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2008-2009 Fellows


International Fellows 2008-2009

Humphrey Fellows

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.
Liberian Government Fellow

The Liberian Government Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals for distinguished public servants within the country of Liberia. Candidates are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.
Edmund S. Muskie Fellow

The Edmund S. Muskie and Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship was established in 1992 by the United States government to promote international understanding and cooperation. The objective of the program is to provide leadership training to mid-career professionals from the former Soviet Union. The program focus is on former Soviet Union because of major economic and political transformations that are taking place in the region. During their two-year Fellowship period, Fellows take academic courses and participate in professional internships.

Indian MPA Fellows

The Indian MPA Fellowship Program was initiated by the Indian Government for the purpose of offering leadership development opportunities to top officers in public service position in the government of India.

Humphrey Fellows

Nia Kurnianingtyas: Indonesia

Photo of Nia KurnianingtyasNia Kurnianingtyas is the Capacity Building Manager of ADKASI (Association of Indonesian Regency Legislative Councils). ADKASI is a non-profit, member-based organization that enhances local council's ability to increase regional autonomy. At ADKASI, Ms. Kurnianingtyas has initiated and institutionalized tailor-based trainings for member councils. She is also responsible for the development of training courses and curricula, and the organizational development of the organization. Prior to her serving in ADKASI, Ms. Kurnianingtyas worked on governance programs in the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Indonesia. She received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. During her fellowship year, Ms. Kurnianingtyas will focus on management and leadership within state and local legislators, as well as the development of training programs for legislators.

Photo of Bibi Meredovna HudaykuliyevaBibi Meredovna Hudaykuliyeva: Turkmenistan

Ms. Bibi Meredovna Hudaykuliyeva received a bachelor's degree in history from Turkmen State University. She has fifteen years of professional work experience at the Institute of Philosophy and Law at the Academy of Turkmenistan and the Turkmen National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the President of Turkmenistan. She has been engaged in research on issues of education and the formation of civic initiatives of youth in her home country. Currently, Ms. Bibi Meredovna Hudaykuliyeva works as a consultant to the Internet Access and Training Program/ International Research & Exchanges Board (IATP/IREX) in Turkmenistan where she serves as expert on civic education of youth. During her fellowship year, Ms. Hudaykuliyeva will focus on development of youth civic engagement and participation in the democratic process.

Shahid Iqbal: Pakistan

Photo of Shahid IqbalMr. Shahid Iqbal received a master's degree in sociology from Allama Iqbal Open University and a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Peshawar. Currently, he serves as Assistant Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of Pakistan, an independent and autonomous constitutional body, where he is responsible for promoting democracy and women's participation, especially in the tribal belt. Additionally, Mr. Iqbal has work experience with international organizations such as IFES and UNDP to strengthen democratic processes in Pakistan. During his fellowship year, Mr. Iqbal will focus on human resource management in the public sector, civic engagement, and women's participation in the democratic process.

Photo of Rosana Dennis Hungerpiller SchaackRosana Dennis Hungerpiller Schaack: Liberia

Ms. Rosana Dennis Hungerpiller Schaack received a bachelor's of science degree in nursing from Mother Patern College of Health Sciences in Monrovia, Liberia. She currently serves as Program Manager - Child Protection Officer for Samaritan's Purse International Relief where she is responsible for the reintegration and rehabilitation of former child soldiers. She also established and is the executive director of a non-governmental organization, THINK (Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness), which addresses youth issues, especially empowering girl mothers through education and vocational skills training. During her fellowship year, Ms. Schaack will focus on human resource management and child protection policy.

Inass Akram Masri: Palestine

Photo of Inass Akram MasriMs. Inass Akram Masri received a master's degree in biochemistry from the University of Karachi and an advanced diploma in primary health care education from the University of London. She is a social activist from Nablus city in Palestine, where she works as the Manager of the Cultural Center for Child Development. Ms. Masri is deep experience in youth leadership programming, and has been recognized in her community for her work in the development of non-government organizations (NGO). She also serves at the Nablus municipality as a member of the women consultative committee. During her fellowship year, Ms. Masri will focus on non-profit management, community development, and public leadership.

Photo of Anouar Ben KhelifaAnouar Ben Khelifa: Tunisia

Mr. Anouar Ben Khelifa received a mater's degree in public management and auditing from ENA (Public School of Administration), Tunisia. Currently, he serves as Public Services Auditor/ Deputy-Director of the Public Services General Control Office- Prime Ministry where he assesses public policies, such as scientific research programs or public-private partnerships, and audits administrative management of public enterprises and ministries. During his fellowship year, Mr. Ben Khelifa will focus on leadership development and assessment of public policies, program evaluation, accountability, and building public transparency.

Jasmina Kijevcanin: Serbia

Photo of Jasmina KijevcaninMs. Jasmina Kijevcanin received a master's degree in sociology from the University of Belgrade. Ms. Kijevcanin is the Deputy Team Manager of the Deputy Prime Minister's office for the government of Serbia, where she is responsible for policy coordination, monitoring, and evaluation, especially in the area of poverty reduction. She has international experience in humanitarian aid, working with UN agencies in countries including Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the Balkan region, as well as experience with national NGOs in Serbia. During her fellowship year, Ms. Kijevcanin will focus on policy development, and policy evaluation.

Photo of Sonam Pelden ThayeSonam Pelden Thaye: Bhutan

Mrs. Sonam Pelden Thaye received a master's of public policy, specializing in development administration, from Australian National University. Currently, she serves as Head of the Department of Electoral Registration for Election Commission of Bhutan where she develops electoral systems relating to voter registration and electoral roll preparation. She also serves as media spokesperson and the Head of the Media Unit where she liaises with the national and international media for the provision of information relating to elections. During her fellowship year, Mrs. Thaye will focus on elections and electoral systems and involvement of civil society in elections.

Pronab Mohanty: India

Photo of Pronab MohantyMr. Pronab Mohanty received a bachelor's degree in electronics and instrumentation engineering and a master's degree in civil and criminal law from Utkal University, India. Currently, he serves as the Deputy Inspector General of Police with the Central Bureau of Investigation for the Government of India in the state of Orissa. During his fellowship year, Mr. Mohanty will focus on human trafficking, cyber crimes, issues related to women and children equity, and police-public partnerships.

Photo of Stanley Aloysius AdraboStanley Aloysius Adrabo: Uganda

Mr. Stanley Aloysius Adrabo received a master's in public administration and management from Uganda Management Institute, as well as a postgraduate diploma in public administration, from the Institute of Public Administration in Makerere, Uganda. Currently, he serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the APAC District Local Government where he is the chief executive and accounting officer responsible for management of government programs. During his fellowship year, Mr. Adrabo will focus on public policy and administration, leadership in a multi-cultural environment, and consultancy, monitoring, and evaluation skills.

Chhun Singha: Cambodia

Photo of Chhun SinghaMr. Chhun Singha received a bachelor's of science in agronomy science from Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Currently, he serves as Local Capacity Building/Administration Advisor for the United Nations Development Program's (UNDP) Project in Support of Democratic Development through Decentralization and Deconcentralization in Kampong Chhang Province where he implements decentralization guidelines and systems. During his fellowship year, Mr. Singha will focus on decentralization policy, public policy analysis, local governance, policy research and evaluation.

Photo of Elizabeth PetersenElizabeth Petersen: South Africa

Ms. Elizabeth Petersen received a masters degree in social work from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa in 2006. She became the director of St. Anne's Homes in Cape Town, a century old Anglican shelter caring for abused and homeless women and children in 1997. Her concern for addressing the root causes of domestic violence compelled her to actively engage and train religious leaders in both an interfaith and intra-faith context and she co-facilitated a batterers' treatment group with a prominent national organization in South Africa. Ms. Petersen is the founder and executive director of South African Faith and Family Institute (SAFFI), a non-profit organization focused on domestic violence training and support of religious leaders and their faith communities, as well as the development of restorative justice residential intervention program for batterers. She directly influenced the establishment of the National Shelter Movement of South Africa and continues to serve on its national board. During her fellowship year, Ms. Petersen will focus on women's issues, domestic violence, and transitional housing.

Marika Maschorov: Estonia

Photo of Marika MaschorovMs. Marika Maschorov received a master's of business management and a master's of Commercial Economy from the University of Tartu, Estonia. Currently, she serves as Deputy Governor of the Prison of Tartu where she is responsible for recruiting prison staff, managing personnel, and compiling the prison budget. In 2004, she was awarded the Service Medal, the highest award in the Estonian prison system, for her contribution in founding the Tartu Prison. She also has over six years of management experience with a private oil firm, Statoil LTC. During her fellowship year, Ms. Maschorov will focus on human resource management in the public sector, developing strategic human resource management structures, and the reinforcement of public service ethics.

Liberian Government Fellow

Photo of Marc AmblardMarc Amblard: Liberia

Mr. Marc Amblard received a bachelor's of science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois. Currently, he serves as the Deputy Director for Administration at the National Security Agency where he supervises and monitors all administrative duties including personnel, budget and finance, and training, motor-pool, and ICT. Mr. Amblard is also the owner and CEO of Atlas Gas in Morovia, Liberia, a company that introduced LPG cooking gas as an alternative fuel source to consumers in Liberia. During his fellowship year, Mr. Amblard will focus on law enforcement, human rights, and public administration as he is in preparation to become the Inspector General of the Liberian Police within the next five years.

Edmund S. Muskie Fellow

Siarhei Lisichonak: Belarus

Photo of Siarhei LisichonakMr. Siarhei Lisichonak received a specialist degree in Law from Belarusian State University. From 2007 to 2008 he served as International Coordinator for the Executive Bureau of the Assembly of Pro-Democratic NGOs of Belarus. Since 2002, Mr. Lisichonak has been vice-chair of the leading pro-democratic youth organization called Young Front. During his fellowship, Mr. Lisichonak will seek a master's degree in public Policy, specializing in public leadership.

Indian MPA Fellows

Photo of Sudhir GargSudhir Garg: India

Mr. Sudhir Garg holds a bachelor's of science degree in Electrical Engineering from MNIT in Jaipur, India in 1983. He was working as Director in the Ministry of Defense for the Government of India before joining this program and had been looking after procurement of equipment for the Indian Air Force. Mr. Garg had been actively involved in the Scout movement in his country and has interest in mountaineering and ecological travel. He also has eighteen years of working experience with the transport industry, mainly Indian railways, wherein he handled strategic and global issues related to rail transport system. During his fellowship, he is pursuing a Masters of Public Affairs with keen interest in developing a future picture for transport systems for the country enveloping the the future technological and environmental features.

Vineet Mathur: India

Photo of Vineet MatherMr. Vineet Mathur holds a master's degree in business and administration from Podar Institute of Management, University of Rajistan in Japur, India. He also holds a bachelors degree in electronics and communications engineering from Manglore University in 1991. He currently serves as Director in the Central Vigilance Commission, where he is responsible for drafting and implementing the vigilance and anti-corruption policies at the federal level. He also is responsible for initiating systemic improvements in the government of India procedures and processes (procurements, tendering, workflow procedures). He joined the Indian Civil Service in the year 1994 and has served in the Department of Posts and Telegraph, where he was responsible for technology implementation, automation, and computerization of one hundred fifty thousand post offices in India. He has also served in the investigations, loss and fraud prevention department of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. He has also served as an advisor to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the Governement of India on implementation of information technology initiatives, money transfers, and technology implementation in post offices and telecommunications department. During his fellowship year, Mr. Mathur will pursue a masters of public affairs with a concentration in public and non-profit management.

Photo of M. DandayudhapaniM. Dandayudhapani: India

Mr. Dandayudhapani received a bachelors of science in Mechanical Engineering from the Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering (National Institute of Technology) in Nagpur, India in 1984 and a masters of business administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in New Delhi, India in 1993. Mr. Dandayudhapani currently serves as Director in the Department of Fertilizers in the Government of India where he is responsible for the office administration and computation of freight subsidies to the fertilizer units. Earlier, Mr. Dandayudhapani served under the Department of Defense Production in the areas of operations management and materials management for a period of 15 years. Also, he has served in the private sector in the chemical industry for a period of five and a half years in the areas of industrial engineering, and human resource development. During his fellowship year, Mr. Dandayudhapani will pursue a masters of public affairs with a focus in the policy areas of science technology and environment technology, leadership, and community development.

Ajay Singh Gangwar: India

Photo of Ajay Singh GangwarMr. Ajay Gangwar received a bachelors in arts degree from the Bundel Khand University in Jhansi, India in 1985 and a diploma in local government from the International Labor Organization in Turin, Italy in 2007. Mr. Gangwar currently serves as Additional Collector and Additional District Magistrate in Madhya Pardesh, India where he is responsible for maintaining law and order and looking after development activities in rural and urban areas. During his fellowship year, Mr. Gangwar is pursuing a masters of public affairs with a concentration in leadership in land use planning, education, and elections.