approach to end of life care in South East London.
Before the fellowship, Akvile was volunteering at the Hospice as a Compassionate Neighbour and facilitating Bereavement Help Points. Akvile graduated with Master’s degree in economics from Lithuanian Agricultural University.
Maya Gupta is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow and will have the unique opportunity to work with the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT). While at IRCT, she will be working under the Global Anti-Torture Evidence project and supporting with communications outputs, reporting and working with the development of a Common Minimum Dataset. The project is centered on the implementation of the IRCT’s Anti-Torture Database, a clinical record-keeping tool that allows torture rehabilitation centers to collect, securely store and analyse data collected from survivors during their rehabilitation process. Maya has a degree in Sociology from Copenhagen University and a master’s in Human Rights and Democratization from the Global Campus of Human Rights. Before the IRCT, she worked as a health trainee at the Danish embassy in Tanzania and at the Danish ministry of social affairs and the interior.
Kevin Mwangi, IRCT
Kevin Mwangi is a young lawyer who is passionate about providing quality legal solutions in a manner that upholds the integrity and the ethical standards of the profession for the realization of human rights across the globe but with a keen eye for Africa. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and a post graduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law. He currently heads the legal department at the Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU), a member organization of International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT). Under this docket, he works to improve access to justice for victims of torture, violence and discrimination through medical, legal and psychosocial support. This is achieved by pursuing a number of key strategies that include promotion of equality, legal, medical and psycho-social services under one roof; referral to network of professionals; forensic medical documentation for legal services and; psychological documentation for legal redress. He also prepares shadow reports to the international monitoring bodies based on the data collected during the reporting period.
Access to justice is a fundamental right that generally guarantees every person access to an independent and impartial process and the opportunity to receive a fair and just trial when that individual’s liberty or property is at stake. However, access to justice does not always involve judicial recourse but the availability of accessible, affordable, timely and effective means of redress or remedies. In his work of ensuring access to justice through legal and medical documentation, he sources funding to ensure that the work is done pro-bono. He is able to bridge the gap in terms of access to justice being an expensive affair. He also recruits lawyers from the 47 counties to be able to uptake the pro-bono work. He works on ensuring that Kenya honors its international obligation to international laws it has ratified.
Prior to joining the Independent Medico- Legal Unit, he worked as a Program Associate at the Kenya Ethical and Legal Issues Network on HIV & Aids. There he worked on issues of access to safe and legal abortion and sexual and gender-based violence at the county, national and regional level.
Paula Preston, St. Christopher's Hospice
My name is Paula Preston and I work in the UK for St Christopher’s Hospice, whose vision is of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to the care and support they need, when and wherever they need it. The hospice is committed to education and research as well as excellence in clinical care. Its new plan in response to an ageing population is to integrate community action with professional palliative care interventions.
I am supporting the Project Leads of three Community Action Teams in an administrative role, servicing various project meetings, supporting planning and organisation of training and events and providing administrative support for the various monitoring and evaluation requirements of each project.
Previously, I worked for an Adult Community College for 7 years teaching ESOL learners and developing educational programmes relating to Skills for Life and Work. I then trained as an Adult Nurse at King’s College London and worked in the community, specialising in dementia.
Jesus M. Valverde Carnerero, ECPAT International
Jesús M. Valverde Carnerero is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok with ECPAT International, a global network of civil society organizations combating all forms of child sexual exploitation. As a Network Development Intern, he helps the department in establishing regular communications with ECPAT´s members in South America, as well as supports the organization of the Regional Consultation in Taipei, Taiwan, next December. Jesús is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Human Rights and Democratization (Asia-Pacific Regional Programme) at Mahidol University, Thailand. There, he undertook his Master’s thesis on the situation of the freedom of the press in the Philippines during the context of the war on drugs. Prior to studying in Thailand, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Communication at the University of Seville, Spain. Jesús has previously worked as an intern for the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) in the Philippines, UNDP in Turkey, and Artisans Angkor in Cambodia.
Kerim Arhan, Clubhouse International
Kerim is an occupational therapist and has worked in the Fountain house in Malmö since the fall of 2014. However, it is events prior to this that led him to initiate a Club House in Istanbul. He has a background in oriental carpet trading a business that his grandfather brought from Turkey to Sweden in the 1920s. This aside he has lived in England, France and Canada for periods of time and attended a performing arts program in Vancouver in the late-90s after which he went back to his hometown. He divided his time between family business, music and arts and temporarily moved to Istanbul in 2005 after which he kept returning. The course of life changed and Kerim decided to go to university in 2009 during which he did data collection for his thesis and fieldwork and rehabilitation for children in Turkey. Since there is no other rehabilitation in the field of mental health that is similar to the club house model in Turkey he got in contact with the Clubhouse international in the beginning of this year and has arranged meetings educating the Clubhouse Model from his experience in Istanbul that has been met with great enthusiasm from professionals as well as potential future members and their families. Kerim has the intention to start an organisation with the support of the group that has evolved in this process. The goal is to develop a fully functioning clubhouse providing individuals that have experienced mental illness with a platform for meaningful occupation in a social context. A place that challenges stigma and lets people grow at their own pace in a safe and supported environment. The fellowship allows him to deepen his knowledge and gain the tools to make this possible.
The core startup group presently consisting of Berna Bayındır, Alev Büyükinaci, Ali Can Büyükaşık, Belma Haluk, Tamer Giray, Martina Johansson, Selin Kahvecioğlu, Rabia Tüğce Karaman, Başak Uysal, Süleyman Sert and Saadet Yaz.
Maud Ballez, ECPAT International
Maud Ballez is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok with ECPAT International, a global network of civil society organizations combating all manifestations of child sexual exploitation. As a Legal Research Intern, she conducts desk-based secondary researches, drafts country overview reports and supports other work as part of the legal team.
She recently graduated from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights with a LL.M in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. Prior to studying in Geneva, she completed her legal studies in Belgium: she holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles and a Master of Laws – focusing on European Law and Human Rights Law – from the Université Catholique de Louvain. Her most recent professional experiences include working as Legal and Policy Intern for the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, where she conducted legal research on a range of topics as well as advocacy work around the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council. She has also interned for an international law firm and in a judge’s office.
Jake Konig, BRAC USA
Jake Konig is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow and will work alongside the team at BRAC USA in New York City. Jake will support BRAC USA in a number of capacities, most notably in the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative which aims to empower individuals who live in extreme poverty. Jake will also support BRAC as it serves the Rohingya in their humanitarian response effort in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Jake is currently completing his undergraduate studies in Public Policy and Philosophy at the Edward J Bloustein School at Rutgers University. Before BRAC USA, Jake supported education, health and women's empowerment initiatives in India and Nepal with the organization CITTA. Jake has experience working on education initiatives in rural Honduras along with working on nutrition projects in Guatemala.
Stephen SeungKwon Kim, Task Force for Global Health
Stephen Kim is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow and will have the unique opportunity to work alongside TEPHINET, a program in The Task Force for Global Health. While at TEPHINET, he will be supporting the development of a new learning strategy for the global Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) community, working closely with the TEPHINET Secretariat and its newly formed FETP Learning Advisory Council.
Stephen recently graduated from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health with a master’s degree in Public Health in global health. He has experience in health systems strengthening and public health capacity-building, having previously collaborated on a health summer institute needs assessment study for Emory University Religion and Public Health Collaborative (RPHC). He has also interned at the Georgia Department of Public Health Office of Quality, Performance, and Accreditation, supporting accreditation and State Health Improvement Plans (SHIP).
Homaire Rocío Caicedo Quintero, Operación Sonrisa Ecuador
Mi nombre es Homaire Rocío Caicedo Quintero y trabajar para Operación Sonrisa Ecuador. Tengo 41 años de edad y graduada de la universidad Central de Venezuela escuela de enfermería. Actualmente estudio salud pública en la Atlantic International University y docente de enfermería e instructora AHA.
Me considero una mujer muy emprendedora y encantada de ser enfermera. Actualmente estoy realizando mi tesis sobre la incidencia, características de vida, accesos a la salud y la educación del niño fisurado en las poblaciones afrodescendientes del Ecuador. La par trabajo con la Fundación en elaborar el manual del manejo del niño fisurado con énfasis en la lactancia materna.
Trabajo en Fundación Operación Sonrisa Ecuador desde e año 2004 hasta la actualidad 15años, encargada del área de coordinación clínica de enfermería, responsable del área de enfermería del centro de atención del niño fisurado FLAP- ECUADOR, manejo de docencia e investigación en enfermería.
My name is Homaire Rocío Caicedo Quintero and I work for Operation Smile Ecuador. I am 41 years old and graduated from the Central University of Venezuela nursing school. I am currently studying public health at Atlantic International University and am a nursing teacher and AHA instructor.
I consider myself a very enterprising woman and am delighted to be a nurse. I am currently doing my thesis on the incidence, characteristics of life, access to health, and education of the child in the Afro-descendant populations of Ecuador. I am working with the Foundation to develop a manual for the management of the child with an emphasis on breastfeeding.
I have worked at the Operation Smile Foundation since 2004, 15 years ago, in charge of clinical nursing coordination, responsible for the nursing area of the FLAP-ECUADOR child care center, teaching management, and nursing research.
Jerrold Keilson, HelpAge USA
Jerrold Keilson is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow working with HelpAge USA. In his role with HelpAge, Jerrold will undertake a market survey and landscape analysis to assist HelpAge to position itself for new funding opportunities.
Jerrold has worked in the international development and foreign affairs community for many years. He began his career with the U.S. Department of State and has worked in senior positions for several development NGOs, in areas such as education, training, exchanges, program design, project management, and new business development. He has taught courses on global governance, development management and project management, and has published on history and development, development in practice, and public and citizen diplomacy.
Subha Nivedha, ECPAT International
Subha Nivedha is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok with ECPAT International, a global network of civil society organizations combating all forms of child sexual exploitation. As a Legal Research Intern, she conducts desk-based secondary researches, drafts country overview reports and supports other work as part of the legal team.
She is a recent graduate of an Advanced Masters in Public International Law specializing in Peace, Justice and Development from Leiden University, The Netherlands. Her area of interest rests with Gender and Child Rights and has been a vocal advocate for them. She is the founder of MSAAW Foundation, an NGO based in Chennai, India and has also been a TEDx speaker.
Yasmine Aissatou SALLE, Task Force for Global Health
My name is Yasmine Aissatou SALLE, and I am a recent recipient of the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with the Task Force for Global Health. I will spend most of my time at the ESPEN laboratory where I will assist conducting assays to generate data which will be used for making decisions for surveillance, mapping and control of Onchocerciasis in endemic regions.
I was born in Ouagadougou City in Burkina Faso and have lived here ever since. Burkina Faso is a Francophone country, so naturally I speak French. I am from the Fulani tribe. I graduated from the University of Ouagadougou with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical sciences, majoring in diagnostics. I have had intermittent short laboratory experiences working as an intern in various hospital laboratories in Ouagadougou. This was a requirement for the completion of my degree. In addition, I also volunteered to work as a technician at the WHO’s Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) located in Ouagadougou.
Allie King, PATH
Allie King is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with the Nutrition Innovation team at PATH, an international non-profit health organization working to accelerate progress in global health systems and technology. At PATH she is writing content for a publication on staple food fortification in India. Her research is focused on mandatory staple food fortification and its potential to address anemia and poor hemoglobin status as well as improve cognitive function and physical performance.
She is currently completing her Masters of Science in Nutrition with Didactic in Dietetics at Bastyr University and will be pursuing a career as a Registered Dietitian upon graduating. She is an active board member of the Greater Seattle Dietetics Association and facilitates planning and promotion of nutrition events in the community of Seattle. She also volunteers locally with Teen Feed, a program focused on providing meals to homeless and at-risk youth. Prior to beginning graduate school, she spent the last six years working in clinical microbiology laboratories around the Pacific Northwest and volunteering on organic farms geared toward the promotion of sustainable farming practices.
Neha Gauchan, PATH
Neha Gauchan is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok with ECPAT International, a global network of civil society organizations combating all forms of child sexual exploitation. As a Research and Policy Intern, she conducts desk-based secondary researches, drafts country overview reports and supports other works at the research and policy program.
Neha is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Human Rights and Democratization (Asia-Pacific Regional Programme) at Mahidol University, Thailand. She is also a European Union scholarship recipient from the Global Campus of Human Rights. Prior to studying in Thailand, she studied at Ateneo De Manila School, Philippines, which is one of the regional partner universities of the Master of Arts - Asia-Pacific Programme. She undertook her Master’s thesis on a human rights-based approach to access to sexual health services among transgender women in Kathmandu, Nepal. Neha previously worked as an intern in Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) in the Philippines, Teach for Nepal in Nepal, and OpenM in Vietnam.
Anna Mowell, PATH
Anna Mowell is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Seattle, WA with PATH, a global organization that works to accelerate health equity through technological development, innovation, and collaboration. As a fellow, Anna is working with the Nutrition Innovation team of PATH’s Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition Program to characterize the nutritional quality of various plant proteins and explore their potential to help meet the nutritional needs of vulnerable populations in low- and middle-income countries. Her work supports PATH’s efforts to explore the extent to which alternative high-quality protein sources may help support global nutrition in a more environmentally sustainable manner than protein from animal-source foods.
Anna is currently enrolled in the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Washington where she is pursuing a Master of Public Health and training to become a registered dietitian. Upon graduation, she plans to engage in work that implements policy, systems, and environmental change to address the upstream determinants of food access and nutritional status. Prior to her graduate studies, she received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Emory University and worked in clinical research at Johns Hopkins.
Elizabeth Heideman, Humanity & Inclusion
Elizabeth Heideman is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Humanity & Inclusion (HI), an international NGO that works alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions, and promoting respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. As a fellow, Elizabeth is supporting the Inclusive Livelihoods division, which implements economic empowerment projects in more than 35 countries. In her role, she is leading a project to streamline knowledge sharing across the division and is developing a series of capacity statements to effectively communicate HI’s work across 84 field projects. Elizabeth has also conducted desk research related to youth with disabilities in the MENA region.
Prior to her fellowship, Elizabeth recently earned her Master’s Degree in International Human Rights from UCL (University College London), where she focused on the rights of persons with disabilities, children’s rights, and refugee/asylum policy. She has previous experience working with global NGOs and has served as a fellow on international development for the National Democratic Institute and interned with Save the Children. Elizabeth has also worked as a journalist on disability rights and social justice.
Greg Coussa, Tostan
Greg Coussa is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow supporting Tostan in an advisory role for upcoming projects related to strategy and operations. Greg is the Strategic Director of Meltwater, a media intelligence company who provides media monitoring and social media monitoring to help companies grow and build brand. Additionally, Greg is a senior fellow/strategy consultant for the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) based at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Greg also serves on the Board of Directors for the BOMA Project, a high-impact nonprofit for ultra-poor women in the drought-threatened arid lands of Africa – the true “last mile” of economic and social isolation.
Formerly, Greg founded and managed Spring Impact USA, a consultancy focused on helping social ventures scale up geographically. During his time at Spring Impact, Greg spearheaded the US office’s strategy, while contributing to the global entity’s strategy as a key member of the executive team. In the US, he built and managed the board of directors, the team, and the key business functions, including finance, HR, and marketing. Greg led the growth of the business from zero revenue to over $1M USD in annual earned revenue, helping create Spring Impact’s brand in the US market. He oversaw a portfolio of domestic and international projects in the social sector, including work with the Hewlett Foundation, PSI, Sistema.bio, Rent to Own, Foundation for Ecological Security, the Shell Foundation, Lava Mae, The BOMA Project, and USAID|Senegal.
Globally, Greg spearheaded the development of an organizational culture index and the standardization of internal policies, processes, and procedures, to support quality control as the organization scaled from a few employees, to over 25 across the UK and US. Greg has spoken on the topic of scaling impact internationally. Previously, Greg was a consultant at a boutique strategy and management consultancy serving mid and large cap financial services companies in the US.
Greg received his MBA from the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, and his Bachelor’s degree in business-economics from UCLA, graduating cum laude, with university honors, and department of economics honors.
Published work includes:
* Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR): To Impact Millions, the Social Sector Needs to Scale Scaling Up
* Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR): Enough Innovation Already!
* What Small & Growing Businesses Need to Scale Up: The Case for Effective Technical Assistance
* The Social Replication Toolkit
* No “One-Size-Fits-All” When Scaling
Jennifer Yoon, Fountain House
As a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, Jennifer Yoon will support Fountain House in conducting consumer-informed research into community-based ("clubhouse") recovery interventions for severe mental illness in three approaches: (1) population health, (2) psychosocial function, and (3) recovery narratives.
Isak Christensen, HelpAgeUSA
Isak Christensen is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Washington, D.C. with HelpAgeUSA. Originally from Denmark, Isak is studying to get his Bachelor in Political Science, with a Hispanic Studies Minor, at Davidson College in North Carolina. He has previously interned at a Danish non-profit that works to engage young people in society. In the US, he has volunteered at a small housing non-profit that works towards sufficient affordable housing in Davidson, NC. This summer, in his role with HelpAgeUSA, Isak will work with social media and website development, and as part of this, will work on Google Analytics and Google Ads.
Malat Habtewold, Amref Health Africa
Malat Habtewold is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Amref Health Africa, the largest Africa-based international non-government organization that works to ensure every African can enjoy the right to health services by helping create vibrant networks of informed communities that work with empowered health care providers in strong health systems. Malat is focusing on Knowledge Management, M&E and Communications. She’s supporting, facilitating knowledge & Information Management related to implementation of Amref programs, including documentation of all key best practices & learnings.
Before the fellowship, Malat worked as Health Care Analyst at Centene Corporation, managing and compiling health care reports across the country benefiting Northern TRICARE region of the United States. Malat holds a Master’s degree in public Health Concentration in Epidemiology from Eastern Virginia Medical School and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Marshall University.
Akshatha Kiran, Partners In Health
Akshatha Kiran is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Boston, MA with Partners In Health, an international NGO that serves to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care by helping build and maintain high-quality health systems in resource-limited settings. Akshatha is analyzing the implications of the US government’s global health projects as they relate to Partners In Health and supporting efforts to bring forth universal health coverage. She will partake in projects to develop an upstream perspective of the non-profit realm by mapping consortium partners and assisting with grant proposals for the delivery of innovative tuberculosis regimens.
Before and after the fellowship, Akshatha serves as a Director at a student-run free clinic in New Haven, CT. She works to provide high-quality rights-based care in a domestically resource-limited setting. She also volunteered at Vivekananda Memorial Hospital in Saragur, India, where she analyzed incidences of preterm labor amongst the local population. Following the fellowship, Akshatha will finish her MPH at the Yale School of Public Health and hopes to serve as a bridge between patients and policymakers through the role of a physician to ensure that policies created meet existing needs.
Mary Dimitrov, HelpAge USA
Mary Dimitrov is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Washington, D.C. with HelpAgeUSA, a nonprofit that promotes the rights of older people to live healthy and dignified lives. Mary is focusing on HelpAge’s content development, research, and digital marketing. She is writing content for HelpAge’s website, emails and social media content including long form pieces requiring research into various thematic areas such as gender, global health and human rights.
Before the fellowship, Mary interned at the Department of Justice at the Office of Public Affairs, facilitating communication between the DOJ and media. She also writes for The University of Maryland’s independent student newspaper. At the University, Mary is pursuing a double major in Journalism and Public Policy.
Marguerite Hansen, Landesa
Marguerite Hansen is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at Landesa, a non-profit organization committed to securing legal land rights for communities across the globe as a fundamental tool of poverty alleviation. She works as a research intern at Landesa’s Beijing office and is focusing on her comparative reports, contrasting China’s land practices with those in other countries.
Margo is pursuing a degree in Urban Studies and Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University in the city of New York. She is the current sitting concertmaster of Columbia University Orchestra, as well as the Fundraising Executive at Columbia’s Circle of Women, a non-profit organization that collaborates with communities and local organizations to help develop solutions to increase girls’ access to education.
Margo has additionally volunteered and interned and various other organizations including International Bridges to Justice, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the basic legal rights of individuals in LEDCs, specifically the right to legal representation.
Patient Kwizera, Clubhouse International
Patient Kwizera is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Clubhouse International, an organization that helps to start and grow Clubhouses globally where people with mental illness can go to get their lives back. Patient is receiving hands-on experience and training necessary to start a Clubhouse. Along with training, he will receive advisory support while putting into practice the action plan created in the first half of the fellowship.
Patient is currently an Administration and Logistics officer at HQ Peat Co and the co-founder of Build2Heal International. For many years, he volunteered as a trainer in peacebuilding, conflict mediation, critical thinking, genocide history and prevention, transitional justice and reconciliation, good governance, and human rights. As a peace builder, Patient is an Alumni of the Peace Building Institute. He has acted as a program planner for many various local non-governmental organizations and is a trainer in facilitating discussions using critical thinking skills. He graduated from Mount Kenya University with a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science and a Certificate in Peace Studies and Conflict resolution from the Peace Building Institute.
Jenny Elibeth Gómez Medina, Casa Alianza
Jenny Elibeth Gómez Medina is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Honduras with Casa Alianza (Covenant House), a nonprofit providing shelter, food, immediate crisis care, and an array of other services to homeless and runaway youth. Jenny is researching, identifying, and introducing strategies that increase and diversify funding initiatives in Honduras. As well, she will partake in other funding engagements including major donor development, corporate giving, digital fundraising, government funding, private foundations, peer to peer, and crowd fundraising initiatives.
Before the fellowship, Jenny consulted for the Philharmonic Choir Association of Honduras and was an assistant manager with DIPROFESA. Jenny has a Master's degree in project management from the Universidad Tecnologica Centroamericana and a Bachelor’s degree in international relations and affairs from Universidad Catolica de Honduras ' Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz'.
Maria Colimão, St. Christopher's Hospice
Maria Colimão is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in London with St. Christopher's Hospice, a nonprofit that exists to promote and provide skilled and compassionate palliative care of the highest quality. As a Fellow, she is a part of the Compassionate Neighbor's Program, an innovative community-led approach to end of life care. Her role is part of a collaborative approach enabling transformational change in society around death, dying, and loss – being enacted by St Christopher’ Hospice together with seven other hospices in London and surrounding counties. Maria is providing administrative, facilitation, and partnership support for the program.
Maria has been a qualified social worker for the past 16 years. She has worked in home care settings with the elderly, enabling people to make decisions around their care and future living arrangements. Maria has an MCs in Palliative Care from the University of Lisbon and a certificate in counseling from Heart and Mind.
Daniela Kazuko Münzel, ECPAT International
Daniela Kazuko Münzel is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok with ECPAT International, a global network of civil society organizations combating sexual exploitation of children in all its forms. As a Fellow, Daniela leads the corporate website refresh, liaising with web developers and suppliers and drafting web architecture and content for the new site. Through consultation with staff and senior management, she is developing and writing a social media policy for the organization. As well, she is generating new content and materials for use in ECPAT’s external communication.
Daniela is not new to the development sector having previously worked with Street Child of Nepal, an organization that designs and provides inclusive education to promote rights and opportunities for children in marginalized communities. She is also an experienced freelance German, English and Japanese translator and editor. Daniela has a Masters in Global Mental Health from King’s College London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Leicester, UK.
María del Carmen Orantes García, Casa Alianza
María del Carmen Orantes García is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Guatemala with Casa Alianza (Covenant House), a nonprofit providing shelter, food, immediate crisis care, and an array of other services to homeless and runaway youth. Maria will be working on documenting Casa Alianza’s 25-year-old therapeutic model of care for young girls who are survivors of human trafficking and sexual abuse.
María has been a social science researcher and clinical psychologist for the past 17 years spending much of her time on mental health in communities and organizations. As a consultant for INGOs, María has worked internationally including Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador. She has a Master’s degree from the Universidad de La Habana.
José Miguel Guzmán Rojas, IRCT
José Miguel Guzmán Rojas is currently based in Chile as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, working at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victim’s (IRCT) Secretariat. As a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, José will support CINTRAS, a member of IRCT, in the submission of a report to the United Nations (UN) Committee against Torture’s review of Chile as well as the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Chile. José has been a social worker at CINTRAS for over 28 years supporting people and their families who have experienced torture.
Henry Emisiko, Task Force For Global Health
Henry Emisiko is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with the Task Force for Global Health (TFGH), an INGO with a mission to control and eliminate diseases and build durable health systems to protect and promote health. Henry is working with TFGH through the Kenya Medical Research Institute’s Eastern and Southern Africa Centre of International Parasite Control. The institute serves as the regional reference center for parasite control and elimination and capacity building. At the Center, they are working on operational research to develop an M&E strategy to guide triple drug stopping decisions of lyphatic filariasis in Kenya in partnership with TFGH’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center.
Henry is a research scientist based in Kenya with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Biomedical, and Molecular Biology from Kenyatta University. He holds a certificate in leadership development and mentorship. Formerly a volunteer with the Kenya Red Cross working for humanitarian assistance in areas of disaster response, evaluation, and community outreach.
Mia Perez, BRAC USA
Mia Perez is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with BRAC USA, an organization that develops and implements cost-effective, evidence-based programs to assist the most marginalized people. Mia works with the Learning, Empowerment, and Adolescent Development team. In her work, Mia has supported the development of the youth strategy guiding BRAC's work around adolescents, particularly girls, in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also supporting the development of a toolkit which presents and disseminates the approach and learnings collected from one of BRAC's early education models. The toolkit will equip BRAC's partners and international early childhood development stakeholders with the tools to learn from, adopt, and contextualize the model.
Mia recently graduated with a Master of International Affairs in Economic and Political Development from Columbia SIPA. For her final capstone project at SIPA, Mia worked with international NGO, Covenant House International, in Nicaragua to conduct a sustainability analysis of their income-generating initiatives to maximize their potential to become financially solvent and achieve positive social impact on the livelihoods of formerly homeless youth. Mia hopes to continue her work in developing programs that create education and workforce opportunities for youth domestically and internationally.
Thuvarakai Kandasamy, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims
Thuvarakai Kandasamy is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT). She is part of the GATE (Global Anti-Torture Evidence) project, which brings together 15 different torture rehabilitation centers across 5 regions. The project aims to improve the rehabilitation services provided to torture victims and to fight impunity through evidence-based advocacy. The project is centered around IRCT’s innovative Anti-Torture Database (ATD), a clinical record-keeping software that allows torture rehabilitation centers to securely store and analyse the data collected from torture victims during the rehabilitation process.
Thuva recently completed her master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC) and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Global Development at the University Copenhagen. She is in process of writing her master thesis, focusing on the intersection between national identity and legal identity in Diaspora communities'.
Oyuntugs Bayaraa, Clubhouse International
Oyuntugs (Oyut) Bayaraa is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Clubhouse International. She works to end social and economic isolation for people with mental illness by growing the number and quality of Clubhouse rehabilitation programs worldwide. Oyut is working with Clubhouse International to design and implement the first Clubhouse in Mongolia.
Oyut has a bachelor’s degree in Japanese-English Translation from the National University of Science and Technology in Mongolia. After school, she became a translator and Interpreter for both domestic and international non-governmental organizations. During this time, she became ill and was placed under a doctor’s care. Unknowingly, the medication the doctor prescribed caused Glaucoma. This led to blindness and an inability to perform her duties as a translator. After four years of negative thoughts, Oyut overcame her mental and physical challenge by discovering meditation and mindfulness.
Now, Oyut is a Fulbright scholar working on a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Arkansas. She plans to return to Mongolia bringing her learnings to support underserved people in her country.
“My blindness has led me here and hopefully has pathed a way to my future.”
Paola Aceto, ECPAT International
Paola Aceto is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok with ECPAT International, a global network of civil society organizations combating sexual exploitation of children in all its forms. As a Programme Fellow, Paola supports the team focused on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism (SECTT) and The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. She helps manage the social media and websites, translating to and from Spanish and English, preparing material for the Latin American region, and liaising with partners.
Before joining ECPAT, she trained as a Modern Languages teacher in the United Kingdom and taught English in Ecuador. She gained experience in digital communications as a web editor for a private travel company and as a marketing assistant for a short film competition on Modern Slavery. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development from the University of Bristol, and her main interests are Children’s Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Abena Agyei-Boateng, SOS Children's Villages
Abena Agyei-Boateng is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with SOS Children's Villages, the largest NGO in the world dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children. Abena works with the Branding, Communications, and Marketing team as their Marketing and Communications Fellow. Her work at SOS encompasses media relations, pitching to social media influencers, strategic marketing, and communications among other roles.
Abena holds a Masters Degree in Communications and Development from Ohio University. During graduate school, she worked as a public relations specialist for the LIGHTS Regional Innovation, supporting entrepreneurship programs in the surrounding economically challenged areas. She earned her undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from the University of Ghana.
Adrien Gaussen, Aravind Eye Care System
Adrien Gaussen is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in South India with the Aravind Eye Care System, the largest eye care provider in the world that aims to one day eliminate needless blindness. While with Aravind, Adrien has been helping develop a process for the creation, testing, and utilization of patient educative materials. Patient education is a large part of Aravind's mission to increase awareness of the importance for eye care and ensuring compliance.
Adrien is a strategy and marketing consultant in the life science industry, based out of Boston. Growing up in areas of conflict due to his father's work running refugee camps for the UNHCRH, Adrien has been involved with humanitarian work since birth. He’s also done volunteer work with NGOs in Kenya (Hand in Hand East African - microfinance), worked in South Africa (Conservation at the Imfolozi game reserve & in the Drakensberg mountains), and worked on a variety of initiatives in the Northeast of the US (specifically with regards to immigration, community building, and aiding the disabled).
Sarah Allen, BRAC USA
Sarah Allen is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with BRAC USA, the US-based affiliate of BRAC, one of the world's largest international development organizations headquartered in Bangladesh and active in 11 countries. Ranked the number one NGO in the world, BRAC is known for implementing low-cost, evidence-based poverty innovations at scale in extremely poor, conflict-prone, and post-disaster settings. Sarah supports BRAC USA’s Communications and Business Development teams to build brand awareness in North America and mobilize resources to underpin BRAC programs in education, healthcare, financial inclusion, agriculture, girls empowerment, and human rights.
Previously, Sarah has worked with Outreach360, an NGO focused on education and youth empowerment in Latin America, and Community Empowerment Network, a nonprofit implementing economic development programs related to financial inclusion, agriculture, and community-based tourism in Brazil. She has also worked in the education sector as an early childhood educator at a bilingual school and as an English teacher in Querétaro, Mexico. Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.
Alexandra Barber, SOS Children’s Villages
Alexandra Barber is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at SOS Children’s Villages (SOSCV), the largest NGO in the world dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children. She works as the Marketing and Fundraising Fellow for the Marketing team. In this role, she maintains donor relations, conducts research on SOSCV programs and initiatives, as well as facilitates marketing and fundraising strategies.
Alexandra recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. While at university, she also completed business marketing courses at Novanica Business School in Paris, France, during her semester abroad. Since graduating, she wishes to pursue a career in international development.
James Eckford, ECPAT International
James Eckford is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok with ECPAT International, an organization that is at the forefront of the fight against sexual exploitation of children. As the Fellow for the program against the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism, James directly supports the Head of Program in all project-related tasks, compiling news, managing the website, as well as providing support to The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.
James is a recent graduate of the European Master’s in Human Rights and Democratization, in which he had the opportunity to study in both Venice and Budapest and completed his thesis on the phenomenon of pollution protesting. Prior to his master’s, he taught English for three years at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. During this time, he also became proficient in Mandarin.
Vida Garcia, Global Impact
Vida Garcia is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Global Impact, the Hilton Prize Coalition’s Secretariat. Vida supports the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship and Storytelling Programs.
Vida is a recent graduate of Florida International University, FIU, where she completed a double major in International Relations and Political Science, complemented with a minor in Asian Studies and a certificate in Latin American and the Caribbean Studies. Her passion for international affairs and foreign languages led Vida to study abroad at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea. During her time in South Korea, Vida not only developed an affinity for the language and culture of the country, but she was also an active member of the Hanyang International Volunteer Association, an organization dedicated to serving the community and fostering lasting relations between international and Korean students.
Back home in Miami, Florida, Vida volunteered with the American Red Cross working throughout the evacuation of Monroe County during hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Vida also volunteered for the Panthers Around the World program at FIU, through which she was able to help multiple international students adjust to American university life, while simultaneously perfecting her fluency in Spanish and Italian.
Shazzad Khan, Aravind Eye Care System
Shazzad Khan is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in India with Aravind Eye Care System. Shazzad provides guidance on efforts to codify design thinking into Aravind's continuous improvement and innovation processes.
Prior to the fellowship, Shazzad spent eight years at BRAC in Bangladesh, where he led a team specializing in behavior research and intervention design to develop products and services customized for people with limited incomes. His project areas included health, education, microfinance, urban fire prevention, human rights, and road safety. In 2018, he published a tailored handbook on human-centered design for BRAC staff and other practitioners.
Shazzad is a trained visual artist and studied fine arts at the University of Dhaka. He now applies his creativity to human-centered design, innovation for social change, and devising simple solutions. Along with painting, he also loves reading and playing soccer.
Deniz Kocas, Fountain House
Deniz Kocas is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Fountain House, an organization addressing the impact of serious mental illness in New York City whose programs have been replicated in 34 countries across the globe. Deniz is working with the External Affairs team to plan the Healthier Longer Lives for People with Serious Mental Illness international conference and also focuses on data and metrics improvement throughout the organization.
Deniz is studying for her MA in Psychology at The New School and is aspiring to become a clinical psychologist. She trained as a pharmacist in the United Kingdom and completed graduate studies in psychology and health policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has worked within the National Health Service in England, the pharmaceutical sector in Belgium and Turkey, and has experience with Doctors Without Borders in New York City.
Justine Lewis, HelpAge USA,
Justine Lewis is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with HelpAge USA, which advocates for and empowers older persons to secure active and healthy lifestyles. In this capacity, she focuses on the organization's humanitarian programs, conducting research and partnership building.
Justine is currently a student at Binghamton University in New York, pursuing a PhD in Community Research and Action with a focus on refugee affairs. Most recently, she was a Public Affairs Specialist and Acting Deputy Director of Public Engagement, working for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs. She joined USAID in 2014 as a Presidential Management Fellow. Prior to her work at USAID, Justine completed a Master's in Public Administration (2013) from Cornell University's Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, with a focus on non-profit management. She also holds an additional Master's degree in Human Development (2011) from Cornell University's School of Human Ecology.
Izehi Oriaghan, Landesa
Izehi Oriaghan is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Landesa in Washington D.C. Landesa is an international non-profit working to secure land rights for the world’s poorest families: rural people who live on less than two dollars a day. Landesa places a special focus on protecting land and inheritance rights for women and girls. Izehi works with Landesa’s Global Advocacy Team to research, design and craft messaging for an emerging women’s land rights campaign that seeks to elevate land rights on the global agenda.
Izehi is currently a graduate student and Rotary scholar at the Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas, where she is pursuing a Master of Public Service. Prior to enrolling at the Clinton School, Izehi earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (2010) at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. She also worked for over five years as a Senior Administrative Officer with the Lagos State Waste Management Agency where she supported the agency’s partnership activities at domestic and international levels to create opportunities for funding and technical exchange on waste management and climate change related initiatives. After her Masters, Izehi intends to pursue a public service career in international development and women’s empowerment.
Sara Owens, HelpAge USA
Sara Owens is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with HelpAge USA in Washington, D.C. HelpAge International is a global network of organizations promoting the right of all older people to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives. As the programs and marketing fellow, Sara assists in building partnerships with corporations and foundations and supports the staff on special projects such as HelpAge’s Gender-Based Violence study and the ADCAP program.
Sara has experience working with international humanitarian organizations and wishes to pursue a career supporting women’s empowerment programs in developing countries. In 2017, Sara graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in International Studies and Spanish.
Lauren Perkins, Humanity & Inclusion
Lauren Perkins is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Humanity & Inclusion (HI) in Silver Springs, MD. Humanity & Inclusion is an international development organization that supports people with disabilities and vulnerable populations in situations of poverty and exclusion. Lauren will support HI in promoting the right to health for people with disabilities through desk work and participation in global health-related events in Maryland and DC.
Prior to this fellowship, Lauren earned a Masters of Science in International Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London where she focused on Gender and Development and Political Economics as well as a range of pressing development topics concerning the Global South. She has gained invaluable field experience in both Lebanon and Jordan working with refugee agencies. In Lebanon, she worked in over 30 refugee settlements in Beqaa Valley, Lebanon and assisted in aid distribution, education, and communications. She was an intern in Amman, Jordan with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) where she worked on Education in Emergencies for Palestinian refugees and communications. Previous to this, she also worked with different NGO’s refugee assistance programs and at-risk youth both in the United States and abroad. Lauren received her Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy, and she continues to use her foundations in psychology and philosophy for international development to make impactful change around the world. She wishes to pursue a career in gender and development.
Amy Roll, PATH
Amy Roll is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with PATH, an international health organization driving transformative innovation to save lives. Amy works with PATH’s Nutrition Innovation Team on data-driven reports.
Amy is currently pursuing her MPH at the University of Washington with a focus on global health. Previously, Amy worked in PATH’s Advocacy and Public Policy department. Amy then spent a year in Uganda as the Advocacy and Partnerships Coordinator and a Global Health Corps Fellow. There, she was responsible for creating an advocacy strategy, managing cookstove programs, grant writing, and supporting the monitoring and evaluation of programs. While in college, Amy spent a summer in Saint-Louis, Senegal volunteering as a French teacher at a local kindergarten and a center for orphaned children where she helped institute weekly soccer matches. She hopes to continue working at the intersection of health and conservation in the future
Amy is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended the University of Puget Sound where she pursued a degree in French, International Relations, and International Business. Amy loves skiing, hiking, playing soccer, cooking, and reading with her book club.
Sunethra Sathyanarayanan, ECPAT International
Sunethra Sathyanarayanan is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with ECPAT International, a global network of organizations working on combating all forms of sexual exploitation of children. As a research intern, Sunethra supports the Research and Policy program. She helps draft country overview reports and supports other research and policy initiatives.
Before joining ECPAT, Sunethra completed her Advanced Master Program in Public International Law with a specialization in Peace, Justice, and Development at Leiden University, the Netherlands. During her graduate studies, she worked as a Research Assistant in the Kalshoven Geikes International Humanitarian Law Clinic in the Grotius Center for International Studies. Her main areas of interest are international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
Rounida Shwaish, Women for Women International
Rounida Shwaish is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Women for Women International, an organization that helps marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict by offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Rounida works with the organization’s Human Resources department to conduct research related to capacity building and learning management systems.
Rounida is currently a graduate student in Human Resource Management at Georgetown University. Prior to this, she was the Community Organizer for a resident-driven community development organization. In her Community Organizer role, she worked to strengthen and support neighborhood schools and build family and community engagement around education. Rounida has worked with various nonprofits to promote social justice, racial justice, and education reform. She earned her Bachelors in Sociology from Juniata College in 2015.
Ryan Pilkington, Operation Smile
Ryan Pilkington is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Virginia with Operation Smile, one of the largest medical volunteer-based nonprofits in the world that creates solutions to deliver free surgery to people where it’s needed most. Operation Smile engages public-private partnerships to advance health care delivery, train local medical professionals to provide surgical care for patients in their communities, donate crucial medical equipment and supplies, and increase access to surgical care so that everyone living with cleft is treated.
As a fellow, Ryan supports the development team of Operation Smile’s headquarters and serves under the Office of the President, working on a day to day basis with the organization’s co-founder, Kathy Magee. Ryan’s work for the organization spans from planning events for the nonprofit’s 2018 International Student Leadership Conference to assisting the conference staff on the ground in Seattle, Washington. He also researches top foundations or donors and works with Operation Smile’s co-founder to pursue those leads.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of Richmond pursuing a major in biology with a minor in business. After graduating, Ryan hopes to attend dental school. Operation Smile’s mission statement goes hand in hand with Ryan’s future career, ultimately driving his return to the organization to volunteer when he’s a dentist in the future.
Megha Seehra, Operation Smile
Megha Seehra is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in India with Operation Smile, an international medical service organization headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Operation Smile provides free surgeries to children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate, or other dental and facial conditions. As a Program Fellow, Megha supports the foundation with the logistics and execution of patient recruitment camps in remote areas of India identified for medical missions. She is also investigating patient recruitment practices to inform the larger strategy and is assisting in developing a program for future students/fellows in the field.
Megha graduated with a Journalism and Mass Communication degree from Amity University, Kolkata, with a specialization in Public Relation and Events. She attended the International Students Leadership Conference 2017 by Operation Smile in Rome and also supported the coordination of the medical missions in India. Currently, Megha is preparing for her Master’s in Public Health and Communication. She believes in positive energy and getting inspired by people around her.
Hannelore Van Bavel, Tostan
Hannelore Van Bavel is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Tostan, an international organization that empowers African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. Hannelore works with Tostan to evaluate the organization's impact on the practice of female genital cutting.
Hannelore is currently a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and a SOAS Research Studentship holder. Her research project focuses on the construction and diffusion of discourses on female genital cutting. As part of her research project, she was a research associate at Orchid Project, a London based organization and partner of Tostan, that is working to end female genital cutting worldwide.
Hannelore holds a Master of Science in Sociology with a Major in Conflict and Development and a Master of Arts in Gender and Diversity. During the latter, she interned as a research associate on the topic of female genital cutting at the International Centre for Reproductive Health at Ghent University, Belgium.
Catalina López Montero is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Mexico with Casa Alianza (Covenant House), a nonprofit providing shelter, food, immediate crisis care, and an array of other services to homeless and runaway youth. As a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, Catalina López Montero will conduct a 5-year comprehensive historical review and documentation of Casa Alianza Mexico’s specialized housing and service model for vulnerable, unaccompanied migrant children and youth ages 12 -18. The comprehensive document is to be used for reference, program evaluation, and development. Catalina has been a career social worker who also teaches at university. Her specialty is in immigration. She has a Bachelor’s degree in social work from the National School of Social Work.
Samantha Acosta is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with HelpAge USA, which advocates and empowers older persons to secure, active and healthy lifestyles. In this capacity, she focuses on the organization’s Healthy Aging Programs, where she conducts research related in fundraising, partnership building and grant management.
Samantha recently graduated with her Master's degree in Social Work from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, where she explored gerontology infused courses with both a national and international focus. She has also conducted field research in Uganda, Africa, where she focused on older persons’ quality of life, along with perceived needs and barriers. Samantha received her BA in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology and Politics in 2014.
Judith Bagachwa is the Founder and a Director of JB Geriatric and HIV Center in Dar es Salaam and is a part-time lecturer at Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, in the Social Work department. She has also worked and taught at the Institute of Social Work in Dar es Salaam. Judith is currently a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with HelpAge Tanzania, implementing a project on Intergenerational Healthy Ageing through a life course approach in Kibaha. She has worked in different communities in Tanzania promoting social work activities and is an advocate for health and human rights issues.
She received her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, an Advanced Diploma in Social Work from the Institute of Social Work in Dar es Salaam, and a holds a Certificate in Norwegian Language from Volda University College.
Sarah Baker completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with SOS Children’s Villages, the largest NGO in the world dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children. During her placement, Sarah supported the media relations and communication initiatives as a member of the communications and marketing team at SOS headquarters in Washington, DC.
Sarah holds a Master’s degree in International Media from American University and she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Auburn University at Montgomery. Upon completion of her fellowship, Sarah was invited to join the SOS team officially as Senior Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships.
Hrithik Bansal is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow working with BRAC USA. He focuses on helping transition BRAC’s programs to meet the changing aspirations of beneficiaries as their living standards improve. He works with the senior leadership of the nonprofit to develop and implement strategies towards this end. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he is also a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow. He trained as an economist at the University of Oxford, where he earned an M.Phil. degree in Economics.
He has worked as a senior economist in the Economic Policy Division of the National Treasury of the Government of South Africa. He has also worked at a socially conscious agribusiness in India in the leadership team. Hrithik enjoys watching cricket, trying out new cuisines and practicing his rusty Chinese with anyone willing to humor him.
Chloe Baury is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with ECPAT International, which is fighting to end the sexual exploitation of children around the world. Within the Research and Policy team, she conducts research, collects and analyzes information on national laws and legal procedures related to the sexual exploitation of children (SEC) in Cambodia and Mauritania. Other areas of investigated within SEC are preventive measures, coordination and cooperation mechanisms and child and youth participation measures.
She graduated with a Master’s degree in International Law from Assas University (Paris) and a Master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Jean Moulin University (Lyon) in 2015. Chloe also holds a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford University, where she studied European Human Rights Law. She has had experience working for UNESCO, and volunteered for six months in a local NGO in Cambodia, where she took part in several projects relating to children's rights of access to education. Chloe also volunteers through the French Red Cross and is a member of the Children Connection NGO, which aims to improve access to education in Cameroon’s villages. She wishes to pursue her career working for the protection of children’s rights.
Shanifa Bennett is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Covenant House New York (CHNY), an organization that helps transform and save the lives of homeless, runaway and trafficked young people by offering housing and support services to young people in need. During her fellowship, she will develop and facilitate workshops/trainings for CHNY staff and youth on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and what steps to take once recognized. As a survivor of sex trafficking, Shanifa is passionate about being a peer mentor, advocate, and supporter of youth survivors.
A recent high school graduate, Shanifa is a member of GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentorship Services) and Sister Mentoring, which is a group that caters to girls under the age of 18 in need of resources and education. Shanifa's interests include music, volleyball, poetry, creative writing, and dance.
Desiree Dickerson is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at Women for Women International (WfWI) in Washington, D.C., where she serves as Blockchain and Digital Currency Fellow. She is exploring how blockchain and distributed ledger technology, as well as other emerging technologies, can aid WfWI in its mission to empower women in marginalized countries affected by war and conflict.
Desiree’s professional career includes serving as a management consultant centered around health technology and enterprise-level strategy for large federal agencies, which include Veterans Affairs and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has also contributed to augmented reality application projects as well as emerging tech advisory for a venture capital firm. Desiree holds an MS in Biophysics and Physiology from Georgetown University and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago.
Alyssa Gutnick is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Humanity & Inclusion USA (HI), which supports people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations living in conflict and disaster zones and in situations of exclusion and extreme poverty.
Danielle Harris completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with Landesa, an NGO that partners with governments, communities and other stakeholders in more than 50 countries to advance pro-poor, gender-sensitive land rights reforms using law and policy tools. As a Fellow, she focused on the organization’s public-sector donor portfolio, registered Landesa with PADOR, and presented funding models and requirements internally for the Green Climate Fund.
Danielle recently graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She has been a member of the international humanitarian community for over five years, volunteering in Ghana and Guatemala with Global Leadership Ventures and working with USAID and Catholic Relief Services.
Ruby Holmes is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with Humanity & Inclusion USA (HI), which supports people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations living in conflict and disaster zones and in situations of exclusion and extreme poverty. In this capacity, Ruby sits on the planning committee of the Harkin Summit on Global Disability Employment, where she supports the team on event logistics and is a co-author on Good for Business: Promoting Partnerships to Employ People with Disabilities, HI’s white paper being showcased at the Summit.
Ruby is also a graduate student in the Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution program at American University’s School of International Service. Her academic and professional interests include the inclusion of people with disabilities in post-conflict mediation and peacebuilding, specifically in developing countries. Ruby was previously a Program Coordinator at Mobility International USA (MIUSA), where she coordinated a variety of inbound and outbound international exchange programs for people with disabilities. She received a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in African Studies from the University of Oregon, where she studied abroad in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Chytanya Kompala is currently completing a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship with the Nutrition Innovation Team at PATH, a Seattle-based global health NGO. At PATH, Chytanya is conducting a systematic review on the determinants of stunting and writing policy briefs on nutrition-sensitive risk factors of stunting.
As a public health nutritionist, her focuses include programmatic strategies and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition in the developing world. Chytanya has previous work experience with Sight and Life and the World Food Programme on various projects including behavior change communication, infant and young child feeding, and the interaction between infection and nutrition. Chytanya holds a Masters of Science of Public Health with a focus in Human Nutrition from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Public Health, with a minor in Nutrition.
Alexandre Leal de Freitas is Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Throughout his fellowship, Alexandre has been serving as IRCT’s LGBTI focal point, leading the project development and fundraising of an initiative concerning the rehabilitation of LGBTI victims of torture. He is also a member of a taskforce undertaking an internal review and update of the organization’s strategy.
Alex holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). His Master’s thesis, “Red Light at the Intersection: The Stigma of Sex Work and the Double Oppression Inflicted upon Trans Sex Workers,” was recently awarded and published on the Global Campus of Human Rights website.
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Adaiana Lima is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok, Thailand, at ECPAT International, an organization which has been at the forefront of the fight against sexual exploitation of children for the past 25 years. Through her fellowship placement on the Research and Policy team, she assists in the production of legal research to advance the mission of ending sexual exploitation of children in all its manifestations.
Adaiana is a Brazilian-qualified lawyer who was awarded a Chevening Scholarship to pursue an LLM degree in International Human Rights Law with a focus on the Rights of the Child at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to working with ECPAT, Adaiana contributed research, advocacy and project management to numerous organizations worldwide such as SOS Children’s Villages, Just Fair, AIESEC and the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Brazil.
Catherine May is currently a Hilton Prize Coalition Collaborative Fellow with the Nutrition Innovation team at PATH, a Seattle-based global health NGO. During her fellowship, she will be advancing a collaboration with Heifer International to leverage the collective knowledge of both organizations into more effective interventions in food systems and human health. She is also an MPA candidate at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
Catherine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University. She has conducted sustainable development research in China, India and Costa Rica. Prior to moving to Seattle, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Sabri Ülker Center for Nutrient, Genetic and Metabolic Research.
Marcus Miller is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow working with SOS Children’s Villages (SOS), the largest nongovernmental organization dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children across the globe. He works within the Marketing and Communications team at the SOS-USA headquarters to help build exceptional digital content that informs and engages people to act and contribute to the various service programs that SOS has to offer.
Marcus holds a Master’s Degree in Film & Video Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communications from George Mason University. He also recently received a Technical Diploma in Web Development from General Assembly in Washington, DC. With his overall mission to build content that elevates humanity and society, Marcus has worked in various roles at companies such as BET, Radio One, and now SOS-USA.
Ahlam Awad Mohammed is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow working with The Task Force for Global Health, an INGO with a mission to control and eliminate diseases and build durable health systems to protect and promote health. Ahlam is working with the Task Force's Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center, which optimizes operational research on tools and techniques focused on neglected tropical diseases (NTD). During her fellowship, Ahlam will accompany the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia in a national rollout of a new tool for supervising and monitoring preventive treatment for NTDs.
Ahlam holds a Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology and Global Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from Ohio Wesleyan University. She has worked on various projects in infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and nutrition, mainly in the US but also in East Africa, specifically in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.
Megan O’Leary completed a fellowship with the Hilton Prize Coalition in Summer 2017. Her placement with the Coalition’s Secretariat, Global Impact, exposed her to the exciting challenges of facilitating collaboration between the 21 member organizations as well as external partners, with day-to-day activities supporting the Coalitions overall communications and Storytelling Program operations. Through work that included conducting research and developing content around Coalition initiatives, her placement allowed her to develop valuable professional skills as she aspires to pursue a career in the field of international humanitarian affairs.
As a senior Honors student at the University of Texas, Austin, she is close to receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Global Studies. Previous experience includes internships with The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, studies abroad in Berlin, and work with the 174 Trust Center in Belfast, Northern Ireland on a community development project for young girls.
Ana Rabogliatti was a Spring 2017 Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at Operation Smile, where she supported the Birdsong Peanut Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) Nutrition Program and the "Until We Heal' campaign. The latter culminated in Operation Smile’s annual International Student Leadership Conference, which she helped to execute while also researching and collecting information to provide feedback for the Laureate community, peers and academic colleagues alike.
Ana continues to support Operation Smile as an intern while completing her senior year at the University of Virginia. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability.
Mich received her Masters degree in English and Multimedia from India, and she has volunteered with many associations and NGOs. For the past two years she has been a program coordinator with Operation Smile based in Antananarivo, Madagascar, in charge of cleft lip and cleft palate international surgical missions, Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) trainings for in-country volunteers. During her fellowship she will be building partnerships with different NGOs and the Ministry of Health.
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Marcie Roth was a Summer 2017 Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at Humanity & Inclusion USA, where she contributed to research on the impact of climate change on persons with disabilities. A report of her research aims to improve the understanding of how climate change impacts people with a disability, and to support the inclusive climate change adaptation innovation process of the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) staff at Humanity & Inlcusion.
Marcie Roth is the CEO of The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies and is an industry expert in global disability inclusive emergency management and community inclusion. She has over 20 years of governmental and non-governmental experience including work with the US Department of Homeland Security (USDHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Global Disability Solutions Group, and National Spinal Cord Injury Association.
Kevin Ryu is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow based in Bangkok, Thailand with ECPAT International, which is fighting to end the sexual exploitation of children around the world. Within the Research and Policy team, he conducts research, collects and analyzes information on national laws and legal procedures related to the sexual exploitation of children, as well as information on preventive measures, coordination and cooperation mechanisms and child and youth participation measures.
Kevin recently completed a Dual Master's Program, with a degree in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from the UN University for Peace (Costa Rica) and in International Law and Human Rights from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea). His previous experience includes working for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), assisting the Secretariat from its 74th to 77th Sessions. He has also assisted at sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Committee against Torture and the UN Committee on Migrant Workers. As an English teacher in an International English Village in South Korea, Kevin took part in several projects relating to child-sensitive teaching methods. He wishes to continue his career working for the protection of children’s rights, with a special focus on child victims of sexual exploitation.
Harry Shepherd is currently based in Denmark as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, working at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) Secretariat. In this capacity, he supports the Data in the Fight Against Impunity (DFI) project, working with IRCT member organizations across 28 countries and 5 continents. He is also currently completing his MSc in Global Development at The University of Copenhagen. He completed his Bachelor's degree in International Business at the University of Liverpool, with a semester study abroad in Hong Kong.
Harry also holds three years’ experience across the NGO and technology environments in the private sector, primarily at Vodafone in the United Kingdom. Through his Master's degree, he is developing the academic understanding for a career as a humanitarian and development practitioner and has completed primary research in Tanzania.
Meriam Salem is an undergraduate student at American University (AU), studying international relations with an emphasis on development, human rights, and a minor in film and media. As a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at Global Impact, the Hilton Prize Coalition's Secretariat, she assists with the development of philanthropic initiatives and the Storytelling Program.
During her time at AU, Meriam worked on a documentary with World Trust Educational Services on the underlying causes and consequences of the United States judicial system. The film explored the importance of incorporating healing as a component of justice and the current systemic dehumanization of racial minorities. She has also held internships focusing on various NGO initiatives, such as researching the energy crisis, and the impact of climate change on women's rights in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In the future, Meriam would like to pursue a career in documentary and policy. She believes that film is an important tool for bringing both social impact and policy reform into a coherent catalyst for change.
Joshua Tobing is a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at SOS Children’s Villages, the largest NGO in the world dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children. He works as a marketing fellow, helping with the research and implementation of impactful communication strategies for SOS’s large network of supporters. Joshua has also worked in the US and abroad as a communications officer and fundraiser for international NGOs and has a strong passion for ethics and responsibility in fundraising.
Joshua studied Integrated Marketing Communications, English Literature, and Prelaw at Pacific Union College in Napa, California, where he was also a member of the Student and Academic Senates, President of the Pacific Union College Debate Society, President of Lambda Pi Eta’s Epsilon Rho chapter, and a public relations officer at PUC’s Amnesty International collegiate branch.
Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, Sheetal Tuladhar served as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with BRAC, the largest development organization in the world. Sheetal represented BRAC in the Coalition's film, "On Shifting Ground," about the 2015 Nepal earthquake. In the film, Sheetal shares how she had moved back to Kathmandu to establish BRAC as an INGO in Nepal in the wake of the disaster. In her current role, she builds partnerships with agencies in the country and oversees the Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) program and the work of female community health volunteers (FCHVs) in the region.
In addition to completing an internship with BRAC USA, Sheetal has held internships with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), The Afghanistan Blind Women and Children Foundation and the Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center. She received her Master’s Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University in 2014.
Giovany Delgado holds over four years of experience in public diplomacy, public-private partnerships and international development. As a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, he worked with Casa Alianza (Covenant House) Nicaragua in Managua, Nicaragua, focusing on marketing, fundraising, partnership building and grants management. Giovany has business development experience in Mexico and Central America through the Pan American Development Foundation, the humanitarian arm of the Organization of American States (OAS). In addition, he led the Mexico Without Child Labor multimedia communications campaign in partnership with the Mexican Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare, Telefónica Foundation Mexico, the International Labor Organization, Viacom International and the Cinépolis Foundation.
Giovany holds an MS in Latin American Development from King's College London. He completed his BA degree in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Miami and received a Diploma in International Relations from a European Perspective from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain, where he was a Benjamin Gilman Scholar, an initiative spearheaded by the US State Department.
Stefania Doebbel is currently pursuing a Master of International Affairs at Columbia SIPA, with a focus on Human Rights and International Conflict Resolution. She is currently the Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow for the youth shelter organization Covenant House International (CHI), where she is working on creating a culturally sensitive curriculum on LGBTI issues for CHI’s staff and youth in their sites in Central America and Mexico.
Her academic interests focus on inclusive peace processes and peace building. She recently conducted research in Liberia, Bolivia and Mexico. Stefania has extensive journalism and communications experience, working as a Communications Manager for the United Nations Resident Coordinator Office in Chile and prior to that, the Head of Communications for the Undersecretary of Social Development in the Government of Chile.
Rachel Francis graduated from James Madison University (JMU) in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs, concentrating on sub-Saharan Africa. Following graduation, Rachel completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship at Global Impact, the Hilton Prize Coalition's Secretariat, where she provided support for the Partner Solutions team and assisted with the development of the Coalition's Signature Programs.
During her time at JMU, Rachel completed four years of Army ROTC, and also holds minors in Military Science and African Studies. She spent three of her undergraduate summers abroad in Eastern Africa, enveloped in cultural exchanges, language classes, and educational internships. Rachel is currently an associate at the Washington Speakers Bureau for the Global Services team. She hopes to pursue interests in international development and women’s empowerment throughout her career.
Barbara Giovanelli completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship in Fall 2016 at the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), based in Copenhagen. She investigated the effects of sexual methods of torture on victims. Since the field of sexual torture is widely under-reported, the outcome of this study will be a report that shares the knowledge of distinguished experts working in the field as well as a series of case studies that illustrate the devastating consequences of sexual torture on health and social life.
Barbara holds a BA in Cultural and Social Anthropology from the University of Vienna and a European MA in Human Rights and Democratisation from EIUC Venice and KU Leuven. Her work experience encompasses both academic research and applied work in the fields of human rights and anthropology. Among other roles, she worked in a reception centre for asylum-seekers in Vienna, represented Austria in a comparative study on female genital cutting in Europe, and participated in the organization of various arts festivals for the promotion of human rights and democracy.
Gloria Jimwaga completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship in spring 2016 at Landesa, a land rights NGO headquartered in Seattle, Washington. During her fellowship at Landesa, Gloria conducted desk research for the organization's Center for Women's Land Rights. She is originally from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and holds a BA in Political Science and Language Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam. She is currently enrolled at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, completing her Master's degree in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management.
For four years, Gloria worked as a Program Officer at HAKIARDHI, a Land Rights Research and Resources Institute, leading the unit of Research and Publication. Through this position, she gained a wealth of knowledge on land and natural resource management dealing with land tenure systems, climate change and environmental conservation, with a particular focus on marginalized and excluded groups in Tanzania.
Nikhila (Nikki) Kalra completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship in Spring 2016 with the Nutrition Innovation team at PATH, a Seattle-based global health NGO. During her fellowship, she conducted field research into food value chains in support of maternal and child nutrition programs in Ghana and Senegal.
Nikki also has field research experience in Rajasthan, India, where she evaluated a community health worker program and measured its impact on women and children's health. She holds a PhD in International Development from Oxford University, and currently works as a policy translation specialist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, where she connects policymakers and other key audiences with the latest research in global health.
Fidelie (Fifi) Nawej is currently a Program Coordinator with Operation Smile, managing a portfolio of programs and medical missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A Congolese native, she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology and a Master's Degree in Peace and Governance, both from Africa University Zimbabwe. Prior to working with Operation Smile, she served as a Program Officer for Mineral Mining Resources, and also with Christian Care, in collaboration with UNHCR.
As a Collaborative Fellow with the Hilton Prize Coalition, Fifi worked with Operation Smile and Tostan in Senegal around the issue of women's health care and obstetric fistula. She also attended Tostan's Human Rights Training, learning about Tostan's approach to community-led development.
Hilda Nyatete is currently a Program Officer at the Independent Medico Legal Unit (IMLU), overseeing the provision of psychological services to survivors of torture and their families. Originally from Kenya, Hilda has a deep background and expertise in trauma counseling, particularly in the area of gender based violence. Hilda also worked in the humanitarian field, supporting refugee survivors of torture with HIAS Refugee Trust. She holds a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Lancas
ter University in the United Kingdom.
IMLU is a member organization of the IRCT, and as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, Hilda worked with her staff and other member centers on comprehensive clinical documentation for the Data in the Fight against Impunity (DFI) project. She also attended the IRCT's 10th Scientific Symposium in Mexico City, December 2016, on behalf of the DFI project.
Anna Russell is currently an MPH candidate at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in the Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Program. She is also a Research Assistant at the DC Center for AIDS Research and a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow at HelpAge USA. As a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow, Anna assisted with the organization's Healthy Aging Programs, conducting research and analyzing data, and contributing to reports in the U.S. and abroad.
Anna has held various internships in the field of global health, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Health Policy Center, the University of Washington Twin Registry, and the Department of Homeland Security’s HS-STEM program. In 2015, she was based at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute analyzing the opportunities for public-private partnerships to better serve vulnerable populations during disaster response. Anna is also a graduate of the University of Washington with a BS in Public Health.
Tsega Negussie Teffera served as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow in Washington D.C. for SOS Children's Villages USA. During her fellowship, Tsega supported the communications and marketing department with the development and implementation of the organization’s brand awareness campaign both within the United States and abroad. Prior to her fellowship with SOS USA, she held various writing, social media and reporting positions for the Ethiopian Broadcasting Service, C62 Communications and North45 Communications.
Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tsega is a graduate of Webster University's Graduate School of Communications and holds a Masters in Communications Management. She is currently pursuing interests in development and women’s empowerment in her home country.
Amul Thapa served as a Hilton Prize Coalition Collaborative Fellow in Nepal. He is also a photojournalist with Naya Patrika Daily. An alumnus of Coalition member organization SOS Children’s Village Kavre, he was a creative partner in the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program in Nepal, supporting Steve Connors, the Director, as a photographer, travel liaison and assistant during filming. During his fellowship, Amul served as a shared resource to Coalition member organizations BRAC, Handicap International, HelpAge International, Heifer International, Operation Smile and SOS Children's Villages, following up on the stories captured in the film of staff and community members who were impacted by the April 2015 earthquake and aftershocks. He is a graduate of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.
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Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, Sheetal Tuladhar served as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellow with BRAC, the largest development organization in the world. Sheetal represented BRAC in the Coalition's film, "On Shifting Ground," about the 2015 Nepal earthquake. In the film, Sheetal shares how she had moved back to Kathmandu to establish BRAC as an INGO in Nepal in the wake of the disaster. In her current role, she builds partnerships with agencies in the country and oversees the Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) program and the work of female community health volunteers (FCHVs) in the region.
In addition to completing an internship with BRAC USA, Sheetal has held internships with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), The Afghanistan Blind Women and Children Foundation and the Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center. She received her Master’s Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University in 2014.
Lucy Willis completed a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship the summer of 2016 at Operation Smile's headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During her fellowship, Lucy supported the Office of the Co-Founders and the Office of Student Programs with the planning and implementation of the organization's annual International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC).
She is a current undergraduate student at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, double-majoring in Business Administration and International Studies. In high school, she co-founded the Compass Rose Coffee Company in partnership with Massimo Zanetti Beverage and remained its CEO until graduation. She is an active volunteer in both the Virginia Beach and Atlanta communities.