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Current Fellows

During the 2013–2014 academic year, the International Fellowship Programs office at the Humphrey School is hosting 19 international fellows from 14 countries. In addition to the leadership development training, access to academic coursework, and cultural immersion, fellows have the opportunity for professional development and colleagueship through the Hennepin County Mentorship Program.

Meet the International Fellows

Government of India Fellows

The Indian government initiated this fellowship program to offer leadership development opportunities to top officers in public service positions with the government.


Mamta Verma
Mrs Mamta Verma belongs to the Indian Administrative Service, Gujarat cadre. She is presently posted as Special Commissioner, Commercial Tax in the State Government of Gujarat, India. She plays a leading role in State tax revenue collection  by  implementation of Value Added Tax Act. She acquired  expertise in the area of  Town Planning & Urban infrastructure development during her assignment as  Chief Executive Authority of Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority and as Director of Municipal Administration for all urban areas in the state. She has served in various capacities for over 17 years in public service as Collector & District Magistrate, District Development Officer and as Additional Commissioner, Industries in the State. She earned her Master of  Psychology  degree from Kanpur University, India. During her fellowship year, Mrs Verma will pursue a Master of Public Affairs.


Sanjeev Kumar
Mr Sanjeev Kumar is a member of the Indian Administrative Service. He is currently posted as Additional Secretary (Budget) for the State Government of Gujarat, India. His key responsibility areas are budget preparation with a focus on sectoral allocation and setting strategic priorities of the State Government for comprehensive & inclusive development. Along   with, he manages the cash flows of the State Government, Market borrowings and ensuring fiscal stability of the State. During his 15 years career in public service, he has worked in different capacities as head of  district administration, implementation of developmental schemes, infrastructure projects, social welfare schemes, management of land revenue, natural resources, conduct of elections and as magisterial functions for maintenance of law & order. He earned his Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. During his fellowship year, Mr Kumar will pursue a Master of Public Affairs degree.


R. Thiruppathi Venkatasamy
Mr. Thiruppathi Venkatasamy is the Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the Government of India in New Delhi. He has been a civil servant since 2000 and has worked for the Indian Audit and Account Service where he has also conducted different types of audits. In his current assignment, he works on different proposals for the implementation of programs to improve the health care system in his country. During his fellowship year, he will pursue a Master of Public Affairs degree.


Partha Chevuru
Partha Sarathi Reddy Chevuru joined the Planning Commission in 2011, and is currently designated as Director, Infrastructure for the Government of India. He is responsible for initiating the policies for development of Ports, Airports and Irrigation sectors through Public Private Partnership (PPP). He was involved in preparation of a financing plan for development of nearly 25 airports in India through PPP. He is presently working on development of a model framework for taking up micro irrigation through PPP, which is expected to increase the food production in the country. Prior to joining Planning Commission, he had worked for 14 years with Indian Railways and for 3 years with Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). He graduated in 1994 with a degree in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India. During his fellowship year, Mr. Reddy Chevuru will pursue a Master of Public Affairs degree.


Kanwar Sameer Lather
Mr. Kanwar Sameer Lather is currently working as Director in the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India. He belongs to the Indian Defence Accounts Service and possesses a Graduate degree in Science from Delhi University in New Delhi, India. During his sixteen year long career in public service, he has handled assignments related to administration, accounting and financial management under the Ministry of Defence of the Government of India. He was part of the Indian contingent for a year-long assignment with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, Golan Heights. During his tenure with the Ministry of Culture, he has handled assignments related to commemoration of anniversaries of important personalities and events in India’s history, preservation and promotion of various art forms which constitute the intangible cultural heritage of India as also the administration and funding of various national level cultural organisations. During his fellowship year, Mr. Lather will pursue a Master of Public Affairs degree with focus on public policy formulation & analysis, and human resources management.

Hubert H. Humphrey International 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.


João Abreu Martins, Cape Verde
Mr. Abreu Martins is an architect and urban planner graduated from Viçosa Federal University at Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is a professor of architecture and urban planning at Jean Piaget University of Cape Verde. Last year, He worked as a coordinator of two urban projects in Sal Island and Espargos and worked as a consultant of FAO – United Nations for primary schools canteen for those islands. He concurrently has a project to reform extremely poor people of his city. And as a teacher he is encouraging students to use and create technology in problem solving and environmental sustainable plans. During his fellowship, he wants to acquire new knowledge that will be applicable to launch proposals for the new cities, promoting a debate on the need of multidisciplinary teams in the planning process, and encouraging the local and central authorities to look into comprehensive regional plans to join a global world perspective. Back in his country, he will look into economic development projects that could support the low-income communities such as the farmers and fishermen to meet the needs of electrical energy, lack of water, accessing education, health and transportation services in and around the ten islands of Cape Verde.


Leandro Ivan Chulak, Argentina
Mr. Chulak was the former CEO of the Urban Guard where he developed new policy on democratic security to strengthen democracy and the rule of law. He was a political advisor in the Congress of Argentina and also the director of public affairs for the Government of Buenos Aires. Mr. Chulak earned a law degree with a focus in labor law from the University of Buenos Aires, Law School. During his fellowship year at the University of Minnesota, Mr. Chulak will focus on public policy analysis and public administration, particularly new theoretical and practical tools that will help rethink strategies that are being currently applied in Argentina to improve public policy, with a focus on security and crime prevention.


Nurjemal Jalilova, Turkmenistan
Ms. Jalilova is the Head of the International Unit of the Public Finance Department with the Ministry of Finance. She coordinates foreign aid projects, and programs financed by multilateral entities, including the European Commission, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. She also works with multi-disciplinary teams of international consultants and missions, project managers and project implementation units. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Law from Turkmen State University, and holds a master’s degree in banking and finance from the University of Antwerp. As a Humphrey Fellow, Ms. Jalilova plans to get a better understanding of policy issues in the area of public finance management. She believes that the knowledge and skills gained during her fellowship will be valuable for making comprehensive analysis and research in the field of public finance management, and providing policy recommendations to ensure sustainable development in Turkmenistan. Back in her country, she would like to continue doing research work on the effectiveness of public spending in resource-rich countries.


Lidija Karakamceva, Macedonia
Ms. Karakamceva is the Deputy Head Administrator of the Committees Department at Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia. She coordinates and monitors the work of a legislative sector comprised of 21 committees that operate in different areas. She has also been involved in the International Cooperation activities within the Assembly, especially in the national delegation. She is an economist graduated from the School of Economics at Skopje, and holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University ofPittsburghwith a concentration in public and international affairs. During her fellowship, she has a particular interest in parliamentary affairs in the U.S. and a non-partisan effective parliamentary administration that contributes to the production of high quality legislation based on sound legal principles. Upon her return to Macedonia, she intends to apply her new knowledge to the Parliamentary work that will strengthen the democratization of her country.


Rahim B. Khetran, Pakistan
Mr. Rahim B. Khetran is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Educational & Environmental Development (SEED) in Balochistan that he established in 2006 in order to work for deprived and marginalized people of his province. His previous professional experience includes working as Provincial Research Lead with the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI), Islamabad. He was also the Field Manager for the Institute for Public Opinion Research, a USAID funded project for the Political Party Development Program (PPDP) that helps political parties of Pakistan to attain democracy both inside and outside the party. He was a member of youth parliament of Pakistan from 2008-09, published several articles in journals, and authored a book about the nature and extent of disaster management in Balochistan. He earned a master’s of Philosophy and a master’s of Science in Anthropology from Quaid-i-Azam University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. During his fellowship year, Mr. Khetran will focus on analyzing best practices in public administration and different approaches to develop capacity and empower communities. Back in Pakistan, he wants to work with non-governmental organizations working with marginalized communities in Balochistan.


Sarah Kyei, Ghana
Ms. Sarah Kyei is the Program Manager of Alliance for African Women Initiative in Accra, Ghana. Her role is to manage several donor funded projects including the Kids Fund, Women in Oil Industry, Livelihoods Project for Women, Youth Development Project and Strengthening Community Care and Support for Orphan and Vulnerable Children (SCASO), working in close partnership with World Vision International with funding from United States Agency for International Development. She earned a Masters in Social Science in Public and Community Service from the University of East London, United Kingdom. Her past professional experience includes working with women’s organizations and in the future she would like to deepen her work by empowering young women through the creation of a vocational training model that leads to their employment and job creation. During her fellowship, she intends to combine academic courses on public policy formulation, gender and development, and experiential learning in fundraising, networking and visits a variety of vocational institutions.


Suzana Miljevic, Montenegro
Ms. Suzana Miljevic currently works as an Adviser for the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism. She is responsible for drafting project flow, capacity building, human resources and strategic communications. Ms. Miljevic earned a master’s of Performance Management Systems in Economics from the University of Montenegro; a Certificate in Regional Policy from the University of Hiroshima, and a Certificate in Human Capabilities from the Institute of Applied Manpower Research in India. As a Humphrey Fellow, Ms. Miljevic will focus on strategic planning and organizational culture, strategic communication, project monitoring and evaluation. Back in Montenegro, her wish is to make a contribution by creating a new strategy for maximum output with minimum resources, improving policy, organizational structure and project management in public-private partnerships focusing on inclusive public policy dialogue.


Mfundo Mlilo, Zimbabwe
Mr. Mfundo Mlilo is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA), an amalgamation of residents’ associations in the capital city of Zimbawe, Harara. CHRA is a vocal and proactive association that holds elected city officials accountable for their actions. As the team leader and ex-officio member of the CHRA board, Mr. Mlilo designs and leads the implementation of the association advocacy strategy and conveys Harare residents’ demands. He earned a master’s of Public Policy and Governance from Africa University; a Social Accountability Certificate from Rhodes University, and a B.A. in Development Studies from the University of South Africa. During his fellowship year, Mr. Mlilo will focus on practices that address an inclusive public policy dialogue and promote partnership and public participation in decision-making. After completing the fellowship, he wants to plan and implement a summer and winter public policy training for civil society activists, in particular with the leadership of residents’ associations.


Andrés Pérez, Colombia
Mr. Pérez is currently a Police Officer with the National Police of Colombia. He is an adviser to the General Director of the Police, focusing on the management of the police information system. Mr. Pérez received a degree in business administration from EAN University, a degree in police management from National Police Academy "General Santander" in Bogotá, and a master’s in Management with specialization in organizations research from Université Pierre Mendès in Grenoble, France.  His main duties include designing strategic planning methodologies to monitor the performance of public safety policy, and guidelines for transparency and accountability for each one of the decentralized units in the country.  As a Humphrey Fellow, Mr. Pérez wants to reflect about best practices in his field in the U.S., compare them with those in his country, develop leadership skills to bring change in the implementation of strategies to anticipate crime occurrence using new emerging technologies, and strengthen relationships with U.S. institutions.  Upon his return to Colombia, Mr. Pérez purpose is to make an impact in higher education and research, in order to train new analysts inside the National Police and other public institutions.


Arqam Tariq, Pakistan
Mr. Tariq is a member of Pakistan Administrative Service, the elite Group of Civil Service of Pakistan. Until recently, he was the Deputy Commissioner of Gilgit, where his main role was to implement policy decisions of the government and provide input for public policy making. In that capacity he supervised the work of all government departments including health, education, environment protection, women rights, physical infrastructure and police. Currently Mr. Tariq is working as Deputy Director in Health Sector Reforms Program of the Government of Punjab. He is responsible for introducing new health initiatives for improving health care system. Mr. Tariq graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Statistics from Government College University, Lahore. He holds a master’s in Business Administration from Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad. He believes the Humphrey fellowship will provide him with an opportunity to enhance his skills in the field of public administration with focus on decentralization and results based management; combining both professional development training and exposure to diverse U.S. organizations. This, he thinks, will be helpful in overcoming some of the socioeconomic problems currently faced by Pakistan.

Edmund S. Muskie Graduate 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, fellows take academic courses and participate in professional internships.

Alexy Khlebnikov

Alexey Khlebnikov, Russia
Mr. Alexey Khlebnikov most recently worked as a consultant for the Executive Office of the Russian President in Nizhni Novgorod. He was previously the assistant to the Foreign Languages Chair in the International Relations department at Nizhni Novgorod State University. He earned his master and bachelor degrees in International Relations from the Lobachevsky State University of Nizni Novgorod in Russia. His area of interest and research is Middle Eastern politics and great power policies towards this region. During his studies, Mr. Khlebnikov interned in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Consulate Department, and made several research stays and internships in the Middle East (Syria, Israel, Egypt). He is doing his PhD, which is focused on Egyptian and Syrian foreign policy.


Government of South Korea MPA Fellowship

This fellowship program offers mid-career civil servants with 10 years of professional experience the opportunity to complete the requirements for a Master of Public Affairs degree.

Yoon-Taik Kim

Yoon-Taik Kim
Mr. Yoon-Taik Kim currently works at the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, as a human rights officer that investigates discriminatory practices and complaints, and handles international
cooperation with foreign human rights institutions. Previous to this, he worked for the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of Korea, formulating policies and programs to support (marriage) immigrant’s families' sustainable adaptation and inclusion in the community. During the fellowship year, he will focus on human rights issues related to immigrants, business, and pursue a master degree in public administration.


Government of Mexico Fellowship

This fellowship allows opportunities for outstanding young Mexicans to pursue Master’s degrees in top foreign universities. It promotes higher education and helps foster a highly competitive and innovative group of Mexican citizens with global perspectives and commitment to the development of their country

Jose Miguel Buere

Jose Miguel Angel Buere
Mr. Jose Miguel Angel Buere Villegas, earned his bachelor degree in law from the ITESO University (Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico). He has almost 11 years of experience as a Legal Director in the public sector and he worked previously as a Legal Director for the business entrepreneurs union, Coparmex Jalisco. He is a volunteer for the nongovernmental agency Support of Indigenous Migrants (EAMI),w which promotes cultural rights of the Mixtecan Community. He recently became involved in environmental and health studies concerning pollution of the Santiago River and he works with international organizations to coordinate efforts and experience to address issues of health, water access and economic social and cultural rights.Mr. Buere has special interest in promoting economic, social and cultural human rights between public officials through education and civil activism.