A total of 15 dynamic and experienced young Rwandans, have been selected to participate in the fourth annual Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship.
These outstanding Rwandans will travel to the U.S. for a six- week program hosted by American colleges and universities.
The 15 Rwandan recipients were selected from more than 1,000 applicants and represent a diverse group of leaders already making important contributions in their communities in the areas of business, public administration and civic leadership.
Through this initiative, they will be part of 1,000 young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa for institutes focused on public management, business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and for the second year, a specialized institute on energy.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative. It is composed of academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship and the larger YALI program has becomethe model for exchanges in Southeast Asia, the Americas, and in Europe. They include the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) and the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI).
Since the inaugural of Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship held last 2014, 27 Rwandans have been awarded this prestigious Fellowship.
The 2017 Cohort of Rwandan Mandela Washington Fellowship announced by US Embassy include Josephine Nkurunziza , Esther Kunda , Patrick Mugiraneza , Israel Bimpe , Sylvie Sangwa, ChristelleUmuhoza, Kenneth Nkusi, JosianeIsingizwe, Martin Habinshuti, Larissa Uwase, Dams Mutagoma, Christa Giraso, Denyse Uwineza, Janvier Kabananiye, Janvier Uwayezu
- U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Erica J. Barks-Ruggles with Rwandans selected to participate in the fourth annual Young African Leadership Initiative.